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Cane Chair Fabric Solve

Swiss dot fabric

So, I know I’ve been holding out on revealing the cane chair redo, but you know I had a fabric dilemma, right?  To recap, I polled you guys on what fabric I should use for my found cane chairs and a grey and black tribal type design won, but once I got the fabric in, I posted about how it was actually like a blue/grey which I didn’t think would match the gold I was planning to use on the chair frame.

So, I chose to use this giant flocked dot fabric from Mood, but it was sold out.  Roadblock after roadblock here.  I took a closer look at the giant flocked fabric and it reminded me of the yarn ties that I had on a quilt that used to cover my childhood bed.  I got to thinking that I could probably make this fabric, so that is just what I did.

pom fabric

Keep reading to see how I made this pom pom fabric to use on my cane chairs!  (finished photos soon!)  Continue Reading…


Spicy Marsala Gnocci

spicy gnocci

I have a treat for you today!  In the wintertime, with the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, easy, warm dinners are essential.  I love to cook, but was thrown a challenge this week to make a recipe using Colombo Marsala.  It’s being featured in their ’12 Days of Marsala’ and I’m so excited to be included!  I’d never cooked with marsala before, but love the way this Spicy Marsala Gnocci turned out. It’s hearty, spicy, and a bit tangy.

The best part of the challenge, for me, is that if I win… I win a trip to Italy!  So please, head over to the contest Facebook page and vote for me!  I’ll be forever thankful!

gnocci recipe

It’s super easy (about 20 minutes) and I’m sure you’ll love it!  If you don’t like strong cheeses, swap the gorgonzola for parmesan, you’ll still love the smoky, spicy mix of the panchetta and the crushed red pepper.

Spicy Marsala Gnocci with Gorgonzola
Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4
1 tsp olive oil
6 oz chopped panchetta
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 cup Colombo Marsala Dry
16 oz package Gnocchi
4 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola cheese
I hope you love it!  Don’t forget to vote for it over on the Colombo Marsala page!  I’m crossing my fingers!

Handmade Christmas: Leather Home Accessories

DIY gifts

It’s common to hear ‘handmade gifts’ and think about a wobbly knit scarf and ill fitting beanie.  I promise you, this three week series of handmade gifts will leave your recipients really happy to know you.  First up, we have a set of leather desk accessories – a gorgeous fringed keychain and leather catch-all.

Your friends and family with love what some metallic leather pieces do to their space and you’ll love giving something that you crafted by hand.

Handmade gifts - leather

leather DIY gifts fringe keychain

There are so many options based on what leather colors you use.  I bought lots of small pieces from a few different Etsy shops which were more than enough to do this project. It was pretty easy (about 30 minutes total) to get two really darling pieces that you loved ones will be so impressed by.  Keep reading for the full tutorial and templates.

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Holiday Decorating: Minimal Scandinavian Rustic


Target Red White Decor

BIRCH logs  |  RED wire basket  |  TREE pillow  |  STOCKING with embroidery  |  CHEERS cocktail napkins  |  CONFETTI glassware  |  PLAID blanket  |  VILLAGE metal lanterns  |  REINDEER bust

I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving for Hawaii without preparing my holiday decorations.  Now don’t get me wrong, I did not have time to get everything set up, but I did buy the tree and any new decorations and brought others out of storage so that as soon as I touch down in one week, I can hit the ground running.

I always put together a little decor scheme to help me narrow my focus for the holidays. This year, since I’ll be traveling, I wanted to keep the decor simple, but still very festive.  While I don’t usually decorate with red (or wear red, it’s a personal thing), this year I can get a lot of ‘bang for my buck’ by adding in the bright, merry hue without having to overhaul the house.

My tree is going to *gasp* have no ornaments.  None. My plan is to wrap the bulb in a plaid blanket and put lights on it. It’s going to be a very we-just-brought-this-tree-in-from-the-forest look.  The rest of the decorations will follow the same esthetic – warm, simple, and merry.

