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DIY Holly Berry Surprise Balls

Treat your Christmas guests to these pretty holly berry surprise balls filled with delicious treats. // Get the full tutorial at HomemadeBanana.comWe’re officially well into the month of December now, and that means the countdown to Christmas is at a mere 14 days away. Normally by this time, I’ve already trimmed my tree, finished my shopping and sent my packages on their merry way, but not this year. I don’t know what it is about 2017 (or maybe I do), but this time of year has been unusually busy and stressful.

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Glitter Star Pumpkins

glitter-star-pumpkin-DIY-1I really just don’t enjoy carving pumpkins. For so long I tried to like it, I really did, but I’m finally saying it out loud. It’s messy, it takes too long, and my carved pumpkins never turn out how I want them to. And so, with that admission, I’ve turned this year to the art form of surface decoration, namely that which involves glitter.

I was inspired by these star-embellished Valentino booties, which I want very badly but cannot have so I decided to turn them into a pumpkin. Sort of like a reverse Cinderalla-type thing. All you need are some pretty pumpkins, a swipe of glue, a dusting of glitter and it’s bibbidibobbidiboo. You’re left sans-pumpkin slime and with an armful of pretty, sparkling pumpkins. Win-win.

glitter-star-pumpkin-DIY-3For this project, you’ll need the following:
• pumpkins, obviously
• star stencils
• glitter
• glue
• paint brush

glitter-star-pumpkin-DIY-21. Pour a good-sized dollop of glue onto a paper plate. Position your star stencil where you want it atop the pumpkin, and stipple the glue onto the stencil. Be careful not to use too much glue—you don’t want it to leak beneath the edges of the stencil.

2. Remove the stencil and sprinkle glitter onto the glue. It’s helpful to place some butcher paper under your pumpkin for this step, but you’ll still probably wind up with glitter everywhere.

3. Once the glue has dried, gently blow/tap all the excess glitter off your pumpkin so that the points of the star look nice and sharp.

P.S. How cute is my little sister/pumpkin picker/expert tractor percher Genevieve?!



Red, White & Denim

fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-1fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-6fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-5fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-3fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-7fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-2fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-8fourth-of-july-sweater-jean-shorts-white-tee-4Sweater: Gap // Shirt: J.Crew // Shorts: Forever 21 // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Target (dollar section!) // Sunglasses: Forever 21 (old) // Bracelets: Julie Vos, Kate Spade // Watch: Michael Kors

It’s almost the Fourth of July, and proverbially speaking, that means the corn growing behind me in these pictures here should be about knee high. It feels like the summer is flying by (sweet corn season looms deliciously in the coming months) and I can’t believe it’s already time for the most patriotic of holidays.

I always like to dress the part, but this year I decided to trade in my sartorial stars and stripes for a more subtle take on red, white and blue. Classic Converse sneakers keep me ready for impromptu cornhole matches, while a cozy marled sweater offers protection from cool nighttime breezes—especially important when staying up to watch fireworks shows.

Cheers to a weekend full of barbecued food, good Wisconsin beer and national pride!