Plant a Flower Day: Easy Flowers to Grow

March 12 is Plant a Flower Day — and just in time! It’s still a little early, but you can see a lot of little flowers sprouting already! But even if you’re in a part of the country where the ground is too cold for planting, you can start your planting indoors. Either way, we put together a list of easy flowers to grow in the spirit of Plant a Flower Day.Nigella flower

Nigella Nigella flowers are also known as Love in a Mist, which, you will see when they bloom, is an appropriate title. They’re cute little blue flowers framed by whispy fronds similar to fennel. They’re also hardy plants, so they will be around quite a while after you plant them. Their flowering time is relatively short, but when they’re not blooming they have great seed pods that are great filler for dried flower arrangements.Coltivazione di girasoli in un campo umbro

Sunflowers Sunflowers One of the most impressive flowers to grow from seeds is the the sunflower. They’re generally drought tolerant but require a lot of direct sunlight. They also grow to be quite tall — some can reach heights of 16 feet — so they’ll need plenty of space when they’re transferred to their outdoor home.Ehrenpreis / Veronica

Veronica Veronica Veronica seeds love sunny spots and can grow well in many types of soil. They bloom all summer long making them a favorite for birds, bees and butterflies! The average germination time is two to four weeks, so right now is a good time to start those inside. By the time it’s shorts weather, you’ll have beautiful blue blossoms in your garden.Natural Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea Sweet Peas Sweet peas are great because they germinate fast and they bloom early so you can get a little instant gratification in your garden as soon as the sun starts shining. They grow best in cooler temperatures, so you want to start them as early as possible before they shy away from the heat of the summer. They also need a trellis to climb.Gaillardia or blanket flowers and wasp visit flowers to obtain nectar

Blanket Flowers Blanket Flower Blanket flowers have a faint resemblance to daisies — they can add sweetness to any garden. They’re native to Mexico which means they like loose, sandy soil and, after a moist germination period, they like a dry, hot, sunny climate which means they’re drought-tolerant. They also bloom all summer long so you’re guaranteed constant color in your garden.Columbine flowerColumbine Columbine Columbine are easy to grow, but they’re not made for every climate. They thrive in cooler environments with a lot of sunlight — which is probably why it’s Colorado’s state flower. They can grow in warmer climates, but it’s best to plant them in spots with a little bit of shade so they don’t get too hot.

LTD Commodities can help you get your garden started! We have outdoor decor and garden ideas to make your every summer minute count.

 

Easter: Our Favorite Ways to Make Easter Eggs Unique

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way! It’s time to put up your Easter decor, plan Easter dinner and think about how you can make your Easter eggs memorable. No one will scoff at traditionally dyed eggs, but there are dozens of ways to make them a little more original. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make Easter eggs unique.

minion-eggsDecorating for Beginners You don’t have to decorate real eggs to have a belly-tickling result! These minions were created by Tidbits & Twine for a Despicable Me-themed birthday party, but we thought they were too fun not to include them in our Easter baskets! All they are, are hollow plastic eggs with the tops and bottoms mixed up in yellow and blue with googly eyes glued on and embellished with a black marker. They’re adorable and perfect for holding Easter candies.bunny-silhouettes

Cottontail Contours Speaking of markers and “easy,” Cutesy Crafts boils down egg decorating to a sticker and a few dots. It’s such a simple idea — even tiny hands can create works of art with this method. Just stick the bunny sticker on an egg and start dabbing around the edges of the sticker until you have dense constellations of dots. When the ink is dry, just peel off the sticker and you have delightful bunny silhouettes with almost no mess!  blue-marble

Little Blue Marbles Here’s a project for more mature Easter egg dyers: marbled indigo eggs. Alice and Lois did a fabulous step-by-step on how to turn plain old white eggs into marbled eggs of glory using only water and fingernail polish! As a warning, rubber gloves are suggested as this method can get quite messy.  water-color-easter-eggs

O’Keefe Ovum Here are eggs worthy of a spot on the mantle! Dream a Little Bigger made these eggs. They may take a little more time and concentration, but the result is something even Georgia O’Keefe might envy. These require a few drops of food coloring, paintbrushes and a thin black marker if you want to add the fancy outlines (but they still look cute without the outlines). This is your chance (or your kids’!) to get really creative with your eggs!  frozen-eggs

Elsa Eggs We saved the most complicated for last. A Pumpkin and a Princess came up with these eggs fit for a princess — they aredefinitely not for the crafting-faint-of-heart! Pearl paint, glitter, rhinestones and a lot of patience is what you need to create your own Frozen egg masterpiece. Though it’s a big undertaking, everyone can agree the effort put forth is worth it for all the oooooohs and awwwws.   

