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Ice Cream Sundae Kit

Ice Cream Sundae Kit: Perfect for summer gift giving!

School’s almost out here, only 3 days to go, and we can’t wait for summer vacation!

The weather is already hot, and hot summer days always make us think of ice cream!

I thought this little Ice Cream Sundae Kit would be a great little thank you gift for my girl’s teachers this year.  The Ice Cream Sundae Kit if filled with everything you’ll need to make the perfect ice cream sundae -just add ice cream!  It’s simple to put together, and I hope they’ll enjoy it over the summer.  I think it would also be a great hostess gift.  So, if you’re headed to a bbq, or to someone’s cottage for the weekend this summer you’ll want to remember this perfect little gift idea.

The key to this oh so pretty combination is the packaging.  I took things out of bulky and colourful packages and boxes, and re-wrapped everything in cello bags tied with a little twine.  It really makes the kit look customized and put together.  Pick up cello bags in different sizes at the dollar store or craft store to make your own kit.  Also, it allows you to break up big packages, and offer a little bit of everything.

Ice cream sundae kit 1

I used some waffle cones, sugar cones, and waffle bowls -all picked up at the grocery store.

Ice Cream Sundae Kit: Perfect for summer gift giving!

I included some of my favourite ice cream sauces, and don’t forget the cherry on top!

Ice Cream Sundae Kit: Perfect for summer gift giving!

I found these sweet little bowls and spoons at the dollar store, and the napkins too.  Don’t they look cute tied with a little twine?

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I wanted to include a few candies and sprinkles.  Love the colourful marshmallows from the Asian grocery store, and some of our  favourite sprinkles.

Ice Cream Sundae Kit: Perfect for summer gift giving!

I picked up the sprinkles at the bulk store, I thought the ice cream cone sprinkles were the cutest!  And the containers I also found at the dollar store -should have picked up more for me, I love them.

Ice Cream Sundae Kit: Perfect for summer gift giving!

With an Ice Cream Sundae Kit for summer gift giving, life really is a party!

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

It’s well into June, and today I’m sharing my #ayearoffeasting party for the month.  At the beginning of the year my husband and I decided that we wanted to have a little more fun this year, and connect and re-connect with our friends by hosting one get-together a month.  Some of them have been large, some small, some fancy, some causual, but all fun, and all times of real, authentic relationship building and fun.  It’s fair to say we’re already feeling so glad we took on this little challenge.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

And it’s not too late for you join in too.  At this stage of life, with kids and now even a puppy, it’s not as easy as it used to be to go out, and see our friends.  This challenge has helped us be intentional about having people over, and it’s been great so far.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

This month we re-connected with a few old and very dear friends.  I wanted to set a pretty and special table, to hopefully make them feel a bit special.  We had an easy menu -a charcuterie board in the kitchen to start, a lovely summery salad with grilled flank steak for dinner, and one of our guests brought an amazing dessert.  Since the menu wasn’t too tricky, I had a little more time to work on the table.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

The best part might have been the flowers.  I headed out early to the Friday farmer’s market, about 20 mins. away from my house, hoping for some beautiful peonies for the table.  But they didn’t have any.  I did find the last two bouquets of pretty pink sweet william, so I picked it up.  Then later, as I finished up grocery shopping, at my regular old discount grocery store I saw these beautiful pink peonies at the cash register.  They hardly ever have flowers, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to find these beauties there, so I brought a bouquet of them home too.

I love how they look mixed together, and in simple tin cans painted gold.  I used an elastic on the stems to hold each arrangement together, which worked great.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

The candle holders were a fun DIY I started last summer and finally finished up.  I love how they look with their light light pink, grey, white, and gold leaf for sparkle.  I just happened to find a smaller version at Michaels as I ran my errands, so I brought them home too and painted them up to match.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

I already had the pretty gold geometric candle holders.  For linens I used a couple casual linen runners, and picked up some fabric at the dollar store that I used for the napkins.  I didn’t even hem the edges, since I thought the frayed look was pretty and casual.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

On each place setting I added a paper gem.  I found the patterns here, and printed them, cut the out, folded and glued them.  For a little sparkle, I added a little gold scrapbook paper to each one.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

This pretty tablescape was a lot of fun to put together, and really inexpensive since I used what I had, and DIY’d a few projects.  Don’t forget to “shop your house”, use what’s in season like the peony’s, and look for things in unexpected places like my fabric pieces from the craft section of the dollarstore that I used for napkins.

Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape: pretty peonies, DIY candle holders, paper gems, and homemade napkins make a gorgeous and inexpensive table perfect for summer.

With a pretty Geometric Pink and Gold Tablescape, life really is a party!

