Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mwuhahaha! >:)

the gemente have released our goods. 

so i now have all my stuff and am living in my new house, unpacking, unpacking, and unpacking. BUT the best part is: i have all my crafting supplies and scrapbooks and sharpies and my ukulele etc etc ETC. so now i have a major crafting itch, but unfortunately my room is a mess of half unpacked stuff. SO the point of this post is to let you know that more DIYs are on the way and will be here soon! i just have to clear a space in the debris covering the floor of my room. :)

now pardon me, but i'm off to unpack. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pistachio-ness.

i honestly don't know what else i can call it. 


so this is probably the most random artwork i've done in a while. but it's kinda different. kinda cool... so have fun! it's easy as pie. ;)



so grab:

a piece of paper
some pens, colored pencils, markers, etc.


here's my brand new COLORED SHARPIE PENS!!! :) i love them. 
draw a curvy line with about 8-9 dots - DON'T space them evenly!
draw semi-circles going both directions... sometimes they start to look like pistachios. :) make it messy! they'll naturally lean and grow and shrink.

finish...

you can either color them all in, or i just doodled in some random ones to give it a pop of color.


and there you have it... one of the easiest doodle/drawing projects ever!!!


Monday, September 17, 2012

A Bit of Sad News.

i had to give up somebody special. :(

so as i told you before, i moved to the netherlands a few weeks ago. unfortunately, that meant i couldn't bring along my lil buddy Spice. since this blog is named after him, i thought that i would just share that with you. 

i'll miss him so much, and i know he'll be very happy in his new home! love you buddy!!! <3

**photo creds to me brother**

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Maastricht.

some photos for you.


i know, i haven't blogged in a while. and i also know i promised pictures. so 3 weeks later here they are. :) i've been busy with getting a bike, starting school, learning the layout of the town, etc, etc. but i'm now alone with my laptop (well, and michael bublé :D ) so here you go. i present to you random shots from Maastricht. 

somehow i know i won't be mugged in this alley...

this is just an everyday street. nothing you would find in america. 

a natural soap/cosmetic store with beautiful colored soaps with a lovely fragrance. 

more soapiness.

i found the best store ever. called buttons and beads. can you guess what they sell?

a whole table of beads, a 3 walls of buttons. i can see more projects coming...




this would have been tea party heaven when i was 5. :)


so there's some of my photos. i must admit, i haven't had my camera out as much as i should. i'm still trying to take it all in. once i find my camera cord, i'll post some from Koblenz, Germany. 

have a nice day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Heads Up!

you may want to know this... FYI


k, so i am moving from the deep south to the netherlands on saturday. SURpRISE! haha yeah i know it's random. 

for those of you who don't believe me, it's true. yeah most americans don't do that i know.

anyway the point is, the netherlands is a beautiful country (actually i've never been there, but that's what i've heard) and so i will probably go insane with my camera. most of my posts will probably be photography for a while since my houseful of stuff is being shipped across the ocean for the next 6 weeks. :) all my crafty stuff is packed away, and i am left with only some clothes and a guitar. and a camera. so yeah. be prepared to see the most gorgeous country ever via my camera! 

<3 

p.s. comment below if you've ever been to the netherlands! i'd love to know more about it! thanks for stoppin' by... :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

High Country Photography

photography from the high country. :)


so my cousins are farmers out West, and i was with them this past week in Nederland, Colorado. while we were there, my cousin caleb showed me his photography site. (let me tell you he is a talented guy and he can bake some mean chocolate chip pecan cookies. :D )


it's called "High Country Photography." it's really amazing. believe me.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Coconut Cake

it's pure yumminess.


i found this recipe on pinterest when my friend and i were going through a coconut craze. :) so here we go.



Ingredients


2 cans (14 ounces each) regular coconut milk

For the cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup reduced coconut milk (see above)

For the frosting:
3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
2 sticks butter, softened
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup reduced coconut mild (see above)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt

directions

bring coconut milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, whisking often, until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Cool to room temperature.

PAUSE! ok so i may be the only one out there who didn't know what reducing coconut milk is, but i'm going to explain anyway. so basically you're trying to evaporate most of the water out of the coconut milk so that it's more condensed and coconutty. it takes a while, but it's worth it.

Be careful not to reduce the coconut milk beyond 1 1/2 cups or the solids will start to separate from the fat. the reduced coconut milk can be refrigerated for several days. 


For the cake:
adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans. mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. with an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy. add sugar; beat until well mixed. beat in eggs, one at a time and then vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. beat in half the flour mixture, then the reduced coconut milk and finally the remaining flour mixture, scraping down the bowl again, until just smooth.

divide batter evenly between prepared pans; bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted into cake center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. transfer to wire ram; let cool for 5 minutes. remove cakes from pans and return to wire rack to cool completely.


