DIY: How to Organize your Accessories

Planet Botkier January 13, 2013

Start the New Year right by organizing your accessories & make-up!
This year you won’t have to go crazy looking for that one eye liner you need or that one handbag that matches your outfit.
We have found some amazing organizing DIY’S so you can find everything easily this year.

DIY MAGNETIC MAKE-UP BOARD


Supplies:
1. Frame
2. Sheet Metal
3. Material
4. Tacky Spray
5. Scissors
6. Magnets
7. Hot Glue Gun

Directions:
Step 1: Tacky Spray the material over the sheet metal.
(You can leave uncovered for a cool metallic look.)
Step 2: Place the sheet metal in frame
Step 3: Hot glue the magnets onto the back of your makeup essentials.
Step 4: Hang up the frame and your magnetized make up. Done!

Photo & DIY Credit by ThreadSence

DIY JEWELRY ORGANIZER


Supplies:
- 1 wooden utensil holder (Bed, Bath, and Beyond)
- 4 packs of Small Solid Brass Screw Eyes (5/8 inch)
- 3 packs of Solid Brass Cup Hooks (5/8 inch)
- 1 Picture hanger set

Directions:
1. Mark where you want to put your screws. You can put two in each column (for necklaces), and as many as you could fit in the smaller horizontal shelves (for earrings). You can use a ruler if you’d like to space them out evenly.
2. Twist all of the screws into place.  Use an ice pick or a bigger screw to start each hole. If your hands are sweaty or shaky, try using a paper towel to get a better grip on the screws as you’re twisting. Push down hard so they really go in and go slowly with a steady hand.
A glass of wine is recommended.


3. Attach the picture holder. On the back of your jewelry organizer, twist the two screws in towards the top and evenly spaced out in the center. Secure the wire by twisting it around itself. Cut with pliers.


4. Spray paint! Go outside and put newspaper down. Follow the directions on the can and let dry.
5. Hang it to the wall, add your jewelry, and you’re done!

Photo & DIY Credits by Color Me Blue

DIY SHELVE YOUR CLUTCHES, HANG THE REST

GET THE LOOK:

1. SHELVES : To keep clutches in place, file them like books. Use sweater dividers to cordon off and protect bags made of delicate materials like satin (which can snag) and patent (which can dent and discolor). Lynk shelf dividers, $7 each, bedbathandbeyond.com

2. HOOKS: To keep bags from sagging under their own weight and losing their shape (a danger when they’re left lying down), hang them from hooks affixed to the top of your storage space or unit. Liberty Hardware single-prong hooks, $5 each, amazon.com

3. CREDENZA: While this concept works happily in a closet, we love seeing all our bags displayed in an open case like this one. White low rider bookcase, $349, landofnod.com

CUSTOMIZE IT!

Dress up a plain bookcase with molding: This finishing touch makes a room—and your bag collection—feel extra special.

Photo & Article via Lucky Magazine

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Fall Cocktails and Cupcakes

Planet Botkier October 14, 2012

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and we are all grabbing our cozy sweaters. Fall is officially upon us, what better way to celebrate the season then sipping on a delicious warm cocktail and snacking on a pumpkin spiced cupcake?
Here are two recipes that are sure to make you snuggle up and indulge!

The Hot Apple Toddy

Ingredients:
2 oz. whiskey or apple brandy
1 teaspoon sugar
Honey
Hot apple cider
Cinnamon stick for garnish
2-3 whole cloves for garnish

Preparation:
1. Coat the bottom on a glass or mug with honey
2. Add the whiskey or apple brandy
3. Fill with hot apple cider
4. Stir well
5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and cloves
Sip and enjoy!

Recipe and Image by So Simply Sophie

Pumpkin Cupcakes


Yield: 20 cupcakes

Ingredients: For the Pumpkin Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

Ingredients: For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Pumpkin Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spices; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. Using a mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.
2. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.
3. Finally mix in vanilla and cinnamon.

Recipe and images by My Baking Addiction

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DIY Jewelry Headband and Bangles

Planet Botkier October 07, 2012

DIY JEWELRY HEADBAND
One of our favorite trends this season is hair jewelry.
We have seen many stars rocking this feminine look on the red carpet this year.
Recycling scrap chain or using a broken necklace is a fun and exciting way to make your favorite hairstyle sparkle!
Here is a simple way to recreate this elegant look.

