Summer Peach Smoothie

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This is my favorite smoothie! I’m a little obsessed with it and it is so easy to make, I just had to share it! This is enough for one big smoothie, can obviously be made with double the ingredients if you feel like sharing 😉

What you’ll need folks:

  • Blender
  • Ice
  • 1 big yellow peach (washed)
  • Vanilla or Plain Greek yogurt
  • Apple juice (I like the thicker brands like Simply Apple)
  • Honey

First off, throw a handful of ice into the blender. Then you will need to scoop out some yogurt, I usually put about 1/2 cup of yogurt in, put really this isn’t too specific. Next you will wash your peaches and cut them into big chunk, leaving on the skin!

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Toss those chunks into the blender with some apple juice and a large dollop of honey! Local honey is better because it can help with your allergies. Blend it all together and what do you get?? Deliciousness.

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So enjoy and drink up because these are both tasty and good for you! And will be gone before you know it…

xoxo

Spicy Salsa Recipe

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Yummy I love salsa so much! And I can’t stand the store bought stuff anymore, so I took this opportunity to make some homemade delicious salsa!

This makes one jar full and should sit overnight for the best taste!

What you’ll need:

  • 5 tomatoes on the vine (or whatever you prefer)
  • Big bunch of cilantro
  • 3 fresh garlic gloves
  • 1/3 of a yellow onion (white is fine however)
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 jalapeño (obviously you can add more if you like more spice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Blender or food processor
  • Jar or container
  • Knife and cutting board (…is that necessary to write? haha)

First you want to wash all your veggies! Then you will cut your tomatoes into quarters, remove the goopy pulp and seeds and put in your compost (or garbage disposal if you don’t have a compost). Put the tomatoes into the blender/processor. Then cut the onion, garlic, a handful of cilantro, and the peppers! Make sure you add all the pepper seeds, that’s what makes it good and spicy! Add some salt and pepper right before blending.

Now blend away! After you get a good texture, stop blending. It may be a little pink at this point, don’t worry, when it sits it will turn more red! Jar it up and refrigerate it. Remember, you really can add whatever floats your boat, some lime or more peppers. Make it more yummy to your taste buds!

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Enjoy it while it lasts…which isn’t too long!

xoxo

Antiqued Repurposed Night Stand

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So, this is my newest and my most extremely favorite piece! AH IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL!

What you’ll need for this awesome project:

  • A wooden piece of furniture
  • Electric sander
  • Sand paper (fine grit, higher the number the better)
  • Screw driver
  • 3 or more cans of Spray paint (if sealant is not in paint, buy some if wanted)
  • Old rags
  • Blow dryer or vacuum
  • Optional: vinegar, salt, old or cheap toothbrush

Here’s the deal, hit up a flea market or thrift store for a an old quirky piece of furniture. Or take your old furniture from home and give it a makeover. Find a good place to set up camp! I used my garage because outside you may get things blowing around and indoors is horrible with spray paint. Then I set down a tarp to keep things clean. Once you’re set up take off the hardware and wipe down the whole piece and fix up and cracks or loose pieces.

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After you take off the hardware, load up your sander. Yes, you will want an electric sander because even with one of those this can be a long process. Since, we are only using a spray paint (not sanding) you don’t need to sand it down all the way, but you should definitely make sure the varnish is off. I tried to get most of it down to the light colored wood because that would go nicely with my color choice. However, it was difficult even after I turned the nightstand on its side. I couldn’t get a lot of it off! You may need to use little pieces of the paper to get at the smaller bits of the piece.

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Then you will need to either blow dry off the sanded bits off or even vacuum them up and wipe off the piece once again. After it is clean shake up your first can of spray paint, some people say you need primer, but for this case I wanted the color to come through a little and the color covered well. I used Kylon SATIN spray paint from Michael’s. It is important to use satin paint, it looks and dries the right way. Do your first coat, being careful to not make it too drippy. *Tip to help with drip: turn the piece on it’s side and do only one side at a time, the top side…it won’t have anywhere to drip! It will take longer, but the results would be better!*

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After that all dries, apply your second coat! And allow that to dry as well. While it is drying go to the sink with your hardware to give it a good cleaning. There are many different ways to clean hardware and they can differ depending on the material they are made out of. So, if they are brass like mine were, a magnet will NOT stick to it. If it is brass it can handle more abrasive cleaning. Those that stick to the magnet should only be washed in warm soapy water and scrubbed with the tooth brush. However, with the brass I used warm, soapy water mixed with a little vinegar in a bowl. After it soaked I poured some salt onto the handles and brushed them. I then rinsed and dried them to ensure they wouldn’t rust.

