The minute I saw this great DIY on Glitter N’ Glue I had my Thanksgiving tablescape all planned out. Gold wine glasses, red damask tablecloth, lots of food… Click on the Glitter N’ Glue link above to see the full DIY instructions.
I bought some cheap 98 cent wineglasses from Walmart (no tears here if I brutally murder this DIY- was my thought process) and a little can of gold spray paint from the craft department. I had a good friend over (can you think of a better idea for a girl’s night?) and we proceeded to craft 6 wine glasses, while imbibing in the drink that would fill these beauties in the future.
I used basic masking tape to tape off the top of the wineglass. I painted the rest with gold spray paint and dried it upside down. Any extra spray paint that strayed from where you want it you can remove with a q-tip and nail polish remover.
I think it looks best when the gold paint in uneven.
There actually was four wine glasses on the table at some point.
I’ve only hand washed these so far and they have retained their gold well. I would be weary of putting them in the dishwasher, though.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and Happy DIY-ing!
Remember way back when I talked about making Thanksgiving food pre Thanksgiving? So, that did actually happen. Last weekend I made the Double Corn Cornbread Dressing from the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
Click here for the full recipe. Follow along with my cooking with these pictures:
Cornbread time. I use a revised Southern Living version of cornbread. Usually I add a whole can of creamed corn, but opted out to keep things a little more dry.
This is what we are going for (the picture in the magazine, of course). I knew it wasn’t going to be exactly like this, though, because I was adding carrots, celery, sourdough bread, and some other veggies. In case you’re wondering- I do a really bad job sticking to the recipe.
Sautéing the onions and corn. I tried to keep the onions in quarters because they look particularly beautiful in the end result.
The end result! It actually looked a lot like the picture (plus more green- I got carried away with the spinach) but the flash tends to brighten things up a bit.
With all the veggies I added, I didn’t feel too bad about making this a meal in itself. In fact, I was talking to my mom while I was making it and the conversation went a little bit like this:
Mom: So, what are you up to tonight?
Me: Oh, I’m just making some stuffing.
Mom: That sounds good! What else are you having?
*adequately long pause*
Me: Yeah, just stuffing. It’s got lots of vegetables in it and spinach.
In my defense you will also notice the bowl of clementines on the table. At any rate, the stuffing was absolutely delicious.
A few days later I had a girls’ night and decided we needed some pumpkin ice cream. One can of coconut milk, one can of pumpkin, three tablespoons of maple syrup, and several shots of Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon liquor later (in the ice cream of course) we had awesome ice cream. I’m not a huge pumpkin fan (that’s one pie that goes to the far end of my list) so it was a nice, light way to enjoy pumpkin flavor without committing to a whole dish. Needless to say, I am very excited to see Thanksgiving dinner come together this year.
Happy Monday and happy cooking!,
Yes friends, Pinterest got the best of me on this one. I simply couldn’t resist. It looked so easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about search Pinterest (or just le internet) for ‘sharpie mug’. You will see lots of fabulous ideas. I decided to keep mine pretty simple. Here’s how I did it:
DIY Sharpie Mug:
You will need:
- A sharpie
- A mug (I bought mine for a dollar at dollar tree)
- An oven
Clean and dry your mug off (who knows what it’s touched in its China to randomville USA dollar tree lifetime).
Find a sharpie and write on your mug. It’s not very unique, but I think this it is hilarious.
The best tip ever for perfectionists: If you mess up…guess what? It washes right off! Just use soap and a sponge and redo it until it’s perfect. This is my third or fourth try.
Writing on your mug may become addicting and cause you to throw simple to the wind and write an entire novel (or the lyrics to an awesome song). See: opposite side of my mug
Put the mug in the oven on 350° for 30 minutes (this will set the design)…and…that’s it! You’re done and as soon as the mug cools you can use it.
Here are some after pictures (I wanted to take after pictures, to show that the marker doesn’t really swell or shrink after baking.):
You see that snow outside??? That’s why I need all the mugs I can get.
These lyrics from Angels and Airwaves help get me up and moving in the morning.
Voila! A Pinterest experiment gone well. Now if you excuse me, I have some tea drinking and stuffing making to do.
Disclaimer: I’ve read across the internet that some people have had better success than others with the sharpie not rubbing off. This may depend on the porcelain used. The good news, is that most people only have trouble when they put it in the dishwasher. So, if you’re making this as a gift, I recommend writing ‘hand wash only’ on the bottom.
