3 Artsy Drinks to Make For Your New Years Party

I was thinking recently about how we host New Years parties. We invite people over, have festive appetizers, decorate with glitter and stars, and of course we break out the beer. Beer? On New Years? Let’s get a little bit more fancy, shall we? We are ringing in the new year! Since you know that I am not all that festive, I decided to avoid the holiday drink post that you are all going to read and share 3 drinks that I know (ok I don’t know, I assume) you’ve never had that, if you wanted to, you could test out for the party you might be attending. If you don’t like it, someone will. But I think you are going to like these.

Brain Hemorrhage

brain hemorrhage


Pour peach schnapps into the shot glass, add the Bailey’s (slowly), and top with the grenadine. It actually tastes good… if you can get past the curdling part. Some people just like to look at it.

*This can be made as a cocktail or a shot.

Rainbow Drink

rainbow cocktail

via Cutest Foods

Add different juice drinks into an ice tray and drop the juice cubes into a glass of sprite mixed with a shot or two of vodka. It tastes so good when it melts. If the Sprite is too sweet you could substitute club soda.


Fallen Froggie

Fallen Froggie

via Food Ganza

Mix .5oz Midori melon liquor with .5oz Baileys, add a splash of grenadine. Don’t mix it, just take the shot. Ring in the New Year with some flare.


DIY Glitter Candle Holders

DIY glitter jar with candle

I love candles! If you have followed me for a while, I’m sure you are well aware of that. So,  wanted to make some cute New Years themed candle holders. Since the January 1st is coming up quickly, I thought I would share this one with you. It is super easy to make and, if you’re up for spending some time with your (little) kids, they will enjoy this one too!

coat the jar with Mod PodgeThings You Will Need:
Paper towels
Mod Podge (gloss finish)
Tealights/flameless candles

*If you don’t put paper towels down before your start, you are going to hate yourself. The glitter goes everywhere!

coat the jar with Mod PodgeStep 1:
Using your brush (or sponge), coat the inside of the jar with a thin layer of Mod Podge.


drop glitter in the jar

DIY glitter candle jars

Step 2:
Before the glue dries, drop some glitter in the bottom of the jar. Put a lid on the jar and shake it up. You can always add more glitter if you want to.

Pour the remaining glitter out of the jar. (This is where the napkin comes in handy.)

Let the glue dry.

DIY sparkly candle jar


Step 3:
Drop your (lit) candle down into the jar.


DIY glitter candle jars


DIY glitter jar with candle


Beautiful! It makes a great craft to do with your kids and might even make a cute New Years centerpiece! Go ahead and experiment with colored glitter (you already know what silver looks like), and even the thickness of the glue. Since it has a gloss finish it will always dry clear. So, the more glitter you can get to stick, the better it will look.
Happy crafting!

Fun Family Recreates Movie Scenes With Extra Boxes

indiana jones recreation

indiana jones

Someday this baby will look back at his childhood and realize that he didn’t have a normal life. This family, Lilly, Leon and baby Orson found a new way to have fun by recreating movie scenes out of their best “domestic junk”. This became known as the Cardboard Box Office. This all began when the family made the move from New Zealand to Australia and had a bunch of boxes left over.

How inventive is that? I would love to see what the baby grows into. Another Walt Disney? Or maybe even a Tim Burton?

Jurassic Park recreation

Jurassic Park

Die Hard recreation

Die Hard

Star Wars recreation

Star Wars

Jaws recreation


DIY Wire Wrap Christmas Tree Earrings

DIY Christmas Tree EarringsIt doesn’t look like it, but these Christmas tree earrings were actually very easy to make. They would make a nice last-minute gift idea for some of the ladies of your list that you have yet to buy for. Granted, it is a seasonal idea, but you could turn them into ornaments as well, if you made them larger. These are probably about 2 inches tall.

christmas tree earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Thick wire
Earring hooks

I know, what the heck is a Thing-a-ma-JIG, right? It is that little peg board you see in the background. it comes with a bunch of pegs in a variety of sizes. You can get it at Michael’s for $20. It is wonderful.


earrings set upStep 1:
Set up your peg board so that it resembles a tree (like in the image above).


diy Christmas earringsStep 2:
Wrap your wire around the first peg, at the top. You can use pliers for this or use your fingers.


