Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fun Gift for Hunters

22 Shells in a Glass Ornament
Must use the thicker, best quality glass ornaments.

Put in a few shells, wrap with twine and attach a handmade note.
"Break in Case of Emergency"

"Break in Case of National Shortage"

"Break in Case of Being Outlawed"
 I know you guys will come up with some other ideas. Feel free to share them with us!



Monday, November 17, 2014

Quick & Easy 6 Step Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


 
Supplies:
1 Wide Mouth Quart Jar
1 Wide Mouth  Lid
1 Dial Liquid Soap Dispenser
Spray Paint of your Choice
Marker
Drill with Bits
 
 
Step One
Spray Paint Your Wide Mouth Jar's Exterior and the Dispenser Pump's top.
I Spray Painted my jar with a Black Satin Metallic Paint and the top of the pump with a Chalk Board Paint.
 



Step Two
Invert your soap dispenser opening onto the top of your lid and outline it with a Marker.

Step Three
Using your drill, drill several connecting holes into the lid, using the marker circle as your guide.

 
How your lid will look when the circle is drilled out.

 


Step Four
Insert the Soap Bottle top into the hole you drilled in the lid. Next, insert your soap pump into the bottle and twist down.
It will look like the photo above. 
Step Five
Insert the soap bottle into your jar.


Step Six
Screw the Ring onto the jar.

Now, its ready to use.

To Refill, simply replace the empty bottle with a new one.

 
This is a Pint Jar that I Made just thrown in to give you an idea of how you can decorate your dispenser. This pint jar was made with the same method as above, but pouring the soap into the jar itself. With this method you must cut the  twist on ring top from the dispenser and glue it into the lid hole with a waterproof glue.

 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Newest Upcycling Creation: Rustic Beer Lamp with Antler Shade


 
Okay, Okay, I know that on yesterday that I said the next lamp project was to be Christmas Themed, but . . .  Inspiration hit and I just had to go with it. More things that I had laying around the house went into this little creation. Its made with - basically, the same concept as the wine bottle lamps, with a few minor changes.

Supplies:

Brown Beer Bottle
Elmer's Clear Glue
Play Sand or natural sand
15" Diameter Circle of Burlap
3" Diameter or more (at the widest point) by 5" Tall Cup (It must be made of a material that can be cut) 
Spent Rifle Shell
Antlers or Twigs
Twine
Battery Operated Christmas Lights
Hot Glue unless using a Styrofoam cup, then use any quick drying glue
Knife or Box Cutter
Scissors

Directions:

First - I laid out wax paper in one area of an outdoor table. Then, I laid out the newspaper in a separate area of the table. Over the wax paper, about a third of the way down the bottle, I painted on Elmer's Glue. Don't worry about being precise; you want it to look uneven. While holding a bottle over the newspaper, sprinkle Sand on the bottle, allowing the paper to catch the excess sand. Once all the glue is covered with sand, set the bottle on the wax paper and start the process over with a new bottle. You can occasionally, gather the excess sand from the newspaper and reuse it on another bottle. Set the bottles on your wax paper to dry.

Next - If your cup is not 5" tall, please cut accordingly. Find the center point of the bottom of the cup and cut about an half inch hole (this will be used to insert your spent rifle shell later). Put glue on the entire exterior of cup, including the bottom interior, and cover with burlap. Be sure to flip the excess burlap inside the bottom of the cup to be glued.

Now, I would suggest allowing the bottles and the cups to dry overnight - inside.

The Next day - Insert your Christmas lights into your bottles. Now, depending on the size of your battery box and the size of your cups, you may want to hot glue the battery box to the top of your bottle; before inserting batteries. Please note - If your battery box is large, your cup will not sit right on your bottle.

Finally - Its time to decorate.  Hopefully, you have gathered antlers or twigs to decorate your cups (Lamp Shades). A little tip: I placed all the antlers where I wanted them and had my husband tightly wrap the twine around them. He tied off the twine, then I hot glued the antlers in place. Lastly, top off your shade by poking a small hole in the top, center, of the burlap that covers your cup.  This should be right over the hole you had previously made in the cup. Now, insert you spent rifle shell and hot glue it in place. Its ready to enjoy.

We'd love to see pics of your creations. So get busy creating these for all your hunters, hunt camps and even center pieces for Rustic Weddings.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DIY Romantic Wine/Beer Bottle Lamp with Shade

 
 

Supplies:

Wine or Beer Bottle

Chinese Takeout Box

Clear Elmer's Glue

Epsom Salt

Iridescent Glitter

Battery Operated Christmas Lights

Hot Glue

Beads of your choice or Costume Jewelry

Drawer Knob or Crystal

Tulle / Ribbon

Decorative Cutting Scissors

Small Paint Brush

Newspaper

Wax Paper

Paints of your choice

 

These are so much fun to create. Basically, I allowed the items I had laying around be the judge of how they turned out. So before you begin- rummage through your old costume jewelry; dig around your craft room; ask friends and neighbors to save their wine or beer bottles.

