Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Travel The World From The Comfort Of Your Home

Although it is spring break season, you may not be able to get away from it all.  That doesn't mean you can't pretend to walk the beaches of your favorite coast or stroll down villas of far-away lands with travel-themed home decor.

From across the country to around the world, travel the world from the comfort of your home with these 7 inspired ideas that are sure to satisfy your wanderlust.

The new Rosanna Come Fly With Me collection conjures the glamour and excitement of retro travel with images from vintage vacation brochures touting exotic locales.  From your office desk to your bedroom side table, you are never far from your dream vacation.

In My Own Style renovated her mudroom to reflect a Grand Central Station feel.  Decorating with clocks is a great idea to keep you on track when contacting family members and friends living in different time zones.

Ki Nassauer shares with Worthpoint how she created shelves in her living room using discarded vintage suitcases.

I love to use my vintage suitcases for entertaining; they add visual interest to items that may get lost on a busy table.  You may not have to look far to find your own, there may be a treasure trove in a forgotten corner.  This one traveled with grandma as she moved across the Western seaboard in the 40's and 50's.

The Voyage collection explores the bygone days of international travel with porcelain trays showcasing ephemera found by Rosanna around the world. Newly found vintage ephemera from Europe and the USA have expanded the collection, creating a modern take on times gone by.

Each of Pottery Barn Teen's pillow covers are delightfully detailed with dream destinations from LA to London, Boston to Barcelona.

Your travel inspirations aren't limited to home decor; the Rosanna Totes are market chic, both playful and refined, and designed to remind us of life's lovelier moments, like traveling to idyllic locales from Paris to Tuscany. They are perfect for a trip to your local farmer's markets to pick up seasonal flowers, local produce and freshly baked goods.

What type of travel-themed items do you like to use in  your home decor?

Dawn Smith (Guest Blogger) 
Creative Director

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Egg Dyeing 101

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Eggs have long been a symbol for rebirth and fertility. What better way to celebrate Spring than with dyeing beautiful Easter eggs to share with friends and family? Read on for my simple egg dyeing tips to ensure your Easter festivities go off without a hitch!

Instead of hard-boiling the eggs, I like to blow them out before dyeing. You can save the eggs after the holiday and use them next year for decorations to hang from branches or displayed together in a bowl.

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1. Blow out the eggs. To empty the raw egg, use a small, sharp knife to pierce both ends of the egg with small holes. Next, poke a pin through the larger of the holes and stir the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and blow the contents out. This can be done using a rubber ear syringe to make things easier.

2. Prep your dyeing area. Put down newspaper on your counter or table to protect the surface from dyes. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and about 20 drops food coloring in 1 cup of hot water. Make sure to use bowls deep enough to completely submerge your eggs.

3. Begin dyeing! Using metal tongs, carefully dip each egg into the bowl of dye. For deeper colors, leave the eggs in longer. To make two-color eggs, dye the entire egg first, let dry, and then dip half the egg into a darker color.

4. Let the eggs dry.

Once you have the basics of egg dyeing down, you can try different techniques to make some unique eggs.
  • Before dyeing the eggs, draw patterns or shapes on the shell with crayons or a small candle. The dye won't adhere to the wax and your patterns and shapes will shine through!
  • Cut a sponge into small cubes and sponge paint the dye onto the egg shells.
  • Create ombre eggs by letting the eggs submerge in dye for different periods of time, from a few minutes to longer.
  • Make speckled eggs by dipping a clean, dry toothbrush in acrylic paint and dotting the paint onto already dyed eggs.

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Use your creativity and make sure to have fun! This is an excellent afternoon activity for children, as well. If you decide to use hard-boiled eggs, remember to throw them out after a few days or eat them as a protein-packed snack!

Have a lovely Easter everyone!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

How To Plan A Tuscany Inspired Dinner

With the days slowly getting longer as we move into spring, you may start feeling the urge for more intimate entertaining with close friends.   For a relaxed weekend get-together, you can never go wrong with pairing a comfort-food favorite like pasta with a nice glass of wine...or two.  Here are few ideas to inspire you to plan a Tuscany inspired dinner.

Set the scene with Rosanna's Pasta Italiana collection, with pieces perfect for serving big bowls of pasta or dipping crusty pieces of bread.

Clean and simple decor are a must for impromptu gatherings; Midwest Living shows us how to create a bouquet of baby artichokes. They make a more fabulous and practical centerpiece than flowers; you can cook them up the next day.

I love any set up that means less work for me and more guest interaction.  With bruschetta made ahead of time, all this bruschetta bar featured on One Charming Party needed was the artichoke dip, bread and crackers at party time.  This is a great way to get the festivities started and have guests hungry for more.

Besides your favorite pasta dish, how about serving Rosanna's Paglia e Fieno (Straw and Hay Pasta), aptly named because the mixture of spinach linguine and plain linguine looks like a mound of straw and hay when served.   Even better, serve the remaining Pinot from the recipe with dinner.

