Serve with your favorite breakfast cocktail and enjoy! I garnished my Bloody Mary with some pickled favorites, including my mom's homemade pickled asparagus and 'Smokra' from this month's Besh Box. For those of you not familiar with Besh Box--get familiar. Curated by celebrity chef and Louisiana native, John Besh, each month's Besh Box includes one of Chef Besh's favorite recipes, tools, and ingredients to properly cook and entertain--the Cajun way.here to find out how I made this festive glittered champagne flute! And I couldn't leave you without sharing Cindy's [my mom] Mardi Gras deer. This gem greets you on their front porch, and you can't help but smile! There's no question where I can get my knack for decorating from...Happy Mardi Gras everyone!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
recipe I found [actually, I'm not even sure you can call it a recipe...] featuring one of my favorites--King Cake! Sadly, I can polish off an entire King Cake in one sitting, so this mini 'personal size' portion is just what I need!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
'Girls' Wine Night' is at your house tomorrow, and you've got nothing prepared, nor do you have the time--or the funds--to raid Whole Foods. Fear not, because for today's post, I've teamed up with two extremely talented friends and fellow bloggers, Erin of fig + cotton and Stacey of The Tilted Quilt, to share some quick, easy, and economical ideas for your next gathering.
Erin [aka the next coming of Martha Stewart] put together a simple, yet elegant, cheese board that is sure to please the palates of all of your guests. To see her fromage suggestions, click here.
In addition to her festive food spread, she crafted a gorgeous floral arrangement that won't break the bank. The gold mint julep cups were a recent eBay purchase I found for $9/ea., but you can find similar options here.
Stacey, the master of the sewing machine, crafted this darling dinner napkin--in Pantone's 'Color of the Year' Radiant Orchid, no less. Her tutorial is so easy, that even I can do it...and I can barely thread a needle!
And finally, my contribution: the personalized cutting board. In high school, I loved wood burning anything I could get my hands on [I promise I was remotely cool and had a social life...kind of]. Before Christmas, I asked my mom where my old wood burner was so that I could drum up my skills and do some crafting over the holidays while I was home. My original wood burner had apparently grown legs, so I was pleasantly surprised when a new one presented itself under the Christmas tree. When coincidentally looking for the aforementioned mint julep cups, I discovered these hot stamps, and with my newly acquired wood burner, it was match made in DIY heaven.
To create this personalized board, you'll need the following supplies:
- Wood burner
- Hot stamps
- Cutting board [I purchased the board below from Garden Ridge for only $4.99!]
- Saucer or dish
The stamps only take about a minute to heat up, but be extremely careful when using them. After I stamped each letter, I used the pliers to unscrew the stamp from the wood burner and then placed it in a ceramic dish to cool off. This also prevents them from burning your work table. After use, the stamps take around 10 minutes to cool, so make sure they've completely cooled before attempting to handle them.
These personalized boards make great gifts and will certainly make a statement when entertaining!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
One of my resolutions for 2014 was to remedy my black thumb and add more greenery inside my home and out. In my efforts to 'go green,' I recently discovered Terrain, whose focus is merging home and garden and "creating an experience for the senses." Owned by Urban Outfitters, Terrain's aesthetic is similar to that of its sister store, Anthropologie--which meant it took little convincing for me to immediately want one of everything.
They have an impressive array of pots, vases and terrariums to house all of your greenery--making it almost too hard to choose! With the discovery of Terrain and my new found Austin favorites, East Austin Succulents & Tillery Street Plant Company, 2014 is going to be a very green year!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
These candles are by far my favorite DIY at the moment, and they couldn't have been easier to make. Seriously, it would have been harder to go to the store and buy them pre-made. Candles are a great addition to any tablescape, and adding just a hint of gold made these candle tapers even more chic.
Simply tape the candles around the base, as far apart or as close together as you like, and you're done!
And don't forget that today is last day to enter for a chance to win a $500 Ethan Allen Austin gift certificate!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yesterday morning, I shared some extremely easy decorating ideas for your next shower or party on Good Day Austin. A simple project that I've made for recent events that I've styled is this insanely easy fabric garland. As mentioned in yesterday's segment, fabric garland adds a 'little something extra' to a plain table or bar cart.
There are a million different types of fabric garland DIYs out there, however I came up with this one using items I already had in my 'craft arsenal'--and it cost less than $5 to make!
- Tulle [or twine]
I spaced fabric knots about a half inch apart, but if you want a more full look, space them closer together. I made this garland solid navy, but mixing fabric colors and prints would be a great option too! For a most rustic party, I used jute / burlap and it looked great.
I simply swagged and pinned [using small safety pins] the garland on the underside of a table cloth, and voila!
Check back tomorrow for another super simple shower decor idea!
Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter the Ethan Allen Austin giveaway! Click here for your chance to win a $500 Ethan Allen Austin gift certificate1
Monday, February 17, 2014
Check back throughout the week, as I'll be sharing more detailed DIYs for each project featured.
Also, there are only two days to left to enter the Ethan Allen Austin giveaway! Click here for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate!