July 30, 2014

3 Quick Glaze Recipes

These recipes are great because they’re super simple and nearly impossible to mess up. You can exchange the primary ingredients (berries, chocolate, and extracts) for whatever you have on hand, and easily change the consistencies to suit your needs.
July 26, 2014

Homemade Doughnuts

These tasty treats are even better when you make them at home! As minis they're great for parties and sleepovers, and the bigger versions are great for brunch.

Doughnuts. Donuts. Either way, they're delicious. Today I'm sharing a fun and *fairly* easy recipe that's been modified from Martha Stewart's original. Because her version was good, but, let's be realistic - who's going to check the temp of their water, refrigerate overnight, and get up early only to wait 3-4 hours? Yeah, I didn't think so.
July 5, 2014

The Patriotic Summer Blog Hop : Recap Weeks 3 & 4

I hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July!

As you know, I joined up with more than 30 AMAZING bloggers to tackle the challenge of creating a patriotic project or recipe without using the traditional red, white and blue color scheme! We started the first week of June and the projects have been flowing ever since. We shared over 30 awesome patriotic projects with you, and today, I am recapping weeks three and four. Many of them can used year-round, and especially in the summer. Happy crafting! 

Patriotic Projects without the traditional colors!

July 1, 2014

The Patriotic Summer Blog Hop: Homemade Marshmallows

Easy homemade marshmallows just in time for your July 4th bonfires!

When I think of celebrating American patriotic holidays, I think outdoors, barbeques, and bonfires. And of course, with bonfires, come S'mores. I'm not sure how many of you have tried S'mores with homemade marshmallows, but you have not lived. I can promise that after this, you won’t want them any other way. This marshmallow recipe is great because it's super easy. It's been slightly adapted from Alton Brown's marshmallow recipe, and I've included some tips and tricks that I've learned through experience. Happy baking!
June 23, 2014

The Patriotic Summer Blog Hop : Recap Weeks 1 & 2

Hi there! So as many of you have heard, I have joined up with more than 30 AMAZING bloggers to tackle the challenge of creating a patriotic project or recipe without using the traditional red, white and blue color scheme! We've got new posts everyday until July 4th, and as promised, I've included a round up of the first two weeks below. Before you head out, be sure to check out the projects that were shared the last two weeks AND be sure to enter for your chance to win a $310 Target Gift Card by using the Rafflecopter at the end of the post!

MUST PIN!  Amazing patriotic project ideas that DON'T use the traditional colors!  Very creative!

June 9, 2014

The Patriotic Summer Blog Hop

Patriotic Summer Blog Hop

Hey guys! I've finally got more information on the super awesome super exciting blog event that's going down this month...
June 8, 2014

Making Monday Link Party

Hello summer friends! Hope y'all are gearing up to kick off your summer with some fun new projects and you better share them with us!!

Welcome to this week's Making Monday link party.

May 29, 2014

A Break and Stuff

As many of you have probably noticed, I've been on a bit of a break since Anthro Week. That event wore me out! Plus, you know, there's been work and the end of the semester and just life in general. Anywho, I've got a few fun things planned, including a super fun blog hop/event thingy for July 4th. I'm joining 33 of my fellow bloggers (I KNOW. I just can't handle the amount of awesome that happens when 34 bloggers team up) to bring you a boat load of tutorials that don't use the standard red, white, and blue. Interested? I know I am! Stay tuned for more information, and happy crafting! :) 

May 3, 2014

Link Party + Recap : Anthro Knock-off Week Day 7

Anthropologie Knock-off Week - 5 Blogs, 7 Days, 30 Posts

Anthro Knock-off Week is, sadly, coming to an end, but we have one more fun post in store for you. Below, we've compiled a list of our favorite tutorials from this week. If you haven't already, I definitely recommend stopping by each blog to check em out! After that, we've set up a special link party where you can link ANY of your own Anthro Knock-off projects. 

