Cake standMother's Day is sneaking up on us—are you ready?! If not, you still have time to make your mom something unique and special. Here are 20 handmade ideas you could try. First up, why not make your mom a pretty cake stand

Finger print necklaceYou could make her a real silver necklace with her children or grandchildren's fingerprints. 

Wood burned photo framesMake these wood burned photo frames and fill them with all the people she loves!

Art teacher necklaceIf your mother has a colorful style, you could make her a unique beaded necklace

Homemade soapMake your mom a few homemade soaps with her favorite scents! See our tutorial for making grapefruit and poppyseed bars

Catch allThese jewelry catchalls are easy to make and look so cute on a dresser or bedside table. 

Buffalo plaid stampIf you need some gift wrapping ideas or plan to make your mother a card, consider making your own buffalo plaid stamp (it's easy!).

Lap desksIf your mom is the kind of gal who is often on her laptop, might I suggest making her a custom lap desk?

Bath bombsYou can easily make these homemade bath bombs in any scent your momma loves! 

Homemade cookie butterIf she's got a sweet tooth, you could always make her some homemade cookie butter. Yum!

Beeswax candlesHomemade beeswax candles are always a welcomed gift. 

Modern kiddo artIf she's got some special grandkiddos in her life, she might love to have some of their scribbles turned into modern art

Photo candleUse photos from her life or some pictures from her children to create a few photo candles she can cherish for years to come. 

Ring dishMake your mother her own marbled ring dish this week. 

Photo soapUse some fun photos to make her some photo soaps

Rope coasterYou can easily make these rope coasters and add any colors that you know your mom would love. 

Solid perfumeDid you know that it's super easy to make your own solid perfume!? You can add it to a locket or a store bought container. 

Textured photo frameMake your mom a textured photo frame to add some personality to any wall or table top. 

Wood trivetUse iron-on veneer tape to create these pretty wooden trivets. Perfect for protecting your counter tops from hot pots and pans. 

Textured planterIf your mother has a green thumb, then she might enjoy a few textured planters for her favorite indoor plants.

Make your mom something special this week! xo. The ABM Team

Elsie Larson's Office www.abeautifulmess.comToday I am super excited to share a tour of my office. You've seen it before (here, here + here), but it's been a while, and I almost forgot that I never shared an official tour! Honestly, it's always messy and that's the main reason. But today I am finally ready to share a full tour of my office. Welcome!! 

Sources: Coffee table/made by Josh (similar DIY here), Sofa c/o Joybird (it's the Worthy Loveseat), Wool felt pillows/DIY

Elsie Larson's Office The half-painted door is a project I am still loving! It makes such a visual impact and was super quick to execute. If you're looking for a way to add a splash of color to your room without painting a wall, I highly recommend it! 

Elsie Larson's Office  Elsie Larson's Office  Elsie Larson's Office  Elsie Larson's Office  My office is a creative zone. It's not a super big room (medium size bedroom), and like I said before, it's usually pretty messy. I do projects in here, all my scrapbooking, write blog posts and have meetings with our team. I'm happy that I chose to go pretty colorful with a lot of the decorations and clean white with the walls.

The light is really good in my office, and you'll probably notice that one of my windows is missing a curtain (they went out of stock before I could get one—haha), but it doesn't really bother me since I don't really spend any time in this room during the night (except for our occasional Livestream nights). 

As you can see, I didn't stray too far from my comfort zone color palette (yellow and turquoise). What can I say? I'm predictable. 

Elsie Larson's Office        Elsie Larson's Office        Elsie Larson's Office        Elsie Larson's Office        My color-coordinated paint/paper/ribbon storage is a highlight. The bottom (metal) part of it is something I bought at a garage sale and Josh built the top part for me to store ribbons and paint. I've said before that open storage is a must for me because once I put something in a box or in a closet, I usually forget I have it and never use it. 

Plus anything organized by rainbow color gets bonus points in my book! 

Elsie's Office  Elsie's Office   In the corner I store my printer. It's the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer, and it's the only printer I use for everything, including printing all the photos I use in my scrapbooks and pretty much everything on my walls too. I store most of my scrapbooking supplies in this cabinet. 

The pineapple is from one of our book signings at Urban Outfitters last year. I thought it was really sweet that they took the time to make it for us, so I used it as wall art! 

Elsie's Office    This desk was a fun surprise. After changing my mind repeatedly about what I wanted, I told Josh "surprise me" (which doesn't happen too often...normally I know exactly what I want. So this was Josh's lucky day). I was leaning toward an all white or pink desk (inspired by Jenna Lyons' office, of course), and Josh was inspired by the glossy epoxy top. So that is what happened. Love it! 

