Thursday, April 17, 2014

2 Ingredient Healthy Espresso Macchiato Recipe & Instant Decor for a Mason Jar

Learn how to make a healthy & delicious 2 ingredient replacement for your morning coffee.  Plus, as an added bonus, you will also get an easy way to decorate a mason jar.
2 Ingredient Healthy Espresso Macchiato


Today I am sharing a LIVE Google Hangout that I hosted for Crafty Hangouts thanks to our sponsor, Ball Mason Jars.  {Note: I received product in exchange for this post.  However, the ideas and opinions are my own.}



Watch the video above to see how to make an Espresso Macchiato with the shake of a mason jar.  It's quicker than instant coffee and is a healthier alternative to coffee with cream and sugar.  Plus, it's perfect to take on the go or to a friend.  {The nutritional values can be found at the end of this post.}

Easiest Way to Decorate a Mason Jar

At the end of the video, you'll see a quick way to dress up the mason jar, whether you are giving it to a friend filled with Espresso Macchiato, or if you are using it as a decoration in your home or at a party.  It's so quick and easy, you won't believe it.


Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my video.  I would be ever so appreciative if you would subscribe to The Niki Channel on YouTube and checkout all the other great Ball Mason Jar fun over at Crafty Hangouts.

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Happy Crafting & Giving!!

Niki


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Spring Wreath

My Spring Wreath

I love how the changing of seasons ushers in an excuse to change up the decor.  I am practical - probably to a fault.  When we first moved into our house, I found a greenery wreath with white bead lighting on sale - and I mean BIG time!  Since I find joy in changing things up a bit, I knew it would be a perfect way for me to appease both my practical side and my variety craving side - you know, the two little guys that sit on my shoulders arguing (much like the devil & angel that most people have).

Anyway...here's a picture, courtesy of the Grandin Road website.  You can find it at regular price on their site.  {I received no compensation for this post - just sharing the info. :)}

Grandin Road Wreath with Garland and Ribbon

So, I bought the wreath, so that I could keep the wreath up year round and dress it up for each season, holiday, event, and maybe even mood.

Wreath with Cardboard Wreath Center












I added a cardboard "wreath" that has chicks and flowers on it.  I placed it in the center of the wreath to give it a little pop of spring.








Wooden Inserts to Spring Wreath















You may remember these wooden "Let Your Love Grow," "Stop and Smell the Flowers," and "Spring is in the Air" wooden signs.  They are in my Repurposed Soup Can post, which you can click to see.  I inserted one of each on the right side of the wreath.


Spring Wreath for My Front Door - So easy, and versatile

I just LOVE the way it turned out, and I hope you do too.

Happy Spring -- Thanks for stopping by!

Niki

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Monday, April 7, 2014

My Craft Room (Craft Closet) Makeover

Craft Room Decorating Tour


We just moved, and I am so excited to organize and decorate our new place.  So, when Angie from The Country Chic Cottage invited me to be a part of her tour of craft rooms, I really wanted to participate and thought it would be great motivation for getting things in order.

Although taking pics of this U-shaped closet is not easy, here is the overall look now:

The Office Closet - My Craft Space

And here is the extremely embarrassing before - I feel compelled to remind you that we JUST moved in.

My Craft Closet Before the Makeover

 To sum up what I did in my craft closet space:

Craft Room Cubes

1.  White cubed shelving makes up the lower portion of the main half of the craft closet.

2.  I used a variety of brightly colored organizers to brighten up the space and keep things organized.  Most of the organizers came from the Dollar Tree, other than the pink, blue & pink polka dotted pieces which I got at a craft store - Hobby Lobby or JoAnn's, I think.

3.  White & Clear plastic drawers were placed on the bottom shelf above the cubes to organize additional supplies.  I dressed up the front of the drawers by placing scrapbook paper inside.

4.  White star tablecloth weights from the Dollar Tree were then clipped to each drawer and labeled with a dry erase marker to identify the contents of each drawer.

5.  The very top shelf (boy those 9 to 10 ft. ceilings came in handy) has some hanging shelves attached, which I believe came from Target.  I used them for additional boxes of things like ribbons - the really tiny ones.

6.  On top of the shelf, I placed the things that I used less often.

Craft Room Closet

7.  In the nook adjacent to the cubes, I placed two cabinet/chests on top of each other.  These will hopefully get makeovers soon. :)

8.  Above the cabinets, I placed two shower curtain tension rods which hold all of my "normal sized" spools of ribbon.  Now I can easily pull and clip what I need.

9.  I have a couple walls and the back of the door which I used for cork boards and my to-do list clipboard.

10.  The other half of the closet contains a cabinet where I keep paints, containers, and more.  Plus, it is where I store decorative serving pieces for parties, a bin of gift bands, and I hang my tablecloths.

Our Office - where I craft.

The office pictured above is where you can find the craft closet.  So most of my actual crafting takes place there, but I have not yet decorated it.  This is how it stands with our furniture and random other things moved in there.

I have so many plans for the office and craft closet!!  As I get them accomplished, I will post them here or on my YouTube channel - The Niki Channel.  So, please make sure you subscribe because the best is yet to come. :)

Head on over to The Country Chic Cottage, where you can find more craft spaces from bloggers like me.
www.thecountrychiccottage.net

Since I'm the last one for Day 2, you might want to start working your way backwards by visiting the DIY Showoff.

Happy Crafting!!

Niki
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Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Lace-Up Boots

Learn how to turn plain boots into boots that are as unique and beautiful as you are.  
The interchangeable laces make them the perfect compliment to any outfit.

DIY Lace-Up Boots with Interchangeable Ribbon

My faux UGG boots are one of my favorite things to wear, but every time I wore them, I felt like they were missing something.  Well, not anymore!  


Now they are so versatile & will match almost anything.  Watch the video below to see the transformation take place, then keep reading for all the important tips.



Helpful How To Hints
 
1.  I got my faux Uggs at a drugstore for less than $10.

2.  The ribbon came from the Dollar Tree - just $1!

3.  Make sure your buttons line up with each other & the other boot.

4.  Don't forget you can even wear them with no ribbon at all - just the buttons.

You are going to be amazed at how easy these are and how many people ask you where you got your adorable boots...because you, too, can do it yourself!

Niki
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