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover: Easy how-to spray paint wicker.

So one Tuesday morning, yes it was for sure a Tuesday since that’s garbage day on my street, I noticed these poor abandoned wicker chairs.  They were set out at the curb waiting for some one with a little vision…or the garbage truck.  Lucky for them, I came by before the garbage truck and I saw their potential.

Sure they were a little discoloured, a little past their prime, but nothing a little spray paint couldn’t fix.  I knew they’d be perfect for our #12MonthsOfDIY challenge for June -spray paint.

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover: Easy how-to spray paint wicker.

I love spray paint, and these great little chairs are the perfect example of why -spray paint is such an easy way to transform so many things.

I didn’t really need to do anything to prep these chairs -they were already weathered and a bit rough probably from being outside.  Other than that they were in great shape, the wicker wasn’t cracked or coming apart or broken anywhere.

The name of the game when spray painting is many, many light coats rather than trying to do one heavy one.  A heavy coat will create runs in the paint.  So be patient, and do lots of light coats until you have the coverage you want.  Also with wicker, you need to spray from lots of different angles to get into all the grooves.  So flip them over, turn them on their side, and flip them around to get all the nooks and crannies.

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover: Easy how-to spray paint wicker.

It took 4 cans of semi-gloss white to cover them -about $30 worth of paint, but all in all, since they were free, it was a pretty good investment.  They still had an Ikea sticker on the bottom, $39 Can. on their website, in case you like their shape.

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover: Easy how-to spray paint wicker.

I put them in the corner of my yard.  I’m spending lots more time out here lately since we have a brand new puppy.  I thought this was the perfect project to add him posing in the corner, so you could “meet” him, although he doesn’t know “stay” yet so it was a little tricky, lol.

Havanese puppy

Oscar is a 10 week old Havanese puppy, who we’ve had with us for about a week and half now.  We’re busy training him…or at least trying, which means lots of time in the garden for potty breaks.  This little corner has a bit of shade and these little chairs are the perfect spot to sit when we’re out there.

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover: Easy how-to spray paint wicker.

I added a simple yarn tassel bunting, and these pretty geometric stamped pillows -tutorial coming soon.  Now it’s the perfect little spot to sit.

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover: Easy how-to spray paint wicker.

With a Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover, life really is a party!

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY Mod Podge project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

From the top left, they are:

DIY Spray Painted Terra Cotta Planter from Woman in Real Life

DIY Pencil Holder from Love Create Celebrate

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover from Life is a Party

Recycled Outdoor Plant Pot Using Spray Paint from Time with Thea

Upcycling Outdoor Home Decor with Spray Paint from Sustain My Craft Habit

Painted Closet Doors from Fresh Crush

Gold Straw Himelli Plant Holders from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Repurposed Antique Crib DIY Secret Garden Gate from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Coral from PMQ for Two

DIY Spray Painted Pink Living Room Side Table from Woman in Real Life

How to Update Your Home on a Budget with Spray Paint from The DIY Mommy

DIY Mirror and Photo Frame from Fresh Crush

 

 

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And, don’t forget to play along with us on Instagram, can’t wait to see your #junespraypaint #12monthsofdiy projects!

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

It’s almost Father’s Day and after the success of my Homemade BBQ Sauce last year, I thought it might be nice to make up a Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning for my husband this year.

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

It’s super easy to make, so even the youngest kiddos could help put it together and it’s super yummy.  I usually try really hard to avoid stereotypes, I’m sure not all husbands or dads are the main bbq-ers.  So it might work for your crew for Father’s Day, or it might work for your peeps for Mother’s Day.  Let me just say that if you’re into steak, it’s really yummy, and it’s really easy to make -tick, tick. 😉

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dehydrated onion
  • 1/2 tbsp dehydrated garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp dried coriander
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together, and store in a sealed container.
  2. To use, rub on steak before grilling.
http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2016/homemade-montreal-steak-seasoning/

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

I packaged it up along with a few other BBQ treats for a fun little gift pack for my guy.

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

You can download the free “Happy Father’s Day -Just Grillin’ and Chillin” with Dad” Labels here.  I think they’d be really cute as place cards for a Father’s Day BBQ dinner too, you could write each person’s name in the blank space and tie to napkins.

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

I included a jar of the Homemade BBQ Sauce -find our recipe here, the Montreal Steak Seasoning, a little bag of BBQ Ring-o’s, a “Dad’s” rootbeer, and a grill cleaning brush.  And, if you’re giving this gift to someone, you should probably make sure there’s a steak or two in the fridge. 😉

Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: Easy to make and delicious recipe, and free printable Father's Day gift labels.

With Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning, life really is a party!

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