See the DIY for the desk here, the rope shelves here and the hanging planters (made with fish bowls) here.

Elsie's Office     I love the top of the desk! Josh used different paint colors and then covered the whole thing with epoxy. It's really fun, colorful and completely practical for everyday work too. 

Elsie's Office     Elsie's Office     These hanging planters are one of my favorite "weird supply DIYs". Who knew that plastic fish bowls could be used to make such pretty, modern planters! DIY here

Elsie's Office        Here's how it looks from the doorway. My small cowhide rug is from here (some of the better prices we've found online). 

Elsie's Office         This sunburst mirror, thrifted/restyled cart and patterned wall were a few of my favorite projects we did in this room. I lost the before photo of this cart, but I wish you could have seen how gross it was before getting a shiny coat of bright chartreuse paint. 

Elsie's Office          Fun stuff. I love details, and as much as I try to focus on purging and organizing, I will never be a minimalist. Thank you so much for taking a look at my office!  

Books and products seen throughout the room: Refinery29: Style Stalking, Design Mom: How to Live with Kids, A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home, Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style, Paper to Petal, Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon, Away At Home, kate spade new york: places to go, people to see, Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, Tim Walker Pictures. Home Sweet Home Art Print, To-Do Art Print, Keiko Glasses in Lily White, Pink Cateyes by Crap Eyewear, Face Planters via Urban Outfitters (out of stock now), Geometric Vase/CB2, Teal Lamp/similar. If you have any other questions about where I found things, just ask me in the comments! 

Other favorite home decor posts: Bleach-spotted fabric (I see some curtains using this tutorial in my near future!), Laura's Art Room (just bc it's so cute), Workshop Space Organization, Make a hanging hammock chair, and Emma's Home Office

And see the rest of the ABM Studio tour right here. xx. Elsie

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

At Home with Camilla Bromann  Today we are welcoming Camilla Bromann to the blog to share her beautiful apartment with us!

At Home with Camilla BromannDining room"Our home is a small 68m2, 3 bedroom apartment located on the Danish island of Fyn in the city of Odense. The apartment has 3 rooms of the same size. These are used for our bedroom, living room and dining room/studio. On top of that, there's a good size kitchen and a tiny bathroom (Europe style). It took a long time to furnish our home. First we had to wait 3 months (3 MONTHS!) before our belongings arrived from Australia. So for that time, we really only had our bed and our dining table and chairs. It was very...minimalistic. But as the stuff arrived and I spent most weekends thrifting and exploring my parents' attic, our home slowly took shape. At the moment we are working overseas, and when we get home, I have so many new ideas (and items) to try out and incorporate. Our home is ever-changing and I like it like that."

Wall decorAmazing light fixture"We moved into our Danish home in 2014 after having lived in Melbourne, Australia since 2008. First of all, we picked this apartment because it is located in my hometown that I hadn't lived in for 5 years. Massive homesickness now cured. Secondly, the apartment is so light and cozy with wooden floorboards and big white frame windows and a French door separating the living/dining area."

Love this kitchen
Kitchen shelves
"The kitchen is a blast. It is not super big but has everything we need including a view into our garden. When the warm season hits and the sun starts to shine, we fill the window with fresh herbs and plants and experiment with growing different sprouts and pineapples (THAT never worked). I also love the early 90s kitchen cupboards and mini-shelves above the stove that I have filled up with my favorite little vintage ceramics and op-shop glass jars for spices. And the same wall was the perfect size to hang our 3 exotic Queensland bamboo fruit baskets that were found in an op-shop in Australia."
Camilla Bromann"Another favorite item of mine is the Ice Cream poster in our dining room. It was given to my mum by the artist himself when she was helping out in his studio in '81. I like it because of the Miami vibes it brings to the space. I am sure it makes our plants greener and happier."
Plant display
Everything gold
Living room
Little details
"Most of our home is filled with recycled items that we have either inherited or found op-shopping. The pink couches are from my childhood home, bought in the early 80s and made by the Danish designer Søren Lund. I have never been able to part with them as they remind me too much of all the sweet times we had as kids. So the couches are staying. Even though they are so worn down. I call it patina, and I hear it is pretty trendy. The dining table is another favorite of mine as it is a DIY. I sanded down what I thought was a 60s teak table because it was so dark brown, but was pleasantly surprised it was made from oak. I gave it a matte white lacquer top and kept the edges neutral."
Cool pillows
Thanks so much, Camilla! You can visit Camilla and her husband's clothing company here and follow her on Instagram here. xo.
Credits // Author and Photography: Camilla Bromann.

