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For the Love of Wine

For the Love of Wine

Don’t judge! In my defense we’ve been saving wine bottle corks for years. Yes, years. I knew one day inspiration would strike. I’d eventually find a creative way to enjoy the corks I lovingly saved from the trash.  

As it turned out, this wood plank project had two winning advantages. It used a bunch of corks and it makes a striking statement in our butler’s pantry where we pour the wine.

Watch the how-to video here!

Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • Wine bottle corks 60 -70 count
  • Wood 8 in. x 20 in. x ¼ in.
  • Light wood stain & dark wood stain
  • Wood block for the cutting jig
  • Right angle  
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Foam paint brush
  • Adhesive E6000
  • Saw tooth hanger & nails
  • Hammer
  • Power Tools
  • Orbital sander
  • Drill & drill bit
  • Bandsaw

Cut the ¼ in. thick wood to a 8 in. x 20 in. piece. Use an orbital sander to sand the wood plank to a smooth finish.

Use a foam paint brush to stain the wood. We used Golden Pecan stain on the entire surface including the edges and the back. We followed up with Red Mahogany around the perimeter. The two colors were blended with a dry paper towel. Set the wood aside and let the stain dry overnight.

Make a cutting jig for the corks. We took a scrap block of wood and drilled a hole slightly larger than the thickness of the corks. The hole is also slightly deeper than the length of the corks. Drill a second similar hole on the side of the block of wood.

Using a bandsaw cut guidelines through the holes. The first guideline is used to cut the corks in two length wise. The second set of guidelines is used to cut the corks into four even discs. Cut 60 – 70 corks in half using the wood jig and bandsaw.

Use a right angel and marker to draw a 45 degree angle line on eight corks. Match the best fitting pairs together to make four tight fitting corners for the outer border.

Draw the full size text pattern on paper with a pencil. I based the pattern on the width of the corks. The height is based on two corks laid out end to end. Trace the finished pattern with a black marker. 

Match the corks to the full size pattern and draw cutting guidelines on the corks with the marker. Cut the corks to size and lay them on the paper pattern.

Turn the wood over. Attach the saw-tooth hanger in the center on the backside.

Back on the front side, use a pencil to draw a light center line on the board vertically. Draw a light line in the center horizontally.

Glue the border on the board. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of the cut corks. Continue adding corks working toward the middle line on the board. Custom cut a cork or two to fill any remaining space left in the middle.

Glue the border on the board. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of the cut corks. Continue adding corks working toward the middle line on the board. Custom cut a cork or two to fill any remaining space left in the middle.

Lay the word out in the center of the wood. Use extra corks as spacers. Glue the cut corks on the board. Let the glue dry overnight.

It’s time to celebrate your new creation! This rustic custom made piece of art makes a thoughtful, easy, and inexpensive gift for wine loving family and friends. But I totally understand if you want to keep it for yourself. 


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Molten Lava Cake

Molten Lava Cake

This recipe is a fan favorite and a baker’s dream — it’s quick, easy, requires only 5 ingredients, and pleases any chocolate-loving crowd.  As quick as these cakes are to make, they’re devoured even quicker.

If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, you can sweeten the recipe by using milk chocolate instead of bittersweet.  Customize the presentation with your favorite fruits, or even some ice cream & whipped cream.

Watch the full video recipe for pro tips!

Molten Lava Cake

Yield: 4 cakes

Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 eggs (2 whole, 2 yolks only)
  • ¼ C sugar
  • ¼ C flour

Optional, for garnish:

  • ¼ C powdered sugar
  • 1 C raspberries, strawberries, or cherries

Step 1

  • butter
  • flour

Preheat your oven to 450 F.

Prepare 4 ramekins by coating them with butter, then a light dusting of flour (start with about ½ Tbsp of flour per ramekin). 

Place the prepared ramekins on a baking sheet.

Step 2

  • eggs, 4
  • sugar, 1/4 C

Beat the 2 whole eggs, additional 2 egg yolks, and sugar in a medium bowl on high speed.  The egg mixture should grow pale, and become a thicker consistency.

Step 3

  • butter
  • chocolate, 6oz

Melt the butter stick and chocolate together.  A double broiler works best, over simmering water, however a microwave can also do the trick — microwave for 15 second increments, stirring between each run.  Stir until smooth.

Step 4

  • flour, 2 Tbsp

Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture and use a folding motion to evenly combine; stir in flour.  

Once combined, use a spoon to evenly fill the prepared ramekins.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the top and sides of the cakes appear set but the centers are gooey.

Let the cakes cool about a minute before plating (watch our video for pro tips).  You can also eat the cakes right out of the ramekins, but make sure to allow enough time for cooling.

Step 5

  • optional garnish

Garnish your cakes with powdered sugar, fruit, or even whipped cream & ice cream.


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Love for all- Heart Wall Art

Love for All – Heart Wall Art

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Here’s a quick, easy and fun little project you can make in just a few minutes to add a personalized touch to your home. This cheerful heart wall art also makes a wonderful gift to show family and friends how much you care.

While I’m creating, I like to keep things simple, quiet my mind and let my imagination run free. When I started this painting, I had no real design direction. What I did know was I would use a specific, minimalist color palette of red, white, and pink. I just painted the design freehand without the guidance of pencil lines. If that scares you out of making a lovely painting of your own feel free to draw light shapes on the wood that you can fill in and follow.

Set up for this painting is very easy. I’m using inexpensive poster paints, a variety of paint brush sizes and a paper plate for my paint palette. The wood is a cut-off left over from another wood working project.

Watch the how-to video here.  

Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter
  • Wood 10 in. x 12 in. x ¼ in.
  • Red Paint
  • White Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Ribbon
  • 2 Metal Hangers
  • Paper plate
  • Water bucket

Pour red paint on your paper plate palette. Use a wide brush to paint the top surface and edge of the wood. Let the paint dry completely otherwise your heart will be pink instead of crisp white.

Pour white paint on your palette. Use a wide paint brush to paint the heart. I reload the brush with paint and turn it on edge when I’m out lining the shape for sharp line quality. Apply several coats of paint for solid coverage. Let the white paint dry completely.

Using a small pointy brush, mix a touch of red into the white paint. Add a little at a time until you have a shade of pink you like. Paint spirals of varying sizes in several directions. Overlap the white heart and red background. Outline the white heart on the right side to create a pretty drop shadow. Get carried away. You can’t mess this up. Have fun with your painting and the process of creating from the heart.

The dots are fun. Dip the flat end of a paint brush into the pink paint. Tap the end on the wood to make round accents for your spirals. When you’re satisfied with your design let the paint dry completely.

Turn the art over and affix 2 hangers to the back. Thread ribbon through one hanger and tie a knot. Thread the ribbon through the second hanger and tie a second knot. There, you’re done. It’s that easy.

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