ROW 1: Bing Bang Oversized Ray Heart Button Earrings // DIY Painted Heart Bag //Valentine’s Heart Attack ROW 2: Neon Screenprint Valentine Poster // Easy Pixel Heart Cookies // Home Is Where the Heart Is Print (Pennsylvania) ROW 3: Giant Geometric Wall Heart // Heart Shaped Donuts // DIY Be My Valentine Heart Kite ROW 4: Heart Straws // DIY Tree Heart Installation ROW 5: Red Heart Pillow Cover // Heart Pendent Necklace // Modern Welsh Lovespoon ROW 6: Joyceanne Sunglasses // Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches // DIY Gold Heart Piñata ROW 7: Heart Serving Bowl with Ladle // Stuck On You Valentine // Heart You Leather Wall Flag
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One rule I try to abide by in my own home is to make an attempt at repurposing before donating or throwing something away. But Up-Cycle! by Narelle Yabuka takes it all to an entire different level. This book from Gingko Press features over 100 inspired up-cycled solutions for everything from an old sweater to a street sign and everything in between. I guarantee you’ll look at the next thing you toss into the recycling bin a bit differently!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book. All words and opinions are my own.
01/ Geometric snow art stomped with snowshoes.
02/ Eruption, the title speaks for itself.
03/ Beautiful star trails in the night sky.
04/ Anatomical body painting.
05/ Presidents + US currency + the Justice League
06/ Create your own soundtrack with Sound Bottle.
07/ Posters featuring the entire text of a book.
08/ How to Build a Rainbow Igloo!
09/ Flying houses!
10/ Giant, un-poppable bubbles!
A few weeks ago I was taking a look through the past year in posts and decided to put together a Top 40 collection for 2012. I had hoped to spread it out over a few days and organize everything a bit, but a family death and extended stay in Pennsylvania over the holidays set me back and I had to lump it all together. Thank you so much for continuing to help make this site such an amazing part of my daily life – here’s to 2013!
I don’t care what anyone says, homemade gifts are always some of the best. (Especially when prettily packaged!) During the holidays I think it’s nice to have a little special something for those people you wouldn’t necessarily buy a gift for but are still thinking about. Here are a few of my favorites this December.
Clockwise from top left: Maple Hot Cocoa from Not Without Salt // Cinnamon Cardamom Honey from Reading My Tea Leaves // Boozy Bacon Jam from Spoon Fork Bacon // Meyer Lemon – Orange Bitters from Whole Living // Vanilla Caramel Liquer from Sabrina Sue // Infused Simple Syrups from DIY Network // Homemade Extracts from Spoon Fork Bacon // Lavender Syrup from What Katie Made
My grandmother taught me how to make pomanders – clove studded oranges – when I was in elementary school. I remember making my first one so that literally no bit of orange was peeking out between the cloves! And of course she let me. That pomander had some ribbon attached and hung in the doorway to her hallway for years to come. No, they aren’t really supposed to be around for that long, but it was nice she found it so special.
So, making a pomander is quite simple. All you need is an orange, some whole cloves, and a poking device (like a toothpick or fork). The design possibilities are endless – I like to keep mine a little more simple these days. Just poke your design into the orange rind to make inserting the cloves a little more easy and you’re off! Sometimes I like to use the back of a spoon to help push the cloves into the orange if the skin is especially thick. You can either add a ribbon like my Grandma did and hang somewhere, or pile a few in a bowl.
A few weeks after making your pomanders you’ll start to notice the fruit drying out around the areas you’ve cloved, it will discolor slightly but that doesn’t mean they’re going bad! In fact they’ll last all season and then some.
Row 1: DIY Modern Christmas Tree Set – Curbly, Holiday Doormat DIY – A Beautiful Mess, Glittered Geometry Garland – LEIF // Row 2: Prop Some Art – Real Simple, DIY Modern Perforated Tabletop Trees – Curbly // Row 3: Naughty (& Nice) Boxed Glass Candles – ILLUME, Snow Globes – West Elm, ConfettiSystems Garland – West Elm // Row 4: Handmade Paper Star Garland – Toast UK, Teluria Candelabra – Note Design Studio for Klong, Glittered Twig Tape Candles – LEIF
Every December I fly back to Pennsylvania to celebrate Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. And while I love getting to see friends and family in my hometown, it’s always a bit hectic and I naturally wonder what it would be like if lots of things were different and I were hosting Christmas dinner at my house. It would (obviously) be amazing and no doubt tons of work, and maybe someday I’ll get the chance to find out. But for now here’s how the dream evening would go down, enjoy!
Mono A Edition in Black – Peter Raacke
Mud Plates – Mud Australia
Cross Dye Basic Napkins – West Elm
Lempi Glass – littala
Evergreen Placecards – via Bloom
Raw Wood Placemat Set – West Elm
Spun Vinyl Runner – Chilewich
Mercury Votive Holders – West Elm
Numi Candle Holders – CB2
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon – Real Simple
Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts and Lemon – the kitchn
Orange and Pomegranate Salad – Brooklyn Supper
Domino Roast Sweet Potatoes – Brooklyn Supper
Corn and Potato Casserole with Gruyere – Some the Wiser
Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Dried Cranberry Stuffing – With Style & Grace
Crackers – Toast UK
Wreath – IKEA
Votive Candles – House Doctor
Strasburg Tree Candles – Wisteria
Zinc Star Wreath Garland – Father Rabbit
DIY Holiday Gift Box Backdrop – Studio DIY
Mod Brass Trees – Jayson Home
DIY Wax Paper Candle Holders – Design*Sponge
Winter Playlist – Kinfolk Magazine
01/ Loving these driftwood horse sculptures.
02/ How to stock the perfect winter pantry.
03/ I never finish a bottle of nail polish, DOSE minis are perfect.
04/ I wish I had a big mug of this lavender hot chocolate in front of my right now.
05/ Lollipops in grownup flavors.
06/ It’s a little late, but you can still make a DIY Beer Advent Calendar.
07/ Oh my gosh, I want to hide a gift in this confetti surprise jar so bad!
08/ This Is a Memory, audio recordings of strangers’ memories.
09/ I’ll be eating more of these now that I know how to easily seed a pomegranate!
10/ Beautiful macro photos of snowflakes and ice structures.