DIY: Flower Flip Flops

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft

With summer here I’m busy working in my garden, escaping to the beach for a mini-vacation, and coming up with fun summer craft ideas. I stopped into my local Dollar Tree the other day and picked up a bunch of pairs of flip flops knowing they would become great summer gifts. I decided to paint them with nail polish and attach a handmade fabric flower for a fancy fun summer shoe!

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft

Supplies Needed:

• Flip flops
• Cotton fabric
• Felt
• Hot glue gun & glue sticks
• Fabric scissors
• Nail Polish
• Needle & thread

Step 1: Make fabric flowers

The first step in making fabric flowers is to cut a 1 3/4″ circle from a piece of felt. The circle does not need to be perfect (I drew one with a pen and then cut it out) and any color felt will do as it won’t be visible when the flower is finished. Use the felt circle as a template to cut approx. 20 circles from cotton fabric.

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft

Using a hot glue gun, place a dot of glue at the center of each fabric circle and fold in half. Place another dot of hot glue at the center of the folded circle and fold in half another time. Repeat this process for all the fabric circles.

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft
DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft

Next begin gluing the folded circles to the piece of felt starting in the middle and working your way around until the felt is full and flower-like. Make two fabric flowers per pair of flip flops.

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft
DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft
DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft

Step 2: Attach flower to flip flop

You can tack the flower in place with a dot of hot glue, but I recommend using a needle and thread to stitch it to the flip flop. You can feed a string through the flower (using a needle and thread) and tie it securely to the flip flop.

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft

Step 3: Paint with nail polish

Using coordinating colors decorate the straps of your flip flops with nail polish. (I originally tried glitter glue, but it fell right off once it dried). Paint over your design with a clear polish to finish.

DIY: Flower Flip Flops #summer #shoes #craft
DIY: Flower Flip Flops

DIY: God’s Eye Bouquet

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

God’s Eyes are my all-time favorite summer craft to make. They are so simple (a perfect craft to do with kids) and the color combinations and techniques are as endless as your own creativity. Traditionally made by the Huichol Indians, God’s Eyes are said to give one “the power to see and understand things unknown.”

A variation I love to make is a God’s Eye, but with a long stem that can be poked into the ground for a garden decoration or arranged in a vase (with or without flowers). I absolutely love the look of these little bouquet centerpieces. They would make for great party decorations. I found the colored glass vases on sale at Michael’s and they coordinate perfectly.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

Supplies Needed

• Stick or twigs
• Yarn (scrap yarn works great)
• Small vases
• Scissors
• Garden clippers

Step 1: Gather your sticks

You’ll want to gather a handful of long, straight sticks. Use garden clippers to cut them from a tree in your backyard or gather up some already fallen on the ground. For this project, you’ll want to cut 3 sticks between 12″-18″ long and another 3 sticks that are 4″-4.5″ long.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft

Step 2: Choose your yarn

This project is perfect for using up scrap pieces of yarn you already have on hand. You can use as few or as many colors as you want, choosing color combinations to match any special occasion.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

Step 3: Make your god’s eye

To start your first God’s Eye, take one long stick and one short stick and cross them over each other about 2 inches down from the long stick.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

Take your first yarn color and tie a tight knot at the center, where the sticks intersect, to hold the cross shape. (Don’t cut the yarn from the skein- you can cut it later, when you’re ready to change colors). Make sure the knot faces the back of your God’s Eye. Wind the yarn diagonally around the intersection, in both directions, to stabilize the sticks and cover the middle.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

Once you have the intersection of the sticks covered and secure, wrap the yarn over and around one stick. Continue the same over-around pattern on each stick. You can continue this pattern until you want to change colors. To do this, cut the yarn from the skein and tie the new color to the previous color, making sure that as you continue weaving, the knot is on the back side of the god’s eye.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration
DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

When you are nearing the ends of the sticks, cut your yarn, leaving about 3 inches at the end. Tie a tight knot around the last stick. Trim excess yarn strands.

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration
DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

Make as many god’s eyes as you need for your bouquets. Feel free to experiment with different color combinations too!

DIY: God's Eye Bouquet #tutorial #craft #decoration

RECIPE: Lavender & Lemonade

RECIPE: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade + Lavender Creme Cookies

Lavender and lemon are two flavors that remind me of sunshine and daydreaming, the perfect summer combination. A few months ago, I bought some dried lavender in bulk and knew had to find creative ways to use it up (so far I’ve used it in craft projects like Sachet Pillows and ‘Cat Nap’ Eye Pillows). I finally got around to researching different ways to cook with it and chose to make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade and delicate Lavender Creme Cookies for the perfect afternoon treat.

