02 February 2016

Felt Donut Valentine & A Free Printable


Happy February! Valentine's Day is right around the corner!! You know those donuts I now have listed in my Etsy shop?? Well, they make the perfect non-candy Valentine. I even took it one step further and made a special printable to go along with them! Be sure to download it at the bottom of this post :)


If you follow me on Instagram (@shop_tenfeetoffbeale) you've already heard it a million times, but I want to make sure everyone knows! The Limited Edition Valentine Heart donuts that are currently listed in my shop are extraaaa special. A portion of the profits will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital anddd they'll only be around until the end of February!




29 January 2016

How I Learned to Crochet


I taught myself how to crochet, and you can, too! The secret? YouTube and not being afraid to make mistakes.

A few years ago, I started a 365 day project. The plan was to crochet one granny square per day for the whole year resulting in a special keepsake blanket. Well, I skipped a few days and 365 squares makes a super HUGE blanket, but I finally finished the 365 day project... in way more then 365 days and not exactly 365 squares. This was my first ever crochet project.

That's right. I picked up a crochet hook for the first time, jumped right in, and made a gigantic granny square blanket all while following YouTube. At first I would follow the video (this video to be exact) and stitch along with the narrator. After a while I got the hang of it. Now I can make granny squares practically with my eyes closed!

This Christmas, I decided to give a few handmade gifts. I crocheted some scarves for a few special people. At this point, I had only ever crocheted a granny square blanket, so I turned to YouTube... again. I found a great tutorial for a simple cowl and the results were adorable!

With the leftover yarn from my scarf project, I started my second granny square blanket that's a variation of the first. I am loving the way it's turning out!!



So, the moral of the story? YouTube is awesome. You can crochet! All it takes is some patience, a good tutorial, and you can't be afraid to make mistakes. At the beginning, if something didn't turn out quite the way it was supposed to, I would just start over. It's only yarn. You're not going to hurt it by unraveling your project and starting over.

28 January 2016

Wore


"Behind every cute girl on Instagram is a guy like me, and a brick wall" - Instagram Husband

If anyone can relate to this statement, it's my husband. When I saw this "yay coffee" wall, well, of course we had to take pictures there! Today, I'm sharing my super cute capelet and new sunglasses. I don't know how I'd get through winter without either of these items.



When the weather is cold, I tend to wear the same winter coat. Every. Single. Day. This gets really old really fast. This year, I added this amazing capelet to my rotation. It's exactly what I need to get through this winter without getting into too much of a fashion rut. It's super warm, stylish, and even has a hood!

Now let's talk about the sunglasses. In summer, I always always always wear sunglasses. Since there are fewer sunny days during the winter, I tend to pretty much never wear sunglasses from about October through April. This seems so silly! It's important to protect your eyes no matter what time of year it is. These new Firmoo sunglasses have me excited again and remembering to grab them every time I leave the house on a sunny winter day.

capelet - banana republic / sunglasses - c/o firmoo / scarf - modcloth


26 January 2016

Signs of Union Avenue


Union Ave. The street I loathe yet still love. It's true. There's mostly no turn lane, lots of ill timed lights, and don't even get me started on people not using blinkers, however, the signs along Union are some of the best! If you're in Memphis, I'm sure you've driven by some of these gems countless times. So, the next time you're aggravated at being stopped at anotherrrrr red light (please tell me I'm not the only one), look around, I bet there is an awesome sign just waiting to be noticed.


Ok, this police one seems a little different then the others. I had to include it because I love the lights that say POLICE.


Is there an awesome Union Ave sign I'm missing??? Which one is your favorite?

25 January 2016

Ten Feet Off Beale Shop -- Now Serving Donuts


Yes, you read that right, the Ten Feet Off Beale Etsy Shop has expanded and is now serving felt play donuts!

In addition to embroidery hoops, I'm hand stitching felt donuts. They're perfect for any little's play kitchen or simply decorating around the house! It all started when I made a few for my niece for Christmas. She just loves her "nonuts" and I am positive that others will find hours of joy with these fun felt donuts.


