Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
This cartridge is everything and a bag of chips! And this little dude (the martian) was worth the price of admission! How seriously cute is he? I mean, wouldn't this little guy look so cute painted on a little boy's bedroom wall?!? It would be so super easy to do. Cut this little guy out in vinyl and then stick the vinyl on a wall as a stencil or template. Use a little bit of paintable caulk (from your local hardware store) on the tip of your finger to go around the interior edges of your vinyl martian stencil and then paint a thin even coat of your favorite paint... you could even sponge paint... that would give it a little texture. Then remove the vinyl stencil and you're done! Someone REALLY needs to try this and then send me the pix... cuz I bet it would be SUPER CUTE!!!
For more great ideas, and to preview the NEW Provo Craft Gypsy, go to http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com/ and tell them FitterTwit sent you! ;)
Sunday, September 27, 2009
For this project, I used a piece of acetate that I treated with alcohol ink. I cut the cloud and sun (used the silhouette button) from the Hello Kitty cartridge and cut the jar from the From My Kitchen cartridge on both cream cardstock and the treated acetate. I then cut the top of the acetate jar off at an arch to create the "water" effect. I glued the fish (cut using an EK success punch), kelp and wood to the cream jar and then glued the "water" on top. You can see the effect better if you click on the pic to enlarge it. The words were done with my computer printer (note to self.... MUST use manual feed option next time so the HEAVY stampin up cardstock doesn't jam your printer! hahahahaha!). I finished off the edges using a fine point black Sharpie pen. I wonder how much time I would have actually saved doing this project with the Gypsy?
Oh! I almost forgot.... the lid of the jar and the fish were embossed using a versa mark pen and embossing powder.
For more great Cricut cutting projects, check out http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com/
It's a new blog devoted to die cutting and they are currently giving away two Provo Craft Gypsies, so be sure to check them out!
**Note: The 10 minute project time did not include preparing my work space. :)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I just reused the left over scraps from another project that I recently did (including the glitter paper.... love those glitter papers), cut out the crowns and the large letter "D", applied stickles to both and then used individual acrylic letter stamps to create the "It's All About The". Oh, and I can't forget that I used that same stamp set (caps) to finish out the word Drama. I think this alpha set is a CTMH set... I don't have the packaging anymore, but I will see if I can't find it again. If I do, I will update this post. Really, any "girly" font will do. I finished by attaching the ribbon and gluing my favorite bling. This card is so cute and I'm waiting for the perfect moment to use it! :) To see the directions for the cupcake stencil, check out this great new blog! Tell the girls over at Cutting Above that FitterTwit sent you! ;)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Over time I came to understand that anything refined was missing important nutrients that my body needed and on top of that my body wasn't working quite as hard to break down these foods which meant I wasn't burning as many calories with refined food. Well... I'm all about working smart and not hard, so it didn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if you are trying to lose weight, making your body burn more calories to digest the food you eat just makes sense! So gone was anything white or refined. The new staples ended up being whole wheat bread (which I ended up loving more than the white yucky stuff), brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat crackers. I still consumed the canned foods quite a bit because it always seemed that I needed the shortcuts because I was always running short on time.
Reality check. Your life will BE and REVOLVE around whatever you put your time and energy into. If you put your time into building wealth, you will build wealth. If you put your time into nurturing your children, you will raise upstanding and stable children. If you put your time into learning to ride a bike, you will ride a bike. Again, it stands to reason that if you put your time and energy into living healthy and fit, you will be healthy and fit. Just as there are no shortcuts with raising your children and riding a bike, the same is true with your health. STOP TAKING SHORTCUTS! Even the extra energy you spend to actually CUT UP VEGGIES to make a soup means that you are not only eating more healthfully (instead of processed canned food) but you are burning more calories in the preparation of it. That's working SUPER smart and not hard.
Enter raw foods. Today my new staples are flax crackers (FABULOUS recipe HERE), nuts, seeds, veggies and fruit with the occasional whole wheat breads or rice noodles (being cooked, the bread and noodles are not raw). I have completely turned to a more holistic approach to eating, meaning that I'm looking at my food as fuel instead of for my gratification. I'm finding my gratification in controlling my health. That staple has been the biggest motivator of all the changes that I've made over the years.
