New Garden Tool Belts for 2015!

image (3)If you garden, you know you’ve done this. You go outside to plant some seeds. You get out to your garden with the packet of seeds, but you realize there’s some weeds to pull first. You put the packet of seeds in your back pocket and go back inside to get your handy weed tool. Dammit! You forgot your gloves. You run back inside to grab them. You go back out to your garden bed, pull the weeds, and plant your seeds. Gah! The plant markers and your sharpie. You left those inside. You go back inside to get them.

belt3It doesn’t have to be that way! A garden tool belt is just the tool you need! Strap on one of these fun garden tool belts, load it up with everything you need and you’ll spend less time retrieving your tools and more time checking things off your garden to-do list outside!

I was super inspired this weekend and made a whole bunch of new garden tool belts for this year’s growing season. You can see them all on my Etsy shop! Just like the vegetables in my yard, they’re seasonal so grab them while they last!

The Little Things: Details from my Handmade Wedding

1492284_10204310310905433_3230937443078395947_oThis is final post in my series about my little handmade wedding. Does it have to be over? I’ve been reliving the joy in every post! Today, I want to share with you all the extra little details that made our wedding so lovely!

theDavisons_web-082I had my friend Yuko, of Honeyberry Studios, draw a picture of Eric and me for the wedding. It turned out so adorable, I framed it and put it on the cake table. It’s now hanging in our bedroom – a precious reminder of our wedding day that I get to see everyday. If I have one piece of advice it’s splurge on the frames you use for decor at your wedding. We invested in some really beautiful barn wood frames for various parts of our wedding decor and ended up using them in our home to hang some special wedding art and photos. They ended up serving a special purpose during and after the wedding and have special memories all wrapped up in them.

theDavisons_web-373My mom was with me in spirit and since butterflies remind me of her, we incorporated them into the decor. These adorable ombre sugar butterflies made our cake so special. I loved how simple and charming it was! We kept the cake itself super simple so that the butterflies would really stand out. Of course I would end up with pollinators on my wedding cake!

theDavisons_web-068This butterfly earring of my mom’s ended up being my “something old.” I didn’t even though they were still around, but my sister had saved them. She surprised me with them on the week of the wedding and we pinned one into the inside of my dress. It was such a treasure!

theDavisons_web-266I never thought I’d end up in a tea-length dress, but I found this dress and loved it immediately. It ended up being absolutely perfect for the day! What made it even more amazing was being able to wear super fun shoes! The teal Miz Mooz shoes I found were super comfortable and so fun! I made the bouquet myself and the long, flowing teal ribbon, which was my sister’s last minute brilliant idea, was the perfect little touch to pull everything together.

theDavisons_web-034Naturally, we bought Eric a tie and socks to match.

theDavisons_web-102I decorated the tall tables with antique cheese graters-turned candle holders. I put a flameless candle underneath and it turned into a charming centerpiece.

theDavisons_web-634Of course, I had to bring the photo props I made for a New Year’s Eve party a few years ago. They ended up being a fun thing to play with later in the night. They made the dance floor even more hilarious and fun!

10429849_733725313333067_8503885062734635546_ntheDavisons_web-408I dolled up a vintage suit case in order to have a cute place for cards. I lined the top and bottom of the case with fabric that matched the decor of our wedding. Then, I got some fun paper, which also coordinated with the fabrics and colors I used in our wedding, and used a die cut machine to cut out fun letters.

theDavisons_web-096Finally, one of my favorite projects was the luminarias. I found this super awesome and simple tutorial and proceeded to make several sets of luminarias for different areas around the event. “Mr. & Mrs.” bags were on one side of the pool and “Davison” bags were on the other. I also made bags with our initials, “LOVE”, and hearts with arrows. They were a bit tedious to cut out, but were a super charming detail that I loved.

theDavisons-376And they lived happily ever after…

Missed the first posts in this series? Click herehere and here to see more.

*Thanks to Alex Smith for the most incredible photos. We are grateful. 

Work Lunch: Super Food Salad

WorkLunchI discovered a version of this salad when we first arrived in Park City. We were exhausted and hungry after a long morning of traveling and I was craving some nutritious sustenance. It hit the spot in a major way and I knew right then, that I’d be adding this into my rotation once we got home. It was one of those moments when I thought to myself, why didn’t I think of this? Such a simple, but delicious combination of salad goodness.

image (1)The salad in the restaurant had blueberries and grapefruit on it too, but since I’m not a fan of grapefruit and blueberries aren’t in season, I left those out. I can tell you right now that blueberries will most definitely make an appearance in my salad come July. Such an unexpected flavor and texture!

