Custom T-Shirts

Custom T-Shirts | happy together
Life has been full of track practices and lots of other events lately (any other track moms out there?), but I’ve snuck in some little projects here and there. Recently I had a friend ask if I could make one of the grandma’s house shirts and two more custom t-shirts using iron on vinyl for her daughters birthday. It was something I had a little time for so I took it on and love how cute these shirts turned out. I used my Cricut Explore and you can find the design on the blue shirt here. I ussed a white flocked vinyl and really like the look and feel of this stuff. It was my first time using it and I wish I had sooner. Once they release the new graphics (one of which I used on the phone shirt) I can share where to get that one. My friend also sent me a design of the fearfully and wonderfully made shirt and I found some fun fonts in Design Space to make hers a little different. Then she wanted a monogrammed one but I only had a small amount of glitter vinyl left so I created a little fabric pocket to put it on. For the initials, if you search “monogram” these pretty letters come up and then you can layer them how you like. I really want to make my girls each one of the new ones too and I’m hoping to make myself a shirt for Mother’s Day this week. I will share that if it works it :) I store my Explore under my bed so it’s easy to pull out when I want to use it.

-jess

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Wood Vase Holder DIY

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
I love sewing, crocheting, and all, but you all know how I like to create with all kinds of things so today I’m sharing this wood vase holder diy. A few weeks ago I saw something kind of like this but it was made from metal. I really liked how it looked but also figured I could make something with that same concept but for a lot less money. I was right! I made this out of wood and since I had almost all the supplies already it didn’t cost anywhere near the amount of the metal one. I liked how simple this was to make using minimal tools.

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You can see two different types of vases I had on hand that fit in it. It’s a generous size but you could always change the sizes of the wood pieces to suit a specific vase you want whether it be smaller, larger, wider, or not so wide. Here is your supply list to create your own wood vase holder diy:

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 x 36 poplar square for the legs and top joining pieces
  • Wood for the base (I used a 1×8 scrap piece I had. just make sure it is at least 3/4″ thick and 5.5″ wide)
  • Four 3/4″ x 1/2″ corner braces with screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic finish
  • Lint free cloth
  • Ruler
  • Saw (I used a chop saw but also used a hand saw to cut off the ends of two smaller pieces I cut too long)
  • Drill and bit that the screws you use will need

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
First make your wood cuts. From the two pieces of poplar cut the following lengths: four that are 12″ long, two that are 5.5″ long, and two that are 4″ long. From your wood for your base cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece. Sand all of the pieces, especially focusing on any rough spots.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Next, grab your corner braces and prepare to put them on.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Take your 12″ pieces of poplar and screw on each brace so that the top is 4″ from the bottom. Repeat for all four pieces.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take a leg with the brace and place on the corner of the base. Screw in place. Repeat for all four sides making sure that the legs are in the correct place on each end.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
It was a little difficult to get the last leg on, so if you leave the leg screws a little loose on the base you can turn them to make more room for your drill if necessary. Then go back and tighten them once they are all in place. You might also find it best not to screw the screws in too tightly as it can make the legs warp a little bit at the top.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take the smaller pieces and place them on the appropriate sides. I put a little bit of wood glue on the ends of the piece and then clamped them in place one at a time. I would put one in place and go about my day and the next time I got in the car I would switch and do another piece. The wood glue holds these in place super good so no need for screws or nails on these unless you want to do that.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Some people skip doing this but I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner. It helps the wood soak up the stain more evenly. I applied it with a paint brush and then wiped off the extra with an old t-shirt. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
After the conditioner has set for the amount allotted on the can, apply your stain of choice. I used this Early American color stain. I applied one coat using a paint brush, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then wiped off any excess. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Once the stain is completely dry you can apply a polycrylic finish. I applied one coat with a paint brush. (Make sure to wash your brush after.) This will protect the wood from any water that might spill onto it.

