Sometimes a room can sit for years before you figure out how to put it to perfect use.
That's what happened to this small loft space which until now never got its just due or desserts.
Throughout this post, I'll walk you through how I transformed this room from under-used and drab to cheerful, summery fab.
f you browse food photography as much as I do, you may have noticed the trend toward dark and moody photos.
These photos may have been snapped mid-day but they look more like they were photographed in late evening, illuminated by only the tiniest amount of light.
I'm pretty obsessed with this particular food photography style right now.
aise your hand if you're more than ready for Spring. Hang in there folks, it's almost here.
With Spring florals in mind, I've created these fun inspiration throw pillows and I'm sharing this easy project over at Ella Claire Inspired you can check out my colorful tutorial HERE. ♥
have a confession. As much as I enjoy cooking and baking, my secret motivation for many of the dishes I whip up in the kitchen is directly connected to my efforts to become a much better food photographer.
OK, I'm a little obsessed with food photos, food props and food styling.
As I continue to try to make my own photos look more and more mouth-watering, my family and friends are the beneficiaries of my tasty aspirations and with this post... so are you.
ifficult. Finicky. Troublesome. Sneaky. Frustrating. Disastrous. Those are just a few of the adjectives that I've alternately used to describe the process of making French Macarons at home.
I could use more descriptors but I think you get the idea.
French Macarons are by far the most difficult dessert I have ever tried to make.
aby it's cold outside and when the temps dip this low, comfort food is the one thing that can really warm you up.
That's where this recipe comes in. It's my all-time favorite chili recipe and it's filled with the perfect blend of spices and other flavorful ingredients that will definitely warm you up in a hurry.
nother year has come and gone and last year was filled with a ton of projects, recipes and inspiration. I always enjoy putting these retrospectives together because it's not only fun for me to look back on my creative offerings but I think it's a great chance for you to catch up on any of my projects and ideas you may have missed throughout 2014.
I've included a series of mosaics featuring all my posts from last year along with corresponding links for your convenience. Enjoy the look back.
The Year in Review 2013|Nana Banana's Cinnamon Rolls|Thanks Mom-Favorite Ad|From Fabric Scraps to Fabric Envelopes|Vintage-Inspired Handcrafted Fabric Note Cards|Eiffel Tower Sugar Cookies|Sweetheart Cookies|How to Miter Fabric Corners|Flatware-Inspired Embroidered Napkins|Linen Organization|The Embroidered Attic- Jacobean Embroidered Pillow|Spring-Inspired Cookie Gift Sack|Mason Jar-Inspired-Animal Cookie Gift Jar|Blueberry & White Chocolate Muffins
absolutely love old books, don't you? This particular collection of vintage books had been sitting on a shelf at my parent's home for several decades just waiting to picked up again.
During a recent visit, my mom (many of you have already met Nana Banana), said that I could take the books, to add to my personal library. My twin sister, Paula was standing next to me at the time and she quickly snapped her fingers in good-natured frustration for not having asked mom for the collection first.
When it comes to having an affinity for vintage books, it runs in the family.
an you believe that my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL is almost over? Welcome to Day 21.
I thought before I wrap up this year's series, I'd give you a look back at a few of my favorite projects and recipes from last year's 25-day special.
Here are a dozen of my favorites from that 25-day, 2013 series starting with this STUFFED STAR ORNAMENT.
ho isn't looking for reindeer dashing this time of year? I think we all are keeping our eyes peeled for that. No need to look any further thanks to these treats that feature majestic reindeer sprinting across these tasty cookies.
Welcome to Day 20 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES which features cookies you're definitely going to want to make.
egular readers of this blog know how much I love to make throw pillows. I've made so many of them over the years because they are so easy to create
Handcrafted pillows also make great holiday gifts.
Welcome to Day 18 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES which features a holiday pillow fit for Santa's sleigh.
ne of the things that I love about the holiday wreath is that there is no one way it should be displayed. It can be as varied as you like during this season and look on any door and it usually is just that.
Welcome to Day 16 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL which takes a look at two easy wreaths you can make in about 15 minutes each.
ho knew that melted snowmen could also melt your heart. That's how I feel about these adorable cookies who have clearly succumb to warmer temperatures.
Welcome to Day 15 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES where the misfortune of these melted snowmen are actually our good luck and good taste.
ow many of you plan to take a bottle of wine to the host/hostess of an upcoming holiday party? Here's one way you can dress up that beverage bottle with a little handcrafted flair.
Welcome to Day 14 of my 22-Day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL which features an easy look at how to make a wine bottle holder.
elcome to Day 12 of my COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES. I can't believe we're already halfway through this 22-day extravaganza but there we are and there's so much more planned in my series so stay tuned.
Today, I'm sharing another simple-to-make project with an old-fashioned twist to spruce up your indoor holiday decor.
hen I started making my jumbo gingerbread man cookies, I certainly thought they would be the star of this post.
Little did I know that the gift packaging I made to go along with the gingerbread treat would actually steal the show.
Welcome to Day 11 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES.
here is a universal appeal in vintage-looking handicraft these days and that affinity is at the heart of this holiday project.
In Day 10 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES, I'll show you how to transform plain gift tags into old-fashioned looking tags that look like they've been around for ages.
o you like Biscotti? I hope your answer is YES because this is one dessert that would make a perfect holiday dessert offering.
Welcome to Day 9 of my 22-day COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SERIES. Today, I'm serving up Biscotti in a most delicious way which combines the sweet taste of cranberries with the salty crunch of pistachios.