Monday, December 29, 2014

Raspberry Mojito Recipe



We’ve made it to the end of 2014 and I feel that a drink is in order. Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks right now because I love mint.  Mojitos are lower in calories than many other drinks so drink up ladies.

This recipe is actually something my boyfriend put together and he is the lovely model in the pictures.



Ingredients:
-Mint
-Sugar
-Bacardi Razz
-Tonic or club soda
-1 lime sliced








Start by taking 6-8 fresh mint leaves and a slice of lime and muddling them at the bottom of your serving glass.  I used a wooden spoon to do this.



Add 2 more slices of lime into the glass along with a teaspoon of sugar and muddle it all again.


Add a shot of Bacardi Razz or more to the glass, if desired.  


Add ice and tonic water (or club soda) to glass and stir.  



Place a mint leave at top of glass and serve.  Cheers!


Spice it up and drink up,
Amanda

Monday, December 22, 2014

Snow Sign Tutorial



The weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful but as long as you love me so, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  

Here in Texas the weather is in the 50’s and I don’t see snow is in our near future. I’m originally from Chicago and I was not a fan of the harsh winters but it would be nice to have snow on Christmas. So let’s make some SNOW -letters that is. This is a really fun project and the concept can be used for other projects as well. If you have not had a chance to use mod podge it will change your life.  Plus, there are several DIY mod podge receipes on Pinterest. 

Want to make this?  Here is what you need: 
1. Letters S-N-O-W (I got mine from Michaels) 
2. 4 pgs of scrap book paper of your choosing (I got mine from hobby lobby) 
3. Glue or mod podge 
4. Scissors 

I wanted my letters to have a vintage feel so I picked scrapbook paper to reflect this.  I used wooden letter that were about 10 inches in height. 


Place the letters facing down and closely trace the letters. (tip: hold the pencil with the tip inward so that the outline is more accurate).  

Cut the outline(s) out. Test the paper over the letter to review for errors. 


With glue or mod podge secure the paper to the letters.


Allow to dry. After 24hrs of dry time the letters are ready to display.  



Make it Spicy and Merry,
Amanda



Like this project? You may also like DIY Mini Trees.
Featured on:
Judy's Handmade Creations

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Decorative Trees


Christmas is only 10 days away…Can you believe it? I'm excited to spend next week with family and friends.  

What would Christmas be without a Christmas tree? Did you know the tradition of the Christmas tree dates back to the 15th or 16th century when devout Christians would bring trees into their homes. During that time period trees would be decorated with fruits, nuts, and other edible treats. Tree decorating today has gotten even more creative and beautiful.  I’ve seen some pretty amazing trees on pintrest as well as in stores and homes.

I recently made some DIY trees using leftover supplies I had from other projects.  I wish I would've taken more pictures because I love the outcome. I didn't know how this project would turn out since I was acting on a whim, otherwise I would have step-by-step photos. I guess my lack of confidence in this project got the best of me.  Here are the "after" pictures and I’ll give you a little synopsis of how they were created.

The Burlap Scrap Tree



For this tree, I cuts pieces of burlap about 3/4 to 1 inch wide by 6 inches long. Note these are estimated measurements and it does not need to be exact. I used four different types of burlap and a styro foam cone that was 10 inches tall. I started from the bottom of the cone and glued strips vertically to the cone. 


The glue was only applied to the top of the burlap scraps to give movement to the bottom. I worked by gluing the pieces to bottom, the middle, and then the top. To finish the project off I glued an ornament on top. 

 Dressed in Burlap tree 


I cut several different lengths of burlap and glued them (with a glue gun) around the 10 inch cone.  I wanted the burlap pieces to go around the cone so I cut the pieces longer to insure they would go all the way around without a gap. 


Twine Wrapped Tree 


To create this tree I wrapped the twine starting from the bottom all the way up to the top occasionally glueing as I went along. I wrapped the cone with a white string and glued a star to the top. 



Hope you have a spicy and magical holiday,
Amanda

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Tree, My Christmas Tree


Monday, December 8, 2014

5 Minute Nutcracker Wreath


Christmas is just around the corner I can’t believe it!  This year I de-cluttered some of my older Christmas decorations to make room for new decorations and crafts.  My Thanksgiving break consisted mainly that along with Christmas shopping.  I love nutcrackers and continue to decorate my mantel with them every year.  While I was at the dollar store this week, I found some mini nutcrackers and thought a frame wreath would be a great way to showcase them. 

