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05th Jul2013

Quick and Easy Flower Headpiece

by Dinah Wulf

I wasn’t going to do a post today because of the holiday weekend…BUT I COULDN’T DO IT!  This blog is an addiction, I tell ya!  If you haven’t guessed, I am an extremely calculated person.  I HATE to procrastinate and I almost feel a strong anxiety when I do not plan ahead.  This includes this blog.  I have my posts and projects completed very early. My secret is out.  Every post is published exactly at 6am PST Monday to Friday.  It has been that was since this blog started in April 2011.  Sometimes, I’ll admit, I have projects ready months in advance.  I know I’m crazy.  Today, IS THE VERY FIRST BLOG POST out of over 500 that I did not plan.  Eeeek! With that said I found myself scrambling right before a party yesterday and decided to make this quick and easy headpiece.

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Materials I used:

  • Flower
  • Clip
  • Pre-made felt flower
  • Felt
  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue & glue gun

Literally minutes before we left I threw this baby together.  Thank goodness hot glue dries so quickly.  I cut out scraps for blue leaves and a small sliver of tulle. 

Here’s how it turned out!

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This is me posting it on Instagram! Yes. I am in my garage and yes…that is a lot of gray hair.

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Soooo, now that I am actually nearing the end of this spur of the moment blog post, I can take a deep breath….Ahhhhhhhhh.  Hey! That wasn’t so bad!  I really need to do this more often!

04th Jul2013

Happy 4th of July!

by Dinah Wulf

4th of July 2013

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th with all your friends and family!

01st Jul2013

Recycled T Shirt Fourth of July Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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Geesh! The Fourth of July is right around the corner! How time flies!  I wanted to share a quick and easy recycled T shirt Fourth of July bunting sponsored by Silhouette that I made with the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software.  You can make this in minutes; just in time for the 4th. More importantly, you can purchase the software on sale from now until July 10th with the promo code: DIYINSPIRED! You’re welcome!

Materials:

  • Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait™
  • Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software
  • Scrapbook paper in patriotic colors and/or patterns
  • An old T Shirt
  • Spray Starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue and glue gun

What is great about the Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software is that there is a built in ruler and guidelines for precise alignment and drawing. Because of this, I was able to easily make these cut outs.

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  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision

Next, I made a fabric bunting out of an old T shirt.  You can check out the full tutorial for how to make it.  It turned out great and was very quick and simple to do!

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06th Feb2013

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

Pringles Can Gift Kits

Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

03rd Jul2012

Last Minute Party Appetizers

by Dinah Wulf

Every year we go to my best friend’s house for the Fourth of July.  It’s a casual potluck style get together and I always have a ton of fun.  This year I was assigned appetizers.  Although I didn’t know this until yesterday I was able to put together some fun festive last minute party appetizers.

Finger foods work best, in my opinion, at casual outdoor parties like this one.  You don’t have to worry about supplying/holding/throwing away utensils.  My favorite “party utensil” is the toothpick or skewer.  It’s so easy to put together and they look great too.

This year, I went with the red, white, and blue theme and made raspberries, star shaped marshmallows, and blackberries on toothpicks.

I also make skewers with cold tortellini with Italian dressing, salami, and cheese.  I made little festive flags on my computer and printed them on address labels.

Some other toothpick/skewer last minute party appetizers to consider are:

  • Any combination of fruit
  • Any combination of veggies
  • Cucumber, olives, blue cheese, and tomato
  • Mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomato
  • Gorgonzola, apple, bacon
  • Deli meat, cucumber, tomato
  • Any combination of gummy candies
  • Any combination of deli meat, cheese, and tomato

Tips:

  • The more colorful the better
  • Consider using a small cookie cutter for fruit and such
  • Marshmallows are inexpensive and can be dipped in chocolate, sprinkles, or melted candy to fit any party theme.
  • Gummy skewers are fun for candy bars.  They can also be wrapped in a clear plastic treat bag, tied with ribbon, and given as a party favor.

