DIY Marble Necklace

DIY Marble Necklace @themerrythoughtI stumbled across these amazing marble penny tiles online a couple months ago and ordered a sheet because I knew I needed to find a few projects to use them in. This necklace was the first project I tried out! I was nervous about things gettin’ real with this sheet of metal but it went surprisingly well! You can definitely do this! And then you can wear your favorite material instead of just serving drinks on it or hanging it on your wall or cutting cheese on it.
DIY Marble Necklace @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Brass Metal Sheet (Bought mine at Michael’s)
-Jeweler’s Saw
-File Block and Clamp
-Metal Files
-30″ Chain
-Jump Rings
-Marble Tile

How to make it:
-Use a sharpie to draw out the shape on the metal.
-Use a jeweler’s saw to cut out the shape.
-File edges smooth.
-Drill holes in the top corners of the metal.
-Attach 30″ chain using jump rings and pliers.
-Add the marble tile by putting a small amount of epoxy on the back.
-Let cure according to directions.
DIY Marble Necklace @themerrythought DIY Marble Necklace @themerrythought DIY Marble Necklace @themerrythoughtCan’t wait to use these in a few more upcoming projects!

xo. Caitlin

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting @themerrythought
We’re in full pumpkin season here – we just picked a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins from our backyard the other day (last year I threw all our old pumpkins in our never used garden and left them all year and we ended up with sooo many pumpkins this year; I was pretty excited! That’s the kind of gardening I can get on board with, throw something down, leave it alone & have it grow!). And while I love to decorate with pumpkins during the fall, I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin flavored things, which always makes me feel as though I’m missing out on a bit of fall goodness. I don’t mind a little bit of pumpkin flavor, so I’m always looking for things to bake during the fall that have just a hint of pumpkin flavor. And these cookies are just that!  They’re soft & moist, and have a subtle pumpkin flavor; and topped with a creamy brown sugar frosting, which makes them that much better!  Although even with no frosting, they’re still delicious.
Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting @themerrythought
Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting @themerrythought
Pumpkin Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or just use un-greased baking sheets. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Add egg & vanilla, mixing until combined. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg, mix until combined.  Mix in pumpkin and flour.

Drop by tablespoon full on cookie sheets (I used a medium cookie spoon – about 1.5 tablespoons).  Bake 9-10 minutes or until top is set. Cool on wire racks. Once cooled, frost cookies (recipe below).

Makes approximately 3 dozen.

Brown Sugar Frosting
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
cinnamon, for garnish

Beat together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and milk, mixing until light & fluffy (if it’s too firm/thick, add a tablespoon of milk at a time to reach desired consistency; or if it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar).

Spread frosting on cookies, sprinkle with cinnamon.

Adapted from BH&G

Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting @themerrythought
Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting @themerrythought
If you’re looking for some more (subtle) pumpkin goodness, these are a few of my favorites: Pumpkin Cream Donut Sandwiches,Pumpkin Ice Cream with Gingersnap Bowls, No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies!


DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin

DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin @themerrythoughtAnother DIY pumpkin coming your way today! I’m pretty sure this one is the perfect mix of sweet & spooky! A crescent moon would fit right in if you’re into spooky Halloween decor but the fresh flowers make things pretty & sweet if you try to stay away from the spooky stuff.
It would also be a perfect centerpiece for your Halloween table spread if you’re planning a get together this year and it takes just a few minutes to put together!
DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Craft Pumpkin
-Fresh Flowers

How to make it:
-Draw and cut out a moon shape out of paper.
-Hold it against the pumpkin to trace it.
-Drill various size holes inside the moon shape.
-Trim flower stems down to 2″ and fill in all of the holes.
DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin @themerrythought DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin @themerrythoughtMine lasted for two full days before the flowers started looking too wilted! If you want to keep it up all season, just swap it out for some fake flowers.

xo. Caitlin

DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume

DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythoughtFirst day of October is here and it’s appropriately 50 degrees out today so we’re getting into the full swing of fall. And we’re not going to spend anytime messing around on here either… we’re kicking off the month with a DIY halloween costume as part of the Michael’s Makers challenge!