Directions:

First - I laid out wax paper in one area of an outdoor table. Then, I laid out the newspaper in a separate area of the table. Over the wax paper, about a third of the way down the bottle, I painted on Elmer's Glue. Don't worry about being precise; you want it to look uneven. While holding a bottle over the newspaper, sprinkle Epsom salt on the bottles, allowing the paper to catch the excess salt. Once all the glue is covered with salt, set the bottle on the wax paper and start the process over with a new bottle. You can occasionally, gather the excess salt from the newspaper and reuse it on another bottle. When you finish salting all the bottles, you will want to clear any excess salt from your newspaper, so you can begin the glitter process. Shake glitter over the salted section of each bottle. The salt covered glue will be still be wet enough to collect the glitter. Set the bottles on your wax paper to dry.

Next - Use your decorative scissors to cut the tabs from your Takeout Boxes. Your imagination is the only limitation here. I chose to give mine a bit of a curved look but you can cut straight across or however you choose. Now, I used the newspaper again to spray paint my boxes. The smallest box, I painted silver and threw a few iridescent glitter flakes into the wet paint. Then, I lightly sprayed a white paint over that. The Middle box, I painted a grey blue, and then, lightly sprayed it with silver. Finally, I painted the largest box with a white paint and lightly covered that with a gold.

Now, I would suggest allowing the bottles and the boxes to dry overnight - inside.

The Next day - Insert your Christmas lights into your bottles. Now, depending on the size of your battery box and the size of your takeout boxes, you may want to hot glue the battery box to the top of your bottle; before inserting batteries. Please note - If your battery box is large, your takeout box will not sit right on your bottle. I allowed my large battery box to sit beneath a small mirror that I place under my bottle.

Finally - Its time to decorate.  Hopefully, you have gathered old jewelry, tulle, ribbons, beads; whatever your heart desires, to decorate your takeout boxes (Lamp Shades). A little tip: I used straight pins to help with the placement of my decorations. If you like the way everything looks, you can go back and hot glue them in place. Lastly, top off your shade with a decorative drawer knob, crystal, or bead. Just hot glue it in place, and now, you're ready to enjoy your creation.

They are so cute in the light and dark. These would even make great gifts. Thinking that the next one I make will be a Christmas Themed Lamp. The key is fun. We'd love to see pics of your creations. 












Monday, November 10, 2014

Quick, Easy & FREE Flower Pot Coaster




With everyone bringing their plants inside for the winter, I thought this was a tip that could come in handy. For your smaller pots that don't have bottoms, cut the bottom out of a 2 liter soda bottle, and use it under your pot to catch draining water. Use can easily smooth the rough edges with your scissors. They look just like the store bought ones, only these will be FREE.

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Discount for All Our Friends

With the launch of our new website, and the holidays quickly approaching, we decided to do something extra special for all our very supportive friends. Good until Thanksgiving, we are offering a 20 % Discount Code, to be used on your entire purchase at MintJulepsnMuddin.com. All items are included, except Wedding Related Signs and Unity Sets.



www.MintJulepsnMuddin.com


Please feel free to share the coupon code and we look forward to meeting you.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Have Exciting News! Mint Juleps 'n Muddin' is Now Part of the Country Outfitter Family


Country Outfitter
Country Outfitter

Sunnyside, GA September 11, 2014: Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’ has expanded distribution of the company’s specialty Wedding Products. In addition to Etsy and Amazon, customers may now find Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’s unique offering on CountryOutfitter.com , and the soon to be launched, MintJulepsnMuddin’.com .

 

As a featured seller on Country Outfitter Marketplace, Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’ will have access to Country Outfitter’s 10 million customers, as well as marketing and social media support from the leader in country and Southern lifestyle.

 

“Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’ is thrilled to be a part of the Country Outfitter family. With lines from some of the most famous names in Country Music, it is truly an honor for Country Outfitter to invite us to join their Marketplace. Our Country Elegance, Wedding Line, will be a natural addition to their already extensive offerings of Southern products. This is a Union that we are Proud to call Family,” said Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’ owner, Sean Sterling,

 

Country Outfitter Marketplace helps consumers discover charming, original products from smaller brands typically found in a boutique setting. Bringing brands together in the CountryOutfitter.com online store makes it easier for shoppers to find what they’re looking for, and easier for smaller brands to access larger markets.

