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After the rush of Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Year’s sneaks up on you. I often find myself short on fun supplies for ringing in the new year, especially when it comes to noisemakers (my favorite part)! Growing up, New Year’s Eve was the one time it was totally OK to make a racket. So I’m sharing a last minute project that will have you celebrating another year in style.

celebrate new year's eve in style with these DIY last minute noisemakerscelebrate new year's eve in style with these DIY last minute noisemakers Head over to Ziploc to see more!

celebrate new year's eve in style with these DIY last minute noisemakersphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIY

I hope everyone had a magical Christmas! Now it’s on to the next thing… New Year’s is right around the corner, so I’ve partnered with HP to use their latest creation to craft up a last minute New Years garland. If you haven’t seen the Sprout by HP, it’s essentially a station for all of your creative needs. A few features include a dual touchscreen and (my favorite part) the illuminator. Basically, it projects onto an interaction touch mat and scans whatever is there… like sprinkles! I’m usually pretty traditional with my design process, using my hands instead of pixels. But the Sprout really allowed me to merge both forms of media and process into one. It’s kind of amazing.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIY DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYWhile playing with the Sprout, I realized it was perfect for scanning non-traditional, weird things such as a shoe, a passage from my favorite book… even my dog! (Yup, that happened.) For today’s New Year’s garland DIY, I used the Sprout to scan brightly colored sprinkles for a fun foodie holiday decoration.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYOnce I scanned the sprinkles (it was super easy), I “punched” them out into circles and arranged them on a page. Oh, and I got to use my fingers for the whole process which is just sort of fun.

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIY DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYTo make your own garland, simply download my artwork, print, and cut out the circles. Then, tape to baker’s twine with a bit of your favorite washi tape.

Hang for your New Year’s Eve party and voila — party time! (download the artwork here.)

DIY new years eve garland - made with sprinkles #sproutbyHP #CIYphotography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sprout by HP, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

meowy christmas

Merry Christmas eve! I just wanted to drop in to wish everyone safe travels, happy eats, and a lovely Christmas. I’m currently on a plane headed east to see family and friends. I plan to take a couple days off so I can catch up on sleep and just be in the moment. I feel like I’ve been so wrapped up in the day-to-day that I haven’t been able to just relax lately. I’m hoping this trip helps me slow down a bit and focus on what’s most important: essential time spent with the people dearest to me.

p.s. don’t worry, I’ll be back on Friday with some New Years inspiration!

a merry wiener dog christmasphotography by Danfredo Photos + Films

how to be a good guest

What a whirlwind this week has been… and it’s only Tuesday! I am frantically packing presents on top of sweaters, snow boots, and mittens in preparation for 3 weeks on the east coast. Recently, Humin interviewed me and asked me my top tips on how to be a good guest.

how to be a good guest how to be a good guestMy mom always told me the key to being a good guest is to make sure you bring a gift for the hostess. This advice has always stuck with me, so I try to make the hostess gift as special as possible. Something I love to do is bring fresh flowers or something green for the hostess. During the holidays, something festive is the obvious option.

I chose to make swag at Ampersand for a hostess because it felt sort of… old time-y and totally unexpected. I love that aspect of swag, where it feels historical and very traditional, but now has a modern, fresh approach.

how to be a good guest how to be a good guestBe sure to head over to Humin for some more of my tips, as well as a few of my favorite holiday traditions!

how to be a good guestphotography by Ashley Batz

I love making hot cocoa during the holidays. Both traditional and yummy, homemade hot chocolate makes me nostalgic for childhood memories of sledding with my dad. After exhausting ourselves on the hills, we’d traipse back to the house and warm up with mugs of cocoa next to the fireplace. These are some of my fondest memories as a kid. This year, I experimented with 3 yummy recipes to fancy up your hot chocolate. They give a modern take on this old classic—perfect for making your own traditions!

3 Easy Recipes To Fancy Up Your Cocoa - like this sea salt + lavender + caramel hot cocoa

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

3 Easy Recipes To Fancy Up Your Cocoaphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. I received product and compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

last minute handmade gift ideas - DIY copper foil iphone case

Whoa, guys. Christmas is this week. I kind of can’t believe it. Ready or not though, it’s time to wrap up those gifts, pour a cocktail, and relax around the fireplace. If you’re a last minute shopper and totally behind, here are some awesome last minute gift ideas that are handmade (read: extra special).

