DIY Entertainment Stand Slip Cover

by Dinah Wulf

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One of the things that I can’t change every easily in my home is my entertainment stand. My décor in my home has been changing slowly and the one thing that seems to be a little of an eye sour is my entertainment system. I can’t afford to buy a new one to go with my new style so I decided to give it a little of a face lift. Here is how I made my DIY Entertainment Stand Slip Cover.

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I went to my fabric stash and started looking to see what I had to work with and I found a white duck fabric which was perfect. Duck fabric can take dirt and stain easily. I know that is something I look for in a fabric when I use it on my furniture especially having kiddos.

I then measure the top of the entertainment system. Remember to wash your fabric first or it might shrink in the wash and you will need to make a new one all over again.  I cut the rectangle fabric.

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I then cut four strips of fabric and sewed it to the rectangle piece.  As you see below I lay the fabric over itself a little to make pleats.  I did not hem the edges because I like the raw edges and the fray look it has.

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I cut a piece of fabric and wrapped it around the poll of the T.V. stand and secured it with safety pins. The reason I did that was to make sure I could remove it later on if it needs a wash.  Now I have a cute slipcover for my entertainment system.

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Stay crafty,

Loren, Pandora’s Craft Box

DIY Wood State Art

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Wood State Art, Written By Loren Crane

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I’ve been to many states but there have been to places in this world that I would call home. They are New York and California. I miss one home but live in the other and I wanted to find a way to remember them both because we sometimes need a reminder that we are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful place. I also want to have another reason to smile at something pretty every morning.  I went out and got two wood slices which you can find at your local craft store to make the silhouettes for my two favorite states.

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The first thing I did when I got wood slices was clean them up from any saw dust. Then I applied black acrylic paint. Depending how hot or humid your home might get you might even want to seal the wood so it won’t dry out.

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I got my cameo silhouette out and made a stencil of New York and California. I decided to design a cute little heart in the middle of New York and add the words home is where you are because where ever my hubby goes I will follow.

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Once the stencils where created I used white acrylic paint to go over the stencil. Except for the heart which I did in purple because it my favorite color.  To finish it off I added hanging hooks so I can display them on the wall or maybe on my DIY trunks.

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What state will you be stenciling on your wood slice?

Stay Crafty,

Loren, Pandora’s Craft Box

DIY Marquee Sign

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Marquee Sign, Written by Loren Crane of Pandora’s Craft Box

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We have a new little addition to our life and our little princess seem to be missing something in her room and guess what it was? I heart marquee sign. It also helps for extra lighting in her bedroom. The first thing I thought of was making it out of wood. I have seen it made from cardboard to metal all over Pinterest but I have a love of wood and wanted to give it a try. I enlisted the help of my hubby in this project mostly because at the time I was nine months pregnant and working with power tools with a big belly.

The first thing was to draw out the heart design you want onto the wood.  My hubby even used a red sharpie for the job.  My hubby used a jigsaw to cut the heart out and then sanded the edges down.

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After the heart was cut out I used Tim holtz distressed paint to paint the heart a beautiful red.

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I used a ¾ inch drill pit to make the holes in the wood to fit the light in. Remember to drill from the back just in case the wood slits while you drill. Also remember to have enough space between the bulbs because you don’t want them touching because they will over heat on you.

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I found the light that I used on the DIY marquee sign at target in the garden section. They are super powerful when you turn them on.

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Before I placed the light in the wood I made a stencil with my silhouette cameo with the word LOVE. I used white acrylic paint to go over it.

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I let it dry and attached the light and ta-da!  You have your every own love heart DIY marquee sign to display in your home!

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Happy Crafting!

Loren

How to Upholster a Step Stool

by Dinah Wulf

How to Upholster a Step Stool was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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When they tell you that you are not going to like the terrible two’s they did not know how badly the horrible three’s where going to be. My little kiddo is fantastic but at times I need to remind him of the rules and that’s when I decided I needed a time out stool.  I needed something he could also use to help him get his clothes out of the dresser. I decided to purchase a stool from Joann’s and upholster it. I rather make something with my hands than purchase a predesign one.

