Wine Cork Wreath

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog post. Apparently I’m very bad at keeping up with this. I’ve completed several projects so I am going to try and get this blog caught up. It should be a New Years resolution I guess.

Last year I saw a picture on Pinterest of a really cool looking wine cork wreath and I thought to myself “I HAVE to make that!” So I clicked on the link like one does when they’re feeling ambitious and it turns out that there were no instructions on how to actually make it. Sadly it was just a link to where I could purchase one so I had to teach myself out to make it instead. So here it goes, my “instructions” on how to create this wreath.

Because there were no instructions I wasn’t sure exactly what I needed for this project so I kind of made it up as I went, but below is the list of items I used.

  • Wire wreath
  • Wine corks (I used ones I had collected over time, but you can purchase corks at your local craft store)
  • Artificial Holly berries
  • Decorative Items of your choosing
  • Hot glue gun (and hot glue sticks obviously)

















I pretty much cleaned out all my corks with this project.


















So aren’t really any steps to this. I started taking one cork at a time and hot gluing each one on. You want to make sure to change the direction of each cork. Don’t worry too much about spaces because those can be filled with the berries.










This continues until you’ve filled the whole wreath. Next step is to fill the spaces with the berries. I found that clumps of berries looked the best. The last step is to add your decorative item. And there you have it – a wine cork wreath.

Finished product.

Finished product.











The wreath actually turned out better than I expected. It’s now my Christmas wreath.

Stay tuned for the next project. I promise to stay more on top of blogging this year.

Christmas Ornament Wreaths

This entry is about 7 months overdue, but better late then never. Plus it’s only 5 months until Christmas so might as well get prepared.

On our craft filled weekend, my best friend and I created wreaths for Christmas. These were actually very interesting and pretty easy to make. With some trial and error (and running to the store to buy more Christmas ornaments) they actually turned out really awesome!

Below is the picture I used for “Pinspiration”.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Christmas ornaments of varying sizes (I purchased cheaper packs of them at Walmart… not exactly sure how many I used)
  • Styrofoam wreath (you can use a different material if you like, we used styrofoam because it was cheaper)
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • Any other fun accessories you want to add in



The first step is to remove all of the metal tops from the ornaments. They were kind of a pain to take off so I ended up using a pliers to remove most of them. After the tops are removed, create a layer of ornaments along the inside edge of the wreath.

The start of Crystal's wreath.

The start of Crystal’s wreath.



I laid out the ornaments first to see how it would look and then began hot glueing them on.

Warning: be careful with the hot glue because it did melt the plastic ornaments a little bit.

Next make a layer of ornaments along the outer edge of the wreath.


After that’s finished, you basically just fill in the gaps with varying size bulbs and add in any accessories you want (I found a cute little accessory  when I was perusing the ornament section at Walmart. I  added it to the top of the wreath).


I actually loved the way it turned out!! It wasn’t very hard once I got the hang of it and it didn’t look as cheap as I thought it would.

Warning: This project was much more expensive than I expected it to be, so be prepared for costs to add up. I suggest checking the dollar store or goodwill for cheaper ornaments.

Unfortunately, in my recent move the wreath broke so now I’m going to have to make a new one. It was kind of a bummer since I really liked the way the wreath turned out, but at least they’re fun to make.

Stay tuned for the next project.

Credit for the idea:

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is hands down my favorite holiday, so naturally I would start my Christmas crafting early. I’m guessing that in the next month there will be a lot of blog posts of mostly Christmas crafts so be prepared. Well thanks to my best friend and our “Pinterest” weekend together, the Christmas crafts began. I decided that I wanted to make Christmas ornaments and she decided that she wanted to make a Christmas ornament wreath (featured in the next blog post), so we headed out to Michaels and collected our craft supplies. The ornaments we made were really easy and the look of them completely depended on our artist abilities. I forgot that my artistic ability is lacking so be prepared for the hot mess that are my ornaments. Haha.

Here was my “Pinspiration” for the ornaments (mine were not nearly as creative)….

I decided to use paint instead of all of the fun things in the picture.
Credit for image:

Here’s what I used to make my ornaments:

  • Clear plastic ornaments (4 of them, purchased at Michael’s)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glitter
  • Epsom salt
  • Craft glue


There really aren’t any official steps to creating these ornaments, it truly is about how you want to decorate them. Go crazy and get creative!

Getting set up. She doesn't looked thrilled to be in this picture (or on my blog for that matter).

