Monday, April 7, 2014

Quick and easy, Raised Bed Garden.

Material 01

Material 01
Made 2 - 3'x6'x1' raised garden bed

Material 02

Material 02
I went to Lowes, anywhere is fine. Buy: 12 pieces of 1"x6"x6' 3 pieces of 2"x4"x8' Cut: 4 pieces into 8 pieces of the 1"x6"x6' into 1"x6"x3" 3 pieces into 12 pieces of the 2"x4"x8' into 2"4"x2' (save time, have the shop cut them for you) Note: They are treated wood. Total material cost around ~$85 (minus the tires)


On a flat surface (mine wasn't), layout the frame (upside-down) I used normal 2 inch screws I was going to use deck screws but they were a pain in the butt and were too long)

No Measuring!!

No Measuring!!
Since this thing ain't meant to look good, I simply used my 3' piece to center the middle pole

Meh but it works

Meh but it works
I used 2 screws for each connection point, they didn't line-up perfectly but that's a given since Lowes did the cutting for me. - Do the bottom (which is actually the top) sides first, then stack up the second layer (bottom).


I removed the old garden. I forgot to take pictures of digging the holes. Basically, I dug 12 holes of 1' deep (pro-tip, measure twice, dig once, also wait till the ground is complete thawed)


I used a big hammer and a yardstick leveler, it took a couple of tries to get it to an acceptable level (if a couple of wacking didn't help, I had to take it out and dig some more)

Material 03

Material 03
Got two of this at Dollar Tree, 1 buck/ea.


Here are the two beds with the weed barriers in. Just add dirt

A few tools

A few tools
Here are a few tools, missing is a screw gun, I did used a nailgun for the first frame to help me hold it together before the screws but I realized that was not needed at all. (also a thank you to my brother for some help, actually, he didn't do much)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Endive and Radicchio Salad With Caramelized Pear, Walnut-Ice Wine Vinegar Dressing and Blue Cheese Fritters

Endive and Radicchio Salad With Caramelized Pear, Walnut-Ice Wine Vinegar Dressing and Blue Cheese Fritters

Grilling the radicchio removes the bitterness from the leafy green, helping it to better complement the pears and endive. “I love this salad,’’ he says. “With the walnut dressing and the blue cheese fritter, it has an American touch.’’
Roasted Pears:
3 Comice pears
Olive oil, for drizzle
Honey, for drizzle
1 tablespoon allspice
Butter, one pat
Blue Cheese Fritters:
3 ounces Roquefort style blue cheese
5 ounces butter, softened
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons flour
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons Panko style bread crumbs
Cooking oil for deep frying (such as olive or peanut oil)
Walnut-Ice Wine Vinegar Dressing:
2 ounces walnuts, chopped
2 teaspoons honey
4 tablespoons ice wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons walnut oil
Roasted Radicchio and Endive Salad:
2 heads radicchio
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 endives

Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times
1. Peel the pears, cut them in half and trim to remove the seeds. Reserve one uncooked pear to finish the salad, and roast the remaining two. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the two pears cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle pears with olive oil, honey and allspice and top with a small pat of butter. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Set aside.
2. Make the blue cheese fritters. Combine cheese and butter in a mixing bowl until soft and fully incorporated. Add Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Form into small balls and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until firm. Once firm, roll the balls between your palms to obtain a perfectly round shape. Dredge balls in flour, then beaten egg, then bread crumbs. The uncooked fritters can be reserved in the refrigerator until ready to fry. To fry, heat enough oil to cover the fritters in a fryer to 375 degrees. Add fritters to the pan and fry until golden brown.
3. Make the walnut dressing. Toast walnuts in sauté pan for five minutes. Allow to cool, then chop. In a separate bowl, combine honey and ice wine vinegar and mix well. Add minced shallot and walnut oil. Mix with chopped walnuts and salt and pepper to taste.
4. Make the salad. Cut radicchio in half and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook on hot grill for a couple of minutes on each side. Slice washed and dried endive into long strips.
5. To assemble the salad, lay roasted radicchio on large plate. Season endive with walnut dressing and arrange around the radicchio. Top with roasted pear and freshly fried fritters. Finish with raw pear shavings.
Yield: Serves 4.

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Instant Photo Transfers With Blender Pens

