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A Fall Wreath DIY That is Beautiful and Easy to Create

As we continue with all the Fall fun, we’ve gotta have more DIY’s!  Today’s DIY is all about getting your front door ready for visitors.  You may remember this DIY from last year, but we’re ready for an update!  This Fall wreath DIY is beautiful and easy to create, thanks to Olive & Blooms.

Photos by Lyndsey Yeomans

Owner Lily Roden designed and created this boho goodness that would look good on any door.  What I love most is the peace sign wreath, because everything is better with a peace sign!  Keep scrolling for all of her easy steps!

 Grab your shears, floral wire and a fun twig wreath! 

Pick some foliage… make sure you select a variety 2-4 different types in order to introduce texture and different shades to your wreathe. I chose seeded eucalyptus, acacia and some fun fall foliage. 

Next choose some flowers and fun fillers. For this wreath I chose Caramel Antik garden roses, millet and berries! 

Start by grouping some foliage with your fingers… almost making a tiny bouquet of different heights. Lay it flat on your wreathe and begin to attach it by wrapping the base of your mini foliage bouquet with wire. Repeat this step a few times by overlapping foliage groupings until you fill the desired portion of your wreathe. For this piece, I only filled the left part of the wreath because I loved the natural look of the twigs.

Next cut the stems of blooms at the very top and attach it to your wreath with floral wire. You can puncture the base of the head of the bloom with wire and wrap the wire around your wreath to make sure it stays in place. 
 

You can then add some fun filler by feeding it through the groupings you have already attached! 

Last step, hang it up on your door!  And wait for all the compliments ;)

Hope you can make your front door this cute too!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on October 18, 2017 in DIY, FALL, FLORALS

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Mask In Less Then 20 Minutes

 


With Halloween season creeping up around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere you look. Even after Halloween is over there are still pumpkins that pop up everywhere during fall. Pumpkins have so many uses… decor, tons of seasons treats, those yummy pumpkin seeds, and so much more. But my favorite use of pumpkins is all over my face! This squash is awesome for your skin! Pumpkin contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotene, vitamins C, K, and E for those wrinkles, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron, which helps eliminate redness. This mask only contains three ingredients, and I’m pretty sure you have all three ingredients already in your kitchen. Plus what are you gonna do with Halloween’s leftover pumpkins! 

An easy homemade pumpkin mask full of vitamins to nourish the skin and enzymes to dissolve away dead skin cells leaving you with radiant, glowing skin!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

P U M P K I N   M A S K

I N G R E D I E N T S 

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin puree or 1 small pumpkin (but make sure its organic)
1/2 tsp organic Manuka honey
1/2 tsp coconut milk or coconut oil

*extra bonus add 1 tsp vitamin E


 

D I R E C T I O N S

1st wash that face! You can’t waste all this time with layering on all this goodness on a dirty face. Wash with your regular cleanser and gently pat dry. 

Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and coconut milk/oil in a small bowl and mix well. 

Apply the mask using your fingers and avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes. You might feel a slight tingle, which is totally normal!

Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes.

Gently wash off the mask with a warm, and follow up with a moisturizer.





During the fall season, I apply this mask once a week along with my normal skin care regimen.

You can also make a BIG batch of this amazing mask and freeze into ice cubes and store away for later use. Simply, just take out a cube each time and allow to thaw. 

xx

Abby

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By on October 16, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, SKINCARE

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Trick or Treat Halloween Tote

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to get into the spirit with. How could you not with all the costumes, spooky + gross food to force your kids to eat, cocktails that smoke, and decorations that could scare you know what out of you. This year, I wanted to do create a trick or treat Halloween tote that was different than the usual suspects. A tote that could not only be used for my daughter but also I could borrow it. There was only one person that I knew that could create exactly what I was looking for. That would be the one and the only, Leanna from David and Leanna. This lady is amazing. She has three boys, runs a successful Etsy shop, blogs, and she is an absolute babe and one of the sweetest ladies around. And today, she is giving us the play by play on how she created this perfect boho trick or treat Halloween tote. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful ladies of Beijos Events a couple different times, so I was super excited when I was asked to help out and create a DIY tutorial for a Halloween straw tote. It looks like Halloween is going to be heavily Batman themed this year so I’m pretty amped to have an excuse to make something girly! So here it is; the cutest little DIY straw Halloween tote with sequin script lettering and yarn tassels. Follow along to make your own! – Leanna

Trick or Treat Tote

You’ll need:
Sequin trim
Hot glue gun & hot glue
Trick or treat stencil (or your own design)
Pen/pencil
Straw tote bag
Yarn in colors of your choice
Pom Pom makers
Sharp embroidery scissors
Wide eye needle

These Pom Pom makers from Amazon are magical.  

