DIY Leather Tassel

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Are you guys in love with tassels as much as I am?? Well, if you are looking to spruce up your purse or your keys, you’re in LUCK! You can make your own Leather Tassel with little effort and they look better than the ones you can buy at the store (in my opinion).

You can get two tassels with the size Leather I used for this tutorial. And if you make shorter tassels you can definitely get more out of it.
Here’s what you need:

  • Sharp scissors (I had to buy heavier duty scissors than my dollar store ones!)
  • 8.5″X11″ piece of Leather (I found mine precut that size at Michael’s)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Keychain ring
  • Oversized lobster clasp

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Directions:

1. Cut about an inch off of the top length of Leather (the 11″ side)img_7695

2. Cut the fringe, spacing each cut about 1/4″ apart. You can eyeball it pretty easily. (I found it easiest to keep the cuts steady by keeping the bottom blade of the scissors consistently touching the tabletop I was working on)img_7682

3. Take the strip you cut off the top in step 1 and cut it in half lengthwise againimg_7685

4. Cut two 3″ strips of Leather from either of those lengths of Leather.

5. Find the cut amongst the fringe that is closest to the center and continue the cut all the way up to the top. You are creating two separate fringed pieces here (so you can have two complete tassels in the end). img_7683

6. Take your glue gun and start gluing and rolling your Tassel. Take your time so you don’t burn yourself. And don’t put too much glue down so it doesn’t ooze out the sides. img_7696

7. Half way through rolling your Tassel, take the 3″ strip of Leather and add the keychain ring to it and glue the ends together. Lay this piece down and glue it so you will continue to roll it into your Tassel base. img_7687

8. Complete gluing and rolling your Tassel. Add the lobster clasp to the keychain ring.

9. Clean up any stringy strands of hot glue left over and admire your handiwork!

I made this turquoise Tassel a long time ago (probably 6 months ago now) and it has held up perfectly! That was something I was worried about when making these-that they would unravel or not last with everyday use. img_7745

I added it to my purses for a punch of color and I made this brown one for my fall/winter bags. It even looks cute on my wristlet! img_7749

I’m telling you, these are so simple to make and they look SO fashionable. No one will ever guess you made this yourself. And since it’s real Leather it has such nice movement to it. img_7754

What do you think? Would you try making these? Make one and gift one! (It’s what I did!)

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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MotivationMonday#16

Gratitude + journaling.

It’s Thanksgiving week, so it’s a perfect time to think about what we are thankful for. Hopefully you are getting to spend time with family and friends at some point and getting at least a day to enjoy unplugging from the usual daily grind. It always helps make me feel refreshed to get a nice family lounge day, where there’s nothing on the agenda but to hang out and enjoy everyone’s company.

If you’re into journaling, or have always been interested in maybe starting to journal, I have included a photo from textmyjournal.com that is a 30 day journaling prompt that focuses on gratitude. It’s simple, and will inspire you to really think about all the little things in your life that you are grateful for, but never actually stop to take the time and recognize what these things mean to you.

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I have always heard that journaling has a positive effect on the mind and soul, so I think I’m going to crack open a journal and try it myself. Will you?

And it may sound hokey, but I’m grateful that you’re taking the time to read this! Thank you!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Homemade Italian Cream Soda

This is such a fun drink that really tastes like a special treat but isn’t too terrible for you calorie wise. I made these Homemade Italian Cream Sodas when we had a girls Pinterest night and they were a big hit! If you wanted to, I think these could easily be made into “adult friendly” cream sodas, if you know what I mean. And not only do they taste good, are really quick to make, but they look really really pretty too!

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Here’s how to make them!

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Ingredients:

  • ice
  • Torani Sugar Free Syrup in Black Cherry (or any flavor you prefer)
  • your favorite fizzy water
  • half and half (I had heavy whipping cream leftover in my fridge that needed using up and it worked perfectly!)

Directions:

  1. Pour your fizzy water over iceimg_7649
  2. add 4 pumps of the flavored syrup (use more or less to alter how sweet you want it)img_7651
  3. add a splash of half and half (or heavy whipping cream)img_7655img_7661
  4. mix it together and enjoy!img_7665img_7667

Does this sound like something you would make for a girl’s night in? If you’re thinking you would only have one use for these flavored syrups, try one that would also be good in your morning cup of coffee! Mmmmmm, talk about a special morning pick-me-up 🙂 And lastly, since we’re using sugar free syrup, the majority of the calories/fat is coming from the splash of cream, so it’s not that terrible at all. Live a little! LOL

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love & cupcakes,

Katie

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Funfetti Chewy Bars

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For my birthday last week, I turned the big 3-0. Yup, I know. It still feels weird to think I’m 30. I don’t feel like I’ve even been on earth for that long! These Funfetti Chewy Bars are totally celebration worthy.