Getting set up. She doesn’t looked thrilled to be in this picture (or on my blog for that matter).

I started with my small square ornament and put drops of mint green paint and sparkly silver paint in and swirled them around. Yes, this ornament does look like something a child did. My next ornament I did a solid shimmery purple color. The third ornament I filled with the sparkly silver and then coated the outside of it with glitter. This was actually very time consuming since I had to glue on all the glitter. It did turn out very pretty though. My last ornament I painted the inside mint green and glued on glitter and epsom salt (to give it an icicle/snow feel) on the bottom half of it.

Crystal glitterizing her ornament.

Crystal glitterizing her ornament.


The final product. Yeah, they aren’t great. It was fun though. Haha.

So, that it’s. It was a fun project and I do love the chance to try and get creative. I actually liked how a couple of them turned out and I can’t wait to hang my creations on the tree the day after Thanksgiving (yes, I’m THAT person).

Stay tuned for the next project.

Painted Pumpkins

Fall is my favorite time of year. The crisp air, the smells, the beautiful colors, and of course pumpkin EVERYTHING. Every year for Halloween Jordan and I carve pumpkins. While surfing through Pinterest I noticed really cool pumpkins that had been painted instead of carved. Naturally I saved it and moved on. I did, however, have a coworker who had brought up that she paints her pumpkins every year and she showed me some pictures. They looked really awesome and I decided that instead of carving this year, that I would paint my pumpkins.

After sifting through numerous pumpkins at the pumpkin patch I finally found 4 perfect ones. After grabbing my pumpkins I headed to the craft store for supplies. Even though I had a list of what I needed, I ended up wandering around Joann’s forever trying to find everything, much to Jordan’s irritation.

And then began the long journey of painting… (I’m not going to show an example of painted pumpkins because I don’t want to put my own pumpkins to shame but below is the link to one of the websites I glanced through to get an idea of the best way to paint pumpkins).,-Preparation-Tips/as0306,default,pg.html

Here are the supplies I used for my pumpkin adventure (but you can use whatever you want):
Acrylic Paint
Glow in the Dark Writing Paint
3 Paint Brushes (different sizes obviously)
Various Stencils (some of which I didn’t even use and must remind myself to return)
Sealant (I used Mod Podge)

The first thing I did was clean the pumpkins and made sure that all the dirt was cleaned off of them.





Next I coated each pumpkin with sealant (Mod Podge) to make the paint go on smoother and stay on better.


It took a while to put on the layer of sealant because I had to do one side and wait for it to dry before doing the other side, so this step took me a couple days since I was just doing it at night. After I finished that step, I started painting the pumpkins a solid white.


This step also took several days for the same reason. I did two coats of white paint on each pumpkin. The last step was to get creative and decorate the pumpkins. This is what I came up with.


Yes, they do look similar to something a small child might make.

Overall I had a blast painting the pumpkins, but I didn’t really realize how much time I would be putting into them. It was definitely more time consuming than carving them. I think if I had had more time during the day to do the painting then it wouldn’t have taken so long, but I’ll know for next time.

The pumpkins were painted just in time for Halloween to be over… so now they are Thanksgiving/Fall pumpkins. Haha.

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

So normally I don’t like potato salad, which is probably weird since I LOVE potatoes but whatever. There has been a few times, however, that I’ve had potato salad that tastes like deviled eggs and has been absolutely delicious, so I went on a hunt for a recipe. It was a lot harder to find than I would have thought.

Here is what it is supposed to look like:

Here’s what you need:

  • 8 – 9 medium Red Potatoes (I used 8)
  • 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise (I used light Mayo)
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika

I started by hard boiling the eggs. This was only the second time I’ve hard boiled eggs so I actually had to look up instructions on how to do it. I haven’t quite mastered it so that the shells don’t stick to the egg.


While the eggs were cooking, I peeled and cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces. Apparently I’m very bad at this because they looked like weird chunks and were all different sizes. Next you place the potatoes in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil, cooking until fork tender.


Drain and set aside to cool. Note: don’t overcook them or they get too soft and break apart when stirred. This, however, was not my issue. I read the note and was worried about overcooking them so much that I undercooked them. So half of the potatoes were cooked perfectly and the other half were pretty much raw. Apparently I really suck at this.


In a small bowl, finely chop the hard boiled eggs. I used an egg slicer (thanks Grandma!!). After chopping, set aside.


