animal themed decor and gifts

1. IMM Living Hedgehog Container via Amazon | 2. Swan Necklace from Bottica | 3. Duck Leg Mirror from Clayton Gray Home | 4. Cat Breadboard from Studio Orijin | 5. Oink Ceramic Piggy Bank from GSelect | 6. Hoof Legged Accent Table from Z Gallerie | 7. Shark Bowl via Amazon

Toby tearing around the place like a wild beast is usually enough chaos for me, but I must say that I wouldn’t mind welcoming a few of these quirky critters into our home with open arms!

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cinnamon bun butter

Confession time: I really like bread. And by “like” I mean my roommates in college used to call me the “bread monster” due to the alarming rate I would eat all the doughy goodness in the house. To this day, a simple slice (or three) of golden brown toast topped off with a bit of butter is enough to make it a good day for me. And yet there are times in life when you need to take things up a notch, and in these instances, I break out the cinnamon butter! I mean, a delicious mix of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla swirled together onto your toast in one fell buttery swoop? Pardon me while I drool on myself over here. Learn how to share this sweet slice of heaven with your valentine below!

cinnamon bun butter

Sweet Cinnamon Butter

1 stick of salted butter
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 4 ounce mason jar (optional)

  1. Zap the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds so the consistency becomes super soft, but not yet melted
  2. Plop it into the food processor along with the cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, and pulse until smooth
  3. Jar up that delicious butter mixture (my whole batch fit perfectly into one 4oz jar), and surprise your schmoopy with a sweet treat!

And don’t forget to top off your jar with one of these “For my butter half” labels – your valentine totally LOVES terrible puns, right? I made some gift tags too in case you want to package it up in something other than a mason jar!

Download a printable label here!

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love art prints

Apple of My Eye from Old English Company | Better Half from Hands Off My Dinosaur| XO Love from Rain City Prints | You're Mine and I'm Yours and the World is Ours from Shuffle Prints | You and I Ampersand from Budi Satria Kwan | I Like You from Gemma Correll

Couples everywhere will soon be showering each other with chocolates and flowers for Valentine’s Day, but who needs a calendar to remind you to be nice to your snuggle bunny?! Celebrate your love all year round with these cute love-themed prints

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friday grab bag - jan 30

Happy Friday! We’re taking a pass on all the Super Bowl fun this weekend to kick up our heels at a wedding instead – wahoo! I can’t say I’m too disappointed, since I usually pay more attention to the buffalo wings than the football anyway :-) This week I’m loving…

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delicious soup recipes

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon from Olives & Garlic| Creamy Beef Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup from Czech in the Kitchen | Bacon Cheeseburger Soup from Shugary Sweets | Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup from The Woks of Life

Winter turns me into a soup craving maniac, but unfortunately I only know how to make a few different ones thanks to my vast cooking repertoire. I’m determined to get a few new recipes under my belt before the end of the season, starting with these delicious bowls of goodness right here – slurp!

And if you do decide to whip up a pot of soup one of these days, DO NOT forget to make these cute bread roll hippos I spotted over at Handmade Charlotte. Aren’t they a riot?!

hippo bread rolls

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DIY diamond pillow

Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend…especially big soft ones you can take a nap on :-) I spotted this adorable pillow floating around the interwebs a while ago and was disappointed to see it wasn’t for sale anymore, so I decided to try making my own! I’ve never made any sort of pillow before, so it was a bit of a challenge, but all the nice straight geometric angles were rather nice to work with. Read on for the instructions and don’t be intimidated by all the steps – it’s quite easy when you break it all down!

DIY diamond pillow

What you’ll need:

  • solid colored fabric
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • white fabric paint
  • tape
  • sewing pins
  • sewing machine
  • poly-fil stuffing
  1. Fold a piece of fabric in half and cut out a 22″x18″ rectangle, starting from the folded edge (this will help keep the two pieces of fabric together until you cut)
  2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a vertical line down the center at the halfway point (in this case, 11″). This side will end up on the inside of the pillow, so don’t worry about marking it up!
  3. Then draw a 12″ horizontal line about 1″ down from the top edge, centered on the vertical line (so 6″ on both the left and right sides). About 5.75″ down from this line, draw a centered 20″ line running parallel to the first
  4. Make a mark about 1.5″ from the bottom edge of the center line for the bottom point of the diamond. Connect all the outer points of the lines to create the full diamond shape
  5. Add a .25″ seam around the entire perimeter of the diamond, then cut it out
  6. Now that you have two separate fabric pieces, move the pencil marked layer aside. Tape off a 1″ perimeter (this should be a little thicker than the inner lines due to the extra seam border) around the second layer of fabric and paint it in with fabric paint
  7. Peel the tape off when the paint is dry. Then tape off and paint a .75″ thick line spanning across the width of the diamond and paint. When THAT’s dry, tape off and paint .75″ thick lines in the top section
  8. Once all the paint has dried, place the layer with the pencil markings directly on top of the painted one. Pin together and break out your sewing machine!
  9. Sew along the seam line you marked earlier, but leave a few inches unstitched to create an opening big enough to fit your hand through
  10. Flip the fabric inside out through the gap, so that your diamond lines are now on the outside
  11. Now for the fun part – fill up the pillow with stuffing!
  12. When your pillow is nice and full, hand sew the gap closed (this invisible stitch tutorial came in handy for me)
  13. Go show off your new bling!

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