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DIY Gold Scalloped Edge Napkins

October 9, 2014

Dress up plain cloth napkins with some gold vinyl! Click through for free SVG template to cut it out with your Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Cricut Explore.

Ok, so I may have an obsession with scallops. And when they are gold, they have me swooning. I dreamt up creating cloth napkins with gold scalloped edges quite some time ago and finally gave it a try. The results have me wanting to make more of these so I can use them during the holidays. I mean, our Thanksgiving dinner needs gold scallops don’t you think?

I used gold pleather for the gold scalloped edges because it has a great metallic finish and won’t fray like regular woven fabrics. This project will definitely make you rethink pleather. While I’m not a fan of using it clothing (I seriously can’t pull it off) it really does make for some lovely little napkins.

Don’t let the supply list overwhelm you, these adorable napkins were actually quite simple and very fun to make. Once you have the gold vinyl cut out they sew up rather quickly.

How cute are this gold scallop cloth napkin? The store bought napkin was transformed by sewing a strip of gold vinyl to the edge.

Supplies:

- Download the scallop
- Cloth napkins (I used these and love how they don’t wrinkle much after washing)
- Gold vinyl or pleather (you can find this at local fabric stores)
- Silhouette sewable interfacing
- Leather needles
- Thread in the same color as your napkins

Tools:
- Sewing machine
Silhouette Cameo with a fabric blade
- 12″ x 24 cutting mat
- Iron and ironing board

Did you know you can cut vinyl and pleather with your Silhouette Cameo? Click through to see what was made with this gold pleather.

Step 1: Prewash and dry the napkins. Iron if necessary. Use an iron in the wool or low heat setting to adhere the textured side of the sewable interfacing onto the back side of the pleather. You’ll want to make sure every bit of it is adhered to the pleather. If it’s not, it will cause the fabric to wrinkle and jam in your machine.

Step 2: Load the gold pleather with the interfacing onto the 12″ x 24″ cutting mat, with the gold  side up. The pleather cuts best with sticky mats so if yours is pretty worn get a new one before cutting our the vinyl. Then cut out the scallops using your Silhouette, you’ll need one per napkin. I created a new setting in Silhouette Connect for cutting pleather. I recommend using the following settings:

- Blade 10 (you manually adjust this)
- Speed 3
- Thickness 33
- Do not double cut

So cute and so simple! Loving this tutorial on how to make cloth napkins with a gold scalloped edge.

Step 3: Place one scalloped edge underneath the wrong side of a napkin. Make sure the gold vinyl is slightly above the existing hem line. Pin in place.

Step 4: Sew on top of the existing seam using a straight stitch to sew the gold vinyl to the napkin. You may need to trim the gold vinyl if it’s a little longer than the napkin. Repeat with the other napkins and then they are ready to be used at your next dinner!

Loving gold and white home decor details and these DIY gold scalloped napkins are no exception! Click through for tutorial and template.

I can't get enough gold in my home! Can't wait to make a set of gold scalloped cloth napkins to use for special occasions.

gold flatware | happy stripe gift wrap sheets

Have a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait and don’t know what to do with it? Check out everything I’m created with mine on my Silhouette page.

Green Slime Lemonade

October 8, 2014

This kiwi lemonade is spiked with coconut rum and would be the perfect cocktail for a Halloween party.

These cocktails may give you the chills (I mean, look at those giant spiders!) but under the guise of slime these cocktails are sure to be your new go-to mixer for Halloween. I combined Natalie’s lemonade with fresh kiwi and coconut rum for a simple cocktail that will make you feel more like you’re at the beach than a Halloween party.

If you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to make any drinks a bit more festive, you can easily create the spider topped straws. All you need are some plastic spiders, paper straws and a hot glue gun.

These DIY spider straws are made by gluing plastic spiders onto paper straws. So simple and perfect for Halloween!

Loving this slime recipe made from fresh lemonade, kiwi, and coconut rum. The spider straws are a cute touch too!

Green Slime Lemonade:
Servings (2 glasses)

Ingredients:
- 3 ripe kiwi
- 6 oz. Natalie’s Lemonade
- 2-4 oz. of coconut rum (depending on how strong you want to make it)
- Ice

Supplies:
- Food processor or blender
- Pitcher
- 2 old fashioned glasses
- Paper straws
- Plastic spiders
- Hot glue gun

Directions:

1. Apply a small amount of hot glue onto the top of a paper straw about 2″ from the top. Press a plastic spider onto the glue and hold for about 20 seconds, or until the glue hardens. Set aside.