You will need a couple of things: fabric, foam, and batting.

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The foam I cut to almost the same size of the stool, the fabric and batting I cut to fold around the bottom of the stool.  I used Airtex foam that I also got from Joann’s.

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The first thing I do when I start stapling is staple once on each side of the stool and adjust the fabric as I go around. 

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You will need to fold the fabric and batting as you staple so you don’t have rough edges.

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Once that is done I used a small brush to paint the stool legs white. I would recommend that you paint the stool before you attach the fabric but I was so excited to reupholster that I skipped that step.

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The last thing I did was free hand the number three on the fabric with a gray metallic sharpie. I do have to say that I am in love with the metallic sharpie!

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Now I have the cutest time out stool for my little kiddo even if he does not agree.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren 

Antiquing Furniture with Chalk Paint

by Dinah Wulf

Antiquing Furniture with Chalk Paint was written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box.

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I don’t know about you but I love chalk paint. I want to use it on everything. There is fun making something new or damaged seem rustic. I am all into antiquing furniture and transforming it into something you can’t recognize anymore. Using chalk paint is easy, just requires one more step than just painting. The good thing about recovering my trunks was that I did not have to sand them down or prime them. I just went ahead and applied my home made recipe for chalk paint!

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If you want to see my recipe for chalk paint click here for more information on how you can make it.  Once you have the mixture you will need to apply a couple of coats to your furniture. I applied about two to three coat of white chalk paint to my trunk. The chalk paint dries pretty fast so you don’t have to wait too long between coats.

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I then used sand paper to remove the chalk paint from the edges and in areas where damage would occur with time to make the furniture seem worn down.

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You of course don’t want to forget to seal your furniture because if you don’t the chalk paint will flake off with every touch.  You have a few choices of sealer from wax to oil sealers.  I used Americana Paint Company top coat which leaves the surface smooth once dried.

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Ta-da! I love the look my trunks give to my living room now.

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Stay Crafty,

Loren

Transform Your Backyard With These DIY Projects

by Dinah Wulf

Transform Your Backyard With These DIY Projects, written by Guest Author Melissa Jordon

Some people ignore their backyard and it becomes just a place to let the dog run and the kids play. With these easy DIY projects, you can turn your backyard into a place to entertain and relax. Once completed, these additions will look masterpieces from a professional, however all are projects you can do yourself in a weekend!

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One of the most popular additions to the backyard is the fire pit, according to the DIY Network. A built-in, stone fire pit can create a central relaxation spot for the whole family. Whether it’s toasting marshmallows or warming yourself on a cool evening, it is an addition everyone can enjoy year-round.

Build a square or round fire pit, whichever fits the yard and landscape. A good size to start with is a round pit that is two feet tall and five feet in diameter. The interior area will be three feet in diameter.

Lay a concrete foundation for your fire pit that is six inches deep with an outer wall 12 inches wide. To allow for proper drainage, leave a small cement-free hole in the very center. After the foundation has set for 24 hours, build the outer stone wall. Select a natural stone or prepared brick material and use mortar to lay the stones around the circle. Line the interior of your fire pit with fire bricks and top with a layer of smooth, flat stones to create a polished look. Finally, place a layer of river rocks on the bottom to complete the fire pit.

Backyard Gazebo

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Build a simple gazebo in your backyard to create a shady place to sit and relax with your spouse. A standard option includes an eight-foot by eight-foot wooden frame and can be completed in just a weekend. Find some simple project plans that include all materials and steps on DIYNetwork.com.

Backyard Stone Paths

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A natural stone path can accentuate the landscape and create a focal point to the real highlight of your backyard space: the pool. Use some simple flat stones to place size to 12 inches apart in the grass or gravel leading up to your pool, then dig down far enough that each stone sits just one inch above the soil. In rainy areas, a gravel base may be required to set a stronger foundation. Once the stones are set into place make sure they’re level. When you’re satisfied with the stones’ placement fill in the spaces with gravel or ground cover. This will draw the eye to the pool area, so take special care to ensure your pool is in tip-top shape. Find a new cover from PoolProducts.com and make sure your deck is free of debris.

