Today I decided to whip up a little holiday table decoration just in time for Thanksgiving. A row of these candles would look great on a festive table, and because they’re made with rosemary, they smell good, too. They’re a perfect project to put together while watching your favorite holiday tv movie. Which means you don’t have to feel guilty about watching it, because you’re multitasking. Holiday win!
rosemary candle

Pillar candle
Rosemary or other greenery
Twine or yarn

1. Snip the rosemary into pieces about 2 or 3 inches long.
2. Wrap the twine around the candle twice, tie a bow, and cut.
3. Tuck the pieces of the rosemary beneath the twine, working your way around the candle. To help “fluff up” the greenery, as you tuck, gently pull free rosemary needles that get stuck under the twine. Trim the bottom of the springs to help even them up.

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DIY gold and mint mini tray
DIY for the spiked earrings here, and the candle here.

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve finished a project, even though it’s only been since September. Over two months is a long time for me to go without making anything, though! Lately I’ve really been feeling a lot better as I’ve been recovering from my many injuries, and I think I may finally be able to get back into the swing of things soon. Which is good, because I was getting pretty down about not being able to do many of the things I enjoy.

This is a quick little project I tackled to beautify something with a very utilitarian origin. I bought this wooden tray because after my accident, I had too many pill bottles on my bedside table, and I kept knocking them on the floor when I was fumbling for pills in the middle of the night. And picking them up off the floor wasn’t easy–I couldn’t even put my own socks on at first, so life was pretty difficult post-accident. This tray solved that problem, and luckily, now it’s not an issue any more. So now I just have to decide whether I want to keep it by my bedside to corral incidentals, or use it for tea and snacks. A much better problem to have.
DIY gold and mint mini trayHere’s how to transform your own plain wooden tray into something prettier.

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1. Dress up your Thanksgiving dessert with this fun pie stencil.
2. This reclaimed wood bench repurposes materials in such clever ways.
3. Another cute version of concrete candleholders.
4. Going to be cooking up a feast next week? Protect your holiday best with this simple apron.
5. Build a hexagon shelf to display your favorite knick-knacks.
6. I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate plants into my decor, and this planter shelf is a great DIY option.

Hunting for delicious vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving? I rounded up a few links with some options: 12 Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes, 40 Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving, 101 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides + Desserts

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Candy-colored faux fur has really caught my eyes these days. While faux fur is perfect for cozying up on cold days, it can also make a style statement in unexpected colors. The pastel shades look especially fun to me, maybe because they’re such a contrast to the usual darker winter colors we’re used to. Luckily, making your own wrap, collar, clutch, or scarf is totally doable, all you need is the right fabric. I even shared a faux fur collar tutorial a long time ago.

faux fur

1. Vanessa Jackman | 2. Shrimps clutch | 3. Shrimps collar 4. Whistles clutch 5. Whistles scarf 6. ASOS 7. Urban Outfitters coat

Edit: Just found another super cute example at Anthropologie!

If you’re looking for faux fur of your own, I highly recommend Fabric Depot in Portland, where I bought the faux for for this stool and pillow. They even have some of their selection online. This pink or this pink would be perfect for a cape or collar. also has a ton of faux fur online.

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1.These gold leaf planters look great with plants in them, but you could also use them for general storage.
2. Sew linen potholders for your kitchen.
3. Don’t sew? You can still make a no sew plaid flannel scarf.
4. Turn any photo into a photo night light.
5. Toasted marshmallow shot glasses look like the ultimate indulgence.
6. If you’re gearing up for holiday decorating, learn how to transfer photos to wood to make rustic ornaments.

Despite my total lack of physical activity, I’ve been extra hungry lately, which I’m going to blame on building new bones. I read that it takes extra calories to heal. So I’ve been pinning a lot of recipes. Here are a few that I want to try: Mini Vegan Chickpea Spinach and Tomato Faux Quiche, Apple Cinnamon Streusel Pull-Apart Bread, Brussels Sprouts Sliders, Browned-Butter Pasta with Roasted Squash and Gorgonzola, Potato, Leek, and Feta Tart, Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ahhh, if only this cat throw pillow wasn’t so expensive, it would be mine!

The same goes for this cozy cardigan.

Never thought I’d be interested in an article about driving cabs, but this one about what it takes to become a licensed cabbie in London is fascinating.

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