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five ideas: homemade valentines.

We’re not big crafters, but something about Valentine’s Day inspires us to actually MAKE something for our loved ones. These are our five favorite ideas for homemade cards and gifts. (Difficulty level: SUPER EASY)

Pop-Up Paint Chip Card by All You / Click here for how-to.

Pop Up Paint Chip Card
these adorable cards use leftover paint chips…OR you can just pop in to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some. these card are perfect for mailing, since they fold flat.

You Light Up My Life Card / Click here for how-to.

You Light Up My Life Card
who doesn’t have leftover birthday candles in a drawer? put them to use!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by I Heart Naptime / Click here for free printable and how-to. Click here for the amazing recipe.

homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable.
perfect friend gfift: homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable. 

You’re a Real Cutie by The Cards We Drew / Click here for free printable.

Youre A Real Cutie Valentine
love this idea for kids or co-workers.

Ex-STRAW Special Valentine by Lil Luna / Click here for how-to and printable.

Ex Straw Special Valentine
we’re both obsessed with colored vintage drinking straws. it would be so awkward if we gave these to each other.

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sneak peek: pb weddings photo shoot.

It was just a normal Tuesday…and then our friend Christy, the super talented owner of Colonial House of Flowers, asked Dish to join in on her collaboration with Pottery Barn Weddings. Also in on the fun were our friends (and former Shop Social Dish girls!) Kristin and Anna of Alva & Austrie. What could be more fun? We had to say yes!

We rounded up our favorite model Maggie and headed over to a beautiful home in Statesboro for the shoot. We were amazed at what the girls at Colonial House and A+A had achieved – a welcoming, spring-y bridal shower in the middle of January (complete with hand-lettered banners, flower crowns, and more fresh flowers than we’ve ever seen this time of year). There was a REAL photographer, of course (the adorable and amazing Izzy Hudgins) and we can’t wait to show you those pictures. But until the official post is up, check our behind-the-scenes pics.

Welcome one, welcome all
alva + austrie magic: a hand-lettered banner adorns this gorgeous home’s front door. photo courtesy of alva + austrie.
Flower Crown
flower crown by colonial house of flowers.
Pottery Barn bar cart
DYING for this Pottery Barn bar cart. photo by alva + austrie.
Succulent Board
gorgeous “succulent board” created by colonial house of flowers. hand-lettered sign by alva + austrie. (wine glasses available at dish statesboro)
Laura + Maggie
most #awkward photo of the afternoon. (L’s scarf, tee and socks and Maggie’s piko dress and Dani Rae necklace available at dish statesboro).
Basket of Flowers
wine + a basket of flowers in the middle of winter? don’t mind if we do!
Instagram Photos
a little instagram action, courtesy of @colonialhouseofflowers. in case you guys are wondering, L’s dog (and dish mascot) Ladybird did not cooperate when we asked her (VERY NICELY) to wear the flower crown.

We can’t wait to show you the professional pics – stay tuned!

All creative by colonial house of flowers, alva + austrie, and izzy hudgins photography.

 

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how to: make a candle from an orange.

Scrolling through our latest edition of The Southern Coterie, we came across this genius post from Libbie Summers. She made CANDLES out of ORANGES. We can’t think of a better way to bring fresh, citrusy scent into your home in the middle of winter! Plus, her pics are gorgeous. Read on and try it for yourself – we’re going to!

How To Make a Candle From An Orange (makes 2 candles)

(By Libbie Summers, Assisted by Candace Brower)

Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Knife
Grapefruit spoon (optional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Lighter

Directions:

STEP ONE
Picking Oranges to make an orange candle: LibbieSummers.com
Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange.

STEP TWO
Orange Candle Making: LibbieSummers.com
Use a knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Use your fingers or a grapefruit spoon to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com

STEP THREE
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.comPour oil over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.

STEP FOUR
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.
How to make an orange candle from LibbieSummers.comFIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes…think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.

Read more from Libbie here!

 

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rosemary lemon home scent.

Conflicting cooking smells, family pets, scented candles…our homes usually need a little freshening up after a long holiday week/weekend. This super easy Rosemary Lemon scent does the trick. Smell familiar? This is exactly what Williams Sonoma uses in their stores.

