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Ho, Ho, Ho: Minimal(ish) Holiday Entertaining

This holiday decorating post is in partnership with Bed Bath and Beyond. All opinions are my own.

Dining table closeup with holiday dinner and two glasses of wine

I love holiday entertaining and decorating, probably more than any other time of year. There’s so much excitement, everyone’s generally in a pretty good mood, and there is never a shortage of festive cookies around. What’s not to love?

BUT, while it may be true that I love, love, love Christmas, I’m not really the type to go completely over-the-top with the Christmas decor. Not there’s anything wrong with that. When it comes to decorating for the holidays (or really any time of year), less is definitely more!

So, I partnered with Bed Bath and Beyond to put together a simple holiday tablescape that is festive, but more importantly stress-free. Every single thing I used for creating this minimal modern holiday tablescape came from Bed Bath and Beyond – from the linen table runner and napkins to the marbles plates and drool-worthy gold flatware. One-stop shopping for the holidays?! Yes, please!

Holiday dinner tablescape with food and drinks, rust and pink colored table linens.

If you’ve never shopped at Bed Bath and Beyond before, you may not know exactly how much inventory they have. Hint: IT’S A LOT! And they have some really good stuff!

I’m in there every few months, to pick up Simple Human trash bags and CO2 canisters for our SodaStream. So I’m pretty well-versed in what they carry in store. And maybe you are too? But did you also know they have a HUGE online store?

In fact, everything I used for this holiday entertaining post can be purchased through their online store. So technically, you don’t even have to get in the car to bring this tablescape to life. I’ll link everything up to, so you can easily find pieces you love. 

Holiday dinner tablescape closeup with holiday foods and wine

Minimal Modern Holiday Entertaining

So, how do you make your home feel festive and lively for the holidays if you’re going the minimal modern route?

In short, keep it simple! It’s actually really easy. Just pick 1-2 holiday statement items that will help set off the room and go from there.

I found a small faux Christmas tree to rest on our credenza and wrapped the bottom with an extra linen table runner I had to tie in the linen textiles from the table. Obviously, not required. But since I already had it, I figured I might as well. A simple wreath, hung it from the window or on the wall would be another great option.

If you have time, the last little extras that I like to include: a vase or two of tree trimmings, rosemary branches, or pepper berry if you can find it. I used pepper berry. It’s my favorite! Remember I used it for this holiday wreath DIY. Then, if there’s any room, I’ll throw a few (simple) ornaments onto the table, like theses matte black ornaments, or some pretty fruits (like satsuma mandarins on the stem, which are so pretty this time of year), and that’s it!

From there, I just bring in anything that I would normally use – doesn’t have to have a holiday vibe to it. That’s where the balance comes in! So, in this case, I set out some wood trays for food, simple coupe glasses (that I’m obsessed with), a rust colored table runner, dusty pink linen napkins, and grey marbled plates (salad plates / dinner plates) to round things out.

Oh, and I almost forgot about one of my favorite things…the flatware! OMG. I am obsessed with this flatware. It’s not what I would normally be drawn too, but for some reason, I am all in on this set. I think what I like most about is that it’s a little unexpected. I would normally go for something uber modern and maybe silver (classic). But when I saw these, I knew they were special! Also, gold is a great festive color to work into your decor.

Bread tray with slices of cheese and grapes on a rust colored table runner

What Do you Serve at at a Minimal Modern Holiday Party?

Of course, it’s entirely up to you. But if you need some inspiration, I’ll tell you what I like to do… First: alcohol! I like to have a batch cocktail for parties because it can be made ahead of time and guests can serve themselves. Plus, it looks pretty in a punch bowl, especially is you add edible flowers and orange slices like I did.

I always have a few bottles of wine out too, along with some non-alcoholic options. Btw- these are the coupe glasses I used for the rose wine and these are the glasses I used at the punch bowl station.

For food, I like to set up several cheese platters and bread / cracker trays (I used a set of small wood trays and a larger wood tray as well) around the table for guests to nibble on, along with finger foods – fruits and veggies. This is the cheese knife set I used for the bread and cheese tray.

And then for the meal, I like to serve something simple. This time, I went with chicken pot pie hand pies (from my fave local bakery) along with a few homemade sides – asparagus, brussel sprouts, and a simple arugula salad. That’s it!

Having someone else make the main part of the meal is a huge game changer for me. It cuts down on the amount of cooking time and gets rid of that extra stress of cooking a fancy meal.

In my mind, a minimal modern holiday party isn’t just about the looks. It’s also a feeling. You know what I mean. A minimal mindset – does that make sense?

Holiday punch with blood orange and satsuma orange slices and edible flowers

Holiday decor on a simple mid-century dining table

Bread and cheese tray with grapes and wine

Overhead shot of holiday entertaining dining table with hand pies, asparagus, and wine.

Hope you liked today’s holiday entertaining post. Are you a regular Bed Bath and Beyond shopper? 

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16 of the Coolest (Temporary and Permanent) Wallpapers for Your Home

Wallpaper can quickly become one of those polarizing design decisions that leaves everyone solidly in one camp or the other. There are the big wallpaper fans and then pretty much everyone else.

Abstract blue and white pattern wallpaper in a mid-century inspired room.

(image via Betapet)

Over the years, wallpaper has definitely had it’s ups and downs. For the most part though, it’s been on the rise again for the last few years.

Don’t get me wrong, some of that dated granny drab is still floating around here and there, but there are TONS of amazing prints on the market to add a little eye candy to any room… And I mean any room.

Whether you’re renting, own your home, wanting something permanent, or something temporary until your mood changes, there are plenty of wallpaper options.

A modern, minimal black and white patterned bathroom.


(image via Ali Budd Interiors)

3 Reasons I’m Currently Choosing Temporary Wallpaper

For me, I lean towards the temporary option. While there aren’t as many wallpapers to choose from in the temp category, I prefer it for a few reasons:

1. I’m currently renting, and temporary wallpaper is just that – temporary! When Jeff and I inevitably end up moving again, it’s one less thing to worry about, and our landlord won’t even know that his walls were once covered in pattern!

2. I’m constantly refreshing our home and when I want to make a statement OR add color to our all white walls without breaking out the paint roller, I go with temporary wallpaper. It’s a really easy way to change things up.

3. Permanent wallpaper is a PAIN to take down.

Hand wallpaper in bedroom


(image via The Glitter Guide)

But, for those who can hunker down and commit to one wallpaper, the permanent option might be the way to go. Especially if you’re looking for a more lux print or texture, which starts the list of reasons to go with permanent wallpaper instead…

1. More options. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of temporary wallpaper options out there, but the traditional wallpaper world is vast and endless when you’re willing to commit! Soooooo many choices!

