November 26, 2014
Hello there, friends! Always a pleasure to be back here in the Lark & Linen space! I’m pretty excited about today’s Thanksgiving DIY – mostly because it combines all my favorite things – calligraphy, shiny gold, and nature… oh, and the holidays!
Perfect for upcoming Thanksgiving, or even for Christmas, these gold leaf dipped place cards (and/or decor pieces) will be a nice keepsake for your friends + family when they’re over for holiday brunch/lunch/dinner/gift giving and then some… don’t you think?
I’m sure you’ve all collected some of the gorgeous fall leaves that are currently covering our sidewalks. And this is a great way to put them to use! Simply follow the steps below. xo, Coco & Mingo
No 1:: I first tried flattening them for a day within the pages of a book (but be warned, it takes a few days for the moisture to draw from the leaves in order for the “flatness” to stick).
No 2:: Apply thin layer of gilding adhesive. Let dry for ~15 minutes.
No 4:: Apply thin layer of metal leaf sealer on top of imitation gold leaf.
Create place cards or gift tags by painting your family/friends’ names and/or create display decor pieces by writing holiday sayings, quotes, or a list of things you’re thankful for
DIY, Photography & Styling: Coco & Mingo
October 22, 2014
Halloween is sneaking up on us fairly quickly, which means I’m feeling that familiar pull to get my holiday craft on. And though there are a TON of Halloween DIY’s out there, I think we can all agree that the vast majority are, well, a little lame. So I’ve made it my mission to uncover some of the best of the best there is. From homemade costumes to tiny but adorable details, one thing’s for certain: Halloween is about to get a whole lot cuter around here.
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Black Pumpkins: Style Me Pretty Living | DIY Cotton Candy Costume: Style Me Pretty Living | DIY Decoupage Pumpkins: Poppytalk | DIY Halloween Glasses: Sugar and Cloth | Trick or Treat Basket: A Merry Thought | DIY Malachite Pumpkins: Design*Sponge | Masked Animals: The Merry Thought | Gold Pumpkin Place Cards: Style Me Pretty Living | DIY Treat Bags: Coco & Mingo | DIY Calligraphy Pumpkins: Style Me Pretty Living | DIY Pumpkin Pie Pops: Freutcake | DIY Felt Masks: A Beautiful Mess | Donut Pumpkins: Studio DIY
October 15, 2014
Sound the alarm! Start the music! We’re taking on monthly contributors around here and the excitement is virtually palpable. First up: my darling Jess of Coco and Mingo. Chances are you’ve already seen some of Jess’ work in the past as she’s guest posted for me on a few occasions. And my love for her? Well it runs deep. Since DIY projects and I don’t always jive, Jess is going to pick up where I lack with a monthly DIY post. Woot! So hold on tight, and let’s get our craft on…
Hello, Lark & Linen readers!
…and hello Fall! It’s my favorite season and contains one of my favorite holidays…Halloween! Besides the whole dressing up thing, I actually love handing candy out to the kiddos, or to friends! I usually decorate the treat bags, but this year I thought I’d give out Halloween treat boxes instead.
I created these printable treat boxes for you to put whatever you choose in – whether you’re the type who gives out loads of candy or even non-candy (i.e. stickers, floss, cute erasers), these printable boxes will hold it all. Simply click here to download and print them yourself!
Enjoy and happy Halloween! xox, Coco and Mingo
Do you have a love for all things pretty? Are you interested in being a monthly Lark & Linen contributor? Feel free to e-mail email@example.com with a few examples of your work!
April 30, 2014
With Mother’s Day on the approach, I felt it only appropriate to take a quick minute to round up about a few little tokens made just for mom. Though, ultimately, I know that gifts aren’t what’s important, showering those we love with little treats here and there happens to place high atop my list of favourite things. So without further ado, here are a handful of goodies I’m certain mom will love!
ps – I still love last year’s Mother’s Day gift guide
Rhodes Pillow: Nine Space | Striped Robe: Nine Space | 36 Hours Book: Amazon | Moroccan Canister: Project Bly | Thumbprint Necklace: Womily | Coffee: Indigo |White Wine: Colio | Instant Wine Chiller: Amazon | Wire Window Box: Terrain | Travel Throw: Terrain | Notecards: Sugar Paper
March 14, 2014
I’m certain I’m not alone when I admit that I find the majority of St. Patrick’s day projects slightly lame. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love an excuse to gather with friends and enjoy a green beer (or a boozy shamrock shake), but the DIY’s that go along with it tend to feel more cheesy than chic. Clover this and leprechaun that – I could easily do without. But this year? This year I’ve made it my mission to unveil a handful of clever St. Patty’s day DIY’s that are anything but tacky. And if you ask me, I’d deem this mission a success!
Shamrock Whoopie Pies: Style Me Pretty Living | St. Patricks Day Cereal Bars: Sugar and Cloth | Lucky Succulents: Snap Creativity | Lucky Treat Bags: Oh Happy Day | Shamrock Wreath: The House that Lars Built | Pot of Gold Printables: Oh So Pretty | Rainbow Cupcakes: Freutcake
February 14, 2014
If you haven’t figured it out by now, pink is kind of my love language. I’m not talking baby-girl pink here, I’m referring to the sophisticated version you’d find gracing the pages of This is Glamorous and Bijou and Boheme. Shades of coral and blush; petal pink and the like. You know, the grown up kind! And in light of this pink-infused holiday, I’ve rounded up a few of my very favourite items – if for no other reason than it’s a serious dose of pretty. Happy, happy Valentine’s day my dears!
