The Creative Collection Link Party

Hi friends! We’re so excited you stopped by! We’re in Salt Lake City at Snap Conference this week and will be teaching a class tomorrow. We are super excited but we’re still going to be going through links this week to find our faves! Follow us on Instagram @classyclutter to stay in touch!

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Free Flamingo Printable Styled
Flamingo Printable  |  Simply {Darr}ling

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EOS You're the Balm Teacher Thank You Tags EOS You’re the Balm Teacher Appreciation Gift  |  Simple As That

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Free Printable Chore Chart, Delineateyourdwelling.com
Free Printable Chore Chart  |  Delineate Your Dwelling

CCLOLLY1This Rustic Industrial Master Bedroom is warm, cozy, and inviting. The perfect place to wake up and drink a cup of coffee!
Rustic Industrial Master Bedroom  |  Cherished Bliss

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DIY Dish Towels  |  Made by ChrissieD

CCBH1Funnel Cake
Funnel Cake  |  Kleinworth & Co

CCMARIAH1martha stewart crafts

DIY Hand Painted Accordion Card  |  A Pretty Cool Life

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Beaded Jewelry Tutorial

I never met an accessory I didn’t like.  These days, in my 7th month of pregnancy… accessories are kinda the only thing I can still buy and be guaranteed they’ll actually FIT!  So… I wanted to share a couple I made recently that make me happy EVERY time I put them on.  Best part is that both of these took no time whatsoever! Easy jewelry #forthewin!

beaded jewelry how to

For the bracelets, you’ll need this thick elastic (8 mm) and whatever beads strike your fancy.  I fell in love with these dainty fluorescent beads and then liked the idea of incorporating some little ‘gold’ accents.

8 mm beading elastic

beads before

The bracelets are super easy… just string your beads as long or as short as you’d like.  I wanted a double strand when wrapped so  needed about 10 inches?  To finish each one off, I tied 3 knots and then placed a dab of super glue to hold it tight.

stringing neon beads

pair finished bracelets

LOVING how light and cheerful these guys are… I haven’t taken them off since I made them. Nothing like a little neon to brighten a gal’s day… Also somewhat hopeful that an arm covered in neon might distract people from the width of my midsection. Ha!

bracelets with belly

bracelets after

The necklace makes me very very happy and was even simpler than the bracelets.  (Confession: the only things that really cover my stomach these days are men’s t-shirts so I’ve been trying to dress them up!)  I had these beads and tassels on hand, but you can grab the beads here (affiliate link) and the tassels were from this awesome etsy shop.

wooden beads

tassels

I use this flexible wire for my necklaces… super strong and easy to string. Our local bead store turned me onto these springy thingies… they pinch the end of your wire to prevent the beads from falling off!

beading wire

spring clasp

Once I’d strung about 10″ of my wooden beads, I looped the wire through one of the tiny leftover neon beads and then through my tassel so that the tassel would fall the right way. I got carried away and added 6 colorful tassels… I mean, go tassel or go home, right?

tassel detail

tassels with beads

To finish this one, I didn’t really need a clasp because it’s long enough to slip over my head so all I needed were these tiny little crimp rings. I looped the wire through each one, and then used my needle nosed pliers to crimp the ends pinching and holding the wire in place.

necklace collage

Because these beads are so light weight, this necklace is easy breezy but still so fun and colorful. Like I said… makes the basic men’s tee look a teensy bit more feminine!

beaded necklace with tassel

tassel necklace

Thank you for indulging my beading 101 tutorial today. You’ve read the extent of my beading prowess… despite my status as a novice, I get SO much pleasure out of all my simple beaded necklaces!

beaded assorted DIY

xo Charlotte

Want an idea for storing all your rad new necklaces?

