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Homemade Calendula Oil

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Homemade Calendula Oil

My exceptional doula introduced me to the wonders of Calendula Oil for my post C-Section belly, and I have been in love ever since. Calendula is a wildflower with several medicinal properties such as antiseptic, detoxifying, inflamed skin remedy, and even gynecological uses. The dried flower heads can be steeped in a hot tea or infused into an oil for topical use, which is what I did for the first time! I'm looking forward to using this fresh batch of liquid gold on both my skin and my baby's skin since it's even safe and so healing for infants.  While I...

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DIY Year-Round Wreath Featuring the Hydrangea + Peony Floral Bundle

DIY faux floral bundle hydrangea wreath

DIY Year-Round Wreath Featuring the Hydrangea + Peony Floral Bundle

I recently began doing live floral design demonstrations on my Instagram account. Here is a demo I did using the Hydrangea + Peony Floral Bundle available in the shop.  You can watch the video at the link below, or I've written out the step-by-step instructions needed to complete this design. The pretty green hydrangeas contrasted with the eggplant purple peony and dark leafy greenery are a great color combo for year round decorating. This design uses basic wreath making techniques which I outline in my book Elegant Handcrafted Wreaths available now. Happy creating! WATCH THE INSTAGRAM LIVE DEMO HERE Season:...

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DIY Thanksgiving Wreath with Afloral

DIY fall tutorial wreath

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath with Afloral

In the very beginning of my journey with flowers, I discovered Afloral and have been a customer ever since. I am thrilled to partner with them to bring you this easy Thanksgiving Floral Wreath using their fabulous floral supplies! Season: Fall Skill Level: Beginner Size:  overall 22" with greenery with some accents extending further Tools 14" Grapevine Wreath Wire Cutters (for trimming materials) High temperature hot glue gun and glue sticks (all materials in this project are attached using hot glue) Trimmed Materials from Afloral (all of these materials can be found on Afloral's website here) 1 Ficus Leaf Branch (3 branches - 20"...

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DIY Caramel Fall Floral Wreath with Celebrated Nest

DIY fall tutorial wreath

DIY Caramel Fall Floral Wreath with Celebrated Nest

I am so honored to be joining Stephanie of Celebrated Nest for her Floral Friday! This Caramel Floral Fall Wreath features neutral florals and pampas grass accented with magical luminara branches.

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DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial with Cleveland Magazine

DIY spring tutorial wreaths

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial with Cleveland Magazine

I created an easy spring wreath DIY tutorial featuring pink roses and lovely lilacs for Cleveland Magazine!

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