Get Ready for the Outdoor Extravaganza Link Parties!

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to get ready for the annual Outdoor Extravaganza link parties!

This time, I’m joining 5 other talented bloggers to share some of our outdoor projects, and we want you to show us what you’ve been busy working on outside, too!

Join the Upcoming Outdoor Extravaganza 2014

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This year’s hostesses are (left to right):

Tiffany from Living Savvy
Shauna from Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)

 

Be sure to mark your calendars. All dates and themes are above. Remember it’s outdoor projects, so start working on them now. We’re talking container gardens, outdoor dining spaces, DIY light fixtures, trellises and more.
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Saying “Thank You!”

Although blogging is a labor of love for me, I still consider it my job. Anyone who has managed a blog for any length of time knows it requires careful planning, perseverance, and a high level of commitment to create interesting content week after week. Today, I want to take a moment to thank the people and companies who make it possible for me to keep the Satori blog rolling along!

Let’s get started…

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Pushing papers is a collection of letterpress notecards and greeting cards carefully curated by Bee Eastman. Her love of paper and the written word collide to bring you a selection to convey happy feelings, loving words, reminiscing and more.

So express yourself. Scroll through Pushing Paper’s curated stationery boutique and various packages. Discover the perfect combinations of cards, notepads, tags and whimsical products for paper lovers, featuring letterpress and handlettering from high end designers that are sure to enhance your written thoughts.

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Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti + Microplane Giveaway!

Thank you to Microplane for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share one of our favorite cookie recipes.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Do you like baking? Now that my son is away at college, I don’t do near as much as I used to. A treat for me is eating dates and nuts or a square of dark chocolate. Occasionally, I crave something with a bit of crunch to pair with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Biscotti is that satisfying indulgence, and this lemon poppyseed recipe is a little friendlier to the waistline when compared to most cookies too.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti Recipe

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This is the time of year when I turn into a lemon fanatic. I’m not sure if it has to do with the cheery bright yellow color or my body simply craving more vitamin C from the effects of winter. To me, recipes with citrus are fresh and vibrant, kind of like spring!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 TB. poppyseeds
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice)
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg white
2 TB. butter, softened
1 ½ TB. grated lemon zest
1 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poppyseeds and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together both sugars and butter, adding the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well.

Ingredients for Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti with Walnuts

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Vintage Key Art + Pot of Gold Giveaway!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and although we typically don’t do much around here to celebrate the Irish tradition, I thought it would be fun to join a group of other Canadian bloggers in hosting a “Pot of Gold” giveaway! I’m sure you’d love to get your hands on $300 worth of Paypal cash! (More on that in a bit.)

In the spirit of today’s giveaway, each of us were asked by Tara from Suburble to create something gold. Of course, I went to my old stand by, liquid gilding, as it hasn’t let me down yet! (Take a look at my gold gilded bird art and inspiration pin board to see what I’m talking about.)

This vintage key art project is super easy and will definitely add a bit of sparkle to your space.

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To make your own Vintage Key Art, you will need:

Supplies
Shadow box
Vintage keys
Sandpaper
Liquid gold gilding
Paint brush
Painter’s tape
Scrapbook paper or wallpaper
Magnets and/or glue

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Instructions

Lightly sand your shadow box frame and tape off glass portion with painter’s tape. Apply a coat of gold liquid gilding to entire box (inside and out) except for the back (which will be covered with paper).

DIY Vintage Key Art Tutorial | Satori Design for Living

 

Once it’s dry (overnight is best), cut the paper the same size as the back and hold in place with glue or magnets (depending on if your shadow box backing is magnetized or not). Attach the vintage keys with magnets or glue. That’s it!

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Our Sunday Best Showcase- Link Party

Hello everyone! I know I don’t usually post on Sundays, but today I’m happy to be joining three other lovely ladies to bring you Our Sunday Best Showcase.

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs and Nicolette from Momivore’s Dilemma and ink & sky have been hosting a fantastic Sunday link party for a while now. Perhaps you’re already a regular? Recently, they asked Aimee from Twigg Studios and I to join them. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance!
 
sunday best showcase link party, every sunday at 8am CST

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I’m sure you know the drill, but before we get this party started, let’s take a moment to go over a few simple ground rules…
 
party guidelines for our sunday best showcase

And now for the party!

Link up your latest and greatest projects including recipes, tutorials, tips, and more. Your link(s) will automatically be shown on five different blogs, and we’ll also be sharing our favorites throughout the week!
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