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make every holiday magical! Whether you need ideas for dying awesome eggs for Easter or you’re looking for unique 4th of July decor, look to LTD to make all your holidays sparkle.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Season Change

As the temperatures rise, the snow melts — they’re all signs of a welcome change coming our way! We’re getting ready for spring and we want you to be prepared, too. With that in mind, we put together a list of products to usher in the new season. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for the Season Change.

Pinteresting Picks for February

Spring is near and our Pinterest followers are super excited about it! They’ve got their eyes on all things green and flowery! At least those are the things they’re pinning most. And since we think you’ll what they like, we put together a list of their favorite items. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for February.

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Decorative Solar Stake creates an amazing light display. After soaking up the sun all day, the lantern automatically turns on at dusk. The white light will glow for up to 8 hours on a full charge. Colorful 3-D blooms and a garden critter complete the stake’s fun look. On/off switch. Approx. 4-3/4″W x 4-1/2″D x 20″H, including the 4″ stake. Plastic and metal. Easy, tool-free assembly required.

mason-jar-candlesFreshen up your home and decor with this Fresh ‘n’ Fruity Mason Jar Candle. The paraffin and soy wax blend candle is scented in a fun fragrance. Its colored glass jar is decorated with a flower charm tied with jute ribbon. The metal lid has a coordinating design. 12 oz. Burn time, approx. 100 hours.realistic-planters

Place detailed Realistic Planters in your garden or on your patio for a nice display. Order a Small (approx. 6-3/4″ dia. x 4-1/2″H) and Large (approx. 8-1/8″ dia. x 5-3/8″H) in the same design for a coordinated landscape. The Barrels feature decorative rope handles. Cement.

wall-art-setWith one picture separated on multiple canvases, the 5-Pc. Canvas Wall Art Set hangs like a window into a serene landscape. The graduated canvases may be arranged in order, from short to tall to short, to tell the entire story of the scene. Overall, the five together are 39-1/2″ wide and 19-3/4″ tall, creating a substantial piece of art. Canvas wrapped over wooden frames. Hanging hardware included.

pajamasThis Women’s Light and Airy Sleep Set is made with a comfortable, lightweight fabric that’s perfect for lounging. The sleeveless top’s high-low hem is accented in flowing chiffon with chiffon around the scoop neckline and armholes, too. The loose-fitting pants have an elastic waistband for extra comfort. Polyester and rayon. Machine care. Imported.

 

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Spring Decor

We’re just a few short weeks and many degrees from spring, but we are ready for a green welcome! And when that change hits, we want to be armed with the right decor. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Spring Decor.

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Add visual interest to any room with this beautiful Jeweled Flower Wall Art. This large, 3-D wall sculpture is constructed of shaped metal petals and acrylic gems. The open design lets the background wall color show through. You can also hang it outdoors on a covered porch or patio. Sunflower, 16-5/8″ dia. Chrysanthemum, 17-1/4″ dia. Magnolia, 19″ dia. Assembly required; assembly hardware included. Hook on back for hanging.

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Freshen up your home decor with this Inspirational Word Sculpture. The word is spelled out in block letters detailed with stitch lines, vines and 3-D birds. A coordinating sentiment is inscribed on one of the letters to bring an uplifting element to your decor. Looks great on a table, shelf or mantel. Approx. 9-3/4″W x 5″H. Cold cast ceramic.

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Create a colorful focal point or centerpiece with a Tea Light Candle Garden Set. It comes with 3 spring-inspired candleholders, a coordinating tray and accent stones. Add your own tea lights to the graduated pillars to complete the look. Wooden, glass and metal.burlap-flowers2

Fill your home with bright flowers year ’round with this Set of 3 Burlap Wildflower Stems. This faux floral set decorates any room with classic country style. Each wire stem is bendable, letting you create a natural looking arrangement. You get 3 stems, which are 4-1/2″ dia. x 34″H, each. Metal.