 

“Country Outfitter has been successful partnering with smaller brands because everybody wins,” said Country Outfitter Marketplace Director Greg Primm. “Country Outfitter gets to offer a full range of distinctive products, small brands gain access to our customers and a premium online experience, and those customers get to discover brands and products we know they will love. We are thrilled to add Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’ to our growing base of niche brands”

 
 

About Mint Juleps ‘n Muddin’

 

Mint Juleps 'n Muddin' was started due to a love of all things southern.

Traditionally, southern items are handmade and produced for a stranger, with the same integrity, quality and love, as would be for a family member. These are the principles our business is built on, and will continue to build on, for the future. We start with quality supplies; add a heap of love, attention to detail, and always picture the customer as family. As family, we hope to put a smile on your face, when you receive the item we handmade for you.

You may come as a Customer, but you leave as Family.

 

About Country Outfitter

 

Country Outfitter is the destination for Southern lifestyle, a trusted omni-channel source for boots, apparel, accessories, and entertainment. Country Outfitter has aggregated America’s heartland demographic, a group of elusive consumers often neglected by mainstream media and lifestyle brands. The company has built an audience of 8MM Facebook fans and 10MM emails in less than two years. By focusing on Southern values Country Outfitter has found passionate fans all over the country. Whether you call it Southern or country, what the company offers is not about a zip code. Country Outfitter is a way of life.

 

For more information about Country Outfitter, visit www.countryoutfitter.com.

Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Media contact for Country Outfitter:

Lela Davidson

ldavidson@countryoutfitter.com

479-455-4177
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

 
Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
 
This is an easy, Fantastic twist on an old favorite.
 

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs. of Red Potatoes - Diced with skins on

2 Ribs of Celery - Finely Diced

1 Bundle of Green Onions - Dice entire onions with tops

1 Package of Bacon - Cook until crisp

1 Cup of Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

1/2 Cup of Fresh Parsley or Fresh Chives

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Directions:  Boil potatoes, in salted water, until tender. Do not over cook.  Drain. Pour potatoes in a large mixing bowl and mash potatoes with a masher. Next, pour dressing over potatoes and mix. Pour onions, celery, pepper and parsley over potatoes and mix. Finally, crumble bacon over mixture and stir in. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Add salt if needed.

 
This will serve about 12 people.
 




Saturday, May 17, 2014

Graduate Well Wishes Pail

Graduate Well Wishes Pail

 

Supplies:

5 Quart Galvanized Pail

2 Horseshoes

1 Spool of Natural Twisted Rope

1 Bottle of Gorilla Glue

You can use a frame, folded cardstock, or a piece of wood for your sign.

 

Directions:

Find a flat even surface to work on. Lay a horseshoe upside down on that surface. Simply dot the inside tips and the inside center of the horseshoe with Gorilla Glue. Use this Glue sparingly because it expands.
 
Lay your pail on its side. Place your glued horseshoe, on the front center, of your pail. Holding the horseshoe in place with one hand, turn the pail upside down, so your pail it laying on the horseshoe. Allow several hours for drying, and repeat the entire process to glue the second horseshoe, on the back of the pail.
 
Next, tie one end of your rope to the pail handle and spool off about 3 feet. Don't worry about exact measurements here . . . you just want enough rope to give the look of a bundle of rope.
 
Now - use whatever you  have on hand to make your sign. It doesn't need to look pristine. Use a marker to write on a scrap piece of wood or sticker letters on the glass of a wooden frame. Our sign is a painted wooden square that I topped off with a twine bow.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY 2 Liter Bunny Basket w/ Stencils



 
This is a Simple and Free project that can be made for primary school students or your Easter Table. They can be used as a basket, a vase, or a food container for Easter dinners and parties. Let you imagination run wild.

I used a marker to draw out the bunny head, and then I used a box cutter to roughly cut out the design. Then I took scissors and cleaned up the edges - making them nice and smooth. A hot glue gun was used to glue the tips of the ears in place and to add a bow tie. Cheap craft paint, and a clipart photo of a bunny, helped to get the bunny face just as I wanted.

Print out the Stencils below and cut out the designs. Tape them to a clean 2 liter bottle and use a marker to draw out the lines you will cut along. The bow stencil is placed in the area of plastic, you will use to make the bow.

Glue on crazy eyes, felt ears, or faux fur just to make yours different. Have fun with this little guy, and include the kids, by allowing them to color him with markers, instead of paint.

Happy Easter to All!
 
Front Stencil
Back Stencil with Bow Tie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Coffee Stain Removal Miracle



Coffee Stain Removal Miracle

Okay, you have to trust me on this one, because its a hard pill to swallow, but it works. When my sister told me this little trick, I thought she was trying to pull one over on me. To be honest, I've only tried it on coffee, but I do plan to try it on a few other stains.

Stain Removal Ingredients:

2 whole eggs
1 beer

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, Beat 2 eggs and add a whole beer.


Blend well.
 
 
Add stained item to the mixture, making sure to saturate the entire item with the liquid. Allow to sit over-night, and then, launder as usual.
 
