Make your own boho chic woven necklace. Get the easy step-by-step over at www.ABeautifulMess.comThe weaving trend is here to stay, folks. I've noticed a handful of woven necklaces pop up in my Instagram feed this summer and couldn't wait to try my hand at one. I wanted something that was simple but special, so I kept the color scheme neutral and added some substance with the copper pipe and turquoise beads. It's got a little bit of a California summer vibe. I always miss the Golden state in the summertime, so I'm gonna wear this necklace all month and pretend I can hear the sound of seagulls and ocean waves.

Woven Stone Necklace
-necklace chain at desired length
-4" of copper pipe
-cotton twine
-yarn (optional)
-thick cardboard measuring about 5" x 7"
-12 turquoise stone beads
-tapestry needle for weaving
-hand-sewing needle for threading through the stones
-thread in coordinating color

Warp Your Cardboard-Step1Step One: Cut out a thickish piece of cardboard that measures about 5" x 7" and wrap your twine around so that you have 10 rows on the front side. Tie your two ends together in a knot on the back side. This is your warp. 

2-5Step Two: Cut a second strand of twine (or yarn if you want a different color) and thread it through your tapestry needle. This is called your weft. Starting from under the second warp row on the right, go over and under with your needle until you get to the left side. Wrap around the warp and weave over and under back to the right side. It should be the opposite of the row you just did.

Step Three: When you pull your twine through on each new row of weaving, pull up at an angle and then down so you get a hill shape in the middle. Then gently pull it down in the center of the hill so that it lays flat. Pull the rest of that row down so that it lays flat against the previous row. Making the hill gives you a little slack so you're not pulling your rows tighter and tighter as you go. This trick will help you avoid the hourglass shape.

Step Four: Here is your row pressed flat. Continue going back and forth and over and under until your twine has almost run out or you'd like to change colors.

Step Five: I ended my twine with a 3" tail that I tucked under the warp. If this were a lap or table loom, it would hang down a bit more. To start a new length of twine (or new color), I tucked in the start of my next cut of twine about 3" under the same warp row where my last section of twine ended. They criss-cross underneath the third from the left. Imagine it's like they're tied together and the new one is picking up where the old one left off. You can later stitch these into your weaving on the back side or cheat a little and tie them in a double knot.

6-7Step Six: Keep weaving until you've got yours as long as you'd like. You'll want to leave a little room at the top and bottom for your warp strands to be empty as you'll need that space to tie your knots.

Step Seven: Flip your cardboard loom over to the back side and cut your warp threads about 1" from the top. This will ensure there's a little more fringe at the bottom.

8-9Step Eight: Gently re-thread the loose tail of your starting length of twine and stitch vertically through a few rows of weaving. This will help lock things in place without unsightly knots on the back. Repeat it with the ending length of twine as well. You can do this with all of your loose ends or you can double-knot the ones that are near each other.

Step Nine: I only wrapped my weaving nine times so I ended up with nine strands, but I suggest doing ten so you have an even amount to tie off. Tie a snug double-knot between every two warp threads along the top and bottom to help lock in your weaving. 

10-11Step Ten: Take your thread and sewing needle and fold the top knots back to the back side. Carefully stitch them down without stitching all the way through your weaving. This will provide a nicely finished top edge.

Step Eleven: Then stitch your stones in place using the same needle and thread. I suggest stitching one stone at a time instead of using one long thread in case one breaks. Then you'll only lose one instead of all of them. I did two rows of six but you could easily adjust that.

Step Twelve: Thread your chain through your copper pipe and then cut another length of twine about 2' long. Stitch it through one corner of your necklace under the double-knotted warp and then continue stitching across to the other side. Be sure to get under the warp knots as often as you can to help it keep it's shape. 

Make your own boho chic woven necklace. Get the easy step-by-step over at www.ABeautifulMess.comYou can customize the width and length of your necklace depending on the size of your cardboard loom. You can also use different colors for your warp and weft for a more colorful or casual effect. Add more texture with wool roving or a variety of beads. It's one of those perfect Sunday afternoon projects that will leave you with a piece of jewelry that looks like a boutique treasure from your last vacation. Now lets all start planning our road trip to the beach. -Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Tons of awesome home printing tips!Hey, friends! In today's video I am working with our longtime friends at Canon USA to address the most asked question I get when it comes to scrapbooking, "How do you resize your photos before you print them?" In addition, I'll be sharing some printing tips that I use every week to make the process as seamless as possible. Here's the video: 

I wanted to share a little more information about the specific printer that I use and love! The Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer is my go-to. Yes, we work with Canon, but we work with them for a reason. It's by far the best printer I have ever owned. I love the wide format and could never go back now that I've tried it. It's so nice to be able to print big, up to 13x19 borderless images. 

