DIY Travel Mug for Your Favorite Teacher

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We run out the door every morning with a coffee in hand, so a good travel mug is a worthy investment. Teachers who choose to nurture, teach and discipline our children on a daily basis also deserve a good travel mug. Whether its tea or coffee, we want to make sure our teachers are fueled throughout the day with a memorable mug in hand. In the summer, when they are not in the classroom, they will be reminded of the difference they made in our children’s lives.

Instead of, “You taught me a lot,” we played with fun coffee lingo and turned it into, “You taught me a latte.”

Materials:

Directions:

Design and print your words on Silhouette software and print according to package instructions.

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Place painter’s tape over the design, and pull it up. The words should now be on the tape.

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Press the tape {with the words} onto the mug and use a straight-edge to smooth out any bubbles.

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Remove the tape, strip by strip, to reveal your design.

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Insert a gift card to Starbucks or a local coffee shop and voila.

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Thanks to Silhouette America for providing the vinyl for this DIY project. We would love them even if they didn’t. Thank you for supporting the companies that support us. 

DIY Coffee Ring Coasters

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We understand why coasters are necessary, and we love them just like every other mom out there that doesn’t want a coffee ring stain on her table. But, sometimes the imperfection of a table {the dings, scratches, paint and coffee ring stains} give it character. They tell a story of the lives and memories that lived there.

It’s difficult to do, but perhaps it’s better to embrace the mess and save ourselves the exhaustion of always wanting it to look perfect?! Yes, embrace the imperfection!

Maybe, it’s better to beat the coffee ring stain to the table with DIY coffee ring stain coasters?! Think about it – it’s the easiest stain to remove because you just have to put them away in a drawer. Plus, they are imperfect right from the start so no need to worry about messing them up.

Our new coasters have inspired us to live according to our coasters. Every day we are going to rise & grind. We have always been and will always be a bold brew {after all, we are Sicilian}. We are not going to hide or cover-up the truth, so it’s a no filter zone here. And, finally, everywhere we go, people will know one of the j. sisters will have been there. Yes, we will leave our mark.

Tell us {email, hello@jsorelle.com or instagram, @jsorelle3} what your imperfect coffee stain coasters would say to inspire you throughout the day. And, of course, read below to learn how to make them.

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Materials:

Directions:

Paint your coasters the color of your choice. We went with a happy, bright yellow and chose to make a random color-block pattern.

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Design your coasters, the coffee stain and words in the Silhouette software. We chose to play off fun and strong coffee phrases such as: no filter. bold brew. leave your mark. rise & grind.

Follow the printing direction on the vinyl packaging. Once it’s cut, remove the excess vinyl around the phrase and coffee stain.

Place washi tape {or vinyl transfer paper if you have} over the design.

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Remove the tape in one piece, and the design of your coaster should stick to it.

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Place the washi tape and vinyl down on the coaster where you want it to be. Use a straight edge to remove any bubbles.

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Pull each piece of tape up, one by one, and the vinyl should stick to the coaster.

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Press felt pads on all four corners on the bottom of the tile.

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Repeat the steps for all four coasters.

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Drink, cheers and make all the coffee ring stains you want.

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DIY Cross Stitch Coffee Sleeve

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As we bundle up and head outside this winter, we like to keep a to-go mug of coffee or tea between our hands. It’s a habitual thing. Sure, we need to caffeine most days {okay, everyday}, and we like the taste of tea, but it really comes down to the fact that we like to have something warm in our hands. It feels comfortable and cozy.

Well, we’ve made our comfy habit a bit cuter with our latest DIY featured at our Make & Mingle last week – a DIY cross-stitch coffee sleeve. Anyone can do it…even with no sewing experience.

