Friday, April 18, 2014

Decoarting Easter Eggs Part 2: Watercolor Painted Eggs

Hi everyone! Welcome to part 2 of my Easter Eggs {see part 1 here}! This method was a lot more fun and in line with the things I enjoy to do! It's not secret that I love watercolors and I figured.. Why not paint my eggs with watercolor?

I chose some pictures of favorite flowers and roughly modeled my paintings after them. Painting on eggshell is a little different than paper so I warn you there! After a few brush strokes you get the hang of it though, and {bonus} if you mess up, you can just wash it off and start again!

These just felt so much like springtime and made me so happy! They are delicate and elegant and I think they would make great centerpieces or table decor for an Easter party!

All I did was hard boil the eggs, waited for them to cool, and then started painting away with  my detail brush! I love doing tiny paintings so this was really fun for me! You should try it!

So there you have it, my second idea for cleaner Easter eggs! What ideas did you have this year? I saw some things online about natural ways to dye eggs, maybe I will try that next year!

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Decorating Easter Eggs Part 1: Sharpie

I can't believe Easter Weekend is already here! Usually when the spring semester begins, this weekend feels so far away that I am sure it will never come. But this time, the semester has just flown by! I don't mind at all though!

I wasn't planning on decorating Easter eggs, truthfully I haven't done that in a very long time! But the sun was out and I wasn't eating the eggs in my fridge so I thought... why not? I will be posting this in 2 parts today {see part 2 here}! Two different ideas for decorating your eggs!

I wasn't really willing to deal with the mess of dyeing eggs in my little living space, or in Will's kitchen so I was searching for cleaner alternatives! This is where those Sharpie markers and pens that you can't help but buy come in handy!

All I did was hard boil the eggs, and once they were cooled I drew on them using either the ultra fine tip markers or the pens! I think if you used a regular sized Sharpie or permanent marker - it might work even better, but I didn't have any of those!

I think they turned out adorable though, and this is a fun way to enjoy colorful easter eggs without all the fuss! You should give it a go this weekend! :)

I will be back later today with the second installment! Until then, enjoy!

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Photo Wednesday 4.16

It was so lovely here in Michigan for a few days. On Monday night Will and I went to the gym for a swim and when we walked outside afterward... there was an inch of snow. What?!

Last night I put on my very last program as an RA! Wow! We originally wanted to go out and plant trees, but with the snow and a high of 33 degrees - it didn't seem quite possible. I think bringing a little springtime indoors was just what the doctor ordered! 

For the program we all planted little flower seeds and decorated our flower pots! At the end of the program we had one pot left over so I painted it for Will! I planted myself a Zinnia flower and a Sweet Basil plant for Will! If you remember in my Valentine's post I said that he was a boy who loved the moon and I was a girl who loved flowers, so that was my inspiration for the flower pots! :)

It is supposed to warm up here just in time for Easter weekend! Fingers crossed! Are you enjoying spring right now or did you get hit with winter 2.0 also? Either way, stay warm and plant some flowers!

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Weekend on the Runway

This weekend I had the unexpected opportunity to model, on the runway, in a fashion line designed by my talented friend Jason Gagnon. His line was based on the artwork of Zao Wou-Ki. When he asked me originally I just kind of laughed awkwardly and reminded him that I am 5'2" (on a good day) and have more of an hourglass/pear shape than a.. I don't know, celery stick? I'm not sure what proper fruit is used to describe a tall slender build, haha.

He told me I would be wearing flats and that he was designing for petite "real" women this year, and that was enough to convince me that I should give it a go. I am so glad I did! I don't plan on going into modeling any time soon, but it was fun to play dress up and be sassy on the runway!

On the day before the show he switched up the garment I was wearing, and all of a sudden I was wearing something a lot sexier than I originally planned! It worked out well though because the dress gave me the extra boost of sass that I was looking for when it came to attitude on stage! At first it felt like I was just skipping and frolicking about the runway until I really got into character.

The make-up was so much fun! Look at this lipstick, when would I ever be able to wear this any other time?

The line is gorgeous and he hand painted the patterned fabric, can you believe it? He is so amazingly talented! I met him a few years ago in a watercolor class we took together. After the show I had several friends come up and ask how I managed to get into one of the best designers collections.. Just lucky I guess! :)

It was also a big night for my roommate Kaitlin because she won the Collection of the Year award and a yearlong mentorship under Daniel Vosovic from Project Runway Season 2! She is so talented and always working so hard on her creations, it was well earned! I was literally crying backstage when they announced her name as the winner! Not only did she design an amazing collection, but she produced the show!

What a great weekend! I had to share with all of you! I fear my modeling days are numbered {due to the fact that after each day I came home and ate brownies and pizza with Will - what's better than that?!} but it sure was a fun adventure!

Have you guys ever gotten to do anything crazy like this? If you ever get the chance - you have to DO IT! You'll have a blast and feel great about yourself, I promise! :)

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Knitting Pattern: Yellow Seed Stitch Beret

This is the last knitting pattern I will have for a while, probably the whole season! I took these pictures before I left for Pittsburgh and just forgot to share! How sad is that? Also, I apologize for being a little MIA lately, school is getting crazy as we wind down and Wednesdays are the worst! Sorry One Photo Wednesday! :( I will be back at it again soon though!

