Happy Mother’s Day + Simple Stencil DIY

Mother's Day Stenciled 'MOM' | PepperDesignBlog.com

I’m in Boston with only one day left to explore this beautiful city until Marley and I fly home to rejoin the rest of our family for Mother’s Day weekend (get to spend it with both my mom and mother-in-law, a tradition we started two years ago and that I love!).

I could write an essay on motherhood… what it means to me, both being a mom and loving my mom(s), but it would not do justice to what moms are in our lives. I HOPE that I can be as solid, sensible and happy as my mom (love you, mom), I hope that my girls grow up snuggling, admiring and leaning on me with a sense of confidence that I’ll always be there – for any and every reason.

Whether you are celebrating with breakfast in bed, a bouquet of flowers, handmade cards or (stenciled) brownies, have a wonderful weekend spending time with or thinking about the special women in your life! Happy Mother’s Day.

PS the above photo was so simple to create, we had chipboard letters on hand and so I pepped up a dessert with a little customization. Could be replicated on blueberry pancakes for brunch or over almost any sort of delicious dessert.

Kid-Friendly Handmade Drawer Sachets

Lavender Drawer Sachet, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv’s new favorite activity is to go for scavenger hunts around our neighborhood. My neighbor invites her on early evening walks when she takes her own dog for a walk, and Liv comes back with a bag full of flowers from around the block (I know, not totally kosher, I try to encourage just picking leaves and such by sometimes sending her with a list that includes ‘find something green’ and ‘find the prettiest twig’).

One of her recent hunts resulted in LOTS of lavender from our own yard, so I suggested to Liv that we dry it all out and use it for a project.


Lavender, rosemary, nasturtium, bougainvillea…

I also had a handful of muslin bags on hand from another craft, so one of the ideas that came to mind was to create little drawer satchels for Mother’s Day.

Once the flowers were completely dried out, we blended them with epsom salt, baking powder and drops of lavender essential oil.

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here Taylor is pretending to mix around the powdered result. PS this mixture is perfect for sachets, not so great for a bath (I tried, the amazing-smelling powder left the green lavender residue all over the tub, whoops!).

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

I mixed the powder with whole grains of rice, 2 parts lavender powder to 1 part rice.

We turned the muslin bags inside out and Liv drew whatever she wanted on the bag in a colored pencil. She decided on flowers which was perfect for this project.

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Then I slipped a thin piece of cardboard/cardstock into the bag (so that I wouldn’t sew through the bag) and began to outline the design in embroidery thread (the below is an example that I started on first to test out my idea, not Liv’s flower). She was able to help me out a little bit by pulling the needle taut as I sewed. The goal was to create a close version of her drawing rather than perfectly spaced embroidery stitches (as an adult may be tempted to do).

Here’s a source for muslin bags and here’s the hoarder amount of embroidery thread that I now own.

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Back to the flower… our design once we turned the bag inside out and filled up the little bag with our lavender mixture:

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

I tied the tops very tight (non-spilling or leaking tight). They smell so lovely and will be great little presents. A bonus is that lavender is a mothball deterrent, these are perfect for hanging in a closet or tucking into a dresser drawer.

It’s almost Mother’s Day! I’m in Boston this week and so finished most of our Mother’s Day cards/gifts before we left (which is wayyyy before that usually happens). Happy mid week!

PS One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts and all Mother’s Day ideas from this blog. 

Experimenting with Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers | PepperDesignBlog.com

When we planted our garden a month or so ago, I added nasturtiums to experiment with for salads, desserts, drink garnishes and everything in between. They are exploding out of our veggie box right now and they’re so beautiful! I’ve been thinking about neat ways to use them up with the rest of our veggies (which aren’t ready yet) and have a bunch of ideas. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’m thinking a brunch cocktail with floating nasturtiums might be first on our menu.

Edible Flowers | PepperDesignBlog.com
That pop of red? So pretty.

I tried freezing nasturtium blooms in ice cubes but they came out a little funky (they changed colors to an awkward ‘dead’ shade), the leaves and the buds on the other hand looked awesome. Apparently using boiled water gives you clear ice cubes while water from the tap gives you cloudy (I tried the former but not with great results as evidenced below, have to try this again).

Edible Flowers | PepperDesignBlog.com

A simple bloom floating in a cocktail is popular with restaurants right now, an easy way to use these guys up.

So how do they taste? A little spicy. They definitely provide that zing! I can’t say that I would love a full plate (for both the spice factor and that they’re flowers, it still feels a bit awkward to pop them into your mouth) but you could definitely add a punch to a dish by incorporating nasturtiums. From marigolds to pansies, there are a lot of edible flower varieties out there to experiment with.

Edible Flowers | PepperDesignBlog.com

Mulling over these flower ideas to try next: shredded and mixed in with jasmine or saffron rice, tossed with a salad, chopped into a homemade tropical ice cream, placed all over a cream cheese-frosted cake, floating in a large bowl of punch, dried and sugared for a dessert, nasturtium infused butter. Ooooo. Saw that last one on Pinterest and it could be awesome.

PS our veggie box this year contains lots of yummy stuff (it’s planting season!), a few of my favorite cocktails, and handmade gift ideas for mom.

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