Homemade Heart Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day

It’s our Pin of the Day featuring Homemade Heart Marshmallows from Belly Full! Enjoy this creamy treat with a mug of your favorite hot chocolate.

We’re Obsessed with Adult Coloring Books

We’ve have been obsessing over adult coloring books for more than year. While our children allow us to color as adults without judgement they’re pretty sure we need to stay in the lines and not stray. Thanks to the renaissance of coloring books, and the genius who helped to create adult coloring books, we are obsessed. Our local craft and bookstores has filled our shelves with coloring books, but we are hunting something new. Today, we’re over at Etsy checking out the latest adult coloring books produced on a small scale.

Adult Coloring Books

Get out your colored pencils and markers and go to town coloring the brand new Coloring Book Volume #3 traveler’s notebook insert by YellowPaperHouse! This coloring book inset goes into your Midori Style Traveler’s notebooks, which means you can take them anywhere. We’re picturing large latte’s filled with caramel and an extended coloring sesh at our local coffee shop!

YellowPaperHouse adult coloring book


If you’re looking for intricate details, check out PaisleyandHazel’s Animal Coloring Book. Made for kids and adults who are looking for coloring books with that extra attention to detail. This book is an alphabet animal coloring book- meaning each page features one letter of the alphabet and an animal that starts with that letter. Example: A- alpaca, B- butterfly, C- chameleon, etc.

 This coloring book is perfect for adults or children who love to color intricate details.


ChickenPantsStudio has created the Flat Faced Friends Pug and French Bulldog Adult Coloring Book. Flat Faced Friends is an adult coloring book that features 30 original illustrations of pugs and French bulldogs to color. Go ahead and color our feels as warm and fuzzy.

Color our feels warm and cozy with these adult coloring books!


LightBurstMedia has created an adult coloring book digital download for those of us who can’t wait for the postman to deliver their purchases. This Magical Unicorns and Fairies coloring book is for anyone who loves fantasy, unicorns, or fairies. Grab your colored pencils or favorite markers and create a magical realm in your favorite coloring spot.

 Relax, Unwind, De-Stress, and Color In Your Dreams With These 35 Beautiful Detailed Unicorn and Fairy Illustrations with these adult coloring books


What are your favorite adult coloring books?

Haunting Halloween Treats — Candy Apple Edition

We’re back and rounding up the best Halloween Candy Apples for part one of our Haunting Halloween Treats series. Start planning your Halloween festivities now with these spooky, tasty treats that will thrill kids big and small and give you dentist the sugariest of all scares.

Start this Halloween off with these wickedly delicious poison toffee apples from Simply Delicious.

Candy apples dipped in white chocolate and dripping in candy blood will leave the vampires in awe.

Even the pickiest of witches won’t be able to turn down these candy apples.

If Goth Life is your thing, these sparkly black candy apples will be the highlight of your party.

The tiniest of witches will haunt any table these Witchtastic carmel apples adorn.

If chocolate covered apples are your jam, check our these Halloween candy apples which are sure to please any palate.

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Patriotic Pins You’ll Adore

We’ve been over on Pinterest checking out all of the fun Patriotic Pins that are being shared and pinned. Our spirits are lifted and we’re ready to celebrate this Independence Day with some tasty treats and crafts created by some incredibly talented people. Here are a few of our favorites that will soon become your favorites as well!

These tasty Patriotic Marshmallow Wands from Two Sisters Crafting will keep your guests talking and only you will know how simple they were to make! They’re a tasty treat, no campfire needed!

Happiness is Homemade made fun to eat Patriotic Oreo Pops for the 4th of July. The stick helps keep little hands clean and makes it easier when dunking in a glass of icy cold milk. Genius!

It wouldn’t be a holiday celebration if we didn’t share a pin from the Doyenne of Domestic, Martha Stewart. We love this Patriotic color scheme.

Capital B created this Ruffly Patriotic Wreath Tutorial that’s simple and gorgeous.

Bring year-round Americana into your home with this gorgeous 4th of July Ribbon Wreath with your from Landeelu.

Clothespins are easy to paint and put together to create this Red, White and Blue wreath from Preciously Paired. It’s a craft little helpers will love to help with!

Fireworks rings made from sparkly tinsel stems are perfect for making a statement every time you use your hands!

Do you have a favorite craft or tasty treat you think we should know about? Share it in the comments!

7 Letterpress Christmas Cards That Will Send You to the Top of Everyone’s List!

Christmas card giving is like a competitive sport or high school clique. Did they send me a card last year? No? Mass produced and no handwritten note for them! Small shops require extra time to print or letterpress your cards in time for the holiday season, so allow us to help you kick-start your search with our carefully selected selection of letterpress Christmas Cards from Etsy that will make your cards the must-have of the season!

