Stencil Crafts Ideas and Inspiration + HM #243

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Stencil Crafts Ideas and Inspiration + HM #243

Put your creative cap on because we are talking Stenciling today! There are so many crafts and decor ideas you can DIY with stencils. You can even make your own stencils and have a custom, unique design. Check out the fabulous ideas and inspiration for stencil crafts from the gals at Home Matters. Enjoy!

 

How to Stencil: A Beginner’s Guide from Keri @ Repurposing Junkie

How to Stencil Anything Perfectly from Carrie @ Lovely etc.

 

DIY How to Make a Stencil Without a Cutting Machine from MariaPastels and Macrons

 

Wax Paper Stencil Tutorial from StephanieSomewhat Simple

Stencil Crafts Ideas and Inspiration Blog Hop

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Panera Bread Mac and Cheese Copycat Recipe from Lois @ Walking on Sunshine

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Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Coupons and Freebies Momo

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How to Make an Easy Summer Tote Bag from Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

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Cute DIY Felt Rainbow Cloud Pencil Topper Craft from Keri Lyn @ She Saved

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Arctic Coke Make Icy Magic Happen

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Arctic Coke make icy magic happen and enjoy! The Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine is easy and fun to use – watch the video!

Arctic Coke Make Icy Magic Happen

Enjoy a frosty and refreshing beverage

 

This past weekend as we were running about doing errands, we stopped in at our local Chevron station and hit the ExtraMile convenience store there. What a treat to find the Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine! The machine is super easy to use and pretty fun too. But, best of all, it makes the Coca-Cola  beverages slushy and icy cold. You can find a variety of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, and POWERADE®. Watch how simple the Arctic Coke is to use.

 

Refresh yourself with a super cold Coca-Cola from the Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine! Watch your favorite drink turn slushy and make icy magic. #ad #MakeIcyMagic @CocaCola @LorelaisLife Click To Tweet

Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine Step-by-Step Tutorial

  • Pull your beverage of choice from the Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine.
  • Slowly turn the bottle upside-down, then just as slowly return it to right side up.
  • Place the beverage on the platform.
  • Press the Snowflake button.
  • Watch Arctic Coke make icy magic!
  • Remove the cap and enjoy a super cold and icy drink.

It was really cool to actually see the icy crystals appear inside the drink. We each had to give the machine a try and treat ourselves to a refreshing, cold and tasty beverage.

The directions for use are also printed directly on the machine below the snowflake button.

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You can find more Arctic Coke inspiration here as well. So whether you are running errands, on a road trip, or just on your way home from work, stop in for a super cold and frosty refreshment from the Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine. Enjoy!

Want some tasty and delicious ideas that pair well with Coca-Cola beverages? Try these:

Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe – Slow Cooker

Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients

Avocado Eggs Florentine Toast Recipe

Iced Tea in the Garden + 3 Tea Sandwich Recipes

 

 

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Christmas Song Chalkboard Ornaments – Easy DIY Craft

If you love Christmas Music, you’ll love these Christmas Song Chalkboard Ornaments. Get a free printable to make your own easy DIY craft. Ornament Exchange.

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

My awesome partner for this exchange is Jeanie from Create and Babble. Like me, Jeanie has just about every style adorning her Christmas tree, and we agree, we like it that way. Jeanie made me the prettiest babbles for my tree — one is star-shaped with the word, “Believe,” and a Buffalo plaid ribbon and the other is a ball with the word, “Joy,” with a black and white gingham ribbon. It’s so funny because I just purchased some Buffalo plaid decor items for the holidays and winter (watch for it on the blog). How did she know? LOL Thanks, Jeanie, I love my ornaments and will display them proudly! Be sure to check out the link to her ornament tutorial below (it’s #26).

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · Domestically Creative

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


Christmas Song Chalkboard Ornaments

 

I absolutely LOVE Christmas music — all sorts, traditional, carols, secular, you name it. The music starts playing as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over and doesn’t stop until after New Year. So, I thought I would create a set of ornaments inspired by the music I love, Christmas Song Chalkboard Ornaments.

These ornaments are super easy, especially since I have made a FREE PRINTABLE for you to use.

Supplies:

  • Mini Chalkboards – size approximately 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (found at your local craft/fabric store in a package of three)
  • Double-sided Tape or Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Printables – 6 different chalkboard styles

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FREE Christmas Song Chalkboards Ornaments PRINTABLE

Directions:

  1. Print the Free Printable Christmas Song Chalkboards on a lighter weight Glossy Cardstock for best results.
  2. Hot Glue your Ribbon around the side edges of the frame.
  3. Cut the chalkboards out of the cardstock.
  4. Using the Double-sided Tape, place adhesive on the back side of the cutout chalkboard (one at a time).
  5. Adhere the cardstock chalkboard in the center of the frame.
  6. Flip the frame over and hot glue a small length of ribbon on the back side of the frame as a hanger.

