Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea

Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea pecan pie iced tea cocktail

Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea, yes you read that right.  We are crafting cocktails in the kitchen. So, if you don’t want to craft a cocktail that is cool and refreshing as well as delicious then you should click around the other pages and find another type of craft to do.    I belong to a monthly dinner club and each month there is a different theme and we sign up for different courses.  Our theme this month was nut.  I signed up for a cocktail and had absolutely no clue what I was going to make.  I knew I could fall back on something expected with peanuts if needed.

The one of the best local places to go near Cincinnati is across the river into Kentucky and visit the Party Source  I purchased a brand of whiskey called Foggy Dog by Three Boys Farm Distillery  They make whiskey in small batches and sell locally around the region.


Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea Recipe

Supplies for making cocktail – approximately 60 ounces

Pitcher, long spoon, cutting board, knife,

10  packets Stevia
4    cups tea
3    cups Pecan Pie Whisky
1    cup orange juice
1    cup sweet and sour mix
7    dashes bitters
1    pinch of salt


Directions for making Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher.  Stir in ice.  Then pour in a glass with a few cubes.  Garnish with lemon slices.  If you are making ahead, refrigerate the pitcher of iced tea then serve over ice.  If you would rather garnish with orange slices you can do that too.

I hope you enjoy the cocktail that was “crafted” in the kitchen.  If you like the idea of pecan pie iced tea they also make other flavors like blueberry cream, apple pie and other.   I look forward to trying a few more of the flavored whiskey.


jam and jelly gift set – Country Fair

jam and jelly gift set - Country Fair

jam and jelly gift set – Country Fair style.  Jam and Jelly gift set make a great gift for almost anyone.  You can create packaging for any occasion and make the jam and jelly gift set based on what berries are in season.

Materials and tools

  • Recycled 4-pack coffee drink carton and bottles
  • Patterned papers: red/cream polka dot; red/cream stripes; black Swiss dots
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Light Mocha; Lamp Black’ Traditional Burnt Umber
  • Melissa Francis Vintage Label (Heart & Home Collectibles)
  • Wool Felt (National Nonwovens): Cottage Red; Camouflage
  • White scrapbooking mesh
  • Black pebble beads (five per strawberry)
  • Natural hemp
  • Blue floral scraps
  • Red flat back buttons, two
  • Tiny Alphas rubber stamps (Hero Arts)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Embroidery floss: red; green
  • Marvy Craft Punches (Uchida): 3” Scalloped; 2” Circle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sanding block
  • Paper trimmer
  • Rubber bands

Directions for jam gift set

1. Paint carton Traditional Burnt Umber and lids Light Mocha. When dry, dry brush lids Lamp Black for an enamelware look. Dry brush edges of die cut tag. Apply varnish to lids.

2. Cut patterned papers to fit all sides of carton. Glue papers to carton. Use paper trimmer to cut 2”x5-1/4” rectangle from kraft cardstock; glue to carton front. Trim edges of vintage tag and glue to die cut tag. Glue buttons to ends of tag and tag to carton front over center of craft strip. Cut four 1-1/4”x7” strips from mesh; wrap and glue around bottles. Punch four scalloped circles from Swiss dots paper and four circles from kraft cardstock. Stamp circle labels as shown. Layer circles together and glue to front of bottles.

3. Print and cut out patterns. For each bottles cut two strawberries from Cottage Red felt and stem from Camouflage felt. Use red floss to sew beads to one strawberry piece for seeds. Layer strawberry pieces together and blanket stitch around edges, leaving 1” opening for stuffing. Stuff with a quarter-sized piece of batting and blanket stitch closed. Use green floss to sew details to stem and sew to strawberry.

4. Cut 36” length from hemp. Center and sew hemp to back center of strawberry. Tie hemp around bottle neck several times and knot. Cut pieces of blue floral and glue inside hemp. Fill jars with jams and jellies.

mini book 50 things I love about you

mini book idea 50 things about you

Mini book as a gift are a great gift from kids.  Recycle a used card deck into a sweet Mother’s Day gift of Farther’s Day gift of 50 things you love about Mom or Dad! This project was supposed to go up for Mother’s day as an easy gift idea you could make last minute.  Well, as the mom, I was so busy taking care of everyone else that I forgot to post this so we are going to pretend the word MOM is actually dad and call it a Father’s Day mini book.

