Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Pottery Barn Silver Bells Wreath

While checking out the Christmas decorations at Pottery Barn recently, I came across this Silver Bells Wreath. I was immediately smitten because what's more festive than hearing jingle bells when you open the front door? This wreath is easy to make (check out my Perfect pom pom tutorial) and it costs a fraction of the price of the original!
Wire wreath frame (12 inch and 18 inch)
Pipe cleaners 
Yarn in assorted colors and weights (I used Red Heart and Charisma Yarn) You'll need about 5 skeins
Large jingle bells
Pom Pom maker

Monday, November 16, 2015

Eugenia Kim Pom Pom Headband [knitting pattern]

I've long been a fan of Eugenia Kim and her fun, quirky knits! Today's pattern is inspired by her Mies headband which features a chunky knit and 2 pom poms. This pattern is great for beginners since it doesn't have any increasing/decreasing.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease
Needles: size US 13 circular 16 inch
Gauge: 2 sts= 1 inch
Cast on 36 sts. Join together. Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 2 rows. Switch to Garter stitch and work until piece measures 5 inches from the beginning. Work 2 more rows in K2, P2 ribbing and bind off. Make 2 pom poms and attach them to the top approximately 2 3/4 inches apart.

Some more of my Eugenia Kim inspired patterns:  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Quick & Easy Butternut Squash Bread

Butternut squash is one of my Fall favorites. The sweet, nutty taste is a delicious alternative to pumpkin. The bread is easy to bake and using pre-cut butternut squash shaves off a lot of time!
  • 1 cup butternut squash purée*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
*To make the Butternut squash purée- boil 8oz. of pre-cut butternut squash (I buy this one) until soft. In a food processor, pulse along with 1 tablespoon butter and 1tsp brown sugar, until smooth.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease one loaf pan (9x5)
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butternut squash puree, eggs, oil, water and sugars until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the butternut squash mixture. Pour into the pan.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DIY Inspiration from Anthropologie

[Left- Dip dye plain curtains with this subtle wash of color. Tip- if your curtains are made of synthetic fibers, make sure you use a specially formulated dye. Right- give wood chairs a makeover using pretty, earth tone paint]
[Left- Add some glam to your destroyed by sewing on pearl beads in various sizes/colors. Right- Sew on some faux fur pom poms to the corners of a pillow for a rustic ski-lodge look]
[Left- Give your bath accessories a new look by spraying them with copper paint. Right- Wrap some leather cord around your metal drawer pulls to create interest and add texture to a dresser]


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