 

20th Jun2012

Coastal Decor

by Dinah Wulf

Today is officially the first day of summer!  Living here on the west coast, a few miles from the beach it feels like summer all year round, however there is something exciting about the end of the school year, BBQ’s, and my favorite, summer entertaining.  Summer entertaining, to me, starts with preparing my home.  I wanted to share a few Coastal Décor ideas to help inspired you to get your home ready for those upcoming back yard BBQ’s.

Nature Inspired Décor

Consider these nature-inspired decorating tips.

Shells & Coral – Shells and large coral pieces make beautiful centerpieces.  Display them on table tops inside glass vases or vessels with sand collected from the beach of a family vacation, inside recycled mason jars, or atop pillar candle holders.  Place them in flea market baskets in a bathroom, guest room, or living room. Here are some fun decorative coral pillows I found as well.

 

Blue and Green Glass – Blue represents the ocean, water, or twilight, while green represents nature and life.  Flea markets are the best place to find timeless blue and green bottles and decorative vases.  Also, save those empty bottles of wine! Wine bottles come in so many beautiful shades of green.  Soak an empty wine bottle in water for an hour or two to easily peel off the label.  Display flowers from your garden to make a fantastic eco-friendly centerpiece.

Coastal Décor DIY Projects

For all you DIY’ers, summer is the perfect time to update your home with bigger projects.

White Laminate Flooring- White washed laminate flooring is a great light and airy option to freshen up a room and perfect for coastal living.

Salvaged Wood Walls- Vintage recycled building materials in teak or oak would make a large decorative statement to an accent wall.

I hope these few ideas inspire you.  If you can’t live at the beach, bring it home to you!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

 

25th May2012

Memorial Day Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

 

Memorial Weekend is filled with celebrations via picnics and barbecues. Why not celebrate with an American classic liquor….. Whiskey!!!  Here are some refreshing Memorial Day cocktails using whiskey/bourbon.

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Mint Julep Cup – 10 fl oz

Mint Julep Punch Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Peach schnapps
  • 3 cups Bourbon
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions:

Combine water, sugar and mint in sauce pan and stir over high heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow it to return to room temperature. Strain into pitcher and chill in refrigerator. When ready to serve, add Bourbon & Peach schnapps, stir and serve over crushed ice in old fashioned glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.

French Mango Spiked Iced Tea Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Water
  • 6 Black Tea bags
  • 1 cup Mango nectar
  • 1 cup Fresh Orange juice
  • ½ cup Fresh Lemon juice
  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup Bourbon
  • Grand Marnier
  • Fresh orange slices
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Instructions:

Bring two cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from the heat, add tea bags, and let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a heat-proof pitcher, add two cups of cold water to bring temperature down a bit before adding the nectar & juices, and then stir to combine. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, stir in the ¾ cup of whiskey. Fill tall glasses with crushed ice and then pour tea over it, leaving some room at the top for the ½ ounce of Grand Marnier floater. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

This drink is also great and refreshing without the Grand Marnier.

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Prosecco Strawberry Lemon Sorbet Punch Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Meyer Lemon sorbet
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle Prosecco
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Seagram’s Ginger Ale, chilled
  • 10 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen
  • Strawberries, partially thawed
  • Lemon slices

Instructions:

In a large punch bowl, combine sorbet, juice, ginger ale and strawberries. Then, mix slowly the sparkling wine to try to avoid as much foaming as possible. Decorate punch bowl with lemon slices. Gently stir and serve over crushed ice and garnish with a lemon twist.

Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Lemon Sorbet Punch Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Meyer Lemon sorbet
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Seagram’s Ginger Ale, chilled
  • 20 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries, partially thawed
  • Lemon slices

Instructions:

In a large punch bowl, combine sorbet, juice, ginger ale and strawberries. Decorate punch bowl with lemon slices. Gently stir and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

Both recipes are created to be served right away and not made a head of time.

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Even though I used Bourbon in these recipes, American Rye whiskey is a great alternative (I personally prefer).

