Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)    Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays here at ABM. The costumes, the pageantry, the CANDY—we love it all. If Halloween was missing one element that could make it more fun though, it would be that you don't really give gifts on Halloween. And no, handing out tootsie rolls to strangers doesn't count as "gift giving". I mean, like, doing something special for your pal or significant other, ya know? So this year we decided to create some Halloween printables that are specifically for gifting your buds with some sweet treats to celebrate the spooky day. All you have to do is print and cut!

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)    You can download our printables here and here (right click to download). We're working with our longtime supporters at Canon USA for this post. I used the (gold!!) Canon PIXMA MG7720 photo printer on this project, especially since I knew a rich black was going to be important to these printables. It IS Halloween after all. :)  

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)    Once you've printed your pages (I would suggest a semi-gloss paper for this project), use scissors or an X-Acto knife to cut out your designs.

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)    We made three Halloween wrapper patterns that you can cut down to whatever size candy bar you want to cover. Since it's hard to find the super cute foil wrapped candy bars these days, you can unwrap the chocolate from the plastic and rewrap them in aluminum foil first before adding the paper wrapper. Sooo much cuter!

Also, don't forget to add one of our phrase tags to the front of your bar too!

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)      Cut out the coffee wrapper and attach it to your pumpkin pie's favorite to-go coffee or hot chocolate. Maybe leave it on their desk at work so they come back from their boring meeting to a midday surprise.

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)    And for a more "sophisticated" Halloween gift, wrap our vampire teeth wrapper around a bottle of wine (red of course!) for a snappy presentation. This would be a great hostess gift if you are attending a Halloween party, and you'll get extra points for basically adding to the party decor. 

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)   Hang this "trick or treat" garland above a bowl of candy set out for your office mates or mail it in a Halloween card. Just use some tape to attach string to the back of each cut out letter and let your candy corn colors fly high!

Halloween Gift Printables- too cute! (click through for download)    So yes, while you should spend lots of time on your Halloween costume and make sure that you get the kind (and volume) of candy you deserve on fright night, don't forget to spend a few moments to throw your best buds some goodies as well. After all, once you get that 3D Mrs. Pac-Man costume up and running, you're going to need help navigating doorways and what not, so you never know when you'll need a friend! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

 Marbled Pumpkin Brownies (via abeautifulmess.com)Brownies are a weakness of mine for sure. And a good marbled brownie recipe, especially one that involves pumpkin, is a good thing to have in your recipe rolodex.

I don't actually have a recipe rolodex, but man, now that I'm thinking in that direction, it sounds totally charming but probably a bit impractical. Of course just scrolling through saved recipes on your phone or iPad makes a lot more sense...but flipping through an alphabetical rolodex looking for your favorite brownie recipe just sounds adorable to me. I digress.

Marbled Pumpkin Brownies (via abeautifulmess.com)  Not all brownies are created equal, of course. Some of are more cake-y while others can have a consistency almost resembling fudge. These are somewhere in the middle. I don't like to feel as if I'm eating raw batter, but I do like my brownies slightly undercooked in the center. Oxymoronic? Maybe. But I really like brownies that are just as good the day after you bake them, and to me walking the line between not baked enough and over-baked is how you get that. You could even under bake these by a couple more minutes than I suggest and once cooled, cut and freeze them. Options. I'm all about it.

Pumpkin brownies Marbled Pumpkin Brownies, makes 9 servings. (one 8x8 inch square baking pan)

For the brownie batter:
1/2 cup butter
4.5 oz dark chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour (all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the pumpkin top:
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 tsp or a big pinch of cinnamon

Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments until just melted. 

Pumpkin browniesIn another bowl, stir together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract (only the amounts listed under brownie batter above). Once the chocolate/butter has cooled some, stir the chocolate mixture in with the egg/sugar mixture. You don't want the chocolate mixture to be too hot here because eggs have a tendency to very quickly respond to heat. So if the chocolate mixture is piping hot, it could cook your eggs and create a funky texture in your brownie batter, which you don't want. Then stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. 

In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin batter ingredients listed above.

Pour 3/4 of the brownie batter into a square baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Spoon the pumpkin batter over the top of this. Then add the remaining brownie batter and swirl with a butter knife.

Bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted anywhere other than the center should come out clean, while the batter may still be just a little undercooked in the center. Again, this is just my preference.

Marbled Pumpkin Brownies (via abeautifulmess.com) Allow to cool before removing from the pan and slicing into squares. This is another one of those recipes that only uses a small amount of pumpkin puree (much like these cookies), so feel free to save the rest and use it that week in oatmeal or other baked goods. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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

At Work with HarveysToday we are so excited to welcome Harveys to the blog! We absolutely love their products and their inspiring business model. Ready to read more about this awesome company?