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The 3-Pc. Quilt & Sham Set adds a fresh layer of comfort to your bedroom. Each piece features elegant scalloped edges, a patchwork or floral print on one side and a coordinating pattern on the reverse side. King set includes king-sized shams. Full/Queen quilt, 86″ sq. King quilt, 102″W x 86″L. Polyester shell and fill. Machine care. Imported.

St. Patrick’s Day: A Brief History

St-Patricks-DayGetting ready for St. Patrick’s Day involves draping yourself in green and drowning yourself in green beer — but it wasn’t always this way. The day we take to honor Irish heritage has a colorful past with details not many people know about here. Here’s a brief history of St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick St. Patrick was born in the fourth century. By the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders from his Roman Britain home. It was while he was held captive that he was allegedly told by God  he was to flee (by boat) to Britain. It was then that he joined the church and studied to be a priest. He became a bishop by 432 a.d. and by then St. Patrick was called back to Ireland for Christian missionary work in Irish communities. Part of that work was teaching Irish people about the Holy Trinity — which, it is believed, he used a shamrock to explain it. On March 17, 461 a.d. St. Patrick died and was buried at Downpatrick.st-patricks-day

Serpent Story One story associated with St. Patrick is that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland with his flute.  There’s no truth in the story, but some believe it was told as a metaphor: St. Patrick converted Irish pagans to Christianity and drove the “evil” (snakes) from Ireland.


Blue Over Green 
In the early years of celebration, St. Patrick’s Day was associated with the color blue—not green. Sky blue was part of St. Patrick’s Order established in 1783. According to ABC News, sky blue was assigned to differentiate from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). Green came into the picture slowly because of his use of the shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity. By 1798, during the Irish rebellion, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on March 17th in hopes of catching public attention. After this statement, green became the dominant color associated with the holiday.

Irish Feasts and U.S Influence In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in the ninth and tenth centuries with a feast, but it wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1903. By the 1970’s Ireland started celebrating the holiday on a much larger scale, but it was the Americans who really made it a big holiday across the world. Irish-American history expert Timothy Meagher a told National Geographic the reason for such a strong American-Irish impact on the holiday, “It becomes a way to honor the saint but also to confirm ethnic identity and to create bonds of solidarity.”Corned-Beef-and-Cabbage

My Goodness, My Guinness! If you think it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a pint of Guinness you aren’t alone. According to the brand, 13 million pints are consumed around the world on March 17th. This is double the average daily consumption which is around 5.5 million. According to Guinness, Guinness is one of the customs and traditions Irish immigrants brought to the United States.  

We celebrate any holiday we can at LTD Commodities! Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the 4th of July, we have unique products at unbeatable prices to make your celebration spectacular.

8 Things to Pass the Last Week of February

Spring is so close we can almost smell it! We’re pretty excited about the season change, but there are still a few days left of February to endure — but it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Here are 8 things to pass the last week of February to get you to spring.Running

  1. Shape Up with Purpose. Now’s a great time to start training for that May run you’ve been waffling about signing up for. Organized runs don’t have to be marathons to help you get back into shape after being stuck inside all winter. If you’re new to running, start with a 5k and work your way up to a 10k and a half-marathon.
  2. Binge. Pretty soon the weather is going to be too nice to sit inside and watch your favorite TV shows. Now’s your chance to get it all in before you get to trade it for sunshine and flowers!  You have just enough time to watch an entire season  of a show — or more than one, depending on how efficient you are with TV-watching.
  3. Purge. Retailers are making room for spring fashion and so should you! Get rid of your ratty sweaters to make space for that new maxi skirt or a cardigan in fun spring colors.build-a-fort
  4. Forts of Strength. If there’s still snow on the ground, make your hail mary pass to win over your kids by building a snow fort! You won’t have many more photo opportunities with the white stuff, so get ‘em in while you can! If all the snow is melted, you can still make forts — they just have to be indoors. But there are plenty of fun photos you can take with piles of pillows.
  5. Literature Launch. If you haven’t taken the time yet to feed your mind this winter, now’s the time to start a new book! Get cozy on the couch with a throw and some pillows to while away the last of the chilly afternoons.
  6. Tickle Your Brain. Pull out those models and puzzles the family got for Christmas and start putting them together. It’s a good way to exercise your brain and bond with the kids while you’re stuck inside this week. Make the deadline to finish March 1 — by then, the kids might be able to play outside.ltd-games
  7. Cold Pursuit. If your kids are itching to get outside, set up a simple scavenger hunt with a spring theme. Have them look for signs of season change as they run around the block. If it’s too cold for outdoor sleuthing, take the hunt inside and save the outdoor game for a spring day.
  8. Winter Rivalry. Have one last family game night to close out winter! It won’t be long before you have to trade in your game cards for a tiki torch at your next cookout. To mix things up, play a game you haven’t tried yet — it makes things interesting for a night of family feuding!

