Abm bonlook framesWe had a blast designing and choosing the colors for our signature Jack & Norma frames from BonLook. They are currently available in five different color options.

Jack and norma framesWe are excited to give THREE lucky winners a pair of eyeglasses + single vision prescription (valued at $99). Winners may upgrade to a stronger prescription with an additional fee. 

To enter for your chance to win, sign up below, and you'll also see that you can submit more than one entry by following us or signing up for our newsletter. If you already follow us or have already signed up for the newsletter or follow us on Twitter/Pinterest, simply do it again below to receive the extra entries (it won't cause you to receive duplicate newsletters or anything; it's just so we can verify your entry). Good luck! xo. Emma + Elsie

10th Day of Christmas

Holiday VignettesIn my mind there are really just two categories of DIY: useful and fun. Useful is when you save $500 on a new dresser by hacking an inexpensive Ikea piece. Fun is, well, the stuff that makes you feel good and RELAXED after a long day...the kind of projects you can combine with a little Netflix and wine if you so desire. 

And that's exactly what I'm here to share today! A feel good craft. 

Holiday Vignettes Supplies:
-glass domes or bell jars (I got mine at Jo-Ann with the 50% off coupon from their site
-whatever fun holiday items you want! (I got mini paper houses that light up, bottle brush trees, glittery snow, white sequins, and most importantly, these awesome LED fairy lights.) 

Holiday Vignettes  I used a piece of white card stock to cover the bottom of the wood base. This is how I "measured" it, and then I just cut the circle out with scissors and glued all the trees and snowflakes to the card stock. SUPER simple. And when the holidays are over, it will be easy to clean and remove this stuff and throw it in a bag for next year. Then you can still use these bell jars around the house for other seasons! 

Holiday Vignettes   Adding the LED lights is the best and prettiest part! I love how the fine wires almost disappear visually. They look even prettier in the low light at night. 

Holiday Vignettes    I put my jars in the center of my breakfast table. I really love how they add a little holiday cheer to our (very) lightly decorated space. 

The whole project took me less than an hour. So if you're in need of a fun holiday craft that doesn't take too much time or too many supplies, try this one. :) Next stop, Christmas cookies! xx- Elsie 

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

 

Messy BoxThis past March we launched our second subscription club: Messy Box! This is a monthly kit full of exclusive ABM designed papers, cards, and other items to help you turn your scrapbooks and photo albums into something truly unique! We are excited to give FOUR lucky winners next month's kit delivered right to their door. You can read more about Messy Box here

Ready to enter? Sign up below, and you'll also see that you can submit more than one entry by following us or signing up for our newsletter. If you already follow us or have already signed up for the newsletter or follow us on Twitter/Pinterest, simply do it again below to receive the extra entries (it won't cause you to receive duplicate newsletters or anything; it's just so we can verify your entry). Good luck! xo. Emma + Elsie

9th Day of Christmas 2015

Pumpkin Pie Frappe (via abeautifulmess.com)The day before Thanksgiving I drove over to my parents' house to help my mom cook for our family Thanksgiving. My mom is full of hilarious family stories, and not too strict about following recipes, so she's a pretty fun cooking partner in my opinion.

(Hi, Mom!) 

Anyway, that morning I noticed that she had already baked not one, but two pumpkin pies. She had also made pecan pie and a cheesecake. So I was thinking that most likely there would be leftover pumpkin pie the next day, which got me dreaming up fun ways to use leftover pumpkin pie. You know, other than the obvious "breakfast pie" option. :) So working again with Nespresso on the "Experience a Cup Above campaign", I decided to make this Leftover Pumpkin Pie Frappe.

Pumpkin Pie Frappe (via abeautifulmess.com) I love to enjoy pie alongside a good cup of coffee or espresso, and this dessert combines both of those fantastic flavors into one super indulgent drink. 

Nespresso I used my Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo machine to make the espressos I used in this recipe. I'm still loving this machine because the Grand Cru capsules take absolutely no time. So it's super simple to make high-quality espresso at home. Especially for ideas like this, it's nice not to have to go through the long, manual process of prepping an espresso shot.

The machine also brews full cups of traditional coffee so you could also use a small, strong cup of coffee in place of the two espressos if you like. 

Best pumpkin pie frappeLeftover Pumpkin Pie Frappe, makes two large servings, or you could divide into four smaller servings.

2 shots of espresso
2 slices of leftover pumpkin pie
1 cup ice cubes
3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
caramel for drizzling in the cups (optional)
whipped cream to garnish

Simply combine the first five ingredients listed in a good blender and pulse until mostly smooth. You don't want to over blend, just enough to remove any large pieces of ice. The ice gives the drink a fun texture, slightly different from a smooth milkshake.

Homemade pumpkin pie frappeI garnished mine with a tiny slice of pumpkin pie, pretty much just because I thought it was really cute. ;) These are rich and oh so good, so be sure to share, and feel free to divide it up into four servings if you want to make it a little bit lighter. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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

Try This! Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful MessRecently I've been working on filling up the open shelving in our kitchen. I want it to be both beautiful and functional. We do have a pantry, but it's really small. So I decided to store some of our food on the open shelves as well! 

I decided to transfer all the food that would work in clear glass jars from their boxes and bags. I asked Emma what type of airtight jars she thought were best, and she recommended these Weck jars, which I love, by the way!

Try This- Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful MessTry This- Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful MessFor a couple weeks, it looked like this. I couldn't decide how to label them, so I just taped little temporary labels on there. Whatevs.

Instantly loved using these jars, though! I use the cocoa powder and chia seeds for my morning smoothies. And with so many things in our home still incomplete, it feels AMAZING to have a few items that have a definite place! 

I wanted a label system that would be easy to change out and wasn't super fussy to keep up with. At first I was planning to buy a label maker, but then I remembered paint pens

Try This- Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess  Try This- Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess   I tested two colors. I also wanted to know how hard it was to get off. It's actually perfect because it won't come off if you just wipe down the container with a paper towel and water. But it will come off if you either scrub it with a textured sponge or throw it in the dishwasher. 

I'm planning to add eight more jars on the other side of my shelves soon. They are so practical! You can store coffee, cereal, pancake mix, tea and all kinds of other things. 

Aren't they cute? I LOVE easy projects that turn out cute! 

Try This! Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess     Try This! Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess Try This! Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess Try This! Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess Try This! Paint Pen Kitchen Organization via A Beautiful Mess Thanks for following our big and small projects! I love the big ones the most, but the little ones always make my day. There's something SO satisfying about those projects that you can start and finish in one day! xoxo- Elsie 

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

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