2. It’s usually a lot more durable. Traditional wallpaper is meant to stand the test of time (just look at grandma’s house). This is perfect for home owners who aren’t going to be moving any time soon.

3. It’s usually more environmentally friendly. Permanent options are often made from paper (imagine that!) meaning that if you do decide to remove your wallpaper, it can more than likely be recycled, where temporary wallpapers are usually made from polyester or vinyl (not recyclable).

Faces wallpaper in bathroom

(image via Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Take a risk in your powder bathroom.

You might be asking yourself where you’d even use wallpaper in your home.

One of my favorite spots for a good wallpaper is the bathroom (above). Especially a powder bathroom! It’s the smallest room in your house, so that makes it cost effective to wallpaper, and it’s a fun little surprise for any house guests you might have.

Moody organic modern bedroom with pink wallpaper

(image via Katarina Rulinskaya)

Add some visual interest to your bedroom.

Instead of art, try a wallpaper accent wall in the bedroom! Its a great way to bring color into a neutral space and it makes a great replacement for large scale art for bedrooms with higher ceilings.

Plus, any excuse to get a beautiful pattern like this one on a wall is fine with me.

Black and white wallpaper pattern as backsplash in kitchen

(image via Lonny)

Try temporary wallpaper as a rental hack in your kitchen

Are you in a rental without a backsplash in the kitchen? Add a temporary wallpaper to not only protect the wall from cooking messes, but to add a little visual interest to an otherwise boring kitchen.

My Favorite Wallpapers You Can Buy Right Now

Ready to take the pattern plunge? Good because I’ve rounded up some of my favorite wallpapers for you to try in your own spaces (many of which are temporary too!).

Neutral wallpaper designs roundup of favorites

1. Coven from Maison C.
2. Azteca Sundance from Drop It Modern (available in permanent and removable)
3. Shaping Up from Chasing Paper (removable)
4. Shape Shifter Mural from Drop It Modern (available in permanent and removable)
5. View – Muted from Flat Vernacular
6. Echo Wallpaper in Dusty Rose from Lulu and Georgia
7. Sierra Southwest Wallpaper from Kate Zaremba (removable)
8. Dotted Line in Nude from Drop It Modern (available in permanent and removable)

Neutral wallpaper designs in cream, white, and blue

9. Minimalist Nude Wallpaper from Lulu and Georgia
10. Girls in B&W from Spoonflower (available in permanent and removable)
11. Graffito Wallpaper in Teal Pearl from Kelly Wearstler
12. Marie in Beige from Wallpaper Direct
13. Paleolith from Cavern
14. Coquette Wallpaper in Midnight from Kelly Wearstler
15. Buka Patchwork Wallpaper in Blue from Wallshoppe (available in permanent or removable)
16. Bauhaus in Stone from Wallpaper Direct

What do you think? Are you pro wallpaper? Do you have a space in your home that could use a little wallpapering? I would love to hear where you guys are adding a little pattern in your homes!

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A Fall Refresh for Our Master Bedroom

A modern bedroom that has been decorated for fall with a cozy blanket and rug.

If you follow along on stories, you know that when we moved Hayes’ crib into our room, we had to play musical chairs with our old furniture layout for a while. Then once he started sleeping in his own room (and his crib moved out of ours), we moved all our bedroom furniture back to where it was before.

Phew! Problem solved, right? Unfortunately, not exactly. Even after switching the layout back, it didn’t quite feel right. The room seemed a little cold, especially now that fall was hitting.

And with it getting darker earlier, it felt even more important to create a cozy master bedroom that I literally never want to leave….

I mean I don’t even have to get out of bed to turn the lights on and off. What more could I ask for? I partnered with Signify to upgrade my bedroom lighting with the Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED collection and am sharing my best tips for a fall bedroom refresh.

When the natural light during the day is bright enough, we often don’t even turn the lights on until it’s dark out. But there have been multiple days recently that have been so dark we’ve really needed our overhead lights on, not just at night, but during the day, too. Ugh. Come back soon sunshine! And that’s where the Philips Smart Wi-Fi LED collection comes into play.

The fact that you can easily change the shade of white light, from warm white to cool daylight, to suit your needs is perfect for this girl! (I love daylight tones!) Plus, you can turn your lights on and off from anywhere using the free, easy-to-use app and your home’s Wi-Fi network – no wiring or additional equipment is required. You can set it up in just a couple of minutes.

And if you’re especially lazy (like me), you can control your lights with the sound of your voice if you have a compatible Amazon Alexa or Google Home device. I mean, does it get any better?

So with my new light bulbs and a handful of other items, I was able to get our master bedroom into shape for fall / winter super quick – taking a page from all the tips I shared in my fall decorating ideas post. And now I actually want to hang out in there again!

So, what are the main areas to tackle in a bedroom when doing a refresh? For me, there are a handful of musts. Here are the main things that transformed our space for fall…

1) Soft textiles. Soft and cozy textiles are a must. So, the biggest change I made in the room is the rug. I wanted something much bigger than the rug we had in the room before. So, when I jump out of bed in the morning, my toes are touching something soft and warm.

The bold colors in the rug are an added bonus for the season. And yes, this is the rug that I originally tried in the living room. It looks so much better in here. Don’t you think?

I also added a thick, cozy, oh-so-soft blanket – in a creamy neutral. I purposefully chose cream instead of white to warm things up, while keeping it neutral. And a few pillows round things out – mainly that extra-long lumbar pillow that I made earlier this year from a rug I got on mega sale.

2) Artwork. If you can’t change the wall color (or don’t want to), new artwork is the next best thing. A few new things for the walls can instantly change the entire vibe of a space.

Want something fall inspired? Try something with a deep or rich fall color peppered in – like the black brushstrokes in the large scale print I have to the right of our bed, or the pieces I have resting on the bench.

3) Light bulbs! This may seem like a weird one to include, but honestly even if Signify wasn’t a partner, I’d be including it. Lighting is a game changer during the fall and winter months.

Like I mentioned before, the days are so, so short around here right now. Even this ‘natural light all the time’ kinda girl needs to turn on the lights once the sun goes down. Which is why I am so sold on the Philips Smart Wi-Fi LEDs that I installed. FYI – I used the Tunable White BR30 LED 65-Watt Equivalent for the recessed lighting.

4) Florals and/or dried grasses. Dried grasses and florals are great and while I’m pampas grass crazy over here right now, I showed some restraint and went with dried palm leaves instead to take up more visual space.

