Laura's %22First Year In Nashville%22 Photo Book (click through for more)It's amazing to think that we're already coming up on our second holiday season since moving to Nashville, TN last summer. I've thought a couple of times that it would be fun to make a photo book of our first year here in Nashville when we reached our one year anniversary, and since I happened to get pregnant right around that time, the photo book seemed like the perfect way to tell my husband, Todd, the good news. I told him I was working on a few photo books "for work" and also suggested we go out to dinner to celebrate our one year "Nash-a-versary" later that week as well. I made sure to finish the book in time for the dinner and casually suggested to him that he look through the first year photo book since we had a few minutes to spare before we left for our reservation. He took the bait and unsuspectingly looked through the whole book (which is categorized by month) until he got to the last page where August 2016 just had one photo of 4 positive pregnancy tests in a row—surprise! 

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Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

No-Sew Tree SkirtThe holiday season is here!! If you're looking for some fun DIY options, like this easy no-sew tree skirt, we've got you covered. 

Cranberry Wreath DIYUse raw cranberries to make a gorgeous wreath. Add a colored bow and you're all set!

Dried Citrus OrnamentsTurn dried citrus fruits into ornaments. Bonus: the amazing aroma coming from your oven.

Mylar Pom Pom GarlandThis shiny gold pom-pom garland is so cute you might be tempted to leave it up all year.

Making Holiday VignettesCreate a picture-perfect scene with a holiday vignette.

Holiday Door Banner DIYDecorate your front door with a holiday banner instead of a wreath this year.

Start Light Holiday Decoration DIYAdd some sparkle and shine to your space with a light-up star.

Gold Leather Fur Stocking DIYDreaming of a gold Christmas? Make these his and hers stockings.

Porcelain Holiday Tree LightsI love these porcelain trees. Such a pretty glow!

Painted Christmas LightsDid you know you can paint your Christmas lights??

Giant Snowflake Light Up MarqueeSpend a little extra time to make this amazing snowflake marquee and you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come!

Woven Stocking DIYWeave your own stockings this year. What a thoughtful gift for someone!

Disco Ball WreathAll the glam vibes. Make a disco ball wreath and keep it up until New Year's. :)

Eye Ornament DIYHomemade ornaments are extra special. Here's a fun DIY to try. ;)

Share what you make with us on Instagram using #ABMholidayspirit so we can see! xo. -The ABM team 

Brunch club teeOn the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.... BRUNCH! 

Ha! But, really today's giveaway is all about our Oui Fresh Brunch Club tees. If you haven't joined the club yet, you need to. We've both been wearing our shirts nonstop since this past summer. Turns out brunch is applicable all year round—or at least it should be! So today 10 lucky winners will receive a Brunch Club tee. 

Brunch club tee2To enter for a chance to win, sign up below and you'll also see that you can submit more than one entry by following us or signing up for our newsletter. If you have already signed up for the newsletter or already follow us on Twitter/Pinterest, simply do it again below to receive the extra entries (it won't cause you to receive duplicate newsletters or anything; it's just so we can verify your entry). Good luck! xo. Emma + Elsie

P.S. This shirt style is well stocked, but IF we do not have the winner's size, we will make sure they get a different OF shirt in the size they prefer. :)

3rd Day of Christmas 2016 .

4x4 Messy AlbumsHey, friends! Day 11 of our twelve days of Christmas Giveaways is all about our 4x4 Messy Albums. If you haven't checked these out yet, take a second and click over because they are super cute! We have a gold and white stripe edition and a black and white "Let's Stay Home" version. On the inside is where you can add your memories and maybe do a little scrapbooking if you're into that kind of thing. :) One of our very favorite details is at the end of the album where there is a handwritten "to be continued..." message.

We are giving away an album of your choice to 11 lucky winners. To enter for a chance to win, sign up below and you'll also see that you can submit more than one entry by following us or signing up for our newsletter. If you have already signed up for the newsletter or already follow us on Twitter/Pinterest, simply do it again below to receive the extra entries (it won't cause you to receive duplicate newsletters or anything; it's just so we can verify your entry). Good luck! xo. Emma + Elsie

2nd Day of Christmas 2016 .

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)         Christmas is my favorite time of year for so many reasons but one big reason is the decorating. I like to keep certain decor items and ornaments year after year, but I always like to make a few new things each season as well. I saw some white yarn trees out in the sea of new Christmas decorations this year and I thought they would be really easy to make in different colors so you could match them to your own holiday color scheme.

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-yarn in as many colors as you’d like
-cardboard or styrofoam cones (check your local craft store)
-wooden toy wheels in a large and small size
-dowel rod that will fit the hole of the wooden wheels
-small wooden stars
-white and gold paint
-gold glitter paper
-scrap piece of cardboard
-hot glue gun

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial) Take your hot glue gun and glue the start of your yarn all the way around the bottom of your cone. Keep gluing the yarn around and around as close to the previous layer as you can until you have filled the cone to the top with yarn. I used a high-temp glue gun for this project since the glue is hotter and you have a longer time span before it cools too much to adhere anything, but a low-temp glue gun will work too. I would suggest that on the bottom wider half of the cone you lay down one line of glue at a time before placing your yarn on top, and then once it gets skinnier up top you can do more of a vertical zig-zag pattern with the glue so you can wrap several times around before the glue dries.

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)   If using a hollow cone that doesn’t have a bottom, once your cone is full of yarn, trace the bottom of the cone onto a scrap piece of cardboard and cut out the circle. Glue the circle onto the bottom of your cone so you have a platform to attach your tree base to.

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)  Cut your dowel rod into 2-3” sections (you’ll probably want a small saw or hacksaw to cut these) and slide a small wheel on one side and a larger wheel on the other side. You can glue these together if you like, but they usually fit pretty snugly even without glue.

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)    Paint the tree bases white and let dry. Glue the base to the center of the bottom side of each cone.

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)      Paint your small wooden stars gold. Trace the star shape onto the back of some gold glitter paper. Cut out the stars and glue them to the fronts of the wooden stars and attach the star to the top of the tree. Set out your trees and admire your work!

Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)           Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)           Yarn Christmas Tree DIY (click through for tutorial)           See, not too difficult at all for such a cute result! The yarn is such a pretty texture and you can use whatever colors you want so your trees will match your scheme perfectly. You could also do color blocked versions and switch yarn colors 1/3 of the way up the tree or make stripes as well! Happy decorating! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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