2. Peel the kiwi fruit and place in a food processor or blender. Pulse until the fruit is pureed.

3. Pour kiwi juice into pitcher. Top with 6 oz. Natalie’s lemonade and 2-4 oz. of coconut rum (you can easily make this drink kid friendly by omitting the rum). Stir and pour over two glasses full of ice. Add a spider topped paper straw and you’re ready for Halloween!

Lemonade gets transformed into a Halloween cocktail when you add fresh pureed kiwi fruit and coconut rum.

Get inspired with other spooky recipes and DIYs over on my Halloween page.

This recipe was created for Natalie’s. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me create delicious recipes like this one.

Living with Chronic Foot Pain

October 6, 2014

One blogger shares her experience of living with chronic foot pain and how she's found some relief.

Today I’m taking a break from my usual DIY and lifestyle posts to share an update on my journey with chronic foot pain. It’s been almost 6 months to the day since I last shared an update so I thought today was a good day to do that (if you haven’t read my previous posts or would like to know more about my journey thus far, you can read them here).

This summer I was once again starting to have way more bad days with unbearable pain than good days. Not only was the pain present before I got out of bed, it lingered throughout the day even though I was still taking Meloxicam, an anti-immaflamtory drug, daily. Over the past few months I had found some relief with it but over time it seemed like it wore off. My pain management doctor prescribed an EMG nerve test because I hadn’t had one since I was 15. I was really hoping that the test would give me an diagnosis, no matter what it may be, so at least then the doctors would know what to do. The results from the test were inconclusive and my pain was still pretty much undiagnosed. Several doctors I’ve seen feel that the nerves in my feet simply fire pain signals when they shouldn’t causing pain when I shouldn’t have any pain.

August rolled around and it was time for another checkup with the pain management doctor and I felt extremely defeated. I had nothing to report to him as nothing had improved since my last visit so I decided to cancel the appointment. I really didn’t want just switch medications for yet another time and I’d had been having doubts about taking Meloxicam long-term. I felt it was time to try something new. So I made an acupuncture appointment. I had never done acupuncture before, but after taking my horse to a holistic vet this year and seeing the huge improvement in his health (that’s definitely another post to share), I decided that a holistic approach was worth trying for me. After all, I felt like I had exhausted all other options.

So I stopped taking the Meloxicam and tried acupuncture. I’ve not really scared of needles but they were a bit uncomfortable since I learned that the pressure points for heels and arches are in the wrist. It wasn’t magical and I wasn’t immediately healed. I wish I could say I was but I did start to notice an overall improvement as the days went by.

I’ve now had four acupuncture sessions over the past 8 weeks and I can honestly say my new normal, without any medication, is so much better than it ever was with any medication I’ve tried. Last month Kevin and I visited St. Augustine and walked all around town all weekend. It wasn’t until later that week that Kevin stopped me and said, “You just walked all weekend and didn’t say anything about your feet. That’s incredible.”

I still have bad days and my feet ache while I write this post, but I am having so many more good days now. I also started  a weekly therapeutic yoga class that is targeted towards people with chronic pain and I found it to be very energizing and relaxing. I’m able to ride my horse several times a week (I’m riding western dressage now and loving it) and I’ve been going to the gym a few times a week. That’s definitely something I didn’t see myself being able to do a couple years ago. I still can only wear very supportive shoes and I keep using my foot massager daily but I feel as though for the first time ever, I may be on the road to healing.

Have you given acupuncture a try? I’d love to hear how it’s affected you. And as always, if you have any more questions feel free to contact me.

Links to Love

October 3, 2014

Loving these blush and coral DIY projects and recipes! They would make fun weekend projects.

Umm, where did the week go? Last time I checked it was still Monday and my t0-do list was a long list of uncrossed words. This weekend will be a working weekend for me because next weekend we’re heading to Chicago! If you have any recommendations on things to do or where to eat, please share. It’s our first time in the city and we’d love suggestions.

I love this season because I feel so many people are inspired and making beautiful weeks. This weeks favorite links are proof. How gorgeous are each of these recipes/projects/lettering?

1. I still haven’t tried making macaroons (thought I adore them) and this pumpkin recipe with chocolate ganache has me convinced to give it a go.

2. A geometric accent wall is a beautiful way to add color and interest to a space.

3. This diy marbled tray would be a perfect handmade gift (because the holidays will be here before we know it).

4. Decorate your workspace with these #girlboss printables to add some inspiration to your everyday.

I’m also loving:

These couples costume ideas. The Moonrise Kingdom one is my fave!

This painted rope planter would be a perfect rainy day project.

Glitter ice cubes!?! Yes, there’s edible glitter!

Pumpkin pecan crostini. The perfect balance between sweet and savory.