A Pumpkin I Can Smile at for Another Month

It’s that time of year again. Orange and black are all over. Cob webs and grave stones are appearing on town house steps. But I am not yet ready for a witch’s cackle.

Just like last year, I want to embrace fall but not quite Halloween or the impending winter.

I was looking for albino pumpkins but couldn’t find them, so instead I found the in-between color, drew a little mustache on them, and got busy with some glitter. The whole time I made them I kept saying, these are so awesome.

Directions:

1. Cut out a printed mustache photo (like this one).
2. Trace around the perimeter of the stache (with a pen).
3. Outline the mustache with glue and then fill it in.
4. Add glitter. Shake off excess glitter and let dry.

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Style Me Pretty

I was just a tiny bit excited to see the first preview of the Style Me Pretty Weddings book and not just because our wedding is featured (both in book and preview!). Ok, that’s a lie. It’s 100% because our wedding is featured in it. But especially excited because we are not only featured, but Abby Larson (the founder of Style Me Pretty) wrote the most amazing introduction to our wedding. She wrote “As someone who looks at beautiful wedding day in and day out, I can honestly tell you that this particular wedding {OURS!} has completely and totally stolen my heart. It’s layer upon layer of pretty with a bride and groom who literally glow.”

I cried. I even think Dean got a little choked up.

Below is a glimpse and I can not wait to see the rest of our spread and the entire book which is sure to be stunning cover to cover. You can pre-order all this gorgeousness here. I’ve cut out some of the print so you can read a little too.

 

 

I can’t wait till the book is out on December 18th when I can share even more about our wedding. I have many, many party DIYs saved up!

 

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Brilliant Organizing Tip of the Day

Being unorganized and irresponsible is a not-so-charming combination I have managed to master. I’m a work in progress, but just as I think I’ve finally cured myself of my issues, I lose/can’t find yet another thing. Recently, it was an old pair of eyeglasses and a new pair of sunglasses. In the same week.

I actually said to Dean, “Well, I had the glasses for almost ten years, so really that was a pretty good run.” Pitiful, huh? This past weekend my brilliant mother-in-law showed me her new glasses organization method. Just put them on a hanger… simple as that.

Using a velvet covered hanger is best, or wrap your hanger in ribbon as I did here. Feel free to adorn with a bow, broach, or old earring.

What keeps you organized? Or are you just as hopeless as I am?

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Next Week is Love U Madly’s 1st Birthday!

I can’t believe I’ve survived a year. With the exception of holidays and two technical/motivational issue days, regular posts every day at 6am Monday through Friday. I’m patting myself on the back, yes. But, I’m also patting the back of my very lovely readers. New and old. Fleeting and loyal. Friends I haven’t spoken to in 20 years or in 20 minutes. Mom and Mom-In-Law. Sisters. Uncle. Grandma. Even my dad, who finally learned to make comments on the site after eight months, then left comments so quirky and misunderstood that one reader just had to ask “What’s Up with John?”I’ve learned about styling food and crafts, and I have a long way to go. I’ve learned about time management and how little sleep I barely function on. I’ve learned many, many lessons in bravery and kindness.

I can now say one year later I love many things madly besides the five categories of this blog. Blogging with my sister. Pinterest. Sugar. Facebook. Foodgawker. Sur la Table. My camera. Fairway market. Home Depot. Online shopping. But one thing that I still love madly above all else: my usually patient, very handsome, always supportive hubby.

Top Ten of Love U Madly’s First Year (based on traffic alone and I’ve included the other social media details from each post):
1. Fruit Roll-Ups Pinned: 185,000 times; Facebook Liked: 1,717 times

2. DIY hair bands Pinned: 7,000  FB Like: 164

3. Crystal Light lip glossPinned: 13,000 FB Like: 270

4. Testing hair tutorials on the subwayPinned: 7,000 FB Like: 7

5. DIY Rock runner.. Pinned: 1,000  FB Like: 40

6. Wine Pops Pinned: 4,000  FB Like: 644

7. Granola Cups Pinned: 972  FB Like: 74

8. Game Night Vodka…  Pinned: 2,000 FB Like: 57

9. S’more cups  Pinned: 164  FB Liked: 34

10. Wine Cork Trivets  Pinned: 931 FB Liked: 10

 

(Balloon Photo Source)

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DIY Bangle, No Tools Needed

I see so many do-it-yourself jewelry projects that I’m desperate to try. I often buy all the materials, get my tools ready, and then majorly fail during the execution. I’m really intimidated by anything that requires a clasp, so I was thrilled to come across these wooden craft bangles for $3. I had a bunch of ombre rainbow cord leftover from one of my above-mentioned failed projects (a recreation of this necklace), so I gave it a while. And it worked. NO clasp. NO tools. NO talent. Victory! Many more bangles projects in our future…

No Clasp Bangle DIY

Materials:
Wooden bangle (i like the dome exterior here)
Embroidery thread/rattail cord (I used a rainbow ombre rattail from MJ Trim, you can also get it online here)
Fabric glue

Directions:
Wrap thread/rattail tightly around the bangle. Continue to wrap covering up the end of the cord/thread on the inside of the bangle. Do this all the way around. Once you have completed covered the bangle, snip the cord and glue it on the inside of the bangle. Hold it down until dry (I used a potato chip clip to hold it down when I got lazy). That’s it – enjoy!

Inspired by: I Spy DIY 

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