About Melissa Jordan

Missy started blogging from home after earning two bachelor’s degrees (one in English and one in history) the same year the Great Recession hit. The economy’s picking up, but she like the freelance lifestyle and doubts she’ll look for a “real” job anytime soon.

Ribbon Christmas Tree Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Hi everyone! I am very excited to share a craft with you all and so appreciative to Dinah for letting me share it here. I’m all about simple crafts because I’ve been known to start a project & leave it half finished (we won’t talk about how many I have going right now!). This Ribbon Christmas Tree was the perfect craft to do while watching TV and one I could set down, make dinner and come back to it without missing a beat. I also like that I didn’t need to buy a bunch of supplies that I will never use again!

Supply list:

  • Green Styrofoam Cone from the Floral section (I chose the 6″ one but you can choose any size)
  • Push Pins
  • Ribbon, I cut each of my ribbons into 3.5″ sections (I needed about 1 1/2 rolls of each of these colors for this project)
  • A star for the top of the tree

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I started out by cutting all my ribbon into 3 1/2″ sections. Using a straight pin, I pinned the first loop of polka dot ribbon onto the bottom of the Styrofoam tree. Following the tree all the way around, I lined up each ribbon, side by side to complete my first row.

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Once I had the first row done, it was easy to start the next row & pin those as well. I started the red ribbon loops so that each one laid right on top of where two polka dot ribbons came together. This way, it would help to make sure none of the green Styrofoam was peeking through. I also made sure that each of the stick pins was covered as much as possible.

After finishing all of my rows, I took three strips of the green ribbon and pinned them around the top to finish off the tree. With my hot glue gun (how wonderful is that thing? Man, I love it!) I glued the yellow star to the green ribbon strips on the front of my tree. I really wanted a smaller star when I was shopping for my supplies but this was the only one I could find and I’m actually really happy with the size now that it’s all finished.

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What’s really great about this, aside from the fact that it’s super easy to do, is that you can make it match any Holiday decor you are planning on doing. You could do an all green tree, just using ribbons with different patterns & textures on it. Or, you could make a really pretty blue and silver tree for a classier look. These trees would make a great hostess or neighbor gift, as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fun craft! I can’t wait to make more trees and use them around my house this Christmas. If you stop by A Spectacled Owl, please let me know that you came over from DIY Inspired. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Google+.

How Going DIY Helps the Environment

by Dinah Wulf

How Going DIY Helps the Environment is a Guest Post Written by Andy Giardo.

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Saving on energy has deep roots closely tied to the burgeoning indie craft community. It may seem a crazy connection, but the ties between the two movements are closer than you might think.

Both movements are linked to conservation. Both DIY-ers and green community members care for the environment and ensure they haven’t squandered resources future generations will need. Members of the green movement embrace natural beauty in the world and work toward conserving that beauty as much as possible. The indie craft community, likewise, recognizes resources to use and reuse to create beauty around. DIYers reuse, recycle, upcycle, and re-create. They’re ingenious and careful, and they appreciate beauty in unusual places, seeing the potential, where others just see old materials. They don’t like creating waste, which ultimately makes for a more beautiful planet.

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HLN calls “The Maker Movement” one of the biggest trends of the past year, in response to the effects of the recession and people looking to save money while also creating one-of-a-kind goods. The roots of the DIY community come from pioneer women who made warm, practical quilts with what they had, not carefully coordinated fabric store finds. The desire to be surrounded by organic beauty naturally flowed throughout daily life. Decorating today’s home without harsh chemicals continues with wood staining techniques using nut husks, vegetables and herbs.

What’s available to DIY-ers now includes everything from crochet hooks and batting, to mobile apps and Internet resources. CraftGossip.com editor Rosie Bromberg uses the Internet to connect to like-minded crafters around the globe. Bromberg says through craft shows, bazaars and online activity, she sees a promising future for indie crafts.

Photo of a craft show by rpongsaj via Flickr

How Energy Consumption Ties In

Both the green movement and the DIY movement consist of creative people who look for unique solutions to problems others can’t see through. Energy savers — those who engineer solar hot water heaters for use in sunny climates, to those who spin and dye their own alpaca wool — use what they have for a bigger, practical, upcycled purpose.

