Friday Link Love


I shared this photo on instagram this week, cuz I am addicted to midi-rings.  And I keep buying them and I have a problem.

Watermelon stamped napkins- the cutest, do it before Summer is over!

Gorgeous hand painted wrapping paper from Lay Baby Lay

Almost Makes Perfect glues two pieces of wood together and its awesome.

Happy Friday, make a cocktail, lay at the beach, and enjoy the last month of Summer!

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!!

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

Berry Cucumber Vodka Mojito Cocktail Recipe


I particularly love mojitos in the Summer because I find them SO refreshing and cooling.  I replaced the usual rum and used cucumber vodka for the mojito-  cucumber gives it an even more refreshing taste.  I also added no sugar, but,  if you like your drinks sweeter- add some simple syrup or a bit of sugar- I think the strawberries and raspberries give it enough sweetness though! 



Berry Cucumber Vodka Mojito- No Added Sugar

6 small strawberries
10 raspberries
Large handful of chopped mint
2 shots of cucumber vodka
Ice
Sparkling water to taste

Divide the strawberries and raspberries evenly into two glasses and muddle them until they are well "mashed" (I think mashed is a technical term...)  Add the chopped mint and muddle a bit more til mint is fragrant.   Add some ice,  a shot of cucumber vodka and a couple splashes of sparkling water to each glass- enough to make it bubbly!  Stir and enjoy!




Cheers! If you need some more cocktails in your life, check out my Citrus Tequila Cocktail Berry Vodka Mojito & Coconut Lime Cherry Vodka & White Wine Spa Inspired Sangria

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

Friday Link Love


I really, really love coffee

I also would love to drink some strawberry & peach rose sangria!

My little girl just turned 4 and I am updating her room from a sweet nursery to a big girl room. This Little Street's big girl room reveal has so much inspiration!  We even have the same bed!

I want this gilded palm tree glass!

Over on Momtastic this week, I shared a Berry Kale Yogurt Popsicle- why?  because my 4 year old wont eat veggies, unless I hide them.  Have a picky kid? Make them!

I love Persia Lou's cheeky tote bag- she also made tassels for it, its awesome.

Wine is a Fruit free printable. Yes- Happy Fri-Yay!

Did you know today is #NationalTequilaDay!! Try my tequila citrus cocktail!! Its delicious!

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!




DIY 3 Tiered Copper Planter


This may be my final copper pipe DIY, I have had so much fun with them, but this was the last sketch in my DIY notebook.  It does not mean it will not come up again, but I had a long list and they are now all completed!  I made an iPad holder, wine holder, cake stand, table, hanging planter and now a 3 tiered planter!

Materials:

Copper pipe cuts:

6 - 8.5 inch
4 - 9 inch pieces
4- 3 inch
3- 6.5 inch
2- 27 inches
2 tees
16 elbows

Heavy duty glue (like elmer's probond advanced)
3 plant saucers*
3 pots (and plans) *

* I recommend resin/light plastic pots and saucers.  I wanted a minimalist design for the three tiered planter.  Therefore, there is not a lot of stability to hold heavy pots.  If you want to use terra cotta or the IKEA pots as showing pics, you will need reinforcement on the bottom and in each tier.  It still looks good (I added them as a test) but I preferred the look of this one the best, so used this design as my final result.  P.S. because I changed it so many times, it was 3 weeks of design before the final decision!

How to put together:


The only non-identified marks are the elbows.  Once you have all the cuts, it is VERY easy to put together, like an IKEA instruction booklet ;)

 Glue each piece together and allow to dry for at least 24 hours before putting anything on top of it.  *Do not use gorilla glue, it was my first use because I was out of Elmer's Probond- Gorilla Glue did not work.  

Glue each plant saucer on- or not- I did not, so I can change out .


Add a pot:










A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

DIY Mud Cloth Inspired Organizer


I bought the wooden circle for an entirely different DIY, it was going to be some sort of air plant holder, but I did not like any of the looks I created for it.  I was tremendously disappointed and discouraged and just decided to paint the circle and forget about a DIY for the blog.  I paint when I am stressed out. 

I love mud cloth textiles and designs, so I went with that for the look, it is easy to paint freehand- lines, dots and triangles.  I loved the outcome, but did not know what I would do with a painted wood circle-  And, a mud cloth inspired organizer was born!  Also, I strayed away from the standard black and white designs (mud cloth is created using actual mud) and thought pink and white would work :)

Another great part of this DIY is it can be made for less than $10!

Materials:
Wooden Circle (I got mine at Home Depot, but they do not have the link available online for it)
Paint
Paintbrush
Rope
Elastic Cord
Staple Gun
Scissors


Paint your circle!  You can use my design as inspiration or google mud cloth for more image designs.  For the dots I used the paintbrush tip.


Attach the rope to hang the circle with a staple gun.


Attach the elastic cord with the staple gun.  I did a criss cross look for the cord and did multiple lines:




After it is stapled, you are ready to hang and create an inspiration board, a memo board, an organizer, hang your keys, hang your sunglasses, whatever you like!





A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

Friday Link Love


Sorry, no source, but I just wanted to let you know this is what I will be drinking from now on! Hydration is important!

I would really like this aztec round "towel" from Free People.  They call it a towel but it looks like a mini rug to me?  Does anyone know?  All the same, I want it.

Homey Oh My made a concrete tray and I'm in love.

Mini fruit balloons on straws need to be on every drink I have (including unicorn water)

Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles- perfect summer pop.  I need the energy- my kids run circles around me!

Happy weekend everyone, thank you for reading!! xoxo, Laurel

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!




