Skagit Tulip Festival 2018

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOne of my favorite things to do in the Spring is visit the tulip farms in Skagit Washington.   As soon a April rolls around you know it’s the start of blooming festival season in Washington, starting with daffodils to the beautiful blooms of the colorful tulip farms. Every year during the whole month of April people can go and enjoy the millions of tulips planted on huge fields.

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Tulips fields have been around in the Skagit Valley since the 1900’s, and are planted throughout hundreds of acres in the valley each year. The fields are bordered by the Skagit River in the north west part of Washington. The bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom around the end of March to the beginning of May, when the weather starts to get warmer in the spring.

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I love walking around the fields and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Looking at the sea of colors, of pink, purple, orange, red, and yellow attached to their vibrant green stems, it always reminds me of a rainbow. All of the color surrounded by mountains, still with a dust of snow on top of them, it’s just too beautiful to describe!

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There are several different fields that you can wander through to enjoy the tulips. I like to go to a different one each year to get different views of the tulips. The two gardens I love visiting are Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. They are both owned and operated separately and both charge around $7.00 entry, and have services where you can buy food, shop, and buy flowers. They put out amazing arrangements of flowers and you get several different spots for different photos.

 

 

 

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I have a few tips if you get the chance to visit the Skagit Valley. The best way to get around is by driving to the farms. Tulip season is from April 1-30 but sometimes they extend the dates based of the blooms for the year, and if you wish to avoid the crowds the best time to go is a weekday. The best way to be informed about the festival is to check their website: Tulip Festival. Wear boots or any closed toe shoe because your shoes are bound to get dirty. You’re not allowed to bring pets into the farms. Bring money to pay for you entry ticket.

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It’s so hard to put your camera down as your walking through the fields. Every angle is so picturesque, it’s hard to choose which photos are my favorite! Tulip Festival is over this year but if your ever in the PNW in the spring it should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Stay tuned for all the other festivals I hope to visit this year!! Next up on my list is Lantern Fest!!!

 

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DIY flower (poinsettia)

I originally did this as a holiday post, but since I am making changes to my blog I decided that this is the perfect time to re-share this with all of you!! It’s festival season and coachella time! Now I am not going to coachella, but I love flower headbands, and I love wearing cute little accessories, sweaters, boots, cute cozy socks, things with sequins, and being very festive!! Over the summer I saw so many different types of headbands, whether it be 20’s flapper style (inspired by The Great Gatsby) or flower headbands!! I was never actually brave enough to wear one, but I thought just in case I wanted to wear a flower headband, I would buy one, and I found that they can be quite pricey. So I decided to try and make one out of flowers from Michael’s Arts and Crafts and just a regular elastic headband. So a couple of weeks ago when I was there I saw some little fabric poinsettias, and I thought they would make a really cute headband. Something festive, yet simple to wear during the holidays with a little bit of a fashionable twist! And it’s really easy to make!!! If you are making this for festival season you can use really any flowers!! Just have fun with it, and you really can’t go wrong with how you make a flower head band!!

xoxo have fun!!

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What you need:

  • Fabric poinsettias
  • elastic headband

I bought my poinsettias at Michael’s for about $2.99 and they come with the wire attached to the back in a pack of 5 flowers. So if your flowers come with the wire attached this should be pretty simple. They also have an assortment of colors, if you want your poinsettia headband to be a little different :).

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Step 1: Line all of your poinsettias face down overlapping each other in a row, with the wires on each flower spread apart.

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Step 2: Cross link one wire from each flower, like show above.

Step 3: Twist the two wires once so that the wires connecting each flower together lie vertical to each other, like in picture three shown below. This will make it easier for you to wrap the wires around the headband.

ps. make sure that the flowers stay overlapped when you are twisting the wires. By keeping your flowers overlapped this prevents your flowers from separating when you stretch your headband to put it on.

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Step 4: Place the headband on top of your linked flower line, and start wrapping each wire around the headband starting from one end and working to the other. As you are wrapping make sure that your are interlacing each wrap with the wire from the next poinsettia, keeping your flowers interlinked, so that the flowers don’t come apart when you put on the headband. You can see an example in photo’s number four and five.

If yours did not come with wire already attached, simple poke some wire through the back of each flower and then follow the same steps.

Your final product should look something similar to the picture below

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Voila!! Your all done, now you have a cute, unique, and really festive accessory to wear during the holiday season! Enjoy!

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