50 Letterpress is creating gorgeous Christmas cards on their antique Chandler & Price Letterpress. This card is hand-penned and pressed on 110lb Crane Lettra pearl white soft cotton paper, making them as unique as you.

Letterpress Christmas Cards that will send you to the top of the Christmas Card list!

Echo Letterpress has created a card filled with tangled Christmas lights that would make Clark W. Griswold agree with the sentiment “Every @*%#! Year.” Don’t let the pesky tangles make your Christmas card plans go awry. With these letterpress beauties, you’ll have plenty of time for your own Griswold style shenanigans.

Letterpress Christmas Cards that will make your card the most sought after this holiday season!

Simply elegant is how we’d describe the Ho Ho Ho cards from Cardamom Press. Each card features a sprig of holly and a jolly “ho ho ho!” on the outside. The blank insides make them a perfect choice for season’s greetings, thank you notes, or even invites to your holiday festivities.

Ho Ho Ho Cards Letterpress Christmas Cards from Cardamom Press will ensure your Christmas Cards are the most coveted this season.

Santa can’t believe you made the nice list and this letterpress Christmas card from Lemon Zest Press will elicit a hearty Ho Ho Ho from family and friends while the most difficult thing you’ll have to do this season is decide who goes on which list.

Santa can't believe you made the nice list! 7 Letterpress Christmas Cards for 2015!

Send family and friends greetings with Scripture based Christmas cards  from Studio 3 Eleven. They’ll imprint your name at the bottom to personalize your cards and giving them that something extra.

7 Letterpress Christmas Cards that will make your card the most coveted of the season!

Ink Meets Paper has created this joyful “Joy” letterpress card set. The design was hand drawn by co-owner Allison Nadeau and pressed onto Crane Lettra 110lb pearl white paper.It will certainly bring joy to any recipient on your list.

Bring "Joy" to all of your loved ones this season with these letterpress Christmas Cards!

The Blue Birds Decorate card from Vandalia Street Press is simple and perfect to send to friends and family. Tiny blue birds decorate a tree void of its leaves with red baubles, preparing it for the holiday season.

Blue Birds Decorating a Christmas Tree is one of 7 letterpress Christmas Cards that will make your holidays brighter.

Unexpected Wall Decor

I moved into a new house earlier this year, and my walls are barren. (It took me four months to put the first nail in!) Needless to say, I’ve walked the house multiple times thinking about the right items to hang that are not only stylish but unexpected. I headed over to Etsy to search for wall decor that will fulfill my decorative needs, as well as allow me the opportunity to add touches of whimsy and cheeky fun to my living space.

Macrame has held a special place in my heart since I was a little girl growing up in the 70’s. I can remember my aunt painstakingly making a macrame owl and Christmas tree that still hang in my Grandmother’s home. This macrame wall hanging from Slow Down Productions is a serious contender for my living room space.

Unexpected Wall Decor for Your Home

My husband is a tennis player and this Vintage Wooden Tennis Racket fits his sporty side, and is a fun addition. This vintage Wright & Ditson racket is a unique find and will start guests talking should there be a lull in the conversation.

Unexpected Wall Decor for Your Home

What more could a gal ask for than a fabulous hare trophy head? This fake taxidermy wall hanging from Tilly Lane Treasures is ideal for my Southern/Mid-Century/Industrial house style. His bowtie certainly adds a sense of formality.

Unexpected Wall Decor for Your Home

Have party guests with bad bathroom etiquette? Let this photograph set them straight! “No Drinking in the Bathroom” is a photography print of an old sign that was hanging on in a former bar in Buffalo, New York. So funny, quirky, and unique, this photograph will add a touch of humor to any bathroom or powder room.

Unexpected Wall Decor For Your Home

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

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Halloween is just a few weeks away and we’ve been searching hi and low most hauntingly creative DIY Halloween wreaths around. Now is the time to get prepping and make your front door just as Spook-tacular as your costume. From the syrupy sweet to spooky, your front door will be the best dressed on the block this Halloween!