As a final note, I know I speak for everyone involved when I say thank you, our readers, for being so magnificently present, involved, and enthusiastic. It truly means the world to us. 
May 2, 2014

Chindi Napkins : Anthro Knock-off Week Day 6

Anthropologie Chindi Napkin DIY

Fabric napkins add an air of elegance to any dinner, but these Anthropologie inspired napkins add both fun and quiet sophistication. Read on for a full tutorial, and at the end of my post I've included photos and links to the four other blogs participating in Anthropologie Knock-off Week. Happy crafting!
May 1, 2014

Crystalline Hair Ties : Anthro Knock-off Week Day 5

Anthropologie Crystalline Hair Ties DIY

More sparkly accessories? Yes, please! Too bad Anthropologie's are $24 for a pack of three. Looks like it's time to get crafty! 

For those of you that are just joining the party, I've teamed up with 4 other awesome bloggers to bring you Anthro Knock-off Week! Every day for one week, all 5 blogs share a new Anthropologie inspired post, and on the last day, we're having a themed link-up. To see what the other bloggers have going on today, you can scroll to the end of this post, or check out our Pinterest board. 
April 30, 2014

Precious Stone Knob : Anthro Knock-off Week Day 4

Anthropologie Precious Stone Knob

With so many of my readers completing their own room make over projects, I thought today's contribution to Anthro Knock-off Week could be a really fun piece of hardware. Now, I know that there's already at least one DIY version of this floating around the web,  but my process is little bit different, and allows you to decide exactly what shape you want you knob to be. Read on to get crafty, and at the end of this post you can find links to the four other blogs participating today. 
April 29, 2014

Strung Squares Planter : Anthro Knock-off Week Day 3

My project today is this simple rustic hanging planter. I love that it's both suspended from the wall and composed of multiple pots. I stuck with the original four pot design, but don't be afraid to mix it up a little. At the end of my tutorial, you can find photos and links for our other 4 bloggers' projects. 
April 28, 2014

Copper Plated Serving Set : Anthro Knock-off Week Day 2

DIY Copper Plated Serving Set

Today I'm taking Anthro Knock-off Week into the kitchen with these fun plated serving utensils. Who doesn't need a little sparkle and shine in their life? I know I do! 

As a side note, the last Monday of the month is usually supposed to be a post in the 5-minute Series. Since Anthro Week overlapped, it will resume next month!  
April 27, 2014

Rhino Crossbody Bag : Anthro Knock-Off Week Day 1

Anthropologie Knock-off Rhino Crossbody Bag

I hope you all are ready for this... Anthro Knock-off Week has officially begun! As I explained in the announcement a few weeks ago, I've joined four other bloggers to bring you 30 anthropologie knock-off tutorials in just seven days. Crazy right?! At the end of this post you can find photo links to today's other four projects as well as a link to our Pinterest board. To make things even more exciting, we'll be having a themed link party on Saturday! Stay tuned for new daily posts, and be sure to check out our other lovely bloggers.

I don't know about you, but this rhino bag makes me want to go on safari. What's even more exciting is how simple the tutorial is. Happy Crafting!
April 11, 2014

6 Months of Blogging

Today marks my sixth month of blogging, which is supremely exciting. Yay! Below I've compiled a list of some of my favorite moments as a new blogger, including some of my most popular posts, and what I hope to accomplish in the next six months. 

April 7, 2014

Abstract Cork Board

 Cork Board Alternative

The on-campus apartment I was assigned my second year of college didn’t have a built in cork-board as per usual, and I was desperate to decorate my walls. My magical/beautiful/unicorn mother came up with this amazing solution, and I’ve used it ever since. It’s the perfect combination of abstract art and useful practicality, and can be dressed up – or down – any number of ways. Happy decorating!

Side note: Please forgive the horrible photography. I've been sick, okay? 
April 4, 2014

Anthro Knock-off Week is coming soon!

