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08th Jul2013

Picnic Themed Retirement Party

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny attended a retirement party recently and was kind enough to get the permission and share the hostess’s adorable picnic themed party decorations, invitations, and cupcakes.  Perfect for spring or summertime, these retirement party ideas include recycling old ornaments and Mason jars, making handmade burlap invites, and sculpting with clay.  The main colors were red and white with watermelon and a little army of ants used throughout.

The hostess made handmade and hand sewn burlap invitations embellished with plastic and paper flowers and colorful yarn.  She printed the invite with a watermelon design to fit the red and white picnic theme and inserted them in to a burlap envelope.

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She also made a cute retirement sign for the table.  It is decorated with scrapbook embellishments and says, “Happiness is Family, Friends, Love, and Retirement.”

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Wild flowers were displayed in scrapbook and ribbon covered Mason jars atop a red and white checkered tablecloth to fit the party theme.  She used several different types of textured and patterned red and white ribbon.

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The tables and cupcake stand was absolutely adorable and had little ants she made from old ornaments that she had.  She also made clay food to make it look like the ants were carrying the food away!

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The cupcakes were also adorned with chocolate ants and a gummy watermelon on top with green icing.

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This summer picnic themed retirement party was so sweet and clever.  A big thank you to Jenny for allowing me to post it!

28th Jun2013

Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

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My regular guest author and contributor, David Edessa works really hard at coming up with his own unique cocktail recipes exclusively for DIY Inspired.  Since it is officially summer, I thought I’d put together a round-up of eight amazing tasty cocktail recipes for Summer that you must try this season while entertaining at home.

Cucumber Lemon Spritzer

A refreshing combination of cucumber water, basil, and fresh lemon juice

Apples & Oranges Cocktail Recipe

A mixture of fresh organic fruit juices and vodka

Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe

Homemade ginger simple syrup with peach schnapps and vodka

Iced Java Cocktails

Three sweet and creamy iced recipes perfect for a summer get together

Frozen Daiquiri Recipes

Tasty frozen summer drinks including banana and cantaloupe daiquiri recipes

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

Yummy strawberry dessert cocktail with a bonus Almond Joy martini recipe

Watermelon Agua Fresca

David wrote this one for Cinco de Mayo, but this is good any time of year!

Spiked Gummy Bear Jello Shots

And finally, for the more adventurous, life of the party, make your own spiked gummy bear shots!

Bonus!  I thought I’d throw in how to make your own candy infused alcohol!  This is a step by step tutorial on how to make infused alcohol with Skittles, jelly beans, and Jolly Ranchers complete with six cocktail recipes and two shooter recipes.  Enjoy! And as David always says, “Drink responsibly and drink smart.” Learn more about David here.

A big thank you to David for all your contributions and hard work!

20th Feb2013

Fun and Fruity #LiptonGirlsNight Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

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I am a very lucky girl to have a core group of girlfriends I’ve known for many years!  Now that we are all busy moms, it is vital for us to schedule a girls night out every once in a while to catch up on the latest gossip and take a break from the kiddos.  Our resident libations specialist, David from our Cocktail Corner, tested and put together some fun and fruity Lipton Iced Tea inspired tasty concoctions with Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade) or Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng for our next outing.  My favorite is the Exotic Fruit Tea because I love mango and lychee…yum!  Here are five fabulous cocktail recipes for your next girl’s night out.

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Strawberry Coconut Dream

  • 1¼ oz. Coconut Rum
  • ½ oz. Strawberry Purée
  • 4 oz. Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade)

Add the rum, purée and iced tea. Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a sprig of mint.

Exotic Fruit Tea

  • 1¼ oz. Mango Rum
  • ½ oz. Lychee liqueur
  • 4 oz. Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng

Add the rum, liqueur and iced tea. Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a slice of lemon.

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A Pear of Peaches

  • 1¼ oz. Pear Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach liqueur
  • 4 oz. Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng

Add the vodka, liqueur and iced tea. Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint.

