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Crafty Fridays: How to Make Custom Water Bottle Labels

How to Make Custom Water Bottle Labels

Those are the water bottles for our daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Cute, huh? And we made them ourselves. Oh, how I do love Pinterest! We designed the labels in Inkscape, a free open source vector graphics program that’s similar to Illustrator, and printed them on 80lb white cardstock. Then I used a paper cutter to [...]

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Crafty Fridays: How to Make a Lollipop Stand

How to make a custom lollipop stand

The lollipop stands were my very, very favorite craft from my daughter’s Cat in the Hat birthday party. Probably because they required no hot glue and therefore resulted in no hot glue burns. They were inspired by a craft in Martha Stewart Weddings. (How fun is the couple who has lollipops at their wedding reception!) [...]

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Crafty Fridays: Framed Button Monogram Key Holder

Pinterest Projects: Framed Button Monogram Key Holder

Do you spend hours and hours on Pinterest, pinning pretty crafts, genius ideas, expensive dresses and shoes you’ll never buy, and delicious recipes that you can’t wait to try? Me, too. Hi. I’ve resolved to be more crafty in the new year and turn some of those Pinterest hours into real life stuff. My first [...]

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Christmas Fortune Cookies

Homemade Fortune Cookies

These fortune cookies were one of three kinds of cookies that I made for a cookie exchange last week. But instead of a small slip of paper containing a fortune and lottery numbers, we stuffed them with silly quotes from some of my favorite Christmas movies – an idea that I totally swiped from Amy [...]

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Are you baking with pumpkin yet? Yesterday was the first day of the fall baking season in our house. And it was not 101 degrees outside (at least, that’s what I’m telling myself). There was a small pan of pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and a custard that will turn into pumpkin spice [...]

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DIY: Pomegranate Molasses

Homemade Pomegranate Molasses

The very first time we made the Rather Sweet Sangria, I tried unsuccessfully to hunt down one of the ingredients: Pomegranate Molasses. It was just a tad too exotic for the grocery stores that we frequented so I took the approach recommended in The Pastry Queen to make it at home. The process couldn’t be [...]

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DIY: Wooden Table Top Tutorial

DIY: How to make a wooden table top prop

I promised many of you a “How To” on the table tops we’ve been using for the last couple of months. They’re super easy to do, the one pictured below I actually did all by myself today in under an hour… with the help of a couple of convenience items to help with the sanding. [...]

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Homemade Croissants

Homemade Croissants

We have mornings around here that feel more like a poorly scripted sitcom than real life. Eleventy billion toys scattered in a path of hard plastic destruction across the living room and to the kitchen. The sharpest toy always seems to lie in wait at the center of the doorway to our bedroom. Pointy end [...]

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