Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cricut Crafting: DIY water bottles

How adorable are these custom water bottles I made for my tribe of toddlers?

They are as easy as 1,2,3 to create using the Cricut Explore.

To make your own you will need:

Plastic Milk bottles (I got mine from Pick Your Plum- my online obsession)
Transfer paper
Cricut Explore

To start, enter Cricut Design Space and customize your images. Emma wanted a "Monster High" logo, and Cricut does not have that image. No fear though! You can take ANY image online and transfer to a .jpg and edit your own personal cricut image for printing. How cool is that?! I even took an Ariel image online and converted it into a silhouette for Sara's bottle.

Next, print your vinyl and use the transfer paper to pick up image.

Line up your image where you would like on the bottle and press. Use the back of your scissors to rub the image on the surface to ensure fully adhered.

Remove transfer paper and enjoy! (Hand wash only please!)

Emma and Sara are obsessed with their bottles right now. How cute would these be for custom party favors or for back to school?!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cricut Creating: Cupcake toppers (and easy gift bags)

A cupcake isn't fully dressed without a topper.

I used to buy my toppers from Etsy, but now with my handy Cricut, I can create my own and print as I need them! I made the below for a surprise baby shower, and I think they turned out adorable.

To make these, you will need:
Cricut Explore
Flat toothpicks

1. Cut out your shapes (onesies) and layers.

2. Glue back to toothpick, then layer cut outs seen here.

3. Allow to dry completely.

4. Stick in a homemade cupcake and enjoy!

BONUS: I used my extra onesies I cut out and glued them to a simple gift bag to keep the theme going. LOVE!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Meatless Mondays: Farm Share Crustless Quiche

This is my first year doing a farm share. It is an awesome project set to support your local farmers, eat more veggies and get creative in the kitchen.

This week I received garlic scapes, swiss chard, salad greens, English peas and more.

For dinner tonight, I made a crustless quiche using several components from the farm share, and it took minutes to prepare!

To make your own, you will need:
olive oil
3 garlic scapes, chopped small
1/2 cup english peas
medium bunch chopped swiss chard
5 eggs
1/2 cup skim milk
1/8 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large saucepan, heat oil and add scapes, peas and swiss chard, cooking down.

In a bowl, mix eggs, milk and cheeses. Salt and pepper to your taste.

Pour veggies into the bottom of a pie pan, then pour egg mixture on top.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely, cut, and serve.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

True Blood Tribute: "Vamp Stamp" Cherry Pie

I admit it. My husband and I may be mildly obsessed with True Blood... and we are counting down til 9 pm today to see the premiere.

To celebrate, a "Merlotte's" worthy pie seemed in order. And this is no Gram's pecan pie- this is blood-red sweet cherry pie. Want a bite?!

To make your own before the premiere, you will need:
My favorite pie crust recipe 
Small alphabet cookie cutters
Plastic straw (for bite marks)
4-5 cups of sweet cherries (pitted)
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter, sliced thin

For top of crust:
1 egg beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Prepare crusts. Split into two, and save a small bit for letters.

2. In a bowl, combine cherries, cornstarch, sugar, salt, almond extract, and lemon juice.

3. Put bottom crust in pie pan and pour in cherry mixture.

4. Top contents with the thin butter slices.

5. Using a straw, cut holes to resemble vampire bite marks randomly on the pie crust. These will act as your pie vents, and allow some cherry juice (blood) to seep out for maximum effect. Cover pie filling and crimp edges.

6. Cut out "TRUE BLOOD" in your letters.

7. Using a pastry brush, brush on the egg, then stick your letters on the pie.

8. Add another layer of egg, then sprinkle with sugar.

9. Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

10. Turn oven to 350 degrees and bake additional 25 minutes, or until cherry mixture is bubbling out of the fang marks.

11. Allow to cool completely, and serve with vanilla ice scream...I mean cream. :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Influenster: Go VoxBox

Have you signed up for Influenster yet? If not, what are you waiting for? You get full size FREE products to try and review. This is my 4th box and they keep getting better.Want an invitation to join? Message me!

This month's theme was Fitness and Nutrition.

Here is what came in the box:
Blueberry Blue Diamond almonds- These were delish and I have already purchased them again.
Playtex Sport tampons- full box!
Coupon for a free Muller Yogurt
$5 off to Vitamin shoppe!
Next step shake samples and a free shaker (which I use daily now!)
Aqua Spa Lavender Body Cream: I love the smell of lavender and this cream is so incredibly light and moisturizing!
ProFoot Pedi Rock- so easy to use and hold in your hand. Makes for soft sandal ready feet. LOVE!
ProFoot Orthopedic shoe insert- Have yet to try this one, but will keep you posted!

All products were sent to me by Influenster to review.  No money was exchanged for this post!

Cricut Creating: Tie Dye and DIY Beach Bag

Let's face it, everyone needs a cute beach bag for your essentials: Sunscreen, steamy book, sunglasses, beach towel and snacks. This easy DIY is so stinking cute it makes me wish I had more vacation days planned....

To make one similar, you will need:

1 cotton tote bag
rubber bands
SEI Tumble Dye
Cricut Explore machine
Cricut Iron On vinyl in Gold Glitter

1. Start by wrapping your tote bag in rubber bands after accordion folding it to set the tie-dye effect. No need to iron out wrinkles here- the more inconsistencies in the fabric, the better!

2. Wet the tote bag so the color absorbs fully.

2. On a newspaper lined surface, spray a well-shaken bottle of Tumble Dye (mine is "mint" color) all over the tote bag.

3. Cut rubber bands and lay flat. Allow to dry overnight. Heat set in a dryer on high for 20 minutes to permanently set.

4. Print your phrase on your Cricut Explore, using the mirror effect so you can iron it on.

5. Iron on your tote bag and get to packing! The sun is out!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pom Pom Yarn: Easy knit hat

Is this not the cutest yarn you have ever seen? I am in love with the little felted pompoms attached to this super soft yarn.

I saw some patterns online for a cowl, but I really thought little mini hats would be the best choice to highlight the fun colors in this chunky yarn.

It comes in a variety of colors. I may need to get a few more and try a mini sweater or leg warmers!

To make this hat, you will need:

1 skein Reza "Candy" yarn
size 10 circular needles (16 inch length)
needle to weave in ends
stitch marker

1. Cast on 44 stitches. Place marker.

2. Pattern: K1P1 until marker.

3. Repeat until about 7 inches long, then use a yarn needle to go back through all stitches. Pull tight and knot.

4. Make small pom pom and attach to hat.

5. Done! I love the random placement of the felt balls! So adorable, right?!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cricut Creating: Custom Baby Onesies!

The Cricut obsession continues.

Today's fun? Iron on! I bought a few blank onesies at H&M and am ready to start customizing for some new wee ones in my life.

I signed in to the Cricut Design Space and selected "onesies" as my canvas. How cool is that? You can even preview colors to see how the item will look.

Then, I used text to write my message.

To really make this onesie special, I added a photo file of the NYC skyline view, my favorite part of living in Jersey City. How stinking cute is this on the bum of the onesie?!

Once approved for size, I printed the images in mirror and ironed on.

Check out how adorable this turned out! I can't wait to make a bunch more.


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