Black Cherry Ginseng

  • 1¼ oz. Black Cherry Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach liqueur
  • 4 oz. Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng

Add the vodka, liqueur and iced tea. Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Fruity Lipton Paradise

  • 1¼ oz. Citrus Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach liqueur
  • 5 Blueberries
  • 4-6 Mint Leaves
  • 4 oz. Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade)

Muddle the berries and mint leaves in a glass. Add the vodka, liqueur and iced tea. Stir thoroughly, taste and adjust sweetness if needed; garnish with a slice of lemon and sprig of mint.

So are you ready for your next girls night out, or should I say girls night in in with your new entertainment room?

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What do you like to do on your girls night out?

Everyone loves a girl’s night in and 2013 is my year to mix it up! Whether I am sharing unique, new recipes with friends, finding new ways to entertain or fun ways to stay active, I can’t wait to have more girl’s nights in this year.

Lipton Iced Tea and Dance Central 3 have teamed together to host the ‘Game On’ sweepstakes so you too can take your next girl’s night in to the next level. Enter to win one of four ultimate entertainment room makeovers which include a new Samsung TV, sound system, Xbox 360 Kinect bundle and console, Dance Central 3 and more! Find out how here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton Iced Tea. The opinions and text are all mine.

19th Dec2012

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

by Dinah Wulf

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I purchased these coffee bean sacks from a flea market a while ago.  They have been sitting in my craft closet just waiting to be transformed.  Ever since we remodeled our patio, I knew I wanted to make this Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow.  I knew it would look fabulous on my new outdoor furniture.  It also helps that the wood looked perfectly refinished thanks to Teak Master.  Here is how it turned out.

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So, you know my issues with sewing.  So here is the spot where I make a disclaimer… since I’m not confident in my sewing skills, this is not a tutorial (in my head anyway), it’s rather a post showing you how I made this.  I’m not sure if it’s right or wrong.  I just know how I happen to make it!

First I cut out the area of the coffee bean sack that I wanted to showcase.  I cut it about an inch and a half wider and longer than my pillow.

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I pinned it inside out using straight pins.

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I broke out my sewing machine and… yep… you guessed it… sewed in a straight line, leaving an opening for the pillow.

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I turned the pillow case right side out and inserted the pillow.

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Next, I pinned the opening to make it easier to hand stitch.

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Finally I hand stitched it closed.  The beauty of working with a burlap sack is that you can’t really notice the hand stitching.

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Voila!  Now you have a fun Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow!  Here are some after photos.

Burlap Sack Pillow

 

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If you need some tips on how to care for burlap, I have a few for you!

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

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01st Nov2012

Baptism for Twins Sneak Peek

by Dinah Wulf

Guess what?? I’m a Godmother!  Guess what else?  OF TWINS!! I am so excited and truly honored to be the Godmother of my best friend’s daughters.  Needless to say, I wanted to help with the decorations for the Baptism reception.  So, here is a Baptism for Twins Sneak Peek!

First of all, I have to explain that the twins are identical.  I still can’t tell them apart and I see them several times a week.  The only way I can tell them apart is that Jaime wears a pink ribbon on her tiny wrist and Brooklyn wears a purple one.   Therefore, the color scheme for the reception is pink and purple.  Also, we decided on shells since shells are symbolic of a Catholic Baptism.

Here are five easy party decorating projects suited for a Baptism, shower, or beach themed party.

Baptism Signs

If you have a good photo printer like I do, signs are a simple way to add a personal touch to any party.  I made these four signs simply by finding an image on Google Images, Googling some Baptism poems and sayings, and merging them together with a free program called iPiccy.com. Here is what they say in case you can’t read them!

Precious angels from heaven above are welcomed into God’s family with love

Brooklyn and Jaime little blessings from up above!

All of God’s graces in two little faces

Twinkle, twinkle tiny light, little eyes that shine so bright, precious babies from heaven above, fills our hearts with so much love

Baptism Monograms

I bought each of the girl’s initials and added a ribbon, raffia, and shells.

