Easy DIY Wine Rack

DIY wine rack

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done any real DIY projects around the house, but I’ve been wanting to construct some kind of wine rack for quite a while. I found this plan on Shanty 2 Chic and knew it would be perfect (and easy enough for a girl who is still a novice when it comes to power tools).

DIY wine rack

The whole project went very quickly. We followed the directions (I did have some help!) and were able to assemble everything in less than an hour. All of the cuts were very simple, and everything is attached with screws and some wood glue.

DIY wine rack

Once everything was put together, I sanded and then stained the rack with some Dark Walnut stain – two thin coats!
DIY wine rack

After the stain dried, I got out the sander to rough sand it in some spots to give the wine rack more of a rustic look.

DIY wine rack

Once I was finished roughing it up,  hex bolts were inserted into the pre-drilled holes on each shelf. Lastly, I painted on some chalkboard paint at the front of each shelf so that the wines can be nicely labeled. However, I have yet to get out and buy some chalk, so that part will have to wait. :)

DIY wine rack

Some of the wines fit a little too snugly, so if you decide to make a wine rack for yourself, make sure you drill the holes for the hex bolts as close as you possibly can to the edge of the shelf. I have to learn to be careful about snagging the wine labels on the hex bolts, too.

DIY wine rack

We had to mount the rack with heavy duty toggle bolts, but wood screws would probably suffice in most cases.

DIY wine rack

I love how this little lady turned out. She’s such a nice addition to the dining room!


Cards, DIY

Fuse Tool Fun

Hello Birthday Girl 2

I’ve decided it’s time for me to start cranking out some birthday cards to get a good jump on them this year. I always kick myself when I don’t have one on hand to send out when someone’s birthday creeps up on me. It’s all part of my resolution to be more organized in 2016.

fuse tool

I also picked up a W R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool in November and finally put it to use a week or so ago. It’s great for creating quick shaker cards that aren’t so bulky. I also plan to use it for some photo album projects in the future. Essentially, you fuse two layers of plastic together using the heat of the tool and one of the nibs. I used a plastic stamp pocket for this – I just cut it to size and fused three sides together using the ruler as a guide. I tucked in a piece of patterned paper and added some sequins to the front before sealing up the fourth side.


Hello Birthday Girl 1

The patterned paper and the sequins used for this card came from a Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. I also added a few seed beads to the shaker pocket. The “Hello” sentiment is the SSS Painted Hello die. I cut it out several times on black card stock and stacked them up on top of each other to give it a chipboard feel. The “Birthday Girl” sentiment comes from a Wplus9 stamp set called Hand Lettered Hello (which I use all the time…). I stamped that with Versafine onyx black ink on a piece of white cardstock and glued everything onto the shaker window with some glossy accents glue – because that stuff is strong!

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 1

I followed the same principles for the second card – sequins and patterned paper from a past SSS Monthly Card Kit, a few seed beads, SSS and Wplus9 sentiment combo. For this card, though, I mounted the window onto a piece of gray and white patterned paper before mounting it onto  an A2-sized card base.

Fuse Tool Birthday Card 2

I’ll certainly be making more of these!


DIY, Inspiration

On Smoothies, Part III

I’m wrapping up this three part series on smoothies today. If you haven’t read them already, click here to read the first post about what I put in my smoothies, and click here to read part II on how I layer the smoothies and what I like to put on top.

Beet Berry Layered SmoothiePart III is all about smoothie inspiration! I find that instagram is a great place to find inspiration for smoothie recipes, ideas and techniques. So, here are my favorite instagram accounts for health food inspiration.

Beet Smoothies by A Million Miles


1. amillionmiless is a great instagram feed for all kinds of incredible health food recipes and beautiful photographs. Don’t these juices look mouthwatering? Her smoothie bowls and energy balls are just as delicious-looking. She also has a blog with recipes – A Million Miles.

Melody Organics

2. melodyorganics is another great account for juicing recipes and healthy living. You can also find Melody Organics on YouTube. …I’m currently saving up to buy a macerating juicer…


3. anneem83. Lots of great smoothies and juices, plus a lot of humor! She also has a beauty channel on YouTube called My Invisible Chrysalis.


4. liverawlicious is another great instagram feed for smoothie and raw food inspiration. I aspire to make such lovely smoothie bowls!

I’m so hungry now!

Tell me what some of your favorite instagram feeds are!


Cards, DIY

A Birthday Shaker Card & An Envelope to Match

A few weeks ago, a cute little girl I know turned 1. It’s amazing how time flies.

Birthday Shaker Card & Envelope

To go along with Sadie’s gift, I made a cute shaker card (in the hopes that she’d have fun shaking it), and a watercolored envelope to match.

Cupcake Birthday Shaker Card

For the card, I cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then used a stitched circle die to cut the shaker window. I stamped a cute little cupcake on another panel, to sit right in the window.  To fill the shaker, I used an assortment of sequins, seed beads and die-cut stars. I then added the “HOORAY!” sentiment on a strip of slate cardstock that I cut to fit across the bottom of the window. The sentiment is heat embossed and the strip is popped off of the window using some foam tape.

Hooray Birthday CardBefore adding the shaker panel to the card base, I decided to put some of pink vellum polka dot paper on the card base to give it a little more interest.

Watercolor Envelope

For the envelope, I used some Canson watercolor paper and my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. I found a scripty font that I liked (check out my post about free calligraphy fonts here), and replicated it on the envelope front using a versa mark pen. Then I added some gold embossing powder over the versa mark ink and heat embossed it. Then, I added a water color wash over the top (the heat embossing resists the watercolor). After the first watercolor wash dried, I added another wash, just to give it a little more depth and interest.