In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, onion powder and paprika. Once the potatoes are cooled, stir them together in the large bowl with the chopped eggs and the mayonnaise mixture. Chill for at least one hour. When ready to serve, sprinkle with a little paprika.


The finished product.

I have to admit the nice thing about this recipe is that the woman who created it was awesome and included all of the nutritional information to go off of for my points calculating. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t really like the recipe. It didn’t taste anything like the other deviled egg potato salads I have had. It tasted really bland even after I added a little extra paprika and some salt and pepper. I really have no idea what the deal it. It didn’t help that half of my potatoes were undercooked. I tried to eat a couple bowls of it, but I really couldn’t finish it. I might have to play around with some stuff later on down the road to try to make it taste like the others I had. I’m guessing I probably did something wrong to the recipe to screw it up. Haha.

Stay tuned for the next project.

Credit for the recipe:

Hershey’s Special Dark Truffle Brownie Cheesecake

I volunteered to bring dessert to a dinner party so I thought it would be a good opportunity for the blog. I poured over pin after pin of Pinterest desserts and once Jordan saw this one, it was the immediate winner. This was my first attempt at making a legit cheesecake… one that’s not made with the store-bought crust. It was a pretty big deal for me.

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like:


Yeah, like I could ever actually make it look like that…?
Photo courtesy of

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients for Brownie Layer:
6 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Truffle Cheesecake Layer:
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounce package) Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips, divided (I actually used Tollhouse because I couldn’t find Hershey’s)
1/2 teaspoon shortening (instructions say not to use butter, margarine, spread or oil)

To get started heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch springform pan. I didn’t have a springform pan so I did look up other options. You can use a cake pan and line it with parchment paper or use a pie pan with the same method. Since I had neither a cake nor pie pan (I am seriously the worst wanna-be baker ever), I decided to go out and buy a springform pan. I’m sure it will come in handy later on down the road anyway.

The next step is to get the brownie layer together. For the brownie layer, stir together melted butter, 1-1/4 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 2 eggs and stir until blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt and blend well.

Spread the mixture in the greased pan.


Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brownie layer pulls away from the sides of the pan.

While the brownie layer is baking you can start making the Truffle Cheesecake Layer. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in 4 eggs, heavy cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well blended.

Place 2 cups of the chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium Power (50%) 1-1/2 minutes or until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Gradually blend melted chocolate into cheesecake batter. Note: You will need to set aside 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips for the drizzle on top.

Once the brownie layer is finished baking remove it from the oven and immediately spoon cheesecake mixture over it.

Return it to the oven and continue baking 45 to 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven and with a knife, loosen the cake from the side of the pan.

The instructions say to cool to room temperature and then remove the side of the pan. However, I was working on a limited amount of time so I pretty much threw the drizzle on (next step) and then threw it in the freezer to cool down a bit before we had to leave for the party. Yeah, I didn’t plan that out too well.

To make the drizzle, place the 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips you set aside and 1/2 tsp shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium Power for 30 seconds or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over top of cheesecake.

Side Note: I did a little extra because my cheesecake had all those cracks and I wanted to hide them.

The finished product!! It doesn’t look too bad, does it?


Cover; refrigerate several hours until cold. Note: Once we got to the party I was able to refrigerate it for several hours so I think it still went ok. Garnish as desired (I didn’t really have time to garnish and make it look pretty). Cover and refrigerate leftover cheesecake.

Overall it wasn’t very difficult to make. Some people seemed to like it and others didn’t really. For me, it was a little too rich (and this is saying a lot since I’m a chocoholic… seriously). After being in the fridge for a while, the crust got a little hard. I’m not sure if it’s because I over cooked it or maybe didn’t let it cool properly. Who knows.

Final Verdit: It was decent, but I probably wouldn’t make it again. Plus it’s REALLY unhealthy. I think just one piece clogged my arteries. Haha. Next time I find a recipe like this, I’ll have to try to “lighten” it up.

Stay tuned for the next project.

Credit for the recipe:

Summer Spritzers aka Sarasota Lemonade

Last weekend I was visiting my best friend, Crystal, and lucky for me she is also a Pinterest addict, so we decided to test out the Summer Spritzer (or Sarasota Lemonade) recipe because we’re both winos. I have to say upfront that this was a lot of trial and error (mostly error to begin with). Warning: the trial and error does occur when you don’t read the directions carefully enough. Normally this would be just like me not to read the directions carefully enough, however Crystal was the culprit in this instance. (Yes, I just threw my bestie under the bus, haha.)

