Cosmopolitan Drink Recipe

I love cosmopolitan. They are so tasty! Making them at home is hard. I tried a couple of different recipes and I noticed two things. The first is oh my goodness you could really taste the alcohol and the second is they are not as sweet as at the restaurants. I basically had to add two-three times the cranberry juice for it to even be drinkable. I was originally supposed to post this 2 weeks ago, but I just have had such a hard time finding a perfect recipe.  The worse part is that we don’t actually have martini glasses! I think it would probably taste better in one, but what to do. I’ll have to update the images later.

 Cosmopolitan Recipe

Cosmopolitan Recipe 

I have tried different combinations, and this is the one I have found to taste the best. I used regular vodka because this is what I have, but you can also try making it with citrus vodka.


1 ½ oz vodka
¾ oz Cointreau
½ oz lime juice
2 oz cranberry juice (++ depending on the strength you want)

Mix in a shaker with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

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Coral Painted Nightstand and Stool

Two weeks ago I finally got around to doing a project that I have been waiting to start since the end of last year. I have been waiting for the weather to become warm enough and well not rain. We got a couple of days of sun two weeks ago and I took the opportunity to transform our small balcony into a painting area. I had a nightstand that I got for free last autumn that I wanted to paint. I also had a stool I’ve had for a couple of years that had I had a little accident with when we painted our bedroom walls in October-ish last year. I am currently using it as “legs” under a tray but felt it needed a bit more colour. 

Coral Painted Furniture

I was looking at Jotuns Spring Colour collection and came across a beautiful coral colour called butterfly (Colour code: 0540-Y85R) I was so nervous but decided to go for it and one liter of matt paint.

Before Painting:

Coral Nightstand and Stool - 02

Coral Nightstand and Stool - 01

I had one coat of primer on the nightstand and stool top and two coats of paint.


The nightstand actually needed three and I managed to chip a bit of the side when carrying it inside. However in the next and the following day, it was raining. I decided to try for a slightly distressed look, borrowed some knobs from my mum and lightly sanded around the edges. 

Coral Distressed Nightstand

Finished Painting

 Coral Nightstand

Coral Stool with Tray

Corkboard Jewelry Organizer

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda from Old House to New Home and I am so excited to be doing a guest post today! This project is fun, cheap, and easy, and I hope you enjoy it!

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Since we moved last August, my poor pretty jewelry has been living in ziploc bags scattered throughout my closet. For some reason, I just never got around to unpacking it. Most days as I got ready for work, I’d think to myself, hmmmm maybe if my jewelry wasn’t in a giant tangled mess I would actually wear it. This train of thought has been going on for months until this past weekend when I finally decided to untangle my 9 million necklaces and get around to organizing them.

I started by going through what I had. I found so many broken pieces and things that I bought in the 8th grade. I sorted into piles, keep, throw away, save as play jewelry, and when I finished, I had a much more streamlined collection of stuff that I will actually wear.

I have seen many jewelry organizers on Pinterest. Some people use corkboards, some use old frames with ribbon, and some people have made elaborate boxes with mirrors on the front. My only conditions were that I wanted to use what I already had and I wanted it to be easy.

Since I had an unwanted corkboard living in my craft storage room for months now, I decided to use that. I removed the frame around it because I wanted the necklaces to lay flat when they were hanging. By using the opposite side of the hammer, I pried off the frame. It came off pretty easily and I didn’t inflict myself with lots of splinters, which is always a plus.

DIY Jewelry Organizer


DIY Jewelry Organizer

I dug through my fabric scraps, and found this chevron fabric that I had used to make table runners for my friend’s bridal shower. After a thorough ironing, I simply wrapped it around the corkboard, pulling tightly, and then used a staple gun on the back. After reading through many tutorials, I saw that others had used hot glue, spray adhesive, or glue dots. I had just used hot glue on my Kitchen Command Center Memo Board and it was messy business, so I went with the staple gun this time. My staples were a little long and poked through in spots, but I hammered them down. You can barely notice them now with all the jewelry hanging.

DIY Jewelry Organizer
DIY Jewelry Organizer

After stapling the fabric, I used a saw tooth hanger that I had bought at Joanne’s (You can get a six pack for 1.50) and hammered it into the cork. Well…this is where things went wrong. After hanging for a day, my nicely organized jewelry fell down because the cork wasn’t strong enough to hold in the saw tooth hanger. So I had to find a solution. I adhered a little piece of wood to the back of the cork using hot glue and then hammered the sawtooth hanger into the wood.  (not pictured) This seems to be holding much better now.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

So here is the finished guy ready to go…or so I thought. After looking at it, I decided it needed more, because honestly, I have a hard time with the less is more concept. I had recently purchased this pink washi tape and thought it would make the perfect border around the edges.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

And because that still wasn’t enough, I decided to do a faux nail head trim in the corners using thumb tacks.

DIY Jewelry Organizer


DIY Jewelry Organizer
To finish it off, I used brightly colored oversized push pins to hang the jewelry. I bought this pack for around 3 dollars at Walmart. And voila! My jewelry is now organized and I can see what I have! 
Corkboard Jewelry Organizer


Thank you so much Amanda for your great post! I love your new jewelry organizer. If you want to know more about her check out her blog, Old House to New Home or check out her Facebook and Pinterest page by clicking on the buttons below.