For the frosting:
reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. spread coconut on a    13-by-9 inch baking pan.; toast, stirring occasionally, until flakes are dry and some light golden. (you really have to watch it. don't go more than 5 minutes without stirring the flakes! and they go from light to gold REALLY fast.)

with an electric mixer beat butter in a large bowl until smooth. slowly beat in sugar until well combined. beat in coconut milk, vanilla, and salt until smooth.


Assemble the cake:
place a cake layer on a cake stand. using a knife or offset spatula, spread about 1/3 of the frosting over cake top; sprinkle generously with coconut. place the next layer over the first. spread remaining frosting evenly on cake top and sides. sprinkle top generously with coconut. using an opened hand, gently press remaining coconut around cake perimeter. refrigerate cake until frosting sets, about 30 minutes. slice and serve.

***i wanted my icing more coconutty than it turned out, so i added a dash of imitation coconut (coconut extract) and 2 extra cups of powdered sugar, since it was really hot outside and the butter in the icing was melting and getting really thin. i don't know if it always does that. 




well there you have it! i hope you enjoy your time in coconut heaven!



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Crayon Melty Thing

a pop of color to add to your world.


yes, i'm doing the melted crayon on canvas thing. you've probably seen it on Pinterest, etc. and yes it IS super easy. 


Materials:

canvas
box of 64 crayons (supposedly Crayola works best. i used Roseart)
glue gun 
hair dryer
sharpie (optional)

Step 1: line 'em up

line the crayons up in the order you want them on the canvas.

line them up...
the queue...

Step 2: glue 'em on

slide them off (keep them in order) and grab your hot glue gun. one by one glue them on along the top of the canvas, or in whatever design/layout you preset them in. 


Step 3: doodle?

this part you don't have to do. buT i doodled a little umbrella in the corner of mine. you also do words -- your name or something else. it's up to you :)



Step 4: melt 'em

now for the fun part. i would take this part outside if i were you. put newspaper or a box under the canvas and prop it up against something. 

plug in that hair dryer and heat the crayons up. slowly move the hair dryer side to side across the canvas.


the finished product.


then just snap some shots.


and be über proud of your beautimous creation. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Starfish Mani

a little summer mani.


i was doing my nails and attempted to make a flower... well it wasn't working. so i made a change of plans, and turned it into a starfish. 


all you have to do is put a generous dot of paint in the center of the nail. take a toothpick or a bobby pin and move the paint out in 5 directions to make to make the 5 legs of the starfish. take a bobby pin and put a few dots in the corner of the other 4 nails. let it dry and cover with a clear coat.

and you now have uber cute nails for the summer. :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Carrots 'n Spice

the story behind the blog.


well... you may be wondering why my blog is called "Carrots 'n Spice." it's kind of a quirky name, but there's a reason. My nickname is Carrot, and i have a guinea pig named Spice. hence the name "Carrots 'n Spice!" 

anyways, since i loVe photography, i thought i'd do a photo shoot of my lil piggy Spice. he's kind of the cutest thing ever!:)

this is Spice on the day i got him. his snack was the size of his little head. :)




the world is a big place for a guy this small.


an antique filter on this one.




rawr.


he likes to sit perched on my shoulder... he's a confused parrot or something.



so that's my little guy and an introduction to my photography skills. thanks for stopping bye!












Monday, June 11, 2012

A Fishtailed Friendship

a fun twist on the normal friendship bracelet we all know and love. 


*** NEW BLOG: Timberwolf . head on over once you've finished here. thank you! ***


ok, so i love bracelets in the summer! and these are especially fun and colorful. you can customize them, and change up the color combos... how fun! and best of all, they're SO easy. <3

so here goes nothin'.

Materials

  • 5+ different colors of embroidery floss
  • scissors
  • tape or binder clip (something to hold it in place while you work on it)

Step 1: choose your colors! 

  • get creative! think outside the box.
  • suggestions: rainbow!, sailor (red, navy, teal, coral, and white), pastel, peacock feather... the possibilities are endless!
  • hint: it's usually best to have a dark color to make the bright ones pop.


Step 2: lay it out.

  • arrange the floss in the order you want the colors to be. lay them in a mirror image.
  • tie a knot at the top. (the color order may get a little messy when you tie the knot, so adjust them quickly)
  • tape it to a hard surface (your leg works if you can't find a table or something)




Step 3: fishtail

  • take the outside color of the left side and cross to the inside of the right side.
  • do the same for the right side.
  • repeat this until it's the length you want.
  • it will be a tad bit hard at the beginning and may look a little messy, but it'll clean up. trust me. :)
outside to inside

once you get going....
this is a close up of the texture



Step 4: finishing touches

  • tie a knot to finish it off.
  • tie the 2 ends together around your wrist.
    • optional: you can braid the ends before you tie it onto your wrist.
  • WEAR IT WITH PRIDE. :)

there's my rainbow one! <3

i apologize for the bad photo quality -- everywhere i went there was poor lighting. 

thanks for stopping by, and i hope you enjoyed!