We’re Officially Homeowners!

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And we’re FREAKING OUT excited! Honestly I thought it was going to be a loooong time before we could announce that we’re officially homeowners. Luckily the stars aligned, and here we are! The best part is we don’t even have to move!

Yes, I know, super confusing. Long story short is that I signed up for a really sketchy site that let’s you get emails for people, and then blindly emailed our landlord (that we’ve never met, we’ve only ever gone through a property manager for our town home!) asking if he would sell to us.

ashley rose and jared smith of sugar and cloth - houston blogger

We’re Officially Homeowners!

And we’re FREAKING OUT excited! Honestly I thought it was going to be a loooong time before we could announce that we’re officially homeowners. Luckily the stars aligned, and here we are! The best part is we don’t even have to move!

Yes, I know, super confusing. Long story short is that I signed up for a really sketchy site that let’s you get emails for people, and then blindly emailed our landlord (that we’ve never met, we’ve only ever gone through a property manager for our town home!) asking if he would sell to us.

White Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

White Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail recipe by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipe, and lifestyle blog.

’Tis the season for holidays, good cheer, and candy canes! I’m not the biggest fan of sweets, but I do enjoy some candy canes this time of year. What’s not to love about their creamy, minty fresh taste and cute stripes? I, Ashley of Craft + Cocktails, decided to capture their flavor in a cocktail, surprise surprise! The White Chocolate Candy Cane is great for after dinner drinks post holiday meals and for the countless cocktail parties that are ahead.

White Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail recipe by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipe, and lifestyle blog.

White Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

’Tis the season for holidays, good cheer, and candy canes! I’m not the biggest fan of sweets, but I do enjoy some candy canes this time of year. What’s not to love about their creamy, minty fresh taste and cute stripes? I, Ashley of Craft + Cocktails, decided to capture their flavor in a cocktail, surprise surprise! The White Chocolate Candy Cane is great for after dinner drinks post holiday meals and for the countless cocktail parties that are ahead.

Funny and Unexpected White Elephant Gift Ideas

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As you may have seen on my IG stories and Snapchat, it’s become a tradition for Jared and I to throw an annual game night holiday party, and we’ve started adding white elephant to it.  The day-of prep typically involves me scouring the studio for cute holiday decor to bring home, slaving over cheeseboards, and making what some people consider to be a very strong punch, ha!

Still, it makes it all worth it when our good friends and family start rolling in and we’re able to spend the rest of the night snacking and playing games.

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Funny and Unexpected White Elephant Gift Ideas

As you may have seen on my IG stories and Snapchat, it’s become a tradition for Jared and I to throw an annual game night holiday party, and we’ve started adding white elephant to it.  The day-of prep typically involves me scouring the studio for cute holiday decor to bring home, slaving over cheeseboards, and making what some people consider to be a very strong punch, ha!

Still, it makes it all worth it when our good friends and family start rolling in and we’re able to spend the rest of the night snacking and playing games.

Simple Peppermint Bark Cannoli Recipe

Peppermint bark cannoli recipe by Ashley Rose of the award winning DIY and lifestyle blog, Sugar & Cloth.

It’s not the holiday season if you haven’t had a healthy dose of peppermint chocolate bark, right? Weirdly enough, I, Alyssa, wasn’t always a fan of it, but now I can’t get enough. I’ll eat it plain or put it on just about anything: ice cream, popcorn, pancakes. You name it, I’ll eat it with peppermint bark. Case in point- this peppermint bark cannoli recipe.

Cannoli are one of those simple desserts that don’t need many ingredients to make them taste good.

Peppermint bark cannoli recipe by Ashley Rose of the award winning DIY and lifestyle blog, Sugar & Cloth.

Simple Peppermint Bark Cannoli Recipe

It’s not the holiday season if you haven’t had a healthy dose of peppermint chocolate bark, right? Weirdly enough, I, Alyssa, wasn’t always a fan of it, but now I can’t get enough. I’ll eat it plain or put it on just about anything: ice cream, popcorn, pancakes. You name it, I’ll eat it with peppermint bark. Case in point- this peppermint bark cannoli recipe.

Cannoli are one of those simple desserts that don’t need many ingredients to make them taste good.

DIY Flip Photo Album

A DIY Flip Photo Album for your Desktop! by lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth - Houston

In case you’re looking to make a DIY gift that…doesn’t look like you made it… I’ve got you covered! Especially when it comes to the parents. They’re always the tricky ones (love you, Mom & Dad!). You can never go wrong with gifting photos to parents, and this DIY flip photo album is both equal parts easy to make and uber classy.

Marble, stained wood, and gold aren’t the first things most people think of when it comes to handmade gifts,

A DIY Flip Photo Album for your Desktop! by lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth - Houston

DIY Flip Photo Album

In case you’re looking to make a DIY gift that…doesn’t look like you made it… I’ve got you covered! Especially when it comes to the parents. They’re always the tricky ones (love you, Mom & Dad!). You can never go wrong with gifting photos to parents, and this DIY flip photo album is both equal parts easy to make and uber classy.

Marble, stained wood, and gold aren’t the first things most people think of when it comes to handmade gifts,

Twinning!: DIY Abstract Embroidered Sweater

DIY Abstract Embroidered Sweater by lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth - Houston Influecner Blogger

I’m notorious for getting random things for Kayla to wear so that she has to match me. Remember this twinning post from way back when she was just our summer intern?! Since this is her first Christmas working with us full time, I wanted to do a little something extra to celebrate… and keep up my matching tradition, ha! I tossed around a few ideas before deciding to make a DIY abstract embroidered sweater inspired by this Hallmark Signature card that my friend Brittany got to design for them this year.

DIY Abstract Embroidered Sweater by lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth - Houston Influecner Blogger

Twinning!: DIY Abstract Embroidered Sweater

I’m notorious for getting random things for Kayla to wear so that she has to match me. Remember this twinning post from way back when she was just our summer intern?! Since this is her first Christmas working with us full time, I wanted to do a little something extra to celebrate… and keep up my matching tradition, ha! I tossed around a few ideas before deciding to make a DIY abstract embroidered sweater inspired by this Hallmark Signature card that my friend Brittany got to design for them this year.

DIY Snowball Pillow

DIY Snowball Pillow - Sugar & Cloth - Houston Blogger - DIY - Home Decor - Winter

I always enjoy the restful lull that inevitably follows the Holiday season. Needless to say after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all in a row, I’m usually ready for a little break from the action. One element of the holiday hullabaloo I always miss is finding small, fun ways to modify my home decor to fit the celebration or season.

To get a head start for keeping the house cozy after the holiday decor is packed away,

DIY Snowball Pillow - Sugar & Cloth - Houston Blogger - DIY - Home Decor - Winter

DIY Snowball Pillow

I always enjoy the restful lull that inevitably follows the Holiday season. Needless to say after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all in a row, I’m usually ready for a little break from the action. One element of the holiday hullabaloo I always miss is finding small, fun ways to modify my home decor to fit the celebration or season.

To get a head start for keeping the house cozy after the holiday decor is packed away,