DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)     _ Hello lovelies! I'm Kara from the blog A Kailo Chic Life, and I am so excited to be joining the ABM team to bring you colorful DIY projects every month. I jumped into the creative world 12 years ago with my company Kailo Chic and have been sharing my love of prints, patterns, and all things colorful with the world ever since. So thank you for letting me share my passions with you!

I have made it my New Year's goal to add more plants to our house. The greenery just livens up every space and makes it feel so fresh and alive. But along with all these new plants comes the need for more planters. These DIY gradient planters are so colorful, and the unique shape makes them perfect for pretty much any room in the house. Plus the fact that you can customize the colors to fit your decor, well, that's just a bonus!

DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)_Supplies:
-large planter
-small planter (you want to make sure the bottoms of the two planters are roughly the same size)
-spray paint in several colors to create your gradient
-industrial strength adhesive
-plants, soil, and white rocks

DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)_Begin by taking the planters outside and use the spray paint to paint bands of color around the planters. The smaller planter will be turned upside down when you attach the two planters together, so take this into consideration when spraying the layers. You might also find that you need to go back over layers at the end to create the perfect gradient effect.

DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial) _Once the paint has dried for an hour or two, use your industrial strength adhesive to line the bottom ring of the smaller planter. Then set the larger planter on top and let the glue cure for 24 hours.

DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)  _The final step is to add your plants, dirt, and decorative rocks. If your planter has a hole in the bottom, you may need to add a drip tray under the planter, or cover the hole with plumbers putty to prevent the water from getting all over the ground.

DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)   _If sealing up the drainage hole, remember to add a few rocks to the bottom of the planter to keep the plants roots from staying too wet after watering. Once your plants are in, you can add a few decorative rocks to hide the soil, and then place them near a bright window. These planters will even work outside!

DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)    _ DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)       _ DIY Gradient Planter (Click Through for Tutorial)        _I love the subtle gradient of color in these planters! And after making these two, I have a feeling I will be adding new ones to every room of my house. So, what colors will you choose for your planter? xo. Kara

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.

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Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com)Are you also obsessed with office supplies? I find I'm always stashing away my favorite scissors and pens. Do you hide your favorite supplies too? I was so excited to open my February Messy Box to find the cutest retro office supply themed kit. I think my favorite part of the kit is the cork board number stickers. Plus, the colors are perfect for this time of year in Phoenix. It's already starting to feel like summer! The bright pastels are so cheery! 

Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com) Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com) Something I really love about the Messy Books are the 9 x 12 page protectors. I feel like these challenge me creatively, but I always like how they turn out. I wanted to use those adorable cork numbers, so I used a two from this Messy Box and spelled out February. The weather is getting warmer and the sun is setting a lot later here in Phoenix. It has been so wonderful, that I wanted to make a page to highlight the beautiful February weather.  

Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com)   Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com)   Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com)     The little 2 x 2 inch plastic cards are so cool! The retro phone was perfect for documenting my time catching up with friends from out of state. They are slightly transparent, so I layered one by just stapling it to a 3 x 3 card. I went with the vintage phone and keyboard print to symbolize my video chats with friends. Documenting the little special moments are always my favorite!

Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com)      Scrapbook Sunday February Messy Box (abeautifulmess.com)      The peaches ink pairs really well with the colors this month. The bright pastels are so pretty. This retro office supplies themed kit was so fun to scrapbook. My February layouts are all about time with family and friends as well as my new garden. I'm hoping to get everything planted before it gets too hot! What are your February layouts about? How are you using those cute 2 x 2 plastic cards? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Hager. Photos edited with Scrapbook from the A Beautiful Mess actions.

Red Wine Soaked Gummy BearsLast weekend I shared these Rosé Soaked Gummy Bears that, quite frankly, are the greatest thing I have ever made. And I promised to try it with red wine next. 

And, friends, I wasted no time. 

I am back to report on these red wine soaked gummy bears!

Red Wine Soaked Gummy Bears First of all I purchased 1 pound of grape gummy bears (the obvious flavor choice!). I put them in a medium size bowl, and then I poured a little boxed wine I had lying around into the bowl until they were immersed. 

Just like the rosé gummy bears, they soaked up almost all the wine in 2-4 hours. 

LOOK AT THE SIZE DIFFERENCE! 

Red Wine Soaked Gummy Bears  I tasted them both (plain gummy and red wine soaked gummy), and I was like, "Wow, this plain gummy is DRY!" Haha!

Red Wine Soaked Gummy Bears   OK—so I like both for different reasons... I have a hard time choosing which is better. 

The day of (after the 2-4 hours of soaking) I think I liked the rosé flavor best. It was more interesting. 

But the awesome thing about the red wine gummies is that they tasted JUST as good the next day. So they definitely maintain their flavor for longer. 

Oh! And one more important note—the red wine gummies are messy at first. Since they are soaked in red wine, if you accidentally drop one on your white t-shirt, you'll still get a big ugly wine stain. That's your fair warning. That said, I let some sit in my fridge overnight in this wine glass (below) and since they were no longer soaking in liquid they went back to the normal texture of gummy bears (not wet, but still giant and still taste like wine). It's a bit of a process, but the next day I could eat them without getting any wine on my fingers. 

Red Wine Soaked Gummy Bears     Served in a glass they are kind of the cutest thing EVER, right? 

Definitely a FUN gift idea.

