Sunday, May 31, 2009

Creamy Berry Smoothie

So, I've been trying to stay away from fattening sweets. But, I still want something to satisfy my sweet tooth. Why not get some nutrition out of it, too? This smoothie is low fat and packed with yummy fruit.

You'll need:

1/2* cup frozen strawberries (unsweetened)
1/4* cup frozen blueberries
1/2 banana
1/4* cup apple juice (no added sugar)
1/4* cup nonfat or low fat milk (you can also use soy milk)

Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth. I find that a Magic Bullet works the best. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Makes one serving.

*Amounts are approximate and you should adjust according to your taste.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For my Special Moms

I made a HOMEMADE Spa Basket for my mom (raspberry), my mother-in-law (cucumber aloe), and my step-mom (strawberry). It included body lotion, body wash, bath salts, sugar scrub, bath fizzies, a bar of soap, and a decorated candle. (Click on items for recipes)

As an added bonus, my mom and mother-in-law got a HOMEMADE custom magnetic notepad.

And finally, Grandma got this nice glass jar with strawberry and vanilla scented soap cubes. It matches her bathroom decor.
My four moms are the best and I wish them a VERY HAPPY Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Projects!

These are glass pendants I made with a kit I got from Annie Howes on Etsy. They were super fun and super easy to make. Aren't they gorgeous?

This necklace was handmade for my sister, Neva. It is two pieces of shrink plastic joined together by a jump ring. The bottom piece was colored a solid color, and the top piece has a hand drawn image on it. After baking, both pieces were coated with Glossy Accents. Then, the pendant was strung on satin ribbon fitted with a clasp.

These are additional designs I made. I liked the one I made for Neva so much, that I made another! Here is my inspiration.

These pet tags were handmade for my cousin, Marissa. She told me what designs she had in mind and these are what I came up with. In Microsoft Word, I used the drawing features and some imported images to create the backgrounds. Then I used word art to superimpose her cats' names on the tag. Each was printed on Shrinky Dinks for inkjet printers, baked, and coated with a sealant.

Still to come, Mother's Day gifts. I have to wait until they all receive them before I post pictures!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mother's Day

So, as you know, I volunteer for a Kids Club through Church. They made Shrinky-Dink Pendant Necklaces for Mother's Day.

First, I had the kids draw on pre-drawn squares of shrinkable plastic sheets.

Then, I took them home, shrunk them and put them on ribbon necklaces. Can I just tell you that putting the jewelry fittings on the ribbon was a big pain? But it was worth it because they came out great!

I bought some cheap jewelry gift boxes, tied a ribbon on them, and added a card that I made with a stamp and glittery embossing powder.

Voila! Easy and inexpensive Mother's Day Gifts for kids to make!

Coming soon... the gifts I made for the important Mothers in my life. ;)