Baptism Crosses

 

I bought wooden crosses for a dollar, painted them, and added ribbon, raffia, and shells to match the initials.

Flower Vases

I decided to do flower arrangements similar to the ones I did for the golf themed baby shower I did recently.  These are the vases I made out of recycled food jars.  I hot glued burlap and a shell and added white ribbon and a string of plastic pearls.

Food Shell Toothpicks

These are fun an easy to make using toothpicks, hot glue, and small sea shells.  It’s a great way to add the theme into the food table.  You can use them for appetizers or desserts.

Can’t wait to show you pictures of the actual reception decorations! Until tomorrow!

 

 

 

16th Aug2012

Butterfly and Garden Theme Party Video

by Dinah Wulf

Just a quick post today!  I wanted to share the Butterfly and Garden Theme Party Video I made that’s up on YouTube now.  It’s just a short 2 minutes of my daughter’s second birthday party.   It’s full of decoration, food and drink, and DIY party ideas.  Here it is! Thank you so much for watching; I had a blast making it!

Since I had so much to share for my daughter’s birthday party I broke the written blog posts into: Summer Birthday Party Sneak PeekSummer Birthday Party Decorations, and Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink. Check them out for the full party details shown in this video.

 

Also, for those of you interested in blogging here’s a YouTube interview I did with Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box! It’s a short interview about her blogging journey.  I’m hoping to do more interviews with other fellow bloggers soon!  If you are a blogger and would like to be interviewed, please feel free to email me at dwulf@diyinspired.com. I would love to interview you!

Thanks, Loren for a great interview and for being my guinea pig!  For all of my YouTube videos, check out my channel! Oh and P.S. Don’t laugh I am new at this! :)

 

 

10th Aug2012

Frozen Summer Fun Day Part Two

by Dinah Wulf

Written by David Edessa

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You do not always have to use fresh fruit to make a delicious cocktail. Canned fruit are a great substitute if fresh is not accessible or if unripe fruit is the only produce to your grocery store currently carries.  In fact I find more often that grocers will carry unripe sour fruit. That should not stop you from creating your favorite cocktails or desserts. Here are some recipes inspired by peaches.

 

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Canned Peach Purée recipes:

In a blender, purée the entire can of peaches including the syrup and two ounces of pineapple juice. Set peach purée aside in a separate bowl. Rinse blender bowl and return to base.

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Strawberry Peach Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Silver Rum
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz. Peach Purée
  • 2 Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 Fresh Lime

Ingredients:

Juice one lime, and pour juice into blender. Add rum, schnapps, peach purée, strawberry and honey. Fill serving glass with ice, add ice to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with whipped cream.

 

Banana Peach Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Silver Rum
  • 2 oz. Peach Purée
  • ½ Fresh Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 Fresh Limes

Instructions:

Juice one lime, and pour juice into blender. Add rum, peach purée, banana and honey. Fill serving glass with ice, add ice to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glass.

Peach & Mint Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 2½ oz. Citrus Vodka
  • ½ oz. Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 2 oz. Peach Purée
  • 2 Mint Leaves

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker add the peach purée, agave syrup, and two mint leaves (torn to pieces). Add in the vodka, lime juice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Whenever using an electric blender to crush or make a cocktail with ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

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For more frozen drink recipes, check out Frozen Summer Fun Day Part One!

 

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03rd Aug2012

Summer Fun Day

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Summer Fun Day! Just in time for Sunday Fun day!!!

Watermelon & Strawberry Juice recipe (non-alcoholic Agua Fresca):

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs. Strawberry
  • 3 cups Watermelon
  • 3 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 cups of drinking water.
  • 4 tbl. Organic Honey (I like to warm honey…. Not hot)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Instructions:

To make watermelon & strawberry juice we have to prep the fruit.

Heating the watermelon draws out more of the flavor and juice. Cut the rinds off the watermelons. Slice the flesh into small chunks. Blend the chunks until the watermelon becomes mushy. Pour through a sieve into a saucepan. Press down using a wooden spoon to release the most juice. Mix the juice with honey. Turn the heat on medium-low. Heat to reduce to a desired thickness, stirring frequently. Make sure that the mixture never comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a container and chill until cold.

