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cinnamon bun butter

Confession time: I really like bread. And by “like” I mean my roommates in college used to call me the “bread monster” due to the alarming rate I would eat all the doughy goodness in the house. To this day, a simple slice (or three) of golden brown toast topped off with a bit of butter is enough to make it a good day for me. And yet there are times in life when you need to take things up a notch, and in these instances, I break out the cinnamon butter! I mean, a delicious mix of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla swirled together onto your toast in one fell buttery swoop? Pardon me while I drool on myself over here. Learn how to share this sweet slice of heaven with your valentine below!

cinnamon bun butter

Sweet Cinnamon Butter

1 stick of salted butter
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 4 ounce mason jar (optional)

  1. Zap the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds so the consistency becomes super soft, but not yet melted
  2. Plop it into the food processor along with the cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, and pulse until smooth
  3. Jar up that delicious butter mixture (my whole batch fit perfectly into one 4oz jar), and surprise your schmoopy with a sweet treat!

And don’t forget to top off your jar with one of these “For my butter half” labels – your valentine totally LOVES terrible puns, right? I made some gift tags too in case you want to package it up in something other than a mason jar!

Download a printable label here!

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DIY diamond pillow

Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend…especially big soft ones you can take a nap on :-) I spotted this adorable pillow floating around the interwebs a while ago and was disappointed to see it wasn’t for sale anymore, so I decided to try making my own! I’ve never made any sort of pillow before, so it was a bit of a challenge, but all the nice straight geometric angles were rather nice to work with. Read on for the instructions and don’t be intimidated by all the steps – it’s quite easy when you break it all down!

DIY diamond pillow

What you’ll need:

  • solid colored fabric
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • white fabric paint
  • tape
  • sewing pins
  • sewing machine
  • poly-fil stuffing
  1. Fold a piece of fabric in half and cut out a 22″x18″ rectangle, starting from the folded edge (this will help keep the two pieces of fabric together until you cut)
  2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a vertical line down the center at the halfway point (in this case, 11″). This side will end up on the inside of the pillow, so don’t worry about marking it up!
  3. Then draw a 12″ horizontal line about 1″ down from the top edge, centered on the vertical line (so 6″ on both the left and right sides). About 5.75″ down from this line, draw a centered 20″ line running parallel to the first
  4. Make a mark about 1.5″ from the bottom edge of the center line for the bottom point of the diamond. Connect all the outer points of the lines to create the full diamond shape
  5. Add a .25″ seam around the entire perimeter of the diamond, then cut it out
  6. Now that you have two separate fabric pieces, move the pencil marked layer aside. Tape off a 1″ perimeter (this should be a little thicker than the inner lines due to the extra seam border) around the second layer of fabric and paint it in with fabric paint
  7. Peel the tape off when the paint is dry. Then tape off and paint a .75″ thick line spanning across the width of the diamond and paint. When THAT’s dry, tape off and paint .75″ thick lines in the top section
  8. Once all the paint has dried, place the layer with the pencil markings directly on top of the painted one. Pin together and break out your sewing machine!
  9. Sew along the seam line you marked earlier, but leave a few inches unstitched to create an opening big enough to fit your hand through
  10. Flip the fabric inside out through the gap, so that your diamond lines are now on the outside
  11. Now for the fun part – fill up the pillow with stuffing!
  12. When your pillow is nice and full, hand sew the gap closed (this invisible stitch tutorial came in handy for me)
  13. Go show off your new bling!

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koala mittens

Have you heard about the recent bushfires in Australia? I spotted this article a few days ago about koalas severely burning their paws as they tried to flee the mayhem, and it damn near broke my heart – just look at those little faces! The International Fund for Animal Welfare sent out a request for people to create cotton mittens for the critters to protect their paws as they’re treated with burn creams, so I just had to dust off my sewing machine and whip up a few sets. I hope some neon-loving koala will appreciate them and heal up quickly!

I originally wanted to help spread the word about making mittens with this post, but it seems that they’ve already fulfilled their quota due to all the media coverage. However if you still want to to use your sewing skills for good, there’s a call out now for pouches for injured and orphaned baby kangaroos!