These Christmas Song Chalkboard Ornaments are great for hanging on the tree. But you could also clip them to some greenery and make a banner  or wreath with them. And they would make a super fun Christmas gift.

It does not get much easier! I had so much fun making the Christmas Song Chalkboards that I  made them in several sizes. So, if you like one or all for yourself or as gifts, you can find them HERE.

I would  love to hear your ideas for using these ornaments.


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Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill – Inspired by The Princess Bride

You are going to love this candy recipe inspired by The Princess Bride – Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill. See the how-to video tutorial. #MovieMonday #PrincessBrideRecipes

 

Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill

A Recipe Inspired by The Princess Bride Movie

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so that means it is time for a swashbuckling good romantic comedy — The Princess Bride. I’ve joined together with some wonderful bloggers to bring you recipes, DIY projects, crafts, and more all inspired by this hilarious feel good movie. You will find things that are great for kids and adults, whether it is a special date night for two or a full blown party. Enjoy!

When Inigo Montoya and Fezzik find Westley dead in the Pit of Dispair, they take him to see Miracle Max (played by Billy Crystal) looking for nothing other than, well, a miracle. Miracle Max tells them that he needs to know what Westley has to live for.

Inigo Montoya: He’s dead. He can’t talk.

Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.

So, Miracle Max uses a fireplace bellow to push air into Westely to find out his reason for living — true love.

Miracle Max: Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world – except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe. [smacks his lips]

Miracle Max: They’re so perky, I love that.

Miracle Max and his wife, Valerie, proceed in making a Miracle Pill that will restore Westley’s life. And that is the inspiration for this yummy recipe!

Valerie: The chocolate coating makes it go down easier, but you have to wait fifteen minutes for full potency, and he shouldn’t go in swimming after for at least–

Miracle Max: An hour–

Valerie: Yeah, an hour–

Miracle Max: A good hour.

Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 Cups – Vanilla Wafer Cookies, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons – Cocoa
  • 1 Cup – Icing Sugar (super-fine sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup – Spiced Rum
  • 2 Tablespoons – Corn Syrup (light or dark)
  • 1 Cup – Pecans or Walnuts, chopped
  • 1-1/2 to 2 Cups – Chocolate Chip Morsels (Or Dipping Chocolate)
  • Paraffin Wax (optional)

Directions:

  1. Crush Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  2. In a large bowl, sift Cocoa and Sugar
  3. Mix Spiced Rum and Corn Syrup, then stir into sugar cocoa mixture
  4. Add crushed cookies and nuts
  5. Mix until well blended
  6. Shape mixture into small balls, then flatten them slightly to create an oblong “pill” shape
  7. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Add paraffin wax if you choose.
  8. Dip each pill individually until fully coated with chocolate.
  9. Tap off excess chocolate, and place on a marble slab or wax paper to dry.
  10. May be refrigerated, but not necessary.

 

 

So, there you have it, a tasty version of Miracle Max’s Miracle Pill. Do keep in mind that these are for adults 21+ only. Sorry kids. They would make a lovely date night movie snack.

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you:

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Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill - Inspired by The Princess Bride
 
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A tasty treat inspired by the movie The Princess Bride. A sort of chocolate-covered rum ball. Quick and easy to make.
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Type: Candy
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients:
  • Ingredients:
  • 2-1/2 Cups - Vanilla Wafer Cookies, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons - Cocoa
  • 1 Cup - Icing Sugar (super fine sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup - Spiced Rum
  • 2 Tablespoons - Corn Syrup (light or dark)
  • 1 Cup - Pecans or Walnuts, chopped
  • 1-1/2 to 2 Cups - Chocolate Chip Morsels (Or Dipping Chocolate)
  • Paraffin Wax (optional)
Directions:
  1. Crush Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  2. In a large bowl, sift Cocoa and Sugar
  3. Mix Spiced Rum and Corn Syrup, then stir into sugar cocoa mixture
  4. Add crushed cookies and nuts
  5. Mix until well blended
  6. Shape mixture into small balls, then flatten them slightly to create an oblong "pill" shape
  7. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Add paraffin wax if you choose.
  8. Dip each pill individually until fully coated with chocolate.
  9. Tap off excess chocolate, and place on a marble slab or wax paper to dry.
  10. May be refrigerated, but not necessary.
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Miracle Max: Have fun stormin’ da castle.

Valerie: Think it’ll work?

Miracle  Max: It would take a miracle.