General wine pairing rule of thumb 

Pair with red sauce dishes to match the acidity of the dish with acidic wine
  • Zinfandel 
  • Dolcetto
  • Chianti
Pair with white sauce dishes to cut through the richness of the sauce
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Italian Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio

Of course, you must serve your wine in Rosanna's hand-etched stemless wine glasses.

I love how Tealicious displays beautiful bottles of homemade vanilla bean limoncello in a wine crate; these are perfect to share during the evening or send home as a thank you.

How do you plan a lovely evening in with friends? We would love to hear your tips and ideas.

Buon Appetito!

Dawn Smith (Guest Blogger)
Creative Director

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quick and Easy Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room Supplies!

If you're like me, your craft supplies can take over your design space. To keep your space functional and inspiring, try these creative and simple solutions using Rosanna products. Always look for new uses for old things; the possibilities are endless!

Getting organized is the key to knowing what supplies you have to work with at all times.  It's time to whip your space into shape. 
  • Neatly store your crafts supplies like washi tape, rolls of ribbon, tags and more in White Bungalow loaf pans
  • Use the collection's muffin tins to store and sort small craft supplies like buttons, brads and clips.
  • Don't forget the large lidded storage containers; stack up a few for a stylish, space-saving idea. 
  • Compotes are perfect vessels for bottled items like glitter and glue or small spools of thread.
  • Create a beautiful and functional display with spools of baker's twine by showcasing them on pedestals
  • You can never go wrong with these pretty hobnail bowls in the Farmhouse Pantry collection.

You'll be much more productive by spending a little bit of time and effort to get your supplies in order. Do you have a great way you organize your craft supplies?


Friday, February 20, 2015

Host An Oscar Party At Home!

The 87th Academy Awards are Sunday night -- a good excuse to dress up, have a party and celebrate! 

Rather than bothering with h'ors d'oeuvres or a fancy dinner, why not host an easy and elegant drinks and dessert party instead.

Here are some tips to make your soiree an award-winning event:

Keep with a classic black/white/gold color palette. Find gold stars at a party store and hang them from the ceiling, accented with gold serpentine and black balloons. Red accents and desserts to pay tribute to the “red carpet.” 
Make easy desserts or buy some from your favorite bakery. 

Here's what is on our dessert table:

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Double Chocolate, Chocolate Brownies
Red Velvet Mini Stacked Cakes
Strawberries Dipped in White Candy Melts 

For trophy cups: Malt balls, dark chocolate covered almonds, and white chocolate dipped pretzels.

Fresh flowers are a party staple - colorful and pretty!

Cute cupcake toppers & themed-colored straws can make it extra festive!

Oscar Ballots are perfect for guessing who you think will win. Make your choices before the show starts and grade your Ballot as the show goes on. When the Oscars are over, just count to see who had the most right for the win! Award a small prize for the person who gets the most answers right, or collect a small donation from each guest and give away the pot!

These fun, free printable Oscar Ballots are from Sugar and CharmDownload 2015 Oscar Ballots HERE.

And since you'll need to toast the victors, get some prosecco, champagne or your favorite spritzer.


Monday, February 2, 2015

How To Host A Galentine's Day Party!


Made famous by Leslie Knope of Parks And Recreation, celebrate Galentine's Day with your bestest lady friends on February 13. Since it falls on Friday this year, host a special evening with your girlfriends.

Whether you are married ladies or single and loving it, your gal pals are your support system so get together and celebrate girl power at its best.  Here are a few ways to celebrate a girls' night in.

Get the party started with lovely invitations; Ephemera's featured on 100 Layer Cake are a great way to start.

Set the party space by making this lovely and super simple XOXO painted tablecloth from Walk In Love.

Another lovely DIY, Hank &  Hunt's floating heart backdrop is perfect for group shots or hanging over a table.

I always have a craft at my parties, even for my grown-ups! Being creative is a perfect way to break the ice, especially if you have a mixed group who don't know each other.   I love this card-making table from The Glitter Guide...set out paper, markers, tape and stickers and let the creativity flow.

Have a few laughs and flirty fun with Rosanna's Vice Dice.

Sweets are a must...this lovely set up from 3 Little Picks showcases how to use Rosanna's Large Decor Bon Bon Footed Round Pedestals for pretty treats.

Another fabulous idea, serve gorgeous and homemade Fruity Dessert Pizzas from Peaches, Please.

Don't forget the libations...check out my 10 Ways To Style A Bar Cart for great tips for setting up a cocktails area.  For the non-drinkers, dress up drink bottles with easy-to-make origami hearts and paper straws.

A sweet good-bye...free printables from The TomKat Studio tied to nail polish bottles.

How do you celebrate with your girlfriends?

Dawn Smith
Creative Director
Not Just A Mommy (Guest Blogger)