Recipe scrapbook DIY (#2)


DSC_0095DSC_0096DSC_0101 Happy New Years!  It’s been a while since I’ve been on, I’ve been keeping myself busy researching baby stuff, visiting family (I went back home 3 times this year, a record since we moved in 2008), and all around just nesting at home.   This is a little project that I made for my sister and her now husband-some of my Fave recipes in a cute little LOVE calendar.  There are ideas on expressing love for each day of the year in this lil book and I simply pasted recipes I love and wanted to share on the pages I didn’t so much love-like wear matching tee-shirts on your next date, gross.  Of course if you like that sort of thing, by all means, just not for me and my hubs haha.  DSC_0097 DSC_0099 DSC_0100Supplies: Daily calendar, recipe cards, washi tape and glue.  1//Cut the recipe cards to fit into the calendar. Write out your favorite recipes onto the cards. 2//Glue recipes into the calendar 3//use washi tape to add a decorative touch 4//Make sure to add a personal note if it’s a gift–I wrote a special if not cheesy “recipe for Love” onto their wedding date:)  Oh, I should share some pictures of their wedding, my sis and all her (DIY) decor (omg swoon) it was so gorgeous; We went to a small port town in Wisconsin  and it was absolutely freezing but gorgeous there.  It made me miss winter if you can believe.  Here’s another diy recipe book I made a year ago for  myself that I love and actually use, because I keep all my best recipes there.  Cheers! Jess
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DIY Bachelorette party sash & veil


My sister got married last weekend (!!!) and it was amazing.  I can’t believe how grown up and gorgeous she was and what a beautiful day it turned out to be.  As they are honeymooning in St. Lucia I’m back in home life and you guessed it, blogging life!  The bloggy bug has hit me again so for my first post in December 2013 I’ll show  you how I made a bachelorette sash and veil for my sister’s party.

IMG_8876Supplies: glittery gold cardstock, scissors, craft glue, 5″ white ribbon, sewing machine, thread.  First, I used a pretty cursive font and printed out “Bride to be” on paper. I taped this to my card stock and carefully cut it out.  You may use an exacto knife and cutting pad but I didn’t have these around. It took a little time but turned out so pretty.
IMG_9033For the sash I measured a length around myself going from shoulder to hip then sewed a diagonal line so it would lay down on the hip.IMG_9035I layed out my letters where they would read correctly from the front (using a mirror with the sash on helped me find the right side) then glued them down. IMG_8878IMG_9040I also cut out two hearts and glued them on.IMG_9037Making sure it was reading correctly…IMG_9039And wrapped up nicely for my sister to open.IMG_9046Supplies for the veil: duck or other hair clip, tulle, string of beads, ribbon, small piece of felt, faux flowers, hot glue and gun.  I first cut 4 or so lengths of tulle, 5 or so pieces of ribbon, and 3 string of beads each of about 2.5 feet in length and tied them together at the top using a bit of string.  I glued a circle of felt to the duck clip and glued the tulle to the felt.
IMG_9047I then glued 3 faux flowers to the top of her veil and there you have it, a simple and super cute gift for the bachelorette! I had to try it on because I really wanted to be the bachelorette, hee hee.
IMG_9055IMG_9134 Isn’t she cute?IMG_9129Carly opening all her gifts…
IMG_9121IMG_9133 Here is my sister in law, me and my sister at dinner in downtown Milwaukee.  I had no sleep the night before but we ended up having a great time.IMG_9151

Clay gem jewelry


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Hi friends happy thursday. I’m getting ready for a fun trip back home to Wisconsin for my sisters bridal party and bachelorette so I’m busy making some fun things for her.  I’d love to share what I made after to keep it a surprise.   For today I wanted to share some clay gems I made.  I used sculpey clay in a granite gray and a lovely copper shade to make these beads.  I rolled various sizes of clay into balls then used a razor to slice off bits to form a gem shape.  Then I used a bamboo stick to make holes through the gem so I could string them.  I followed the baking instructions then I had my beads.  Once I strung them I had some funky new jewels, easy as that!  It seems like there are endless possibilities with clay, see what else I did here and here! also here.  Thanks for looking!

