How To Care For Fresh Cut Tulips

Classic Colorful Tulips Statesboro, Georgia

We can’t deny that we love tulips. And, they’re in season here in Statesboro, Georgia thanks to hot house and Dutch varieties. Home remedies abound for keeping tulips long lasting. But we’re here to get it straight.

The experts say that the BEST thing for tulips is clean, fresh water in a clean bacteria free vase. You wouldn’t find a penny appetizing (you’ve heard that wives tale right!) and your tulips won’t either.

For go the pennies, aspirin, bleach, 7up or whatever you’ve heard. Science proves it true. Clean fresh water is the secret.

Did you know that tulips keep growing in the vase after they’ve been cut? So cool. Give them cool, clean, fresh water at the bottom of their vase. Recut the stems every few days to delay drooping.

Tulips don’t like to drink preservative solution any more than you do even though they are one of the only flower types that doesn’t.

There you have it, the simple secret to keeping tulips fresh longer: clean water.

Send Colonial House of Flower Tulips, here.

The Kate. Colonial House of Flowers tulips named for our friend Kate Gary.

Colonial House of Flowers Tulips at Chops on Main. Statesboro, Georgia.


How To: Make a Gourd Luminary

[photo martha stewart]


Gourd Luminaries

Not ready to break out your Halloween decorations yet? No worries. Us, either. Instead, why don’t you craft this project. It’s perfect for welcoming fall around your house, perfectly brings the outdoors in.

Decorate your home for fall with a lovely luminary made from seasonal gourds.

Step by Step Directions, here.

Sunday Style Tip: Spray Paint Mini Pumpkins

Ideas for Fall Decorating - spray painted mini pumpkins

Sunday Style Tip!

Set the mood for Fall entertaining. Spray paint mini pumpkins for instant chic. Pop them on top of candle sticks or cake plates for a glam and quick & easy, yet unforgettable centerpiece.

PS: Our mini-pumpkins will be in this week!

We are constantly dreaming up DIY projects that we can easily do, and that others can quickly & inexpensively create.  Fall is just fabulous… love it. And, can’t quit dreaming up ways to decorate.

“Bring the outdoors in,” say the Colonial House staffers. If you hang about the shop you’ll hear it over, and over again. Autumn offers a perfect opportunity to live up to the company mantra especially with items like, pumpkins so-everywhere.

Casa Cullen has simple decorating ideas with pumpkins that we totally fall for:

A pumpkin as a cooler? Impressive.

With a few steps this one’s pretty easy, too. ‘Looking glass’ spray (we have a can at the shop if you want to borrow) can transform plain glass pumpkins into these show stopping centerpieces. Use a metallic spray first to get the best effect, and seal with clear spay.

Thumbtacks never looked so glam and festy.

Enjoy the easy craft!

Candy corn pumpkins have to be the Last-Minute-Decoration of the day! Despite the minimal amount of time required to complete this task, they look polished. 


Oh, and this one’s a score. The Eyes have it! This is a perfect decoration for children. 


This is sophsticated style with the fewest supplies with little supplies: gold craft paint , gold glitter dimension paint and some vellum leaves. Easy! 

 In a constant quest to easily bring the outdoors in, to create something surprising and easy, we’d love to know how you decorate for fall. Better, share a picture.

Happy Easy Fall Decorating, y’all!





Plants and Flowers: Dorm-Suitable Flora

The Colonial House of Flowers has a plant sale through the month of September, that gives Georgia Southern Dorm Residents 20% off indoor plants with ID.  Students wanting to add a bit-o-leafy green to their dorms look no further!

The benefits of keeping a plant in your dorm are varied— from combating the pollution to providing a be-good feeling of having another form of life in your dorm besides a sleeping roommate to many more. Plants are a great, inexpensive dorm decoration.  They’re trending right now.

Finding a plant that is both hardy and aesthetically pleasing is easy. Leafy, non-flowering plants are ideal for most, as they tend to be more durable than plants with blossoms.

According to Tonia McElveen, the shop’s floral director. golden pothos, spider plant, bamboo and fern are all great for people with typical GSU schedules. They require watering once a week and can grow in low light. As the hardiest of plants, cacti and succulents require special mention. As native to barren deserts, they are certainly capable of surviving in a dorm room, providing that you water them every two or three weeks.

For people who want a bit more color besides green in their rooms, Ashley Usry a student who tends the shop recommends flowering plants. Though a little maintenance with regular care these flowers should last a long time. African violets, orchids, hydrangeas, and jade plants all add a bit of vibrant color to lonely windowsill or desk. Provided that you water them once a week and keep them in direct sunlight, they will not quickly wither away.