Rosemary Lemon Vanilla Home Scent

What You Need:

  • One lemon, sliced lemon
  • 3 springs fresh rosemary
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla
The Glitter Life Rosemary Lemon
photo: One More Moore

 

 

What You Do:

  • Fill a small saucepan 2/3 full of water
  • Add lemon slices, rosemary and vanilla
  • Simmer on the stove for a few hours or all day!
photo: One More Moore
photo: One More Moore

PS – Thanks to our friend Kelley for reminding us about this!

 

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happy thanksgiving + printable place card.

The Glitter Life Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Words can’t express how thankful we both are for our wonderful families, friends (especially each other!) and (of course) our readers. If you haven’t made place cards for today’s feast, check out this printable from Almost Makes Perfect and get everyone talking about what they’re most thankful for this year.

 

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friday five: weekend to-dos.

Hell to the yes. It’s finally Friday. Check out our ideas to make the most of your two precious days off. Don’t waste your weekend!

Friday Five: Inspiration
So many ideas…so little time!

1) Make these easy fridge fill pickles via the Smitten Kitchen.

2) Try one of these twenty easy DIYs…all under $10. MUST MAKE: the gold dot patterned wallpaper!

3) Learn how to create a capsule wardrobe. THIS IS FASCINATING. WE ARE DOING THIS.

4) Grill some veggies.

5) Focus on developing just one of these twenty habits happy people know.

Share your photos with us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

 

 

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friday two: holiday wreaths.

You guys. This week has been one big stressful blur. Work and family commitments have limited us to zero time to get anything ready for the holidays. Our Saturday mission is to AT LEAST get a wreath up. We love these two inexpensive DIY ideas that appeared on Cupcakes and Cashmere recently.

Winter White Wreath
winter whites.
Shades of Red Wreath
shades of red.

Click here for the how-to. You can also visit Live Love DIY for more ideas.

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diy: metallic spray paint.

The holidays are approaching! Let’s get crafty. You will be amazed at the beautiful things you can create with a simple can of metallic spray paint:

metallic-spray-paint-diy-branches
so simple. so stunning.
metallic-spray-paint-diy-mason-jar
gold and glitz obsessed.
Chalkboard
a goodwill painting turned chic. countdown to Christmas perhaps?

So let’s start spraying. Show us your crafts on Instagram or Twitter at @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five: weekend to-do list.

1. Have an Indoor Picnic.  The weather in Georgia is going to be seriously terrible this weekend.  Rather than going out, whip up a simple supper of a sliced baguette, fancy cheeses, charcuterie and cornichons (check out this link for inspiration – or just grab takeout), spread a blanket on the living room floor and listen to the rain.

The Glitter Life Indoor Picnic
image: sfgirlbybay

2. DIY Braided Cord Cover. Exposed cords really bother us. We work hard to conceal them (we’ve been known to tape them to the bottoms of tables, weave them through tiny nails hammered into the wall, etc), but sometimes we have no choice but to let them show. Fabric Paper Glue to the rescue! In the time it takes you to watch a cheesy TV movie, you can create this adorable braided cover.

The Glitter Life Braided Cord Cover
image: fabric paper glue

And if cords REALLY make you nuts, try these washi tape cord covers perfect for phone chargers.

The Glitter Life Washi Tape Cord Cover
image: whimseybox

3. Style Your Shelves. This is a perfect rainy day project! Think like a stylist: scour your house for interesting objects (random vases, figurines, tiny photos); group similarly-colored books together; and give the eye somewhere to rest every now and then. This is a great article with more how-to advice.

The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
organize your books by color. baskets scattered throughout the shelves give your eyes a break.
The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
neat stacks bring order to random objects and books.
The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
love the pops of coral.

4. Visit a Flower Market. IT’S PEONY SEASON! We both love peonies; their explosive beauty is perfection in arrangements short and tall, simple and complex. If weather permits, visit your local flower market, scoop some peonies (or whatever flowers you love), and create an arrangement yourself. We love these ideas from Apartment Therapy.

Pink Peonies
a rectangular container looks modern.
Pink Peonies
choose flowers in various stages of bloom – your arrangement will be more interesting.
Pink Peonies
this low arrangement would be stunning on a coffee table.

This Design*Sponge video has some great tips and tricks for floral market first-timers:

5. Bake Something. Sundays are for baking at our houses. Try these peanut-butter pretzel brownies from on the ADORABLE blog A Beautiful Mess. Chevron pretzel pattern optional.

The Glitter Life Pretzel Brownies
salty, sweet and semi-homemade.

Cheers to the weekend!

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