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DIY holly berry gift wrapping

Who wants to sign my petition to tack on 2 more weeks at the end of December? It’s always such a hectic month that all the cookies, parties, and twinkling lights go by in the blink of an eye! We’re not even done shopping for gifts, but I’ve managed to at least wrap the few that we have sooooo I guess we’re on the right track? I decided to go super simple this year with kraft paper and holly toppers, which will pack up nicely when we throw everything into a bag for our holiday travels!

DIY holly berry gift wrapping

Wrap up all your goodies in your choice of gift wrap – I used a roll of cute polka dotted kraft paper from Target. Cut out two holly leaves out of green cardstock, and use a hole puncher to create the “berries” out of red cardstock. Use a small hole puncher to punch a hole at the end of each leaf, then thread some festive string through, and wrap it around the gift once or twice. Tie a knot on the underside and trim the ends. Glue the “berries” on with a glue stick, then write the name of your lucky giftee in pen on the top leaf.

BONUS! You can use these paper holly leaves as drink markers too! Check out the DIY I put together for Mixbook – I’ll be contributing some fun projects there for the next few months :-)

DIY holly berry gift wrapping

merry-gifts

24 MERRY DAYS

DAY 18: Emily Henderson is giving away a mini fridge from SMEG!

DAY 17: Coco and Mingo is giving away a fun prize pack from Everything Golden!

DAY 16: Wonder Forest is giving away some super cool “smart” jewelry from Cuff!

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easy DIY tile tray

While we were out Black Friday shopping last week, I bought a bag of small wooden knobs at the crafts store with the intention of using them as wall hooks. Then Hubs had to pick up something at Home Depot, so Toby and I meandered around through the store while he was gathering up his doodads, and we stumbled upon the treasure trove known as the tile section. I found a good sized ceramic tile adorned with a lovely marble pattern for only $2(!!) and quickly realized I could combine the two to create a SUPER easy DIY tray. And when I say easy, I mean like 5 minutes easy.

DIY tile tray

Here’s what you’ll need:

easy DIY tile tray

  1. Turn over the tile and figure out where you want to place the feet
  2. Liberally apply superglue to the flat top of one the knobs, and attach it to the tile. The glue dries quickly, so you’ve gotta work fast!
  3. Repeat with the other 3 knobs
  4. Flip the tile right-side-up, and weight it with something heavy, preferably with your collection of awesome Harry Potter books, to help set the glue
  5. Carefully wash and dry the surface of the tile
  6. Time to load it up with some tasty treats!

I tried painting the wooden feet in a rich metallic gold color, but it looked too flashy with the marble design in a Tony Montana sort of way, so that idea was scrapped. I rather like the super simple and modern combination of white ceramic and light colored wood, and I’ll be able to use this baby all year round!

easy DIY tile tray

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24 MERRY DAYS: DAY 3
In Honor of Design is giving away a beautiful gold bar cart AND a gift card to Dot & Bo!
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DIY pumpkin pie treat box

Remember those printable pie boxes I created for my guest post over at A Thousand Threads a few months ago? Well I’ve given them a little makeover so they’ll feel right at home at your Thanksgiving get-together! There’s always more room for pumpkin pie, right? We’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but if we were, I would stuff these babies with caramel and cheddar popcorn (so addictive!!) and give them out as fun party favors!

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • some white card stock
  • color printer
  • scissors
  • glue stick or double sided tape
  • X-acto knife

DIY pumpkin pie treat box

  1. Load up the printer with white card stock, and print the back of the box first – we’re doing some double sided printing, y’all!
  2. Re-insert the same sheet of paper into the printer, printed side up, and print out the front of the box
  3. Cut out the template, and fold along the sides (a bone folder makes nice crisp lines and save your fingernails)
  4. Glue the marked tabs, and press the edges together to form the box
  5. Use the X-acto knife to make two slits for the tabs
  6. Stuff in your goodies, and tuck in all flaps and tabs
  7. “Pie” is served!

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