Christy Hulsey the resident terrarium enthusiast suggests mini-ecosystems in an enclosed glass container. “The add a pinch of magic – they way they take care of them selves and create a tiny world,” she says.  “I am also a huge fan of air plants,” she adds.
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With all of these options, it is a great idea add a plant or two to your dorm before the leaves begin to fall.

Welcome back to Statesboro, Georgia Southern. We’re so glad you are here. May your days be fun and rooms a tiny bit green this year.


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Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Eli\'s® Candy Cookie Sampler Cheesecake

It’s National Cheesecake Day! How about The Eli’s Cheesecake Company Candy Cookie Sampler Cheesecake? Looks pretty good!

Check out Colonial House’s super-yum cheesecakes available for world-wide delivery:

And, while were celebrating good desserts, who has a good cheesecake recipe?

We have a board going

Praline-Crusted Cheesecake Recipe
Let us know if you have more… really, we’d looovvve to hear.

Here’s a recipe for mini-strawberry cheesecake treats that really like.


12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tbs of sugar 1 cup heavy cream
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
12 oz fresh strawberries, sliced
8 glass jars

1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
2. Set the mixer speed to low and slowly add heavy cream. Increase speed to high and beat for 2-3 minutes until thick.
3. Press graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of each jar. Spoon cheesecake batter over graham cracker layer and garish with fresh sliced strawberries.
4. Served chilled.

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P.S. It’s Monday…

Good morning. And, happy Monday to you all!


This week I want to share a little DIY project I did myself! I always had a key chain with 6 or 7 keys on it. I can NEVER distinguish my keys. Which one goes to my apartment? To my room? To my mail box? I stand at the door, trying every key on my the ring until I happen upon luck.

Well, it’s obvious:  I. Need. A. Solution.

So, I headed to Lowe’s to choose from different colored and patterned keys that you can be cut to match your key. After I got there it took only a minute to  figure how much money I would be spending on keys, I headed towards the exit door. My college student budget doesn’t have room for that… they’re too pricey, and not too pretty.

I had an idea!  So, I headed home ready to craft.

The first thing I could think of was acrylic paint… why not? It’s the perfect solution.  Can’t I simply paint each of key a different color & pattern and save myself around $20? Why, certainly. This is perfect!

So, I did exactly that – I went to the craft closet to retrieve some acrylic paint (which they sell at Hobby Lobby for cheap!!).

And, this is where my afternoon went:


I wanted to spice it up with a little pep so i grabbed some sparkly nail polish

 to go over the blue…


Such a quick, easy lively DIY project.

To make sure it doesn’t chip you will need to paint a minimal of 2 coats. Then, make a final coat of clear nail polish!!

Neat, huh? It was such a merry, little fun time doing this. To make it even better: I know I saved so much money. It saved me more than I would’ve spent buying the keys! Now, not only does my key chain look unbelievably bright and fabulous I don’t have to stand at the door for 20 minutes wondering which key will work!!

The Colonial House tool kit is overflowing with keys – delivery keys of all shapes and sizes to wedding venues, churches, event halls, banquet rooms, offices and even houses accumulated since 1968. Have you seen it? Not only does this charming little trick benefit my personal efforts, but it’s the perfect trick to use here at the studio.

Now, every time I look down at my keys, I smile a little bit. It’s funny how a tiny of creativity & a cool idea can brighten your day! 🙂

Hope you all enjoy! Happy crafting!

Until next week,


P.S. If you want more ideas to bedazzle your keys, a few are listed below. Have you painted or made your keys super glittery? Do you have ideas for ways to dress up your keys and make them more distinguishable? Share your ideas and pictures. I’d love to hear!

Glam Up Your Boring Key

DIY Glitter Key Tutorial and other Idea found here or here

Follow My Board Paige’s Pins:

  Color Code Your Keys With Nail Polish

One last thing – if you need to catch up on other P.S. It’s Monday posts:

Dogs in Weddings

Hair Ties

New App Sends Snail Mail



hmm. interesting.  it seems odd that a highly technological app would send mail, right? snail mail? it seems in direct contradiction with modern times, but admit it — you miss it, right?

that genuine feeling of surprise when you get mail… ah! it’s irreplaceable. so warm and romantic. well, at least the pretty kind of mail (bills be damned).

printic is a new app that provides an easy way to print and share pictures from your iphone. it’s a snap. simply choose pictures, edit them, and select your recipients: they’ll receive cute polaroid-style print in less than three days in the mailbox, wrapped in a beautiful orange envelope.

okay, yes. i totally admit it: i am. in l.o.v.e. with this app – for shop and personal use. I LOVE MAIL. when i think of it i think of my grandmother. she’s the only person i know that still uses it as a primary communication method. i fail to return the favor as often as i should. i think i will send a pretty little picture today via printic.

thanks printic — yay for pretty snail mail!



photo from here