IMG_4965The first time I ordered this salad at a restaurant, I got it with grilled chicken, which added just the right amount of protein. I forgot the chicken the week I brought this to work for lunch and found that it didn’t sustain me as well without it. You’ll definitely want to pack some extra protein or a soup to go with this if you’re taking it for lunch too. Other than that, it is a powerhouse of a salad.

Super Food Salad

Greens (baby kale, chard, spinach and arugula)
2 or 3 medium beets
1 or 2 medium sweet potatoes
1 avocado
about 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
some delicious cheese of your choice (feta or chèvre work well here)
your favorite vinaigrette
Olive oil
salt and pepper

First, prep the salad ingredients.

Roast the beets.

Want a quick beet roasting tutorial and another awesome beet salad recipe? Read this!

Cut the skinned and roasted beets into bite-sized pieces and place into a container. Add a dash of olive oil, vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine.

Roast the sweet potato.

Peel, cut, and toss the sweet potato with a little olive oil and salt. Spread out on a cookie sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven until tender, about 20 minutes.

Toast some pumpkin seeds. 

This is really the star of this salad. They add the most delicious crunch. To toast the seeds, place raw pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir occassionally, moving the seeds around the skillet. They’re done when they start to snap, crackle and pop out of the pan and start turning golden.

Make a vinaigrette. 

Making homemade vinaigrette is super simple. Following a 3:1 oil to vinegar ratio is really the way to do it (thank you, Michael Ruhlman!). I usually put 3 or so tablespoons of oil into a small mason jar with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Sometimes I add a bit of dijon mustard, a pinch of whatever spices are calling my name (an italian herb mix of dried oregano, basil, and thyme is nice), and a bit of salt and pepper. Put the lid on the mason jar, shake it up, and dress your salad.

Make the salad.

Fill a bowl with a big helping of fresh salad greens. Toss the greens with your vinaigrette and top with some beets, sweet potato, avocado, chevre, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Making this for lunch?

Pack the greens and vinaigrette jar in one large container. In a mason jar, stack the toppings in the following order, from bottom to top: beets, sweet potato, cheese, and avocado. Dump on your salad during lunch, sprinkle with the toasted seeds, and devour with joy.

Side note:

O is for !Having you been wanting to start a garden so you can grow your own salad? I’ve got a bunch of classes on the books that can help you on your way! Check out the Urban Farm Schoolhouse website for all the details!

Charming Chalkboards for a Handmade Wedding

theDavisons_web-365This is the third post of a series about my handmade wedding. Join me as a revel in the joy and craftiness of it all! And click here to see more!

theDavisons_web-098Once I discovered chalkboard paint, it was pretty much over for me. I just can’t get enough of my DIY chalkboard projects. I adore their charming look and love the challenge of penning different fonts by hand. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I used chalkboards as an integral part of our wedding decor.

quote_RSVPsIt started on our invitations. I used a block stamp and a thin tip Sharpie to create small slates on the invitation and RSVP cards. We asked our guests to write their favorite quote about love or marriage on the back of the RSVP cards.

theDavisons_web-086theDavisons_web-087I wrote each of our guests’ quotes onto small slates that we created by getting thin plywood boards at a local art store and painting them with chalkboard paint. I primed the chalkboard surface with real chalk and then used chalk pens to do the writing. I found that the regular tip, not the thin tip, pens worked the best.chalkboard_collageWe incorporated those quote boards into the decor by placing them on tables, nestling them in bushes, and hanging them from trees. It was so neat to have all of your guests’ favorite quotes about love and marriage surrounding us on our special day. 

theDavisons_web-091I made some other small chalkboards to take care of logistics too. Our wedding was not a formal one by any means and we knew we wanted our friends and family to sit together for our ceremony. One of the chalkboard signs propped up on a chair ended up being a super charming way to communicate that to our guests.

theDavisons_web-089Since we got married in Los Olivos, California in August, during the height of summer heat, we wanted our guests to be comfortable. My old water bath canner was the perfect thing to hold the fans we bought for our guests to use.

Chalkboard_SignsI used little chalkboard signs to place next to each dish we were serving in the BBQ dinner buffet we served. Eric also made me a bunch of chalkboard signs to point our guests in the right direction.

A few months after the wedding was over, after we got our incredible wedding photos back from our photographer and were able to make some custom thank you cards, we began working on thank you packages for our guests. This is where everything came full circle. Our guests sent their favorite quotes to us on their RSVP cards, we used them as decor in our wedding, and then sent the special boards to our guests. We included a thank you card and CD of the special music we used during the ceremony and reception. We had so much fun at our wedding and so much fun putting these little thank you packages together for our friends!

I’ve got one more post of wedding goodness for you, my friends! Stay tuned!