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I'm Diana.

I like to create pretty things and sweet treats, collect vintage finds, & build a beautiful life.

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Everything on this page is original content that was written and photographed by me. Anything that I use as inspiration or ideas will be linked in the posts, &I hope that you will do the same.

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Saturday
Nov232013

Appliquéd Thanksgiving Tea Towel

I don't have any Thanksgiving decorations. Mostly because Tim and I travel for the holiday and we don't have a dining room, but I also because I find it hard to create decorations for. It's a lot of browns and oranges, and turkeys. I knew that I wouldn't be hosting Thanksgiving, but I do spend time making pies for our family dinner so I decided some kitchen decorations were in order. I've been wanting to make a sort-of appliqué tea towel and thought this would be a great way to display some Thanksgiving language in our home. Here how I put it together.

You'll need a dish or tea towel, fabric, scissors, straight pins, and a sewing machine. I didn't end up using that dish towel in this picture and swapped it out for a green one.

Depending on how many letters your wording has, cut enough same sized squares out of the fabric. My squares were about 3in x 3in. Using a pencil, draw one letter per square, making sure to keep them relatively the same size.

I chose Give Thanks. You'll want to lay the letters out on your towel to get a sense of the spacing you'll need, but I chose to pin only the one I was sewing. Begin the sewing process by pinning that first letter down with 1 or 2 pins.

Using a zig zag stitch, sew around the outside each letter. You'll want to stay right along the edge and when you get to a corner, simply put the needle in, lift your presser foot, and rotate the fabric. Once you get all the way around, tie the extra threads together on each side before moving on to the next letter. The hardest part is doing circular letters. That "S" was very difficult and frustrating, but just take your time and go slow. You'll do it. And it doesn't have to be perfect, it's handmade!

I love it! It adds such a perfect touch of holiday spirit to our little apartment. And these would make great hostess gifts to whoever you celebrate your Thanksgiving with.

The color combinations and fabric can be switched out for any decor, holiday, or personal preference. You can even personalize it for a housewarming party or a favorite saying. Possibilities are endless!

Thursday
Nov212013

Easy Vinyl Wall Art

If you've ever seen my thrift/flea market find posts, you know that Tim is an avid record collector. Our collection started out pretty small, but in the past year or two has really grown into something we're both very thrilled about. We like to have a combination of artists we love, and great party music. I've been staring at this blank wall since we moved into this apartment but didn't want to spend a ton on art work for the space. Then I decided on this idea! Free, easy wall art that also displays some of our favorite records!

This little project is so easy. Actually, figuring out the placement and which records to display is the hardest part! Attach binder clips to the records you want to hang and use a nail to hang them on the wall. I wanted to choose covers that I loved, and different genres of music.

I'm pretty in love with the result. And I didn't have to spend a ton on artwork for the space. Win win. 

Do you display any nontraditional collections in your home?

Tuesday
Nov192013

And We're Off...

Today Tim and I are off to Disney World for a family vacation. We're hoping for great weather, delicious food and drinks, and a lot of laughs. 

Tuesday
Nov122013

Bacon Maple Cupcakes

I love breakfast. Especially weekend breakfast. In my opinion, weekend breakfast deserves to be celebrated with French toast or pancakes. I wanted to take some of my favorite breakfast flavors; spicy cinnamon, sweet maple syrup, and salty bacon; all into one bacon maple cupcake. These are pretty fun, and usually a hit with bacon lovers.

Maple Cupcakes

Yields 36 cupcakes

  • 3/4c unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2c sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/3c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4c buttermilk
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat over to 350 degrees

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add each egg, one at a time.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda and set aside. In a measuring cup, mix buttermilk, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating between dry and wet mixtures. Only mix until combined so you don't overmix. Overmixing=dry cupcakes.

Fill each cupcake liner with until 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

Maple Fluffy Glaze (with bacon)

Enough for 48 cupcakes

  • 2c powdered sugar
  • 1/2c of butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • 2-3 slices of bacon

Start by beating butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and combine. Add syrup and then thin with milk as needed. I wanted this to be thinner than a buttercream, but not runny (hence "fluffy glaze"). I used a spoon to frost each cupcake, placing a dolop in the center of the cupcake and smooth out in a circular pattern. This is even easier with a offset spatula, if you have one.

Cook the bacon over the stove top until crispy and place on a paper towl to cool. Once cooled, sprinkle the bacon over the frosting. Ta-da! Breakfast in a cupcake!

These cupcakes are great for parties when you are looking for something fun and different to make. Just as easy as standard cupcakes, but these are a show stopper.

Yum!

Friday
Nov082013

November Around Here

Guys, it's November (?!!?!?) How did that happen so fast? I really don't understand.

Earlier this week Tim asked me to start taking down the Halloween decorations and while walking through Target yesterday, we stumbled upon all the Christmas stuff. I know it's so early. I know it's not anywhere near Thanksgiving yet. I know we will be in Florida in 2 weeks and the weather won't even resemble Fall/Winter. But we purchased our first 2013 Christmas ornament and talked about the few Christmas presents we already purchased. It was darling.

Have a great weekend! I'll be attending a masquerade birthday party this weekend, and you better bet I bought that cat mask to wear. You'll have to check instagram for some photos!