What you’ll need:
- Necklace or chain about 14-17” long.
(To make sure you have the right size, lay your necklace over the top of your head and
it should hit just below/behind your ears at the base of your neck.)
- Elastic headband
- Needle/ thread/ scissors
- Lighter

Directions:

1. Cut the piece of elastic or band from 6-8” depending on how long your necklace or chain is. You want it to be tight enough to stay on but not too tight that it slips off your head. Hold it around your head to measure it if it helps.  2. Singe the ends of the band to prevent fraying. 3. Flip the necklace and the elastic upside down. Then hand stitch about 1/2” of the elastic securely to each end of your necklace. Use about 10 stitches on each side, going under and through the necklace links and a few over and around the top.
Wear and enjoy!

DIY and Images from LoveMaegan

DIY BANGLES
Who doesn’t love bright sparkly arm candy? This neon Bangle DIY is simple and fun!


What you’ll need:
-
Bangles (get them in stacks at places like Forever 21 or Target)
- Embroidery floss (Michael’s has a small selection of neon floss)
- Rhinestone chain
- Hot glue
- Scissors for trimming

Directions:

1. Begin by affixing the rhinestone chain to your bangle with a bit of hot glue and continue all the way around the bangle. You don’t need to glue down the entire rhinestone chain, just intermittent pieces. Less glue mess to contend with that way. When you’ve completed the bangle with your rhinestones, just trim off the rest of the chain, which can usually be cut off with a pair of regular scissors.  2. Begin wrapping your embroidery floss around the spaces between the rhinestones. Wrap 3-4 times around each space, depending on the size of the rhinestone. Continue all the way around.  3. Finish off with a spot of hot glue to hold the floss in place and then trim the edges.
A simple and easy DIY to add a bit of neon to your style!

DIY and images by For The Love Of

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Pick Your Poison!

Planet Botkier August 17, 2012

Since we are headed for the last few hot weeks of the summer, why not indulge in a glass of colorful fresh fruit sangria or a sweet ice-cold treat? These delicious indulgences are not only beautiful but they are fun to make! This is the perfect activity for a rainy day or if it’s just too darn hot to be outside.

Raspberry + Serrano Sangria

What you’ll need:
1 small carton of raspberries
1 small carton of strawberries
1 lime
2 apples, Granny smith and braeburn
1 serrano pepper (if you’re feeling spicy)
1 bottle of Viognier (or any white wine of your choosing)
½ cup of white grape juice
¼ cup of sugar
1 can of club soda
Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:
1. Finely dice both the apples and the strawberries and then cut both the lime and the Serrano pepper into fairly thick slices. 2. Layer all of the different fruits in a tall pitcher, adding a dash of sugar in between every layer. For an interesting twist, you could use honey or agave instead of  plain sugar. 3. Add the Viognier (or white wine of your choosing) to the fruit and sugar mixture. 4. Add the white grape fruit juice and top it all off with the club soda. Place in the refrigerator to chill. 5. Once the sangria has chilled, bust out your favorite wine glasses, garnish the drink with some fresh mint and serve!

Recipe and images from Jaymi Heimbuch www.treehugger.com

Strawberry and Rosemary Sangria

What you’ll need:
Strawberry Syrup:
1 cup diced strawberries
1 tablespoon agave
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon water
2 twigs of rosemary

Sangria:
1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
½ cups sliced strawberries
¼ cup triple sec
2 peaches, each cut crosswise into 6 slices

Directions:
1. For strawberry syrup, dice up strawberries. 2. In a small saucepan add strawberries, agave, salt, water and rosemary. 3. Place over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until strawberries are totally broken down. 4. Remove from heat and strain through a sieve, removing rosemary and strawberry chunks. 5. You should now have about 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup. 6. In a pitcher, mix the white wine, triple sec, sliced peaches, strawberries, oranges and limes. Smash the citrus slightly. 7. Add the strawberry syrup and stir. 8. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.

Recipe from www.acozykitchen.com

Lemon Sorbet Bowls:

Here is a quick and simple way to serve sorbet, this is perfect if  you’re hosting a party!

