Flower Boys

Next to music, reading, and sports, in our family we emphasize recycling/reuse and gardening (for obvious reasons). My boys have recently shown great interest in having flower arrangements in their room, where they each like to put one on their nightstands. So, the other day we used some recycled vessels and gathered some flowers and greens from our garden and had a little floral arrangement sesh - here is how it went! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We love the glass milk jars and the big tomato cans, so we rinse and save them. I let the boys choose their vessels and pick their own flowers, and these are the varieties they chose: honeysuckle, rose, geranium, ranunculus, peony, poppy, hydrangea, and some blooming cilantro. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I gave them a few basic tips on how to start and they went for it. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We are obsessed with this rose from our garden. It produces massive, aromatic, and beautiful roses. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This activity was a hit with my boys. They enjoyed it, I enjoyed it, and it was a great way to reinforce the importance of reuse and appreciating floral arrangements. Don't you think?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Photography and styling by Kiana Underwood

Halloween Craft: Starry Night

This is a guest post by the lovely and talented Keely Mann. Keely is crafty, Keely can decorate, Keely used to have an amazing blog. Then, she got lazy. :) Sometimes I am able to convince her to do a post for me. It's October. And October means...2 things. Pumpkins and Halloween. It also means candy, but this isn't about candy.

Anyway...pumpkins - beautiful, orange pumpkins. Did you know that beautiful orange pumpkins also make beautiful black pumpkins?! They do. Promise.

Today I'm gonna show you how to turn an orange pumpkin into a beautiful black pumpkin - with some sass. I saw this in HGTV Magazine and just knew I had to do it.

This is the easiest craft ever.

I call it Starry Night.

Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

You'll need:

  • a pumpkin
  • black spray paint
  • silver craft paint
  • gold star stickers

Start by spray painting your pumpkin black Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Paint on a crescent moon. (I actually had my husband do this part, cause quite frankly, he's just better than me.) Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Have a cute helper start sticking on some stars...if you don't have a cute helper, your cute self will just have to do. Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

And, that's it! So easy! Now you have a beautiful black starry pumpkin with some sass! Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling, design, and photography by Keely and Edyn Mann

Unique Vessels: Spice Jars

If you are familiar with Persian cuisine, you know that many aromatic spices are used in preparing the various dishes. One in particular is saffron, which I use all of the time. As a result, I have tons of empty jars that were just too cute to throw away. I was recently fortunate enough to be able to travel to Italy and France, and was inspired by the simple Provençal beauty - from a single flower in a milk jar, to buckets of lavender at the market and backyards filled with wild flowers and herb boxes. These images became my inspiration for this project.

For this DIY I simply stripped the labels from the jars, borrowed one of my children's gold Sharpies and hand-decorated the jars, and placed some simple flowers in them. These clusters can really be used for any occasion - a brunch, dinner for two, cocktails with friends, or even a tea party - the possibilities are endless.

I brought these colorful soaps back from the town of Grasse (the "perfume capital of the world") - they smell amazing! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The originals Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And after label removal and decoration Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

You can use any flowers that your heart desires - I used: freesia, scabiosa, geranium, lavender, and button feverfew (for a little touch of yellow with all the purple) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood