5.31.2011

it's my anniversary!



I am celebrating the 2 year anniversary of my shop - oh, buckets - this week!  The support I have received locally, from around the US, and even worldwide has been amazing

Thank you so very much to all who have supported my business with kind comments, word of mouth advertising, and/or purchases! 

To show my appreciation, I am offering 20% off all of my in stock items (so sorry, but custom orders are not included in the sale).  You can use the code THANK YOU at check out today through Sunday, June 6.

Head on over to my website to start shopping!  And, don't forget to become a fan on Facebook for special sales throughout the year!

oh, buckets {wedding decor}

Over the past few months I've had the pleasure of working with soon to be brides and bridal shower planners!  It's been surprising and oh, so fun diving into this new area of decor...honestly, I never thought I had a talent for "big people stuff". 

BUT, I feel pretty darn good about my wedding work!  Take a peek at one of my recent favorites...a vintage sheet music banner embellished with cardstock and Amy Butler fabric...

5.26.2011

homemade granola


Remember last week when I said I'd have a recipe for you to pair with those freshly picked berries?  Well, wait no longer, here it is! 

You can eat this granola dry, with a splash of milk, over yogurt, or on top of ice cream.  Throw in some dried berries or fresh fruit and you have a wonderful breakfast, snack, or dessert! 

The other night I grilled up some bananas with rum, butter, and brown sugar.  Then served them (warm, of course) over vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of this very granola - super tasty!

Read on for the recipe and have a wonderful weekend! 

5.24.2011

wooden toy love

I've purchased some wonderful handmade wooden cars, trucks, and teethers for a few of the special kiddos in my life.  I love that wooden toys are eco-friendly, have natural anti-bacterial properties, and are just so sweet!  Here are a few of my favorites:



5.19.2011

summer travel series

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being included in the Summer Travel Series of treasuries by Beaditi on Etsy - you can see my pale aqua bunting cupcake toppers below. 

And, make sure you stop back next week - I'll be sharing a recipe perfect for pairing with those fresh picked berries!

'Summer Travel Series - 4 - Berry Picking in the Farms' by Beaditi

Red Flower Petal Ga...

$30.00
Set of Four Flour S...

$16.00
Hand Dyed Bamboo Ve...

$
Red Tagua Nut Choke...

$54.00
Red candy stripe st...

$7.95
c is for cupcake to...

$5.50
tiny flag banner - ...

$12.00
A Ruffle Blanket in...

$50.00
Strawberry Bubble R...

$34.00
Primitive STRAWBERR...

$3.95
Basket Totes/Metal ...

$12.50
Turquoise Berry Bow...

$40.00
Just Sweet and Swee...

$12.00
Red and gingham bon...

$150.00
SUPERSALE Pyrecanth...

$5.00
Little Strawberry- ...

$3.75

The Big Eco Directory

About a month ago, I submitted an application for my blog to be included in The Big Eco Directory - a website that, "features all of the best eco-friendly and green related websites."  Just this week I was notified that my blog was accepted.  You can find the link button below my list of followers. 

There are currently 335 active links ranging from blogs to green jobs to eco travel.  I hope it will continue to grow as it seems to be an awesome resource!

Here are a couple of blogs that I've found using the directory:

A blog that offers green ideas spanning a variety of topics.  For example, today I read a post about biodegradable shoes - cool, right?!  And, I found this adorable idea for making use of "orphan" socks!  Though, at our house, I'm not sure we even have any socks that cute!



A blog that offers, "a collection of hints to help nurture a more ecological and economical household with very simple choices."  The posts here range in topic from hand sanitizer, just posted last week, to a no soap challenge!

Go ahead, take a peek - and please come back to share any fun new sites or tips you may find!

5.17.2011

embroidery hoop art and small banner gift set


Did you see my first embroidery hoop post?  If so, you know how much I love hoop art...and fabric...and no sew projects!  Read on for a little bit of sharing and a mini-tutorial, with just a bit of hand sewing.

My oldest has a birthday party this week for one of her closest friends!  This set is for her - happy birthday kiddo - hope you're not peeking  :)



The fabrics were chosen to coordinate with her current bedroom decor and the small banner is made using vintage sheet music - that girl loves her tunes!



To make the flower embellishments for the hoop: I began by cutting out 3 inch, 2.5 inch, and 2 inch circle templates from cardboard.  Next, I pinned the templates to the appropriate fabrics and cut them out.  With the lavendar fabric in the embroidery hoop, I stacked the flowers and hand sewed them on with the white button.  After several stitches to make sure it was secure, I used hot glue to attach the pink button.



The banner:  For the banner itself, check out my tutorial on Going Home to Roost or pop by my shop where I have them for sale.  As for the flower embellishment, I followed the same process as above using 2 inch, 1.5 inch, and 1 inch circles.  When I was done sewing I added a piece of clear tape to the back and two pieces of double sided tape under the biggest "petal" - this should help keep the paper from tearing and the flower secure. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 
And, make sure you check out this week's SALE details!

5.16.2011

SALE - this week only!

Are you a fan of oh, buckets on Facebook?
If not, this is the week to become one!

All items from the SALE section in my shop are an additional 10% off for oh, buckets' Facebook fans.
Sale runs today - Sunday, May 22.

So, go ahead, take a peek!

Go here for the coupon code or to become a fan!

** Regular priced items and custom orders are not included in the sale. **

5.14.2011

asparagus quiche [seasonal cooking - spring]


From Asparagus to Zucchini is one of my favorite cookbooks when it comes to seasonal cooking. A friend of mine picked it up for me several years ago at the Madison (WI) farmer's market, but you can check it out on Amazon. Though, if you're ever in the area, the Madison farmer's market is a site to see and quite inspiring! I developed my favorite muffin recipe after a visit a few years back...I'll share it with you sometime!

Today's asparagus quiche is adapted from a broccoli recipe by Julie Worzala in this very cookbook.  Asparagus is in season, so give it a try now!  Read on for full details.




5.10.2011

end of the school year party [storyboard]


A friend of mine is having an end of the school year party for her kiddos and she asked me to help her come up with some ideas - yippee! She's already got some outdoor games and a mini-pie eating contest in mind - the kids are gonna love it!  Read on for what I've come up with so far and don't forget to stop back Thursday for a yummy seasonal recipe.

5.05.2011

getting to know Nest Pretty Things Kids


Oh, my - I just love looking thru the shop, Nest Pretty Things Kids! The product photos are eye catching, the colors are inspiring, and the product packaging...you guessed it, is eco friendly! There's also a blog and a shop for women - enjoy the eye candy!

For all of you momma's - enjoy Mother's Day!
See you back here on Tuesday!

5.03.2011

creative decorating [for kids]



1) floor cushion by lacasadecoto:
    cozy little reading spot
2) re-purposed train case by judythejazzcat:
    adorable storage option
3) magnetic spice rack from saltcityspice:
    unique jewlery organizer
4) pallet bed as seen on ashley ann photograpy:
    favorite place to lounge
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