Posts tagged #mason jars

DIY: Plaid Mason Jar Cozies

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Mason jars are the perfect vessel for serving up all kinds of homemade goodness, however, they are not well suited for serving boiling hot liquids such as coffee and hot cocoa. Unless maybe you are wearing gloves. We solved that minor issue with this inexpensive craft – The Mason Jar Cocoa Sleeve

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What you need:


Printed fabric of your choice (we like the rustic plaid!)

Pinking sheers


Sewing machine


Mason Jar

Measuring tape 


First: Measure your mason jar - we used the 8oz size. You want to add a few inches to the length so you have enough let to sew the ends together. I cut the felt using pinking sheers to give it a more finished look. Next, measure your fabric to be a few centimeters smaller than the felt on all sides.

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Now center your fabric on the piece of felt and then sew in place. 

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Next, sew the two ends together so that the Mason jar will fit snugly inside. The felt will stretch a little so don’t be afraid to sew a few centimeters smaller than the jar. You certainly don’t want the sleeve slipping off the jar and getting scalding hot liquid all over your friends! I ended up sewing a line and then testing the snugness, then sewing a second line until it fit properly.  Now, I am not the greatest sewer, so you will notice a lot of imperfections in the final product. However, when it's all said and done, they still look pretty freaking adorable.

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You're done! Now go fill up the jars with delicious homemade hot cocoa mix

Posted on November 24, 2013 and filed under DIY.

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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Real Parties: Penelope's Indian Summer Birthday Party


We were recently contacted by Tiny Whales designer and owner, Brittany Wagoner, to make the decorations for her little Penelope’s 3rd birthday. We were beyond excited since the theme was - you guessed it - Indian Summer!  I can’t think of a better color pallet for a mid-October birthday. All these bright colors looked amazing, don’t you think?

It's not a party without a piñata! We were really excited to get to make this gorgeous piñata… l love the cream. And how cute is this piñata stick! I can’t get enough! We filled it with colorful confetti, plastic jewelry, and granola bars. 


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We also made custom feather crowns for each of the girls. These little glittery crowns were a huge hit and we suspect little Penelope has yet to take hers off!

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All of the fabulous details that went into this little princess’s party were amazing! Brittany was incredibly crafty. We love this custom polka dot tepee and these fabulous glittery mason jars. 



HUGE thanks to Brittany and Shawn for letting us be a part of Penelope's special day! And be sure to check out TINY WHALES; they make the cutest kids clothes!  



Cocktails: Gin and Grapefruit Mixer (AKA the GREY FOX)

Beat the Heat with this zingy gin and grapefruit cocktail. 

Here in California, September means it’s just the beginning of a long, warm fall. So warm, in fact, that it almost feels like a second summer.  On these long, hot, lazy days the best remedy for beating the heat is a refreshing cocktail under a beach umbrella. Or in the air conditioned comfort of your living room. Try this zingy drink at your next barbeque, pool party or festive gathering… or whenever you feel too hot to carry on!

1.5 oz Gin

4oz Grapefruit Juice

1-2 cubes sugar 



Splash of tonic water



muddle sugar and in a low ball glass. Add grapefruit juice and Ice. Stir. Add a splash of tonic water and serve with a straw!