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DIY String Garden

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If you loved the suspended garden centerpieces in today’s shoot that Kim Fisher Designs styled, you’re in for a treat. Kim is teaching us how to make her modified version of kokedama, a Japanese hanging planter. These are great for weddings, but the real goodie is that you can take ’em home afterwards. These shot by Anne Photo would look great in my patio above my table. Just sayin’.


Kokedama is a Japanese hanging garden plant, our version is slightly different and a little simpler.

You’ll need:
– plant
– enough natural sheet moss to completely cover the base
– scissors
– strong twine

DIY String Garden
DIY String Garden

DIY String Garden
Carefully remove plant from it’s pot making sure you leave enough soil to cover the roots.You can add a little more soil if needed. Gently form the root/ball soil into a ball.

Place the root ball in the middle of the sheet moss and wrap it around making sure the root ball is completely covered while also working into a ball shape.

Begin wrapping your twine around the moss covered root base- around and around over and under remembering that the twine will be what holds and shapes your plant- don’t worry about the pattern of your twine , that’s part of the charm.

When you’ve finished tie a strong knot and use a long piece of twine to hang, we tied a piece on either side of each plant for balance and extra security, especially when you’re using larger plants like the quince bush.

Care: to water, immerse the plant in a bucket of water for a couple of minutes, let drain and rehang.

Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Anne Photo

Kim Fisher Designs is back to share a gorgeous natural wedding tablescape inspiration with us. With an airy + organic feel, this luncheon table shot by Anne Photo is filled with good homemade food (recipes below!) and amazing design. Kim also made giant DIY wall garden tins inspired by our mini version. Obsessed with the results. Read on for the yummy recipes they made for the shoot!

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Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration
Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration
natural wedding inspiration

natural wedding inspiration
Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration
natural wedding inspiration
Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration
natural wedding inspiration
Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration

Curried Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Natural Wedding Tablescape Inspiration
Ingredients:

11/2 pounds medium- size raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 can ( 8 ounces) water packed artichoke hearts, drained
4 scallions, cleaned, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
2 preserved Meyer lemon quarters, slivered ( can omit if not available)(recipe included)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sour cream
4 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice or conventional lemon juice
2 tablespoon yellow curry powder or to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1.Bring 3 quarts salted water to a boil and drop in the shrimp. Wait 2 minutes, empty the pot into a colander. Let theshrimp drain and cool.
2. Cut the artichokes into quarters and combine in a mixing bowl with shrimp, scallions and Meyer lemon slivers.
3. In a separate bowl combine olive oil, sour cream, lemon juice, curry powder and salt and pepper. Pour over shrimpmixture and toss gently. Refrigerate covered for an hour.
4. Plate it with sliced avocado and Naan or pita bread.

Serve with a nice Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or sparkling wine.


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Preserved Meyer Lemons

Ingredients:

8-10 Meyer Lemons, cleaned. You can use conventional lemons but Meyer’s have a softer more delicate flavor and frankly are awesome.
1 cup kosher salt- don’t be afraid of the amount of salt
Fresh bay leaves- or rosemary
Extra lemon juice
Jar- a mason jar works fine but you may want to pick something a little fancier.

1. Sterilize the jars in boiling water
2. Cut the lemons into quarters and cover generously with salt
3. Add 2 tbsp of salt to the bottom of the jar
4. Layer the lemons in the jar, pushing them down as you go so the juice is extracted. Add bay leaves to each layer and top with more salt.
5. Continue to pack as many lemons in the jar as you can and top with the remaining salt. If the lemon liquid is not covering lemons add a little fresh lemon juice. Tightly seal the lid.
6. Leave the lemons out in a cool dark place. Occasionally turning the jar upside down. They can be used after a week but the longer to ferment the better. After the first use then store them in the refrigerator.

To use- rinse the lemon and remove the pulp if desired.
Slice into thin pieces. Add to salads. Use in marinades. Mix with assorted olives.
Don’t be afraid to experiment – it also makes a great gift!

Flower and Herb Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

We couldn’t talk about Spring without thinking of growing a garden, so this flower & herb setting that Kim Fisher Designs created for us is just perfect timing with the new season. We love that the inspiration is not just limited to the decor, but it carries on to the taste buds as well. We can only imagine the yummy aroma from these images taken by Theo Milo Photography at the Shelton Herb Farm.

