artsy-fartsy mama: March 2015

Faux Chocolate Easter Bunny

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Chocolate bunnies are a must-have at Easter time. I think they are absolutely adorable and of course, usually taste amazing. I wanted to add a cute chocolate Easter rabbit to my Easter & spring decor, but I didn't want to deal with the chocolate breaking and/or melting while on the shelf or in storage. Instead of dealing with the "what if", I decided to create my own faux chocolate bunnies that look just like the real thing and will hopefully be on the shelf during the Easter season for years to come!!

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To make your own faux chocolate Easter bunnies, you only need TWO things: a rabbit figurine and some brown satin spray paint!! I found this rabbit at the thrift store and paid a whopping 75¢!! The rabbit in the top photo with the candies in the basket was from Walmart for less than $2!!

My best tip for choosing a rabbit figurine is to choose one with small or more realistic-sized eyes. I can't stress this enough!! I found another rabbit that looked adorable with big, cutesy eyes, but once it was painted - it was the scariest thing I have ever created. I'm not even going to post a picture. Just trust me that it was terrifying.

Prep the rabbit by wiping it down with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove dust and dirt. If your rabbit has a glossy coat, you can lightly sand it with fine sandpaper to help the spray paint stick better to the figurine.

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Of all the spray paints I've tried, Rust-Oleum worked best for me. Find a shade that looks most like chocolate to you, and be sure to get satin finish. The satin gives the best chocolate effect.

To transform the rabbit from figurine to faux chocolate, spray a light coat of paint over the entire rabbit. Let it dry completely, and keep adding coats until it's completely covered. Mine needed about 4 coats. I sprayed it with the rabbit standing up on a piece of scrap cardboard, then did a few coats with it lying down to get the underside of the hands, chin, etc covered.

Once the rabbit is dry, you can put it on display with your other Easter decor, or put it on your Easter dinner table as a centerpiece!! Bunnies don't have to be the only thing looking like chocolate. Other Easter decor like eggs, chicks, and baskets also look cute when chocolate-tized!


DIY Neon Jewelry Stand

This post is sponsored by Elmer's. All opinions are my own.

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After I made my jewelry stand months ago, my daughter wanted one for herself. This DIY Neon Jewelry Stand is costs less than $10 and is simple enough for kids of any age to create (though it will be easier for kids ages 8-12). Depending on the paints you use, the color possibilities are endless!

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First, you'll need two terra cotta plates. I used a 9.75 and a 7 inch plate. You can find these almost anywhere and they're not very expensive at all. You'll also need a candleholder. I found this glass one at the dollar store!

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First, paint the plates with acrylic paint in the color of your choice with a sponge brush. I used Americana paint in Snow (Titanium) White. To completely cover the terra cotta color, you'll need about 2-3 coats, maybe more depending on your paint and paint color. Let the paint dry between coats.

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Once the paint is completely dry, you can get to customizing!! I absolutely love the Painters® Paint Markers. I used the Painters® Neon Brights Paint Markers, and colored around the outer lip and the inner rim of the plates with different neon colors. You can add any designs you want, and these markers are perfect for doodling on projects like this!! The Painters® go on smoothly and the colors are vibrant. After letting the first coat dry, I added another one. For darker colors, you might need another coat or two to get the best results.

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After I was done with the Painters®, I decided the plates needed a little bit of shine. With a Board Mate® Silver Metallic Marker, I lined around all the edges where I used the Painters®.

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Now that the plates are all decorated, it's time to assemble the jewelry stand! Elmer's has a new X-treme School Glue and it is amazing for projects like this!! You can use it for everything from craft items to science fair and other school projects. The extra strength formula works on a variety of surfaces like paper, photos, wood, craft sticks, fabric, ribbon, buttons, gems, craft materials, foam sheets, foam board, poster board, cardboard, some plastics, some metals and much more!

Apply a good amount of X-treme School Glue around the top of the candleholder. You could also put some on the bottom of the plate for a stronger bond, but I found just adding a thick layer to the candleholder worked great. The glue goes on white like the original school glue, but it dries clear. Even though it's tough, it is still washable and will come out of clothing.

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Immediately place the candleholder glue side down on the bottom of the smaller plate. Make sure it's centered, and then place the larger plate on top to keep pressure on the candleholder while it dries. Let the plates dry somewhere where they won't be disturbed. Allow to dry 24 hours for the strongest bond.

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Once the glue is dry (it will be clear), you can flip the smaller plate over and then center it on the inside of the larger plate. You can glue it in place if you want for more stability, but it will stand fine on it's own.

