If you’re like us, you hate to see that great pumpkin-y goodness go to waste when you carve up your gourd for the holiday. Once you stick your jack-o-lantern out on the porch, you can kiss your dreams of pre-Thanksgiving pumpkin pie goodbye. So, how do you make a festive October display without killing your squash? Use mini-packs!
Aren’t these adorable? Sure, they’re not super-scary, but they’re also no-mess (at least until you’re ready to bake these puppies and turn them into a yummy meal!).
We used black and white plus signs, black flying arrows, white skulls, orange coronata stars, and black and gold lightning bolts for our design, but yours could be as simple as gold dots on a white pumpkin.
The best part about these designs are that you can remove the decals and keep the pumpkin on your porch long into November if you're not going to eat it.
What alternative pumpkin decorations have you used?
Have you heard about Wanelo? They are an amazing company out of San Fran that brings together shopping, pinning, and all-around beautiful products for a new experience.
Here's the skinny: You sign up for Wanelo and make your feed with boards just like Pinterest. The difference with Wanelo is that products including pricing, sizing, and in-stock information just like Amazon or Google Shopping.
When you click on any product in a Wanelo feed, you have the opportunity to "Save" or "Buy" the product. Save will add the product to one of your various boards, and Buy will take you directly to the retailer's site where you can purchase the product. Easy peasy!
To give you a little preview, here's a sample of the most loved WNL products on Wanelo right now:
Back in March, we featured our very own in-house artist, Alpha-Tone (Patrick Weber) right here on this blog. Since then, Patrick has been busy printing your orders and designing fabulous new items for you to drool over in his spare moments.
The latest Alpha-Tone wallpapers and circle prints are fun juxtapositions that are beautiful enough for your living room. His beer series grew out of a local Nashville collaboration with PM restaurant and Turtle Anarchy brewery in Franklin, TN. We reap the (visually) delicious rewards.
WallsNeedLove isn’t the only place that you will find Alpha-Tone merch, though. Recently, Society6.com featured him on the front page of their website. To top it off, last night Society6 included Patrick's pattern, also found on our wallpaper version Don’t Stop to Smell The Roses, on their monthly style-watch blog post, “Six Pack.”
Patrick’s work attracted a lot of attention to our own site, with purchases from style makers like Garden and Gun magazine and the Wanelo offices, and for good reason. His mix of the beautiful with the off-putting, thrown in with a little bit of irony and humor, makes for fun wallpaper, prints, and designs that will make you look twice. We just can't enough of him.
This gluten free and vegan chili is easy to make and so incredibly good for you. With protein from beans and tofu and all the amazing benefits of tomatoes & peppers this is one treat you can feel good about splurging on.
2 Cups uncooked black beans
1 Cup uncooked kidney beans
1 Cup uncooked cannellini beans
4 Small organic tomatoes
1 Can organic tomato paste (6 oz)
1 Block organic extra firm tofu
1 Large red bell pepper
½ Small jalapeno
1 Large red onion
3 Pieces of garlic (less or more to taste)
2 Tablespoons turmeric
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1-2 Tablespoons oregano
Sriracha to taste
2-3 Cups veggie stock
Soak uncooked beans over night.
Next day cook with 2-3 pieces of pieces to increase digestibility for 2 hours
(Once they start to boil reduce heat and simmer for duration)
Chop and brown the peppers, onion and garlic lightly.
Add stock to slow cooker.
Then tomatoes and tomato paste.
Add browned veggies.
Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
Pull tofu apart with hands (smash it) & add to pot.
Cook on low 3-6 hours or until you’re happy with it.
Top with nutritional yeast and avocado!
This is the perfect meal for the transitioning season. It is rich, warm and filling without being overly complicated. Because of the red wine, the final product is purple (and awesome). Risotto may sound intimidating, but anyone that says you can't do this can sit down. It's not a hard recipe at all, but like most great things, it requires work and attention. The great thing about this dish is that you can add anything you want to it. In this version I only use baby bella and white button mushrooms and onion. But you can add just about anything you can think of. My version is vegan as I substitute cheese for nutritional yeast, but parmesan cheese would also do quite well. I also use vegetable instead of chicken stock but either will work, just make sure if you use chicken stock that it's organic. Serve warm with a glass of your leftover wine, perfetto!
Okay let's get to work!