Here is the Pinterest picture of Sarasota Lemonade:

Here’s what you need:

2 bottles Moscato (we only used one bottle)
1 pink lemonade concentrate
3 C of Sprite (more or less, depending on your taste – we used Sprite Zero)
Fresh raspberries (we also used strawberries)

The first thing we did was rinse off the strawberries and raspberries and then chopped up the berries. Next we threw in half of the container of pink lemonade, one bottle of wine, and the sprite intro this handy little pouring pitcher.

It didn’t look the greatest and we weren’t sure why…..

Crystal testing out the Spritzer.

We realized afterwards that Crystal had read the instructions wrong. Instead of 3 cups of Sprite, we put in 3 Tablespoons. I knew it seemed weird. Once we figured out the issue, we fixed it and then it was a lot of testing from there. We ended up putting the rest of the pink lemonade in and also a bunch more Sprite. I’m not sure what exactly we ended up with.

Stirring up the mixture.

This looks much better!

And here is the finished product!!


Looks pretty tasty, right?? They actually turned out delicious and we had no problem polishing off the pitcher.

Stay turned for the next project.

Credit for the recipe:

Map Coasters

I started this next project a couple days ago, but I finally completed it today. I saw these cute map coasters on Pinterest (obviously) and decided to test them out. Ironically I don’t really have a use for coasters, but that’s irrelevant.

Here’s the example of what they should look like:

Here’s what you need:

  • Tiles from a hardware store (I got mine at Home Depot)
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Spray (I bought the Mod Podge brand)
  • Foam paintbrush, approx. 1″ thickness
  • Paper (I obviously did maps… thus the title “Map Coasters”)
  • Felt pads (I used sheets of felt)

If you are doing map coasters, the first part of your process is to find maps that  you like the style of.

Side Note: I bought a world map from Barnes and Nobles, but decided against using it once I got home. I ended up using some road maps we had from our Europe trip, which were way cooler.

Special thanks to my awesome husband for letting me chop up his maps!

Now cut them out making sure the size is just a teeny bit smaller than your tile size so there’s a little tile showing on all sides of your paper.

My tiles were a little dusty so I cleaned them off so the Mod Podge would work better. Brush a coat of Mod Podge directly onto the tiles, place paper on top, and allow to dry–around 15 minutes. Add a coat of Mod Podge on top of the tiles now, brushing in one direction so the brush strokes look even, and allow to dry. Repeat 2-3 times (I did it 3 times).

Once your tiles have dried from all the Mod Podge, it is time to add a couple coats acrylic spray. Take your tiles outside, or some other well-ventilated area, and spray them down.

Side Note: I took mine outside to spray them down but the awful smell of the spray seeped into our living room. Fail.

Let them dry, about 8 minutes. Add one more coat and allow to set 24 hours so you’re sure you don’t mess anything up from handling them.

Side Note: I didn’t actually wait 24 hours to put the felt on. I don’t think I ruined them though.

Add felt pads to each corner on the bottom and you are finished!

Side Note: I actually did the whole bottom in felt because the felt I bought had a really awesome design. I thought it really added to it.

And there you have it. The finished product. It was actually really easy to make! Now just to find an actual use for them.

Stay tuned for the next project.

Credit for the Map Coasters How To:

Buffalo Chicken Bites

The Pinterest journey has begun. Yesterday I bought a bunch of craft stuff for a couple craft projects and a bunch of ingredients for some food projects. Today I slaved away all day on these delicious looking Buffalo Chicken Bites.

Here is what they are supposed to look like:


Photo courtesy of

Delicious looking, right?

So I headed to the kitchen and whipped out the ingredients. Of course I severely underestimated how long this project would take. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t read the directions thoroughly beforehand. Mistake #1.

