Yearly Archives: 2011

DIY Photo Canvas

DIY Photo Canvas

I’m definitely going to try this tutorial on transferring photos to canvas. I can just see a lot of my photos aged and distressed on a small canvas.

French Rusticity

French Rusticity

Love this fireplace styled by Toast (via Oh Happy Day). I’m hoping we’re able to rent a little Irish cottage with a cozy fireplace. My favorite objects are the beeswax candles in vases filled with sand.

Moustache Mugs

Moustache Mugs

Putting these magnificent moustache mugs on my list of possible hostess gifts. Perfect for ladies and gents.

Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles

I’m obsessed with Panko bread crumbs right now. So when I saw this recipe for panko fried pickles, I let out a little squeak of delight. They look amazing. Are fried pickles found nationally? I’ve only seen them in Southern…

Christmas Color Inspiration

Christmas Color Inspiration

{Images via: lemons & loafers, J.Crew via Kelly McCaleb, and Martha Stewart.} Isn’t this palette from The Sweetest Occasion just lovely? The addition of blues to the traditional holiday red and green makes it so much deeper.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours. I hope you all have a safe and very merry holiday season. Thank you for all the comments, shares, likes, emails, and general awesomeness that you’ve sent my way. I’ll be taking the next week…

DIY Christmas Diorama

DIY Christmas Diorama

One of the hardest things to do at Christmas day gatherings is to keep the children occupied and not causing trouble. These Christmas tree snow globes from Always Swell are the perfect craft to do just that. If you want…

Cranberry Christmas

Cranberry Christmas

For years, the sum of my Christmas decor was a tabletop tree and glass containers filled with cranberries and water. I took the idea from a cousin who also did the same. They add color, natural beauty, and reflect light…

Chocolate Shavings

Chocolate Shavings

The key to obtaining a true chocolate curl when shaving chocolate is to let the chocolate warm up as much as possible. The colder the chocolate, the more splintered the shavings. The warmer the chocolate, the thicker and stronger the…

Chocolate y Leche

Chocolate y Leche

I promise this is the last hot chocolate post for the season. Well, maybe. For the past two years, we’ve thrown a Christmas party just for my husband’s family. Which means our parties need to have kid friendly beverages. We…

Christmas Tree Marshmallows

Christmas Tree Marshmallows

Have you seen the flat marshmallows made specifically for smores? Well, they’re also perfect for a hot chocolate bar. I used a mini Christmas tree cookie cutter dipped in flour to cut out these for our family party. Both kids…

Hot Chocolate Kit

Hot Chocolate Kit

I’m still on a hot chocolate kit kick (say that five times fast). They really do make the best presents. Lined with festive paper and wrapped with ribbon and a pretty tag, these kits add a little bit of spice to…

Easy Reupholstery

Easy Reupholstery

Part of an bigger project. In less than two hours, this chair went from downright ugly to beautiful. I used a wool fabric covered in pattern that could be snowflakes if you were in a Christmas-y mood. It’s beautiful, soft,…

Fountain Vase Tutorial

Fountain Vase Tutorial

When I saw a fountain vase created by Laura Kirar for Arteriors Home in the December issue of InStyle magazine, I had two thoughts: one, that the idea was genius and two, that I could create a budget version that…

Elle

Elle

This isn’t the best picture I’ve ever taken, because it’s hard to get a moving puppy in focus while crouched on the floor with an iPhone. But I had to post. Miss Elle (short for Ellesbury) was a Christmas present…

Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

I picked up a few Martha Stewart packaging kits that were on clearance. For about $1 per box, I had a prettier option than my typical disposable pan option. They came with a box, ribbon, tags, and tissue paper. Everything…

Easy Butter Mints

Easy Butter Mints

Forget the stale, tiny mints of 80’s weddings and 90’s office parties. These little bits of buttery heaven melt in your mouth. They’re the perfect mix of sugar and mint, and take little to no time to mix and shape….

Floating Holidays

Floating Holidays

Photography by Jessica Claire Photography. Love this floating chandelier from a wedding inspiration session designed by Lindye Galloway Events and photographed by Jessica Claire. It would be the perfect temporary decor for holiday parties.

Aluminum Can Candle

Aluminum Can Candle

Aluminum can candles are an easy and virtually free way of providing light on stairs and driveways. Aluminum Can Candle Cost: Free if you have supplies on hand. About $5 for candles if you don’t. Time: 10 minutes total Supplies:…

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

So there I stood in my kitchen. On the second day of a Christmas baking bonanza. Frustrated because my divinity turned into nougat. And the royal icing? After several teaspoons of vanilla bean paste and almond extract it still tasted like…

Vanilla Bean Sugar

Vanilla Bean Sugar

Vanilla bean is one of those ingredients that I’ve just now started using. Because of the high cost ($3-4 per bean), it isn’t cost effective to use in everything. But in certain recipes there’s no extract that can match it….

Pretty Christmas Wreath Ideas

Pretty Christmas Wreath Ideas

Christmas is the time that all wreath forms look forward to all year. For most of the year, they sit silently in the wreath form aisle. Brushing dust from each others shoulders. Talking about the wreaths that have gone before…

Easy Ombre Travel Blanket

Easy Ombre Travel Blanket

Travel blankets make the best gifts for those with itchy feet. Airline blankets are so nasty and scratchy. So spend an hour or two making a beautiful and trendy ombre blanket for your traveling friend or family member. They’ll think…

Felted Christmas Tree Tutorial

Felted Christmas Tree Tutorial

Loving this felted Christmas tree tutorial from Purl Bee. Wishing I had enough time to knit and embroider a few for around the house. Next year…

hot chocolate kits wedding favors

Hot Chocolate Kit Roundup

Hot chocolate kits are one of the easiest gifts to put together. Perfect for teachers (who needs another apple ornament?!) and neighbors, the kits are easy to put together, cost effective for bulk gifting, and something everyone appreciates. But how…

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Say the title ten times in a row, then head over to What Megan’s Making for a great Christmas treat recipe.

Salted Caramel Recipe

Salted Caramel Recipe

Photography by Inspired Taste. Don’t these salted caramels look amazing? Find the easy recipe on Inspired Taste.

All Is Calm Christmas Garland

All Is Calm Christmas Garland

The cutest little garland from Lovely Indeed and posted on The Sweetest Occasion. Holiday perfection in mini silver glitter form. Click on the image above to see more images and a tutorial with downloadable template. And while you’re at it,…

From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

Photo taken during the annual ‘darkness to light’ advent service at Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England. The service begins in total darkness, and then the first Advent candle is lit in the west end of the chapel. Slowly but surely…

Chalkboard Advent Wall

Chalkboard Advent Wall

The countdown to Christmas begins today, on this first day of December. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but everyone on my list has been taken care of. I shopped online this year, to save time and to take advantage…

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