A wood peg rail hangs on a white wall with hats, scarves, and bags.

Other things that helped transformed the space?

The peg rail! If you’re new around here, let me be the first to tell you that I am completely obsessed with peg rails. I’ve put them in many of the rooms of our house with no plans of stopping. But the reason why I use them so much is because they’re super functional, look great, AND are super budget-friendly. What’s not to love?

Some live plants. This isn’t specific to fall, but anytime I can bring in living plants, I do! I bought a new (huge) fiddle fig from Home Depot. Which btw is the best place I’ve found to buy really big AND affordable fiddles. And a couple of smaller plants too.

And last but not least, I added a DIY fall wreath right when you walk in to bring the fall vibes full circle. Literally. Haha.

An organic modern bedroom with neutral linen bedding and a Persian inspired rug.

A thick, cozy knit blanket hangs off the edge of a platform bed.

Simple modern bedroom with earthy colorful accessories.

So, that’s it for my fall bedroom refresh. What do you think? What have you recently done in your home to bring in some of those seasonal, cozy vibes?

This post is sponsored by Signify. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper and Stitch running.

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Where Have you Bean All My Life? A Super Easy White Bean Soup Recipe

A white bean soup recipe that is oh-so-easy to make and pretty healthy to boot. 

White bean soup in a green pot with lid.

It’s been chilly here lately and I’m 100% using the temperature drop as an excuse to make as many soups as possible. Because on a cold day, there is nothing better than a hot meal. And if that hot meal is easy to make AND doesn’t really even require chewing, it’s a win in my book.

Make this white bean soup recipe for dinner tonight or better yet, make a double batch over the weekend and freeze some for later. You’ll be glad you did on a day when you’re not feeling going through the double of making dinner. Which is pretty much me every night of the week. 

To be honest, I don’t always love spending tons of time in the kitchen, but that’s also one of the reasons why I love this recipe so much. This white bean soup is super quick to make, easy, and yields very, very tasty results. It’d be a great meal to make on a night when you have unexpected guests too, because you probably already have all the ingredients this soup calls for in your pantry. Have I convinced you yet?

Ingredients for white bean soup

Ingredients for White Bean Soup

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup of onion diced (about half of an onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup of cut and peeled carrots
  • 32 oz of vegetable broth
  • 1 medium sweet potato cut and peeled
  • 1 can of white beans drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 stalks of kale
  • parmesan cheese with rind

How to Make White Bean Soup

1. In a medium sized pot, pour in olive oil and onion and cook until translucent (about 5 min).

2. Add in the garlic cloves and carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

3. Cut the rind off of your parmesan block and set aside.

4. Pour in vegetable broth with the sweet potato, white beans, bay leaves, paprika, salt and pepper, and parmesan rind and let cook for 15-20 minutes until the you can pierce the potato with a fork.

5. Remove soup from heat and take out the parmesan rind. Add kale and cheese to the top and allow the kale to wilt and cheese to melt just a little bit.

6. Serve immediately. You don’t want those potatoes getting mushy.

Note: I ate this soup for dinner a few nights ago and had some leftovers for the next day as well. Happy to report, it’s just as good the next day. I especially love it with grated parmesan cheese, although totally not required.

Closeup of white bean soup in green pot.

Two bowls of white bean soup with hands.

White Bean Soup Recipe

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time25 mins

Servings: 4

Calories: 119kcal

Cost: $15

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup of onion diced about half of an onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup of cut and peeled carrots
  • 32 oz of vegetable broth
  • 1 medium sweet potato cut and peeled
  • 1 can of white beans drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 stalks of kale
  • parmesan cheese with rind
  • In a medium sized pot, pour in olive oil and onion and cook until translucent (about 5 min).

  • Add in the garlic cloves and carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

  • Cut the rind off of your parmesan block and set aside.

  • Pour in vegetable broth with the sweet potato, white beans, bay leaves, paprika, salt and pepper, and parmesan rind and let cook for 15-20 minutes until the you can pierce the potato with a fork.

  • Remove soup from heat and take out the parmesan rind. Add kale and cheese to the top and allow the kale to wilt and cheese to melt just a little bit.

  • Serve immediately.

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 13533IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg

Photography Amelia Lawrence

Easy enough huh? This one-pot recipe has dinner ready in 30 minutes with barely any clean up. Which, as you may have guessed, is my kind of recipe.

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Well, at Least I Dried: A Minimal, Modern Fall Wreath DIY using Dried Grasses + Mushrooms

An asymmetrical fall wreath made of pampas grass, wheat, and palm leaves.

I’ve shared plenty of DIY wreaths over the years, but up until now, they’ve all been winter and holiday related. This year all that is changing though, because I’m very into DIY fall decor. Especially if it means I get to play around with dried grasses and florals.

So, I foraged some pampas grass, broke out my beloved collection of dried palm leaves and tracked down some really pretty dried mushrooms (!!!). All to make these simple, modern fall wreaths that are as far from grandma’s pinecone door wreath as I could get. Not trying to hate on grandma though. She can keep those pinecone wreaths up as long as she likes.

Click through for the full breakdown for making your own modern wreath this fall.

One of the things that I like most about this fall wreath idea is that it be can hung anywhere from a blank wall in the entryway to the front door. You can pair a few together to make a big statement or just one to keep the fall vibes to a minimum. Great Thanksgiving decor too! Or even as teeny tiny wreath place setting decor for the Thanksgiving dinner table. 

So, I guess what I’m really trying to say here, is there are lots of possibilities with this fall decor project. Haha.

Supplies for making a modern fall wreath.

Materials Needed to Make a DIY Fall Wreath

  • floral craft rings in various sizes*
  • acrylic paint** and paint brush
  • dried plants and florals***
  • corn husks (optional)
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • yarn (optional)
  • scissors

*I linked the exact brand I used. And I went with wreaths in the following sizes: 6 inch, 12 inch, and 16 inch.

**I used Liquitex unbleached titanium, but any craft paint in antique white would be pretty close in color, to save a few dollars on paint.

***I purchased all of my dried pieces locally – one a wholesale florist and the other at a boutique shop. And I foraged some pampas grass from an abandon lot on the way to my son’s school. Haha. But you can also buy pampas grass in some flower shops. Etsy also has lots of beautiful dried items to use.

Painting a floral ring to create a minimal, modern fall wreath.

How to Make a DIY Fall Wreath

Start by painting the floral craft ring with a thin, even coat of paint all the way around (and the sides – not need to paint the back if it won’t be seen). Wait for the paint to dry and do a second coat if needed.

