Travel with tangle-free jewelry

Jun. 30th, 2015

Last year I created this travel jewelry case, which is not only practical, but also pretty cute. However, if you are about to pack up a suitcase and don’t have time to DIY – here is an easy trick to make sure your jewelry goes from Point A to Point B tangle-free!

 

DIY Marbled Jewelry Dish

Jun. 23rd, 2015

After making my DIY jewelry box, I decided that I wanted to display a few of my favorite pieces on the bathroom counter. I did some Pinterest research, as I tend to do when faced with a DIY question such as this, and discovered a whole host of ideas for jewelry dishes. Pinterest, you never let me down.

And so, may I present, one of my favorite DIY projects to date. The marbled clay jewelry dish.

 

Materials
White clay (all clay should be oven bake clay)
Grey clay
Black clay
Two clay accent colors
Gold paint (optional)
Sculpey gloss (optional)
Paint brush
Knife
5″ diameter bowl
Slightly larger oven safe bowl
Rolling pin or mug
Ruler

Directions
1. Measure 6″ strips of each color. You will need two large white strips, one grey medium strip, two accent colors in medium-small strips, and a small strip of black.
2. Loop together the colors (all but white) and wrap like a candy cane.
3. Wrap your white pieces around your colors.
4. Once you have twisted each end (in opposite directions) place the clay candy cane down and roll it out with your hands. You should create a 12″ long strip.
5. Take the strip, fold it in half, and retwist like you did in step 3.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 roughly 3-4 more times.
7. Take your 12″ long strip and smoosh it into a ball (you should be able to see all the colors on the outside of the ball).
8. Place the ball down and roll it out (in different directions) using your rolling pin or mug).
9. Take your small bowl, place it on top of the rolled out clay now roughly 1/4″ thick, and trace the bowl with a knife.
10. Place the round cutout clay into the bigger oven safe bowl. Push the edges of the clay flush against the bowl. Bake according to your clay’s directions.
11. Once the clay has cooled, pop it out of the bowl and paint the rim gold. Let dry.
12. Paint the entire bowl with the optional gloss. Let dry.
13. Showcase your jewelry in your new gorg bowl. Be proud – you made that thing!

Original project found on Beautiful Mess

Cherry Pie Heart Pops

Feb. 13th, 2015

Cherry pie on a stick? Yes, please. Cherry pie on a stick in the shape of a heart? I die.

I think this is one of the cuter things I’ve made on BWG and it’s also really tasty. Give these out as valentine’s day gifts OR as party favors at a wedding. How adorable would that be? And cost effective!

Ingredients:
Ready made pie dough or homemade
Heart shape cookie cutter
Some fine grain sugar
Cherry Preserves
Fork
Lollipop sticks
1 egg

Instructions:
1. Roll out pie dough to 1/4″ thick
2. Cut dough hearts. You can be done now, it’s already cute. But let’s continue!
3. Lay half the dough hearts down and add a spoonful of cherry preserves
4. Put lollipop stick starting from the bottom of the preserves so that it sticks out of the bottom of the heart
5. Add egg mixture to the edge of the hearts, lay other dough piece on top and lightly press it down
6. Squish edges together using a fork (also makes them pretty)
7. Egg wash one side of each heart and lightly sprinkle with sugar
8. Bake for 15-25 minutes (checking at 10 minute mark) at 350 degrees
9. Share love on a stick!

Superbowl Rice Krispie Treats

Jan. 27th, 2015

I made these last year and they were a hit. How can you go wrong with delicious rice krispies in the shape of footballs? I made them early this year to show you guys how to make ’em, so I hosted a game night with friends (we are champions of all nerdy board games) and ate these fellas right up.

Ingredients:
Cocoa Krispies (duh)
10 oz. marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
Optional: Green foam board, white tape

Directions:
1. Melt butter completely and then add marshmallows
2. Stirring continuously, melt marshmellows over low heat
3. Turn heat off and stir in cocoa krispies
4. While the mixture is still warm, wet hands and take a fistful of krispies; mold into a football shape
5. Repeat with entire mixture
6. Pop in the fridge until cool (Note: You may need to remold them if they start to lose their shape)
7. Add white icing to the balls per the directions on the video
8. Optional step: using white tape line the green foam board to look like a field. Line balls on the field and voila! Cutest game food of all time.

Thanks to La Jolla Mom for the idea!