Materials for mini book

  • Recycled playing cards, 52
  • Binder rings, 2”
  • Manila cardstock
  • Red wool felt
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy Findings Numerals
  • Vintage brooch
  • Prima Marketing Red Sequined Flower Center
  • Copper brads, four
  • Flat-backed rhinestones, two
  • Beige fabric, scraps

Tools for mini book

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Primitive Hearts Die
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Paper trimmer
  • Krylon Red Shimmer Leafing Pen
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic supplies for mini book

  • hole punch, black marker, ruler

50 things love about you mini book
Directions for mini book:

Using paper trimmer, trim cardstock to 50 rectangles measuring 2”x3”. Use black marker to write sentiments about Mom on rectangles; draw outline on edges using Red Shimmer pen. Adhere each sentiment on back of each card (for pages). Let dry.
  • For book cover, stamp “mom” and “things I love about you” on cardstock. Trim pieces to 1/4” wide. Outline edges with Red Shimmer pen.
  • Insert copper brads in holes on numeral pieces; flange to secure on book cover using photo as guide. Adhere cardstock sayings above and below numerals. Let dry. Adhere red flower center on “50.” Adhere brooch below bottom of “50.” Let dry.
  • Die cut 50 red felt hearts using machine and die. Adhere heart on front of each card (page). Let dry.
  • Punch two holes, evenly spaced, along one long edge of page. Position page on back of another card and mark holes for placement of punched holes. Punch holes. Continue until entire deck has punched holes.
  • Place front cover through binder rings followed by remaining pages; close rings. Tie fabric scraps around each ring; knot into bows. Adhere flat-backed rhinestones on center of bows. Let dry.

romantic ruffled pillow

ruffled pillowA ruffled pillow can update your décor with romantic style filled with rows and rows of ruffles! Hand-dyed fabrics help you create your own unique look.  If you like the shabby chic look the ruffled pillow is a perfect accent too.

Materials for ruffled pillow:

  • Fairfield Home Elegance Square Pillow Insert, 14”x14”
  • White muslin fabric, one yard
  • White wool felt, scraps
  • Melissa Frances Vintage Filigree Jeweled Brooch

Tools for ruffled pillow:

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Flower Layers #4 Die
  • Sewing machine and thread: ecru, black
  • Sewing needle
  • Jacquard Products iDye Fabric Dye for Natural Fibers: Ecru, Chartreuse, Deep Orange, Pink
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • measuring cup, long kitchen tongs, one-gallon container, kitchen thermometer, large pot, stove
  • top, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface), pins, ruler, scissors, iron, old towel

Directions for ruffled pillow:

1.  Use scissors to cut two 15” squares from muslin. Cut small slit at short edge of remaining muslin,
2-1/2” from edge. By hand, tear remaining muslin into 2-1/2”-wide strips.

2.  In large pot, heat four cups of water on stove top until very hot, approximately
140°F. Pour 1-1/2 cups hot water into large container. Cover work surface with
plastic tablecloth.

3.  Wearing rubber gloves, empty Ecru dye packet into water in container. Stir well
with kitchen tongs; remove any remaining packet scraps. Add muslin squares, one at a
time, to dye. Let sit 15 minutes and then remove from mixture. Discard mixture and
rinse container. Rinse excess dye from fabric; squeeze excess water from fabric and
wrap in old towel to absorb moisture. Hang fabric to air dry.

4.  Divide torn muslin strips into three piles. Pour 3/4 cup hot water into large
container; add Chartreuse dye packet. Stir and remove packet scraps. Add one-third
of muslin strips to mixture. Let sit 15 minutes and then remove from mixture. Rinse
container and fabric; blot moisture in old towel. Hang fabric strips to air dry.

5.  Repeat Step 4 to dye one-third of muslin strips Deep Orange and remaining
muslin strips Pink.

6.  When all fabric is dry, press with iron on steam setting. Gather all strips
using a knife pleat, sewing machine, and black thread. Join same-color strips
together to create four-yard length of each color.

7.  Use fabric glue to adhere strips to one 15” pillow square. Work strips into
spirals, alternating colors. Spot glue fabric as needed.