I love the Pro Luster paper. The color is absolutely incredible. You cannot tell at all that it was printed at home. Even though my wide format printer can print on smaller paper, I only buy that size and chop everything down that needs to be smaller. It's just simpler and easier to have one paper that works for everything. I use it for DIY projects, all kinds of scrapbooking and printing photos for my friends and family. 

Here are a few of my favorite past projects I used my wide format printer for–Record Frame Display, Patterned Photo Mats, countless scrapbooks and mini books

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments. I hope I did a good job of explaining the process, but I'm not a techie person, so if you'd like more information on any part of it, I am happy to chat with you more here! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photo edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions. 

At Home with Paula PassiniLiving roomToday we are welcoming Paula Passini to the blog to share her amazing apartment with us!

Love this spaceKitchenLove this cradenza!"I moved to this apartment in 2011 after taking a sabbatical year to travel around the world with my boyfriend. At the time, it took me a few months to find a perfect spot to live–we wanted an old realty because their structure is better, with larger windows and high ceiling. As usual with old realty, the place was in bad shape. So we had to make a huge makeover: knocking down walls, opening up spaces and exposing the original bricks in the living room. I love the living room because it's where I host my friends, relax, listen to some music and spend most of my day. It’s also where I display the objects that I love.

Paula PassiniRecord playerJewelry dishes"Most of my objects came from a long trip that I took with my boyfriend and that lasted almost a year. We avoided traditional tourists’ destinations and visited exotic countries such as Laos, China, Morocco, Lebanon, Mongolia… Those objects are special because they can’t be found easily, they’re unique and they remind me of those lovely places that I had the privilege to visit. I also have a family heirloom that I really love: my grandpa's record player—it reminds me of him listening to operas every Sunday morning.

OfficeDecor detailsBathroom"I've lived in this apartment for four years now and it definitely goes along with my inner changes. Once I moved in I started working on an Interior Designer degree, so my home kind of became a place where I could try out my ideas and see what would work and what wouldn’t. Even today my home continues to change, just like myself." 

Thanks for sharing, Paula! You can find more of Paula on her blog and Instagram. xo.

Credits// Author: Paula Passini. Photography: Igor Giroto.

Decorating with your other halfHi, friends! Today I'm continuing my Home Decor 101 series with a reader question that really got me thinking. 

@jessisrad36 asked, "I would LOVE to see a post about seamlessly mixing decor styles with your significant other... I just bought a house with my boyfriend and let's just say we may have differing opinions about interior design. I'd love to hear about your experience!" 

I want to say upfront that this topic isn't just for couples. It could apply to roommates, large families or really anyone living in a home together. So if it seems like I am only discussing couples without kiddos, it's because that's what kind of household I live in–so please forgive me, k? Maybe you have a really opinionated eight-year-old. I get that. 

Decorating with my other halfSo first, a little back story about my experiences decorating with my husband, Jeremy. This summer we started renovating and decorating our third house we've lived in together. He's the kind of dude who selectively cares about decorating. I can make ten big choices in a row and he will be happy with all of them, but on the eleventh choice, he will suddenly have a VERY strong opinion, and it usually feels like it came out of nowhere. He keeps me on my toes.

Working togetherHe has very good taste, and I love that about him. But his range of what he likes is much, much, much smaller than mine. It's exactly like our taste in clothes actually. He would be happy to wear a plaid shirt from J.Crew every day for the rest of his life. To mix it up, he wears gingham. Me, no way. I love J.Crew, but I also love about 1,000 other stores and styles and I want to mix it up constantly. So we're different.


So, let's dive in! Here are my thoughts on navigating the waters of co-decorating with your partner or roommate. 

1. Choosing a theme together. 

Choosing a general style we both love, and creating a mood board is the single best thing we have done to simplify our process and nurture a shared vision. Our process started by talking about places we've traveled to, hotels and cafes that left an impression on us. Then we went through my overstuffed private pin board that I'd created. I asked Jeremy to pick out all the things that stood out to him (and I took notes). 

