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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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Tuesday
Sep242013

Camping Vacation Snapshots

So we went tent camping in Lancaster, PA, last weekend and it was awesome. It was kind of a last minute decision and I'm so glad we decided to pull the trigger and go after talking about it all summer. Friday night we set up, made a fire, and cooked dinner and s'mores over the fire. Saturday we ate at the smorgasbord, drove around to a couple shopping areas and outlet stores, and had a lovely dinner and drinks at the Lancaster Brewing Company (their pumpkin beer is fantastic!) 

Growing up, my family owned a pop-up camper and we went camping almost every summer, so camping really means a lot to me. Tim and I have talked on several occasions about hoping to purchase some kind of camper/trailer in the future, and that just seems like such a dream. I know camping isn't for everyone, and there are surely parts that aren't for me (bugs), but I think it's a really fun way to spend a weekend. This was the first time I had ever been tent camping and thanks to a giant queen-sized air mattress and our leak-free tent (it rained all Saturday night), it was just a charming experience. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I decided to make a hashtag (#TimDianaVacation) to document some of the vacations we have planned. I wanted to be able to look back on them easily, and I don't care if creating a hashtag for yourself is lame. Because I'm pretty lame anyway.

Proud tent parents. / My cute car was a camping champ! / Our weekend home. / Leopard print even camping. / Walking to the office for firewood. / A fun building on the grounds. / Leaves are falling. / My mom's make-up box that I always remember from camping as a kid! / Blowing up our giant air mattress. / Fall mums. / Pumpkins!

Friday
Sep202013

Recipe: Spiced Apple Cider

Guys, it's fall! And if you removed chai tea lattes, pumpkin spice lattes (PSL), and hot tea out of my life, I would be left with the deliciousness that is spiced apple cider. In the chillier months, I love to spend my nights snuggled up on the sofa with my heated blanket, computer, a mug of hot apple cider and preferably two kitties and a boyfriend. 

This is another super easy recipe and can even be made in a crock pot or in larger batches for a seasonal party. 

Spiced Apple Cider

Yields 2 mugs

2c apple cider

2-3 slices of orange

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/2tsp ground nutmeg

1/4tsp ground cloves

Throw all ingredients into a pot and simmer for 3-5 minutes until hot. Stir occasionally. Once the cider is hot, remove the orange slices and you can either strain out some of the spices with a fine mesh strainer, spoon some of it off the top, or stir and drink as is.

If I was having guests and serving this for a party, I would probably pour it through a strainer. But for just me, I'm fine with just spooning some of it off or leaving it alone. I'm easy. 

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and some orange slices. 

If you wanted to dress this drink up for a party, add 2-3 ounces of dark rum or another warm liquor like brandy or whiskey. You could add how ever much you want actually, depending on how crazy you want your party to get. :)

Now that we are in the full swing of fall, stay tuned for apple and pumpkin treats for the next month or two!

Also, chalkboard speech bubble mugs make ever drink better! That's a promise.

Tuesday
Sep172013

September Around Here

Just a couple snapshots from around our home recently. September has been good to us thus far and I'm starting to come around to this Fall thing. The change of seasons has been pretty good for my attitude and creative energy. I've got some fun DIYs and recipes right around the corner that are perfect for chilly Fall nights. As much as I love summer, Fall is a pretty close second.

This weekend, Tim and I are planning a little camping extravganza, and I'm mighty excited! I'm sure I've have some photos to share.

PS: Has anyone ordered Printic before? We had a little housewarming gathering and a friend took a bunch of photos and surprised me with a stack of photos. I was very impressed with the quality, and it was kind of the cutest present ever. Can't wait to figure out a little project to display them!

Friday
Sep132013

Cupcake Wrapper Paper Flower DIY

I have a hard time keeping real flowers around our apartment (one of the bad parts of having these cuties) so I am always looking for ways to make paper flowers. These flowers are made from cupcake liners, which I always have around the kitchen. Here's how to make the cupcake liner flowers...

For this project, you'll need Mod Podge, cupcake liners (5 per flower), floral wire, and floral tape. The supermarket sells inexpensive packs of pastel cupcake liners that would be great for this project!

This tutorial is similar to these coffee filter flowers, which has more detailed photos.

Take a piece of floral wire and fold the end into a loop. Fold each cupcake liner into fourths.

Cut the wide end of the liner into a backwards 3, turning the folded liner into the shape of a heart.

Dip the end of the floral wire loop into Mod Podge and shake off any extra. Poke the center of a liner through the floral wire and slide up towards the loop. Twist the liner around the loop and paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the twisted section.

Add another liner and repeat with all 5 liners.

Ta-da! This where things start to take practice...

Holding the flower in your hand, begin wrapping the twisted section of the flower with floral tape. The trick with floral tape is to overlap it often, since it sticks to itself. Continue down the wire until you reach your desired stem length. Cut the wire stem to length.

Place in a small vase or fun decorative jar. These are perfect for spaces that might not have any windows, like my downstairs bathroom, or to add the effect of fresh flowers without dealing with changing the water or having your pets try to eat them. You could even dye them!

Happy DIY weekend!

Wednesday
Sep112013

Late-Summer Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle Recipe

We are still clinging to summer around here and these Stawberry Lemonade Popsicles are the perfect treat for late summer afternoons. I know fall is right around the corner and soon we will all be thinking about fall layers and pumpkin everything, but these little treats bring me right back to July afternoons at the beach. This is a simple recipe, and only has a few ingriedents. Perfection.

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Yields 6 popsicles

1 1/2c freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2c cold water

1c sugar

1 pint strawberries, cut into quarters

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer and push through with a wooden spoon. To make the next step easier, strain liquid into a container with a spout, like a large measuring cup.

Pour liquid into popsicle molds, add sticks, and freeze overnight. Enjoy on a warm weekend afternoon or after a stressful day at work.

These can be made with any kind or combination of berries. Or even with limes for a limeade pop. Or, if you were having a particularly stressful day, sub out the water for limoncello! Possibilities are endless.

Here's to a last hooray before pumpkin takes over the Internet!

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