DIY: coasters.

if you have a friend, family member, or significant other that really likes beer ..this DIY is for you.

one random tuesday morning at 9AM, my fiance calls me, asking begging me to go to the liquor store. at 9AM on a tuesday. apparently this beer, called hopslam, brewed by bell’s is only released once a year and it goes fast. so I changed out of my pajamas and off I went, feeling ridiculous & passing judgement on myself.

all in the name of love I kept repeating.

then to further show my love, I turned his beloved hopslam six-packs into coasters that he can keep forever.

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

all you need is: glue, mod podge, a paint brush, a plain white tile [you can get these at any hardware store], and a 6-pack carrier.

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

cut the beer logo out and trim to size of tile.

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

add a layer of mod podge to the tile. dot glue around the edge of beer logo. center & let dry.

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

paint on multiple layers of mod podge. [be sure to get around the edges]. let dry. and ..

you are finished.

[secure felt circles to the tile’s corners – you can get these at the hardware store too].

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

DIY coasters // LLinaBC.com

these DIY coasters make for a very personalized, thoughtful gift. sure to be a hit.

perhaps for valentines day ..

happy thursday!

halloween entertaining.

I may be crazy, but this revelation that I’m about to share is life-changing amazing. and will, without a doubt, step up your entertaining game this season.

but first ..

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eat allllll the candy you want, but sort it first.

now prepare for your mind to be blown.

[preface: [J] & I went to rock bottom brewery on sunday evening with a couple friends. I ordered their pumpkin ale, and the glass had a cinnamon + sugar rim. which sparked a light bulb in my head].

halloween may be today, but you can use this trick through thanksgiving. it will be the perfect addition to your cocktail party[s]. and will “wow” your guests.

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all you need: pumpkin spice liqueur, pumpkin pie spice [from trader joe’s // or you may substitute for cinnamon], and sugar.

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in a bowl combine 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice.

halloween entertaining // LLinaBC.com

in another bowl, pour just enough pumpkin spice liqueur to cover the bottom.

place beer glass upside down in liqueur.

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shake off excess pumpkin spice liqueur.

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roll rim of glass in pumpkin pie spice + sugar mixture.

halloween entertaining // LLinaBC.com

now it’s time to add your favorite pumpkin beer.

[this one is great from trader joe’s].

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just when you think a frosty glass of pumpkin beer can’t get any better, it does!

halloween entertaining // LLinaBC.com

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the week in photos.

it’s friday!

and thee very last day of may.

I was sure we were still in the month of april. if my memory serves me right, the rhyme goes “april showers bring may flowers”. I haven’t seen a dang flower. and it’s rained every single day this month. [only slight exaggeration]. it’s awful. my heart goes out to those who are affected by the flooding. so many people here in iowa. sadly, there’s no end to the rain in sight.

let’s ‘week in photos’ it.

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this has been the staple view out my window. it’s not fog. it’s a heavy downpour. ugh!

week in photos, may 31 // LLinaBC.com

[J] refused to let the rain get him down. and brought summer to his wardrobe. love the color combo! [dress to impress at the grocery store].

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my approach to bringing summer: booze. a carefully, hand-selected 6 pack of summery beers. [my favorite: {strawberry harvest lager} by abita].

week in photos, may 31 // LLinaBC.com

and when we finally saw a break in the rain, we went walked to the movie theater. to see hangover 3. it’s been getting mixed reviews. but going by my laugh-o-meter, I enjoyed it. [our red solo cups are filled with water, of course. and yes, I said laugh-o-meter].

week in photos, may 31 // LLinaBC.com

and mother nature also thought it was time for me to get some exercise. so she held off the rain just long enough for our soccer game last night. wasn’t that nice of her? 

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{blog every day in may}

“a vivid memory”.

I got an elbow to the face in the aforementioned soccer game. very vivid. last night there was a tiny, slightly bloody scrape on my lip. and I’m scared to look in the mirror this morning. I love look at me, I’m tough battle wounds. don’t get me wrong. but not on the face people! I’m too old to rock a fat lip. and if I did, people would immediately assume relationship abuse. because what a 25 year old can’t be involved in contact sports? and for the record, [J]’s out of town. haha. [I laugh at my own jokes].

that’s it.

thank you jenni from {story of my life} for putting together such a fun challenge.

I was successful. I blogged every single day in may. pat on the back.


see you in june!

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