And in the end…


This will most likely be my last post for this blog i’m afraid, although I did enjoy taking my love of do-it-yourself projects further so you never know. It kinda goes against this class but I am not a big fan of social media. So when i found out Facebook, Twitter and this blog on WordPress were going to be in the picture, I really was not looking forward to it. All in all though, it wasn’t so bad and I did learn a lot of handy skills and information. I had never been exposed to the inside scoop of blogging where I am the one making the posts instead of benefiting from other peoples cool blogs. Learning tools like HTML, embedding pictures and video, and just being more engaged was interesting. However things like the Storify post, and the widgets I could have done without. I also wish WordPress would allow me to make individual posts on the other pages, instead of having to just edit the one post there in order to add anything. If I got a job where they needed someone to play around with their website or update a blog, I feel like I at least have a good foundation of knowledge on these thing that I could definitely build on and exceed at.
Now the Spring semester has come to a close and Summer is about to begin. I will continue to make things but I will not be posting about them. I now look forward to a Summer of yoga, skydiving, beaches and just a little bit of school.
If you’re are interested in more crafts or whatever I feel like pinning, by all means follow me on Pinterest if you have one. http://pinterest.com/kaptainkatie93/
Have a great Summer, thanks for stopping by!!
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Make your own Beeswax lotion!

A friend of mine has really bad eczema on his hands and I really wanted to make something natural that would help him. I discovered this recipe on another wordpress site (http://asonomagarden.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/how-to-make-an-easy-beeswax-lotion/)and decided to have a go at it. This is a step by step slideshow of me making it, and I do believe it came out very well. Go ahead and click on the first picture to begin–

If you would like to view this as more of a slideshow, you can view it here: http://www.flickr.com//photos/95293216@N05/sets/72157633370978552/show/ as the embed was being fussy.
Making something natural is very rewarding and a lot a fun, I would highly recommend making this because it is simple yet effective.

Using Pinterest to “craft” your business

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Personally I only use Pinterest for DIY’s, humor, ideas, and other interests of mine and never for business purposes. However, I do find it interesting that many businesses use Pinterest for promotion and brand recognition. So I put together some information on Storify regarding the features geared toward businesses, and tips from people who use it as such. It’s kind of cool to see a different approach to something you’re so familiar with, click on the link and check it out!
[View the story “Using Pinterest to “craft” your business” on Storify]

DIY Car!!!

One of the most intensive crafts to create is probably a car, especially from scratch. Well my handsome boyfriend, Adam, who is trained in automotive and the like, has been working on building his own car completely customized. He has been ordering supplies, welding parts on, putting it together, all kinds of stuff that I will most likely never understand. I think that what he is doing is so awesome that I chose him to interview for my blog! This of course is not an instructional video, it’s just a quick look at someone doing something super creative. If by some chance you decide to take this kind of thing on or you repair your own car, this is a link to the place where Adam gets a lot of his parts http://www.speedwaymotors.com/

Banana Foster French Toast!

Hello my crafty friends!

I decided I wanted to shake things up a bit and post a recipe for one of the best things on the planet which is banana foster french toast. I discovered it last weekend when I went with my boyfriends’ family to bunch at The Bistro at Flat Creek Estate, a vineyard by Lake Travis. Of course I had had french toast before, and it has always been one of my favorite’s, but I have to say that I am seriously considering never going back to just plain old every day french toast.

So there are a bunch of different variations to this recipe, but I think the end result is pretty much the same, and I am sure just as delicious. I’m just going to put a general recipe that I will be using when I make it this up-coming weekend.

My word, doesn’t that just look heavenly?

Ingredients:

Challah Bread

4 Eggs

1 Cup of Milk

1/2 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon + however much you want to sprinkle at the end

1 Tablespoon of Butter

Now I have always made the toast with regular thin sliced white bread and had no idea what “Challah” was. So in case you don’t know either here’s what it looks like:

Directions:

  • First cut the Challah bread into 1/2 inch think slices
  • Then in a medium sized bowl or a small pan, mix up the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. (I think that I will probably add a pinch of salt as well.)
  • Now dip each slice of bread in the mixture until you feel it has absorbed it and is well coated on both sides.
  • With the stove on high heat, melt the butter in a large pan. Cook each slice of bread until it is golden brown on each side which can take up to five minutes.

Now it’s time to make the best part!

