November 18, 2016 § 1 Comment
If you haven't made your own pumpkin puree from scratch before, you have to try! It's super easy, and so tasty. Don't have a food processor? No problem, I use my little ninja blender and just do it in smaller batches. The best part is how pumpkin-y your whole house smells, and also the bragging rights when you can say you made the whole pumpkin pie completely from scratch! Gotta love bragging rights.
Looking to spruce up your table? (Spruce! Leaves! Get it? yeah, sorry) These adorable little coasters only take a couple minutes to cut out, and they are a super adorable addition to any table.
Got 5 minutes? that's all it takes to put together this super easy burlap table runner!
March 14, 2016 § 4 Comments
To say I love my little plants may be a bit of an understatement. Through the winter months they carry me, and keep me smiling some days. I love having the inside of our house overflowing with greenery, even when the rest of the world feels bleak. The last few plants I've collected over the past month or two were still sitting in their little plastic containers, and I've been determined to give them their proper homes.
I am a big fan of those classic clay pots you can easily pick up for just a few bucks, but I've had this copper spray paint sitting around from another project, and thought it would be a match made in heaven to give them a touch of copper too! I adore how they came out. Still simple, and classic, but with a little twist. Nothing to garish or showy. Also, copper is just the best, right?
To create your own is quite simple. Starting with clean clay pots, I used some basic painters tape from the hardware store to tape off the designs I wanted (you can also use some newspaper too, to block off any over spray on the parts you want to keep clay), and then used Rustoleum's Hammered Copper spray paint and sprayed them down outside, over some newspaper (don't be afraid to go a little heavy, this paint actually has a really interesting effect when it's a little runny!), and then allowed them to dry for several hours.
It was such a quick and simple project, and I'm smitten with how they came out! I imagine you could do some really interesting designs with the painters tape as well, or they would look just as gorgeous painted completely copper.
February 12, 2016 § Leave a comment
On chilly nights, after a long day, I love sinking into a hot bath. This has actually been a recent indulgence of mine. I've never been a "bath person" per-se, but this winter that's all changed. I experimented around Christmas with making my own bath salts to give as gifts, and part of the process, of course, was testing them out. From the first time I sprinkled them on the water, and slipped my body in, I was an official bath convert. Now I crave baths. Quiet nights at home I can barely help myself but to sink into my tub with a good book at hand, and let myself soak in the smells and feels from some good bath salts.
With Valentines Day coming up this weekend, I thought this might be an amazing last minute gift to make for your special someone, or treat yourself with! It's quick and easy and most of the ingredients you may already have on hand. My essential oils I was able to find at Whole Foods. Feel free to swap out the Lavender and Eucalyptus for other essential oils, and experiment with scents you love!
LAVENDER EUCALYPTUS BATH SALTS
2 Cups of Epsom Salts
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
1/4 Cup of Sea Salt (optional)
20-30 Drops of Lavender Essential Oils
10 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl, and store in an airtight jar. Use 1/4 cup per bath.
If you're looking to jazz them up, you can also mix in a couple drops of food coloring as well to give them an extra pretty look!
October 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of year to get my hands dirty and make something pretty. Evey year I always seem to have a list a mile long of things I want to make and do during autumn, and this year isn't any different. I also love looking back on some of projects from years past, a lot of which I still pull out every fall!
Who doesn't love adding a little glitter here and there? I still use these glitter dipped feathers to decorate the house. I love the little bit of sparkle they add!
Every year I am always begging my mom to knit me up a new scarf. She makes the prettiest knits, so I was so excited to have her do a little tutorial on how to make your own infinity scarf for the knitters out there last year!
Preserving and showing off fall leaves in your home is super easy, and is an awesome way to bring some of that fall beauty into your home.
When the sun starts to set earlier and earlier I love adding extra candles around the house. I still love the rustic element that this tree branch candle hanger that I made gives a room!
Halloween is actually one of my favorite holidays. It's just plain fun, and I love that! And what's more fun than adding a little holiday spirit to your home with a little bat bunting?
These super simple coasters are still one of my favorite DIYs! They're easy to make and are such a cute addition to a coffee table, or even Thanksgiving table setting.
What's on your fall to-make list?
October 12, 2015 § 1 Comment
Pumpkin season is in full swing, and I love stuffing our house full with any and all different types I can get my hands on! I also have been itching to try something new with them. Growing up I don't remember carving pumpkins much, and for the most part I haven't been that interested in it, but this year I decided I wanted to give it a try. I wanted to doing something really simple, but interesting. I love looking at the different constellations and thought it would be really fun to do some on pumpkins! It ended up being super quick and easy to do, and I actually love the way it turned out!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED :
-Serrated knife for carving (I borrowed my husband's drywall saw)
-Drill with several different sized bits
-Spray Paint (optional)
I started by cutting out the top, and removing the guts. For the moon I simple drew the shape I wanted right onto the pumpkin, and used it as a template to cut out with the knife (since I had spray painted it black, I just touched it up with spray paint when I was done to cover any permanent marker still showing). For the constellation I drew on the main start points, and then used my drill to drill them out. I then used my knife to carve the lines, but only going about halfway through the pumpkin flesh, that way it would show the glow just a little!
For the little baby pumpkins I just used regular and fine tip sharpies to draw the constellations right onto them, and love how adorable they came out!
Instead of candles I opted for battery powered LED star light strands. I simply lined the bottom of the pumpkins with a little waxed paper, bundled up the lights and stuck them inside! I got mine from Target, but Here are similar ones on amazon. I love the glow they give, and I don't have to worry about keeping an eye on them!
Have you guys done any pumpkin carving yet?