Ho, Ho, Ho: How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns

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How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns
Over the years, I’ve created plenty of non-traditional holiday DIYs. And I think I always will because they’re super fun for me to create. BUT sometimes there’s nothing better than adding your own DIY vibes to a classic idea (the projects that have been around for years and years).

Today’s projects is one of those classics! I teamed up with Ball® Home Canning to create a bunch of DIY lanterns for outdoor entertaining, using Ball® Mason Jars. To add my own twist, I made a hanging version, added polka dot patterns (because why not, right?!), and spun them into DIY hanging holiday lanterns that scream Christmas from a mile away. Plus, the lights I used make the lanterns look like there are fireflies inside. Happy accident for sure!

Click through for the tutorial and all the holiday-inspired photos.

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Shoe Win: DIY Painter Shoes Makeover

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Shoe Win: DIY Painter Shoes Makeover
I’ve had a pair of shoes sitting at the studio for over a month now that I never fully loved and halfway meant to return. BUT I missed the return window and really did like the shape just not the all brown leather vibe, so I decided to give them a makeover.

I turned them into DIY painters shoes and absolutely love ’em now! I wear them almost everyday and have gotten so many compliments. So, I wanted to share the tutorial with you (along with before photos and my picks for other shoes that would be perfect for this technique).

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Drink Up! DIY Holiday Gift Idea: A Leather-Wrapped Flask DIY to Spread Holiday Cheer (and Alcohol)

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Ready for a DIY Holiday Gift Idea? Check out this one for a (stamped) leather-wrapped flask. These are more toward the girlie side, but you could totally recreate a more masculine version for guys with a different flask. #holidaygift #christmas #colorful #leather #stampedleather #giftideas #gift #christmasgift #stockingstuffers

Using this leather wrapped gift idea as a jumping off point, I made some DIY gifts anyone on your list will appreciate (as long as they like alcohol or cute stuff): leather wrapped message flasks!

It helps that I used (possibly) the cutest flasks on the planet to bring this idea together. But you can recreate this DIY holiday gift idea with ANY flask (and any style) – which means you can make one for ANYONE on your list – guys included. Also makes a fun stocking stuffer!

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Making a Mess with Morning Smoothies (And Three Chia Seed Smoothie Recipes)

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This post is brought to you by GOJO, the makers of  PURELL® Multi-Surface Disinfectant

Ready to jumpstart your morning with a morning smoothie recipe? Try these three fall chia seed smoothie recipes from Paper & Stitch. #smoothie #recipe #chiaseed

I’ve been trying out different morning smoothies recipes lately and I finally found a couple (fall inspired options) that I really like. But one thing I’m not a big fan of is the cleanup. Does anyone else dirty-up like 500 surfaces during the smoothie making process or is it just me?

So, I teamed up with the PURELL® brand for the launch of their brand new Multi-Surface Disinfectant spray to clean up and disinfect my morning messes in the kitchen AND bring you some layered chia seed smoothie recipes in the process. Yum!

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Blog Biz: Tools I Use to Keep Things Running Smoothly, So I Can Get Back to the Fun Stuff

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The business of blogging - tools I use to keep things running smoothly, so I can get back to the fun stuff.

Let’s get real here for a sec. The business side of running a blog is not always so glamorous. In fact, for a creative it can feel like a real chore to have to put off the fun stuff to focus on the not-as-fun (but very important) business side of being your own boss.

Luckily, there are a bunch of things that can make running your business and staying organized much, much easier and maybe even a little bit fun in some cases!

So, I put together a quick guide of things I’ve implemented for my business that have worked really well. And this post is in partnership with Adobe Document Cloud, since I use several of their products day to day to keep this train running smoothly. Everything I’m sharing, I actually use for my biz and has been really helpful in streamlining my chaotic process into something much more organized.Read More →

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43 Cool Light Fixtures to Help Combat the End of Daylight Savings

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Check our these 46 cool light fixtures to help combat the end of daylight savings. There's so many good lighting options in this roundup - from pendant lights and sconces to table and floor lamps. Lots of Etsy finds too! #lighting #modern #homedecor #lightfixture

The recent time change has bummed me out a little bit (anyone else?!) because it’s been getting dark super early. And I need all the natural sunlight I can get!

SO, in an effort to brighten things up, I rounded up the coolest light fixtures I could find – from pendants and sconces to floor and table lamps. If we all have to deal with less sun each day, at least we can get a cool light fixture or two out of the deal, right?!

There’s a bunch of price ranges, shapes, etc – and all of my picks are from sites you know and love already – like Etsy!

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

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6 weekend DIYs to try

Jeff and I were thinking about taking a quick trip to Charleston this weekend to check out the Pretend Store pop up here, but I don’t think we’re going to make it after all. If you’re nearby, you should totally go though! Totally  wouldn’t be mad if you wanted to pick me up something. 

Otherwise, I have a handful of weekend DIYs for you to try, just in case. Click through for all 6 ideas…

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