Give a Gift for the Host with the Most!



Want giftto make the perfect gift to bring your gracious host at your upcoming holiday gathering? The Cake Batter Snickerdoodles Gift is the perfect way to show how thankful you are.  This creative idea is courtesy of  Lil’ Luna – it’s tasty, easy to do and perfect for anyone! Click here to learn how to make it.

 

 

 

 

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Don’t have time to make a gift? The Machine Shed carries unique items at the Gift Shop perfect for any occasion – including dishes and serve-ware made by Mud Pie! These make for perfect conversation starters at any gathering.

For other ideas on great gift items, recipes and decorations – check out Machine Shed’s Thanksgiving Pinterest board.

 

 

 

Make Your Own Wine Cork Trivet!



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If you have more wine corks than you care to admit (and we promise we won’t ask why if you do), we have the perfect project for you! Re-purpose those wine corks you have been saving to make a fabulous Wine Cork Trivet!

What you will need:

  • Wine corks (make sure they are roughly the same height)
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Directions:

First begin by picking out which wine corks you want to use for your project. We used 37 corks for the trivet we made, but you can make it as big or little as you desire. Using a hot glue gun, glue the corks together in a circular shape. Once you have completed that, wrap the ribbon around the trivet hot gluing it to the corks as you go. You can then cut the ribbon after you have completely made it around all of the corks. Then wah-lah…you are finished with your Wine Cork Trivet!

Pumpkin Carving at the Shed!



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With fall being here and Halloween just around the corner, we were inspired here at the Machine Shed to turn ordinary pumpkins into fabulous decorations! Check out this creative way the Shed has changed pumpkins into fantastic flower pots. These are perfect for transforming any door step!

 

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Visit the Machines Shed’s “Thankful for Fall” Pinterest board for great tips on pumpkin carving- as well as other fun DIY projects to do this fall season!

 

Farm to Fork- Our new eBook is here!



As a restaurant dedicated to the American farmer, promoting Farm to Fork is essential for us at the Machine Shed. Our new eBook contains everything you need to know about how the Machine Shed gets involved with locally sourced produce, recipes, information on local farmers markets and even a video on how to create our very own Machine Shed Pickles!

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Mason Jar Lid Pies



There is nothing more Shed than pie, except pie made in a Mason Jar lid! We love this idea of making individual size desserts to share with family and friends.

Wine Bottle Citronella Torches!



What you need:

Empty wine or beer bottles
Tiki replacement wicks (thick cotton rope also works well)
Citronella torch fuel
Brass coupling
Rope or twine (optional)
Pebbles (optional)
Wood glue

Instructions:

Peel off all labels from your bottles, and scrub glue off completely with a rough sponge.

Decorate your bottles by wrapping them in rope or twine, and scoring with wood glue. (optional) Fill the bottle with some pebbles or small marbles (so you don’t have to use as much torch fuel!). Pour in the fuel a few inches from the top.

A small brass coupling works well to keep your wick in place. Depending on the thickness, a ½–¾ coupling fits a wick perfectly. Push it through about 1½ inches. Place it in the bottle, and let it soak up the fuel for about 20 minutes.

Set your bottle torch outside in an uncovered area, and light it up!

These are great for outdoor parties, mosquito repellent, or table decor.

Enjoy your repurposed bottle torches!

 

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Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions One Day at a Time



2016 has arrived, which means for many of us that its time to set or stick to a New Year’s resolution.  The thought of this is often intimidating, that’s why we suggest breaking down 2016 by day, week or month to make your goals seem more achievable. Watch your progress- or easily hold yourself accountable- with the free printable charts we found on onegoodthingbyjillee.com

 

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52 Week Challenge Printable

Last Minute Holiday Prep



The holidays are just hours away, which probably has hosts in a panic to add the finishing touches to create the perfect holiday. Look no further, here are a few simple ways make your holiday more merry using items you may already have or are available in your backyard.

 

 

Increase the holiday spirit with the sweet scent of stove top potpourri. It is very simple to make, using almost anything you have on hand- especially extra ingredients from holiday dishes. We found a great recipe from Half Baked Harvest, get it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add an extra touch to your front porch with an ice lantern. These are great because they only take 10 minutes to make and cost less than $5, you may even have the supplies on hand or could find them around your neighborhood. Get the steps from Practically Functional here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your inexpensive store-bought garland look like lush designer garland with a few simple steps. Find out how to add some natural greenery here from View Along the Way.

Throwback Holiday eBook



Throwback to last year’s Holiday eBook! Check it out for some exclusive recipes and tips for entertaining this holiday season. 

Get your Free download here!

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Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorations



Need a few ideas to get your home or tablescape a little bit more in the Thanksgiving spirit? We’ve got you covered!

Be sure to read the tips from our design team, many of which use items found around your house! Or if you are still looking for the perfect finishing touch or a gift for your host stop by your local Machine Shed Restaurant to see the unique items in our gift shops! 

 

 

This quick napkin fold from Smarty had a Party adds dimension and texture to your table.

 

 

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