DIY Crush: Planters

Although I tend to have a bit of a black thumb, I love plants.  Thankfully, my husband takes over most of the care and we have quite the collection in and outside of our home.  I have a few planter DIYS on A Bubbly Life (including another one next week ;) and I love looking at other planter DIYs other bloggers come up with- some of my favorites- with a dash of pink!

1- Dip dyed macrame mobile lanterns from Sugar & Bash (which by the way is my new fangirl blog, I love it!)
2- The Proper Blog- pink & metallic- has my heart
3- Hanging paper planters from papernstitch
4- My latest DIY- a copper hanging planter 
5- Little plaster planters- need.want.to.make.these.now.

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!



DIY Hanging Copper Planter



This is now available as a kit in Darby Smart!  Pick up your kit to make it at home!

So, this bad boy will be in our living room soon (its pictured in my office in these photos) - in that awesome part of our house I call our plant corner- I have a plant shelf and numerous other plants- I need some plant shelfies on Instagram...
Anyhow, this is ridiculously easy to make and the knots make it sound more complicated than it is, but if you can tie a shoe, you can do this!



How to Make A Hanging Copper Planter

Materials:
4- 5 inch copper piping pieces (1/2 inch size)*
4- 90 degree copper elbows for 1/2 inch tubing
Tubing Cutter
Measuring Tape
Plant Pot (and plant) (I used IKEA 5.5 inch pot)
Clothesline/Rope
Scissors (not shown because I forgot to include them in the materials shot...)

*Measure the diameter of your plant pot.  Go down 1/2 inch for your piping size! (So, for a 5.5 inch diameter pot, I used 5 inch copper pieces) The size of the planter depends on your sized pot.  I used the popular IKEA pot so that it can be easily purchased.  




Optional- Dye your clothes line!  A quick soak in some Rit Dye & once dried, you are ready to go! I know pink is not a surprise around here, but I think pink, copper and green (from the plant) are a beautiful color combo.  And, contrary to what the blog tells you, I do not have pink in my house (except my office which is in an insane explosion).  So, it is a subtle way to add it to our home!



Connect your copper piping using the 90 degree elbows: (so easy!)



The next steps sound technical because I asked my husband to do the knots.  He was in the Army and apparently one of the things you do in Ranger school is learn every knot on earth.  He chose a "clove hitch" knot because he said it would look best visually. Aw, I love that man.  So anyway, don't worry too much- it is not difficult, just sounds technical- here is the diagram to do it at home.



We used 2- 30 inch lines.  We (I mean, my husband) tied one knot and then tied the other side of the 30 inch line to the alternate cross side, it is pictured below: (you do this twice)

He not only ties knots, he hand models as well :)
The length of the rope you attach to the top is up to you- it depends how high/low you want your planter to hang!

Attach that line of rope and connect at the top using an overhand knot (I told my husband I think he was just being fancy, I think it is what we normal people call A KNOT ). (diagrams if you need it!)



Put a pot in it!






A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

Friday Link Love


Oh, it's been a long week!!  Weeks the week after a holiday feel soooo longggg!! Or maybe I am just a big baby.

Nordstrom's anniversary sale is open for cardholders and I have way too many favorites...  And I'm sorry the Topshop dress shown is not on sale, which is how I shop sales, I find stuff that I like that is NOT on sale. Ahh!!!
Things actually on sale- I LOVE these Rebecca Minkoff earrings.
This FRYE fringe boho bag
Truth be told, I need another boot like I need a hole in the head (and I live in AZ where boot season is 1 month long) but these over the knee boots are calling my name.

The amazing blogger & artist MJ from Pars Caeli not only has the cutest lunch note jokes available from Land of Nod but opened her store this week- with beautiful prints and clothing! Be sure to check it out!

I love this neon photo backdrop from Paint Sew Glue Chew  Pink, neon and easy.  Right up my alley!

A hashtag pillow.  Awesome. Hash brown. No filter.

I am obsessed with this modern key holder.

And I am out for the weekend- have lots of DIY plans I need to get accomplished.  Follow along on Instagram for sneak peeks!

Have a great weekend!! Thank you for reading and sharing A Bubbly Life!!

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

Recipe Watermelon Lemonade Popsicle


These watermelon lemonade popsicles are flipping good.  I cannot take credit for the recipe- I used PBteen's lemonade recipe, but yummmyyyyyyyy!!

Make some watermelon lemonade popsicles of your own, check out all the details on PBteen's blog The Stylehouse!




A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!

DIY Mini Fringe Tassels Drink Straws


The final DIY from the Boho Themed Party with Modify Ink! Which one was your favorite? DIY Tambourines or DIY Floral Paper Lantern or these mini fringe drink straws?!  I cannot make up my mind, I loved them all!  Mini fringe tassels are pretty much the cutest things ever.  They are super easy to make and instantly make your drink better.

Materials:
Paper Straws- Tomkat Studio has a great selection (plastic straws will not be strong enough for the tie)
Embroidery floss
Scissors


Cut two strands from the floss and cut each one of those in half for a total of four threads.  Set aside.


Cut the embroidery floss in half.  Fold it over and tie to create a loop on top.


Tie a string in middle (this will be the loop on top) the mini tassels are so small, it is hard to add the string at the end as you may do in normal tassel making.


Fold over and tie in middle to create your tassel.  (I used a different color so it was easier to see)


Cut the bottom of the fringe.


Using the string from the top of the loop that you tied on- tie it to your straw!



These mini tassels are so cute, they can be used anywhere- add them to any party utensil!





Cheers Or Eat Cake!  Both are great advice in my opinion!

A Bubbly Life is on BlogLovinInstagramPinterestTwitter, & Facebook - I would love for you to join me there!