This week I started on Spiked Gummy Bears infused with Tito’s Vodka for Memorial Day on the river. I’ll let you know next week how it turned out :)

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And always follow the rainbow :)

 

05th Jul2011

Room Decor Ideas: STRIPES

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: STRIPES

Get it? Yesterday I posted Room Decor Ideas: STARS and today I am posting Room Decor Ideas:  STRIPES! I’m still in the patriotic spirit… anyway…

A  little goes a long way when it comes to stripes. Wide, narrow, vertical, or horizontal, stripes add a little fun to any room. Striped furniture or accessories add interest and style.  Classic pinstripes can give a modern update your decor and seem to never go out of style. Striped wall paint or wallpaper will make a room look larger and wider and vertically striped curtains can lengthen a room as well.  If painting a striped wall is too much, try adding a striped accent pillow, vase, or frame instead.  This pillow inspired by nature is a perfect example.  Check out these cool ideas for your decor and decorate in stripes! It’s perfect for Summer!

 

 

Sources: Anthropologie, Etsy, IKEA, Pottery Barn, ZGallerie

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04th Jul2011

Room Decor Ideas: STARS

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: STARS

Happy Independence Day!

There’s something beautiful about the shape of a star.  I found this incredible cardboard star-shaped coffee table designed by Ben Huggins.  It can easily be snapped together and does not require any tools!  It is made of black laminated plywood… genious!

Consider these other star shaped inspirations to bring into your home and room decor. Take the literal route with star shaped mirrors and wall art in your bathroom or be more subtle with star wall paper in a neutral tone.  The natural wood based glass top accent table has a rustic feel… my favorite of the bunch.

Sources: Homes Designing, Homeblogdesign, Feniture, Design Rulz, Direct Furniture For U, This Next

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

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01st Jul2011

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

The fourth is in a couple days! It’s a time when we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence declaring our independence from Great Britain. As Americans we love to celebrate with BBQ’s, picnics, parades, and fireworks so why night liven them up a bit more?  All of these crafts are quite simple, make a great table scape,  and can definitely be achieved by the fourth!

Here are some of my favorite patriotic crafts from Martha Stewart… such inspiring fourth of July craft ideas! Click on this link for how-to instructions.

  • Star Medallion
  • Can-Do Cans
  • Clothespin Pinwheel
  • Fireworks Table Setting
  • Patriotic napkin Rings
  • Red, White, and Blue Medallion

 

The Can-Do Cans are extremely simple to make and can be made out of old food containers.  Cover them with decorative scrapbook paper and double sided tape, and they can fit any theme or celebration.  Use pastels for a baby shower or bold colors for a birthday party.  Holding snacks like breadsticks or pretzel rods isn’t the only use!  These recycled cans make great plastic utensil holders or flower vases.

The clothespin pinwheels also add a whimsical spin on any theme party.  Easily crafted out of any colored or patterned scrapbook paper, you can make these in a jiffy.  Another creative idea is to use pages of old books to make pinwheels as well.  Use children’s books, comic books, or novels, depending on the occasion.

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Memorial Day Craft: Patriotic Votives

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30th Jun2011

Room Decor Ideas: RED, WHITE, & BLUE

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: RED, WHITE, & BLUE

Independence day is a time of celebration with BBQ’s, picnics, and parties.  With the fourth of July around the corner, why not show your Patriotism with a little Red, White, and Blue decor in your home with these festive and inviting inspirations. Think big with a red polka dot couch and blue pillows or small with blue utensils and a patriotic bowl.  Red, white, and blue furniture too much? Spruce up your cupcakes with these cute decorative sprinkles.

Check out these affordable pieces from IKEA, Crate and Barrel, and ZGallerie.

 

You don’t have to spend a lot of money and break the budget when entertaining.  Just a few small, even one or two changes will add a little fun, flare, and festivity to your party.  Just remember to have fun, relax, and enjoy your guests (I need to take some of my own advice).

Need more inspiration? Check out these Interior Design Ideas:

Also, try these DIY decorating ideas:

27th May2011

Memorial Day Craft: Patriotic Votives

by Dinah Wulf

Memorial Day Craft: Patriotic Votives

Memorial Day is coming up on Monday. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is when we honor Americans who have died for our country in all wars. Over 100 years ago, it became a widespread practice to decorate the graves of soldiers by friends and family.

With no surprise, Martha Stewart has come up with two ideas that I love; a table top patriotic votive and glowing hanging votives that I thought would be nice to make and to light in honor of our soldiers.

Click here to make these table top votives.

Click here to make these hanging votives.

 

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