DIY Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers @themerrythoughtWith the holidays here and lots of dinners and gatherings happening, I thought it might be nice to have an extra set of salt & pepper shakers around. Seems like we’re always passing the shakers around throughout meals, hurry up and pass the salt already!, so an extra set or two for big dinners would be nice. We also have a lot of left over dowels from various projects, so I thought why not make a set and use up some of those dowels?! These salt & pepper shakers are a simple project, and with the right tools, quick to do – and they would also make sweet little gifts for the cook/hosts & hostesses in your life!DIY Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers @themerrythoughtMaterials:

– wood dowel (we used a 1-1/4-inch dowel)
– mitre box
– drill press
– drill with bit
– cork bottle stoppers
– sand paper
– black & white paint & paintbrush


Cut dowel to desired size with mitre box, our shakers are 3.50-inches tall. With drill press, drill a bigger size hole to give space to grab cork 1/4-inch deep, drill hole to fit the cork all the way till you leave about 5/8-inch of wood at the end. Mark where you want the top holes to be and drill holes. Sand if needed. Paint bottom of shakers to designate which is salt and which is pepper. Fill with salt & pepper and shake away!DIY Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers @themerrythoughtDIY Wood Salt & Pepper Shakers @themerrythought



Printable Holiday Stickers @themerrythoughtI was trying to come up with some easy gift wrap ideas for this Christmas and I saw this adorable food packaging and thought it would make a super simple way to personalize gifts a bit. I took some of my doodles and put together a batch of sticker to seal presents for the holidays! And I’m sharing them with you! Whether you want them or not! 😉Printable Holiday Stickers @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Full sheet labels
-These downloads: one or two

Print them out, cut them out, and stick them to wrapped presents or simple boxes!
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DIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtThis is one of those projects that I kept putting off because I was nervous whether or not it would end up working out. But I finally tried it out and it’s SO much fun! It makes me feel like I should stay up by candlelight and write out letters with a little jar of ink and a quill pen… basically it feels magical! And how special to receive something with a wax seal on it! Geez. Overall this project doesn’t take much time at all other than the trial and error getting used to the wax. But so worth it! You can whip one up and use it on your holiday cards!DIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Oven-bake clay
Gold sealing wax
Full size glue gun **with LOW heat setting
-Ice cube

How to make it:
-Form a piece of clay so that it has a flat bottom and a place where you can hold the top – mine ended up basically looking like a Hershey Kiss.
-Press the desired shape into the bottom of the clay. I used a piece from a bouquet of seeded eucalyptus.
-Bake and let cool according to directions.
-Put sealing wax into hot glue gun, turn on to low heat, and let sit for 5 minutes.
-Use a ice cube to get the bottom and sides of the stamp slightly wet.
-Pour a small amount of wax onto the envelope and press stamp on top.
-Let wax cool slightly and then remove stamp.
**You will want to try it out on a scrap piece a couple times to get the hang of how much wax you’ll need and how long to leave the stamp on the wax.
DIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtDIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtDIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtDIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtDIY Wax Seal @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:20 am

    Carol - I don’t think this would go through the sorting machines at the post office. Probably would clog something up. Best to put “hand cancel” on any card with this seal. I would check with the post office before I would send any of these out.ReplyCancel

    • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 4:05 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Yeah! These would definitely be best for any cards you’re handing out, or giving with a gift, or even placing it inside a larger envelope if you need to mail it out. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:35 pm

    Natalie - I was absolutely obsessed with the idea of having a wax seal as a kid, you have made my 12 year old self very happy indeed

    – Natalie

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:45 am

    Charmaine Ng - I was obsessed with wax seals, but I grew out of them cos I hate the typical red shade. This is a lovely, minimalist gold though!