Have a great weekend! xx -Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Celery and Lime Gimlet (via abeautifulmess.com) If you've never had (or heard of) a gimlet before, it's basically a very refreshing cocktail made of gin and lime juice and variations on that. I think of it as the gin version of a daiquiri, but not always sweetened where daiquiris usually are in some way. I also almost always think of the movie, and book, Julie and Julia because the main character drinks gimlets often. :)

Celery and Lime Gimlet (via abeautifulmess.com)    And as far as making at-home cocktails, this one is exceptionally delicious as well as super easy to make. Trey, my husband, gifted me a bunch of different flavored bitters for Christmas this past year, so I've been playing with those when I mix up cocktails lately. And that's how I started making this celery and lime gimlet. 

Celery gimlet ingredientsCelery and Lime Gimlet, makes one

2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 big dashes of celery bitters
ice for shaking
celery for garnish (optional)

In a cocktail shaker combine the gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters. Add ice and shake well.

How to make a gimletYou want to shake until the cocktail shaker feels very cold, almost frozen, to your hand. This will ensure your cocktail is not only well combined, but it also chills and adds just a little water. I love it when a gimlet, martini, etc. almost has little icicles in the drink at first, and you get that by shaking well.

Strain into a coupe and garnish with celery if using. Enjoy right away. ;)

Celery and Lime Gimlet (via abeautifulmess.com)  Just a few notes for you all on this one:

-If gin just isn't your thing, you can swap out with vodka. The taste will be slightly different (I think gin has a very distinct flavor) but just as good and great with these flavors. 

-Bonus points if you chill your coupe beforehand. We store ours at The Golden Girl Rum Club in a small refrigerator behind the bar. But at home, you probably don't have room in your refrigerator to store a few coupes all the time, so just pop them in the freezer 15+ minutes before, and you'll be in business. 

-For all you hardcore gimlet lovers out there, I realize that using the word "lime" in the name of this drink is a bit redundant but the celery bitters, although they certainly add a complexity to this, don't overpower the lime flavor. So I just felt it best described the taste. ;)

Happy cocktail shaking to you! xo. Emma

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

At Home with Caroline Lee              Today we're welcoming Caroline Lee to the blog to share her patio makeover and home with us. It has us dreaming of warm summer nights!

At Home with Caroline Lee                    Here's what it looked like before—

Before  "I live in Los Angeles, California with my husband, Jayden. We've lived in the same home for over three years now, but over the summer, our landlord decided to make our yard drought resistant and ripped out all of the grass. The grass wasn't in great shape as it was, but my Midwestern heart (I'm from Wisconsin) couldn't cope with the idea of having a 'kitty litter yard' (lots of little rocks), so I got straight into doing a major yard makeover. Now, it is our favorite space in the whole 'house'!

At Home with Caroline Lee      At Home with Caroline Lee                  At Home with Caroline Lee               "Once our landlord finished the yard makeover, it may have been 'improved' and drought-proofed, but it wasn't an especially charming space to be in. Almost all of the yard pieces came from ATG Stores. They have an amazing range of outdoor furniture (and outdoor rugs!), and it is all quite affordable. 

At Home with Caroline Lee           "Also, since our landlord had drought-proofed the yard, she asked us not to plant anything new in the ground, which created a little challenge of 'how to bring plant life into the space without actually planting anything?', but I think we found a perfect solution with all of the different plants and textures in all different pots and sizes! My friend, Danae, of Folia Collective was so good to me as I texted her endlessly with plant questions. Almost all of my pots (and many of my plants, too!) came from Potted, and Annette, the owner, was incredibly helpful in brainstorming lots of landscaping solutions.

At Home with Caroline Lee                             "Jayden DIY'd an amazing succulent wall by first, painting the brick wall charcoal, and then stacking cinderblocks in different directions so that they could house different plants. It took some trial and error to get the plants to stay (and not fall through the bottom when it rained!), but he managed to sort it out, and we love the look so much. 

At Home with Caroline Lee             "We love sitting outside both to work and to spend time with our friends and family. It is so peaceful, and we love the bistro lights at night—it really is the coziest spot in our whole space!

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com          Want to see the inside?

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com   Chair (dubbed "The Pink Throne")/Craigslist, Clay Mask/Heartside Gallery, Painting/Adam Lee.

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.comSofa/West Coast ModernCoffee Table, and Eye Pillow/Urban Outfitters, other pillows/Little KorbooseShelving and Floor Lamp/West Elm, Rug/Coco Carpets.

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com Hanging Fiber Art/DIY.

"The credenza was found at the Long Beach Flea Market (and in case you’re wondering, YES!, it fits in a Prius).

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com     Vase/ Nicola Vruwink.

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com    "Our home is filled with pieces that have stories and meaning to them—from the hand we took off of a mannequin in a dumpster in Madrid, to the carpets we brought back from Morocco.

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com      Peacock Chair/Etsy, Rug/Coco Carpets, Pillow/Elephant Landing, Shibori/DIY.

At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com
At Home with Caroline Lee via abeautifulmess.com        Bedding/Unison Home, Painting/Mercedes Helnwein.

"Jayden and I have lived in this home for over three years now, and the evolution never stops! We did a full wave of home decorating when we first moved in, and then last year we redid our bedroom. Most recently was the yard makeover, and as soon as this ink dries, we're going to dive in and redo our dining room and living room again! We live and often work in the space, and it is a small home, (less than 1,000 square feet), so it feels inspiring and fun to make it feel new... early and often!"

If you love Caroline's style as much as we do, be sure to follow her on Instagram and check out her blog, Woodnote Photography.

Credits// Author: Caroline Lee. Photography: Caroline Lee and Echo and Earl. Styling by Jess at Taylor + Taylor.

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