Instant Photo Transfers With Blender Pens

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For the first time in a long time, I bought a roll of film.
Brigette and I are so used to shooting digitally that the process of buying film and 
using a film camera was something we almost forgot how to do. 
There’s something about shooting on film that gives an image such character. 
It’s clean and crisp, yet moody. You never know what you are going to get; 
one click and you advance the film, leaving the image unseen until it’s processed.
 Such an element of surprise is incorporated that it makes each image a bit more 
Fingerless gloves, camera
If you’ve recently shot some film and are looking for a fun little project
to do with your images, Brigette and I worked on something this week
that blew our minds: blender pen photo transfers.
This is the process of taking a photo and transferring it onto a specific
surface using a special little gadget called a blender pen.
Blender pen for photo transfer
These incredible pens can be bought at specialty craft stores. They’re
so easy to use — and your photo transfers are basically completed
 instantly. There’s no waiting here. Just be warned that they give off a
 very strong smell, so make sure to use them in a well-ventilated area —
 outside works best, if possible.
film pictures
After you get your film developed, make photocopies of the images you’d
 like to transfer. This step is very important — simply printing a photo from
your computer unfortunately won’t work.
Next, decide where you want to transfer your image. Paper seemed to
be the easiest for us, but this can also be done on wood, ceramic, and
Photos of hands, hands
Flip your image face down, and hold in place while you completely cover
 the back using a blender pen. Keep in mind that your transferred image
will appear as the reverse of the original — like a mirror image. If you’re
nervous that the photocopy will move during the process, feel free to
 tape it down. The best way to do the transfer is to completely saturate
one area with a blender pen before moving on to the next. A good way is
to start in a corner so that you can lift it up and check to see when it’s
time to move on to the next area.
Photo transfer onto journal
As you go, you’ll see the image appear through the back of the
photocopy — it’s so cool to look at!Photo transfer onto paper
Here you’ll see the original photo, the photocopy, and the image transfer.
We’re obsessed with the vintage, almost eerie feeling the transfer gives
off. How awesome!Blender pen photo transfer
We decided to add a few more images into the journal, as well.blend1s
Then, we tried a wooden cutting board! We first cut the photocopy to
 make uneven edges so that there wouldn’t be a clear line showing the
 perimeter of the photo. If you do this to a cutting board (and plan to use
 it for food), make sure you use a coat of food-grade sealant over your
image transfer.
We also transferred a single image onto a piece of antiqued paper that
 was left over from making this botanical wallpaper!Photo transfer onto paper and cutting board
We love how the journal came out the most… so happy we discovered
 the joys of the blender pen. :)
blend4sWhat would you make with a blender pen?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

How To Hem Jeans Fast and Easy

How To Hem Jeans Fast and Easy

We short people find it hard to buy jeans that fit us length wise. I bought some jeans from Buckle and they hemmed them for free for me leaving the original hem on the jeans. I picked them up, took them home, looked closer at the hem and I thought to myself, “I could have done that.” A couple years went by and I did nothing about all my long jeans, until today. Cathe, from Just Something I Made, put up a tutorial on her blog and I was so happy to see it! The thing is…I did mine just slightly different. Watch.
I did just what she said; put the jeans on, find where you want your jeans to lay and pin it. Roll the jeans up so that the original hem is slightly above that mark, and pin it.

Sew right next to the original hem, like so.

Here is where I do my thing. Instead of leaving that extra chunk of fabric rolled up and tacked down on the inside of the jean, I just cut it off. There’s a lot less bulk which is good when you have skinny jeans. Plus, I think that is how the hemming lady does it at Buckle.
Unroll it and iron flat.

That’s it! This seriously took me maybe 15 minutes to do and it was so worth it! Best part is that I didn’t have to pay anyone to do it for me.

Much better. :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Make Your Own Makeup Remover Wipes And Make-up Cleaning Tips

#Make Your Own Makeup Remover Wipes

It basically involves cutting a roll of paper towels in half, placing in container and soaking with 4 cups warm water and desired mixture (including coconut oil). The ingredients differ only slightly depending on what kind of wipes you’re making.

#2 Cut Paper and Dip It Mixture

Make a mixtures with 4 cups of warm water, 1-2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, and 1-2 squirts of baby wash or face wash. Dip the wipes in this mixture and put them in a zip loc bag. That's it. Save tons of money on makeup wipes

#3 Brushes

There are a few ways to clean your brushes. Depending on how you use them you can use antibacterial soap, rubbing alcohol or baby shampoos to clean expensive brushes. The most important step in cleaning brushes is to press them in a 50/50 solution and DRY them.

#4 Use a Spatula and Palette

Make Up Spatulas and Palettes will keep your brushes out of reservoirs they shouldn't be in, and they are good for saving time and money when you are frustrated and need to look good, fast. As long as you have a good palette you can scrape out whatever makeup you need and prevent yourself from ruining all your makeup at once.

#5 Dry Your Brushes At an Angle

Clean your brushes and let them rest at an angle after washing them. Never keep your brushes soaked in water or any other solution. When you are finished applying makeup be sure to agitate them in a cleaning solution of alcohol and water but be sure to dry them.

#6 Rubbing Alcohol

You'll notice that rubbing alcohol will clean most makeup from tools and other places like counter tops. This is because the alcohol breaks down the oils in the cosmetics quickly, and as long as they are wet they are easy to wipe off. Vodka works too if you want to be extra high class.

#7 Eyelash Curler Pads

There's no need to buy new eyelash curlers every week. Just keep the pads clean and you'll save yourself time, and frustration. Clean your pads with a cotton towel and some rubbing alcohol.

#8 Keep Yourself Clean

If you plan on keeping your tools clean, also plan on keeping yourself clean. It works both ways! Clean tools mean clean clothes and when you are careless and end up getting makeup on your clothes then your brushes and applicators are probably dirty too.

#9 Keep a Toothbrush For Makeup

Sometimes we need to scrub. Use a toothbrush that you designate just for makeup. Keep this toothbrush clean like you would any other brush.

#10 Baking Soda

Using baking soda is an old fashioned remedy for cleaning nearly anything, and there's a good reason. Baking soda soaks up oils. Use baking soda, diluted of course, to soak up any oily messy makeup. just simply since after that nice 2-3 minute soak, but don't forget to let your brushes dry.