While some may call the two groups subcultures, hold-outs from the 1970s who haven’t quite recovered from Woodstock, that’s rapidly changing. People are discovering a conservation-focused way of life is not a passing fad. Using resources wisely dates back to Biblical times, when women dyed clothing with indigo and pulp from the dogwood tree. Yasmin Chopin Interior Design named indigo as the decorating “color of 2013,” calling it a visual answer to hectic and chaotic lifestyles.

When it comes to conserving energy in your own home, there are many DIY methods to helping the earth while saving money. Deregulation of energy providers, as seen on electriccompanies.com, gives DIY-ers more choice when it comes to services. Do-it-yourself energy audits, in which homeowners can look for cords to unplug, air leaks to fix, and insulation to improve, can create satisfying, Earth-friendly home projects. You can even install your own solar panels, which will create lifelong energy savings. Just like most any object could be repurposed for a craft or new product, that same approach to energy savings is vital because of the unstability of nonrenewable resources.

Photo by OregonDOT via Flickr

About Andy Giardo

Andy writes about amateur woodworking, welding and other DIY projects.

Repurposing to Reuse

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposing to Reuse is written by Guest Author, Keith Hamilton

We’ve started recycling all paper, plastic, cans and glass, but what about other things that may be broken or out of style? Most garbage stays in a landfill for about 30 years. Also, there is no current study, but in 1975 the National Academy of Scientists estimated 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the ocean every year. We should be recycling, repurposing or reusing as much as we possibly can.

In 1995, over 200 of the world’s landfills were full. Can you imagine what it will be like when our children and grandchildren are grown? Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day. Where is it all going to go? Plastics and aluminum can take up to 500 years to break down, according to DoSomething.org. Organic materials, cotton, rags and paper take 6 months to completely break down. Why wouldn’t we try to reuse the things that are reusable?

When it comes to getting rid of large items, clothing or books, thrift stores are helpful resources. But what if we kept those things that we didn’t want, only to repurpose them? We’ve all browsed Pinterest and have seen wonderful craft ideas for things that we would normally throw away, but what if we actually turned those things into other usable items that we would otherwise have to purchase? You can search websites for unlimited repurpose ideas, or even start an eco-craft blog of your own. All you’d need is a wordpress site and a DSL.com connection. There are so many ways to keep from throwing away old things and buying new. At least 75 percent of waste can be recycled or repurposed, according to GreenWaste.com. Experiment with your old stuff before throwing it away.

One great idea that I love the most is using an old door or window and turning them into something else that is shabby chic and completely adorable, found on designbykelli.com. You could lay a piece of custom cut glass over an old door and attach legs to make it into a cool coffee table. You could also have a mirror put into a cut-out on the door and create a full length mirror that is not only useful, but very cool, too. You could create a headboard or a bench with almost no effort at all. An old rustic window can be turned into a mirror, picture frames, or something artistic. Anyone can turn a door or an old window into any beautiful piece of art or décor.

Photo of a repurposed door to hold a guitar by Juhana Leinonen via Flickr

If you ever come across a yard sale or your grandma’s attic and find an old vintage suitcase, grab it! You can do some really interesting and unusual things with old suitcases. If the outside is sturdy, you can attack legs and create a foot stool if it’s rounded or a side table if it’s flat. Another cool thing to make with an old suitcase is a medicine cabinet. You would have to cut into your wall in order to fit the case in, and then add small shelves once the cabinet is up. Attach a pretty mirror to the outside and you’ll have a unique addition to your bathroom. If the shape is difficult to work with and you aren’t able to create furniture with your old suitcase, clean out the inside and attach an accordion file folder to store your personal papers and other keepsakes.

Photo of an upcycled suitcase by Stacie Stacie Stacie via Flickr

Old books can be turned into small individual bookshelves by adding a bracket to the back cover and attaching it to the wall. These cute “book shelves” are a great place to put knick knacks or small picture frames. You can put up a few, or make a wall full of these individualized shelves.

