Crafts Design

“EAT”Kitchen Decor

I came across these EAT paper mache letters and just needed – yes needed – to incorporate them into our kitchen. Our forest green kitchen walls could use some light accents…. so ivory is what I went for.

I used krylon spray paint. There a million different types of kylon paint – I know it overwhelms you when you walk into a store and have no idea what kind to get. Gloss or satin will work out the best on paper mache!

They took less than 10 minutes to dry. I spray painted them in my garage (in this Iowa weather – very chilly) but once done, I moved them inside to dry. The drying process will be a lot faster in an environment between 50-70 degrees.

To hang them you could use 3M wall mounting tape. We painted our walls a couple months ago and would rather use some small nails to hold them up. One nice thing about these paper mache letters – they are lightweight! Those 3M strips will easily be able to hold them up.


Baby Shower Gift

Gift baskets are my favorite thing to give as presents. I figured there could be a good baby shower present to give that would offer a lot of little items that every couple could use when expecting a new baby. This is what I started with:

I got some of these items at Target, Walmart, and surprisingly Dollar Tree. Their boxes, containers, & gift wrap are cheap and stylish ($1) – cant beat that!

I decided I was going to make a banner out of washi tape to the outside of the basket. I used some braiding cord I snagged at hobby lobby to hang the banner.

I put the whole package of diapers in the basket…somehow! Once that was in, I played around with how the rest was arranged. This is how it turned out!

You can put any phrase, saying, or the baby’s name in the banner created. I chose to use the couple’s last name – Tate. The banner reads Baby Tate. Permanent marker works great on the washi tape! Have fun creating your next baby shower gift basket! ~Nicole

Eat & Drink


I have been curious about this world of juicing for awhile now. I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I don’t eat as many vegetables or fruits I should in a day – that is for sure, so juicing really helps provide all the nutrients I was missing out on before. I had been a big fan of all the green juices you can buy at coffee shops and grocery stores. But my oh my, this juicer quickly converted me over.

Juicers can range from $20 – to $300 +. I got mine as a Christmas Gift, but did a lot of reviews on it afterward. It might not be on the high end of that budget, but works like a charm. I would definitely recommend my Black & Decker Juicer. Its inexpensive and very powerful to juice a lot of fruits/vegetables at once

What to buy: You will need a base when juicing. The fruits/vegetables that produce more of a volume I have found are: kale, carrots, cucumbers, & celery. From there, you can add other fruits that add more vitamins in the mix. These can be – beets, lemons, cuties, and/or berries. Spices/herbs will add that extra flavor to your drink. My favorite spice to add is ginger root.

I was pretty surprised at how many ingredients it takes to make a full glass. It can be a little expensive once you add all the ingredients up, but it is worth it in the end.


2 beets + 5 cuties + 1/2 cucumber + ginger root

First time around making this recipe, the cucumber taste was overwhelming. Your first time around, even 1/4 of a cucumber might be just the right amount!

I am excited to try new recipes. I’d love to hear about your juicing experiences! ~Nicole