Category: DIY*Inspire

The end of each wedding season is marked by some type of dinner celebration for the team and our family. This year again, we decided to plan the event and make it at home. I’m truly amazed by the talent that runs in the family, and this event was a complete labor of love from all. (more…)

Each year we here at Vozik take a day to celebrate the end of the wedding season and to plan for the year ahead. This year we chose to make lunch at home and had a great time styling the tablescape for an autumn lunch using a few of our fall favorites. (more…)

Hope everyone’s thanksgiving was a cheerful and blessed one!
It seems like ages ago that we celebrated since everything is in full swing for the Christmas season.

This year we enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner with family at our parents home and decided to make a nice centerpiece arrangement to bring to my mom.
I’ve had this pumpkin lying around for a while, in hopes of making a pumpkin pie, but alas, that was not done.

So instead, here’s a simple DIY arrangement for fall/Thanksgiving that will stick around long after the turkey is gone.

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What you need:

– small to medium sized pumpkin
– good carving knife
– vase that will fit the length of the pumpkin

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Step 1: measure the circumference of the vase to the top of the pumpkin and etch around it with knife to know where to cut.

Step 2: after cutting out the top piece, dish out all pumpkin seeds and insides and put in separate bowl.
Set the seeds aside  to save for toasting (recipe below).
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Step 3: Wash out the inside of pumpkin to keep it from rotting quickly

Step 4: Dry insides of pumpkin with paper towel

Step 5: fill vase with water and arrange flowers
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Step 6: Put vase in pumpkin, and voila! your Centerpiece is complete 🙂
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My husband is a huge fan of pumpkin seeds (them Ukrainians…. )
and decided to toast the seeds. They came out perfect! Recipe below.

Toasted Salty Pumpkin seeds

Ingredients
– Pumpkin seeds from a medium sized pumpkin
– Salt
– Oil

Recipe
1 Place pumpkin seeds in a colander and run under cold water to rinse.
Once seeds are separate from everything else, measure pumpkin seeds in a measuring cup.

2 Pace pumpkin seeds in a medium pot/saucepan and fill with 2 cups water.
Add 1 tablespoon salt for every 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds. Bring to a boil (about 5 minutes).

3 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat cookie sheet with olive oil (1 tablespoon about).
Spread the seeds out over the cookie sheet making sure seeds are in a single layer.
Bake on top rack until seeds begin to brown, about 15-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on them.
(it doesn’t take long to burn the seeds!)

4 Once pumpkin seeds are done, remove and place on a rack to cool.

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Enjoy!

I’ve been seeing a lot of this technique popping up everywhere from weddings & parties to home decor and even jewelry. And it’s no surprise because it’s the prefect way to add a splash of color and makeover ordinary items. Take a look at these paint dipped goodies. I’m loving the gold on the drinking glasses.. and the vases..and the bangles… And how about the baby jar turned vases? What an adorable idea for a baby shower. We have quite a few parties coming up so there will definitely be some of this going on. Enjoy!

  

     

1.(Martha Stewart)  2.(Design Love Fest) 3.(Lulu the Baker)
4.(Say Yes to Hoboken)  5. (O Happy Day)

We’re always looking for crafty ways to reuse everyday items around the home and for events. And who doesn’t have a full recycling bin of glass bottles at home? Here’s a simple and cute vase DIY. Materials include clean glass bottles, a can of spray paint, and some ribbon. Enjoy!

** Unfortunately I didn’t use primer before applying the spray paint and some of the paint chipped pretty quickly, so remember the primer!