Posts tagged #DIY

DIY // Hand Stamped Geometric Table Runner

Lauren and I have been DYING to create hand stamped table cloths, pillows, anything...really! Finally, for our Mother's Day Brunch series, we got to make this super cute metallic stamped table runner. This is a very simple DIY that will add a bit of modern flair to your spring or summer table. We kept it simple using only triangles and gold paint, but there's really no limit to what you can do. My favorite part of this is that it doesn't have to be perfect to look good! =) 

SUPPLIES || 

100% cotton table cloth or runner

Jaquard Lumiere Acrylic Paint in True Gold

Geometric Stamp (triangles, diamonds, etc.)

Mini ink/paint roller

 

METHOD ||

Starting with a clean, ironed table linen, use the ink roller to apply a thin, even, fairly thin layer of paint onto the stamp. Be careful to not use too much paint to avoid it dripping or spreading! Press inked stamp firmly onto the fabric. For this look, we started with our larger stamp and spaced them evenly from each other along the runner - then took our smaller stamp to create scattered groupings throughout. (I think the more imperfect, the better for this craft.) We found our triangle stamps at Michael's, but you can also create your own shapes by carving into a potato, erasers, cork, just about anything!

 

 

 

A Sweet V-Day Picnic

If you're looking for a adorable and inexpensive way to surprise your lover on V-day, we love this idea. Surprise your love, mother, best friend, sister, whomever at work with a basket full of goodies. Then take it to a nearby park to enjoy!

Picnics don't have to just be for summer time. Even in colder parts of the country (ok, maybe not THAT cold), you can bundle up, bring a thermos full of steaming hot soup and enjoy the winter landscape. Luckily, here in Cali, we're looking at 80 degree weather all winter long ;)

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We packed our basket with simple, classic elements like prosciutto and swiss baguettes with pepper mayo, pea pesto pasta salad (say that ten times fast), super simple chocolate mousse and herb infused waters. It all sounds super fancy, but this truly is a basket meant for busy people. Promise. 

 

Proscuitto and Swiss Baguette with Pepper Mayo

INGREDIENTS

prosciutto

swiss cheese

baguette

mayo 

spicy brown mustard

salt

pepper

lemon wedge

2 tsp olive oil

METHOD

Make a sandwich. Crack some pepper (I like a lot but you can do it according to taste) into a bowl of mayo. Add the lemon wedge and some olive oil and salt to taste. Stir. spread on sandwich. wrap in wax paper, done. 

Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS

8 oz dry pasta shells prepared according to package

cherry tomatoes, cut in half

8 oz frozen peas, thawed

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

3-4 sprigs of mint, chopped

2-3 tbs olive oil

1 lemon wedge

METHOD

Add all the peas minus one small handful into a food processor along with the garlic, lemon, olive oil, mint and cheese. Blend into a paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Put pesto onto hot pasta along with remaining peas and tomatoes. Stir until the cheese melts. put into individual containers. Refrigerate overnight.  Done. 

Super Simple Chocolate Mousse

INGREDIENTS

one package instant chocolate pudding mix prepared according to package

1/2 tub cool whip, thawed

1 bar dark chocolate, shaved

METHOD

Fold 1/2 tub cool whip into prepared instant pudding until combined. Add to individual serving cups. Sprinkle shaved dark chocolate on top. Serve. 

 

Herb Infused Water

Fill a mason jar with filtered water, Add whole mint leaves and a handful of blueberries (I cut some of the berries in half so they impart their juicy flavor) Seal and refrigerate overnight.

 

So. Freaking. Easy. 

 

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Posted on January 27, 2014 .

DIY: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa

We wanted to kick off this adventurous blog series with a fun and easy DIY. So, the first part, of this 2 part DIY, is the Mason Jar Hot Cocoa. These make great Christmas gifts, party favors or can be made for a crowd at a camping trip or cabin vacation!

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We love how they can be made ahead of time and stored - the Holidays can get so hectic! Bring them as a hostess gift or spike them with Baileys or Kaluah for a kick!

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2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup cocoa

2 cups powdered milk (to make this completely non-dairy, omit powdered milk and add another cup of the non-dairy creamer.)

1/2 cup non-dairy creamer

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 /8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mini marshmallows

Chocolate chips

Mix all the ingredients (except the marshmallows and chocolate chips) in a large bowl. Spoon two tablespoons into an 8 oz mason jar and top with a handful of chocolate chips and marshmallows. Add hot water or milk (we like almond or soy). Shake your jar, remove the lid and enjoy!

Stay tuned later this week for part two of this fabulous DIY - the Mason Jar Cocoa Sleeve!

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Holiday DIY Party with Katie Dean Jewelry + Junim LA // Free Download

 

We are so excited to share our holiday DIY day with you! We compiled a few easy ways to spice up your holiday season using our favorite material: PAPER! But first, check out this adorable video created by  625 Productions! And head over to Katie Dean Jewelry  and JUNIM Los Angeles to grab the amazing clothes and jewelry featured in this video. 

 

We are in love with these adorable origami ornaments and are pleased to have them available for download on our site! Just cut and fold on the dotted line. Use a paint brush and some white glue to seal them up.

 

Katie Dean with her gold striped ornament!

Katie Dean with her gold striped ornament!

This was such a fun event! We can't wait for the next one.  

 

 

xoxo

Jess and Lauren

Posted on November 5, 2013 and filed under Real Parties, DIY.