Bachelorette Beach Drink Spikers

Okay, here’s the last bachelorette weekend craft that I have this spring (at least that I know of).  My friend Kali wanted to give beach spikers at Liz’s beach bachelorette weekend that I could customize and would match the personalized sunglasses I made.

Side note, I had no idea what a beach spiker was, but apparently it’s a lil contraption that you can dig into the sand so your drink or phone will stay out of the sand. Who knew?

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BEACH DRINK SPIKERS

What you’ll need:

Kali found some white drink spikers and had them sent to our house and I ordered teal vinyl for the monograms.  Once everything had arrived, I started work!

Here’s my lil shortcut on making monograms with the Cricut –> I use the Monogram Maker maker website to choose the style and make the monogram image.  Once I have the monogram, I take a screenshot of it on my computer (command + shift + 4 for Mac users). The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

Now open Design Space and upload the screenshot of the monogram.  Because there is a white background, you’ll need to make sure to select and erase the background so only the letters are left.  Then save it as a cut image.

Repeat those steps for all the drink spikers you are making –  I had 11 monograms altogether.  Next I resized the monograms to be ~2″ wide which would fit perfectly on the spikers I had.
Next, cut the monograms out on your vinyl using your Cricut Explore Air (on the vinyl setting).  Cut out each monogram from the vinyl and weed the excess vinyl with the weeder tool. The last step is to apply the vinyl monograms to the drink spikers using the transfer tape.  Put transfer tape on top, use the scraper to get any air bubbles out and make sure the transfer tape is on well, then remove the backing.  Apply the monogram to the spiker, press it on well, and slowly peel back the transfer tape.Done! I was so happy with how these turned out and loved the teal & white colors together.  I put them on the floor to send Kali a picture and Cleo had to pop in and check them out. I thought they looked perfect wrapped up with the sunglasses too!  Thanks for the great photo, Catherine 🙂

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One Pot Sausage + Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli has always been my favorite vegetables, but I have also been on a sausage kick lately.  I was craving those two ingredients the other night so went to my pins to find a new recipe to try.  Lucky for me I found something where I already had most of the ingredients at home!

One Pot Sausage + Broccoli Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken stock or chicken broth
  • Half box rotini noodles
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Optional: fresh parsley for garnish, squeeze of lemon, pinch of red pepper flakes

Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add in the Italian sausage and break it up as you cook. Stir around until completely browned and then move the sausage to the edges of the pan.

Add in the chopped broccoli and sauté a few minutes until crisp tender. Toss with the sausage and then transfer to a plate with a paper towel on top to soak up any oil.

Add one more tablespoon of olive oil and add in the dried parsley flakes, Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, about 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and about 1/2 teaspoon salt and chicken stock. Pour the half box of rotini noodles on top of the stock and stir until just combined.

Set your timer to 8 minutes and allow the noodles to cook, uncovered.  After 8 minutes check on the pasta & stir.  If noodles are al dente, they’re ready! Otherwise, cook a little longer.

Add the sausage & broccoli back to the pan, top with parmesan cheese and any other garnishes like parsley, red pepper flakes or a squeeze of lemon.  Serve immediately & enjoy!

Edits: I added a little more chicken stock to the noodles and let them cook a little longer after the 8 minutes to be completely cooked through.  I also added a little bit of whipping cream to the pan before serving to make a light sauce for the noodles.

Results: The seasoning was delicious!  The dish was more flavorful than I thought it would be and I think a lot of that is letting the noodles cook in the chicken stock & seasoning.  Leftovers were easily warmed up at work and this recipe will be in our dinner rotation!

Guest Bath Renovation: Before + After

The last room that got a lot of attention in our renovation was the guest bathroom.  We painted it when we first moved in and changed the light over the vanity, but that’s the only work we’ve done in there.  Here’s the before photo:

Again, not terrible… but don’t those yellow-y doors and vanity top bug you?  First off we took out the vanity, horribly done “framed in” mirror that the previous owner DIYed, off center towel ring and light (we kept the light fixture for a future project).

