no carve pumpkins!

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It’s that time of year again! Bust out your crafting supplies for bats, cobwebs, skeletons and PUMPKINS! These amazing tutorials show you how to skip the hassle of carving a pumpkin and just focus on making your pumpkins pretty. And they will last the whole season this way! 

Glue Guns Forever
Every crafter knows the wonders of a glue gun, and there couldn’t be a better tool for no-carve pumpkins. From beads and ribbon, to paper bats and buttons, the world of gluing-things-on-pumpkins has never been so diverse.  

Color Explosion 
Who says you have to have an orange pumpkin? Paintingmelting or splattering a pumpkin with color is a great (and easy) way to add some fun pops of untraditional color to your porch.   

Boo-tiful Words
Use your words with these sassy worded pumpkins. Whether it’s a classic "boo", or something more trendy, letting your pumpkins speak their minds is just the right choice. 


For more pumpkin inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.

poppin' popsicles

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It's HOT y'all. What better way to beat the heat and enjoy a fun activity than to make some home-made popsicles! Stay cool and (more importantly) look cool with these gorgeous pops. 


The Tools
From Dixie cups and tongue depressors to basic molds all the way to those fancy shaped molds, there is no wrong way to make a yummy popsicle! 

The Ingredients
Think anything refreshing: coconut water and fruitstrawberry cheesecakeinspired, or gummy bears and lemon-lime soda! 

Make Use of that Blender
Have left-over smoothie? Put it in a mold! Or do it on purpose and make a delicious fruit-whip popsicle

For more popsicle ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

mini kitchen refresh

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Have you ever walked into your kitchen and realized you have...um...no style in there? Well, we are here to help. And it's oh so easy. See our simple tips to have a more cohesive kitchen.


Matching Accessories
The easiest and least expensive thing to do is pick up some matching accessories. Mixing bowls, towels, cooking utensils...all with the same color scheme and look will help immensely. And the best part—you don't have to spend an arm and a leg. Just make a trip to Home Goods or Target, where you can find accessories to help your kitchen feel inspired while keeping your wallet safe. 

New Hardware
This is a super easy, low skill level job. If you have cabinets with knobs, swap them out for something more current. If you have cabinets with no knobs, you can invest in this handy tool to do the job for you. Goodbye old brass, hello Beautiful!

Updated Small Appliances
Nothing make yours kitchen looks as dated as a clunky old appliance. I am talking coffee maker, toaster, electric kettle here, not the big 3 (fridge, range, dishwasher). Getting a nice sleek brushed steel or matte black appliance can really take your kitchen up a notch! Or if you are feeling brave, go for a big pop of color that ties to your other accessories. 


For more kitchen refresh ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

pantry makeover

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With 2018 (gasp!) upon us, it's time to start getting our homes as organized as our Pinterest boards. Here are a few simple things you can do to get started with your pantry!


Jars & Baskets
If you are like someone I know, you throw bags of potatoes, popcorn, onions and other loose grains into the pantry willy-nilly. When it's time to actually find those things, it usually results in disaster. The use of clear jars and baskets is an inexpensive, aesthetically pleasing, and easy way to make your pantry shine. 

Labels
With all those new jars and baskets, how are you supposed to tell the difference between quinoa and couscous? Well, labels, that's how. Another great idea is labeling sections of the pantry for certain food groups and types.

Tension Rods & Hooks
So what about all your nonfood items? Things like cutting boards, your mixer, etc.? Just as easy! With the use of small tension rods between shelves, it is easy to organize flat items. Use 3M hooks (the OG hero) for things like mixer accessories, seldom used spatulas and more!

For more pantry ideas, check out our Pinerest board.

home for the holidays

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We've put together some of the best things you can do to welcome your guests during the holiday season...and all year round! Check out this list of other essentials.

Wi-Fi Password Art
Because it's the 21st century, everyone will want to be on your Wi-Fi while visiting. Don't make them ask for the password, display it in their room for easy access.

Toiletry Essentials Basket
Without a doubt, someone will forget something essential while packing for their stay. Make it easy and have a basket in the bathroom with extras; toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, shampoos, conditioners, etc. Your guests will thank you!

Extra Blankets
Everyone has different comfort zones when sleeping. Have plenty of extra blankets for guests to choose from while staying with you. Place them in a decorative basket to make them easy to find. 

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more ideas on making your guests feel warm and welcome.

no carve pumpkins!

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Ever been faced with carving a pumpkin on Halloween while juggling costumes, dinner, and the doorbell already ringing? Why not try one of these easy fun ideas that can be done way ahead of time? We have compiled another list of no-carve pumpkins that are as cute (or even cuter) than their chopped up cousins. 

Melted Crayon Pumpkin
Although this may sound weird, a melted crayon pumpkin is a cathartic way to create very pretty pumpkins! All you'll need is crayons, a blow dryer and some time. 

Painted Donut Pumpkin
If you want to get a little more creative, making your pumpkin into a delicious donut pumpkin is an unexpected and whimsical idea! 

Push Pin Pumpkin
Probably the easiest and fastest no carve pumpkin is the push pin pumpkin! Just get some simple pushpins (colored or not) and make some fun designs in your pumpkin. Done! 

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more no-carve pumpkin fun.

easy spring flower arrangements

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Making beautiful flower arrangements can seem intimidating and expensive, but it doesn't have to be! We have laid out simple idea of how to make any grocery store flowers look amazing - with time to practice before Mother’s Day on May 14th.

