Monday, April 30, 2012

innovations in light.

Here's a project my sister and I embarked on together. She painted a lamp for her apartment, and I painted a lamp for my house...twice. I cannot even begin to explain the level of unattractive 80'sness that revolved around these lamps before they had a makeover. Each one was a thrift store find for about $3.  Unfortunately, I don't have a before picture of my lamp, but here is my sister's before.
 and during the process...
and my lamp painted the 1st time...
Why the transformation from the 1st attempt? I kept it like this for several months.. but I am currently introducing some new bolder colors into our living room and it didn't make the cut.
lamp thrifted. gold chevron shade from Target

lamp thrifted. black and white shade from Target.

Monday, April 23, 2012


 My rosebushes have been blooming like crazy for at least 3 weeks! I cannot get enough of the blooms! I have been putting them in anything I can.  bottles,vases,cans...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

italian cream cupake recipe

You will need:
5 eggs
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 cups of sugar
5 egg yolks
2 cups of flour
1tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
 1. Separate 5 eggs, and cream 1 stick of butter.  Add in 2 cups of sugar and beat until smooth. Add in 5 egg yolks and beat well.
2. whisk together 2 cups of flour and 1tsp of baking soda, add to the cream mixture alternatively with 1 cup of buttermilk
3. Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla, 1 small bag of coconut, and 1 cup of chopped pecans
4. Fold in 5 stiffly beaten egg whites.  
5. Bake on 350* 18-20 min

1 stick butter softened
1 pkg cream cheese softened
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp of salt
2 tsp of vanilla
1. beat together cream cheese and butter, add vanilla, gradually  add sugar, and then add salt.

Friday, April 13, 2012


any cool lids lying around? Sometimes a nice glass jar or something breaks, and you are left with a lid. Just put one on a cool can and you have some instant fun storage!  This project was actually created by my mom and I just had had to share her neat idea.  I found that it can be great for cupcake liners- they just slip right in and don't get crushed. 
Thanks Mom!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

10 little birds...

My parents just recently got 10 baby chickens to raise for eggs! They are so precious and I never knew how fascinating watching these little things could be.  AND here's a recipe for a twist on the traditional haystack... nests!


1 cup(5 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 cups (4 ounces) chow- mien noodles or pretzel sticks
1 1/4 cup slices almonds
eggs- almond or peanut m&m's
sweetened coconut
powdered sugar

1.Line baking sheet with wax paper
2. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth, gently stir in noodles and nuts.
3. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto paper, make an indention in the top for eggs. Sprinkle nests with powdered sugar and coconut, then place eggs!
4. Let clusters set about 1 hour

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DIY for you: Turquoise Necklace

For this project you will need:

*turquoise beads, and any other beads you would like to add.
* jewelry pliers
*head pins, and jewelry loops found on the jewelry/bead aisle of you local art store
*chain (mine was thrifted)

1. Gather your supplies
2. Insert 1 head pin into the bead you are using.
3. Using your jewelry tools, snip the excess wire and using the pliers bend the wire to a complete loop.
4.You can attach onto chain with the loop you just created, or attach a jewelry loop to it like I did.  The loop makes for easier removal, if you ever want to switch out the chain.

strawberry cupcakes/ berry cream cheese frosting recipe

Strawberry Cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting:
*1 3/4 cup cake flour
*1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
*2 cups sugar
*1 tbsp baking powder
*1 tbsp sour cream
*3/4 tsp salt
*2 sticks of butter cut into cubes
*1 cup whole milk
*1tsp vanilla
*4 large eggs
* about 6 strawberries, finely chopped
* 2 tbsp strawberry jello mix( the powder, not actual jello:)

1.Preheat 325, mix flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt until combined. Then add butter until just coated.
2.Whisk eggs, sour cream, milk, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients in 3 parts, let each mix until incorporated. 
3. Add strawberries and jello mix. Mix until combined.
4.bake @325 for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe makes about 32 cupcakes.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
*1 pkg of cream cheese
*1 stick of butter
*3-4 cups powdered sugar
*2 tbsp of flour
*3 strawberries, finely chopped, and smashed.(if the chunks of strawberries are too big- it won't fit through the piping bag.)
* 1 tsp vanilla
*pinch of salt

1. soften cream cheese and butter, beat together in mixer, add in strawberries, vanilla, and salt.
2. slowly start adding in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time,then the 2 tbsp of flour, beating after each addition.
I made these for my mom's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!

I also painted for her a rendering of my parents home...
And made her a version of this necklace.. which you will see in my next diy project!