Duck Hunt Man Cave Art
Made with Perler Melty Beads.
I have been pretty busy lately. With working and going to school full time I hadn’t been able to find much time to just do anything fun lately, never the less do any “creative” projects.
So with winter break in sight, I challenged myself to do something creative everyday for 30 days. Hoping to gain my brother’s interest, I asked him to give me a theme to go by.
Without second thought he declared VIDEO GAMES to be our theme. What a surprise…. –_-‘ (the boy lives by video games) Welp, I got what I asked for and off we go.
30 Day Video Game Creativity Challenge
Super Mario Bros. Christmas Stocking
I sketched and painted the design on canvas fabric with acrylic paint and fabric medium. Once dried, I cut our the pattern and attached it to a stocking I made. The name is made from Perler Melty Beads which creates the perfect pixelated look.
My brother loves it! Whooo! Day one down, 29 more to go!
I finally got to go to school this summer and didn’t do too shabby. It has been 7 years since I was last into classroom and was very nervous and anxious about the outcome. For the summer semester, one class is two hours a day, four days a week for 6 weeks.
I took 4 classes total. English Composition I, Spanish I, Psychology and Concepts of Physical Activity (aka Adult P.E.) each resulting in an A. I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself. Starting off with a 4.0 GPA!
Now on to my next obsession, galaxies. Something that is so colorful, wild, and serene at the same time. Take a look at what I’ve done so far.
Galaxy Nails – tutorial at Beautylish
Galaxy Painted Canvas Shoes
Cheap shoes for Walmart painted with acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium.
Painted Wine Glass from Wine Night
Typical wine glass painted with dishwasher safe glass enamel.
I’m sure this is just the beginning of this little love affair, just the same way I was obsessed with octopi, odd cupcakes and the color purple.
While looking for way to fill up my living room with stylish accessories with out spending my ENTIRE paycheck, I found a pretty simple tutorial from P.S. I made this on how to make a plain bottles, cans, vases, etc. look like porcelain pottery.
Okay, neat. But the simple dot design was not doing it for me. I wanted to take a step a little further. Time to make something AWESOME!!!! My inspiration came from cake piping and henna tattoos. Take a look….
1 large ugly pink vase from Goodwill ($5)
1 bottle of white T-Shirt Puff Paint ($2)
1 can of white spray paint ($5)
A lot of patience and hand stretches.
After finding a few patterns I was happy with, I used a fine tip permanent marker to draw the design on the vase, using a Goo Gone soaked wash rag for any miss ups.
Once the design was drawn, I then carefully “piped” with the Puff Paint leaving a lifted texture when dry.
I then lightly spray painted the entire vase with a satin finish white spray paint to give a more finished look. Let it dry over night, and fill with beautiful floral pieces and enjoy!
Porcelain Pebble Vase found on Etsy.com $155 <——
———–> Our Beautiful Masterpiece $12
Welp, here it is. The first dinner in the new house. And by special request from my dear little brother, Benji, CRAB CAKES!
Now I had never made these before, nor have I ever made any type of patty before, so this was quite an experiment for me. What better time than we your house is filled with men with empty tummies??
I had some issues at first, but quickly got a hand of things once the first “cake” was done. Also, I didn’t make any kind of sauce to top the patties with. They were fine without, but would have been out to this world with a creamy lemon butter sauce on top. Note made.
Recipe taken from FoodNetwork.com by Paula Deen’s Kitchen.
- 1 pound crabmeat
- 1/3 cup crushed crackers (Ritz)
- 3 green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Dash cayenne pepper
- Flour, for dusting
- 1/2 cup peanut oil
- Favorite dipping sauce, for serving
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and peanut oil. Shape into patties and dust with flour.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.
Side note: While at the market for the supplies for dinner, I came across the coolest thing!
I will hug you and squeeze you and call you George.
Filed under: House
Hello, my name is Amanda and I am a home owner. (WOOO HOOO!!)
Every time I say it, a get that strange bubble filled with a rejoicing giggle like scream trapped in my throat. I try to keep it down, but sometimes it wiggles it’s way out, and all you can hear are hysterical chuckles, “woots”, and “oh yeas” echoing across the neighborhood. I know this joy will soon die once I get tired of all the maintenance and bills that come with ownership, but until then, I will glow in the pride of having my own house!
We’re still in the middle of unloading everything. We have ordered new furniture that is scheduled to be delivered in two weeks, and I have finally finished putting together the new kitchen table and chairs.BUT, the very FIRST thing I had to do was paint our room! If you have ever lived in an apartment, you know that you are not given the freedom to choose your own colors. You are stuck with one of two evils. White (eh) or Beige (oh god). Time for so change.
Our room’s color scheme is GRAY, BLACK, WHITE, & RED
Headboard: Black Tufted Faux Leather $99 at Garden Ridge
Mattress & Box Frame: King Size Plush Top $199 – King Size Box Frame $159
King Bed Frame: $30 at Heavenly Sleep Shoppe
Bedding: Red Jersey Sheets $30 – Reversible Comforter $40 at Target
Still have a long way to go. Art to make and by, night stands to refinish, dresser on its way, shelves to hang, sockets to replace, window seat treatment, and need to still find a chair and truck/bench at a decent price. And that’s just for our room. Yes. A very long way to go.
Filed under: Dessert, Kitchen | Tags: birthday, cupcakes, dessert, liquor, margarita
I don’t know about you, but when I think about 21st Birthdays, I think about liquor… and cake. These little guys are perfect! Yummy cake and frosting spiked with 100% agave tequila, then rimmed with festive crystal sugar, what more do you need in life?
This recipe is taken from Isa Chandra Moskowits and Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, they are not my own. I have made MANY cakes from this book and is well worth the purchase. Get one for yourself, you won’t regret it!
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
- 1 cup soy milk or rice milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoon tequila (I used double what is called for ^_^’ )
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. In large bowl, beat together lime juice, zest, soy milk, canola oil, tequila, vanilla, and sugar. Sift in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until batter is smooth.
Fill liners three-quarters of the way full and bake for about 20 to 22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting: allowing cakes to set for an hour or two helps the flavor to develop fully.
- 1/4 cup margarine, softened
- 1 tablespoon soy milk or rice milk
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon tequila (again, I use much more)
- tiniest drop of green food color
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Blend margarine with a fork till soft and fluffy, then stir in soy milk, lime juice, tequila, and food coloring (aim for a light mint color). Sift in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and blend till creamy and smooth. If it’s a little too liquidy for your taste, sift in a little more confectioners’ sugar, a tablespoon at a time, till a thick but spreadable consistency is reached. Refrigerate till ready to use.
Spread icing on cupcakes, spreading all the way to the edges, then roll just the outer edges of cupcakes in sugar crystals. If the is way too messy, just sprinkle sugar crystals on edges of cupcake by hand.