One more announcement!!! From now until the end of February, I have a special Limited Edition Valentine Donut listed in the shop. Not only are these donuts super cute for Valentine's Day, but also for every donut purchased, I will be donating a portion of the profits to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

So, head on over to the shop and let me know what you think!!! Are there any flavors you'd like to see in the future? Oh, and be sure to follow along on instagram (@shop_tenfeetoffbeale) to see sneak peeks, behind the scenes pictures, and special offers.

11 January 2016

One Day in Birmingham






At the end of December the Memphis Tigers were in the Birmingham Bowl. So, being that I'm married to the biggest Memphis Tiger fan I know, of course we hopped in the car and drove to Birmingham, Alabama. Overall, we were only there for a short time but we were able to explore and find some great places that we would absolutely visit again. In fact, I would love to spend more time in this southern city. I just know it has so much more to offer.



The gigantic Vulcan statue is a Birmingham landmark. You can see it from all over the city. We took some time and went up to Vulcan Park to see Vulcan up close and to take in breathtaking views of Birmingham.

 

Of course, a trip to a southern city requires eating good great food. I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Little Donkey, a southern-influenced Mexican restaurant that is farm-to-table. After our meal, we walked next door to Steel City Pops which was amazing. They make popsicles out of organic, local, and fresh ingredients. They even had holiday flavors while we were there! 

 

Even though we weren't there very long, I loved what I saw of Birmingham! Already thinking we need to plan another proper trip to really see what Birmingham has to offer.

Have you ever been?? Where should we go the next time we're there?









22 December 2015

The Best Movie Night Snack

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MakeItAMovieNight #CollectiveBias


My husband and I are super into movie nights. We don't typically go to the movies, we prefer to curl up on our couch and watch a movie there. It's more comfortable, you can pause if you need to, and we have snacks, lots of snacks, spread out on our coffee table.

This weekend, we put a yule log on the TV, turned our Christmas tree lights on, and watched the new movie, War Room. With snacks, of course! Have any of you seen War Room?? You know when you watch a movie and you can't get it out of your head? That's how I felt about War Room. It's a movie with a message. A very important message about marriage. I'll be honest, at some points it was a little cheesy, but there's nothing wrong with some cheese! It's definitely a movie that will stick with you. It's now available for you to own, how about a last minute Christmas gift?

Ok, back to the snacks. You might think that having popcorn, some candy, and a drink is enough. Well, let me elevate your movie snacking experience to a totally new level with this "recipe". Ok, I don't even know if this is considered a recipe, but it's a secret movie snack that is brilliant and INSANELY easy. Seriously, anybody can do this!!!


You Need:

- Orville Redenbacher Popcorn
- M&M’S® Chocolate Candies - regular or peanut




Steps -

Microwave the Orville Redenbacher popcorn according to the directions on the package. AS SOON AS it's done, open the bag slightly, pour in some M&M’S® Chocolate Candies, and shake the bag!! That's it.


Basically what happens is when the M&M’S® Chocolate Candies are poured into the piping hot bag of Orville Redenbacher popcorn, they start to melt and form these gooey chocolate popcorn clusters. It's so good.

Don't forget to grab a Coca-Cola to wash it all down! We prefer Coke Zero :)



From now until February 2, 2016, there's a special VUDU offer. Buy all four participating products (Orville Redenbacher 6 pack Movie Theater Popcorn, M&M’S® Chocolate Candies, Coca-Cola 6-pack, and War Room) in one transaction at Walmart, snap a picture of your receipt, and visit uploadreceipt.com/movienight to upload. You'll get a $10 Vudu movie code sent to you by email! (while supplies last, limit 1 per person)

TIP: Take a picture of this link now so you remember it!!


Have you seen War Room??? I want to hear what you thought!! 

