DIY Berry Carton Wreath

I’ve been looking on with envy as friends on the West Coast have posted pictures of their flowers in bloom. Since I just can’t wait for the trees to begin budding here, I thought I’d conjure some springtime inspiration of my own.

This little piece of door/wall decor has already brightened up our home! Even though it’s still freezing here, the pop of color on my walls is a good reminder that spring will be here in just a matter of weeks.

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files


1 berry carton
1 branch silk flowers (ranunculus)
18″ string or yarn (Chinese knotting cord)
Hot glue gun


Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

1. Cut the flowers off of their stems, leaving about a half-inch of stem.

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

2. Poke a flower through one in the berry carton, starting with the middle. From the backside of the berry carton, create a foundation of hot glue around the base of the flower to hold the stem in place. Allow the flower to dry before moving on to the next one. Arrange as many flowers and leaves as you please!

Berry Box Wreath // Frock Files

3. Knot your string on one corner of the berry carton, leaving plenty of string to create another knot on the opposite corner. Hang up your little wreath and wait for spring!

Visit to Portlandia

Frock Files | Visit to Portland

The problem with loving all of the cities I’ve lived in is that I’m always a little bit homesick for one of them. On the other hand, there’s a giddy sort of glee that comes with going back to visit all the places I miss when I’m gone. We spent our four short days in Portland visiting with friends (like Stephanie and Melissa) and eating at restaurants we love. James also indulged me by visiting all my favorite shops. The Meadow in Northeast Portland is a chocolate, wine, and flower shop that just can’t be matched. We stopped by there and I bought a huuuuuge bouquet. My favorites were the ranunculas and the white tulips with the frayed edges.

Frock Files | Portland

Frock Files | Portland

When I lived in Portland, Lindsey and I had a tea ritual — we’d drink tea on my couch, at her house, and on very rare occasions, at the Heathman Hotel. Since we only get to see each other a few days of the year, we got fancied up for afternoon tea beneath this amazing chandelier.

Frock Files | Portland

Frock Files | Portland

And, of course, we had cupcakes. Twice. These are from a cupcake shop at Bridgeport Village, but we also got some from Cupcake Jones, which is home to the best red velvet cupcake and the biggest hearted owners (they donate a portion of their profits to charity every week).

Frock Files | Portland

We also had dinner at the best ever ramen shop, Yuzu; visited Eugene for the first time; and I did some damage at Aritzia (a Canadian store that we don’t have out here). The best part was spending time with friends and enjoying all the Portland greenery. Here are the cherry blossom trees that were bursting to life outside of our hotel.

Frock Files | Portland

We’re so happy to be home in Boston, especially after what happened on Monday, but I’m glad I got to fill up on Portland. Yesterday, my dear friend Gemma from London emailed me and I got homesick for that city! A vicious cycle, for sure. Do you ever get homesick for other cities you’ve lived in? What do you miss most?

P.S. Did you get to visit me and Melissa over at Lulu the Baker? I’m talking about what I always have on the ready in my kitchen. After this post, it’ll make complete sense!

Celebrating the Many March Birthdays

The snow is falling here in New England, but I still feel like it’s time for ballet flats and flowers. Part of my excitement stems from the fact that Daylight Savings is happening this weekend, which means that the sun will be up until 6:45pm here (oh, dream of dreams)! Also, by this time next week it’ll already be the middle of March. I realized that as I was scheduling a meeting the other day and wanted to do a happy dance.


My celebratory mood may also have something to do with the fact that we have so many friends who are born in March. Do you find this to be true in your life, too? Count backward nine months, and it all begins to make sense. So for all these early springtime babies, we’re celebrating non-stop. If you are too, here are some party ideas to get you going:

For brunch birthday parties (we’re having one tomorrow!), an ingenious way to cook eggs and bacon.

No one else will have this gift wrap.

For him.

For her.

Because there must be a cake. Or cakes!

What I’d like for my birthday (which is many, many months away).

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! And check back on Monday, when I’ll be unveiling something I’ve been working hard on. xo

Image by the lovely Justina Blakeney.

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