Get Crafty with a Cocktail

Weekend Report: jewellery hangers and seasonal cocktails

Get crafty with a DIY project for the weekend at The Unexpected Chic

Happy Friday!! I am so glad it’s come round already, as I am looking forward to getting into the nitty gritty of my interior design portfolio website this weekend! It’s quite difficult (pretty much impossible!) making it happen while still working the day job so I’ll take the free time to it’s full advantage!

If you don’t have a fearsomely pressing task to do this weekend, or for after you’ve finished it, I’ve got some really lovely ideas for a DIY project and a seasonal pear cocktail to enjoy while you make it! Perhaps you have a pear tree in the yard and don’t know what to do with them all? Try making your own pear nectar, which you can use to make the cocktail recipe I’ve got for you today! I can’t think of a nicer and more fulfilling way to spend an afternoon.

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Many of us are guilty of having our jewellery laying around on our dresser tops or hidden away in boxes that we never open. I’ve come across a gorgeous and easy idea to turn an old picture frame into a wall display to hang your jewellery! Thanks to Cat on a Limb for the project idea!

Picture Frame jewellery holder project from Cat on a Limb, featured on The Unexpected Chic

{image source: catonalimb.blogspot.com}

So, let’s get to work!

1. Find some old photo frames in your grandma’s attic, at a garage sale or perhaps even on the curb (I picked up an AMAZING ornate distressed white-gold frame about 4ft x 3 ft once, someone just ditched it on the sidewalk!)

2. Remove the picture (perhaps useable for a different project?), backing board and glass, and pry out any staples with pliers.

Picture Frame jewellery holder project from Cat on a Limb, featured on The Unexpected Chic

{image source: catonalimb.blogspot.com}

3. Move any hanging hooks so that the frame will sit in the orientation you want, whether horizontal or vertical. Get a friend to hold your frame(s) up so you can plan the arrangement before you decide!

4. Make sure the frames are clean and dust-free. You may want to prime the frames first, especially if you want to paint a lighter colour over a dark one. Then paint them with 2 coats of spray paint or just acrylic paint.

A colour that ‘pops’ against your wall would look cool, perhaps an accent that compliments your throw cushions or rug? Or you could go monochrome and paint them a similar colour to your wall, to add subtle texture. The original tutorial recommends using a clearcoat of polyacrylic overtop of the paint to make the colour brighter – depends if you want a shiny look or not!

5. Drill holes that are a bit smaller than the loop hooks you are going to insert. An uneven number of hooks looks best! Choose the size of your hooks depending how chunky the necklaces you want to hang are. Use the smallest size you can, while still accommodating your jewellery, because it will look most elegant!

6. Insert the hooks, making sure they all face the same way and are sturdy in the holes. If they are a bit loose you could use some hot melt glue to firm them up!

7. If you want to make a frame that will hold earrings, use some twine or perhaps a thin strip of leather, and staple it across the back of the frame using a couple of staples to hold it tight.

Voila! Arrange on the wall in your bedroom, hallway or bathroom to make a very practical piece of art that will get you heaps of compliments from visitors!

Get Crafty with a Cocktail at The Unexpected Chic

Pears are in season in October (in the Northern Hemisphere!) This is a great way to take advantage of a gorgeous seasonal fruit (buy lots cheap at the supermarket!), and makes a lovely sip for a cold day with it’s warm whiskey notes.

Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktail recipe from Martha Stewart featured on The Unexpected Chic

{image and recipe source: marthastewart.com}

You will need:

  • 2 cups pear nectar, chilled (you can make this yourself! see link earlier in this article)
  • 2 cups sparkling apple cider, chilled
  • 2 cups sparkling mineral water, chilled
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey, such as Knob Creek
  • 1 Bosc pear, unpeeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

How to make:

1. In a pitcher, mix together pear nectar, cider, sparkling water and whiskey.

2. Place the pear wedges in the glasses glasses, and douse in the delicious cocktail mixture.

3. Serve immediately and enjoy on a windy afternoon while you cuddle inside with your throw blanket!

You could also try this recipe to make your own pear vodka! A great way to take advantage of this seasonal fruit.

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to make your weekend beautiful! Much love.

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