20th Mar2013

Recycled Clock Watch Display Case

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to have Lilly Meehan back today to share her Recycled Clock Watch Display Case.  Be sure to check out her other DIY Inspired thrifty makeover contributions, her upcycled thrift store penny table and her thrift store chair makeover.  Thanks again, Lilly for sharing!

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Written By: Lilly Meehan, Ventura, CA

I used to collect heart shaped watches.  I stopped collecting and wearing them a few years ago.  In cleaning out for a garage sale, I decided to do this project. A small clock was purchased at a thrift store.   The mechanism of the clock was removed and all the inner workings. Glitter paper was placed as a background and a plastic circle was added for strength.  The frame was painted to match.  Each watch had the band removed and was cleaned.

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Notice that the watch in the 1:00 position is set to 1:00, the watch set in the 2:00 position is set to 2:00, and so on.  Some unused post earrings were added for even more bling.  The watches in the center are set to my birth date. I was born on July 16, so the top three are set to 7:16.  Now I can enjoy the collection in a visual display despite not wearing the watches anymore.

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I was going to make it a working clock at first, and did buy a new clock mechanism for that reason.  However, it was just so busy as is and it seemed unnecessary to add the watch hands.  I made it not to be used in a practical sense but to be a display piece.  In the past I have made several jeweled Christmas trees from old rhinestone/costume jewelry, this is along those same lines.

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08th Mar2013

Cucumber Lemon Spritzer

by Dinah Wulf

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Today’s recipe is Cucumber Lemon Spritzer made with fresh cucumber water and homemade basil simple syrup.  Be sure to check out all of David’s cocktail party recipes over at Cocktail Corner.

Written By David Edessa:

Cucumber Lemon Spritzer

  • 1½ oz. Gin
  • ½ oz. St-Germain Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Cucumber Water
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz. Basil Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. Club Soda

Instructions:

Add all liquid ingredients into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain shaker and pour over a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and a basil leaf.

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Cucumber Water (unsweetened) recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups coarsely chopped seeded peeled cucumbers (about 4-5 medium) 
  • 2 cups cold water

Instructions:

Peel, seed, and chop about 4 to 5 cucumbers, then blend them up. Blend until mixture is smooth but slushy, about 2 minutes. Pour the blended batch through a sieve that has been lined with cheesecloth. Let this concoction drip through in the fridge overnight. 

Basil Simple Syrup recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil

Instructions:

Stir water, sugar, and basil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into a cruet or airtight container, discarding basil. Cover and chill 4 hours. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month.

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Whenever using an electric blender or food processor, always check the manufacture manual to verify safety precautions.  Also chick if you can crush ice safely when using ice or any hard food substance.

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21st Feb2013

Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I am honored to showcase another great DIY furniture tutorial by Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box today!  Here is her Dining Room Chair Repair and Reupholstering Makeover.  Thanks, Loren!

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Written by Loren Crane from Pandora’s Craft Box

You have no idea how much I have been hating my dining room chairs. They have gone through a lot with me. They have been around for about seven years, with six moves to three states and a new baby. It’s a new year and I wanted to bring some color to my home and lighten things up.  I was very lucky to have my wonderful mother in-law over for the holiday season and she gave the courage to tackle this big project.

This project is rated C for Courage.

The wonderful part was that we got to bond and I did not even have to ask more than once because the next thing I knew she was tearing it apart. It was fantastic!

Removing fabric from chair

We removed the strip by pulling hard because it was only held with glue.  We had to remove all the staples in the top fabric, foam, cardboard, and any other lingering staples. I am starting to hate staples a lot at this point!

staining chair

The seat of the chair was easier to remove because it was just screwed in. Once all the fabric was off you will I needed to stain parts of the chair because time has not been gentle.  I also used a sealer by Krylon once the stain dried.  While the sealer was drying we tacked the seat. We used the original fabric to trace a pattern to cut the new fabric.

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As you can see the old fabric was pretty beat up!

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All we needed to do was wrap the fabric around the foam, the wooden base and staple it.

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After all has been said and done all we needed to do was screw it back in to the chair base.

Fabric

My mother in-law Laurie helped me pick out the fabric at Joann’s and I am just in love with it. It has all my favorite colors in it. Can you guess what my favorite color is?

We cut two circles of fabric one the exact size of the cardboard and the other half and inch bigger all around.

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On the backside of the cardboard I had to glue the new fabric to it with spray on adhesive. I used Elmer’s Craft Bond. It worked very nicely.

