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Hats off to a fun end of summer gift! Today I’m sharing a project I made for my BFF for the Labor Day weekend. Now you have to understand my BFF, she has a very unique sense of humor and I LOVE her for it! The shirts she finds and wears, you guys, crack me up every time. We will spend hours joking around and coming up with funny gift ideas. So in light of the Labor Day weekend I decided to make her a funny hat that she could wear since she has plenty of T-shirts. We have this inside joke that when she drinks she starts to talk in cursive. Do you have those friends that when they have one too many they start to well, sound a little different than they normally do? I’m sure she is going to kill me when she reads over my post but hey, you know BFF for life! LOL

I started thinking of a way I could turn our joke into something that others could also laugh about and “My plan today… Talk cursive” was born. Now this is a hat you can bring along to those fun summer holiday parties. I wanted a light weight material and the perfect shade of pink. I found exactly what I was looking for and not only did they have various patterns but a variety of colors too.

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SUPPLIES:

  • Pink Hat – (Walmart)
  • Pink Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Silhouette Cutting Mat
  • Silhouette Cutting Blade
  • Download Design – (HERE)
  • Scissors
  • Iron

My Plan Today...Talk Cursive DIY HatPINIMAGE

My Plan Today...Talk Cursive DIY HatPINIMAGE

My Plan Today...Talk Cursive DIY HatPINIMAGE

INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by downloading the design above.

You will want to decide the size of your text then measure your hat to ensure you will be satisfied with the results.

Once you have opened your file you will want to resize your text to fit. One of the most important things to keep in mind when cutting a heat transfer projects is that your design needs to be mirrored before cutting.

Prep your Silhouette file to send to print and load your pink heat transfer vinyl onto your Silhouette cutting mat then the grey. Make sure you place the shiny side down onto your mat. This will put the adhesive side or back side of your heat transfer up.

My Plan Today...Talk Cursive DIY HatPINIMAGE

Once your files have been cut unload your design and weed it.

Place your cut design onto your hat and make sure your happy with placement. I used a towel to form to the hat to make it easier to iron. You will want to grab a piece of material to place on top of your design before you begin to press down with your iron. I made sure to heat up the iron before hand.

Make sure to press firmly down onto your design and apply a lot of pressure to ensure your design does not peel over time. I pressed down a few different times, each time for 45-60 seconds before lifting my iron off the design.

Now you may peel back the clear sheet carefully and slowly to make sure it adhered to your material.


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Do you have a favorite shirt or hat you like to wear?

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Orange & Lime Vodka PopsiclesPINIMAGE

Labor Day for me marks the end of summer. For those of you that may not know this fact about me, I LOVE Summer time!  So I decided to say goodbye to summer with some Orange & Lime Boozy Popsicles with Chopin Vodka. I mean, Why Not?! Right! If you read over my last post Goodness In A Cup recipe you know that I have a new found love for Chopin Vodka. These popsicles are light, tasty and simple to make. What better way to enjoy the last few days of summer than sharing these with friends. The idea for these came from my neighbors lime tree. She does not like limes yet has a lime tree in her backyard so when we met she asked if I Liked limes. My response was “yes” I do very much! She was thrilled to hear that and asked if I would pick the limes and as many as I wanted so that they would not go to waste. Music to my ears. As a Thank you for her kindness I made her a pitcher full of Mojitos! LOL no joke. I picked some fresh limes, purchased a pitcher and typed out my Mojito recipe on a card and took it over as a gift! She was so surprised and excited since she loves Mojitos. Who knew!

Boozy Lime and orange popsiclesPINIMAGE

Boozy popsiclesPINIMAGE

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I would recommend that you keep the popsicles in the freezer till right before you serve them to your guest. The colder the better! I usually like to serve my popsicles on a tray of ice with fresh fruit based on the flavored popsicle. These were a huge hit with my neighbors! Just think skies the limit when it comes to flavors and combinations!

