Make It :: Wine Cork Charms

Confession: I have about 500 wine corks that I’ve saved over the years. What does that mean? Well, I am always looking for new wine cork projects to do so when Evite and Cavit Wines reached out with this wine cork DIY, I knew I had to share it with you!

Wine Cork Projects

Time: 15 minutes for 5 charms 
Level of Difficulty: Medium

Materials: 
Wine corks
Nail
Hammer
Fine-point permanent marker
Numbers stencil
Brass beading hoops or wine glass charms wire (available at craft stores or online)
Chef’s knife

Directions:
Step 1: Cut cork into thin circular slices.

simple wine cork projects

Step 2: Using a stencil and marker, write numbers on the cork slices.

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Sip It :: Pomegranate + Raspberry Champagne Float

summer cocktails
I get really happy when summer rolls around and have been known to find reasons to entertain just so I could create a fun, refreshing cocktail. So when PAMA asked if I wanted to collaborate and create a summer cocktail I jumped at the chance.

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I had never used pomegranate liqueur before but it will be one of my go-to’s from now on. It has a sweet, yet tart taste and a great ruby color. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila.

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How to attract the RIGHT followers on Instagram

Wait –is there a wrong type of follower? There sure is. And if you’re into the #FollowforFollow crowd this post isn’t for you. I’m talking about building an Instagram following of highly engaged users who will be attracted to your content because they are genuinely interested in it. For me, Instagram should be about being purposeful not just popular. 

If you’re using Instagram to grow your professional influence, attract customers to your small business, or build your brand … you should have a very clear idea of what type of followers you need to attract. Potential clients and customers, those who do (or might in the near future) need and want what you have to offer.

Everyone else? Well, you don’t need to worry about getting their attention. Inflated numbers of followers isn’t going to do anything for your business in the long run. If you want your efforts to pay off, shift your focus to these three things you should do in order to attract the right follower on Instagram.

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Simple Alfresco Entertaining

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports

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After our recent patio transformation, I was eager to invite a few friends over for a simple evening dining alfresco. Our new outdoor dining furniture and garden-inspired accents set the stage perfectly. I love how the space is pretty neutral with a few pops of color. The furniture and decor lets our backyard really shine. This time of year, we’re in full bloom with lots of greens, pinks, and yellows.

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I set the table for four and got ready for a casual early evening (light) dinner. These acrylic glasses were perfect for citrus infused water (and wine later in the evening). I love their light  green color and the fact that I don’t have to worry about breaking them.

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I kept the food light and served salads and cheese and crackers. I love serving salads in these disposable berry baskets. And the gold plated cutlery from Pier 1 Imports added a nice touch of elegance to an otherwise, really casual tablescape.

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For me, dining alfresco is all about embracing the weather and keeping things really simple. Some flowers, food, and friends are really all that is required to host a nice evening. When you have an inviting outdoor space, you’ll be able to entertain in a moment’s notice.

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I served cheese and crackers on these wooden coasters. I spotted them and thought they looked just like mini cheese boards. I loved that I could put one at each place setting (I can re-purpose them later indoors as coasters –bonus!).

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We had a great evening. Simple food, an inviting space, and great company –the perfect recipe for dining alfresco this summer. Will you be entertaining soon? I’d love to hear about your outdoor space.

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Make It :: Clay Ring Dish

diy clay ring dishBack in January, my dear friend Amy gave me the best gift –a marbled clay ring dish. It sits on my bathroom counter and makes me smile every time I use it.

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Setting the Stage for Summer Entertaining


This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports

The minute the weather warms up and the evenings get longer, I start dreaming up the first summer party of the year. I absolutely love to entertain in our backyard but our space really needed an update. In fact, our old outdoor dining table had all but fallen apart so we had to build our entertaining space back up, from scratch. Working with a blank slate is always exciting to me. A must-have for us was well made outdoor furniture.

summer entertaining with Pier1

Before we could set the stage for summer entertaining, we had to lay the foundation –and this dining collection was the perfect choice!

Today I’m sharing with you how we took this foundation, added a few of my go-to summer party essentials, and transformed our space to one fit for guests. These pieces will help you create an inviting (and functional) space to gather with family and friends –this summer and beyond.

summer entertaining

Outdoor furniture: Create an inviting space to dine and relax. A nice outdoor dining table can be used regularly by your family and also when entertaining. My tip is to invest in a good quality table and chairs (I am loving these outdoor stacking chairs) to be sure they stand up against the sun and weather. Be sure to grab a couple colorful pillows to add a pop of color!

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