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Homemade Vanilla Extract

A simple and adorable DIY Christmas gift for the whole family!  The vanilla was easy, but it took a while to prepare.. You simply soak vanilla beans (I purchased them online) in vodka for 3 months (I started in October), shaking the mixture every day.  Then I bought cute glass jars with cork tops from Micheal’s and decorated them with jute and printable labels I made.  Before, pouring the 3 month aged vanilla, I strained the mixture with a coffee filter to get rid of some of the flecks left over and voila!  

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More Christmas wrapping for 3 adorable little kiddos! Traditional wrapping theme :)

More Christmas wrapping for 3 adorable little kiddos! Traditional wrapping theme :)

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Cute Christmas wrapping for an adorable little girl! Rustic theme wrapping :)

Cute Christmas wrapping for an adorable little girl! Rustic theme wrapping :)

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Redneck wine glasses.. Again!  This time around I made 4 for a friend to give as Christmas gifts. They were made exactly like last time, epoxy glueing mason jars to candle sticks. Then I decorated the 4 with different red ribbons and topped off with cute buttons. I love this because they are simple and so adorable!

Redneck wine glasses.. Again! This time around I made 4 for a friend to give as Christmas gifts. They were made exactly like last time, epoxy glueing mason jars to candle sticks. Then I decorated the 4 with different red ribbons and topped off with cute buttons. I love this because they are simple and so adorable!

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Happy birthday to my little brother! Big 18 :) And these are the cupcakes and present I made for him! The cupcakes are his fav, apple cinnamon with vanilla icing and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Of course, they were decorated to match his present.  The record bowl in the middle was his DIY present. Found on Pinterest, it was a melted vinyl record made into a bowl.. Very cool :)

Happy birthday to my little brother! Big 18 :) And these are the cupcakes and present I made for him! The cupcakes are his fav, apple cinnamon with vanilla icing and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Of course, they were decorated to match his present. The record bowl in the middle was his DIY present. Found on Pinterest, it was a melted vinyl record made into a bowl.. Very cool :)

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Framed Love #DIY: this was a birthday present for my lil sister. I hand-made the frame from molding (same as the ring holder below) and painted it gold. The Love sign was purchased from Hobby Lobby and also painted gold. It looks amazing, and very chic against her deep purple wall. Happy birthday sister! (Taken with Instagram)

Framed Love #DIY: this was a birthday present for my lil sister. I hand-made the frame from molding (same as the ring holder below) and painted it gold. The Love sign was purchased from Hobby Lobby and also painted gold. It looks amazing, and very chic against her deep purple wall. Happy birthday sister! (Taken with Instagram)

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My first ever cupcake bouquet! I made this for my moms birthday today.. Happy b-day Momma! All I did was paint a terra cotta pot turquoise with huge polka dots and insert a styrofoam ball as the base. By sticking toothpicks around the styrofoam, the cupcakes held nicely. The flavor is wedding cake with simple vanilla cream cheese icing, dyed pink. Theres 15 cupcakes on this bouquet so there were plenty for me to try myself. Very delish!  (Taken with Instagram)

My first ever cupcake bouquet! I made this for my moms birthday today.. Happy b-day Momma! All I did was paint a terra cotta pot turquoise with huge polka dots and insert a styrofoam ball as the base. By sticking toothpicks around the styrofoam, the cupcakes held nicely. The flavor is wedding cake with simple vanilla cream cheese icing, dyed pink. Theres 15 cupcakes on this bouquet so there were plenty for me to try myself. Very delish! (Taken with Instagram)

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My latest cupcakes: chocolate peanut butter fudge ice cream cupcakes! It’s a mouthful, I know, but they were sooo good. It was a regular chocolate cupcake recipe but with heavy cream and filled only 1/2 full. Then came a layer of cookies-n-cream ice cream and topped with chocolate peanut butter ganache. This was the first time I’ve ever made ganache but it turned out great and I definitely got the taste of peanut butter fudge from it. Of course, you have to keep them in the freezer and eat before the ice cream melts but they are worth it.  (Taken with Instagram)