OR instead of painting, you can wrap the craft ring in yarn. This will give your wreath a softer, more homey vibe. It’s a little less modern and sleek than the painted ones, but wanted to share it as another option just in case. Start by double knotting the yarn around the ring to attach it and then wrap continuously around the ring until the entire ring is covered. Knot the end to secure and/or add hot glue.

Wrapping yarn around a floral ring to make a fall wreath.

Next, experiment with how you want all the dried pieces to be layered. I like to start with the bigger pieces first (dried palms, pampas grass, etc) and then start layering in the medium (mushrooms, smaller grasses, corn husks) and small pieces (wheat, etc) on top.

If things are not fitting the way you want them to, don’t be afraid to cut some grasses or leaves down. I cut two of my dried palm leaves into much smaller shapes to fit a couple of wreaths and it really helped.

Note about laying out pieces for your fall wreath: I made all of my fall wreaths asymmetrical in design because I think it adds a more modern and unique design touch. But you can very easily create a design that is more symmetrical and/or goes over the entire surface of the wreath.

Working with corn husks: I like adding in corn husks to this fall wreath idea for extra texture. I just rip small pieces downward from the top of the husk toward the middle of the husk to create a fringe (like the photo). This makes a great filler for any empty areas that need to be filled in.

Creating fall fringe with corn husks for a fall wreath.

Once all the pieces have been mapped out, it’s time to start glueing them down. Start with the pieces that will be touching the hoop itself (so the pieces furthest back in the layered design you’ve created). Add a bead of hot glue to the flat part of the ring and then attach the dried pieces on top. Be very careful with your fingers, that hot glue can burn your fingers if not careful.

Attacjing corn husks and grasses to a floral ring for a festive fall wreath.

Once the bottom layer is attached to the wreath, continue glueing layers on top of that one until your design is completed. Whenever possible, try to find areas to glue to that are the floral ring itself, which is the strongest spot to secure leaves and dried items. If that’s not possible, look for flat areas in the layers underneath whenever possible. This will help make sure everything stay secure.

Note about glueing pieces onto your fall wreath: I found that waiting 5 minutes or so between layers is helpful. It gives the glue time to harden and set a bit before adding additional layers that could weigh it down.

Once all the layers have been glued down, you can add small and skinny pieces of string to any areas that look like they need added security. I did this on one of my fall wreaths as a design detail, where you can see it in the finished piece). And one in another fall wreath where you can’t see it in the final piece (I fluffed some pampas grass around that one, so it wouldn’t be seen).

An asymmetrical fall wreath made of pampas grass, wheat, and palm leaves.

How to Hang Your Fall Wreath

Then it’s ready to hang. If you’ve made an asymmetrical wreath like mine, you may need an extra support nail or push pin to help keep your wreath from shifting around from the asymmetrical weight. So, I recommend adding a small finishing nail, Command hook, or push pin toward the bottom of the weighted portion of your fall wreath arrangement. That should keep it in place and won’t be seen bc your dried florals will cover it. Make sense? Shoot me a question in the comments if you have any trouble.

Small fall wreath made of dried mushrooms and pampas grass.

Two modern asymmetrical fall wreaths - made of pampas grass, wheat, and palm leaves.

An asymmetrical fall wreath made of pampas grass, wheat, and palm leaves.

An asymmetrical fall wreath made of pampas grass, wheat, and palm leaves.

Photography Amelia Lawrence

Have you ever made a fall wreath before? Or worked with dried florals or grasses? What do you think of this fall decor project?

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A Super Easy (and delicious) Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Pumpkin muffins are quickly becoming my go-to for chilly fall (and winter) days. And I love the fact that this one can easily be turned into vegan pumpkin muffins with just a couple modifications.

Pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese glaze and oats sprinkled on top.

We’re about to hit the time of year where sweets, baked goods, and deserts are pretty much acceptable for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And pumpkin recipes are no exception. As soon as the first leaf changes, it’s pumpkin this and pumpkin that: pumpkin bars, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, etc, etc. Which is great for me because I love pumpkin, although I’m not so much into the psl thing (maybe I could be convinced?).

BUT with all the pumpkin recipes out there already, I wanted to do something that could be sweet OR savory, all at once. So, today I’m sharing a pumpkin oat muffin recipe with a (totally optional) cream cheese glaze. These pumpkin muffins are somewhere between a healthy(ish) treat and a delicious dessert. AND the whole thing…the muffin recipe AND the cream cheese glaze can be modified to a vegan recipe, if you have dietary restrictions. Who wants one?

Pumpkin oat muffins stacked on top of each other, close up.

What I love most about this pumpkin muffin recipe though is you can go the traditional muffin route (without any icing on top) and they’re delicious. OR add the cream cheese glaze for a sweet treat…also very good.

Pumpkin Oat Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients for Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 egg*
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

*For a vegan option, I used 1 tbsp flax + 2 tbsp water instead of an egg.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese*
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs of unsweetened almond milk

*For a vegan option, I used Tofutti Cream Cheese.

Instructions for Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Start by preheating the oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with muffin papers and set aside.

Beat your egg in a medium sized bowl then add the almond milk, oil, vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix well and set aside.

In a separate medium sized bowl, combine your sugar, brown sugar, flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet and mix just enough to combine.

Scoop your muffin batter into the paper liners. I used an ice cream scoop and it was the perfect amount in each muffin. Fill your liners 3/4 of the way and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Instructions for Cream Cheese Glaze

While your muffins are baking, prepare the cream cheese glaze by beating your cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, the vanilla and almond milk and beat until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add a little bit more milk to attain the desired consistency. 

After your muffins have cooled, drizzle the cream cheese glaze over your muffins, and eat up! Bonus points for an extra sprinkling of oats on top.

Pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese glaze and oats sprinkled on top.

Pumpkin oat muffins stacked on top of each other.

Pumpkin muffins with a drizzle of cream cheese glaze and oats sprinkled on top.

Pumpkin muffins stacked on top of each other, with a cream cheese glaze and oats sprinkled on top.

Pumpkin Oat Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Keyword: pumpkin muffins, vegan muffins

Ingredients for Pumpkin Muffins

  • 1 egg*
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • *To make these pumpkin muffins vegan use 1 tbsp flax + 2 tbsp water instead of an egg.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese*
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs of unsweetened almond milk
  • *To make these pumpkin muffins vegan use Tofutti Cream Cheese.

Instructions for Pumpkin Oat Muffins

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 F. Line a muffin tin with muffin papers and set aside.

  • Beat your egg (or 1 tbsp flax + 2 tbsp water instead of an egg if vegan) in a medium sized bowl then add the almond milk, oil, vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix well and set aside.