Jewelry Organization

How about these upcycled thrift store bangles?

bangles horizontal

Last but not least, another necklace I made with some craft store beads and a fun brass pendant!

necklace finish

Pina Colada Poke Cake

Hey guys, it’s me, Adell, from Baked in Arizona!  How are you all doing? I don’t know about you but I’m getting excited for summer (heat and all!) This is the perfect cake to bring to a pot luck or BBQ!

coconut poke cake

I got this recipe from the family I was a nanny for years ago. It is perfect for the warm months ahead because it is a cold cake. You won’t be able to stop with one piece bite, it’s so addicting!

pina Colada poke cake

I used a pineapple cake mix but you can use a yellow or white cake mix as well. Heck, you could even make a homemade yellow or white cake if you have the time. But if you don’t, this cake will get rave reviews either way :)

coconut poke cake fork

The hardest part about this cake is that you have to let it chill. I know, I know. But if you make it the night before, you could wake up to cake for breakfast. What?! Don’t tell me you have never had cake for breakfast! It can’t be any worse for you than a donut and that is a suitable breakfast food. hehe.

pineapple & coconut poke cake

Look at that gooey cake! The milk mixture soaks into the cake making it so moist and delicious! This cake would also be great for mothers day. Your kids or husband should be able to whip this up. So if you are a coconut lover, save this recipe and request it for you’re special day.

poke cake

Pina Colada Poke Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16.5 ounce) pineapple cake mix, made according to package directions
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cream of coconut*
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, optional
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub cool whip
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag sweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. Make the cake according to the package directions & bake in a 9×13″ cake pan. While the cake is baking, combine the sweetened condensed milk & cream of coconut in a bowl till combined.
  2. Poke holes all over the warm cake using the handle of a wooden spoon or a wood skewer. Then pour the condensed milk/cream of coconut mixture over the cake. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Allow the cake to cool completely (overnight is best).
  3. If you are going to add the crushed pineapple, drain the can and spread the pineapple over the cake. Top with cool whip and then sprinkle with the coconut flakes when ready to serve.
  4. This cake needs to be kept covered in the fridge.
  5. NOTES: *The can of cream of coconut is usually found in the liquor aisle of the store (there is no alcohol in it however). Do not use coconut milk or it won’t work. There are lots of variations you can do with this recipe. You can use a white or yellow cake mix instead of the pineapple flavored mix for just a coconut version. You can also make homemade sweetened whipped cream if you prefer that over cool whip.

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Scotcheroos

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Homemade Pretzels

Have you heard?

You guys! Who loves great deals, amazing products and shopping online? We do!! We are so excited to finally tell you a big secret we heard! If you haven’t heard already, Groopdealz is now Eleventh Avenue – and there’s SO much to love!
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We love their home decor and they have so much more than that to offer, like fashion finds and children’s items.
You going to find even better, more fabulous deals at amazingly low prices and Eleventh Avenue was created with the social shopper in mind! A handpicked boutique marketplace, dedicated to providing you with a unique and personalized shopping experience.
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What’s New? 
We love the new features! You can “Love” items by clicking the cute little heart icon, create collections of items you like and share them easily on your favorite social media channel. It’s the best of both worlds, really!
When it comes to amazing fashion, fabulous home decor and adorable children’s items Eleventh Avenue boutique marketplace has got it all in one avenue!
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With hundreds of handpicked boutiques and their products being added daily, there’s no doubt you’ll find something you love.
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If you haven’t had a chance to experience Eleventh Avenue for yourself then head on over and take a look around. When you find something you love, take another 11% off with code “11avenue” to get an even better deal!
Don’t forget to follow Eleventh Avenue on Instagram @Eleventh.Avenue #eleventhavenue!
We can’t wait to shop the new and improved boutique marketplace! It’s pretty amazing!
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DIY Sequins Wall Art

DIY Sequins Wall Art

Wooweee! Can you say sparkly?! We recently did a crazy ONE DAY makeover on our Craft Studio in Savannah’s house (for the time being) and we have got some crazy awesome tutorials for you guys then we’ll show you the full reveal! It’s just so “us” I can’t even stand it. First up, this DIY Sequins Wall Art sign! With over 2000 sequins that we pinned on by hand, this baby is a showstopper! It is a little time consuming (maybe 3-4 hours) but SO worth it and surprisingly easy!

