The roasting stations from my Table Top S’mores post have me thinking all things terra cotta. Whether you’re looking to use these pots for their intended purpose or searching for a more creative alternative, these crafts are fresh and fun. So, head to your closest home improvement store, pick up some pots and get to crafting, MacGyvers.
If you love coastal decor, try out this stenciling craft. These planters are perfect for summer – whether you actually live close to a coral reef or not.
These adorable floral pots could add the perfect touch of color to any space. Find the quick and easy tutorial at Ashley Ann’s blog, Under the Sycamore Tree.
More Terra Cotta Pot Crafts
Next time I’m in New York to visit Lili, Briana and Alyssa, I have a few hot-spots on my list to check out: PDT (Please Don’t Tell), Milk & Honey, Little Branch and Gwynnett St. Some of these bars accept guests by reservation or referral only, or only allow members after a certain time. For some reason, that makes them so much more intriguing. I’m dying to check out the drink menu more than the atmosphere, though. Over at Milk & Honey, for example, fruit juices and extracts are all made by hand; mixing glasses are stored in the freezer to keep drinks cold; and ice is cut by hand using an ice pick to create imperfect, jagged pieces. If I know that’s the process going into my cocktail, I can certainly wait a few minutes for it.
So, are you ready for 5 p.m. to get here so you can wrap your hand around a refreshing, warm-weather concoction? I’m with you! Let’s celebrate the start of summer with four delicious drink recipes from renowned NYC mixologists (or alchemists, rather).
UP ALL NIGHT COCKTAIL:
Recipe courtesy of Lauren Schell, Little Branch, NYC
1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounces rosemary-infused cognac
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce cane syrup
rosemary sprig, for garnish
Whip and strain into iced Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with large rosemary sprig.
STEAM 75 COCKTAIL:
Recipe courtesy of John deBary, PDT, NYC
1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce strawberry puree
1 ounce Brut champagne
lavender sprigs, for garnish
Shake and strain into chilled coupe. Top with 1 ounce Brut champagne. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.
Summer nights make me crave the glow of a bonfire and the mess of a marshmallow-oozing s’more. I even find myself craving that smoky smell that requires three rounds of shampoo to eradicate. Sadly, I have no fire pit to provide these summer delicacies. Thanks to Linen, Lace, & Love, I’ve found a wonderfully adorable replacement. This s’mores bar is perfect for a backyard get-together. Each guest can have their own roasting station – a terra cotta pot lined with tinfoil and light charcoal. Doesn’t this just make you want to throw a s’mores party?
Something about sunshine and 90-degree weather makes a cocktail or glass of wine sound that much more appealing. Summer in itself is enough reason to throw a cocktail party, and I’m thinking a girls’ wine night sounds just right. If you’re with me on this sentiment, consider upgrading your stemware. These fabulous wine glass crafts are sure to jazz up your summer party.
These DIY Glitter Wine Glasses are perfect for a glitzy party. What’s not to love about a little glitter?
Stemless wine glasses are optimal for casual summer get-togethers. See how Kristen from MyColor painted these glasses to give them a bright, floral feel.
More Fabulous Wine Glasses
If you read my last post, you know I’ve been daydreaming of an exotic vacation. But — since I won’t be travelling to a gorgeous beach anytime soon, I’m thinking I’ll bring the beach to me. I love coastal decor, and I love budget-friendly decor even more. That’s why I’m going crazy over these driftwood crafts. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the beach soon, stroll the shores for pretty pieces of driftwood. If not, try your nearest lake for some driftwood and simply pretend your fabulous finds are from a beachy shoreline.
I absolutely adore this colorful driftwood key hanger. Drift on over to Free People’s blog to see how it’s made.
This beautiful Herringbone Driftwood Table is for the heavy-duty DIYers. Although Sarah’s tutorial includes quite a few steps, the end product is totally worth the work.
More Driftwood Crafts
Father’s Day is this Sunday — are you armed with a gift for dad? No? Well then, we’ve got you covered — from his favorite recipes (hot beer cheese and homemade pretzels — yum!) to fun, free printables and handmade gift ideas like this easier-than-it-looks dresser-top leather valet; whip up a surprise for your dad just in time for Father’s Day celebrations.
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Not only is this monogrammed leather valet easy to craft, you probably have most of the materials on hand like an old frame, some batting or foam and a spare bit of leather – this is a great project for upcycling a past-its-prime jacket or purse. The steps are simple, just disassemble the frame then use the backing as a template to cut out a small piece of leather and batting. Place the leather, suede side up, on top of the batting and secure it in the frame with strong tape.
I used an old trick from college printmaking classes to create removable registration marks on painter’s tape that would help me find the tray’s center before placing the adhesive stencils (these things are awesome, btw, you can find them with the glass-etching supplies at your local craft store). Fill in the stencils with a permanent marker and voila — a handy catch-all for dad to keep his keys, change, watch and anything else he needs to grab on his way out the door.
Crafting this handy DIY gift for dad is easy — but be sure to check out my complete step-by-step instructions for a materials list and lots of helpful tips first>>
Hey, MacGyvers! Planning a summer vacation? Don’t bring excess baggage — craft with it instead. If you’ve upgraded to an ergonomic roller bag but still have some vintage suitcases hanging around, try transforming them into these fabulous crafts. (If you don’t already own vintage suitcases but still want to look like a jet-setter, you can find them at flea markets or via various online marketplaces like Craigslist and Etsy.)
EVEN MORE VINTAGE SUITCASE AWESOMENESS
Every time I head to a garage sale or thrift store, I keep an eye out for a vintage ladder. They’re so multifunctional – they can find a home in almost any room, whether it’s a living room or a bathroom. I typically use them as anything besides a climbing tool. I find they’re much more charming holding a slew of colorful high heels or a stack of towels. If you have an old ladder lying around, dust it off and try one of these ideas.
A vintage ladder is a perfect addition for an empty space in a living room or bedroom. Play up the rustic feel by adorning your ladder with flower-filled mason jars. See how Sarah from A Beach Cottage decided to decorate her old ladder.
This idea is handy if you’re anything like me – always searching for shoe storage! Also, why not show off your lovely collection? Shoe shopping is hard work – it deserves a little appreciation.
More Ladder Ideas
Happy National Doughnut Day*! Today is the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite flavor doughnut without feeling guilty. If you just can’t get past the guilt (oh, bathing suit season), opt for a baked version. These baked piña colada doughnuts, made with freshly-strained pineapple juice, have a fruity, summery taste that’s hard to resist. So, go ahead and treat yourself!
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Despite my mother’s incessant reminders, I somehow always find myself scrambling for a Father’s Day gift at the last minute. Sound familiar? This year, I’m hoping to break that tradition. I’m calling on two of my closest acquaintances: crafts and candy. If you’re in a similar Father’s Day bind, why not make one of these adorable candy jars for dad? We all know he’s secretly hoping for something edible.
This candy jar is quick, easy and hilarious. I love the mustache trend – so quirky! Also, I think my dad would love this sly reference to his terrible ‘70s “stache.” See how Jill from Sandy Toes & Popsicles created these crafty candy jars.
This jar assures dad some peace of mind; KC from The Real Thing shows how to actually etch his name into a glass jar. That guarantees no candy thieves, right?
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly craft, this Tie Box from Eighteen25 might be your pick. And after all, it is Father’s Day – it’s only proper to incorporate ties!