The Sparkling Lavender Lemonade was quite easy to make. I used leftover lemonade syrup from the Lemon Shandies I made recently along with homemade lavender simple syrup. Both of these syrups turned out delicious! I especially like being able to make my own drink to suit my desired sweetness and flavor.

RECIPE: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade Syrups

RECIPE: Lemonade Syrup
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 10 lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ cups cold water
Instructions
  1. Remove the zest (but not the white pith) from the lemons using a vegetable peeler. (Yes, this is a ridiculous amount of lemon zest).
  2. Juice all the lemons into a saucepan and add in the zest.
  3. Next add the sugar and water and head slowly over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat just as it starts to boil.
  4. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and let cool completely. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
RECIPE: Lavender Syrup
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp dried lavender buds
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups water, the honey and lavender. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; remove saucepan from heat as soon as the syrup starts to boil. Let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher or jar. Discard lavender buds. Let cool to room temperature.

 

To Make Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Fill a glass 2/3 full with sparkling water (I used my Soda Stream). Add a few tablespoons of lemonade syrup and 1 tablespoon lavender syrup (feel free to add more/less to suit your tastes). Garnish with lemon slice or fresh lavender sprig.

RECIPE: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade #drink #summer
RECIPE: Lavender Creme Cookies #dessert #lavender #baking

RECIPE: Lavender Creme Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp dried lavender
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pkg. (11 oz.) white chocolate chips
  • Violet food coloring
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE THE DOUGH: first preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine flour and 2 tbsp lavender in small bowl and set aside. Using a mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add honey and sugar; beat until blended. Beat in egg until combined, then gradually beat in the flour mixture until combined. Place dough in refrigerator to chill, about 20 minutes.
  2. TO ROLL OUT THE COOKIES: on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/16" thickness. I used a 2½" scallop cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Then, using a smaller scallop cookie cutter (about 1½" in diameter), cut out centers of half the cookies. You want an even number of solid scallop rounds and scallop rounds with the center cut out. Transfer cookies to baking sheets and bake 5-10 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on pan for 3 minutes, then transfer to rack. Cool completely.
  3. TO PREPARE THE FILLING: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cream and 2 tsp of lavender. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals until hot. Let stand 5 minutes.Place white chocolate chips in another microwave-safe bowl. Pour cream through a fine mesh sieve over the chocolate; discard lavender in sieve. Microwave mixture on high, in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted (about 1-2 minutes). Whisk in food coloring until smooth. Refrigerate until spreadable, about 15-30 minutes.
  4. TO ASSEMBLE COOKIES: Spread about 2 tsp of the filling over each solid round cookie. Top with cutout cookies; gently press together. Store in airtight containers.

RECIPE: Lavender Creme Cookies

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! from @Adventuresinmkg

Wishing you all a happy 4th of July! Hope you are spending your day relaxing with friends and family, grilling on the BBQ, eating watermelon and watching fireworks. Don’t forget to make yourself a delicious root beer float- a classic American treat. Happy Friday!

Love,
Rachel & Alison

RECIPE: Oregano Pesto + Giveaway Winners!

RECIPE: Oregano Pesto #homemade #garden #pesto
Last year I planted some spicy oregano in my garden. I didn’t touch it after planting last season, but this year it grew so huge it was taking over my garden box! So I decided to cut the whole thing down and make a big batch of pesto with the harvest.

This recipe is delicious and doesn’t last long at my house. We eat it on eggs, pasta, pizza, potatoes, and even grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s just as good, (if not better) than your typical basil pesto and the perfect solution to harvesting your gigantic oregano plant.

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RECIPE: Oregano Pesto
 
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Makes about 1 cup
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Recipe type: Condiment
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh parsley
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • Zest and juice of ½ a lemon
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Drizzle in a little more olive oil if you like.

 

RECIPE: Oregano Pesto #homemade #garden #pesto

Giveaway Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our very first giveaway! Now, without further ado (drumroll please), the winners of the official A-I-M Swag Kit are:

Katie, Anne & Whitney

Congratulations! We will be contacting the winners today with more info. Thanks again!

RECIPE: Lemon Shandy

RECIPE: Lemon Shandy #beer #summer #drink

Hope you all are enjoying the first official days of summer! Today I wanted to share one of my new favorite summer drinks, the Lemon Shandy. It’s a combination of lemonade and light beer, which may sound a little odd to some, but I promise it is refreshing and delicious. My boyfriend, James and I first fell in love with Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, but it’s a bit pricey to buy at the store so I thought I’d try making my own version.

