Wednesday, January 29, 2014

10 ways to stay warm at home

Lately it has been pretty chilly here and I find myself wanting to just curl up on the couch and do absolutely nothing. Well maybe not nothing, maybe I want to drink my favorite hot beverage or crochet something but I want to do it while sitting in the rocking chair and being bundled up and comfortable. And listening to my favorite record. Here are 10 ways that you can accomplish just that this season!

1. Tea Kettle- $60 by Williams-Sonoma
2. Chunky Scarf- $17 by Zara
3. Long Socks- $28 by Free People
4. Record Player- $160 by Crosley
5. Candles- $16 by Anthropologie
6. Beanie- $16 by American Eagle
7. Flannel Shirt- $80 by Madewell
8. Cashmere Sweatpants- $298 by J. Crew
9. Warm Blanket- $79 by Urban Outfitters
10. Your Favorite Warm Beverage- White Hot Chocolate by Starbucks

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

from our closets

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Savannah's wearing:
Dress- Urban Outfitters
Hat- American Eagle
Shoes- c/o boohoo.com
bracelet- bcbgeneration
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Casey's wearing:
Jeans- 7 for All Mankind via Goodwill
Necklace- Target
Shoes- Toms

our first vlog!

So a million years ago, we asked if y'all were interested in us doing some vlogging. And it seemed like most people thought we should. So... we did! We recorded our first vlog, it wasn't going as well as we had thought, so we changed the subject and recorded a second vlog which y'all would eventually know as our "first" vlog. And after we recorded the videos, we did nothing. The videos sat and sat and we completely forgot about them until last night when we were dealing with some other videos that we just recorded. It's pretty hilarious to see a video of yourself on your computer that you cannot even remember making. Once we watched them, we certainly remembered. Anyways, we decided to upload both videos for your entertainment. Well, we were pretty entertained so here's hoping you are too!

xo, Savannah

diy: stained glass necklace holder

A few people in my life would roll over and die if they knew I had created this "I Heart Tennessee" necklace holder. The truth is, I wanted it to say Nashville rather than Tennessee buuuutttt try fitting Nashville into two letters that people understand... To create this stained glass we are using Mod Podge Sheer colors. It's crazy but it's basically just colored Mod Podge! You can buy this stuff at Michael's or on Plaid's website.
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I grabbed this frame from Goodwill. After I took it apart, I spray painted it with white primer and then bright yellow. I printed these letters out and as you can see, the ink is running low.
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Tape the "stencil" to the back side of the glass so that is it facing right side up but is still behind the glass.
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These are the colors we used.
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Pour the Mod Podge on the glass but don't get as crazy as I did here. I ended up having to wipe some off.
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Paint as many layers as you want, with drying in between, just don't paint over the letters!
When it's all dry, put the glass back in the frame.
Put some thumbtacks on the bottom part of the frame! I had to use a little hammering action to make sure they were secure.
Then hang it up and hang some necklaces on it! This works best if you will be hanging it on a white wall.

Follow Plaid:

xo, Savannah

Monday, January 27, 2014

new instagram shop and a giveaway!

Well, in an effort to simplify our lives, Casey and I have done a massive purge of our closets! We are getting rid of soooo much stuff. So, we decided to start and instagram shop! You can check it out and follow us- @shopohsoprettycloset! We're selling everything for reasonable prices and we are in the business of getting rid of it all!
These are just some of the items that we have on the shop. To see pricing, go to our instagram!
We are having a giveaway in the shop! We are giving away all of these lovely gifts- a brand new Jose Eber straightener, a beautiful scarf, 9 brand new Julep nail polishes, 12 hair ties and a pouf zippy pouch from our Etsy shop! Lots of good stuff! The second part of the giveaway will open when we reach 800 followers on Instagram and we will choose the winners when we reach 1500 followers!

