Elsie's home tour (click though for the video tour!)Hi, friends! Today I'm excited to share my video home tour with you. I filmed this on a random Sunday when it was actually sunny here in Missouri (it's been rainy and cloudy a lot lately). It's not perfect and it's really long, but I'm so happy I got to film this little time capsule of our home. I hope you enjoy it! :) 

  

Entryway: Patterned Photo Mat DIYOur White StairwayCustom Stenciled WallTable

Living Room10 Ways To Display Square PhotosAbstract Painted Pillows, Textured Planter, Brass Planters, Hanging Rattan Chair, SectionalRug, My Mom's Paintings

Dining Room: Light FixtureTier Rope PlanterTips for Painting a Dining Room Table, Dining Room Wall Hooks, Stained Wood Wall, DIY Dining Room Table, Bar Cart.  

Kitchen: Hand Stamped Clementine Wall, Wooden Cutting Board DIY, Kitchen Organization, Colored Kitchen Cabinets

(new) Dining Room: Record Frame Instagram Wall, Reclaimed Wood Table and Benches. (Full photo tour of this room coming soon!) 

Playroom: A-Frame Tent. The rest of the projects were featured in our book A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home

Bedroom: Hand Printed PillowsTV Wall Before/After, How to Style a Corner Gallery WallI Like Boring Things Print (free download), Gold Glitter Jewelry Dish, Couch and Loveseat, Coffee Table

Other home posts: My Space to Learn, Laundry Room TourHow to Stock a Bar Cart, Guest Room Cart, Painted Patio Tile, Planting a Cacti Garden, Honeycomb Shelves, Handwriting Statement Wall, Mudroom Organization, and a link to our book A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home 

Thanks so much for reading/watching! Feel free to ask me anything in the comments and I'll do my best to answer! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. 

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)            So, we are a little bit obsessed with gummy candy in my house. Well, by "we" I actually mean my husband who loves it enough for two, or maybe three, people. We had a candy table at our wedding reception and made sure it was well-stocked with all the gummy candy varieties necessary for the event. Recently I started wondering if it was possible to make my own gummy candy, or if it was the type of candy process that involves beakers, candy thermometers, and a physics degree from Harvard to figure out. I tested out a few of the easiest recipes I could find, and thankfully, it is totally possible to easily make gummy candy at home—no degree required! Some of the recipes weren't flavorful enough and some didn't quite have the right texture for me (if there's not enough gelatin, it feels like eating a Jell-o jiggler rather than a gummy). But perseverance and many boxes of Jell-o later, I found a way that totally gets the job done.

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)        Gummy Candy (makes 2 trays of large letter gummies)
Slightly adapted from Skip to My Lou's Homemade Gummi Candy

2/3 cup cold water
4 packets of unflavored gelatin
2 boxes of flavored Jell-o (3 oz boxes)
silicon molds (I used this alphabet tray and lip tray)

Optional:
Kool-Aid packet of same flavor for a more intense flavor
sugar
citric acid

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)             In a glass measuring cup, start with 2/3 cup cold water. Slowly pour in your unflavored gelatin while stirring briskly so the gelatin doesn't clump together. Once the gelatin is poured, add your Jell-o packets while, again, continuing to stir the mixture.

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)        Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts to thicken. It will kind of be the consistency of jelly once it has set up a bit.

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)        Boil some water in a pot. Bring the water down to a simmer and place the glass measuring cup in the water. I found that it was really easy to burn the mixture when it was poured directly into a pan, so doing it this way protects the mixture and allows it to heat up slowly. Let the mixture warm and thin out over about 5 minutes (stirring often) until it's much thinner and more liquid-y (it should be more like a syrup).

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)       Remove the measuring cup and pour the liquid into your molds (use a pot holder if the handle is too warm). Place the gummies in the fridge. They should be set in about 20 minutes. Gently stretch the silicon mold in opposite directions around the gummy before pushing the mold inside out to remove.

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)       Now you can either leave your gummies plain, or you can mix together a little citric acid into sugar and dip the gummies into that for a sour gummy twist. For some reason the sour sugar will eventually start to melt on top of the gummy. So I would dip them right before you eat them. 

Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)
Looks so fun! Make your own gummy candy (click through for recipe)         If the flavor of the Jell-o isn't intense enough for you, add a small Kool-Aid packet in a similar flavor when you add the Jell-o to the mixture. Keep the gummies in an airtight container in the fridge and they should last for up to a week. I love that I can now make my own gummy candy and personalize it for whatever occasion is coming up. Plus, with the abundance of silicon molds, you can create gummies out of any mold you can find and choose your own color and flavor. If you ask me, I think that's pretty...well...sweet! ;) xo. Laura

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

At Home WithHey, friends! We have exciting news! We are bringing back the At Home With feature. 

To submit: Send 5-10 amazing photos of your home to submit AT abeautifulmess DOT com. Make sure the lighting is great and you show both wide angles and details! We want to see what makes your home unique! 

In addition, submit your photos via Instagram using #ABMathome

We're excited to see your spaces! 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photo by Smitten Studio. (See her full home tour here!) 

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Playing with the April Messy BoxHi, friends! Happy Sunday! This week I've been messing around with the Messy Box (heh), and I wanted to share a little spread that I whipped up with random iPhone photos. 

Since I have so much catching up to do on things like vacations and special photo shoots, I haven't devoted much time to scrapbooking the everyday life stuff. So I'm going to try to start throwing these in occasionally! I'm definitely not someone who feels like you have to scrapbook everything. However, I love the idea of including random life once in while so that it's not just holidays and vacations. Variety, right? 

Playing with the April Messy Box Here's my two page spread. I used items from this month's Messy Box (subscribe here) as well as the dark coral plastic alphas and the Monroe photo sleeve (3x3 squares). 

Playing with the April Messy Box  I love those sleepy eye cards. They were one of my favorite things I designed for this month's Messy Box. They make me smile. 

Playing with the April Messy Box   I'm very excited about the plastic alphas (in dark coral and light coral). Can I please get these in every color? I used my mini stapler to fasten them directly on top of two empty page pockets. 

Playing with the April Messy Box    Hi! Those little stickers over the lip print are so fun, right? Kinda like teeth.... kinda. 

ETA: Many of you noticed my "working on our TV show" scribble. Just wanted to clarify that we have no formal announcement to make, but we are working on a potential tv show (mostly just fun and dreaming at this phase!). Sorry- haha! 

Playing with the April Messy Box     I love how these transparent plastic hearts (they come with the Messy Box this month) look layered over another pattern. I cut part of it off for a fun look. 

Playing with the April Messy Box       On both pages I numbered the photos and then used one card to describe what was happening in every photo. My descriptions are short and random, but I like how it sums up this season of life. 

Playing with the April Messy Box        I used one of the 4x6 cards to create a little tab for one 3x3 card, and then layered some letter stickers on top. I like to have little things sticking out of my pages once in a while. Fun texture. 

Playing with the April Messy Box          Supplies used: April Messy Box, Plastic Alphas in Dark Coral, 9x12 Messy Book Album, Monroe Page Protector, Messy Pen Set

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great Sunday. xx! Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Lux from The Signature Collection.

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