Rich, sweet and fragrant, tres leches cake combines the best of a tender, airy cake and a sweet vanilla custard. In other words, it is to-die-for good! This cake gets its name from the three milks (in Spanish, “Tres Leches”) used in the custard that is poured over an airy sponge cake base. Served with fresh spring berries, this cake recipe provides the foundation for what I firmly believe is the very best strawberry shortcake, hands down!
With spring just around the corner, bring a vibrant touch of color to your space–and get a bit more organized in the process! These sweet stenciled tiled magnets can be made in a flash, and they are the perfect way to keep papers, photos and mementos stylishly neat and tidy on your refrigerator, in your office, or just about in anywhere at all. Let me show you how to make a set of your own!
When decorating outdoor spaces, many overlook a perfect blank slate for adding a splash of style: the walls! Today I’m sharing how to make quick and easy outdoor wall decor with empty frames and a roll of decorative moss. Let me show you how easily it’s done!
For this project, you will need…
- Rolled decorative moss
- Empty wooden frames
- Hot glue
- Wooden welcome sign
- Spray paint…
Nothing can enhance a home’s curb appeal more quickly than a colorful container garden, and I especially love to add character to our front porch with hanging baskets. Pre-planted hanging baskets can be very affordable, but the problem with many of them is that they lack pizzazz. Today I’m sharing a super quick, super easy way to spruce them up with adhesive vinyl!
If you follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Google+, you have likely seen my updates regarding our upcoming move from Tennessee to Texas. The last few weeks have been spent getting our current home ready to put on the market, and one of the first places I chose to start was our front porch. Curb appeal can truly make or break the marketability of a home!
Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers, and when I happened upon some gorgeous hanging geranium baskets at Lowe’s for under $10 apiece last week, I seized the opportunity and bought two! I wasn’t crazy about the plain containers they happened to come in, but with a bit of creativity (and some help from my Silhouette CAMEO), I turned this simple beauty…
…into what you see above! The small touches really can take something from everyday to special, don’t you think? And the total time investment to cut the embellishments for each pot and then adhere them was about 10 minutes. Not too shabby! (Don’t have a die-cutter in your arsenal of crafting tools? Consider using stencils and paint pens to create the same effect!)
In my curb appeal-boosting quest, I absolutely loved the tips found in this article on the Homes.com blog. I completely agree with their recommendation that creating a pretty container garden can instantly increase a home’s appeal, like I do every year with my tiered terracotta planters…
…and with the fabric-decoupaged clay pots that I shared last month.
Hanging on my shepherd’s hook in our front bed, my vibrant red geraniums will greet each guest to our home with a cheerful hello. Paired with the containers I shared last week, these special little touches are allowing our front porch to come along quite nicely!
What are your best tips and tricks for boosting a home’s curb appeal? I would love to hear!
Turn a pre-made wood planter into something special with chic mosaic tile to grow anything from herbs to seasonal flowers. PS contributor Megan from The Homes I Have Made is here today to show us exactly how this DIY outdoor planter is done! These would make marvelous gifts for teachers, moms, friends and more!
Hello PS Readers! Megan here, from The Homes I Have Made, back with another Spring project that is great for a Mother’s Day gift or even a treat for your own home! I was inspired to do this project for a couple of reasons: 1) I stumbled upon this gorgeous teal and green tile at a garage sale and was antsy to do something with it; and 2) I’ve been hankering to start growing some fresh herbs…so this project was a great way to satisfy both “cravings.”
This project was a little time-consuming when you factor in all the drying times at the various steps. However, it was such a gratifying project to work on, and the final result is just so stunning that all the waiting time is worth it. If you’ve never tiled or grouted anything, don’t be intimidated…I didn’t use any fancy supplies or techniques – all my supplies can be found at a craft store and hardware store.
Here’s what you need:
- Mosaic tile glue – I found mine at Michaels for a few dollars.
- Grout – This was also just a few dollars at the hardware store; it comes in a variety of shades (I chose Pure White) and you mix it right in the container it comes in!
- Tile – For this one planter, I used less than one sheet, so it’s a great project to use up some tile you may have leftover from other projects!
- Planter – For ease, I chose a straight-sided planter. This allowed all my cuts to be straight lines and simple measurements. If you’re savvy with a miter saw, feel free to use an angled planter – the results would be equally as stunning! Also, if you’re turned off by the prices of planters at the big hardware stores, check Marshalls and TJMaxx, as they often have similiar things on their shelves!
- Wood slats – These are 0.5″x2″x24″ pine cuts. For one planter, we used four strips cut down to size. To make things easier, pick the straightest, cleanest wood you can find in the pile!
- Wood glue
- Spray paint – my white of choice is Rust-oleum’s Gloss Protective Enamel
- Spray primer – my primer of choice is Zinsser Cover Stain primer
Let me show you how this all came together!
With Earth Day just around the corner and spring in full swing, now is the perfect time to think about planting a garden to enjoy throughout the warm months. Today’s green craft, inspired by the Michaels ReLove campaign, is a great way to reuse something that would otherwise be discarded–empty soda cans–by turning them into lovely labeled garden stakes to keep your crops neat and organized! This recycled craft idea mimics the look of the metal stamping that is so popular right now, but it can be done with just a few ordinary items you are very likely to already have on hand. Let me show you how it’s done!
For this project, you will need…
- Small wooden frames
- Spray paint
- Empty soda cans
- Computer and printer
- Ballpoint pen
- Magic Eraser
- Hot glue
- Metal skewers…
Do you have some clay pots that have seen better days? Update them with your favorite fabric and some Outdoor Mod Podge! This is the perfect spring craft to complete this weekend, and it would make a terrific gift for any occasion under the sun: Mothers’ Day, teacher appreciation, or even housewarming. Let me show you how it’s done!
When Michaels recently asked me to take part in their Re-Love Blogger challenge, I didn’t hesitate before jumping on board. With Earth Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to think green when it comes to creative endeavors!
The idea is to take something from around your home–in your garage, attic, or somewhere else entirely–and spruce it up with a bit of crafty TLC. I’ve had the same plain-Jane clay pots sitting in my garage for two years now…
…and I decided this would be the perfect time to really make them pop! All it took was a bit of paint, fabric, and some Outdoor Mod Podge to turn the pots into something beautiful for my front porch….
Hello PS Readers! It’s Megan, from The Homes I Have Made, back with another fun and simple tutorial that I hope will help make your home a bit brighter for Spring! The second the calendar officially rolled over to Spring a few weeks ago, I excitedly began pulling out our bright-colored outdoor furniture and accessories. One project that I didn’t get to last year was some sort of ground covering or rug for our covered porch, so it was at the top of my To Do List once it began to warm up!…
Being a southern girl, there are few things I love more than to punch up an outfit with a feminine, flirty accessory. This lace-embellished tote bag features delicate lace and a bold monogram: the perfect combination of sweetness and sass! By using a pre-made tote bag, this is a fun DIY accessory project that you can easily make in an hour or less. These bags would make terrific gifts, too! (It’s never too late to start thinking about gifts for Mother’s Day!)
For this project, you will need…
- Plain tote bag (I purchased mine in a pack of 3 at Jo-Ann)
- Lace trim (yardage needed will vary depending upon the size of the tote used)
- Coordinating thread
- Embroidery needle
- Brooch or pendant
- Monogram embellishment
- Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, pins, etc….