A Paper Strawberry Flower Centerpiece VIDEO

by Libbie Summers 
Photography by Chia Chong for Savannah Magazine
Assisted by David Dempsey, Candace Brower, Anthony Lunsmann

A couple of months ago I had the honor of hosting a private dinner to benefit The Fresh Air Home (a summer camp for underprivileged children). The 5 course dinner was inspired by a just ripe strawberry and a playful child. And, this was the homespun chic centerpiece. It was a very special night overlooking the Grove River. ‘ll be sharing more recipes and details this week, but seriously, how perfect would this be as the centerpiece on your Mother’s Day table?!

DIY: Pom Poms

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Between decorating parties, cake tops, rooms, packages, dogs and clothing, I’ve made more pom poms than I could possibly remember. Below is the hand wrapping method for making a pom pom that I teach everyone who works with me. Between the last three assistants (Anna, Candace and David), none of them could make a pom pom when they started. Now…they are all experts…and probably never want to make another one again! 

Hand Pom Poms:
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Ingredients:
1 skien of yarn (the thicker the yarn, the fluffier the pom pom)
1 pair sharp scissors

Step 1:
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Begin by wrapping yarn around four fingers, about 60 times.

Step 2:
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After you’ve wrapped a thick amount, leave a bit of slack and cut a piece off (about 8-inches long)

Step 3:
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Remove yarn from your fingers and tie tightly using the piece you cut off.

Step 4:
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Using your scissors, cut through the loops you’ve created by tying the yarn through the middle.

Step 5:
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Now is when the magic happens. Clean up your circle shape by trimming your yarn. For a tight pom pom, you’ll be trimming off quite a bit.

When finished you’ll have something like this:
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The possibilities for usage are infinite!!!
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Before and Afters

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I live a life filled with a “before and afters”. It’s a thrilling way to think about things. We so often pick up something and think…what the hell should I do with this. Here are a few fun examples of how a beautiful before can become an even more lovely and lively after.

Yarn

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Strawberries

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Flowers

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Can Label 

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More about this Decoupage Pig Mount here

Balloons

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Vizsla

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Let’s Get Pickled! DIY Party Invitations

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

STOP EVERYTHING! This could possibly be the most fun cocktail party invitation ever!

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DIY Pickle Invitations
yields 1

Ingredients
3 sheets colored card stock (light green, kelly green, orange)
1 glue stick
colored pencils
scissors

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Step 1. Cut out 4 shapes (jar, pickles, label, & lid). Use a colored pencil to mark the pickles.

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Step 2. Using a glue stick, glue down all shapes until your pickle jar is complete.

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Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, DIY, Pickle, Party Invitations

Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, DIY, Pickle, Party Invitations

Step 3. Add a business card or homemade logo to complete the pickle jar branding.

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Step 4: Flip the jar around and use a colored pencil to write a sassy note.

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Skier Barbie Loves Bean Soup

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

“There’s nothing I like better than having a big bowl of bean soup after a day on the bunny hill.” –Barbie in St. Moritz, 1962
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Get 4 of Barbie’s favorite bean soup recipes HERE!!