Cocktail Hour with Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club

In honor of today being World Cocktail Day I figured it would be the perfect time to tell you about Shaker & Spoon, a cocktail subscription club that I tried out this month! Shaker & Spoon sends you everything you need to make 3 different cocktail recipes (4 of each, 12 cocktails total). We’re talking syrups, bitters, garnishes, mixers, citrus—everything is included besides the alcohol. Each month is based on a different spirit, so you have the opportunity to try something new with each box. It also makes a great gift for the cocktail lovers in your life.

This month was the agave blanco box. Tequila! My favorite.Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription ClubIt was stocked with produce, syrups, bitters, chiles, and even a little bottle of tajin to rim glasses.Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (2)The easy to follow recipe cards give you all the info you need from instructions to what type of glass to use. Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (3)The first recipe I tried was a refreshing cocktail made with cucumber, chili pepper, and limes.Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (4)Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription Club (6)

The next one is a Mexican version of a moscow mule. It was made with a delicious Mexican spice syrup and ginger beer.

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Last but not least, a spicy recipe featuring mole bitters, habanero shrub, and agave!

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Thirsty yet? You can sign up now and receive $20 off any subscription with the discount code ‘melodrama’!

The next box is Sake (the Japanese fermented rice liquor) and Shaker & Spoon will be donating a portion of proceeds to the Helen David Relief Fund, which assists women in the bar industry who are fighting breast cancer. If you’d like to further support this great cause and will be in Las Vegas on May 19th, you can attend the annual For the Love Of Cocktails event! They will be raising money for the HDRF and showcasing 35 cocktails by bartenders from around the country.

Cheers, babies!

 

This post was sponsored by Shaker & Spoon but as always, all thoughts and content are my own.

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DIY: Custom Print DIY Pillow Gift Boxes | 12 Months of Martha

As you all know by now, I’m participating in Martha Stewart’s “12 Months of Martha” this year. Martha Stewart Living sends me and a handful of other bloggers the latest tools and products from the Martha Stewart Crafts line. We then use those tools to create a new project every month. See what we’re all up to with the hashtag #12monthsofmartha.

DIY Pillow boxes made easy #12MonthsofMarthaThis month they sent over the new gift box maker and I LOVE IT. Do you know how many times I’ve needed a random little box for something? Now I can whip one up in seconds. Game changer. There are three sizes in one tool which is also super genius. Bravo MSL, bravo.

I have found that this tool works best with thicker paper and light weight cardboard. Luckily, I always keep a stash of heavier weight printer paper on hand. That way I can print the patterns of my choice without having to go out and buy paper. I told you this is a game changer.

DIY Pillow boxes made with Martha Stewart's Gift Box Maker #12MonthsofMarthaYou can find adorable patterns on stock image sites like I did, or you can create your own, and simply print them out on your heavy weight printer paper. The small and medium box templates work perfectly fine with standard letter sized paper.

This tool is really simple to use. You just trace with the stylus to create the fold lines.

Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Box Maker #12MonthsofMarthaThen use the blade to cut out the shape.

Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Box Maker #12MonthsofMartha

Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Box Maker #12MonthsofMartha

Fold it on the scored lines and use double stick tape or glue to seal the edge.

DIY Pillow boxes #12MonthsofMartha

What you end up with are custom DIY pillow boxes that cost pennies to make.

Palm leaves used as ribbon for gift wrapping #12MonthsofMartha

To finish the boxes I used pieces of palm leaves as ribbon and I made paper flowers with left over tissue paper.

DIY pillow boxes and gift wrapping ideas #12MonthsofMartha

These pillow boxes can also be used for things other than gifts. I’m thinking treats, party favors, storage, and more!

A Gift Guide For Crafters and DIY Lovers

Christmas time is upon us! If you’re scrambling for gift ideas for your crafty friends and fam I have got the list for you. Here are my favorite gifts for DIYers this year. Please be warned that you may end up wanting these for yourself.
Crafter Gift Guide
Gam Hammer from Restoration Hardware
This is nifty little gam hammer from RH is my go-to tool for small jobs and crafts. But it’s not just a regular hammer. It has four built-in screwdrivers that fit perfectly together inside the handle like a set of handy Russian dolls. Plus it’s gold so it’s totally fancy and gift worthy. More like GLAM Hammer AMIRITE?

Screen Printing Kits from Speedball
Do you know someone who really wants to get into screen printing? Maybe that friend who always has an idea for a t-shirt or tote? Well then here is an all-in-one starter kit for the budding screen printer. Or maybe that person is you and you should get it for yourself so you can DIY all your gifts.

Perfume Kit from MarkersKit
This is for the beauty inspired DIYer or even just someone who likes to smell pretty. This perfume kit has everything you need to mix your own signature fragrance. Or, again, it’s one of those gifts you can totally get for yourself and then give away your scented concoctions as gifts. Win-win!

Martha Stewart Crafts Paints
This gift probably seems really basic to some, but in the eyes of a crafty person it is more than just paint. It is a necessity. An addition to a collection, even. It is hours of DIY beheld in little jars. It’s always needed and always appreciated. Put together of a few colors or pick one of the monthly paint sets.

Gold craft scissors
Every crafter and DIYer needs scissors, obviously. Multiple pairs even. But let’s get real, regular scissors are boring and not gift worthy. These however, are particularly adorable and useful. Besides their obvious aesthetic appeal, their smaller size makes them perfect for sewing and intricate cutting projects. They make a great stocking stuffer, too.

Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool
If you know a really intense crafter and you want to spend the money, you need to get them a Dremel Rotary Tool. These compact rotary tools can do amazing things from glass cutting to stone polishing to leather burnishing, and all with the quick change of the attachment head.

Go forth and give, my friends. Happy Christmas.

Angel Cake Pops | Baked Goods | Gift Ideas

Last night I got a knock on my door from my beautiful neighbor Paige and she was toting a box full of heaven. Paige is the owner of Angel Cake Pops here in LA. She handmakes the cutest gift baskets for all occasions. I highly suggest these treats for those dessert lovers in your life (get the red velvet) and for your holiday party favors. Look how cute these holiday themed ones are! I had to resist eating them all while photographing them.

She ships nationwide and can also be found on Etsy. Most orders are around $15, so there is noooo excuse not to get some.

Thanks, Paige!

Men’s Gift Ideas | Holiday Shopping | Stocking Stuffers

I love the idea of stocking stuffers…especially because I usually find a million random little gifts for Jvee. Here are a couple of my favorite unique ideas for the special men in your lives.

1. Reclaimed Skateboard Belt Buckles, MuKee; $30 – Belt buckles and jewelry made from reclaimed skate board decks. Jvee saw these and thought they were super awesome. I agree!

2. Wood Ties by Wood Thumb; $34 – We saw these guys at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend. I love the quirky idea of a wood tie! Made from reclaimed wood in San Francisco. Scoop some up and get in on the trend!

3. Knuckle Meat Pounder, What on Earth?; $12.95 – Brass knuckle meat pounder! How clever. Now when Jvee is feeling frustrated he can go off and beat his meat….in a different way.

Different kind of gifts for a different kind of man. All under $40.