09/02/15

DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique. Click through for the full tutorial.

I've tried DIY hanging planters before, and while I was overall pretty happy with the results last time, my choice in materials wasn't for everyone. SO, I'm giving it another shot, this time with air dry clay instead. Want to make your own?

It's SUPER easy. You'll just need to harken back to those elementary school clay making days for the coil technique we used to complete these little guys.  Or just follow along below for the step by step instructions.

How to make DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique.

Materials

- air dry clay (which you can find on Amazon)
- toothpicks or wooden skewer
- strong string, thin rope, or cording
- water
- knife or clay cutting tool (optional)
- rolling pin (optional)

Instructions

1. Start by rolling with a ball of air dry clay and roll it out or pat it down with your hand until it's flat and about 1/3 of an inch thick. Then cut a circle from the slab that is roughly 2 inches in diameter. We used a wooden skewer to cut the shape, but you could also use a knife or clay cutting tool, if you prefer.

2. Form the remains leftover clay back into a ball. Then, roll it out with your hands to create a long coil that is a consistent thickness.

How to make DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique.

3. Now, place one end of the coil on top of the circle slab you created in step 1 and begin wrapping the coil around and around to form the shape of your container/pot.

How to make DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique.

4. Once thats complete, begin pinching the coils together to create a strong bond and get your finger tips wet with a little bit of water to smooth the surface inside and out.

How to make DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique.

5. Once that is complete, you can manipulate the shape a little bit to create a more organic shape, with wavy edges (if you like that look). Or use a wooden skewer or toothpick to create a textured design on the outside.

How to make DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique.

6. Use a wooden skewer to poke four holes, equally spaced, toward the top of the container. Then, set aside and let it air dry for 24 hours. *You may need to flip the container over after the first 24 hours to let the bottom fully dry for another 10-12 hours.

How to make DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique.

7. Lastly, once the container is fully dry, string thin rope through the holes and ties off. Then it's ready to hang.

DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique. Click through for the full tutorial.

FYI - This method is a bit more simplified than the traditional coil method. Instead of wrapping the coils individually and attaching them with a pinch, as you go, we attached everything at once and added water and the pinching technique at the end. Our condensed version works just as well, but creates a slightly more rustic look. Just in case you're curious.

DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique. Click through for the full tutorial.

DIY hanging planters using air dry clay and a simple coiling technique. Click through for the full tutorial.

Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this DIY a try? Have you ever worked with air dry clay before?

09/01/15

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

I don't know how it happened exactly, but over the years, I've become a little bit of a hat brat. SO, I thought I'd roundup some of my favorite hats to take us into fall, since the change of seasons is right around the corner.

Who's with me?

(above) 1. straw hat with a cozy sweater

Janessa Leone Henninsen Hat

2. Janessa Leone henninsen hat

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

3. similar to my burgundy hat above (from this shoot) is this one from ASOS

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

4. flat top boater hat

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

5. Maxwell black brim hat

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

6. fall fedora from Kendi Everyday

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

7. flat top straw hat, like the one I wore during the farm to table shoot

8 Wide Brim Hats that Will Get You Excited for Fall

8. Found this big black hat from Smitten Studio

Janessa Leone Wegner Hat

9. Jenessa Leone wegner hat

Are you a hat kind of girl in the fall? If not, what's your favorite fall accessory?

08/31/15

Recipe for Colorful Homemade Cannolis with Lucky Charm Marshmallow Sprinkles

I've been wanting to make cannolis for a while now. Largely due to the fact that I had a giant bag of dehydrated marshmallows lying around (as in a whole bag of the best part of Lucky Charms cereal) that I really wanted to use. SO, I enlisted Linda, yet again, to work her magic on a new recipe. And the results are delicious!

Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need...

Colorful homemade cannolis. Click through for the simple recipe to make your own.

Ingredients

- 1 dozen cannoli shells (store-bought*)
- 1 pkg white melting chocolate
- gel food coloring (optional)
- dehydrated marshmallows, chopped
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese
- 16 oz ricotta cheese, drained
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp lemon extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- heavy cream (adjust amount as desired)

*We cut down the prep time by using pre-made cannoli shells. You can find premade cannoli shells at your local Italian grocery and some specialty food stores as well.

Instructions

1. Melt the chocolate according to the instructions on the package and tint it using the gel coloring. You can also make two colors by splitting one package of chocolate in half and will still have enough to dip a dozen shells.

2. Dip each end of the cannoli shells in the chocolate. Then, sprinkle the marshmallows on, before the chocolate cools. Set the cannoli shells aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix the cheeses, sugar, vanilla, lemon extract, and salt together thoroughly with a rubber spatula. Add one tablespoon of cream at a time to lighten the mixture. We used about 2 tablespoons for our cannoli filling. We were going for a texture that was rich, but spoonable and not too heavy.

4. Fill a plastic bag with the cheese mixture. Twist the top to move the mixture towards one corner. Snip off the corner and pipe the mixture into the cannoli shells.

5. Add more marshmallows to the ends and serve.

Colorful cannolis! Click through for the simple recipe to make your own.

Recipe for Colorful Homemade Cannolis with Lucky Charm Marshmallow Sprinkles

Recipe for Colorful Homemade Cannolis with Lucky Charm Marshmallow Sprinkles

Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give these colorful cannolis a try?