Posts tagged ‘homemade’

March 31, 2011

The Sugarboo Collection

Rebecca and Rick Puig started Sugarboo Designs with the mission to add soul to the home with handmade products. Their gigantic portfolio gets better with every click through their website. From pillows to reclaimed wood, to metalwork, all of their products remind me a little of the beachhouse and a little of the farmhouse. Take a look at their website to see more of the collection and while you’re there, take a look at their ‘About’ page for their adorable family photos.

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March 30, 2011

DIY Feather Skirt

A few months ago, one of my very good friends bought herself an amazing ostrich feather skirt. I wish you could see it because it is absolutely gorgeous. I just discovered a blog that I am utterly in love with called PS – I Made This. Author Erica Domesic’s motto is “I see it. I like it. I make it” and she is inspired by fashion trends and runway looks. Lucky for me, Erica breaks down how to make a feather skirt and look how easy it is! Why didn’t I think of this?

Photo credit and tutorial courtesy of PS – I Made This

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2011

DIY Fractal Mirror

The price tag attached to fractal mirrors can be quite steep (too steep for me). How about making one of your own. Home DZine shows us how with a step-by-step. Just keep in mind that the site is South African therefore some of the products may have slightly different brand names here.

March 1, 2011

Homemade Lip Balm

I just got back from winter wonderland (otherwise known as my friend Nate’s cabin). A great day skiing, a few days hanging out in a cabin, more snow than I have seen in a long time. What a great weekend. My only complaint – my poor lips. They are PARCHED and in need of some major TLC. How cute are these tiny little jars of lip balm? Design*Sponge shows us all how to make lip balm for yourself! So much better than store bought – you get to choose the scent, the container and you know exactly what is going in there!

February 22, 2011

Chicken and Mango Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps are the best meal. They really are – so good for you they taste unbelievable! The sauce is so yummy that I think I am going to start bottling it.  You have to make these, even if you don’t cook. Thankfully there isn’t that much cooking involved

For the Sauce:

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/8 cup soy sauce

1/8 cup finely chopped peeled fresh ginger (from a 2- by 3-inch piece)

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

For the Wraps:

3 chicken breasts

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon mild honey

1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1 head of iceberg or butter lettuce, leaves separated

1/2  cut into matchsticks

3 chopped scallions (green onion)

1 ripe mango (manilla are my favourite) cut into matchsticks

1 red pepper cut into matchsticks

2 chopped jalapeno peppers

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Method:

Start by cooking your chicken and your rice. I put the chicken breasts in the oven at about 375 degrees and leave it in there for about 30 minutes or until it is fully cooked through and no longer pink inside.  As for rice, use a rice cooker or follow the package instructions.

Make the sauce – combine all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend on high for about one minutes until all pureed. Give it a taste. I sometimes like to add more ginger than it calls for. Double the recipe if you want some leftover (great great great on salads)

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, red pepper flakes and salt. While continuing to whisk, slowly stream in olive oil. Put aside (you will use this for your chicken later).

Prepare and chop all of your vegetables.

Once chicken is cooked, shred it using 2 forks and mix with your lime and honey mixture.

I like to make a little spread of the chicken, rice, sauce, lettuce and all the veggies and let everyone serve themselves by making their own wraps and choosing the ingredients that they would like.

February 18, 2011

How To: Homemade Cards

Yesterday was my daddy’s birthday! I love making my parents homemade cards. Whenever they see them their faces light up and I feel a little girl who just had a drawing go up on the fridge. They are always so proud! Cards are a lot easier to make than they look and trust me… They impress everyone.

What you need:

1 piece of card stock paper for the base of the card (Any craft store – I get mine at Michael’s)

Pretty paper for your cupcakes (Any craft store – Check the scrapbook section, they usually have some clearance paper, I got mine for 29 cents each!)

Some stick on jewels, or glitter, or buttons, or ribbon, or flowers… you get the idea

A little bit of love

To Make:

Cut out cupcake shapes in your decorative paper (if you are worried about drawing the cupcake, you can email me and I will send you the template that I drew).

Glue your cupcakes on your card stock in a pyramid shape (or any shape your little heart desires). I like to use something called rubber-cement to glue my pieces down. You can buy it in any craft/art store and sometimes even at the dollar store. It is great because it doesn’t wrinkle paper and it wipes off once dry with zero residue. You can also use any other glue you may have on hand.

Use a few different colours and sizes of stick on jewels to decorate your cupcakes.

Voila! You could sell that baby at Hallmark for big bucks!