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3 7 DIYs + Ideas for the Home

A little round-up action of some awesome DIYs and ideas for the home I've found this week.  Ever since I saw the serape upholstered chairs at The Line in LA, I've been wanting to do something similar; and now we see a fine example at A Beautiful Mess (below).  Other good stuff? A cool magazine holder and sharpie painted terracotta planter are next on my list! What are you making these days? Here's some inspiration:

1. DIY Serape Covered Seats
From A Beautiful Mess

2. DIY Stool Makeover
by The Merrythought

3.  DIY Drugstore Candle Makeover
By Almost Perfect

4.  Stenciled Doormat
by House of Earnest

 5. Magazine Rack
An idea from Weekday Carnival. No instructions or info on this, but just spotted it today. Love the idea (belts maybe)?

6. Hanging Macrame Plant Holders
From Skinny LaMinx

7. Personalize a Clay Pot with a Sharpie
By Little Green Notebook

0 DIY Geometric Bear from HGTV Handmade

Our friend, Meg Allan Cole made this really cool geometric bear on the HGTV Handmade channel recently and we love it so much, we had to share it here! Such a simple idea that looks so good! Might be trying this one myself!  Thanks Meg!

3 Spring Gift Wrapping Paper Set Printable

Today we're partnering with Lipton Tea K-Cups to bring you a pretty (and free) spring printable gift wrap and gift tag set.  I've been trying out several different teas since the new year, and have been looking for a tasty green tea, so when Lipton's approached me, I jumped at the chance to try out the Lipton Enlighten Smooth Green Tea and love the convenience!

For this gift wrap printable, I used an image of daisies from my instagram that we have growing wild nearby our house. They are just starting to pop up and yellow to me is the ultimate colour of spring. The complimentary paper I created is an ombre yellow, and the two together make for a nice combination, but also work well by themselves.  There's also a matching daisy gift tag you can print out that works best printed on card stock.  Click here for the daisy paper, here for the ombre yellow and here for the gift tags.  I've also added an alternative bow topper (at the bottom of the post) with a printable daisy bow topper which looks super cute too!  A few pics below of how you can wrap them!

3 Jewel-Toned Cake with Meringue Kisses

Contributor post by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

Bright, jewel toned cake layers topped with matching sweet meringue kisses - this cake sparkles and shines, and might just be as swoon-worthy as real gems. Follow along to create your own pretty party cake, perfect for your best friend's birthday or a truly bompin' bridal shower!

To Make The Cake

You Will Need:

A vanilla cake recipe or box mix of your choice. Make batter according to recipe's instructions, then divide equally into three bowls. Tint each batter with hot pink, teal and emerald green (kelly green with mixed with teal gel food colouring). Pour batter into three 7 x 2 inch round baking pans. Bake and let cool completely.

5 cups of vanilla buttercream, tinted a light mint green (or any colour you choose)

To Make The Meringue Kisses

You Will Need:

3 piping bags fitted with piping tips of your choice, such as a small star or open circle tip
Gel food colouring in pink, electric purple and teal.

3 egg whites
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted

Make It!

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper. 

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and a pinch of salt at high speed. Make sure that the bowl is completely grease-free before you start, otherwise the egg whites will not whip up properly!
2. As the egg whites stiffen, slowly sprinkle the granulated sugar into the mix. Stop whisking as the meringue becomes stiffer and glossy; do not overmix.
3. Add the vanilla extract, and fold in the icing sugar carefully with a spatula.
4. Separate the meringue into three bowls, tinting with gel food colour to the shade you desire.
5. Fill your piping bags with each meringue colour.
6. Pipe meringue kisses onto the parchment paper covered baking sheets.
7. Bake for 2-3 hours until they have completely dried out; set aside.

Assemble The Cake!

Note: A small offset spatula and a bench scraper are great tools to have on hand for frosting a cake!

Place the first layer of cake onto a cake board or cake plate. Add a generous layer of frosting!

Place the second layer on top - add another layer of frosting.

Finally, add the third layer - now it's time to frost the whole cake!

Mmmm... creamy dreamy buttercream.

Next, using your metal or plastic bench scraper, smooth the entire exterior of the cake by pressing the edge of the scraper against the cake and going around the cake with it. Chill your cake in the freezer for 10 minutes to set; apply another layer of frosting, smooth it out and you're good to go.

Start placing the cooled meringues on top of your cake - press down lightly to adhere. I chose to space them out evenly as well and in no particular pattern for a more a structured yet natural design effect; feel free to experiment!

But the most exciting part is to come... cutting into this beauty of a cake!

I simply adore how the cake layers match the gem-like, crisp, chewy meringues! The extra meringues make beautiful little fillers for candy dishes , plus you can also use them as confetti-like decor! Sigh... cutting into a cake like this is what dreams are made of! Happy cake making, everyone - til next time!

Meet The Contributor
Lyn­d­say Sung is a baker and blog­ger at Coco Cake Land. She loves super cute cakes, sweet design and snacks. She lives in Van­cou­ver, Canada with her hus­band and tod­dler son.


11 Green Day

This particular minty industrial green has been on my radar lately and it seems IKEA might be the culprit perhaps, especially with the above vignette from Livet Hemma with their HOLMSEL chair and LERBERG trestle.  Love what they did for the other leg with matching vintage green books.  A few more hues below:

1.  FABRIKOR Cabinet, 2.  SNIKA Box, 3.  PINGLA Box, 4.  DRONA Box, 5.  SKOVEL Wall Clock

Happy green Earth Day friends!  What colour are you loving?