The Pretty Life Girls

Love Week Love

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's Valentine's week! And of course that means we wear all the red and pink and hearts like this top from PinkBlush, with it's tiny heart-printed and quilted sleeves, perfect for celebrating love day! Plus, you know what else we love? If you said Diet Coke and every murder mystery show ever you'd be correct, but ALSO a good sale, like the Clearance Sale PinkBlush is having through tomorrow! All you have to do is use SAVESAVE at checkout for 50% off already marked down Clearance items. Like really, who even needs a Valentine when you have online shopping? (JK, I do. I'm needy. Alex, please love me and bring me ice cream in bed forever.)

Happy love week! We love you and we like you.
xo, Sam

S H O P  T H I S  P O S T 
Top: c/o PinkBlush
Skirt: c/o Sis-Miss
Booties & Tights: c/o Cents of Style

PLG Cooks: Red Velvet Valentine Bark

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are ours alone. Thank you for supporting the great brands that allow us to blog! #SendSweetness #CollectiveBias

Loooooove week! One of my favorite weeks of the year! I love having an extra excuse to show the people I love that I love them in fun ways. My all-time favorite way to do this is to make them something sweet and deliver it with a hand-written card since it seems like the busier the world gets the harder it can be to do that, making it even more special. So, today we are teaming up with our friends at some of our favorite brands for love dayM&M's®, DOVE®, and American Greetings®, to bring you a fun idea or two for showing love to your people on Valentine's Day. 

First up, the perfect Red Velvet Valentine Bark recipe with M&M's® Strawberry! Here's what we did: 

Red Velvet Valentine Bark

White Melting Chocolate
Red Melting Chocolate
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies, crushed
M&M's® Strawberry

1. Melt red melting chocolate according to package directions. I warmed mine in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted. Spread onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

2. Sprinkle crushed cookies over melted chocolate. Put in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes or until completely hardened.

3. Melt white melting chocolate just like the red. Pour over red chocolate and cookies and gently spread to cover all of the red chocolate being careful not to mix the cookies into the white chocolate.

4. Immediately cover white chocolate with M&M's® Strawberry and sprinkles, then put in refrigerator until completely set. 

5. Once the white chocolate has hardened completely, use a knife or your hands to break the bark into pieces. Divide into jars for some adorable and delicious Love Day giving! 

MMMM...that extra cookie layer? Divine! And the flavor from the M&M's® Strawberry will make your Valentine's tastebuds feel totally loved. 

Now, package up your adorable (and DELISH) bark, write a little message in an American Greetings® Valentine's Day card, and go make someone feel loved!

Want to take it to another level? Add a DOVE® Valentine's Day tin to the bark goodness and you will WIN Valentine's day, no question. And of course, you can find all of this Love Day sweetness at your local Walmart. 

What plans do you have to spread some Valentine's love? We'd LOVE to hear! To the comments with you!

OX. Liz & Sam 

PLG DIY: Aztec Stamped Pom Pom Throw

Monday, February 8, 2016

Today is an exciting day on the PLG, friends! This year is Plaid's 40th anniversary (aka crafting MECCA) and as part of the big celebration, we have been named one of their Plaid Creators along with a handful of other fab bloggers, to bring you a bunch of fun projects for 2016 featuring new Plaid products and inspiration from the biggest DIY trends! So. Much. Fun.

We are SO excited to kick off our inaugural Plaid Creators post by using their insanely cool Fabric Creations line! This line blows the opportunities for creating WIDE open. Using Plaid's fabric inks and block printing stamps, you become the fabric designer, letting you create one-of-a-kind fabrics for all of your DIY projects. I'm obsessed. And I just made a blanket with the line and I'm obsessed with that too. It's a love fest in the biggest way, and you're gonna see why when I show you what I made.

3-4 yards of flannel
Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps (I used the Medium Aztec Tile, and the Medium Tribal Arrows)

1. Open your flannel and slide the foam printing mat underneath where you are going to begin stamping. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to use these mats! They give just the right amount of cushion and help every stamp go on evenly.

2. Apply a small amount of fabric ink to a sponge cube and dab on stamp. Using the sponge creates a kind of stamp pad so that the ink applies evenly to the stamp.

3. Stamp away! Apply light pressure when you press down and be sure to bring them up without twisting or moving the stamp. Also, I found that I liked inking my stamp after every application so that the prints stayed consistent color-wise.

4. Repeat the steps above with each of the stamps you use. Then, let dry completely. This aztec one is my FAVE.

5. While you are letting your stamps dry, make your pom poms for your trim! You can refer to our previous post on how to make them here. The only edit I would make is that I wanted these pom poms to be bigger and denser than the ones for that hat, so instead of wrapping them around my hand, I wrapped them around a 4-inch piece of cardboard about 150 times. Then, I followed the rest of the steps as listed.

6. Once your paint is dry, attach your pom poms! I did this by threading a piece of yarn through the middle of the pom pom, then threading that piece of yarn through the edge of the flannel, tying the ends in a knot, the cutting off the excess. Piece. Of. Cake.

Can you believe it? You're DONE. And now this darling aztec throw is born. I love it so.

It's just so darling. The print is SO cool and was beyond fun to make, and the pom poms give it the right amount of cozy. Major crafting win. 

What fun DIY ideas do you have for this awesome Fabric Creations™line? You've gotta share your ideas with us! And be sure to follow Plaid on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and via Email as they celebrate 40 years of crafting with crafty trivia, fun craft history and special giveaways all year long!
Happy Crafting!
ox. Liz