Anyways, I have loved loved loved everything funfetti flavored since high school, and for my 30th birthday I wanted to make a special dessert for myself that was an extra special treat. Now, I’m normally a chocolate gal – the more, the better (and dark, please!); but these funfetti chewy bars are outrageously good. I got the recipe from a blogger who has a delicious site called crazy for crust. So cute, right?!

These are better than your standard dessert bar because they have a layer of sweetened condensed milk sandwiched between layers of funfetti resulting in the best chewiness you can imagine. It’s heaven.

If you are a lover of funfetti like me, then you MUST make these Funfetti Chewy Bars. They are very sweet and rich, so share them with friends, and be ready for them to ask you to bake more when they’re gone!

Ingredients: (slightly altered from here)

  • 1 funfetti boxed cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles, divided
  • 1/2 cup (from a 14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (you can substitute all white chocolate or all semi sweet/dark/milk chocolate – whatever you prefer)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8″ pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Add cake mix, butter, and egg to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Add 1/3 cup sprinkles and stir until incorporated.img_7547
  3. Press about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips, semi sweet chips, and remaining 1/3 cup sprinkles. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over the top of the bars. Press down to flatten. (when I did this, there were bare spots where I couldn’t completely cover the condensed milk with dough, but the dough expands in the oven and help fill in the gaps; don’t worry if there is still a little exposed milk because it turns into delicious caramelized spots!)
  4. Bake bars for about 30 minutes, or until they just begin to brown. Cool completely before slicing, or the mixture will be too gooey to cut.

These things are INSANELY good! I will be making these again for sure! They are a MUST try.

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They definitely made my 30th birthday feel special, and more importantly, me a little younger! 🙂

love & cupcakes,
Katie

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motivation monday #15

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Hi hi hi hi hi! I’m actually so glad it’s Monday because this weekend was just one of those where you are trying to survive and make it through! Now I feel like I’m back to my normal schedule and I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

How was your weekend?

Use your weekend to fuel this week ahead – if it wasn’t so great, use that to make today better. And if it was great, keep that juju going. Ride the wave baby!

Will you “up your game” today?

love & cupcakes,

Katie

 

P.S. – check out wearetheclique.com if you are a girl boss/entrepreneur/want to start a business around your passion etc. They’re all about girl power in the business world and lots of positive energy/support for business women!

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Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

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This DIY coffee body scrub is guilt and calorie free! Because we are using it on the outside of our bodies. While I wouldn’t normally suggest rubbing some sort of food on yourself, this one is totally cool. And you most likely have all the ingredients on hand to make it and pamper yourself with!

Now, they say that caffeine is a great way to diminish the look of cellulite…if used religiously and over time. While no one likes cellulite, I also don’t have the patience to wait for it to go away over a long period of time, nor am I going to remember to use it a LOT.

If you think you have the stamina to combat cellulite with this scrub, go right ahead; but I’m loving this scrub for it’s sheer power to EXFOLIATE! I forget how much I love to exfoliate until I actually do (see? proof I don’t do it often at all, because I literally forget that I like doing it.)

The leftover coffee grounds are nice and gritty, plus the sugar adds another level of sloughing off all the good stuff, and the coconut oil is super moisturizing. Oh, and if you love the smell of coffee brewing or the grounds after it’s done, then this is like heaven in your shower!

I used the leftover grounds from when I made a fresh batch of my favorite cold brew coffee. If you’ve never heard of cold brew coffee or want to find out how to make some yourself, check out the post I did on it a while back. You can read it here.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 1 cup of coffee grounds
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil (mine was a little oily so you might be able to cut back on this amount)
  • 3 tbsp sea salt or sugar (I used sugar because I didn’t have a lot of sea salt left)
  • empty jar (there’s a reason I save empty jars with lids!)

Directions:

  1. Put coffee grounds and sugar (or salt) in a bowlimg_7156
  2. melt the coconut oil in the microwave (keep an eye on it)
  3. mix the oil in with the coffee mixtureimg_7157img_7158
  4. put it in a jarimg_7159
  5. slather it on your body and rub gently in circular motions for nice and even exfoliation!

P.S. – As I was in the shower I put this on my legs and just kept out of the direct stream of water while I conditioned my hair/washed my face etc. If you feel a little too oily after rinsing it off, just use a little soap to cut down the grease – and be careful not to slip in the shower afterwards!

P.P.S.- Your skin will feel SO smooth after!

P.P.P.S. – you could gift this around the holidays and put it in a nice jar with a pretty ribbon and a label!

P.P.P.P.S. – Today’s my birthday. 🙂

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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