DIY & Crafts

Valentine’s Door Wreath

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Alright so after my car breaking down and me being cooped up in the house for way too long I needed some fresh inspiration and a craft day. So I took a stroll to the local Michael’s store and bought some supplies for my next door wreath project.  Since Valentine’s day is around the corner that was my inspiration.  Me and the hubby don’t really do anything for Valentine’s day, all the fuss and people running around being crammed into over priced and over booked restaurants….no thanks. I will take some good wine, a home cooked meal and one of our favorite shows on the tv while wearing something comfy that doesn’t require me to unbutton a constricting belt or pair of pants after eating too much. I believe in showing love as often as you can, not just on one day in February 🙂 In any case…just because we choose not to make a fuss doesn’t mean our front door can’t look pretty! So here is the outcome of my rainy day craft time, completed in under 15 minutes…minus the walking to the store of course.

One of my many tablescapes

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Rustic and Romantic Anniversary Tablescape design by me for my amazing parents who recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary!
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Fall Wreaths

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These are just two of my favorite wreaths I made so far this year.  I don’t know what it is about crafts but when it has been a rough day, getting those creative juices flowing always helps.

Whiskey Pulled Pork Sliders for Beer Tasting

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This past weekend we threw a Beer Tasting Bash at our house to celebrate my husbands birthday. This was just one of the dishes I served up for the spread of snacks to enjoy. I served it with my No Mayo Coleslaw and garlic dill pickles but you can choose to pair it with whatever fixings you like most. This dish you will need to start the night before but after that there is really no work involved aside from assembling your slider, the slow cooker will do the rest.

For your Sauce:

  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 2 Cups of Hickory BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar)
  • 2 Tsp Beef Broth (No MSG)
  • 3 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 3 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3 Shots Whiskey
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Agave Syrup
  • 3 Minced Garlic Cloves

Yes, there is a lot in there but it makes for one heck of a sauce. All you do is the following:

  1. Mix all of the above in a bowl and store overnight.
  2. In the morning take out your slow cooker, add 2 ladles of this sauce on the bottom, place your Pork Tenderloin inside (I used 2 1/2 Lbs) then pour the rest of the sauce over the meat.
  3. Cook on Low heat for 9 Hours.
  4. At the 9 hour mark take out your pork and cut it up into small pieces. Then place it back into the slow cooker and mix with the sauce.
  5. The pork will absorb most of the sauce so feel free to add in more BBQ sauce into the cooker.

Below are some of the photos of the decor at the Beer Tasting.

While I made most of the signs and food tags myself using chalkboard paper and chalk I found some lovely Free Printables on the web.

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Bouquet of Love

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I am all about flowers. I love them in my house and like any women I love receiving them

There is just something about having a fresh bouquet of blooms in the house or next to your bed when you wake up that bring just an extra bit of joy to your day. With Spring flowers blooming all around right now it is hard not to pick a couple flowers along a walk and bring them home. I have personally gotten into the habit of grabbing a few colorful flowers and branches while walking our pup in the morning and making arrangements. Ever since I was little, I would pick flowers which was documented my parents. I have numerous photos of me sitting in a field surrounded by flowers back home in Poland or my personal favorite of me sitting on my bed in Spain surrounded by hot pink bougainvillea flowers that I gathered in front of our apartment (the Landlord was none too impressed about this one),  there is even one of me at approximately 2 sitting in my snow suit smelling a pine branch lol. So you could say my love for flowers has been with me all my life.

This particular arrangement was made for my mom on her 50th Birthday. Like me, she loves flowers and gardening so I could not think of a better way to say “I love you” than with a hand picked arrangement from flowers I gathered on my morning walk. I simply gathered all the flowers I could find in her favorite colors of purple and pink and tied them together with some simple twine.

So remember, the next time you want to show someone you care, the flowers do not have to come from a green house with a price tag. A simple flower picked on a walk can say even more about how you feel. 🙂

Spring Door Wreath

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Here is something a bit different… My first DIY craft post.

I was feeling rather crafty last night and with spring right around the corner I wanted to start making our home feel less dreary after a long winter.  Most of the decor in our home has a rustic vintage feel to it so that was my inspiration for this door wreath. We have never had a wreath on our door besides at Christmas time, but I think each season has something distinctly beautiful about it so making a simple wreath is a great way to add some simple beauty to your front entry.

This particular wreath took about 10 minutes to put together, plus another 30 minutes at my local Michael’s craft store to gather my materials.

The reason why I decided to make my own was simple…it was cheaper than buying one like this. I recently saw smaller wreaths going for $40 – $50! Madness! All in for this one I spent $20. (Michael’s was having a 50% off sale on their florals)

There isn’t much in terms of how-to for this one… All I did was use my husband’s wire cutters to cut the flowers to size. I then arranged them into the grapevine wreath by sliding them snugly in between the branches. I used the main Hydrangea flower to hold it all together since it had the strongest wire stem. I slid it through the middle then wrapped the left over stem around the wreath. For the letter I simply used a bit of wire to suspend it in the middle.

10 minutes flat and now our front door is ready for the Spring 🙂

Now to start planning my deck flowers and what could be called a front “Garden” (we literally have a 10 square foot patch of grass outside our home that is supposed to qualify as green space…our future home must have a yard that is for sure!)