Crossbody"We are Harveys, a group of happy people who love discovering, designing and making handbags & lifestyle goods in sunny Southern California. It all started in a tiny garage with husband and wife, Dana & Melanie Harvey. While restoring their classic car, Dana came up with the idea to make Melanie a matching handbag with the leftover seat belts. Everyone loved hers so much, they decided to make more – and the rest is history!

Sample areaDana Harvey"We are located in Santa Ana, CA, where everything is designed, manufactured and sold in our concept store and gallery, The Factory. We are a bunch of goofy people who mostly have fun, play with our dogs, and manage to get some work done as well. The kind of work we do and where we do it is a big part of the brand. We get to experience the full life cycle of a product and that has a big effect on how we design. When you are actually making the stuff that’s in your head as well as selling it to the public a few feet away, it inspires you to make quality stuff that can last a lifetime. It’s like a closed ecosystem for products with everything under one roof. We can design something and have a finished good in one day.

DesigningCutting tableInspiration wallSample makingProduction floorLoft lounge"In our employees, we look for artists, designers and crafters that share a similar aesthetic and ethos as us. We also try to curate products that inspire us either in mission or creativity. It’s an amazing opportunity to work with upcoming brands that we are vibing on.

Harveys fall bagsCactus lightStorefrontLapel pinsDopp kit"For the design of our retail space, we wanted to make a really minimalist and modern space that you could also feel really comfortable in. We took our old offices, stripped everything out of them and took the space down to the bare bones of metal, glass, concrete and wood. The design was an experiment in how you could create by taking away. The airy space lends itself really well to relaxing; you’ll often find us away from our desks in the rope chair or on the couch working on our laptops.

AirstreamSaguaro lawn chair"We also have an amazing outdoor area where we do film screenings, intimate concerts, work or take lunch, and it is often used for photo shoots. The vintage airstream trailer we use for events has a home in the front of the store with a portable deck and chairs. The airstream is a great conversation starter and doubles as a workspace! 

Geodesic dome"Around the side of the building, we created a California Native garden that is home to pretty plants and butterflies. Our garden design has reduced our water consumption by 70% from the boring grass we had before, which is an awesome bonus. In the garden is our upcycled playground ball that's made from two neglected, trashed half domes fused together to form a playground ball that the kids just can’t resist (who are we kidding, we climb on it too)."

So fun! You can shop Harveys here and follow them on Instagram here. xo.

Credits// Author: Dana Harvey Jr. Photography: Jessica Rice McNew.

Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   I remember a few years ago when we started doing a bar cart in our living room how fun it was to stock the cart with all the necessary items. One of the the first things I found was a beautiful glass decanter that had a pyramid stud type design and I was so happy to find another similar pattern in a shorter decanter a year later. While they are so pretty, you do always have to announce what's in each one when people are making use of the cart since they don't have labels like regular bottles do. What's the elegant solution to the mystery booze dilemma? Stamped liquor labels of course!

Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   Supplies:
-metal stamping blanks in your desired size and shape
-gold chain
-jump rings
-needle nose pliers and chain cutters
-metal hole punch (2mm is a good size)
-metal letter punch set and hammer
-jewelers block (optional but gives a cleaner impression)
-black marker and rubbing alcohol (optional)

Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   Use some tape to tape your stamping blank to a hard surface like a jeweler's block and use your hammer and letter punch set to make your labels. Depending on how long the word is and how big your blanks are you may want to use a smaller or larger font for each one. If you're new to stamping, check out this post for a little "stamping 101" lesson for a few extra tips and tricks.

Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   Once your stamping is complete, you can darken your letters by coloring in the grooves with a black marker and then wiping off the top with rubbing alcohol so only the indents remain dark. Use your pliers to open a jump ring and use the chain cutters to cut a piece of chain your desired length for your charm. Attach the chain to the jump ring and your charm label is ready to be hung!

Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   On the taller bottle I did two charms—one has the liquor label and one says, "cheers!" just for fun.

Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   Stamped metal tags for glass decanters-so pretty! (click through for tutorial)   Aren't they adorable? And it took hardly any time at all to make, so even if you have a lot of decanters, it would go pretty quickly once you got started. It's like little necklaces for the bottles and I love that they are informational as well as decorative. And who doesn't love a cute way to solve a problem? I'll cheers to that! xo. Laura

P.S. If you want to check out more stamping DIY projects, try this, this, and this one!

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited using Stella from the Signature Collection


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