Are you feeling springy yet? I sure hope so and if you are I’m jealous because I am feeling summery already and I don’t like it. If you know me, you know that I am extremely hot natured and wear my flip flops all winter long. So, I’m not happy that it has been in the upper 80’s all week, Houston, its April… you are killing me!
What does this ramble have to do with Black Bean Salad? Its hot, and when its hot I like cold food. So I made Black Bean Salad the other night on the side of our Chipotle Pork Tenderloin and Baked Sweet Potatoes. Its simple, healthy, cold and Finn couldn’t stop eating it!
Black Bean Salad:
– 2 cans of Black Beans
– 1 avocado
– cilantro (I love a ton but add as much or as little as you like)
– 4 scallions
– juice from 2 limes
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– salt to taste
Do you have a special nurse in your life? ‘Cause I do… my sister hehe! Not only is she about to graduate from nursing school but it is also her birthday this week. (Last year I made her this) So, I cant think of a better gift than some handmade Stethoscope Covers. The sad part is after I decided to make her a few, I realized – I don’t have a stethoscope to try them onto. Oops, I hope they fit.
– one yard of fabric (you wont use it all, you just need it for length)
– sewing machine
– serger (optional)
2. Make a button hole on the flap
I think I am having a love affair with Monograms (as seen in my recent post here). I know I’m not alone, right? You know who else loves monograms; couples getting married that’s who. I know when I was engaged I loved receiving gifts with my new name on it. It seemed so magical.
Our friends are getting married next month and we got them a juicer off their registry but I of course like to add something personal too. So I found these cute juice glasses and I monogrammed them. (I also maybe wanted an excuse to use my new Etching Cream that I just got.)
I created a stencil with vinyl using my Silhouette but you could easily just cut out the letters with an Exacto. Then I followed the directions on the back of my Etching Cream, kind of. My directions said to apply a thick, even layer, wait for 5 minutes then completely wash off. I looked after 5 minutes and it wasn’t a very strong etch, so I left mine on for about 12 minutes. I picture the newly weds having fresh squeezed orange juice out of these on Sunday mornings.
I have been eyeing these from Anthropologie for years…
But I have some problems:
#1 I don’t want to spend $118.00 on a shower curtain
#2 Those colors don’t match my room
So what is a girl to do… how about make one. And I call mine “Sunshine”. Anthropologie’s Shower Curtain has ten “panels” of descending color. I could only find nine fabrics that I thought really worked so mine has nine. Also, please don’t judge me on the TERRIBLE photos in this tutorial, my bathroom has no windows and it was a rainy day! That’s why I named her Sunshine.
What you need:
– 9 yards of solid fabric in a monochromatic color palate; light to dark
– light colored shower curtain to cover
– sewing machine
– serger (optional but makes it 10x easier)
I love birds. Not in a “pet” way but in a home decor way. I didn’t even know how much I loved birds until I looked around my house about a year ago and realized I have a ton of bird stuff. Now I actually seek it out. I have at least one “birdlike” piece in every room of our home. Here is my newest edition, the Bird Trio, they are going to go over my craft table.
My Mom bought an amazing duvet cover from Pottery Barn a few years ago and it came in this bag… I had to have it. I knew it would come in “craft-project-handy” one day and I was right. It only took me about 30 minutes to make because it was already halfway done for me.
1 stick of butter
8 oz cream cheese
3 c powdered sugar
1/4 c Bailey’s
1 tsp Vanilla
Green food coloring