Tomato saladWith warmer days and swim suit season about to start up, I can think of many reasons to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my daily diet. If you're feeling the same, here are 18 recipes to try! First up, baked polenta and tomato salad. 

Brussels sprouts saladI'm completely in love with this warm brussels sprout salad—so good!

Baked asparagus friesLooking to add just a little crunch to your greens? Try these baked asparagus fries

Fresh juice recipesIf you're looking to add some veggies to your morning routine, then I highly recommend you check out our post on juicing 101

Cauliflower crust pizzaOh yes, you can still have pizza AND plenty of servings of veggies too. Try this recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. 

Baked sweet potato friesDon't forget about root vegetables! Try these baked sweet potato fries this weekend. 

Brussels sprouts chipsLooking for a healthy snack option? Bake these brussels sprout chips. You'll be amazed by how addictive they are!

Salad in a jar!If you're the kind of gal (or guy!) who likes to have your week day lunches prepared for the whole week, I highly recommend you check out our recommendations for salads in jars. Yum!

Creamy kale saladThis is probably one of my all time favorites salads—and it's full of nutritious kale! Make this creamy kale salad soon. 

Cheesy cauliflowerIf you're looking for something comforting on a rare rainy summer night, then might I recommend baking some cheesy cauliflower

Kale cobb saladYou need to check out this kale Cobb salad if you missed it a few weeks ago—it has a pretty special dressing. ;)

Garlic miso green beansAdd a little interest to your dinner plans with this recipe for garlic and miso green beans

Spring salad nicoiseLooking for a pretty and delicious salad? Make this spring salad nicoise soon. 

Homemade picklesJazz up your favorite sandwiches with these homemade refrigerator pickles

Honey roasted veggies with gnocchiI love honey roasted veggies with gnocchi because it's super filling as well as super nutritious. 

Stir fry spaghetti squashIf you want to try a balanced dish with some unexpected flavors, then you need to make my stir fry spaghetti squash this week. So good!

Spring rollsIs there anything as good as fresh spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce

Lemony kale saladCreamy lemon-soaked kale. Yes please! Eat your vegetables and enjoy this season! xo. Emma

10 Quirky Jewelry Storage Ideas via www.abeautifulmess.comThere's a thing I call "decorating on auto mode", and for me, what that means is that I see a space in my home that needs a solution, and I go out and buy the most convenient or cheapest thing I see to fill that space. And that's not always a bad thing. Easy can be good. Cheap can be awesome. BUT if you fill your whole home with stuff you like just OK, it's pretty impossible to love your space. And that's not cool. 

With that said, today I'm excited to share ten random ideas for jewelry storage. Some of these items you might already have in your home. And like the ceramic giraffe in my space (above), these pieces can be even more interesting and fun than traditional jewelry storage. 

You don't have to spend a lot to fill your home with interesting pieces that fit your personality! Let's pinky swear to no more auto mode shopping. OK—let's go! 

10 Quirky Jewelry Storage Ideas1. Unique dishes! Like this Jonathan Adler horse tray. Search kitchen dishes, and you might be surprised by how many fun kitchen dishes you can repurpose for jewelry! 2. Glove forms! These make awesome displays for rings, necklaces and bracelets. I like to buy them on Etsy (vintage) and Fishs Eddy. 3. Brass Pineapples. These come in a pretty big variety of sizes and many of them open up for secret storage. You can find the best deals on eBay. Just search "brass pineapple" and try "brass cactus" too! 4. Marbled dishes. This inexpensive little beauty is from H&M. Did you know they have a lot of really great, inexpensive housewares online? Yep! 5. Dinosaurs and giraffes. Ceramic, plastic...whatever. Perfect bracelet holders! The one in my opening photo came from TJ Maxx. 6. Ceramic egg crates! This one is from Anthro. These are perfect for holding earrings and rings! 7. Hooks. I love this one especially. You can find cute hooks at every home decor store. They're perfect for hanging necklaces on your wall. 8. Mermaids! I love this Jonathan Adler piece. Perfect for draping necklaces or bracelets on. 9. Wall planters. The rhino and elephant are perfect for hanging a few favorite necklaces! 10. Brass elephants. Just do a quick eBay search and you'll find a ton for awesome prices. They're so pretty! Keep one by your bedside or makeup mirror!

10 Quirky Jewelry Storage Ideas  I hope you feel encouraged to reimagine the little spaces in your home, not just the big ones! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Hi, guys. LaTonya here! Apartment living in New York City is just like everyone describes—tight, challenging, and wonderful all at the same time. You've got to learn how to dream and plan beyond what's right in front of you—no matter how hard that may seem. ;) Truthfully, I'm really inspired by living in a small space.
 
