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skip the slice and have your pie in a jar

October 1, 2014
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There’s just something so cute and satisfying about individual dessert servings–all lined up and looking delicious (an added bonus: these would travel well if you need to make something for a potluck).

pies in jars recipes

Also, with these scrumptious pies in a jar–you’ll never have to worry about making a mess when you attempt to cut that first slice (am I the only one that has that problem?).  Here’s to a delicious dessert on your table tonight!

I’m not sure which appealed to me more in this recipe…Easy, No Bake or Peanut Butter! If any of these also peak your interest, then head over to Baking A Moment where you’ll find all the details on how to make your very own Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie Jars.

No pie post would be complete without fruit. We found a divine recipe for Mini Peach Pies in a Jar on the Home Cooking Memories Blog. Brandie came up with a great shortcut and used fruit cups as a base for mouthwatering pie filling.

Pumpkin season is in full swing right now, so what better time to whip up these No Bake Pumpkin Pies In Jar? Lindsay from Life, Love & Sugar was inspired to come up with her own version after she enjoyed a similar desserts at various restaurants.

These Mason Jar Mud Pies can be easily made using store bought coffee ice cream, but Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage also shares her yummy recipe for the homemade version on her blog.

I was struck by this unusual flavor combination and bet it would be wonderful…the Mini Lemon Honey Meringue Pies from Sugar and Charm sound absolutely amazing! Eden describes her recipe as a nice balance between the perfect slight tang of lemon and sweetness of sugar and honey.

This fancy little dessert-Mini Mason Jar Blueberry Pie-was baked using pre-made pie dough and homemade filling. Wouldn’t you love to serve up this delightful dish to your family or guests tonight?  The Handmade Mood has all the details here.

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lolo’s nursery

September 30, 2014
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When Lolo’s birth mom chose us to be the parents of her little one she didn’t know if she was having a girl or boy but when we found out it was going to be a little girl, I must admit my whimsical soul did a little dance.

You think I would have my fill of decorating happy places since we have three fun shops, but this space was special.    There is no theme but it’s quite evident that I like my share of patterns, pom poms, posies, pennants and polka-dots  (and if you couldn’t tell… alliteration ~ I do love that too;-)

diy girls nursery If I had to name my design partner for this project, it would be Pinterest.  Plenty of inspiration came from a variety of pins but I had fun making it my own.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of slip covers but I was pleasantly surprised how this canvas stripe number transformed our old living room chair and ottoman.  (plus it’s machine washable which I’m sure will be helpful when it comes to future spills)

The photo ledges are from Ikea and are perfect for showcasing the current bedtime story selection.  I bought the bean bag so I could easily prop Lolo up for photos but I have a feeling it will turn into a comfy reading spot soon enough.

Once I decided on the main color of the room, I dressed up old dressers with some paint and decorative knobs.  The other color inspiration came from a pack of quilting fabrics I found that featured patterns and tones that appealed to me.  I used that fabric to create a polka-dot nook using embroidery hoops and a string of pennants throughout the room.  The pennants were the last thing I added to the nursery… fearing they might be a little too much but I ended up keeping them (because ultimately I’m a too much kinda gal & if you’ve shopped in any of our catching fireflies locations, you know what I mean ;-)

diy baby nursery While shopping for our store at a wholesale show this summer, I saw a pom pom mobile that stopped me in my tracks.  I took a mental picture and headed to the craft store and created my own version.  With the same yarn selection I also wrapped this giant M and adorned it with some felt flowers.  The other pretties above the crib include our personalized baby print and a magnet board from our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market.  Also since the nursery is so sunny in the afternoon, I placed one of our solar rainbow makers in the window which creates a flurry of small rainbows dancing on all of the walls.

baby girl nursery gallery wall

One trend that I am loving are these gallery walls.  They are the perfect way to create a little vignette of special goodies.  The majority of this collection was curated from treasures I found at our sister store, Yellow Door Art Market and a delightful shop in Traverse City called The Red Dresser.

The anchor artwork’s message, “love is bigger” really spoke to me and it is also by an artist I admire and have exhibited next to before.  I fell in love with Jane’s crocheted animal heads the second I saw them & am so happy she is part of our Yellow Door family of artists.  I also can’t get enough of Jennifer’s little felt embroidered gems.

diy nursery ideas

I dolled up the curtains a bit (and I’m sure those curtain ties are gonna have to go once she is mobile considering her super human grip she has at only 4 months) I was also happy to bump into Sarah Miller of Moon Forest Studio at an art show this fall for some additional cuteness (because… you know, it wasn’t quite at capacity yet)

I know the “something old, something new” doesn’t apply to nurseries but since my mother is a serial packrat, she did give me this sweet sun pillow that I had when I was a tot.  I’m looking forward to many sunny moments shared on this chair as lil’ Lolo grows.

