Easy DIY Bulletin Board (Any Shape or Size)

Thought I’d share this super easy bulletin board project I made for my office recently. My (home) office is one place I just can’t seem to leave alone. Do you have a space in your house like that? For some reason I’m just never quite happy with the layout or the colors, and then I’ll also cycle through wanting lots of wall art and decor. Then one day I decide it’s too much and I become a minimalist for a couple months until the process starts over again. I think part of it is this is the space in my life that is 100% mine—kind of like your bedroom growing up (or your side of the bedroom during those years I shared a room). Of course, Trey has great taste (he married me after all), so I love decorating our house together. It’s not that I don’t feel free in other spaces, it’s more that I don’t feel as free to change all the time in other spaces.

Or maybe I just haven’t found the perfect setup yet. I don’t know. But at the moment, I’m redoing a few things in my home office again. 🙂

I am an avid list maker. I’m sitting at my desk typing this and I literally have SIX to-do lists around me right now. Some are daily, weekly, or monthly; although one has an action item I need to do throughout the year and the dates are the to-dos on that one. Anyway, you probably get the picture, I am a crazy lady when it comes to lists. I’d like to think it’s because I am that cool go-getter we all want to be, but if I’m being honest part of it is that I will totally forget to do things unless I write them down. So I’m a forgetful go-getter. And I’m OK with that.

The last thing you want to do with a to-do list is lose it! So for me, space to hang lists and reminders is really important in my work space. That’s why I decided I needed a larger bulletin board recently and I just wasn’t loving all the standard sizes, so I decided to make something custom for my office. Here’s how I made my own bulletin board in the exact size and shape I wanted.

Supplies:
-foam board
-tape (something strong like duct tape)
cork roll
-Elmer’s glue
-X-Acto knife
-Command strips

Step One: Cut the foam board so it’s the exact shape and size you want for your bulletin board, and tape together.

Step Two: Make sure the foam board fits in your space how you like. If needed, adjust at this point (use the X-Acto to cut more or add more foam board as needed).

Step Three: Cover one side of the foam board with the cork roll, use glue to adhere it. If you are creating a large bulletin board like me, you’ll likely have some seams and I recommend overlapping the cork slightly so that no white foam board shows through. Allow to completely dry.

Step Four: Use Command Strips to hang your new bulletin board in place. Command strips should be all you need unless you plan to hang a LOT of weight from your bulletin board, but I only use mine to hang papers and pictures. Pretty easy and you can totally customize this to fit any space, plus this project is super inexpensive and a great way to fill some wall space if you like the look (and usefulness) of a bulletin board. 🙂 Happy list making! xo. Emma

P.S. In case you’re curious, the two notepads on my desk are from Oui Fresh and the water cup is from Bando.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with ACS for Desktop actions. Get 20% off with the code: abeautifulmess20
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Buffalo Cauliflower Po’ Boy

I’m a big sandwich person. Especially when it comes to lunch, nothing beats a hearty sandwich (with a few chips or pretzels on the side if I’m having a bit of a lunch treat). I like to eat as plant-based as I can these days, so finding some yummy vegan sandwich options was a must and this buffalo cauliflower po’ boy is my favorite find by far! It’s easy to make, a little spicy, filling, and I don’t miss the chicken one bit once all the fixings are on top.Buffalo Cauliflower Po’ Boy, serves 4-6

1 head of cauliflower
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/4 cup hot sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of whole wheat pastry flour (you can sub non-pastry flour if needed)
Clean and chop your cauliflower into 1″ size florets. Mix the rest of your ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until combined. Pour your sauce mixture over your cauliflower and stir until evenly coated. I use half the coating amount that the original recipe calls for because that’s the ratio that I ended up liking. But if you want more “breading” on your cauliflower, you can make more sauce to coat your pieces. Once your florets are coated, spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Now, while your cauliflower bites cook, you can make a sauce to top your delicious sandwich! I love using Hot For Food’s Vegan Ranch Sauce on my sandwich (I load on the herbs when I make it!) and you can use any leftover sauce for dipping veggies into later in the week as well. Combine the following and whisk together! Store leftovers in the fridge:

