Easy DIY Gift Baskets

Whether you’re trying to make a custom, one-of-a-kind gift basket for a friend’s birthday, need a last-minute house-warming present for a loved one, a token of appreciation when meeting your significant other’s family for the first time, or simply a just-because gift, these gift baskets will become your go-to idea! …

Keto Friendly Blackberry Lemon Muffins

With a few ketogenic essential ingredients, bake your way to these sweet, zesty, keto friendly blackberry lemon muffins! I entered into a ketogenic diet at the end of March, and thanks to this way of eating, have been in ketosis for a little over 5 weeks now. I love that …

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

What costume will you wear for Halloween?

Halloween is fast-approaching, and time is running out to figure out what ghoulish goblin or pretty princess you’ll trek out into the night as on October 31st. At this point, you’ve got 11 days to shop-and-ship, and let’s be honest: are you really going to trust the expedited shipping to get your costume to your home in time? Not to mention–will it fit?

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Last-Minute Memorial Day Decorations

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Man, this month is just flying by, isn’t it?! It seems like just yesterday it was Mother’s day, I blinked, and bam, Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner!

Today I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY Project: DIY Last Minute Memorial Day Decorations

Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Chalkboard Display

Seriously, y’all, this display took me about 15 minutes total, which is exactly how long I like to spend on holiday decorations in my home, haha. Okay, okay, it might take you a BIT longer if you have to take the time to chalkboard paint the bottles and an old picture frame, but still, this project shouldn’t take you more than a day, total. And just in time for Memorial Day weekend, no less!

Materials:

  • Empty, cleaned wine bottles with labels removed.
  • Old picture frame
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalkboard markers (I used Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalkboard Markers)
  • Any other red, white, and blue decorations you have lying around.

And that’s it! Seriously!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab you chalkboard spray paint, spray on 2 coats, wait to dry, then get to decorating!

Chalkboard Spray Paint Project

 

The best part? When you’re done, use a wet rag, and you’ll have a clean slate for the next holiday (or leave it up for Fourth of July?)! I used Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Bistro Markers for this project. They’re SO easy to use. Shake, press, and draw as if you were using a regular marker. The best part is they clean up super easily, and stand out brightly against the chalkboard background. If you’re looking for a last-minute project to spruce up your place for Memorial Day weekend (perhaps a Memorial Day BBQ?), then these will add a little cute pizzazz in less than a day’s work!

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Wine Bottles

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Board Decorations

 

What other decorations are you planning on displaying for Memorial Day weekend? Do you usually buy and save Memorial Day/4th of July decorations to use year after year? Or do you opt for the disposable, one-use decor for your BBQ party needs?

 

DIY Pillow Cover in Five Easy Steps

I’m back with another Drab to Fab for y’all:

DIY hand-sewn pillow cover!

This is one of the Pinterest project attempts completed for the 30-before-30 challenge: 30 completed Pinterest projects. View the rest here.

I had seen so many pillow case tutorials online, and sewing-machine tutorials for decorative pillow covers. But as ironic as it is, this avid DIY-er does not own a sewing machine (yet)! Because of this, the easier the template, and the fewer stitches needed, the better. And thus, though I pulled some tips and tricks from other Pinterest pins of pillow covers, I’m sharing a tutorial for those of y’all who also stick to the traditional way of sewing–by hand!

DIY Pillow cover

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Easy and Quick DIY St. Patrick’s Day “Feelin’ Lucky” Bunting Banner

Hey there, all my crafty vixens!

February always seems to come and go so quickly, doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday I was figuring out what heart-shaped goodies to give my Valentine.

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. In honor of the holiday (and because I needed an excuse to FINALLY take down the Merry Christmas bunting banner… I know, I have holiday decor problems), here’s a quick set of pictures to give you some inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day home decor.

Specifically, a Feelin’ Lucky bunting banner!

Looking for a full tutorial? Use the dimensions and tips in my previous bunting projects: Give Thanks Bunting Banner, and Merry Christmas Bunting Banner.

I used a mixture of 60-cent scrapbook papers and laminated white burlap for the bunting flags this time, gold letters in a perforated pack from The Dollar Tree, and spray adhesive glue from Lowe’s to attach the letters.

Enjoy! What decorations are you rolling out for the Irish holiday?

Feelin Letters and Flags Adhesive Spray Glue for Bunting Banner

 

 

 

 

 

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St Patty's Day Banner Quick
The St. Patty’s Day banner in the day time.
Banner St Pattys Day at Night
The full banner at night time.

 

DIY Christmas Bunting Banner

Got an hour to spare this weekend before the big day arrives next week? Get out your holiday scrapbook paper and get to work! This quick, easy-to-make Chirstmas bunting banner is sure to brighten up your home during your holiday festivities!