 
Item comes out stain free.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Unity Family Tree Ceremony

We are Proud to Introduce the Inspiring and Sentimental Newest Addition to our Wedding Line - The Family Unity Tree Ceremony

 
 


 
 

Unity Tree Ceremony Set


The parents of the Bride and the parents of the Groom are each given a bucket; preferably at the rehearsal dinner. Each set of parents are to fill their bucket with soil from the family home. During the wedding ceremony, or the reception, the parents of the couple, give their child their bucket. Then, the Bride and Groom use soil from each of their family buckets to plant a sapling. The tree can remain in a planter until the couple purchase their first home. The tree is to be planted at the couple's first home.

With each set of our Unity Family Tree Ceremony Set, you get:

One Unity Glass Planter 5" Tall and Etched with:
Couple's Last name

Established
Wedding date

One Vellum Pastor/Couple Vow Sheet will accompany the Unity Planter.


Two Galvanized Pails, just under 5" Tall -
One will have the Bride's Family Name and one will have the Groom's Last Name.

One Vellum Message for each set of parents will accompany each pail.

Message to Parents:

Bride to Parents:
Today, I ask of you this task, to bestow upon me a small portion of your land.
This heartfelt request, I ask, as I will always have a small part of the home we shared, within the new home, I will now share with my loving man.
When I gaze upon this unity tree, in years to come, I will think of you and all the love, laughter and fun.
And I will always remember that you are a part of that plant, for you are the branch that made me who I am.

Groom to Parents
Today, I ask of you this task, to bestow upon me a small portion of your land.
This heartfelt request, I ask, as I will always have a small part of the home we shared, within the new home, I will now share with my loving Bride.
When I gaze upon this unity tree, in years to come, I will think of you and all the love, laughter and fun.
And I will always remember that you are a part of that plant, for you are the branch that made me who I am.

Unity Tree Ceremony

Pastor

The couple will plant a unity tree as a symbol of joining their lives as one.  Their parents are gifting them with soil from each of their properties, to symbolize the foundation of the family they were built on and will continue to build upon, for the rest of their lives.

Groom

Just as the Lord molded us from the earth,                          Bride

Just as the Potter reshaped us from the broken clay,

Just as God made us from one,                                                                                                                                                

Today we unite two hearts,

Two souls,                                                          

                                                                                                                Two families,

Bride & Groom

As one.

Amen
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Blondies



Cake Mix Peanut Butter Blondies

Ingredients:

1 - Box of Butter Recipe Cake Mix
1 - Cup of Melted Butter
1 - Cup of Peanut Butter (creamy or chunky)
1 - Cup of Packed Brown Sugar
1 - Egg
1 - Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
1/2 - Cup of Water

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar; blend well with fork. Next, pour in water, vanilla and egg; mix with electric mixer. Pour butter and peanut butter into batter and blend well. Mixture will be a bit thicker than the constancy of a brownie batter. Pour batter into greased 9" x 13" pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Once cooled, these Blondies become chewy.

You can easily change up this recipe by adding 1 cup of baking chips to the batter; peanut butter, chocolate chips, caramel.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Watch the Eagles Live Nest Cam


Photo Courtesy of Examiner.com


As a falconer, my husband seems to come across some of the coolest things. This one is too enjoyable not to share. Its a live feed of a nesting pair of bald eagles in Rome, Georgia.

The bald eagle couple calls the Berry College campus home, for a few months out of the year. Their nest is located in a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the Athletic and Recreation Center. They currently have 2 eggs they're caring for that we caught the male rolling; good daddy.

Thanks to college staff, the "approach" video camera was moved closer to the nest, during this past summer. A Georgia Power crew, mounted a "nest cam" in a branch near the eagles’ nest. Due to their efforts, we can all enjoy watching the eagles care for their eggs, and hopefully, eaglets, this spring.

Watch the Eagles at:  http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/

Photo courtesy of Examiner.com
 

3 Ingredient Make Ahead Breakfast Croisants


These can easily be put together the night before and popped into the oven the next morning.


Ingredients

1 Roll of Sausage
1 - 8oz Block of Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)
2 - Cans of 8 ct. Refrigerated Croissants

In in large skillet, scramble and brown sausage. Drain Sausage and allow to cool. Once sausage has cooled, place cheese and sausage in a large mixing bowl and stir until well blended.

On 2 large, greased cookie sheets, lay out croissants and divide along dotted lines. You will want 8 croissants triangles on each cookie sheet. Next, drop a heaping tablespoon of sausage mixture on the wide end of each croissant triangle and roll. Once all croissants are rolled, you can cover with foil, and place in fridge until the next morning.

Cook at 350 degrees, uncovered, for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.
These are wonderful with pepper gravy.