Flowers That Are Friends
Choose two or three types of flowers that really compliment one another. Like:
-Hydrangias and roses
-Sunflowers and wax flowers
-Ranunculus and dianthus (those green puffy balls)

Monochrome Colors 
One way to look super contemporary is to choose multiple types of flowers that are all the same color, or very close. Do an entire white arrangement for a clean look, a nice pink for a warm arrangement or a fun bright orange for guaranteed smiles.

Separate Groups
Whether you choose to have all one color or a variety of flowers, making multiple small arrangements in different vases makes a really fun and eclectic look. Just make sure you keep the number of vases odd (3, 5, or 7!) 

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more room inspiration.

mason jar madness! 

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From storage to lights, weddings to salad containers, Mason Jars have been creeping into almost every aspect of our lives. We wanted to celebrate the Mason Jar and bring you a plethora of ideas for how to use the jars you have at home...or maybe just an excuse to buy more! Here are a few quick projects for every level of DIYer:

Beginner
Mason Jar salt container 
-All you need is a Morton Salt container, scissors, and a Mason Jar!

Intermediate
Mason Jar herb garden
-The cutest way to bring an herb garden to your kitchen and always have fresh ingredients within arm’s reach. 

Advanced
Mason Jar vanity light
-Those with a true love of Mason Jars, and some serious DIY skills, can make this adorable addition to any bathroom. 

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more room inspiration.

3 shades of gray

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Looking for a quick and relatively inexpensive way to refresh a space? Get the biggest bang for your buck with paint! We wanted to share our three all-time favorite paint colors that we find ourselves using over and over again—for listings and for our own homes. These colors are amazing in every room of the house. These are all Benjamin Moore colors, but most any paint store has the codes and can mix for you.

Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore
HC-172
We love this shade paired with off-white or almond trim to help the trim pop instead of looking bland. 

Edgecomb Grey
Benjamin Moore
HC-173
Bring on the greige! This color is much lighter and brighter on walls than you would think, one of the best chameleon colors for throughout the house.

Grey Owl
OC-52
We usually do a 50% strength for this paint color, which brightens up the nice blue-green undertones. It’s perfect for houses that have aged hardwoods that are a little on the orange side.

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for more room inspiration.

holiday card displays

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This time of year our mailboxes tend to be full of wonderful holiday cards, and by next week we are always struggling on how and where to display them all. We hope the DIY article on card displays is fun and helps you enjoy all of the faces of those you love

Pick your space 
Whether you have a whole wall, the side of your refrigerator, the back of a door or a cabinet to hang your cards, you will need some space to display your array (hehe).

Pick your craft tolerance
Although making a display can be done by any novice crafter, it is good to know your tolerance when choosing what style to go with. Glitter a no go? Make sure to pick up washi tape instead of glittery ribbon. Don't have a hot glue gun? Thats ok, create something that Scotch tape can hold up. 

Pick up some supplies and get to it!
Some of you might have these supplies lying around the house. Holiday ribbon and a few clothespins is all you need to create a simple display. But if you want to get more creative, here are some alternative options:
-Washi tape
-Small ornaments 
-Craft paper
-Battery powered fairy lights

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for some fun and easy display inspiration.

thanksgiving centerpieces

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Want to avoid a #pinterestfail on your Thanksgiving table this year? A fun fresh centerpiece doesn't have to be hard or over-the-top, promise! Follow these three simple steps to put something together before the big day:

Pick your vessel(s) 
Vases, mason jars, pumpkins, oh my! Decide on the base for your decor and don't forget to think about scale. If your containers are smaller, you may need several to pull the table together. Remember that odd numbers look best, so go with 1, 3 or 5 to please all the eyes at the table.

Pick your “filling”
Candles or flowers are always a hit, but you can also add other fun seasonal touches to create something extra special. My mom loves to do cranberries and some other cute ideas include nuts, corn, leaves, pinecones, and even small gourds. When it doubt, head outside and see what is lying in your yard :-)

Pick your accent
This step is optional, but if you are feeling adventurous, pick up some twine or burlap to add a fun rustic touch to your centerpiece. Ribbon can be fun too!

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for some fun and easy centerpiece inspiration.

no-carve pumpkins

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Ever found yourself on Halloween night with the sinking feeling that you’ve forgotten something and come to realize it was to actually carve your pumpkins for the big night? Or maybe you managed to carve them a week or two in advance only to find that on the big night you have a pile of decomposing mush on your doorstep. Oh, must just be me :-) Of course, perfectly carving the night before would be ideal but real life takes over sometimes! Enter no-carve pumpkin decorating. They are super cute and there are so many options that can be done as early (or late) as you want with way less clean up. Here’s your essential no-carve roundup:

Think Mr. Potato Head
Channel your inner child and just stick things from around the house on your pumpkin! A pacifier with some sharpie eyes makes an adorable baby or use candy corn, buttons, or even felt cutouts to make fun patterns. Grab the hot glue gun and let your imagination run wild - the funnier the better.

Wrap it Up
Wrap a pumpkin? Yep! Try ribbon strips from top to bottom or tulle around the whole thing, twine to make a fun spiderweb, or gauze for an adorable pumpkin mummy. Fast, fabulous, and the best part - no mess!

Paint Perfect
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous get out the white glue and paint! Polk-a-dots, stripes, or just paint the whole thing! We love the idea of chalkboard paint for a spooky option and then using glue to write your family monogram (or cute message) and sprinkling it with glitter. What a fun OUTDOOR activity for October!

Visit this issue’s Pinterest board for ideas, inspiration and tips.