From the event designer, Kim Fisher: For this shoot, we wanted a romantic dinner for two with locally sourced herbs and winter blooming camellias. The menu included sparkling wine, Meyer lemon and herb infused olives, baby portobello mushrooms on rosemary skewers, vegetable Tian (basically a deconstructed ratatouille), herb roasted Cornish hens with garlic and sprouts,finished with blue cheese/fig compote and a chocolate ganache topped with raspberries surrounded by a bed of rosemary.


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floral halo wreaths

garden wedding ideas

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garden wedding ideas

seed packet favors
seed packet favors

herb wedding food

We fashioned a boutonniere of fragrant thyme, basil, and rosemary with nasturtium greens, and the head wreath is rosemary and winter blooming camellias. The centerpiece florals are several different kinds of thyme and sage along with rosemary and camellias and the glass cloches have beautiful winter blooming moss and herbs. We included wedding favors – small tubes of wisteria seeds (gathered from our yard) with some moss and the tags are simply left over brown paper with my squiggly hand writing, which I also used for menus.


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garden wedding ideas

herb wedding food

herb wedding food


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Wilmington, NC / Photographer: Theo Milo Photography / Event Design: Kim Fisher Designs / Herb Farm: Shelton Herb Farm

DIY Ice Bucket

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Our favorite DIY projects are the ones in which materials cost next to nothing and that requires no skills. This chic ice bucket made by Kim Fisher captured by Anne Liles Photography, is just that. Perfect for winter weddings, refreshing in summer soirees – just add berries or flowers instead of eucalyptus! I will let Kim take it from here:

DIY ice bucket

This is a really easy and inexpensive way to add a wintry touch to cocktails. For our insert bottle we cut the top off of an empty 2 liter plastic Ginger Ale bottle (Ginger Ale bottles have straight sides which is what you want plus a two liter bottle allows you to use the ice bucket for larger champagne bottles as well as still wine bottles), and dropped several small rocks in the base to weigh it down and placed it inside a straight sided 2 gallon plastic bucket (found at any paint store). You will sandwich the two containers like in this project.

We poured tap water into the 2 gallon bucket around the inserted plastic bottle( if you want a clearer finished product use distilled water but I prefer the smokey look for winter) making sure there was a good 2 inches of water under the inserted plastic bottle for a good base of ice. We then used heavy duty florist tape to tape off (simple criss cross) the top so the plastic insert bottle stays firm in place.

ice shot glasses diy

I used cut seeded eucalyptus branches and tucked them down into the sides – keep in mind that if you do this with flowers anything that pokes up from the water will discolor during the freezing process, vines and greenery tend to be the better choice for this project.We then plop the whole thing(carefully) into our freezer and leave over night.

Once it’s all frozen you simply remove the tape and rocks from the plastic insert bottle and pour warm water inside to loosen it, work and wiggle the bottle a little and it’ll pull out nicely. Turn the 2 gallon bucket on it’s side and run warm water around the outsides to loosen your ice bucket creation, it needs to be coaxed a little but eventually it slips out. This project easily lends itself to DIY ice shot glasses – instead of a plastic bottle and a bucket we used a large and small size of clear plastic cups. Same instructions, smaller scale, perfect for cranberry infused vodka shots.

View more images from this icy winter inspiration!

Starry Winter Table Ideas

Wedding Design

I love the heaps of inspiration that can come from a perfectly executed tablescape — which is exactly what we have in this shoot from designer Kim Fisher and Anne Liles Photography. Take an eye-catching motif (stars), a strong color (gold), and a bevy of delicious drinks, and you’ve got a surefire winner. Stay tuned for tips on how to make the eucalyptus ice bucket + cups later today!

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From the designer, Kim Fisher: We put this together a while back — painted a wall and attached the stars and capiz globes, it’s the ice shot glasses with cranberry infused vodka. The ice bucket has silver eucalyptus leaves, shot glasses have a sprig of thyme frozen in the bottom. Salvador Dali print on the table along with a lichen covered log I found in the yard — I placed silver votives all over it… Flowers are the last of my white ranunculus, berries and rosemary from the garden.

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frozen ice bucket

gold star decor

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frozen ice bucket

starry wedding decor

frozen ice bucket

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