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make every season a little more fun! Whether you need ideas for a winter game night, or you’re looking for water toys for a little outdoor fun, look to LTD for unique products at unbeatable prices.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Easter

The Easter Bunny is set to arrive a little earlier than usual this year. That means we have to start now to get ready for him! To help give you a head start we selected some of our favorite Easter products. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Easter.

Peter-RabbitPeter Rabbit 10-Book Library Box Set belongs in every child’s library. The collection is filled with wonderful stories featuring Beatrix Potter’s best-loved animal characters. Each book contains a different, exciting and adorable story with a meaningful lesson. Sure to create fond memories that your child will cherish. 6-3/8″W x 7-3/4″L. Hardcover, 29 pages, each. For ages 3 and up.

easter-garlandAdd charming critters, fun patterns and vibrant colors to your home with the Welcome Spring Collection. Display appetizers, snacks and more on the Bunny Cake Plate (10-1/2″ dia. x 3-1/4″H). The Treat Jar (6-1/2″W x 10-1/4″D x 12-1/2″H) gives you quick access to a cookie or piece of candy. The Salt & Pepper Shakers (approx. 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 3-7/8″, each) are a practical addition to your dining area. Serveware and kitchenware, dolomite. All serveware and kitchenware, dishwasher safe. A Pastel Tablecloth adds beautiful colors for cheery table settings. Cotton. Machine care. Our exclusive 3-Pc. Easter Garland Set features 6 ft. of garland held on either side by 2 sand-weighted polyester bunnies (approx. 11-3/8″H, each). Add a pop of color to your walls the Bunny Ribbon Wreath (13-1/2″W x 24″L) with its wire frame that easily folds for storage. Polyester and metal. Ready to hang. All fabric items, imported.

mesh-bunnyCelebrate the Easter season with a Lighted Geo Mesh Bunny or Chick. It features 15 white lights intertwined in the mesh that makes up its glittered body. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. Our exclusive Bunny, 20″ x 12″ x 3″. Chick, 18-1/2″ x 16″ x 3″. Polyester, foam and metal. Comes ready to hang.

seedballzNo digging or tilling required! Just place each Drop & Grow SeedBallz in the soil. Loaded with seeds, each ball grows clusters of flowers. Do not bury deep; keep moist. Store SeedBallz in a dry, cool place. Each set comes with 8 SeedBallz. They are hand-rolled by individuals with developmental disabilities in the USA. Grow flowers easily in the garden or containers with these “truffle-like” clay balls.

garden-flagsUpdate your outdoor or indoor garden decor throughout the year with the 13-Pc. Monthly Flag Set. This festive set features a flag for each month with lovely artwork and a cheerful greeting. It’s the perfect size to accent any potted or low-growing plant. Polyester and metal.

Upcycled Garden: Ideas to Get You Excited to Dig

container-gardenSpring is almost here and that means it’s almost time to start digging in your garden! Gardening is an uber-hobby. That means it can combine elements of other hobbies: art, DIY, decor, cooking, and upcycling. While we know lots of ways to make our lives easier and less expensive by upcycling and repurposing unwanted items, upcycling in the garden makes your yard one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 garden upcycling ideas to get you excited to dig.

