DIY Frozen Hot Chocolate – The Perfect Summer Treat! *

Come one, come all: It’s Twine With A Twist’s weekly installment of “Do It Yourself Thursdays” and this week I’m featuring my Frozen Hot Chocolate! It’s incredibly simple and can be made with ingredients that you probably already have lying around your home – Yay for that!

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This recipe is beyond tasty and with just over a minute of spare time, you can be serving one of the most delicious drinks your friends have had all summer! With some simple directions and a mgic bullet or blender, you’re on your way to making you next addiction!

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  • Ice (1 1/2 cups)
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Hot Coco Mix (1 packet -With Marshmallows Is Best!)
  • French Vanilla Cream (A Splash To Taste)
  • Reddi Whip – (Chocolate)

DIY Frozen Hot Chocolate

Now I know that most of you have over half these items in your home already, but if you don’t – they are incredibly cheap! You of course can substitute your milk, creamer and coco mix to your preference but I definitely recommend the chocolate Reddi Whip- It’s a deal breaker!! I picked mine up for $2 and the coco mix was only $1.29! all the ingredients listed above make up to 10+ beverages and it was altogether less than $9 for the items you see (That’s less than 90 cents per drink!! – Talk about a bargain beverage. Skip the drive-thru and hefty prices for your next frozen treat, this is totally worth it!

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  1. Fill your blender or bullet (what I’m using) with 1 and a half cups of ice.
  2. Pour 1 cup of milk into the blender (or until it’s just above the ice).
  3. Add a tablespoon or so of French Vanilla Cream (To taste).
  4. Place the lid on and blend until smooth – Add milk as needed.
  5. Pour and top with Reddi Whip. – Enjoy! ♥

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So go ahead and try this refreshing twist on an old treat and let me know how yours turns out! Also, make sure you stop on over to Artsy Corner Thursday’s with Artsy Fartsy Mama & Cox’s Corner to share your own DIY projects & recipes! Twine With A Twist was Featured last week for the DIY Lemonade Stand! ♥ Thanks Ladies!!

 

Thanks for stopping by for Do It Yourself Thursdays @ Twine With A Twist! See you next week.

Cheers,

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DIY :{Simple}: LeMoNaDe Stand! *

Lemonade Stand

So with summer in the works and a restless toddler on my hands, I recently took to Pinterest for some good ol’ fashioned inspiration! You see, last year I came across an event that was truly touching, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation‘s National Lemonade Days – An annual event that raises money for all forms of childhood cancer through the act of selling lemonade. Unfortunately, I had come across the event about two weeks too late, but I vowed to remember it this time around. Sure enough, as spring sprung, I took to the pins to search out the perfect lemonade stand just in time for the 10th anniversary of ALSF, and we found it!

DIY Lemonade Stand

Compliments of Vanessa over at See Vanessa Craft, we were provided the perfect plans to construct a quick, affordable and sturdy little Lemonade Stand! After reviewing the plans that Vanessa provided, I decided to make a few small adjustments of my own. Nothing drastic but just a few differences to note.

Below are the supplies and directions for the Lemonade Stand my daughter and I put together:

Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

(2) Unfinished Wood Crates – Found At Michaels (12.5 x 18 x 9.75 Inches)

  • $13.99 per crate – 2 x 50% off Coupons – $13.92 

(2)  8 Foot Boards (1 1/2 x 3/4 Inches Thick) CUT TO:

(2) 48 inch Long Boards

(6) 16 inch Support Boards

  • $2.98 per board-  $5.96

(1) 16 x 36 Inch Pine Board  (3/4 Inches Thick) CUT TO:

(1) 27 x 9 Inches

(1) 27 x 8 Inches

Left Over Wood: 16 x 9 Inches – Would Work Great For A Menu Sign!

  • $6.90

 – Nails & Hammer – A Nail Gun If You Have One (This Really Helped To Speed Up Our Process!)

  • Free- Already Owned

(2) Cans Of Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint – Color Optional – I used “Koi Pond”.

  • $4.98 per can – $9.96

(1) 4×6 Inch Photo Frame (Of Your Choice)

  • $1.00 

(1) Lemonade Print – 4×6 Inches

Additional Paint, Paper Banner & Stencil Supplies:

  • $2.00 – Miscellaneous Acrylic Paints / Stencil – FREE – Created With Cricut / Paper – FREE.

