One Chapter Ends. Another Begins.

This post is a bittersweet one. After almost five years of blogging here at Tulle and Trinkets, I’ve decided to close up shop and start my next adventure at SarahHeckle.com.

When I started this blog in 2011, I was a newlywed living in an itty-bitty apartment. I had recently moved to a new city, had just started a new career, and was just learning to navigate adulthood. Needless to say, things have changed a lot since then. In a good way :). A house, baby, kitten, puppy, and career shifts are just a few things that have changed while I’ve been blogging on Tulle and Trinkets.

You’ve probably noticed that in the past year or so my posting has slowed down a lot. The demands of being a work-from-home mom has a lot to do with that. But also, the brand I created here on Tulle and Trinkets has felt less and less like me over time. I went back and forth on how to rebrand. Should I redirect all the content on Tulle and Trinkets? Or should I take this as an opportunity to start fresh and use what I’ve learned over the years to create a new site? I settled on a fresh start.

I’m excited for the opportunity to now blog at SarahHeckle.com, and I hope you’ll join me over there! If you follow on Bloglovin’, you should already be seeing new posts from SarahHeckle.com in your feed. If you follow by email or another way, please resubscribe! If you have questions, please email me at sarah@sarahheckle.com.

Thank you for your continued support!

$50 Home Office Makeover with Gordmans

Today I’m excited to share a peek of my home office. I recently rearranged and reorganized things a little bit–and made a couple additions thanks to the $50 gift card my partner Gordmans recently sent me. Keep on scrollin’ to see my office and what I picked up at Gordmans!

Home Office with Gordmans

My little space! The desk and chair are from Target. The printer stand is a re-purposed medicine cabinet. The bookcase holds my floral design tools, craft supplies, and my sewing machine.

Home Office with Gordmans

A little shelfie for you!
Clock c/o Gordmans.
Antique books.
Antique painting.
Capri Blue Volcano candle on antique glass pedestal.
Target mirror.
Vintage conch shell planter.

Home Office with Gordmans

Home Office with Gordmans

Box c/o Gordmans. It’s full of old photos.
Garage sale pick-up brass crane.

Home Office with Gordmans

Magazine holders c/o Gordmans.
DIY dry erase calendar.
Tulips in blue cup.
Capri Blue Volcano candle tin.
Pens in cleaned-out candle jar.
Anthro mug.
Lamp c/o Gordmans.
Hand-blown paperweight.

Home Office with Gordmans

Desk organizer c/o Gordmans.

Home Office with Gordmans

All the gold polka dot storage pieces are my favorite pick-ups. Not only are they adorable, but they also add a lot of organization to my space.

Christmas Bits

Lost 40  Tree Farm

Choosing a tree.

Christmas Tree Decorating

Stringing up the lights.

Christmas Tree Decorating

Reindeer joggers c/o Tipsy Elves.

Baby Hospital Bracelet Christmas Ornament DIY

Ornament DIY: newborn hat and hospital bracelets from Christopher’s birth.

Christmas Decorations

Festive shelf.

Paper Source Calendar December

December wall.

Christmas Entryway

Christmas entryway.

Baby Looking in Mirror

Christmas kisses.

Happy New Year! I’m quickly dropping by today to share a few photos from our Christmas season. We have another round of get-togethers this weekend, and then the holidays will officially be over. It went by too quickly–as usual–but I admit I’m ready for life to get back to normal. Here’s to enjoying what’s left of the holidays!

A Year of Flower Arrangements: December

Christmas Flower Arrangement with roses and hydrangea

Christmas Flower Arrangement with roses and hydrangea

Christmas Flower Arrangement with roses and hydrangea

Christmas Flower Arrangement with roses and hydrangea

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m posting my December flower arrangement just in the nick of time–hours before the month AND year end. My final arrangement of the year is inspired by Christmas and features red roses; green hydrangea; white hypericum berries; and a variety of greens, including pine, eucalyptus, and boxwood branches.

I’m planning on sharing a little wrap-up post in January to review my year of flower arrangements, including some final thoughts on the project and my favorite arrangements from the year.

Have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve! Until next year!