1/2 cup vegan mayo
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dill
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon chives
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt + pepper (to taste) 

Once your cauliflower bites are done cooking, it’s time to assemble your po’ boy! Place as many cauliflower bites as will fit into a baguette or sub roll, add some sauce and some veggies if you like on top (tomato would be good with this!). I always eat mine with pickles either in the roll on on the side, as they add a bit of a tart crunch, which is great!  Pretty easy, right? The coolness and fresh herbs from the creamy ranch sauce really compliment the heat from the cauliflower bites (don’t forget an extra dash of hot sauce over the top before you dig in)! This is a great dish for me to make for dinner one night and then I can heat up the leftovers for an easy lunch the next day—definitely a dish I’m happy to eat twice! xo. Laura

Note: Recipe adapted from The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook. Check it out if you love easy plant-based recipes, it’s awesome!

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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Buffalo Cauliflower Po' Boy

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of whole wheat pastry flour you can sub non-pastry flour if needed

1/2 cup vegan mayo

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Clean and chop your cauliflower into 1″ size florets. Mix the rest of your ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Pour your sauce mixture over your cauliflower and stir until evenly coated. I use half the coating amount that the original recipe calls for because that’s the ratio that I ended up liking. But if you want more “breading” on your cauliflower, you can make more sauce to coat your pieces. Once your florets are coated, spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  3. Now, while your cauliflower bites cook, you can make a sauce to top your delicious sandwich! I love using Hot For Food’s Vegan Ranch Sauce on my sandwich (I load on the herbs when I make it!) and you can use any leftover sauce for dipping veggies into later in the week as well. Combine the following and whisk together! Store leftovers in the fridge

  4. Once your cauliflower bites are done cooking, it’s time to assemble your po' boy! Place as many cauliflower bites as will fit into a baguette or sub roll, add some sauce and some veggies if you like on top (tomato would be good with this!). I always eat mine with pickles either in the roll on on the side, as they add a bit of a tart crunch, which is great!

Recipe Notes

Note: Recipe adapted from The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook. Check it out if you love easy plant-based recipes, it’s awesome!

 

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10 Things I Love Sunday

Happy Sunday, everyone! The first snows of the season landed over the last week in Nashville, and while it is pretty while it’s falling and whatnot, I’m definitely ready for springtime and summer to hit! Thankfully, I’ve got a few goods things that are distracting me in the meantime …

1. Reading this book right now and it is fascinating! Life-changing stuff for sure. Working full time and being a mom doesn’t leave me a lot of reading time, but I’m trying to take a 20-minute decompression soak in the tub after Lola is in bed. So I’ve been reading during that time. I’ve been keeping my diffuser in the bathroom so I can add some calming essential oils to the experience and it’s soooo nice …

2. Is it too early to pick out a bathing suit?? If not, I pick this one!

3. This is my third week of trying to do some meal prep for the workweek on Sunday and this meal prep idea is so good! I made it this week because I’m already craving it again.

4. I looooooove this baby top! And this one would be great for pattern mixing.

5. I hate being cold, but since “sitting is the new smoking,” I’m trying to get out and take some more family walks, even if it’s a bit brisk outside. As long as the sun is out, it’s actually pretty pleasant once we get moving and we put Lola in one of those zip up body suits that covers everything with a blanket on top. She loves to be outside regardless!

6. Trying to buy more necklaces that won’t turn green after a week (eek!). This one is my favorite choker right now—so pretty!

7. I’m very proud of myself for having gone almost a week where I hang up/fold/put-in-laundry every item of clothing I take off. Our bedroom has never stayed clean this long and it feels so nice to go to bed and wake up in a clean room! Even Todd is impressed!