The entire bathroom got fresh paint (same light gray as the rest of the house) after the walls were patched.We bought matching vanitiesvanity topsfaucets and knobs in the master & guest bathrooms (just different size vanities) so they’d be cohesive and similar to the kitchen.

Also like the master, the owner before us took the lazy path and didn’t take the previous vanity out when putting in new floors, so Scott had to spend some time doing it the right way.After the vanity was in and the paint was dry, the mirror and lighting fixture were hung.  We also bought a new towel ring and hung it centered with the vanity on the side wall.

The final touches were replacing the towel rack and the outlet covers to a new white ones.Once the list of things to do in the bathroom was done, we were so happy with the finished product!  It’s much brighter, cleaner and finally updated.  With these rooms all done, we are thinking about painting the guest room & office the same gray color.  Onto the next project..

Personalized Bachelorette Sunglasses

We’re definitely in bachelorette & wedding season, and now I’m sharing another DIY bachelorette project for the year, with a beach theme!  My friend is having her weekend in Rosemary Beach and although I can’t go, I definitely wanted to be involved… so I helped with bachelorette goodies!

I made my first sunglasses last year for my bachelorette weekend in Savannah.  They turned out to be a fun gift to give everyone since we stayed on the beach, so  I thought it would be a good item to include for Liz’s beach bachelorette too!

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Bachelorette Sunglasses

What you’ll need:

I ordered some teal sunglasses on Amazon and bought a white pair for Liz.  I decided to put everyone’s names on the side and then also do ‘Bride to Be’ on the other side of Liz’s.

Open up Design Space and type out all of the names.  The side of sunglasses aren’t very big, so you’ll need to measure the side and figure out how long and tall the names can be.  I believe mine could be 1/2″ tall and 1 1/2″ long.  Then adjust the size of the names to fit in those parameters.  For a cohesive look, I kept them all the same height.  I also did the names in all uppercase to make it easier when weeding such small words from the vinyl.

I wanted to add a little something extra to Liz’s “Bride to Be” side, so found a clipart image of a diamond ring to import.

Click “Upload image” on the left menu, find the file on your computer, choose ‘Simple Image’ and continue.
Next, click out anything you don’t want included – I had to get rid of the white background.  Save it as a cut image, and then add it to your design, sized appropriately next to ‘Bride to Be.’ Since the sunglasses were teal, I cut all the girls names in white vinyl.  Cut each name out of the vinyl with your Cricut and weed the excess out using the weeder tool.  Go slowly – the letters are small and require a little more attention to detail.After their names were cut, I cut Liz’s out in teal vinyl and then cut the ring out in a silver vinyl.

Cut out transfer tape the same size as the names, put it on top, and use the scraper to made sure the vinyl is adhered to the transfer tape and any air bubbles are gone.  Then remove the back paper, apply the vinyl to the sunglasses and slowly remove the transfer tape.

Repeat for all of the sunglasses & you’re done!  I like how Liz’s turned out, even the diamond ring on the side (that ring was really tedious to weed). I love the teal & white color combination. Can’t wait to see them on the beach this weekend!

PS – Find all bachelorette crafts & adventures here, and my Cricut projects here!

Spring Flower Planting

It’s about that time for our spring planting!  We both enjoy working in our yard and it was time to freshen up the beds & pots for spring.

Over two weekends and a few trips to Abide-a-While and Lowe’s, the yard was looking great again.

Let’s start with the pots by the fire pit.  They were both still doing great with the lavender, creeping jenny and mums I potted back in October, so I just added a little calipetite for some color.I added some red petunias to our window box & the planter on the front porch.

I added the same red calipetites as the pots to the hanging baskets, and also some laguna sky blue flowers to trail over the edge.I potted a rose salvia to put by the back door, as well as a corn plant for some color, height and to hide the outdoor outlet.

I bought 3 more Mexican heather plants to fill in the corner of the front bed (one was already coming back).  I also dug up some of the lantana in the front bed that didn’t come back from last year and replaced it with more.  3 of the plants are slowly sprouting leaves, so I’m making sure they get plenty of water to fill in the rest of the bed.Between all the planting and lawn work we’ve been busy, but have a freshly manicured yard as the result!  Now we just need to lay some pinestraw and we’re good to go.