So there you have it ~ a small room packed with as much love and whimsy it can hold.

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pennants, posies and pom poms

September 29, 2014
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I’ve slowly been working on some fun DIY nursery projects over the past few months to make Lolo’s nursery a wonderland of whimsy.  There is no particular theme for her room but I will say pennants, posies and pom poms are well represented.

The first project was dressing up our curtains.  I liked the look of our office curtains so I snatched up some butter colored ones and added pink pom poms to girly them up a bit.  The curtain rods are just wood dowels striped in washi tape.

diy nursery curtains

I do love the colors and textures of yarn but don’t have the patience to be a knitter so I resort to wrapping.  I got this large letter M at a crafts supply store and popped over to pinterest to learn how to make felt flowers.

diy yarn letter Big surprise ~ another yarn project.  This mobile doesn’t have sound or light, but Lolo does love watching it.  I chose the yarn based on color but the textures are all a little different which I think makes the mobile a bit more playful.  I had a general plan for this project, but decided on lengths and sizes of pom poms as I went along.  The base is a 14 inch embroidery hoop.

diy pom pom mobile

And now for the pennants… because they make everything more festive!  This fabric pack actually inspired the colors of the nursery.  I love how these fat quarter assortments have a color theme with complimentary patterns.  A perfect place to build a color story for a room.

I’m not a huge fan of sewing, which is why I love stitch witchery!  I grabbed this pattern, a sharp scissors, iron and was off!

diy pennants

Now that you’ve got the behind the scenes craft pass… stay tuned for the nursery tour tomorrow!

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beer lover giveaway

September 25, 2014
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925 beer lovers giveaway

Tis the season for football and what goes better with football than a tasty cold brew?  To celebrate this season we have rounded up a nice collection of beer themed goodies for those special sports guys on your list…. cheeky coasters to keep your table looking tip-top, a beer monster to rip though those pesky bottle caps, tips and tricks from the book, Beer Awesomeness and a handy insulated beer tumbler for those on the go.

These goodies could be yours if you just enter below.

We will select the winners name and announce it on the blog Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Have fun, good luck and thanks for playing!  

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it’s tailgate time!

September 24, 2014
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Are your weekends filled with football games?? Whether you’re tailgating with the gang at the stadium or enjoying the game at home with your family, there are always plenty of hungry mouths to feed.

tailgate treats

This week we’re taking the guesswork out of what to serve–everything from delicious dips to a couple of sweet football themed desserts!

Kelli from The Good Weekly describes this Walking Taco as the perfect tailgating food. It’s basically taco ingredients in a bag of Doritos or Fritos–it’s both satisfying and easy to handle if you’re out and about socializing before the big game.

We bet the Chocolate Dipped Football Pretzels that we found on My Husband Ate All My Ice Cream will be a big hit at your next tailgate party. You can whip up this easy treat using only three ingredients!

Jen’s recipe for  Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip will have your football fans coming back for seconds.  Head over to her blog- Yummy Healthy Easy- where you will find the complete recipe.

You don’t have to be a native of the Badger State to enjoy this delicious appetizer… break out a bag of pretzels and serve up some Wisconsin Beer Dip to your guests. It’s no wonder this tasty dip is a tradition at family gatherings and tailgate parties.

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Pizza fans will love this bite-size version of a classic–these Pepperoni Pizza Puffs may be small in size but they really deliver on the flavor front. If we’ve got your mouth watering, be sure to check out the full instructions on The Country Cook.

If you’re short on time, these Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders can be made a day ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you are ready to bake–then just a few minutes in the oven and you’re ready to head out to the game.

If you want to learn how to turn a pan of ordinary brownies into Football Brownies, you must check out the Confetti Sunshine Blog where Sara shares her insider tips!

