CO is turning 138

colorado state burlap flag_jsorelle

August 1 marks Colorado’s 138th birthday. Happy {early} Birthday Colorful Colorado! Being born and raised Colorado girls, we love to represent our state and give its flag some love. We also love burlap. So, we combined the two and created a piece of art…or a basket accessory.

You’ll Need:
a piece burlap
a photo of the Colorado flag {we used regular, white printer paper}
Golden GAC 800 Medium from Golden Paints
brush

How To:
Print a photo of the Colorado flag.
Use a brush to apply the gel medium to the item you plan to add the photo to.
Place the image, face down, on the item you are adding the photo to, in this case, a piece of burlap.
Gently press down and rub all areas on the back of the photo so the medium is applied, without bubbles, to the entire photo.
Wait for the medium to dry. We waited about 2 hours.
Use a wet wash cloth to ‘wet’ the back of the photo. The photo will look wet, and if it doesn’t, you may have to add more water to the wash cloth. Once the paper looks transparent, rub the paper with your hand or the wash cloth gently – it will peel the ‘paper pulp’ and reveal your transferred image.
We added the DIY Colorado burlap flag to a red basket with twine, and added lovely sunflowers. This would also be pretty framed, or mounted on an old, antique piece of white wood.

colorado burlap flag diy

colorado burlap flag diy_jsorelle

diy colorado burlap flag_jsorelle

{images j. sorelle}

worm pudding {recipe}

worm pudding_jsorelle

There is nothing my 6-year-old and 2-year-old son loves more this summer than worms, water and dirt {mud}.  And there is nothing my 4-year-old daughter loves more than sugar. So, for their recent birthday celebration at school, we made dirt pudding cups, which I lovingly call ‘worm pudding with a budding flower’ {my husband thinks the flower looks like the kind that opens up and eats people, but I was going for a tulip}. You decide for yourself, but whatever flower you think it is, make this dessert. So yummy.

chocolate mousse worm pudding for kids

Chocolate Mousse
{recipe by Kimi Hansen}
makes 13, 9 oz elegant plastic cups or more if you use smaller shot glasses

Ingredients
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups whipping cream
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla
Oreo cookies
13, 9 oz plastic cups
13 strawberries or other ‘flower’ fruit
13 gummy worms
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers

How To
Use Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers {love these things} to draw grass on the outside of the cups. It dries almost immediately.
Add chocolate chips, vanilla extract and egg yolk to a blender.
Heat cream to a boil on the stove and then slowly add the cream to the other ingredients in blender.
Pulse ingredients together
Wait until it cools a bit before you pour in plastic cups.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. After the first hour or 2, stick a worm in the semi-hard pudding and continue to refrigerate.
Before serving, top with crushed Oreos
Use a straw or toothpick and add your ‘flower.’ It can be made with a strawberry like I did, with 4 slits on top and whipping cream on the inside, or even raspberries and blueberries.

worm pudding

worm pudding for kids

worm pudding with a flower

worm pudding with a flower

Just look at this chocolate, happy face. Pure joy.
chocolate mousse face

{images via j. sorelle}

coaster obsessed

DIY coasters

I think I am slightly obsessed with coasters! I want to make them for everyone. So, when I received DIY coasters from Kimi as a hostess gift, and she revealed how she and her mom {love you Barb} made them {the secret ingredient was napkins}, I knew I had to make some. They looked so good, I couldn’t believe it. Maybe I’m late in the game to discover this and this is so 90s or maybe they were on to something BIG…either way, I love it. I have so many fun napkins, always in need of a great gift…and who doesn’t need something to prevent a water ring from their cocktail?

