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It Starts with Hello

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I feel like everyone knows about the importance of networking.  It’s how we get jobs, meet spouses, make friends, and create connections that end up building the very lives we lead.  We usually talk about networking in the business sense, but how many friends did you meet through other people?  Or how many of you met a spouse through someone else’s friend group?

As we get older and more established, I’ve noticed that new connections and fostering old ones can become more of a challenge.  Especially as people move, have children, and grow into adults, we tend to forget about how way-back-when we started it all with just a ‘Hello!’

This topic actually hit pretty close to home last night when I realized my ability (or lack thereof) to foster relationships that I’ve built.  I know there are several people in my life who I should reach out to and let them know that I am thinking of them and that I treasure the relationship we have!  Additionally, there are new people every day all around me who could use a little introduction, so I though it was fitting to team up with the people over at Lindt HELLO chocolates to help me make these connections even sweeter!  They’re done their take on making connections and here is mine!

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For the new mothers in my life (there seem to be a ton of them!), the new neighbors who moved in across the street, or the the friends in my life who I’ve let too much time pass since we spoke. I have a package for everyone!

AND we have something for you too! To celebrate the launch of the trendy new line of chocolates, Lindt is doing a give-a-way each week (but you can enter every day!)

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30) ENTER HERE
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!

Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7) ENTER HERE
• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!

Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14) ENTER HERE
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.

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AND that’s not all!  If you want to send a little care package like I have below, I have the labels here for you to download!! There is a special one for new mothers, fostering old connections, and greeting new neighbors.

Do you guys like this idea? Are there people in your life you could reconnect with? Or maybe someone you’d like to start connecting with (wink, wink)?

Give me your thoughts! I’d love to hear how making, fostering, and cultivating friendships has changed for you!

 

 

Disclosure:  A BIG thanks to Lindt for sponsoring this post and enabling me to have some fun with crafts at their expense :) Definitely pop over and show them some love for helping to spark this project!

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Copper Rimmed Glass Candleholder

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Who doesn’t love copper?  It’s a close second to rose gold, but I particularly love it because it ages into such a nice patina.  I had some copper tape sitting around for about 8 months and hadn’t earmarked what I’d do with it until last weekend.  Usually, there are two reasons why I’ll undertake a project.  Either what I’ve seen out and about just isn’t quite what I want or I’m being frugal and feel like I could make something just as good – but cheaper.  Usually, I’m on the fence about whether my love for an item will outweigh the cost.

I saw a copper rimmed candle holder the other day at a nice home decor store for about $70 and although I was drawn to it, I wasn’t quite sure if I’d actually get a lot of use out of it.  I had some copper tape at home and thought that I’d give a DIY a try.  I’m glad I did because this project cost under $20 and was quite easy!

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It’s obviously not the same as a store bought (welded) version, but I really like how it turned out and for the cost it was totally worth the project.  If you’re worried about your capabilities, you shouldn’t!  This took me about 15 minutes total and don’t shy away from a project because it has cut glass.  I just read off my dimensions to the guy at Lowes and he cut them up for me. Easy as pie.  Continue Reading…

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Wooden Leaf Fall Wreath

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We’re getting deep into the fall posts these next several weeks and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  I love fall decor touches around my home and especially love to jazz up my front porch a bit.  What I don’t love are most of the wreaths I see out there. Of what I see in stores most wreaths are either too crafty, too fake, or too dated for my taste.  I want something natural and simple, but with a bit of uniqueness.

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You may have seen the little wooden leaves in my fall color palette post yesterday, and if you wondered what they were or what I’d be doing with them, you’re in luck!  Today I’m using leaf shaped wooden veneer that I found at Paper Source last weekend. Immediately when I saw them I thought of making a stacked leaf wreath out of them.  I didn’t know how the exact mechanics were going to work, I just knew I wanted to use them.  I’ve devised a way to get them into a beautiful wreath with just a few household items!  Continue Reading…

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Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow

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Today, I am bursting at the seams to share this DIY. I feel like I say this every time, but this project has been looming in my mind for a while now.  Ok, so maybe just around 2 months, but still. I doubted whether I could do it with the resources I have in my town and searched online for fringes, trims, sequins, and whatnot.  At the end of the day, I bought one hundred percent of the materials in this project from my local JoAnn’s. Go figure!

Moroccan wedding blankets have been on the design scene for a few years now and are just starting to go more mainstream with offerings at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Pottery Barn. They are all still pretty pricey, however, and the cream pillow from Pottery Barn is still close to $80. Not my version, though.  This beauty came in at just $29 for all the fabrics and trims. It’s a tad pricier than most of my DIYs, but I definitely think it’s worth the cash, sweat, and tears.

