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How To Make It Snow In The Summer

10th August 2012

As an antsy passenger during a long drive, in a rental car, I decided to pass the time chewing the flavor out of some Fruit Stripes gum. 5 minutes later, the pack was gone. Now, much like being in a room with the Beastie Boys and that one guy from 311, I was left with lots of white wrappers.

This was a perfect opportunity to make snowflakes appear, while it was 100 degrees outside! I cut the wrappers into circles, folded them up, and snipped them into snow!!!

My favorite part of this entire traveling craft project, was tucking the snowflakes into the vanity mirrors. This was, when the next renter could have the surprise of a little winter in the middle of summer!

I think it’ll be fun to pre-make some of these, and sneak them into the visor of friends cars, while its still warm out.

A Crafternoon Picnic

22nd May 2012

The other day, Radeo and I packed up some adventure supplies, headed over to Central Park for a crafting picnic!It was a little rainy, she used the skills that she gained from watching episodes of Man Vs Wild and I used the skills I got from years of obsession with Martha Stewart left us with the a fun tent friend to keep us dry!

We gathered a couple of thick broken pieces of wood and attached them to a sturdy low hanging tree branch. Radeo found some vines with leaves attached and strung them around the wooden posts. While she was doing the important grunt work, I saved the environment by cutting  some leaves of my own. I folded construction paper into 4ths, cut them to get 4 leaves per paper sheet, taped them into rows, then strung them to each other (and the tent) with thread!

The tent did a GREAT job at keeping us from getting to soggy in the rain.

It also gave us a place to observe young men who were canoodling around us.

Our picnic involved:

  • some peanut butter and jelly “sammies”
  • mimosa
  • gummy bears
  • chips and salsa
  • Milano cookies

I finally found a use for the iPad I got for my birthday when I realized the speaker is loud enough to play music off of.

My playlist involved a lot of:

Django Reinhardt

Talking Heads

The Clean

We were having a hard time telling this little lurking squirrel that he could come and join our picnic.
We tried speaking in our best nature voices and luring him with food on string (it works for fish!)

Finally we found out that he LOVED our pb&j sammies!
The gloomy picnicday was a nice premature start to our summer



How To Make Eye-phones

26th March 2012

I’ve fallen in love with googly eyes! The perfect amount of black and white, the circles within circles, the way that they let out a slight rattle as they get trashed about, and the fact that give everything more personality once applied!

I’ve gone googly eye crazy lately!

Ive been sticking them on pretty much everything. Including my nails, phone, movies, and even my boyfriend.

Most recently, I took my ugly headphones that had taken a few coats of black spray paint and quite a beating through out the years and covered them in googly eyes! It was super simple. Heres how you can do it!

First, you’ll need the following items:

Also,  you may want to grab a paper plate for the E-600 glue because it tends to just ooze out long after you put it down.

If the surface of your headphones are super smooth, you may want to scratch them up a little but with a piece of sandpaper (a nail file could work too, if you’re a normal person who doesn’t keep construction material around your house). By creating a rougher texture, it’ll create a better surface for things to stick to.

then do the following 4 steps:Just continue doing that until your headphones are completely covered in fun little rattling eyeballs!

How to Make Spicy Pasta!

5th December 2011

The other day, Heather and I both had realized that it had been way too long since we cooked a meal. It turns out that cooking is an intimating thing to get back into so we decided to make it fun by sharing our recipes for a simple pasta dish!

Since Heather is vegan, I chose a simple, cheap, and vegan friendly recipe for a spicy pasta that I love. All of the ingredients work well at not overpowering each other and add enough flavor that you don’t really need to even add any salts, spices, or cheeses at the table.

Along with some extra virgin olive oil, you’ll need the following:

  • Start by peeling and mincing 5 cloves of garlic (I used a lot more because I LOVE garlic)

  • Take the seeds from the tomatoes and separate them from their juices

  • Break the tomatoes up into pieces, in the bowl (or chop them if you’re trying be civilized/ show off)
  • Strain the tomato juice into the bowl, disposing of all the seeds.

  • Heat up a pot on a medium heat.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup of olive oil in.
  • When the oil is hot, add the 5 cloves of chopped garlic.

  • When the garlic begins to sizzle, add the tomatoes and their juices.

  • and a large pinch of salt

  • Let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat.

  • Then put the sauce into a food processor (or if you lack the proper cooking utensils an upright blender does the job) until it looks like less of a soup and more of a sauce.

  • Take 3 tablespoons drained and rinsed capers

  • and chop them up…

  • Take 1/4 cup of Italian parsley
  • Pluck the leafy part from the stems

  • and chop it up…

  • Same deal with the remaining cloves of garlic

  • and the olives
  • Into a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, pour 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • When the oil is hot, add 6 cloves of garlic
  • When that starts to sizzle, add 1 cup of the tomato sauce

  • Then add the capers, olives, parsley, and dried chile flakes.
  • And let it cook for 5 minutes

At this point, I add 3 chopped up filleted anchovies to give it a briny salty taste and let it cook for another 3-5 minutes. If you are vegan, I would suggest just adding some salt to the sauce at this point. If you’re just afraid that its going to make the sauce taste fishy, I promise you that it won’t so stop being a wuss and try it!

  • Take your pasta and throw it into boiling salted water for about 3 minutes.

Strain the pasta, add the sauce, and serve!


How To Make a Helpful Hand Turkey!

21st November 2011

I love Thanksgiving! I think I fully realized this last year, when I first laid out everything I was grateful for. It was so nice that I began to do it more often. I wish that remembering to be thankful, was this easy for more people but I know that its difficult for most.

Last Valentines day, I made some lovely flyers to place around New York. So after a lot of hand turkey talk with my friends, I decided to do it again! Sort of.

I made hand turkeys and wrote out cheap and simple recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, as well as the address to the Bowery Mission, which offers food and shelter for homeless people.

Heres how you can make some hand turkey flyers:

All you need is some paper, tape, scissors, and markers.

Take off any jewelry to avoid accidently drawing a turkey that looks like it has tumors.

Trace your hand, silly!

Draw your turkeys head, feet, and 4 bones per poultry.

Also be sure to write out things that everyone could be thankful for. If you don’t know any recipes short & simple enough to be written on the back of a fake feather, then heres some alternative things that I felt people would be able to thankful for, that you could put jot down:

  • Having never wasted time watching Lost
  • Knowing someones phone number by heart
  • Being able to walk in heals
  • Knowing how to tie a tie
  • Being ok with the fact that Coldplay was, is, and will always be “not for me”
  • Not being allergic to my favorite food

Then cut around the turkey and each individual bone.

Fold the four feather things back and forth once, making them easier to tear

Tape the bone pieces to the back so that they appear hidden, until someone plucks a feather!

Gather your turkeys and some tape and head out to help people remember that theres always something neat to enjoy about life.




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