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Easter Styled Tablescape

E A S T E R T A B L E S C A P E

While we are on fourth week of covid-19 quarantine, and just found the kids won’t be going back to finish out the school year, we needed some projects to keep us engaged and motivated. I was inspired and encouraged by my Chippy White Table friends to create new content with an Easter Tablescape. So I set out around my house and studio to find some props for our Easter look.

In the studio, I found VKD pattern plexiglass placemats I had custom made for a styled wedding at Center City Print last year and bleached, dried ferns from Matterns Floral for this years styled wedding event, Everhart In Love, at the Everhart Museum (I have a million photos from that and will post when I narrow down which ones to post).

And from the house I gathered up vases, linens, flatware, glassware, my favorite dish ware that was a gift from another designer friend, throw blanket and throw pillows. To engage my kids in the fun I hardboiled some eggs that we dyed and added some hand-drawn patterns with markers (only one egg got dropped and smashed in the process!) I also downloaded some adorable Spring/Easter theme cut-out activities from MerMag that I highly recommend. I’m happy to report that those projects inspired the kids to create their own imagination projects. Such as a bunny pinata (pictures below) from a cardboard box we painted and filled with homemade confetti and left over Valentine school candy. They are now working on a mini theater box with their own story boards and hand puppets!

I hope you are all doing well and invite you to create your own tablescapes and projects. Tag @ValerieKiserDesign and @ChippyWhiteTable so we can see what you are making and styling in your home.

Much Love, Valerie


Kids Easter Projects

We had some fun creating some DIY projects like our bunny piñata and inspired projects we downloaded from MerMag. Here is what we did over the past week to have some Easter fun.

DIY Bunny Pinata!



Downloadable Paper Art

Print MerMag Paper Art Here!

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Patterns & Pancakes

Hello, I am a pattern and texture inspired artist who enjoys cooking, eating whole foods and living an active life in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This blog will feature VKD products and lifestyle tips on design, cooking, eating and entertaining.

Today I am pleased to share two things I LOVE with you in my first post. They are blueberry pancakes and two of my hand-printed table linens. These designs were inspired by my original paintings then redesigned for hand-printed home decor. The pancakes were inspired by my two year old son’s book Curious George Makes Pancakes. So we started making pancakes together (he loves to cook) and came up with this recipe. I hope you enjoy my patterns and my pancakes on the very Happy Labor Day Weekend!

All the best

-Valerie

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes with hemp and cashew milk, drizzled with flax oil and maple syrup: featuring my VKD O’s design hand-printed table napkins and place-mats. Art for the everyday living. 

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Whole Wheat Blue Berry Pancakes Recipe

4 eggs

2 and 2/3c cashew, hemp or almond milk

6T melted coconut oil or butter

1/2c maple syrup or honey

1T vanilla extract

3 1/2c whole wheat flour

1t sea salt

2T baking powder

optional: 1T hemp seed or flax seed

1 1/2c fresh blueberries (if you use frozen berries I would omit 2-3T milk liquid)’

Yeilds: about 2 dozen pancakes.

Tip: Store any left over pancakes in airtight container or freezer. Then pop them in the toaster oven when ready to enjoy again!

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In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs then add melted coconut oil, milk, syrup, butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Then add flour, salt, baking powder and flax seed to the bowl and mix well.

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Heat griddle to medium-low and lightly surface with grapeseed oil cooking spray or melted butter. When the surface is ready and hot drop small circles of batter onto the griddle. I like using 1/4c measuring cup to pour my circles. Add blueberries to the pancakes and let cook 3-5 minutes until bubbles appear on. Flip your pancake and cook another 2-3 minutes. Top with flax oil and maple syrup. Or try topping with butter and honey or coconut oil and honey. Enjoy!

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Featured – VKD hand-printed table linens are the Small O dinner napkin and Large O place mat.