Autumn Centerpiece DIY

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Here’s a little DIY for you ladies! Hope this gives you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving table!

supplies:

  • a long woven basket
  • a 12 oz pack of dark brown spanish moss
  • some fountain grass – I’m not sure what variety mine was.
  • some reindeer moss – I used some different kinds from a variety pack here.
  • black lichen – this was also in my variety pack.
  • a small pumpkin – you can make a sparkly one like mine with my DIY here.
  • pinecones – I collected mine, but you can get these at a lot of craft stores too.
  • a few acorns

here is how I assembled it:

I think it turned out quite pretty and will look lovely on my Thanksgiving table. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Also, feel free to share links with me to some of your holiday DIY’s.

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Oh! And before you gals leave, I wanted to tell you about this new website I learned of called “Raise.” Raise.com is a company that allows you to buy and sell gift cards. That’s right! Those gift cards you are given for Christmas to stores that you would never shop at can actually be used! You can simply get cash for them or trade them for gift cards that you would like. Now that is something every girl can use this time of year! Anyways, to find out more about this site, click here.

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

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Just a few weeks ago it was too hot to wear a sweater, now it is too cold to go without it: and a coat, gloves and boots.  Not sure where my favorite season went, but this winter frost and ice is certainly lovely. Beauty is everywhere!

I hope that you all enjoyed these pictures and are also taking pleasure in whatever weather is upon you! Let me know what you think in the comments (:

First Shopping Haul Post

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Here are some things that I have gotten in the last two weeks which I hope you will enjoy.

adorable pendant necklaces

I found both of those lovely necklaces on Etsy at a shop called Rainforest Necklaces. An’ let me tell ya, this is a place worth checking out! All of this shop’s pendants are specially handcrafted using an art print that is set in a 30mm bezel and then sealed under glass. They ship worldwide from Texas and are beautifully wrapped. 

I have seen similar necklaces at some local stores, but these are of better quality – much better, in fact, than I expected from the store pictures. The bezels are very sturdy and do not seem like they will tarnish. They also have a neat, bumpy texture on the back that I like.  Although I do like the silver one, the bronze is my favorite. 

I think these necklace would make a nice addition to any girl’s Christmas stocking. You can check out Rainforest Necklaces for yourself by clicking here!

classic milk bottles

Now THIS was an awesome find! I love old fashioned milk bottles – there is just something so romantic and sweet about them – and have been looking for them for quite some time without success. You can imagine, then, how happy I was when I found a whole bunch at Michaels Craft Store.  AND they were on sale for 99¢ a piece! Yippee! 

These bottles are great for home decor, making adorable candles – I will be posting another DIY soon, so stay tuned! – and, well, just drinking out of! I absolutely love them and would definitely recommend getting some. Unfortunately for you, the place I got them at (click here) is currently out of them online  :( So if you do not have a Michael’s near you, you will want to keep an eye on the online store and snatch some up the next time they are available. Good luck! ;)

perfectly poppy stamp

Poppy flowers are one of my favorites: they are just so bright and cheery. I think this stamp captures their beauty well and I really love it.  I found it at another shop on Etsy called Dragonflybuzz – run by a sweet lady named Sylvia. Her products are also handmade and ship worldwide from New Jersey. Check her shop out here.

poppy enclosure cards

Aren’t these cards just darling?! They, too, have my beloved poppy flowers on them and are happy. All of them are handmade by Michelle Busegaard in Minnesota and are available worldwide. I really like the little blue envelopes she sends with them – it is a nice contrast to the red flowers. The texture and firmness of the card stock she uses is really nice as well. What else can I say? They are great cards and I would recommend them to anyone! You can shop at her store by clicking here

If you love her cards and other products, be sure to like her Facebook page (here) and follow her on twitter (here)!

Hope you enjoyed this! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Villa Sorgenfrei Jewelry

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I recently fell in love with the jewelry of Claudia Poepsel and am quite certain that this post will make you as enchanted with her creations as I am – they are all just so magical and it simply cannot be helped!


A few years ago Claudia turned her hobby into a fantastic business – “Villa Sorgenfrei.”  With the help of some dear friends, the whole world is now able to enjoy her handmade pieces. What unique pieces they are, too!  Every necklace, bracelet, earring, brooch and watch is adorned with wildlife of some form.

My favorites, as you can tell, are her pieces that display dandelion seeds. Besides the fact that they are lovely, the reason I love them so much is because they remind me of when I was a little girl. Every spring and summer I would pick dandelions with other children and blow their seeds  through the fields. As they floated in the air, it felt so magical and like we were near the fairies. I love it that these necklaces remind me of such a fond memory.

