DIY Champagne Cork Drawer Knobs

I originally saw this idea on Pinterest (of course) and ended up finding a great tutorial for it on Dollar Store Crafts blog!! What a great idea!! I have a lot of extra corks lying around from where I work, and I thought this was the perfect way to use a few!! I just re-painted a cabinet in my kitchen and needed some knobs, so I decided to browse Pinterest and see what I could find as an alternative solution to buying new ones. This project couldn’t be any easier, and it actually turned out pretty cute!! Let me know what you think, and if you end up doing this project yourself!! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

You will need:

-Champagne Corks

-Screws with a sharp end (I used 2″)

-A screwdriver

(As she said on Dollar Store Crafts , I had all of these things on hand as well, so the project was FREE!!)

– Place the screws pointed side out in your existing knob holes

-Center the screw on the bottom of your champagne cork (Some corks have a dot already in the midde)

-Hold the screw steady with the screwdriver and twist your cork clockwise until its flat against your door/drawer surface

-Repeat until you are finished!!

-Enjoy your cute new knobs!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hawaiian Bridal Shower

This Hawaiian themed bridal shower was SO cute!! Dan and Chelsea met each other on the island of Kauai and will be getting married at the end of this month!! They love all things beach-y, so a Hawaiian themed bridal shower seemed like a great way to shower them with love!! The shower was full of ADORABLE decorations such as the pineapple centerpieces filled with flowers, a hula girl cake (that looked remarkably like the bride-to-be) and an amazing tree made from pineapples!! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!! ๐Ÿ™‚

4th of July Wreath

As you may have noticed by now, I enjoy making wreaths!! I have never made a 4th of July wreath before so I looked to Pinterest, of course, for some inspiration!! I found some really cute ones, and some that were too flashy for my taste. I decided to go with a more floral approach while still incorporating the good ‘ol red white and blue!! Here it is sitting in a chair on my back porch because I hadn’t gotten the hook to hang it up yet!!

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All of the materials I used were found at Hobby Lobby:

1 vine wreath

Various Red White and Blue fake flowers

Flexible Thick Burlap Ribbon (No Wire)

Part of what I like about working with a vine wreath is that it doesn’t take a lot of work to secure your items into the wreath. The vines themselves can act as places to wedge things in between and I haven’t ever had a problem with things coming undone. If you need to secure any of your items you can use some thin pieces of wire!!

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I plan on adding a few mini flags to it when I get it up on the door!! Let me know what you think in the comments below!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you are a generally crafty person, or if you frequent Pinterest, it’s pretty likely that you’ve seen a tutorial for coasters like this before!! I know I have seen at least a dozen, and I decided to finally try it out for myself. I followed a tutorial I found on the adorable blogย Two Girls Being Crafty. (http://twogirlsbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/02/ramseys-finally-have-coasters.html)

The coasters were really easy to make, inexpensive, and turned out adorable!! Sounds good right…?

Here’s what you will need:

-Square tiles…most of the tutorials I read used the glossy 16 cent white tiles you can find at any Home Depot or Lowes. I originally planned on using those but I didn’t like the way the edges looked unfinished so I chose travertine tiles instead. The travertine was slightly more expensive but not by much. NOTE: The travertine tiles were a bit more difficult because they have empty holes and sometimes uneven edges. I just made sure that my paper didn’t bubble after mod-podging ( Is that a word…? ๐Ÿ˜‰ it down.

– Scrapbook paper… You can use other decorative types of paper, wrapping paper, etc. but I already had scrapbook paper on hand and I found that the thickness worked well.