So here’s what you need to make the Buffalo Chicken Bites:

1 cup finely diced cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (I didn’t use blue cheese because it’s gross….)
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese (I used a 1/2 cup instead since I didn’t use blue cheese. Also I used fat free instead of regular.)
1/4 cup hot sauce (Frank’s brand is what I used)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid rise dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar (I used light brown sugar instead of regular)
1 cup warm milk (I used Skim)
2 1/2 cups of flour
I’m on Weight Watchers so I tried to make a “healthier” version. If you are on the program then you’ll be happy to hear that these little babies are only 1 point each. Enjoy!
After gathering all of the ingredients I got to cooking.
To make the buffalo chicken mixture, in a small bowl, combine the chicken, blue cheese (if you decide to use), cheddar cheese, melted butter and hot sauce; set aside.
In a 1 cup measuring cup, heat the milk and then add the 2 tablespoons brown sugar; stir into warm milk until dissolved; place in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
Side Note: I don’t have a stand mixer so this next step was a blast (sarcasm).
Add 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast to the stand mixer (or in my case, a hand mixer with the dough hooks in place) and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms, adding up to 1/2 cup additional flour, a little at a time, if necessary (I think I used maybe a 1/4 cup extra). Allow the dough to knead in the stand mixer (or your hand mixer with the dough hooks) for 5-7 minutes.
Side Note: Yes, my arm is sore from the hand mixer. Is that sad??

Don’t be alarmed, there was a bowl involved!

I just have to say quickly that I didn’t even know that those things were dough hooks. And I was super excited to actually use them!
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Place dough into a clean bowl that’s been lightly oiled (I used just a little bit of olive oil). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled and bubbles appear on surface, about 2 hours.
Side Note: I had to get crafty since I didn’t have any plastic wrap. I really need to make a note to myself to read the instructions carefully beforehand. So instead I covered with tinfoil and then placed a large bowl over the small bowl. That’s me being crafty. Haha.

Holy moly!! I actually created dough!! How crazy is that??

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust your hands with flour, then gently roll and stretch 1 piece of dough to form a 12-inch-long rope. Flatten dough and arrange so a long side is nearest you, then roll out to a roughly 12- by 4-inch rectangle with a lightly floured rolling pin. Gently press one fourth of buffalo chicken mixture into lower third of rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border along bottom edge. Stretch bottom edge of dough up over filling and press tightly to seal, then roll up as tightly as possible to form a rope. Cut rope into 12 pieces and transfer to a sheet pan. Make 3 more ropes with remaining dough, filling and cut into pieces, transferring to sheet pans. Let rest at room temperature, uncovered, 30 minutes (dough will rise slightly).
Side Note: I really struggled with this section. I guess it just didn’t totally make sense to me. I stared confusingly at the bread dough and chicken mixture for a good 10 minutes until I finally made up my own method of doing this. I’m not sure it’s how the directions suggested, but whatever works.
Bake buffalo chicken bites in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven (some cheese may have melted out.) and brush tops with melted butter before serving (optional – I did not do this).
And there it is folks, the finished product. They actually turned out pretty decent. And Jordan seemed to like them so I call it a success.
They may not look exactly like how they’re supposed to look, but close enough. I’m just excited that my first Pinterest trial wasn’t a failure. Haha.
Stay tuned for the next project!

One Year of Pinspiration

I’m guessing you have probably heard of Pinterest. If you’re like me, then you’re completely and utterly addicted, especially if you love food, clothes, crafts, architecture, photography… okay, basically anything. Pinterest gives you ideas that most likely you would have never thought of yourself. As you scroll through pin after pin, you are inspired (or “pinspired”) to cook great food, make cool crafts, and put together the event(s) of your dreams. At least that’s how it is for me.

The only downfall to Pinterest is that I always feel overly ambitious. “Sure I have time to make all 182 recipes I pinned to my Food board and while the food is cooling, I can totally make all those crafts I pinned.” Yeah, not so much. I can spend an hour pinning things, but then I never follow through with doing any of the things I pinned. I’m sure many pinners can relate.

This is where the blog comes in. A couple days ago I attended a banquet for my husband. While we were there I was socializing with my husband’s boss, who was excited about Pinterest crafts. She mentioned how she had bought all of this craft stuff to make a garden sculpture and how her husband made fun of her because she let the craft items sit around for months until one day she finally decided to put the sculpture together. I definitely related to this. I have this habit of buying craft items, but not following through on actually doing them, just like I haven’t quite followed through with Pinterest. Sure I’ve made a couple recipes, tried a couple crafts, and totally took advantage of the great Wedding planning ideas, but for the most part I’ve been too lazy to really try out my pins.

So here it is. The Pinteresting blog. For one year (maybe more if I get super ambitious) I will attempt to complete the crafts, food, etc. that I pin. I know it might sound silly, but I’d just really like to get better at following through with things and this is a good place to start. It’ll be a lot of fun to test everything out. I’m guessing most of these Pinterest crafts will be epic fails, but it should be an amusing (and probably frustrating) journey.

Stay tuned.