Scrapbook Sunday Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess. Full of great neutral and metallic cards for documenting the holidaysThis is the time of year for extra memory making, but it's also the time of year for those captured memories to pile up on your phone or camera! I loved that this month's Messy Box had plenty of metallic accents and clean neutrals to mix with both black and white and colored photos. There are even extra font cards so I don't have to spend as much time searching for the perfectly sized alpha stickers! 

Neutral and Metallic Scrapbook Sunday Messy Box from A Beautiful MessScrapbook Sunday Messy Box Metallic Foil CardsI printed off some of my favorite photos of my family and edited them to all be black and white since the colors in the images didn't quite all work together. It was an easy way to bring cohesion to the page. They also worked really well with the gray tones and gold foil cards. I added a little bit of journaling and some alpha cards, and I was done! 

Scrapbook Sunday Messy Box Then I printed off some of my favorite fall memories that were full of color and made a second page that had a totally different vibe. I printed off a photo of the red leaves in our backyard and added the maple leaf die cut on top but flipped it over so I could use it as a journaling spot. Then I added in photos from a recent trip to see extended family and our almost daily after school ritual of hot chocolate with marshmallows. These little images will be special to look back on in a few years when I've all but forgotten what it was like when these kids were this age.

Scrapbook Sunday Messy Box for the holidaysScrapbook Sunday Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess. Document your favorite holiday memoriesIn about an hour (including printing my photos), I had two scrapbook pages finished and plenty of journaling cards left that I can use for the next round of holidays headed our way! Seriously, the Messy Box kits are such an easy way to keep on top of documenting life without it feeling too overwhelming.

How often do you stop and print your photos off during the holidays? Do you have specific photos that you love to take each year such as a pile of changing leaves or your favorite holiday traditions? -Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with the New A Beautiful Actions.

Outdoor Cacti BedsToday I thought it would be fun to share a completely random, somewhat long-term, project that we are undertaking in our flower beds. Bye-bye flowers.... haha! 

When we first moved to Tennessee, we were out driving one day and I saw a GIANT prickly pear cactus growing in someone's yard. It was the size of a large bush. It was already getting cold, and I wondered how such a large outdoor cactus was living through the winters. Well, sure enough, I drove by it weekly and even in the snow it lasted. I was blown away. 

Laura found one in her neighborhood as well, and one day when we were at one of our local nurseries, we asked how it was possible for them to live outdoors and if there were more varieties like this! 

We learned that there is only one variety of traditional looking cacti that are actually native to Tennessee. It's the Texas Prickly Pear. We both decided to take a chance on them and plant some at our homes! 

The only downside is they don't really sell the giant ones. You have to get smallish ones and let them grow. And it takes years. But since we're planning to be here for a while, I decided to plant a bunch! 

Now, being the complete psycho that I am, I begged Jeremy to plant them all over the front of our house. But he wasn't into it because of the fact that it takes years for them to get big, and in the meantime the scale would be kind of off.

So we compromised and decided to plant them all around the back part of our house. Maybe a couple by the mailbox too! We had already had a bunch of bushes in the back pulled out when we were painting the exterior, so we decided to start there.

Baby steps! Besides painting the brick, this was our first outdoor project, you guys!! It's happening! 

Outdoor Cacti Beds  Here's the whole bed. Not much to look at yet. I am hoping that at this time next year I can post some pretty significant growth photos. I think a lot of it has to do with them getting the right amount of water and sun during the warm months. My understanding is that they don't really grow in the winter. 

Outdoor Cacti Beds    Outdoor Cacti Beds    For scale. Look how SMALL. 

Outdoor Cacti Beds     Giving hugs because I love them SO MUCH. Even though they're small, I still love how they look and feel like they make this little corner of our outdoor space 10x more charming and personal. 

If you are lucky enough to live somewhere temperate year round, please go out and plant 4-6 new cacti in my honor. DO IT. 

If you live somewhere with all four seasons, like me, and you want to plant cacti, here's what you do! Go to a local nursery (not a big box store, a local store where the people working there really know their stuff!) and ask what options for cacti are cold weather hardy for your area. Maybe you'll learn something new like I did? 

Thanks for letting me share my new obsession. If you have any tips or information on this subject, I'm all ears! xxoo -Elsie 

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

CanoniP8720Hi, friends! We’re so excited to celebrate the holiday season with the team at Canon USA and give one lucky reader a Canon PIXMA iP8720 crafting printer! This is my absolute favorite printer as most of you already know! It works great on both large and small projects and is perfect for printing borderless photos. I love the quality and am so happy that one of our readers is going to get one! Below are a few of my favorite projects using this printer. Make sure to tag #ABMCrafty on any of the projects you try out!



 Win the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer!

This giveaway is open until 12/2/16 and the winner will be contacted directly.

PS. For all our ABM readers, Canon has a special promo code for the Canon USA shop. Between now and Monday (11/28), you can save an extra $50 off the PIXMA iP8720 by using the code ‘BFSAVE50’. 

Can’t wait to see what you guys make! xo. -Elsie


At Home with Micaela ClouseWe're welcoming interior designer Micaela Clouse to the blog today as she shares her apartment with us! We just love the color scheme she has throughout the space, and the decor looks SO cozy. 

