Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                  While there are lots of pros and cons about moving from one place to another, it certainly becomes clear very quickly what you miss about your old place. For example, I didn't realize until we started the moving process that we had an extraordinarily large walk-in closet in our last home. I mean, it was bigger than the bathroom it was connected to! I got used to having the extra space and I even made a little jewelry station in the old closet that kept all my accessories organized. I. Loved. It. However, the days of my walk-in closet are gone in our new 60s ranch, so I have to be a little more creative when it comes to organization. A jewelry station hidden behind a full length mirror was just the fix I needed! It takes up only inches more space than just the mirror would, but it keeps all my jewelry neat and tidy. Wanna make your own?

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                  Supplies:
-6' x 3 1/2" boards (I used 3 boards that were 3/4" thick)
-full length mirror
-wood screws
-super glue
-D-Ring hangers (x2)
-cabinet catch
-2 1/2" brass hinges (x4)
-cup hooks
-removable wallpaper and X-Acto knife (optional)

So, basically you are going to make a frame that is the exact same size as your mirror, and your mirror will act as the door to the shelves inside. You can either have your wood cut at the home improvement store or use an inexpensive jig saw if you don't have access to a miter saw. Cut two pieces of wood that are the exact length of your mirror. Cut four pieces of wood that will measure out to the exact width of your mirror once placed between the two long boards. (So if your wood is also 3/4" thick, your short board measurement would be the width of mirror minus 1 1/2" that accounts for the two 3/4" boards on either side). Two of the boards will go at the top and bottom to complete your rectangle, and the other two can be placed anywhere in between to divide the space into three areas. If you want more shelves, just cut more boards!

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                  Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                  Once the boards are cut to size, use a power drill and wood screws to screw the boards into place from the outside edges of the long boards (you may want to pre drill the holes first if using hardwood to make it easier). Once your frame is complete, you can paint or stain your frame with as many coats as needed.

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                  For hanging purposes, install your two D-ring hangers on the back of your wood frame about 4" from the top of the frame.

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)    Before you hang your frame, install the right side of your brass hinges onto the left front edge of your wooden frame (or reverse the side if you want your door to open the opposite way). Close the hinges and place a few dollops of super glue on the top of each hinge. Quickly place the back of your mirror on top of the frame and let the glue set. The super glue will keep your hinges in place when you open the mirror as you would a door. The glue is only temporary, so once you know the mirror is placed right and the "door" opens well, screw the hinges into the back of the mirror to fully secure. Now you can hang your frame!

If you use a line of painter's tape at the top (use a level to keep it straight) you can measure down 4" from the top so you know where to put the drywall screws to hang the frame on. 

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                    To give the storage cabinet more personality, I added this adorable removable wallpaper to the back of the mirror. I used an X-Acto knife to trim around the hinges and cut parallel to the outside edges.

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                   Now that your cabinet is up, you can install your cup hooks into each shelf and a cabinet catch on the side to keep your mirror door closed when not in use. Add all your jewelry to the new hooks and pat yourself on the back!

Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)            Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)              Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)               Totally Need This! Jewelry Storage Mirror DIY (click through for tutorial)                 It's amazing how little space this system takes up on the wall, and yet when you open the door, there's a whole world of accessories inside! I was excited to do this project to simply solve my necklace clutter problem, but I have to tell you that once it was all put together, it came out even better than I hoped it would. Hooray! I love that it's also really customizable for how many compartments you want, how big each one is, how many hooks there are, etc. If you could use a little more storage space and organization in your bedroom, definitely give this one a try! xo. Laura

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

Smoky Apple Turnovers (from turnovers are getting an upgrade! These little pastry pockets are sweet, savory and (dare I say it?) pretty much taste like they are filled with BACON. But they are vegetarian friendly, being mostly filled with apples, onions and a little bit of cheese. 

I know, it might sound a little weird. Like maybe there's some trick at play. But I am a massive fan of apples and cheese paired together, and I thought why not make a savory take on classic apple turnovers. 

So I did.

And then I promptly ate two after I had already eaten lunch.

And now I'm eating another one while I type this (which mostly means I now have flakes of puff pastry stuck in my keyboard).

P.S. Can someone come over and take the rest of these away from me???

Smoky Apple Turnovers (from  Honestly, these would make an awesome Saturday morning at-home brunch option or afternoon snack (which I guess is what I'm doing so far with this batch). This is total coffee shop food, or at least that's what makes sense in my head. 

No matter when you decide to enjoy them, I HIGHLY recommend you make a batch of these soon. Even your non-vegetarian friends will be impressed.

