Need a creative boost? Join our new DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we ( will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: October Fall Leaves #craft #community #diycraftchallenge
(Sources left to right: Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder by Spark & Chemistry, Hanging Leaves by Martha Stewart, Painted Leaves by Artful Parent, Book Page Leaf Wreath by A Delightsome Life, Savory Autumn Leaf Pie by Martha Stewart, Stitched Leaf Buttons by Feeling Stitchy, Leaf Embroidery Hoop Art by Positively Splendid, Autumn Leaf Cookies by Country Living).

October Challenge: Fall Leaves

Our favorite sign of fall is a bright crunchy bed of fallen leaves– and we think that’s a great jumping off point. You can use actual fall leaves you’ve collected, or use the ‘fall leaves’ as a theme for your project. Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, October 1, 2014 and ends on October 29, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on October 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.


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DIY: Black Cat Stamped Scarf

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall
I can’t believe it’s almost October! Autumn is in full swing and I’m excited to finally do some fall crafting. I’ve had this project on my to-do list for a few months so I was eager to finally work on it and have a fun new scarf to wear for Fall.

Supplies Needed

• White scarf (cotton or linen is best)
Black stamp pad (for fabric)
Carving block
Linoleum Cutter Tools
• Pencil

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

You can use scratch paper to decide how you want to draw your cat. I kept mine simple. Then use a pencil to draw the cat onto the carving block. Once you’ve finished, get out your carving tools.

Using the smallest carving blade, I carved the face of the cat first.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Then I switched to a larger carving tool and carved around the shape of the cat head.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

I continued to carve out all the negative space around the cat head until it looked like this:

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Now that you’re stamp is ready, do a test on a piece of scratch paper to see what it looks like.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Next, start stamping your scarf! But first, make sure to iron out any wrinkles from the fabric. Lay it flat and begin to stamp. Start at one end and work your way to the other. I stamped in rows and tried to make them as evenly spaced as possible.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Once you’ve stamped the entire scarf, use an iron again to heat set the ink by pressing for 10 seconds or put on high heat in the dryer for 15 minutes. And you’re done!

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

This scarf would make a great gift for a cat-loving friend, or if you’re like me, you’ll wear it yourself all season long!

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

RECIPE: 6 Delicious Autumn Recipes

I love autumn cooking. Sweet potatoes, homemade soups, spicy dishes with a hint of cinnamon…. I can’t wait to try new recipes this year and cook up some of my old favorites too. Here are six to-die-for fall recipes to get you in the spirit of changing colors and cool weather.

1. Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Lime Sauce

I can’t get enough of sweet potatoes and spicy Mexican flavors. This vegetarian dish will fill you up and leave you in a sweet & spicy food coma.


2. Garlicky Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon and Parsley

September is when cauliflower is in season! This recipe would make a great side dish with salmon or other favorite fish.


3. Kale and Quinoa Minestrone Soup

Autumn is the perfect time for homemade soups. Try this spin on a hearty Italian minestrone. Serve with crusty bread and olive oil!


4. Butternut Squash and Crispy Sage Pizza

Pizza is one of my all-time favorite foods and I love making my own from scratch. Be daring and try a new pizza recipe! You’ll be surprised at the new flavor combinations you’ll get to enjoy!


5. Pumpkin Chai Latte

Treat yourself to a delicious Pumpkin Chai Latte! Why? Because YOU deserve it 🙂


6. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

I always forget about rice krispie treats, but this recipe looks amazing! I’ll definitely be trying this out this year.


What’s your favorite autumn dish to make?

RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Syrup

RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Syrup + Chai Latte #autumn #drink
Nothing says autumn like pumpkin spice. Instead of treating myself to a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks this year, I decided to make my own! Now I can have pumpkin spice lattes all season. I gave up coffee about a year ago, so I like to make my own Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte instead. It’s so delicious and the perfect treat for autumn evenings.

RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Syrup + Chai Latte #autumn #drink
RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Syrup + Chai Latte #autumn #drink

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
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Recipe type: Drinks
  • 1 and ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  1. In a medium saucepan, add water and both sugars. Simmer on medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh.
  4. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature before stirring in the vanilla extract. Store in an airtight container. The syrup will last for 1 month in the refrigerator.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of syrup to your coffee or latte and enjoy!

RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Syrup + Chai Latte #autumn #drink

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It may be less than a week away from our first official day of fall, but the weather is still warm and breezy here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m itching for homemade soups while still enjoying light summer clothing, open windows and garden harvests. How are you sipping up the last moments of summer?

COLOR INSPIRATION: Autumn Breeze #fall #palette
(Sources left to right: 1. Bobbins by The Pearl Bee 2. Pumpkins by Source Unknown 3. Illustration by Edward Mcknight Kauffer 4. God’s Eye Mandala by Jay Mohler)

RECIPE: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

RECIPE: Tomatillo Salsa #garden #homemade #verde

Fresh tomatillo salsa is one thing I live for every year. I plant tomatillos in my garden and eagerly wait for September to come when they are finally ripe and ready to pick. If James and I don’t immediately devour it all with chips, I like to make chicken enchiladas or even this delicious soup.

RECIPE: Tomatillo Salsa #garden #homemade #verde

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 20-30 tomatillos, sliced in half
  • 3 jalapeños, stems cut off
  • 5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  1. Turn your oven broiler on high and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Arrange the tomatillos, cut side down, on the baking sheet. (I filled the entire baking sheet with tomatillos). Place in oven about 4" below broiler, and cook 4-6 minutes or until tomatillos begin to blacken.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender or food processor. If using a food processor, be careful not to overfill (I made my salsa in two batches).
  4. Pour liquid off baking sheet and place the jalapeños and garlic cloves back into the oven and broil for another 4-6 minutes.
  5. Add onion, lime, roasted jalapeños and garlic, and cilantro. Blend until mostly smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

RECIPE: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

What’s your favorite recipe to make with veggies from your garden?