Here on the blog, I’ve shared a few ideas that make perfect gifts: dip dye stationery, copper foil iPhone case, and hand-painted spoons.

last minute handmade gift ideas - hand painted wooden spoons last minute handmade gift ideas - DIY gold foil cutting boardSome fun ideas for home decor gifts: gold leaf cutting board from Suite One Studio, linen potholders from Say Yes, and DIY woven pillow from Free People.

last minute handmade gift ideas - DIY handmade linen potholders last minute handmade gift ideas - DIY woven pillowLooking for something cheerful and cute? Try this handmade cat trinket dish DIY from Sugar & Cloth or these watercolor napkins from Paper & Stitch.last minute handmade gift ideas - DIY cat trinket dishlast minute handmade gift ideas - DIY watercolor napkinsOh, and need some wrapping paper inspiration? Check out my downloadable hand-drawn labels and this gorgeous wrapping paper from Colore’ Grace.

last minute handmade gift ideas - and this pretty wrapping paper idea!All images copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

PP- CHAMPS AND DRINK

With 2014 coming to a close and holiday parties at their peak (oh hello, Christmas in ONE WEEK), our to-do lists seem to be snowballing out of control! If you’re knee deep in online shopping, writing New Years resolutions, and getting those presents perfectly packaged, it may be a tad daunting to ponder just what potent potable you’ll be serving at your holiday soirée this weekend.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaDon’t fret, we have got you covered! The Poinsettia is your saving grace for holiday gatherings! Not those red flowers you see eveeerywhere during Christmas time (they are actually poisonous to animals, so they are not Noodle- or Georgette-friendly decor.) We’re talkin’ about the tasty crimson cocktail. It’s a traditional sipper that fits into the season’s festivities perfectly — spirited and red!

Pomegranate PoinsettiaThe Poinsettia is a holiday classic for a reason — it’s super simple and a real crowd pleaser! There is no vigorous shaking involved and the proportions can be tweaked to your party guests tastes! Spirited folks? Add just a splash of the cranberry & pomegranate juice. Sweet-toothed crowd on you hands? Add a touch more juice and champagne. You can even make a sinless-sipper for the DD. Just omit the vodka and champagne and replace with ginger ale or club soda for fizziness.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaTraditionally, the cocktail calls for plain ol’ cranberry juice, but we couldn’t resist adding cranberry’s sweet-tart cousin, the pomegranate, into the mix. They are so plentiful this time of year and their beautiful seeds are like jewels. We always say fresh is best, but in a pinch, a bottled pomegranate juice will do just fine in this recipe (we won’t tell!)
Pomegranate Poinsettia
The Pomegranate Poinsettia
Ingredients

  • 1 oz cranberry
  • 1oz Pomegranate juice
  • 4 oz champagne
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 berry & rosemary ice cubes (recipe below)

Pour vodka into glass. Add the cranberry and pomegranate juices. Stir with bar spoon. Add the champagne. Place two ice cubes in the drink for garnish.

Berry & Rosemary Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • 1 handful small berries
  • 4  stalks rosemary

Remove stems from berries. Remove rosemary leaves from stalks. Full ice cube trades with water. Add berries and rosemary to the cubes. Freeze until completely frozen.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaWe also jazzed the drink up with rosemary and winter berry ice cubes! The rosemary mimics the fresh evergreens of the season and the berries add another vibrant punch of color. It’s almost like having a wreath in your glass! Gold rimmed coups add a beautiful shimmer to the crimson cocktail. Red and gold are a match made in holiday heaven!

Pomegranate PoinsettiaYou may already have all these ingredients in your fridge which a makes party planning a real breeze. The trickiest part may be finding berries for the ice cubes. Currants & peppercorn berries make for perfect additions to the festive ice and will add a sweet or spicy touch as the ice begins to melt. We found our berries at a local flower shop, but a natural grocers will have a great selection of winter berries.

Pomegranate PoinsettiaReady for refills? Preparation is easy so you won’t be tending bar all night long. You’ll be back cheers-ing to good times in no time!

Happy imbibing!

p.s. get more cocktail recipes here!
recipe by Ashley Rose for Jojotastic. photography by Jojotastic.