Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gold Techniques for Crafting and Home Decor

My post for How Does She is up!  I talk about gold techniques that I like to use in crafting and home decors.  Also my favorite brands to get the true "gold" look.  Check it out!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY: Constellation Horoscope Jewelry Dish

I tend to give my jewelry away as presents to my girlfriends' for their birthday or special events.  It's kind of a given!  But for some time I've been wanting to add a little something else to the jewelry gift, so it's not always the obvious necklace or pair of earrings.  So of course the next idea I thought was something for the jewelry to go in.  Another obvious!  But this craft idea I love and am kind of obsessed with right now.  Personalized and functional all in one, the constellation horoscope jewelry dish is just so easy (and cheap), you'll want to make one for all your girlfriends.

This easy project requires just a few items and 10 minutes of your time.
Supply List:
small ceramic bowl or box.  I got mine from Target for $2
graphite paper
scissors
gold metallic sharpie pen (get oil-based paint!--very important so it doesn't rub off over time)
writing pen
constellation horoscope print out

Instructions: print out the constellation printable.  Cut out the horoscope zodiac sign.  Then cut a small square of graphite paper.  You want to cut both the size/shape of the bowl. Place both in the bowl with the graphite writing side down.



Take your pen and trace the horoscope sign.  Apply pressure so the graphite transfers.  Once you are done, take it off and you will see the shape on the dish.  






Then take your oil-based metallic sharpie pen and retrace over the design.  Let it dry for few minutes then admire and make more!  That simple.  



Caution!  You might get addicted and all these little dishes will end up all over the house!  And its a favorite to have right on your night stand.  




Friday, August 8, 2014

Desert Wedding Pictures by Ellie Asher

I feel so lucky to work with some amazing people, and one person I just love to work with is Ellie Asher Photo.  She takes a lot of my fashion modeling pictures for my website, and every time I get the images back she captures the look and feel I aspire for.  These desert wedding images she took are so beautiful and the Ophelia necklace was featured in the photoshoot along with Project Runway winner designer Leanne Marshall's wedding dress.  Breathtaking!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk


I'd like to introduce you to my Mom--the fabulous Kathleen--who is contributing to a post for the first here at Darling Darleen, and I hope not the last!  She is my mentor in so many ways.  I love her to pieces!  She has taught me the importance of living and eating healthy.  Growing up, it felt like I lived in a health food store--daily vitamins, herbs, only filtered water, lots garden vegetables, freshly picked fruit, whole wheat everything, no refined sugar, tofu in everything. Although not a popular concept at the time and I would secretly eat white bread slices at our friends' houses, I am so grateful she taught me good healthy eating habits.  Many of my homeopathic healing tips have been taught through her and she learned many of her ideas through her mother!   


We just got back from our annual Vegas trip to see family, and one of my favorite things to drink is my mom's yummy homemade almond milk.  We love it and it's so sweet and healthy!  My kids like it on their morning cereal or just an afternoon treat.  My mom told me I need to start making it for my family, and I gave the excuse that I didn't have the recipe...which leads me to this post!  We made the milk in her outdoor kitchen.  It's that simple. With a little preparation, this easy recipe is just a click of the blender.

Here's what you need:


1 cup raw almonds
4 cups of Filter water
measuring cup
About 4 dates
1tsp. of vanilla
Strong blender like Vitamix or Blendtec

Raw almonds.  If they aren't raw, the almonds are irradiated meaning less nutrients and more chemicals.  Soak the almonds in filtered water over night in a quart-size jar.  Why soak?  Soaking plumps them up, and it's a way for the almonds to sprout and bring life to the nut, which means more nutrients.  You will see on the end of the almonds a white little spot on the pointy end which means it is starting to sprout.

After soaking, measure out 1 cup of almonds and pour into your blender.

Throw in about 4 dates

And a teaspoon of vanilla
Add your 4 cups of filtered water and put the blender on its base.
Start the blender and blend, blend, blend!
Pour, serve and drink!
Yum Yum!

Isn't she the cutest!  Here are some fun facts I learned about my mom while making some homemade almond milk (but really I already knew).

  • She doesn't follow a recipe.  It's all in her head!  Just throw it all in and blend!
  • She would make a fresh batch of almond milk every morning while we were there. 
  • She said you can strain the milk through cheesecloth to get rid of the pulp, but you would lose some of its nutrients.  However, she is so kind to strain the milk for her most pickiest grandchildren, aka my kids. :)

Thanks mom for teaching us all about Homemade Almond Milk.  Mwah!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY: Shell Bottle

I'm over at How Does She today talking about bottling up your beach trip memories!  Literally.  We head to the beach a few times a year...one of our favorite family activities...and we always come back home with a bucket full of sand and shells.  Instead of throwing it out, I just bottle it up.  I love the results and have bottles around the house.  Perfect summer beach-y decor!  Check out the easy step-by-step tutorial.




Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Bike Parade

Happy 4th of July!  Get your streamers, garland and paper pinwheels out and go decorate your bike.  Then take your party on the go--hitting up your town's parade or have a festive picnic at the park.  Whatever you plan to do, go check out my post on Or So She Says with all the fun details to make your Fourth of July bike parade a success.

bike parade
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Painted Wooden Block Sign

Wooden block signs are a great way to express a quote in a simple artistic way.  I've seen alot of the reproduced ones in stores, but the ones that are hand painted and hand made add more rustic characteristic and personality.  I made a few wooden block signs for my kids room and shared the easy tutorial on How Does She today.  The best thing is about the tutorial is that you can make the sign in any font with any design.  Check it out.





Monday, June 9, 2014

Sequin Monogram Letter

I am still obsessed with monograms and personalizing a space.  I love how this sequin monogram letter came out for my post over at Or So She Say that I did last week.  It will add a little bling to your office shelves or tablescape.  And its easy, easy!  Head over to Or So She Say to see the step-by-step tutorial.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Healthy Strawberry Ice Cream--Sugar Free, Diary Free, Gluten Free

We've been having so much fun eating and making all things strawberries.  And of course we have to make homemade strawberry ice cream.  With summer here, I have been trying so hard to really watch my diet and have cut out (for the most part) sugar and diary.  But in the summer we break in our ice cream maker quite a bit and the kids have a lot of fun coming up with different recipes.  So homemade ice cream is quite tempting around our house.  This healthy recipe is guilt-free, and ice cream that I can turn too when I crave something sweet and fruity.


Ingredients
16 ounces of strawberry--chopped and pureed
2 cups of coconut milk
3-5 tbsp of maple syrup (depending on how sweet)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 lemon juice

Instructions

1. Cut stems off strawberries and measure out 16 ounces in cup.  Put it in your blender and puree.
2. Combine coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.  
3. Slowly stir in strawberry puree with the milk mixture
4.  Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and follow directions.





After the ice cream is made, serve immediately and enjoy.  Got any leftover ice cream?  Don't put it in the freezer just yet.  One of the bummer things about coconut milk is once it freezes it comes really hard...like ice hard and the consistency is not creamy anymore.  BUT, what we do with any left over coconut ice cream is put the remains in popsicle molds.  It works out great and kids like it as do adults.  And you don't have to chisel out a huge block of ice.  




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Georgia Strawberry Picking

All I want to do this summer is take advantage of all the fruit picking there is in Georgia.  With all the moving we've been doing the last two summers, we haven't really gone out to the farms and done our own picking.  The seasons come sooner down here than Connecticut, so Georgia strawberry picking is in full swing the month of May instead of June.  So many strawberries! My little helpers were, in fact, really good helpers.  They did most of the picking...and the eating of course!








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