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DIY Cocktail Time: Die Zitrone

Today I am going to share my new cocktail called "Die Zitrone."  I got a christmas bonus this year from my day job, and what did I do with it? First thing I did was stock up on booze for my home bar.  Since, I have been on a cocktail recipe kick. 

"Die Zitrone" is a wonderful refreshing drink that I have invented.  It is not sweet, I'll warn you.  But you can be sure to add sugar syrup if you like things sweeter.

Needed: 1oz whiskey (2tbsp), 2oz Dry Vermouth (4tbsp), 1 juice of a lemon, splash of sparkling water, twist of lemon to garnish

First, chill a tall glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Add whiskey, vermouth, lemon juice, 3 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker (mason jar) and shake well.  Then, pour over ice in glass, and top off with sparkling water. If you are feeling fancy twist the peel of a lemon for a garnish. 

Again, feel free to sweeten this up with powdered sugar or some sugar syrup.  I like it sour you, you might like it sweet.  

liebe Grüße, (with loving greetings)


P.S As you can tell I am a big whiskey fan!  If you are interested in more of a wintery whiskey cocktail you can try out my Hot-Tottie recipe

If you have hobby bar-tending friends or loved ones who may enjoy this post, I would be more than pleased if you shared this recipe with them. 
DIY Circular Garland
I made these little circle garlands over the weekend and they have brought a lot of christmas cheer to our little home.  They are super easy to make.  

All you need is:  old book pages, a sewing machine, scissors, something round, and 15 minutes of time (to make one which is 1 meter long).  

I used just a straight stitch. 

It holds together wonderfully and is ready to hang up in no time!Do you have any decorating DIY's that are super quick and fun?  I would love to hear about them.

DIY: Fabric Beach Ball Lantern
 I got this free ikea ball lantern at a flea market a few weeks ago and I finally figured out how to make it prettier!  I decided to make a fabric beach ball lantern.

1. First I followed the lines of the paper and marked my fabric where it needed to be cut. 

2. I cut the first piece of fabric. 

 3. When I got a good size, I proceeded to trace out all the other 7 pieces.

 4. I pinned the fabric on to the top of the lantern.

 5. Mixed gel medium with water to make it a bit more liquidy.

 6. Painted on the glue and pressed down the fabric.

7. I did the same with all 8 pieces.  

8. I then let it dry for 6 hours and did some touch ups where the fabric didn't stick properly.  

 Then,  hung it up and just enjoyed our new lantern for our bedroom!

Thanks for reading lovelies!  


P.S.  This project really inspired me to explore lantern/ lampshade making more.  Have any of you created any lanterns or lamps?  I would love to see them.  I would love to hear your ideas! 

DIY bookends.
This is one of the easiest DIYs I have ever encountered.  I read about it a long time ago and it just was sitting in the back of my mind for over a year.  We finally have a bookshelf in our living room and we needed bookends.  So we melted some old vinyl.

Materials needed:
-thin vinyl records that you don't mind never hearing again.
-boiling water
-a tub or sink
-a straight corner to bend a right angle into your record.

 1. Boil the water.  2. Pour the water into a sink or tub. 3. immediately put as much of the record in the water as you want to bend.  4. Once it feels wobbly (10 seconds or so), pull it out and hang it over the edge of a table at a right angle.

We used a wooden box to really flatten out the melted side.  This worked well to make the wobbly plastic strait.  The melty records dry within 30 seconds.

They hold up regular pocket sized novels however they wouldn't hold up my monstrous "Art of the Ages" book.

This is a fantastic quick activity...  The whole process took us about 15 minutes. We made 4 bookends.

I hope you are inspired!

Do you know any fun DIYs made from vinyl?