DIY Yarn wall

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Whattya need?

  • Two different color yarns
  • Scissors
  • Push pins
  • A wall 

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How do I make a yarn wall?

Step 1: Set push pins in a horizontal line on wall (let spacing between be random).

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Step 2: Cut lengths of yarn appropriate for your room. Make them longer than you need; you will cut off excess soon.

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Step 3: Tie one end of yarn around each push pin. Cut excess.

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Step 4: Sit and stare at wall.

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Created by Dane Holweger

Chocolate Ganache Tart w/ Shortbread Crust

Hello again from Becca of CAKE.

I made this tart for a dinner party last weekend and it went over like gangbusters.  The crust has a hint of almond and a buttery shortbread flavor that compliments the dark chocolate ganache so wonderfully.  I added the raspberries to lighten and brighten it up a bit, but I might also recommend garnishing with a little sea salt, caramel drizzle, or if you're feeling extra indulgent… perhaps even a bit of crumbled bacon?

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photos + styling © cake. 2012

 

Chocolate Ganache Tart w/ Shortbread Crust
adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients 
3 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
6 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon zest, (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make dough: In a food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add sugar, flour, zest (if desired), and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, pulsing until coarse crumbs form with no large butter lumps (dough should clump together when squeezed with fingers).
2. Immediately transfer dough to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan.
3. Bake in center of oven until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.      Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. Make ganache: Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour hot cream, through a sieve, over chocolate. Stir until smooth and creamy in texture. Mix in vanilla.
5. Pour chocolate mixture into center of cooled tart shell (if chocolate is lumpy, pass through a sieve). Let stand until set, about 2 hours, or chill for 1 hour.

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com

Pin a Playroom Contest Winners

We had so much fun looking through all of the entries for our Pin a Playroom Contest on Pinterest. Honestly, we were blown away by the creativity, playfullness that went into the boards. While it was no easy feat, we narrowed down the 327 entrants to one grand prize winner and five runner ups.

Drum roll please….

Heather Good stole the show with her future attic playroom & library. Heather's ingenuity shines through in her drawing of what she hopes the current empty attic space will be. She pulled inspiration from storage, movies & the overall coziness of libraries. There is no doubt her three young children will enjoy learning and playing in this incredible space.

Playroom winner

Runner-up winners ($100 gift card):

Andrea Grabowski's playroom highlights a sweet woodland theme. We acutally saw quite of bit of this genre, however we loved Andrea's modern look & feel of this charming trend.

Martha Louise Shamp's playroom is very feminine, soft and homey. It brought us back to the innocence & discovery of childhood.

Rachel Wagner put together a color scheme we absolutely love – red & teal. The inspiration items are vibrant and bold- perfect for a modern playroom.

Michelle DuPuis's board is very eclectic yet soothing. She pulled a lot of greys and yellows (one of our fav color palletes right now) to keep this shared adult/kid room functional and cozy.

Caitlin J created a library inspired playroom. Sure not to miss details like a story time rug & comfy seating, what kid wouldn't like kicking back with their favorite read?!

 

Thank you again for all the hard work & imagniation in these boards. We will reach out to the winners. Stay tuned for more fun contests!

By Katie Harrington

In addition to being the mom to heart-throb toddler, Gavin, Katie’s in charge of all things social media and PR at Nod. She’s exceedingly energetic, which is good since, like the rest of us, she’s just trying to figure out how to be an incredible mom, while working and still having a blast being young herself! (BTW, we think she’s nailing it, but she’d probably disagree…darn mommy guilt.)