5 strawberry themed gift ideas

strawberry themed gift ideas | tag&tibby

It is (unofficially) strawberry week at Tag&Tibby! After visiting the farm and making skillet cake, yesterday I attempted to make strawberry ice cream with my kids. I did not read the owners manual to see that the bowl needed to be frozen (palm to forehead)... we will try again today after school. Meanwhile I am sharing with you today 5 adorable strawberry-themed gift ideas: a blend of store bought and handmade. Hope you enjoy!!

1. The Land of Nod Farmer's Market set. Pillow covers, quilts, duvets and changing pad covers: over the moon cute. (affiliate link) 

2. Etsy strawberry prints. Gorgeous watercolorgold leaf flake, and vintage botanical options.

3. This tissue strawberry how-to would be perfect for a birthday party. 

4. Soy Berry basket candles in a porcelain container from Anthropologie. So cute.

5. A handmade gift: strawberry bag pattern

simple strawberry skillet cake!

fresh strawberry skillet cake - tag&tibby

Yesterday I traveled 30 minutes north to a Strawberry Farm where our two kiddos had a field trip. It was an off week for me. A head cold, a new (very sweet) puppy who needs a lot of attention: life felt a little uninspired. Do you ever have those kind of weeks?

glimpse of the strawberry farm
a strawberry farm field trip

It is amazing what a new environment, exercise, and a little fresh air can do! Our kids had a blast feeding goats and sheep, taking a tractor tour, and picking their own strawberries. Our seven year old does not eat strawberries, but happily picked them and decided they will be good blended in ice cream.

a trip to the strawberry patch!

We came home with loads of strawberries and new ideas. Strawberry bruschetta! Ice cream! Pepper jam!

But first I wanted to work with what I had on hand. I ended up making a skillet cake with roasted strawberries, similar in taste to a shortcake. The result was tangy, mildly sweet and a complete comfort food. One of my favorite things about it is how easy it is to substitute. If you are out of brown sugar try white sugar. Out of buttermilk? (I was!) Use regular milk. So simple. 

skillet cake with roasted strawberries

Skillet Cake with Roasted Strawberries

(adapted from Joy the Baker

Strawberry Ingredients

2-3 cups ripe, halved strawberries

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

Biscuit Ingredients

2 cups self-rising flour

3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes

1 cup cold buttermilk or milk

Instructions

Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place strawberries in a oven-proof skillet (6-8" diameter), place small pats of butter on top of berries and top with brown sugar. Place in the oven to roast for 12-15 minutes. While strawberries roast prepare biscuit dough.

For biscuits in medium bowl whisk flour and brown sugar. Add the cold butter and use fingers to quickly break down butter into flour and sugar mixture. (Butter pieces will be similar in size to oat flakes or small peas). Create a well in the center of flour mixture and add milk. Stir with spoon, mixture will be wet.

Remove strawberries from oven and dollop biscuit batter over hot strawberries. Return skillet to oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until biscuits are golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve fresh and warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

fresh strawberries
how to make a strawberry skillet cake

Brown sugar, butter, flour and fresh ripe strawberries. Simply yummy. If you find it too doughy, try adding a little less flour. You can also easily tweak the sugar amount to make it a bit sweeter. Happy baking! 

simple strawberry skillet cake recipe

5 ideas for adding green to your home

how to decorate with green! | tag&tibby

Hello May! I find myself spending a lot of time at the home improvement store, pinning flowers, and starting a garden. And Spring encourages me to spread green around the home. But green can be intimidating: it is bold, organic, and eye catching. So how can you integrate it into your space? Here are 5 ideas for spreading cheerful green throughout your home! 

1. Add a plant!

Add a plant (or three) to the room for instant warmth and added texture. 

2. Create accessories

From mirrors to wall decals, door stops to pillows accessories are an easy and affordable way to add color to the room. Perfect for apartments and rental homes. 

3. Paint the Walls

Looking for a bold look? Paint those walls! If you are nervous about going too bold, add white to the paint to tone it down or paint the upper half of the wall and leave the lower half white. 

4. Furniture 

Another really fun way to integrate green in your home is adding painted furniture. This could be a really fun DIY project with kids: bed frames, lamp stands, dressers, even couches. Look for chippy, affordable furniture with good lines at the thrift store. They will be perfect for painting! 

5. Wall Art

For a subtle green look try oversized maps and chalkboards. 

easy stamped beach bag DIY

how to make a stamped beach bag!

Do you ever wander through the dollar section at Target? How could one resist? I discovered plain straw bags for $3 (and marked down an extra 75% off) last summer and scooped them up for a later project. Now that it is warm again outside (hallelujah!) I am ready for sunshine and trips to the beach.

These bags could not be any easier. Using fabric paint and stamps you can customize a plain bag in under 15 minutes. Read through for 3 ways to paint your beach bags!

stamped beach bags DIY | tag&tibby

Supplies

Plain straw bags (similar or canvas)

Black Tulip fabric paint

Sponge pouncers, letter stamps, shapes for stamping

Bowl for paint

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Basic Directions

Squeeze small amount of paint into bowl and stamp once onto a scrap piece of paper then stamp bag in desired location. Wash hands thoroughly after stamping. Let dry for 4 hours. (I picked fabric paint because it is washable and permanent. So I think it will hold up well at the beach!)

Bag 1: Triangles! I used a magnatile for this bag. You could also cut a potato and use as a stamp. A permanent black sharpie marker can be used to touch up spots the triangle stamp might have missed on the bag.

how to stamp a beach bag
triangle beach bag DIY

Bag 2: Stamped! I used vintage letter stamps for this project. You can find vintage stamps online on Etsy and Ebay, or you could use sponge letter stamps found at the craft store. Touch up with a permanent black sharpie as needed. 

tips for stamping a beach bag
stamped beach bag! sun&fun | tag&tibby

Bag 3: Dots! This was the easiest bag to create. The sponge brush was perfect for applying paint to the bag. Just remember to do a quick dot on paper before applying to the bag to remove excess paint.

how to make a polka-dot beach bag
polka-dot beach bag DIY!

Oh so easy and full of personality! Hint: this would make a great Mother's Day gift for a young mom with a bit of goodies inside! Happy making!