Photo of a bookshelf by 2Tales via Flickr

If you have old vintage tennis rackets, take the strings out and replace the head with a mirror or glass for a picture frame then hang it on your wall, which can be found by typing in Tennis Racket Mirror on CountryLiving.com.

A vintage bicycle, suggests pixadus, can be made into a small table by attaching a piece of wood to the handle bars and the level seat. Place it on your front porch or garden and make planters out of the basket, the seat, the fenders and the handle bars. Then add your own favorite flowers to create a sweet and fun conversation piece.

Photo of a vintage bike in a garden by gamppart via Flickr

About Keith Hamilton

Keith is a blogger who enjoys writing about home improvement and DIY projects.

Tackling the Garage

by Dinah Wulf

Tackling the Garage was written by guest author Jen Small and sponsored by California Closets.

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After years of begging my husband to clean out our garage, I finally got sick and tired of hearing those famous words, “I’ll get to it, sweetie.”  I decided it was time for me to take things into my own hands.  Even after all these years living in the suburbs I still never understood why everybody parked their expensive cars in the driveway and kept their junk in the garage.  It was something I never understood.

On one hand, I knew there were some invaluable items that we just couldn’t do away with inside the garage.  On the other hand, I knew very well that by the time I was finished in there I’d be making half our mortgage on the money I would make from the garage sale I planned to throw.  So in I went…

Two days, a scrape on my knee and lots of sneezes later I finally finished and had cleared out more than half of our junk to sell at the yard sale.  And, just as I expected, it was a great success!  The key: if you haven’t used it once in the past year, you probably will not need it again. 

The next step of course was finding garage storage solutions that would work for the remaining items in our garage such as our bicycles, sports equipment, memorabilia and other spare items we had.  I heard that there are simple ways of storing items in your garage, similar to the way that people use closet design to organize their wardrobes.

At the end of the day we were able to store all of those bulky items and more in creative ways, on the walls and in overhead storage bins.  You’re not going to believe this… but even our cars have a spot in our new garage!

 

Thank you to California Closets for sponsoring this article. Monetary compensation was provided in the publication of this post.

 

Planning an Autumn Party for Your Little Pumpkin

by Dinah Wulf

Planning an Autumn Party for Your Little Pumpkin, Written By Heather Martin

If you’ve got a little one on the way, then baby shower party planning is also on the horizon. As leaves change colors and breezes turn brisk, why not theme your autumn party to complement the season? Replace bright floral invitations with invites featuring owls and ditch the strawberry lemonade for apple cider punch. Host an autumn-themed baby shower for that special little pumpkin and mom-to-be with the following ideas.

Pumpkin Contest

Since “your little pumpkin” is the theme of the baby shower, host a pumpkin carving and decorating contest. Fill a large wheelbarrow full of mini pumpkins for each guest. Provide each table with supplies, including newspapers and pumpkin carving knives, Sharpie markers, puffy paint, glitter and glue. Also provide baby materials, such as pacifiers, ribbon, diapers and bibs. Guests can either carve their pumpkins into shapes like baby feet and hands, decorate the gourd into a baby or decoratively write a warm message, such as “Congratulations on your little one!”

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Fruit & Gourd Table Centerpieces

For your fall-themed baby shower decorations, adorn each table with a festive centerpiece. Fill large glass vases of various sizes with plastic pears, apples, pomegranates and oranges. Fill another group of glass vases with a variety of gourds. Accent the vases with fake (or real if you can) berries and foliage. Place the fruit centerpieces on a couple tables and the gourd centerpieces on other tables. For additional fall flair, disperse artificial colorful autumn leaves throughout the tables’ surfaces.

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Autumn Sweets & Treats

Sweeten your party with homemade maple cupcakes and caramel apple bites. Friends’ and families’ mouths will water as they sink their teeth into Country Living’s maple cupcakes made with tasty ingredients such as ginger, brown sugar, walnuts (or pecans), and of course, maple syrup. Top cupcakes with homemade light and fluffy maple-butter frosting. As an extra touch, Country Living suggests creating a dimple in the center of each cupcake to fill with maple syrup.