– A container of Mod Podge (Can be found at Hobby Lobby or any other crafting store…Maybe Target and Wal-Mart as well)

-Scissors

-Pencil

-Felt or cork board (Felt is less expensive and works just as well)

-Small or medium sized foam brush

-E6000 Glue

-Water-resistant, Clear Acrylic spray (I chose the Mod Podge variety because it was convenient to grab. I would suggest choosing a different variety from maybe Home Depot…This is the one I was told to buy at Hobby Lobby and it has held up well so far, but I would probably feel better about a different more heavy duty waterproof specific variety)

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First things first, get all of your supplies organized and ready to go!! You can chose to do all of your coasters in matching scrapbook paper, but I chose to do them all different patterns with coordinating color schemes. Next, lay each tile on your paper and trace around it. I like the look of the paper covering the entire tile without a border so I cut exactly along the lines I traced. If you want to leave a little border around your edge, just cut in accordingly!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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After you have all your squares cut out, you can begin to “Podge”. (Two Girls Being Crafty used this word a lot in her tutorial and I can’t stop saying it!!) Take your foam brush and lay a thin layer covering your entire tile. The mod podge dries pretty quickly so make sure you know exactly how you want to position your paper before you start this step. Lay your paper square onto the tile and gently rub over the top to make sure you have any air bubbles out form underneath!!

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Once you have all of your squares “Podged” onto your tiles, let them dry for a few minutes. Next, you’re going to apply a layer of Mod podge directly on top of your paper. be careful not to snag any loose edges of your paper that may have not gotten fully glued down. (On the travertine tile especially because of the holes) Also, be sure to check that no little hairs or fibers have fallen onto your tile because after your put another layer over them, they will be stuck there foreverrrrr!! After you have done this to the tops of all your tiles, let them dry about 15 minutes and then repeat. Some blogs say to do several coats…I only did two because I am a little impatient, but they still turned out great!!

I chose to use felt for the bottom of my coasters primarily because it was inexpensive and works just as well as cork. I think I got 4 sheets of felt at Hobby Lobby for $1 and didn’t even go through half of one. I made squares for the bottom instead of circles, again, because it was more time efficient and I liked the look of the squares. You can also choose to cover the entire bottom of your coaster with one big square of the felt. Glue each square on with a dab of E6000. Be sure to put them down on a piece of cardboard or a magazine until they dry, just in case any glue gets through the felt. Mine didn’t, but better safe than a coaster glued to your coffee table!!

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Last but not least, spray your coasters with a few layers of the Acrylic sealer!! I suggest doing this outside because the fumes are strong, and you don’t want any clear acrylic sealer sticking to anything important in your house like your wood floors… or pets….or children. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  You can do as many layers of this as you like, but I did 2-3 letting each one dry for about 15 minutes in between. I then laid them inside to dry overnight before stacking them on one another or using them.

Here are how my three sets turned out!!

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These are a great idea for a housewarming present. You can coordinate with the new homeowner’s colors and add them together with some cute matching mugs!! Happy Crafting!! Let me know how yours turn out in the comments below if you try them!!

Valentine’s Day Decor

In my previous post I showed a Valentine’s day wreath I made, so it only seemed right to show off a little more of my Valentine’s Day Decorating for you!! I enjoy having my house look festive no matter what the occasion!! However, I don’t like spending a lot of money to accomplish this idea!! As easy as it would be to pick up every adorable holiday decoration I find at hobby lobby, I have to practice some self restraint for the sake of my wallet!! For the centerpiece on my ย table I cheated a bit and dragged some of my Christmas decorations over into valentine’s!! For Christmas I had the same tray with the same white candles sitting on a cake stand and berries. However I had no red tablecloth and had green placemats instead!! ย To crossover into Valentine’s I just added the red tablecloth, a red and white ribbon woven around my tray, and created some different sizes of hearts out of red vinyl paper and stuck them onto the candles!! As a finishing touch I sprinkled some conversation hearts on the tray leading off onto the table bit!! (I may have eaten a few in the process!!) Let me know what you think!! Enjoy, and happy decorating!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย Image

