DIY: Fabric Button Earrings

7 Jun

Better late than never, this is a little craft that we did on Mother’s Day. These earrings are super easy to make and can be done in an infinite amount of styles!

First, gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice (each set only requires a very tiny amount of fabric, so scraps will do)
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers (optional, but easier)
  • Scissors
  • Earring posts and backs
  • Cover buttons (Make sure to buy the kit with the mold and pusher. They look like this and come in lots of sizes.)

The button backs have a little loop on them (used to sew them on to something that would normally have buttons!), which you’ll need to remove. Do this by squeezing the loop with pliers or scissors and wiggling it off.

Next cut a small fabric square a bit bigger than your button. The button package comes with a guide to help you determine the right size. Here is mine:

Now it is time to use the mold. Put your fabric (print side down) and then your button (front facing down) in the mold. Then tuck the fabric edges around the button and place the button back on top. Use the pusher to press it all together.

You will think that it won’t work, but I swear, it tucks all that fabric neatly inside the button! If it is not smoothing out, you may need to trim your fabric to a smaller size. Here is mine after using the mold:

Now all that you have left to do is glue the posts to your earrings using jewelry or metal glue. I recommend putting them a bit toward one edge, rather than dead center, as I found it to be more comfortable to wear this way. Make sure you place them evenly on both pieces so that they look symmetrical in your ears.

That’s all. It takes less than 10 minute to make your custom earrings! Experiment with different fabrics or even layering two colors (works great with lace)!

Minted Does Art

17 May

Remember Minted and their super cute business cards? Well, they have gone and done it again Рby adding  art to their site. Minted recently debuted a carefully curated collection of limited edition prints to pretty up your walls. The prints, which are usually available in a variety of colors, are sufficiently indie chic, and cover a broad range of styles. Some can even be customized with your name (great for kids rooms!).

Here are a few of my favorites:

Shop Love: The Macbeth Collection

30 Mar

While I’m not obsessive about it, I love me some organization. I like things hidden away. Preferably in really cute containers. We have a few areas where clutter tends to gather. Those areas are in the kitchen (mail, coupons, general junk) and then wherever I move the stack of magazines and mail my dear husband has yet to address, but won’t let me throw away (usually his desk area).

I am super duper excited about two cute new clutter-rangling bins I just got from The Macbeth Collection.

One is for my kitchen counter, in a yellow print (we currently use an ugly brown basket):

And one is for on top of the file cabinet that’s next to my husband’s desk, in an orange print:

Can. Not. Wait.

The Macbeth Collection makes all different sizes of bins, buckets, trays, and even some other cute home accessories. There are hundreds of patterns in all different colors. You can also get things monogramed (or labeled with words, as shown above). I didn’t get any writing on mine, to make them more versatile over time.

Their products would also make super cute personalized bridesmaids gifts, housewarming gifts and the like. If you are getting a custom item, it can take up to 21 days – so plan accordingly!

Goat Cheese Peppadews

21 Jan

This is one of the easiest, tastiest little appetizer bites around!

We first ran into peppadews (in fact, this exact preparation) at a local gastropub called Leon’s in Decatur. We were smitten. Since then we’ve seen them at a few placed (including as a topping at our fave pizza shop!), but they are still a bit hard to find. Peppadews are little peppers that are fairly mild, so don’t worry about the spicy factor. Something else to know? Peppadew is actually a brand name – not a type of pepper like a jalapeno.

peppadews with goat cheese

I got these peppadews off the olive bar at Kroger.

All you need is some peppadews, which come hollowed out, and some goat cheese. I use herbed goat cheese in a log form. Just dump the goat cheese in a bowl and stir to mix the herbs throughout. Next, take a little ball of goat cheese and stick it inside the pepper. That’s all!

I used 2 oz of goat cheese for about 25 peppers.

Adorable Kate Spade iPhone Cases

11 Jan

Alright, you know this has to be amazing to jump start me after my blogging hiatus over the holidays. Also, thanks to those of you who gently needle me about posting when I see you.

These new Kate Spade iPhone cases are so adorable they make my head spin. I want all of them. At $40 a pop, they are a little steep, but I tend to keep cases for quite a while so it may be worth the investment to pick one up.

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The gold polka dot iPhone case is not from the newest collection, but I think the uber-glam color combination is my favorite!

Find all these cases and more via Nordstrom. The pink polka dot case is a Nordstrom exclusive.

Fair warning: while these cases look adorable, the reviews online are mediocre – so buy with caution! These may not be the best choice if you’re hard on your phone.

Locavore: Shabby Chic Furniture by Rethunk Junk

8 Nov

shabby chic buffet

I wanted to showcase a fantastic business based here in Atlanta, Rethunk Junk. Laura of Rethunk Junk takes sad, old furniture and revamps it into amazing, affordable vintage-inspired pieces. I bought a buffet for my dining room from Rethunk Junk and I’m always checking the web store for new gems. Here are some of my recent favorite items:

headboard and dresser

Love headboard ($128) and 1,2,3,4 Dresser ($162)

black china cabinet

Black distressed china cabinet ($278)

blue vintage dresser

Blue curvy dresser ($152)

The pieces on Rethunk Junk are priced to sell, so if you’re in the Atlanta area – get buying. This is simply a can’t miss resource for affordable shabby chic furniture and decor. I mean, seriously, I almost regret telling you about this for fear that you might snap up the next great find before I do!

Slow Cooker Apricot Pork Tenderloin

4 Nov

My slow cooker is hands down my favorite kitchen tool. I love, love, love slow cooked meats and the convenience of having a hot meal ready when I get home from work. It’s been my experience that no matter what you throw in there, it comes out tasting delicious. Here is one of my favorite, super simple crock pot meals.

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

My trusty, programmable slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Apricot Pork with Couscous

For Pork:

1 lb pork tenderloin
2 small yellow onions, sliced in strips
16oz apricot preserves (I use the low sugar version)
1/2 cup stock of your choosing
A few splashes of apple cider vinegar
Salt, Pepper

For Couscous:

1 cup dried couscous
3/4 cup stock of your choosing
1/4 cup juices from pork dish

In the slow cooker, mix apricot preserves, chicken stock and vinegar. Rub pork with salt and pepper, place in the slow cooker and spoon some of the mixture over the pork. Place the chopped onions around the pork. Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or high for 4 hours.When the pork is done, remove the tenderloin and most of the onions from the slow cooker. Cover pork to keep warm. It should be fall-apart tender and shred easily.

There will be lots of juices left behind. Couscous is usually equal parts liquid and grain (sometimes a little extra liquid if you like it moist). Remove about 1/4 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker, and mix with the 3/4 cup stock. It’s ok (in fact, encouraged) if there are some onions mixed in. Use this as the base for your couscous. I do mine in the microwave – just microwave the liquid until it boils, then add couscous and cover until liquid is absorbed (about 5 minutes). Fluff couscous with fork.

With any leftover liquid in the slow cooker, I like to use it as a sauce for the pork. If you’re up for it, you can also take the liquid out of the crock pot and cook it down on the stove (I use a thickener like Wondra) to make it a thicker gravy.

Serve pork and onions with couscous and pour the sauce over all of it. Bliss.

In case you are wondering, I use this slow cooker by Hamilton Beach.

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