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Easy DIY Citrus Stamped and Embroidered Tea Towels

July 28, 2015

How cute is this dish towel? Learn how easy it is to make in this step by step tutorial.

My fridge is always stocked with Natalie’s and I’m slowly convincing all my friends to keep their fridge stocked with it too! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know that I’m a self labeled orange juice snob (if there is such a think) and I just adore Natalie’s fresh squeezed juices. So I thought it was fitting that our kitchen had a citrus tea towel that was just as colorful as my favorite juices!

You don’t need fancy embroidery skills to create this adorable dish towel. Just a simple straight stitch is all you need to know to make these colorful towels!

Natalie's fresh squeezed juices are as delicious as this DIY tea towel! Click through to learn how to make it.

You only need a few craft supplies to create your own citrus printed dish towels. Click through for the tutorial.

Time: 1 hour + drying time
Supplies
: cotton tea towels / fabric paint or craft paint + fabric medium / kitchen sponge / scissors / embroidery floss / needle

Cut a kitchen sponge into a circle to create a citrus stamp.

Step 1: Cut a large kitchen sponge in half and then cut each half into a circle. Cut the circles in half to create semi-circles.

A plain dish sponge becomes a citrus stamp when it's cut into a moon shape.

Step 2: Pour paint onto a palette or paper tray and dip one side of the sponge into the paint. Press down on the towel to create a stamped shape. If it didn’t fill in as much as you wanted, add more paint and re-stamp it. Repeat this, alternating colors along the bottom edge of the towel.

Allow the paint to dry completely. If you’re as impatient as I am, grab your hair dryer and dry the paint in a couple minutes.

A simple straight stitch is all you need to know to create these adorable citrus towels.

Step 3: Use embroidery floss that’s slightly darker than the paint colors. Cut about a 30″ piece of floss and thread your needle. Tie a knot at the end and use a straight stitch to create the “peel” along the round edge of the shape.

A simple straight stitch is all you need to know to create these adorable citrus towels.

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Step 4: Once you’ve completed the edge, bring the needle up through the bottom of the fabric in the center of the straight edge. Stitch diagonal lines from the center out towards the round edge to create the citrus segments. When you’re done, end on the back side of the fabric and tie a knot. Repeat this with the other shapes until you’re done!

Most fabric paints and craft paints mixed with fabric medium must be heat set before being washable. Follow the directions on the paint bottle to ensure your design won’t wash away in the washer!

If you love fresh citrus juice then you have to try Natalie's rainbow of freshly squeezed juices.

Want to see what other delicious recipes and DIY’s I’ve made with Natalie’s fresh juices? Check them out here.

This post is sponsored by Natalie’s Juice. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Sarah Hearts going!

Nail color: Marilyn Monroe gel in Flirty | Flatware: West Elm

Easy Sriracha Kale Chip Recipe

July 27, 2015

If you love the taste of sriracha then you have to try making these delicious savory kale chips. It's such an easy way to snack healthfully!

Oh sriracha, I still love you.

I love you so much I still crave those salty, spicy kale chips I used to make. Three (yes, three!) years ago I shared my recipe for easy sriracha kale chips and it was such a big hit I decided to make a fun little video tutorial. So if you still love sriracha as much as I do, watch the video below!

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive olive / 1 tablespoon sriracha / kosher salt / 1 bunch kale

1. Preheat oven to 300º. Using a knife, remove the tough center stems of the kale. Then cut the leaves into smaller bite-size pieces.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil and sriracha. Even though this seems like it’s not enoght to coat the leaves, it definitely is! If you add too much oil, the kale won’t be crispy and chip-like. Add the kale pieces and toss to coat.

3. Spread the kale out on a large baking sheet. Season with salt, to taste. Bake for about 30 minutes or closer to 15 minutes in a convection oven . Keep an eye on it, as the leaves can burn. Then enjoy immediately!

If you liked this video, subscribe to my YouTube channel! I will be sharing more simple video recipes like this very soon!

Links to Love

July 24, 2015

Add some color to your life with one of these fun, simple, and colorful DIY projects! Click through for links to each one.

This week I spent sometime recharging by visiting my parents in Miami for a couple days. Next week I head to LA which always seems to recharge my creative side! So that means this weekend will be full of playing catch up on new DIY projects, videos, and recipes.

If you’re looking for something fun to make (or do) this weekend, try one of these colorful projects.

1. Have you checked out my Meet + Make boxes yet? I’m loving Carrie’s version of the geo painted wood panel project.

2. How cute are these wooden bead keychains? They remind me of a much more stylish version of something I would have made in girl scouts.

3. Forget pink highlights, I think I need colombré hair.

4. Turn a mini clipboard into a cute frame with this simple tutorial.

I’m also loving:

This ukulele tutorial (and adorable ukulele).

This geometric painted wood wall organizer.

This asymmetrical sunburst.

P.S. Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet? I’m adding a new tutorial every week!

Sarah Hearts Orlando: Florida Cactus Inc Succulent Farm

July 21, 2015

Rows and rows of succulents. My dream!

I adore succulents for two reasons: 1. they come in such an array of interesting shapes and colors and because 2. they are really really hard to kill.

I like to convince myself that I have a green thumb but I tend to, ok almost always, ultimately forget to water my plants and I’m only left with my little herd of succulents throughout the house and around the yard. So when I first heard about Florida Cactus Inc., a succulent only nursery outside of Orlando, I knew I had to check it out!

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares the best place to buy succulents in central Florida. Click through to check out her other favorite spots around Orlando.

Amalie and I went on adventure to Apopka, which is about 35 minutes outside downtown Orlando. We visited the nursery right at noon…in the summer… which I don’t recommend! The nursery is made up of 8 or so green houses full of succulents. Their friendly staff gave us a map which also includes their retail prices.

Echeveria for days! Click through to find out where's the best place to by them in central Florida.

If you love succulents then you have to check out this succulent only nursery in central Florida!

Love this leafy succulent. Click through to find out the best place to by them in Florida!

They have just about every type of succulent you’d ever want in just about every size. They also have ones I’ve never seen before! The smallest starters are in about 2″ pots for a few dollars and the prices increase from there. They are only open on the weekdays, so on your next day off you should definitely plan a trip.

Beautiful yellow, pink and red cacti for days! Find out where to find them in central Florida.

Next time you're in Orlando hop in the car and visit this awesome succulent only nursery.

Plant succulents in colored jars for a low maintenance living centerpiece.

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares the details about this hidden gem in Orlando. A succulent only nursery!

How cute are these cacti?

Photography by Amalie Orrange Photography

Wondering what else is in Orlando besides the mouse? Check out all my #sarahheartsorlando places here! You can also follow my Orlando board which has a map so you can easily find each spot.

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