Never Have To Throw Away Another Lamp Again!

August 3, 2015

I realize that anything that deals with electricity will scare some people off. I get it. You immediately imagine burning down your house in the middle of the night! But some electrical projects are easier than others and replacing a light socket SHOULDN'T be one of those scary projects. It's actually a great way to learn some wiring basics.
I know someone out there has been confronted with having to replace a pair of lamps. It wouldn't be so bad but when one lamp breaks you end up having to buy two so that they match and that can get kind of expensive. I bought these glass gourd lamps at Lowes a few years ago. They were $30 a piece plus the shades for $15 a piece. So after taxes I had invested about $100 in them! When one of them started flickering I found myself thinking about replacing them. I took a trip to Home Goods and while I found a TON of gorgeous lamps ultimately I couldn't bring myself to spend another $100 on lamps on top of all the other expenses we've had lately. I decided to dig out my DIY belt and fix the one myself! If you don't want to spend another $100 on lamps either take a look at my easy tutorial! Only $6 total spent!

Let the DIYing begin!

July 31, 2015

I know it's been so long since I've last posted something original. My only excuse is that for the past five months we've been caught up in the midst of moving. You know how they say moving is one of the most stressful life events that you can experience? You might rolled your eyes and thought it ridiculous? Well, live in a house for 8 years. Fill up your garage, basement and attic with boxes and furniture and knick knacks so high that you can't walk through without having to demonstrate a little gymnastics. Have your mother sell her house, pack up all HER things and move in with you and THEN tell me that it's not as stressful as they say;-) And that's leaving out all the stress that went along with FINDING just the right house that fit EVERYONE'S needs. And everyone had needs....lots...of....needs....

Craft Night: Macarons!

July 1, 2015

We're now officially celebrating our FOURTH craft night!!!! So exciting. It's been so much fun getting together with friends, sipping wine and talking.

This month we decided to give a go at the infamous macaron. Known to be finicky, we had heard many a horror story about failure after failure when attempting this fickle cookie.
I'm happy to say that it was mostly a success! We learned somethings along the way. Like a standing mixer is best but a hand mixer will do as well. Over mixing the egg whites and the powdered ingredients can happen in literally a matter of seconds. Turning the oven to 350 like it says in the recipes will cause your bottoms to burn. And when piping on your filling DON'T hold your cookie from the top and bottom.
Get all my tips and see our progress below!
They didn't all turn out so pretty but I'd say we definitely avoided the dreaded "craft fail".
Start by tracing circles onto parchment paper. They don't have to be perfect. Just enough to tell you where not to go over the line. I've heard silpats are best. Some of them even have the circles drawn on for your already!
Start sifting your almond meal and confectioners sugar. Some of us used this nifty hand sifter bought at Home Goods.

Chiffon Cardigan Free Pattern in Spring Spree

June 23, 2015

I don't know about you but I'm more than ready for this winter to be over. Don't get me wrong I get excited at the prospect of an impending snow storm but what I really want is to go outside without a jacket. To wear breezy clothing and to smell the spring air.
When I saw this material at Hancock Fabric I immediately knew what it was destined for- this lovely, loose, delicate chiffon cardigan. Great for a dainty coverup and SO STINKIN' EASY TO MAKE. 
I'd say you could make this cardigan in just an hour if you're good at cutting chiffon. The hardest part of this cardigan is cutting the chiffon. Seriously. That's it. The whole pattern is just two pieces. The body and the sleeve. Just under one yard of fabric used. You could probably try this pattern out with some left over chiffon in your stash just to see if it works for you.
I love how this cardigan is long yet delicate. It helps to avoid the frumpy look that you can sometimes get with long cardigans. It's so breezy you could even wear this in the summer, especially in the evenings.
I added the bauble fringe to the edges. I think it helps define the shape of the cardigan. If you simply used chiffon it might look a little too invisible. I also love how this cardigan looks while you're standing in sunlight. So romantic. It's just a shame I could take some outdoor pictures so you could get a good look at how gorgeous it looks in the sun.
Here's the free pattern:
Copy Shop Free Pattern

Amazing Microwaved Desserts: Turkish Delight

June 16, 2015

Over the weekend Eloise and I did a little cooking together. Well, I don't know if you'd call it cooking since there was no stove involved but there were ingredients and we did have a sweet treat in the end.
I used to eat Turkish Delight as a small child when my mother took me out to the mall and she'd buy it from the candy kiosks. Most people have heard of Turkish Delight from the famous Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe book. In case you don't know what it is, it's a very sticky jelly like candy that's coated in confectioners sugar.

These Boots Were Made for Stylin'

June 9, 2015

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One pair of cute boots deserves more than just one outfit! It’s just too fun pairing these boots with various looks. The black booties from DSW really popped next to these bright orange tights. And my fur lined leather boots took center stage with this comfy and simple jean and white tee pairing.
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Amazing Microwaved Desserts: 5 Minute Fudge

June 2, 2015

I currently working on a difficult pattern that's taking some time as well as a lot of forced motivation on my part so as I'm working through that I wanted to share something I made over the weekend. 5 Minute Microwaved Fudge! I originally got this idea from a chocolate version on food. I'll post the video below but here's how I made a peanut butter version. What's so amazing about this recipe is that you don't have to boil anything or use a candy thermometer. Just a plain ol' microwave will do.

First take 3 cups peanut butter chips

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