How to transform animal crackers into simple works of edible art; alebrijes!
A few months back on a shopping trip to a bulk store to pick up milk, I came across a giant tub of Animal Crackers. I thought my tot would love them, but alas, the tub sat basically untouched for months. I began researching how I could incorporate them into something else, like crushing them and making a crust for pie or cheesecake, or toddler trail mix.
After the 3,000th viewing of Disney’s Coco in our home, a lightbulb exploded in my head. The animal crackers could totally look like those adorable alebrijes in the movie! If you are unfamiliar with the animated film, alebrijes are depicted as spirit animals that guide the dead to the afterlife. However, alebrijes are actually not part of a traditional Day of the Dead celebration.
This post is a quick tutorial on how to create a wreath base out of toilet paper rolls and simple paper flowers.
The hallways in our apartment complex may be windowless, but we are very aware of what season is upon us by simply walking past all our neighbors doors. Wreaths, flowers, holiday signage, what have you, the doors are always cleverly decorated. My toddler likes to stand and point at each one saying “ooo, pretty!” So, of course I had to make one for our door! And her reaction; “Oh wooow! I love it Mom!” <3
To make our autumn wreath, I crafted several dozen paper flowers and hot glued them onto a makeshift wreath base created with toilet paper rolls! Yes sure, you can get a wreath base for $1 at the dollar store. But with little miss having been toilet trained recently, she loves to breeze through that TP, so I had an abundance of rolls to work with.
These easy cream cheese brownies were inspired by the shredded Banksy artwork “Girl With Balloon”, and you will want to quickly shred through these too!
On October 5th 2018, the Banksy print “Girl With Balloon” hit a record amount at a Sotheby’s auction for $1.4 million. Immediately after the auctioning of the work was complete, the frame started to shred the artwork. When I saw it happening, I laughed my ass off. Way to stick it to the 1%, was my initial reaction. And then, of course, the artwork was deemed even more valuable because, Sotheby’s says, it’s “the first work in history ever created during a live auction.” Then I just wanted some brownies.
A quick tutorial on how to marble paint a pumpkin!
Tis the season for trips to the pumpkin patch! On a recent visit, we scored some free mini pumpkins at the exit. Immediately, I thought of ways I could decorate them without using a knife to carve. Why? I have a fear that I will lose a finger in the process of making a Jack’o’latern. That and chopping carrots. Anyway, I had way too many ideas to morph these naturally cute gourds into something vibrant and gaudy.
An easy recipe for cute monster cookies made with devil’s food pudding and peanut butter chips!
Halloween is my favorite holiday. When others bust out the xmas decor as soon as the weather drops, I’m all about pulling down the spooky artifacts from the top shelf to the main table… because they are out year ’round baby!
Now that I have a kid, I’m excited to get back into trick or treating and going all out with spooky food to eat all October leading up to the big day. I hope she’ll share the love of the holiday with me, and things are looking promising as she actively plays with the costume dress-up trunk I made her.
This past week when we were out grocery shopping, she was eagerly pointing at this box of decorative candy eyes in the baking aisle, so hell yeah I bought them. From that, I concocted these devil-y delicious swamp monster cookies!
To up the monster factor, I specifically used Devil’s Food chocolate pudding mix, green candy melts for swamp terrain, and peanut butter chips for swamp rocks.
No need to let the dough chill! Once all the ingredients are mixed, plop about 30 heaping tablespoons onto parchment or slipmat lined baking trays and bake for 8-10 min (ovens vary.)
While the cookies cool on a wire rack, melt the candy melts according to package instructions, and then fork or splatter it all over the cookies. Before the candy melts dry, add the eyes on top as the candy will act as an adhesive.
I couldn’t wait for them to cool anymore. Rich chocolate, hint of vanilla, peanut butter surprise, and moist AF… the whole batch of 30 cookies were devoured in less than a few days.
How I transformed our small apartment bathroom into a bright candy sprinkle themed space to encourage potty training.
So long diapers, it’s potty time! Is your kid ready to be potty trained? When our tot started to show interest, I researched the 3-day method, hit up my FB mom group for insider tips, bought gallons of carpet cleaner, and prepped a candy reward system to distribute after pees & poos. Before all that went down, I revamped the bathroom to encourage her to come running to the potty all the live long day.
Inspiration can be a funny thing. Like when you catch a whiff of your neighbor’s dinner cooking and it reminds you of your childhood so you start writing. Or you see a crazy cloud formation in the sky that reminds you of a song and you start dancing to the music in your head. I’m going somewhere with this. What inspired me to make these sprinkle packed vanilla pudding cookies?
This post features several little projects I did to help transform a bedroom into an art gallery themed nursery.
Once upon a time, my husband and I were ready to move out of our small apartment into a shockingly rent affordable townhouse down the street in our fave neighborhood. There would be enough space to set-up an art studio in a spare bedroom that had the best natural light. A day after we signed the rental contract, we found out I was pregnant. The timing was universally perfect. Without hesitation, instead of planning out a dream in home art studio, I began envisioning a fun nursery. Continue reading “Create Your Own Art Themed Nursery”
A fruit salad recipe inspired by a still life painting by Frida Khalo.
Over the past month, my kid has been all about watching the animated movie Coco. Seriously, first thing in the morning, after naptime, and before bed, the requests are non-stop until I hit the play button on the remote. I love that it has inspired her to pick up her little 1 string guitar (once upon a time it had 6) and dance around the apartment strumming to whatever words she feels like singing.
Another cool thing about this movie is how much artist Frida Kahlo is featured! Like when Hector tries to impersonate her so he can cross the bridge, and when Miguel meets her in her studio chock full of imagery she was known for along with her pet monkey. There, she previews a rehearsal for him with a papaya resembling birth, and mothers milk made by tears from a cactus that looks like her, to which she asks Miguel “Is it too obvious?” Continue reading “Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad”
This post is about how I put together my own maternity bump time-lapse, and features quick tutorial on After Effects basics.
Have you stumbled upon this post because you just found out your pregnant and looking for a creative way to document it? First off, congrats! I hope this post gets you pumped and ready to start documenting ASAP. I found out I was pregnant about 5 weeks into the first trimester and knew immediately that I wanted to document it somehow. With my background in video and photography, doing a time-lapse was the first thing that popped into my head. Continue reading “How to Create a Maternity Bump Time Lapse Video Using After Effects”