I hope that everyone who reads this post will just stop and ask yourself the hard questions. How healthy is the food I'm eating? Where do I really put my time and energy and what does that investment yield? And finally, what are MY staples?
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Anyway, this card was made with aluminum foil from my kitchen. Don't you just love those cheap,easy to find card-making materials? I then applied alcohol inks to it and then embossed it in the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder. The branch is from the Storybook Cricut cartridge and the stamp is a clear stamp that (I think) came from Clear Dollar Stamps. This was another super simple card that packs some visual punch...don't you agree?!? I think it might be the Stickles I applied to the branch. I think that stuff has some voltage! :)
Normally, I don't post my scrapbooking and crafts on a daily basis, but with the debut of the Provo Craft Gypsy happening the day after tomorrow on HSN. and with everything I'm seeing at Cutting Above, well, I'm super inspired in my little "Cricut Tunnel"! Be sure to check out all the links and you can also click on the pic to enlarge. Good luck everyone!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This wonderfully positive (and proactive) post is brought to light by an amazing blog post I read today by an amazing lady: Chalene Johnson discussing how unrealistic and downright negative it is to expect the best from people you know will let you down. It really is a great read and I hope you all check out her link. Click here for Chalene Johnson's blog.
People in our lives don't let us down out of the blue, do they? There were signs all along that you chose to ignore. Past behaviors that TOLD you what their next move was, but you didn't want to believe it, you wanted to believe something different about him or her... you wanted to be positive. How is that positive? Doesn't it make more sense that if "Suzie" has stepped on you in the past, and is in your life now with the opportunity to do it again, that SHE WILL. If she always has and you allowed her to be in your life, then you've accepted that SHE WILL do it again no matter how many times you tell yourself differently. It is negative to believe otherwise. Believing "this time will be different, they've changed" means that you expend a ton of energy lying to yourself about the other person and then the emotional turmoil of discovering they are the EXACT same person they always were. And I content that the cycle of convincing yourself "this time will be different, they've changed" is EXACTLY what keeps them from changing because you're giving them yet another opportunity to let you down... you are saying "yes" by not saying anything at all.
Now, Chalene did raise a good point. If you expect the "patterned behavior" from someone, when they deliver, you don't go through the drama of being let down. You are also positioning yourself mentally and emotionally to decide how you are going to deal with them based on what you know, not what you wish for. And, if by some miracle the person IS in fact different and DID in fact change, well, then you are pleasantly surprised. It actually IS very positive to expect the worst. It is also something that I'm terrible at.
I have a habit of projecting what I WANT the person to be rather than dealing with who I know they are deep down. Luckily for me, I'm learning to expect my own patterned behavior of doing just that and stopping myself to analyze who they REALLY are and how I feel about their actions. Is their behavior worth being upset about? If it is, I deal with it. Again, you cannot control anyone else's behavior but your own. Be honest with them, BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, and deal with the person you know... not the person you made up in your head. I agree with Chalene... we are all WAY TOO surprised when people behave the way they've always behaved. Dealing with reality keeps us from taking it all so personally and I'm "positive" that's the way to go!
Friday, September 18, 2009
This AMAZING gadget suddenly makes those Cricut cutting projects portable. Well, I'm a gadget girl anyway so this has got me psyched! I'm envisioning even more Cricut parties gang!!!
And for those of you who JUST fell in love with the new Gypsy... there's a new sheriff in town who donated two to be given away. Check out Cutting Above, a new crafting blog that is apparently ready to take the crafting world by storm (you don't donate two brand new Gypsies unless you're gettin ready to blow) and get the details on how to win one! Good luck to everyone! ;)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
This is Nail-Aid's Pink Natural Growth Therapy base coat with OPI's Tangerine Scene (2 coats), Konad Special polish in black with tiger image from disc M57 and a Seche Vite topcoat.