It all started with these little red village candle holders from Target and spun off from there.  Since I felt like the look could easily turn very ‘country’, I kept the rest of the decorations very very minimal and somewhat masculine (hence the no tree ornaments).

It’s not very conventional of me, I usually lean toward the silver and gold sparkle, but I really was trying to get outside my usual this year and try something fun and new.  What do you think?


p.s. Don’t forget we have TWO giveaways going on!  Enter here and here!  Also, make sure to check out the rest of the amazing giveaways in the 24 Merry Days! Chelsea from Lovely Indeed has an amazing one going on today as well!



Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


24 Merry Days Giveaway: Lowe’s Accent Chair

24 merry days - lowes giveaway
It’s the first day of December, and you know what that means – the beginning of 24 Merry Days of giveaways!  I am the first in line to kick off this merry month with an accent chair giveaway from Lowe’s!  I LOVE this chair and am so so excited that one of you will be winning it! If you follow Jordan from Oh Happy Day, you’ll know that she recently featured this chair in her holiday guest room that she designed for the Lowe’s holiday look book.  Isn’t it such a modern classic piece?

lowes accent chair giveaway

Well, if you love it, then enter to win it!  We’re running the giveaway for just one week, so let’s go!
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Be sure to bookmark the 24 Merry Days site because we’ll be unveiling special prizes every single day for the next 23 days right up until Christmas. That’s a whole lot of merry!


*don’t forget to check out the rest of the amazing giveaways – Chelsea from Lovely Indeed has an amazing one for you tomorrow as well!


Notes from a Holiday Weekend



Happy Weekend, guys! I know some of you had to rally yesterday and head into work after the Thanksgiving holiday and now you’re finally relaxing.  I’ve had a moment to sit still this morning (since I’m on a plane for the next 8 hours, but more about that later), and take a moment to reflect on the holiday, and the last two weeks of self employment and the time out to think and reflect is definitely a powerful thing.

I wanted to take the opportunity to talk openly about the move to self-employment, the motivators and moments it took for me to take the leap, and how anyone can find fulfillment in their careers. I am following along with Hilary Rushford on her upcoming book launch regarding what she calls the ‘4-part Entrepreneurial Cocktail’.  She speaks about four main parts of being a successful entrepreneur – How to stay motivated, how to play to our strengths, how to turn a profit, and how to do it all without being overwhelmed.  Hillary has asked 30 business owners and bloggers to chime in on one of these four parts of her ‘entrepreneurial cocktail’.  I thought I’d take the time to share with you a little about my entrepreneurial spirit, what motivated me to start this blog, and what motivates me everyday to continue. I get so many emails of people wanting to know more about my background and how I went from a college chemist to creative business owner and how I got started blogging.  The truth is, it all started by needing to take the first step toward making something of my own and making a name for myself.  I knew the life I wanted (a creative business of my own), but I didn’t know quite how to get there, so I took one step and that was to start a blog. What continues to motivate me is something I could have never expected. Continue Reading…


Friday Faves 11.29

Friday Faves 11.29


ONE I have loved this chair for a while, it’s a little Scandinavian and a little mid-century modern.  It’s perfect for an accent chair that you can just pull up to the table if you need an extra (pretty) seat. $300 from Lowes. TWO the new ‘notable’ collection from Rifle Paper Co. is totally up my alley.  This tape dispenser is $24, but one of those classics that will grace your desk for years to come. THREE gold confetti paper napkins from Anthro are so perfect! I love that the little scalloped edge! FOUR the black geo design helps this basket look hip and minimal.  $26 from Baba Sok. FIVE the Martini side table from West Elm is one of their classic pieces and will ensure that no seat is without a place to set a drink this holiday. $149. SIX the most darling little thank you cards with foil accents.  $18 for a set of eight. SEVEN get some wheels! This really fun bike from Public Bikes is sure to turn heads and is pretty inexpensive for a good bike.


Want to hear some amazing news?  Every single piece in today’s Friday Faves can be won in the 24 Merry Days of giveaways!  You might remember the 24 Merry Days from last year, but basically, 24 bloggers have all gathered together and will each be having a giveaway each day leading up to Christmas.

