DIY Wreath Making with Baylor Chapman

We kicked off the holiday season with Baylor Chapman of Lila B. Design last weekend at Celebrate the Season Boutique Garden Center in Bend, Oregon.  Baylor brought her D.I.Y. Wreath Making Kits up from San Francisco for attendees to create their own unique wreath.

We had music playing, a wood fire burning and the smell of fresh greens in the air!  To see if Lila B. Design has a workshop in your area, go to her Classes & Events page.  Baylor Chapman’s The Plant Recipe Book makes a great gift for the flower and plant lover on your list!

Thank you, Lila B. for helping us get into the Holiday Spirit!


Lila B. Design

We are honored to host Lila B. Design’s founder and creative director, Baylor Chapman, here in Central Oregon next weekend!  Join us as we collaborate together at a Pop-Up Decor Bar at Celebrate the Season on Friday, November 25th!

Baylor is the author of The Plant Recipe Book: 100 Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season.  She has also been recognized by Martha Stewart, The New York Times, Sunset, Dwell, The Knot, Good Housekeeping and Better Homes and Gardens.  She has hosted classes at Macy’s, San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.  We are thrilled to have her visit our little neck of the woods!


To sign up for this workshop, go to Lila B.’s Classes & Events page.  We hope to see you next Friday!

Small Batch Originals

Steel Life is THRILLED to announce our first ‘Small Batch Original’, the Boho Modern hanging planter!  Steel Life’s Small Batch collection allows us to create limited-edition products with other local artists and designers, with the focus of keeping overhead at a minimum to extend that savings onto our customer base.  Maya Moon Designs is a local, handmade leather bag company in Bend, Oregon.  Owner and artist, Maya Bauer, joined Steel Life to create the Boho Modern hanger by dipping into her unique and luscious leather collection.  We are honored to have her talents showcased with our work.

mayaSteel Life’s Small Batches will only be sold through our Facebook, Instagram and Etsy sites.

Steel Life’s Modern Catchall

We are proud to announce that our 7″ Catchall is now available on our web shop!


This decorative dish is perfect for small fruit or candy.  It is also an ideal size for keys, a wallet, jewelry or other personal items…AND, of course, air plants and succulents.  Just in time for the holiday season where finding the perfect gift is a must!    ~Shop Now~

The Seattle Times


We loved seeing our Large Jack planter in The Seattle Times.  Read more about how you can make the most of your tiny patio or yard HERE.  Katy Kiick Condon, a senior editor at Better Homes & Gardens magazine, gives space-saving advice that you can use both indoors and outdoors.

Nasturtium Margarita

Since our nasturtiums are in full bloom, I took the opportunity to put together another Garden to Glass recipe over the weekend.  Easy, delicious and a colorful presentation!

To make your own, run a slice of lime around your glass and dip in coarse sea salt, fill with ice and set aside.  Fill cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour 1 ounce nasturtium simple syrup (see below), 2 ounces silver tequila, 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice and 1 ounce fresh orange juice into a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds or more.  Strain into your salt-rimmed glass and garnish with fresh nasturtium flowers.  Makes 2 drinks.  (Planting nasturtiums are also a great way to keep aphids out of your garden!)

Nasturtium Simple Syrup:  Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in saucepan. Constantly stir until sugar is completely dissolved.  Remove saucepan from heat, add 10-12 pre-washed nasturtium blossoms and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain liquid when cool and discard wilted flowers.  Simple Syrup can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.