This recipe turned out great and can be easily adjusted to suit your tastes. The key I think is to make your own lemonade concentrate. That way, you can add as much or as little as you want to your own beer.

RECIPE: Lemon Shandy #summer #beer #drink

Lemonade Concentrate
 
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Yields 4 cups
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Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 10 lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ cups cold water
Instructions
  1. Remove the zest (but not the white pith) from the lemons using a vegetable peeler. (Yes, this is a ridiculous amount of lemon zest).
  2. Juice all the lemons into a saucepan and add in the zest.
  3. Next add the sugar and water and head slowly over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat just as it starts to boil.
  4. Pour into a sterilized glass jar and let cool completely. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

RECIPE: Lemon Shandy #summer #beer #drink
Lemon Shandy
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • Light Beer
  • Lemonade Concentrate (recipe above)
  • Lemon, sliced (garnish)
Instructions
  1. Pour your light beer into a pint size glass. Add the lemonade concentrate a few tablespoons at a time until you get your desired citrus flavor.
  2. Garnish with a fresh lemon slice and enjoy!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

This simple craft is perfect for summertime and can make for pretty outdoor centerpieces for a backyard get-together. I first discovered this idea on Nest of Posies blog and knew I had to try it. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at my local grocery stores, plus I used fresh herbs from my garden!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

Summer Citronella Candles

• Mason jars
• Floating candles
• Lemons and limes
• Citronella essential oil (I found mine at Whole Foods)
• Fresh herbs
• Twine or ribbon

To assemble my candles, I first sliced up the lemons and limes. The fruit will float in the jar, so I recommend adding them in last. Place your fresh herbs in each jar (I used rosemary, lemon thyme, lavender and chamomile from my garden). Fill the jar about half way with water and add about 10 drops of citronella oil to the herb and water mixture. Next, add in the sliced citrus and fill the jar the rest of the way up with water. Finally I added the floating candle and tied a piece of twine around each jar.

Place one or two candles at each table of your next outdoor party!

DIY: Summer Citronella Candles #outdoor #candle #centerpiece #party

DIY: Hand-Painted Mason Jar Mugs

DIY: Hand-Painted Mason Jar Mugs #marthastewart #glassware #paint

With summer in full swing, I’m looking forward to hosting backyard get-togethers. I’ve been on the lookout for some fun, affordable glassware to serve my homemade cocktails in and was excited to discover this fun DIY over on Soul Makes blog. I found mason jar mugs at my local Dollar Tree, which made for a fun, budget friendly craft project.

DIY: Hand-Painted Mason Jar Mugs #marthastewart #glassware #paint

Supplies:

• Mason Jar Mug (or other glassware)
Martha Stewart Glass Paint

I really loved using Martha’s glass paint. It’s permanent, dishwasher safe, and super easy to use, plus it comes in tons of different colors. You can draw your design on each glass quite easily. The directions say to let it air cure for 21 days OR bake in the oven.

To oven bake, place your painted mugs in a cold oven. Preheat to 350 degrees and set your timer for 30 minutes. You want to heat up the glasses slowly. After 30 minutes, simply turn off the oven and let cool completely. Set your glasses aside for another 72 hours and they are ready to go.

DIY: Hand-Painted Mason Jar Mugs #marthastewart #glassware #paint

DIY: Mini Summer Notebooks

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
Summer is here! And with the sunshine come vacations, camping trips, weekend getaways, and other outdoor adventures. Any time I plan a trip, I always make sure to bring a little notebook with me to record all the special memories that happen along the way. This mini notebook is the perfect companion to any adventure, plus it uses recycled materials and is easy to make!

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Materials:

• Colored Card Stock or other pretty paper (for your notebook cover)
• Stamps and ink pad (to decorate your cover)
• Recycled papers (for your inside pages)
• Bakers twine (for the binding)

Tools:

• X-acto knife
• Ruler
• Cutting board
• Paper cutter (optional)
• Bookbinding Awl
• Bone Folder
• Bookbinding needle

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

1. Cut your papers to size

For the cover, I chose a thick colored cardstock. The thicker the notebook cover, the better. You can also try using handmade paper. For the inside pages, I used a variety of recycled papers I had on hand like lined notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, construction paper and even some pages cut out of old books and magazines.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

I wanted my notebook to fit easily into my backpack or purse so I chose to make the finished size 4.25”x5.5”. Using my paper cutter (or a ruler and x-acto knife works too), I cut all my papers (cover and inside pages) 8.5”x5.5” inches, which when folded in half, will become the finished size.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

2. Decorate your cover

To decorate my cover, I decided to carve my own stamp. And since I plan to take this notebook with me on a camping trip, I chose to carve a campfire. I also stamped the word “summer” below using my set of alphabet stamps.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Feel free to decorate your cover however you want! You could also collage your cover, draw or paint something, or cover the entire thing in wash tape. It’s up to you!