 Making Pom Poms

Wrap one side of the Pom Pom maker in your choice of yarn. You’ll need to hold onto the ends at first until the multiple layers hold it in place. 

Once the first side is full, close that side by pushing it back towards center. Note: the “fluffier” your yarn, the fluffier your Pom Pom. Press the yarn between your fingers to determine its fluffy-ness. If it compresses a lot you’ll get fuller Pom Poms. 

Wrap the other side like you did the first. Your Pom Pom maker should look like this.

Take your scissors and cut along the spine from the hinge end (cutting from the other direction may cause the Pom Pom maker to open accidentally). 

 
 

Cut a length of yarn and wrap around the Pom Pom maker along the spine (same place you cut the yarn before). Pull tight and tie a double knot. 

Gently pull Pom Pom arms apart by pushing outwards and the. Pull the center of your Pom Pom maker apart by pulling outwards on each side of the center (The white part of my Pom Pom maker for reference).

 

Gently fluff Pom Pom with your fingers

Trim away all excess until well rounded.

Making Tassels

Wrap yarn around your hand (keeping your fingers evenly spaced) until you reach your desired tassel thickness.

Gently remove from hand to maintain the loop.

Strong a length of yarn through the entire loop  (I have a second length of yarn looped separately so that I can hide my knots, but this step is not necessary).

 

Tie a double knit tightly, this will be the top of your tassel. If you want to hide your knot you can flip the tassel upside down so the knotted string is inside the tassel and the extra string is now the top. 

Cut through the loop at the bottom of your tassel.

 

Wrap a length of yarn three times around the tassel near the top, gently pulling tightly and keeping the shape of your tassel in tact.

 

Tie your knot (I usually tuck mine inside the tassel to hide it once tied). 

Trim the end of your tassel until even. 

 

Sequin Lettering

Trace or draw your phrase onto your tote, I used a new sharpie (finer point). 

Carefully place your sequin trim along your lettering before gluing

Do just a few letters at a time with the hot glue gun. 

I made sure to glue down the loose strands on the edge of the trim before gluing each time.

Some letters worked better as one continuous strand while others needed to be cut in specific locations. Go slowly and measure before cutting and gluing.

Hot glue can get a little messy so just remember you’re better off letting it harden and then removing it than trying to get it off before it dries. Dried hot glue leaves less residue behind than trying to clean it up while it’s hot.

Finally, use your wide eye needle to thread through your Pom Poms and tassels and the tote!

Enjoy!

Thanks Leanna! 
 
xx
Abby

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By on October 9, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, HALLOWEEN

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Bring the Tropics home with this DIY Floral Wreath

Next up on our visit to the tropics is a DIY that I know you will love!  With this dang heat wave going on it really feels like the tropics so we may as well bring them home.  I asked the lovely ladies of Palms and Petals to help make a tropical inspired wreath and they are sharing the easy steps to it today!  It’s a modern take on a wreath with a tropical twist that will look cute on any front door, and make Summer last a little bit longer!

  I love a good DIY and one that makes my home look cute is even better… Keep scrolling to see all of the pretty photos by Riley Starr Photography.

From the Palms and Petals ladies…

Creating this tropical wreath was quite simple. We first went to Michael’s aka the hub of DIY materials. In their floral section, we got a 14” silver metal hoop, grabbed some floral tape/wire, a hot glue gun, and clear hanging command strips. We then jammed to our local farmers market and got a bunch of flowers that had a tropical feel to it. There are many different tropical flowers that you could use, but we decided to use, the signature monstera leaf, pincushion proteas, mini calla lilies, freesia, sword fern and a king protea. 