While my nails are in bad shape right now... they look so much better WITH a Konadicure than without! :)
Here's a little black/orange Halloween bonus (cuz I'm all about the Halloween!): Same polish combos done with Konad Halloween image disc M13. Sweet!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here's the letter from Kelly Clarkson's blog:
What happened to you as a child?? Did you not get hugged enough?? Something must have happened to make you this way and I think we’re all just curious as to what would make a grown man go on national television and make a talented artist, let alone teenager, feel like shit. I mean, I’ve seen you do some pretty shitty things, but you just keep amazing me with your tactless, asshole ways. It’s absolutely fascinating how much I don’t like you. I like everyone. I even like my asshole ex that cheated on me over you…which is pretty odd since I don’t even personally know you. The best part of this evening is that you weren’t even up for THIS award and yet you still have a problem with the outcome. Is winning a moon man that much of a life goal?? You can have mine if it will shut you up. Is it that important, really??
I was actually nominated in the same category that Taylor won and I was excited for her…so why can’t you be?? I’m not even mad at you for being an asshole…I just pity you because you’re a sad human being.
On a side note, Beyonce has always been a class act and proved again tonight that she still is. Go TEXAS!!
Taylor Swift, you outsell him ….that’s why he’s bitter. You know I love your work! Keep it up girl!
Ms. Clarkson... I totally agree with you! At least I got something from experiencing my cheating ex... I got self sufficiency and self worth. Even you got some kick-butt lyrics. I got nothing from watching this grown man steal this little girl's candy, but sadness, anger and (even more than anything)....pity.
Raw Cacao Chip Ice Cream
2 Cups raw organic cashews (soaked overnight)
1/2 Cup agave nectar
1 Cup coconut water
1/2 Cup coconut oil/butter
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp mesquite powder
1-2 Tbsp cacao nibs (real chocolate chips! Yay!)
In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients (leaving out the cacao nibs... add nibs the last five minutes in the ice cream maker) until the mixture is smooth. Place mixture in the freezer to get nice and chilled through (about an hour) but not frozen. Remove from freezer and complete in an ice cream maker using manufacturer's instructions. This stuff is amazing because not only is it SOOO FREAKIN YUMMY, but it's also soooo much better for you! It's not super rich, and in my opinion, tastes better than anything you can buy in a store! :) Happy snacking on this one.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 Bell peppers, tops and ribs removed
1 Cup organic wild rice soaked for three days (change water twice a day)
1 Cup grated cabbage
1/3 Cup diced parsnip (remove the brown outer skin so it will look like rice)
1/3 Cup chopped onion
1/3 Cup Chopped bell pepper
1/2 Cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic pressed
2 Tbsp liquid aminos
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp raw organic apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp stone ground mustard
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 Cup nutritional yeast (will act as a binder for the stuffing and will give it a wonderful "cheezy" flavor)
1 Cup chopped spinach (optional)
Set the four prepared bell peppers aside. Combine remaining ingredients to make stuffing and fill the prepared peppers. Serve. ** If the peppers to stuff are large, the recipe may need to be doubled.
Cheezy Chips (requires a food dehydrator)
6 Parsnips sliced thin using food processor or mandoline, be sure brown outer skin is removed
1/2 Cup raw organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 Cup liquid aminos
1/3 Cup nutritional yeast in a shallow bowl
Large storage bowl with lid
Combine vinegar and liquid aminos and sliced parsnips into the storage bowl. Be sure to stir so that each slice is covered in liquid. Attach lid and marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, shaking the sealed bowl after 10 minutes. Dip each slice into the yeast to coat both sides and place on dehydrator rack. Dehydrate for 10 hours at 105 degrees.
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Anything from the Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Monster Mash of course
- Ghost Busters
- The entire Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
- That Old Black Magic
- Witchcraft.... CLASSIC
CANDY GIVING - aside from the GREAT creepy sound clip cd's (creeking doors, witches laughing, etc.) there are some really great instrumental Halloween cd's that'll conjure memories and make all the ghoulies smile.
- Charlie Brown Theme
- Twilight Zone Theme
- Jaws Theme (this one makes me laugh... hard!)