Wash and remove the leaves from the strawberries. Then slice the strawberries in halves and store in refrigerator. If you freeze the strawberries you can create a smoothies effect.

When ready to serve, place the strawberries, watermelon mix, lemon juice, water, and salt into blender. Blend the mixture for about one minute when you reach a nice juice thickness. Serve immediately over ice as non-alcoholic beverage or if refrigerated before make sure to stir vigorously before serving.

If juice mix is not sweet enough, warm up a little more honey and stir in (not hot).

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As a mixer for a cocktail this is an awesome refreshing drink.

Also, a greet replacement to your mimosas by substituting the orange juice with the Agua Fresca and combining it with your favorite

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Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Silver Rum
  • 2 oz. Pink Lemonade
  • 4 oz. Agua Fresca (strawberry & watermelon)

Instructions:

Fill a tall glass with ice and build your drink with all the ingredients starting with the Rhum and ending with the Agua Fresca. Pour all the contents from the glass into a shaker and shake at least 10 times. Return the contents from the shaker to the glass. Garnish with a mint leaf or lemon wheel and serve.

Strawberry & Watermelon Coddler Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vodka
  • 5 oz. Agua Fresca (strawberry & watermelon)

Instructions:

Fill a high ball glass with ice and build your drink with all the ingredients starting with the vodka and ending with the Agua Fresca. Pour all the contents from the glass into a shaker and shake at least 10 times. Return the contents from the shaker to the glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

Strawberry & Watermelon Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Silver Tequila
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. Margarita Mix

Instructions:

Fill a tall glass with ice and build your drink with all the ingredients starting with the tequila and ending with the Agua Fresca. Pour all the contents from the glass into a blender and blend for at least 30 seconds. Pour the contents from the blender to a glass that has been rimmed with the sugar & salt mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Prep Glass:

Place lime juice in a shallow dish. On a second dish add a mix of equal parts powdered sugar and kosher salt. Invert a glass and dip the rim in the lime juice. Immediately dip in the sugar & salt mix to coat the rim.

Whenever using an electric blender to crush or make a cocktail with ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

******DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! ******

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02nd Aug2012

Summer Birthday Party Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

OK, so I decided that since I feel like I have so much to share about this party, I needed to break up my posts.  Yesterday, I did a post on a Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek; today I want to share Summer Birthday Party Decorations including favors and games.  Next week, I’ll share Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink.

Flowers

First, the flowers!!  My amazing friend Maily (who loves this stuff as much as I do… maybe more), brought over some fresh cut flowers from her Mother’s and Sister’s gardens the day before the party.  Between the two of us, we gathered several glass jars, vases, and even old pickle, jelly, and sauce jars to arrange the flowers in.  We kept the flowers inside in the cool over night to keep them as fresh as possible.  We scattered the arrangements on the guest and food tables.

Decorations

I made Burlap Butterfly Wall Art and a Repurposed Plant Hanger Chandelier for the party.  I also hung several butterflies, garden umbrellas, and lanterns on fishing line.  I designed a party banner online and I also made framed signs like, “decorate your own cupcake” and “happy birthday Mia” for the tables.

Game

Because we had a bounce house, shaved ice station, and a cupcake decorating station, I decided to only do one game.  It was essentially hot potato played with a large gift.  I wrapped three prizes, the best prize in the smallest package, the 2nd place prize in the next package, and the third place prize in the largest package all inside one another.  For example, the third place winner got the smallest prize in the largest package.

Favors

Towards the end of spring, I started shopping for favors for this party because I knew all the spring items would be marked down drastically.  I was able to find these great $8 butterfly nets for $2!!  I made small packages with candy, and bugs for the boys and butterflies for the girls.

Come back next week to see Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink!