  • In a separate medium sized bowl, combine your sugar, brown sugar, flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet and mix just enough to combine.

  • Scoop your muffin batter into the paper liners. I used an ice cream scoop and it was the perfect amount in each muffin. Fill your liners 3/4 of the way and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Instructions for Cream Cheese Glaze

  • While your muffins are baking, prepare the cream cheese glaze by beating your cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, the vanilla and almond milk and beat until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add a little bit more milk to attain the desired consistency. If its

  • After your muffins have cooled, drizzle the cream cheese glaze over your muffins, and eat up! Bonus points for an extra sprinkling of last on top.

Recipe by Casey Harper for Paper and Stitch 

Call me basic, but I’m all for pumpkin everything this time of year, and that includes this recipe. What about you? 

Looking for more pumpkin recipes like this one? Try this homemade pumpkin candy – it’s like pumpkin pie in candy form. And speaking of pumpkin pie…what about pumpkin pie ice cream? Or maybe a healthy pumpkin recipe that involves ‘nice cream’?

But wait, there’s more. Haha. Don’t forget about the pumpkin cinnamon rolls or the glazed donut pumpkin seed recipe.

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Halloween Home Decor: A DIY Way to Update your Mirror for Halloween (That’s Also Removable)

Looking for Halloween home decor ideas that are easy and inexpensive? And of yeah…completely removable when the spookiest holiday of the year is over?! If so, this Halloween DIY has your name all over it!

A DIY idea for Halloween decor with stencils and paints.

This year, I wanted to create some spooky but simple Halloween decor for the entryway. I started thinking about how I could not only do something cute on a budget, but ALSO something that didn’t require me hauling it up to the attic to store for next year after Halloween is over.

After going through a couple ideas, I came up with this spooky mirror Halloween DIY that is easy to recreate, budget-friendly, AND you can use any existing mirror in your house because the design is completely removable!

I teamed up with Martha Stewart Crafts® once again to create this clever Halloween home decor project that can be used on the vanity mirrors in your kid’s bathroom, that entryway mirror that you’ve been meaning to add some holiday fun to, the mirror in your closet…literally any mirror in your home. Want to make your own? Click through for the easy-to-follow tutorial for my DIY Halloween mirror.

A modern take on Halloween decor with an antique DIY mirror, painted pumpkins, and more.

I hinted at this before, but I wanted to talk to you first about one of the big things love about this Halloween project. It’s not a one and done scenario! Which means, you don’t have to banish your Halloween decor to the attic when the holiday is over.

The painted designs can be scraped clean from the surface of the mirror with a small razor blade in just a few minutes. Leaving the mirror undamaged and back to it’s ‘normal’ everyday look.

I love holiday projects like this that only require a couple of materials and can be returned to everyday business as usual afterwards without having to store a bunch of stuff in the attic year after year. Who’s with me?

Martha Stewart stencils for DIY mirror

Halloween Home Decor Idea: DIY Halloween Mirror

Materials

*If you’re looking for Halloween stencils, outside of the crackle pattern I used for this project, check out this Halloween stencil pack with spiders, pumpkins, bats, and more.

You probably know by now that one of the reasons I like using Martha Stewart’s Family Friendly Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic specifically is because it works on lots of different surfaces. You can use these particular paints on glass (which means it will also work on mirrors), canvas, wood, paper, metal, terra cotta, and fabric. Same goes for the stencils and silkscreens – they’re washable, reusable, and work on many different surfaces. So, they’re great materials to have in your craft closet.

Note About Adhesive Silkscreen vs Adhesive Stencil

I’ve been using Martha Stewart adhesive stencils all year, but this time I tried out an adhesive silkscreen instead. As it turns out, the process is identical to how would you use a regular adhesive stencil. The only real difference between the adhesive silkscreen and the adhesive stencil is that the silkscreen material is more flexible – almost like a piece of fabric BUT still acts just like a stencil would to block paint from certain areas to create the desired effect.

Remove the stencil backing.

Instructions for DIY Halloween Mirror

I love using stencils and silkscreens for projects like this because it drastically cuts down on the time and energy spent on creating the pattern. AND is much more effective than I could ever be with a tiny brush and a steady hand at creating the same pattern over and over again.

Step 1: To get started, first make sure your mirror is clean and free of debris. My mirror might look a little dirty in the photo, but that’s because it’s an antique mirror and those marks just won’t come off. I figured it went well with the vibe of the project though, so it doesn’t bother me.

Anyway, once the mirror is clean, remove the adhesive backing from the silkscreen.

Attaching stencil to the mirror to create an antique pattern.

Step 2: Place the crackle adhesive silkscreen on to the surface of your mirror. Make sure to push the silkscreen down all the way around with your hands. This will ensure it is adhered to the surface really well before painting.

Dab paint over stencil to create antique crackle pattern.

Step 3: Next, pour a small amount of Martha Stewart’s Family Friendly Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic onto a paper plate or paint palette and start painting. This paint is available in 78 colors and I used the color Black Belt for this project.

Dip a Martha Stewart dauber into the paint and dab off excess paint onto your paint palette before pouncing a thin layer of paint over the the silkscreen. See below for more tips on getting an antique / aged look on your mirror for Halloween.

One coat works great for this project – no need for additional coats of paint, especially since we’re going for a weathered / aged look.

Remove stencil to reveal the painted pattern.

Step 4: Now, while the paint is still wet, carefully peel the silkscreen off from the mirror surface to reveal the finished crackle design.

Closeup of painting stencil onto mirror.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 in various spots on the mirror to achieve the aged look perfect for Halloween. Once finished, you can clean the silkscreen off with soap and water (while the paint is still wet) and let it dry before re-attaching the silkscreen to it’s backing again for storing.

Now your spooky Halloween mirror is ready to use. Bonus points if you add a few paper bats  to the mirror and surrounding area. BTW – I also used Martha Stewart’s Family Friendly Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic to create a spooky, stylish look for the pumpkins and other decorative items. So, this paint knows no bounds!

Detail photo of antique stenciled mirror for Halloween.

Tips for Getting an Antique / Aged Mirror Look

If you want a weathered / aged look to the crackle, like mine, I’d recommend just choosing select sections to paint onto the mirror at random. This helps make it look more antique and aged.

Additionally, I found that fading the paint out at the edges, which can be achieved with a lot less paint on the dauber, will also help with achieving the aged, antique mirror like mine.

And lastly, if you mess up, you can use a razor blade to scrape the paint off the surface of the mirror after it’s dry without damage and try again. This is also a great trick for removing excess pattern from an area of the mirror if the shape created looks to deliberate, strangely shaped, etc.

