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September 5, 2014

Not quite ready for fall? Transition from summer to fall with this non-traditional color palette and these fun DIY projects.

Happy weekend! This weekend we’re heading to a friend’s wedding and making a weekend getaway out of it and heading to St. Augustine for a couple days. I can’t wait!

If it’s still feeling way more like summer than fall where you live, how about trying one of these fun DIY projects to help transition your home from summer to fall. I’m just loving the non-traditional color palette with a mix of oranges, peaches, and violet.

1. Oh Joy! gold metal lanterns get a makeover with a crepe paper DIY.

2. A Subtle Revelry shares another use for crepe paper with these simple wreaths.

3. You Are My Fave shows you how to transform those craft store paper letters into a cute sign over on Julep.

I’m also loving:

These easy DIY fall scents. You know, if you just can’t wait any longer for a cinnamon smell to fill your house.

This upcycled book art. So simple and so cute!

It’s Homey Oh My’s first blog birthday! Congrats Amy!

Blackberry Lemonade Gin Fizz

September 4, 2014

This blackberry lemonade gin fizz combines fresh ingredients, like Natalie's lemonade, to create a crowd pleasing cocktail. (Click through for video recipe)

I have a confession to make. I’m a juice snob.
And I’m pretty serious about my juice.

I’ve never been a much milk drinker (unless cookies are involved) and have always preferred drinking juice. So a couple years ago while shopping at a local produce market I stumbled upon Natalie’s. After reading the label and learning that it was handcrafted by a family owed and operated company right here in Florida I decided to give their orange juice a try.

It was love at first sip.

And ever since tasting their juice, it’s now the only brand I’ll buy. Natalie’s makes the freshest, all-natural juice you can buy. It’s so fresh—it’s squeezed fresh daily and is on the shelf only 40 hours after it’s made. Their juices can be found in the produce section of your grocery store, such as Publix and other local markets. But they aren’t limited to just orange juice. They make delicious grapefruit juice, lemonades, fruit orange juices (mango orange is my favorite) and even fresh squeezed margarita mix!

I used Natalie’s fresh squeezed lemonade to make this delicious blackberry lemonade gin fizz. It combines to two of my favorite cocktail ingredients: gin and Natalie’s juice. Watch the video above to learn how easy it is to make this refreshing cocktail.

Ingredients for 1 serving:
- 6 fresh blackberries
- 4 oz. Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company lemonade
- 1-2 oz. gin (depending on how strong you want to make it)
- Splash of good quality tonic water or club soda
- Ice

Love lemonade and gin? Then you have to try making this blackberry cocktail. It's so good! (click through for video recipe)

To decorate your glasses like mine, you will need some gold mylar tape. It’s sticky enough to hold up to hand washing but it can be removed from the glasses without leaving any residue. The perfect way to decorate your glassware for  a party!

And after trying this yummy cocktail, I know you’re going to be a juice snob too.

Blackberries and freshly squeezed lemonade made for a refreshing gin cocktail. (Click through for video recipe)

Natalie's fresh squeezed lemonade makes for a delicious base for this cocktail. (Click through for video tutorial)

This post was created in partnership with Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. As always, I only partner with brands that I truly love and I love Natalie’s! Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help me make delicious recipes like this one.

Gold Ikea Ekby Bjärnum Shelves

September 3, 2014

Love the gold trend? Add some metallic shimmer to your home by spray painting affordable Ikea shelf brackets gold!

As part of my home office refresh I updated the existing Ikea Ekby Bjärnum shelf brackets  with a few coats of metallic gold spray paint. The new look satisfies my desire to make everything gold and makes them look a little less default.

I first primed the brackets with a coat of Kilz oil-based spray primer and then used Montana Gold spray paint in Goldchrome to give them a metallic gold finish. They needed 3 thin coats to fully cover the metal finish. Though Montana Gold is my favorite spray paint, I found this finish to leave fingerprints. If I were doing this again, I definitely would wear gloves while installing the brackets to avoid smudging the pretty gold finish. And since these brackets have exposed screw heads, I gave them a quick coat of paint with some liquid gilding so they match the brackets.

Use Montana gold spray paint to transform Ikea Ekby Bjarnum silver shelf brackets  into beautiful gold ones!

Want to make everything gold? All it takes is a few coats of spray paint to transform these Ikea shelf brackets into something more stylish.

Do those scalloped storage jars look familiar? I gave the lids a quick coat of spray paint so they now match the gold brackets. The gold storage box is just a plain white box I picked up at the craft store that I covered with some gold mylar tape.

Hmm… I wonder what else can I make gold?

Poppin white pencil cups / Poppin white ruler / Print by Emily McDowell / Storage jars by me (tutorial here) / Wall color: Soothing Green Tea by Glidden

September 2014 Calendar Wallpaper

August 30, 2014

Dress up your desktop with this free September 2014 calendar wallpaper. Available for all devices!

Happy September!

It’s almost September and that means it’s officially fall. Time to start thinking about changing leaves, backyard campfires, and apple picking. But if it’s not quite feeling like fall yet (hello 100 degree weather!) here’s a cheery wallpaper that will get you excited about fall without leaving summer’s color palette behind.You're the apple of my eye! Dress up your computer, phone, or tablet with this cute, free wallpaper.Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:

2560 x 1440 | 2560 x 1440 with calendar | 2560 x 1440 with quote
1440 x 900 | 1440 x 900 with calendar | 1440 x 900 with quote
2880 x 1800 Retina | 2880 x 1800 Retina with calendar | 2880 x 1800 Retina with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper

Please note that the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper, simply turn perspective zoom off to view the entire design.

Dress up your desktop with this free September 2014 calendar wallpaper. Available for phones, tablets, and computers.Let this adorable wallpaper inspire you! Download it for all your devices with this inspiring quote or with a calendar.

Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.