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Cotton & Brass on Store Envy

April 19, 2013

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We are excited to announce the Cotton & Brass Store Envy Shop is up and running! Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

Garden(ing) Party

April 15, 2013

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The first day that spring arrives is magical. When jackets are no longer required and everything is flushed with color after long days of gray. It’s inspires us to clean out the garden beds and plan for the upcoming years crop. It beckons guests, fizzy cocktails, and fresh flowers.

This day is the one we wanted to capture for our spring shoot and we are excited to announce we are pairing it along with a new shop! We have hand picked a curated selection of items that will soon be featured in our Storenvy shop opening April 19th. Stop back Friday morning for the link.

Happy Easter!

March 31, 2013

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photo property of Christa Kimble Photography

More shots from our Spring Shoot and our upcoming Pop Up Shop coming soon!

Triangle Quilt Tutorial – Part II

March 4, 2013

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Once (or even before) you have the triangles cut out it’s good to get an idea of how to arrange them. Here is a simple template that I created. I quickly realized that I would need many of these to get it is just right. Having this road map will make the next step MUCH easier. So download the template below and print it out, as many times as you need to.

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Spring Fever

March 1, 2013

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Green Bicycle print property of Christa Kimble Photography

Spring is almost here! We tend to hibernate during winter in Ohio, despite our best efforts, making spring all the more lovely. Here’s a few things we’re excited about:

  • Spring Forward is March 10th this year! So early!
  • Cadbury Eggs and Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Celebrating Spring with a new lipstick
  • Sandals and Dresses with bare legs
  • Recipes that are not soup
  • Spending more time outdoors…entertaining, walking, running, biking, etc
  • Gardening–we’re planning an awesome Garden themed shoot complete with garden and entertaining inspiration, tutorials, recipes, and the launch of our first ever pop up shop. We can’t wait to share the results!

What are you most looking forward to this Spring?

Happy President’s Day

February 18, 2013

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For the Love of Flowers

February 13, 2013

Valentine's Arrangement
In celebration of Valentine’s Day we put together a little floral arrangement tutorial for you. Everyone appreciates a hand-made gift and you will be sure to surprise your loved one (even if that’s you).

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Supplies
• 8-10 big bright flowers (ranunculus & poppies)
• filler flower (wax flowers)
• green filler (leather leaf fern & eucalyptus)
• vase
• sheers

step one

step two
step one
Set the shape of your arrangement by placing in a couple of structure pieces. I detest ball shaped arrangements so I usually place one taller bigger piece on one end of the vase and a smaller shorter piece on the other and try to follow that throughout. I cut each piece by lining it us against the vase then cutting the stem at an angle under cool water (not shown).

step three
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Start adding in your bigger brighter flowers. Try to scatter them and don’t worry if they stick out a bit – the filler will fix that. Keep stepping back to make sure your not veering off of the main shape you had in mind.

step four

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step three
Add your filler flower. I like to make mine slightly shorter that the big bright flowers.

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Add in more green filler. If you have started to lose your original shape this is a great place to add filler where needed to re-create it. Don’t be afraid to move flowers if you feel like you need to – just do it ever so gently. Keep turning and adding until you are satisfied (or in my case, until the vase can not hold anymore).

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*scrap bouquet*
It is inevitable that some blooms will break and you will have leftover filler. I always have little bud vases or jelly jars near me to create miniature bouquets from the scraps. No reason to let a pretty flower go to waste!

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Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!
xoxo – Cotton & Brass

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