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DIY Polka-Dot Flour and Sugar Jars

As I continue to settle into my new home, I am discovering little things that I need and things I wish I had, and I am trying to decide which of those things and I should buy and which I should make myself. One thing that has been on my list is a container for sugar. This hasn’t been a pressing need, so I haven’t really gone shopping to look for one. The other day, as I was arranging some fresh tulips in a mason jar-turned-vase, I had an idea for a DIY sugar container – why not use the other mason jars I have to store sugar and flour? So this week, I set to work on a quick DIY project to satisfy my need!

DIY Gold Polka-Dot Flour and Sugar Mason Jars

What You’ll Need:

– Mason Jars with lids

– Gold paint (or any other color you choose)

– small paint brush

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Once you have your supplies ready, all you do is paint some polka-dots onto the jars. Super easy! You can paint any design you want, I just liked the look of gold dots.

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I let my jars dry overnight and then filled them with flour and sugar the next morning.

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I’m not sure where I’m going to keep them, but right now I really like the way they look on my kitchen table with the tulips!

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I hope everyone is having a great start to April! The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous. I hope you all have had some time to enjoy the sun!

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Weekly Pinspiration

We have successfully finished the first week of February! With this blizzard looming, I am staying focused on all things spring! So close, right?! Only 41 days! And with that, here is my weekly pinspiration, filled with cozy settings, pretty florals, bright pinks, vibrant greens and sparkling golds.

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I also love the two quotes – they are very relevant to what’s happening in my life right now. This is my time to just “go and do.” More often than not, I overthink things, which tends to hold me back from doing what I want. I have finally learned that I need to stop worrying and just “go and do!” I also tend to put others first and try to do what will make them happy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but in the past six months, I have learned that you can only do so much for people. Unfortunately, you can give your heart and soul to a person and receive nothing in return. You can spend all of your time and energy walking a very thin line – trying to do everything that person has asked of you and trying to give them as much of yourself as you can to make sure that person is happy. I have learned that as much as I care for others and want to make other people happy, there comes a point in time when I need to stop worrying about everyone else and how my actions will affect them and just start doing what’s best for me. It is important to take some time and do what’s best for you, because in the end, you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. So, I am finally taking this time to do what’s best for me and the first step is my new job, which I start in less than two weeks!

Happy Friday, everyone! Now “GO and DO!” And always remember to do what’s best for you!

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If you liked this post, you may also like last week’s pinspiration.

My Week via Instagram

Happy Monday – I hope everyone is having a fantastic 3-day weekend! I thought I would share with you another weekly recap via Instagram…

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I tried several new beers this week, including Red Hook’s Winterhook, Widmer Brothers’ Brr Seasonal Ale and River Horse’s Oatmeal Milk Stout. My favorite was definitely the Oatmeal Milk Stout. It was dark, but not overly heavy, and had delicious hints of chocolate and coffee.

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Saturday night, my friends and I saw the Gin Blossoms at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. They played a great show! It was so fun to dance and sing along to their classics we grew up listening to, like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Follow You Down.”

And yesterday, my friend and I had a lazy and relaxed Sunday that involved a New Girl marathon, eating pizza and baking! She found a really simple recipe for Salted Nutella Peanut Butter Thumbprint cookies. There were only 5 ingredients plus Nutella and all you do is combine them in a bowl, then bake for 10 minutes. They were absolutely delicious! I love the combination of salty and sweet, especially when it involves Nutella!

I hope everyone is well rested and ready for the start of a new week!

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out last week’s instagram recap.

Hand Printed Wrapping Paper, Pt. 2

Saturday, I printed another roll of wrapping paper (check out my first two designs here) with the tree stamps I used on my first batch of Christmas cards. I used red, green and gold ink and created a geometric pattern. I really love the way this one turned out!

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Tomorrow is the big day! Does everyone have their gifts wrapped and under the tree? Mine are finally all done so today, I am going to lounge around, watch my favorite Christmas movies (Elf, Love Actually, Christmas Vacation…), maybe do some more baking, and wait impatiently until A Christmas Story comes on TBS at 8pm. Yes, I am one of those people who watch it 24 hours straight. It is my absolute favorite Christmas movie!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas Eve and enjoys time spent with family and friends!

Stay Chic! …xo Alane

DIY Holiday Nails

With Christmas right around the corner, I have been painting and re-painting my nails almost every other day, trying out new holiday looks! I’m loving all the metallic and glittery colors for this time of year. They’re so festive! This weekend, I wore Sally Hansen’s Gilty Pleasure, which is a really pretty metallic gold color.

After I got dressed for work this morning, I decided to switch to red because I’m wearing a green blouse and I just felt very Christmasy! So I painted my nails Right Said Red (also by Sally Hansen) and glammed them up a bit with an accent nail using Essie’s Luxeffects Set in Stones top coat. I love the chunky glitter in this top coat and I think the silver and red are so pretty together!

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Stay Chic! xo…Alane