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1. Once the adhesive was dry I placed the cardboard back into the back of the chair and stapled it in place.

2. I placed the foam on top of the cardboard and stapled it in place.

3. I used the fabric which I cut half an inch larger and stapled it to the inside of the chair. I tried not to pull the fabric too much because I wanted to keep some dimension to it.

4. I cut out any remnant that was sticking out once it was stapled.

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Here is how the back looks like once it was place in! Now it gives a pop of color from the back and the front. It’s time to finish the front. Just a couple more steps.

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1 & 2. We used the original lining strip and removed the old fabric.

3. We took the fabric that we used on the seat of the chair to sew it over the rope.

4. Ta-Da! Now it’s time to hot glue it!

Reupholstering back of chair

Super simple to do!

Reupholstering Chair before

Can you see the difference now! It is so much better than before and all it takes is the courage to start. Do you have a project that you have been putting off because you think you can’t do it? Well guess what you are not the only one but it’s not that hard just give it a try.

Chair redo

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Till next time stay crafty!!

-Loren

Don’t forget to visit Loren on her Facebook page and say hello!

 

15th Feb2013

The Old Fashion: A Classic Cocktail

by Dinah Wulf

This week, David has two Old Fashion cocktail recipes, the Classic Old Fashion recipe and the Mediterranean Old Fashion recipe.  Perfect for a sophisticated evening cocktail party, both recipes are no fuss, easy to make, and can be quickly prepared.  Enjoy!

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Written By: David Edessa

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Classic Old Fashion recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Rye or Bourbon Whiskey
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon peel

Instructions:

Pour whiskey, syrup, and bitters into a cracked-ice-filled old-fashioned glass and stir 10 to 15 times. Twist a wide lemon peel over the top and drop into the drink.

This is a recipe that I use currently that I find people to really enjoy…

Mediterranean Old Fashion recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Rye Whiskey
  • ½ oz. East India Solera Sherry
  • 2 dashes Blood Orange bitters
  • Garnish: Orange peel

Instructions:

First item is to build your drink in an old fashion glass. Combine all ingredients into the glass without ice.  Twist a wide orange peel over the top and drop into the drink. Add three large ice cubes and stir glass with a bar spoon in a circular motion 10 to 15 times. The stirring will let the ice dilute whiskey slightly without adding water and making a watery mess.

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Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any occasion.

 

12th Feb2013

DIY Monogram Swarovski Pearls in a Frame

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to have Heather guest post today from Rockstew!  She is sharing her DIY Monogram Swarovski Pearls in a Frame Tutorial.  Not only does Heather blog about crafty DIY, she also shares parenting tips, recipes, favorite books, and adventures in raising her daughter, Annabelle.  You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Here is Heather’s DIY Monogram Swarovski Pearls in a Frame Tutorial. Welcome, Heather!

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I’ve been obsessed by Pinterest and also monograms for the past month.  So I decided to make baby girl a lovely monogram using Swarovski pearls.  I chose the pearls instead of crystals because baby girl was born in June and pearls just happen to be her birth stone.

This year, my resolution is to use only things I have in the house or material that is upcycled.  Because of my jewelry company that I no longer run, I still have lots of Swarovski crystals and pearls lying in a box unused in the back of my closet.

Time:  6-7 hours

Skill:  Easy to Moderate

Ingredients:

  • Frame (without glass)
  • Size:  15×13 on the outside perimeter.  9 1/2″ by 7 1/2″on the interior perimeter
  • I bought the above frame without glass or a back at a thrift store for $3.99
  • Swatch of linen
  • I bought a linen tablecloth at thrift store for $1.99
  • Transfer Paper
  • Purchased at Fabric Store $4.99
  • Swarovski Pearls
  • approx. 250 3mm Cream Rose Crystal Pearl
  • approx. 20 4mm Cream Rose Crystal Pearl
  • Cardboard (if the frame has no back)
  • Embroidery Hoop *optional
  • Tape

Steps

*These are the exact steps I took using the materials that I had as listed above.  Please modify if needed!

Step One: The frame I purchased had no glass or back, so I improvised a backing using cardboard.  I cut a piece of the cardboard to match the backing of the frame.  Using the cardboard “backing” piece, I cut out a swatch of fabric that was large enough for me to fold down the edges securely in the back.

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{Created a cardboard backing}

Step Two: I tea dyed the fabric by soaking the fabric overnight in 8 bags of black tea.  24 hours later, I washed and dried the fabric in the washing machines/dryer then ironed the fabric.

Step Three: On the computer, open up Paintbrush.  Using the font LUKE, I selected the text tool and placed in the A.  I could have measured but I eyeballed the appropriate size by holding up the frame next to the computer.  It was approximately 375 pt. font.

Step Four: Place the transfer paper in your printer.  Before printing, read the instructions of Transfer Paper. The directions on the package indicated to print the image in a mirror copy.  I did NOT do that because I wanted the letter A to be on the back as a guide only.  (If the image is on the back, it needs to be backwards so that you can trace it properly.)  If you want this project to be cheaper/more environmental, I would recommend tracing the letter on the back of your fabric.  Iron the letter onto your fabric.

Step Five: Next, get out the embroidery hoop and center the fabric. Be sure that the A is showing from the back of your hoop. (It’s not necessary to use an embroidery hoop, but it makes this project much easier.)

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Step Six: Double thread your needle and knot it. From the back, pull your needle through the fabric.  Holding the needle, drop a Swarovski pearl through the needle, and then gently pull the needle up.

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{Sewing Swarovski Pearls onto linen background}

Step Seven: To secure the pearl, push the needle through the fabric in approximately the same place that you came up. The pearl will center above this entry/exit.  Continue “sewing” your pearls to the fabric until you are finished.  Use a variety of sizes to create a variegated look.

Step Eight: Once you are finished, loosen the fabric from the embroidery hoop.  Iron the fabric where the embroidery hoop has creased the fabric.

Step Nne: Center the fabric over the cardboard and secure the edges to the back using tape.

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{Taped linen to cardboard backing}

Step Ten: Place the cardboard into the frame and secure.  I placed a secondary piece of cardboard over the top to hide the mess, but this is not a necessary step.

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{Voila!  Pearl Monogram}

05th Feb2013

Shabby Chic Bedside Table Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to have Federica of La Cianfrusagliera join me today on a guest post and sharing her passion for design.  Here is how she turned an old dresser destined for the trash and turned it into a beautiful Shabby Chic bedside table. Welcome, Federica!

 

Decorating never ends, Written by Federica

Decorating is my passion! It doesn’t matter if it is a dress, a piece of furniture or an accessory; when I find something with a “potential” I do not stop until I obtain the look I’ve imagined.  That’s what happened with this old bedside table.  My mom was throwing it in the trash bin, but I caught it on time!  So I cleaned it, sanded it and colored it of a pale lilac.

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But that was not enough. So I enameled the knob and painted some hearts on its front.

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But that was not enough: So I added some wall paper on the front door.

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But that was not enough. So I finally covered the inner drawer with wall pater too…

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And that’s enough…for now.

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If you like this creation of mine, maybe you want to take a look also at:

Heart Photo Wall Art

Heart Photo Wall Art

Wild Bedside Tables

Wild Bedside Tables

Striped Diaper Holder

Striped Diaper Holder

Yellow Dress Tutorial

Yellow Dress Tutorial

Wool Sheath Dress

Wool Sheath Dress

Federica’s Winning Design

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About Federica

My name is Federica, I’m Italian but I love travelling all over the world.  I’m a mother, a wife, an interpreter and I work in the fashion field.  During the rare and precious free time I have, I love creating with my hands objects for the people I love.  If you have the same passion I invite you following me on my blog and on Facebook.

 

01st Feb2013

Apples and Oranges Cocktail

by Dinah Wulf

This week’s recipe is a refreshing fruity apples and oranges cocktail with homemade ginger syrup written by David Edessa.

Apple and Orange Cocktail

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Apples & Oranges Cocktail Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka
  • ½ oz. Ginger Syrup
  • ½ oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz. Organic Apple Juice
  • 2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
  • Garnish: Orange Peel

Instructions:

Add all ingredients into glass. Then, twist orange peel over glass and drop into drink. Add ice to ingredients in glass. Keeping the spoon on the edge of the glass, stir your drink gently and bring up your alcohol until the ice is completely covered. I know that, upon stirring, when my peel reaches the top, my drink is ready.

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Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Corn Syrup
  • 1½ cup Water
  • 1½ teaspoons Whole Black Peppercorns

Instructions:

Combine the ginger, sugar, corn syrup, water, and peppercorns in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve, and discard the peppercorn & ginger. Store it in a clean glass jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator. The Ginger Syrup will keep under refrigeration for up to 6 months.

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Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any occasion.

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29th Jan2013

How To Paint Metal – From Drab To Fab

by Dinah Wulf

I am so excited to have my friend Tara from A Spectacled Owl today to share her fabulous metal owl makeover!  She will show you how to paint metal and turn some candlesticks from drab to fab!  Welcome Tara!

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I’ve often wondered how to paint metal because I had never done it before.  There have been so many times I’ve seen a little statue, candle holder or other tchotchke that is adorable but is either the wrong color for what I am looking for or just a downright ugly color altogether.  Ever since I met up with Barbara from Chase The Star and she convinced me that even *I* could spray paint something, all I see are possibilities!  My favorite place to look now is the clearance section!  Sometimes there are some UGLY things there that just need a little love and a whole lotta paint!

For weeks, my daughter Ashlyn & I had been going into World Market (we’re a tad bit obsessed with the place!) and saw these owl taper candle holders.  I loved the owls themselves but I hated the bronzy look to it and I am not a taper candle girl at all.  Ashlyn and I went there a week or so ago and I realized that there were more in the clearance section now and they were 75% off! (So, instead of paying $65 for all 5, which I wouldn’t have paid, they were $15 total for all 5!)  I took one and tried to see if the taper candle holder part of it was screwed on, which it was, so I knew I could take that part off.  We grabbed 2 big ones (for my husband & myself) and 3 little ones (Jared, Ashlyn & Ryan).  I brought them home & got to work.  Hope you like what I did to them.  I am beyond happy with the results!

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See?  Cute owls, just ugly finish & the thing on their heads had to go!

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Yay!  No more ugly things on their heads!  After getting those off, I wiped them down with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol so they were all clean.

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All lined up on plastic, ready to be primed!  Yes, they all have holes in their heads now but I’m ok with that!

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Before painting the metal, you want to use a good primer so that the paint will stick & not run.  The woman at Home Depot recommended this primer when I went to buy some spray paint for another project.  I really liked the way it came out smooth & I loved the coverage.

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This is after one coat.   Primer went on really well.  I let it dry about 15 minutes in between coats, 3 coats total.  After all the coats were on, I let the owls completely dry overnight and then went to work spray painting them.  Each owl got a different color, the favorite color of the family member each represented (Flat black for my husband, a nice green for me, white for my oldest son Jared, violet for Ashlyn & yellow for Ryan).  After the white owl dried, I did a coat of  Krylon’s Rust Protector Gloss Enamel, a nice glossy white finish.

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Ashlyn wanted hers to be a dark purple so I decided to break out the ginormous box of crafts paints I have and find a shade.  I used Craft Smart Acrylic paint in Violet & added DecoArt Pearlizing Medium to give the paint some shimmer. After painting, I took this one out to the garage to dry with the rest of the owl family (I’m sorry there aren’t other pictures of my spray painting the owls.  Those pictures accidentally got deleted *sniff*)

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After letting all the owls dry overnight, I sprayed the green, yellow & purple owls with Ace Hardware’s Premium Enamel Gloss in Clear.  I left the owl that was painted flat black because my husband really liked the look of it.  After leaving the owls for a couple hours to make sure everything was dry, they were ready for their first photo shoot!  I loved how these came out & can’t wait to find other ugly things to paint & make beautiful!

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22nd Jan2013

DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf
I am so excited to have Heather from Setting for Four today!  She is sharing one of my favorite tutorials of hers, a DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial.  Also, she included a bonus of my absolute fave, her DIY Beaded Sunburst Mirror!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Please feel free to share it too.  If you Pin it, I’d love it if you pinned it from her website to show her some LOVE!  Welcome, Heather!

 

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be here at DIY Inspired to guest post today!
My name is Heather and I blog at Setting for Four:
I’m a Military wife with a passion for family friendly design that won’t break the bank or sacrifice style! I am a mom of two teenagers and married to my best friend, an Infantryman, whom I am so proud of! I love to create things by hand, cook healthy meals and most of all create a comfy and cozy space for our family of four.
Here’s my DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial:
Drink Coasters are a great Do It Yourself project to make for your home or give as presents!
They are great to have in your living room, kitchen, office etc. but can be expensive to buy, so let’s make our own!
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DIY Coasters:
Custom DIY Coaster Tutorial from Setting for Four #coaster #custom #diy #personalized #diy #modpodge #tutorial
Many coaster tutorials use tiles but I find them to be a bit too big .
This tutorial uses coasters I found at the Dollar Store.  They are the perfect size and they are backed with cork so that step is already done!
Tile for DIY Coaster Tutorial from Setting for Four #dollar #tile #coaster #diy
Tile for DIY Coaster Tutorial from Setting for Four #dollar #tile #coaster #diy
Supplies:
Scrapbooking Paper – Michaels, 99 cents.  This paper has the added bonus of reversing to a different pattern, so you can alternate the colors of your coasters to make a set that looks beautiful together.  But for this project I just used the script side.
Script Scrapbook Paper from Setting for Four #paper
Script Scrapbook Paper from Setting for Four #paper
Script Scrapbook Paper from Setting for Four #paper
Coaster – Dollar store, $1.00 each. (More expensive than Lowes 20 cent tiles, but as I mentioned, the Dollar store’s are already backed with cork.)
Mod Podge
Polyurethane
Paint brush
Custom Coaster Tutorial:
Cut out a piece of scrapbooking paper to the exact width and length of your coaster.
Brush on Mod Podge to the reverse side of the paper and apply to top of coaster.
Make sure there are no bubbles and all edges are glued down by pressing firmly.
Seal the paper and apply one or two layers of polyurethane.
These custom coasters are great to make for hostess gifts, birthday and Christmas gifts too!
Personalized Coasters
DIY Drink Coasters from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #drink #coaster #paper
I love how these drink coasters turned out and have made a couple of sets for my home.
Here they are with my new mugs from Target:
DIY Cup Cozy Tutorial from Setting for Four #diy #tutorial #cup #mug #cozy #knit
…Do you love this pretty watery blue scrapbook paper?  Then check out my…..
Thanks Dinah for letting me visit your readers today!
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18th Jan2013

Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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This week’s party cocktail recipes from David are a tasty Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe including the recipe for Ginger Simple Syrup, a sweet cocktail perfect for serving at a winter party.  Enjoy!

Written by David Edessa

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Peach Zinger recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Ginger Syrup
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps 
  • 2 oz. White Grape Juice
  • 2 Dashes Rhubarb Bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon Peel or a peach slices

Instructions:

Serve over ice in an tall glass. Roll ingredients and serve

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Ginger Simple Syrup recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Corn Syrup
  • 1½ cup Water
  • 1½ teaspoons Whole Black Peppercorns

Instructions:

Combine the ginger, sugar, corn syrup, water, and peppercorns in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve, and discard the peppercorn & ginger. Store it in a clean glass jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator. The Ginger Syrup will keep under refrigeration for up to 6 months.

I hope you try it! What do you like to serve at your cocktail parties?

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Check out all of David’s FANTASTIC cocktail party recipes!  Find the perfect one for any occasion.

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14th Jan2013

Thrift Store Chair Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Thirft Store Chair Before and After

I e-meet some amazing people online, especially on my Facebook page.  I often ask advice, and I always respond to comments, questions, and suggestions.  I often get emails and posts of fellow DIY’ers showing me their talents and own unique projects.  Lily Meehan from Ventura, California sent me a fun Upcycled Penny Table that she made and I posted it not too long ago.  More recently, she sent me a fantastic chair make over.  This chair has some great bones and lovely lines.  I asked her to share it with my DIY Inspired readers.  Here is Lilly’s Thrift Store Chair Makeover.

Written by Lilly Meehan

This chair was found in a thrift store, but not purchased right away. However, the unusual lines were intriguing to me and it kept bothering me.  It went on sale and I was able to pick it up for a song, thankfully no one else saw the potential in it before I decided to buy it.   The old seventies style fabric had to go, and it was beat up and in need of a new paint job.  After filling the nicks and dents and gentle sanding, it was ready for paint.  The old upholstery nails were removed and replaced, along with repainted wheels.

Chair Makeover Tutorial

The excellent upholstery was done by highly skilled seamstress and my longtime friend Pam James, restoring it to a warmth and richness it deserved.   It is an unusual piece to be treasured for years to come.

Lilly Meehan, Ventura, CA

Here are more Before and After photos.

Flea Market Chair Makeover

Upholstered Chair Makeover

 

04th Jan2013

Rhum Apple Cranberry Cider Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

Rhum Apple-Cranberry Cider Recipe

Happy New Year…. It’s time to get use to writing the year 2013. Where did the time go?  I hope it’s been a good year for everyone and it continues into the New Year…. It’s been a cold December and it has not warmed up yet in January. It’s time to enjoy a glass of spiked cider.  The recipe below can be enjoyed as a nonalcoholic beverage. Here is my Rhum Apple Cranberry Cider Recipe.

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Apple Cranberry Cider Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Pure Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour juice into a tall pot with a lid and turn on heat to high. Prepare spices and add to pot. When pot reaches a boil, turn to the lowest setting. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Strain the cider through a fine sieve onto a second pot. Return cider to heat source or pour into a crock pot to keep warm. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

When picking out apple juice, read the label and try to get juice without added sugar – often called “apple cider” instead of “apple juice” by some companies. Unfiltered juice (which looks a little foggy) is our favorite when we can find it.

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Rhum Apple-Cranberry Cider recipe:

  • 1½ oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  • 5 oz. Apple-Cranberry Cider

Instructions:

In a footed mug or mug add ingredients. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel. The garnish will also add a hint of citrus to the taste and aroma.

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Written By David Edessa

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01st Jan2013

5 Tips to Help Your Floral Bouquets Last Longer

by Dinah Wulf

Flowers have the unique ability to brighten a room and your mood, and the fragrances they exude can infuse your home with a freshness that no air freshener or scented candle can duplicate. But all good things come to an end, and flowers, once cut at the stem and placed in water, face a shortened lifespan no matter how well you take care of them.

But how long a bouquet can survive and thrive in a vase is greatly affected by the care it receives. While some flowers may start to wilt after only a couple days, others can last well over a week. There’s no secret involved — it’s all a matter of choosing the right flowers and taking a few simple steps to care for them.

Coordinate by season

Knowing which flowers to put out for the wedding can be dependent on a number of factors, including the season. You wouldn’t want to put sunflowers out in winter wedding or holly in a spring ceremony. As much as the colors need to coordinate, so do the flowers. Everyone considers roses at some point or another, but think about choosing amaryllis, a winter wedding flower that is also available in red and white colors. With a beautiful scent, this flower is sure to spread some cheer during your holiday wedding.

Purchase flowers straight from the farm

By the time you purchase already-cut flowers at a grocery store, they’ve already been bundled and packaged for at least a couple of days. That greatly cuts down the life expectancy — particularly when the attentive care the flowers receive in the meantime is often minimal. By purchasing flowers at a farm or farmer’s market, you often get your choice of flowers that were hand-cut that morning, which means you get to enjoy your arrangement for longer.  And surprisingly, the flowers at a farmers market are less expensive than in a grocery or floral store.

Cut stems at an angle

Straight-cut stems limit the amount of water flowers can absorb, ultimately cutting down their lifespan. Cutting the stems at an angle increases the surface area of the exposed stem, making it easier for more water to be consumed. For best results, cut stems at a 45-degree angle before placing them in water.

Set flowers in a clean vase

When you’re reusing a vase, rinsing it out may not be enough. As flowers get older, certain bacteria can develop in the water and cut down on the life expectancy of the plants. If a vase is reused without cleaning it properly, the bacteria have a head start on your new bouquet and can cause them to deteriorate even faster. To eliminate all bacteria from a vase, create a mixture of 10 parts water and one part bleach, then scrub the interior of the vase with the mixture. Rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the bleach, then fill it with water and place your flowers inside.

Remove excess foliage

Pluck or trim off all leaves and other foliage that fall below the waterline in a vase. This extra foliage is the perfect place for bacteria to develop, and it can shorten the lifespan of your flowers.

Feed and water the bouquet

A little maintenance work after the flowers are set in water can go a long way. Every few days, you should swap out the old water for new. While doing that, go ahead and cut a little bit off the end of each stem to give the flowers a fresh surface for absorbing water. For best results, add a little but of flower food into the water to give the flowers some much-needed nutrients that will extend their lifespan.

The exact lifespan of your floral bouquets will depend on a combination of these and other factors. But it’s not unreasonable to think that just these simple steps alone can add several days of extra vibrancy and life to your flowers. That means more impressive displays and less money wasted on short-lived arrangements.

 

Authored By: Hortensia Martinez

Hortensia loves to decorate for the holidays and will make changes to her home to celebrate any holiday, even Labor Day. She loves sharing tips and hints on how people can spice up their holidays.

 

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31st Dec2012

Metal File Cabinet Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Today I have the honor of sharing an amazing metal file cabinet transformation done by Barbara from Chase The Star.  Here is her tutorial for her metal file cabinet makeover.

Witten By Barbara from Chase The Star

I’m all about bringing out of the box ideas to fruition, on the cheap!

My most recent attempt at this came in the form of old run of the mill file cabinet that had been sitting in my hall closet, for um, ever!  At least 6 years, I kid you not.  Worst of all it was empty!  Sadly I stacked stuff on top, but kept nothing in it.  Not practical or smart considering that my son’s video games were in desperate need of a home.

If you’ve visited Chase the Star at any time, you’ll know I’m not one to leave well enough alone, like ever.  A black metal file cabinet would’ve fit in the playroom just fine.  But ‘just fine’ ain’t gonna cut it!

Take a look at what he looked like before:

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I don’t have too much experience working with metals so this was a new endeavor for me.  However, I knew that I wanted blue and I wanted chevron, and that would be easy with a couple of cans of spray paint and a lot of patience!

 Luckily I had all of the materials I needed, just had to pick up a can of Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Lagoon and a skinny vanilla iced latte from Starbucks to get started.

After wiping the cabinet down with a damp cloth, and removing the drawers and the casters, I added a coat of the pretty blue (Lagoon) to the entire cabinet shell (making sure to tape the inside rim).

As that was drying I started the tedious task of taping out the chevron pattern on the drawers.  This was done free-hand which took a little longer, in retrospect; I would’ve printed out a pattern to follow.

After a couple of coats of white spray paint, I peeled off the tape and had an almost perfect chevron print!  ‘Almost’ works for me!

Painted the drawer pulls the same blue by screwing them in to an old (and overly painted on) piece of cardboard so they’d sit still!

Once everything was dry I added the casters and the drawer pulls back on and wound up with this ultra- cool almost retro looking cabinet for the playroom!

{Happy!}

Even after working on about a trillion spray paint projects, it never ceases to amaze me how it can easily transform almost anything!

If you happen to have an old metal cabinet, don’t get rid of it because it doesn’t fit in to your space, take a can of spray paint and make it special!

 

22nd Dec2012

10 Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards

by Dinah Wulf

Martha Stewart Christmas Card Displays

It’s that time of year when our letterboxes are inundated with little gestures of goodwill in the form of Christmas cards. For many of us, these cards tend to accumulate in a pile on the sideboard, but giving them pride of place around your home is easy and can become an interesting part of your festive decorations. Here are 10 Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards.

1. To display your Christmas cards with minimal effort, just slot your cards in the picture frames and mirrors around your home.

2. For an interesting way of displaying cards with objects you can find around your home just tie a piece of string across the door frames and use pegs to secure the cards in place – a little Christmas card washing line!

3. Many shops also sell ready-made card-hangers to which you can simply fasten your cards. Keep a look out in your local store.

4. Fasten a little piece of ribbon to each of your cards and hang them around your home. Put a rustic-looking tree branch in a big vase for an interesting place to hang your cards.

5. If you have an empty wall, stick your cards to make the shape of a Christmas tree or a star. This can make a great feature for an otherwise un-used space.

6. Tie ribbon around your cupboard doors and use safety pins or paperclips to secure your cards in place.

7. If you have a pin board in your home, this makes for an easy space to display your cards. A cork board can easily be covered with wrapping paper for that extra festive feel.

8. Attach ribbon to a coat hanger and hang your cards anywhere in the house!

9. If you have garlands running around your fireplace or staircase these can make a great place to hang your cards.

10. If you have window shutters in your home, or an old pair hanging around, you can slide your Christmas cards into the grooves.

Hopefully these ideas will give you a bit of inspiration this Christmas. Many Christmas cards have such beautiful designs it would be a shame not to display them!

 

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21st Dec2012

Puerto Rico’s Eggnog Coquito Punch Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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If you would like to try something different from the Christmas eggnog that you prepare every year; I suggest you try the Coquito. Puerto Rico’s eggnog and it is delicious. Traditionally it is served in Puerto Rico during Christmas, New Year and The Three Kings Day. However, it’s also a great celebration drink for any occasion. Here is Puerto Rico’s Eggnog Coquito Punch Recipe.

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Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog):

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish.

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg.

In a pinch martini or short juice glasses will do :)
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Whenever using an electric blender or food processor always check the manufacture manual to verify safety precautions and or you can crush ice safely when using ice or any hard food substance.
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