Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday, friends! Below are my favorite links from around the web this week—I hope it inspires you!

Have a great weekend!

1. Ten Trending Nail Polish Colors for December

2. 8 things all successful women do on Sunday

3. Christmas Sangria 

4. How to save money during the holidays.

5. 25 snapchats sent from people who are having a really bad day

6. Top 30 wedding greenery trend ideas for 2017

7. Gift wrapping hacks 

8. Makeup Brushes you need in your life

9. Butternut Squash Quinoa Recipe

 

How to: String Art

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Supplies Needed to Make Your Own String Art:

small finishing nails
a piece of wood
bakers twine or jute
string art template, sized and printed

Step One:
To create your own string art template, either sketch a simple image that can be filled in with string or create an appropriately sized image using your computer. In the past I have chosen to free hand my letters but it is much easier to tape down your image.

Step Two:
Begin to hammer your nails in place around the outline of your template, if you are using a board. If you are using something softer and can just push your nails or pins in place, you may want to use a bit of glue to hold each in place when you begin to knot your string art. If you are wrapping burlap or fabric around your board, that will need to be done and in place before you add any nails or pins.

Step Three:
Once you have finished placing the nails in the outline of your template, carefully peel off the paper.

Step Four:
Begin your string with a double knot. Once it is pulled tight and will not slip, trim the tail.

Step Five:
There is a wide variety of very neat shapes and string art designs that can be achieved with you can skip nails, go back and forth, etc there are many techniques. Keep going back and forth until your string art is sufficiently filled in. You may want to trace around the edge of your shape with your twine at the beginning or end to make sure your shape is adequately outlined. Finish with another double knot, trimming the end once it is tied in place.

TA DA!!

Christmas Decor

I’ve always treasured the month of December, since it encapsulates so many things I love and value—spending time with family, long cozy nights, baking, the list goes on. One of my favorite parts of December is putting up the tree and decorating the condo for the Holidays. Here is a sneak peak of all of the decorations so far.

Have a great week!

Printable Christmas Sayings $2.99

Target Holiday Rug $8.99

Lit Copper Joy Sign $25.00

Red Throw Blanket $17.99

Set of 2 Reindeer Pillows $13.99

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Kalyn’s Birthday

I’m a huge fan of chocolate-covered pretzels, who doesn’t love this ridiculously easy salty and sweet combination. I have always been a little disappointed in store-bought versions—the chocolate is usually mediocre and the ratio of chocolate-to-pretzel is often off. For Kalyn’ birthday last month I decided to try out a simple recipe adding a little Halloween twist. The “recipe” is so simple—they take about 15 minutes to make, including time to cool—but I was amazed at what a difference the homemade touch made.

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Outfit:

Heathered Striped Elbow Patch Top $36.00

Old Navy Rockstar Jeans $27.00

Black Frost-Free Vest $22.00

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Ingredients:

circle or square-shaped pretzels
Hershey ‘s Kisses Hugs (or any flavor Kiss)
candy corn

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250F degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Align pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap Hugs and place one on each pretzel. Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down. Mine takes about 4 minutes.
While the Hugs are melting in the oven, get your candy corn ready because you will have to move quickly once the pretzels are out of the oven.
Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press a candy corn down on each one. The Hug should flatten out when you press the candy corn on it. If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.
Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. These are a great make ahead treat: make them 1-3 days before you need them and store covered in the refrigerator.