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Friday, October 24

MAKE / Painted Pumpkins

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 When it comes to taking super sharp pointy objects and applying them to a pumpkin...nope. I'm just no good! The best you might get from me is some seriously basic triangle eyes and a slightly crooked toothless jack-o-latern grin. If I even make it that far. I usually throw in the towel sometime after I gut the sucker and make for the kitchen to roast some seeds. Now seed roasting, that is an area where I excel. Invite me to your pumpkin carving party and I'll definitely lose the contest, but I'll roast the best pumpkin seeds you've ever had! But I digress.
I'm pretty in to the fact that painted pumpkins seem to be all the rage this Halloween season! Not only is that totally my speed, but the end result is just so lovely to look at! I got my gourds all gussied up by getting creative with spray paint, painters tape, spray adhesive, and glitter.

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So maybe I won't be winning any pumpkin painting contests any time soon either, but I sure had fun! Get inspired by these no carve pumpkins projects and happy decorating!

LOVE with these Chic Painted Pumpkins by Bubby and Bean.

Oh, this dreamy DIY Menu Pumpkin from The Merrythought.

How darling are these DIY Doughnut Pumpkins from Treasures and Travels!?

Mother Mag shared 10 Modern Pumpkins Designs and we can't figure out which is our favorite!

{Lauren}

Wednesday, October 22

Three Pumpkin Spice Inspired Drinks


Call us basic b-words if you must, but we're not afraid to admit we're absolutely crazy about Autumn. And most especially mad for pumpkin spice. Like, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! With October flying by, it feels like we're on borrowed time with our favorite taste of the season. So we created a simple syrup that takes just about any drink beyond your basic PS. Here are three classic drinks with a very fall feel. (Oh, and did we mention each recipe is dairy free to boot!)

Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine water, honey, and pumpkin in small sauce pan and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Remove from heat once the honey and pumpkin have dissolved, stir in cinnamon and nutmeg, and let cool. Strain in to an air tight container and store refrigerated up to two weeks. 





Autumn White Russian // serves 1
2 ounces vodka
1.5 ounce Kahlua
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 ounce pumpkin spice simple syrup
Ice
Cinnamon stick (optional)

Fill a glass with ice. Combine vodka, Kahlua, almond milk, and pumpkin spice simple syrup and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.


Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Cocoa // serves 2
1 cup white chocolate (chopped or chips)
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/4 cup pumpkin spice simple syrup
2 ounces spiced Rum
Vegan whip cream
Cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
Chocolate sprinkles

Combine almond milk with white chocolate in a small sauce pan over low heat. Allow the chocolate to melt completely, stirring constantly to prevent scorching or clumping. Once chocolate has melted, add pumpkin spice simple syrup and stir. Pour 1 ounce of spiced Rum in to your mugs and top hot cocoa. Garnish vegan whip cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

To rim glass: Pour chocolate sprinkles in to a shallow bowl or on to a plate. Using a clean paint brush, paint honey around the rim of your mug. Roll the honey-coated rim in sprinkles until completely covered.





Pumpkin Spice Dirty Chia Tea
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
2 bags of spiced chai tea
1/4 cup pumpkin spice simple syrup
1 shot of espresso (or 1 ounce of very strong brewed coffee)

In a small sauce pan, submerge tea bags in almond milk and bring just to a boil. Take off heat, cover, and let steep for 5-10 minutes (depending on how strong you like your tea). Strain out tea bags. Add pumpkin spice simple syrup and espresso and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Monday, October 20

MAKE // Faux Weaving


So you know how we're just a tad obsessed with weaving and wall hangings (also here), yeah? It's such an incredibly relaxing hobby. But learning the ins and outs of loom weaving is an acquired skill; one that takes time to learn and hone, one that we're still working on. So we're here to show you how to make a lovely and easy wall hanging for your home, the "cheaters" way. It's one part kiddie craft and one part stunning piece of art.


You need // 

Yarn

Remember these plastic mesh thingys of our youth? I recall making more than one fairly hideous scene depicting a turtle or a soccer ball or something like that. Bad stuff. But weaving on these plastic canvases was just so easy. So while I perfect my skills on my lap loom, this was project took me just a couple afternoons to complete. 
I borrowed a few basic weaving methods, threaded my needle, and went to town. The beauty about this project is there is no right or wrong way to weave. Here are a few examples of stitches to get you started. But experiment! Get creative. Play with colors and textures. Then share your faux weaving with us on Instagram. We'd love to see what you make! #foxtailandmoss

{Lauren}

Wednesday, October 15

What We Love // Astrology Wall Calendar

Astrology Wall Calendar by Chelsey Dyer
We're crushing hard on all things astrology, so when we came across this wall calendar by Chelsey Dyer, our eyes lit up. By now, everyone has a smart phone and can access their electronic calendar anywhere. Mix it up at home by having your wall calendar double as a piece of art. This calendar includes all twelve astrological months, corresponding constellations and moon phases. The simple design, beautiful artwork, and adorable features make this calendar a must have on our list. You'll definitely find this on our wall in the coming year. Do you still use wall calendars? If so, what will you be rocking in 2015?

Monday, October 13

PLANT / GROW: Bringing Outdoor Plants Inside for the Winter

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When Spring hits, I anxiously wait till the weather hits 50 degrees so I can start bringing my indoor plants outside. My back porch becomes a beautiful plant haven, a perfect second home for them to receive copious amounts of light and and fresh air. During the Summer, they grow and thrive greatly outdoors. Come Autumn, when the weather starts to become cooler again, I start the process of bringing them all back inside. The first year I did this, I made a few huge rookie mistakes. I brought a couple moths and insects into my apartment, a plant or two died, and I overwatered a bunch of them! Still wanting to transfer my plants outside for the warm seasons, I did some research and below are some tips I've learned over the years that help your plants with the transition.

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1. Wash your plants before you bring them inside. Spray them with a blast of water from the hose, or apply a simple soap spray (1 tablespoon of dishwasher detergent to a gallon of water) and let dry. This not only cleans your plants, but helps prevent bugs from traveling indoors with your plants.

2. To reduce shock, bring your plants inside before you turn on the heat for the season.  Warm fall days are great for opening your windows one last time, bringing in your plants, and getting them settled. Don't be surprised if your plants drops a few leaves. They will be adjusting to less light and consequently their growth slows or even sometimes stops over the Winter.

3. Inspect outdoor plants before you bring them inside and keep them away from other indoor plants for a week or two. Insects and diseases can spread rapidly indoors, so monitor your plants to make sure they are healthy.

4. Your plants are no longer out in the Summer heat all day soaking up sun, so keep in mind their soil will not dry out as quickly. Reduce watering accordingly. Water them only when the top two inches have dried out and make sure not to don't over soak them.

After bringing all my plants in for the season, I decided to do a quick tally. I have 35 indoor plants. 35 you guys! Does this officially make me a crazy plant lady?

{Claire}