8.  Die cut flower layers from white wool felt; layer and adhere to center of
ruffled design. Pin brooch to flower center.

9.  Use cream thread to sew pillow front and back together, right sides facing,
using 1/2” seam allowance and leaving bottom edge open for turning. Steam seams
open and turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form; use needle and ecru
thread to whipstitch opening closed.

simple beach chic wedding decor

Beach chic wedding 2

Simple beach chic wedding decor can be made on a budget and look fantastic at the same time.  Use random sized vases and jars and paint them in the same colors to create a unified look.  Chalky Finish for Glass by Decoart  was used in Primitive.  Painting the vase took about 5 minutes and making the  shell out of polymer clay took another 5.  Baking the clay and the painted jar took about a half hour.

If you would like directions on how to make the beach chic starfish, I made them for a DIY Starfish headband.  The headband would also be adorable on a flower girl or any little girl attending a beach wedding.  If you want to use real starfish you can.  They are available online or in crafts stores.  Wild flowers add to the simple yet chic feel.
Simple Beach chic wedding decor


Supplies for simple beach chic wedding decor:

To make simple beach chic wedding decor:

  1. Paint vase and let dry.  Bake if you want durability.
  2. Tear a strip of muslin and cut to size.
  3. Hot glue on starfish.

This simple beach chic wedding decor is part of a blog hop.  Click on the link above if you would like more ideas for making quick things for your wedding.

More about the glass paint:

Create a beach chic distressed look

Use fine grit sandpaper or a wet cloth to remove paint from raised surfacesor edges to reveal the glass underneath, once the paint has dried. Wipe away any sanding dust with a soft, white cloth before baking.

Speed up drying time

Use a hair dryer on a low setting to speed up the drying time if necessary. A fan can also be used. This can be especially helpful when working on cylinders or pieces with multiple sides.

Wash the surface

Before painting, wash the glass in hot soapy water using a soft dishcloth. Price labels and stickers usually remove easily when soaked in hot water. Rinse any soap residue away with warm or hot water, then dry the piece with a soft, lint-free cloth or paper towel.

Bake for a durable finish

For a durable, dishwasher-safe finish, bake the piece to cure the paint. Place piece on a cookie sheet and put into a cold oven. Heat oven to the proper temperature, according to package directions. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave the piece inside until the oven is completely cool.

Avoid contact with food

Keep paint away from food surfacesand the areas that will come in contact with your mouth. Although the paint is non-toxic, you still don’t want to ingest it.

Faux Quilted stamped card

Faux Quilted stamped card  Ann Butler

My friend Ann Butler  has a new ink and stamp line and asked a few of us to make projects for her and let people know how awesome they are.  Believe it or not I actually ran out of handmade cards so I whipped this quick card up and have it doing double duty.   It is for a friend and you get to see it too.

Blog Hop Announcement Banner Ann Butler Designs Clearsnap June 2015 DCC

These are the colors from Ann’s stamps that I used.  They are pigment ink and work on many surfaces including paper, fabric and wood.  When working with pigment ink, you need to be careful not to smudge since it has a longer open work time.  I like to heat set mine with a heat gun or an iron depending on what I put the ink on.  Pigment ink also works great for embossing. The style of the stamps lend themselves to a “Faux Quilted” look.

Ann Butler ink pads from Clearsnap

Faux Quilted stamped card supplies

The instructions are pretty self-explanatory based on the simple nature of the card. Stamp your images and then add the sentiment.  Cut twine to fit and add a button and tie.  Trim off the ends of the twine and you are good to go.

ann butler ink pad lid


This is a trick I came up with while stamping on vacation.  I forgot to pack my acrylic blocks so I used the lid to hold the cling stamps.  It works great if you are adding words because the lids are printed and it helps you keep the words straight and you can see where you are placing your stamped image.

use cling stamps on stamp lid

If you want to see more crafts created with Ann’s stamps click the Designer Crafts Connection Logo in the bottom right section of the right column.  It will take you to the next person in the blog hop.

I hope you enjoyed this super simple Faux Quilted stamped card.



4th of July party decorations


Our 4th of July party decorations are part of a patriotic blog hop hosted by blogger The Cards We Drew and we are joined by over 85 other bloggers for this fun event.  Book mark this page so you can come back when you are ready to create your decorations or pin the images on Pinterest. There are recipes, decor and fun craft ideas.  Surely something will pique your interest.  I see a few tasty treats I might have to try.

