DIY Faux Copper Pipe Vase

Metallic Gold make room for the new hot metal - Copper! Are you loving this trend, but not sure if you want to be shopping the plumbing section of the hardware store?  Plus cutting metal pipe can require specific tools and a lot more elbow grease.  Well, I've got a much simpler way to achieve this trendy look. I made this DIY Faux Copper Pipe Vase with simple wooden dowels and my favorite brand of spray paint (Design Master). 

Let's get started, here's what you'll need:

Begin by measuring lengths on the dowels.  For mine I cut 7 that were 5" and 6" each and then 3 that were 7". 

If you have a drop saw, knock yourself out.  But, I just used a hack saw and had all of them cut in about 10 minutes.  Plus, I got a little exercise while doing it. :)

The ends will be a little rough and splintery.  Using a sanding block, I smooth out the ends and made sure they were flat.

With the can on it's bottom, begin glueing on the dowel pieces.  Make sure the dowel in flush with the bottom of the can, so that the finished product will sit flat on a surface. I wanted mine to look random and no order, but I pattern could be nice as well.  Continue glueing the remaining dowels.  17 dowels will fit almost exactly around a can.  Because it's not an exact fit, when you glue each dowel leave just a hair of breathing space between them and by the time you get all the way around, they should be evenly spaces.  I think this looks better then just having a 1/4" gap in one spot.

Now's the fun part, take your vase outside to paint it.  Place the vase on top of a small object so that it is up off the ground (I often use the spray paint cap for this).  

Design Master paint goes on evenly and is perfect for layering.  So, for this project I wanted a nice even, solid coat, so I applied 2 coats.  The cool thing is that you only need 5 minutes drying time between coats, that's fast!

And then, the fun part - fill it with flowers or plant your favorite fern or succulent in it. I enjoyed putting together a simple Fall arrangement.  I got all of these flowers from my local florist, I just picked lots of textures and variety, and it came together really well. You know, if you take the time to go into a flower shop and just buy individual stems, it can be a lot less expensive then even buying a pre-made bouquet at the grocery store. And this way, you get what you really want (not a whole bunch of babies breath). This vase is perfect for arrangements, with the varied heights of dowels, there are little nooks and spaces for flowers to sit in and peek through.  

I buy my Design Master paints and my local Michaels and Joann Fabrics. Design Master paints can paint the most delicate of surfaces, such as silk and fresh flowers, fabric, ribbon, tulle, lace, paper, foam board and Stryrofoam TO the sturdy hard surfaces such as wood, metal, masonry, terra cotta, ceramics and plaster. Design Master is a great resource for products and ideas.  Be sure to check out all the craft and project ideas on their blog.  

This post is sponsored by Design Master. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 

And the winner of the Sven Clog giveaway is........
Maggie Terryn (@mterryn) for reposting on Instagram.  Yay!!!!  Thank you everyone for participating in this fun giveaway.  Hopefully we can do it again SOON.  


Spooky Edible Halloween Centerpiece

I love entertaining and finding ways to work with a theme, but then give it a new twist.  This halloween I'm all about black and white, so I thought I'd throw in a hint of mint green.  It's totally not a halloween color, but it's just so dang pretty with all this black. 

This Spooky Edible Halloween Centerpiece is a sophisticated way to add a little creepy crawliness to your table. Black fruit is served with the yummiest Blue Cheese, Date and Pistachio Cheese Ball.  For the full how-to and the recipe, head over to Julep today.

Halloween is just around the corner.  EEEEEEK, I better get my kiddo's costumes done ASAP!!!!!

5 Stylish Coat Hooks

We love our little house, but it's always a struggle to find a place for everything and to stay organized. As the weather gets cooler, I'm noticing more and more stuff by our front door.  We don't have an entryway, our front door opens right into our small living room.  There isn't an entry wall closet or anyplace to put shoes, jackets and purses. We are a NO SHOE house so, it can get cluttered very quickly. And with this being our only living space, I want this room to feel clean and relaxing.

So, I'm tossing around the idea of a coat rack of coat hooks to hang right behind the door.  But, it's going to have to be cute. I've found 5 options that I looking pretty good.  Three of them are obviously a version of the Eames Hang-it-all.  And although I'd love to own an original, on my budget, a fake is going to have to do.  

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5.

I think my favorite is the black and walnut version (#2).  Which one do you think would look good on my white and triangle wall?  


Friday's Fabulous 5 - Fall Florals

How about we stay clear of orange and yellow mums this year and try something fresh and modern with our Fall Florals? I've got some great inspiration for you this Friday.

Is there one in this bunch that is just calling your name?  I love the idea of pink for Fall. It's unexpected and just plain pretty.

I hope you have a great weekend. I'm hoping to be super productive and get on top of my to-do list.  Oh, and don't forget to enter the Sven Clog giveaway.  There's still a couple days left to enter. 

