DIY Drink Coasters

Spent all your money this past holiday, yet still need to give more?  No worries!  DIY Drink coasters is one of the easiest ways to make a cheap gift and a fun piece of decor.  Whether you use classic movies, NFL teams or a simple color scheme, this is one way to add color and save your coffee table.

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Supply List

1. Mod Podge- there’s half an isle dedicated to this at Michael’s, don’t get overwhelmed, just take the clear one

2. Sized photos, the best part is you can print these right off of your computer using regular paper.  My Vogue inspired coasters were taking right out of the September issue

3. Tiles– choose any shape or size you want, for the most variety, go to a home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy 9 for 3 dollars

Action!

Coat your tiles with Mod Podge and let dry for at least 20 minutes.  While they’re drying, cut your photos and scale them to the tile.  Sometimes making those favorite photos fit is easier said than done.  Cover the tile in a quick coat of Mod Podge and then place your photo on top.  Slowly brush Mod-podge onto the photo and I mean slowly!  If you get to aggressive here the paper will crumple and sometimes tear.  If the background is white, make sure to use the Mod Podge sparingly as it can make it transparent and who wants to look at an ugly tile?  Let it dry for about 30 minutes before giving the entire tile another coat.  It’s up to you how many coats you do, I recommend 2-3, just remember, the more coats the shinier the appearance.  Easiest gift and fun to make!

#Vogue inspired #DIY coasters

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How to Open Wine Without a Cork Screw

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 10.25.10 AMA delicious bottle of wine, good company, the mouthwatering aroma of a dinner that’s not ramen noodles, all that’s missing is the cork screw.  And that, my friends, can cause a lot of problems.  It’s such a common tool in the house, that you’re surprised when you don’t have it handy. I personally own 6 of them.  I’ve seen people use a cutting knife to slice off the neck of the bottle, but let’s be real, that will end up with me murdering anyone within 10 feet of me and more wine on the floor than in my glass.   Use these “cork-y” tips and as Thanksgiving and those other holidays approach, may the odds of good wine, be ever in your favor.

1. The old screw driver trick.  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  You take a screw driver, stick it into the cork, then twist the cork out.  It’s actually a lot easier and more graceful than it looks.

You're not screwed!

You’re not screwed!

2. The old nail and a hammer trick.  Take a nail, or two, or three, or however many you feel comfortable hammering into the cork.  Then use the back of the hammer to pull the nail out.  Hopefully the cork comes out with the nail.  Hopefully after all your trouble, you get nailed.

3. The old hit the bottom of the bottle until the cork pops out.  This is time consuming and loud.  We all saw that Modern Family episode where Claire pops the cork out by hitting the bottle against a wooden beam in a tree house.  Just a reminder, in real life, things never goes as smoothly as they do on television.

4. The old bike pump trick.  This one makes me laugh because there is so much room for error and failure.  Make a hole in the cork and put the top of pump into it.  Pump away! On a serious note, watch out for flying corks as one could poke your eye out.

5. The old bang a pen into the cork with a shoe.  Effective, but you will definitely break the pen and will likely have to push the cork into the wine.  So long as the ink doesn’t leak and turn the wine blue, you’re fine!

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This is one way to impress your co-workers!

Mozel Tov!

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DIY – Jewelry Organizaiton

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 10.19.39 PMPinterest has been known to give me two things: amazing ideas for DIY crafts, cute outfits and panic attacks.  The later happens quite frequently while pinning.  I realize I’ll never frolic in fields of grass with my sexy cowboy boyfriend.  How do people go on such extravagant trips to the most beautiful, and largely unheard of, places in the world?  And why hasn’t the “7 Steps to a Perfect Abs” given me a perfect abs?!  Countless hours were spent finding the perfect way to organize my jewelry.  I’m not completely satisfied, but here’s what I got so far.

1. Hang up those necklaces!  I realized my jewelry box was where beautiful necklaces went to die.  I bought a shadow box, hung up those necklaces, and when that looked to sparse, pushed in my earrings like tacks and hung up the rings below.  Simple, easy to look at and confused the hell out of guys cause “it was all just like, hanging”.  Well put.

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A way to organize your jewels from the ears to the hands.

2. Stack your bracelets on a vase.  This idea popped into my head when I wondered what the heck I was going to do with the vases I made in my ceramics class.  Since humans no longer require hand crafted pots made out of clay in order to survive, it made perfect sense that I didn’t hallow out the inside of my “vases”.   Even though they were useless, I couldn’t part with them, so I turned them into a jewelry display.  They much more interesting to look at and was fun deciding which bracelets complimented each other when stacked.  It makes accessorizing in the morning that much easier.

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3. If you’re preppy and you know it clap your hands.  I wouldn’t describe myself as preppiest person in the room, but by California standards, you might as well call me Lilly.  I have tons of Vineyard Vines koozis, Lilly Pulitzer croakies and a few hair bows.  It took me forever to discover a solution that allowed me to display these items in an organized fashion, until I found a wide mouth vase.   Throw in a few decorative rocks at the bottom and arrange a way!

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This isn’t practical, but man did it get a lot of re-pins!

When you’re all done, you might have something that looks like this!

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