3. Prep your inside pages

I chose 15 sheets of paper for the inside of my journal, which when folded in half will become 30 pages. This is the perfect amount for me to fill up while on vacation.

To prep the inside pages for binding, gather the cover and inside pages together (in the order that you want them to be) and fold the entire thing in half making a crease in all the pages. You can use the bone folder to get a nice clean fold/crease.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

4. Bind Your Notebook

Starting at the middle of your book (cover page is on the bottom), take 5 pages from your stack. Using a ruler to measure, draw two dots 1 ½” apart at the center of the fold. Take the bookbinding awl and punch a hole through all 5 sheets where you marked with the pencil. Set aside. Repeat this process two more times, or until you have holes punched through all your pages.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

Reassemble your notebook back to its original order. Using a piece of baker’s twine and a bookbinding needle (or other needle with a large enough eye to thread the baker’s twine through), stitch the notebook together. Then tie a knot and trim.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

One final touch you can do (which is totally optional) is to trim your finished notebook. You’ll notice that with the pages folded in half, the inside papers peek out of the cover. You can use a ruler and x-acto knife to carefully trim the excess making for a clean, finished notebook.

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial
DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

That’s it! Now you have a fun little notebook to take with you on all your summer adventures. Do you have any other summer travel traditions? Like making a photo album of your trip, collecting ticket stubs, or pressing leaves and flowers you collect along your way?

DIY Mini Summer Notebook #journal #paper #tutorial

SHOW +TELL: Tips On Creating An Amazing Costume

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

In 2012 my boyfriend James and I went to Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon to see Donovan perform. Costumes are a big part of the festival so we had fun creating our own.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

James created his costume with all thrifted items he found at Goodwill and SCRAP here in Portland.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

MY COSTUME DETAILS:

Dress: Used to be a long skirt I wore bellydancing in high school. With the help of this easy tutorial, I transformed it into a faerie dress.
Belt: I first saw this belt worn by Kaylah from The Dainty Squid and recently found this one at Wanderlust here in Portland.
Large Bead Necklace: Bought on Haight & Ashbury during my 2008 trip to San Francisco.
Love Beads: Thrifted at Red Fox Vintage.
Beaded Choker: Handmade by me when I was in high school.
Rose Hair Clips: Claire’s.
Beaded Cuff Bracelet: I don’t remember! Bought it in high school during my belly dancing days.
Rings: Silver spoon ring, Red Fox Vintage. Red rose ring, Flora. Mood Ring, Fuego.
Dreamcatcher Wings: Handmade by me!

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie
Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

Read more about our adventure into the faerie realm on my personal blog.

Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie
Handmade Faerieworlds Costume #fairy #bohemian #hippie

Tips On Creating An Amazing Costume

Collect. Start collecting items a month or so before your event. Frequent your local thrift and vintage stores, dig through “FREE” boxes in your neighborhood, check out garage sales- you never know what you might find!
Make a Costume Box. Get a box to hold all your costume pieces. Then whenever you find something with potential, you have a place to put it. Once you’re ready to start putting together a costume, you already have a slew of things collected in one place to start with.
Remake or DIY. Whenever I’m creating a costume I try to find easy ways to make as much as I can rather than buying everything. I had a silk patchwork skirt I hadn’t worn in years and decided to look up a tutorial on how to transform it into a dress. It was such an easy remake and it didn’t even require any sewing.
Make It Unique. For my Faerieworlds costume I dreamt up the rainbow dreamcatcher fairy wings. They started as a sketch, I did a little research and then gathered my supplies and gave it a go. They didn’t turn out perfect, but I loved the look and I received many compliments from fellow faeries at the festival. Don’t be afraid to dream up something you’ve never seen before!
Test it Out. One week before your event, try everything on and make sure it works. If it doesn’t, you still have time to make adjustments. We knew we would be camping for an entire weekend, so we wanted our costumes to be comfortable and easy to take on and off. Also be sure practice any special hair or makeup styles so that you feel confident when getting ready the day of your event.

Lastly, HAVE FUN!

Photos taken by Bobby Pathammavong.