Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)  One of my favorite things about Halloween is all the cute and creepy twists that people put on otherwise ordinary party foods. However, when you are the one that's actually throwing the party, it's always a big bonus if you can find a cute idea that only takes a few minutes to put together. If you're doing a Halloween party this year, here's a fast and easy way to make your own spooky eye cake toppers to really set off your dessert table.

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)     Supplies:
-Oreos (the Double Stuffed version gives you a bit more icing to keep the eyeballs in place)
-mini Oreos
-thin wooden craft sticks
-candy eyeballs

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)      Twist off the top of the Oreo so that you have one half remaining with the creme filling intact. Slide your craft stick about 2/3 of the way under the Oreo creme, and then press a candy eyeball firmly into the center of the creme. 

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)        Repeat the process with a mini Oreo, but use a knife or small spoon to scrape away excess creme from around the edge of the eyeball candy so the eyeballs stand out a bit more. Place the skewers on a plate and place in the freezer for a few minutes to set the ingredients together.

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial)    Place the skewers into the cake at different angles and heights, and your spooky cake is done!

Spooky Eye Cake Toppers (click through for tutorial) I love the playful cuteness of the eyeballs and the fact that all the different circles add a bit of geometric flare to the cake as well. The fun part is that you can also pull out the toppers as the cake gets eaten and they are totally edible as well (minus the stick of course!). And now don't you see what I mean when I said it was an easy way to create a food decoration? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Rosemary's BabyWith Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to share a list of our favorite horror movies. Now, I haven't always been a fan of horror, and I understand that some of you may not be either. So if you're one of those people who thought Stranger Things was too scary, maybe just skip this post. Haha! 

Alrighty—with that said, I have to admit I now have a soft spot for horror films. It was an acquired taste for me. When Jeremy and I were first dating, he was always wanting me to watch horror movies with him, and I always said no. But I found my gateway in the 1960s and 1970s films because I love all things vintage, and they are so stunningly beautiful. 

Now get your popcorn and fuzzy blankets ready! 

1. Rosemary's Baby (1968) My favorite horror movie. It's inspirational to my design brain but also just the right amount of freaky.

2. Scream (1996) Nineties nostalgia in a slasher film. What's not to love? 

3. The Exorcist (1973) Probably the most disturbing movie on this list and one of the most offensive movies I have ever seen. I swear that older horror movies are scarier than new ones. 

4. It Follows (2015) Just watched this one for the first time. Very good. 

5. The Shining (1980) One of the most visually beautiful horror films in my opinion. Be ready for a slow build. 

6. 28 Days Later (2003) My favorite zombie movie. So good! 

7. Blair Witch (1999) If you were one of the lucky ones, you watched this opening week when people still kind of believed it might be real. 

8. Repulsion (1965) Impress any horror movie buff by recommending this one. It's also beautifully sixties if you're in the mood for a cool looking old movie. Great soundtrack too (Jeremy says!). 

9. What We Do in the Shadows (2015) Not really a horror movie, more of a comedy. But SO good. 

10. Eraserhead (1977) Couldn't make this list without including a David Lynch film. Surreal and creepy. 

Bonus points—Hocus Pocus (1993) because Jeremy wouldn't let me put this on the list (snob), but I LOVE IT. Bonus points if you wear your hoodie!!

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorites that we didn't include on the list?? xx -Elsie + Jeremy too 

Hanging Plant Shelf DIY   Hi, there! Today I'm excited to share a quick, easy project that significantly increased the cozy factor in my living room this week!! 

After I hung this b-a-n-a-n-a-s macrame (custom made from The Northern Needle on Etsy) above our record console, it felt like it still needed a little something. My first impulse was to hang a plant, like on the wall. But since I didn't want to put any more holes in our shiplap and I already have quite a few wall planters throughout our home, I decided to branch out a bit and try another version of a hanging planter. 

I've seen hanging shelves around and love the versatility they offer. So I decided to give it a try! I tag teamed this project with Collin. And we were both shocked by how simple and quick this project was to create. It only took a couple hours to complete!

Supplies NeededSupplies: 
-any round wooden plate or saucer. (ours was originally some sort of wall plaque!)
-2 pieces of thin rope (ours are 5 feet long each, but customize for your space)
-staple gun

Start by cutting your 2 pieces of rope. Next tie all of the cut ends together into a knot. Then grab your wooden plate or saucer and flip it upside down. Lay your rope down making an X with the knot in the middle. Next get your staple gun and staple all 4 pieces of rope to the bottom of the wood disk. Then flip it right side up and grab your 4 pieces of rope. Tie them all into a knot, leaving a little loop at the top to hang on your hook.

We added a tassel to the bottom, just a quick one made with yarn. And that's it!

