Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Geometric Coasters with BIC Merry Marking

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yearly, I deal with - what I like to call - my DIY gift dilemma. I always have these grand ideas to make plenty of DIY gifts and then, in the blink of an eye, it's a week before Christmas. The projects I always intend on making either take too much time during the busy season of the holiday's or are a bit too much money than I'm wanting to spend.

This year especially, I needed a quick DIY gift idea that is both good to look at and easy to make. So when BIC contacted me about participating in their Month of Merry Marking by completing an inspiration challenge, I was all ears.

They asked me to create coasters using a color (or two) from their Mark-It™ Permanent Markers so naturally I went with geometric coasters spruced up with Midnight Navy and Silver.
DIY geometric coasters
Granted, my hexagons are far from geometrically correct but I still think they hit the nail on the head. I love how they came out. Did I mentioned they were easy to make? As in, pretty dang easy.

Find out how after the jump.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows

I recently discovered the wonderful world of homemade marshmallows. I was pretty intimidated to make them myself but it turns out they aren't that hard to concoct. I made some and dipped them in chocolate for Eliana's Zebra Party (more on that some other time) and they were a huge hit. Here's how I did it.
Marshmallows (I used this recipe)
4 oz semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate (I love this brand)

1. Chop the chocolate and melt it in a double broiler. Alternatively, you can melt it in a saucepan over low heat while stirring constantly.

2. Dip the marshmallows in the melted chocolate. Allow excess chocolate to drip off and place the marshmallows, dipped side up, on a parchment lined baking sheet.

3. Sprinkle the marshmallows while the chocolate is still warm.

4. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden, then enjoy!
You could substitute the sprinkles for crushed candy canes or Andes mints for an edible Christmas gift. In fact, I'm in the process of making a few batches of homemade marshmallows to give as Christmas gifts.

Do you have any edible treats in the works for Christmas?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Practically Done!

Praise God! The construction phase of our home renovation is officially done. Alright, it has been for about a month now. The front yard is still sporting piles of leftover dirt, we still have some painting that needs to be done and there is no art on the walls but let's focus on all the good parts right now, like all of this space!
It may be hard to tell in photos, but here is where we were a couple of months ago. This picture (below) is from a similar viewpoint as the above picture (the above one is just slightly pulled back a bit). Basically, the mid-century dresser that is holding our TV would have been outside of our front door had it been in the same position two months ago. Crazy, isn't it? There is just so much elbow room!
Construction was done ridiculously fast. Since we were moving at such a fast pace, there weren't a lot of time for decisions. (For the record, I'm horrible at making fast decisions.) Things like a front door, flooring, exterior paint color, house number style, and ceiling fans were all I spoke about for two or so weeks. So although it was extremely stressful while we were living through it, we are thankful that we didn't have to live through it for long. And! We're pretty happy with how everything came out.
I definitely need some time to decompress (these past few months have been non-stop) but am excited to continue to work on turning our house into a home - it's actually our's now, we're officially home owners! - once I'm feeling more up to it. I'm looking forward to making slow decisions on things like art, window treatments, and any furniture we may add. For now, I plan on soaking in all this extra room and relaxing a bit.
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