We’ve got prizes from all of these sponsors plus Land of Nod, Artifact Uprising, Sezane, Leif, and a TON more! Join me starting on December 1st (THIS SUNDAY) as I”ll be kicking off the fun!  I don’t I don’t usually post on Sunday’s but we’re not cutting corners on these giveaways… one everyday for 24 days straight.




Make sure to head over to Little White Whale and This Little Street to thank Glora for putting together such an amazing website for the 24 Merry Days and Audrey for organizing this entire event! 


Ready for Company + a JR Watkins Giveaway

clean holiday with JR watkins

A little secret about me is that absolutely detest cleaning.  Matt does most of the dishes and laundry and a cleaning lady does the rest.  I know nobody loves to clean, but I’m just one of those people who prefers organizing over actual cleaning.  I’ll clear out a closet and reorganize the contents until the cows come home, but wiping down baseboards? No thank you. When I do have to clean (because I’m an adult and I have to do things I don’t want to do sometimes), I always get really pretty products to help me turn the chore into more of a splurge… like a spa for my kitchen if you will.  I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging which led me initially to J.R. Watkins products when I was in college, and I still use them to this day.

College days aside, as I’ve been getting ready for guest to start rolling into town and for the biggest feast of the year, I was also getting my cleaning arsenal ready so that as messes are made and as guests start to claim space in the bathroom, I’ve got everything covered.

Here is how I keep clean when company is in town:

For the kitchen, it’s a giant bottle of dish soap, a Pampered Chef scraper which I cannot live without, and a bottle cleaner, which is so much easier to clean goblets and glasses with.

For the guest bathroom, it’s the lemon hand soap (my favorite scent) with fresh flowers and plenty of towels and washcloths.

In the pantry, I keep a separate small crate handy with other stuff I need to create a quick clean –  countertop spray cleaner, a flour sack style towel, paper towels, Magic Eraser, and a scrub brush.  If someone looses a potato from their plate, we’ll quickly be able to recover when everything is in one spot.

Get the guest bath ready for company Keep a bucket of cleaning supplies handy

To keep the holiday spirit up, we’re giving away a big ol’ prize pack full of J.R. Watkins products, specifically their entire line of White Tea and Bamboo scented product! Enter below to win!

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by J.R. Watkins Naturals. All opinions and cleaning tips are my own, however.


Thanksgiving Place Card Mini Notebooks

name card thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in just two days and if you’re still looking for a really darling personal touch to your table, here it is!

I created mini notebooks for my Thanksgiving guests that serve as both a fun little activity, but also as the name cards for the table! I tied a little golf pencil so that folks could jot down their personal feelings of gratitude or just keep as a party favor.

thanksgiving table name cards

I have a downloadable template that you can print out onto pretty paper (I used kraft), and customize with the names of your guests!

Keep reading for the step by step photos and instructions! Continue Reading…


Thanksgiving Potluck with Friends

thanksgiving table

This week’s holiday came a bit early for us yesterday as we shared what we lovingly refer to as “Friendsgiving”, a Thanksgiving celebration with our closest friends.  I’m moving a bit slow this morning after hours spent cheers-ing, playing games, and carrying on over loads of food.  I stuck to a ‘gilded nature’ look by mixing lots of gold with natural elements.  I spray painted some leaves and branches in my favorite gold, I mixed sparkly gold mini-pencils with DIY kraft notebooks for the name cards and the favors (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow!) and layered together wood serving dishes with gold and white ones.

It worked well with each person contributing a side dish or dessert, because I was able to spend time putting decorative touches on things and less time in the kitchen.  We did make the roasted turkey while our friend, Eric, fried one. We had a bar set up with two signature cocktails – both from Snippet and Ink – the  Pear Rum Blush and The Ginger Bourbon Fizz.  They were so good!

Thanksgiving name cards

thanksgiving place card

Keep Reading for more details and photos!  Continue Reading…