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Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Are you still celebrating Valentines Day all throughout the weekend? Or do you just want some chocolate?

Make these easy chocolate covered strawberries with someone you love for lots of fun and deliciousness!

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Depending on how much you want to make, it doesn’t really matter if you use exact measurements so just start with figuring out how many strawberries you want to make and just keep melting chocolate as you go.

To give you an idea, this is what I used and only had a little bit of chocolate morsels left over:

4 Pounds Of Strawberries

1 Pound Of Milk Chocolate Morsels

1 Pound Of Dark Chocolate Morsels

1 Pound Of White Chocolate Morsels

Extra Toppings:

Pecans
Pretzels
Unsweetened Coconut

Directions:

Wash all of the strawberries and lay them out on dish towels to dry.  You may want to do this about a half hour ahead of time because the strawberries need to be completely dry for the chocolate to hold.

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Cover trays with wax paper to lay the strawberries on as you dip them.

Place all of the chocolate and your toppings in separate bowls for dipping.

Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the bag. Typically it would be to melt about a cup for 1 minute and stir and keep melting in 10-15 second intervals until all the clumps are melted.

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Then the fun part! Dip the strawberries in the chocolate and lay on the wax paper. If you want to do additional toppings just dip the strawberries in the chocolate and then immediately dip right into the crushed pretzels, nuts, coconut or whatever it is that you desire!

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If you want to be really fancy and add a design with chocolate like we did, then do this:

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Melt white chocolate in a bowl according to the directions on the package and then pour it into a sandwich sized zip lock bag. Squeeze all the air out and then seal and make a small cut on one of the bottom corners of the bag. Squeeze the chocolate out of the corner and make designs over your strawberries!

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After you fill a tray, put the entire tray in the refridgerator and leave it in there for 10-15 minutes until the strawberries are set.

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Voila! That’s all there is to it, enjoy!

XOXO – Abbey

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DIY Game Day Fringe Crop Top

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Fringe tops are so cute for summer concerts and festivals, so why not a baseball game or even as a cute workout top? I made mine for a Pittsburgh Pirates game and it was so perfect for the night… nice and cool plus sporty and cute!  It is super easy to make and it only cost me a $1 because I found this awesome Nike Pirates T-Shirt at Goodwill from 2009. Not exactly vintage but still pretty sweet! So all you need is a T-Shirt and scissors and this is what you do:

First cut off all of the seams at the neck and the bottom of the shirt and the bottom of the sleeves. It is really easy if you just stick close to the stitching and it should stay pretty even but don’t worry about being perfect because it’s your own shirt and it doesn’t have to be perfect!

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Next fold across at the point where you want the fringes to begin. Then cut a small slit on the fold cutting from the folded portion toward the collar of the shirt.

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Then unfold the shirt and lay it out flat and cut down to the bottom of the shirt starting at the small slit you made. This is easiest if you just flip the shirt upside down so the top of the shirt is closest to your body and you are cutting away from yourself. Then you should have just one cut in your shirt like the photo below.

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Flip the shirt back around so that the bottom of the shirt is closest to your body and hold the fabric that you just cut tight and begin to cut more slits in about quarter inch sections. Again, like cutting the seams, it doesn’t have to be perfect because it will just have your own style to the shirt, with some fringes being thicker than others.

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Just keep repeating this process until you make it to the side of the shirt then flip it over to start the back side and just keep making your way around.

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The last step is tying knots towards the top of each fringe. Just do a simple knot on each individual piece near the point of where the fringe begins. Again the same rule applies here, it doesn’t need to be perfect!

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I styled my fringe crop top with a pair of high waisted jean shorts, Keds and some pirate themed face paint for the “Pirates Super Fan Day!”

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I am going to experiment with some more shirts soon so keep checking back for more posts! And I think this would also look really cute with a pair of leggings at the gym!

If you make a shirt send me your photos on Twitter I would love to see them!

XOXO – Abbey

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Make Your Dad A Gift He Will Love For Father’s Day!

We celebrated father’s day a week early at the Way house this year.

1. Because I got confused and thought it actually was Father’s Day and crammed for 2 days making him a scrap book.

2. 3 out of his 4 kids were actually home which is pretty rare.

