Category: General

DIYLuLu*s Fresh Spaces: DIY Pendant Lamps


Hello again!! I’m Ashley, the founder and crafter behind Sugar & Cloth. I’m so excited to team up with LuLu*s to get to share a few home DIY projects with you in a new series: Fresh Spaces. As I mentioned last post, this week we’re bringing the perfect touch of gold to items around the house.


Nothing makes a statement quite like a unique light fixture, and these DIY golden pendant lights are subtle, modern, and have the perfect touch of glam. Not to mention you can make these for a fraction of the cost of a store bought version, which leaves you plenty of extra room in your budget for that dress you’ve been eyeing.

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DIYLuLu*s Fresh Spaces: DIY Upcycled Containers


 Hello! I’m Ashley, the founder and crafter behind Sugar & Cloth. I’m so excited to team up with LuLu*s to get to share a few home DIY projects with you in a new series: Fresh Spaces. This week we’re bringing the perfect touch of gold to items around the house.

sugarandcloth_upcycledplanters-finished2aPeople often ask me how I come up with projects to create, but sometimes a DIY is only an arm’s length away and can be practically free if you reconsider some items you may already have floating around the house. For instance, instead of stowing away old planters for the winter or storing cakestands in the pantry when they’re not in use, you can create DIY upcycled containers with just a little paint or gold leafing, and give them a totally new purpose!

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GeneralLast Minute Valentine Cookies!


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OK, It’s Valentine’s Day you guys…did you get something for your sweetheart? NO?! Alright don’t panic, we have a quick solution for you. We searched the web for the best last minute ideas and we found a winner over on Rachel Cooks! Thank her profusely over on her blog, but first- make these cookies because you are running out of time! Now, grab a few ingredients you have kickin’ it in your fridge and whip together these super cute cookies that are irresistibly cupid-worthy! Using store-bought pie crust, these Valentine cookies are a super quick and easy fix for the slight oversight of you forgetting to pull together a gift! Now let’s hope he doesn’t forget the flowers!

Find the recipe here!

Image and recipe via Rachel Cooks

GeneralGalentine’s Day Guide

VDayBlogHeaderGalentinesGuide2February 14th gets plenty of hype, but all too often people forget about the importance of celebrating your gal pals . . . that’s where Galentine’s Day comes in! February 13th, or Galentine’s Day, is all about celebrating your female friendships. What’s the best way to celebrate? By throwing a little Galentine’s brunch bash and inviting all your besties! We’ve got a few tips to help make this Galentine’s Day the best one yet!

1) Heart-Shaped Deliciousness: You’d be amazed how many different foods can be made in the shape of a heart! We recommend you invest in some heart cookie cutters and get creative. Pancakes, french toast, eggs, fruit, doughnuts, all these brunch classics (and more!) can be turned into Galentine’s themed treats.

2) Signature Sippers: Mimosas are the quintessential brunch beverage, so give then a Galentine’s twist by using ruby red grapefruit juice or cranberry juice instead of the traditional OJ. Or, skip the champagne all together and try mixing juice with the clear soda of your choice to add some bubbly fun. Don’t forget to garnish! We say go with some sweet strawberries, or take a little inspo from our first tip and garnish with a piece of heart shaped melon.

3) Creative Cards: Show your gal pals how much their friendship matters with a homemade Galentine’s Day card. You can look for inspiration from famous besties (you’re the Anne Perkins to my Leslie Knope!), or break out the doilies and red paper and make something that captures the style of the season. Either way, gifting your girls with a little homemade card is a heartfelt way to let them know you care!

Like the heart doughnuts pictured above? Check out Making Nice in the Midwest for the full recipe!

GeneralLuLu*s Top Ten Movies of 2013!


Iron Man 3 – Best Action Hero

As the highest grossing film of 2013 at $1.2 billion, the Iron Man franchise has done it again! In Iron Man 3 we follow Tony Stark as he embarks on a journey to capture those responsible for destroying his personal world. Robert Downey Jr. can be our superhero anytime! 

Gravity – Best 3D/Science Fiction Thriller

The best 3D film since Avatar is Gravity, a science-fiction thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who play astronauts. The film follows their involvement in the destruction of a space shuttle and their struggle to return back to Earth. Gravity has been praised for its cinematography and story alike, keeping us on our toes throughout the film.

American Hustle – Best Drama

After the success of Silver Linings Playbook, the anticipation of American Hustle was off the charts. Thankfully, this entertaining and humorous film definitely lived up to the hype. American Hustle tells the story of a con man and his partner who are forced to work for an FBI agent. With an all-star cast performing their hearts out, this original screenplay is a must-see for 2013.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Best Book to Film Adaptation 

The much anticipated second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy left us wanting more! In this film we follow along with everyone’s favorite heroine Katniss Everdeen as she embarks on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. With drama, danger, and some of the best costumes we’ve ever seen, we definitely give this epic film a three-finger salute.

This is the End – Best Comedy

A little apocalypse humor, anyone? Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, This is the End presents a comedic all-star cast. The film follows the actors who play exaggerated and humorous versions of themselves trying to survive the apocalypse in Los Angeles. With lots of Hollywood cameos as an added bonus, this film is sure to have you laughing.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Best Fantasy/Adventure

As the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug chronicles the journey of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and a band of dwarves as they attempt to reclaim their kingdom from Smaug. It’s a masterpiece that is as beautiful as it is daring and is a true tale of courage and friendship. Follow along on this epic adventure, just make sure you have 3 hours set aside first!

Blackfish – Best Documentary

The most talked about documentary of 2013 follows the life of Tilikum, an orca held captive in Sea World. The film focuses on his life in captivity and the dangers that result. This heart wrenching film with have you feeling sadness, fear, and even anger. Blackfish has made world news by exposing people to the gritty details of orcas living in captivity, leading to protests around the globe.

Captain Phillips – Best Action/Thriller

Captain Phillips is based on the true events of the 2009 hijacking of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips. This film kept us on the edge of our seats, thanks in part to a show-stopping performance from Tom Hanks. Equally impressive is the debut performance of Barkhad Abdi who plays the lead pirate. The fact that this film is based on a true story makes it that much more thrilling!

The Great Gatsby – Best Drama

Who wouldn’t want to see a film staring Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan!? This beautiful flick, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is jam-packed full of crazy parties, great music, and beautiful costumes. We can’t help but love The Great Gatsby for its over-the-top extravagance. This film adaption of an American classic has helped us revisit the 1920’s in a fun and fabulous way.

Frozen – Best Animation 

Taking it back to the classic Disney musicals, Frozen is nothing shy of heartwarming. With a soundtrack that rivaled Beyoncé for the number one Billboard spot, you’re sure to get lost in the magical story of true love, adventure, and the cutest little snowman that you ever did meet! Kristen Bell is marvelous as the voice of our new favorite heroine, Anna, and watching her break out of the “damsel-in-distress” role made this movie a definite favorite for years to come.