Christmas treeStep 3:
Continue to wrap the wire downward until you have something that looks like this.

*I took some of the pegs out so you are able to see the wire better. Leave the pegs in there while you are wrapping.


Wire wrap tree earrings

wire wrap treesStep 4:
When you are finished wrapping the wire, you should have something like the above photos. I played around with some different ideas to end the tree with. You can do whatever you want, but I prefer the one with the beads.

Go ahead and attach your earring hooks.

DIY Christmas Tree EarringsThere you have it, Christmas tree earrings. I hope you like them!

Happy crafting!







Monogrammed Gifts That You Will Actually Use

Monograms have really made a comeback in the last year or so. Everyone thinks that, just because that can put some lettered vinyl on almost anything, they should. So many people end up with Christmas or birthday gifts that they will never use, just because their initials are on it. Those initials can be really great, but they shouldn’t be plastered onto everything. Use monograms for good! Put them on gifts that make sense to display them, like casserole carriers, luggage tags, or growlers.

Thanks to all of these Etsy shops for providing great gifts!

Enjoy 🙂


Monogramed cell phone case

Monogramed cell phone case



monogramed clutch

monogramed clutch



monogrammed cutting board

monogrammed cutting board



lettered casserole carrier

Monogramed casserole carrier



monogrammed cake carrier

monogrammed cake carrier



monogrammed luggage tag

monogrammed luggage tag


monogrammed growler

monogrammed growler

DIY Decorative Christmas Tree

DIY decorative christmas tree

I haven’t done a Christmas tree craft  in a long time, and this one was a lot of fun to make. I got all of my materials at Michael’s and it was less than $10. Oh, well, excluding the paint. I had that already. It was also easy to put together and took less than an hour. I hope you like it!

DIY Christmas tree materialsThings You Will Need:
Glue gun
Wooden Tree
Colorful ornaments

wooden christmas tree


Step 1:
Place your wooden tree on some old paper and paint both sides of each section. I chose green paint to keep it traditional, but the options are unlimited.

Christmas tree with gemsStep 2:
When your paint dries, use your glue gun to adhere the gems.

christmas tree craftStep 3:
Either tie or glue your ornaments onto the tree.

DIY decorative christmas tree


B-E-A-U-tiful! Some would argue that this is better than a real Christmas tree 😉 Haha, just kidding. Nothing beats the real thing!

Happy crafting!



My Family Was Crafty!

snowman ornamentsI guess I am not the only crafty one in my family! Look how cute those ornaments are!!! My little cousins spent the day with my mom a few weeks ago and they were crafty together!

Apparently these are really easy to make. You just dip your kid’s hand in white paint and set the ornament in their palm so that they can wrap their fingers around it. Then, when the paint dries, you can add the eyes, nose, and buttons on the snowmen.

I really like it with the red ornaments, but I also think it would look really good with green or blue. Have you tried making these before? How did they turn out?


Amazing Snow Art By Simon Beck

snowflake art

Forget snow angels! Simon Beck has found a better way to have fun in the snow. Every year he heads out and makes these beautiful geometric snowflake patterns at Les Arcs ski resort in France. Pretty amazing right? Guess how he makes them…

…with snowshoes. Yeah, seriously! He trudges through the snow for anywhere between 6 hours to 2 days in snowshoes to make these amazing designs. Now, THAT is art!

You can check out more pictures that have been taken of his work over the past few years on Facebook.

snowflake made from snowshoes

snowshoe art

trampled snow art by Simon Beck

simon beck