Red White and Blue Food Decor and Craft Ideas party decorations


Our contribution to the Red White and Blue hop takes on a more rustic note with darker reds and blues and a hint of aged white paint.  Or you could create the fun and whimsical 4th of July party decorations with a traditional color combination.  Either way use solid colors and simple shapes for the star spangled banner.  These 4th of July party decorations are very easy to make and you can have the kids help you.  You can add a pop of pattern in the paper flower decorations.

square 4th of july banner, and table settings party decorations


Materials and supplies for 4th of July party decorations:

  • dark blue and red paper
  • pattern paper
  • Sizzix Die cut machine
  • bow die
  • large and small star die
  • flower die
  • scissors
  • Adtech hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • soup cans
  • bamboo skewers
  • jute or twine
  • buttons

How to make the of July party decorations:

1.  Cut several dozen large and small stars in red and blue.  Hot glue to the jute or twine.  Add more or less according to the size garland you would like.

2.  Layer pattern paper into flower die cuts.  Randomly mix the patterns to create different flowers.  Use tape runner or hot glue to secure.
3.  Add a dollop of hot glue for button centers and on the back to affix the bamboo skewers.
4. Wrap paper around the cans and secure with a strip of hot glue.
5. Die cut bows from card stock.  Tie string around cans and hot glue the ribbons and buttons on.
6. Repeat step 5 on the napkins.

square 4th of july banner, and table settings party decorations

Follow The Cards We Drew’s board Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue ULTIMATE Round Up of Patriotic Ideas from Top Bloggers! on Pinterest.

Bedroom makeover on a budget stage one

Guest bedroom stage one before

The bedroom makeover on a budget will come in several parts… as my budget and time allows.  The first part of the makeover,  I think is the most important.  Making a comfortable bed.  Yes, the bedding on the bed works but the sheets were all mismatched and somehow in the last move we lost a pillow sham.   This is our old master bedroom furniture and I still love it today as much as the day we had it delivered.  So my big splurge was going to Ikea for a new white duvet cover, a white sheet set and white pillow cases.  The pillows and all the accents will be handmade and that is what I plan on sharing with you.  You can chose to use the accents for your bedroom makeover or any other room you need to kick up a notch and still stay on budget.
Bedroom make-over stage one
The colors in the new bedroom are going to be shades of aqua (marina) and grey (sterling silver).  I think I might add in a tiny pop of orange.  But I am not that far along in my planning process.  Right now I am working on the bedding for the bedroom makeover on a budget.

The materials I am using for the pillows and throw are from Shannon Fabrics. They are known for their cuddle fabric which is so very soft and wonderful.  They send us supplies to use once a quarter as a part of a blogger challenge.  I look forward to getting their box like a kid enjoys going to the candy store.

bedroom makeover on a budget silver cuddle pillow

The first project I am going to share is a pillow using a  pre-cut cuddle cake. I love working with precuts.  It saves a step and it saves time and I know the squares are actually square.

Materials needed for Bedroom makeover on a budget:

Sterling Silver and Aqua Pillow 

Instructions for Sterling Silver and Aqua Pillow:

1.  Cut a solid piece 17 inches for the back and front.  Iron Smooth to the back of the cuddle cake squares and to the back of the other pieces.  My pillow is 16×16 inches.  You can make it in what ever size you need.

silver cuddle cakes for pillow

2. Sew the squares together and iron the seams flat.  Cut the solid fabric to the size of your choice. I wanted my stripe of grey offset so I cut the front panel off to one side.

bedroom makeover on a budget

3.  Sew the aqua panels to the grey strip.  Iron the seams flat.  Sew around the pillow leaving an opening to add the Poly-fil.

grey and aqua pillow tutorial

4. Press seams down and turn right side out.

leave opening in pillow for stuffing with polyfil

5.  Add fiberfill to the pillow and hand stitch or machine sew the pillow closed. (not sure why the color is so off in the image- it is the same pillow)

add fiberfill to pillow


Stay tuned for more projects for the Bedroom makeover on a budget.

