Creating a Gallery Wall is Very Easy to do with Minted

I have still been toying with the idea of creating a gallery wall around the TV in our office and have been looking for art that will mix and match with the few things we currently have.  I really like the Limited Edition Art Prints at Minted.  They have so many options to chose from; drawings, photography, typography, mixed media and paintings that are available  in a range of sizes with many framing options.  It can be a bit overwhelming and if you need help, they offer have a Personal Art Styling service that looks like it would be really helpful. I had a very hard time narrowing down my favorites below and could have included a million more options. I have to think about the colors and mood I want to convey and then select prints that reflect that theme.  I can see this being a fun project to take on this Winter.

Blogger Ridgely Brode from Ridgely's Radar selects prins from Minted for a Gallery Wall

to buy: Cannon Beach No. 2  /Model9  /Linear Cityscape  /Afloat  /Letterpress Proof  /  & i love to read  /Yellow Horses

 

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring

I hosted our April book club a few weeks ago and am finally getting to the pictures I took of my dining room.  I have been wanting to use my white butterflies for a centerpiece and what better time than a Spring dinner party?  I had purchased the wooden box at a flea market a few years back and it has turned out to be really useful.  I have filled it with many decorations and for this arrangement it was just what I wanted to make my rustic butterfly forest. I put three Floral Foam blocks in the box and then stuck branches I found in our yard into them.  I was able to find some Moss in our yard to cover the foam and make a forest floor.  If you do not have a yard or garden to scavenger from, you could purchase green Moss and branches.  I then clipped on the white butterflies in a random pattern.  It was so easy and I should credit my husband for reminding me to use the flora foam and doing a huge Spring clean in our yard that made looking for branches mush easier.  It looked really pretty lit by candles and we have been enjoying it ever since.  I love it so much I don’t want to take it down!

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Butterflies for Spring | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Wooden Planter old (other options here and here)  /  Floral Foam  /  Small Birch and Beech Branches /   Moss /   White Butterflies ( I used two boxes, but bought 3 to make sure that I had enough)  /  Juliska Placemats  / Rattan Chargers  / Juliska Dinner Plates  / Juliska Napkins / Juliska Napkin Rings

 

DIY Candy Cane Place Cards

My good friend Christine is back with a really fun DIY project.  She made place card holders out of candy cane sticks and we spent the afternoon making a video of the project for you! We ordered the candy cane sticks on-line (source below) and I went to Paper Presentation in New York City for the red cards, twine and white pen.  With Christmas less than a week away, you may not be able to find locally the candy cane sticks or get them shipped in time, so I suggest you use paper straws and cut them to the desired length.

DIY Candy Cane Place Cards (1) | Ridgely's Radar
DIY Candy Cane Place Cards (2) | Ridgely's Radar
~ Supplies ~
glue gun and glue sticks
white pen
red flat cards – 2″  x 3.5″

DIY Candy Cane Place Cards (3) | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: felt trees

photographs by Ridgely

Want to transform a can into Straw Covered Containers?

Occasionally I will walk around Michaels Arts & Craft Store to get inspiration and ideas for new projects.  On my last visit, I found packets of red and green patterned straws in the one dollar bin and knew I had to use them for a Christmas DIY craft.  Lucky for me, my husband likes to save empty food cans for his own projects and storage, and I was able to take a few to use with the straws.  It was such an easy project.  I cut the straws down to the height of the cans and used my glue gun to adhere them.  Then I went to the flower market in New York City and got miniature Poinsettias for each of the cans.  As a finishing touch, I added some green moss around the base of each pot. Viola! I had a centerpiece for my kitchen table.  I also covered a few cans in candy cane sticks (not pictured).  The containers are so cute and you could make them in any color and pattern straws.  Instead of putting a plant in them, you could use them for crayons, pencils, pens, scissors and they would make a really nice teacher gift!
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar
Ridgely Brode covers tin cans with straws to make holiday containers on her blog Ridgely's Radar

 

DIY Candy Corn Baskets

I wanted to make something festive, not spooky like this, for Halloween and came up with these little candy corn baskets.  They are the perfect size for candy corn and are really fun to put at everyone’s place at a pumpkin/ orange themed Halloween table.  I found the little cups (that hold ketchup and mustard0) at a local fast food restaurant, but you can use any size you like.  It is a really inexpensive (under $5 dollars!) and an easy project that you could do for really any holiday or occasion, just change up the colors to suit your theme.

