Sunday, July 29, 2012

He's here!

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Friday, July 27, 2012


{hoop + ribbon wall art}

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Friday, July 20, 2012

- feathers
- end caps
- briolette beads
- wire + tools
- an assortment of beads, pearls, shells..
- various chains 
- ribbon, string, yarn.. anything, really!
- a branch, stick or dowel
 {trim feathers and secure end-caps with glue}
{wire-wrap briolettes}
 {gather bits and piece of yarn, string, ribbon and chain}
 {wire-wrap shells, pearls and beads}
 {start creating little 2"-3" segments of alternating chain, ribbon, and beads}
 {glue your knots! glue is your friend... until you glue yourself to yourself, that is}
 {keep going!}
{make as many strands as you'd like}
{secure each strand to the branch with a knot and some glue}

{beaded branch wall art}

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Just wanted to share an awesome recipe that I totally, absolutely did not find on Pinterest..


- 1 package fresh mushrooms, washed + stalks trimmed
- 1 egg
- Parmesan cheese
- Sprinkle of seasoning (garlic, parsley, pepper.. lots of possibilities)
- 2-3 cups of breadcrumbs

I used a little Mrs Dash garlic & herb seasoning and I made my own breadcrumbs using pretzel crackers. I mashed them with a hammer. No, really. It's cheaper than therapy and the results are delicious. I love using  a pretzel cracker hybrid because it makes for extra crunchiness. Plus they are already seasoned, so it makes life a little easier. Simply dip the mushroom in the egg mixture, roll it around in the crumb mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Bake at 450F for 10-12 minutes.

TIP: wash and wipe your hands after every couple of mushrooms. This will keep things from getting too messy and potentially disastrous.


{baked mushroom poppers}

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Thursday, July 12, 2012


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Monday, July 9, 2012

{painted + repurposed metal cans for storage} 


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{mani monday} + {giveaway}

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

I like to think of myself as a lazy gourmet. It's really common for me to use boxed mixes (cakes, muffins, scones) and add my own little touches to them. That way they taste a little more.. well, gourmet.Usually it's as simple as adding vanilla extract, crushed nuts or cinnamon. I didn't have the energy to attempt this delicacy on the fourth of July, despite the fact that it would have been completely appropriate.. Oops. But I think cherry pie is appropriate for any time, holiday or not.

The only little tweak I made to this recipe was that I added about a quarter of a cup of graham cracker crumbs and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon to the pie crust. I have boxes and boxes of graham cracker crumbs. I like to add a scoop to pancake batter, too. Gives it more oompf

Then I used my trusty little star cookie cutter to make the top crust, and sprinkled it all with raw sugar. Yum!

{cherry star pie}

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Thursday, July 5, 2012


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Monday, July 2, 2012


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Here are few photos of some of the things I've been working on lately.

{mixed metal & gemstone toggle bracelets}
\{jewels, tassels and charm necklaces}
{crystals, pearls and mixed metals}

{jewelry update}

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Sunday, July 1, 2012


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