- Psycho soundtrack
- Friday the 13th soundtrack
- Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack
- The Omen Soundtrack
- The Exorcist - Theme from Tubular Bells
THE PRIVATE COLLECTION - these are just my favorite artists.... honestly, I listen to some of them year round. but they make Halloween feel like Halloween. Their music is incredible!
- Sarah Brightman - her voice is beautiful, amazing and often eerie.
- Nox Arcana - music with haunting sound effects. Beautiful and scary at the same time.... my Halloween staple! It's not Halloween without Nox Arcana!
- Mediaeval Baebes - voices combined with percussion mainly... different and wonderful!
- Haggard - German band with the most amazing music! This one is a MUST LISTEN! Scary, beautiful and something you've never heard before! It's like metal and classical, thrash and symphony... even that description isn't right!
- Midnight Syndicate - I am listening to the Vampyre album right this second (and The 13th Hour is set to play next... LOL). They are my all time Halloween favorite! :)
This is pretty much what you'll find me listening to until Christmas! hahahahaha!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This project is an easy one, just make sure to glue, glue and glue some more. Elmer's glue is your friend... it dries clear. Hot glue is your friend... it can be removed if needed. Super glue is your friend...because let's face it, there's nothing more helpful when completing a project than gluing your fingers together! HA!
Spooky Tree Centerpiece
Hot glue gun with glue sticks
Elmer's Glue (A LOT OF ELMER'S GLUE)
Floral Arrangement Foam
Floral Arrangement anchors/pins
Silk Flowers of your choice
A Base of some sort... bowl shaped works the best. I used a $1 plastic cauldron that I got at the dollar store and filled the bottom 1/3 with rocks to weigh it down. I then packed the floral arrangement foam on top with A LOT of Elmer's glue. I mean I packed that cauldron tight, so when I secured the metal tree... that sucker stayed! Explanation in detail below.
Various Halloween ornaments (spiders, bats, jack-o-lanterns
Ribbon (I used ribbon with traditional Halloween colors.)
Candle holder/candle optional
BEFORE beginning your project, and before removing price tags, lay out everything that you intend to use and pre-arrange everything. Make sure that everything will fit in your arrangement BEFORE gluing or securing anything. I purchased a 3" x 4" R.I.P. grave stone ornament to place behind the skull, but it didn't fit. Luckily I didn't remove any tags and will be returning it to Michaels tomorrow.
Getting Started: Make sure that the base is heavier than any other component. My cauldron was plastic and the tree is powder coated metal. If I didn't weigh the cauldron down with rocks, once the centerpiece was completed, the heavier tree would make it top heavy and could tip the centerpiece. Ensuring that the base is heavy will make for a much more stable project. To weigh my cauldron down, I went out into my yard and filled the cauldron 1/3 full of crushed granite landscape rocks. I then added about 1/3 cup Elmer's glue and stirred to be sure the glue coated the rocks. You do not need to let the glue dry. I then cut up the floral arrangement foam into miscellaneous, odd shaped chunks (because of the size of the cauldron, my chunks were about 2" x 2") and added them to the cauldron. I would add two handfuls, add a layer of Elmer's glue, gently mix the foam and glue together (be sure not to disturb the glue coated rocks below), pack it down and add some more foam, more glue, pack it down... continue the process until your base is fully packed. Again, do not let glue dry. Cover the surface of the packed foam with Elmer's and cover entire surface with moss. Do not let dry. Finally, complete your arrangement. I started with securing the tree using floral arrangement pins. I then hot glued the skull and then the silk flowers. My last step was securing the candle tray. Not including the shopping, the project took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete and cost me about $35 (would have been less if I would have waited for the sale next week... cuz I'm so patient! HA!).