Matcha and White Chocolate Tiramisu (via If I were on a game show where you had to try and guess the top five most common fancy restaurant dessert options, here would be my answers:

1. Creme brûlée (easy points!)
2. Tiramisu
3. Molten (or lava) chocolate cake
4. Panna cotta (or flan...I think that should count as one, right?)
5. Cheesecake

What would you choose if you were on the game show? This is a weird only-in-your-head game, but it's sort of fun!

Matcha and White Chocolate Tiramisu (via love making "fancy" desserts. It just feels fun to make these types of treats for friends and family. I mean, if you ever invite me over for dinner and you serve either a cheese plate (appetizer) or a fancy dessert at the end, I will immediately be completely and totally impressed and promptly invite myself over again. :) 

This fancy dessert is even more fun because we're going to change up the classic flavors of tiramisu (espresso, marsala wine or spiced rum, and chocolate) with something a little unexpected: matcha green tea and white chocolate liqueur. But this still has all the fluffy creaminess of the classic. 

Tiramisu recipeGreen Tea + White Chocolate Tiramisu, serves 6-8 (depending on how you slice it)

3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons white chocolate liqueur, divided (I had Godiva brand on hand and love it)
1 drop of green food coloring (optional)
8 oz mascarpone, softened
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup water 
1/4 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (plus more to dust the layers with)
28-32 lady finger cookies

In a glass bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture becomes a lighter shade of yellow. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the liqueur. Then place the glass bowl over a pot of simmering water (DIY double boiler action).

How to make green tea tiramisuI also added a drop of green food coloring, but this is totally optional. Whisk the mixture as it cooks until it's a thin custard. The goal here is to just lightly cook the egg yolks into a custard, but it doesn't have to be a super thick one. Some tiramisu recipes will completely skip this step and have you use the raw egg yolks in the batter we're about to make. You can do this if you choose. Totally up to you, but I prefer to cook them into a custard first. 

Once the mixture thickens (8-10 minutes over the simmering water), remove from heat and allow to cool in the refrigerator while you prep the rest of the dessert.

How to make green tea tiramisu In a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer) beat the heavy whipping cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form (whipped cream).

In a separate bowl stir the room temperature mascarpone so it will be easier to fold into the whipped cream. You want to avoid as many lumps as you can, but tiramisu usually has some and that's OK.

Fold together the whipped cream, mascarpone, and cooled yolk custard. Set aside.

How to make tiramisu  In a glass mixing bowl or large glass, combine the 1/2 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon matcha powder and whisk until no powder lumps remain. Then stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of white chocolate liqueur.

Now we're ready to assemble our tiramisu! This is the fun part! Layer in enough lady fingers to cover the bottom of your dish (I used a square baking pan but you could use individual glass cups or other dishes you prefer). You can first dip the lady fingers in the green tea/liqueur mixture or you can spoon the liquid over the lady fingers after you've arranged them (I usually do the latter).

How to make green tea tiramisu  Top the cookies with a layer of the whipped cream custard, then lightly dust with matcha powder. Repeat this whole process three times. For the top layer I like to pipe the mixture with a round pastry tip as I think it helps to hide any lumps that might still be in the batter.

Matcha and White Chocolate Tiramisu (via  Allow your tiramisu to chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving. This will allow the crispy lady fingers to soften, and the entire dessert blends together and becomes much easier to cut. Be sure to serve this within eight hours of making it though as it can begin to break down and become kind of runny in a bad way after a while. When you finish making this, pop it in the fridge and have a nice, leisurely dinner party. This will be ready to pull out to impress everyone at the end of the evening. :) Enjoy! xo. Emma

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

So helpful! 10 tips to have a sucussful Instagram closet sale (click through for more) There are so many ways to try and make a little extra cash off of your unworn clothes these days—consignment shops, eBay, garage sales...lots of formats to choose from. Another option that you may not have considered is to do a closet sale on Instagram and extend your reach to your Internet friends as well. I hadn't done one before this past year, and it can seem a little intimidating at first, but I asked a few friends who had done a few for some tips, learned a few of my own along the way, and ended up helping Elsie do her first sale a few weeks ago. It's a great way to share your closet with your online pals and make a little cash for some new items (or put it towards a trip or something) at the same time!

First, for some general tips, I would really suggest holding the sale under a separate account from your personal one. That way people who want to follow the sale can, but not everybody who follows you will have to be spammed with your shoe collection. Also, create the account and post all the photos of your items with their descriptions before you announce the sale on your personal account (or keep it a private account until it's ready). That way, you can get everything how you want it and make any tweaks without people starting to bid before it's open, etc. 

