Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Wildberry Vodka & Wildberry Liqueur Made With Frozen Berries

Recently, I purchased a bunch of amazing, fresh picked strawberries from my local farmer's market and shared my DIY Strawberry Vodka and DIY Strawberry Vinegar with you.  They both turned out amazing.  Then, I got to thinking.  Could you make either of these goodies with frozen fruit rather than fresh fruit?  Well, I just had to try.




The answer is, "Yes, you CAN make berry vodka using frozen berries!"  Oh, and it's absolutely wonderful.   But today, you're going to get a two-fer!  Yup!  I'm going to share how you can make.....

Wildberry Vodka AND Wildberry Liqueur


DIY wildberry liqueur


Are you giddy with excitement yet?  You should be 'cause this is super easy,yummy and would make an amazing "gift from the kitchen" this holiday season!

First we are going to make...

Wildberry Vodka


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups vodka (I used 40 proof)
  • One 12-oz package  OR 2 cups ORGANIC berry blend (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries & raspberries). 



Directions:

First measure out both ingredients.  Don't those berries look amazing?



Then, Place the vodka & berries into a 1 quart mason jar and screw on the lid.  Give the jar a shake and store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.  After 2 weeks, the vodka will turn a very dark purplish color.



Strain the berries from your vodka by pouring through a fine mesh strainer.  Do not push on the berries or your vodka will become cloudy.  Look how beautiful the vodka is.  Now, just place in a bottle and enjoy!



If you or your family (gift recipient) prefer liqueur here's the recipe!

Wildberry Liqueur

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Wildberry Vodka
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

First you will need to make a simple syrup.  To do this, first measure out the water and sugar, then place in a pot.  Over medium high heat, cook the water/sugar mixture until it is no longer cloudy and the sugar is completely dissolved.  Let it cool.





Then, add the simple syrup to the 1 cup wildberry vodka and stir.  Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid and label for gift giving.


DIY wildberry liqueur


Doesn't this look amazing?  This is so easy to make that you'll be making these goodies at home rather than running out to the store.  AND your friends will will be totally impressed when they receive as a gift!  

If you'd like to try you hand at making other adult beverages, check these out!


I hope you enjoy dabbling with these recipes!  Also, only enjoy responsibly!




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reupholster a Dining Room Chair in 2 Hours or Less!

It's garage sale season which means that this is an amazing time to find furniture that has good bones but just needs a face lift.  Now, how would you like it if I told you that it's possible to transform that ugly chair (with an upholstered seat) into a beauty in 2 hours or less?  Really!  Look what I did while I was doing a load of laundry!  My washer takes 51 minutes to do a cycle and my dryer takes about 45 minutes to dry a load.  So, while my bed linens were being washed & dried, I took this desk chair from drab to fab!

dining room chair makeover

Trust me, you will spend more time trying to decide what color to paint your chair & what fabric to use for the chair seat than you will actually updating your chair!  It's so incredibly simple.  Here's what you need:


  • Chair
  • Quick Drying Spray Paint & Primer
  • Sand Paper & Rag
  • Screw Driver
  • Pliers
  • Hammer or Staple Puller
  • Stapler (from the hardware store)
  • 1/2 yard fabric (I used Duck Cloth)

Okay, so here's my pitiful chair before.  It's super sturdy but boy, she has seen better days!



So, the first thing you will need to do is to remove the seat.  Just turn your chair over and you should find some screws.  Just unscrew them and you should be able to easily remove the seat.  Oh, and be sure to put your screws in a safe place (like a small bowl).  Give your chair a light sanding and wash off any dirt or grime.


Okay, so here's my baby in two pieces.  Set your seat aside and we will paint the chair first.


Here's the paints I used.  The primer says that you can apply your top coat within 30 minutes of applying the primer (Score!).  The satin metallic paint dries to the touch in 10 minutes and dries completely in 30 minutes!  Woo Hoo!


Now, when I spray paint furniture, I do it outdoors on top of a piece of old card board.  This is because newspaper flops around and can get into mischief if there's any wind blowing.  Also, I like to set my furniture on top of soup cans to elevate the legs so that it is much easier to ensure the bottom of the chair gets completely painted.  On the left is the chair once I covered it in primer. You can see how much shinier the chair on the right is, after the metallic paint was applied.  (If you have never used spray paint, many thin coats works much better than one thick coat....less drips.)



Oh, you may  be wondering why you are still seeing some blue on the painted chairs.  This is the area that will be covered by the seat so I didn't worry about painting this area completely.

While the chair is drying, it's time to tackle the seat.  I used the claw on my hammer to remove the staples however, a staple puller would also work.



Look!  The previous owners of the chair just upholstered over the original seat.  The seat covering is good so I decided to keep this original covering on.  (To see how I upholstered some stools that did not have any cushion, go HERE).


There were a few staples that still remained stuck into the bottom of the seat.  If this happens to you, just pull them out with some pliers.


Okay, now it's time to put on some new fabric!  I used duck cloth.  Start off by cutting a piece of fabric that is 2" wider than your chair seat on all sides.  Then, you will get out your staple gun and staple one side of the fabric.  Turn the seat 180 degrees, and pulling the fabric taut, staple the opposite side.  This will keep the fabric from wrinkling and twisting.  Do the same with the remaining two sides.


Now that the sides are stapled, it's time to staple the corners.  First, pinch the fabric together then press the folded fabric to get a nice folded corner.  Then staple the corner to the seat.  Doesn't it look nice and neat?  Repeat for all four corners.


