Macrame Air Plant Hanger

Hello everyone!

Today I’m sharing a DIY with my new obsession: Air Plants. I know. My last post also involved air plants… its an obsession.

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You Need:
you need
-Yarn
-Key Ring
-Scissors
-Air Plants

One:
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Cut three strings of yarn in equal lengths, about 3 feet each. Pull the yarn half way through the key ring and tie them to the ring.

Two:
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Tie two of the yarn strands together two or three inches down from the key ring. Do the same with the remaining strings.

Three:
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Repeat step two, but tie two different strands together each time than you did the last. Repeat this step one more time.

Four:
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Tie the same group of strings together a second time, not with different strings like the past two steps.

Five:
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Repeat step three once more. Knot all of the strands together leaving about six inches of lose strands hanging. Insert an air plant so that it sits on top of the large knot. Pull it’s leaves through the strands of yarn to secure the plant. Hang it up and you’re good to go!

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I hope you all enjoy this new DIY!

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-The Whale

Airplant Log

Hello!

I have something new to share today!

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So recently I’ve been kind of obsessed with air plants. I don’t know if you’re all familiar with what air plants are, so I’ll give you a run down. Air plants are a plant (obviously) that does not need any soil to live and thrive. You can set them anywhere, and they’re super easy to care for! There’s a decently wide variety of them, and they’re super cute!

I recently found this half hollowed out log on a walk, and thought it would be neat to put air plants in it.

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I hope you guys like it!

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-The Whale

Blueberry Banana ‘Green’ Smoothie

Hello hello!

So it’s been warming up a bit here in Cincinnati. I’ve officially switched to iced coffee. That’s always a sure sign spring is here. In celebration of this, I have my favorite smoothie recipe to share!

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I love making this for breakfast on warm mornings. It’s healthy and cool and just plain tasty! I say ‘green’ only because the blueberries make it a pretty purple color.

You Need:
You need
-1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
-1 Whole Banana Sliced
-1 Tbs Honey
-1 Tsp Cinnamon
-2 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach

Layer the ingredients in a blender in the order I’ve listed them in. This ensures it will get blended efficiently. Blend until all the ingredients are smooth and combined. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Happy spring/ smoothie weather!

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-The Whale

DIY Stick Weaving

Hello, everyone!

I have a new DIY for you today!

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I’ve been pretty into weaving lately. It all started about six months ago when I saw this tutorial on my favorite blog… I came up with my own DIY adjustable loom, and ever since then I’ve been experimenting and learning new tactics and creating all sorts of new pieces!

This stick weaving is super great for beginners for a few reasons: It’s basic weaving. No crazy textures or tassels (as fun as those are!). You don’t need a loom. The stick acts as it’s own loom, so you don’t need to spend any time or money making or purchasing a loom. This weaving can be as big or as small as you’d like depending on the size of your stick.

You Need:
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-A ‘Y’ shaped stick
-Thread (though you really could use yarn, I just feel it looks cleaner with thread)
-A variety of yarn

One:
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Take your thread (or yarn) and tie one end around the beginning of the ‘Y’ part of your stick. Pull it tight to the other side, and wrap it around twice. Pull it back to the beginning side, and wrap it around twice again. Repeat this until the thread goes all the way up the stick, then tie it again. Make sure you keep the thread pulled at tight as you can while you do this step.

Two:
Plan out the design you’d like for your weaving. A lot of people like to sketch out a basic plan with their yarn colors. I tend to skip this step and follow a vision in my head, but it all depends on what works best for you.

Three:
Cut a decent length of the yarn you’re starting with. Pull it up over the first thread being sure to leave at least 4″ of yarn hanging under. Begin weaving your design following the direction of the stick by pulling the yarn under the next thread, then over the next, under, over, under… you get it (but here’s where I first learned if you’d like more detail). Weave until you’re ready for your next color (or just do the whole thing in one color if you’d like!), then end with the yarn going under a thread. Cut the yarn leaving at least 4″ hanging. Pick your next color and start where you left off in the same way. It’s really straight forward and simple, especially once you get the hang of it!

Four:
Once you’ve finished your weaving, turn it over and tuck all the loose yarn ends under the threads. You’re done!

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I hope you guys enjoy this DIY! I’d love to see any weavings you create!

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-The Whale

Cacti Art Upcycle

Hey everyone!

I have a not so typical upcycle to share today!

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I found this 3Dish art piece at a thrift shop a bit ago… the fact that it was featuring cacti meant I had to buy it…. it was only $15… but I wasn’t a fan of the pinkish brown frame it came in. It made it look way too pastely, and I also felt like it needed a little something else added to it.

