Adventures in Kombucha

Welcome to our adventures in Kombucha brewing! Kombucha is one of my favorite drinks, but at $4 a bottle I try to keep it as an occasional splurge and not a daily thing. And then I read about how simple it is to make your own! So here we go…

I boiled 15 cups of purified water and poured it over 8 black tea bags. Then added in one cup of sugar to essentially make sweet tea.

Here’s my sweet tea ready to cool down and get ready for the SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, in case you were about to google it like I did.)

And there’s my little SCOBY buddy! It looks like a circle of…well, flesh…but this little thing is what’s supposed to turn sweet tea into tasty ‘Booch. Along with the SCOBY I added 2 cups of Kombucha to act as a starter tea to kick start the process and keep the pH levels right.

So now we wait! Apparently the fermentation process can take 5 to 30 days, depending on the temperature, SCOBY, etc. So, I’ll be checking in occasionally here to let you know how it goes!

Have you made Kombucha before? Any tips would be appreciated!

xo. Brie

Cinnamon Candles & Resolutions

I need to get better at documenting crafts as I do them, so many times I finish and then think “No! I have no photos!” leading to one single photo of a finished product. Maybe that can be my New Year’s resolution. So far I have:

1. Give birth and keep child healthy and alive
2. Better document crafts

Seems like that list is shaping up well! Fitness will enter the game at some point…but I digress. This cinnamon candle is so simple to make, and smells so lovely in your home! All you need is a 4″ cinnamon or vanilla scented pillar candle, cinnamon sticks (I buy them in bulk here), hot glue gun, and some sort of base to put your candle on. Pick out some straight cinnamon sticks and apply the hot glue directly to the sticks (fun fact, hot glue will not stick to a candle if applied directly to the candle. I know…it’s obvious AFTER the fact!). Glue the sticks one by one all the way around the candle until voila! Cinnamon stick candle. You can finish it with some cute twine, or stick it on the base of your choosing. I went with my cake stand covered in mini pinecones.

Happy crafting!

xo. Brie

Polaroid Pics

So one of the fun wedding projects I did was getting Polaroid prints made up and hanging them from this thrifted frame. I ordered the prints from Polaroid Foto Bar, and they turned out really well. Fair warning, they’re more like Polaroid style printed on cardstock, but for my purposes this was perfect.
20140728-093938-34778222.jpg I scored this old frame from a thrift shop for $2 and screwed small eyelets evenly spaced in the back. All that was left was to string twine across, get some small clothes pins from the craft store, and wa-la. Hanging Polaroids

Cork Lettering

I love wine. I love wine a lot. And being a wine aficionado, I end up with a lot of corks, that I’ve been saving up for some sort of project to stand out to me. And it did! I decided to make a cork-covered letter as a little decor piece for my wedding. It was really simple, and like I said, I had a lot of corks…L
I started out with a wooden letter “L” since that will be my new initial. You can get these at any craft store, or be like me and skip that step by ordering right from Amazon. And then you simple glue the corks on end until you cover it all up! 20140626-141212-51132157.jpg Ta-da! There you have it! I used Elmer’s Craft Bond tacky glue, and it seems to be holding strong. I think it’ll add a nice little something to the decor.

Happy corking!

xo. Brie