Our kitchen is small. Actually, it's tiny, so we needed help in all forms of organization and storage. Because we have small kids, things like kid-friendly forks and spoons also had to be considered when developing this wooden utensil organizer. We love how incredibly easy and inexpensive it was to make this. (Our vintage box was $10 at our local flea market.) And of course, that wonderful feeling of reusing something old and making it useful, new, and pretty makes me feel amazing. 
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Supplies:
-vintage wood box—7 1/2" x 12" (It does not have to be vintage, but most "milk" boxes like this one
are.) 
-wooden dowel
-two pieces of wood to be used as dividers (You can have as many dividers as you would like. We used two pieces, which created three sections. The size of the wood pieces depends on your wooden box.)
-paint
-paintbrush
-copper pipe brackets with 8" extension
-screws
-L brackets (optional, to help stabilize wooden dividers)
-shelf liner
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Step One: 
Clean out and paint your wooden box. Because it's older wood, I noticed it needed a few more coats than usual. In the end, I used three. I also did some retouches on the finished product as well. When painting over wood, I highly suggest you avoid white, or colors that are super light, unless you want to give it a more distressed look.
  Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)           Step Two:
Once the paint is all dry, it's time to line the inside of your box. I measured my liner a little larger than the actual space, just to make sure it covered completely. I find it much easier to cut around the edges once the liner is laid all the way down. We chose a simple white liner, but I think it would've looked even better with some sort of floral design. 
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)   Step Three:
Paint the pieces of wood that will be used as dividers. Once they’re dry, place them inside your box creating a T. When you position them like that, you'll get three separate sections. You can use your L brackets to help the pieces stay stable. (Our wooden dividers were very stable without the brackets.)
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
Step Four: 
Now it's time to screw in your copper pipe brackets. You want your brackets to be as centered as possible because this is where your handle will be. I suggest marking it with a black marker prior to drilling.
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)      Step Five:
Insert your wooden dowel inside your two brackets, creating a handle. You'll need to use your drill to screw in the top screws of the L brackets to secure the handle in place. 
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
To help organize each section, we used mostly old Mason jars we purchased from our local flea. They cost us about a dollar or two a piece. Alternatively, you could purchase some small fabric baskets to put inside each divider to hold the utensils. Though, I am partial to the Mason jars. 
 
Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)         Utensil holder DIY (click through for tutorial)
I already have plans to carry this along on a few local picnic dates. I can see it working just as fantastically for organizing party utensils, crafts, and even plants in the garden! All of this is what really sold Peter and me on making it. If we happen to move to a home with a larger kitchen and no longer need it, we can always put it to work in another way. Lastly, this is completely portable and lightweight! I easily carried it by the handle around the house and outside to our backyard. I hope this helps bring a little more ease into your small space. xo. LaTonya
 
Credits // Author: LaTonya Staubs, Photograph: Peter Staubs. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Document plush pillow DIYDocument plush pillow DIY   Document plush pillow DIY Do you all remember when I said in my home tour video that I wanted to do some kind of project that involved my marriage license? Well, teaming up with Canon USA, I'm making good on that today. I decided I wanted to try and make a few small throw pillows for our living room couch that showcase some found papers. I used our marriage license, a movie ticket stub, a plane ticket stub and a hockey game ticket stub (my first hockey game!). I would rate these high on the quirky factor, and I seriously LOVE how they turned out.

Document plush pillow DIY via abeautifulmess.com This is a similar idea to making a photo plush (like this one). The main difference, other than the subject matter, is I didn't need a camera for this project. Weird, right?

Using my Canon printer to scan found papersInstead, I used my Canon PIXMA MG7520 to scan the documents before I put them into Photoshop. It's actually our primary scanner in the studio because it gets the best quality. I certainly could have just taken a photo of the documents instead, but I wanted to see if a blown up scanned version would give the prints a more paper document feel—if that makes any sense? I really like the results! 

Supplies:
-found papers (legal documents, old ticket stubs, any paper memorabilia will do)
-fabric transfer sheets
-scissors
-cotton fabric
-iron
-sewing machine (or you could hand-stitch if you have the time)
-needle and thread
-Poly-fil
-Canon PIXMA MG7520 photo printer

For all four pillows, my cost for this project was around $28 (not including tools).

Step One: Scan and photoshop your documents. For me this meant enlarging some of the scans so I could turn them into small pillows for my couch. Enlarging will cause some distortion or pixelation in your images, especially if you make them WAY larger than they originally were. I personally liked this look as it makes the documents seem more authentic to me. 

In Photoshop be sure to "Flip Canvas Horizontal" as this will create a mirrored look. You want the images to print with the words backwards so that when you transfer them to your fabric, they will be the correct orientation.

Love my Canon printer!Step Two: Print and trim your scanned images. If you can trim your edges so they are slightly rounded, this usually helps your transfers stay flat once you iron them on. 

You might be thinking, "But what if I want to make a pillow/plush that is larger than my transfer paper (8.5x11)?" You can choose to tile your images and print two (or more) sheets.

How to mirror an image in photoshopHere you can see I tiled my marriage license and printed it on two different sheets so I could make a larger pillow. Try to divide your image in a space that is less busy. This will make it easier to line up.

Using ticket stubs to make throw pillowsStep Three: Follow your fabric transfer instructions to iron the images onto your fabric. Remember to leave plenty of seam allowance so you can easily sew with the fabric after. 

In the above photo, I wanted to show you how much I enlarged this plane ticket stub (from a trip Elsie and I went on this year). One thing I didn't notice before I printed this was how the ticket has subtle yellow and blue lines throughout, which became much more prominent when I printed.

Stitch up plushStep Four: Stitch up your pillow and fill with Poly-Fil. Since all of my documents/ticket stubs were square or rectangle in shape, they were extremely easy to quickly stitch together on my sewing machine. If you'd like a more in-depth tutorial on how to make a pillow, click here. If you're new to using a sewing machine and need a resource to get going, check out our latest e-course, Sew with Us

Document plush pillow DIY    Document plush pillow DIY  I just finished these up last week, and I can't wait to have guests over. I have a feeling these are going to be a conversation starter. :) Thanks for letting me share my project! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

 

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