Orange & Lime Vodka PopsiclesPINIMAGE

Orange & Lime Vodka PopsiclesPINIMAGE


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 – Cup of Chopin Vodka
  • 3 – Cups of Orange Juice
  • 1/4 – Cup of Simple Syrup
  • 1/3 – Cup Of Lime Juice
  • Oranges and Limes for garnish

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by pouring your orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup together in a large bowl.

Taste your mixture to see if you like the flavor. What I mean is some people like less lime more simple syrup. At this point you can alter your mix a bit for your tastebuds.

Now you can add your vodka to your mixture and mix together well.

Once you have you have mixed your ingredients together set aside.

You will want to cut up oranges and limes and place them in your popsicle tray. At this point you can pour your mixture in the molds, cover, add your popsicles sticks and freeze for 6-8 hours.

Keep in mind that alcohol does not freeze. The more alcohol you use the less your popsicles are to be completely frozen.

Now you have a cocktail on a stick! LOL

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Orange & Lime Vodka PopsiclesPINIMAGE

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What would your fruit combination be?

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Happy Mail - Rubber StampsPINIMAGE

With the modern technology we have accessible to us these days it’s nice and very unexpected to receive something in the mail. That to me is “HAPPY MAIL”! I call it going “OLD School”! There is something to be said about going to the mail box and receiving a card, invite or thank you card. I’m one of those people who still loves to sit on the couch and crack open a book and turn the pages by hand. I will still read ebooks and blogs online don’t get me wrong but I enjoy having a bookmark mark my page and writing things down on paper.

My friends over at Rubber Stamps  created a custom stamp for Design And Unwind and I absolutely love it! The tag line on it says “Where the party at” as we host a few workshops at different places and thought that would be a fun way to stamp the cards. I was able to create my own stamp file including my logo and the process is super easy. They offer multiple size options and a variety of pre-made stamps to choose from. I fell in love with these pre made stamps, #happy mail and the paper airplane. What better way to send out some custom cards then by embellishing them with some clever stamps.

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So for those of you who still like to make and or receive Happy Mail head on over to Rubber Stamps and start sending your friends, colleagues and family some Happy Mail!


SUPPLIES:

Happy Mail - Rubber StampsPINIMAGE

Happy Mail - Rubber StampsPINIMAGE

INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by choosing your color envelope.

Once you have made your selection you will want to decide the color of your stamping ink.

Now you can start by grabbing your stamps and making sure you press down on your stamps and apply ample ink to each one.

Then you will stamp your designs onto your envelopes and you are ready to start sending out your Happy Mail.

The stamps were sharp and clear and I just love how they turned out!


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Happy Mail - Rubber StampsPINIMAGE

Who else loves Happy Mail?

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Vanilla and Strawberry Mousse CocktailPINIMAGE

A dear friend recently introduced me to Chopin Vodka. I had never tasted this vodka before but I am always willing to try new things. Guys, it was love at first taste! LOL It was not only smooth but had good flavor with no harsh back band. I first tasted it with orange juice and then straight over ice with olives. After that I knew I had to try something else with it. You know me, I had to turn it into something sweet. Last year, I made a Strawberry Lemonade Granita and Pineapple Mango Sorbet using Svedka Vodka Now Chopin is a potato based vodka and top shelf and worth every penny! I traveled far here in AZ to get this vodka, as some of the local liquor stores did not carry it. I finally found it at BevMo in Peoria, I was thrilled and the staff was great! Now, let’s talk a little bit about my favorite liquor store back home. It’s called Rishi’s International Beverage located in Grand Rapids Michigan. I can’t say enough about this place. Rishi and his staff are incredible! They are friendly and very knowledgeable. The beverage selection is nothing less than out of this world. They carry it all and if they don’t,  just ask Rishi and he will get it in for you! It’s like being a kid at a candy store where theres so many options and treats to choose from! I will actually be writing a full post in the up coming weeks telling you guys all about it.

