Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Coconut Macaroons


Here is something nice and no baking required.

I was never a sweet tooth, but I used to eat a Walnut chocolate once a month. There that I stopped eating dairy products, I'm always looking for new recipes to try out. So when I stumbled across this recipe 7 or 8 months ago, I had to try it out. Oh Snap! it was good. Not too sweet, just how I like it. 

I made this for a friend, and took it over, but I ended up eating most of it.  Okay! I don't eat all of this by myself, just don't leave me alone with your fridge, especially if there's food in there that I can eat. 

What you going to need:


Starting from left to right: Stevia, Sea Salt, Cacao, Maple Syrup, vanilla and most important unsweetened coconut [grated]. 


Mixing bowl, measuring cups and measuring spoons.

Mixing all ingredients

To get the round-like form, I used the measure spoon and pressed the mixture down with another spoon and then scoop it out of the first spoon.
Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup of raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract *
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. of powdered stevia
1/2 cup maple syrup *

* I used 1/8 tsp. vanilla and I also used 1/2 tsp of vanilla sugar there that I ran out of vanilla extract.
   Raw coconut nectar can also be used if you don't want to use maple syrup.

Directions:


  • Mix all the dry ingredients first in a large mixing bowl, then add the maple syrup or coconut nectar last.


  • Use two spoons, one to scoop out small mounds and the other to scrape the mixture off the first spoon and then onto a plate. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours, and then store them in the fridge.


It's a quick and easy recipe.

If you like coconut like I do then try this out, if not I'm sure there is someone you know that does.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

DIY: Christmas Cards

Merry Christmas!


Christmas cards are send in order to convey between people a range of sentiments related to the Christmas season.

Lucky for me most of these cards are being hand delivered, and just a few are being posted. Having a budget to stick to, and by making my own Christmas cards I kept my cost low. Greeting cards can get pricey over the Christmas season, especially if you have more than 20+ to send.

I've kept it simple, so what you going to need.

Fibre pens, glitter,

patter paper, glue, ruler, scissors, pencil, brush, eraser
You going to fold your paper to the size you would like to have your card and then cut. Here are a few ideas.




In the first photo I cut out a design and then cut the red paper to fit into the gray card and glued it together. I added some glue and glitter and sprayed gold to the inside of the card.

I basically done the same to this card. The design and colours are different. I added glitter and glued other coloured pieces of paper to the card.
Gold and Brown card glued together

The end result

With the next card I used the cut out of the card above and glued it to the black card. Added some glitter and a red star.


This card I drew Xmas trees on green paper, cut them out and glue it.  I also drew a star on yellow pager and glued it to the card. Yes more glitter.

On these I used the cut outs as a template and used the gold and silver spray on the cards.


This one I cut the design on another piece of paper and glue it to the card. Sprayed it with the gold spray and more glitter.

For the two cards below, I once again used the cut outs as a template and used gold and silver spray


With all of that done, there was glitter everywhere and my fingers was sticking together.

Christmas Cards

Envelopes

With the envelopes and the cards done it was time to write in the cards and sealed them.

Candle 
Light the candle and let the wax drip onto the envelope, as seen above. Then place the stamp onto the wax with a little pressure and then remove
Stamp on the wax
 
This is the end result. I added some glitter to the wax. 

I was really loving the glitter.

For how to make you own envelopes go to the previous post.

Have fun and enjoy.

DIY: Envelopes




It's that time of the year again. Christmas time! I decided to make my own and envelopes. Having a budget to stick to and half of the things I needed I had already, so it was very low cost and doing this project was fun and amazing, I had glitter all over the place and fingers sticking together.

Envelopes are a great embellishment. You can add extra photos or other small things to your envelope.  I just kept it simple. Here's how to make your own envelope.

What you would need for making the envelopes.
patter paper, glue, ruler, scissors, brush, pencil

old envelope
You going to take the old envelope and open and gently tear the flaps apart as seen by the above photo. Then you going to place it on the sheet of paper that you want to use as the envelope and trace the outline of the envelope on the paper.


The outline is not that visible but you can see a bit, I hope.  Then start cutting out your envelope.




Then you going to use the ruler to fold the paper. I used the ruler because I then know that the folds are straight.


Once that's done it should look like this.


Now it's time to glue the sides together.




there you have your envelope.



Here are the envelopes I made, now it's time to get creative.

Not sure if I liked it in the top corner or the bottom

I choose the top corner and added some glue and glitter.

Easy to make and fun too.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Winter is here: DIY Knitted Sweater

I love knitted sweaters, they keep me warm when the weather gets cooler and not just then only. Knitted pieces always create a cozy look and feel.  Knitting offers a very tangible way to create something truly useful as well as beautiful.  Growing up there were loads of different colours of wool around.  My mother loves knitting, and she was always trying out new patterns and knitting us sweaters.

I could never sit still, not for a minute, until my mother taught me how to knit.  A knitting needle in each hand, wool around my little finger, my index finger under the wool and I was good to go.  Never was I that concentrated on one thing. You hold your breath when you drop a stitch, you let out a short sharp cry when you stitched a knit instead of purl, but you continue because you don't know how to correct it, you panic when by accident more than two stitches comes off the knitting needle and you see how they work there way down your knitting and you tell yourself, don't pull the on the knitting and at the same time you shout, Mommy!  Mommy comes to the rescue and she, then start talking about frogging. ?? Huh?? What?? Frogs? What does that have to do with knitting? You see her taking the knitting needles out and you shout, "NO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" She says, "I'm frogging it." Huh? I could care less, I was just gutted because that took a lot of work, concentration and a full bladder. After she explained all my mishaps and I relieved my bladder, I continued where everything looked and made sense, I successfully finished my scarf and proudly showed it off too. Ah, the memories.

Through the years I did a fair share of frogging with my knitting and picking up of stitches. Here are some pictures of the finished product.

The Front part.

The Finish Object

The side view


Front view
When I started this sweater I had an idea what I wanted it to look like. I didn't use or followed a pattern, I just freestyled and went with it.  I like how it turned out and how it kind of have that cape effect when looking at it from the side.  My knitting is very basic with simple stitches. Nothing fancy.

Going to enjoy wearing the sweater this winter.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A good time to start something new

Getting started with anything new is scary.  Anytime you venture outside of your comfort zone you are going to feel some fear.  Fear of failure, being criticized and fear of being made a fool.  But that's what happen when your start anything new. So it's good, that feeling of fear and failure is absolutely necessary in order to get better at anything.

As Bernard Shaw once remarked. "if you teach a man anything he will never learn."  Learning is an active process.  We learn by doing.  To master or be good at anything you need to start and do something.

If you have fear of being made a fool.  Elbert Hubbard said, "Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day.  Wisdom consists in not exceeding that limit."

Fear of being criticized?  Walt Whitman put it this way, "Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you and were tender with you and stood aside for you?  Have you not learned great lessons from those who rejected you and braced themselves against you, or disputed the passage with you?  We are our most servere critic. Why wait for others to criticize us or our work?

I'm still not completely done with my concept on this blog.  This blog will contain inspiration, art, fashion, health, randomness. So I hope this is the start of something interesting and fun.

I was once told by my dad, "if you never want to fail, be criticized or look like a  fool, then don't do anything at all." I'd rather look like a fool, be criticzed and fail, than do absolutely nothing at all. At least I can say I have tried, lived and not wasted away.

Now is a good time to start something new.