09/23/14

Gift Ideas for DIY Lovers

One of the things that you may not know about me is that I like to be a little sneaky when it comes to gift giving. Because honestly, having someone tell you exactly what they want for their birthday or Christmas is great and all, but it kind of takes away from the fun.

So what if you could pick out a gift, that even the hardest to buy for person on your list would love, and they wouldn’t even have to tell you what they wanted?

You can.

Enter Giftry, a brand new site where anyone can curate gift lists (called giftries) in various categories, to make finding the perfect gift 100 times easier.

I’ve recently partnered with the site, as a Giftry Influencer, and will be sharing loads of cool gift ideas for all the people in your life..the DIYer, the cook, the homebody, the entertainer, etc. See all of my Giftry gift lists right here. But I’m not the only one sharing interesting gift lists. There are quite a few amazing tastemakers sharing their faves as well. Click here to see the full list of influencers. 

Want to join in on the fun? Anyone can join. All you have to do is signup for a free account here to get started – making your own lists of gifts for yourself, along with friends and family. Aaand…if you’re interested you can apply to be a part of influencers program as well.

My Gift Lists on Giftry

What categories will I be sharing gift ideas in?

My most prominent Giftry list at the moment is Gifts for the DIY Lover, but I also have gift ideas for the entertainer, the jewelry lover, the cook, the fashion lover, and more. I may gotten a little carried away with my gift lists, but honestly, they’re so fun to put together, it’s hard not to. So, basically, I went to town on this stuff.

I put together giftries that I thought you would love and/or find helpful for that special someone you may be shopping for. But if there’s a list or category you don’t see on my page, that you’d like to, I’m all ears. I’ll be creating more Giftry lists over the next several months, so I’m totally open to suggestions.

Gift Ideas for Bag Lovers

Here’s how Giftry works… When you head over to the site, and click on one of the gift lists, you’ll see something like this (above).

From here, you can click a product that you like (or one that you think a friend or family member would enjoy) and go directly to the site that the item can be purchased. Super easy, right?

But you can also, search through products that have recently been added, under the explore tab, to get some inspiration. Or create your own giftries to share with others, like friends and family. You can check out this quick video to see more about all of the things your can do with Giftry.

Gift Ideas for Jewelry Lovers

In addition to creating giftries for other people, like your best friends or brother, for example, you can also create a giftry for yourself. This list would be made of items that you’d love to be gifted, and those items can be from absolutely anywhere on the internet. If you see something you love, add it to your Giftry list with the bookmarklet (or manually if you prefer), and you’ll have a running catalog of all of the things you love. You can share the link with family and friends or they can be more sneaky about it and send an anonymous request for your gift list, so you won’t know who’s requesting it. Surprise!

You can even add collaborators to a giftry to join forces on ideas for family and friends that are notoriously hard to buy for. Which is one of my favorite parts! Safety in numbers, right?

Gift Ideas for Bag + Purse Lovers

My picks for the bag lover

Gift Ideas for Fashion Lovers

My picks for the fashion lover

Gift Ideas for the Home

 My picks for the home

What are your tips for finding the perfect gift for someone on your list?

This post is in partnership with Giftry. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.

09/22/14

Mini Message Blueberry Hand Pies Recipe

Now that fall is officially starting, I thought it was about time for a pie DIY. I had some extra blueberries leftover from this popsicle project, so I was able to use the rest of them in this super easy mini message hand pie project.

These pies are really easy to make and only have a handful of ingredients (5 to be exact). Perfect for stress-free fall entertaining.

Want to make your own batch? Here’s how…

Recipe // Mini Message Blueberry Hand Pies

Ingredients: pre-made pie dough (or make your own if you prefer) // 3 cups of blueberries // 2 tablespoons of honey // 1/2 cup of sugar (less if you prefer the filling more tart) // 1-2 tablespoons of butter (optional)

Materials Needed: large spoon // knife // fork // alphabet cookie cutters (like these) // baking sheet

How To:

1. Start by smashing roughly 1/2 of the blueberries roughly with a flat spoon or mortar and pestle. Add them to a bowl and mix in the remainder of the blueberries, sugar, and honey. Stir. You’ll notice that there isn’t any flour or lemon in this recipe. I wanted to make something super easy, without a ton of ingredients. So after a little experimenting, this is what I came up with. It’s a little lighter than a typical pie filling, which I love.

2. Next, roll out your pie dough, and cut the dough into various shapes and sizes, freehand. These will become your hand pies, so make sure for every shape you create, you have another one to match it. So you have a top and bottom piece.

3. Next, using cookie cutters, create your message.

4. Add pie filling in the center of the bottom piece of pie dough. Then add your top piece of sought, that has the cookie cutter message on it.

5. Pinch all of the sides together, then use a fork to create a decorative border all the way around each hand pie and create a more secure seal. Add a small amount of butter to the top of each hand pie and place onto a baking sheet.

6. Bake for 9-12 minutes at 350 or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy.

Mini Blueberry Hand Pies (Limited Ingredient Recipe)

5 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies

Recipe // 5 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies for Fall

5 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies with Message Cut Outs

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

When the holidays roll around, I suspect I’ll be making a whole lot of these little guys. Just switch out the fruit and you’re good to go.

Think you’ll whip up a batch of these blueberry hand pies for fall?

09/19/14

7 DIYs to Try This Weekend

This morning, I’m starting on a few fall projects and a couple of Halloween DIYs, to share in the coming weeks. How is it already time to start thinking about Halloween?! This year is flying by. 

But before I grab my scissors and get to work, I have 7 DIYs for you to try this weekend…

1. make these DIY faux granite rings from Fall for DIY

2. the best blueberry popsicles recipe (it involves colorful stripes)

3. an awesome emoji balloon DIY from Studio DIY

4. how to create a messy fishtail braid from Once Wed

5. DIY shredded distressed denim from I Spy DIY

6. make a DIY bar necklace from The Lovely Drawer

7. and whip up some toasted marshmallow waffle sandwiches

Hope you have a great weekend!

-Brittni