Archive: Dec 2014

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail

Today is New Years Eve & while most people might not remember their celebration into 2015 this drink will surely provide a yummy taste with no added headache! This Blackberry Lemon Mocktail is a great alternative to alcohol to aid you into keeping your resolutions (drinking less), helping you keep it classy tonight, and something the kids can enjoy too!

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail

The Goods

1/3c Sugar

Lemonade

Blackberries (1 container)

Mint

juice of a lemon

1. Add sugar, blackberries, juice of one lemon to a medium saucepan

2. Once mixture is at a liquid consistency remove from stovetop to cool.

3. Add lemonade to blackberry mixture

4. Dip the rim of your glass with lemon juice, and then twist onto a plate of sugar. Garnish with mint, and more blackberries.

5. Sip + enjoy!

 

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Cheers to 2014! May it be a great one!

xo

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NYE Weave Backdrop

WOW, who else is with me that 2014 flew by!? The Shift Creative hasn’t even been live for a year, yet there has been so many fun and exciting opportunities that have already happened! So, thank you! I wouldn’t be here without all of you who follow, encourage, and inspire me on the daily! Ok, enough of my ranting. Need a backdrop for your party TOMORROW? (lagger!) Try this NYE inspired Weave Backdrop! It took me a day to finish- so get started!

NYE Weave Backdrop

The Goods

Large picture frame or cardboard

Yarn of various types

Ribbon

Rope

Twine (most weavers use yarn, but I wanted a messy effect)

Copper sheeting (optional)

Wooden dowel

1. Begin wrapping your twine around the frame (I used an old picture frame I had) The size of your frame depends on how big you want your backdrop. The height of mine is almost as tall as me at 5’7.

2. After you are done wrapping your frame- cut and secure the loose piece of twine on the back with tape.

3. These next steps are what makes this piece unique. I take the width of my frame in yarn overlap it numerous times until I have a big wad, if you will, in my hand. I liked mine to be really thick. From there I weave under the twine, and over, under and over, etc… For me, the messier the better!

4. I repeated step 3 numerous times with different types of yarn. For the ribbon and rope, I stuck to a single strand of each and wove like normal.

(There is no right way to do this! Be creative!)

Note* I found a piece of copper sheeting in my garage so I thought it would look rad in the piece, however, it was too heavy! I took a command hook and attached the piece of sheeting to the hook using some twine and adhered it to the wall. (no one will ever know, besides all of you that is)

5. Once you have achieved the look you want, its time to take the weaving off the frame. This can be a little difficult, and my twine strands weren’t that tight. Begin at the bottom and cut the twine in pairs. So cut two pieces of the twine that is holding your weave together, and then make a knot. Repeat this all the way down your weave.

6. Now your weave should be free from the frame. Next, take your wooden dowel and   begin tying the twine on the top to the dowel like you did at the bottom, but this time it is going around the dowel.

7. Once you are all done, hang it up with some hooks, stand back, and admire your work!

 

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Can’t wait to see yours! Make sure to tag me @theshiftcreative!

Cheers + Happy New Years!

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DIY Christmas Wreath Collage

DIY Christmas Wreath Collage

Do you need a last minute Christmas decor idea? I put together this wreath collage in no time for 31 BITS, and it’s sure to bring a festive spirit to your home, or event! Read more for instructions!

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The Goods

-Garland

-Floral wire (optional)

1. Take garland and cut different lengths. The size you cut depends on how big or small you want your wreaths! We wanted various sizes, so we switched it up.

2. Mold a circle from the garland. If you are using a faux garland, it already has wire in it so you simply twist at the top so that it stays put. If you are using a real garland, take some green floral wire, and twist it around where the two ends meet so that the circle stays intact.

3. Hang your wreaths in a collage on your wall with small wire command hooks! We staggered ours diagonally, but a wall full of these easy guys would look so pretty too!

DIY Christmas Wreath Collage

These DIY Christmas wreaths are so easy to make, affordable, and definitely make a statement on your wall for the holidays! Show me yours by tagging me on Instagram @theshiftcreative!

xo

Photography: Kayla Adams … Read More