Once we got home to our work station, better know as our kitchen, we first laid out the flowers and set them on the border of the hoop to visualize what it would look like. Then we put our ‘Green thumb’ to work by cleaning all the leaves off the stems and cutting them to the length as shown in the photos.

After, we started wiring the stems to the hoop.  Also, for extra support we put floral tape over the wire..  We worked our way from the side of the hoop to the middle and repeated the process on the other side. We saved the main statement flower for last, the almighty King Protea.

We cut a sliver of the Monstera leaf off from a other stem and wrapped it around the bottom of the hoop so we could hide our work on the bottom and secured it with hot glue.  Once that felt stable we hot glued the protea.  Finally, we put one command strip on our front door and whala, we got ourselves a beautiful tropical wreath!

The tropical wreath is so easy to make and all it takes is 20-30 minutes. So go drop off your kids at school, take a quick run to Michael’s and the market, and create a memory of your past summer with a tropical wreath!

Thank you ladies for teaching us some of your tricks!  Can’t wait to try this one out myself!!!

xx

Happy Creating!

Jacquelyn

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By on August 31, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, FLORALS

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Father’s Day Photo Album Box

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Dad for Father’s Day, the only way is to aim straight for the heart. My hubby has the biggest heart in the world. Add patient, understanding, loving, and we got ourselves one big softie! And of course a hunka hunka, duh. Truly, the best Dad I could ask for! The kids and I try each year to aim higher in the tear scale. Last year, we went less teary and more practical with a fun leather catch-all for all his crap, to put it blunt. See it here, I highly recommend this DIY as its super cute, practical and makes any amount of coins or receipts look cool. The year before, had the bar set high. You might remember the wooden signs each of Beijos ladies did in which we had the kids tell us why they love daddy so much… see that here.

This year, since my husband has been living in a different city from us since January, the kids and I were certain that we wanted to incorporate pictures for him to look at. I picked out pictures starting from when they were babies to current. He has no idea what is about to come to him. That tear scale will be weighing heavy this year.

This simple wooden photo album is a great DIY that you can make with your kids! And also any important man in your life!

I do have to say the only thing to look out is that spray adhesive! I had a total Clark Griswold afternoon after using that stuff!

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M A T E R I A L S

1 Wooden Box
1 sheet of  White Poster Board
1 Package of Full Sheet Label Paper or Printed Photos (cut to 3 inchs)
Pencil
Metal Ruler
Double Stick Tape
Spray Adhesive
Washi Tape
X-Acto Knife

Walgreens is having a sale on all prints and ends today! If you enter code: PICSWITHDAD you get 40% off, how could you NOT take this up! Just remember you will have to cut your pictures down to 3X3.

I N S T R U C T I O N S

S T E P  1
Using the ruler, mark off 3.5″ wide strips on the paper. You can cut as many as you like- you’ll connect them later to make the final accordion strip. Each photo square will be 3.5″ long so you can multiply that by the number of photos you want to put in your album to calculate the total length you need.

S T E P  2
Cut out each strip and mark 3.5″ squares down the length of each strip. Fold accordion-style, at each 3.5″ mark. You will have to press firmly since the poster board is heavy.

S T E P  3
Connect the strips to each other using a glue stick or double stick tape. Add a strip of tape  (your choice of color) down the center of the strip, leaving a little folded tab of tape at either end to make it easy to grab. This will give a seamless look if you are doing more then one strip.

S T E P  4
Put your choice of photos into a word doc and size them to be 3″ square. You should be able to fit 6 to a page. Or have them printed out at Walgreens in a 4X4 and cut down to 3″.

S T E P  5
Print out each page onto the label paper and cut out photo. Press the photos onto each square of your accordion strip. Place the strip in the box. Or you can print out at your local photo store and cut to measure 3″ and simply adhere with spray adhesive. Be careful, it is SUPER sticky! No one wants a Clark Griswold moment like me! Place all together in box. Meghann Miniello used her handy work and we labled this little box, “Life with Dad”.

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Shop the post here and get it all in time for Father’s Day!

xx

Abby

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By on June 6, 2017 in DIY, FATHER’S DAY, Uncategorized

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