Cake Stand DIY

I have wanted to do this DIY for so long, but finding a candlestick holder was hard!
Turns out, Ikea has so many different kinds.
What you need is a candlestick holder, a plate and some type of epoxy glue.
I left the glue up to my boyfriend, and he picked out Perma Poxy, which is used on cars - so it's really strong! You can buy it at Canadian Tire, or any hardware type stores!
Here is the candlestick holder I used, here are some more that Ikea carries.
Here is the plate I used.

Make sure the surfaces are clean. Wash and remove any stickers or tags from the plate and the candlestick holder.
Now, follow the instructions on the glue. Mine required me to mix it together first. Wasn't too complicated though! PS it smells horrible - like a nail salon but worse.
Spread an even amount around the top of the candlestick holder, on the edges that will touch the bottom of the plate.
I didn't realise how out of focus this picture was - because you need to do it quite quickly, but you can see enough I think.
I attached the candlestick holder and plate together upside down. This way I could see if I was placing the candlestick holder in the centre. 

Wipe off any excess glue that squeezes out the sides. Do this with a tissue or something - not your bare hand!
I left it this way for about 5 minutes, and then turned it over to finish drying.
The back of my glue suggests 4 hours before using - my boyfriend said 24 hours to be safe!


Can't wait to use my new cake stand!

If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

Diagonal Nail: how-to

Thought this was a simple yet cute nail design.
There is the plain coloured nail design, and also the sparkle one!
Couldn't make up my mind today.
 All you need is nail polish and tape.
I used Turquoise & Caicos, and Set in Stones by Essie.

Start by placing the tape diagonally on your nail, and then paint the rest of the nail with your colour of choice! 
 The colour I used needed two coats, so I left the tape on until I had finished the second coat. 
When the nail is dry, or almost dry, you can remove the tape.
So simple! 
Make sure to do a top coat to make it last as long as possible!

Here is what inspired me - my phone!
I just got a mint coloured case, and a sparkly screen protector.
I got a few iPhone 4/4S sparkly screen protectors, so if you want to buy one just email me here or comment below!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Lava Cakes

This is a big favourite of my family!
Quick, easy, and delicious treat!

Ingredients: 

5 tablespoons of butter
3.5oz dark/semi-sweet chocolate
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of flour
2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
pinch of salt


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425°F

Melt the butter and chocolate together. I melted in increments of 25 seconds, because you don't want to burn the chocolate.

 Then add the eggs and mix together. 

Next, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix it all together.

Pour the mix equally into each ramekin dish. This recipe makes about 4, depending on the size of the ramekin dishes you use.

Put the ramekin dishes into a glass dish, and fill the dish with water, to create a bain-marie.
 
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
When they are finished, the tops should be cake like, and look like this.
Serve warm, and add cream or dust with powdered sugar. 
Strawberries and ice cream also are a great touch! 
 I hope you enjoy!

Print the Recipe Card here.

If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

Glass Etching DIY

I've always wanted to give this a try, it's a cute way to personalize glasses.
You need something to etch, such as a glass, Etching creme such as Armour Etch, something to apply the creme with, and painting tape or a stencil.
I wanted to make this martini glass striped, which is a lot hard than you think! I ended up just doing one stripe at the top. 
 When it was putting the etching creme on this glass above, I put it face down on paper so that I did not get the etching creme inside the glass.

The martini glass below, I made triangle's, just applying a somewhat of a thick coat in the areas on the top that aren't taped. 
It suggests that you leave the etching creme on for 60 seconds, but I found I needed to leave it a little longer than that. For 2-3 minutes.

Then you just pull of your tape or stencil, and wash away the creme, and dry the glass after to reveal your newly etched glass!
 I tried to do a monogram glass, by sticking letter stickers.
Make sure that the stickers, are actually shaped like the letter. I have some stickers, where the colour showed the letter, but the outline was just a circle.
I found with this glass, I did not put enough etching creme on, or leave it for long enough. 
 As long as you leave the creme long enough, you will have beautifully etched glasses after!
 These two turned out the best!

 I will add more as I do them, I had some really pretty stencils, I just can't find them!

Hope you enjoy this DIY!

You can also do this to jars and vases!

If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

Gold Tip Nail: how-to

Seriously cute and super easy!
All you need is a base coat, I chose "mademoiselle" by essie, and a gold sharpie marker.
One your base coat has dried, draw on the gold tip with the sharpie.
 Let it dry, and then paint over with clear nail polish, or it will come off. 
Make sure not to go over it too many times with the clear nail polish. 
Something I learned is that because sharpie markers and nail polish have alcohol (or something) in them, when you paint over sharpie with nail polish, it runs and smudges - not nice! (Something along those lines at least...) It isn't too bad with gold sharpie, but with black it is bad! 

Hope you like this super easy nail idea!

Monogram Label Printables

Another great printable from for chic sake.
You can use these for just about anything, but I especially love the candle idea - great for gifts!
And Mother's Day is just around the corner...
I especially love the little paper to put on the match box - makes it prettier!
 You can either print the monogram on sticky label paper, or just print on normal paper and glue on with a glue stick! It will still stick on and last okay.
You can download the printable here.

Enjoy!

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

I made this cake for my Grandma's birthday back in November - so good!
I saw the idea on i am baker.
Really simple and delicious cake!

Ingredients:

Red Velvet Box Cake Mix
Vanilla Box Cake Mix
Whipping Cream
Strawberries
Strawberry Jam

Directions:
Bake both the vanilla and red velvet cakes. 
One box should make two 8" cake sponges - in total you will have 4 cake sponges.
Let the cakes cool completely!

While you are waiting, wash and cut the strawberries in to little pieces.

When the cakes are cool, start whipping the cream. 
Real whipped cream is the best for this cake. You can add 2 tablespoons of sugar per one cup of whipping cream to taste - it makes the whipped cream even better!

Now, take the bottom sponge, and put a thin layer of strawberry jam on it, and then add some of the strawberries on top. The strawberry jam is just to make the cake taste more strawberry-like.
Now, take the next sponge and add a thin layer of whipped cream to the bottom. Place the whipped cream side down on top of the strawberry sponge.

Continue this process of adding the strawberries and whipped cream until you reach the top.
Now for the final touch, you are going to cover the whole cake in the remainder of whipped cream.

I added two strawberries on the top for decoration!
Seriously a delicious cake that everyone loved!

Enjoy

If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

Infinity Scarf DIY

Really simple DIY for Spring!
All you need is a scarf, and a needle and thread, or a sewing machine.
I got mine from H&M for $7.95.
 First, start by pinning the ends together. 
If your scarf has a "right side," for example the pattern is only on one side, you need to pin the "wrong sides" together, so when you wear it, your stitching doesn't show.
 Now, just sew a straight line, and backstitch or tie a knot at the end, so the stitching doesn't unravel. 
 You're finished - super easy, right?
Hope you enjoyed this simple spring DIY.
If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comment section, or email me.

April Monogram Calendar Printable

As always, in love with For Chic Sake's printables!
You can download the April Monogram Calendar Printable here.
It comes in a few colours, all super cute!
Also, if you like the bracelets in this picture, you can buy them here.

Triangle Nail: how-to

The easiest way to get this cute triangle nail look, using tape!
Use two pieces of tape, and tape once going diagonally to the left, and the second piece going diagonally to the right.
Then just paint your nails in the untaped area and when it's dry, remove the tape you will have perfect triangles!
This look it great with just a natural nail and one colour, or two colours, or even adding some dots and stripes to create an aztec pattern look.