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Let it dry and then it’s ready to hold a vase full of flowers. A great mother’s day gift idea since that is very soon ;). Make sure to share your happy together projects on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tag me too :)  Have fun creating! -jess

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Brownie Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Brownie Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Naked Cake with Roses | happy together
I recently came across TOME, which is a bakery in Australia, and fell in love with their elegant designs. I decided I wanted to make a little cake and bought three 6 inch pans with the hopes of doing so soon. Now, I really love to bake, but cooking on the other hand….. well, it’s necessary. Ha! But if I baked all the time I would eat all the things and be rather unhealthy. So I wait for events to do some baking. A friend of mine recently had a baby girl after having three boys. She didn’t find out the sex of the baby so she was over the moon when they saw she was a girl. I decided to make a cake to be the dessert portion of the meal I brought to them. I found this peanut butter cookie dough brownie layer cake recipe and used the brownie cake recipe portion and the chocolate ganache part but opted for a plain peanut butter frosting recipe to use instead of the cookie dough stuff. Since my cake would be smaller than what the recipe called for, I put the extra batter in a small pan for us to nibble on. The cake portion is more of a cakey than a fudgy type of brownie. It was good and tasty, but if I was to make this again I might try to find a more fudge like brownie recipe (just personal preference). It was my first time making a chocolate ganache and I forgot to get heavy cream so I found this substitution recipe online and used that in place of the actual heavy cream. It came out tasting yummy.

Brownie Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Naked Cake with Roses | happy together
I had fun putting the cake together and it went together rather easily. I didn’t add the ganache in between layers like the recipe though since the icing was enough for this cake. I like “naked cakes” because they looks so great but don’t require a ton of experience to come out looking beautiful. I went to the local grocery store for some flowers and they were very limited so I stuck with some simple pink roses and greenery. I had some gold sprinkles but really want to get some of that edible gold foil looking stuff for future cakes. Do you have a favorite cake flavor combination?

-jess

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My Projects in Wedding Papercrafts Book

Projects in Wedding Papercrafts Book | happy together
I had the privilege to work with Lark Crafts again and have two projects in this newly released book, Wedding Papercrafts: Add Handmade Charm to Your Celebration (available here). It’s been a long time since I did a wedding projects so it was fun to do. I was very happy to see my two projects on the front cover as well.

Butterfly Garland and Paper Balls Backdrop in Wedding Papercrafts Book | happy together
I created a butterfly garland to be draped on chairs for a special look and a paper ball backdrop that could be used for pictures or for the main ceremony. I created each project and sent it to them to be photographed. I always find it interesting to see how someone else styles something you create. They did a lovely job styling all of the projects in the book.

Butterfly Garland on Bride and Groom Chairs for Wedding | happy together
They even put a picture of the butterfly chairs as the last page :)

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The above pictures are just a few more projects in this book. Every single project is made using paper which is very economical. It can get pricey when putting a wedding together so any simple diy project that you can do and save money is well worth it. The projects range from decorations, stationary, and accessories. If you are looking for some paper wedding projects to create this would be a good book for you. -jess

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Magnolia Market Adventure

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
Continuing on about our spring break adventures, I want to share about our trip to Waco, Texas to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos. If you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines by now I will fill you in real quick. Her and her husband, Chip, have a HGTV show called Fixer Upper and are very talented at what they do. They and their kiddos are also sweet as pie and will steal your heart. I stumbled upon their show during it’s first season and was immediately drawn to it. We were on vacation and the place had cable so I was getting an HGTV fix. I loved the show so much that from then on I started buying the new shows on itunes. Now that it’s been out for three season, you can catch some online for free and Netflix has the first two seasons available now. Anyways, after watching I came across this testimony from Joanna and that sealed the deal for my loyalty haha. So when we knew we were going to visit Round Top I looked to see how far it was to Waco and it was only two hours. We added that to our trip. It was a beautiful ride between the two cities. Such pretty farm land. We arrived at night and went to a hotel excited to start our next day with a visit to Magnolia Market.

Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas | happy together
It was very easy to find and is right in the downtown area, super close to Baylor University and other little vintage/antique shops and food places. I will say this though, there is not a ton of convenient parking. We got there at 9:30 am since we just didn’t have anything else to do and I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to find the place, etc. There was already a small crowd but still a good amount of parking in the parking lot behind the building. When we left around 1, the parking lot was packed and many people were walking from other nearby streets to get there.

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
We stood around and waited until it opened at 10 am. I saw the building where the soon to open bakery will be,

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
and admired the pretty landscaping they did.

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
By the time 10 am came they opened the gate by the road and the line was allowed to go up the ramp to the door. I turned around and the line was so much longer!!!! This was just about half of the line. I knew things were about to get serious. It really felt like waiting for a ride at Disney or something.

Welcome on floor at Magnolia Market | happy together
When you first enter if you look down at the floor you are greeted with the word welcome. It’s little details like this all over the store that you will have to keep an eye out for (especially when it’s crazy crowded) but add to the charm of the store and are so Joanna.

Magnolia Market Adventures | happy together
There are tons of beautiful displays to admire and draw inspiration from. You guys should have seen me trying to take a ton of pics before all those people made it through the door lol.Continue Reading

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