It seems like everybody has a faux taxidermy animal head on their wall these days – so why not turn yourself into the trend for Halloween this year! I love how this turned out and it was surprisingly easy to put together. And if you’re from around here, you’ll appreciate that you can wear this with a cute dress OR layer up a bunch of cozy clothes when it’s 30 degrees out on Halloween!
DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythoughtMaterials Needed:
-aluminum foil
-plaster wrap
-brown felt
-white faux fur
-hot glue gun
-paint brush

-foam board
-wood grain scrapbook paper
-mod podge
-x-acto knife

-makeup or face paint
DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythoughtDirections:
Fold aluminum foil into large strip. Wrap strip around headband and then twist and shape into antler shape. Repeat for second antler. Add smaller spikes to the large ones by using the same steps with smaller pieces of foil. Once antlers are the shape/size you’d like, cover foil with pieces of plaster wrap (following the directions on package). Allow to dry. Cut two ears out of the felt and cut smaller pieces of the fur to fit inside of ears. Glue the fur to the inside of the felt, then fold and glue the bottom of the felt to create ear shape. Once plaster is dry, paint the antlers as desired. When paint is dry, glue ears to headband.

Apply the woodgrain paper to the foam board using mod podge. Once dry, draw out a plaque shape. Cut the plaque using your x-acto knife. From the top, center of the plaque, draw out a 1/2″ wide section down to a circle where your neck will go. Use the x-acto knife to cut out this section. You will need to slightly bend up the sides around the 1/2″ you cut out so you will be able to slide the plaque around your neck.
DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythought The most difficult part for me was probably the makeup because I’m just a mascara and go type of girl. When I came out with this makeup on, Levi was slightly terrified and Lincoln said, “You look better with that stuff on your eyes.” Ha!! So there’s that! I used this deer makeup video as a basic guide to do my makeup.
DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythought DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythought DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythought DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythought DIY Taxidermy Deer Costume @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin & Manda

Be sure to check out all of the other amazing costume ideas here.

A Day with Natalie’s

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
We can’t believe that September is almost over! Honestly at this point, I thought I’d feel like I had it a little more together – more of a routine and balance to my day, but I still feel like I’m trying to figure out what to do when and keep everything going! But I definitely do feel the difference, and relief, of having a bit more time to do work during the day, and then concentrate on the boys when they get home. Caitlin’s recently changed her work hours a bit and we’re trying to work on getting together regularly now for blog “work hours” instead of being so hit & miss with our schedules. But the struggle is real friends – we’re not sure we’ll ever really feel like we have it together, there’s so many different things we’re juggling! Oh well, we’ll just keep plugging along, finding the fun & silliness in all the chaos and maybe one day we’ll have some great tips on how to organize your time & life – but don’t hold your breath for that post coming any time soon! ;)
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
Today we’re partnering with Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice to give you a little peek into what our day looks like when we do manage to get together for a blog work day. Natalie’s sent us some of their juice to try and we enjoyed trying all the different flavors throughout our day!
We typically start off going through emails and making a plan of what we need to get done that day – Caitlin lives right by the local bakery and always bring us some treats from Greg’ry’s to share for breakfast – yup, she’s the best! We’re not sure how emails can pile up so quickly but we’re slowly getting better at answering them in a timely manner. Then we usually try to get some crafting done in the early morning so that we can shoot final projects when the light is good in the afternoon.
Workspace @themerrythought
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
Style @themerrythought
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
Because our work days have been a little hectic and random, it’s a nice break (and reward!) to have lunch out; plus we’re always looking for an excuse to run to Jitter’s and pick up a couple of their Turkey Bacon Ranch sandwiches because we’re slightly obsessed with them! It’s also good to get out of the house to get inspired and brainstorm some new ideas and themes for the upcoming months – and we have got to enjoy this warm weather while it lasts!
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
The afternoon can feel a little rushed & busy because we’re trying to finish up as much as we can before the boys get home from school. Thankfully they’re usually more than happy to participate in our projects – especially days like this when we ask them to help taste-test some juice! The boys favorite flavors were the Lemonade & Strawberry Lemonade. (And as a mom, I love that their juice has no preservatives, hidden ingredients or flavor packs – drink away boys!)
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice @themerrythought
We’ve been drinking so much of this juice lately and using it in some mocktail making! We love the freshness and real fruit taste of their juice, our favorites are Honey Tangerine, Orange and Orange Pineapple. The grapefruit has been a favorite for mocktail mixing as well. If you’re local, we’ve snagged some Natalie’s at Hart’s Local Grocers and The Village Bakery, (two of our favorite spots!) if not – find out where to find some here.

Here’s to more of these productive (and fun) work days happening more regularly now!

-Manda & Caitlin

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