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Now it’s time to go back to the furniture. Once it is dried you will load up your sander (remember it will probably take multiple sand paper refills for each side of the piece). Then, you will sand over your paint job. This will take a while. There honestly is no right way to do this, it’s all up to your eye and what you think looks good. I mean, the edges obviously look good sanded and so do big chunks, but it’s all up to your taste. Little pieces of sandpaper wil be needed on the finer details. When you are done sanding, clean it once more with your blowdryer or vacuum, there will be plenty of mess! It is now up to you to use a sealant or not. I didn’t, but I am not planning on using this in an area in which water would cause any damage.

 

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Make sure you add back that cleaned hardware (or if you hate that hardware go get some cute drawer pulls from Anthropology or Rodware). Enjoy your new old looking furniture!

xoxo

“Sharpie” Mugs

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These mugs are always being messed up and honestly I don’t think there is a perfect solution, however I have found a way to keep them a little better than I have seen before. First instruction, NEVER DISHWASH!

What you need for this project:

  • White porcelain or corning ware mugs (cleaned and dried)
  • Paint pens (sharpie paint pens or craft smart)
  • An oven

This project is all up to the imagination, so you really should browse etsy, pinterest and that noggin of yours for some creative designs. Once you have your general plan you can either freehand your design or draw it in pencil then trace over it with the paint pens. Pick a color that you like the most for the paint pens, the corning ware looks incredible with the gold paint pens. It is very important to try not to use stencils, they do not work with paint pens and often the paint runs underneath and blurs the paint. 

When you’ve achieved the mugs you were going for, place the mugs on a cookie sheet and slide them into your un-preheated oven. It is important that you don’t preheat it because the intense change in heat can cause the mugs to crack. Once the mugs are in the oven, turn the oven on bake at 350 degrees and “bake” for 30 minutes. When the timer dings, take out your mugs and allow to cool. 

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Remember to only wash by hand and try to avoid the art work and outside of the mugs if possible. Enjoy!

xoxo

Lace Crown Tiaras

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These lace tiaras are seen all over online, but the more I make them the better I make them. So let me share with you my knowledge and tips!

What you’ll need:

  • Lace (the length and width will vary depending on what you want)
  • Fabric Stiffener
  • A Blowdryer
  • Hot glue gun
  • Foil
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint (I love FolkArt personally)
  • Sponge Brushes (2)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Optional: Fine Glitter and Mod Podge

First you will need to set up your work station, a clear surface lined with foil. This project can be long, so I place myself near my TV so I can watch HP at the same time!!

Then, you will need to lay out your lace flat onto the foil. Add a thick layer of stiffener over the lace using one of your brushes. After full coverage, blow dry the lace. This quickens the process and stiffens it better. Then flip over and do the same process to this side, then repeat back and forth on both sides. You want to stiffen both sides 2-4 times.

After it is stiffened (which it definitely wont feel too stiff) you will paint! Paint the first side and blow dry that as well, flip and paint again. Then make a foil cap like the one below and wrap the lace around it, overlapping the lace ends and hot gluing the ends together. Image

At this point,  you can paint over the whole thing once more. And if you would like to glitterify it, now is the time! Lightly mod podge the lace part by part and cover with glitter. Then you can cover again with mod podge.Then leave it to dry. I leave mine for a few hours.

Now it will be a little stiffer. Some people are done at this point, but I have learned better! Take a cookie sheet and line it will foil, place the foil cap wrapped with lace  onto the sheet. Then stick the sheet into the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (it will smell gross btw). After it is done “baking” you will take it out. It may be a big gooey at first, but let it dry for a bit. When it is done it should be the stiffest princess crown possible!!

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Next item on the agenda is to bobby pin it to you or your princess friend’s head and enjoy the tea party!

xoxo

Glittered Wooden Letters

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These projects are simple enough really! You only need a few items!

  • A wooden letter
  • Mod Podge
  • A sponge brush
  • Two or more sizes of glitter in the same color (different colors if you’re going for a more funky look)
  • Paint that matches the glitter (optional)

First set up a station to work where you can catch the excess glitter and reuse it. Then you have the option of painting the whole letter, it would take two layers of paint. After your station is ready, you apply a liberal amount of mod podge over the bottom half of the letter, adding the bigger glitter over the glue. Next apply mod podge to the top half and add the finer glitter. Let the glitter sit for a minute then shake off the excess. 

You will now see empty spaces where glitter did not catch. Add more mod podge to those spaces, then fill in with the excess glitter from the opposite glitter size (ie finer glitter for spots on the bottom half and vise versa). After the whole letter is covered, take large amounts of mod podge to cover the letter. The mod podge finish will actually make the glitter shine better! Be mindful of the sides while covering glitter, the glue does dry clear, but it can leave odd globs that are not so pretty. Then if you wish you can paint the sides if you have not done so already (or perhaps you want to glitter the sides)!

When it dries fully, you can cover once more with mod podge if it is still too bumpy for your liking. I only covered it once and liked the results. 

Now it’s time to hang it up on a wall or door! Or put it up on a shelf and enjoy!

xoxo