There is a Hawaiian restaurant down the street from our house that makes the best blended drinks. On a nice day, I like to go there, sit on the patio, order a fruity drink, and people watch. It’s very relaxing. One of my favorite drinks is the BBC, which stands for Baileys Banana Colada. It is so delicious, but it is never on the happy hour menu, so it is a little expensive. I did some research and found a recipe for a homemade version that is just as good and a heck of a lot cheaper.
Ingredients (serves 2):
1-2 Frozen Bananas (I love bananas, so I tend to put in 2,but 1 should be plenty)
2 oz Irish Creme Liqueur
1 oz Rum (Dark Rum is preferable)
1 oz Coconut Creme
1 oz Pineapple Juice
Ice (if needed)
All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. If it is a little watery, you can add some ice and continue to blend. Then pour it into a glass and top off with Whip Cream.
It’s super quick and it tastes like a tropical dream.
For my birthday last February, Joey bought me tickets to see the Arcade Fire at the Gorge. The tickets requested that attendees wear formal wear or a costume, which I completely forgot about until last week. The concert was on Friday, so I only had a few days to come up with a costume. I wanted to wear a mask, but I didn’t have any creative ideas, so I did some Pinterest stalking. I saw a few really cute homemade fox masks for little kid costumes, and I decided to make a grown up version. I drafted Joey to make me a template for the mask. He did a really great job, and the mask ended up looking awesome. I’m including a template here, in case you want to make your own mask.
After cutting out the mask base, I traced and cut out all of the other pieces from construction paper. Then I hot glued those pieces onto mask base. I was very careful to check that the eyes were in the right location before gluing them on and cutting out circles to see through.
I tried the mask on and tied the yarn secure in the back of my head.
Doesn’t it look cool? It was a perfect costume because it is really low key. I was able to just wear jeans and a regular t-shirt, but once I put my mask on, I was ready to party.
Joey and I really like hard cider. So when I saw a bottle of Chelan Gold Cider on clearance at the grocery store, I had to buy it. Not only is it delicious, but I was intrigued by the bottle design. It’s a swingtop bottle, similar to the water pitchers that I have been seeing at a lot of cool restaurants, and I knew that it had some upcycling potential.
After we finished the bottle off, I got to work on my upcycling project. I started by sanding off the screen printed logo; however, in the process of removing the logo, I scuffed up the glass. To cover up the scuffs, I made a koozie out of some fabric.
I like how the fabric koozie gives the bottle a slighly rustic feel. It’s just the look I was going for.
I’m always looking for ways to reduce my waste, so the fact that I was able to save this bottle from going into the landfill is a win in my book.
I have a treat for you all. My good friend, Aria, from The Suburban Hippy Momma did this guest post on how to make a faux leather necklace. She is incredibly creative, and I hope you enjoy her tutorial. Be sure to check out her blog for more awesome projects.
Accessories have never been my favorite things to shop for. I can never seem to find the right pieces that fit my personality, and my budget. This necklace was a great fix for both of those problems. I made it out of items I already had on hand, and because it’s DIY I was able to design it to express my style.
Wanna make one? Here’s how!
What You’ll Need:
Scrap faux leather
Jewelry jump rings
Triangle cuttout (I just printed one from Pages. I made it to measure three inches)
1. Trace the triangle cuttout on the leather three times, so that you have three leather triangles that are the same size. Make sure to do this on the “tough” side of the leather, not the fuzzy side.
2. Cut out the triangles.
3. Paint the triangles three different colors. For this necklace I decided to go for a bit of a tribal style, so I chose teal, coral, and burnt ochre. If your paint is thick you may need to add a little water, but add just a little at a time. The water will make the leather soft and take longer to dry. The paint just needs to be thin enough to paint evenly, without clumps.
4. Let the paint dry, then apply one more coat.
5. Once the painted triangles have dried, decide in which order you want them to be stacked. Stack them so that a little of each color can be seen.
6. Stack the middle triangle over the third (last) triangle. Using the pushpin, make two holes at the top of the middle triangle, making sure that the holes go through the bottom triangle.
7. Take a small piece of beading wire, and put it through one of the holes, keeping the triangles stacked.
8. Twist the wire in the back of the triangles to secure them together. Repeat on the other side (the second set of holes). Clip the excess wire and press down the twisted part to it sits flush with the leather.
9. Stack the top triangles over the middle triangle, and repeat the same steps with the pushpin and wire. You’ll have three attached triangles when you’re done.
10. Measure your necklace chain. Mine was about 28 inches (with the leather pendant). Use the wire cutters to cut the chain to the length you want.
11. Use the pushpin to poke two holes in the top triangle.
12. Insert the jump rings into the holes.
13. Hook the ends of the chain into each of the loops. Depending on how long your chain is you may want to cut it in the middle and add a clasp. Since mine was long enough to easily slip over my head I skipped this part.
14. Admire your beautiful work!
Here’s another version I made, with an ombre style.
I hope you feel creative enough to try this little craft out!