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pretty in pink gift guide

September 23, 2014
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just a week away but we can’t wait to throw a pink party of pretty gifts…

pretty pink gift guide

1. Nifty little nail files that are easy to pack away in your purse $5.95

2. When filled out, this little book packs a LOTTA love  $10.95

3.  Keep your jewelry stash safe, organized and pretty in this fuchsia travel pouch  $16.95

4. This heart lapel pin is a lovely reminder that you’re never alone  $8.95

5.  Doing the dishes is no fun… but these glamorous gloves make it a little more bearable  $14.95

6.  A perfect frame to celebrate the special girls in your life.  $27.95

7. This magnet was made for those special friends you can’t live without  $5.50

8.  Pale pink is pretty to wear all year round… especially when it has gold dots  $24.95

9.  Just some further confirmation that ~ Women Do Know Everything ;-)  $16.95

10. Spread a little cheer with some pink seeds of happiness $2

11. Pack a punch of citrus to start your day with this grapefruit shower steamer  $4.25

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Take a peek at these pretty pink eats

September 17, 2014
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It’s possibly the most fun color on the planet…PINK! Add a touch of it to almost anything (including food) and the wow factor automatically kicks in.  pink eats

Here are recipes for  a few dishes that aren’t typically a shade of pink–but somehow these resourceful bloggers came up with a way to make it work.

Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this sweet breakfast treat? These Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make–Christi of Love from the Oven whips up this amazing recipe using a cake mix along with a few other ingredients.

Meet the sweet sister to red velvet cupcakes~Pink Velvet Cupcakes. Audra from The Baker Chick advises you to go all “pink and sparkly” with these. Her friends loved them!

Pink M&Ms are the top secret ingredient in Ali Bee’s Bake Shoppe recipe for Pink and White Chip Cookies. These moist and fluffy treats look too good to pass up.

Check out the Strawberry Pecan Fudge that we found on Dear Crissy. It  looks almost too lovely to eat and is made using only 3–yes 3–ingredients. It just doesn’t get much simpler than that!

KC came up with the recipe for her Pink Delight to serve at her family’s New Year’s Eve celebration–but this pretty drink can be enjoyed any time of the year. She made it non-alcoholic so the whole family could enjoy it, but says you can add to sparkling champagne to kick it up a notch for the adults.

She had me at the words “No Bake” :)  Take a look at the No Bake Strawberry Milkshake Cheesecake recipe that Lindsay is sharing over at Life, Love, & Sugar. A quick and colorful alternative to a traditional cheesecake that can require quite a bit more effort.

It’s starting to feel like soup weather around here, so I may need to try the Pink Soup with Roasted Onions and Broccoli from the Golubka Kitchen. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful soup…a feast for the eyes and the appetite!

Chocolate Covered Katie has got a great way to start off your day…raspberries reign supreme in the recipe for her Yogurt Breakfast Bowl.  Just mix up  a few ingredients in your blender and you’re good to go!

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loops of love

September 16, 2014
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Many of us know someone who has fought, won or lost the battle of breast cancer.  Our relationships with these women and men connect all of us in a unique way and we want to celebrate that with our Loops of Love campaign this October.

Loops of Love

To honor these amazing people in our lives we are linking together pink paper loops with the names of women and men you know that are fighting or have battled breast cancer. These loops of love will be displayed in all our shops during Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’ll be donating a dollar for every loop to The Pink Fund who provides short-term financial aid to breast cancer patients in active treatment, so they can focus on healing.

loops of love bracelet

In addition to donating dollars for loops, we’ll also be selling these handmade silk heart bracelets at all our locations and online now through the month of October for $5.95 with all proceeds going to The Pink Fund.  They’re the perfect accessory to wear during this month of awareness in celebration of the women and men in our lives who have fought breast cancer.

surprise snail mail

And for some extra fun, we’ll be selecting a number of our nominated names to send surprise snail mail in hopes of making their days brighter this October.

Ready to help us start making long chains of pink paper loops?  

1. Email your Loop Love name(s) to service@catchingfireflies.com with subject title: Loops of Love  (please do not leave info in the comments section on this blog post)

2. Include their full name(s) and mailing address(es) if you would like them to be eligible to possibly receive surprise snail mail.  (There will be a note explaining Loops of Love but the surprise pink envelopes will be sent anonymously)

3.  Please let us know if they are currently fighting, have won or lost the battle to breast cancer

4.  Include your full name and your relationship to the nominee.

Thank you for partnering with us to make days brighter this fall! 

8 artful ways to light up the night

September 11, 2014
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Whether it’s a twinkling string of lights or a glowing lantern, there’s just something so magical about outdoor lights.

outdoor diy lighting

These unique and clever DIY Outdoor Light projects will not only light your way, they’ll add that extra special element of style to any outdoor space….

