Wednesday, April 27, 2011

1st blog award!!!

The lovely Daphne from Sunrise Folk has so very kindly awarded me the Versatile Blog Award. Words can't describe how happy and grateful I am. If you haven't checked Daphne's blog out, please take a moment to do so. Daphne makes beautiful aprons out of recycled shirts.
I am to list 7 random things about myself and pass the award to 2 more bloggers. 

1. I like to eat popcorn with chocolate covered raisins
2. I am a people pleaser
3. I understand Spanish
4. I am addicted to shoes and fabric
5. Sometimes I snore so loud I wake myself up
6. My favorite color is pink
7. I check FaceBook at least 12 times a day

And the 2 lovely bloggers are:

Lindsay from The Cottage Home. I love her creativity and tutorials.

and Sharla from Beaded Tail.  I am an animal lover and I love how Sharla lets her "furbabies" write on her blog. It is so refreshing and creative!

 I hope you have a chance to check both of these blogs out. You will not be disappointed!

Have a lovely week!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tutorial: DIY Easter basket

Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina! We arrived here last night and I have already fallen head over heels in love with this city. The architecture is amazing, the city is super ultra clean and the food is delicious. Everyone speaks English and is extremely helpful.

Because today is a holiday (Good Friday), I hear there is an open market a few blocks away from our hotel. I will be going there shortly to look for handmade treasures. Fingers crossed everyone!!!

But before I head out, I wanted to share a cute tutorial with you. This Easter basket is super easy and inexpensive to make. If you have children, be sure to include them. This is a super fun project!

Easter Bunny Basket by Ooh Leela!

Materials needed:
Foam sheets: orange, brown and white
1 plastic cup
pinking shears
bias tape
glue gun 
permanent markers: black, red and yellow
pink eye shadow and brush
black & white paint

1. Using this template, cut an orange flower and 2 white bunnies. 
2. Using the permanent markers and black paint, draw a face on both white bunnies. Use the pink eye shadow to add some color to the bunny's cheeks. Feel free to use my suggestion below or come up with your own bunny face :)

3. Using your hot glue gun, glue the orange flower to the bottom of a plastic cup.

4. Using your cup as a reference, cut a rectangle out of the brown foam sheet that is long & wide enough to cover the entire cup.

5. Add dots using white paint. Let it dry.

6. Using your hot glue gun, glue it to the cup as show below. Don't worry if you can still see some of the cup. We will use the bias tape to cover that in just a moment.

7. Forgive me, but I forgot to take pictures of the remaining steps. I was way too excited and could not wait to finish the basket.... Add bias tape to the top part of the cup.

8. Using pinking shears, cut a brown (or orange) rectangle large enough to be used as a strap. Add white dots if you wish. Glue it to the inside of the cup.

9. Make 2 bows. I used green ribbon because orange and green remind me of a carrot. Bunnies like carrots :)

10. Glue both bunny faces to the cup, one on each side.

11. Insert goodies in the cup. Perhaps even a note!

There you have it! I hope you enjoy it! Happy Easter everyone! May the Easter bunny bring you lots of chocolate bless your heart and your home! Xoxo's!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Feeling refreshed - my vacation part 1

I can't even begin to explain how wonderful these past few days have been. I am sorry I have not been around much, but I really needed to take some time off to recharge my batteries as well as spend some quality time with my family.

Hubby, Leela, brother (and his wife), Mom, Dad and I will be spending the next few weeks traveling throughout South America. 

Even though it is fall over here, the weather is still very hot and extremely humid. It is warmer than spring time in San Francisco, that's for sure. The water in the pool felt oh so very refreshing. My feet were tickled with joy!

The food is absolutely wonderful and fresh. Look at this amazing steak, served hot and sizzling, with sauteed onions and fried eggs. I can't even describe the explosion of flavors in my mouth when I had my first bite. Can't wait to try to make this at home!

And because it has been so hot, you tend to crave lighter foods, such as salads ! Fresh cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, organic eggs and my favorite: hearts of palm!!!

Leela has also been able to get some good R&R as well (and I must say she was a doll on the 14 hr. plane ride):

And South America is full of handmade goodies!!! I will be back later this week to share some amazing things that I have found!!!

I hope all is well with all of you!!! XOXO's