Dangling Delight Bring your garden up to eye-level with hanging container gardens! An old birdcage or a hat that’s too pretty to pitch in the garbage can be hung with a simple hook to suspend draping flowers like geraniums or fuchsia. On your porch or deck it gives your outdoor decor a little color and a lot of character. While hanging plants look great, you may want to keep your watering can at the ready — they tend to dry out a bit quicker than plants in regular containers because they’re more exposed to air.

terrariumTerrarium Training Curating a terrarium is a good starter container garden. Glass containers are easy to come by to create cute terrariums if you’re not quite ready to build a full container garden. Indoors or outdoors, old vases, pickle jars or pitchers can hold the layers of charcoal, sand and soil as a base for tiny trees, ferns and grass. Terrariums require minimal maintenance, it’s just a matter or trimming and watering to keep them green.

Tried & True Tomatoes The container garden-friendly tomato makes a practical plant for the decorative garden. They work best in larger containers — hanging from an old bucket or watering can, they can draw eyes up rather than to the ground to keep your outdoor decor lively and interesting. Just remember tomato plants require soil with a lot of nutrients to make your tomatoes flavorful and juicy. They also need full sun for a majority of the day, so a hanging container that you can move with the sun is an excellent way to add fresh ingredients to your summer salads.

Flower Flow Flowers can dress up just about any kind of container — even an ugly old shoe! Take inventory of the containers that are still useful but might be too worn to be used for their aesthetic value. An old suitcase that might be too heavy to travel with, an old desk drawer (or an old desk!), or a child’s wagon can be quite beautiful with the right flowers flowing from their openings. Look for colorful flowers that tend to sprawl like calibrachoa to bring your old but cherished items back to life with elegant overgrowth.

herb-gardenSimple Seasonings Herb gardens are probably the easiest gardens to build using repurposed items around the house. They can be big displays using wooden pallets or they can be small enough to fit inside your kitchen. They’re good for small containers because their roots don’t spread the way the roots for tomato plants or carrots do. Use mason jars, tea tins, mismatched coffee cups, or coffee cans. With a good combination of potting soil, compost, and sand (or perlite) and your herbs should thrive indoors. For an outdoor herb garden, think a little bigger. You can use wooden wine boxes carefully stacked at different angles to create a small vertical herb garden or you can use an over-the-door organizers to cover a blank wall and give it a little color and a lot of life!

LTD Commodities has hundreds of items to get your home ready for spring — indoors and outdoors! Whether you’re curating and indoor container garden for your kitchen window or you’re dressing up your walkway, look to LTD for a happy garden!

5 Facts About Shamrocks You Might Not Know

ShamrockSt. Patrick’s Day is coming up and that means sifting through your closet for anything and everything that’s green so we don’t get pinched!  Of course the easiest solution is to just pin a shamrock on your lapel. It’s the one time of year we think about these tiny plants. But why shamrocks? We decided to dig a little deeper to find out what makes them so special we wear them on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are 5 facts about shamrocks you might not know.

In the Garden There are many types of clovers and they’re very common. If you’re a dedicated gardener and you find them in your flower bed, you’ll likely pull it as it’s widely considered a weed. However, some farmers keep them in their fields intentionally as they help with fertilization.

ShamrockClover Fields Shamrocks are young clovers. In fact, that’s where we get the word shamrock or seamair óg which means “young clover” in Gaelic.  Basically, clovers are shamrocks in March and later in the year, as they grow and reach the reproductive stage, they flower. Ireland is the perfect climate for clovers because they can’t handle hot summers or cold winters — they thrive in cool, wet weather.

Seedling Scarcity In 2010, a severe winter caused a shortage of shamrocks. To remedy the supply shortage for St. Patrick’s Day, plants similar to shamrocks were used instead. However, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen made sure to deliver a real shamrock to President Obama.

The Saint & His Shrub St. Patrick was a 4th century Christian missionary. The shamrock has three leaves — St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. It is now the most prominent symbol of St. Patrick’s Day as well as Ireland.

ShamrockFlooded Flowers  On St. Patrick’s Day, you drown your shamrock for good luck. According to Irish Culture and Customs, this is only to be done with the last drink of the evening, perhaps after your big Irish feast: take the shamrock you’ve been wearing, put it the glass of whatever you’re drinking (perhaps Guinness or Irish whiskey), make a toast, drink your drink and throw the soggy shamrock over your shoulder.

Whether you’re decorating with green for St. Patrick’s Day or pastels for Easter, LTD Commodities has hundreds of products to make your holiday brighter.