 

27th Jul2012

Frozen Summer Fun Day Part One

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Part One

The original daiquiri was a mixture of rum, lime, and sugar, served over ice. The name Daiquirí is also the name of a beach and an iron mine that is near Santiago, Cuba. The drink was a local favorite of the area. However, an American mining engineer by the name of Jennings Cox and a Cuban engineer named Pagliuchi, who happened to be in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War refined the drink by adding cane sugar.

Constantino Ribalagua, the famed bartender at Havana’s La Floridita blended the drink with shaved ice, thereby creating the frozen daiquiri. And bartenders have been experimenting ever since by adding exotic fruit juices & fruit.

The basic recipe for a Daiquirí is also similar to the Brazilian Caiparina (recipes below) or the grog British sailors drank aboard ship from the 1740s onwards. By 1795 the Royal Navy daily grog ration contained rum, water, ¾ ounce of lemon or lime juice, and 2 ounces of sugar. These are common drinks across the Caribbean and South America.

On July 31, 1970, Britain’s Royal Navy officially stopped its daily ration of rum to crewmembers aboard naval ships, ending a centuries-old tradition.

 

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When using an electric blender to crush or chop hard ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can crush and chop ice without damaging your blender.

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Classic Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Light Rhum
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a martini glass will do in a pinch.

 

Hemingway Daiquiri recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. White Rhum
  • ¼ oz. Maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Fresh Grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • Lime wheel

Ingredients:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a V-shaped cocktail glass or in a martini glass (not the traditional glassware… But it will do ). Garnish with a lime wheel.

You can also serve it over crushed ice in a cocktail glass…. My favorite!!!

 

Banana Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Coconut Rhum
  • 1 Banana
  • 1½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice (crushed ice is easier to blend.)
  • Maraschino Cherry

Instructions:

Pour all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on low speed for a few seconds, then at high speed until smooth. Pour contents into a chilled hurricane glass or tall glass. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

 

Cantaloupe Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 6 Fresh Cantaloupe slices (medium-sized)
  • 1½ oz. White Rhum
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice (crushed ice is easier to blend.)
  • Mint leaf

Instructions:

Place the sliced cantaloupe in the refrigerator uncovered so it may soften for an hour or two. Then, pour all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on low speed for a few seconds, then at high speed until smooth. Pour contents into a chilled hurricane glass or tall glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

 

Caiparina recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cachaça (liquor made from fermented sugarcane)
  • 1 Key Lime medium-size (cut into 8 wedges)
  • 2 tbsp. Superfine Sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Instructions:

Put the lime wedges and the sugar into a thick-walled rocks glass and muddle together until the pulp and the juice of the limes are well macerated. Muddling well is the key to releasing the fruit’s entire flavor. Add crushed ice to glass, and then pour the cachaça over crushed ice and fruit.

 

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27th Jun2012

Beach Inspired Design

by Dinah Wulf

Summer is fully underway! Nothing says summer like bringing the outdoors in, especially when you are at the beach.  If you don’t live close to the beach, why not bring it home? If you do live near the beach, why not bring it home?!  Decorating with white sandy beaches in mind can add calm and relaxation to any room.  Here are a few Beach Inspired Design Ideas.

Red, White, & Blue Décor Accents

One of the first things I think about when summer rolls along is the Fourth of July.  Get patriotic and decorate in subtle tones of red, white, and blue. You don’t have to go bold!  Consider lighter hues as well. Arrange a collection of seashells or sand from your travels in a jar or vase and use it as a centerpiece.  Label the jar with your vacation destination and date on a tag with twine to add a personal touch.

 

Keeping it Fresh & Crisp & White

Arguably, white may not be a “color”, however look at this beautiful white washed oak laminate flooring.  It adds style, character, and personality to a room and makes an elegant statement. Rustic and romantic, this room screams (well, whispers) relaxation.

 

Adding Natural Fibers

 

I love projects using natural fibers like, sisal, burlap, jute, and rope.  It’s eco-friendly, chic, and inexpensive.  What more could you want? It also goes with several types of décor styles from industrial to rustic and from nautical to French country.  Burlap can be purchased at fabric stores for less than three dollars a yard.