Here's what you do to enter:
1. Follow our instagram shop- @shopohsoprettycloset
2. Share this pic (the giveaway pic) on instagram.
3. Tag us in your post! (@shopohsoprettycloset)
4. Use the hashtag- #ospclosetgiveaway

Go check it out and good luck! And if you don't already follow us on our regular instagram, check us out over there as well! @ohsoprettygram

xo, Savannah

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

funny cards with julie ann art

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Julie Ann is a precious angel and sent us these cards. What we like most about her cards is that they aren't your typical, super-cheesy cards. Savannah & I both HATE picking out cards because they are always so lame. This year I want to write more handwritten notes and cards. I mean, how much do you love getting a card in the mail? So much! Check out her shop for other delightful treats & send someone special or not-so-special a card! You can get 10% off with the code OHSOPRETTY. Go get you some!
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You know you want to leave your roomie this card and not apologize for eating the last bit of her cereal. Ha!

holler! -casey

diy: marbled tube necklace

I’ve been marbling up a storm recently. I love the randomness of the pattern and organic nature of the shapes and it works so well in interior design, jewellery and accessories. Check out my Etsy post for marbled Christmas crackers (get a head start on next year?) and my black and white marbled gemstone necklace. For this post I have been inspired by tube beads and wanted to make my own from polymer clay. And would I pass up the chance of a little marbling now?
You will need:
Polymer Clay
A Chain
Drinking Straw

Instructions:
1. Roll the polymer clay into sausages. Make the accent color sausage smaller than the main colour.
2. Mix them together rolling into a ball and stretching out again. Repeat until you’ve got a marbled pattern.
3. Roll flat and wrap around your straw. Try to keep it evenly spread and work around the straw until you’re happy with the results.

4. Pop your clay and straw into the freezer for half an hour. When you take it out pull firmly off the straw. The cold clay should keep its shape. Be careful not the squash it down.
5. Bend your tube into shape and heat in a low oven for half an hour.
6. Once the tubes are cooled cut the ends with a scalpel knife to give a clean edge.
7. Thread a chain through the bead.
Contributor Post by: Fran

Monday, January 20, 2014

from our closets

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Casey's wearing:
Top- Macy's
Pants- Macy's
Shoes- Target
Watch- Nixon
Sunglasses- Forever 21
Bracelets- Forever 21

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Savannah's wearing:
Top- H&M
Pants- Forever 21
Shoes- c/o boohoo.com
Sunglasses- Charlotte Russe
Necklace- Sam Moon
Bracelet- BCBGeneration

Friday, January 17, 2014

recipe: couscous stuffed mushrooms

Couscous Stuffed MushroomsCouscous is the star of this recipe. It's quick, easy, and is ridiculously versatile. It also has a really fun name that reminds me of Cusco from Emperor's New Groove. This recipe is a great option for vegetarians- just use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Lets be honest, who doesn't loved a good stuffed mushroom?
Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms
Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms
Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

12 baby portobello mushrooms 
2 cloves garlic
1 cup chicken stock
¾ cup Whole Wheat Couscous
2 tsp. sun dried tomato oil 
¾ tsp. salt
Pepper 
½ cup sun dried tomatoes, diced
3 stalks green onions
¾ cup shredded mozzarella

Chop the garlic and cook in the sun dried tomato oil for 1-2 minutes in a medium-size pot. Pour the chicken stock, salt,and pepper into the pot with the garlic and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn off and remove the pan from the heat and pour the couscous into the pot. Stir and place the lid back onto the pot and set aside for 10 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed. While the couscous is cooking, preheat the oven to 400. Wash and remove the stems from the mushrooms. Uncover the lid and add the sun dried tomatoes. Fluff the couscous with a fork. Spoon about 1 TBSP. of the couscous into each of the mushroom cavities and place them on a large cookie sheet that is lined with foil. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the fillings of each mushroom. Bake for 13 minutes, or until slightly tender. Add the mozzarella cheese on the tops of each mushroom and bake for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted. The mushrooms should be completely tender. Sprinkle the chopped green onions on top of each mushroom. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Contributor post by: Nikole

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

diy: knotted crochet headband

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Casey and I had a little moment of trying to crochet anything and everything. This is definitely one of the better products of our labor. :) That's probably because it's so simple. This is a very basic pattern so if you are a beginner at crocheting, this post is for you!
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Knotted Crochet Headband Pattern
Hook size: J/6mm

1. Start- chain (ch) 15
2. R1-R40: single crochet (sc) in second stitch away from needle, ch 1, turn.
3. Repeat the same row until the length fits around your head. Allow for some stretch.
4. Tie off end.
5. Create knot- ch 7.
6. R1-R8: sc in second stitch from needle, ch 1.
7. Slip stitch (sl st) ends together.
8. Slide knot onto headband.
9. Slip stitch headband ends together.
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And there you have it. Your very own crocheted headband! Perfect for warming your ears in this cold weather.

xo, Savannah
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