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Now all you have to do is add your jewelry to the jewelry stand!! My daughter loves having a fun place to put her jewelry and it makes it easy for her to find which accessories she wants to wear each day.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here!! I hope you're all ready to link up what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. It's been so fun seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

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Mini Caramel Lava Cakes by Sweet & Savory by Shinee
Magnetic Fridge Vases by Woods of Bell Trees
Bacon Ranch Dressing by Cooking with Curls
Kate Spade Inspired Gold Eggs by Ash and Crafts
DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs by The Suburban Mom
Coloring on Canvas Shoes by Life Unfluffed
Cookie Berry Torte by All She Cooks
Watercolor Easter Eggs by Sensory Mom Secrets

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Easter Egg Marshmallow Pops

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As soon as I saw these egg-shaped marshmallows at the store, I knew they would make a fun Easter treat to share at our family Easter egg hunts. These Easter Egg Marshmallow Pops are super simple to make and the kids will love to help!

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Ingredients:
Egg-shaped marshmallows
Lollipop sticks
Almond Bark or white chocolate chips
spring or Easter sprinkles

1. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
2. Poke a lollipop stick into the marshmallows.
3. Melt the Almond Bark (or chocolate) according to the directions on the package.

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4. Dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate or spoon the melted chocolate over the marshmallow until it's covered.
5. Lay the marshmallow on the pan and top with sprinkles.
6. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.


DIY Lego Elves Gift Basket

This post is sponsored by LEGO®. All opinions are my own.

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When it comes to putting a basket of gifts together, I find it MUCH easier to go with a theme. I wasn't sure what to do for my daughter's Easter basket this year, but as soon as I saw the new LEGO® Elves sets, I knew it would be such a fun theme to work with! Even though this basket is going to be for Easter, it would also make a fun gift idea for any occasion.

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LEGO® Elves are a brand new play theme featuring a rich story-driven fantasy universe and intricate models that offers yet another build-and-play experience for children interested in exploring fantasy worlds. Visit the LEGO® Elves site to discover more about Emily Jones and the magical universe of the LEGO® Elves!

The LEGO® Elves collection consists of eight building sets designed to introduce builders to each of the Elves and their home environments, including the Azari and the Magical Bakery set which is what we're going to be playing with! The sets range in price from $9.99 to $79.99, and are available at toy stores nationwide right now. The remaining two sets will be available this summer.

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Join Azari Firedancer on her adventure through the forest to find the fire key at a very special bakery! Order some delicious baked goods (cookies, pie, bread, cupcakes, croissants, milk bottle, and jam jar) for Azari and Flamy the fox while they figure out where the key is. Help the boy at the bakery roll out the dough with a rolling pin to make bread and place it in the magical oven. As the bread passes through the oven it is baked by the lavafall! Azari works out that the key must be hidden beneath the lavafall. Help her muster her magic fire powers to part the flow of lava so that Flamy can jump up and fetch the key. Now the Elves are a step closer to getting their friend Emily Jones home to the human world!

The Azari and the Magical Bakery set measures over 5” high, 6” wide and 4”deep. It also includes 2 mini-doll figures: Azari Firedancer and Johnny Baker, plus Flamy the fox. You'll also get fun bakery accessories, and a map, magic key and a fire power icon.

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Since I believe every gift basket should have treats, I decided to make some fun chocolates to go along with the LEGO® theme! These little guys could be put in a cute bag, but I decided to put them inside colorful plastic Easter eggs.

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To make the chocolates, you'll need some LEGO silicone molds. I found mine on Amazon for a really great price.

Melt some colored chocolate (any colors will work) and pour it into the molds. I only had blue & pink, and I also mixed them together to make a purple as well. Tap the mold on the counter a few times after pouring the chocolate in to get any air bubbles out. Put in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.

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Once the chocolate has set, you can remove them from the molds! The LEGO mini-figures and blocks look adorable and fit perfectly inside plastic Easter eggs.

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I had an extra mold and decided to make some LEGO crayons! Making your own crayons in a silicone mold is simple. Peel the papers off crayons and break them into small pieces. Place the broken pieces in the molds and bake at 250º for 5-10 minutes.

You can be done and let them set at this point, but of course I wanted to add some sparkle (since they are going to be paired with elves and all...)! To make glittery crayons, simply add in some fine silver glitter to the hot wax and poke with a toothpick to help the glitter mix all the way through.

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Once the crayon wax has set, you can pop them out of the molds. The smaller crayons also fit inside plastic Easter eggs, and the larger one looks cute standing on it's own and adds a bit of sparkle to the basket.

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Using the Cricut Explore, I also cut out the symbol from Aria, the Wind Elf out of silver glitter heat transfer vinyl to put on a purple t-shirt. The iron-on sheets are made up of two parts: the heat transfer vinyl, which will be ironed on to your project, and the liner. The liner is a carrier sheet (think transfer paper) that holds the design in place and protects your iron during application.