 

Tasteful Nautical Themed Accents

 

OK, I’m all for theme parties but taking a theme into your home can be done tastefully and with grace.  The kitschy look can be avoided. Here are some nautical themed accent pieces where I don’t think you can go wrong. My favorite is the map.  You can never go wrong with a beautifully framed map!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

22nd Aug2011

Accordion Flowers How To

by Dinah Wulf

Accordion Flowers How To

Accordion flowers are a very inexpensive do it yourself party decoration that adds a little whimsy to your theme and decor.  Perfect for a spring, summer, or garden tea party, these accordion flowers are very simple to make. They would also look great mixed with paper pinwheels.

This particular tutorial is for an accordion flower about ten inches in diameter, however play with different sizes to achieve the desired look.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper (desired size)
  • Wooden Dowels or BBQ Skewers
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step one: Fold two pieces of paper like an accordion (approximately a one inch in width) and fold in half. If you are making a smaller sized accordion flower, then shorten the width size.

Step two: Use scissors to cut a scalloped edge, or use craft scissors.

Step three: Adhere both pieces together with double stick tape.

Step four: Glue to a wooden dowel and add a center embellishment if desired. I found that a glue gun works well for this size and the wooden dowel and glue remains hidden. Consider using a craft punch and decorative paper or a button for your center embellishment for both the front and back. Another option is to use string or ribbon to hang each accordion flower.

Tip: To make smaller ornament sized flowers, cut one inch strips of paper, fold like an accordion, adhere the end, lay flat and fasten the center with an embellishment. Hang each paper flower by a string on branches to create a cute centerpiece perfect for a wedding or bridal shower or baby shower.  Make several color variations and sizes to complete your party look.

You may also like these other Paper Flowers:

21st Jul2011

DIY Beach Towel Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Beach Towel Ideas

It’s Summer time, which means it’s time to go to the beach… or the pool!  This time of year I often reflect on the times our family would spend a week in Nags Head, North Carolina. We did it every year for a good five or six years. I would spend hours playing in the sand or swimming in the ocean.  I had no fear and no wave was big enough. I have no idea when or how it happened, but now I’m completely afraid to go in the water! I’ll gladly go to the beaches here in Southern California, however now I’m content sitting on my beach towel blanket and soaking in the sun.

Here are three creative Summer craft ideas for your beach towels, a beach tote blanket, a beach towel mat with handles, and a cute towel sarong. Click on the link for full DIY instructions.

Beach Tote Blanket

This beach blanket tote by Ready Made holds all your sun block, sunglasses, books and magazines and cleaverly unwraps into a beach blanket.

DIY Beach Towel Blanket with Mat

An inexpensive DIY tote made out of one bath towel and two hand towels. Use colored or patterned prints to match your beach gear.

Beach Towel Sarong

A great way to repurpose an old towel.  Embellish it with ribbon and buttons. Make mini sarongs for the kids or make his and hers for the shower and bathroom.

 

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20th Jul2011

Make Your Own Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

Make Your Own Tote Bag

Making a tote bag is a great DIY Spring or Summer craft or project. I always have several tote bags in the trunk of my car for groceries or other purchases. No more plastic bags for me!  I found these four cute creative ideas to share. The crocheted tote made out of plastic bags is genius! Click on the links for a full tutorial.

A grocery bag tote from Design Sponge. This tote fits any style, as you can personalize it by embellishing it with buttons, brooches, and fabric scraps.

A beach tote from Country Living. Perfect for Summer, this tote is embellished with seashells. Just stitch each shell using upholstery thread in a design of your liking.

Recycle plastic bags and make this tote from Marlo’s Crochet Corner.  Using colorful plastic grocery bags and an M hook, crochet this fabulous eco-friendly tote.

A giant flower tote from Tatertots and Jello. This is an old tote from Walmart that was updated with cute ruffled fabric flowers.

 

Check out these other creative ways to recycle:

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