Drink Coaster Tutorial

IMG_1949Happy Wednesday everyone! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I hope that most of you aren’t scrambling last minute to get all your Valentines in order.  I thought today I would stray from the usual holiday crafts today, seeing how it would be a little ambitious to attempt a crafting adventure on the eve of this love-filled holiday.  In my illustrious procrastinating fashion, I will be shopping along with all of my kindred spirits on Valentine’s Day for a gift for my husband.  I do not recommend this, but I must stay true to myself.  This weekend, I chose to ignore the task at hand to prepare a house-warming gift for some friends who have just made their first acquisition.  Super exciting!

IMG_1952Over the weekend, I was flooded with the memories of buying our first house.  George and I were so excited! A place we could make all our own.  Our lives were filled with so much promise and expectation.  Naturally, I became inspired!  So I spent all weekend preparing a little gift basket for our friends as they begin their new lives together.  It’s nothing much, just some dishtowels, candy jars, and some coasters; but all made with love.  That’s the most important thing.  So in the spirit of giving, I have prepared a fun little tutorial for all of you.  I’m going to share how to make your own coasters out of terra cotta pot bases.  So lets get crafting!

DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial

 Materials:

4-6 (5”) Terra Cotta Pot Bases

Acrylic Paint (your choice of color)

Printed tissue paper or scrapbook paper

Modge Podge Glue

2 Paint Brushes

Clear Water proof sealant (Spray on)

Scissors

Piece of felt

Hot Glue Gun

We’re going to begin by cutting your decorative tissue paper.  Using the bottom of your pot base.  Trace a circle onto the backside of your tissue paper.  Then cut out the four or six circles.  You may need to do some trimming around the edged to make the fit inside the base.

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Next trim four or six strips of tissue paper about ¼” thick for the sides of your coasters.

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Now begin painting your terra cotta plant bases.  Depending on your choice of color, you may need to apply a few coats of paint.  Set them aside to dry.  This shouldn’t take long.

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Once your pot bases have dried completely, apply a coat of modge podge glue to the center of your post base.  Then lay one of your tissue paper circles on top of the glue.  Using clean hands, smooth the paper over the glue forcing any creases or bubbles to subside.  Repeat this process with all of your coasters.

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Next, apply a layer of modge podge glue to the outer rim of your coasters and smooth a strip of tissue paper all the way around the perimeter.  Trim off the excess.  Repeat this process with the rest of the coaster.

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Once the glue on your coasters have dried.  Apply a layer of modge podge glue over the surface of all of your tissue paper on each coaster.  Then set them aside to dry.

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Once the glue has dried completely, spray the surface of your coasters with your water proof sealant.  Then set them aside to dry.

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While your coasters are drying, cut out small circles of felt about a ½” wide.  Four circles for each coaster.  When your coaster have completely dried, using your hot glue gun, attach four felt circles to the corners on the bottom of each of your coasters.

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And we’re finished!  Find a pretty ribbon to tie your coasters together, and you have a fun little gift for someone special.  Or you can just display your craftiness proudly on your coffee table for all your guests to see.  Why not show off your crafty skills! No need to admit it was something super easy you threw together with thirty minutes of your spare time! Wink. Wink.

Enjoy!

And if your curious how to make those dish towels or candy jars, you can check out those tutorials at my Adventures in Motherhood blog.  And stay tuned…in just a few weeks I will have a fun new project that will speak to the Irish in you,

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Valentine’s Cupcakes

IMG_1901It’s February and 2013 is officially underway! So now it’s time to gear up for our first big holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day. And I am so excited! After all of this rain we’ve been having, I’m ready to add a little color to my life. We’re starting the month off easy with a very easy super sweet project. We’re making Valentine’s cupcakes. Yummy! I’ve been on a diet for the past month, so I’m looking forward to baking some sweet treats.

I will begin by saying that I prefer to use store bought cake mix, rather than baking cakes from scratch. It’s just my personal preference. I like my cakes and cupcakes to be light and airy, rather than dense. It’s your decision, you can bake your cupcakes from scratch or you can use a cake mix. So let’s get started!

Valentine’s Cupcakes

Materials:

– Chocolate Cake mix (plus necessary ingredients)
– Buttercream Frosting
– Cupcake Liners
– Bread Knife
– Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter
– Pink or Red food coloring
– Spatula
– Ziplock Bag

Begin by mixing up the ingredients for your cupcakes and baking them according to the directions. Let cupcakes cool for thirty minutes. Then place cupcakes in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.

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Remove cupcakes from the refrigerator. Using your bread knife, cut the tops off each of the cupcakes just above the liners.

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Place the cupcakes and their tops back in the refrigerator for another thirty minutes. In the meantime, mix up your butter cream frosting.

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Once your frosting in mixed, remove 1 cup of it and place it in a ziplock bag. Set it aside for later.

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Remove the tops of your cupcakes from the refrigerator. Set them on a clean surface. Insert your heart-shaped cookie cutter into the center of your cupcake tops. Remove the cookie cutter and the cake inside of it. You should be left with a hole in the tops of your cupcakes in the shape of a heart.

