11.21.2014

Floor Poufs

I'm a huge fan of floor poufs.  They are an inexpensive way to add color, pattern and texture to any space.  Not only are they a great place to rest your feet, they also can serve as an additional seat when your home is full for holiday get togethers and parties. 

As I'm decorating my home for Christmas, I find myself adding more and more metallics. There's something about the holidays that makes me want glitter and shine on every surface.  This gold leather pouf is just the sparkle I was looking for.

I've found 5 Great Floor Poufs that you might want to consider for your space. 


If you are in the market for a floor pouf, nows the time to shop for one, from now until November 24th, Wayfair is offering 15% off ANY Pillow, Pouf or Throw!  They have an amazing selection of poufs, these are just 5 of my favorites. At checkout, enter the code: WFPTP15

11.20.2014

DIY Glittered Deer Napkin Rings


As a kid, it was usually my job to set the table when we had parties and guests over. I loved taking my mom's china and silver out and folding the napkins in fancy ways.  It's still one of my favorite parts of hosting and the holidays.  With the help of my trusty Cricut Explore machine, I made these glittered deer napkin rings in short order.  (And fear not my non Cricut owners, I'm working on a printable PDF for you, so you can make these with some card stock and a pair of scissors.)


Using the Tablescapes Fall and Winter cartridge, I cut out these deer napkin rings in charcoal grey, white and mint card stock. Then I simply applied some white glue to just the antlers of the deer with a small paint brush and sprinkled some fine gold glitter on them.  Let them dry completely and then wrapped them around napkins (I'm saving some laundry this year and using these IKEA wood grain paper ones). 


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11.19.2014

DIY Metallic Dipped Taper Candles

Can I just coat, dip and cover everything in metallics?  Is that acceptable?  I'm thinking with the holidays, I can make everything just a little shiny and metallic. 

These DIY Metallic Dipped Candles take just five minutes to make. As the holidays approach I'm looking for unique hostess, teacher and neighbor gifts that I can make and give. So, if you invite me over for a party or meal, I'll bring your a pair of this tapers. 


I bought inexpensive white taper candles at the dollar store. The using my favorite Design Master (Metallic Taupe, Brilliant Gold and Rose Gold) spray paints, I simply held the wick end of the candle and applied a very light coat of paint to the bottom 3-4 inches of the candle.  Then I placed the candle in a glass upside down to dry. I like how the spray paint gives a nice ombre-ish effect, with no harsh lines or stripes.


 With a little natural twine tied around a pair of these candles, I think they make a lovely gift.

11.17.2014

DIY Holiday Floral Arrangement


I am so excited to be a part of the amazing Merry Magazine, a handmade holiday guide!  If you are in need of inspiration and ideas to give your home, parties, and self some handmade holiday touches, look no further.  Every page is truly captivating and beautifully put together.  So, grab a cup of coffee and soak up all these lovely ideas.  Melissa of The Sweet Escape is the master mind behind this amazing online holiday magazine.  I was flattered to be included with all these top notch bloggers. You are in for a treat friends.        


Fresh florals for the holidays can be easy and inexpensive.  I filled my new favorite head vase with grocery store florals to create a festive and playful centerpiece. Freesia is probably the best smelling flower out there, it's perfume fills the room. Freesia, evergreen branches, red berries, a pinecone and pom pom flowers painted metallic gold make up this simple DIY arrangement.


Start with the evergreen branches.  These were gathered from my yard.  Place the majority of them on one side of the vase and just one branch on the opposite side. 

Next, wire a pinecone or two to the branches.

Add the freesia, cutting them at different heights and arranging them somewhat sporadically throughout the vase. 

Finally, add the red berries to fill in all the wholes and empty spots.


I sprayed 3 of the yellow pom pom flowers with Design Master metallic gold paint. My local florist told me that this would also preserve these and I would be able to use them forever.  They look pretty great painted gold.  Place two on one side of the arrangement and the third on the other side.

11.16.2014

White Cheddar Dill Scones

This recipe is features in Merry, a handmade holiday guide.  Be sure to check out this amazing online magazine for page after page of fabulous holiday inspiration.

As company is arriving for the Holidays, I'm looking for easy, crowd pleasing recipes to put on my table.  These savory scones are a nice twist on traditional bread rolls.  These buttery, tender savory scones take a fraction of the time it takes to make yeast rolls, and no one will be disappointed with this alternative on your table.  I love the bright, fresh flavor of dill paired with rich, sharp cheese.


White Cheddar Dill Scones

2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup of grated sharp white cheddar (I like Kerrygold)
1 tbsp. dried dill
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup half and half



Mix all dry ingredients together. Add the grated cheese and dill, mix well. Using a pastry knife, cut the COLD butter into the flour until it looks like course meal. Add the half and half and just barely combine the ingredients by tossing it gently with a fork.  The less you handle the dough the more tender it will be.  Gather the dough into a lose ball.

Pat out the dough  into a 1/2 inch thick round (about 8inches across) on a well floured surface.  Cut the dough into 8 evenly sized wedges.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Brush the tops of the scones with little more half and half and sprinkle with a little more grated cheese. Bake at 400 F for about 12-15 minutes. 

Serve while they are warm. 

11.15.2014

$175 Minted Giveaway!

You guys, I've got the hook up for you.  Only the best friends.  I'm giving you the opportunity to win $175 to spend at Minted.  They have the most gorgeous holiday cards this year.  I love sending  photo card to friends and family.  In this digital age, it's nice to have an actual picture you can hold in your hand and hang on your fridge.  


I had to have something with gold foil.  These Spirited Holiday cards were a perfect match for our colorful chair pictures that NY Fotography shot for us. 


And with all the great options for the backs of the cards, you can leave a personalized message, a colorful patterned back or add pictures in a whole bunch of different combinations.


Minted has the cutest little booklette cards this year.  I ordered a few of the Peace of Pine ones for grandparents and aunts and uncles.  They have nice rounded corners and 8 pages to fill with pictures and Christmas messages. 


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11.14.2014

DIY Metal Bead Necklace


I walk through Anthropologie and drool over their amazing necklaces. They are big, bold and unique, but their price tags are beyond my budget.  So, DIYing it is one way I can get one of a kind pieces.  I recently came across these fun metal mesh beads at Joann Fabrics and I knew they would make a great statement piece.


This is the simplest necklace to make.  You'll need one package of the metal beads and about 2 yards of wide sturdy ribbon.  The supplies cost me under $8, that's a reasonably priced necklace.  


Start by tying a not in the middle of the ribbon and then string one bead on either side of that knot. 

Then tie knots on either side of those beads and then add two more beads.  

And repeat the steps from above until all six beads are secured with knots.  Finally, decide on the length of you necklace and tie a simple knot to close the necklace.  Pretty dang easy, right?