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (1) | Ridgely's Radar

 

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (2) | Ridgely's Radar
DIY Candy Corn Baskets (3) | Ridgely's Radar

 

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (4) | Ridgely's Radar

 

DIY Candy Corn Baskets (5) | Ridgely's Radar

DIY Candy Corn Baskets
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~ Supplies ~

  • paper streamers: white, orange and yellow (I found mine at Walmart)
  • paper condiment cups (I found mine at a fast food restaurant)
  • Orange thread
  • sewing machine
  • glue gun
  • candy corn
~Directions ~
  1. Cut paper streamers to desired length: to determine length, measure paper cup circumference and multiply by how many baskets you want to make. Add an extra few inches to accommodate for the pleating and folding over finished edge.
  2. Layer the three colors with white and yellow on the bottom and the orange on top.
  3. Sew the paper streamer with a sewing machine.  I pinched the paper into pleats as I slowly  sewed them together.  Careful not to tear or rip the paper.
  4. Cut a piece of the sewed length of streamer to fit a cup with a little extra to fold over.
  5. Hot glue the streamer to the cup.  Do not worry if the bottom hangs off a little bit, you can cut it to fit and be straight. Just make sure you have enough yellow showing.
  6. Hot glue the end piece under to finish it off.
  7. Cut off any overhang on the bottom to clean it up and be straight
  8. Repeat for remaining baskets.
  9. Fill with candy corns.
*DIY Note: Make these for any holiday/ occaision using appropriate colors to match.  i.e.. red and green streamers for Christmas or fun colors for a birthday
DIY Candy Corn Baskets (6) | Ridgely's Radar

 

Setting The Table: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a week away and I thought I would give you a sneak peak at what my breakfast table will look like.  I made candy heart trees for my centerpiece and continued the “conversation heart” theme throughout my table-scape. I shopped around (I am not satisfied until I know I have looked everywhere and tried everything!) and bought every brand of candy “Conversation Hearts” to see which ones I liked best.  I decided to use Sweethearts because I liked their size and solid exterior, the others seemed really chalky and dusty.

Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (1) | Ridgely's Radar

Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (2) | Ridgely's Radar

PRINT  DIY Conversation Heart Candy Trees

~Supplies~

~Directions~

  1. Spray paint the FloraCraft White Cones in a well ventilated area with the Montana Orchid Pink paint. Leave to dry.
  2. Separated the candy hearts into ramekins by color.
  3. Take one dry, painted cone and, starting at the bottom, glue on the candy hearts* in a random color pattern around the cone until you reach the top.
  4. Glue each cone with candy heart until they are all done.
  5. Arrange the cones on a cake plate and scatter the extra candy around the base of the cones.

*I chose to place the words facing the cone, but you can face them out if you prefer.

Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (3) | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (4) | Ridgely's Radar
Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (5) | Ridgely's Radar

For us, especially on a school morning, it is a simple breakfast of heart (of course!) waffles and lots of crispy bacon.  If you want some other fun ideas for Valentine’s Day check out this delicious brunch recipe, make these cookies , see fun gift ideas or send someone a treat!

Setting the Table: Valentine's Day (6) | Ridgely's Radar

Waffle & Pancake Basic Recipe
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon (scant) Baking Powder
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Combine the wet ingredients first: egg, milk, yogurt or sour cream and oil. mix until combined.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder to the wet ingredients and mix well, it will be lumpy.
  3. Scoop onto griddle or waffle iron and cook until ready
  4. Serve with syrup