My latest cupcakes: chocolate peanut butter fudge ice cream cupcakes! It’s a mouthful, I know, but they were sooo good. It was a regular chocolate cupcake recipe but with heavy cream and filled only 1/2 full. Then came a layer of cookies-n-cream ice cream and topped with chocolate peanut butter ganache. This was the first time I’ve ever made ganache but it turned out great and I definitely got the taste of peanut butter fudge from it. Of course, you have to keep them in the freezer and eat before the ice cream melts but they are worth it. (Taken with Instagram)

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Happy 4th of July! We’re going all out I decorations this year :) We have mason jars with cupcake liners as lids, more mason jars with handkerchiefs as utensil holders, skyy vodka bottle with another handkerchief as decoration, and most importantly, we have strawberry cheesecake with sugar cookie bottoms in more cupcake liners. All RED, WHITE & BLUE!  (Taken with Instagram)

Happy 4th of July! We’re going all out I decorations this year :) We have mason jars with cupcake liners as lids, more mason jars with handkerchiefs as utensil holders, skyy vodka bottle with another handkerchief as decoration, and most importantly, we have strawberry cheesecake with sugar cookie bottoms in more cupcake liners. All RED, WHITE & BLUE! (Taken with Instagram)

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Sunflower Cupcakes

My latest cupcakes: white chocolate, sunflower cupcakes!  Made for my bf’s sister’s wedding shower, they match the theme of turquoise & sunflowers.  The white chocolate cupcakes were homemade and iced with white icing, then topped with a fondant sunflower and an Oreo center.  Below is a picture of the entire table decorated by another talented bridesmaid.

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Another canvas project! I love working with canvases and they’re pretty cheap at Hobby Lobby. This was one my bf’s sisters wedding gifts and it turned out lovely, matching the shower decorations and everything! I found the letters at Hobby Lobby as well and simply painted them white and glued them on. It reads “it all started with a kiss” then their initials and wedding date at the bottom (the sunflowers are in the way). This is a wonderful wedding gift! (Taken with Instagram)

Another canvas project! I love working with canvases and they’re pretty cheap at Hobby Lobby. This was one my bf’s sisters wedding gifts and it turned out lovely, matching the shower decorations and everything! I found the letters at Hobby Lobby as well and simply painted them white and glued them on. It reads “it all started with a kiss” then their initials and wedding date at the bottom (the sunflowers are in the way). This is a wonderful wedding gift! (Taken with Instagram)

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Vintage Suitcase Update

I found this old suitcase in my dad’s shop a while back and have been trying to figure out what to do with it.  As you can see below, I ended up painting it almond with a gold chevron pattern, using just painters tape and my eye.  I still have not decided what to do with it, as I want to make it useful, rather than just decoration in my house.  I was thinking maybe a make-up case or overnight bag?  Either way, I’m sure there will be a post when I decide :)  Hope you enjoy my updated suitcase with almond and gold chevron print!

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#DIY Mason jar soap dispenser! Cute, rustic & very simple bathroom or kitchen decor.. Hand soap in a mason jar. Made from a ball mason jar with a small hole cut in the lid for the recycled dispenser from an old bottle. Adhesive will have to be applied to keep it in place, but other than that, it’s that easy! I just love it :) (Taken with instagram)

#DIY Mason jar soap dispenser! Cute, rustic & very simple bathroom or kitchen decor.. Hand soap in a mason jar. Made from a ball mason jar with a small hole cut in the lid for the recycled dispenser from an old bottle. Adhesive will have to be applied to keep it in place, but other than that, it’s that easy! I just love it :) (Taken with instagram)

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Corona cupcakes! These tropical, delicious looking things are vanilla cupcakes infused with Corona beer and topped with lime cream cheese frosting. Very tasty and refreshing and perfect for my dad on his birthday :) They were sweet with just a hint of Corona. Recipe found on Pinterest.

Corona cupcakes! These tropical, delicious looking things are vanilla cupcakes infused with Corona beer and topped with lime cream cheese frosting. Very tasty and refreshing and perfect for my dad on his birthday :) They were sweet with just a hint of Corona. Recipe found on Pinterest.

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Dad B-day Card

Birthday card for my dad’s 49th birthday!  Of course, made from scrapbook paper and decorated to match his taste :)  This was also crafted from an existing, and spruced up a bit.  They are paired with his Corona cupcakes, also posted.