Now, here's the finished seat cushion.  I just love this fun fabric, don't you?  Now your chair should be dry by now.  So, all that's left is to re-attach the seat to the chair frame.  I hope you didn't lose your screws!


Now here's the final chair, all put back together.  Isn't is gorgeous?  I think this will be a fun accent to any desk!


Note, that if you select paints with a longer dry time, then this project will take more than 2 hours.  Just be sure to read the label and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you'd like to try a larger upholstery project, check out how turned ugly chair.....



Into this "new" chair!  See how HERE.



So what are you waiting for?  Find a piece that has some good bones but needs a little TLC.  Trust me, it's much easier than you think and it will be a one-of-a-kind beauty!

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Gift Card Holder + Let's Write A Note Challenge

I don't know if you follow Melanie over at It Happens In A Blink but she has an amazing blog that focuses on projects that you can complete "in a blink".  This concept came about because she has 4 children.  Her family consists of 1 daughter and (are you sitting down?) 3 triplet boys!  Wow, she really doesn't have much time now does she?

Well, last week she kicked off a great series:  "Let's Write a Note Challenge".  (You can find more about Week 1 HERE and Week 2 HERE.)  I just love this challenge because with the invention of e-mail, cell phones, and texting, pretty much all anyone ever finds in their mail box are bills & junk mail.  Melanie's series challenges us to get out pen & paper and write notes or as I like to call it, send "happy mail".

My "write a note" challenge is for my older son who attends Ohio University.  As a college student, he is always watching his budget and tries to cut costs whenever he can.  So, although Melanie has challenged us to write to a friend, I'm writing to my son.  And to make a hand written note even more exciting, why not include a gift card? 


Now you could just toss the gift card inside but why not make a quick and easy gift card holder.  It's super simple and it's like putting a wrapped present inside a note.  Here's what I mailed my son.



Doesn't the gift card holder make this more special and personalized.  It's that little bit that turns a gift card into a heart felt gift.  Are you ready to learn how to make your quick and easy gift card holder?


Trust me, you are going to be shaking your head at how easy this is to do.  You also have all the supplies you need in your home already...trust me!

Supplies:

  • 1 piece of copier/printer paper (or you could use wrapping paper)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Washi Tape, optional

See, you have all the supplies you need.  Now are you ready to get started.  Here we go.

Directions:

  • Using the cardboard backing on your gift card as a template, trace your rectangle and cut out.
  • Remove the gift card from it's card board backing, align a short edge along the edge of your rectangle, and center the card.  Mark the paper with a dot near the top two edge of your gift card.
  • Cut out a wedge from the top of your rectangle.





  • If you are decorating with washi tape, select the tapes you'd like to use.
  • Decorate the top of your gift card template with your washi tape.
  • Flip the template over and fold over your excess washi tape





  • With the right side of your template facing down, place the gift card in the center.  Fold over one side of the gift card holder toward the center of your gift card.
  • Fold over the other side of the gift card
  • Secure with either tape or glue with a glue stick or scrap booking tape.






  • Fold up the bottom edge (looks like a wedge) and you should have an envelope with an opened top.
  • Secure the bottom with tape, glue stick or scrap booking tape.
  • Remove the gift card and cut a notch out of the opened top.  This will make the gift card easier for the recipient to remove.



See, now isn't this a lot snazzier than just placing an unadorned gift card in an envelope?



My son LOVES bacon so I thought I'd make him a personalized card with washi tape and a hand written, "mmmmm bacon" on the front.



If you haven't taken part in Melanie's "Let's Write a Note" Challenge, you really should.  Your notes will really make someone's day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

18 Spice Storage Ideas

One of the things I absolutely LOVE about the internet is how easy it is to find solutions and answers to your problems and questions. However, it's not just typing in your question into a search engine anymore. Nope, there are some amazing social media platforms dedicated to certain areas of interest.  When I am working on projects for my home, my favorite place to go is to Hometalk!

The other day, I opened up the cupboard where all my spices are stored and it was such a mess.  I had the hardest time finding the spices I needed for the jambalaya I was making.  I thought to myself, "enough is enough!" So what did I do?  I went to Hometalk and created a board filled with spice organizing ideas.

18 Spice Storage Ideas



These solutions are all so incredibly amazing!  I love them all and I'm having a difficult time deciding which one to implement.  Stop by my Spice Storage & Organization Board to see all 18.  Which one would you utilize in your kitchen?

Also, if you've never visited Hometalk you should.  You'll be blow away at all the amazing inspirational ideas you'll find for you home.  Oh, and if you have a question, just post it.  People will respond giving you the solutions you've been looking for.  Also, when you join Hometalk, stop on by see what's caught my eye!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 Storage & Organizing Ideas + The Project Stash Link Party

Since school has been back in session, are you drowning in paperwork?  Is your once organized (and clean) table now cluttered with stuff?  I know my house is getting over-run with "school stuff".  If you are like me and need some inspiration to help gain control of your space, check out our features from last week's Project Stash Link Party!

5 Storage & Organizing Ideas


organizing


Mason Jar Utensil Holder from A Creative Princess
DIY Wooden Makeup Brush Holder from Brave New Home
Kitchen Desk Organization from Real Housemoms
Family Organization Stations from Princess Pinky Girl



All of these ideas have me pumped to tackle my house this weekend.  I think I'll tackle our entryway.  What area will your organize first?  Ladies, if your post was featured, grab a button and showcase it proudly...you've earned it!


4 You With Love




Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love


When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love


   
Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.