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?
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.
July 16, 2014
When I created the paint dipped vases for our pink and orange party, I really didn’t want to actually dip them in paint because that I thought they were just so cute that I knew I could find another use them. The results of my vase repurpose are these white scalloped storage jars that are equally perfect for storing office supplies as they are fresh flowers.
When I first bought them I knew the silver aluminum lids would look much better spray painted gold because, well, just about everything does. So that was the first step in their transformation. Sadly, I was out of gold spray paint so I went to my back up color—a coppery, rose gold color.
Since the base of the jars is like a cylinder, it makes it really easy to wrap a decal around them. I reached in my stash of supplies and found some white adhesive vinyl to use. The vinyl is perfect for adding nice, opaque color to class and using my Silhouette to cut it out makes it a piece of cake! If you want to create your own jars the link to the scalloped template is at the end of this post.
I used small jars that I found at Hobby Lobby, that are 22 cm in diameter, but you could easily scale the pattern to make it fit any size jar (these straight-sided jars from The Container Store would also work great). Just look for jars that have a cylindrical shape (i.e. not tapered) on the bottom.
These little jars also make great mini vases for fresh flowers. Here they are sitting on a shelf in my home office.
You can create your own scalloped jars with the templates below:
Download the SVG file to use with your Silhouette or Cricut Explore
Download the PDF file to use as a template and cut out the vinyl by hand
Check out some of the other projects I’ve created with my Silhouette here.