Today I am busy modeling in a fashion show and had the opportunity to post between runway shows! The dress I get to model is gorgeous! I feel so lucky that my amazingly talented friend, Jason Gagnon, asked me to model for him! I will update you more on that later, but today I am sharing this fun pattern!

Beret Pattern

Supplies: Circular Needles sizes 10.5 & 15, Double Pointed Needle, size 15, Chunky yarn (I used Lionbrand Hometown USA), stitch marker.

Start with the 10.5 needles and cast on 40 stitches.
Work in a K1, P2 ribbing for 10 rows.

Increase work to 54 stitches by *K2, Kfb, * repeat to end of row.
Switch to your size 15 circular needles.

*P1, K1, *repeat to end of row.
*P1, K1, *repeat to end of row.
*K1, P1, *repeat to end of row.
*K1, P1, *repeat to end of row.
Continue for 15-20 rows. The more rows you knit, the slouchier your beret will be!

On your final row *K1, K2tog, *repeat to the end of row. After this row, do a tradition gather method by pulling the yarn through the remaining stitches and tying it off.

This beret is so cute that I made it for winter but it will work all year round! Do you like it? It is a lot more simple than it seems, I promise! I will say more when I am not in full hair and makeup waiting to go on stage! :)

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mason Jar Mixed Berry Pies

Last weekend I had a sweet tooth {what else is new?} and after hopping around Pinterest for a while, different variations of these adorable pies kept popping up. I took it as a sign and ran to the store to select my produce of choice! My original plan was strawberry rhubarb, but the rhubarb was over picked by the time I arrived at the store...

That is ok though, because instead, Will and I decided trying a mixed berry pie might be fun! I grabbed some blueberries and raspberries and we got to work! I told Will that I am looking forward to picnicking once it is warm enough because these little cuties will be perfect! This recipe makes 4 mason jar pies and was adapted from The Pinterest Project.

What you'll need:

Crust Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  •  1/2 tsp. salt
  •  1/3 c. + 1 Tbsp. butter
  •  ice water {about 4 to 5 Tbsp.}
  • 4 half pint mason jars

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Set 2 cups of berries aside in a bowl with the 2 Tbsp. of sugar while working on the dough.

Combine flour and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Cut butter into small cubes and add to flour mixture. Either using a pastry cutter or 2 knives like this, cut butter into the mix until crumbly. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until it becomes moist and sticks together. Don't overwork the dough {otherwise it may turn out chewy when baked}. Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll with rolling pin until 1/8" thick.

Use the lid of your mason jars to cut the tops of your pies from the dough. After cutting 4 circles, you can use the remainder of your dough to fill the bottom of the jars with crust. It doesn't have to be in one perfect sheet. You can take smaller pieces of dough and work them together while lining the jars!

Filling Ingredients
  • 2 c. blueberries & raspberries, mixed
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. brown sugar

Take your sugared berries and mix with flour, cinnamon, and brown sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl. Be gentle so you don't bruise the fruit too much. Scoop fruit mixture into your 4 mason jars and top with your crust circles. You can either make a lattice lid or you can cut a design into the crust. Push the edges of the crust together below the neck of the jar.
Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes. Start off with 45 minutes and add more time if you have to.

Once they are done baking just pull them out and let them cool! {the recipe I followed did not use an egg wash but I think next time I will!} Enjoy your picnic perfect pie!

When we sat down to eat our dessert that night we put a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and it sweetened it up perfectly! Definitely one of my favorite desserts to date. I might be partial only because they are so adorable in these tiny jars though!

So, have you tried out any of these mason jar recipes? I am quite a fan! I think I might try to make more things inside of these little guys! Now all I need is peach season to begin so I can try a peach pie variation!

Hope you had a great weekend and you enjoy the new recipe!

Wishing you a lovely little day!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Natural Health: Whiten Teeth with Oil Pulling

You might recall from this time last year, my month without shampoo. I am always interested in different natural health remedies and practices but don't try them out as often as I should! Apparently April is the time of  year when I am motivated to do so.

So what have I been trying lately? Oil Pulling.

This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice in which you swish oil in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out, rinse, and clean your mouth out well. I have been using coconut oil because the taste is divine and I don't mind having it in my mouth for 20 minutes, but I have also heard about people using sesame oil and olive oil! 

What's the point, you ask? The theory is, when doing this: the oil pulls the toxins from your mouth, teeth, and gums to promote better oral and overall health. We carry a lot of bacteria (good and bad) in our mouths and it is a prime way of germs to enter our systems, so why not nip it in the bud, right?

Remember: never swallow the oil, since it is filled with all of the toxins you just removed from your mouth! And when you spit it out, spit it in the garbage because oil can harden in your drains and cause some issues! Then brush your teeth really well when you finish!

There are a long list of benefits, although like with most herbal remedies, they are up for debate. I myself have noticed a few improvements in the short time I have been trying it though! My teeth have never felt cleaner, no plaque build up here, thank you very much! It has also made my teeth appear whiter and brighter {those results showed up within 1 week}. Personally, I suffer from TMJ and jaw pain quite often and this technique has helped to relieve some of that as well. I think it is due to the gentle movement necessary to swish the oil around. 

Other benefits include healthier gums, prevention of bad breath, increased energy, better concentration, clearer sinuses, alleviated allergies, more restful sleep, and an improved lymphatic system!

So, have you heard about this or any other new natural health trends? Surprisingly I am quite a fan of this one! Share your new practices with me!

Wishing you a lovely little day.

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