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After some thought, I decided I wanted to add a subtle geometric border to the piece. I picked shapes that were already in the piece, and a light silver color so it wouldn’t over power the original part.

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I then spray painted the frame white. I feel this really freshened the piece up, and kept the focus on the actual art.

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What do you think??

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I like it much better!

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-The Whale

Pumpkin Bourbon Spice Drink

Hello everyone!

I have a new drink recipe to share with you today!

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It’s definitely what I would consider a ‘winter’ drink, maybe even a holiday drink if you will… which I am aware that the holidays are over, but we can pretend, yes?

You Need:
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-1 oz Bourbon (I used my go to: Knob Creek)
-1 oz Pumpkin Syrup
(Bring 1/2 Cup water, 1/2 Cup sugar, 3 TB of pure pumpkin, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg to a boil. Allow to cool before using)
-1/2 oz cream (1/2 and 1/2 works as well)
– A shaker

Add all the ingredients to the shaker with some ice. Shake for about a minute (we want a foamy top!), then pour into a cocktail glass. I sprinkled mine with a bit of cinnamon for garnish.

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Cheers!

-The Whale

Giraffe Top Refashion

Hello hello!

I haven’t done a refashion in quiet some time. A long time. I’m working on it, okay?

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I’ve had a small pile of items sitting on my desk that I have intended on refashioning for a few months. I actually picked up this giraffe dress in the fall sometime… maybe even the late summer. When I first bought it, I didn’t have plans of refashioning it at all, but the more I looked at it, the less I liked the weird scribbly part at the bottom.
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The fit was fine, and I was really into the giraffe print at the top, so I eventually decided to just be rid of the part of the pattern I wasn’t too keen on, and turned this dress into a top. This is a first for me. I am a huge dress fan, and normally would never choose to ruin a dress, but those scribbles…. I couldn’t deal with it.

I gave this dress a huge chop, and the new top a hem. Super simple.

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Now there’s only the nice giraffe print left! Of course it’s mid winter and freezing cold here in Cincinnati… so this won’t be out for a few more months… unless I’m lucky.

I hope everyone is enjoying their 2015!

-The Whale

Champagne Jell-O Shots (with rock candy topping)

Hello!

Happy (almost) New Year!

I’m attending a friend’s New Years Eve party this year, and it was requested that I bring Jell-O shots (I make them a lot…). I did not, however, want to bring typical mix-some-vodka-with-a-box-of-pre-flavored-Jell-O Jell-O shots for this occasion.
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I decided that champagne was the obvious flavor decision for a New Years Eve party. I did a bit of research online, and then concocted my own version!

You Need:
you need
– 2 Cups Champagne or Sparkling Wine
– 1 Cup Whipped Cream flavored Vodka
– 1/2 Cup Lemon Lime flavored soda
– 4 Packs of Gelatin

One:
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Measure out the champagne and vodka. Combine them and heat them until they are boiling. I did this in the microwave for three minutes. While they are heating, put the chilled soda in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin packs over it. Allow it to sit for about a minute. It will foam up a bit.

Two:
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Pour the hot champagne/vodka mixture into the bowl with the gelatin and soda. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a 1×1 pan and allow to cool in the fridge until firm.

Three:
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While the Jell-O is cooling, break the rock candy crystals off the the sticks. Put them in a ziplock bag.

Four:
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Use a hammer (or something) to crush the candy crystals.

Five:
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Once the Jell-O has become firm and you are ready to serve, cut the jell-O into cubes in the pan. Use a rubber spatula to loosen each piece and transfer to your serving dish. Sprinkle each cube with the crushed rock candy right before serving. The candy melts a bit after a while, so you don’t want to let it sit out long after they’ve been decorated.

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There you have it! I hope that everyone has a wonderful New Years like I know that I will!

-The Whale

Cranberry Turkey Crescents

Hello hello!

New recipe today!

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I wanted to make something a bit festive for the holiday season, thus these were born!

You Need:
you need
-4oz Cream Cheese softened
-1 package of Crescents
-1/2 cup Cranberry Sauce
-Spicy Mustard
-Sliced Turkey (I used thick sliced)

One:
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Combine the cranberry sauce and the cream cheese.

Two:
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Unroll the crescent dough and spread about a Tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on each piece.

Three:
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Add a turkey slice and a bit of spicy mustard to each crescent roll.

Four:
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Carefully roll up each crescent and place them on a baking pan. Bake them at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until they’re golden.

Five:
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Remove the crescents from the oven and allow them to cool. Serve them as an appetizer or as a main dish like I did!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
-The Whale