2 cups arborio rice
1-2 cups red wine of your choice
2-4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Giant serving of mushrooms sliced
1-2 onions (either 1 or 2 is your choice)
Large pinch of dehydrated thyme or one large stalk of fresh silver thyme
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast or a handful of parmesan
2 tablespoon coconut oil
2 large cloves garlic (optional)
You need two pots and one pan for this recipe.
1. In the first pot drop your first tablespoon of coconut oil and begin to brown your onion(s).
2. In your second pot add the chicken stock and thyme. Cracked pepper to taste but no salt.
3. In the third pan brown your mushrooms with the remaining oil until they are the consistency you most desire (I like mine pretty well cooked which I think goes quite nicely with the risotto).
4. Add the rice to the first pot with the onion and stir continuously for about 3 min and then add garlic.
5. Drop in your wine over the rice and onion mix.
6. Once that starts to to absorb, begin adding your stock slowly about a cup at a time or less. Stir the whole time. Some people say you can leave it for a couple minutes but I say just keep stirring, you do not want this to stick.
7. About 3/4 of the way through your stock, add the mushrooms.
8. Do this until it's done! If you run out of stock then just add water or add fresh stock (you wont need to add more thyme to it). You will know it's done because the rice will be slightly "al dente" like pasta.
9. Add nutritional yeast or cheese and salt to taste. (The kind of salt you use matters, pink himalayan is my personal favorite).
Put some sort of pretty leaf or a sprig of thyme on top and look like a boss when you serve your friends this amazing purple dish. You little chef, you!
You should treat adding EasyStripe, a removable wall mural, removable wallpaper, or any wall decals to your home or apartment just like any other home decorating project. With careful planning, a few simple tools and some helpful hints, your project should turn out looking professional
- Plan! No really, take a while and plan your project. This can mean anything from measuring your space and plotting your project out on paper, to actually drawing pencil marks on your wall. When you plan your project out in advance—even before you purchase your wall decals or stripes—you are more likely to reduce waste, reduce costs, and reduce your hassle.
Here is a sample plan of a 9.5'x12.5' room with polka dots spaced 1' apart.
- Gather your tools. Important tools can include a laser level, painter’s tape, a straight edge (a ruler or the side of a plastic notebook should suffice) and a utility knife. You may also want to use a tape measure and a buddy, because aligning and hanging decals is best done with precision and in groups.
- Painter’s Tape is your friend. You’re not going to be painting, but you will want to tape your design to the wall before you commit to the stick, especially with all Classic Vinyl wall decals. When applying EasyStripe products, try measuring out how much you need, taping them into place with the paper backing still attached, and then smoothing the product down with the enclosed squeegee.
- Overlap and score for great seams. Whether you are applying wallpaper or EasyStripe, use the overlap and score method for beautiful corners and seams. Removable wallpaper is designed to overlap ¼” on both sides, which can leave you with dark lines running down your wall. Remedy this by scoring the Fab-Tac in a straight line through both pieces, and lift away the excess from above and below. A similar method can be used for both removable wallpaper and EasyStripe in corners and when making angles with EasyStripe. In the pictures below two different size stripes and two different colors are used so you can see the process.
- Go slowly! Please please please, for the love of all things adhesive, go slowly during both application and removal of decals. Many a wall and design can be saved with a little patience. If you’re unsure about whether your wall will hold the product, order a sample! If you are afraid that the product will take the paint off your wall, order a sample! Please also remember that heat and humidity fluctuations affect the adhesive levels of any product, so think carefully about where you will place your design.
As grandparents day approaches we all reflect on all the unconditional love (and cookies) our parents' parents have bestowed on us. For WNL this issue is very dear to our hearts. In fact, if it wasn't for one really amazing grandma we might not even be here talking to you now! We asked Ali, our founder, to tell us the story for WNL, so without further ado:
"In 2009 I was running a mall kiosk, a small business. I started doing photographs on T-shirts and then started doing customized license plates for the front of cars. Since people typically wanted their name or a sports team I started using a vinyl cutting machine to make those. And then after that, I started doing large car decals. In the beginning it was mainly teenagers that wanted stickers for their cars.
Then one day, this little short, probably 60 year old lady, came and said, 'Can you make me a sticker that says, "Grandchildren welcome, parents by appointment"?'
And I thought to myself, that's a funny saying, because I was raised by my grandmother who didn't really like my mom that much, and so I laughed at it and said, 'Yeah, I can make that. You want that for your car?'
She said, 'No, I want that for my wall.'
