Best Fall Cookie: Pumpkin Spice with Raspberry


 
Yesterday I asked you on my Facebook page what your go to cookie recipe was for Fall!
 
 
 This is mine!


 
 
 
Actually this is my go to cookie recipe for any time of the year :) And you know why........it's SO easy! I keep the ingredients in my pantry at all times so I can simply throw this together at a moments notice! And the topping is unexpected......you don't normally think of raspberries with pumpkin but it works, I assure you it works and they are SO yummy! They are simple enough for a weeknight dessert and fancy enough for a party!


Here are the three, yes just THREE ingredients for the cookies:




1 can of pumpkin
box of spice cake mix
1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips


Mix these together until well blended. Spoonsize amount on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 14 minutes at 375 degrees. So easy!


Though they are fantastic by themselves (in addition to making the house smell like sooooooo goooood!) I thought to make them extra special in case I'm taking them to a party I would add a fun topping to them!


Here is what you'll need:





maraschino cherry juice (about 1 tbls.)
vanilla frosting
raspberries
 
Simply add the cherry juice to your frosting and mix well. Frost your cookies and finish them with a raspberry! I told you they were the easiest cookies ever!
 
 
Did I mention they are also kid-approved :)
 
 
 


So what is your favorite cookie for Fall?


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Fabric Covered Closet Dowels

 
 
My daughter turned 3 yesterday!!!! In an effort to make her room more of a big girl space I've been working on her closet to include a dollhouse and dress up area. I'll have a full reveal very soon but for now I wanted to share an easy tutorial that can make a huge impact in a closet space! It can be done to any closet to dress it up a bit and add some color and personality!
 
 


Fabric Covered Closet Dowels {Tutorial}
 
 
I failed to take a before picture of this closet, however, I know everyone of you has a closet with manufacturer grade bare wood closet dowels in it so you can just imagine how non-cute it looked :)
 
 
I had three dowels 35" in length and 4.5" in diameter. I chose 1 yard of a pretty fabric from my 'girly-stash' that complimented the new aqua colored closet and the rest of the pinkish room.
 
 
 
 
 You'll want to measure the diameter of your dowels and add 1" to that for the width of the pieces you will cut. I folded the yard in half to cut two pieces at a time and ended up with 6 pieces.




 
 
 Next, you'll double the length of your dowel and that is how long you will need your fabric piece to be. I accomplished this by sewing two pieces together to create a length of 70". Remember to sew the pieces with right side facing right side :)






Still with right sides facing each other, fold your piece in half lenghwise and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.



 
 The next step will probably take you the most time but well worth it! You'll need to turn your sewn piece inside out! Just go a bit at a time......I found using a butter knife helped by pushing the fabric through. Just don't push too hard you won't want to rip your seams.


 

 
This is what your finished pieces will look like......
 
 


 
 
Now slide your fabric pieces onto your plain closet dowels. I used a hot glue gun to secure the ends by folding as if I was folding the end of a present.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now it's time to hang your new fabric covered closet dowels!! You know I didn't hang them back up on the cheap fake brass looking hangers did you?!? They got a fresh coat of aqua spray paint.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stand back and admire your work! I think they really added some fun colorful character to the closet space!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay tuned for some other fun projects and tutorials used to transform this closet area soon!! I can't wait for you to see how it finally turns out :)
 


 
 
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Giveaway Winner Announced + Guest Post



First things first.......


I have a winner to announce!!!!


The winner of the $100 credit to Design Stash

+

$25 Giftcard to Target


is.......


Stacia Liechty


Also, you can catch me today over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff
with my first ever guest post!! Yay!! I'll be sharing a fun Halloween craft to get you in the spirit for Fall!



Handmade 101: Chunky Bead Knotted Necklace

{Chunky Bead Knotted Necklace}



This is a super easy fun little necklace that will take you less than 30 minutes and will be a perfect colorful summertime accessory :) Yay for fast, easy and cute!