TOTAL:  $39.74

With a budget you can work with, this stand is easy on the wallet. To believe the compliments I received on such a frugal project! I was incredibly thankful for Vanessa’s plans. Now, on to the directions!

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Step 1: Buy your materials and if possible (I Highly Recommend This), have one of the employees at your local hardware store cut the wood for you to size! I’m personally no good with our table saw and I’m pretty sure that’s not the best option for this project anyhow, I opted for the “please help me” look and it worked. You can too!

Step 2: Lay out all your supplies to get organized. This works best for me so that I don’t go losing things. It’s also helpful when your toddler is feeling in a helpful mood. . .

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Step 3: Nail the two crates together by nailing (4) of your (6) 16 Inch support boards in the back 4 corners. (This is where my directions differ slightly from Vanessa’s: I decided to move the support boards to the back of our crates as I wanted to have the large board and 48″ boards on the backside of the stand itself.) Make sure to put the boards in BEFORE you push the crates together to nail. I made the small error the first time around of nailing just the support board to the crate and the nails came out the other side (see below). #Woops. Thankfully I had additional wood to cover these open nails! Next, nail the last two 16 Inch support beams in the front corners for additional support.

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Step 4: Nail your 48 Inch beams onto the outside of your stand, lining them up parallel to the inner 16″ boards. It should look something like this:

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 Step 5: Nail Your 27 x 9 Inch board at the top of the 48″ boards – see the photo below for reference.

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Step 6: Nail the 27 x 8 Inch Board to the top of the stand, I let the board hang over the edge to create more counter space, also creating multiple levels. (You may or may not prefer this and can cut to your preference).

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Step 7: Paint Your Stand! I used about 1.5 cans of the Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint. Luckily we have extra for touch ups! Make sure to let dry overnight before decorating!

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 Step 8:  Print a lemonade sign and hang in your 4×6 frame. You may wish to paint your frame to match before – allow time to dry if you wish to do so! Nail a single nail into the front and center of your stand. Hang your frame!

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 Step 9: Decorate Your Booth! This is the fun part. Get creative and match to your personal taste! I wanted to utilize bright colors so we decided on a variety of fun and summery shades! Our banner was created with the Cricut along with the stencil I designed to paint “Lemonade Stand” on the board. We finished it off with some bright decor, a small chalkboard sign, my daughter’s handprint and a few potted flowers. We even grabbed Paige’s favorite Chalkboard frame to display a daily menu!

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Step 10: Make a pitcher of lemonade, bake a few treats, and hit the streets! Your new Lemonade Stand is ready for use!

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For more information regarding  ALHS or how our fundraising efforts turned out, please read more about it HERE and TODAY, this same post is being featured with Chelsee so don’t forget to stop on by Southern Beauty Guide for a few good reads {as always} by Chelsee!

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Cheers!

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A Simple DIY – Fabric Covered Boxes. *

Today’s DIY is all about simple solutions to creative storage! When creating my Craft Room this past spring, I knew I needed to find additional storage solutions for some of my miscellaneous materials. With a limited budget and a lot of boxes, I came to the crafty conclusion that I needed to find a frugal solution. I decided to once again utilize some of my fabric scraps to create a project that could both match the current decor and get rid of some materials I already had lying around. With that, I bring you: Fabric Covered Boxes – A Simple DIY!

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When it came to this project, I was a last-minute idea that I opted for as the solution was something I could easily put together with supplies just lying around. I had a variety of boxes just scattered about our garage that I would have otherwise tossed in the trash if not for this last minute idea. I have always adored the little fabric boxes at the craft stores but don’t want to shell out $15 and up per box. While our craft room is mainly Ikea shelving, we knew that the $13.00 boxes they sell in store were cute, but financially NOT an option. I could never spend that much! With that I found an alternative to each cube. . . but I still needed more room! That’s where the fabric and old boxes comes in. . . .

For supplies, lets keep is short and simple:

  • Cardboard Box(es) – Any Size
  • Fabric – Enough to wrap the outside of your box with about an inch of additional overhang.
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples

When deciding on this project, I went with staples. I just LOVE my staple gun because it’s quick and efficient. After creating this post I have since discovered that some people opted for glue. This is totally up to you and I will not pretend that everyone has a staple gun. (Technically I don’t even have one, it’s my father in-law’s gun but I’ve had it over a year and I’m pretty sure he’s since forgotten. #ThanksPat). I also realize that a lot of people have covered boxes with lids, I however did not. I didn’t have any boxes lying around with lids at the time and didn’t require them for this project. If you would like to cover the lid in fabric the directions would be exactly the same. If you do, I would love to see the results!!

