Thursday, October 03, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
I do NOT have space in my apt to dedicate a room/closet simply for gift wrapping.
The first blog I ever started following was Cupcakes and Cashmere. Everything she does is beautiful. She posted a DIY of her version of a wrapping station. I love it. I love that its over the door and doesnt take up a whole room. It's small enough to hide but big enough to to do some creative wrapping.
Since my wrapping materials aren't that extensive I searched the Container Store website to find the perfect wrapping "station" for my needs.
Remember: tiny apt, roommates, no room, building up supplies
Until I can work up to a gift wrapping room my "station", though small, will fit neatly under my bed, out of the way, which I LOVE.
I can't wait to wrap some gifts!
Total Cost: $15.00
I am now on a mission to make a great chicken noodle soup; this one is on the right track :).
follow: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2012/11/29/diy-cake-stand/, http://factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/diy-cake-stands/
send her pics of what i did: http://somethingturquoise.com/2012/03/16/diy-painted-mirror-glass-table-numbers/
Total cost per item or pair or project: $24.00*
Friday, April 26, 2013
So, my friend is allergic to gluten, in addition to pigs-in-a-blanket I made pigs wrapped in bacon, or pigs-in-pigs as I like to call them. They smelled amazing, and were a hit!
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Cut the bacon into thirds
3. Begin wrapping the lil smokies
4. Place on cookie sheet
5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bacon looks good! mmmmmmm
-Use a tooth pick to keep the bacon from unrolling
-Bake them on a cookie rack so the fat will drip off
FYI, it tasted just as good as it sounds :)
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 04, 2013
In addition to making LMAC, I've been wanting to find a great mac & cheese recipe... and I will tell you I am still on the hunt for that.
I used this recipe from one of my favorite websites/blog The Kitchn. I followed the recipe exactly except for a few things:
-1 pound of pasta = 1 box of pasta
-2 cups mac & cheese blend cheese mix vs just cheddar
-added panko bread crumbs
-since I baked it, the LMAC really lost it's cheesyness... next time I make this I will just use 3/4's of the box
-it wasn't that flavorful... siracha was added and made it better... but I didn't like how spicy it was
-added planko bread crumbs on top... really didn't add anything to the LMAC
Overall this recipe was a bust... still looking to find a mac and cheese recipe I CAN make.
Creamy No-Roux Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese
What You Need
1 1/2 2% milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded cheese, I used the Mac & Cheese blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
3 Lobster tails
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
While spending one of many hours perusing through Pinterest I stumbled across this pin, from from the desk, and really thought it was a great idea. I mean it sure beats the way I was organizing scarves before.
Total cost of project: $4.00
need a wooden hanger... or split them up onto 3 hangers (which is what I did)
|before: all my scarves|
Any who, love my new scarf holder!!
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
One Christmas my Mom gave me Martha Stewarts Christmas Album. I LOVE Christmas music. Part of that 3 disc gift set, Martha provided crafts and recipes. In it was a DIY for a mason jar sewing kit. So lets say I have been wanting to make this for a while.
Here is a tutorial you can use. I did it a bit different
Total of project: $6.00
-hot glue gun
4. Push through until you cannot push any more, pull the corners of the fabric.
5. Cut the extra fabric around the corner
6. Glue it down corners to the lid
7. Glue extra circle down to hide corners
8. Add glue to the lip of the hollow lid and push the stuffed fabric lid through
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Thus began my adventure of drinking 20 bottles of water for 5 pairs of boots.
The project cost me about $11.00 per pair of shapers
-Con: The fur was too long and made a HUGE mess when I cut it. I recommend getting a different length of fur
-Con: Not only was the fur messy, but because of the length when I cut it the fur got REALLY SHORT. The whole bottle was not uniform.
-Pro: You do NOT need 3 yards of fur. I will most likely make a fur vest with the extra.
-Pro: Because of how long the fur was, when I did not cut enough and there was bottle showing, I just grabbed some extra fur and glued it over... I sort of like that messy fur look.
-Tip: Recommend laying down a tarp or something to catch the clippings.
-Tip: If you are making shapers for more than one pair of boots, get different color tassels so that you can keep track of the shapers.
All in all, it doesn't look like the tutorial, but they are mine and now my boots don't fall over :)
-SmartWater bottles (two 33.8 fl. oz. bottles per each boot shaper)
-hot glue gun
-faux fur (bought 3 yards only needed about 1. $58.60/3=$20/yard)
-ribbon (only used about 1/2 of the spool. $4.00/2=$2.00)
$52.00/5 pairs of boots = $10.40/ boot
1. Cut the tops off. I tried using scissors like in the tutorial but I found that the serrated knife worked a lot easier and faster
2. Cut 4 slits. Tutorial says to cut 4... CUT 4. I got a little scissor happy and cut more on the first pair. It is WAYYYY easier to manipulate the height with 4 slits.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 on a second bottle and push together to get the height needed for the boot.
4. Duct tape it closed.
5. Cut Ribbon the a little longer than length you want the loop to be and sear the ends with a lighter. Measure out duct tape (so it can go around the bottle like picture 6). Cut a slit in the middle of the tape and push the ends of the ribbon and tassel through. Make the loop of the ribbon as big or as small as you'd like. Make sure to press the ends of the ribbon and tassel to the tape so it doesn't move.
6. Tape it to one end of the bottle. I taped the ends where the ribbon/tassel were hanging off with extra tape.
7. Measure the fur a little longer than the length and height of the bottle
8. Hot glue one end of the fur. Put the glue as close to the edge as possible
*Bonus: add more glue on the inside fabric if you want
11. If you look closely, I tried to get the hot glue on the fur and on the bottle (so it overlapped). Roll until both ends are glued to the bottle and hold for a minute
12. Hopefully you have a little extra hanging over. Cut the excess or leave it.
13. Glue the edge of the fur to the bottom of the bottle; be sure to not glue the ribbon and tassel
14.Glue the edge of the fur to the bottom of the bottle again (this is why you need to have a little extra initially)
15. Measure a circle using the bottle as a template and cut 4 (2 for each shaper)
16. In two circles cut a hole in the center, thread the ribbon and tassel through and then glue it to the bottle.
17. Glue the circles without the holes to the bottom of the shaper.
18. Cut a slit in the middle with scissors, thread the ribbon/tassel through, hot glue 1/2 of the sircle down, let cool, glue the second half.
* repeat 5-18 for matching pair*
Bonus here is a shot of my mess, I used my hands to make a big pile then vacuumed it up!
|pardon my hobbit feet, you needed a scale|
Monday, January 28, 2013
Total Cost per Tassel: $0.00 (I had everything on hand!)
Apologies if the pictures are not to scale and my hair on the ground (I shed like a dog lol)