Burwell General Store’s Amaretto-spiked caramel apple bites will also impress guests. An indulgent bite full of tangy sweetness, these caramel apple desserts are green apple squares deliciously topped with soft and buttery caramel and laced with a hint of Amaretto liqueur. Once you’ve made a pan of caramel in a thin layer, cut apples into cubes, top with a square of caramel and insert a toothpick. Display cupcakes and caramel apple bites on a three-tired cake plate and “sprinkle” candy corns throughout each tier as edible decor.

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Dessert Favors

As party favors, bag pumpkin Rice Krispies treats and frosted pumpkin sugar cookies. Tie each favor with fall-colored ribbon. You can place a favor in an every other-style pattern by each plate on tables or fill two baskets for each favor to set on a display table. To make the Rice Krispies treats, add red and yellow food coloring to give the melted marshmallow mixture its orange color, and then stir in Rice Krispies. Separate the mixture into small pieces, wrap with wax paper and shape into round balls. After they cool for 30 minutes, put in a tootsie roll to create a stem and insert a Popsicle stick. Draw a jack-o’-lantern face with black decorating gel, and use green decorating gel to create pumpkin foliage. Not only are these favors tasty treats for guests to enjoy at home, the favors are festive decorations for the baby shower as well.

Image by Veganbaking.net via Wikimedia Commons

About Heather Martin

Heather is a wife and mom from the South who just sent her oldest daughter off to college. She loves to blog about arts and crafts, DIY and green living.

DIY Repairs: Yes You Can!

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Repairs Guest Post Written By: Liz Becker

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By now you know all about the concept of one man’s trash being another man’s treasure. It applies to everything from the slightly (or maybe even very) banged up stuff you find on curbs and in thrift shops. It applies even to things like wood pallets. If you know what you’re doing, you can even use this philosophy on your own appliances.

For example: that antique refrigerator that you love? You inherited it from a grandparent. It adds so much character to your kitchen…but lately it’s been misbehaving and you’re worried that you might have to toss it and go with something mass produced.

Wait!

Instead of sending it to fridge heaven, why not repair it? With the right tools and guidance you can do everything from giving the thing a thorough cleaning to installing the specialty coils you need to keep the machine running properly in spite of its age.

Before you throw out anything of character, do the following things:

1. Give it a thorough cleaning and scrubbing. Continuing with our refrigerator example, defrost the freezer and scrub down the inside and the outside. That wall of ice that builds up in the freezer? It can cause both the freezer and the refrigerator to malfunction. It can freeze the machine’s motor in place.

2. Take off the “casings” of your fridge and freezer. Make sure, obviously, that the machine is unplugged and then unscrew the linings from the machine’s frame. Unscrew any Styrofoam that might be covering the fan. Clean both sides of these linings and the Styrofoam and let it dry completely. While it dries, thoroughly inspect every piece that has been exposed to make sure that there is no ice, mold or other buildup in the workings of the machine.

3. If you do find ice, you can use hot water to help melt it safely. Then let everything dry.

4. While you’re waiting for the inside of the machine to dry, inspect the back. Make sure that the refrigerator coil is clean and intact. Inspect every inch for wear and tear and make sure that its connections are installed correctly. If it looks old or like it might be wearing down, you can order new specialty coils to replace it.

5. Scrub the drain pan clean before you put everything back together.

IMPORTANT: Do not mess with the Freon yourself unless you are actually trained to do so. No, seriously, just don’t. Yes it will be tempting to tinker with it but resist that temptation. You don’t want to accidentally render the entire machine useless (and potentially hurt yourself too). If your fridge’s Freon is the problem, hire a professional repair person to fix the machine and return it to working order.

You can use the DIY repair approach with most things in your home: your air conditioner, your stove or oven, etc. Be careful with heating machines, though—you don’t want to accidentally set anything on fire!

DIY Repairs Guest Post Written By: Liz Becker

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Upcycled Telephone Desk

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to have the very creative, animal loving, well-traveled, and crafty Kimberly Noelle from Quirky Cool share her fabulous upcycled telephone desk.  Inspired by her family and home decorating magazines, Kimberly is a writer and avid DIY’er. She has some beautiful projects including her Burlap Furniture entertainment stand and her most recent beach cottage inspired side table. Be sure to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Welcome Kimberly Noelle!