Anthro Knock-Off Week - 5 Blogs, 7 Days, 30 posts

You. Guys. I have the announcement of the century. I can't even. 

I'm so so so excited to tell you all that I've teamed up with a group of super talented bloggers to bring you Anthropologie Knock-off Week. "What's that" you ask? Yeah, it's what you think it is. Every day during the last week of April, each blog will be bringing you a brand new Anthro Knock-off tutorial. "Say what? Like, everyday?" Yeah, every day. That's 5 daily   tutorials chalk full of awesome sauce and gleaming with creativity. Is that even possible? I'm not 100 percent, but based on the sneak peeks I've been seeing, I think yes. Get excited! We'll also have a pinterest board where you can see the inspiration with every final project all in one place, and on the very last day (Saturday) we'll be having a themed link party. 

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April 3, 2014

Link'n Blogs Party

Today I'm guest hosting the Link'n Blogs Party! 

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A place to link up your projects and make new friends. We are all about visiting links and following new bloggers here at Link'n Blogs. Remember to leave comments and PIN PIN PIN!
Cause sharing is caring. 
March 31, 2014

Infinity Scarf

The 5 minute series - Confessions of a Secret Crafter

Hey guys! As you may have figured out, I'm starting a new DIY series! On the last Monday of every month, I'll be sharing a super easy tutorial designed to make life easier while using materials you probably already have. They may not be the most ingenuous tutorials, but they'll hopefully provide you with a little inspiration. This month's project is: 
Scarf Upcycle - Regular to Infinity (and beyond...I know it's cheesy but I had to say it)
March 24, 2014

Leather Coasters

DIY Leather Coaster

Mandi over at Vintage Revivals has ignited a leather obsession within many of her readers, and I for one am happy to further the trend. This tutorial is one of the simplest I've ever done, and can be taken in soooo many directions. I'm currently working on a brown leather southwestern patterned set as a gift, because, really, who doesn't love leather and need coasters? 
March 20, 2014

A Few Blog Design Tips & Tricks

Hello everyone! So today I want to take a moment to blog about...blogging. Over the last few weeks, I've spent a LOT of time learning about my template and how to change things. First lesson: HTML is freakin complicated. Second lesson: There's usually an easier way to do things. I've found simple solutions to some of my biggest questions, and decided to share them here with you in an effort to promote fabulous blogging.
March 17, 2014

West Elm Knock-off Jewelry Box

West Elm Knock-off Mosaic Triangles Jewelry Box

I fell in love with this mosaic patterned jewelry box from West Elm - the pattern, the colors…the whole thing is just awesome. My version cost about $11, which is definitely a much happier price than the original featured. Plus, you can customize the pattern with absolutely any color, making a fun and totally "you" one-of-a-kind piece. Happy crafting!
March 10, 2014

Glitter Terra Cotta Pots

Glitter Terra Cotta Pot

I've done posts using glitter in the past, including glitter phone chargers and even a glitter project round-up, but today it's time to take the sparkle to the great outdoors! err, well, at least as far as your windowsill. These glitter terra cotta pots are super duper easy and just as cute - they'd make great gifts and party favors...IF you can bear to part with them that is. Happy crafting!
March 6, 2014

The Liebster Award

I've been nominated for a Liebster award! While it may not come with a cool prize, it is a super fun opportunity to meet and network with other new-ish bloggers. I was nominated by  Slightly Hippie Housewife of Suburbia. Thanks Jen! In this post, I'll also share my nominations - they're great blogs that I love reading, and I hope you all will love them too! 

March 3, 2014

Vertical Succulent Planter

DIY Vertical Planter

A few weeks ago I shared a round-up of awesome succulent projects with the promise that I'd get to my own tutorials asap. I'm super excited to share the first - a vertical (hanging) planter! It's insanely easy to put together, and much faster than the many other tutorials that have you building your own frames and boxes. At the end I've included a photo guide to the succulents I used. Happy Crafting!
February 27, 2014

A Little Financial Advice for My Fellow Students

Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart: money. Nah, I’m just kidding with you all, but I do want to share a bit of hard-learned knowledge about how to finance your educational/career dreams with what is (basically) free money.