Hanging Plant Shelf DIYBefore you commit to your length, hang the shelf and make sure you like it. It's easier to change the length before you staple! 

Hanging Plant Shelf DIY Ta-da! Look at that cutie!! 

Full disclosure—I tried like 15 plants from around the house before I decided which one should live there. 

Hanging Plant Shelf DIY    I love the simple, cozy vibe of this project. It's not fussy and it's really versatile. You could easily swap out the colors or add metallic finishes or add more embellishment to make it fit your style! 

Hanging Plant Shelf DIY  Just last week I was complaining about how unfinished this room still is. But after a little planning, a little inspiration and this project, I'm feeling really excited about the direction it is taking! I've said this before, but some rooms come together quickly and some rooms come together slowly. For me, this is my slow room. But since it's the room we hang out in the most, it's a huge priority.

Anyway! I'm excited to hear your thoughts on this project. Is it something you would do? Do you have any questions for us? xx -Elsie 

Sources: Console table/West Elm, Macrame/The Northern Needle, Record player/Uturn Audio, Speakers/Audioengine, Shiplap/DIY

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (1)Happy October! I hope you're enjoying this autumn weather as much as I am. It's still a little warm here in Phoenix, but the mornings and evenings are wonderful. Sitting on the porch in the morning with a cup of tea is quickly becoming my new favorite routine. The October Messy Box is so perfect for documenting the cooler weather, love for coffee and tea, and Halloween! If Halloween isn't your thing, the colors and patterns are still perfect for capturing your favorite autumn memories.

October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (2)October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (4)There are many things I like about this month's kit, but I immediately fell in love with the stunning eye and cat patterned papers. They are so unique! The stamp set in this kit has both the eye and cat stamps, so I thought it would be fun to recreate the patterns. I used the eye stamp on vellum to create a cool, transparent journaling card. If you don't like the transparent look, you can do this with regular paper. I think black paper with white, opaque ink would look neat!

October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (5)October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (6)My little coffee breaks throughout the day are such a joy for me. I love documenting these little, happy moments! 

October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (7)October Messy Box Scrapbook Sunday (3)This time of year is so fun. Sitting around the fire pit with my family and friends while passing out candy to the trick-or-treaters in their costumes will forever be one of my favorite traditions! What special autumn memories will you be documenting? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Hager. Photos edited with Scrapbook from the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.  

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial       There's nothing worse than gearing yourself up to finally go for a run (especially if you don't run that often) only to find your headphones are a tangled mess. So, rather than starting your workout off on a high note, you spend the first few minutes in a brisk walk while you attempt to untangle the knot so you can finally get your workout playlist pumping. Well with a quick DIY cord keeper, your knotty days are behind you, and you'll never have to spend half your flight trying to untangle your headphones again!

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
-leather or faux leather in two colors
-Crop-a-dile or 1/8" and 3/16" leather hole punches
-fabric glue
-button stud with screwback (I used the 7mm for the small keeper and the 8mm for the medium keeper.)
-fabric scissors

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial)Use a marker to trace a 2.5" circle on the underside of your leather (I used the bottom of a spray paint can to get my circle). You can also trace a 2" circle if you want a mini cord keeper.

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial Use fabric scissors to cut out as many circles as you want cord keepers. Cut a small triangle out of your circle with scissors so you have a pac-man shape. Trace a portion of the curve of your circle onto the back of your other color of leather. Line up the curve with the triangle opening in your original circle and trace the cutout area.

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial  Use scissors to cut the curve of your second color circle on the line, and then cut 1/4" out from your traced triangle lines so the fabrics will have a bit of overlap for gluing together. Place a small line of fabric glue next to the edges of your triangle cutout on your original circle and place your second color cutout on top of the glue so that the top circle edge lines up with the rest of the circle.

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial   Allow the glue to fully dry, fold your cord keeper in half, and mark with a pen where you want your button stud closure to sit. Use your Crop-a-dile to punch a 1/8" hole through your folded circle at the marked location, and then punch a slightly bigger 3/16" hole over the first hole on the side that is the front of your cord keeper. Use scissors to cut a small slit out from the bottom of the 3/16" hole so that it has a "keyhole" shape that will fit over the top knob of your button stud.

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial    Screw your button stud through the smaller hole in the back and push the button stud knob through the front hole to close. Wind whatever cord you want to keep tidy around your hand, and then use your keeper to keep the cord from unraveling.

Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial      Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial      Easy Leather Cord Keeper DIY (click through for tutorial)        Ahh, a cute solution to an irritating problem—what's better than that? I also like that I can use whatever colors of leather I want too so I can match the headphones to their keeper as well. These are quick to make a few at a time so they would be a perfect handmade gift for a techie friend, or come to think of it, just anyone else that hates to untangle cords as well! And isn't that basically everybody? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman


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