DIY Christmas Bunting Banner

Materials Needed:

– Scrapbook Paper, 2 sheets in 3 separate Christmas-related designs/colors

  • Craft-Laminated Burlap

  • Jumbo-Sized Jute String

  • “Clipboard” Self-Adhesive Letters

  • 15 Wooden Clothes Pins

  • Christmas-Themed Ribbon

  • Two Clear Push Pins

  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

1. Cut the scrapbook papers and burlap. Make a template stencil using scrap paper or cardboard. I used this blog post for guidance on the dimensions for the stencil for my last project, the Thanksgiving Bunting. However, since “Merry Christmas” takes more letters, I decided to cut down my dimensions a little to fit the space better. You can see the dimensions I used in the picture below. Cut enough flags for the saying you’d like to hang, alternating the colors.

Bunting Flag Dimensions cut burlap flag dimensions Christmas burlap flag colors

 

2. Attach letters to the cut flags. If you’re able to find the self-adhesive “clipboard” scrapbooking letters, these will work best. Otherwise, find letters in lightweight material, and use adhesive spray to attach them to your flags. Keep in mind the color pattern you want when you hang them (Ex: mine was “burlap, orange white, burlap, orange, white…” and so on).

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3. Measure and cut jute string. If you can recruit a friend, family member, or roommate, have them help you measure out how much jute you will need to string the flags across the wall. I left extra jute on each side to tie bows and let the excess hang down in a light spiral.

4. Clip flags to jute string using wooden clothes pins.  At this point, I laid the string across my living room floor, and got to work. I spread out the flags, pre-tied the red ribbon into a bow, and spaced it out to my liking. Then, one by one, I clipped the flags onto the string, using my feet to keep the string taut as I went along. I used a pin to attach the bow, as well (this way, I can take the bow off easily when I go to change out the bunting flags for the next season). Let me tell you, once you have done this the first time, replacing flags in the future while the jute is already pre-hung is a piece of cake!

5. Hang banner on wall, using clear push pins to secure. Again, if you can recruit someone to help you, this will be easier. Use a tape measure to see where on the wall you will place the first push pin. Once the push pin is in the wall, tie one side of the banner around the push pin in a bow, double-knotting if necessary. Measure the next side so the flag hangs evenly. Adjust as needed.

 

And, voila! Easy-peasy, done-in-a-few-hours project for Christmas. AND, the Christmas bunting banner makes for a great backdrop for pictures!


Christmas themed bunting

 

Have you made bunting before? How did yours differ from mine?

Did you partake in any last-minute Christmas holiday crafts this season?

DIY Thanksgiving Bunting

It’s one week before Thanksgiving, but JUST in case you’re a last-minute DIY-er like me, here’s a quick Pinterest-inspired tutorial to spice up your living area for the quickly-approaching holiday!

PS: This is part of my 30 before 30 project (completing and posting 30 Pinterest projects before I turn 30). I used this pinthis pin, and this pin for inspiration.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Bunting Flag Banner Picture

DIY Thanksgiving Bunting Banner

Materials Needed:

– Scrapbook Paper, 2 sheets in 2 separate designs/colors

  • Craft-Laminated Burlap

  • Jumbo-Sized Jute String

  • “Clipboard” Self-Adhesive Letters

  • Wooden Clothes Pins

  • Autumn-Themed Ribbon

  • Two Clear Push Pins

  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

1. Cut the scrapbook papers and burlap. Make a template stencil using scrap paper or cardboard. I used this blog post for guidance on the dimensions for the stencil. Cut enough flags for the saying you’d like to hang. Ex: mine was GIVE THANKS, so I cut 10 flags (3 orange, 3 white, and 4 burlap).

2. Attach letters to cut flags. If you’re able to find the self-adhesive “clipboard” scrapbooking letters, these will work best. Otherwise, find letters in lightweight material, and use adhesive spray to attach them to your flags. Keep in mind the color pattern you want when you hang them (Ex: mine was “burlap, orange white, burlap, orange, white…” and so on).

3. Measure and cut jute string. If you can recruit a friend, family member, or roommate, have them help you measure out how much jute you will need to string the flags across the wall. I left extra jute on each side to tie bows and let the excess hang down in a light spiral.

4. Clip flags to jute string using wooden clothes pins.  At this point, I laid the string across my living room floor, and got to work. I spread out the flags, pre-tied the autumn ribbon into a bow, and spaced it out to my liking. Then, one by one, I clipped the flags onto the string, using my feet to keep the string taut as I went along. I used a pin to attach the bow, as well (this way, I can take the bow off easily when I go to change out the bunting flags for the next season).