Another necklace I really like is her “Bronze Beeswax Necklace.” My sisters and I have always been captivated by honey bees. Ever since I can remember, we have enjoyed seeing them in gardens and collecting honey combs. Thus, a necklace that captures this beauty as well is much admired. I do not have this particular item yet, but I would love to add it to my collection soon. Check it out here.

Villa Sorgenfrei is a shop worth your time and cash. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Let the necklaces speak for themselves! 

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Check out and follow Claudia’s Etsy store by clicking here Be sure to like her Facebook page as well (here) – you do not want to miss anything! 

Also, let me know what you thought of this post and if you would like to see more posts like it!  I want to know what you think, so comment away!

A Foxy Birthday

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It was my baby sister’s birthday on tuesday – she just turned fourteen!  I cannot believe she is a freshman in high school now and that I am so “old.” How time flies!

Anyways, foxes are one of her favorite animals (mine too, actually).  Thus, I made a fox cake for her and bought her adorable fox themed presents. This was fun, but let me tell ya, that cake was exhausting. Fondant is not my best friend and it nearly ruined my life by ripping as I decorated the cake. Luckily I am smart (can I get an amen?!) and bought extra fondant, enabling me to work a miracle right before the “grand” presentation. It was not perfect, but I still think it was cute. What do you think?

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I bought that adorable fox bank for her at Target (order here). The mug is from New Seasons.

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I absolutely love the sweatshirt I got her – it is one of the cutest foxes I have ever seen and I just want to hug it! Where did I get it? I found it on Etsy at a shop called Halfadegree.

Halfadegree is a company run by two dudes in Wisconsin – all of their designs are hand drawn and hand printed. I think their artwork is super cool and would definitely encourage you to check them out! So what are you waiting for?! Shop @ their etsy store (here) and like their Facebook page (here) now!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Mmmmmm. Just the thought of them makes my mouth water!

Here is my recipe for the most fantabulous Pumpkin Spice Latte ever. Seriously. So much better than Starbucks! Oh! And way cheaper and healthier too!


time: a few minutes  |  serves: 1  |  taste: délicieux !


ingredients for coffee:

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons can pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2  teaspoons sugar

ingredients for whipping cream:

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar

instructions:

  1. Brew your coffee and pour into mug.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice and sugar. Put on low heat, stirring often.
  3. Pour whipping cream into a small bowl. Add vanilla and sugar. Whip on high speed for 1-2 minutes.
  4. When milk mixture is hot and has small bubbles, take off heat and pour into mug with coffee. Stir well.
  5. Scoop whipping cream out of bowl and gently place on top of latte. Then sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.

 Bon Appétit!

someone i’d like you all to meet

A few days ago this lovely lady ↑ nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”  As quite a few of you already know, I do not do this anymore (I have done it and the “Liebster Award” a lot and simply do not have time to keep doing it). That being said, I still wanted to promote her blog, though! So here goes :))


Kate is a super sweet gal from Tennessee who now calls Seattle home. She recently married the love of her life and is enjoying living with him in China for a few months – this is great for her because she loves to travel. Other passions of hers include beauty, fashion, psychology, writing and puppies (who doesn’t?!). So go check out her blog Ahoy Kate! and say hi. I know you are gonna like her! 

Decorative Gold Ball

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For quite some time I have wanted a decorative gold ball for my coffee table.  I frequently see them at my favorite stores (Anthropology, Home Goods, etc), but never feel like spending $30 or more on it.  So…I fixed the problem by finally making my own! This was super cheap (about half the price) and was a lot of fun! I love having things to do while watching a movie or waiting for cakes to bake. If you do too, then pull up a chair and do this:

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam ball.  You can get a big bag of these for a few dollars at your local craft store and some supermarkets – and thats good, because you will need them for all of the ornaments we will be making this winter! ;)
  • Gold thumb tacks. Make sure you buy a lot of these! I thought I had plenty, but ended up needing a lot more than I had first purchased. My ball used about eight hundred!
  • Glue. I used Elmers glue, but just about anything will work.

This craft is self-explanatory, but here are a few things you should know:

  1. Only put a small amount of glue at the end of each tack before pushing into the ball – you do not want a sticky mess.
  2. You will need to overlay the tacks so that no white shows through, but do not go crazy with this.  Some tacks need to be flat on the styrofoam or you will have huge bumps and holes in the gold layer. You’ll see what I mean when you do it ;)
  3. Pay attention to where you are putting your tacks – if you keep moving them around, you can end up with big holes in the styrofoam and your tacks will fall out.

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Let me know what you all think!!  Also, you can find the DIY for those adorable sparkly pumpkins here!