DIY Fresh Evergreen Planter & Wreath

DIY Christmas Urn and WreathToday I’m excited to share two fresh evergreen projects I did for our Christmas front porch this year. I love getting creative with fresh pine because it’s quintessential Christmas, it smells divine, and it stays green throughout the whole holiday season.

DIY Christmas Urn

DIY Christmas Planter

My first project was creating a Christmas planter. I picked the urn up at an auction and immediately started dreaming on my Christmas Pinterest board how I could dress it up for the holidays.

Materials:

  • Urn
  • Potting soil
  • Floral foam — I used four blocks, but how much you need depends on the size and shape of your urn.
  • Water
  • Fresh-cut evergreen — You’ll need quite a bit, in varying sizes, depending on the size and shape of your urn. Mine is mostly cedar from a tree in my yard. I also included some berried juniper that I got at Home Depot.
  • White glitter twigs (similar)
  • Red glitter berries (similar)
  • Silver berries (similar)
  • Matte red ball ornaments (similar)
  • Floral picks
  • Gold pine cones (similar)
  • Pruning shears (I have these.)

How I did it:

First I soaked the floral foam in water. I used my tub so that I’d have room to soak all four blocks at once. Let them soak until they sink to the bottom of the water, or they might end up with dry patches.

DIY Christmas Urn

Once the blocks were saturated, I filled the urn with potting soil, leaving enough room at the top for the blocks of foam. I placed three blocks of foam on the soil and cut one of the blocks up to fill in the smaller gaps.

Next I added the cedar to the urn. I started with a tall and full piece in the center of the urn to establish the height of the arrangement. Then I started filling in around it to get a somewhat rounded shape. This was the most time-consuming part. You’ll be surprised how much evergreen you need! I used some floppier pieces around the lip of the urn to give it a pretty, cascading look — and so you can’t see any foam. Once I had it all filled in, I used my pruning shears to trim it up a little bit.

DIY Christmas Urn

Time for the embellishments! First I added the white glitter twigs on the top. Then, I decided to create four focal points around the urn with my embellishments, mostly focusing on the three sides that you can see as you walk up to the house and stand on our front porch. I created clusters with the berried juniper, ball ornaments, silver and red berries, and pinecones. (I attached the ball ornaments to floral picks using wire. The pine cones were already on picks.)

DIY Christmas Planter

DIY Christmas Planter

DIY Christmas Planter

DIY Christmas Planter

Of course, at the end I fussed with it for a while, arranging and rearranging, but I am so excited with the end result! To help it last, I periodically water the arrangement and mist it with water from a spray bottle.

DIY Fresh Evergreen Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath

I’m equally excited about how my wreath turned out this year. The great thing about this wreath is I started with a basic Fraser fir wreath from Home Depot and customized it to my liking with sprigs of a second type of evergreen and Christmas embellishments.

Materials:

How I did it:

DIY Christmas Wreath

First I removed the bow that came on the wreath. Next I cut a bunch of cypress sprigs. I’d say they average about 8 to 10 inches long. The sprigs need to have a few inches of bare stem at the bottom so you have something to wire to the wreath.

DIY Christmas Wreath

Once the sprigs were ready, I started adding them to the wreath. To do this, I inserted the stems into the wreath as far as I could. Then, I took floral wire and wrapped it around the stems and the wreath, twisting it in the back to secure the stems to the wreath.

DIY Christmas Wreath

I worked my way around the wreath adding sprigs until the whole wreath was full of them. I then used my fingers to work the cypress into the Fraser fir so that the sprigs look like they were part of the original wreath.

DIY Christmas Wreath

Next I added two stems of red berry sprays to frame the top of the wreath. Again, I used floral wire to secure the spray stems to the wreath. The sprays are made of pliable wire, so I molded the sprays so they curve around the wreath.

DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath

Then I made my bow! It’s pretty much impossible to articulate how to make a bow like this in writing, so I recommend watching this video. I secured my bow with a piece of floral wire, and then used the wire to add the bow to the wreath, covering the berry stems.

DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath

Next I made my pine cone picks by hot gluing floral picks into glitter pine cones. Once dry, I stuck the picks into the wreath.

Time to hang it up!

DIY Christmas Wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath

I also added a 15′ white pine garland and a couple oversized ornaments:

DIY Christmas Wreath

Our very merry front porch!

Christmas Front Porch