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February 27, 2015

Make something pretty for your home this weekend! Try one of this gorgeous DIYs to add some subtle spring color to your home.

Hello weekend!

What will you be creating/making/baking this weekend? I’m really excited to hang up new wallpaper in our dining room—wallpaper I designed! It’s completely removable so it’s perfect for rentals, apartments and dorm rooms and it’s adhesive you you don’t need to mess with paste and water. I’ll be sharing more details about it soon! In the meantime you can shop the entire collection.

Here are a few of my favorite projects and finds from this week.

Ashley is killing it with the mid-century inspired projects. This side tables are pure genius.

The oak trees in the front yard are covered in air plants. I gotta make these magnets.

Can you believe this arrangement is all faux flowers?

It’s not too late to make this pretty desktop calendar. Speaking of calendars, have you downloaded my latest wallpaper yet?

I’m also loving:

I’m adding this leather skirt to my must sew list.

Love these printable popcorn boxes.

These treat bags are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (but don’t look too St. Patrick’s Day-ish)

Heck yes.

March 2015 Calendar Wallpaper

February 26, 2015

Get ready for spring and change the wallpaper on all your devices to this lovely background! Available for desktop and mobile both with and without a calendar.

I know many of you still are shoving snow off your driveway so I thought spring could come a little bit early—at least on your desktop! Here’s the newest wallpaper that I hope will brighten your day and make you remember spring is around the corner.Add some spring time beauty to your desktop with this inspirational wallpaper. Available for iPhone and iPad too!

Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:

Computer | Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina display | Retina display with calendar | Retina display with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote |  iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quoteiPad home screen wallpaper

 You’ll notice I no longer have separate downloads for the iPhone 6/6 Plus and previous iPhones. Don’t worry—the iPhone wallpapers available for download will fit all generations of the iPhone. Just note that both the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper turn perspective zoom off by pinching the screen to view the entire design.

Loving these free spring time wallpapers! They are available for computers, tablets, and phones.Brighten up your computer with this pretty modern tulip wallpaper. It's also available for your iPhone and iPad so you can enjoy it wherever you go.Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.

Chickpea Tomato and Feta Salad

February 25, 2015

Looking for a delicious and healthy lunch recipe? Try this chickpea, feta, and tomato salad. It packs well and can be made the night before.

Many of you that completed my reader survey last month wanted to see more lunch recipes so I’m excited to share one of my go-to lunch recipe with you today! It’s a simple chickpea, tomato and feta salad that can be thrown together in just a couple minutes and can be altered depending on your taste and what’s in your fridge.

Yum! Can't wait to try this easy lunch box salad recipe.

Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad
1 serving

Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- coarse salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup heirloom or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup of canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled

Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and oregano in a small bowl. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and feta and stir. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

This hearty salad of chickpeas, tomatoes and feta is a great lunch recipe because it can be made the night before and can easily be swapped with your favorite cheese or veggies.

Notes:
This salad keeps really well and can be made the night before. If you don’t have white balsamic vinegar, it’s also great with red wine vinegar.

For a caprese version, substitute the feta for fresh mozzarella pearls, the dried oregano for basil and the white balsamic for a high quality dark balsamic vinegar or a balsamic glaze. So delish!

Looking for more delicious recipes? Check out my other recipes.

DIY Painted Wood Bangle Bracelets

February 24, 2015

Learn how easy it is to create these statement bangles. They can be customized to match your wardrobe and would make great gifts!

Last week we had our last bit of winter here in Florida. It got all the way down to the 30s and today it’s feeling much more like summer again (or what Floridians simply call winter). So for those of you who are longing for spring time and warmer temperatures, here’s a fun, bright tutorial that will add a bit of spring color to your wardrobe. Because even if it’s chilly out you can still stack these fun painted wood bangles on your wrist!

These painted wood bangles are so fun! They would be the perfect accessory for summer and I can't wait to make them!

Time: 30 minutes + drying time
Supplieswood bangle bracelets / wood stain / foam brush for applying stain / craft paint / small paint brush / washi tape / gloss finish / soft paint brush for applying gloss finish

Apply wood stain with a foam brush to transform unfinished wood bangles.

Step 1: Use a foam brush to apply wood stain to all sides of an unfinished bangle bracelet. Brush in the direction of the wood grain. This is a little messy. If you get any on your hands you can use nail polish remover to get it off.

Use a paper towel to remove excess wood stain to create stained wood bangles.

Step 2: Use a paper towel to remove the excess stain. Let it dry 1 hour (or according to the direction on the stain label if you’re using a different one).

Thin washi tape arranged in small rectangles make the perfect stencils for making confetti painted wood bangle bracelets.

Step 3: Use washi tape to make your stencils making sure the edges of the tape are smooth and firmly adhered to the bracelet.

To make the color blocked bracelets shown in the first image I placed the tape on the bracelets vertically. If you do this, make sure you paint away from the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from bleeding. If it still does, use your nail to carefully scrape away the excess paint.

Love these painted wood bangles! Who knew there was yet another use for washi tape!

Step 4: Paint the bracelet. You will most likely need to apply2-3 coats to achieve a solid color. If you’re as impatient as I am you can use a hair dryer to quickly dry the paint between coats. Carefully remove the tape before the final coat of paint is dry then allow it to dry completely.

Seal painted wood bangle bracelets with gloss decoupage finish to make them shine.

Step 5: The final step is to apply the gloss finish with a soft brush. This will give it a nice sheen and help prevent the paint from chipping.

I adore this DIY painted wood bangle. Can't wait to make a set! (click through for full tutorial)

Note:
To make the polka dots on the polka dot and color blocked bangle, I made tiny stencils by punching holes into stencil material using my 1/8″ hole punch and placing them on the bracelet in a polka dot pattern.

Love bangles? Learn how to make your own fabric wrapped version in my previous video tutorial.

I'm part of the #12MonthsofMartha team! Follow along to see how I use Martha Stewart supplies to make one-of-a-kind DIY projects.