So helpful! 10 tips to have a sucussful Instagram closet sale (click through for more)1.) The photos are really important. Since your buyers can't try on the clothes in a virtual dressing room, it's really crucial to take clear and well-lit photos of all your items on a neutral background. It also helps to have multiple photos, especially if there is a detail that should be seen close up or a unique back on a dress. If you have a photo of you wearing the item, post that as well so they can see how it fits when it's worn.

2.) Clean your items. Make sure to wash or wipe off all the items before photographing and shipping. This is important for the obvious reason that no one wants to buy dirty clothes, but also because an item may have a spot or mark that may or  may not come out. If it does come out, then you don't have to advertise it as damaged, but if it doesn't, you may want to reconsider if it's in good enough shape to sell.

3.) Be clear about sizes and any defects. You don't want there to be surprises when the buyer gets their item, so make sure to list anything that the buyer would want to know about beforehand in the item description. Note how the item fits if it's different than the size on the tag (like if it's a size small but fits like a medium), or if it's a loose cut that could fit a range of sizes. Add a photo or note if there are any worn spots or marks that can't be removed so the buyer is aware of the item condition. You don't have to photograph every tiny loose thread (unless otherwise stated, people assume all items are gently used), but look over the item and point out anything you'd like to know about if you were the bidder.

4.) Be as organized as possible. This is probably the most important point of them all. Keep a spreadsheet or chart where you can list each item, the final purchase price, the shipping cost, the PayPal email of the winner, and their shipping address as that information comes in. You can also use colors to indicate if someone has paid for their item and if it's been shipped out to them. If you do the spreadsheet on your computer and open Instagram in another tab, you can copy and paste the winner's email and cut down on spelling mistakes. Also, if you can get a friend to help you assembly line photograph or pack all your items, that really helps too!

So helpful! 10 tips to have a sucussful Instagram closet sale (click through for more)   5.) Have clear sale rules. After you post all your items, put up a "sale rules" post (do it last so it will appear at the top of your page) and direct people to make sure they read it in your shop's Instagram bio area. List all the important details like what day and time the sale ends, how to bid (commenting with their bid amount and PayPal email is easiest), what countries you do/don't ship to, an email address if buyers need to contact you, and any other details you want everyone to know. Having clear guidelines up front will help if you have to respond to any issues or complaints later.

6.) Make a 24 hour deadline for payment. Note in the sale rules that buyers have 24 hours from the time they receive their money request in PayPal to pay the invoice, or they lose their item and it goes to the next highest bid. This will help keep the payment process from dragging out too long and will encourage people to pay quickly so they don't lose their chance.

7.) Don't sell too many items at once. Like most anything in life, all the headaches are multiplied the more items you are selling in one sale, so keep the number of items you're selling reasonable. There really is a big difference in selling 35 items at once vs. 135 items, so keep it under 50 items to make it more manageable.

So helpful! 10 tips to have a sucussful Instagram closet sale (click through for more)  8.) Be mindful of the weight when thinking of shipping costs. Shipping costs are determined by weight, so use lightweight bags to ship items whenever possible. Sometimes a box is necessary because of the fragility of an item or it's something you can't fold, but try and use the lightweight mailers when possible.

9.) Offer shipping discounts for multiple items. Encouraging people to buy multiple items is good for everyone involved—they get more stuff, and it's a 1/3 of the work to send an invoice and ship three items to only one person instead of three different people. One easy way to do it is to make all clothing $5 shipping and all shoes $7 or $10 shipping (shoes are usually heavier and more prone to need a box for shipping), and then offer a discount if you buy more than one of the $5 items. So, maybe it's only $2 for shipping each additional item after the first one, and you can put them all in a bag together and send them out as once package. Everybody wins!

10.) Add a little note or gift with each order. You may not consider this an official small business with customers, but it's a nice gesture to send your buyers a little note or special treat with each package. Especially if you plan on doing a sale more than once, you want the people who bought items the first time to have a good experience and buy again. Just don't make a heavy item your special surprise because you'll end up paying a lot more in postage than if you can think of something that is relatively light. Learned that one the hard way!

With a little planning, you can really make the effort worth it and collect a tidy sum to put towards something special—a new wardrobe, an anniversary trip, a bejeweled cat sweater. You know, the important things. Do you have unworn items that you could find a new home for in your own Instagram sale? Quick, go check! xo. Laura

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


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