DIY Napkin and Tile Coasters
{thanks Kimi and Barb}

You’ll Need:
Cute Napkins {mine were from Curly Girl}
4 white 4×4 tiles from Home Depot
Modge Podge {the regular kind you use with a brush, and also the spray…I used the spray this time to prevent streaks, and it worked, but you can definitely still use the regular kind}
Cork Board from Michaels

How To:
Peel all the layers of the napkin away from the top layer and cut it along its creases. With the Curly Girl napkins I used, 1 napkin gave me 4 perfect squares for 4 tiles.
Add about 1 tablespoon of Modge Podge to the tile and spread out with a foam brush.
Place the napkin on the tile and press down the sides along the sides of the tile. Careful not to pull as the napkin is thin and can tear.
Make sure all sides, corners and bubbles are pressed down.
Let dry for about an hour to two.
Gently tear the sides of the napkin ‘left over’ to the edge of the tile. It should tear easily. I didn’t need a scissors.
Spray the tiles with the Modge Podge and let dry for 20 minutes. Repeat the spray steps 2 more times. Don’t forget to spray the sides and corners. If you apply Modge Podge with a brush, I would apply at least 2 to 3 layers.
Cut the cork board into squares slightly smaller than 4×4.
Apply Gorilla Glue to the cork board and press down on tile. I applied a smaller square on the cork, as Gorilla Glue spreads 3-4 times as it adheres. If you over-apply, it will leak through the sides and will be really difficult to remove.
Place a heavy book on top of the cork board and tile, and in the morning {or 2 hours}, you will have a lovely set of coasters.

DIY napkin coasters

DIY coasters

DIY tile coasters

{images via j. sorelle}

the starts, the eats & the sweets

sequin menu

I am just in love with this menu Jenna from Fleur de Lis made for our recent Bachelorette Bash for Kimi. All photos of the party {thanks to the talented photographer and bridesmaid Amy Forness Photo} to come. Wouldn’t eating be more fun and just overall fabulous if we all had sequins menus like this for every meal?

Jenna printed the menus, then I used Elmer’s Craft Glue to glue sequins to each menu…sequins starting heavy in the corner, then scattered. If you need a menu like this in the future, e-mail us at hello@jsorelle.com. We can do it for you.

diy sequin menu

DIY sequin menu

DIY sequin menu

DIY glitter menu

{top and bottom images via Amy Forness Photo, and images in the middle from my cell phone}

how do you leave a little sparkle?

DIY cosmetic bag

How do you leave a little sparkle?

Maybe its your personality? Smile? Random, simple acts of kindness? A charming accent? Whatever it is, find it and do it because I love people who enter a room and own it, and leave me with a good feeling, or a memory when they walk out the door. I’m talking about the people I don’t forget, and leave a trace of their optimism behind with me. I have friends like this, who are special and simply amazing, and I believe they “leave a little sparkle wherever they go.” So, for a recent Bachelorette celebration for one of my bestie’s, I made cosmetic bags with this quote to go along with our Sparkle theme for the weekend. More photos of that extravaganza to come, but for now, a DIY.

You’ll Need
$3 cosmetic bags from Target {in the travel cosmetics section}
Chacopaper from Michaels
A printed quote
pen
Krylon Gold Leaf Pen from Michaels

DIY cosmetic bag

How To
Use Microsoft Word to create your quote in a favorite font.
Print your quote on a regular piece of printer paper.
Cut the quote and a piece of the Chacopaper the same size as the quote.
Layer the paper, bottom-up, starting with the ‘chalky side’ face down on the cosmetic bag {you can feel the ‘chalky’ side}, your quote and then top it off with the ‘tracing’ paper.
DIY cosmetic bag party favor
Use a black pen to firmly {without tearing} trace the quote on the tracing paper.
Once finished {or you can even get a sneak peek to see if its working if you can lift the edge without moving the paper} lift the 3 sheets of paper from your cosmetic bag and you will see a traced image of your quote. I used the white Chacopaper, so it appeared white like the photo below.
Use the Gold Leaf pen to carefully trace your ‘image’
Voila.
DIY cosmetic bag party favor

DIY cosmetic bag party favor{images via j. sorelle}