 

Hi everyone!  I’m Kimberly Noelle from Quirky Cool.  I’m so excited to have been asked to write a guest post on the lovely DIY Inspired about my upcycled telephone desk.  I hope you enjoy…..

I love secondhand. There is just something about  a well lived, aged, or sometimes even horrid piece that gives me inspiration and drive to make it quirky, unique, and beautiful. I like to think of myself as the Fairy Godmother to my secondhand furniture finds and my paintbrush as my magic wand.

As I went on my weekly thrift store jaunt, I stopped in at the Goodwill which can be a hit or miss. However, I spotted this cute little telephone desk in the corner. It was in perfect shape, had great bones and in fact looked as if it had been painted recently, but the color…. It was questionable. I thought what the heck, and picked it up for 20 bucks. I put it in a few different areas throughout my home, debated on what to do with it and finally after asking myself the question of “should or shouldn’t I paint this?” I decided to go for it and so the process began.  During a trip to Wal-Mart I stopped by the paint section and picked up a beautiful spicy banana pepper yellow color. I went home grabbed some sandpaper and “tried” to sand the piece down so I could start painting.  The paint was not lifting so I decided to use a paint stripper that I at the time was using on another project. Oh my…….why I did that instead of priming it will forever be a question I ask myself!  I don’t care what anybody says stripping paint is not easy, at least not for me. I had failed to realize as I slapped the stripping gel on that the 25 spindles that made up the telephone desk were going to be the death of me. So what happened? I got so frustrated with the massive process of it all that I left it sitting for 2 weeks until I finally  had enough mental pep talk to tackle the project…. and  tackled it I did.

The Process…Here’s a look at the stages of the desk. I’m glad I let myself take a break from it. I almost gave up completely during the stripping of the paint, but I conquered….2 weeks later of course.

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Here is a few close ups…Finally in a spot I like, decorated up pretty, and shining like the Spicy Banana Pepper Yellow that it is!

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After I painted the telephone desk I decided on a whim to paint the top of the desk in black Chalkboard paint for an extra touch of detail. Not to mention I am obsessing over chalkboard paint right now.  I used sandpaper to ruff up the edges and spindles. It gave it that beautiful aged look with its own unique character. I am so happy with how it turned out.  It now fits my style and home décor perfectly.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my upcycled Goodwill telephone desk and to remember to never overlook the ugly pieces sitting in a corner. Even they, have great potential with a fairy godmother and her magical paintbrush at their service.

Please check out my blog at Quirky Cool for tons more Goodwill finds, Upcycled furniture and DIY’s. I also have a blog with my sister and mom where we talk about our pieces we upcycle and DIY for our Flea Market Booth at Prairie Sisters Boutique.

 I hope this has inspired you to DIY…

Kimberly Noelle

 

Infused Tequila and Cocktail ideas for Cinco de Mayo

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

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Infused tequila is very simple to make and needs just a few ingredients.   Today I want to share how to make a roasted pineapple and jalapeno tequila recipe in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  Then, I will share four cocktail recipes that include your freshly made infused tequila!  These recipes are: 1) Roasted Pineapple Margarita, 2) Blood Orange Margarita, 3) Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita, and 4) Mango Jalapeño Margarita.  These fruit inspired cocktail recipes are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party! Enjoy!

How to Make Infused Tequila: Roasted Pineapple & Jalapeño Tequila recipe

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml Reposado Tequila
  • 3-5 jalapeños, washed and whole
  • 6-8 Fresh Pineapple (½-¾ inch thick spears)
  • 1 clean jar

Instructions:

Peel and slice the pineapple in spears about ½-inch thick or thicker. Don’t discard the core; just slice it along with the rest of the pineapple.

Grill the whole peppers and pineapple spears. Over medium heat, lay the peppers and pineapple directly on the grates. Grill until peppers have grill marks and are beginning to soften, taking care not to overly char them. Keep pineapple on grill until they’re nice and brown. Flip both the peppers and pineapple over to grill the other side. Grill another few minutes and remove from grill and into a clean glass container.

