Category: crafts

Coffee station and pumpkin spice syrup

coffee station DIYOh how I love when a few little projects come together to make something bigger and better. May I reintroduce you to my rustic tray, cinnamon coffee syrup and chalkboard painted glassware? They’re all living happily ever after on my kitchen counter in the form of a coffee station. Bliss right here friend. My morning routine just got a bit easier and a lot prettier with this round up of coffee supplies.
coffee station DIYNo autumn coffee project would be complete without a mention of pumpkin spice lattes. I scoured pinterest and google and combined a few recipes to come up with this coffee flavouring. You know I’m cheap and a fan of doing knock-offs for a fraction of the price! You probably already have everything you need, except the pumpkin puree. I picked up a can in the baking supply aisle of my grocery store for under $2. There’s enough in a can for 5 batches – freeze the leftover in an ice cube tray then use 2 large cubes for each future batch.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup each white and brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves

pumpkin spice syrupCombine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let simmer and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes then pour into a heat safe container (canning jar!).  I chose to strain about half of my batch through a sieve to reduce a bit of the pulp – totally up to you. To use: stir or shake your syrup then add equal parts of the syrup and milk to a mug. Heat them up if you have time and froth the milk if you like. Add coffee, stir and enjoy! It’s not quite Starbucks but you don’t have to leave home…or your pyjamas for a cup!

Fall hits the front patio

Front porch updateA $5 doormat and a change in the weather inspired me to redecorate my front patio. I kept it simple and low budget. When I was a renter I didn’t bother to do stuff like this – now I have so much fun keeping my place fresh and embracing each season. It keeps the small space interesting and gives me a chance to play with different color schemes. Simple pleasures friends, isn’t that what life’s all about? Here’s a list of the ‘curb appeal’ updates:

  • the fabric wrapped wreath got rewrapped with burlap ribbon, new felt flowers and a few pompoms ($5 for ribbon, $1 for felt at Michaels)
  • an adorable owl garland got hung across the window; I had this from last year but restrung it and added pompoms for a bit more color ($1.75 for pompoms at Michaels)
  • the cushion on the rocking chair got pulled inside and left the rocker so naked that I quickly whipped up a little bunting using leftover burlap and pompoms
  • 2 wee white mum plants literally got plunked into burgundy pots I already had ($3 each from the grocery store)

Fall patio updatesfront patio garlandThat’s it. You can’t tell from these photos but the upper levels of my townhouse building have burgundy siding which I was trying to tie in with the bits of burgundy. The rest I wanted to look low key and neutral. I’ll add pale pumpkins to the rocker, bench and large planter closer to Halloween. So there you have it, my ‘new’ Fall patio for less than $20! What are you decorating for the season?

Chalkboard painting on glass

chalkboard paint on glass DIYI’ve made no secret of my obsession with all things chalkboard painted…like this door, this tray and these placemats. So when I found chalkboard paint made for porcelain and glass at my local art supply store, you know I had to give it a try! The paint is Pebeo Porcelaine 150 brand in mat black and it’s pretty awesome.

I spruced up these little glass canisters that I picked up at a garage sale for 25 cents each.
The jars have a pretty distinct raised border on each side so I used that as my guide for painting. The paint itself is very thin so you’ll need to apply a good 3-4 coats. Don’t be alarmed if your first coat or 2 is streaky and ugly. It’ll improve, I promise.
chalkboard paint on glass DIYFollowing the directions on the paint jar, I let the paint dry for 24 hours, then baked the jars in the oven for 35 minutes at 300F degrees. I let them cool then went through my usual ‘conditioning’ process for new chalkboards – rub a light coat of chalk over the entire surface then rub it off with a chalk brush or soft cloth.
chalkboard paint on glass DIYNow your surface is ready to write and draw on. I recommend gentle hand washing for these and any other surfaces you paint with this stuff. I’ll leave you with a few more ideas: special messages for mugs, the base of wine glasses for ID purposes, candy jars or jars for storing craft supplies!