That's what first sparked the idea. I just thought it was such a cool idea. So, my plan at that time (July) was to start designing wall quotes and then during Christmas, I would open that up in the mall, next to my car stickers. Both were using the same kind of technology, just a different graphic. We opened the booth, and there was a lot of rubbernecking, a lot of 'What's going on here?' They didn't really get it. So I moved the company online! We started with just a couple people and now there are nine of us! It's been really cool watch the company grow and the employees grow with it."
So there you have it! The beginning of WNL. And, yes! We still sell that decal. Check it out!
Look up the latest design blogs and you see a lot of simplicity—something that doesn’t normally mesh well with the nursery. Where's the simplicity in tripping over tummy time blankets, 2AM feedings, smelling of dirty diapers, and drowning in onesies. Isn’t that what motherhood is like?
Ok, well maybe it’s not that bad, but the fact is that good modern design can mesh with your maternal side. Babies need the same things that adults need: colors, shapes and lines for visual stimulation and textures and patterns for tactile stimulation. Maybe all you need is a little inspiration to get your nursery designs started:
- Begin with a neutral. Nearly any color can be a neutral if it’s the correct tone or if you’re using it as a base color. We generally think of white, grey or tans as neutrals, but you can also use pinks, blues or greens as your base tones. Really like hunter green? Paint a wall your favorite shade and design the rest of the room around it, using whites, browns, and other corresponding greens to flush out a forest theme. In the picture below from the blog Russ & Camille, the nursery was left white but accent greens and golds were brought in to a stunning effect--especially those gold confetti dots!
- Start small. Modern design tends toward pared down and clean rather than overstuffed and cluttered, which is good for the nursery! You want your baby’s room to be a soothing place for sleeping, not over-stimulating. Simplicity of design means you can focus on a few main colors (2-3 at the most!) and let incidentals like books, toys, and pillows or blankets bring in some brightness for you. In this boy's room from Nest Design Studio (via Design to Inspire), the base is black and white, and secondary objects bring in pops of color, giving the room a graphic yet soothing effect.
- Keep it simple. Life complicates itself without putting a whole lot of junk into your design. A few wall stripes, some polka dots or triangle wall decals, or just a few cute framed pictures on a white wall can be enough for you and baby to enjoy the room together. Remember that much of a nursery's life happens in a chair or on the floor, so don't forget to keep those areas in mind when you're designing, as it's easy to focus completely on the walls. Look to the August-September 2014 issue of Adore Home Magazine for more amazing ideas like these:
- Use textiles for texture. Sure, you’re going to get a million baby blankets and tons of clothes in all sizes from eensy-tiny to “when will baby be able to wear this?” Your power over the rugs, the upholstery and the bed-liner is key. Remember: this is baby’s first introduction to design, so if you’ve always wanted that cowhide rug, go for it! It’s something your little cowpoke could grow with. Those crib sheets may turn into toddler sheets—if they last that long—so invest wisely.
- Take time to plan before you paint. When else in your life are you going to have the time to nest like this, when life is just all about (ok, mostly about) baby? Think and plan, because you’re not going to want to do this again during the terrible twos. Check out some design blogs, and remember that what is good for mom and dad can be good for baby too. You’re going to be spending more (conscious!) time in this room, anyway, so make it a place you’re excited to live in as well!
Need some more visual inspiration? Head over to some of our faves:
A Beautiful Mess—wonderful DIY and design advice
As a former teacher, it’s really difficult for me to get through the Back to School time of year without buying notebooks, pens, and post-its, whether I need them or not. I also loved decorating my classroom. I could imagine the students entering the room that first day and understanding my personality. I wouldn’t even have to say anything!
Now that I’m here at WallsNeedLove, I get to live vicariously through you! We have received some amazing photos from teachers who wanted to share what they have accomplished with their decals. Read on, and be inspired:
Our first examples are from Candice W. She shared pictures of her chalkboard decals and lightning bolt mini-pack decals. The lightning bolts help highlight the Incredible Work her students will complete, and those chalkboards will come in handy as labels or just to write silly notes to students. Thanks for sharing, Candice!
Next, Jessica G. sent pictures of her speech & language classroom, which she decorated in a polka-dot theme (we approve, Jessica, we approve!). Before the students even walk in the door, they know what to expect with that bright sign. I love how she dressed up her school-issue desk with 2” confetti polka dots. What fun all around, Jessica!
As always, thank you teachers for your dedication! Have a wonderful school year!
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