When cool, remove the top of the stem part from the pepper. Slice the pepper in half. Place the pineapple spears and jalapeños into the jar. Pour the tequila over the top and cover. Let rest for two weeks in the refrigerator. After the first remove the peppers and discard. I would avoid shaking mix while it sits.

If you prefer less heat, remove the seeds from peppers before adding into the jar. Also, there is no need to spend too much on your tequila choice. I used a reposado, the vanilla and cinnamon notes was what I was looking to add. However, silver tequila will work wonderfully.

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Infused Tequila Cocktail Recipes:

Roasted Pineapple Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

Build drink in glass you will be serving cocktail in. Add Grand Marnier, lime juice and tequila to the glass. Then, add ice, sour mix, and orange juice. Transport all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rim highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Blood Orange Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. Orange Juice
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix
  • Dash of orange bitters

Instructions:

Build drink in glass you will be serving cocktail in. Add Solerno Blood Orange, lime juice, bitters and tequila to the glass. Then, add ice, sour mix, and orange juice. Transport all ingredients to a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rim highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 2-3 Strawberries, muddled
  • Dash of grapefruit bitters
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

In a shaker muddle berries.

Add in agave syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. Then, stir items in shaker with a spoon. Add Grand Marnier, sour mix and tequila to the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Mango Jalapeño Margarita recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Infused tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar
  • 3-4 Mango cubes, muddled
  • Dash of grapefruit bitters
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix

Instructions:

In a shaker muddle mango.

Add in agave syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. Then, stir items in shaker with a spoon. Add Grand Marnier, sour mix and tequila to the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a salted rim highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Jala-Piña Margarita Cocktail

by Dinah Wulf

Jala-Piña Margarita Cocktail, Written by David Edessa

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Cinco de Mayo is around the corner. It’s time to reacquaint ourselves with tequila. Last year I wrote a post called Save the Water and Drink Tequila. I shared some fun tequila facts and also some tips for making the perfect margarita.  Today, this recipe, Jala-Piña Margarita cocktail, will be the focus.  It’s a drink with a Mexican flair.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s Cino de Mayo cocktail recipes like the Strawberry & Rhubarb Pulco Cocktail or my recipe for Margarita Spiked Watermelon.  Still craving some tequila?  Check out this tangerine margarita recipe.

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Jala-Piña Margarita cocktail recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Reposado tequila
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, muddled
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Splash of agave nectar
  • Jalapeño pepper for garnish

Instructions:
In a shaker muddle a jalapeño.  Add in agave syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. Then, stir items in shaker with a spoon. Add Grand Marnier, pineapple juice and tequila to the shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a jalapeño.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!

Rock 2013!! Be Safe!! DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!!
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Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any holiday or special occasion.

 

March Madness Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

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Written By David Edessa

March Madness is almost over!  Tomorrow is the big day so I decided to create something fun and slightly different. This is a drink that I decided to promote at the bar. I personally never enjoyed the Car Bomb shot, so here are some great alternatives for your March Madness party this weekend.

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Maple Leaf Bomb recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ pint Guinness stout
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Caramel Irish cream liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished whisky

Instructions:

Add the Irish cream and whiskey to a shot glass, layering the Irish cream on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug ⅔ of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don’t drink it fast enough it will curdle.

Traditional Irish Car Bomb recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ pint Guinness stout
  • ¾ oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Irish whiskey

Instructions:

Add the Irish cream and whiskey to a shot glass, layering the Irish cream on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug ⅔ of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don’t drink it fast enough it will curdle.

Maple Nut Coffee recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished whisky
  • ¾ oz. Hazelnut liqueur
  • ½ oz. Bailey’s Caramel Irish cream liqueur
  • 5 oz. Strong Hot Coffee
  • Garnish: Whipped Cream and chocolate shavings.

Instructions:

Pour Whisky, Irish cream and hazelnut liqueur into an Irish coffee mug. Fill it with coffee.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!Rock 2013!!Be Safe!!

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