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

1. Candy Corn Wreath: We’re feeling super sweet about this Candy Corn Wreath. It’s low in calories and we’re pretty sure your dentist will thank you! (via Heather from WhipperBerry for The House of Smiths)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

2. Halloween Mummy Wreath: Trick or treaters will wonder who’s watching them as they walk up to the front door and see a set eyes watching them. No tricks will happen while your Halloween Mummy Wreath is on watch. (via Pretty Providence)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

3. Glam Witch Crash: Your neighbors will be ready to file a fly-by report with the Witches Council after seeing this front door incident. (via The Alison Show)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

4.   Paper Plate and Cookies Sprinkles Wreath: The burnt paper on this wreath shares ominous, haunting beauty. (via Blue Sky Confections)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

5. Halloween Raven Wreath: Edgar Allan Poe would be shouting “Nevermore” if he were to catch a glimpse of this macabre raven wreath hanging on your front door. (via Create Craft Love)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

6. Halloween Mini Wreath: Make your Halloween traditional and trendy with this adorable wreath that incorporates a healthy dose of whimsy. (via Create Craft Love)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

7. Spooky Eyeball Wreath: Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? The entire neighborhood will be on watch when they catch a glimpse of this ocular oddity! (via A Pretty Life)

7 Hauntingly Creative DIY Halloween Wreaths

Best Halloween Costumes for Your Pet on Etsy!

Halloween is just around the corner, and we’ve found the best Halloween costumes for your pet on Etsy!

Dress up your favorite pooch with this two piece witch costume from Bellas Fancy Wardrobe. It includes a fringe trim tiered dress (including an easy front closure) with an attached petticoat and jaunty witch hat.

The best pet Halloween costumes on Etsy!

Does your kitty want to join in the Halloween fun? This Hissy Witch hat for Halloween is the perfect choice for the most finicky felines. Hand felted witch hat (100% wool) with a brown felt ribbon around, and a metal buckle. A thin elastic strap helps this mini hat stay in place, without discomfort for the animal.

The best pet Halloween costumes on Etsy

“Bless my soul it’s Harry Potter.” This Harry Potter themed pet costume features a black cape, and a shirt and tie collar in the Gryffindor house colors. (Other house colors are available upon request.) This costume is custom made to your pet’s specific measurements to provide a comfortable fit, which makes it perfect for Halloween!

The best pet Halloween costumes on Etsy

Are you an Anglophile looking for a bespoke costume fit for a pooch princess? This Elizabeth the First custom order will ensure your pampered pet strolls down the street a Halloween costume that is as regal as she.

The best pet Halloween costumes on Etsy

Do you have a favorite handmade pet costume? Tell us about it in the comments!

Crafty Autumn Pins on Pinterest

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The air is growing crisp, leaves are crunching underfoot, fireplaces are roaring to life, and the air is scented with nutmeg and cinnamon. I find a lot of inspiration on Pinterest this time of year and am sharing a few of my favorite Autumn Pins on Pinterest guaranteed to pique everyone’s crafty side.

Follow our Crafty Autumn Board on Pinterest for more Autumn Pinning Inspiration!

We’re Batty Over Halloween

We’re going batty over Halloween! My mother used to have a rubber bat that she would hook to the ceiling fan every October and it would fly around the living room. Needless to say, Halloween was always a little precarious, as the string the bat was attached to would occasionally loosen and send it flying across the living room. I’m pretty sure that my reflexes are what they are today thanks to Mom and her Halloween bat. The bat is long gone so I’m sending her these fun batty crafts from Etsy so she can test the reflexes of her Grandchildren, just like she tested those of my sister and me.

Naomi over at fuzzonme has created this fun, needled felted plush loop Felt Halloween Bat that has an adorable yellow pumpkin. This is the kind of bat you want whizzing around the living room on the ceiling fan. (The bat comes with a linen string, I’d switch it out to something heavier duty if attaching to the ceiling fan, like fishing line.)

Felt Halloween Bat from fuzzonme

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t share a second helping of adorable Batty Halloween Fun from fuzzonme. Her shop is too adorable and this Halloween Witch Hat Bat (say that 5 times really fast) brings out the “WANT” in me.

Halloween Felt Witch Hat Bat by fuzzonme

Vinyl Halloween Bat Decals by stickythingz are handmade and cut in the U.S. from premium Oracal vinyl. While they’re not reusable, they are affordable, paint safe, and come in three different sizes and last for one year. If I knew I wouldn’t wake my teen up, I’d go in his room while he’s asleep and paste these all over the ceiling for a Halloween prank.

Halloween Bat Decals from stickythingz

Adorn yourself with handmade black skull earrings with black brass and verdigris bat charms from skeptis in Toronto. She’ll also swap the ear wires for hypoallergenic Niobium for those with sensitive ears.

Halloween Skull and Bat earrings

The Little EV shop from Ireland has hand sewn and punched from heavy (250 -290gsm) cardstock in black and glitter card paper in gold cardstock that she’s turned into Halloween Bat Garland. Since these are made to order, if you don’t live in the United States, you won’t receive them in time for Halloween, but you will be ready for next year!

Halloween Bat Garland