Summer Lovin’: Tips for Throwing the Perfect End of Summer Get-Together

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Tips for throwing the perfect end of summer get-together. Click through for entertaining tips from Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch. #summerentertaining #entertainingideas #entertainingtips #dinnerparty #outdoorentertaining

This summer has been a hot one, especially in Atlanta. And one of my favorite treats when it’s super hot out is ice cream. Who doesn’t love ice cream, right?

So, I partnered with Nestlé to host an end of summer get-together for friends, featuring two of my fave Nestlé brands, Häagen-Dazs and Edy’s – complete with cocktails, tacos, and (of course) plenty of ice cream. And I’m sharing all the photos from the party today, along with my tips for putting it all together. Because no matter what you’re celebrating this summer…a birthday, a promotion, or maybe just an average Saturday – there’s most definitely an ice cream for that!
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The Easiest Way to Make a Leather Drawstring Bag


DIY drawstring bag idea! If you can sew a straight line, you can make this less than an hour! #diypurse #diybag #diyfashion #fashiondiy #drawstringbag

The purse I use pretty much daily is a deep bucket bag with no pockets whatsoever. I love the way it looks and still use it all the time, BUT it does get occasionally annoying to fish something out from the bottom (like keys), when I’ve got a bunch of stuff in there already.

So, as an alternative for days when I want something smaller and more manageable, I’m sharing this leather DIY drawstring bag, inspired by this — ever-popular Clare V purse that I also love. When you want to just run out the door with a few things (and be able to quickly find said things in your bag), this DIY purse idea is a great option. And because the silhouette is so simple and clean, you could use it year round with a more neutral leather, if something bright and pop-y isn’t your thing. Click through for the quick and easy sewing tutorial.

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12 Rooms in 12 Months: My Dining Room Makeover Reveal


An organic modern dining room makeover. Click through to visit the home of Brittni Mehlhoff, editor of Paper and Stitch. #organicmoderndecor #organicmoder #diningroom #midcenturydiningroom #minimalmoderndining

The first thing you notice when you walk into our house is the dining room. There’s not really an entryway (it’s combined with the dining area), so it’s a pretty important room to get right. Especially with all the guests we will soon be having when our little guy arrives next month.

Luckily, after living here nearly four months, I think we’ve finally gotten this room to a good place. And I partnered with to share all the before and after pics, as a part of the latest from the 12 rooms in 12 months makeover series. Click through for the full dining room transformation and snag a 20% off code for your own window coverings.

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24 Unique Back to School DIY Ideas (that Don’t Suck)


24 Unique Back to School DIY Ideas (that Don't Suck) #backtoschool #backtoschooldiy #diy #diyideas #backtoschoolideas

It’s back to school season. And with all the projects I’ve been finding lately, I suspect that many parents with kiddos are searching for cool and clever DIY ideas for their kids. So, I rounded up 24 of my favorite back to school project ideas – from DIY backpacks and reusable lunch bags to desk organization and pencil pouches.

P.S. Even if you’re kidless, you can get into the back to school spirit with these elevated project ideas. No cheesy red apples here, I promise!

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3 Easy Summer Salads Perfect for Entertaining


3 easy summer salads perfect for entertaining. Click through for all three recipes from Paper and Stitch. #summersalads #saladrecipe #summerrecipe #panzanellasalad #hummus #hummusboard #zucchininoodlesalad
It’s been a pretty warm summer so far around here. Atlanta heat in July and August can be pretty extreme. And when the temperatures start to rise, all I want to make for lunch or dinner is something easy and light(ish).

Naturally salads get to the top of my summer must-haves list pretty quickly, with those two requirements. But not just ANY salad will do. I’m picky. So, it needs to be a really, really good tasting salad. As in it doesn’t exactly have to be healthy, it just has to taste good!

I partnered with ALDI to put together three seriously delicious summer salad recipes, to promote their newly expanded product selection that now includes more fresh food, healthy dips, specialty baked goods, zucchini noodles, and more. So, whether you’re with friends or just hanging out on the porch by yourself, these summer salads will get you through the hottest months of the year without breaking a sweat in the kitchen. Pinkie promise.

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Lend Me Your Ear: DIY Leather Statement Earrings


Make these DIY leather statement earrings in just a few minutes with this easy-to-follow tutorial. #diyearrings #diyjewelry #diyleatherproject #diyaccessories #diyfashion

I’m always up for a little DIY statement jewelry over here. So today I’m sharing these large leather earrings (each pair is at least 3-4 inches long, so they make an impact) that you can make yourself in about 15 minutes. Bonus! They’re lightweight too, so they won’t weigh down your earlobes.

Don’t have pierced ears? No worries! You can still rock this look with one simple adjustment. Click through for the tutorial.

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