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Let Mr. Kate Be Your Thrift Store Guide

Thrift shopping takes patience, persistence and often, a creative eye. Sometimes what you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get as an end result. For example, a beat up picture frame might look like a piece of junk at first glance, but with some care and restoration it could end up becoming a work of art itself. The same goes for clothing. I was advised to pay attention to prints and patterns more than shape and size because a great tailor can turn almost anything into a perfect fit. 

As much as I love looking for treasures, I’m no expert when it comes to seeking out a diamond in the rough. Luckily Mr. Kate, an expert in all things thrift, is giving us some of her best advice when it comes to shopping in thrift stores. And in honor of it being National Thrift Day, Kate threw in one of my favorite DIY projects featuring painted patterned mugs!

I’ll let Mr. Kate take it from here. Happy thrifting!

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Living

Crafting With Nina!

Is it too soon to #tbt to Easter? Last week, I took a trip to one of my best friend Nina Dobrev’s hometown in Toronto. Once we were there we got our Easter egg on! Nina’s Mom taught us a new technique for decorating eggs. They turned out so great I wanted to share her way with you all. File it away for next year or get crafty just because! Is there ever not a time for pastel colored eggs? Nah.

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Fashion

Make Your Own Umbrella-Ella-Ella

Something rare and exciting happened in LA last week… it rained! As I dusted off my one and only umbrella, I realized how uninspiring my basic black dome is. There must be a way to jazz this baby up, I thought. Sure, I could go out and buy something with more pizazz but where is the fun in that? I spun my rubber boots back around and did a little online research. Of course there are dozens of amazing DIYs out there! To the craft store I go…

These were my very favorite DIYs, and I found it almost impossible to choose just one! Continue Reading

Living

DIY Recycled Wrapping Paper

After all the presents have been put under the tree, you might find yourself with a few rolls of leftover sparkly paper. A friend gave me a great idea the other day: take the unused holiday paper and use it as décor!

She wrapped hanging mirrors, framed photos and art to look like gifts decorating the walls of her home, which I loved. She also lined the bottom of clear coasters, cut strips for coasters, and updated the lining of her serving trays. Everything looks so festive and exciting! Continue Reading

Recipes

Spectacular Sugar Cookies!

A few weeks ago I saw a comment on my Instagram from @nutmegandhoneybee, saying she’d love to contribute a recipe to the site. I clicked over to her profile and was absolutely blown away by how incredible her work is! Of course I had to have one of her recipes here, and I am so glad I reached out. Aren’t these cookies amazing?!

Here are all of Meghan’s baking secrets so you can make these incredible cookies, too! Continue Reading

Home Decor

DIY Christmas Ornaments

I am especially proud of this pretty DIY tree I decorated at home last week. It was surprisingly simple to do! All you need are a few easy-to-find items. You can use the ones I list here, or get creative and go with your own ideas.

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Start with clear, round and heart-shaped globes that feature openings near the top.

Place twirled pieces of yarn inside, using the same shade of string as ties to hang from the tree. I chose to use hues of cream and brown because I wanted a natural color scheme but obviously the options are endless! I also used a rose gold wire in some of the globes for a touch of sparkle. Continue Reading

Living

4 DIY Projects That Make Perfect Gifts

Allow me to get this off my chest: HOW IS IT DECEMBER ALREADY?!! Seriously, was it not just July? Okay, okay, end rant. Time to start thinking about a serious holiday season task: presents. I’d love to find a cute craft I could create and gift to my friends. Something that is thoughtful, useful, and festive.

Last year, a friend of mine gifted mason jars filled with everything you need to make holiday cookies. It was wrapped in a pretty bow and included a little tag with printed directions. I could tell she took the time making these and I thought it was a great idea. I loved the look and size of the mason jar and knew there had to be other ideas out there. Turns out, there are many!

Here are some great gift ideas I found using mason jars. What do you guys think? Do you have a DIY go-to gift? Continue Reading

Home Decor

Take It Or Leaf It

Piles of crispy, colorful leaves make me want to do two things: 1) dive into them and 2) do something crafty! I searched the Internet for home decor inspirations using fallen leaves and found some seriously stunning ideas.

I love all these projects and I can’t wait to try them out. Just click the link under the photo and it will take you to the full tutorial!

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Home Decor

Mr. Kate’s Guide To Spooky Chic

When it comes to Halloween decorations the first images which come to mind are of giant spider webs, creepy skeletons, ugly witches and more fear-inducing paraphernalia. Some people go all out on the scary factor by incorporating dry ice for an eerie fog effect or play recordings of disturbing screams or ghoulish cackles. While I am all for this type of freaky décor, this year I’ve been in search of something a little different. Something, dare I say, more chic? Is it possible to do Halloween-chic? Turns out it is!

This DIY from Mr. Kate transforms pretty lace into ethereal looking ghosts. The hint of glam was exactly what I had in mind. These are going to look perfect in my new back yard! Continue Reading

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