DIY Art Deco Headpiece

The past couple weeks have been so busy, we haven’t really gotten to post any DIY posts.  Now I have time to post a few DIYs I did for the wedding.  This DIY I actually made for my bridal portraits.  Since these were for fun, I wanted to create a few fun headpieces to wear for variety.  I am constantly looking at different sites, like Etsy, for ideas.  That is when I came across the beauty.  An art deco tulle headpiece with crystal embellishments.  The price tag… $500.  I simply could not and would not ever pay that much for something made of tulle and rhinestones.  So, if you can buy, DIY.  Tulle is next to nothing (about $3.00/yard, I bought 1/2 yard and didn’t use most of it) and I bought the rhinestones in 3 different sizes at Michael’s for under $10 total.

Lujon - Crystal Art Deco 1920's Tulle Headpiece

 WillowMoone – $500

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Tulle
  • Glue ( I used E6000)
  • Rhinestones (I used 5mm, 7mm, 10mm)
  • Paper plate
  • Cardboard
  • Toothpick
  • Patience

I don’t have the step by step pictures, but, it really is not too difficult.  I first cut the size of the tulle; I made it 2 ply by folding over the tulle and started the design from the folded over bottom.  Once the tulle is folded in half (hotdog or hamburger will work) then take the fold and place it across you forehead.  Then wrap the tulle around the circumference of you head and gather it in the back with a rubber band or ponytail holder.  Once it is secured.  cut it so that there is enough to still rubber band and fold under (inside the “cap).  This is how the rubber band and excess tulle will be hidden in the back.  After the size is cut, take out the rubber band and unfold the tulle.  This is where you can be creative with you design.  I laid out the rhinestones where I wanted them first to get a visual and to know how many rhinestones would need to fit and the I glued.  Before gluing, be sure to put cardboard between the tulle and whatever surface you are gluing on.  Pour out a little glue onto the paper plate and use the toothpick to transfer the glue onto the rhinestones and then stick.  Note:  When you have place the rhinestone, do not pick up and try to move because the glue does not dry completely clear.  As you are working through the project, pick up the tulle headpiece from time to time.  Tulle does have pores for the glue to go through and can get stuck to the cardboard if not removed periodically.  Once all the rhinestones are glued on, let the piece dry for an hour or so before wearing.

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Looks pretty darn close and you can save yourself about $485.

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You can check out this post to see how I turned my grandmother’s bracelet into a fun, one of a kind head piece.

Fantasy Football – Adult Beverage Edition

Football season is well under way. The pre-season games have begun, facebook statuses are inundated with comments about this player and that team, and my man is preparing for his Fantasy Football leagues. Yes, plural. So whether I’m hosting a Fantasy Football event, having people over for Sunday Night Football, or going to someone else’s get together, it’s an opportunity for me to get crafty. I think in general, guys don’t really care about the presentation of food and drinks, even though I think that’s just as important as how it tastes! So, with that in mind, I suggest keeping your decorations and crafty creations low-key and simplistic.

Today’s Fantasy Football Adult Beverage is perfect for football season. It’s a spiked apple cider, which I have dubbed “Mock Moonshine”; while it’s not the real deal (unfortunately I don’t have gallons of moonshine in my cellar just waiting to be enjoyed), it’s got the flair and look of authentic moonshine. I found a few different recipes online; they all sound delish!

Apple Brandy and Cider

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Spiked Apple Cider

The Mocktail wouldn’t be complete without a fancy, football-themed container! It is simple and can be transformed into a theme, EASILY! I chose to buy a few Mason Jars for the event.

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Mason Jars ($1.49 each)

Gift Tags ($4.99 pack of 20)

Football Stickers ($2.79 pack of 5)

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This DIY is super easy and fun.  It adds a very “put together” presentation of a drink and the appearance.

Easy Wall Art

A few years before moving, I spotted this amazing Robert Best Barbie Calendar.  It showcased beautiful, vintage like sketches.  I had seen some of his work before framed and knew it could easily cost over $100 for one of the sketches.  So, I picked this calendar up in hopes of using it for wall art some day.  This same 16 month calendar is re-released every year and you can find it for under $4.00 at Calendars.com.  When I moved into our new house, I searched the internet for inexpensive frames that would hold each sketch and I found packs of three at Target for under $10.

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Carefully tear each sketch from the calendar and place in the frames and it is ready to hang.  Hang a bunch of them together to make for a statement piece that costs next to nothing.  Look at calendar.com for other things that interest like…

Winnie the Pooh 2014 Wall Calendar
Winnie the Poo for a nursery or children’s bedroom/playroom
A masculine calendar with beer, pin ups, or sports for a man cave
or a scenic calendar for a bathroom or guest bedroom.

August ’13 Bucket List

Although we’re almost a week into August, we still have the rest of the month to squeeze in any last-minute summertime activities. Once September rolls around, I immediately get sucked into the “Halloween/crisp air/layers of clothing/new Fall tv shows/Pumpkin Spice Latte” mode that I am really starting to love. BUT, before this mode shift occurs, I’ve decided to make a short and sweet (and realistic) bucket list to wrap up the month of August and Summer 2013!

1. Hiking, Yikes

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I wouldn’t consider myself super “outdoorsy”, but I think it’s good for the mind, body and soul to spend a day hiking. Get outside, sweat a little, swat a few bugs, and reach a point and feeling of accomplishment.  Go with the first outfit for a beginner’s hike on a not-so-treacherous route.  If you plan on getting down and dirty on a real-deal mountain, you will definitely need to invest in some hiking boots.

Check out these 6 hiking tips for beginners!