A modern take on Halloween decor with an antique DIY mirror, painted pumpkins, and more.

How to Remove the Silkscreen Design After Halloween is Over

Once November hits, the crackle designs can be scraped clean using a small razor blade. Just slowly scrape the surface that was painted with the blade until it’s been fully removed. And clean off any extra residue with a mirror cleaner. That’s it! Easy as can be.

A modern take on Halloween decor with an antique DIY mirror, painted pumpkins, and more.

A modern take on Halloween decor with an antique DIY mirror, painted pumpkins, and more.

You can find Martha Stewart products exclusively at Michaels.

Have you ever painted or silkscreened a mirror before? Think you’ll try a removable design pattern like this one on a mirror in your house?

I have partnered with the Martha Stewart team and Plaid Crafts for this post.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.

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Couch Potato: 16 Stylish Modern Sofas Under $1,000

Looking for a stylish modern sofa that won’t break the bank? Check out this list of cool looking cheap sofas (all under $1,000) that look far more expensive than they really are. There’s one space-saving sofa on the list that’s under $250!

A roundup of the most stylish, modern sofas and coolest couches under $1,000.

Whether you call it a couch or a sofa, one thing is for sure: finding an affordable option that fits your style isn’t always easy. Believe me, I’ve been there.

So I searched everywhere I could think of in internet land to put together the coolest, most stylish, modern sofas I could find AND drumroll please… all 16 sofas on the list are under $1,000! There are loads of neutral finds in varying silhouettes and space-saving options too… even a couple leather sofas! But the most important part of all of these modern sofa options? They all look WAY more expensive than they actually are. They may be cheap couches but they sure don’t look like it!

Finding a Good Deal of a Modern Sofa / Cool Couch

The average sofa price for something that doesn’t look like a leftover from your college dorm room is over $1,000. BUT finding a cheap sofa doesn’t have to mean compromising on style. I went searching everywhere I could think of for good looking sofa options that are also budget-friendly! And all 16 of my picks are not only easy on the wallet, they’re stylish too. And did I mention that every sofa on this list is in a neutral color too? Which means they’ll fit in nearly any house – from a bright and colorful bungalow to a white and minimal new build.

Looking for a bright and bold sofa option? I have you covered there too – making a note of any sofas on this list that have other colors available (with a good chunk of them offering more colorful options as well). So, I guess you could say this list of budget-friendly sofas has something for everyone!

A roundup of the most stylish, modern sofas and coolest couches under $1,000. All neutral colors as well.

16 Stylish Modern Sofas Under $1,000

1. Prado Sofa from Industry West ($825)This affordable sofa option from Industry West is a great space saver sofa for small-spaces. And the shape, color, and fabric are pretty dreamy too. You can throw a few decorative pillows and a blanket over the armrest for a total different look every season – it’s like the blank canvas couch you’d didn’t know you needed. Definitely fits the cool couches category, if you ask me.

2. Syndey Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($899) – Another classic shape under $1000. I feel like this one is a great buy. The clean lines help it feel like a modern sofa, while the tufted back gives it some elegance. It would also work with lots of different styles, which I love. Also available in a deep charcoal color.

3. Greta Recycled Leather XL Sleeper Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($879)Not only is this sofa multi functional (hello sleeper sofa), it’s made from recycled leather making it an eco-friendly option that will last. Plus, it has a Michel Ducaroy’s Togo sofa vibe, which is an added bonus.

4. Mirage Yarrow Gold Sofa from Article ($999) – Cool couches like this velvet sofa are clearly what dreams are made of. Sure, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but imo that golden color is just SO good! And I love the silhouette. They also have a blush pink sofa in this style, if that’s more your thing. Side note… I had an Article couch at my old studio (not this same one though) and it was such high quality. Plus, their customer service is amazing. So I always recommend furniture from their site.

5. Mitzi Natural Sofa from Pier 1 ($719.99) – A classic mid century modern sofa shape in a classic color. And at just over seven hundred dollars, it’s a good buy considering it’s hand-upholstered and button-tufted.

6. Chamberlin Recycled Leather Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($949)At under $1,000, this budget-friendly furniture item from Urban Outfitters falls into the cheap leather sofas category for me, without looking cheap at all. The classic shape in recycled leather makes this leather sofa a great affordable option. And it comes in four colors.

7. Marcella Velvet Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($799) – Another velvet sofa for the win and this one even has a channeled back detail. Great little feminine couch…and it also come in pink!

8. Sand Curved Janelle Loveseat from World Market ($224.99) – For the price, I’m pretty into this kidney shaped sofa. What a bout you? At under $250, this one definitely falls into the cheap couches category. Yet, it doesn’t look like a cheap couch at all. Right? Paired with an awesome circular coffee table, the dimensions of this one are perfect for a small space.

A roundup of the most stylish, modern sofas and coolest couches under $1,000. In white, cream, grey, and blue.

16 Stylish Modern Sofas Under $1,000 (continued)

9. Magner Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($799) – I love the contrast of the dark metal base on this sofa, in comparison to the white fabric. It gives it an ultra modern feel, but it still looks super cozy. I mean, look at all those pillows! Also available in dark grey.

10. Auburn Sofa from West Elm ($699) – The dark upholstery on this sofa makes it a really good option for homes with kids. If a dark blue sofa doesn’t fit your vibe, but you love the shape, good news – it’s also available in a light grey color.

11. Ronan Ash Sofa from CB2 ($999) – CB2 teamed up with furniture designer James Patterson on this sophisticated, modern sofa that comes in just under the $1,000 budget limit. Look at that texture in the upholstery of this sofa, btw.

12. Ivory Feather Filled Brynn Sofa from World Market ($899.99) – Don’t you just want to curl up on this cozy ivory sofa and take a nap or read a book? It looks like the perfect beach house sofa.

13. Elodie Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($899)I love the rounded arms on this space saving sofa. It’s visually interesting and has plenty of storage underneath for keeping books, baskets, and anything else you can think of. I’m think this would be a great studio sofa if you’re in an efficiency or small one bedroom.

14. Cirrus Birch Ivory Sofa from Article ($899) – Ahh I love a good structured sofa. The boxy shape of this modern sofa mixed with the upholstery makes it feel a bit more unique. Feels like a cool couch to me…and looks like the perfect sofa for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Comes in a dark grey color too.

15. Eddy Sofa from West Elm ($789.99) – That wood base gives me heart eyes! I love the warmth and visual interest it adds and I just love a good wood tone. There are loads of color options for this sofa as well.