Banana Foster Sauce

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons of Butter

3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup

1/8 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

2 Bananas Sliced

Directions:

  • I think it’s best to start with cutting up the bananas so that they are ready to go when it’s their time to shine. You can cut them into regular circular slices or you can do it diagonally/lengthwise to get longer thinner slices. Like so:

  • With the stove on low heat melt the butter and caramelize the brown sugar by cooking  it until it dissolves and gets all bubbly.
  • Add in the maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt, stir it a lot while it cooks for about three more minutes.
  • Now turn down the heat even more so that it’s just at a simmer. Add the sliced bananas and stir them around while they cook for another five minutes.

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Now put the french toast on a plate and pour the sauce all over it. Usually there is some kind of whipped cream served on the side or you could add nuts or berries.

Enjoy!

*Warning* This is more of a dessert than a breakfast dish because it is super sweet and slightly unhealthy but highly delicious

In case you want to go to the vineyard and have the french toast that I had, here’s the website for it!!

 http://www.flatcreekestate.com/restaurant/

My App Idea!

I think it’s obvious by now that I love to make stuff, since my blog is about crafts and all, so of course my app idea will be too. My app would be called “Craft It!” and it would rock because you don’t even need to leave your house for supplies if you want to make something. Basically it would go like this:

In the box that says “enter supplies”, you would type in all of the supplies that you have lying around and would like to use, which could be anything really. Then when you push search a ton of different craft ideas would pop up that you can make just by using what you have in front of you. As an extra, you could also check out categories and depending on what you like, you can find a craft to fall under it and it would give you a how-to.  For example, say you told it that you have glue, some golf balls, and some sticks, well random ideas would come up like make a decorative ant or some coasters or a cat toy, and it would tell you how. This is a simple idea but just to give you an idea. You could enter as many items as you want and it would still find things to make out of some or all of them for you. You could end up making anything from a Christmas ornament to a head board for a bed.  Then it would have a little Home button and a My Crafts button to save the ideas you want to use.

For one, this app would solve the problem of boredom because you would have no excuse to be bored if you find something cool to make with stuff you have right in front of you, and who wouldn’t want to create something? I think this app might be most useful to parents that are looking for a way to entertain their kiddos. They could easily whip it out and within seconds find something for their kids to do and put that energy to use, and they wouldn’t even have to make a run to the store.

Here’s an idea of what it might look like, it came out kind of small so just click on it to get a better look.

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Make your own Sharpie Mug or Dish!

     I’m sure that somewhere in your town or city there is a local ceramic shop where you can go and sit down for hours, painting what ever you choose to and get to pick it up a few days later, leaving with an original and often useful work of art. I’ve been to the one in my town plenty of times and have painted most of what they had to offer from a ceramic tennis racket refrigerator magnet to a beautiful set of mugs based on some from one of the Harry Potter movies. The bad news about these places though, is that it can be very time consuming and if you keep going back to work on your project you have to keep paying the sitting fee. Also it can be very expensive based on what you want to paint and you never know if it will be really crowded or busy which is not very relaxing. Luckily for me and all of you there is a easy and inexpensive alternative that you can do right at home.

White mug with Sharpie writing

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I think its brilliant, I can’t believe I never thought of doing it before. This is what you’ll need:

  • A plain white ceramic mug, plate, bowl or any other item you may want to turn into a work of art. (The Dollar Tree has many to choose from for only a dollar)
  •  Sharpies! You definitely want to have a black one but this will also work with any colored sharpie as long as it will be distinctive from the white, the possibilities are endless! Feel free to use both think and thin tipped ones.
  • Access to an oven
  • A timer

That’s pretty much all you need, so go ahead and begin! Just take whatever it is that you’re using, lets say it’s a mug. Then write or draw on what you want it to say. I have seen some with things like cute sayings, quotes, anniversary dates or random drawings. Next pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, and once you’re ready bake your ceramic for about 30 minutes. You’ll want to be careful when you get it out since it’ll be so hot, and let it cool off  for 10 minutes or so before you touch it.

There you have it, an awesome one of a kind usable work of art. You can keep it for yourself or they make wonderful gifts. The ink will permanently be there, you can wash it with soap and water and it won’t come off, how cool is that! Here’s an example of a cute plate that was made this way:

plate

Now go make one!

This is a link to an article that has 31 easy project ideas that I think are neat but won’t be posting, in case you’re looking for other ideas

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-insanely-easy-and-clever-diy-projects