It would be absolutely INCONCEIVABLE if you haven’t seen this movie, but if you’ve been mostly dead or something, you’ve got to watch this family classic!

 

Find out Which The Princess Bride Character Are You? by taking this fun quiz!

I took the quiz, and I am…

I’d love to hear what character you are. Enjoy the Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pills!

 

 

 

 

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DIY Roundup – Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

It’s time for a new year, and that means it is time to reminisce and look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 DIY projects of the year and bring you an inspirational DIY roundup in the process. Rev your imagination and let your creativity flow!

 

Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

A DIY Roundup from Life With Lorelai

 

We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one DIY project on the blog this past year.

 

16.

Origami Card Holder

 

15.

Custom Wire Basket

 

14.

Farmhouse Scale Makeover

 

13.

Discount Store Vase to Outdoor Lighting

 

12.

Solar Lamp – Beautiful Outdoor Decor

 

11.

Guest Room Charging Station

 

10.

Wooden Garden Sign

 

9.

Easy Table Runner

 

8.

Hoot Owl Craft & Centerpiece

 

7.

How To Loom Knit A Scarf

 

6.

Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

 

5.

Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit

 

4.

Loom Knit Yarn Ball Cat Toy

 

3.

Sports Button Display

 

2.

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

1.

Haunted Mirror

 

2016 has been a creative and crafty year! We look forward to sharing more wonderful DIY projects and craft ideas with you in the coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

 

 

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How To Loom Knit A Scarf And Layer On Love

This post, How To Loom Knit A Scarf And Layer On Love, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #LayerOnLove #CollectiveBias

 

How To Loom Knit A Scarf

Layer On Love with Coca-Cola

 

Are you feeling the season? I love how fall brings the gorgeous colors of autumn leaves floating from the trees, the cold nights and brisk mornings that heighten your senses and put you in a holiday mood. But most of all, I love sharing the generosity, thankfulness, and blessings that abound with family and friends.

From Thanksgiving gatherings to Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s Eve, there is a lot of celebrating  to be done. It is always nice to count your blessings and share some too.

One of the best ways to share the love is by getting together and doing something for someone else. Today, I hope to inspire you to give back by joining Coca-Cola and working with One Warm Coat® to provide a layer of love for half a million people.

 

Coca-Cola challenges you to be a part of giving back this holiday season. Get together with friends, family, and co-workers to pay it forward. Hold your own coat drive. Are you looking for a great accessory for a coat? How about a scarf, hat, or gloves? have your friends over for a knit-a-thon. Celebrate the event by purchasing Coca-Cola at Walmart and serving it at a party or get-together. See, even the festive Santa Claus on the Coca-Cola bottle is wearing a coat!

 

How To Loom Knit A Scarf

So, that knit-a-thon sounds like a pretty fun idea, right? Just think of the laughter and fun you can have by getting the girls together for a random act of kindness party. What, you don’t knit? Neither did I. But Rory taught me how to loom knit — NO KNITTING NEEDLES REQUIRED! It is fun and super easy, and if I can do it, you certainly can.

We had a great time making a lovely scarf together. In fact, we have even put made a tutorial video for you, so you can make your own loom knit scarf. These scarfs would make great gifts, and what a warm idea to go along with a donated coat.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 – Skein of Yarn (our skein was 185 yards)
  • Loom Knitting Board
  • Loom Hook
  • Scissors

Watch the video for directions:

Coca-Cola Supports the Non-Profit Organization

One Warm Coat is a non-profit organization that has been providing coats to children, women, and men since 1992. They have taken their mission to give anyone in need a coat free of charge, from their first Thanksgiving weekend coat drive at one location in San Fransico, to a national organization supporting over 3,000 coat drives each year.

 

Make a donation, and don’t forget to shop Walmart for Coca-Cola, where you can find a wide variety of Coca-Cola products on the soda aisle.

 

 

Over the years, Rory and I have been greatly blessed by kind and generous people. Rory has a Mitochondrial Disorder, an energy metabolism disorder. She has been hospitalized over 100 times in her life. She was gifted knit hats and blankets, pillow cases, and more that made her stays more comfortable and cozy. We’ve had church members and friends that brought meals for our family to help ease the struggles of her illness. Experiencing these loving gestures warms your heart and means more than you could possibly express. They are moments and memories that last a lifetime.

I wrote about one such Random Act of Kindness that still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it – a true fairytale come true granted by a total stranger. The only way to say thank you is to pay it forward… and so we do. I hope you will help us give back this holiday season.

By coming together and donating to One Warm Coat® on Coke.com/LayerOnLove, we could collectively help to put a coat on one million people in need this winter.

 

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