 

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Most of the fun of this project was placing the lines of alternating fringe, sequins and mohair where I wanted.  Although this project is a snap with a sewing machine, you could do it all by hand if you don’t have one since it’s a whole 12 straight lines. I decided to take the help and use my machine this time even though on most projects I spend ample time trying to figure out how NOT to use the sewing machine.  You guys know I hate to sew, right? So I did it anyway for this project because I just wanted to do it that badly.  If you feel the same, keep on reading for the full instructions (and more photos)!  Continue Reading…

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

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I promised Pumpkin Spice and today it’s here! You may have noticed that our spicy seasonal favorite started popping up in Starbucks this weekend, and usually I would flock to those green awnings to take my first fall sip.  This year however, a few things have me stopping short.

I mentioned my diet change last week, but also there have been loads of reports of the mystery additives in the original coffeehouse version. Although I certainly would have looked past the mystery and sipped anyway, the diet change really was the thing that got me thinking of a make-at-home version with all natural ingredients.

There are about a bazillion ways to customize this depending on what you drink or don’t drink.  I’ve made a version with no white sugar and no sugar substitutes that is eerily close to the original.

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So, what are we waiting for!  Let’s make this pumpkiny, syrupy goodness!  Continue Reading…

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Gold Rimmed Faux Marble Coasters

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Like most of us, I love carrara marble. I wish every surface in my kitchen and bath could be decked out with the stuff, but then I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in my next house (that’s what I tell myself, anyway!).  In the meantime, I am satiating my marble desires with little decorative hints of it throughout my house.

When it comes to coasters, I hate coasters that are too solid or nonporous to actually work well.  This DIY is so great because it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent.  Not only does it look like the real thing, but all four coasters came in at under $7 so it meets my ‘cheaper or better’ DIY requirement.

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To make all four it took me under 30 minutes, so it was fairly easy and only took three materials!  See the full tutorial below!  Continue Reading…

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Gold Initial Mug Gifts

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Sometimes the best things are the simplest, right?  While initial mugs are everywhere right now and certainly aren’t a novelty, I had a few birthday’s this week and thought that I would take a stab at my own version of the ‘anthro-inspired’ initial mug for some little lavender gifts for two of my girlfriends.

True to my mantra that a DIY needs to be cuter or cheaper than a store purchase these rolled in at just $3 each, or $5 each once you add the lovely lavender.

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I began this project just for the sole purpose of the gift – no blog intentions – but they just turned out so darn cute that I remade one to show the steps.  The things I do for you guys… just kidding!  Continue Reading…

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Lacquered Agate Box

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I love making things that are lovelier than something I’d purchase.  That is the whole point of DIY no?  For me, it’s either got to be less expensive or more cute.  If it isn’t either of those things, it really isn’t worth the effort. This agate lacquered box is both… prettier than what I would buy and way less expensive.  Would you believe me if I told you that the how project cost less than $20? Believe it.

I will confess, I had this box two other colors before I landed on a light ivory/beige called Light Sand.  I am really really trying to branch out from a color perspective.  First I had it light lavender, but that felt a little stuffy, so I went to a radiant orchid (the color of the year, right?) but that just seemed a little out of control for me.  You guys know me… I’m a black/brown/white/navy/gold kind of girl.  So, I just thought I’d let you know that I tired really hard, but couldn’t do it.  Light Sand it is.  I am beginning to embrace my neutralness.

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I’m in love with the way it turned out and cannot wait to show you all how to make your own! Although there are a few steps, they’re all totally easy and can be done by anyone.  Shall we get on with the tutorial?  Continue Reading…

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Reader DIY: The Gold Cane Chair

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Getting emails from readers who are inspired by my DIYs is literally my favorite part of writing this blog.  It makes me so so happy to know we’re interacting and you guys are soaking in some inspiration!  A couple weeks ago I got an email from one of our readers, Jess who redid a bamboo chair inspired by my gold cane chair project!  She even made pom fabric like I did!

I love love love the shape of her chair and how it turned out!  Aren’t you guys impressed?

Thanks, Jess for sharing!!

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DIY Subway Tile Mirror

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I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that I love subway tile.  I honestly considered just covering every wall in my bathroom with it.  To hell with paint, I’m going full on tile. Needless to say that hasn’t happened yet, but don’t think the idea isn’t crawling around in the back of my mind.

The downside of subway tile is (there’s a downside?!?!), well, you have to tile something to use it. If you live in a rental or aren’t undergoing a renovation, it might not be in the cards for you… until now.

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The best news is that I made this tile border mirror for less than $30. It’s the truth.  Having your very own chunk of subway tile decor isn’t out of reach or out of budget.  What’s more (wait, there’s more?) it took me all of 30 minutes to make. I’ll show you the 4 easy steps if you’d like to have your own gorgeous mirror.  Continue Reading…

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