Holiday Cards are here!!!!

Christmas, Crafts, Family, holidays

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m excited to say that Moqqup Studios is ready to launch this year’s holiday cards and we can’t wait to show you!

We have created 5×7″ Holiday Cards featuring 6 different hand-painted watercolor designs that have been digitally reproduced on high quality linen paper stock so that no detail is lost. Each card is blank on the inside, making them ideal for your personalized holiday message.

The six designs include a Wreath, 2 types of Holiday Ornaments, a Holly Branch, a Snowman, and a fabulous Christmas Tree.

If you are interested please check out here!

 

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Finally Friday: Pumpkin Enticement

Crafts, Finally Friday, holidays

Is anyone else struggling with the temptation to stop at every pumpkin patch they pass on the side of the road? Even the mini displays in Bilo and Publix are catching my eye left and right.

Due to the heat wave that is South Carolina Weather, we have held off on any jack-o-lantern carving so that we don’t have a giant pile of rotting vegetables to deal with. To appease myself, I’ve been researching all sorts of different pumpkin decor. Check out some of these fab options: 

1) Pierced pumpkins: this option gets bonus points for letting me play with power tools. Here are some tutorials from HomeTalk and Instructables

So simple, but impactful


2) Painted Pumpkins: I’ve been a fan of painting pumpkins for a few years now. Usually I buy a few of the mini pumpkins each season and paint a new design. These last for weeks and can stretch well into your Thanksgiving decor. 

This was my own painted pumpkin from a few years ago. Excuse the poor lighting & newspaper backdrop. Pretty sure I took this photo at roughly 2am before the paint was even dry!


Martha Stewart has posted a variety of tutorials and inspirational images for creating a painted pumpkin that suits your style. 

This stained glass inspired pumpkin could be adapted to match any color scheme

Chalk paint came into play to turn these pumpkins into a traditionally styled accent

3) This awesome pumpkin cake : I realize this isn’t made from pumpkins, but it looks like a pumpkin and is awesome. Think of the comments you could get at parties!

Don’t you just want to dig right in?

4) Succulant Planters: If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that I’ve gotten a little plant-happy in the apartment. While this is great for indoor air quality, sometimes you need to jazz up your planters for something more seasonably appropriate. Better Homes and Gardens posted a super easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create these little beauties.

Wouldn’t this be fabulous in the center of your dining room table?

5) Tissue Paper Pumpkins: this idea appealed to me because it would be such a fun craft to do with kids. You can’t go wrong with your designs and you still get your hands a little dirty. Gift of Curiousity posted this cute idea that came up on my Pinterest feed. 

I love the texture!

Friday Five: Craft Edition

Crafts, Finally Friday, holidays

To kick off the autumn season, I tried to gather together some craft ideas that I’ve seen recently and can’t wait to try!

1) I love this pumpkin tic tac toe game by Blue I Style. How cute would this be on the coffee table? I love decor that can also double as a way to entertain any little ones.

While this tray is store bought, it would be a simple DIY

Added bonus: think how easy this would be to convert for the holidays! So many possibilities!

2) I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a whole bevy of fall-themed wreaths from A Blissful Nest for you to pick between. One day I will have enough spots in my home for one of each. That’s a normal goal right?

So many pretties!

3) I love sweaters. They are warm and cozy and… really odd to fanticize about when it’s 80 degrees outside. But I do have several old sweaters that I’ve been hanging onto since last winter and I’m glad I did because now I can try my hand at these little gems from Stonegable Blog. Adorable and recycled!

I just want to start cutting up all the sweater we own

Really, you could do this with any type of fabric. Somewhere in the depths of Pinterest I saw a burlap pumpkin version. Your choices are endless. Though don’t go for your husband’s favorite sweater. He gets offended for some reason. Men.

Who can understand them?

4) Many autumn decor inspiration posts feature front porch ideas and I am no different (we’ll ignore my lack of a porch). This idea from At The Picket Fence is eye-catching and would be super simple to put together. Plus, no rotting pumpkin to clean up. Bonus.

Such a cute way to dress up your front door

5) We still have a lot of what we call “flower books” around the house from the wedding decor palooza, so you know I had to include a paper project. This banner idea from Lia Griffith would be fun draped all over the house.

I love the rich jewel tones of this garland, but you could use any style paper and still get gorgeous results.

This is a craft that would make a great family project. You could write messages or things you’re thankful for on the back in preparation for Thanksgiving (and let’s be honest, we could all use a little more gratitude in our lives). It’s the craft that keeps on giving!
I hope y’all feel as ready to grab your glue gun and glitter as I am… get crafting!

Crafts, Family, organization

As a wedding speeds towards us and the start of a new chapter coming, my beloved and I have been looking at different rental properties. With both houses and apartments are on the options list, we’ve picked up some valuable tidbits about each other left and right.

For starters, I don’t play hardball so well. I love everything, as long as it’s clean. I am a sucker. I’ve also learned that I’m fairly cheap. I’ve gotten really used to not paying rent. I am not looking forward to changing that. ‘C’ is more prepared for that and thinks I’m hilarious and slightly ridiculous when I panic every hour or so. He is not wrong.

Secondly, I am extremely optimistic about our lifestyle. Glass half full is an excellent way to describe me. Whether it’s a ridiculously small living space or completely dysfunctional kitchen, I have a slightly manic “we can do it!” attitude. We don’t have that much stuff right? We can make that work, easy. I’m fairly certain this stems from the differences in our last living situations. The last apartment I lived in was beyond tiny. You could fit a twin sized bed in the bedroom, but not much else. There wasn’t even room in that apartment for a stove. We made do with a camp stove. My other half, however, was last in a two bedroom, two bath 1,100 square foot space with decent amenities. And he wants the same or better for the new place.  Who could blame him?

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One of us is clearly more selective than the other. Clearly I need to raise my standards a bit.

In this case, I’m glad my fiance is more discerning than me. We can design and DIY our way through a lot of things, but I’m glad he realizes the things that I will pitch fits about later, even when I pretend I’ll be fine. Instead, I’ve moved straight into nesting. I may not want to work on any of my other current projects or work on my To Do list, but antiquing for furniture for a home we don’t have yet? Sign me up. I have ideas overflowing and bulletin boards that reflect that, both real and online. I can’t wait to begin.

How do you react to a house hunt? Anyone else love everything they see? Let us know in the comments below.