After the image has been cut, weed out the excess vinyl. Flip the liner and vinyl over, and place it on the shirt. The liner is sticky, so you can press it down to keep the vinyl in place. When it's in the right place, follow the instructions for ironing the vinyl on:

Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting with the steam OFF.
  1. Lightly preheat the area with the iron for 10-15 seconds. This really does help!
  2. Place your image, liner side UP onto the area. If you don't place the liner side up, it will stick to your press cloth.
  3. Carefully lay a press cloth or dishtowel over the design. Be VERY careful. You don't want any of the pieces to shift!
  4. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25-30 seconds.
  5. Flip the material over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 25-30 seconds.
  6. If you have any parts that didn't stick for some reason or if edges are flipping up, re-iron the pieces or loose edges with the iron tip for 10 seconds.
  7. Let cool and remove liner. If you try to remove the liner before it cools, you risk burning your fingers and/or peeling the vinyl up.

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After the heat transfer vinyl has cooled, your shirt is ready to put in the basket. The vinyl has held up great for me wash after wash, and the sparkle stays put and always looks like new.

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I also made a cute, sparkly hair bow to match the shirt. Check my easy hair bow tutorial on how to make a bow like this in just a few minutes!

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To add a little more LEGO® Elves fun, I created a free printable candy bar wrapper with the LEGO® Elves characters and logo. This should fit most candy bars, but was designed to fit a regular Hershey's chocolate bar. Print the printable on regular copy paper (cardstock seemed to be a little too stiff), and simply tape it to the candy bar, wrap around, and tape the edge on the back.


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*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

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I also added (but didn't photograph separately) a water bottle with my daughter's initial put on with white vinyl, and the LEGO® Movie. The plastic container "basket" can also be used to store the LEGOs once you're done playing with the new set!

This Easter basket is going to be so fun for my daughter to go through, and it was a lot of fun for me to put together. If you're stumped on an Easter basket for your kids or need some good birthday gift ideas, I hope this LEGO® themed basket has inspired you to get creative and put together something unique!!


Stretch Across America with Lalaloopsy #‎StretchAcrossUSA‬

This post is sponsored by Lalaloopsy. All opinions are my own.

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My daughter is a huge Lalaloopsy fan. This Lalaloopsy Stretchy Hair doll, Whirly Stretchy Locks, is the newest doll to the collection!! She is the same size as the other Lalaloopsy dolls, but her stretchy hair is what sets her apart from the rest. Your child will have hours of fun with her, and there is also an awesome Instagram contest you can enter using your Stretchy Hair doll (see details at the end of this post)!!

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The Lalaloopsy Stretchy Hair doll's squishy hair stretches up to 3 times longer, and you can style it in all kinds of quirky hairstyles. Each doll comes with removable shoes and skirt, and 4 hair clips.

You can puchase the Lalaloopsy Stretchy Hair doll directly from Lalaloopsy, or in stores at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys R Us, and on Amazon.

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This is how the doll looks directly out of the box. The four rubbery strands of her hair are soft and squishy. You can style and stretch her hair like this, but they won't really hold a shape. Keep hair strands away from sharp objects to avoid possible damage.

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To make the hair hold a shape and make it easier to create funky hairstyles, turn the white frosting cap on the top of her head clockwise as tight as it will go. Then, pump the yellow "sweet" bow up & down at least 10 times to remove the air from the hair strands.

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Now, you get to s-t-r-e-t-c-h her hair!! For best results, hold the strand near her head and stretch it with the other hand at one arm's length only.

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After stretching the pink strand, you can see the hair length difference between it and the orange strand. The hair is much longer, and the pink strand can be molded better than the orange.

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Once all four strands have been stretched, you can create lots of different hairstyles!! We twisted, rolled, and braided her hair into all kinds of crazy styles. My daughter's favorite was this twisted braid with all four hair clips.

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After playing, remove the hair clips and return the hair to normal length by turning the white frosting cap counterclockwise. The hair bounces right back like magic!! To keep your doll's hair looking fabulous, store doll flat (face down) with hair strands untangled with white frosting cap open.

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Lalaloopsy is celebrating the new Lalaloopsy Stretchy Hair doll with a fun Instagram contest! Share a photo of your child stretching the doll’s hair in your home state (preferably in front of a local landmark) on Instagram using the hashtags #‎StretchAcrossUSA‬ and your state's name. As soon as there is an entry from each state, Lalaloopsy will randomly select a winner who will receive a Lalaloopsy Sugary Sweet Prize Pack worth approximately $200!!