Materials: (*affiliate links)

  • R-tech Foam Insulating Sheathing (say what?) It’s basically rigid insulation from The Home Depot. Check it out here. It was $12 for a 4×8 sheet.
  • Gold Spray Paint* (Wouldn’t be a Classy Clutter project without it!)
  • Approximately 1200(ish) (40mm) Gold Sequins. We got ours from Hobby Lobby (here). Each pack had about 50 sequins and we had 20-something packs. It was super hard to keep an accurate count but you need 50-60 per square foot, depending on how close together you place them.
  • Sequins Pins (1250 or so) We got these from Hobby Lobby (here) too.
  • Serrated knife and/or box knife
  • Letters for whatever word you choose for the center. We picked INPSIRE because that is our number one goal with Classy Clutter… to inspire someone, somewhere. It seemed fitting for our office space.
  • 3M Mounting tape – available here.*

sequins and pins

Instructions:

First, cut your foam sheathing to size. Measured our desk and opted to make it a tad smaller so it would sit centered over the desk. Then we cut out the rectangle on the inside to fit the INSPIRE letters. The size for the cut out will depend on your word choice.

Next, spray paint your board and letters using RustOleum gold metallic spray paint (our fave!) Allow to dry. Sorry we didn’t get pics of cutting and spray painting. We did this project in the middle of the night. Lay Sequins Out

Next, lay your sequins out to figure out spacing. You can do it in a grid-like pattern or place them offset (like we did). Once it’s all said and done, it all kind of looks the same because the sequins pick up so much light you can’t really tell.

Pin Sequins to board

Use the pins and pin the sequins to the foam board. This is the part where you grab a helper and crank up Taylor Swift and get busy. It is pretty time consuming but it goes by fast since it’s so easy and monotonous.

Sequins up close

 

When you’re done,  use a level (or your phone with the level app) to mark where it should go with a pencil. Then, use 3M extreme mounting tape (the heavy duty kind!) and hang it on the wall. Once the sequins frame part is in place, hang the letters. Start with the center letter and work out so the whole word stays center. We used black vinyl to cover edges of the foam but you could even use duct tape or leave it alone. Then, tada!!! You’re done!

Classy Clutter Office This would be SO cool in a girl’s room, bathroom, dressing room, for parties etc! We love it in our office and can’t wait to show you the rest of the studio space!

DIY Sequins Statement Art

If you like a bold feature wall, check out these awesome walls that are all renter friendly! High fives!

 

Bedroom Makeover 1

DIY Wood Scalloped Wall

Pixelated Wall Tutorial

DIY Planked Fireplace

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DIY Bud Vase Centerpiece

It’s always great to be back here at Classy Clutter… greetings from the Ciburbanity Tundra! This is the time of year when spring bulbs start showing up in the grocery stores, summer clothes appear in catalogs and yet… 20 inches of snow still taunts us from outside. My mind is on greenery and fresh flowers, but it’s way too soon to be outside… unless dodging frostbite and testing wind chill is your cup of tea. For $5, our table is now one step further to flowers and pastels and spring!

DIY Bud Vase Centerpiece

It all started when I saw these 5 little glass containers at Goodwill. (If I’m being honest, lots of things actually start at Goodwill…)

goodwill glass containers

To give the jars a little color, I started by taping off the top portion and giving the lower edge a coat of Rustoleum’s Key Lime Green Gloss spray paint.

Rustoleum's Key Lime Green

In an ideal world, I would have foraged some beautiful raw piece of wood, sliced it into the perfect size and used that for the base. But… my world is snowy. So I looked in my wood stash and grabbed a board that looked like the right size.

scrap wood for centerpiece

I used my sander to really take down and round the corners to soften the whole thing. And then I reached for my go to ‘stain': white vinegar and steel wool. It’s a flat aged gray that I love and it’s a fraction of the cost/ hassle of store-bought stain. There’s not a technical term for it, but ‘leaving well enough alone’ is not something I’m very good at. So I painted the sides of the board with Antibes Green Annie Sloan chalk paint.

stained and painted bud vase centerpiece

These jars are square so I didn’t even attempt to cut out a hole for them *in* the board. Instead I used the heaviest epoxy I had on hand. Following the directions on the package (being careful of fumes, etc.) these were sturdy and ready to go in an hour!

gorilla glue epoxy

I love the way that edge of color echoes the stripe of color on the vases. I also love that the green is a different shade… to me it adds some richness and depth.

bud vase from afar

bud vase from the end

bud vase detail

This is already one of my favorite spring additions around here. I’ve been staring at my new centerpiece trying to ignore the sounds of snowplows driving by outside.