First thing is you'll need to do is gather your supplies. The beads were ordered online here and I chose a coordinating ribbon that was 3/8"wide and 1 yd. long.  Anything wider might be a tad difficult to get through the bead holes (just an f.y.i.:)



 Next, tape off each end of your ribbon. Fold it once and then again and put a piece of tape around it. Thread your first bead. I started beading using the center bead and working out from there.


 
After you have your first bead centered on your ribbon tie a knot on either side of it.






 I found it helpful to use a straight pin to help the ribbon through the bead holes.




Continue threading your beads in between knots until you are satisfied with your adorable necklace. Remove the tape from the ribbon ends.




Tie in a knot to secure around neck and ENJOY!!
Make it a beautiful day :)




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Inspiration: How to create Statement Shelving




I toured my home and found over 10 free standing (not in a bookcase or wall unit) shelves!! I love shelves.......they are a great way to add visual interest to a wall while keeping the collection contained and succinct. I think I have some sort of shelf in every room in my house :)

Creating Statement Shelves:

Keeping in mind the theme of your collection will help when displaying your lovelies. For instance, you wouldn't display your craft items with your collection of vintage cars. You can display with a color palette in mind or keep it a bit random with one element tying it all together.

Pretty Projects No. 3: Tattered Vintage Book Stack






As I promised in my living room post here is a tutorial on how I created my Vintage Book Stack.


{Tattered Vintage Book Stack}


HUGE Design Stash Giveaway + $25 Target Giftcard


I am SUPER excited to be announcing a HUGE Giveaway today! To celebrate the launch of my brand new blog and its 1 month anniversary I wanted to reward you, my readers, with.......


$100 credit to use at Design Stash Boutique


+

$25 Giftcard to Target (because I know how much you love Target:)




Here is what you need to do to win this super fabulous prize:



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1 Photo Wednesday








San Clemente State Beach, CA. october 2011. little bamboo sharks. wonder. B's (aka Ryker) booty shot :) weather - absolutely gorgeous! friends. mom relaxing. dad playing. running from waves. sunscreen. a good book. camping on the beach. favorite vacation. hadley's little piggies. sand. dirt. fun!


Join me in my quest to document just 1 photo every Wednesday whether that's writing on the back of a printed photo, more details on an Instagram shot or a memory scratched on a piece of scrap paper! :)


Have a wonderful evening!




DIY Wreath Hanger


Like many of you I see possibilites from......well, trash! My mom bought a new kitchen table and was getting rid of her old and worn-out one. Guess who took it home.......yep, me :) I will be using the table in my den/craft room but I really didn't need or have the space for 4 extra chairs. In my garage they sat until I brought one inside and started taking it apart. Then the thought struck! I was going to use the spindled legs to make my own wreath hangers.




I also make a lot of banners so these would come in handy! I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to just banners/bunting/pennants!! LOVE them!






Cute right?!? Here are the supplies you'll need to make you own wreath hanger:


Home Tour: How to Create a Living Room you love

If you remember me sharing my stripes inspiration here you'll remember how much I used to loath my living room.......well, not at first when I designed it of course :) When my style started to evolve from dark, warm, mid-2000 colors like dark green, gold and burgundy to light, cooler colors, I felt asphyxiated everytime I walked throught that room!

No one should feel that way when walking through their home........if you do, it's time to change! Now! Rest assured, I didn't have a budget to make over this room......I just tried to sneak in a few things here and there using the current budget we have.

Here are the changes I made little by little:

Paint, paint, paint! We painted over the gold-green walls with a soothing blue-gray.



Friday Fave on Pinterest


Friday Fave
from Pinterest


Seriously, who can pass up a stunning photo with a feel good quote!?! Not me apparantly! I love this because it reminds me why in the first place I started this blog. I'm attempting (attempting being the key word) to do something great with this new adventure of mine :) I'm not quite sure what greatness will be acheived yet but having a place to log the process is seemingly thrilling!
I'm glad you're in, along-for-the-ride with me!!

Make it a beautiful day!

 
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