16. Ruby Sofa from West Elm ($599)Bring a little color into your life! This twill sofa is super sleek and has a little drink table attached to the frame, which I personally find to be pretty charming. What about you. Bonus: That attached drink table means you won’t have to buy an extra side table either! The savings keep adding up on this one. 


Which ones are your fave? Personally, I love them all, but especially numbers 1 and 4.

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19 August Bullet Journal Covers That’ll Blow Your Mind

Have you ever wondered what’s going on with those amazing illustrations in bullet journals? I’m talking about, the ones that feature a stunning drawing and also the name of a month on it? That page is known as a bullet journal cover page. Usually, they’re the most attention-grabbing, unique, and elaborate spreads one can add to their journal at the start of each month. 

There isn’t a great deal of purpose behind the bullet journal cover page. It just works as a nice break between months for easy navigation during a flip through.

19 August Bullet Journal Covers That’ll Blow Your Mind

So if the cover page is just an image, why is it important to have?

Personally, I think that they provide a great deal of flexibility compared to the standard calendars but people use that as their distinction between months. Most calendar layouts are spread over 2 pages in the journal and work well as a real show stopper style page.

Let’s get some inspiration for August! 

 

Candy Cart Bullet Journal Cover

You KNOW I am obsessed with this cover! This is my colour palette, my favourite theme and I love everything about it. So much so, that I was very tempted to purchase those exact markers despite having a rather substantial collection of Tombow markers! 

Supplies Used: Journal, Ruler, Pencil, Fine Liner, Eraser, Koi Markers (these seem to be a GREAT budget option) 

 

Under The Sea Inspired Bullet Journal Cover

This is some impressive colouring! Obviously, Anne has used a mixture of markers and colouring pencils for this amazing effect. 

 

Augusti Floral Cover Page

Wow! I love absolutely everything about this and I am very impressed with the way the flowers wrap around the lettering. 

 

Ice Cream Bullet Journal Cover

Obviously, I make no secret about my obsession with all things ice cream. Especially novelty products, because it means I’m not eating it. It’s a calorie-free treat for my eyes! So, obviously, I’m pro ice cream illustrations and doodles in the bullet journal.

 

Sundae’s and Ice Cream August Cover 

Want to learn how to draw ice creams and candies? Check out this post, it shares 22 awesome doodle tutorials for the bullet journal. I love this layout, the illustrations would be very easy to recreate and I would say that this is a beginner-friendly cover idea. 

 

Ok so we all know that it's summer! Have you completed your August Bullet Journal cover? If you need some August bullet journal cover ideas then this post is for you! Whether you like to doodle watermelons, drawing dramatic skylines or doodling some flowers, there are plenty of cover ideas for your bullet journal. There are various cover styles that include a Harry Potter Bullet Journal cover! It's so cool. There are some printable floral labels in there too from a generous journaler! #bulletjournal
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Peachy August Bullet Journal Cover

I would love to learn how to colour a peach like that! Having used Copic markers in a bullet journal before, they bled through as they are alcohol ink. The same with anything sharpie related. The best markers to use in the bullet journal would probably be the Tombow’s because they are water-based. You can also recreate that type of blending with Tombow brush pens.

I highly recommend this set called ‘Perfect Blends’, so you get the light and dark shade of each colour essentially.

 

Video – Surf Boards August Cover 

I love this video, because watching the process of people drawing is 1, very relaxing and 2, fairly awe-inspiring at times! Usually, after watching videos like this I am buzzed and ready to get doodling and drawing.

 

Minimalist Bullet Journal August Cover

This bullet journal cover is so impressive! It’s actually a Log of sorts without a lot of content but it works really well as a brief overview of the month ahead. I would create a cover page just before that layout on a single page but that’s just a personal preference. 

 

Donut Lettering August Cover!

Do doughnut vans actually exist? If not, why not? Can I have a doughnut? 

I love this layout. If you don’t want to create a stripe full of doughnut doodles on a page, you could absolutely cheat. Washi tapes come in a huge variety of patterns and serve as a great decorative effect inside the journal.

 

Feathers August Bullet Journal Cover

If you want to learn how to easily draw a feather, check out this post full of step by step doodle tutorials! 

 

By The LightHouse August Bullet Journal Cover

If you love being by the sea in the seaside in Summer then this is a great idea to use as a bullet journal cover. I love the use of colour and varying shades and tones in the waves.

 

Friends Inspired August Bullet Journal Cover 

Ha! Yas! I love the lettering in this layout and the fact that it was inspired by friends. If you’re big into nostalgia and the show, then obviously this layout will look great in your journal.

 

Rose Coloured Glasses August Bullet Journal Cover

Love to be by the beach? Or do you also remember Miami vice? I would bet all of the money I have, you’ve no idea what I’m talking about. Draw those 80’s style sunglasses and a labyrinth within the lenses to reflect your favourite vacation spot or place to be in Summer. It could be a city street, a picnic in a park or even just sunbathing in your back yard!

 

Butterfly August Bullet Journal Cover

Do you love butterflies? If you struggle to draw butterflies or circles you could always use butterfly rubber stamps, acrylic block and a pigment ink pad (alcohol ink will bleed). 

 

Ok so we all know that it's summer! Have you completed your August Bullet Journal cover? If you need some August bullet journal cover ideas then this post is for you! Whether you like to doodle watermelons, drawing dramatic skylines or doodling some flowers, there are plenty of cover ideas for your bullet journal. There are various cover styles that include a Harry Potter Bullet Journal cover! It's so cool. There are some printable floral labels in there too from a generous journaler! #bulletjournal
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Floral Double Cover Spread

Bon Journal spreads are always insanely inspiring and it’s very tempting to reproduce in your journal! Liz is incredibly inspiring. But this is pretty intimidating! You can’t go wrong with the tutorials that are available through the Instagram feed but don’t forget to use a mechanical pencil in case you make any mistakes. 

 

August Bullet Journal Cover With Swearing 

Because obviously! I’m Irish and have the mouth of a sailor so yes, it could work in my journal. If you also want to make August fluffing magical then repeat this in your own journal. I’ve started to record motivational quotes in my journal to keep myself in a determined mindset.

Can we talk about the lettering?! It’s amazing.

Related: 10 Hand Lettering Classes To Make Your Journal Look AH-MAZING!

 

Flying Balloons August Cover 

If you love the whimsy of balloons then have at it! Balloons drawn like this makes me think of ‘the sky’s the limit’ which is rather motivating and encouraging for me. If you’re in need of some motivation then looking at this on a daily basis will do wonders for your mental health. 

 

Watercolour August Bullet Journal Cover 

I would love to see how the paper reacted to the water but this looks great! You don’t even need to use that much water. Using Tombow markers, the blender and then water around the edges. A little playing around and testing may be what is required depending on how thick the pages that are in your journal.

