Free Printable Elsie De Wolfe Quote Art

Free Printable Elsie De Wolfe Quote Art -- an 8 x 10 image designed by Evie from Domesticwhimsy.com

Today I bring you the first ever freebie on Domestic Whimsy! This quote–by Elsie De Wolfe–is a personal favorite of mine. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I found it. But when I did, it resonated with me.

These words speak to me (it sounds corny but it’s true) and serve as a reminder to let yourself seek and create beauty in your surroundings, not necessarily in just material things. I also love the deliberate nature of this statement. It’s not at all passive or apathetic…there’s definite passion here.

This printable Elsie De Wolfe quote art is totally free to download—I hope you love it!

For more quotes, check out my dedicated Pinterest board.

Read about Elsie de Wolfe in this Architectural Digest article.

Free Printable Terms:

1. You may download this file and print it or save it to a device.
2. You may not sell this work nor build upon it and credit yourself as the designer.
3. If you decide to share this image via social media, please link back or give credit to the author, Evie S. Johnson from Domestic Whimsy (http://domesticwhimsy.com)

Date, Banana, Coconut & Almond Butter Shake

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a drink recipe with all of you. That said, I’m really happy to be telling you about this oh so sublime shake!

But let me back up. Before I describe the recipe at hand with you, I want to explain why we’re pairing all these ingredients together. (Besides the fact they produce a flavorful result.)

First, there’s coconut. I really love the combination of coconut and almonds! I fondly remember a particular coconut, almond and dark chocolate ice cream at Mallard Ice Cream in Bellingham, Washington (where I lived some time ago). I still think about that special treat.

Next, in go dates. Because they add natural, unrefined sweetness to the mix. They are also high in fiber and good minerals.

Now, onto bananas. Here we’re using one that’s frozen—the colder the better. Shakes love low temps!

Date-banana-coconut-almond butter-shake-recipe from Domesticwhimsy.com

Did I mention it’s Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan? You could say that’s the nutritional equivalent of a triple word score with only one remaining letter in Scrabble. Feel free to swap the almond butter for any other kind of nut butter.

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10 Red, White and Blue Treats Featuring Fruit

The 4th of July is soon upon us (it’s almost July?), and for many of you that means making festive red, white and blue treats!  For this post, I’m shining a light on recipes that not only fall into the proper color scheme but also include fruit. It wouldn’t be summer without berries and watermelon, am I right?

It’s worth mentioning that eight of the ten recipes featured are gluten-free! Plus, three of the following are sans dairy.

Triple Berry Frozen Smoothies //

By In Katrina’s Kitchen
4th-of-July-Smoothie-Recipes

 

Mini Berry Pavlovas //

By Checks and Spots
Mixed-Berry-Pavlova-Recipes

 

Red Velvet Berry Cobbler //

By Southern Living
4th-of-July-Cobbler-Recipes

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DIY Mail Holder from a Vintage Book Cover

Vintage-Reader's-Digest-Book-Cover-Mail-Holder by Domestic Whimsy

This DIY project is an homage to those old Reader’s Digest books. Well known for their signature cover patterns, these  condensed anthologies were in print for almost 50 years (source). (I would like to shake the hand of whoever’s idea it was to make the cover designs so uncommonly fun. Seriously, what a good idea that was!)

Recently, I bought some at a thrift store, not knowing exactlyhow I’d use them. This idea eventually came to me one day, and so I made sure to write down the concept (Murphy’s Law: I can’t recall the ideas that I don’t write down). I couldn’t wait to get started on making it and seeing if the vision I had could translate to a real 3-D mail holder. It’s nice to finally share it with all of you because that’s what this is all about.

Vintage-Reader's-Digest-Book-Cover-Mail-Holder by Domestic Whimsy

Try this DIY for an unconventional mail holder that’s functional, vintage-inspired and fun, all at the same time.

DIY UPCYCLED BOOK COVER MAIL HOLDER //

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Modern Pendant Lights: Lookalikes for Less

For this ‘lookalikes for less’ post, I am turning the focus to modern pendant lights! This type of lighting illuminates from above, and is a popular way to add style to spaces, like kitchens and over tables. You can find them in all kinds of shapes, colors and materials.

With all of the great pendant light options out there, it’s easy to get sticker shock. (You know, when you have to do a double-take at the price?) And if you have to purchase more than one, the price can add up fast. But when there’s a budget to work with, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good design and function. It’s definitely possible to achieve the look you’re going for without having to pay top dollar for everything.

Here are six different lights, three of which are similar in material and shape but are more affordable. One of these costs 88% less (!) than the designer version.

Modern Pendant Lights: Lookalikes for Less | Domestic Whimsy

Top: Lulu and Georgia /  Bottom: Wayfair

These black pendant lights are quite similar visually. They both have a matte finish and a diameter between 17 and 18 inches. But, you may have noticed the major difference in price between them! The one on top has straighter lines, giving it more of a sleek feel. Millenium Lighting’s version is curvier, and much more affordable (76% less, in fact).

Modern Pendant Lights: Lookalikes for Less | Domestic Whimsy

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