bud vase in dining room

bud vase detail

bud vase plates in background

Wanna see some of my other odes to spring? Last week I shared this antique-ified dough bowl:

dough bowl with daffodils

This fun copper hose bucket doubles as an ottoman here:

copper garden ottoman

Or just make a beautiful grocery store flower arrangement (read: budget!):

grocery flowers

Stay warm!!
xo
Charlotte

Heavenly Sugar Cookies {Lofthouse Style}

Hey guys! It’s me, Adell, from Baked in Arizona. How are y’all doing?  I’m always excited to guest post on Classy Clutter. I’ve got a great sugar cookie recipe for you today.
 These “lofthouse style” sugar cookies are seriously amazing! The name is spot on. When I heard heavenly, I thought of a, soft, light, melt in your mouth sugar cookie and that is exactly what these are. No need to ever buy the store bought version again!

I made my cookies nice and thick with a tall layer of frosting! Is it just me or does anyone else need a 1:1 ratio of cookie & frosting?! :)
Now who says sugar cookies are only for Christmas & Valentines day?! I don’t know about you, but any excuse to whip up a batch is fine with me. And I’m pretty sure St. Patricks day is a great reason. So get yourself some neon green food coloring & festive sprinkles so you can make a batch of these cookies this year! They are the perfect green treat for St. Paddy’s Day :)
Heavenly Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
  • FOR THE COOKIES:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups flour
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • food coloring, optional
  • sprinkles, optional
Directions:
  1. FOR THE COOKIES: Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla & eggs. Mix until combined. Add the baking powder and flour and mix well.
  2. Shape the dough into a circle/ball & wrap in saran wrap. Cool in the fridge overnight or for several hours.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to  350 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. (I prefer them nice & thick about 1/2″ but anywhere between 1/4″ -1/2″ is good.)  Use a 3″- 3 1/2″ circle cookie cutter. Place circles on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (These cookies spread a little while baking, so they don’t do well when cut into other shapes)
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on the size of your circle) or until bottoms are a very light brown. Check at 8 minutes & DO NOT overcook or they will be dry. Take them out right when they are done and don’t look wet on top.
  5. FOR THE FROSTING: Cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 4 cups of the powdered sugar, the milk, vanilla & almond extract. Beat till smooth and creamy. Add the remaining sugar, one cup at a time until desired consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
  6. You can pipe the frosting on the cookies or use a knife. I piped it on, then smoothed the top with a knife.
  7. NOTES: If you don’t want to roll out the dough and use a round cookie cutter, you can roll the chilled dough into balls and press down with your fingers. They won’t be a perfect circle, but it does cut out the rolling step and covered in frosting, nobody will notice. If you do this, bake for less time as they will be a smaller circle. (See picture below for comparison)
  8. Recipe Source:  Lucy Jane’s Best via L&L (I added almond extract to the frosting)

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The Creative Collection Link Party

Welcome to the first party of February!!! We are so glad you’re here! Are you new to the party? Leave a comment and let us know! We’d love to check out your blog!  Like always, we will be pinning and sharing our faves across our social media and Pinning to our group board! Do you follow us on Pinterest? Please do!

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     M&Ss Fave

 

Pom Pom Garland from Love Grows Wild  CCjen1

 

 

Valentine Word Search from The Happy Scraps

 

 CCLOLLY1

 

 

Dresser Makeover from Refresh Restyle

 

 CCABbey1

 

 

Dinomite Valentine’s from Like the Cheese

 

CCBH1

 

 

Salty and Sweet Popcorn from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 

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Printable Minecraft Valentines from Simple as That

 

Mariahs Fave

Pop Rocks Fizz (Non Alcoholic) from The Casual Craftlete

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DIY Letter Pillow

Happy New Year from Ciburbanity, Classy Clutter readers!! Decorations are put away, the kids are back in school, and I’m ready for some projects! I will preface this entire tutorial with the words: I am not a sewer. I mean, I CAN sew, but… quasi-straight lines are about my limit. So take this whole thing with a grain of salt and leave comments with technique suggestions! That said, I LOVE this monogrammed pillow I made for my daughter, Martha. Did I mention it took no time whatsoever?

letter pillow

I love this project because it used fabric remnants of which I have many! Your first step is choosing which fabric you want. I opted for three different ones, but no reason you can’t go with one fabric all over.

fabric remnants

Using a ruler and a fabric marker, I traced out my letter “M”. I allowed for 3/4″ seam all around. Cut your letter out of both top and bottom fabrics.

