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Homemade Italian Sodas

I recently ordered an italian soda at a local restaurant (which turns out, isn’t italian at all). Then I thought, why can’t I make this at home? The ingredients were ridiculously simple. Ice, flavored simple syrup, sparkling water. That’s it. Combine in whatever order/amounts you wish, and enjoy! I added fresh raspberries since I had some on hand (add a splash of vodka for an evening cocktail).  I bought a small Torani raspberry syrup for a few dollars at World Market and later I realized I could have just made some from my raspberries. Oh well, maybe next time! This drink is perfect for summer evenings and group get-togethers.


italian soda


DIY Instagram Magnets

We’ve all seen ads for companies that make instagram magnets – for the low low price of a lot of money.  Making my own was much easier and cheaper than I imagined.

instagram magnets

Here’s what you need:

Prints of your instagram pictures
- You can either get them printed at walgreens or another photo printer, or print your own on slightly thick paper. I printed my own on 60 lb paper in two sizes – 2 and 2.5 inches (2 inches is authentic instagram size, but I wanted some bigger ones as well).

Magnet Paper
- I bought a roll of magnet paper at Michaels (Jo Ann’s didn’t carry it) for about $10 and used a 40% off coupon.  One roll did quite a few – I made three sets of between 8-12.


First, cut out your instagram picture.

cut instagram

Then cut out a similar size (a hair bigger) magnet. Peel off the paper, line up a corner of the instagram picture as close as you can, and press them together. Smooth over with your fingers to get rid of any air bubbles.


Use your scissors to trim around the magnet to tighten up the edges. That’s it!

The finished project:





Post 100: Cork Coaster DIY

I’m a little surprised, this is actually my 100th post! And a DIY post, even better!  I have had my eye out for funky coasters for over a year and hadn’t really found any I love.  I decided to make some, and lucky for me there are a lot of DIY’s out there to choose from.  Most of them, however, use ceramic tiles as their base.  Our future house has wood floors so I didn’t really think that was a great option for us.  Cork was the next best thing.  Soft, durable, and you can still decoupage a paper of your choice on top.  I found packages of 6 round cork coasters at hobby lobby for under $3.  The paper I used is from some stationary I bought in high school that I’ve always loved but never had a great use for.  I love how they turned out.

Cork coasters  (round or square, from a craft store)
Decorative paper
A few foam brushes
Mod Podge
A stick piece of paper or cardboard and a pen
Sealer (I used spray sealer we already had on hand)




1.)  Place a coaster on the piece of stiff paper or cardboard and trace around it to make a cutting guide for your decorative paper.

2.) Cut out your decorative paper using the shape guide you’ve just created. (One for each coaster)

3.) Using a foam brush, spread a layer of mod podge on one side of the cork coaster, and place your decorative paper cut-out on top of it.  Then give the paper a layer of mod podge.  Let the coasters dry. Apply a second coat and allow to dry overnight.

4.)  After the mod podge has completely dried, give the coasters a layer of sealer.  Let this dry, and you have yourself a set of coasters!


Drying between mod podge layers.


the finished product


Cutest Bunny Ever DIY

I made an adorable stuffed bunny over a weekend not long ago for my niece’s first birthday.  It uses a winter scarf, which I already had, and some small add-ons like buttons and felt.  The entire project cost me a few dollars and is quite possibly the cutest project I have ever made.  She liked it too.  :)

The tutorial: http://www.larkcrafts.com/needlearts/free-project-friday-hoppy-weekend/

You’ll be able to download and print instructions, as well as the template at the link.  You will want to enlarge the template to whatever size you want your finished rabbit to be.  I didn’t enlarge it to 200% as they suggest, I wanted a slightly smaller finished product. I actually hand sewed the entire thing.  I’m sure a machine could do it much faster, but I liked the imperfect look the needle and thread gave.

first stages

creating a face

the cutest bunny ever

the birthday cutie

A Few of My Favorite Blogs

Sorry there has been an extreme lack of posts lately.  I am working on several craft projects, but they all happen to be top-secret birthday gifts for my two nephews and niece…tutorial posts will be available in mid-May, after they have all received them.  T and I have also concocted several delicious recipes, but they need some tweaking before sharing.  What I CAN do, is share some of my favorite blogs.  Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

This blog is written by cutie Elsie Larson.  Even her name is cute.  She writes about outfits, food, beauty, photography, decor, and also creates DIY projects.


Kendi Everyday

Kendi Everyday

Kendi posts creative outfit combinations nearly everyday (thus the name).  They are very inspiring when you are in a “I have no clue what to wear today!!” rut.


How About Orange

How About Orange

I love the color orange.  So does Jessica Jones, the blogger who created How About Orange.  Subjects she writes about include:  DIY tutorials, free downloads, time wasters, and other random things.  She also has designed some very funky fabrics that I would be happy to add to my collection.


Somewhere Splendid

Somewhere Splendid

Somewhere Splendid’s main focus is entertaining.  Party themes, decor, treats and more.  Beautiful pictures showcase parties that I can’t even imagine being invited to.  There are also a decent amount of posts about interesting objects, artwork, and recipes.


Eat Drink Chic

Eat Drink Chic

A very trendy girl named Amy Moss is the author of this blog, which centers around style, DIY, printables, entertaining, weddings, food, and more.  And she’s Australian.  Which is just cool.

That’s it for today, but please feel free to post a comment with any of your favorite blogs.  I’m always looking for more to add to my list.

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