Thursday, September 6, 2012

Huge Deals @ Pick Your Plum

Pick Your Plum normally just has 1 deal a day, but for today only they have 12 deals!  Yay!  
I love it!  I always look forward to seeing their daily deals (even though I just window shop most of the time), but sometimes I grab something that makes my day.  I made this bracelet with buttons from Pick Your Plum.  And guess where I got the wooden squares for this project?  Yup, Pick Your Plum.
Here's a few of my favorite deals they have going on today~

 

I think I might snag the door knobs- I've been wanting to make a jewelry holder like this one I saw on Etsy.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

One shirt disaster is another scarf's success

A few months ago I decided to buy a bunch of fabric and just wing it.  I had all sorts of ideas to make stuff- like this skirt.  And then I thought I'd be brave and try to make a shirt (without a pattern)... yea that was a little too ambitious for me.  The sleeves were too small and it was shaped all funny.  So in one impulsive moment, I chopped it up and made this darling scarf.  I think this was meant to be.  This fabric as a shirt would have been too much.  My only regret is not taking a picture of the shirt disaster.


Scarves are super easy to make and they do wonders to dressing up an outfit.  Here's some great scarf tutorials that I've seen around.  I thought you might enjoy~

Infinity Scarf by The Cottage Home
Lacy Infinity Scarf by Sweet Verbena
Braided Scarf by Put Up Your Dukes
Anthroplogie Knock-off Scarf by Sewing in No Man's Land
Chunky Crochet Scarf by People Webs
Lace Scarf by A Beautiful Mess
Upcycle Scarf from sweater by I Am Mama Hear Me Roar

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SEI Guest Blogger

I'm over at SEI Lifestyle all this week as a guest blogger.  I'll be posting a project or recipe each day over there and I'd love for you to stop in to take a peek.  Also, there's a great giveaway at the end of the week over at SEI Lifestyle for some of their amazing scrapbooking supplies that they let me try out.  I love these papers that they're giving away!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homemade Snack Bars

It's been an absolute struggle trying to get back to eating gluten-free.  I do the worst in the afternoons when I need a quick snack.  Edible Perspective has a pretty good recipe for "Larabar" type snack bars that I fancied up to my liking.

They're really yummy.  Admittedly, a lot of work for just 12 bars, but they're a wonderful treat to cure my afternoon cravings.
  

What's on the inside?

14 dates (pitted)
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup almonds (coarsely chopped)
3 dried apricots (chopped)
1 Tbs. flaxseed meal
1-2 Tbs raisins

Put sunflowers and pumpkin seeds through a food processor.  I have a tiny chopper so I had to do it in small batches.  Set that aside and then put dates through the processor.  I mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl using my hands.  It's thick like bread dough.  Then put the mix between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll it flat.  Cut into rectangles.  I preserved mine in the refrigerator.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

New Goods on Etsy

My favorite part about making signs is that I can do whatever I want without considering how it will look in my house.  I think about the person that might buy it and where they would put it.  I can make signs that I might admire in the store, but wouldn't necessarily buy.  Bottom line- I love it. 

Here are 3 new additions to the shop~






Friday, July 6, 2012

Guacamole

I've weaned myself from using a cookbook when I make guacamole!
I don't think mine could rival that of an authentic Mexican-made bowl of guacamole, but I think it's ready to be shared.


Here it goes (warning- I like a lot of lime and cilantro)~

5-6 avocados
 1-2 tomatoes
1 bunch of cilantro
juice from 1 lime
1/4 tsp minced jalapeno
1/4-1/2 tsp cumin
dash salt
1/4 cup red onion
1-2 garlic cloves

Mash all the ingredients together with 2 forks.  I stir in the tomato and lime juice at the end.
It's easy to cut the recipe in half and if you want to add more volume to the guacamole, you can put some plain yogurt in there in place of a couple avocados.


Here's the secret to keeping guacamole from turning brown~ 

Drop an avocado seed in the dip to keep it green and fresh.  Then put plastic over the top making sure that it touches as much of the surface of the guacamole as possible.  It will stay green for at least a day.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Boho Beads & Love Sign Winner Announced

I had butterflies in my stomach when I hit the "generate" button for this one.   Seriously, I'm not kidding here.  I wish I had 16 giveaways- one for each of you.  

$15 credit to Boho Beads Etsy Shop and a love sign from my shop were up for grabs in the giveaway.



So here's the list of the entries as they came in...

1. Mariko
2. Jamie Pepin
3. Alaine88
4. DandE LAM
5. Mayra Murray
6. Stacie Miller
7. Jessica Byrd
8. MB Murphy
9. stayseanne
10. MichelleF
11. Anderson Family
12. Emily
13. Emilee
14. EllenB
15. Meagan 
16. Sandy

And the winner is....

#4 DandE LAM


Congratulations Emma!

Thanks Elisha from Boho Beads for teaming up with me on this giveaway!