8. Love Sucré’s new music video—they may be our pals but they are also amazingly talented!!

9. OMG, I NEED THIS FOR MY CATS!! Charlie is looking out the window right now at a bird, so I can’t even imagine what she would do if she could watch one that close!

10. Is it possible to have a lamp for a soulmate?? This may be it …

I’m trying to think of the weather in terms of cozy nights snuggled under the covers, hot coffee, and how many delicious soups we can make, but I won’t be mad when that spring weather finally hits! For the rest of you warm-weather people, what are your favorite ways to make the winter a little brighter?

xo. Laura

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How to Sew Your Own Leggings


I love to wear dresses, so in the winter I am all about the layering. Tights are great, but for those extra cold days when you need something a little thicker, leggings are the way to go. I’m going to show you how I sewed my own leggings from stretch fabric and with a twin needle! A twin needle leaves a double straight stitch on the outside of your fabric, but allows for stretch with a zigzag stitch on the inside. If you decide to opt out of the twin needle for this lesson, you can still easily make your own leggings using a stretch or ballpoint needle and a zigzag stitch. I would challenge you to give it a shot, though! My machine even came with a twin needle in the little pack of extra needles, so I had no excuse not to at least try it out! Oh, and spoiler: I’m really glad I did!


Supplies:
-twin needle
-1 1/2 yards of stretch fabric
-rotary cutter & self healing mat or fabric scissors
-pins


Step One: First, let’s create our pattern using a pair of existing leggings. Fold your leggings in half and trace around them. Add 1/4″- 1/2″ (depending on what seam allowance you prefer) to the part that won’t be cut on the fold (the left edge in the photo above). Add an additional 1 1/2″ to the top for the waistband and 1″ to the bottom for the cuff.

Step Two: As you can see in my first photo, I traced around my leggings to create my pattern, but the edge was curved. Since we will be cutting this edge on the fold, we need to straighten it out to a solid line. If your pattern is curved like mine was, adjust it and cut your fabric on the fold (right sides together). We need two pieces for this project, so repeat.


Step Three: Alright, now that our pieces are cut, let’s get our twin needle all set up. Like I said before, if you are feeling less than brave, it’s okay! A zigzag stitch will also work for this. As you can see in the top photo, my machine came with an additional peg that you can insert for the second spool. If your machine has this, go ahead and pop that in. Thread your machine with both spools, just as you normally would with a single spool. Don’t forget to move your needle over if your machine requires it. I broke my first twin needle because I forgot to move my needle to the right. Oops! I guess it’s kind of an important step. 😉

The first thing we’re going to sew is the front/back of the leggings. Use your twin needle (or zigzag stitch) to stitch up the areas pictured above with your two pieces lined with right sides facing each other.

Step Four: Now let’s hem the bottom of our pants. I like to do this step before I stitch up the legs. It just works easier for me. As you can see in the photo above, we want the straight stitches to be on the outside of the pant and the zigzag stitch to be on the inside. This means you will be pinning and stitching on the right side of the fabric instead of the wrong side. Isn’t that double stitch such a clean and professional looking finish?

Step Five: Once your ankles are hemmed, open your pants and lay them flat with the right sides facing in. Pin and stitch along the legs and around the crotch. I like to reinforce the crotch area when I’m sewing leggings since it gets a little extra pull. So if you’re in that camp, go ahead and stitch the crotch a second time.

Step Six: Measure your waist and cut your elastic to fit your measurement. Join the ends of your elastic with your sewing machine so you have a circle. Pin the sides of your elastic to the left and right sides of your leggings. Pin the center of the elastic to the front and back seams. This will keep your elastic in place as you stretch and stitch. Make sure the top of your elastic is flush with the top of the fabric and stitch in place with your twin needle or zigzag stitch.

Once the elastic is sewn in, fold down and repeat.

Did you try out the twin needle? What did you think? I think it leaves such a professional-looking finishing stitch and takes home-sewn garments to the next level. Here’s to warmer days ahead! – Katie

Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Janae Hardy and Katie Shelton.
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