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9 May

Four more days until Mother’s Day (not including today) and I bet some of you still don’t know what to make mom, if you have indeed decided to make something homemade.

Remember years back, I’m talking about like elementary school here. Remember how you would always bring home gifts for mom that you made in class? Some examples would be a noodle necklace, a family portrait, and a paper mache toilet paper doll? Mom got tons of gifts and although she said she loved all of them, most of the time (depending on your mother), the not-so-good artwork was eventually thrown away. Mom usually keeps the good stuff like a clay vase (which looks like an ashtray) or some sort of jewlery…and the occasional painting.

Well today, if you are good at do-it-yourself art projects, this will be a fun activity for you to try. If you are not good at art, you can either attempt this or wait for more ideas tomorrow.

Go grab the following:

-Tons of newspaper

-glue (elmers works fine but I recommend sturdy, clear stuff)

-paintbrush

-small box (a shoe box works fine)

First I want to to take the box and paper mache it. Leave the lid off and don’t paper mache it. Paper mache the bottom and the sides, you can leave the inside of the box untouched if you desire. If you don’t know how to paper mache, go to www.youtube.com and search “how to paper mache”. Let the box dry.

When your box is dry, it is time to get to the good part.

-Tear strips of newspaper into…well…strips.

-Twist the paper into swirly newspaper pieces.

-Now take a pencil and wrap the swirly newspaper around it like shown below.

Now afterwards, slide the roll of  swirly newspaper off the pencil.

Then put a nice size drop of glue onto the box. and make sure to put the swirly newspaper roll on it.

Take your paint brush and thinly cover the roll, enough to make to sturdy when dry but not too much where it has huge blobs of glue bits.

Repeat process. Make swirls, glue swirls on, cover swirls in glue.

The swirls do not have to be the same size. One can be the same size as a dime and another can be the same size as a gatorade cap. Your project, your choice.

Now do not be stingy with the glue. You don’t want mom to pick it up and have coils uncoiling or have them falling completely off.

Your final project should look like this…

But most people won’t have it look this great, so I added another picture of the average person’s project.

But don’t worry. If you mess it up, your mom will still say “Wow honey, that looks great”.

I wish you all the luck in the world on attempting this activity. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comment section.

*Some pictures taken from www.craftedblog.com (the idea taken from a close friend).

Organic Spa Treatment

8 May

All right. Today marks the first day of “What to Make Mom for Mother’s Day”. Like I said yesterday, all week I will be giving recipes and directions to food and crafts. You can pick one or all of them for Sunday (which is Mother’s Day). And the best part? You don’t have to use this just for one specific holiday. These will be good for birthdays, christmas, easter, or if you end up in the dog house.

So, to start off easy, let us start with a do-it-yourself body scrub.

Lemon Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coarse brown sugar (to gently exfoliate without drying)

1 cup grapeseed oil* (to moisturize)

1/4 cup grated lemon peel (to invigorate your senses)

Directions:

Mix together and put in a jar. Tie a bow around it and hand over the gift to the lucky woman (or I guess, man?)

See? Super easy. You can find grapeseed oil at any co-op (organic store) or a specialty Indian store.

Pineapple Flower Cupcakes

6 Mar

I have a confession to make.

After refusing to have yet another social media account (facebook, google+, myyearbook, myspace) I heard of pinterest.

I didn’t really know what is was or how to use it. But I did know that for some odd reason not known to man, I just had to sign up.

And boy, I do not regret it.

If you don’t have any idea what pinterest is, it has pictures of weddings, styles, food, art, cars, car parts, hair styles, etc. Anything that you would normally look for on google images. But the difference between google and this…you can “pin” the pictures to your wall and get inspiration for decoration your house, getting a new wardrobe, or just admiring the very attractive male models and actors. You can see what your friend likes and get ideas for a birthday gift…without really asking. “Connect with others by using your interests”.

Now that we have that squared away…I found this great recipe using pinterest and I just had to share it (and the pictures I used in yesterday’s post…they came from pinterest).

Pineapple Cupcakes

1. First you have to make your cupcakes and frost them. Make chocolate, vanilla, yellow, green, whatever. Frost them with white frosting and set aside for later.

2. (Now for the good part) Take your pineapple, cut the top and the bottom off, and proceed to cut the rind off. If you have no idea how to cut one, I have no idea how to explain it. Maybe you could find out using pinterest (just kidding).

3. Now, if there is any leftover rind pieces on the pineapple, be sure to cut them off (or dig them out). Eating them ruins your pineapple eating experience.

4. Then, using a knife or a handy slicer tool, cut the fruit into very thin, almost see-through, slices. Lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 225 degrees for 30 minutes. After 30 min. is over, flip the slices onto the other side and bake another 30 minutes. The idea here is to dry them out.

5. When they are all shruken and dried out, take the slices and place them in cupcake tor muffin tin. The slices need to curve when placed in the tin, to look like a flower. Let them sit overnight in the pan (or just the whole day).

6. Take them out, slowly with little force, you do not want to break them. Take your cupcakes you made earlier and place them on top of the cupcakes. Serve. Enjoy.

*Instead of placing them on cupcakes, you can put them all on one cake..or top them on your ice cream.

So what do you guys think about the flowers? How about pinterest? Leave your interesting (or boring) comments.

 

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