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DIY XO Mittens

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DIY XO Mittens

Do you remember the pom pom hat I made a couple weeks ago? Well while I was at it, I made a pair of mittens too. 

While I wanted them to complement the purplish ombre hue in the hat so they could be worn together, I didn’t want them to be too matchy-matchy. So I put the dye away and instead went with a more graphic look. Taking a page directly from Kate Spade’s book (remember her ‘Taxi’ mittens from last year?) I decided to doll up my mittens with an X and an O, you know, since Valentine’s Day and I are having a moment over here.

After a particularly painful first attempt using embroidery thread, I went back to the drawing board and eventually landed on felt and iron-on adhesive to make the letters.  And you know how I love a good repurpose post? Well these mittens were made from an old sweater ($10 thrifted) used in the hat post I mentioned earlier, and I already had the felt and iron-on adhesive on hand. So it cost me a whopping $0. But if you don’t have any of these supplies on hand, you might be looking at $15 before all is said and done. A steal!

DIY XO Mittens

Supplies
 

Old sweater
Paper
Sharpie
Felt
Iron-on adhesive
Scissors

DIY XO Mittens

Begin by tracing your hand on a sheet of paper. Leave enough wiggle room so your mittens are a little loose after you sew them. Cut your template leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Line it up with the cuff of your sweater, trace, and cut out your pieces.

DIY XO Mittens

Sew mittens with right sides together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right sides out.

DIY XO Mittens

Sketch your letters on a sheet of paper, then cut them out. Trace your letters onto the piece of felt. Cut out.

Using an iron set to low-medium (the wool setting) and several pieces of iron-on tape, affix your letters to your mittens. Keep the iron moving constantly and don't turn the heat setting any higher than medium or you run the risk of burning the wool (and trust me, it's not pretty).

^^ high five!

^^ high five!

DIY XO Mittens

Raspberry Champagne Floats

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Champagne Floats

Holidays are never long enough. In my book, each holiday deserves about 2 weeks of celebration. Even the piddly ones like Columbus Day and Flag Day deserve a little extra fanfare. And birthdays? They get 3 weeks, even if it's just a party of one for most of the time.

Champagne Floats

It just makes life more fun if you have a theme to go along with it, so to kick Valentine’s Day off right, I decided to make champagne floats. On a Sunday two weeks before the actual event no less. While the hubs was deeply enthralled in a random sporting event on TV, I was covertly popping bottles of champagne and sneaking spoonfuls of sorbet hoping he wouldn’t notice (<--- true love).

It didn’t work, but hey, you can't blame me for trying.

Champagne Floats
Champagne Floats

Raspberry Champagne Floats

 

Ingredients

Bottle of champagne
Raspberry sorbet (I used Talenti because it only has 4 ingredients and it's amazing)
Fresh blackberries (or raspberries/strawberries/whatever you have on hand)

Instructions

  1. Chill champagne in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to making your floats.
  2. Place two small scoops of sorbet in each glass.
  3. Top off with champagne.
  4. Garnish with blackberries just before serving.
  5. Grab a spoon and enjoy!
Champagne Floats
Pssssst. I found this ^^ mini bottle of champagne at Whole Foods for $8 but I've seen them at Total Wine too. They're the perfect size for two floats, which means you're not drowning in champagne or feeling it the next day. Bottoms up!

Pssssst. I found this ^^ mini bottle of champagne at Whole Foods for $8 but I've seen them at Total Wine too. They're the perfect size for two floats, which means you're not drowning in champagne or feeling it the next day. Bottoms up!