At Home with Micaela Clouse      "From the moment I walked in the door of my 630 square foot apartment, I knew I had to have it. The fireplace was the showstopper for me, but I also fell in love with the high vaulted ceilings, flooding natural light, and coziness of the space. The little details (Saltillo tile below the fireplace, popcorn ceilings—weird love of mine, and cute kitchen) made the apartment feel like home. I've been in my home for three years and would only move in order to decorate a new space. Because who doesn't get that itch to completely redecorate?!

At Home with Micaela Clouse    At Home with Micaela Clouse       "I would have to say my favorite space in my home is my living room–close tie to my bedroom. I love the wall of windows in my living room and the free-standing fireplace. The navy velvet sofa, peacock chair, cactus silk pillows, and record player make it a hard room to leave. I have surrounded the fireplace and filled the room with plants. They love the natural light! This is my favorite room to kick back in with a record spinning, a fire going, and a design magazine in hand.

At Home with Micaela Clouse   At Home with Micaela Clouse        "I have a plethora of favorite items in my home. Namely my couch, coffee table, and bedroom set. My vintage navy couch was an Etsy find. I had it reupholstered and accessorized with a nail head trim. I decorated the couch with a Kantha quilt (also a vintage find), cactus silk pillows from Etsy, and a Mexican blanket. The cowhide rug below the couch was found at an Antique store in Abilene, TX with my grandmother. Abilene is a hidden gem for antique shopping!

At Home with Micaela Clouse "I found my peacock chair at an antique store in Johnson City, TX called Echo. It is my absolute favorite antique store! Perhaps my most unique piece in my home is my coffee table. It is an antique fire pit turned coffee table that my grandmother brought back from a trip to Turkey in the 80s. I love my eye pillow from Urban Outfitters and my Herman Miller style chair from All Modern. My Moroccan pouf is from Etsy and the camel saddle is an Austin antique find. My dining table and chairs (reupholstered in indigo dyed fabric I did myself) are from my grandmother, who passed them down from her mother.

At Home with Micaela Clouse              Quilt/Anthropologie, Blanket/Amazon.

At Home with Micaela Clouse                   At Home with Micaela Clouse         "I've been in my home for three years. When I first moved in it was sparse. Over time, I have thrifted, DIY'd and styled to my heart's content. I have found inspiration in the Southwest and ethnic textiles over the years. Both are represented in my current style."

Thanks, Micaela! You can find her on Instagram here and here, and be sure to visit her interior design site, House by Clouse. xo!

Author: Micaela Clouse. Photography: Molly Winters.


Pie crust cookiesHappy Thanksgiving! We're taking the day off, but since it's an American holiday, we wanted to preschedule something fun for everyone to read. Here's a list of our favorite holiday recipes, including these super easy pie crust cookies

Creamy kale, brussels and cranberry saladThis creamy kale, brussels and cranberry salad packs a lot of flavor and nutrition for a perfect side.

Duchess sweet potato casseroleDuchess sweet potato casserole is tasty alternative to regular mashed potatoes, and it's really pretty! 

Elsie's orange cranberry margaritaThis orange cranberry margarita is one of Elsie's favs!

Foolproof Thanksgiving turkeyIf you're making your first turkey or just wanting to perfect your method, check out Emma's foolproof turkey and gravy tips.

Citrus and pomegranate brussels sproutsBrussels sprouts are a must. You have to try them with citrus and pomegranates.

Sweet potato creme bruleeFor all the crème brûlée fans out there, this recipe is made with sweet potatoes and toasted marshmallows. 

Prosecco and cranberry mimosasTreat your guests to Prosecco and cranberry mimosas. Love that thyme garnish!

Red quinoa, kale and grapefruit saladNeed another salad idea? Make this one with quinoa, kale and grapefruit and homemade vinaigrette.

Bacon and bourbon stuffingYou can't go wrong with bacon and bourbon stuffing. It was a big crowd pleaser at our past Friendsgiving.

Petite pumpkin piesMini pumpkin pies would be a cute addition to a place setting or you could give them as gifts! 

Thanksgiving stove simmersLet's talk about stove simmers for a sec. They are the BEST. Your house will smell amazing for days, and they're a natural alternative to candles. 

Garlic and miso green beansNeed a side dish? Try garlic and miso green beans

Apple pecan piesPecan pie filling and apples? Yes, please! Be sure to add a side of ice cream with these apple pecan pies.

Slow cooker mashed potatoesThe awesome thing about these mashed potatoes is that you can make them ahead of time in a slow cooker.

Turkey shaped cheese trayYes, that's a cheese plate shaped like a turkey, and you should definitely make one!

Cranberry and vanilla bean pie barsI promise this isn't the last cranberry recipe you'll see here because we LOVE them! These vanilla bean pie bars are so good.

Jalepeno popper dipIf you want to make an appetizer that everyone will swoon over, you have to make jalapeño popper dip.

Cranberry jello shotsHoliday cheer in the form of jello shots

Pumpkin pie puddingNeed an easy peasy recipe? Pumpkin pie pudding is the way to go, and it looks fancy. :)

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