DIY embellished sunglasses


I love quirky details on sunglasses so I decided to make my own pair of embellished sunnies.   It’s really easy to do and you’ll have your own totally unique pair in no time.

Supplies: sunglasses, earrings, hot glue and gun or craft glue, wire cutters.  I thrifted these cute gold bows for $2. 
DSC_0076Step 1: Carefully cut off the earring backs with the wire cutters. Use safety glasses and clean up any tiny pieces of metal that come off. Slivers suck.
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Step 2: Hot glue the earrings to the sunglasses.  I glued them to the top corners where they look cutest.DSC_0080

DSC_0090I made another pair with cute owl earrings, aren’t they a hoot?DSC_0088

Step 3: Let them dry for a few minutes then their ready to wear!DSC_0095

I think this would be totally cute with all sorts of beads and gems!DSC_0109

Mini bangle dreamcatchers


I have a thing for dreamcatchers and I wanted to make these mini ones out of some glass bangles I had that I don’t wear anymore. I found mini doilies in the dollar bins at michaels crafts and used string, clay beads and feathers to create these cuties. I didn’t use any technique to make them besides stringing the doilies through every other loop and wrapping the string around the bangle going over and under to keep it from moving. I’ve hung them in most of our windows for a pop of color. Have you ever made a dreamcatcher? Xo Jessica
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a dainty flower crown


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I made this sweet crown for my friend as a woodsy-camping-up north bridal shower veil. I used floral wire, faux green and white flowers and hot glue. I think it turned out simply sweet.
In other stuff lately my brother is visiting for a few weeks so I won’t be blogging too regularly but I’ll try to squeeze some pictures in here. Have a lovely day! Xo Jessica

Popcorn & cookies DIY coasters


I thought of making these coasters for some house-warming gifts when both my sister and sister-in-law started thinking about purchasing homes this year. I mean, the last thing you think of when going through the crazy process of buying a home is lets get some cute coasters to protect the surfaces of, like every surface if you’re like me and just walk around with drinks all day (not all alcoholic, c’mon, how highly do you think of me?!)  Anyways, they’re super easy to make and if you want some easy instructions I did some here on the other set of tile coasters that I made.  If you love coasters AND the environment like me you might want to try DIY’ing cork ones like I did here.  Wouldn’t these be super cute in a home theater room for movie night? I thought you might say so.movie night coasters DSC_0044 DSC_0038

DIY Sea shell decor


So I just spent a week at the beach in Florida and several mornings I went out early to collect shells.  I even used my tote that I painted to keep them in and it worked perfectly!

I love the varied shapes and sizes of the shells and found that I even like the imperfect ones; isn’t that just life.  I spray painted the shells gold and silver and used a jar from our wedding to hold them in the bathroom.

I love it! It reminds me of our time there and how much I want to go back!painted sea shells DSC_0004 DSC_0003 DSC_0008 DSC_0009 DSC_0011

DIY Tile coasters


I was at Home Depot looking for nails to fix our fence with the hubby when I spotted these ceramic tiles for 15 cents each and grabbed a few.  I had seen something like this on pinterest at some point and wanted to make my own coasters.  We are constantly leaving our glasses and mugs all around the house and since we are both at home full time we confuse whose is whose cup and just get new ones most of the time.  This equals lots of cup rings on surfaces and coasters are really handy to protect my painted table and his computer desk.

Supplies: 2-4 sheets regular scrapbook paper// 4 tiles// mod podge// paint brush

1. Lay out the tiles on some newspaper and spread a layer of mod podge on the smooth surface side of the tile using your paintbrush.

2. Cut your paper to the tiles size (I traced around the tile on my paper)

3. Lay the cut paper onto the mod podged tile and add another layer of mod podge on top.  Let dry.

4. Continue adding layers of mod podge after allowing enough dry time in between, approx. 20 minutes.

5. I added 5 layers total; let completely dry before use.

I just love the moustache coaster! Isn’t it cute?  Hint* These would be nice house warming gifts on the cheap;) I can’t wait to make more, they are kinda addicting.  For another (cork) coaster DIY check out this post I did last year.
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