Thanks to Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Cherry Creek North for the cups and hot coffee, and Colby Elizabeth Photography for the photos.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Find a pattern or shape to cross-stitch. We used this file from Fleur de Lis, a paperie, and printed them at 30% or 40%, so the stars were small enough to fit on our coffee sleeves.
  • Set the print out of the shape on the coffee sleeve, and with your pearl pin in hand, punch small holes on the ends of every line where you will stitch. When you remove the paper, you should see the shape that you want to design on your coffee sleeve. If you need to make the holes more visible, punch them again once the paper is removed.
  • Cut the embroidery string, insert one end through the needle loop, and tie a knot on the other end of the string.
  • Insert the needle from inside the coffee sleeve up through the top of the coffee sleeve. Then go back down through the next hole. Continue going up and down through each hole until you have completed the shape.
  • Once you stitch the last line, tie a knot inside the coffee sleeve with the original knot.

Warm wishes to you this winter!

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Photography: Copyright Colby Elizabeth Photography

DIY Black and White Coasters + Idea Swap

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It’s National Swap Idea Day. In honor of the swap day, we teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers to create DIY desk accessories to swap with one another. The challenge was to create a DIY desk accessory or DIY desk organization item for under $20. That’s it! Every blogger that participated was assigned to another blogger, so no one went home empty handed…and now we all have a new desk accessory!

I know Jodi and I {Jessica} are in the need of a serious desk overhaul, so we were excited to see what everyone came up with.

Our girl, Christina Williams Blog, was the lucky recipient of our gift swap – DIY black and white coasters with quotes. We all need inspirational and uplifting quotes while we work, and a hot cup of joe to keep us going. So, our black and white coasters with an antler base is a chic way to get rid of those annoying coffee cup rings. Plus it’s a daily reminder to dream and believe in ourselves.

Shh! Jenna secretly wishes she could keep the coasters because it’s black and white {those are the only two colors she likes} and she drinks coffee all day! 

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Here’s how we did it.

Materials Needed:

  • Coasters {we found ours at the thrift store, along with the antler base for $6}
  • White, gloss spray paint
  • Black Vinyl from Silhouette
  • Frog Tape
  • Shellac

Directions:

  • Step 1: Spray paint the coasters, and antler base white. Below is our original thrift store find.

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  • Step 2: Design or purchase a design from Silhouette with inspiration words. We used our Silhouette electronic cutting machine to cut the vinyl for this project; however, you could easily use Mod Podge to adhere your design and favorite quotes to the coasters, or just paint your own quotes.

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  • Step 3: Transfer the vinyl to the coasters, following Silhouette vinyl transfer directions. Instead of transfer paper, we used Frog Tape.
  • Step 4: Spray the coasters with waterproof Shellac or sealant.

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  • Step 5: Sip while you work.

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We are obsessed with the Pencil and Air Plant Holder Miranda at One Little Minute Blog sent us. Air plants is just about the only indoor plant we can keep alive, so it’s perfect!

Check out all the amazing projects and women involved – you are gonna LOVE what you find. All projects are featured on instagram, too.

coffee date

My routine has been to pour a cup of coffee every morning, cream and sugar of course, and with the morning mayhem and three kiddos running around, I maybe finish half of it, microwave it a couple times…and when my hubby comes home at 6 pm it’s still in the microwave, half-full. But I’ve switched from coffee to espresso…and I’m addicted. So addicted that I actually finish my cup of joe! I absolutely love it. It reminds me of Italy and it’s just so good. So, this morning, join me for a coffee date…and add these must-haves to your list for your next coffee date.

Custom Wooden Drink Stirrer, Tulle & Twig

The perfect, better-for-you-than-sugar, sweetener, Agave Nectar

Custom Coffee Spoons, Milk and Honey Luxuries

Make The Best Blueberry Coffee Cake You’ll Ever Have by A Cup of Joe to accompany your coffee.

State Heart Mugs, Grey Skies Blue
{such a cute going-away gift, wedding gift and moving away gift}

Create a little ambiance with coffee filter flowers like A Pumpkin and A Princess did. So cute!

{images via Tulle & Twig, Milk and Honey Luxuries, A Pumpkin and A Princess, MadHava, A Cup of Joe, Grey Skies Blue}