So on to the Directions:

Step one: Find some cardboard boxes!

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I decided on a Meijer diaper box and a Costco Waffle Box. #TheInnerWorkingsOfMyWorld. Both were empty and ready for trash day, until I came to the rescue!

Step Two: Find Your Fabric.

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I always opt for the fabrics that I have lying around. If you’re anything like me, you probably have plenty of random scraps in a variety of size. If not, this project utilized less than a yard of fabric for both boxes. I decided on two different fabrics as they provided the most room for error along with some fun colors !

Step Three: Grab Your Staple Gun & Load With Staples!

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Step Four: Iron Your Fabric!! – This is a step that I forgot and couldn’t have been more annoyed! Once I wrapped my boxes, stapled and stuffed with goodies – I realized that one of the boxes had a big fat crease (or three)  in the fabric. #mortifying. As I’m completely lazy and slightly laid back, I just left it. . . but if I had the chance to do it again, I would have made the extra effort.

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 Step Five: Lay your box – open end up – directly in the middle of your fabric. Fold each side of the fabric up so that it covers each side of the box and then fold the additional 1 inch overlay over the inside edge of your box. I wrapped my box as if I was wrapping a present and wanted to keep the fold to accent the pattern. If you’re looking to have no folds showing, fold each corner at a 45 degree angle and cut off the additional fabric before you overlay your edges. Regardless of your folds, make sure the fabric is tightly wrapped.

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 Step Six: Start Stapling!

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Now if you ask me, you can never have enough staples. I’ll admit, now that I’m looking at these photos, I may have gotten a little trigger happy- but hey, at least it’s secure! Make sure when stapling the fabric to the inside of your box that you’re consistently pulling your fabric tight to avoid and ripples in the fabric!

Step 7: Step Back & Admire! – Fill with whatever your little heart desires!

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So That’s It! In less than 15 minutes you can have some incredibly cute storage solutions and you didn’t have to spend a penny! (Unless you of course opted to buy new fabric. . . .which in that case, I commend you for making the extra effort and hopefully you didn’t spend too much!!) This is one of those projects that just makes me smile. I always enjoy getting something out of nothing! – To think these boxes were almost trash!

Have any of you ever created something cute out of a lot of nothing just lying around? I love to hear about new DIY’s! Also, for a fun Thursday Link-Up, make sure you check out Lindsay over at Artsy Fartsy Mama for her crafty and creative Artsy Corner Thursdays! Share your current projects and meet new people!

Cheers!

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Free Easter Prints! *

So to kick off this obnoxious Monday I wanted to leave you all a little something you could call your own. As mentioned in past posts, I figured that Easter would be my next installment of FREE Prints for all! With that being said, I got a little font happy and am dishing out more than your average number of freebies, but who doesn’t love a good variety?

I would like to apologize that these prints are coming out so late today, had another hell-filled day of limited internet down-town this morning and couldn’t get a single thing accomplished at work, which means I of course got nothing on here accomplished either. #Boo.

For what it’s worth I’m giving you free shit, so bear with me here ok? Any-who, here are a few prints that are spring inspired along with some good ol’ fashion Baby Jesus lovin’. Get to printing people!

Free Easter Prints

For your free prints, click on the links below each print to download the PDF attachment and ENJOY! 

Free Easter Print #1 - 8x10

Click To Download:  Free Print #1

Free Easter Print #2 - 8x10

Click To Download:  Free Print #2

Free Easter Print #3 - 8x10

Click To Download:  Free Print #3

Free Easter Print #4 - 8x10

Click To Download:  Free Print #4

Free Easter Print #5 - 8x10

Click To Download:  Free Print #5

Free Easter Print #6 - 8x10

Click To Download:  Free Print #6

So there you have em’. Please refrain from mocking my pathetically immature prints as I reserve the “good” prints for shop. . . but I like to give back when I can. #ThankMeLater. If you find the time to utilize any of these little masterpieces, please please PLEASE snap a pic for my amusement. I would love to see if anyone ever uses these little guys!!