Vintage Inspired necklace

cool hues autumn necklace vintage inspired

Vintage necklaces are getting more difficult to come buy now that older more vintage things are in.  I have seen some pieces at the thrift store that are regular retail prices just because they are older… and I am not talking about cool collector pieces.  So I decided to make a vintage inspired necklace with antique brass metal and polymer clay in my favorite color.  If you are not sure what that is wink wink take a look around and I am sure you can come up with a very good guess with in a minute or two.

Materials for Vintage Inspired Necklace

  • Connie Crystals: aqua crystals, four; clear crystal, 14mm
  • Blue enamel beads, two
  • Polyform Sculpey Accents Peacock Pearl Clay
  • Antique brass components: cable chain necklace, 16” length; square filigree beads, three; brass bail
  • Darice Finding Starter Kit in Caddy: Antique Brass Plated-Jump Rings, 16; Clasp

Basic Supplies for Vintage Inspired Necklace

paintbrush, ruler, paper towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Clay pendant mold
  • Jacquard Aqua Lumiere Paint
  • Polyform Sculpey: Satin Glaze; Clay Tool Starter Set
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven

Directions for

Vintage Inspired Necklace

1. On clean work surface, condition clay until soft and pliable. Roll clay on work surface. Remove and press clay into pendant mold; use knife end on tool to remove excess clay. Use blunt point tip on tool to make hole on pendant. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake pendant on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.

2. On covered work surface, apply Aqua paint on top surface of pendant; wipe off excess paint, leaving some paint in grooves. Let dry. Apply Satin Glaze. Let dry. Attach bail through hole on pendant.

3. Use flush cutters to cut chain into eight 2” sections. Attach clasp to one side, then attach aqua crystal using jump ring. Attach another jump ring to other side of crystal; attach another 2” chain length. Attach enameled bead to chain length and another 2” chain length.

4. Place aqua crystal in center of filigree square. Using needle-nose pliers, curl in sides of filigree square to hold crystal securely in place. Attach aqua crystal filigree square to chain length. Attach another 2” chain length.

5. Place clear crystal in center of filigree piece; attach using head pin. Use needle-nose pliers to round edges into center as shown. Attach clear crystal filigree square to chain length. Attach pendant bail to bottom of filigree piece.

6. Repeat Steps 3-5 to attach aqua crystal filigree square, enamel bead, and chain lengths to clear crystal filigree square for other side of necklace. Attach other end of clasp to chain length on end.


1. When working with beads, use a bead mat or a towel to prevent beads from rolling away. Use cornstarch or water as a release agent when using clay mold.


tee riffic – golf tee pouch

tee riffic - golf tee pouch
Make a golf tee pouch.

Tell your father he is “TEE-riffic” with a handmade pouch filled with his favorite kind of golf tees.  If you have a Dad who likes to golf this a great gift that he is sure to love.  It is an easy sew project because you use VELCRO Hook-and-Loop instead of a zipper.  Zippers still stress me out so I like to use Velcro.  You can always use a zipper if you would like.

Materials for golf tee pouch:

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Basic Suplies:

  • iron and pressing surface, straight pins, ruler or measuring tape

Directions for golf tee pouch

  1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to print “You are TEE-riffic Dad!” on Green ribbon using computer and printer in font of choice.
  2. Iron muslin fabric to remove wrinkles. Cut muslin fabric in half, creating two 11”x8” rectangles. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to use heavy-duty tape to adhere Green printed ribbon onto muslin rectangle about 3” from bottom edge using iron. Position muslin rectangles with right sides together; machine-sew 1/2” from edge on three sides.
  3. Turn fabric inside out; clip corners and trim excess fabric. Turn fabric right side in and fold fabric down 1/2”; pin hook-and-loop tape in place. Machine-sew hook-and-loop tape on inside; trim excess and turn right side out.
  4. Punch hole in top left corner. Set eyelet in hole using eyelet setter. Attach silver binder ring in hole.


To make the gift tag:

1.  Position printed golf tee on fabric bonding sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bond golf tee shape on fabric bonding sheet. Use die-cut machine and Mirror die to cut tag shape from golf tee/fabric bonding sheet.

2.  Use Tee Juice markers to color golf tee and edges on tag. Outline tag using Black fine-tip marker.

3.  Punch hole in center top of tag. Set eyelet in hole using eyelet setter. Hook tag onto binder ring.