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2. Dinnertime Grillin’

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Grilling is a must in the summertime and I’ve been wanting to have a Kabob-a-palooza all summer now.  Slapping this on the bucket list seems silly but these recipes require a little more effort than your average dinner planning.  I’d love to make all 3 version and pair it with a side salad for a fresh and light meal on a Friday night with my honey or a small group of friends.  And you better believe I’ll be sippin’ on a margarita (salt, on the rocks) while I’m grilling!

Kalyn’s Kitchen – Steak and Mushroom Kabobs

Skinny Taste – Lime Cilantro Shrimp Kabobs

Betty Crocker – Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

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3. Pool Party

I don’t have a pool in my backyard and unfortunately I don’t know anyone who has one, where I could just show up and plop myself in their water.  That’s when you have to make do with what you’ve got.  Be it the neighborhood community pool, or a local pool in your area, pack a small cooler (check the pool’s regulations, some don’t allow any outside food OR drinks in), a book, music, and most importantly, FRIENDS, and make a day of it. 

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4. DIY Project

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A great way to keep the summertime vibe alive during the transition into fall is your decor.  I wanted to find a DIY project that was “beachy”, yet not typical.  I have seen on various blogs and websites a a super easy and inexpensive way to jazz up seashells.  Using spray paint, you can transform a typical seashell into a work of art. This blogger gave a great tutorial on chroming shells she found on the beach.  My plan is to do the same, but use a matte black spray paint instead to give it a very unique and funky look.  If you’re unable to collect your own beach shells, Michael’s has a great variety of cheap shells you can decorate yourself!

5. Circufairnival (Circus + Fair + Carnival) 

I NEED to go to a circus, or a fair, or a carnival–BADLY!  I love the atmosphere of a the lights, the smell of the food, the animals, people watching, the shows, etc. These events can be pricey, so be aware of the money you’ll be forking over!  This is also a great opportunity to wear something fun and festive! 

DIY Candle Decor

I love candles and I love burning candles for no other reason than they are pretty.  So, here’s a fun way to display candlestick in something a little different.  This can be used on a mantle or maybe at a wedding for the “in memory” table.  Be sure to keep an eye on the candle if it is above the glass and when the flame is close to the ribbon.

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You will need:

  • Glass Vase/Cylinder
  • 5 or more candlesticks
  • Extra candle
  • Hair tie or Rubber Band
  • Ribbon
  • Matches/Lighter

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First, gather a bunch of candle sticks.  Use different colors and different complimentary scents!  Gather them with a hair tie or rubber band.  This will hold them all in place.  Tie a ribbon around the candles to cover the hair tie.DSC_0333

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Next, take a candle, it will be easiest if you have one separate from the bundle.  Light the candle and turn it sideways over the glass cylinder or vase.  Let the wax drip onto the bottom of the cylinder.  Once you have a little puddle, stick you bundle on top of the liquid wax.  Hold it firmly until it dries.  This will hold the bundle in the center of the cylinder.

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After it is dry and firmly in place, light the candles and enjoy!

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Golf Themed Birthday Card

My nephew is a sports fanatic.  If you let him, he would play outside all day long, non-stop.  His most recent obsession is golf so I made that the theme for his card on his 7th birthday.

Check out the YouTube clip to see the “making of the card”!

I kept it simple and full of color. 

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I used 5 different pieces of cardstock: green grass, blue clouds, bright white (pole), red glitter (flag), and black for the hole. 

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On the backside of the green grass cardstock, I simply sketched quick “grassy” looking lines and cut along those lines to give it a realistic grass effect.  I placed the grass over a piece of blue clouds cardstock and then attached that to the actual card.  The rest of the card was very simple.  I cut out out a long rectangle as the pole, a small circle for the hole, and a glittery triangle for the flag.  Finally, I added a fun little #7 to the flag and used my own handwriting for the message.

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Gourmet Turkey Burger, with a Kick!

Nothing compares to a damn good burger.  I’ve had my fair share of greasy, bacon wrapped, cheesy, juicy, ridiculously delicious burgers.  Unfortunately, the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that I might as well staple those burgers to my thighs and rear end.  Gravity and age are no longer on my side, which is why I’ve turned to a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes. 

While I’m sure there are thousands of turkey burger recipes out there similar to this, I wanted to give you MY take on a healthy and filling burger.  This gourmet style bruger is packed with a punch; not for the faint of heart!

Ingredients:

  • ground turkey (1lb. makes about 4 burgers)
  • fresh cilantro
  • jalapenos
  • pepper jack cheese
  • fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

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Form ground turkey into patties.  I like to ball up the meat and flatten with my palms so that the edges are jagged and not perfectly round.  Call me crazy, but I firmly believe this “old school” shaped pattie makes a difference in the taste of the burger.   I also make my patties HUGE and flat; they will thicken up as they cook.  Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.

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Chop about 3 garlic cloves.  Add a thin layer of olive oil to pan on low heat and toss in the garlic. 

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Cut jalapenos into thin slices and chop the cilantro. 

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Add jalapeno slices and chopped cilantro into pan with garlic to saute; increase heat to just below medium.

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Add the seasoned patties to the pan; directly on top of the sauteed mix.

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Increase heat as necessary until patties are fully cooked.

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Once the patties are fully cooked, add slices of pepper jack cheese and take the jalapenos and cilantro on the pan to layer on top of the patty. 20130713-123040.jpg

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I like to add Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for dipping and pair this with sweet potato fries, a side salad, or corn on the cob.  It’s a zesty and light meal, perfect for summertime.  Use reduced fat cheese, no dipping sauce, and no bun if you’re looking to be extra healthy!

 

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