These DIY Paper Punch Luminaries would look so nice lining a porch or driveway. You will find the instructions on the Design Improvised Blog and Haeley used LED battery powered pillar candles (then you don’t have to worry about a fire hazard).

diy lighting

Now is the perfect time to score a couple of wire planters on sale that you can use to make this gorgeous glowing orb for your own moon dance this fall.  From the Blue Shed walks you through this easy process step by step.

Can you guess what Cheryl used to make these DIY Solar Lights? Spice jars and glass paint! Head over to her blog, Cheryl Style, to get the lowdown on this budget friendly project.

No need to stop enjoying dinner on the deck when the days get shorter.  Grab a bargain chandelier at a thrift shop and transform it into a stunning solar light source.  Hop over to Home Jelly for all the details.

Check out this DIY Constellation Jar . It was made using a few items that you probably already have around the house. This fun project from Design Mom is completely customizable–add your favorite constellations or come up with your creative designs.

Next time you whip up a batch of tuna salad, don’t toss that can…Diane from In My Own Style can show you how to transform it into an Outdoor Tuna Can Lantern. They’re a more refined alternative to tiki torches and come in well under budget at $2.70 each.

Here’s another spin on the can idea….this time with a coffee can. Nicole from 365ish Pins made these DIY Tin Can Lanterns with her homeschool co-op when they were studying colonial life, but we think they’d look absolutely outstanding at any outdoor party too!

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It’s really amazing how adding something simple can create a whole new mood. A perfect example is this dressed up strand of white lights that Lia created– her DIY Paper Foil Starry Lights add all kinds of ambiance to any setting. She shares all the details on her Handcraft Your Life blog.

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magnets that will make you smile

September 10, 2014
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Add a little flair to your file cabinet or fridge with one of these heartfelt and humorous magnets.  Many of them make great little gifts because you can just slip them into a card for an extra surprise.  These are some of our team’s favorites …

99 lexy

One of my all time favorite magnets is this one by Curly Girl Design, “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains.” For me, this magnet serves as a daily reminder of the loved ones who have left this earth, and how I continue to hold them close to my heart.  $5.50

99 elizabeth

 

There always seems to be something more fun to do than clean, I dream of having the motivation to keep my home tidy! At least this fun magnet will remind guests that I have the goal to be neater! $5.00

99 laura

 

I love the quote on this Curly Girl magnet! Reminds me that when I need to stand up for myself or someone else, I can do it — with the right pair of boots of course! $5.50

99 kaitlyn

 

This list pad for your fridge will help keep (some of) your thoughts organized, while also keeping your mood light as you’re able to laugh at you own scatter-brain problems :) $5.95

99 kerstin

 

My best friends birthday is next week and this is the perfect gift for her! We both really love Curly Girl, wine and each other! It’s perfect and I can easily slip it into her birthday card and send it in the mail. $5.50

99 april

 

This magnet has been given to all of my friends who have the art of sarcasm mastered! It makes a perfect addition to a birthday card for a little surprise $5.00

99 cheryl

This flower magnet is so cute and unique. I recently bought it for a room I’m redecorating and just love the pop of color it brings to the wall. I have three of my favorite pictures of my girls on it and it looks absolutely awesome. So, if you’re looking for a decorative way to display your photos, this is a great choice! $45.50

99 katherine

What a great gift for your girlfriends or yourself! We love our partners, but sometimes we really question them! This magnet sums it up perfectly. $5.00

99 dani

I love all of the Curly Girl magnets but I especially like this one. It is super cheery and a great reminder for anyone to stick on their fridge and read every day! $5.50

99 danielle

Since every cat knows they are the center of attention, this is a great way to show your support. Not only can you display any size photo, but the clip makes it super easy to change out the many cute poses of your best buddy. $10

99 grace

I have about a million magnets on my fridge already, but I might have to add this one to my collection soon seeing as it’s the story of my life. Anne Taintor’s wonderfully witty sense of humor and her design’s vintage flair are always a big hit. $5.00

99 evan

Whenever I’m having an off day my friends can lift my spirit instantly! This magnet says it perfectly and would be a wonderful gift for that special friend who is always there when you need them. This magnet would look super cute attached to a bottle of wine! :) $5.50

99 crysta

This is my cat. It even looks like him. This sweet face is what wakes me every morning, only there is more of a determined glint in his green eyes and a sharp “Meow!” He’s next to me right now “meow-meowing” for dinner, though that is still hours away, reminding me who is boss around here. $5.00

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