Posted in Crafts

Valentines Wreath: 3 Wreath Styles for $3

Supplies:

  • 1 green heart shaped wreath ring
  • Ivory colored spray paint
  • 1 spool Red burlap ribbon from Dollar Tree
  • 1 spool Burlap (wire rimmed) Ribbon from Dollar Tree

Crafty girl did a video about spray painting this wire heart and leaving it as is. It is really cute, but I wanted a little color since most of my apartment is cream colored.

Simply wrap the Dollar Tree ribbon around the wire frame for a few different looks:

Heart Wreath
Red Burlap Heart Wreath

Use hot glue to hold the ribbon in place or with a bit of clever tucking and twisting keep it in place without glue so you can reuse the ribbon for other projects!

Brown and Red Burlap Wreath
Brown and Red Burlap Wreath

Just be careful with the red burlap because if it gets overworked it starts to look like this:

Which wreath do you like best? What should I do with this red burlap now that it’s coming apart?

Posted in Apartment Living

Three Minimalist Holiday Decoration Ideas

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Valentines Wreath

Feeling any pressure to step onto the minimalist bandwagon? With Netflix shows like Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and it’s documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. Being the bargain hunter and crafter that I am, even I’m seeing the value in cutting down on clutter. Recovering from the stress and excess of the holiday season I’ve had minimalism on my mind.

The minimalism documentary was especially impactful. I saw it a few years ago and it changed the way I looked at things like souvenirs. It’s helped me let go of extra stuff I don’t need as I clean. It’s also helping me reconsider the crafts I choose to make.

I live in an apartment and space is valuable. I always seem to be de-junking looking for places to put my stuff. As someone who loves good deals, I’ve learn to be more organilized in order to fit more stuff into less space. As a “maximalist” I often try to get the maxium amount of stuff into my small space while maintaining some semblance of order. Merica!

However, I constantly seem to be reorganizing and decluttering, so I’m trying to be wiser about the crafts and deals I pursue. I look forward to the holidays and decorating for them, so I thought I’d make some crafts that take up less space and contain parts that can can stay up year round, minimalizing the storage aspect of holiday crafts. The crafts I have so far are:

Apothecary Jars
  1. Apothecary Jars- They may have come and gone in popularity, but they are fun to make, don’t take up a ton of space, and fit the bill for allowing me to get excited about each upcoming holiday. It’s fun to find something festive to put into the jars every month or two. Plus, they are inexpensive to fill and the small things I put in them don’t take up much room to store, or I can easily donate the items I used for someone else to enjoy, or give away or eat the candy I often use. Click below to make apothecary jars similar to the ones pictured to the right.
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2. Wreath- They are classy, completely customizable, won’t require storage, (as they stay hanging up all year) and thanks to killer sales at Hobby Lobby, don’t cost too much. Target also carries similar wreaths. Check out CraftyGirl’s DIY on this valentines wreath to the right for instructions on how to make it.

3. If you enjoy decorating with lights, but don’t always want white or multi-colored lights consider using these LED lights that can be changed to multiple solid colors depending on the holiday or event.

LED Lights
Multi-colored LED images from Amazon.com 

I understand that to some crafting and minimalism seem to be at odds, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t find a way to embrace aspects of it. After all as an apartment-dweller extra space is always welcome.

Posted in Recipes

Apple, Ham, and Havarti Pita Pocket

This savory/sweet pita pocket is a take on a delicious panini I learned to make while working at a small sandwich shop in college. The ham and apple combo in the sandwich sounded so strange to me when my manager Linda, first taught me how to make it but one bite was enough to make it a fast favorite.

This easy pita sandwich delivers gourmet flavor for a small price and requires little time, effort and only a microwave to prepare. Best of all it
takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

  • Deli Ham
  • Thin slices of a apple (I prefer Pink Lady apples but any sweet red apple you enjoy will do)
  • 2 slices Havarti Cheese
    *Havarti cheese is now easier to find in local grocery stores so don’t let this ingredient scare you away from trying this delicious sandwich. This mild soft cheese is now sold in precut slices near other popular cheeses or sometimes near specialty cheese/dairy sections of the supermarket.
  • Mustard
  • Honey
  • Wheat pita pockets/pita bread/ kangaroo pockes

1. Lay out a single slice of Havarti and place 2-3 thin slices of deli ham along the inside of the cheese.

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The makings of a sweet and savory pizza pocket with honey, mustard, havarti cheese, and deli ham on a wheat pita pocket

2. Add 2-3 thin slices of apple.

3. Drizzle honey accross your thin apple slices.

4. Squirt on an equal portion of mustard (as honey) or less if you’d like a sweeter sandwich.

5. Now fold your cheese slice like a taco letting the ham stick to the honey and mustard on the apple.

6. Open you pita pocket gently and then place the havarti slice stuffed with ham, apples, honey, and mustard inside of the wheat pocket.

7. Put the pita pocket in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until the cheese is completely melted and all of the inside contents are warm.

Enjoy!