All you need are a few inspiration images you both love, and a place you've both been to use as a reference for the vibe you are going for! Once you have that, it's MUCH EASIER to choose colors you both love, wood stains, metals for hardware and fixtures and trends you feel you'd like to embrace or skip.

Just by having a few conversations and going through some images, we picked a theme. It wasn't hard. It honestly came really naturally. Now when we're shopping for a countertop, a floor tile or a new couch, we have a unified vision to start from. It has really simplified the process for us! 

2. Mixing two styles. 

It's important to represent each member of your family/household in the decor. The best way to do this is to imagine how the house would look if each person had it 100% in their style, then mix those different elements together. 

For us, it's a mixture of color (me) and some rustic elements (him). Our styles are good on their own, but even better together. 

The good news is that mixing styles always makes a space more interesting! So don't be afraid to really incorporate different perspectives, even if you feel like complete opposites. 

3. Mastering give + take

Decorating a house is a personal thing. Especially when you first move in. Two people might be envisioning the "perfect space" very differently.

It's important to really listen to your partner, ask questions and try to get inside their head. If you are genuinely trying to understand their vision, then you're already on the right track! 

It sucks, but you're not always going to agree on every little detail. One of you loves penny tile, one of you hates it. One of you thinks wallpaper should be a priority in the budget, but the other would rather put that money toward a new sofa. This is real life. 

Learn to be a master of compromise and always keep an open mind! In our new space we have already shifted our priorities countless times. And I'm not going to lie–it's overwhelming sometimes. The thing that has made us rock solid is compromise. I am putting Jeremy's studio at a very high priority in our budget (and that renovation is real spensive!). He knows that and appreciates that, and in return, he's been a real sweetheart about all the brass I want to do (all about that brass, you guys!). #giveandtake #compromise #soulmates yep! 

J + E OK–so, my favorite part! Your turn! Please tell me all your stories about decorating with your partner-in-crime, whether it be a roomie, a husband or a whole family! I am super excited to hear your tips. xx- Elsie 

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

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)         I don't know exactly how old I was when I had a fruit pizza for the first time, but I can remember pretty clearly thinking something along the lines of, "Where has this been all my life!?" I've usually eaten fruit pizzas that have sliced fruit on top of a cream cheese layer with a sugar cookie crust underneath. And while I'm certainly a fan of the original, I thought it would be fun to stay with a similar flavor profile, but manipulate the ingredients a bit so it actually looked more like a pizza once it was done. What can I say? I'm a sucker for novelty food...

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)Fruit Pizza

16 oz of refrigerated sugar cookie dough (pre-made or you can use your own recipe)
8 oz strawberry cream cheese spread
coconut flakes
strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, or whatever fruit you want
fresh mint

First, make your crust! Take your refrigerated cookie dough and roll out a large cookie on a greased baking sheet that is 1/4-1/2" thick. I found it easiest to roll out the dough on the baking sheet directly with a piece of wax paper on top and then use a pizza cutter to trim off the jagged edges. Bake until your cookie edges just start to turn golden brown (you want the cookie to be a little underdone so it has a chewy texture). It took about 17 minutes for mine to start to turn golden.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe) Let the cookie completely cool, and then ice the cookie with the strawberry cream cheese, leaving the last inch of the edge plain so it looks more like a pizza crust. If you want a brighter red spread to mimic the pizza sauce, you can stir in a dash of food coloring first.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)   Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)   Sprinkle your coconut topping on top of the cream cheese. For more of a "baked cheese" color, you can toast some of the coconut in a dry pan first until it starts to turn golden brown.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)    Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)    Add your cut fruit to mimic your pizza toppings (I used strawberries, pineapple and kiwi), and finish off with some whole or chopped mint leaves.

Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)       Adorable fruit pizza! (click through for recipe)          How cute is that? This is a great idea for a kid's party, but who am I kidding? Most full-grown adults I know would love it as well! Unless you roll out your dough way too thin, you should be able to cut slices and pick them up to eat like real pizza pieces. For people like me that are pizza crazy to begin with, this is too adorable to pass up, but it's an added bonus that it also tastes great too. Make time for a slice of this pizza soon! xo. Laura

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


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