What you’ll need:
-Lemons, a knife, and any sorbet of your choosing!

Directions:
1. Slice of the pointed edges of your lemon so that your lemon bowl has a flat surface. 2. Cut the lemon in half and scoop out the insides. 3. Put your lemon bowls in the freezer until frozen 4. Grab your favorite sorbet, scoop and serve!  5. For an extra touch, you can spruce up your plastic-ware with little wash tape flags! (Super cute right?)

Recipe from www.theproperpinwheel.com

Coffee Ice Pops

What you’ll need:
2 cups extra-strong coffee
2/3 cup half & half (sweetened optional)
2/3 cup heavy cream
¼ cup confectioners sugar
Pop molds or paper cups + popsicle sticks

Directions:
1. Mix the coffee with the half & half. Taste, and add a bit more milk, if desired. 2. Pour into popsicle molds about 3/4 full and freeze for 1-2 hours.  3. Meanwhile, mix the heavy cream and confectioners sugar. 4. Top coffee with heavy cream, insert sticks and freeze until solid. Voila!

Recipe from www.loveandcupcakesblog.com

Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles

What you’ll need:
3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to ½ of watermelon)
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
Handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Directions:
1. Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside. 2. Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). 3. Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. 4. Place a popsicle stick into each one. 5. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours. 6. When ready to serve, run the popsicle mold under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out. Enjoy!

Recipe from www.nourishingmeals.com

There, now you should be feeling cooled off, relaxed and satisfied. Happy summer and stay cool!

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DIY Soiree

Planet Botkier June 15, 2012

Do it Yourself aka DIY is a great activity with friends for a summer’s weekend. Just sip a glass of wine and do it DIY!

DIY 1: Friendship Bracelet Try the Braided Hex Nut Bracelet DIY by Honestly..WTF

You’ll need:

3 strands of cotton butcher’s twine cut into one yard pieces
18 small brass hex nuts
A bit of dexterity!

Gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about 2 inches of slack. Start braiding. At about an inch of the way down, you’ll begin braiding in the nuts. Before you braid the far left strand over the middle strand, thread on a nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Depending on the thickness of the twine, you can wrap tape around the bottom tips to prevent the twine from fraying. Keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in its place. Before you braid the far right strand over the middle, thread on another nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Again, hold your thumb tightly against the base of the braid, keeping the nuts in place. Thread another nut onto the far left piece and crossover. Repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over. Thread, cross, thread, cross. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided twine and a knot. The bracelet should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times. Trim it to your liking.

Images via Honestly .. WTF

DIY 2: Chain & Rhinestone Bracelet

If you want to add to your first friendship bracelet, here is a perfect match created by I Spy DIY

You’ll need:

Gold and silver chain from M&J Trimming
Rhinestone
Black Suede rope
Pliers
Bracelet closure

Tie together the two pieces of chain (the two chains should be the same size links so they match up when weaving in the rope) with a double knot. Start by weaving together the first link of the chains. Place the rhinestones in between the two chains and begin weaving all three. Continue weaving down the chains, pulling the rope tightly between each link. Using your pliers, remove any extra links so all three chains line up. Double knot at the end. Tie the closures on each end. Trim excess rope.

Images via I Spy DIY

DIY 3: Studded Sneakers
Give personality to something simple! DIY by Honesty…WTF

You’ll need:

A pair of sneakers
150–200 brass cone spikes
E6000 adhesive
A disposable container or popsicle stick
Toothpicks

Start by squeezing a small amount of E6000 into a disposable container or onto a wooden popsicle stick. Dispensing a small amount at a time prevents the glue from drying too quickly. Using the tip of a toothpick, apply a small dollop of glue onto the back of a spike. Press the spike onto the sneaker, holding it in place for a few seconds. Continue adding spikes along the shoe’s baseline and working upwards in horizontal lines. Arrange the spikes, without glue, into awkward spaces before attaching them. Glue spikes onto the heel cap, again working horizontally. Allow the shoes to dry overnight before wearing them!

Images via Honestly .. WTF

The DIY soiree may turn into a friendship tradition so be prepared for the next one!

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