You may have noticed the centerpiece in my patriotic star applique placemat post. It's an easy one to do. All you need is some mason jars or jars of any kind. These are probably empty pickle or spaghetti jars. In addition to the jars you need:
sand ( I used the decorative kind from Michael's)
acrylic jewel accent stones ( Michael's) (These have been used in Christmas and Valentine's decor so they were worth the investment.)
candles- I'm using led tealights
mini star wired garland dowels
Fill jars partly with sand and top with jewel stones. Wrap star garland around your dowel. Stick dowel and flag in jar.
The third jar was made with tissue paper and Mod Podge. Apply strips of paper to the inside of jar. Add a flag and a candle. This looks cool lit up.
Today Fabulous Friday find jumped out at me not only for it's cuteness, but it's functionality as well. Take a look- Nest of Posies set a cute holiday table and used mason jars for drinks with cupcake liners for jar toppers.
The really cool thing- this will keep the BUGS OUT of the drinks. I love it- I hate bugs and they turn me off from outdoor functions, but this is genius!
The Diary of Dave's Wife used fabric circles on mason jars. This would serve the same purpose- cuteness and functionality.
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After all the hard work on my front porch makeover, I decided I needed a cool treat. I have lots of hot chocolate left over from the winter, so I searched out a way to use up those packets. I found this recipe for frozen hot chocolate and gave it a try. I totally recommend it.
3 TablespoonsGranulated Sugar1 packageHot Cocoa Mix (about 3 Tablespoons)2 TablespoonsUnsalted Butter⅓ cupsSemi-Sweet Chocolate Chips⅓ cupsWhite Chocolate Chips12 ounces, fluidCan Evaporated Milk, Divided4-½ cupsIceWhipped Cream, To TasteMini Marshmallows, To Taste Combine sugar, cocoa mix, and butter in the top of a double boiler that is set over gently boiling water. Stir often until melted and a smooth paste forms. Add semi-sweet & white chocolate chips; stir. When chips begin to melt, slowly stir in 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. Stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
Combine the chocolate base mixture, the remaining evaporated milk and ice in a blender (you can do this in batches) and cover. Ble…
This is a fairly easy project to dress up plain placemats for the Fourth of July (or Memorial Day) holiday.
You'll need a placemat- fabric or the woven plastic kind from the Dollar Tree. I chose the plastic ones from the Dollar Tree because I would be using them outside. Find a star template and some red, white and blue fabric scraps. I had a plastic scrapbooking template but you could draw your own or download one from the net. Using your template, trace stars on fabric. Cut out. Stitch your stars to your mats with embroidery thread. Done. Easy.
It's almost officially summer so that means its time to pull out the summer decor, particularly my coastal decor. I started with my mantel. I made a large portion of my coastal decor last year.
I've switched up the mantel just a little bit this year.
I've been seeing this trend around the net for a couple of years and it's growing on me. I think when I need to replace my back door mat or kitchen rug, I'll give this a try- a painted rug. You can do so many fun designs and colors much cheaper than you can buy one.
I made cupcakes last weekend using this recipe and it is exactly what it says- you really get a thick creamy batter this way. My cupcakes got rave reviews from church, co-workers and the hubby. And the tip about using the ice cream scoop to fill the cups works too!
I've admired all the cute cupcake and pedestal stands in blogland for a long time. I finally made my own. I should not have put this off- it was so easy!
For the white one, I started with a wooden plaque and wooden candlestick from Michael's. I adhered the two pieces together with Liquid Nails. I love this for wood projects. (I used it for my birdhouses too.)
Flip your plaque over and glue the candlestick to the middle. Let it dry according to the directions.
Once it was dry I painted this one with white acrylic paint and a foam brush. After the final coat of paint, I gave it a couple of coats of Plaid satin finish varnish.
I forgot to take photos of the process with the blue one. I used an old wooden circle that used to be the top to a jar candle and a glass candle stick from the Dollar Tree. I have saved that jar top through two home moves, knowing it would be useful for something one day. It should have clicked with me long before now. I adhered the glass and topper wit…