Smoky apple and pepper jack turnovers from abeautifulmess.comSmoky Apple and Pepper Jack Turnovers, makes eight.

2 tablespoons chopped red onion
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons molasses
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
a generous seasoning of salt and pepper
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
one package of puff pastry (the brand I usually buy comes in two sheets)
1 egg
sesame seeds for the tops (optional)

Sauté the red onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium/high heat for a couple minutes. Add in the apple. In a small glass bowl, stir together the soy sauce, molasses, liquid smoke and apple cider. Pour this over the apples and onions. Turn the heat down to medium, and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes until the liquid has reduced some and everything in the pan has softened.

Best apple turnoversNow I like to pulse the onion/apple mixture in a food processor or good blender with some salt and pepper tossed in. I'm not looking to completely puree the mix, but almost. I guess a puree with some texture to it still. Or you can skip this step; it's just a texture thing anyway. 

Cut your puff pastry into small triangles, fill with the mixture and a little shredded cheese. Add another triangle on top and use a fork to seal the edges and poke a few holes in the top.

How to make the best turnoversIn a small glass or bowl, whisk the egg. Brush over the tops of the turnovers and sprinkle on some sesame seeds and cracked black pepper. 

Bake at 400°F for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown.

Smoky Apple Turnovers (from Enjoy these warm. If you don't eat them all in one day, you can cover and store in the refrigerator, then warm for about 20 seconds in the microwave. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)     I have been loving all the palm print housewares and clothing that has been popping up lately. It's such a classic print that evokes old Hollywood and Palm Springs, so it's fun to see all the modern twists on such a standard look. I was browsing online for house stuff and saw a graphic palm leaf print pillow in one of the living room scene photos, but I couldn't actually find the pillow for sale on the site. Dang it! Thankfully, it was a simple design, and I knew I could recreate it with some scissors and a few sheets of wool felt.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-wool felt
-white cotton for pillow
-fabric scissors
-pins and fabric glue
-pillow insert

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      First I cut a large, slightly askew, teardrop shape out of the felt. Then I cut notches into the sides so you could see the separation of the leaf panels that are in the paddle-shaped palm leaves. Once I had a completed leaf, I used that shape as the template to cut 3 more leaves.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      I cut a 19x19" square of white cotton for the front of my pillow (the finished size is 18x18" with a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around). (Wait to cut the fabric for the backside until you decide how you'll finish the pillow.) I pinned the leaves in place, used a bit of fabric glue to secure them, and cut off any felt that was overhanging the cotton square.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      Once the glue was dry, I chose a similarly-colored thread and sewed around the edge of each leaf for a more finished look.

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      I also made a narrow "V" shape with the stitching right down the middle of each leaf to mimic the vein of the stalk. Once the front was complete, I finished the pillow as an envelope pillow (tutorial here) and stuffed a pillow insert inside. That's it!

Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)       Felt palm leaf pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)      While you don't have to do the stitching overlay on each leaf, I think it helps the pillow look a little more finished and it's not difficult to do (just takes a bit of patience with all that stopping and turning). I like that it's a simple pattern but a little abstract and still a solid nod to the classic palm print. As you can see by the palm wallpaper in the background, I love a good pattern! Hope this palm pillow is just what you're looking for! xo. Laura

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

Black bean baked macaroni and cheese (via kind of grocery store shopper are you? Are you:

A) The efficient list-maker. 
You arrive with a list, and exactly 18.5 minutes later you exit the store with every item on that list. You might consider picking up that discounted bouquet of roses tempting you near the checkout, but ultimately you don't because, well, it wasn't on the list.

B) The leisurely, coffee sipping shopper.
You promptly make your way to the in-store Starbucks upon arrival at the grocery store and get yourself a latte. Then you push your cart along each aisle one handed because you're sipping your drink, until you've either: 1) Seen everything, literally, there is to see. or 2) You run out of latte and so finish up your trip, finally. 

If you know me at all, you would probably guess that I am person A. And you're right. But the truth is that I'm often person B too. (But not at the same time, otherwise the universe would explode!)

Black bean baked macaroni and cheese (via You see, I spend quite a bit of time in grocery stores. Some days it's a chore and some days it's SOOO fun. It just depends how much time I have really. I sincerely love slowly walking up and down each aisle to try and find new-to-me stuff on the shelves. I am especially obsessed with the "health food" and "Asian" sections. And I often allow new ingredients I find to influence whatever I'm cooking that week. 