Check out Lalaloopsy on Facebook and Instagram for more details and official rules.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm excited to have you here!! I hope you're all ready to link up what you've been working on! Thanks to all those who linked up last party. It's been so fun seeing what everyone has had to share!! I can't say enough how inspired I am every week by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all the new posts that you link up.

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Here are a few of my favorite posts that were shared at the last party:

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IKEA Headboard Hack: Plain White to Bold Stripes by Redfin
Basic Muffins Recipe by Wilderness Wife
Easy Cottage Style Spring Craft by A Cultivated Nest
The Easiest Way to Frost a Cake Ever by Sweet C's Designs
Free Easter Printable Bunny Tails Favor by Frog Prince Paperie
DIY Colorful Canvas Pouches by Haberdashery Fun
DIY All Purpose Cleaner by The Hatched Home
Decorate Kid's Canvas Shoes by Her Organized Chaos

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Easy Easter Treat Boxes

This post is sponsored by We R Memory Keepers and HSN. All opinions are my own.

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If you like to make little Easter gifts for friends and family, these Easter treat boxes couldn't be easier. With the help of We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board and Banner Punch Board, you can make boxes, envelopes, banners, and little bows out of paper that take only a few minutes to put together!! These treat boxes would also be fun to make for parties, baby showers, or thoughtful gifts without breaking a sweat.

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The 1-2-3 Punch Board Party Collection includes everything you see here: 1-2-3 Punch Board, Banner Punch Board, 12x12 paper pad, packaging tape, baker's twine, and an idea book. It will be available as part of a one-time "Today's Special" on HSN in a bundled party pack, for a fraction of regular retail pricing on Tuesday, March 24th.

The 1-2-3 Punch Board and Banner Punch Board are currently ONLY available on HSN as a part of the party pack. There are limited quantities available, so if you want one, I'd recommend you get one quick!

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The 1-2-3 Punch Board design is not only beautiful to look at, but it's extremely user-friendly! I love that the instructions and guides are listed on the board, and everything is color coordinated so you can easily punch and score the paper perfectly. The idea book also contains step-by-step instructions with illustrations to help you along the way. Once you get the hang of how the Punch Board works, you can create anything in a snap!!

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I also love the ruler and the guide lines on the Punch Board to make sure you get everything placed correctly. Just line things up as directed, and soon you'll have a creation that look professional! Before I show you how to put a box together, I'm going to show you how easy it is to make a bow that you can put on your treat boxes! You can make a bow ranging from XS-XXL sizes. I made the XS size for my box.

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First, cut the three strips for your bow according to the bow directions. The board guides tell you the exact widths and lengths your bow strips need to be, and which guide measurements you need to use when you punch them on the 1-2-3 Punch Board.

Once you punch the two longer pieces as directed, your bow is ready to assemble!

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The longest strip will be the bow. Turn the strip wrong side up. Use a glue runner or add a small drop of glue (one that dries fast) on each end. Then fold the ends up over the center (see top image). Next, wrap the smallest piece around the center of the bow and glue in place (bottom image).

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Add a bit of glue to the center of the bottom piece, then center the bow piece on top. Now your bow is complete and ready to be placed on boxes, banners, or envelopes!

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Boxes have a few more instructions, but are really simple to put together. There are over 20 different size boxes you can make with the help of the 1-2-3 Punch Board with paper sizes up to 12 inches!! I was also relieved to find that no matter what box size you make, you paper just has to be square. No math to do - just figure out what size box you want, and the guide tells you how large your paper needs to be.

I started with a 7 inch square piece of paper, and made a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 inch box. Line up the paper with the start line listed on the guide. Punch the paper and use the bone folder to make the score lines. Rotate the paper 90º and repeat until all four sides have been punched and scored. 

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On the top half of the punch, you can also round corners and create corner slits so you can easily close the box. Simply punch all four corners of your paper, and you're almost done!!

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Fold the box up and use a glue runner to hold the box corners together. Fill the box with Easter treats, then you can close the box up by interlocking the attachment slits together.

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Top the box with a cute bow, and your box is ready to be given away!! 

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I also made a taller box to see how it would look. I decided on a 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 4 inches. I scored and punched the paper the same way as the other box (but using different start lines), and assembled the box. Instead of punching a slit in each corner like the other treat box, I punched a hole using the hole punch in the Banner Punch Board to make it a string tie box.

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Fill the box with treats, and weave some coordinating twine or ribbon through the holes and tie the ends together. Now the box is closed up tight, and looks super cute!!

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I love how these boxed turned out, and can't wait to make more to give to my nieces and nephews on Easter!

For more paper crafting inspiration and to find out more about the 1-2-3 Punch Board and Banner Punch Board, follow We R Memory Keepers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also follow HSN on Facebook and Instagram.