Valentine’s Day Wreath

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The front door on my house is pretty plain, so these past few holidays/seasons I have really gotten into making a wreath for the door to jazz it up a bit!! This wreath I made for Valentine’s Day was incredibly simple and didn’t take longer than about an hour. I don’t know about you, but I always love getting things on sale!! Everything used to make this wreath was on sale this past week at Hobby Lobby (as most things there usually are). You can always check online to see what items are on sale that week. BIG TIP: It seems like a lot of people don’t know about this, but if you have a smart phone and an item you want to purchase isn’t on sale at the time, you can just look up “Hobby Lobby Coupon” and a coupon on their website will actually come up for 40% off on regular priced item which is still a good bargain!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Materials:

1 spool of Valentine’s Heart Burlap Ribbon

1 Medium Sized (not large) Vine Wreath from the floral department. If you want a larger wreath I would get 2 spools of the burlap ribbon instead of just 1.

1 Spool of Red Velvet Christmas Ribbon (90% off!!)

1 Heart cut out of patterned scrapbook paper

Twine

Instructions:

This wreath was incredibly easy to make and I loved how inexpensive it was!!

-Unwind your spool of Valentine’s ribbon.

-Start weaving the burlap ribbon in and out of the vines of your wreath (Sometimes you can just tuck the ribbon in between vines and it will stay put just fine!!)

– After you have gone around the entire wreath with the burlap ribbon make a red bow with the velvet ribbon and off-set it on the left hand corner.

-Secure your red bow with some twine

-Poke 2 holes in your paper heart and pull the twine through the front in order to secure it on top of the bow.

-Hang it on your door and enjoy your masterpiece!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck!! Let me know how yours turns out!!

Festive Christmas Nails

Festive Christmas Nails

I got my nails done for the holidays and I really like how my color combo turned out!! I love all the different names of O.P.I nail polish… It makes things seem extra festive!! “In My Santa Suit” topped off with “My Favorite Ornament”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Chicken Noodle and Wild Rice Soup

While looking for a quick and easy dinner for this evening I came across this recipe!! Today has been overcast and it seemed like the perfect day to make some soup. This soup comes out pretty thick so I would probably refer to it more as “glop” but it turned out delicious!! I only modified it a bit by shreddingย  a rotisserie chicken from the deli rather than cooking chicken breasts (for times sake tonight), adding in a can of drained corn, and adding in a few other seasonings of choice such as garlic powder!! Here’s the recipe…Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ingredients:Servings:

10-12

Units: US | Metric

80 ounces chicken broth
12 ounces egg noodles (Pkg. frozen)
1 (6 1/4 ounce) box wild rice mix (quick cook)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts (diced)
1/2 cup onion (diced)
1 cup carrot (diced)
1 cup celery (diced)

Directions:

1 : In large pan or dutch oven combine 9 cups chicken broth( reserve 1 cup for later), carrots, celery,and onion. Bring to a boil.

2: Add Frozen egg noodles and return to a boil.
3:Reduce heat cover and simmer for 15 minute.
4: Add rice and seasoning packet and cook for 5 minute.
5: In a small bowl stir together 1 cup of reserved broth, flour, salt, pepper,poultry seasoning till smooth.
6: Add the flour mixture slowly to the soup pot stirring constantly.
7:Bring to boiling; cook 1 minute or until thickened and bubbly.
8: Slowly add half and half to soup stirring constantly.
9:Add diced chicken.

Fall Wreath

Fall Wreath

As the Mr. and I just moved into our first house, I thought our front door needed a little bit of Fall flair!! After I finished making this wreath, I realized I hadn’t taken pictures of my steps to show. Oh well… I will be making Christmas wreaths soon and will remember to do that for those!! ๐Ÿ™‚

For this wreath I bought everything at Hobby Lobby…

– 2 ft. vine wreath

– 2 thick spools of flexible burlap ribbon (without the wire)

– Fake Mums and Hydrangeas from the flower department

– A few strips of floral fabric that I liked

– A large letter for our last name!!