About a month ago, I found a box of black bean pasta. I was initially attracted to the color and I also really, really love black beans. So when I read the label and found that the only ingredient in this box of Penne pasta was organic black beans, I was impressed. I wondered how they would cook? One of my new favorite "games" in the kitchen is trying all the alternative pastas I can find. Some are amazing and some turn out too sticky, or gummy, or way too chewy. So I was very curious about these black bean noodles. 

Black bean noodles!As you can probably guess, they are delicious and cook really nicely! Very similar texture to 100% whole wheat noodles. I say "you can probably guess" because if they had turned out terrible, I wouldn't waste your time with this post. :) 

Of course my next step after trying them to find out if they were any good was to put them into some kind of fun recipe. I have a feeling these will take many forms at my house in the future, but one thing I made and thought I'd share with you is this southwestern baked macaroni and cheese. The black bean noodles not only taste great but add a lot of protein to this comfort dish. And you could easily make this 100% gluten free by using gluten-free flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour I use for the roux. If that doesn't make sense yet, just read on, friend. We're gonna make something delicious!

You can also just use regular Penne noodles...if you don't like adventure. 

Ingredients for southwestern baked mac and cheeseSouthwestern Baked Macaroni and Cheese, makes four servings.

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
8.5 oz (one small can) corn
1/2 cup (probably about 3-4 oz.) chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 oz. black bean noodles (regular noodles will work fine as well)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour (substitute for a gluten-free flour if you like)
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon cumin
salt + pepper
chopped cilantro and hot sauce for serving

In a pan quickly sauté the garlic, onion, corn (drained from the can juices), and bell pepper in the olive oil over high heat. You're looking to cook this until the onions and peppers just begin to soften. Season with a little salt and pepper and set aside.

Southwestern baked macaroni and cheeseBoil the black bean noodles in salted water for 6 minutes. The box had instructed that 6-8 minutes was a good boiling time, so for this recipe, you want to undercook them a little because they bake in a sauce and will absorb a little more moisture then. So 6 minutes will do the trick. 

While that cooks, in a medium size pot heat the butter until melted. Whisk in the flour so that it forms a paste. Season with just a little salt and pepper here. Now pour in the stock and milk and whisk so the mixture is well combined. As this cooks over the heat, it will begin to thicken. Once it can easily coat your spoon, turn down the heat and stir in the pepper jack cheese. 

Combine the cooked noodles, vegetables, and the cheese sauce. Pour into four single serving baking dishes (like the ones I have pictured here) or a small square baking dish. A pie pan will work as well. Top with the cheddar cheese and bake for 18-20 minutes at 350°F. Once bubbly and the top cheese has melted, remove and allow to cool a little before serving.

Black bean baked macaroni and cheese (via  Sprinkle with cilantro and have some of your favorite hot sauce ready! This is very much like chip-less nachos...if that were a thing. It's so good! If you can find these noodles (I think the brand sells some of their items online?), I highly recommend them. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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

Easy faux fishtail braid (click-through for full tutorial)    One of the first hairstyles I wanted to learn as my hair got longer was a fishtail braid. Well, I did learn how to "do" a fishtail braid, but "do well" would be another thing entirely! Although I understand how to make this style, it's far from being my favorite. My fishtail braids always fall apart or look messy in a bad way. Thankfully there are a few ways to get a fishtail braid look without actually having to do the real technique. This style looks like a big, messy (in a good way) fishtail and is pretty easy. It actually uses some of the techniques I've highlighted previously in the triple twist ponytail and French pull-through braid tutorials. 

Fishy3-1Step One: Take a small section of hair from both sides of the head and twist them (I like to twist both inwards) and tie them together in a small ponytail.

Step Two: Repeat this step with two more small sections of hair.

Step Three: Take another small section of hair from both sides of the head and tie them into a small ponytail.

Step Four: Take the last small ponytail, find the middle and pull your hair up and through (this might be a familiar step if you remember the triple twist ponytail tutorial).

Step Five: Pull tight.

Easy faux fishtail braid (click-through for full tutorial)Step Six: Continue making small ponytails, inverting them and pulling tight.

Step Seven: When you reach the end of your hair, you can tie it off and be finished, or you can pull the outside edges of your braid to make the final braid thicker and messier (my preferred style!).

Easy faux fishtail braid (click-through for full tutorial)  Looks a lot like a fishtail braid, right? But if you've got slippery fingers like me when it comes to braiding, the way you build this braid is a lot easier than the "real" technique. It also gives you the chance to do a really thick, full braided look, which I'm a fan of. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.


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