Candlelight is one of those things that’s always welcome. In the summertime, we love how candlelight punctuates our warm, romantic dinners al fresco, and when the weather starts to turn cooler it turns evenings indoors into a glowing warmth of family, friends, and holiday.
Beautiful hurricanes are also one of those things that always shocks me with the price! You’ll walk out of any home store paying between $30 and $40 for a good sized hurricane. That is why I decided to make these lovelies! I think you’ll agree that they’re as darling as store bought and they’re a cinch to make.
I’ve got the product list and three easy steps after the jump, so let’s get started! Continue Reading…
We’re getting closer and closer to all hallows eve! As things start to get spooky in your neck of the woods, you can do a few very easy things to get in the spirit. If you like simple, this last minute Halloween project is for you! It’s actually a pretty fun project to do with kids too and involves puff paint, and who doesn’t like puff paint? It really brings me back to my younger days of puff painting anything from a caboodle to my keds.
Although I did feel a bit silly buying the stuff, this project is anything but! It’s a super easy (and dare I say darling?) way to get a little creepy decor into your home right before the scary holiday.
ONE print our spider template and lay it underneath a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. TWO trace over the template with black puff paint, ensuring very thick, solid lines. THREE after letting the spider dry for 24-48 hours, peel it off the parchment.
To apply to the window, warm the spider in the palms of your hands. Once it’s warmed up a bit, breathe on it like you would when cleaning your glasses. Then, it will stick to a clean window. You might have to press it on just a bit. The cleaner the window and the more moist/warm the spider, the better the stick.
It’s a fun, easy little project to do if you’re looking for a simple way to show your spooky side this Halloween!
I’ve posted a few events and projects lately that are all centered around a long, narrow, outdoor harvest table. If you happened to be following along on instagram about three weeks ago, you would have seen that I made the table and not only did I make it, but the whole project was under $100 and took less than two hours. It was a pretty fun weekend project. The best part was that I did it all myself!
Here it is as I styled it for my Home Depot style challenge that went live last week (full article here)! I have loved the outcome so much that I just keep using it over and over.
It’s made of weather-friendly treated pine and my little secret for this (and loads of other projects) is that I have all of my pieces cut at The Home Depot. Since the kind folks in their lumber department do all the cuts, I just have to assemble. Easy, right? Read on for the full photos of each step in the process and the complete shopping list!
It’s getting a little spooky around here! Halloween is in just three weeks and this is the prefect time to start incorporating some small decorations around the house. I don’t go all-out for halloween, but I like a few clever nods to the holiday. My halloween decor usually is very very simple, not store-bought, and just a tad spooky.
There is a big reason why I don’t buy something pre-made and stick it up on the wall. I think decorations are all the more eerie when they’re incorporated with your everyday look. It almost makes someone do a double-take when they see it, which sends a little chill down their spine and that is the perfect way to decorate for this fun and festive holiday.
My plan worked like a charm too, last night these glass specimen jars where neatly styled in the bookcase and my husband all of a sudden was like, “are there bones in there?”. To which I replied, “of course”. I think he was a little weirded out, but that’s the point, no?
When it comes to dinner parties, I like to think outside the dining room sometimes to create a more magical experience for our friends. I’ve always wanted to do a big outdoor sit-down dinner, but various technicalities have gotten in the way. This year, it’s happening. I built a table (more on that later) and have been starting the planning process.
One thing I knew I wanted to include were some white name card holders. Although actual white pumpkins can be used, they’re fairly pricey and don’t last super long once cut. I made a very sleek, modern version using some run-of-the-mill foam pumpkins from the Home Depot.
The result is a beautiful, serene tablescape that isn’t a cacophony of color (which you know isn’t my thing). The white gourds lend themselves well to the other colors incorporated in the table and won’t compete with any of the other decor. The best part is that since they’re faux, they’ll last throughout the whole season and I can use them all of the way through Thanksgiving.
It’s a super easy project that I’m almost embarrassed to call a ‘DIY’ but sometimes it’s the little things, right? Let’s go! Continue Reading…
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!
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.
ANDthat’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!
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!
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
So, what are we waiting for! Let’s make this pumpkiny, syrupy goodness! Continue Reading…
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