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Add your pink or red food coloring to the remaining frosting in your bowl. Remove the bottom of your cupcakes from the refrigerator. Using a spatula, apply a healthy amount of your colored buttercream frosting to the top of your cupcake bases.

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Place the tops back onto your cupcakes. Apply a little pressure, so the frosting oozes into the heart-shaped hole. Now for the finishing touches. Grab your ziplock baggy with the white frosting in it. Force the frosting down into one corner and twist the top to create a pastry bag. Cut the tip off, leaving a very small hole in the end.

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Using your make-shift pastry bag to decorate your cupcakes. I made arrows shooting through my hearts. Silly, but fun.

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Now you’re finished! Time to try one out. I assure you they will be delicious!

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ENJOY!

My First Mother’s Day as a Mommy

My very first Mother’s Day. It was a very special milestone for me. One that I wasn’t really thinking about in advance. You think about the major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and how spectacular they are going to be. But somehow you overlook the significance of your very first Mother’s Day until it’s almost upon you. In the past, it has always been about honoring my mom and my grandma. I had so much to be thankful for and I spent each Mother’s Day trying to show them just how grateful I am to have them. This year it was about so much more. It was my very first Mother’s Day as a mom, my mom’s first one as a grandma, and my grandma’s first one as a great grandma. We had so much to celebrate, and I couldn’t wait to do it!

I wanted to plan a special brunch for my family in honor of my grandma, my mom, and Krystal for Mother’s Day. I was really excited about it. I planned a fabulous menu and put together some spectacular gifts. I couldn’t wait until the day finally came. I was so incredibly excited to show my family how special they are to me and Aaliyah. I spent most of the week before, putting together Mother’s Day gifts. Shelby and I made footprint tiles for my mom and grandma and a handprint tile for Krystal. I also put together some pop top candy tins as favors for the table. Nothing too spectacular. Just a little something special.

We celebrated at my grandparents’ house. We love to spend time over there. It is the most beautiful setting ever and one of my favorite places in the world. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice cool breeze. The best kind of California weather. My mom set up a table outside in the backyard under my favorite tree. We decorated the table with Mother’s Day messages and flowers. The stage was set for our special family celebration.

The menu I planned was very decadent. I couldn’t wait to prepare it. We began with fresh fruit – strawberries, watermelon, blackberries, pineapple, and blueberries. Then I baked up a savory individual tomato basil frittata and some spicy breakfast potatoes to accompany them. My mom also fried up some of her delicious crispy bacon. She makes the best bacon and I am still learning. And to finish things up, I prepared my extra special French Toast with blackberry butter, powdered sugar and boysenberry syrup. It was a menu to die for and I couldn’t wait to prepare it.

I was running behind in the morning. George and I had stayed out late the night before visiting with his sister and her boyfriend. So I missed my mark for the beginning of brunch. My brother made sure that I knew that – Sibling rivalry and all. But it all came together perfectly. Even Cory admitted he was won over and it was worth the wait. It was a great afternoon. The best people I know all in my favorite place in the world, laughing and talking. It’s moments like these when I just sit back and smile. They make everything worthwhile. All of the work and the preparation seems to pale in comparison to all of the happiness. My family is the most important thing to me and this Mother’s Day was extra special for all of us.

The only negative part of my day, was that George had to work all day. I wished he could have been there, but you can’t have everything. But he still managed to make me feel special. He showed up for dinner at my parents’ house that night with the sweetest card and a new Willow Tree figurine for our collection. It was a beautiful Mother’s Day. And it was my very first one ever!

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A Week of Celebrating Mothers

Greetings! It’s time to celebrate Mothers!!!

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and it will be here before we know it. So next week, we’re going to dedicate seven days to celebrating the mothers in our lives. And let’s face it, they deserve it. I am really excited about this Mother’s Day, because it is a very special one for me and my family. It is my first one as a mother, my mom’s first one as a grandmother, and my Grandma’s first one as a great grandma. Four generations of women together. Which is huge for us, because there is only one Turnbull woman in each generation. So this is a great milestone for us and I can’t wait to celebrate. Which is why I am gearing up to help you with some fun and creative ideas to help you celebrate your mothers.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come….

I’m going to dedicate Sunday to showing you ideas on how to decorate your house and make it more festive for Mother’s Day. Then Monday Shelby, Aaliyah, and I are going to make a some cute little hand print tiles for grandma. A fun little gift that your little kiddies can get involved in. Tuesday we are going whip up some sweet French Toast, which is perfect for a Mother’s day surprise breakfast in bed. Wednesday we’re going to spruce up some flower pots and introduce some more children’s Mother’s day activities. Thursday and Friday we’re going to make some more fun gifts for Mom. And we’ll finish up the week with another tasty recipe to try out.

I hope you’re looking forward to this as much as I am. It’s going to a fun-filled week. And I can’t wait, because I love to bake and create unique gifts. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!