If you do give this one a try... PLEASE let me know how it turns out. A nice fall theme alternative is to use a wood bowl in place of the cauldron, a bundle of dried wood branches in place of the tree, fall leaves in place of the silk flowers, and various fall themed ornaments like pumpkins and scarecrows, etc. If including a candle, be sure to ask your local craft store for metal "wood branches" and metal base for safety.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- 1 serving asian sticky rice
- Bean Sprouts (carrots are a great and colorful alternative)
- Avocado sliced into strips
- Cucumber peeled and sliced into strips
- Imitation crab sliced into strips
- DEHYDRATED Nori Sheets (because they are better for you than the toasted sheets)
- Wasabi paste (optional... super spicy)
- Fresh sliced ginger root (optional.... and tastes yummy!)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Based on her needs (wanting to tone up and get in shape), my answer is YES! But why spend the money? Think of all the things in this life we invest in. We invest in cars, homes, other people. I don't understand why people think it crazy to invest in yourself. Most of the things we invest in are replaceable...our health is not. But this takes me to another question: how serious are you to get fit and tone? To lose weight? In all walks of life we pay professionals to do what we could do on our own....why? We could sell our own home, but we hire realtors. We could file our own paperwork for divorce, but we hire attorneys. We could do or learn to do our own oil changes, but we hire mechanics. I know the answer to this. It's because a professional (in most cases) can get the job done quickly, efficiently and most importantly: correctly. I cannot seem to grasp, in my own mind, why building our bodies should be any different.
Again, how serious are you? Where does your motivation lie? Every athlete has a coach. People who are genetically predisposed to perfect fitness, perfect form and get PAID (millions) to be that way have coaches. Come on! These people are fitness experts in their own right....THEY have trainers. What makes anyone believe that we are any less important or that our own fitness goals are any less important. The great news is we do not get paid to be in shape. And unlike the professional athletes, we do not have to pay a trainer for the rest of our career lives. We only pay them until we reach our goals and learn what we need to learn to maintain. It's a very short term investment and in my opinion, the best investment you can make.
FYI...personal training does not have to be terribly expensive. I just read a great article in Bella Online called Hiring A Personal Trainer that has really good information and a couple of tips on keeping the personal training from breaking your bank. Another good article I read recently was written by a personal trainer and might help you decide how you are motivated: Training Psychology and The Old Saying No Pain, No Gain. Good luck to everyone and I wish you all happiness and health. Here is the link to SmashFit.com... be sure to tell Heather FitterTwit sent you! ;) She's expecting you!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I left the farmer's market the other day with a LOAD of goodies that included cucumbers, green onions, celery, bean sprouts, zucchini, garlic and red peppers. They were beautiful but visibly ripe which meant that I needed to use them THAT DAY (but that also meant that I saved a ton of money and got some pretty good bang for my buck... some of this haul will be going in the freezer! Another excuse to use my favorite kitchen gadget... the food saver). No problem! I swung by my local asian food store and picked up some fresh Pad Tai noodles, some garlic/chili paste and some nama shoyu (raw, unprocessed soy sauce). I would have dinner on the table in 20 minutes! That's the beauty of vegetables... they are the best when eaten raw and can really make a meal in 20 minutes. Here's my pad tai creation ala farmer's market. It required very little cooking and while this dinner didn't include meat, grilled chicken can easily be cut up and added at the end.
Danielle's Farmer's Market Delight
1 Cup rice noodles (I used freshly made pad tai noodles from my local asian market)
1/4 Cup hot water
3 cloves pressed/minced garlic
1 Cup rough chopped zucchini
1 Cup rough chopped cucumber
1/2 Cup rough chopped red bell pepper
1/2 Cup diagonally sliced green onion
1/2 Cup diagonally sliced celery
1 Heaping Cup bean sprouts
1 Tbsp Nama Shoyu or to taste
1 tsp Asian Garlic/Chili sauce or to taste (very spicy)
Prepare noodles by package instructions and remove from heat. Combine remaining ingredients, mix well... serve. This really could not be easier! :) A quick tip... ANY vegetable that you want to use in this dish works. This is one of those recipes you can have fun with...the more colorful the better. Also, the bean sprouts (in my opinion) MAKE this dish. They are very similar in texture to noodles (with a pleasant crunch), so if you wanted to omit the rice noodles all together, this dish would be raw and still very delicious.