Supplies:
-Frame 8 x 10 or larger
-2 small 4-6 inch nutcrackers
-Holiday ribbon
-Burlap
-Twine or wire for hanging
-glue gun



First step is to separate the frame from the backing and the glass.  I tightly wrapped the frame with burlap.  Try to make it as tight as possible. Once the frame is completely wrapped I secured burlap flap to the frame with glue.


The next step is to glue the nutcrackers to the burlap. 


I placed glue on the handle and the base of the nutcracker to make sure it was secure. Hold the nutcracker in place for about 2 minutes each.


I created a bow at the top using festive holiday ribbon and secured it to the frame with glue.  I tied twine to the top of the frame to secure it to the wall.  Now doesn’t that look festive!


 I love how this turned out and it as not time consuming at all.  

Make it Spicy,
Amanda

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year. Starting this blog has been an amazing journey and I would like to thank everyone who has read my posts and featured me. As well as those who have been supportive with comments, kind words, and shares.

I am thankful everyday that God has given me on this earth and the people he has provided to be part of my life.

I would also like to give a special thank you to my boyfriend Matt, whom has indured my complaints about computer issues and who has helped with many aspects of this blog.

TexMexCrafting has a lot of special suprises in store soon so stick around...

Many Thanks,
Amanda

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Wrapped Christmas Vases




As I’m writing this post I'm listening to Christmas music; it’s never too early right?  I love using the dollar tree hurricane vases and in this tutorial I am using them again. I will show you how to make these easy and fun burlap wrapped Christmas vases. I made these to donate to a craft fair that my mom’s church had to raise money for a new building.


Below is what you will need for this project:
-1 hurricane vase
-Burlap ribbon purchased from Michael's
-Small ornament
-Twine
-Scissors
-Multi purpose adhesive spray
-Ornaments to place inside






Here is a close up of the spray adhesive that I used.  I purchased it at Walmart. 









The first step is to measure and cut the burlap ribbon to fit around the vase. 


Then lay the burlap ribbon out flat and spray it with the adhesive spray on the non-decorated side. Make sure you cover your table/surface with newspaper so you do not do any damage. The adhesive spray is very sticky if you get it on your hands you can use hand sanitizer to help get it off.  


My favorite technique is to lay the vase at the end of the ribbon and simply roll the vase (like a rolling pin). This will insure the ribbon is straight. 


I used twine to tie on the star ornament.  I filled the vases with gold and silver ornaments. These would look great on a fireplace mantle or as a table centerpiece. 


“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 
 Calvin Coolidge

Make it Spicy and Merry!
Amanda

Friday, November 21, 2014

Simple Concepts: Fall decorating for the bathroom (or any room)


I really enjoy home décor. I’ve often pondered the idea of going back to school and becoming an interior designer.  Although I think of myself as a lifetime learner, I do not think another degree is in my cards at this stage of life. So I will live vicariously through this blog.  I’ve decided to add a section to the blog called “simple concepts”. This section/posts will be geared toward simple decorating ideas.

For this session of simple concepts, I give you a tour of my guest bathroom and share some of my fall decorating ideas.

White pumpkin+ Owl = Owl perch

Owls are quickly becoming a fall favorite. I found this little owl in the 75% off section in an after Halloween sale. I sprinkled some moss on top a pumpkin to give it an earthy feel and thus the perch was created.

Fall leaves + Mirror = Lovely

 This vine of leaves is another dollar tree find.  I lined the edge of my mirror with them and really liked the outcome.

Light bulb vase + Lavender = fragrant décor


So I can’t take credit for this idea. My favorite restaurant Whiskey Cake has these on their tables and I always admired them. They use rosemary and it is a lot more fragrant then lavender (which is what I used).  I actually grow both in my garden so I plan on switch between the two.  I've had mine lavender in my bathroom for about 10 days and it still looks green and fresh. 

Hope you enjoyed this month’s simple concepts. 

Make it Spicy and Simple,
Amanda
   



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Wreath

This week I created some crafts to donate to my mother's church fair. This wreath is one of the items they auctioned off along with my ornament vases. In total my crafts helped raise $88.00 for their new building fund.  It's always a good feeling to give back and I'm glad they went to a good home. 

Wreath making, in my opinion, is 90% design and 10% skill. For this wreath my inspiration was a "white Christmas".  Everything on the wreath besides the greenery is white.  


Wreath planning...


While in the planning process I like to move things around on the wreath to see how everything looks and make sure that the wreath is balanced.

Dissecting the wreath: The two ornaments at the bottom are actually from the dollar tree but look very elegant in my opinion. Everything else was purchased from Micheal's.


Hope you find a good way to give back this holiday. 

 “Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....” 
 Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Make it Spicy and Holly,
Amanda