Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Healthy but yummy protein shakes!

For the last year I have been working on eating healthier.  I came up with this shake that tastes good, is high in protein (about 20 grams) and low in calories (under 200).  I have told so many people about it I thought I would add it to my blog.

Here is what you need;
  • Aria protein powder from Trader Joe’s
  • Frozen fruit, I get mine at Target
  • Cottage Cheese, you can use Greek yogurt if cottage cheese isn’t your thing
  • Crystal light (I add a whole pack to the water bottle to make it concentrated)
  • Cold water
  • Blender or "The Magic Bullet"
Start with ½ to ¾ cup of frozen fruit

Add two spoons full of cottage cheese then about ¼ cup of the crystal light and fill the rest with cold water. 

Add one scope of the protein powder and mix until all the fruit is blended.

 There you have it, enjoy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Finishing Book Project

Okay, back to work.  Here are the next steps in making a book out of the silver try I cut up a few days ago.  This project is very time consuming but the finished product is so cool. 

 I took the two pieces of tray and attached small brass hinges.  Then I found this decorative edge and attached it with grommets over the hinges.

  This is where you get creative and just try different things. For this book I made a paper flower out of old ledger paper and added a vintage button in the center. Then I layered the same ledger paper with dupioni silk some rhinestones the flower and placed it all under an old glass clock face. 
For the book pages, I use water color paper and add the ledger paper to the edge. This is just a nice touch that adds character to the book.
  Finish it off by adding more rhinestones around the glass and some embellishments. Then lace the book and pages up with the dupioni silk.
There you have it. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Getting Ready for Glitterfest!

My house is a mess, my craft room is a mess, my dog is feeling neglected, but I'm having a blast!

Some of you may need to look away for this project.  It's what I do, take something old and give it a new life.  In order to do that I must destroy the old first.

 In this case, I am working with a silver plated serving tray.  The kind all our grandmothers and most of our moms have.

 Looking good, safety first.

 First I remove the edge of the tray, then cut into two peices to work with.  This one gave me a heck of a time. 

Then there was 5

 Off to the grinder. This smoothes out all the edges so they are not sharp.

 Three hours later and you have 3 started books and 2 misc. shapes I have ideas for.  Did I forget to mention what I am making with this tray?  Check back to see what the next steps are and the finished product.

 Oh, and the dog! I told you he is feeling neglected.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My first blog!

I can't believe it, this is my first blog!  I have been wanting to do this for over a year and today it has finally happened.  Thanks to the wonderful Jennie Bletscher, who held my hand and I am sure will continue to do so until I get this figured out. 

Anna's Shower

Last May, my mom, sister in law and myself threw a bridal shower for our good friend Anna.  That is her on the left with her grandmother, sister, Kate and mom, Judith. 

My mom and I did the tables and decorations.

Molly was in charge of the candy bar.

I made paper hearts and flowers.

We had such a great day.

Making cookies for the shower

 I was in charge of making the party favors for our friends bridal shower.

Here is what your kitchen looks like after 4 batches of sugar cookie dough and about 6 batches of royal icing.

This project took me about 3 days from start to finish.

The flowers were made out of Fondant.  Oh, and don't forget the Luster Dust.

Wrapped and ready to go!