So, my dad got his gift from me already and loved it so I wanted to share this idea with all of you! Parents always love a homemade gift or a homemade card over something store bought so a scrap book is perfect for Father’s Day! It is time consuming but really not that hard and it will mean a lot to your dad that you took the time to make it.

This is what you need:

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Photos! Print out a bunch more than you will need because it’s better to have extra than not enough!

A blank scrap book

Extra pages with patterns to mix it up from the white pages

Scissors

Glue sticks

Ruler

And any other cute scrap booking accessories you think would compliment your book!

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The first thing to do is get organized! Sort all of your photos into piles by the pages that you want. It makes it a lot easier to keep the process moving if you already have everything sorted. This also helps estimate how many pages you can do with your photos. My book came with 20 pages and it turned out perfect with only a small pile of photos that I didn’t end up needing. If you need to you can always purchase extra pages.

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As far as making the scrap book  goes I guess you could say I just wing it. I don’t really have much of a system except organizing the photos and then just look through all of the stickers and stuff and just add whatever looks right.

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I tried to keep it in somewhat of a chronological order but it wasn’t perfect just enough so that it flowed in a nice way.

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My dad loves the Pirates! So I wanted to make 2 pages just from Pirate games and I think it turned out to be one of my favorite parts!

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On the last page I left room at the bottom to write him a note instead of giving him a card so we can always remember this was his Father’s day book!

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Good luck scrap booking! Believe me if you make one for your dad he will love it, mine did! Send me some pics of yours on twitter for inspiration for future scrap books!

XOXO – Abbey

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DIY Vintage Button Bracelets

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I can’t get enough of these adorable bracelets I made with my Mommom’s vintage buttons! I made a bunch for my sisters, cousins and aunts to hand out at Christmas and everyone loved them. They are super cute but extra special because they were made with Mommom’s buttons.

Here is how you can do it:

You will need:

  • Buttons
  • A variety of colored hemp
  • Scissors

Choose a button that has two or four holes then cut two pieces of hemp long enough so that when it is all done it will fit around your wrist. You can always cut off extra so it’s better to have more than not enough.

First fold one piece of hemp in half and then string the side with the two tail pieces through two of the holes and leave a little loop. If you are using a button with only 2 holes just string both ends through the same hole but leave a little loop on the end.

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Next bring the two tail pieces through that loop and pull tight and secure with a knot directly against the button. Repeat on the other side.

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Next you are going to tie a knot on one side exactly where you want to put a smaller button to secure it on your wrist and on the other side tie a loop to put the button through to secure it. Just snip off the extra pieces of hemp and you are all done!

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To put on the smaller button just string the hemp through and secure it with a knot and cut off the extra ends.

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To mix it up I also used two different colors of hemp on some and braided it for a different style.

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If you liked this post you might also like: DIY Vintage Button Picture Frame.

XOXO – Abbey

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DIY Vintage Button Picture Frame

I am in love with this custom button picture frame that I made with my grandma’s old buttons that I found in her house! It is hard to believe it has almost been a year since Mommom passed away and I have been wanting to make this frame ever since I got the idea a few months ago when I found the buttons at her house. I think it is just the perfect way to turn something that is so simple like old buttons into something that is really special that I will always have to remember her by.

This photo honestly does it no justice at all. It looks so much more amazing in person believe me!

This is what you need to do it:

A cheap solid color frame at least an inch wide and as flat as possible. I snagged mine at Gabriel Brothers for $2.99.

A hot glue gun.

Vintage buttons. (Or new ones if you can’t find any.)

It is so simple just glue the buttons on the frame and voila!

I think this frame with all of her buttons along with my favorite photo of us really captures our personalities and relationship. The fact that these are Mommom’s buttons makes it so much more special and I know that she would have absolutely loved it!

XOXO — Abbey

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How to trap your friends inside your phone!

My little sister Shelby found this fabulous idea on Pinterest to make it look like your friends are trapped inside your cell phone when they call you.

Here is what you have to do:

  1. Take a picture of your friend with their face pressed up against glass.
  2. Set the picture as their contact photo.

That’s it! Now every time they call you it will look like they are trapped in your phone and will give you something to laugh at!

I think this is hysterical and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

XOXO — Abbey

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