09/30/14

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Usually, it takes a while for fall to start kicking in around here (I do live in Florida, after all), but the last couple of days have been much cooler and breezy. Which is actually getting me excited about fall – something I wasn’t all that pumped about just a couple of weeks ago.

And to get even more into the fall spirit, I thought I would share a recent DIY I created for Tuts+, that screams campfires and hot cocoa: a personalized DIY campfire mug.

This DIY idea is a fun way to dress up a basic set of enamel mugs, with a fun phrase, message, or doodle. Bonus! They make great gifts during the holidays, especially for outdoorsy guys (and girls).

As you can imagine, the process for decorating these mugs is pretty simple. But there’s one quick trick, that I shared here, that makes drawing on a curved surface a little less tricky, if you want to check that out.

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Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll do any camping this fall? Or at least make a few of these mugs to feel like you are?

09/29/14

DIY // Eyeball Mini Cakes for Halloween

I just couldn’t wait until October 1st to start posting Halloween projects. I’m too impatient.

So, today, I wanted to share a super quick and easy dessert idea to get you inspired for Halloween parties this year…DIY eyeball mini cakes! These sweet treats are a little bit bizarre and a little bit awesome.

They’re more on the cute side than creepy, but that’s how I like my Halloween projects anyway. And I hope you do too.

Here’s the super quick tutorial for these ‘all seeing’ eye desserts…

DIY // Eyeball Mini Cakes for Halloween

Ingredients:

Hostess Snoballs (which are cream filled mini cakes, covered in marshmallow and coconut), black licorice, Oreos, vanilla icing

How-To:

1. Start by separating the Oreos, removing the cream center, so you’re left with just the cookie ends. Place one cookie on top of each Snoball, attaching it with a little bit of icing (think of it as edible glue).

2. Cut pieces of licorice down to roughly three inches long. These pieces will become the eyelashes.

3. Add a little bit of icing to one end of each piece of licorice. Attach 3-5 licorice pieces to each Snoball, to look like eyelashes. Done!

That’s it. So easy. Right?

And they actually taste really good too. Although, I’d probably eat the licorice separately from the cake and Oreo. Since it’s such a different taste.

Take it further: If you want to make these eyeballs a little more creepy and a little less cutesy, add veiny red lines with food coloring for bloodshot eyes. In case you’re wondering…I did actually try it after I took these photos and it worked really well. I used a wood skewer to draw the lines with gel food coloring. 

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Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give these a try for Halloween?

09/26/14

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Looking for something to keep you busy this weekend? I’ve got you covered!

Naturally, it involves a handful of craft projects and a couple of recipes. Here are 6 DIYs to try this weekend…

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores + 6 Other Yummy S’more Recipes

2. DIY Popsicle Stick Planters from Bramble Workshop for Designlovefest

3. DIY Giant Gem Rings from Studio DIY

4. Blueberry Hand Pies Recipe with Cut Out Message Crust

5. Roasted Artichokes with Miso Jalapeño Aioli from Gab for Almost Makes Perfect

6. DIY Gold Leaf Brooches from Mandi for A Beautiful Mess

I absolutely have to try #3 on the list. I already have the molds and everything. Which DIY is your favorite?

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni