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30th Jul2013

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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17th May2013

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

 

03rd May2013

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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26th Apr2013

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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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.

 

05th Apr2013

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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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!

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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!

Covers chair seat

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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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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{Secondary cardboard}

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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.

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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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