photos and recipe by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
I recently went to my friend’s city apartment and discovered that he was hiding a glorious, secret garden in his backyard! Not only did he have lemons, apples, rosemary and even sorrel, he had the ripest, juiciest, sweetest strawberries that were just waiting to be picked. He kindly let me “harvest” them and I proudly went home with my fresh, organic strawberries.
Of course, I knew I had to make something as beautiful as the strawberries were, so out came these refreshing strawberry coconut popsicles. I love them because they’re so beautiful, easy to make, and gluten free!
Well my friends, I present to you today the Holy Grail of DIY’s. It combines two of my favorite things: ice cream and Ikea hacks. There are also sprinkles involved, but I don’t want to make anyone unexpectedly burst with excitement, so we’ll move on.
This DIY Ikea hack ice cream cart is about as simple as it gets (keeping in mind it does involve a teeny bit of Ikea style assembling) and just about every kid in the neighborhood will want one, myself included.
I also teamed up with the ladies over at Poppies for Grace who supplied a lot of the paper and balloon goodies for the project, and I’m in love with how it all turned out! I wanted to keep up with the ice cream theme since it’s National Ice Cream month, but since the studio doesn’t actually contain a freezer (just yet), I stuck with the kind of ice cream that doesn’t melt…
Once upon a time I emailed Bombshell Bar Goods and practically begged her to be best friends, and by that I mean I asked her if I could use her glassware forever and ever until the end of time — I loved it that much. Obviously I needed a fitting embellishment to go with my token white and gold go-to color combo, so I made these DIY gold drink stirrers. Technically they’re brass, but girlfriend has a strict budget…
Before anyone goes jabbing at me with food safety regulations, let me come to my own defense by saying that A) I grew up playing in creeks in West Virginia that no one has even thought of enough to name, so food safety isn’t one of my fears or top concerns in life, and B) the FDA website specifically states that brass is food safe as long as it’s not in contact with food or liquids with a pH level below 6, such as wine, vinegar, or fruit juices. There, that’s my PA for the day, now the rest is up to you to decide if you’re okay with a little brass.
Now that that’s behind us, we can move on to the cuteness that is gold drink stirrers that you can make in all of five-minutes…