February 24, 2014

Aurèlie Bidermann Look-alike Bracelet

Aurèlie Bidermann Look-alike Bracelet

While doing a little online shopping for things I won’t be able to afford for at least the next ten years, I came across this lovely bracelet (pictured below) that I absolutely had to have. The problem is it costs about a quarter’s worth of textbooks. Or 81 grande caramel frappucinos. Yeah no thanks – I’ll take the coffee.

February 20, 2014

Glitter Project Round-up

My post on DIY Glitter Phone Chargers received such a huge response from my fellow glitterholics that I decided this week's round up should feature other fun glitter projects. Enjoy! 

February 17, 2014

Butterfly Wall Decor

Butterfly Wall Art

Winter is, as always, dragging on, and I thought it would be fun to bring a little spring into your lives this week. I originally made these 3D butterflies to decorate my college dorm room, but I think they’d look equally cute in a nursery, little girl’s room, or kitchen. They can even be ramped up for an office space or adult bedroom by using solid greys, blues, purples, and metallic silvers.  
February 13, 2014

Succulent Project Round-up

As anyone who has followed me on Pinterest is beginning to discover, I love succulents (which may actually be an understatement). As spring approaches, I'll hopefully be able to share three of my own succulent projects, but in the meantime, I've rounded up a collection of really fun succulent projects. Happy crafting! 

February 10, 2014

Glitter Phone Charger

DIY Glitter Phone Charger

In an effort to satisfy my love for glitter, this week’s tutorial will be on glitter phone chargers!  I’m in love with all things glitter, and while I know there are already several videos and blogs online, I wanted to take things one step further by incorporating a few of the currently trending patterns. In the post that follows, I’ll show you have to do chevron and ombre patterned glitter chargers, and at the end, you’ll be given the opportunity to win a Phillip Lim inspired micro usb charger made by yours truly. Happy crafting!
February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

I love the entire institution of Valentine’s Day, and while I usually give out some type of candy, I also like to have something sweetly homemade on hand for my family and friends who are avoiding sugar. Once you’ve got the process down, it’ll only take a few minutes to whip out each card, and the time spent will be well worth the results. Happy Valentine’s Day!
February 1, 2014

Social Media Sunday

I'm excited to be once again guest hosting, this time for the awesome Social Media Sunday Link Party! This is a great opportunity to network with your fellow bloggers, and it's always fun to "meet" new people. Happy blogging!

Social Media Sunday link up

January 26, 2014

Link It or Lump It

Hello everyone! This week I'm super excited to be co-hosting the Link It or Lump It party. I can't wait to see what you all have been working on, and hope that you'll take a few minutes to look around at the things I've been working on. If you like what you see and would like to receive updates, you can follow via email or Google Friend Connect. Happy Crafting!

Delineate Your Dwelling

January 20, 2014

Embroidering Knitwear - Fox Sweater Guest Post

While I was studying abroad in Paris, my roommate inspired me to try my hand at embroidering on knitwear. I had to do a bit of research but it was totally worth it!

January 13, 2014

Candy Box Valentines

I have always been partial to this particular tradition, and nothing says “I love you” quite like homemade valentines.  These are fairly simple, and suitable for crafters age 10 and up.

January 6, 2014

DIY Bun Maker

 I have another confession: I spend way too much time on YouTube watching hair style tutorials! Over the years, I’ve noticed that the most frequent viewer comment is that they aren’t sure where to buy a bun maker. Today, I’d like to show you an extremely easy low cost tutorial that turns an old sock or pair of tights into the perfect bun-making hair accessory. Happy crafting!
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