    – Charmaine

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 3:10 am

    Corina Nika - That’s so interesting! I’ve never thought about making my own wax sealReplyCancel

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 9:16 am

    Jessica - This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing x

    Jessica — NinetyCoReplyCancel


DIY Splatter Planter @themerrythought #fearnomessDecember is tomorrow (crazy!!) and decking the halls is in full force around here! Last year, Caitlin spotted these sweet little dwarf alberta spruce trees at the store and we couldn’t get over their cuteness and wanted to use them for some projects and decor for Christmas. Unfortunately, with busy schedules and always too many projects on our plate, we ran out of time to do anything with them. So this year, we made sure to get some early and got our hands dirty with this fun & simple DIY! We love the natural touch they add to Christmas decor, without being overly “Christmas-y”, and the planters are perfect to use and keep around all year. And partnering with our friends at method allowed us to fear no mess as we painted and splattered and dug around in the dirt – creative messes are the best messes! We’ve long been fans of method because of their amazing scents and pretty bottles, plus method is people friendly – the products are biodegradable, made from recycled materials and 100% recyclable…so bring on the messy projects!DIY Splatter Planter @themerrythought #fearnomessDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythought #fearnomessMaterials:
-white acrylic paint
-dark brown or black acrylic paint
-paint brush
terra cotta pots
-painters (or washi) tape
-dwarf alberta spruce trees
-potting soil
-method hand gel wash

Tape off pots near the bottom and paint the upper part white. Once white paint is dry, use a stiffer paint brush and dip it lightly in the darker paint and use your thumb against the brush to splatter the paint lightly over the white paint. Remove the tape and let the paint dry completely. Then repot your sweet little trees in your planter, clean up and go deck those halls for the season!DIY Splatter Planter @themerrythoughtDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythoughtDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythoughtDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythoughtDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythoughtDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythought #fearnomessDIY Splatter Planter @themerrythought #fearnomess


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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 11:08 am

    Natalie - Love those tiny Christmas trees and their pots. The method lavender handsoap is my fave!

    – Natalie

  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 8:54 pm

    Ivory - I too love the flower pots and the little trees in them. So beautiful, and could make a nice gift. I would be happy to get them.
    Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel


Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette @themerrythought #nyscertifiedWe’re big fans of supporting the local businesses and shops around our area – and we also extend that to our food choices too! We recently became aware of a new program New York State is launching that falls right in line with that – the New York State Grown & Certified program! NYS Grown & Certified is a voluntary program for state farmers, which ensures that they work to conserve natural resources and use farm-safe practices. And it will make it easy for shoppers to find and enjoy delicious fruits and vegetables that are grown right here in New York, with the NYS G&C labels on foods (see it below – coming spring 2017).New York State Grown and Certified @themerrythought #nyscertifiedWe recently had the opportunity to travel to Amos Zittel & Sons Farm and get a behind the scenes look at what they’re doing and talk to the farmers first hand! With having family & friends that farm, as well as pretty much living in the middle of farm fields, we were excited to get a chance to meet new farmers and hear their stories.New York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtMy oldest wants to be a farmer when he grows up (he’s been saying this since he was a toddler!), and I always tell him that no one works harder than farmers. The family at Zittel Farms is no exception to this! The passion they have for growing food, for working with the other local farmers, and providing the community and state with the freshest produce was so evident in the stories we heard and the workers we met – both family and non-family!New York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtWe enjoyed a delicious, locally made lunch with them and heard how the farm started and what they’re doing today. We also toured fields and facilities where they were busy harvesting and processing brussels sprouts. And we were sent home with a bag full of goods right from the farm, including some brussels sprouts! We used those delicious sprouts in this easy-to-make salad that’s sure to become a favorite way to enjoy brussels sprouts!New York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtNew York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtBrussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette @themerrythought #nyscertifiedBrussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

For Salad:
-Brussels sprout leaves
-Crispy bacon
-Crispy fried onions

For Dressing:
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-2 tsp honey
-cracked pepper

Add bacon and onions to chilled sprout leaves. Combine dressing ingredients, add to salad, and serve immediately.
Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette @themerrythought #nyscertifiedNew York State Grown and Certified @themerrythought #nyscertifiedNew York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtNew York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtNew York State Grown and Certified @themerrythoughtBe sure to support your local farmers and buy local produce when you can! For those near the Buffalo area – you can visit Zittels Country Market in Hamburg to get your own locally grown produce, plants, flowers & more!

NYS Grown & Certified @themerrythought

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  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 5:41 am

    thefolia - Cheers to farmers…happy harvesting and happy feasting.ReplyCancel