Now back to Goodness in a cup! With summer coming to an end I wanted to make one last boozy treat. I decided to make a vanilla and strawberry mousse dessert with my new found love Chopin Vodka. This could be served after an outdoor evening dinner or simply as a single cocktail among friends. After a few different attempts I was very pleased with the results. It was smooth and refreshing which is always a plus in the summer time. I shared two different options for you to try. I prefer a smooth mousse with the strawberry blended inside however I also cut up the strawberries and mixed them in the mousse which gave you little strawberry bites inside.

Vanilla and Strawberry Mousse CocktailPINIMAGE

Vanilla and Strawberry Mousse CocktailPINIMAGE

Vanilla and Strawberry Mousse CocktailPINIMAGE


INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-6 – Tablespoons of Chopin Vodka
  • 1 box of Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of Whipping Cream
  • 2 – Vanilla pudding cups
  • 4-6 Strawberries and additional for garnish

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Vanilla and Strawberry Mousse CocktailPINIMAGE

INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by mixing your whipping cream and instant pudding mix until soft peaks form.

If you want the strawberry flavor to be smooth, you will want to place your strawberries in a blender then add to your pre made mixture and mix again.

Now if you want your mousse to have little strawberry bites you will want to cut up your strawberries into small squares and then add them to your pre made mixture. It’s your personal preference.

Once you have you have mixed in your strawberries you will want to add your vodka and vanilla pudding cups until your mixture is stiff.

Goodness in a cup is ready to serve and garnish with a strawberry!


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Hope you will give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

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DonPINIMAGE

As our kiddos head back to school this year, one of my favorite things to do is come up with a fun and clever pencil case! Remember those cute little pencil cases I did in previous years like, Pencil me in and Write that down. This year is no exception! I decided to go with a slightly larger pouch since the girls are getting older and they have more supplies. I stumbled upon these grey & pink zipped pouches on one of my many trips to Target and knew they would be perfect! Have you guys noticed how cute all the back to school supplies have gotten? One of my favorite things to do as a kid was go with my mom shopping for back to school and picking out my backpack. I always thought, it all starts with the backpack! Once I knew what my backpack looked like I could pick out the rest of my school supplies. Why you may ask? I wanted to either color coordinate or base it all on designs. LOL It would drive my mom crazy but after a while she just went with the flow. She would say “As long as your happy honey, then mom’s happy”! Gosh I miss her. Now I have the absolute privilege to do that with my own girls.

Being able to customize folders, backpacks, pencil cases and so much more has been made easy by using my Silhouette Cameo 3. Especially with so many kids having some of the same supplies, your kiddos can recognize their items without a problem.

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SUPPLIES:

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DIY Heat Transfer - DonPINIMAGE

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin by downloading the design above.

You will want to decide the size of your text then measure your zipped pouch to ensure you will be satisfied with the results.

Once you have opened your file you will want to resize your text to fit. One of the most important things to keep in mind when cutting heat transfer projects is that your design needs to be mirrored before cutting.

Prep your Silhouette file to send to print and load your pink heat transfer vinyl onto your Silhouette cutting mat. Make sure you place the shiny side down onto your mat. This will put the adhesive side or back side of your heat transfer up.

Once your files have been cut unload your design and weed it.

Place your cut design onto your zipped pouch and make sure your happy with placement. You will want to grab a piece of material to place on top of your design before you begin to press down on your iron. I made sure to heat up the iron before hand.

Make sure to press firmly down onto your design and apply a lot of pressure to ensure your design does not peel over time. With this material I pressed down a few different times, each time for 45-60 seconds before lifting my iron off the design.

Now you may peel back the clear sheet carefully and slowly to make sure it adhered to your material.


Back To School - DIY DonPINIMAGE

DonPINIMAGE

These would make a great gift and you could fill it with a colorful assortment of school supplies. What was one of your favorite memories of back to school? I would love to know!

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