 

Harry Potter Inspired August Cover 

This is incredibly inspiring, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan. I’m just incredibly impressed by the drawing of the Owl and I would definitely not have the patience for detailed drawings in my journal at all due to laziness. 

Finally

Now, I want to know, when it comes to August, what do you think about? What imagery springs to mind that you could potentially draw as a cover?

Ok so we all know that it's summer! Have you completed your August Bullet Journal cover? If you need some August bullet journal cover ideas then this post is for you! Whether you like to doodle watermelons, drawing dramatic skylines or doodling some flowers, there are plenty of cover ideas for your bullet journal. There are various cover styles that include a Harry Potter Bullet Journal cover! It's so cool. There are some printable floral labels in there too from a generous journaler! #bulletjournal

 



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10 Incredibly Simple DIY Wedding Ideas On A Budget –

Are you in search of some simple DIY wedding projects on a budget? Believe it or not… I managed to get married, all in for under £300. Honestly. It’s important to know though, that I wasn’t interested in a fancy wedding. At all. But if you want a fancy wedding and still want to save a complete fortune, the best idea is to DIY!

When choosing your wedding venue, it can be difficult to find the right place for you to exchange your vows. There are , that can condense all the information you need all in one place. Easily making it a lot easier to find all the key features of each wedding venue.  The next big step is to decorate your venue, so here are 10 affordable and easy ways for you to DIY your decorations…

 

10 Incredibly Simple DIY Wedding Ideas On A Budget

 

DIY Pallet Wedding Sign

A growing wedding trend is to use a pallet sign as a DIY project for your wedding day. Painting and decorating your pallet with flowers, make it an elegant example of shabby chic with practical use too. Pallets are cheap and easy to get a hold of too, sometimes you can even bag one for free!

 

DIY Wedding Ideas on a budget. A barnyard-themed wedding serves as a beautiful background but can be pretty expensive if you don't own a farm yourself. For some eye-catching signage for an unplugged wedding ceremony. You can make a simple DIY vintage rustic centerpiece with mason jars, and wild flowers! If you love arts and crafts and want to add a personal touch to your wedding then we've rounded up some of the best homemade pieces that will save you money! a Wedding on a budget is possible when you DIY!

Start Collecting Mason Jars For Your DIY Wedding Projects On A Budget!

Collecting jars from your family and friends, or even from Amazon or Craigslist, is a great way to gain resources for DIY projects. You can use them for flowers, fairy lights or even favours! A basically free way to get some stunning DIY pieces. Start searching through thrift stores or buy in bulk to save even more.

 

DIY Wedding Ideas on a budget. A barnyard-themed wedding serves as a beautiful background but can be pretty expensive if you don't own a farm yourself. For some eye-catching signage for an unplugged wedding ceremony. You can make a simple DIY vintage rustic centerpiece with mason jars, and wild flowers! If you love arts and crafts and want to add a personal touch to your wedding then we've rounded up some of the best homemade pieces that will save you money! a Wedding on a budget is possible when you DIY!
DIY Window Pane Wedding Seating Plan By Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography via WeddingWire

Seating Plan

Having a seating plan displayed so that your guests can find their place is a way to organise your family and friends without too much fuss. You can minimise the cost of this by easily making one yourself! All you need is a canvas or a sheet of wood, and some paint, and viola! The perfect table plan.

 

DIY Wedding Ideas on a budget. A barnyard-themed wedding serves as a beautiful background but can be pretty expensive if you don't own a farm yourself. For some eye-catching signage for an unplugged wedding ceremony. You can make a simple DIY vintage rustic centerpiece with mason jars, and wild flowers! If you love arts and crafts and want to add a personal touch to your wedding then we've rounded up some of the best homemade pieces that will save you money! a Wedding on a budget is possible when you DIY!
Shabby Chic Painted Mason Jars Via Etsy

DIY Shabby Chic Centrepieces

With the rise of the shabby chic and rustic theme, having DIY centrepieces for your tables is becoming a popular option among brides. Things like burlap runners and succulents within flower arrangements are easy and cheap ways to recreate this trend. You could even use doilys stitched together as a table runner like shared in this post, the possibilities are endless!

 

Flowers

One of the priciest things in your wedding budget, brides have found some clever DIY tricks to minimise the impact on the budget in regards to your flowers. A popular choice is to piece together your own arrangements from flowers crafted from tissue paper, ribbons or even old books.  This is a personal spin on the traditional wedding flowers.

 

DIY Wedding Favour Ideas

Giving your guests wedding favours is a great way to say thank you for celebrating with you on your special day, but they can be quite pricey when you add them all together! Putting together DIY favours is more personal, such as a ‘hangover kit’ made up of painkillers, mints and maybe an eye mask!

 

DIY Natural Earth Friendly Confetti

Often, wedding venues don’t allow you to use paper confetti, so a great way to get around this is to use a natural component that will give you the same effect. Making your own confetti is also cheaper, as well as caring for the environment!

You could use leaves that have punched out with a stamper, or dried flower buds. You can DIY something for them to be carried in too, such as a cone or small box.

 

DIY Photobooth and Props

Having a DIY photobooth at your wedding celebrations is a great way to bring your family and friends together to create some brilliant memories. Having a giant frame, lots of crazy props and some disposable cameras available is bound to get your guests involved!

DIY Flower Arrangements

Making your own decorations like flowers is a great idea, but how do you arrange them? Hula hoops! Yes that’s right, using a Hula hoop to hang your beautiful DIY triumphs up to make a stunning arrangement.

 

DIY wedding ideas on a budget | DIY Wedding Arch

Having an arch at your ceremony is a pretty and elegant way to add some dimension to your decorations. This is especially true if you are tying the knot outside. It’s as easy as styling up some wooden beams, or you could add a quirky spin and use an old pair of doors!

And Finally

Making everything yourself (or with charitable friends) is an amazing way of making your wedding come in under budget! You could even tell friends that if they help, it could be considered in lieu of a gift. Obviously, that would be for a project like building a wedding arch! The more hands that you can get making projects, the better.

DIY Wedding Ideas on a budget. A barnyard-themed wedding serves as a beautiful background but can be pretty expensive if you don't own a farm yourself. For some eye-catching signage for an unplugged wedding ceremony. You can make a simple DIY vintage rustic centerpiece with mason jars, and wild flowers! If you love arts and crafts and want to add a personal touch to your wedding then we've rounded up some of the best homemade pieces that will save you money! a Wedding on a budget is possible when you DIY!

 



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