Hearts in a Frame

 “If you would be loved, love and be lovable.”  

— Benjamin Franklin

I wanted to share a cute little Valentine’s Day decoration I made when I realized my apartment didn’t have nearly enough pink and glitter for this month’s love fest. I know I got this idea from Pinterest or a blog somewhere, but I looked all over and can’t seem to find it. So whoever you are out there who inspired this, thank you! 

All you need are some plain white paper, colored card stock paper (I used pink), a picture frame, scissors, glue and glitter. 

Cut a heart out of the plain white paper and use as a stencil to trace a few hearts out of the colored paper. The size of your frame can help you decide how big to make the hearts and how many to make.

Cut out the hearts and glue evenly to a piece of paper that has been cut the size of the frame. Add glitter. Frame.

In hindsight, I would have done a few things differently. I like the “E” [heart] “K” part, but I wish it was a little more dominant. If I were to do it again, I would have no glitter on the other hearts or pink glitter so the “E” [heart] “K” stood out more. But that’s okay! Maybe next time! 

I hope you have fun adding some love and sparkle to your home!

XOXO

You Win Some, You Lose Some

I have never been a winning-is-everything kind of girl. I’ve always been one to applaud the effort and support the small successes along the way. I believe in participation trophies, because I believe you deserve some recognition for trying your hardest. Some people, my best friend included (I love you Brit!), don’t quite agree with me. Not quite agreeing would be an understatement, actually. In fact, my best friend actually plans on taking her children’s participation trophies away if they ever were to get any. This is exactly why she gave me this for my college graduation:

College Participation Trophy
You win some, you loose some!
(But no one keeps score)
I Love You!

The spelling error just makes it that much better! Oh, just one of the many reasons that this girl is my numero uno.

 

Well, friends, today I lost. I failed. I tried, and I did not succeed. 

I found this “recipe” (I guess you could call it) to make your own glitter. I love glitter! So the thought of being able to make it at my beck and call was just mind blowing. I am also the girl who accidentally ordered a $20 magazine subscription when I thought I was entering a contest to win a free set of glitter.

So I measured my salt into a baggie and a I picked pink to be the color (obviously) and I shook it all up. I spread it out nicely and evenly on aluminum foil, just as the directions said. I baked the pink salt in a 350ºF oven for 10 minutes. I was SO excited when that timer went off! 

This is what it was supposed to look like …

And this is what mine looked like.

It still just looked like pink salt. I tried tried to bake it longer, I tried to spread it out into a thinner layer, I tried to turn up the heat, I tried really hard to turn this salt into glitter. But all my wishin and a hoppin was not going to cut it. 

So I chalked it up as a loss. Sometimes things don’t work. And Kenny — always with the silver lining — reminded me that it wasn’t a total loss. It was, in fact, still edible salt (since I used food coloring). So like I always say, you win some, you lose some!

My other piece of advice is if at first you don’t succeed, try again. If you still don’t succeed, go buy glitter!

Holiday Sneak Peak

I recently discovered a disgustingly addicting website (that apparently everyone on the planet knew about except me until three days ago) called Pinterest. I’m a crafty girl, but I’ve surprisingly never been big on crafty blogs. Most of the crafts I’ve stumbled upon either don’t have enough pictures (and we all know that I love pictures with my blog posts), the supplies are too expensive or there are just a few too many steps for me to follow without losing interest. 

Pinterest doesn’t have any of those problems. First off, Pinterest is almost exclusively pictures. Not just that, but it’s chock-full of photos of all different shapes and sizes with a bottomless scroll — hence the addictiveness. Some of the supplies might be expensive, but there are so many ideas to choose from that there are usually five more cheaper ideas to follow the first. And lastly, the steps usually fit in the photo’s caption which means they’re usually not that hard to follow. My hours spent on Pinterest in recent evenings have reminded me about a very important changing of the seasons.

Now that Halloween is over, Christmas trees are filling the department stores, lights are twinkling on all the trees once dusk hits downtown and the glorious Red Cups are back at Starbucks. 

Christmas is officially on its way. I know that it’s only November, but that doesn’t stop the aura of the holiday from taking to the streets and the stores covered in glitter.

While my boyfriend considers listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving sacrilege, I’ve been including it on my Pandora shuffle since October 1. There are very few things I love more than Christmas — in fact, I’m pretty sure that list is limited to my birthday, my boyfriend and my family — and if you ask me, nothing shows love more than a little arts and crafts time. 

So while I’ve been exploring Pinterest, I’ve been strategically selecting a series of crafts that will take this blog by storm in the coming months. And since Thursdays only come along once a week, there are only seven craft posts left until Christmas, and that means I’ve gotta get on it! So starting next week, my holiday posts will begin! I hope you’re even remotely as excited as I am! 

So this is me, going Pinterest on you. Check out some of the craft ideas and delicious sounding recipes that I will be featuring right here in the coming weeks. I will not only be making the crafts and snacks below, but I’ll be teaching you how do it too, along with the lessons I learned along the way. And as always, more stories than you can handle. 

Who’s ready?!

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I have one allotted space for a Thanksgiving craft, and I’ll give you one hint: it’s a sweet, vegetarian version of this little guy! Even cuter, actually!

I’ve got the inside scoop on some of the simplest, sparkly decorations in the book. I’ll show you how to make them, where to put them and how to make it look even better without trying any harder.

Make your own mittens in under 10 minutes?! YES, PLEASE! 

As if these delightful Kissed peanut butter cookies weren’t good enough, you will flip over the holiday version. 

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Alright, team. I hope that was enough to get your crafty holiday juices flowing. There’s plenty more where that came from, too! I tried to leave enough up to the imagination, because what fun would it be if I spilled the jingle bells all at once?! Cheers to the holidays! I can’t wait to share them with you!