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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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Tuesday
Oct222013

October Finds

It's been a little while since I've had time to spend thrifting, which is really quite sad. Somehow, I made it through the warmer months without stepping foot into a flea market either, which is even more depressing.

My mom and I have a lot of things in common, but one of them is a love of thrifting and searching flea markets. It's pretty amazing actually. I'll tell her that I'm looking for a stew pot, and a few days later she'll call and tell me there's a stew pot waiting for me at her house. (This really happened this week. $2!!) That little wooden shoe and kitty statue came from a trip with my mom two weekends ago, where I also picked up two jelly jar glasses with Peanuts characters on them.

The other items came from a day last week when I decided to pop in on my way home from work. A glass milk bottle, some Ball jars, and two terracotta pots and two glass candle holders that are just screaming to be turned into DIY projects.

That same trip I also picked up this caboodle for a friend of mine, and a Chuck Klosterman book for $2!

But I'm saving the best for last. The day I found this gem in the thrift store, my mom and I were cracking up in the middle of the store.

Because who doesn't need a handmade corn-on-the-cob costume?!? This is what thrifting dreams are made of!

Happy Thrifting!!

Thursday
Oct172013

Fall Favorites 2013

Fall is one of my favorite season to dress for. Some days are warm, some chilly. Layers are encouraged. Scarves are back in. And you don't need to worry about where you are going to put your peacoat when you go to a bar on the weekends. You know, the little things in life.

I guess it's pretty obviously that I'm feeling very black, white, tan, and gold this season, but that's pretty much every season recently. I read somewhere that black and white is "in" this season, which doesn't really make any sense to me since it's a classic, neutral color combination, but at least I can say I'm on trend. Black and white just always looks so good together, and it's fun to throw in different colored scarves and accessories. I also received my new iPhone in the mail, and I'm itching for one of these cases... still trying to decide...

1. Rifle Paper Co Rosa iPhone Case // 2. Paper Souce Donuts iPhone Case // 3. Rifle Paper Co Meow iPhone Case // 4.Bonfire Stories Tunic // 5. Anthropologie Floral Patchwork Scarf // 6. La Mer Bali Watch // 7. Jersey Cat-Printed Dress // 8. In the Stands Striped Shift Dress // 9. Caramel Corn Booties // 10. BonLook Alice Glasses in Pecan Toffee // 11. Geometric Necklace (no longer online, but the linked one is awesome too.) // 12. Tahitian Clutch.

Tuesday
Oct152013

Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe

Let's talk about the easiest pumpkin crowd pleaser there is, pumpkin pie dip. I feel like this recipe has been around the block a few times, but then I take it to a party and people have never heard of it before. It's a super simple recipe that makes a pretty decent amount of fluffy dip and, though I wouldn't say it's healthy, using fat-free CoolWhip keeps the calories down.

Pumpkin Pie Dip

  • 3oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/4c confectionary sugar
  • 3/4c canned pumpkin
  • 1 8oz container of fat-free CoolWhip (it doesn't taste any different, honestly!)
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp ground clove

In a mixer, cream together cream cheese and sugar until combined. Add in spices and pumpkin and mix until just combined. Using a spatula, fold in entire container of CoolWhip.

Cover and let the flavors meld together in the fridge for an hour. Serve chilled with ginger snaps or graham crackers. This dip can easily be made the day before and hang out in the fridge until go time.

This recipe can be found all over the place, but this is my adaptation to it. I tend to like a spicier, more-pumpkin flavor so this recipe reflects that. Adjust spices to your particular liking, but keep in mind that the flavors really do come together in that hour in the fridge.

Enjoy this dip with friends, but save a little for yourself to sneak as dessert.

 

Friday
Oct112013

Candy Corn Paper Cupcake Topper DIY

These Candy Corn Cupcake Toppers are great for your Halloween parties, or maybe just to want to make someone feel extra special when you give them a plate full of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Whenever you chose to do with these toppers, they add a cute little something-something to embrace the fall spirit.

For these toppers, you'll need toothpicks; orange, yellow, and white printed scrapbooking or cardstock; plain cardstock; scissors; and glue dots or glue stick.

Cut out a candy corn shape out of the plain cardstock. Mine was about 1 1/2 inches tall. I cut one out, and then used that as a stencil to make a half dozen more that were the same size.

Start with your white patterned paper and cover the top third in the paper. I applied my glue dot to the plain paper, and then stuck it to the sheet of patterned paper and cut the shape out that way. This provides a straight edge and less cutting than cutting out a small section, then gluing, then cutting again.

For the center orange section, cut out a strip that's as tall as a third of your candy corn shape, glue, and trim to the right size.

For the yellow section, line up your yellow paper and glue the entire paper down. Trim to size, similar to adding the white section.

Ta-da! Quirky patterned candy corn shape! How cute is that? Mixing patterns is part of the fun.

Apply some glue to the toothpick and glue to the back of the candy corn. If you are using an actual normal-sized toothpick, use some kind of liquid glue (tacky glue or Mod Podge) to glue toothpick to the back of the candy corn. Cut a small strip of paper and apply over the toothpick, creating a foundation for the toothpick to stick to. I hope that makes sense...

Stick those babies where they belong... I just love the mix of patterns!

This is a great project to use up some scrapbooking paper scraps or even extra fabric that's been sitting around your craft cabinet. Or at least, that's where I found my paper. And those toothpicks can be found next to the regular toothpicks in the supermarket. Since I have an entire container of them now, I'm sure more cupcake toppers are in the near future. They're just so cute and fun!

Disclaimer: I don't even like candy corn, but this is my second candy corn craft. It's such a festive color combo.

Wednesday
Oct092013

Currently...

Watching...

Revolution. The Mindy Project. New Girl. Criminal Minds. Arrested Development. Hell on Wheels. Scandal. Mysteries at the Museum. Don Jon. Movie trailers for The Hunger Games 2. 

Listening to....

Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell album on my car rides to and from work. Avicii: Wake Me Up. Our friends' band, Night Panther, who covered "I Wanna Be Your Man" on the new Beatles Reimagined album. Lorde: Pure Heroine. Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Stephen Merchant, and Jimmy Fallon. Eastern Conference Champions. Joy the Baker podcasts.

Thinking about...

How much I want a new iMac. Coloring my hair for fall. Where we will move to once our lease is up next July. What clothes that I want to buy for the colder months. How keeping my nails painted is keeping me from biting them away. Halloween costumes. The best way to organize our new book/DVD shelf. Spending my nights lighting candles and drinking tea. Plaid. If I should post a recipe for oatmeal. THE WEEKEND.

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