Flats: Tieks | Pants: J Crew | Lipstick: Tom Ford | Heels: Shop Bop | Lace Top: She Inside | Boots: Shop Bop | Blazer: She Inside | Wrapping paper: Waiting on Martha | Basket: Far and Wide Collective | Earrings: Far and Wide Collective | Napkins: Far and Wide Collective | Bathing suit: Anthropologie | Pillow: Anthropologie | Lingerie: Anthropologie | Pink Salt: Weddbook | Hand Lotion: Williams Sonoma
February 5, 2014
Though I’m a Valentine’s Day advocate, it’s one of those “holidays” that always tends to sneak up on me, leaving me scrambling at the last minute for cute meaningful gifts for my loved ones. But this year? Well this year I’ve done my research, I’ve come prepared, and I’m more inspired than ever. Whether you celebrate with your significant other, your very best friend or your family in it’s entirety, here are a few fun projects from around the web that are guaranteed to get you in the spirit.
ps – If you click on the heart it will take you to the original post
Inspired Outfit from Could I Have That | Be Mine Cupcakes from Better Homes & Garden | Raspberry Linzer Cookies from Freutcake | DIY Heart-Shaped Tea from Coco/Mingo | Valentine’s Day Garland from Coco/Mingo | Heart Shaped Pillow DIY from Design Love Fest | Candied Valentine Printables from Oh So Pretty via Sugar & Cloth
December 20, 2013
Before I take off for the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for all your love and support. I don’t think you’ll ever have any idea how much you all mean to me! For those of you celebrating Christmas, I hope it’s everything you could ever wish for. And for those of you who are struggling this year, please know that you’re in my thoughts.
I’m going to be taking off next week to snuggle all up on my family, and then I leave for two weeks to South Africa! Next week will be a little quite around here, but I’ve lined up some pretty epic guests posts while I’m travelling. I have a very good feeling you’ll want to stay tuned.
Happy, happy holidays and ALL of my love.
PS – in case you missed it, I guest posted over on Darling Magazine the other day. Head on over to read up on 5 ways to get into the holiday spirit (FOR FREE!) and you can enter to win a years subscription. I hiiiighly recommend that you do – the magazine is beyond fantastic.
December 18, 2013
There’s no question that this year has been a good one, but this next post absolutely, unequivocally is the bright red cherry on top of it all. My love for Martha Stewart? Well, it knows no bounds. She is aces in my book and having the opportunity to chat with her is one that I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined. If this is the only thing that ever comes of this here blog, I’ll consider it a success. Martha, the hostess with the mostess, is here today chatting all things Holiday entertaining tips and I truly could not be more excited!
When it comes to the holidays, what’s your number one entertaining tip?
Martha Stewart: Make things easier on yourself and serve drinks from pitchers. Having cocktails premade ensures you won’t spend the whole party fixing drinks and you can instead devote your attention to your guests.
I feel like I’ve been invited to a holiday party every day from now until new years. Do you have any great hostess gift ideas that will go easy on my bank account?
Martha Stewart: I like to give things that I’ve made or that come from my farm – baskets of eggs, jars of homemade jam or honey. Baked goods, like the Cranberry-Orange-Walnut Tea Cakes from Martha Stewart’s Cakes make terrific hostess gifts around the holidays. Simply wrap them in pink glassine paper and tie with waxed twine and you have a great holiday treat.
As an entertaining newbie, the thought can oftentimes feel like a daunting task. I’d love to pick your brain on how you entertain with minimal stress!
Martha Stewart: Good planning is very important – leave nothing to chance. Have all the ingredients, read the recipes, and read your list. Enlist help when entertaining for a large group. When things don’t go as planned, don’t announce it – it’s likely that no one even noticed it.
Your favourite Christmas cookie recipe. And go!
Martha Stewart: Gingerbread men with Royal Icing. I’ve made these cookies to eat, to decorate, and to make a gingerbread house. They’re easy to roll out, the dough is so fragrant and spicy, and the cookie shapes stay true if they’re chilled after cutting and before baking.
While I won’t be in charge of the turkey this year (phew!), I know there will be plenty first timers out there. Any fabulous foolproof recipes you care to share?
Martha Stewart: To ensure supermoist meat throughout, wrap your turkey in parchment to create a cozy steam packet. I plan to use a 35-pound, fresh turkey from the farm and give my grandchildren – Jude and Truman – their first bites of the bird.
What’s your favourite holiday tradition?
Martha Stewart: Every year, I try to do an open house at some point during the Christmas season where friends drop in during a weekend afternoon. It’s a great way for me to bring my diverse group of friends together.
What do you most look forward to come Christmas morning?
Martha Stewart: Now with my two grandchildren – Jude and Truman – Christmas has become all about them. Everything is still so new for them. It’s such a wonderful time for family to gather and enjoy being together.
And lastly, if you had to create your perfect holiday menu, what would it include?
Martha Stewart: No holiday is complete without Croquembouche. The tower of cream puffs makes a seriously impressive and decadent dessert. Everyone always enjoys pulling it apart, piece by piece.
December 17, 2013
Though my love for the colour pink has been well documented over the years, there’s no denying that it’s one of those things that has to approached carefully as it can quickly turn from lovely into a little girls’ barbie dream (and, consequently, my nightmare). Had you of mentioned a pink Christmas prior to me actually seeing it, I would have probably turned my nose up at the idea. But this Christmassy home, complete with the hottest of hottest pinks I ever did see, is elegant and classy and all around amazing.
Found: Style at Home