5. Hang banner on wall, using clear push pins to secure. Again, if you can recruit someone to help you, this will be easier. Use a tape measure to see where on the wall you will place the first push pin. Once the push pin is in the wall, tie one side of the banner around the push pin in a bow, double-knotting if necessary. Measure the next side so the flag hangs evenly. Adjust as needed.

 

And, voila! Easy-peasy, done in a few hours project for Thanksgiving. AND, it makes for a great backdrop for pictures!

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Bunting Flag Banner

Have you made bunting before? How did yours differ from mine?

Did you partake in any last-minute Thanksgiving holiday crafts this season?

 

Linking up with: Wow Us Wednesdays, And Sew We Craft, From Dream to Reality,

 

DIY Sock Bun Tutorial

I don’t know about you, but I try to wash my hair every other day because of its oily-ness. My roots get oily, but my ends stay dry and brittle, especially if I over-wash. Unfortunately, wearing my hair down isn’t always an option, whether it’s because I’m on-the-go, don’t have time to do my hair, or am experiencing a case of “second-day hair.” When this happens, I turn to the sock bun.

I love a well-made sock bun, because while it takes just minutes to complete, it looks chic all day, and is work, school, restaurant, gym, bar-ready. It’s one of the most adaptable hairstyles depending on the occasion, and is easily accomplished in just 3 easy steps. See for yourself and learn how to perfect the sock bun in my Step-by-Step video:

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial for a DIY Sock Bun

 

Pictures and Written Instructions

In order to create your sock bun, you will need the following items:

DIYsockbunneededitems

 

To create the sock bun cushion, follow the steps provided at the beginning of the video. You will want to cut your sock as shown in the following picture:

cuttingsockforbun

The sock bun is so versatile, and can be achieved in three easy steps:

3 step sock bun

Step 1

Step 1 Put Hair in Ponytail

Step 2

roll bun with sock cushion

Step 3

 secure sock bun with pins

The Final Result

After these three simple steps, you should be left with a donut-shaped bun like this!

diy sock bun tutorial result

 

 

Let me know how it turned out for you, and what other hairstyle tutorials you would like to see! Stay tuned for more DIY tutorials to come! 🙂

 

Sarah’s Aloha BBQ Chicken

Once in a while I try my hand at creating a new, exciting dish to spice up my home-cooking schedule. There is only so many times one can roast a chicken the same way before it gets dull!

Last week I struck some luck and created a recipe that was a sure winner in my book. I had been craving fruit all day and wanted to incorporate it into my dinner plans. Now, while I would be perfectly fine with a bowl of fruit for dinner, I’m pretty sure any nutritionist and my dear nurse of a mother would scowl at me for doing so. I love the mixture of tangy and spicy flavors, so I decided to pull out some seasonings to create my 5-step masterpiece:

Sarah’s Aloha BBQ Chicken

Ingredients (makes for two servings):

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Can of Pineapple Rings
  • Juice from Can of Pineapple Rings
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Kraft Hickory Smoke BBQ)
  • BBQ Rub (I used Weber “Smokey Mesquite” Rub)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Oven-safe Dish

Directions:

1) After thawing and cutting off excess fat from your chicken breasts, apply your choice of BBQ rub liberally to your chicken, rubbing the spices in with your fingers. Place both pieces into an oven-safe dish (I used corning ware) and set aside. At this time, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.

 

2) Open the can of sliced pineapple rings and empty the juice contents into a mixing bowl. Set aside the can and pineapple rings for later. Then, gradually mix in your BBQ sauce of choice until your mixture has a somewhat-thick consistency. You don’t want your mixture to be too soup-like (as a reference, I used half the bottle of BBQ sauce in order to achieve my desired consistency).

 

3) Cover the chicken breasts with the mixture you have just made, saving 1/4 cup of the mixture for later use. Cover the remaining sauce and place in your fridge. Then, slice the pineapple rings in half and place them over the chicken and the mixture.

 

4) Cover your oven-safe dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the pre-heated oven for one hour. Then, remove the aluminum foil, pour the remaining mixture over the pineapple rings, and cook uncovered for 15 more minutes. This will allow for the pineapples to caramelize and retain the savory flavors of the sauce.

 

5) Allow 10 minutes cooling time to give the chicken a chance to reabsorb its juices. Then, serve with corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, or your BBQ side dishes of choice. Bon Appetit! 

 

Mahalo for checking out this recipe, let me know if you try it, and how you liked it! As always, I’d love to see pictures 🙂 ALSO, if you liked this enough to want to try it later, PLEASE pin it! 😉

 

PS: I tried this same recipe out on my family. They all LOVED it! I used 8 chicken breasts (quadrupling the rest of the ingredients), and all but one-half  of a chicken breast were gobbled up by the end of the party 🙂 I know YOUR family will love it to! It’s the perfect main dish for a luau/Hawaiian theme party.

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