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Friday Faves: Springtime on Etsy

Springtime Etsy Faves via @poorandpretty

I love how many beautiful, springy things there are on Etsy right now. Maybe because we’ve had such a harsh winter, we’ve kept ourselves busy creating lovely handmade goodies.

These are just a few of my favorites: 1. Pastel Berry Twig Hair Crown by littlehoneypies. 2. Layering Beaded Strand Necklace by NestPrettyThingsShop. 3. Set of Painted Wooden Vase and Candle Holders by ShadeonShape. 4. Rainbow Carrot Mix (250 heirloom seeds) via SmartSeeds. 5. Pastel Triangle Felt Garland by CoutureByAyca.6. 5 Pastel Painted Mason Jars by StyleJarsandCans.

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Bedroom Inspiration: Dark or Light?

People aren’t kidding when they say it takes forever to finish a house. Okay, so we’ve only been in our condo for nine months, but I did hope we would have accomplished more by now than just my office (which, embarrassingly still has painter’s tape around the trim!). It feels like it’s been ages since I posted my kitchen inspiration, but now I’m on to the bedroom. Stan and I are debating between dark or light. Here are some of the dark bedrooms I like:

el-fenn

El Fenn hotel in Morocco via SF Girl By Bay.

Sooz Gordon green blue bedroom

Sooz Gordon’s bedroom via Apartment Therapy.

Alaina Kaczmarski’s bedroom via The Everygirl.

I think if we go dark, we’d need to use a lot of light colors for bedding, furniture, etc. to keep a good balance. But I’m also drawn to really light and airy rooms like these:

airy white bedroom apartment therapy

Airy white bedroom via Apartment Therapy.

greenish bedroom lonny

Light green bedroom via Lonny.

Ikea bedroom light blue

Blue and white Ikea bedroom — this one is kind of in the middle, so maybe that’s where we’ll net out. I just can’t decide!

What do you think — dark or light?

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Craftsy Giveaway: Win a Class!

Craftsy Giveaway

Great news, readers!! I’ve partnered with Craftsy on a fun giveaway for you. If you’re looking to learn a new skill or possibly flex the muscles you already have, you’re going to love this. Craftsy has lots of great creative classes, and you get to win one! Here are a few of my favorites:

Craftsy Class: Decorating Cakes From the Inside Out

Amanda Rettke’s Decorating from the Inside Out. How cute would this cake be for a wedding?

Craftsy Class: Tiny Cupcake Toppers by Sheryl Bito

Tiny Cupcake Toppers with Sheryl Bito. I can’t even get over how adorable these cupcake toppers are.

Craftsy Class: My First Sweater by Amy Ross

My First Sweater with Amy Ross. I’d have to get started on this now, because it would probably take me until next winter to finish my sweater!

Craftsy Class: Sew Ready: Garment Basics by Brett Bara

Sew Ready: Garment Basics by Brett Bara. I have had my sewing machine for over two years now, and I’ve only sewn scraps, an inside-out pillow (I didn’t turn it inside out before sewing!), and my poppy pouch. Seriously. I’ve gotta amp it up.

Okay, so how do you enter the giveaway? Easy. Just peruse the classes on Craftsy.com, fill out this form, and you’re entered! Bonus points if you tell me which class you’d like to win in the comments! This giveaway is open to anyone, whether you’re already a Craftsy member or not. The contest ends Friday, April 4th. Good luck!

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Celebrate Spring with these Pantone Spring 2014 Fashion Finds Under $50

Pantone Spring 2014 Colors

Remember when I put together a few outfits inspired by Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2012? I thought it would be fun to do another for their vibrant Spring 2014 palette, especially since the first day of spring is this Thursday! We’ll start with the color of the year, Radiant Orchid:

Pantone Spring 2014 - Radiant Orchid Color of the Year- poorandpretty

Radiant Orchid: 1. Sweet Hollow-out Round Neckline Lace Dress via Chicnova. 2. Necklace Golden Purple amethyst hematite by Schneider Gallery3. Nice Pleats You Have Maxi Skirt via LuLu’s4. Karla 5 Suede Pointed High Heels via LuLu’s.

Pantone Spring 2014 - Hemlock and Paloma - poorandpretty

Hemlock & Paloma: 1. Multicolored Leather Tassel Necklace via Spotted Moth2. Ice Cream Truck Earrings via Ruche3. Afternoon Art Class Top via ModCloth4. Bow to Stern Scarf via ModCloth5. Dusty Miller #511 5-Free & Vegan Nail Enamel by Priti NYC.

Pantone Spring 2014 - Cayenne and Freesia - poorandpretty

Cayenne & Freesia: 1. Petit Dejeuner Coral dress polka dot lace by Fleet Collection2. Pink Red Statement Necklace Bubble Necklace in Peach by Alina & T3. Betty’s Bowler Bag via Nectar Clothing. 4. Bisou Heart Sunglasses via Urban Outfitters5. Cape Hatteras Flat in Sun via ModCloth.

How will you rock these colors this Spring?

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Recipe: Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey's

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes for St Paddy's Day via poorandpretty

My favorite cupcake from NoRa Cupcake Co. is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcake. Based on the beer cocktail with a highly controversial name, it’s a chocolate Guinness cake with Jameson dark chocolate ganache and Bailey’s cream cheese frosting topped with a malt ball. Seriously amazing. Oh and fun fact: the drink was invented in Norwich, CT! I made my own version of the cupcakes without the Jameson ganache and went with a Bailey’s buttercream frosting instead. I brought them into work yesterday, and they were gobbled down pretty quickly! So if you’re bringing dessert to a St. Paddy’s Day party, these are sure to be a hit!

Chocolate Guinness Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting — makes 12 regular cupcakes (about 60 minis)

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Guinness Extra Stout

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring

Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness Stout and Bailey's via poorandpretty

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line your cupcake tin with paper or silicone cupcake liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and cocoa in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer’s bowl (or a larger bowl, if you are using electric beaters), cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and combine.
  5. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and Guinness into the butter mixture, starting with the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl in between additions and mix thoroughly.
  6. Once the batter is mixed well, add in the egg and mix it up some more.
  7. Pour batter into cupcake liners until they are  ⅔ full and bake for 8-10 minutes for minis or 18-22 minutes for regular-sized cupcakes. Check with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked all the way through.
  8. Once baked, place on a cooling rack to cool.

Frosting Directions: 

  1. Cream softened butter until smooth, making sure you scrape the sides of the bowl a few times.
  2. Add 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar, mixing it in two parts (start with half a cup, mix it well, then add the other half cup).
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, milk, Bailey’s and green food coloring.
  4. Add more confectioner’s sugar — ¼ cup at a time — until you’ve reached your desired consistency and taste.
  5. Frost the cupcakes when cooled.

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Recipe via poorandpretty

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