Upcycled Candlesticks

I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend! It was so nice to have a 3-day weekend just to spend around here and not have to do too much. Since I had a little extra time on my hands I finally was able to tackle a small project I have been planning since I spotted these candlesticks in a thrift store down the street. This is probably the easiest craft you will ever find so brace yourself.

I got the idea after I did this little dessert stand project here. All you need is some spray paint and a few cheap candlesticks!

Black painted candlesticks

Not super interesting, but I saw their potential 🙂 …I think I spent $3 on both of them so not only is this an easy project, but it’s easy on your wallet too!

All you need to do is spray paint them with Frosted Glass paint (after they’re clean and dry of course), let them dry an hour or so (I let them sit a little longer just to be sure, but I’m sure they’d be fine in 20 mins as long as the coat isn’t super thick), then spray paint them in the fun color of your choice!

I went with classic black paint since it will match everything, but it’d be fun to do some cute neon colors for the summer… I’ll have to go pick some fun colors up and do more of this 🙂 Candles everywhere!!

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Roundup | some Blue for you

I love the color blue. It’s always been my “favorite” color even though I go through phases of pinks and different shades of blues… well, here’s one blue that always is a favorite (and even Patriotic for weekends like these!). I would love to figure out a way to incorporate indigo into my apartment!

Happy Friday and Memorial Day weekend!!

Au jardin | A garden themed baby shower!

I’ve been looking forward to this post ever since my friend Kat (blogger @ Withywindle) and I decided to host a baby shower together for our friend Johanna! So I’m excited to finally share some pictures from the event.

Couple of things you should know:

  • We decided to make it garden themed partially because Johanna is vegetarian and super healthy…and because it was spring, and because it’s so darn cute!
  • Much of the credit for the way this shower turned out I owe to my friend. She gave up her beautiful house for the event, did most of the decorating and a great deal of the cooking!
  • Many of our ideas were from other blogs which we stumbled upon probably through Pinterest (I’ll credit them below the pics)
  • A classic children’s book can make a great guest book! Have the ladies sign the inside of the book and write a note to the baby
  • Cake Batter popcorn is really really addicting

Garden Baby shower

Credits & Links

Luscious Lemon Squares

My take on Mini Spinach Quiche

Mini Fruit Tarts

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Inside Out Carrot Cake Muffins

 Garden Baby Shower

Credits & Links

Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn

Some garden inspiration gathered here

The best and easiest Tissue Paper Poms tutorial

Cute graphic design elements

I learned a lot throwing this little shower. It was so much fun, we had a great turn out, and the food was all delicious! We were pretty pleased, to say the least. Aside from all the baking, I really liked learning to make tissue poms! I hadn’t done any before but my green poms ended up looking like heads of lettuce, which was pretty perfect! 🙂

Check out Kat’s cute post of the same event with her beautiful pics here!

Here’s one more baby shower idea I had to share from Sea Kettle Diaries –a flowery onesie bouquet! One of the cleverest, prettiest gifts!

No-Bake Nutter Butter Nutella Pie

Happy Friday everyone! Since it is Friday, it’s time for a dessert recipe.

I’m a huge sucker for sweet things and I grew up baking a lot. Whenever my family was having company over (which was pretty often), I was typically the one that made the dessert, so I really miss baking as frequently as I used to. I made this recipe a few weeks ago when we had friends over and it turned out delicious. How can you go wrong with Nutella PIE with Nutter Butter crust?!! Oh and did I mention you don’t have to bake this and you can throw it all into your KitchenAid? Extra big points for it being quick and easy to whip up. I found this keeper here on Eat, Live, Run. Make sure to travel over there to see her pretty pictures.

mixing the cream cheese

You’ll Need: (copied from Eat, Live, Run)

for the crust-
24 nutter butter cookies
1/4 cup butter

for the filling-
2-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nutella
1/2 cup whipping cream

for nutella ganache {optional}
1/4 cup nutella
1/4 cup cream {or more if you like a thinner ganache}

Step-By-Step

Spray 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

{1}Place nutter butter cookies into food processor and grind until they are fine crumbs. Stir together with melted butter.

{2}Press into prepared pie plate. Place into refrigerator to chill.

{3}For the filling, whip cream cheese and sugar together until well blended. Stir in vanilla and nutella. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in cream and then increase speed and whip 3 minutes or until very thick.

{4}Pour into pie crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.

To serve, prepare nutella ganache by microwaving nutella and cream together until a thin sauce forms. Drizzle over pieces of pie.

Nutter Butter Nutella Pie

A few things to note:

  • I had my pie in the fridge for at least 3 hours and it still wasn’t quite set enough when I cut into it. Either I didn’t whip it long enough, or my fridge hardens pies very slowly. Next time I make this I might try popping it in the freezer for a few hours instead.
  • By the time dinner was over and digested, I was ready to dig into the pie and there was no time to make a ganache. It was totally great without it but if you have the patience to drizzle some more chocolate over it, by all means, go ahead! It definitely pretties up the pie… 🙂
  • This is a dangerous one to keep around the house… leftovers sure didn’t last long!

I love working in marketing…

I love my job for many reasons, but one great reason is that I can wear fun
things like these (yes, even flip flops at times!) 🙂cute outfits

Dorothy Perkins polyester shirt
$49 – dorothyperkins.com

Oasis cap sleeve shirt
$48 – oasis-stores.com

Cotton tunic
$43 – laposhstyle.com

Chiffon shirt
$20 – allyfashion.com

Full Tilt polka dot top
$20 – amazon.com

Dorothy Perkins beige skinny jeans
$39 – dorothyperkins.com

Wallis white cotton pants
$42 – wallisfashion.com

Warehouse pants capri
$42 – warehouse.co.uk

Mango distressed skinny jeans
£30 – houseoffraser.co.uk

H&m jeans
£25 – hm.com

Flat heels
$50 – modcloth.com

Banana Republic thong sandals
$45 – bananarepublic.gap.com

Oasis flat leather sandals
$36 – oasis-stores.com

Rubber shoes
$30 – oasap.com

Ballet shoes
£15 – debenhams.com

Red Herring sequin shoes
£18 – debenhams.com

Slingback sandals
£15 – debenhams.com

Springtime Mix ‘n’ Match (for under $50)

Time for some Fashion Fun! The rain today made me sad so I decided it was time to
post some new wardrobe inspiration! This weekend the weather’s supposed to be very cooperative (70’s and sunny!!) so I can actually wear things like this 🙂

Happy Wednesday, readers!Springtime Mix 'n' Match (for under $50)

Juicy Couture racerback tank
$42 – net-a-porter.com

J Crew cotton shirt
£25 – net-a-porter.com

Cropped blazer
$49 – spiegel.com

Wallis white pants
$42 – wallisfashion.com

GAP slim fit pants
$30 – gap.com

Short skirt
£12 – desireclothing.co.uk