In case you haven’t noticed…it’s November. The start of November signifies a couple of things, including but not limited to: Christmas music on the radio (not going to lie, I love this), really short days that feel like they are 5 hours long, and food….glorious, glorious amounts of food (you are, after all trying to put on some fat to make it through the winter, right?)
I started salivating around October 21st when the first November magazine hit my doorstep. The cover issue of Southern Living alone made we want to abandon all work out plans and eat my heart out (oh wait, that happened in October with all the Halloween candy). So this is the point in my year that I start making furious lists about food. What new things do I want to try? What classics must I have? And of course, the biggest question of all: What types of pies do I make?
It’s pretty much impossible to just have one
The particularly difficult thing is that this year, it will just be my husband and I. Which of course leads to the question…Can I rationalize making four pies for two people? The first obvious fix to this would be to invite people over (which we plan on doing). The second fix would be to make mini pies or tarts…we can’t compromise variety after all. And the last fix (although, I’m sure there are more) would be to make a different pie every week until Thanksgiving.
That last ‘fix’ is actually something I do with all the Thanksgiving food, because my list of items to make often supersedes my time and stomach restraints. This weekend I may make a cranberry apple salad. Next week it may be a new type of cornbread. And..there might possibly be a new stuffing every week because I simply can’t choose just one (it’s stuffing!!)
I’ll be sure to post recipes (all vegan, bien sur) and pictures as I cook my way up to Thanksgiving!
If you’d like to see me veganize a favorite dish of yours, just let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do! (ex: How would you make green bean casserole vegan?)
I love the idea of layering clothing, but I’m not sure how to do it. Help!
-Lost on layering
Dear Lost on Layering,
It’s getting colder and thus it’s the season for your mantra to be, “how about another layer???” A pessimist would probably argue that the more clothing items you put on, the more opportunities you have to mess up (which probably explains your fear).
Let’s first note, that unless you are personally offending someone based on ethnicity or religion (ie: racist, etc) then you can’t mess it up. Fashion is in the eye of the beholder right? There will always be someone who thinks you look like a fool and someone who thinks you look like their very own fashion idol. You must accept this before you can confidently do anything to your appearance.
Now that you’ve got that all figured out…all you need to do is decide your layering style:
Are you going to be a Boho Chic Olsen?
In order to dress like a Boho Olsen, just start channeling a homeless person vibe. Effective Boho Olsen layering should answer all the following questions in the negative: Do I look sexy? Can you even make an educated guess about the shape of my body? and Am I uncomfortable in any sort of way? Please keep in mind that to achieve Boho Olsen (rather than dirty hippie) you must continue to bathe. The key is to continue wearing expensive clothing, just make sure it’s about 2 sizes larger than your ‘actual’ size.
Or are you going to adapt their older, more mature, Row Olsen look?
The key to the Olsen Row look is a limited color palate (grey, white, black…pop colors include: nude), diverse textures (think knit, under silk, under wool), and flowing shapes. Roll up sleeves and you’re set. (Belting optional)
Not feeling the homeless or hopelessly chic look? Why not hit somewhere in between and take style cues from Leandra Medine (aka: Man Repeller).
Creative layering (and awesome penmanship) are to blame for this chick’s rise to the top. Known for pushing limits (why can’t you wear a motorcycle jacket with a wedding dress?) she proves that there is no way ‘to mess it up’. (Please feel free to feed off all the layering ideas above)
Here’s a piece by piece layering example:
Starting from left picture: 1) t-shirt, jeans, ballet flats 2) add sheer t-shirt 3) add flannel shirt 4) add floral jacket 5) change shoes…height looks better. add glasses 6) add head wrap.
This works because she is mixing things of the same color palate and with the same tones (muted). This keeps the patterns from competing and patterns keep the solids from looking too matchy matchy.
Here’s the big picture: Look towards your favorite layering ladies for style cues, then just keep adding (and subtracting when needed) pieces until it feels right.
Ps. Layering is a lot like drug usage (or at least according to my very limited knowledge) and you have to build up before you achieve the super layered full on effect. The gateway drug would be something like a cardigan (let’s say, over jeans and a tee). Then one day you say: what if I put another cardigan over the one I have?? You feel instantly chic and transformed. After a couple weeks of that you need something new (a new high? shall we say), so you trade out the jeans for a pencil skirt and heels. Before you know it, you will be wearing a blazer, two cardigans, a tee, three skirts (pencil, short a-line, shortest mini), socks and heels. At this point a friend will probably tell you to chill out and you have to face the hard fact that AA or NA (or layerers anonymous!??) does not exist for fashionistas.