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!

Party Perfect Pumpkins

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I don’t know about you, but I am having so much fun decorating with pumpkins! These cheery babes are looking so nice in my house. Want to make them? You can! It is probably the easiest craft ever. Here is all you have to do:

what you will need:

  • rockin’ bright paint – I used “Ocean Breeze” & “Neon Pink” (69¢ here)
  • gold acrylic paint
  • gold glitter – I used “Karat” (buy here)

instructions:

  1. Starting at the bottom, cover the pumpkin with three layers of paint. Make sure you let each layer fully dry before adding another coat.
  2. Cover stem in gold paint and then pour gold glitter on top. Shake off all excess glitter. 

and…voila!

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Let me know what you all think! xoxo

Sparkly Striped Pumpkins DIY

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As you may have seen a few days ago,  I decorated pinecones (click here) with glitter. This was so much fun that I decided to dazzle up some mini pumpkins (only 69¢ each!) as well. Aren’t they lovely?! 

Want to make your own? Here’s how!

what you will need:

  • pumpkins – any size will do, just make sure you have enough glitter if you do a large one!
  • glitter – I used “Karat,” “Topaz,” and “Chocolate Diamond” colors which you can purchase here.
  • acrylic paint – I used gold because it blended in well with the glitter, but any earth tone is fine.

instructions:

  1. Turn your pumpkin upside down and coat every other ridge with a thin layer of paint.
  2. Pour the “Karat” glitter over the paint, then shake off excess glitter. Make sure you do this over a piece of paper so you don’t waist glitter and can pour the excess back into the container easily.
  3. Now paint the other ridges of your pumpkin and pour on the “Topaz” glitter. Once again, shake off excess glitter.
  4. When everything is dry, turn your pumpkin over and repeat the process on the upper part of your pumpkin.
  5. Finally, paint the stem and cover with the “Chocolate Diamond” glitter.

and…voila!

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Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Decorating Pinecones

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Autumn is my absolute favorite season because I get to wear chunky knit sweaters, drink pumpkin spice lattes and jump into a pile of bright, crunchy leaves (yes, I still do that). Four of my favorite things to decorate with are pumpkins, acorns, leaves and pinecones. This year, I decided to liven-up my pinecones with glitter and paint and, if I do say so myself, they turned out quite lovely! Want to make your own sparkly pinecones? Here is what I used:

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I painted the pinecones with paint that I purchased at Blick’s Art Supply – a big bottle of gold paint and two colors that I got in an acrylic set. When the paint was half way dry and “tacky,” I coated them with glitters that I bought for $3.39 a piece at Walmart – the colors were “chocolate diamond,” “topaz” and “karat” (buy here).

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Autumn Warning

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Just because it is Fall does not mean you should Fall out of shape (get it?! Fall out in Fall?! okay I am done now…). 

With swimsuit season gone and cold weather approaching, it is easy to get all cozy by the fire and forget to exercise. Do not let yourself hibernate this winter, though. Keep in shape and save yourself from some extra, and unnecessary, labor next spring.

Also remember that exercise does not have to be an unpleasant chore. You do not have to run for miles on the treadmill or do a ton of weights. Simply, stay active and remember that even a tortoise can win the race ;)

Here are some simple exercises you that can do each day:

  1. Do at least 30 squats every time you enter the restroom.
  2. Do 15 or more crunches before and after you sleep.
  3. Do 20 jumping jacks before you watch TV or listen to music.

On top of this,  always remember to stretch and drink plenty of water – aim for eight, 8 oz glasses a day. But most of all, have fun. Give yourself a pat on the back for putting in even the smallest amount of effort.

Now tell me, what is your favorite way to exercise? Do you have any tips or tricks? Please share in the comments below! xx

Giving October a Proper Welcome

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Il n’y a rien de mieux qu’un bon livre. 

Is there any better way to welcome October, than spending the evening at Barnes and Noble surrounded by books? Well no, there isn’t. From this “welcoming party,” I walked away with two lovely finds: a journal and the first issue of the new magazine Bella Grace.


the journal.

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I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this journal. Why do I adore it so? One, it has a lovely embossed pattern on it. Two, it was handmade in one of my favorite countries – Italy, duh. Three, the cover is real leather (I absolutely love leather journals and how they smell). I cannot wait to start writing in this!

I purchased this journal for only $34.95. To order your own, click here.


bella grace.

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I am extremely pleased with this new magazine. So pleased, in fact, that it is now my very favorite magazine. With thick pages, really no advertisements, gorgeous photographs on every page, lovely quotes and stories and pages to fill in yourself, who could help but adore it? I hope to one day have my own photographs or writings published in here.

I purchased this copy for $19.99. To order your own, click here.


Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful October. Enjoy every minute of it. Make beautiful memories.