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  1. Painting Ceramics

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    March 17, 2013 by Emily

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    I’ve seen tutorials all over pinterest and blogs talking on how to add a design to simple dishes and mugs with a sharpie…me and sharpies are tight and all, but I know I’m FAR too rough on my dishes (scrubby sponges on ALL THE DISHES!) and I know that it would rub off in minutes. BUT, You can easily revamp your simple dishes (like the cheap stuff from IKEA for instance) with glass paint or a ceramics paint pen, giving them a one of a kind touch that most people would pay out the nose for!

    What You’ll Need:
    Supplies

    -Plain Ceramic Dish
    -Paint Brush
    -Pencil
    -Glass Paint, I used Martha Stewart Paint

    OR

    -Ceramic paint Markers – Like these Pebeo Pens

    Method:

    1 – Clean the surface of object your drawing on (I sometimes use rubbing alcohol if I feel any trace of grease but soap and water works just fine) 2 – Paint your design!

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    3 – Bake to set the designs at 300 Degrees for 35 minutes and you’re done!

     

    ***I should mention that these paints ARE NOT food safe and shouldn’t be used on the interior of an dishes where they will come in contact with food, but go nuts with these markers on the outside of mugs and bowls and the edges of plates!***


  2. Spring Style Picks

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    March 15, 2013 by Emily

    We’ve had hints of spring weather here in Baltimore, and I’m SO ready for this cold weather to be done! I’m putting away my sweaters and leather boots to encourage the sunny weather to be upon me…. And what better way to prepare for spring than getting my spring style ready to roll?!

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    1- A fitted chambray/denim shirt:Demin is always in fashion and I love layering this shirt over tops that I should be saving for warmer weather but can’t wait to wear again. It helps bridge the fashion gap between too cold sweater/thermal weather and perfectly sunny sleeveless weather.

    2- Ankle length skinnies: Usually I wear my skinny jeans on the longer side, I like to have them bunch and scrunch around my shoes during the cooler months… but as winter turns to spring I like showing a little more skin (hahaha ankles are SO scandalous). Theres just something super casual and “ready for warm weather” about these skimmer jeans that I really love.

    3- Patterned tote bag: I am the queen of big bags, if I can’t fit a hoodie inside a purse I don’t even think about buying one. Its time to trade out your deep jewel toned purse for a fun patterned tote that can carry enough things for an adventure. If you’re like me, you’ve been stuck inside all winter and are ready to go exploring!

    4- Colored Oxfords: These minty seude oxfords are so cute! They make me think of grown up easter shoes, and the pop of color is just what my tootsies need after a few months of dark boots.

    5- Brand New pair of Shades: This needs no explanation, everyone needs a new pair of sunnies and whats cuter that these pastel heart shaped ones?!


  3. Challenge #7: Send a Postcard

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    March 14, 2013 by Jenn

    I love postcards. I love receiving them and sending them. Postcards are an easy way to make someones day, say thanks, or to just let your buds know that you thinking of them. A while ago I received these “Naughty Little People Postcards” from a friend who combined my love for photography and tiny things. These postcards are made by an artist who took miniature figurines of people and put them into situations using human bodies or tiny sets as the background. I love them. I sent my postcard to my friend Meg who lives in Ohio now.

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    This is my favorite card out of the set. I mean, come on, he’s mowing the beard. That’s pretty darn cute.


  4. Waffle Wednesday: Chocolate Chip with Strawberry Honey Butter

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    March 13, 2013 by Jenn

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    Heat up your waffle iron and get ready because today’s Wednesday Waffle contains two of my most favorite things. Dark chocolate and strawberries!!

    Yields 1 Serving
    Ingredients:
    Waffle:
    1 3/4 C Flour
    1 Tsp. Baking Soda
    1/2 Tsp Salt
    2 C Milk (I used almond milk)
    1/3 C Veggie Oil
    2 eggs
    1 Tbsp sugar
    1 C Chopped Dark Chocolate (Chocolate Chips work too, I just love dark chocolate)

    Syrup:
    1/4 C Butter
    2 Tbsp Honey
    1 C Sliced Strawberries

    Method:
    For the waffle, combine all ingredients except the dark chocolate and mix well making sure not to have any lumps. Add the dark chocolate and pour into the waffle iron. Pretty simple, right?
    For the syrup, place the butter in a skillet over low heat. This is important, you never want the butter to boil or even simmer, at first you just want it to melt. Once melted add the honey and bring to a LOW simmer. Add the strawberries and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture often.
    You will know it’s ready when the strawberries are soft, the honey butter is now a cute shade of pink, and the sauce has become thicker.

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    Pour your mixture over the waffle and enjoy!! I added a little bit of powdered sugar because I’m a sweets monster but this is optional.

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    Up next Wednesday: Cinnamon Applesauce Waffle. (WHAT? I know right?)


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