tracing letter monogram pillow

For the sides, I wanted something that was a little wider than 3″ so I cut strips of the 3rd fabric 4 1/2″ wide (the excess is for the seam allowance). This letter took two strips of fabric each as wide as the bolt of fabric.

fabric strips for pillow edge

Start by placing the right sides of your fabric together and pinning the side strip to the top of your pillow. This gets a little tricky around any corners. The technique that worked for me was to fold over the fabric of the letter, and then to fold over the side fabric lining up the edges. I know. I’m making ZERO sense… hopefully the photos will *maybe* help explain?

pinning pillow steps

pinned side of pillow

I found that it was easier to sew one side at a time rather than one continuous seam all the way around the letter. Pin the second letter to the side piece in the same way. By now, each corner might not feel as awkward, but it might… sorry this tutorial isn’t more clear. #Fail. Sew the last piece in place leaving one corner free to stuff your letter.

unstuffed monogram pillow

I used more than 1/2 a bag of Polyfil, but obviously stuff as much as you’d like! (This letter is about 14″ tall.) Hand or machine sew the last seam after you’ve stuffed the pillow to your satisfaction.

stuffed pillow

I was tempted to include the ball fringe from the materials photo, but sewing around the edges was just tricky enough that I bailed. Maybe the next letter will get trim, but for Martha’s “M”, I think the three fabrics are detail enough!

Letter pillow front/ back

backside letter pillow

It’s a nice little complement to the kids rocker I recently reupholstered (2015 is the year of upholstery for me…). Any goals or plans for 2015! The year is young, folks!

M pillow detail

letter pillow close

letter pillow title

Here are a few of my other attempted sewing projects… as long as it’s only a straight line, then I give myself a B+.

Lined Curtains

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Roman Shades

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Number Pouf

land-of-nod-pouf

xo
Charlotte

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Hello, Hello Classy Clutter readers! I am so excited to be back today and oh, have I got a treat for you! Don’t be mad that I am about to ruin all the healthy eating you have been doing since the new year began. It’s my job ;) But seriously, this cheesecake is AH-mazing! And yes, you have to say it like that. haha!

This recipe comes from my grandmother-in-law (or, my husband’s amazing Nana!) She told me she got this recipe from a newspaper or magazine when she was just a newlywed and has been making it ever since! It is a classic vanilla cheesecake but you top it with a sweetened sour cream layer and oh my goodness it is good!
I have to admit something though. The idea of making a cheesecake kind of intimidated me! I thought you had to use a special pan and cook it with a water bath etc. but this is a really easy recipe and you don’t need to do any of that. If you are going to serve it for guests you may want to use a springform pan, but Nana always makes hers in a cake pan and we just love it. So use what you have and go for it! You could even use a 9″ pie pan if you don’t have a round cake pan. You just won’t get the tall sides.
I am usually all about the toppings but this cheesecake can stand on it’s own! The flavor and texture are amazing! Creamy good I tell you. I also love the all spice in the graham cracker crust. Yum! You can top your slice with cherry pie filling or just the sauce (skip the cherries) like my husband prefers. I like it both ways.
This would be the perfect dessert to make for your sweetie this VALENTINES DAY! I mean, who doesn’t love cheesecake?!

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Ingredients:

  •  CRUST:
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • FILLING:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla*
  • cherry pie filling, optional
Instructions:
  1. FOR THE CRUST: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ cake pan or springform pan. Mix together the crust ingredients. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  2. FOR THE FILLING: Mix the cream cheese till soft and creamy. Add eggs, sugar & vanilla. Beat till creamy. Pour onto crust. Bake for 25 minutes (the center should look almost set).
  3. FOR THE TOPPING: When the cheesecake is done baking, remove from the oven & increase the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the sour cream, sugar & vanilla. Pour over cheesecake and bake for 7 minutes at 450 degrees. Let the cheesecake cool completely then cover & chill overnight in the fridge.
  4. NOTES: *I used a clear vanilla for the topping. If you don’t it may tint the topping a darker color. It will still taste great but if you want a pure white, use clear vanilla. The hardest thing about making this cheesecake is remembering to make it the day before you need it. It is not good unless it is fully chilled (overnight is best!)

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