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A Beautiful Mess
Springfield, Missouri
We believe the best things in life are homemade.
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If you are anything like me, you are all about the backyard living. Weekend hangs in lawn chairs with magazines or cocktails on the porch on a summer night are what summers are made of around here. Unfortunately, when we moved in last summer, the back porch was, well, not quite a cozy spot. It felt bare and sterile and really needed some thoughtful touches to make it feel homey... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at A Beautiful Mess
haha! -Elsie
haha- yes totally! I love that people are excited for us!!! :)) It's the sweetest thing ever! xx- Elsie
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I feel so STOKED for the next few months—there's some exciting times ahead. Mainly I'll be traveling to Nashville to visit Elsie three times in the next two months. Yes, it's mostly for work-related reasons, but I guess one of the new benefits of my job is I get to visit my sister in her cool city. So I can't complain. :) The seven hour drive gives me plenty of... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at A Beautiful Mess
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That pot would probably work for a grouping of plants that aren't deeply rooted, like succulents, thought succulents would need proper drainage. I used a self-watering plastic pot to put inside of the wood bowl. I talked a bit about drainage if you'd like to check out the paragraph titled "Drainage Considerations." Depends on what the watering needs are for the plant (heavy soaking, light watering here and there, etc) and if you are placing a pot with a built-in drainage saucer inside, as I did. So, there's no straight answer without me knowing what you're planting. :) -Mandi
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As you can probably imagine, we get a lot of questions here at the blog about what our favorite camera gear is. For that reason, every so often we like to update you guys and give you the inside scoop about what camera gear we are loving (and don't worry, the items have a range of prices depending on your budget)! The list has a few reliable standards as well... Continue reading
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Hi Constance! Contact us via acolorstory.com/support and we can help. -Jacki
Oh no! Contact us via acolorstory.com/support and we will be happy to help. - Jacki
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Some nights I take time to make a really special meal. But, on an average weekend, I'm looking for something quick, easy, delicious, and heavy on the vegetables. :) This recipe totally fits the bill. I especially love cooking with soba (buckwheat) noodles now and again as they aren't something we make all the time, so it's a fun variation. If you can't have buckwheat or can't find them at... Continue reading
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edited w/ Bananas from Candy Minimal by @mattcrump We are super, super excited to announce this new filter +pack and collaboration for A Color Story! A while back, we reached out to the creator of the #CandyMinimal photo movement and avid A Color Story user, Matt Crump, to gauge his interest on designing a filter pack focused on his beautiful photo style. He was all for it!! :) We got... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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Hi Katie! This is a good one that Rebecca recommended in one of her other posts: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HVSPZ9K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=sl1&tag=abea05-20&linkId=617dde2460788bb7ccad56648794b6c6 :) -Jacki
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When I cut my hair, I felt like I was saying goodbye to braids and some of the more complicated hairstyles I had come to love. For awhile at least! But in the past couple of weeks, I've realized I don't really have to say goodbye that much! A lot of my favorite hairstyles can still be pulled off with a few adjustments and some patience. Although working with shorter... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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I'm so happy my favorite season is finally here! And the September Messy Box is the perfect way to document it. The colors in this kit are so warm and pretty. While the kit has a back-to-school theme, the patterns on the journaling cards are so versatile! The ledger paper is perfect for writing down your lists, goals, or memories. I used it to write my favorite things about fall.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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Happy weekend, friends! We were honored to be included in the latest issue of Where Women Create Business. Emma shares her business journey from changing dreams to blogging to opening a bar, and everything in between. She also shares some advice for growing your platform. So if you see this on the stands, go check it out. Thanks for letting us share, and here's to a relaxing weekend! xo. Emma... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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If your homemaking mantra, like mine, is "Never enough houseplants," then you might also be ever on the lookout for fun, new planters to hold your green babies. Am I talking about you? Yeah? Well then, this might be the perfect DIY project for you! Generally I have good luck finding nice pots or vases at thrift stores and flea markets, and I'll occasionally splurge on something I really like... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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Hi Frances! It's from EverSewn (http://www.eversewn.com/sparrow25/_ :) -Jacki
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They say, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” but I don’t really buy into all that. A woman who cuts her hair probably got bored! I get "hair bored" all the time. With my most recent chop, it was a mix of boredom and necessity—all of my bleaching and dyeing earlier this year left my hair pretty damaged and begging for a major cut.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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One of my favorite skill sets I have from living the “homeschooled-and-my-mom-is-an-art-teacher” life growing up is that my mom taught me to sew simple projects. I would make stockings for Christmas and hem pants. Then in my teen years, I started my own fashion label called FlipSide and sewed my own, uh, unique creations. Thankfully I am no longer sewing velvet panels into the sides of my pants, but I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Beautiful Mess
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I know, right?? So weird. Laura :)
It's a vintage find :) Laura
I actually just stuffed it with leftover blankets and t-shirts and pillows, but you can also buy different kinds of stuffing too :) Laura
Yay! Pittsburgh! :) Laura
Just untinted white valspar paint :) Laura
I think it's called a banana plant? Some plants have a million different names though :) Laura
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I would probably put coffee and croissants in my top five list of favorite afternoon snacks. Although "coffee and _____" would comprise most of the list since I am addicted to coffee. :) Of course the problem with croissants is I always want another one. Ha! While Elsie has been away on vacation (to Palm Springs—jealous? Me too!), I've been back at home in Springfield, enjoying the weather as it... Continue reading
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