Fun Flavored Milk


Today I'm partnering with the California Milk Processor Board (Got Milk?) to bring you are couple unique naturally flavored milk recipes. In an effort to give my kids a treat option that is not sugary soda or juice, I played around with some fun and funky milk flavors. These are made with all natural ingredients, sweetened with a little honey and no dyes. Blackberry Lavender and Cardamom Clove are far from the usuals flavors like strawberry and chocolate. Both of these drinks are delicious served icy cold or hot, like a steamer.  And while my kids thought they were fun, they really are grown up, sophisticated flavors that adults would like.  

Blackberry Lavender Milk
4 cups of milk
about 12 large blackberries
1/4 tsp. dried lavender
4 tbsp. honey

With the back of a spoon smash the blackberries. Then place all the ingredients in a pitcher or large glass measuring cup.  Whisk together, it will take a minute for the honey to dissolve in the cold milk.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. This will give time for the flavors to be infused into the milk.  When you are ready to serve, strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.  Serve cold or heat the milk to a steamy temperature (without boiling it).   

I'm pretty obsessed with cardamom, if you can have a favorite spice, it's mine. I love this Cardamom Clove flavored milk serve hot and steamy.  It's perfect for an evening caffeine free treat.

Cardamom Clove Milk
4 cups of milk
1/2 tsp. of freshly ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. of whole cloves
4 tbsp. honey

Place all the ingredients in a pitcher or large glass measuring cup.  Whisk together, it will take a minute for the honey to dissolve in the cold milk.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. This will give time for the flavors to be infused into the milk.  When you are ready to serve, strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.  Serve cold or heat the milk to a steamy temperature (without boiling it).  

Last week I shared 3 tips to help your kids have a successful school year.  Let me remind you of how great milk is and why it should be apart of your families daily diet.

Here's the facts folks:

Milk is a source of protein: There are 8 grams of protein in every 8 oz glass.
Milk has 9 essential nutrients:
Vitamin D
Vitamin B12
Vitamin A

And milk can help grow healthy hair, strong nails, strong bones and it prevents risks of cavities, promoting strong teeth.

This post is sponsored by The California Milk Processor Board (Got Milk?). All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 


Best Homemade Play Dough Ever!

If you've been an O+P reader for a while, you may have seen that I've made some improvements along the way. But, if you're new, here's a look at some of my older posts (back in the day, beginning blogger stuff).  My mom's recipe for The Best Play Dough Ever is going crazy on Pinterest right now.  And I'm kind of embarrassed of the pictures. While the pictures I take now are far from perfect, I'm definitely proud of what I've learned and how far I've come on this blogging journey.   

So, I thought I should re-post this recipe and show it packaged all cute like and photographed a lot better. Understand that I'm still using the same camera as I did when I started blogging, I've just learned so much more about how and where to use it.  

This year, Olivia is going to give her friends cute little packages of homemade play dough wrapped  as pumpkins and ghosts.  I simply rolled the dough into a ball, placed it in a clear bag, and tied green ribbon around the orange balls of play dough and a little piece of torn gauze around the white ones.  Then I added little triangle and oval eyes that I cut out of black electrical tape.

Play Dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup warm water
food coloring
2 tbsp. veg. oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a pot.  Combine the wet ingredients in the bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients into the pot with the dry ingredients and stir with a whisk.  Try to get out as many of the lumps as possible.  Put the pot on the stove on Med-high heat and continue stirring.

Stir with whisk until the dough begins to thicken, then change to a spoon.  The dough will become very thick. Cook and stir until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan.

Remove from the pan and it is done!  Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes. (PS the pan looks like you'll never get it clean, but just let it sit in some water for a minute or so and it comes clean immediately). 

This dough is soft and pliable and it lasts a really long time.  My kids prefer it over the store bought kind.  Oh, and because it has so much salt, it tastes really bad and kids don't want to eat it (and if they do, there is nothing in it that will hurt them).  I'm going to try to make it with rice flour this week for a gluten/grain free option for friends with allergies.  

You can refer to the original post for pictures of the cooking process.

This is a great non-candy Halloween treat. And it's really inexpensive to make, each batch made 6 cute portions to be wrapped and gifted.  


Sven Clogs Giveaway!

I'm so excited about this giveaway! You guys, Sven Clogs is giving away one pair of clogs to one very lucky Oleander and Palm reader. This is an instagram giveaway, so you gotta have an IG account to enter.

Picture taken by NY Fotography, check out more pics from this shoot HERE!

My mom bought Olivia a pair for her birthday, and they are here favorite pair of shoes. And when I saw the amazing color and style choices, I knew I had to have a pair. I chose a pair of the T Strap high heels in this gorgeous spruce color. You even get to pick the color of the wooden base, I chose a natural color. I wear mine all the time. When the weather cools off, I'll be wearing them with skirts and tights.

I've got 4 ways for you to enter:
1. Follow @svenclogs on instagram.
2. Follow @oleanderandpalm on instagram.
3. Share a pick of Sven Clogs on instagram and be sure to mention the giveaway and @oleanderandpalm and @svenclogs. (You can just repost my instagram image) This entry will count for 2 entries.
4. Head over to Sven Clogs and then come back and leave a comment sharing which style and color you would pick if you won.

Let me know you entered by filling out the rafflecopter entry below.

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Good luck friends!

For US residents only. One winner will win one pair of clogs (not clog boots).