Cheers, 

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Friday Favorites – Fun & FREE Fonts! *

It’s FRIDAY! That’s right, and you know what that means: Friday Favorites. A time for us to share in all the wonderful things that make us happy, because why not? It’s everyone’s favorite day of the work-week and to celebrate we should bask in all that is happy. So let’s get to it!

Friday Favorites

Today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to some of my favorite fun and FREE fonts! With so many to chose from and a never-ending afternoon of downloads ahead, each font-finding endeavor seems to take longer then the last. But why search high and low when you can simply surrender to this blog and find  fun, easy-to-download fonts with the simple click of link?! So without further ado, I give you:

Free Fonts We Love!

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Jazzy Essay
KB Zip A Dee Doo Dah
Little Bird 
Olive Tue Les Fourmis
Marcelle Script
KG Strawberry Lime-aid
Organic Fruit
Stars From Our Eyes
Orange Juice
Marketing Script
Lemon Drop

No need to thank me, I know you will all be downloading the bejeezus out of these fonts. I mean why wouldn’t you? They are just too cute. . .  and who doesn’t LOVE Free anything? I could download fonts ALL day week. (No seriously, I have been. #DontJudgeMe).

What are some of your favorite fonts? I would love to know- But really, I will probably spend the rest of the evening downloading any of your recommendations! #SuchAnExcitingLifeILive.

Happy Friday!

Cheers,

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Free St. Patty’s Day Prints! *

In honor of my FAVORITE holiday, I would like to gift you all some fun and FREE St. Patrick’s Day Prints. Decorate your home, spice up your work place. . . Hell, hang them around your local bar for all I care, just enjoy the Guinness drinking hell out of them because they are #Free!

St. Patty's Day Free Prints 8x10For your free prints, click on the links below each print to download the PDF attachment and ENJOY! 

St. Patty's Day 1 - 8x10Click To Download:

Print #1

St. Patty's Day 2 - 8x10

Click To Download:

Print #2

St. Patty's Day 3

Click To Download:

Print # 3

So there you go. . . some festive prints to celebrate this festive and forgotten (literally – you will all be black-out drunk, I know it) day. Just do me a favor, someone print one out and maybe post a picture for me so I know I don’t just do this for my own pathetic amusement. If nobody does, I’ll probably still come up with a reason to make some Easter Prints. Maybe some bunnies, eggs, a few helpless chicks. #CouldBeFun.

Oh and if you haven’t heard, I’m hosting a St. Patty’s Day Giveaway where you could win a FREE Print of your choice. . . Check it out below!

St. Patty's Day Giveaway

Click Here To Enter!

Cheers!

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St. Patty’s Day Giveaway! *

St. Patty's Day Giveaway

♥ Click Photo To Enter Giveaway! ♥

So today I decided to dabble in the art of Giveaways.  . . and can I just say, I have NOT a clue. Try not to laugh at me, I’m learning!! I figured I would give RaffleCopter a try since it’s what I’ve seen most every blog using. . . . it’s great for Facebook! Let me tell you, I was pretty please as to how easy it was to install, I even added a bit of code to sass up my page. . . .#TotallyBraggingRightNow. #DontCare. But seriously, I have no idea how to code. I watch the programmers at work in amazement each day and try to reminisce of the days when my Live Journal (Yes, I just went there) was the mecca of all online journals. My fonts were flashing, words were bold, small, tall and flickering. Every other letter was a different shade of blue and my emotion-cons were just dying for attention. I was the man (wo-man) at coding back then. . . back before everything was just a tool bar at the top of your blog. Where I went wrong? I don’t know. . . . I got lazy. But trust when I say, learn some damn code. It can do wonders.

Free Print Giveaway

Anyhow, when it came to installing this Giveaway in my post today, I had no idea that WordPress was such a brat. I mean seriously, I had run into issues with link-ups and what not in the past but it’s the only blogging platform that doesn’t support this service. (To attempt to sign up via this blog, click the Giveaway Photo at the top of this post!) So for that, I’m sorry. . . or maybe WordPress is sorry. Either way, I am going to provide the link and see what happens.

 My Rafflecopter Giveaway

#FingersCrossedPeople. If this doesn’t work, feel free to visit Twine With A Twist’s Facebook Page to enter! You can get in on the action under their “Giveaway” button!

Anyhow, here we are. . . My first giveaway, so PLEASE check it out and enjoy a FREE print on me! Happy Monday! 

Cheers! 

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