July 23, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I was browsing all the pretty things in the Leif shop and stumbled upon these gorgeous mini spoons. Since they weren’t something that I really needed right then, I decided to wait and try to DIY them for less. So I hopped on Amazon and found the perfect little white porcelain egg spoons for less than $7 for a set of 4. Two days later (thanks to prime) these cute little spoons arrived at my door and I immediately got DIY-ing.
I just love projects that are really easy and have a big impact and this is exactly one of those projects. In just a few minutes (plus drying time) you can have your own set of gorgeous gold dipped mini spoons. Now I just need to decide what little things I will serve them with first.
- white porcelain mini spoons (I found mine on Amazon)
- metallic gold paint
- small, flat paint brush
- paint thinner
- painter’s tape
- a cup of rice or dry beans
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July 22, 2014
I’ve can’t seem to get enough of mint and coral these days and I’m loving the more muted versions in this color palette. Pair it with chartreuse for an unexpected pop of saturated color.
Painting by Hillary Butler. Similar paintings available in her shop.
July 21, 2014
One of my favorite things about the end of summer was always the back to school shopping. Even though I was never excited about actually going back to school choosing just the right patterned folders, sparkly pens, and the perfect backpack were my favorite. I’m actually starting to miss school just thinking about it!
While I was picking up a few office supplies last week I stumbled upon these clear vinyl pencil pouches for $1 each. And even though I’m not going back to school next month I thought they would be perfect for storing all sorts of supplies. I grabbed some gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a scalloped rectangle using my Silhouette. Ever since creating the little scalloped storage jars I’ve wanted to put scalloped decals on everything! I added polka dots to the other case because you can’t go wrong with gold polka dots (you know I do have them all over our guest bathroom), right?
Download the template to create your own gold vinyl pencil pouches:
- SVG template for use with a Silhouette or Cricut Explore
- printable PDF template
If you’re like me and you’re not heading back to school this fall you can always use these pouches for other things, like a makeup bag when you’re traveling or even a business card holder when you’re heading to a conference.
Check the other projects I’ve created with my Silhouette Cameo here.
July 18, 2014
I know I say this about every week but this week really flew by! Maybe that’s because we’ve had family visiting the past two weekends or because I spent most of the day yesterday trying to recover video footage off a broken SD card (with no luck). Either way, I’m excited for the weekend. My brother and his fiancé are in visiting and we’ll definitely be hitting up all our favorite spots in town. If you have some free time this weekend, you’ll definitely want to try one (or all) of these projects and recipes.
1. These DIY plant stands by Dream Green DIY for eHow are so simple and would look lovely with fresh flowers or special trinkets on them.
2. This modern cooler makeover by Almost Makes Perfect is so clever and so chic. I think I may have to pick one one up at a thrift store soon.
3. This ginger mint watermelon sorbet by Oleander & Palm is making my mouth water. Maybe I’ll have to add some sorbet recipes in my ice cream series.
I’m also loving:
These gold drink stirs made from brass tubing by Sugar & Cloth.
This DIY cedar planter by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
The throw out 100 things challenge over on Jess Lively makes me want to declutter my house. Right now.
July 17, 2014
You guys, two weeks ago our first Trader Joe’s opened in town. I know, I know, Winter Park (and Florida for that matter) is late to the game but I’m seriously way too excited about it. Until now every time we visit a city with a Trader Joe’s we fill out suitcases with chocolate covered almonds and cookie butter. You know, necessities, right?
So after mentioning the idea of starting an ice cream series on Instagram, your awesome responses encouraged me to give it a go. Thank you!
I decided to kick off the series with a cookie butter ice cream. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better I’ll let you know that this recipe doesn’t involve any cooking too! Yep, just mix it together and throw it all in your ice cream maker.
No-Cook Cookie Butter Ice Cream
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/8 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 jar of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, any flavor you like (I used the crunchy kind)
Whisk together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Then slowly pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Run it for 15 minutes and then start adding spoonfuls of Cookie Butter every minute or so until you’ve added about 1/2 a jar. Continue running the ice cream machine until it’s been mixing for 30 minutes. The ice cream will be soft and will be best when it’s frozen overnight in an air tight container. I highly recommend this ice cream container from Williams Sonoma. It’s insulated and long and narrow so you get perfectly round scoops every time.
If you’re using a Cuisinart ice cream maker, like mine, then you need to freeze the ice cream bowl overnight before making the ice cream. Place the paddle and cover on the bowl and turn it on before slowly pouring the ice cream into it.