21 December 2015

The Ultimate Resource for Unique Gifts

 

I loooove giving interesting, thoughtful, and unique Christmas gifts (or really gifts for birthdays would apply, too!). Throughout the year I brainstorm and search for the most perfect gift for everyone on my Christmas list. However, there are always those people that I have a hard time finding a gift for. The first place I go when this happens? Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods is the BEST website for all those unique items that you just can't find anywhere else. There are things for kids, home decor items, personalized art, pretty much anything you can think of. This year, I found these super cool interchangeable wood bow ties for my husband. I was so excited to give them to him that I let him open them early. He is obsessed. I mean, they're not just any wood bow tie, they are changeable! The piece in the middle is magnetic so you can change out the wood pieces. Amazing.


 

It's also worth mentioning that it's totally acceptable to buy something for yourself from Uncommon Goods! ;)


Here are some gift ideas for WOMEN
Here are some gift ideas for MEN



This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, however, I really truly love this website!!

18 December 2015

How to Throw a Successful Gingerbread House Decorating Party


Earlier this week I had the opportunity to help coordinate a Gingerbread House Decorating Party at the Cordova Family YMCA. It was a huuuuuuge success!! We put a lot of work into it ahead of time and it definitely paid off. Every single family that came seemed to really enjoy themselves and every child left with a gingerbread house and a huge smile on their face.

There are a few things I learned by putting this event together that will really help us next year and that I hope will help someone else put together a super successful and extremely fun gingerbread decorating party. Here are some helpful tips:

Don't Use Real Gingerbread
Yep, this one might seem a little silly but when you have a few dozen families signed up to attend and you're trying to stick to a budget, it was much easier for us to use graham crackers for the house pieces and sugar cones for trees.


Prepare Individual Bags of Icing in Advance
This was probably the most difficult part of this whole process. Since we were trying to stay within a budget, we determined it was better for us to just try to make the icing ourselves. After some internet searching, I found a simple recipe that didn't take too much time or too many ingredients.

For one batch, which resulted in about ten small snack bags of icing, you simply combine 4 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of meringue powder (which can be found at craft stores), and 5-7 tablespoons of water.

Provide Something to Build On
At first, we were going to use paper plates but they were a little flimsy once you put the weight of a house and a tree on them. So, we cut some cardboard pieces and wrapped them in tin foil. The perfect foundation!



Use Tablecloths
In addition to making the room more festive, this helped tremendously with cleanup!

Get the Whole Family Involved
The best part of the whole night was walking around and watching all the families building holiday villages together. Honestly, the parent's were having just as much fun (if not more) than the kids. Imaginations were running wild and memories were being made.



I am overjoyed and incredibly thankful that I could be part of such a fun event. Already looking forward to next year!

17 December 2015

OREO Holiday Cookie Pops

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadOREOCheer #CollectiveBias



It's seriously the most wonderful time of the year. Wouldn't you agree? Sure, the Holidays can be crazy busy and stressful, but aren't we all busy doing fun things? I just love all the Christmas gatherings, events, and special baked goods. I love how warm my home feels with the tree all lit up. It's a time to make memories and enjoy time with loved ones. Like I said, the most wonderful time of the year.

Ok, let's talk for a minute about the holiday baked goods. With the convenience of Kroger and the fact that I have never met someone who doesn't like OREO cookies, let me share with you a tried and true official OREO holiday recipe to help you spread some OREO Christmas cheer.

Let me start off by saying, these Holiday OREO Cookie Pops are easssyyyyyy to make and will be super impressive whether you make them to give to your kids, to bring to a holiday party, or to gift to friends and family (or all of the above).



Holiday OREO Cookie Pops

You Need:
- 12 OREO Cookies - I used Mint OREO Cookies and Original OREO Cookies
- 8 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- 1 tsp. oil
- Decorations - I used melted red and green candy coating wafers and holiday sprinkles
- 12 wooden pop sticks

Instructions:



- Insert wooden pop sticks into filling in the center of each cookie: place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Freeze 10 minutes.



- Mix melted chocolate and oil in a small bowl until blended. Dip cookies, 1 at a time, in the chocolate mixture, turning to evenly coat both sides of each cookie. Return to baking sheet.



- Decorate as desired.

- Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate coating is firm.




So, the next time you're in Kroger, you miiiiight want to pick up some OREO cookies.

Which flavor OREO are you going to use in this recipe?