Sadie's Gift Bag

I had so much fun putting this gift bag together. Pink, pink and more pink!



On Smoothies, Part II

Following up from the earlier post about what I put in my smoothies, I’m back to give some tips for making layered smoothies.

Red and Purple Smoothie

Making a layered smoothie starts with making two (or more) smoothies of different colors. It’s helpful to make both smoothies the same consistency. Otherwise, make sure the smoothie on the bottom layer is more dense than whatever you intend to put on top. It’s normal for the layers to mix a little bit. Sometimes, I’ll make one of my red, green or orange smoothies, and then just mix up some berries and yogurt to layer on top. This is a quick alternative to making two different and more involved smoothies.

layered green smoothie

One great technique that I recently discovered is to pour your bottom layer in your glass and then add in a handful of ice cubes. When you pour your second layer on, the ice cubes will help to keep your top layer from mixing to much with the layer below. The ice cubes also help to keep your smoothie ice cold.

Fruit Veggie Layered Smoothie

Once you’ve got the layering part down, it’s time to add some toppings. This is just a fun way to finish off your smoothie and make it that much more fun to eat!

Suggested Smoothie Toppings:

  • Granola
  • Freeze dried raspberries (or other freeze-dried fruit. I am a fan of these, as you can tell)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nuts – cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
  • Sliced fruit – slices or chunks of whatever you already put in your smoothie, like strawberries or bananas, make a great topping
  • Shredded coconut
  • Mint leaves

Share some of your favorite smoothie toppings in the comments!



On Smoothies, Part I

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I have a thing for smoothies. Some of you have been asking for recipes and tips, so this is the post for you! I can’t say that I use any sort of specific recipes or measurements, but this post will talk a bit about what I like to add to my smoothies.

Beet Berry Layered Smoothie

Some days I add all of the items listed, sometimes I pick and choose and change proportions. I use a Nutri Ninja blender and blend most of my smoothies using the ultra-blend setting.

My red/purple smoothies tend to include:

  • Red Beets (raw, a few slices)
  • Berries (usually a mix of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sometimes just a handful of one kind of berry)
  • Cherries
  • Chia seeds (a generous tblsp)
  • Strawberry Kefir – one of my FAVORITE smoothie additions (no more than 4oz)
  • Pomegranate or blueberry juice (no more than 4 oz)
  • Water (as much as is needed to smooth out the blend without it getting too watery)

Strawberry Kefir

My orange smoothies tend to include:

  • Baby Carrots (4 or 5, cut into smaller pieces)
  • Golden beets (raw, a few slices)
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Ginger (one thumb or so)
  • Orange Juice (4 oz, usually less)
  • Coconut Flour (a generous tablespoon or so. It adds protein! and flavor)
  • Water

Green and Red Smoothie

My green smoothies* tend to include:

  • Baby Spinach or Kale (a generous helping)
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Golden beets
  • Ginger (one thumb or so)
  • Organic Maca Powder (1 tsp or so)
  • Aloe Vera Juice (a few tablespoons)
  • Apple Juice (4oz or less)
  • Water

*The trick to getting a green smoothie to stay green is to not add anything that is a contrasting color – adding red or purple fruits and veggies will make a nice brown color. Brown smoothies are still delicious, just not as photogenic. And the better they look, the more fun they are to drink! :)

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

You’ll probably notice that I don’t tend to use almond or soy or dairy milk in my smoothies. I have used these things in the past, and will sometimes throw a splash in here and there, but I generally just don’t like the taste of almond or soy milk very much. I tend to stay away from dairy milk in my smoothies because I am usually drinking them pre- or post-workout. I just don’t want milk in my system right before or after a workout.

A few notes:

  1. All of the fruits listed are usually frozen, bought in bulk in the freezer section of the grocery store.
  2. Sometimes I add ice cubes. Why not?
  3. I tend to add things in amounts of about 4oz
  4. Ingredients like maca powder, aloe vera juice, coconut powder, ginger, etc., I use interchangeably amongst all the different colored smoothies I make. I just do a lot of experimenting. Usually, if you add stuff you know you like, it will turn out tasty – although I have had a few smoothie fails here and there.
  5. I am of the opinion that smoothies taste better when served in a mason jar.

Orange and Red Layered Smoothie

I’m dying to hear suggestions for other things I can add to my smoothies – what do you all put in yours?? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for Part II of the smoothies posts, which will include tips for layering smoothies and suggestions for toppings!



Homemade Dog Treats // Peanut Butter Parsley Bites

Radar CookieLast night, Radar was in desperate need of dog treats. We were fresh out and he was behaving, so it really was becoming somewhat of a tragedy. So, not willing to go out and pay for treats, my husband and I decided we might as well make him some homemade ones. I’ve made some in the past (here) but hadn’t made any in quite a while and I’m not sure why because these were so quick and easy to make. They only have a few ingredients (although some of them you may not have on hand), and only took about 30 minutes to bake. Granted, some of ingredients are little strange, but he LOVED them.Totally worth it.

Knowing what’s going into the food that your dog is eating is so satisfying. Here’s the recipe:


  • 2 C brown rice flour
  • 1 C rolled quick-oats
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 C dry milk
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 egg white (optional, for coating)


Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, oats, parsley flakes and dry milk). In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add the water and peanut butter and mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it comes together and can be rolled out. Roll out the dough about 1/4″ thick and cut into desired shapes. Place the cookies onto a greased baking sheet for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. To give the cookies a shiny finish, brush a thin coating of egg white over each cookie before baking (optional).

Recipe adapted from here…(and be sure to check out that post for even more home made dog treat recipes).