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0 DIY Campfire Cooking Station

Contributor post by Emily + Erick of Hello Home Shoppe

As summer winds down and our thoughts turn to fall, we can't seem to let go of the idea of cooking over an open flame. Even when our grille is safely packed away in the coming months, we'll still trudge outside with a thermos full of hot coffee and settle in for a night of fireside cooking. The only problem is that without a proper campfire cooking set up, you're pretty limited in your culinary options beyond marshmallows and hotdogs on sticks. Lately, we've been dreaming of cooking cowboy style: baking bread in a Dutch oven or simmering a pot of hearty stew over an open flame. Cue this DIY Campfire Cooking Station. We love this DIY because it's totally customizable for whatever you're cooking--as long as it has handles, you can hang it from the s-hooks. Dinner just got more fun!

Things You'll Need
-Three Pieces of 4' Rebar 
-11' of Thin Chain
-Small U-Bolt Clamp
-Two S-Hooks
-Pot w/Two Side Handles 

1.) Position the tops of the poles so that they are splayed out with the tops touching as if forming a tripod. Position over an unlit fire. 
2.) Unscrew the u-bar clamp and place the clamp over the top of the three pieces of rebar. Secure them in place by tightening the screw.
3.) Take one end of the chain and loop the first link with the s-hook.
4.) Loop the other end of the s-hook through the handle of the pot so that the s-hook is linking the chain and the pot. To do this, chain must be held very taught. 
5.) Repeat on the other side so that both handles of the pot are connected to an s-hook.Gather up the slack in the middle and position the pot in the middle of the poles
6.) Wrap the excess chain around the top of the pole "tripod."
7.) Light fire and enjoy!

Meet the Contributors
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are blogging duo behind Hello Home Shoppe, a lifestyle blog with a focus on DIY projects, recipes, and travel. When they're not blogging or working as 2/4 of the creative agency Jolly Bureau, they moonlight as locally sourced sandwich vendors in Philadelphia, PA.

1 Paper Flower Workshop (Round 1) with Brittany Jepsen

Wednesday we had so much fun at our Paper Flower Workshop with Brittany Jepsen of House that Lars Built.  (Above) Taryn of The Flower Factory made the most amazing wreath (his colour choices and skills knocked our socks off)!  Can't wait for Round 2 tomorrow! There still might be a spot or two last we checked if anyone's interested. Sign up here.

Here's a few pics from the workshop!

Related: Brittany was telling us about her new online DIY Blogger Handbook class that just launched today on atly that sounds like the perfect class for those interested in elevating their skills in the DIY online world. The class shows people how to create a good quality DIY blog post from beginning to end. She tells us, her hope with the class is to provide a resource for people to help elevate the quality of their work.  More info can be found at atly.com.


0 Sneak Peek | September's Inside Out Magazine

Styling by Julia Green, Poppies For Grace, Rachel Hoyne, and photography by Armelle Habib.

A nice segway from our colours week, comes this mini preview of Inside Out Magazine's September issue.  Just entering their spring season they have a pretty outdoor party staged by the clever and crafty people behind Poppies For Grace homewares and stationery. As Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam mentions, "How cool is the 'four' birthday cake and the smart little trick of looping kids' names around party horns as placeholders?" Styling by Julia Green, Poppies For Grace, Rachel Hoyne, and photography by Armelle Habib.
Styling by Julia Green, Poppies For Grace, Rachel Hoyne, and photography by Armelle Habib.

Styling by Julia Green, Poppies For Grace, Rachel Hoyne, and photography by Armelle Habib.
Just below and on this months' cover, Lee Tran tells us, "The couple who own the home on our cover also took an unconventional approach to their residence – they basically got the renovation going via Skype, calling Melbourne architect Clare Cousins from their base in the Middle East, as they got the project ready for their return to Australia! All that foreign correspondence worked out well, as you can see from the feature! Styling by Marsha Golemac. Photography by Brooke Holm."

Styling by Marsha Golemac. Photography by Brooke Holm
Also fun is this kitchen (below), which belongs to fashion designer Vanessa Kortlang. "We love that she's placed wallpaper on the ceiling, of all places", says Lam. Styling by Julia Green and Aimee Tarulli, photography by Armelle Habib.
Styling by Julia Green and Aimee Tarulli, photography by Armelle Habib
And on the topic of international elements, Inside Out features the Danish apartment of Mia-Louise Mallund Smith (the illustrator behind Missemai). Lee Tran mentions, "Her approach to small-space living is inspired. I should probably admit that I am an apartment person. I actually like hearing my neighbour's music or them rummaging around. The cosy feeling that I get by having people around me is hugely reassuring." Story and styling by Marie Graunbol. Photography by Martin Solyst/Living Inside.

Story and styling by Marie Graunbol. Photography by Martin Solyst/Living Inside.
There's also a Best Buys story on vases and vessels, with best picks to show off your flowers once you've unwrapped the bouquet you've brought home.  Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Amanda Prior. 

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Amanda Prior.
The September issue of Inside Out Magazine is out Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook.


3 Round-Up | Summer Colours Week - Green

It was the most beautiful green today, wasn't it?  Thank you (all of you) for your inspiring images.  It's always fun to watch the feed evolve throughout the day.  A few beauties:

Row 1:  @gallantandjones, @gollybard, @yellowelm
Row 2:  @emchilaaada, @sabrinasmelko, @kaytet
Row 3:  @chezsucrechez, @sarah_elizabth@scoutshonorco

See more at #poppytalksummercolours on instagram.  Tomorrow's colour is orange!

0 DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Scarf Hanger

Contributor post by  Caitlin of The Merrythought

Recently I saw these simple, adorable scarf hangers at Anthropologie. They're pretty affordable but I knew I had all the supplies that I would need to make them at home already. So I made my own version and even added a little bit of leather!

What you need:
-Wire (I used hanger wire for drop ceilings.)
-Combination Pliers
-Strong Glue
How to make it:
-Use your pliers to hold your wire about 1.5" from the end. Use you hand to bend the end of wire upwards. (**Make sure your entire length of wire is a bit longer than what you will use for this project and do not trim excess until the very end or it will make it harder to bend.)
-Find a round object (that won't get damaged) that is the size of the hanger you would like. Hold the wire tightly to the object right next to where you bent up the end. Wrap the wire tightly around the object. Make sure you wrap the wire a little past the bent end.
-Where the wire meets the bent end, use the pliers and your hands to again make a bend in the wire.
-Then about 1.5" up from the bend, make another slight bend in the wire.
-Use a smaller, round object to bend the wire around to form the top of the hanger. Use the pliers to cut off the excess wire.
-Cut a piece of leather about 1" tall and wide enough to wrap around the two ends of the wire.
-Pull the two ends together and wrap the leather around them, using glue to secure it. I held it in place for about 5 minutes and then used a clothing pin to pinch them together while the glue dried completely.

Now you're ready to grab some of your favorite scarves and put them on display!

About the Contributor

Caitlin McGrath lives in a small town in Western New York. When her face isn't hidden behind her camera, she's usually crafting and daydreaming for The Merrythought, where she is a part of the three lady team sharing DIY projects, recipes, fashion, home d├ęcor & and bits of daily life.