DIY | Burlap Stockings
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This, hands down, has to be one of my favorite seasons to be crafty. Inspiration flows effortlessly as friends gather for a craft night, homes are decorated for the season, and Pinterest boards are filling up. I'm never more inspired by those around me then I am this time of year. It is truly contagious!

I am the first to admit that my craft skills aren't the greatest (I am so clumsy and Band-Aids are always within reach), but the desire is so strong in my heart to create that I don't let my fear stop me. My goal is simple...find crafts that don't require the best technique but will truly hold a purpose/use. So when a co-worker showed me these simple DIY stockings, I knew they were perfect. I snagged her help, some leftover burlap that we have LOADS of, and all the materials to bring you this.

GATHER + START

Here is what you will need to begin, and feel free to be creative when gathering your own materials. Don't let fear hold you back either!

Materials you will need

TRACE, CUT + GLUE

Fabric glue is the key to holding the burlap together. The instructions on the bottle say it only takes 3 minutes to dry, but we gave ourselves an entire night just to make sure it didn't come apart. After all, we do plan on filling it up!

DECORATE + DISPLAY

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Once your fabric glue is fully dry (it goes on white, but dries clear), make sure to flip the burlap inside out to hide any seems. Feel free to take your time with this part. If you rush, you may pull everything apart.

Your last step is decorating! We used a simple strand of ribbon, and fabric markers to write our initials! 

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Simple Burlap stockings

Finally, we hung it up with care and filled it with goodies!

How easy and cute are these? I know you are itching to make one yourself and I hope you do just that. To make it even easier, if you stop by our Roastery (in Souderton, PA), and mention this blog post, we'll give you burlap for FREE! Now you have no more excuses.

Get going and be creative...you just may surprise yourself.

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"Tied up with String" | The Ultimate Coffee Gift Guide
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"These are a few of my favorite things"
As I sing this ever popular tune in my head, I can't help but think of what a few of my favorite coffee related items truly are. So I challenged myself, put pen to paper, and now I present to you the ultimate coffee lovers dream. 

1. 80+ Point Coffee
You may have heard us at One Village Coffee mention a thing or two about what specialty coffee really is. Much like 90+ point wine, coffees taste different from one another. A lot goes into what reaches your cup and the fun part of exploring actually requires no prior knowledge! Simply try it. After all, we were specialty coffee newbies at one point!

2. Drip Coffee Brewer
Honestly, a drip coffee maker (as pictured below) can be a simple, easy, and delicious way to make coffee at home! You'll find one in most of our homes, ready to go at a moment's notice. So, if you're not ready to take the plunge with pour-over coffee makers (I know they seem a little daunting) then stick with what you know!

Drip coffee maker

3. Burr Coffee Grinder
The moment I realized how evenly ground coffee effected my morning cup of coffee was the moment that my coffee game changed for the better!  I was stunned with how consistently delicious my coffee became once I switched to a more accurate grinder. Now I won't ever use anything other then a burr grinder. 

Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder

4. Scale/Timer
As I mentioned regarding a burr coffee grinder, consistency in the steps you take to prepare your coffee truly makes a difference in how it tastes. Therefore I encourage you to invest in a simple kitchen scale. Basically, it comes down to ensuring accuracy, and using the same amounts of coffee, water, and time with each preparation will help to highlight the unique notes that each coffee has to offer!

Photo provided by @mikegilger

Photo provided by @mikegilger

5. Pour Over Brewers
Now the fun begins! Every step of my coffee journey came about after I changed my usual coffee routine. It's been fun exploring all the coffee brewing methods to find that one ritual that works best for me. The more I explored, the more familiar I became with coffee as a whole, and the more confident I became on my coffee journey.

Photo provided by @mikegilger

Photo provided by @mikegilger

6. Simple Kits
Now that you've read all the way, this far down, here are a few other fun suggestions you may want to try (or hint at so you can find it under your tree this season).

  • Coffee Tasting Kits
  • Subscription to receive your favorite coffees right at your door
  • Be creative by putting together a personalized gift basket full of grinders, scales, pour over brewers, etc.
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I hope these items will help point you in the right direction as you start shopping for those you love, for a white elephant gift (trust me, your gift will be the most popular), or as a simple gift for yourself. Whomever it might be for, happy shopping!

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In The Kitchen | On The Trail Mix
Trail Mix Recipe

A little bit of sweet and a little bit of salty makes for the perfect combo in any trail mix - at least in my opinion! I guess that's why salted caramel is such a hit (you've got the best of both worlds). Now, I'm not here to show you my favorite salted caramel treats (even though that's a great idea), but I am here to teach you my favorite trail mix! Also, what kind of coffee lover would I be if coffee weren't included?

Trail mix might possibly be the easiest and most versatile snack I know of (if you know of others, leave them in the comments below). It can be healthy, or not-so healthy, sweet or salty, maybe even a mix of both. The version you'll find here is our take on Chocolate Bark meets Trail Mix. I know...mind blown! 

With the holidays about to take over our lives these next few months, this could be that perfect treat you are searching all over Pinterest for. First you need to make the chocolate bark (or should I say coffee bark, since I mixed in some Nordico coffee beans with the chocolate), and then mix together everything else. Here we go...

INGREDIENTS

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Coffee Bark
Coffee Bark and Trail Mix

These are great on the go snacks, wither you're hitting the trails, ready to munch on something at work, or driving in your car. They also would work perfectly during any holiday gathering (hostess gift or snacks before the main course). Have fun and make it your own! Let me know what you think by using #OVCtreats with your own creations. 

Bottoms up!

P.S. I may have eaten a whole mason jar in one sitting...It's that good!

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