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  • InCrafts, DIY

    A Day At The Races: DIY Fascinator



    A DAY at the races WP

    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend my 1st horse race at the prestigious Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY. Twenty five NYC-based bloggers (including my fashion forward homie, Esta) loaded up a coach bus and took a day trip courtesy of America’s Best Racing for a day of fashion, glamour and horse racing. It was a promising day indeed.

    I am not the biggest gambler or fashionista but I could not let the opportunity to make my own “fancy hat” slip past me. There is always time for DIY!

    I wanted challenge myself I decided to make my own fascinator with only materials I already had in my possession. No trips to the art store, fabric store, or home depot. SIGH.

    20150806_211114Yarn, a head band, galvanized wire, craft paper, adhesive (to secure the wire to the plate), faux flowers and a paper plate. DASSIT!

    Due to time restrictions I couldn’t take individual pictures of the process.

    First I took the green craft paper and cut it to fit the top of the plate. I used my exacto knife to cut two slits into the paper plate. Yarn was used to weave the headband to the paper plate. Once the plate was fastened with yarn (and a little adhesive for extra security) I took the galvanized wire (which is sturdy yet flexible) and poked holes through the plate, bent the tips and used more adhesive to keep it in place. After the foundation was built I used yarn to wrap the wire so it can have the appearance of branches. Lastly, I took the ivy leaves and roses to decorate the rest of the fascinator!

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    Ta-da!20150808_151256I had to ditch my work gloves for the day and get snazzy. This is actually my favorite dress.

    To see more AVentures from the day including how I won my 1st horse race check out the video below!

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    Easter Craftapalooza

    Easter is coming and it is a great time for crafts! Great weather, bright colors, and down time because of the holiday. Here are two awesome crafts that you can do by yourself or with the kids. 

    Rainbow Waffles- All you need is your traditional waffle batter ingredients (you can use a store bought mix to save time) and food coloring!

    • 2 cups of all purpose flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon of Baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons of sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 3/4 cup milk 
    • 1/2 cup of melted butter
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    • 1 pack of food coloring
    • 3-6 small bowls (this is to make the different colors)
    1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
    2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
    3. Divide your batter into your bowls and add food coloring.
    4. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron in your desired design/pattern. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately.

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    Don’t mind the blurry picture crumbsnatcher’s children’s hands are so fast!

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    Now you have red food coloring on your hands and syrup on your face. You need to take a shower well good thing you have some Easter egg soap! Oh, you don’t? Let’s change that.

    What you need

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    • A large heat resistant measuring cup (Pyrex is good)
    • A Microwave or double boiler
    • A sharp knife
    • Melt and pour soap base (you can find this at your local arts and craft supply store)
    • Scent of your choice (you can use essential oil or a fragrance oil from the same arts and craft store)
    • Color (DO NOT use food coloring. Why? Soap isn’t food. You can look up natural alternatives like paprika or soap approved color from you guessed it the arts and craft store)
    • A spoon for mixing the base
    • Soap making mold or a silicone candy making mold
    • Any additive you would like (i.e Orange zest, herbs, oatmeal)

    Color and scent are completely optional but it is so much fun!

    You need to find out how much soap is needed to fill your molds. I  do this by filling the mold with water and then pouring the contents into a measuring cup.

    1. You can melt the base in a double boiler or the microwave. If you choose the microwave, cover the pyrex bowl you are melting the soap with plastic wrap to keep the excess moisture from evaporating out. Cut base in smaller pieces for quicker melting then simply microwave on high for one minute. If not melted stir with a spoon and put back into the microwave.
    2. If you add fragrance oil and/or color, add it after the base is fully melted. Stir until the fragrance is fully incorporated.
    3. If you are adding additives (say that 3 times fast) put in the mold before you pour in the soap so it can be on top. Pour your soap into the mold.
    4. Let your soap harden after a few hours and it will be ready to use. Enjoy your soap!

    Here is a quick video of the tutorial. DIY Soap: So fresh, So clean.

    If you live or visiting NYC we currently have “The Big Egg Hunt,” which is huge Fabergé eggs hidden throughout the 5 boroughs for wanderers to find and possibly win prizes. Although it may be too late to enter the contest all all the eggs will be placed in Rockefeller Center until Friday, April 25. Good place to check out.  Find out more here. Visit http://thebigegghunt.org. Here are some I found throughout my travels.

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    Happy Easter!

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    Computer Love

    Remember when you sent your true love a message in a bottle and lived happily every after? Well I am not sure if that ever happened but it is a nice thought.  What you can do now is send a digital message in a bottle. Super cute and inexpensive for Valentine’s Day! If you have a spare USB drive and an empty bottle you are in luck

    What you need 

    A USB drive (upload pictures, playlists, poems, what every you want your message to be)

    An empty jar (I used a glass spice jar)

    small decorations (seashells, flowers, etc)

    Hand written love notes, keep a little bit of tradition

    If you don’t have the cap you can use a square of fabric and some twine.

    Check out the video to see what to do once you have your stuff!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Sweet ‘N Low: 14 Budget Friendly Ideas For Valentine’s Day

    Seven days… Seven days… Seven days… 

    Until VDAY!!!!!

    Remember that movie The Ring? Could you imagine if your significant other crawled through your television because you got them a horrible Valentine’s Day gift?

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    Not cool…

    You want something nice for your love muffin (do we still say love muffin?) but you are low on cash? Here are some ideas that will leave your partner and your pockets feeling the love.

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    1) Can’t get the exact words out? These cards from AllyElle will say it all. Everyone deserves to be loved like how Kanye loves himself.

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    2) Sweets for your sweeties. These adorable donut shaped wax melts from Tictacwax.com look good enough to eat!

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    3) Speaking of goodies to eat… Nothing says “I love you” more than Ice cream.  I was introduced to eCreamery  when I saw them on the show Shark Tank. Can’t go wrong with custom ice cream. I created my own and yes as you read this I want you to sing, My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard. 

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    4) Bring homemade cookies or brownies to his office with a simple love or sexy note of what is waiting when he gets home. Oooh la la.

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    5) Are you free year 2098 AD around noon? If so let’s grab some coffee. These futuristic mugs will hold her heart forever.

    6) If you have a way with words write a poem and frame it!

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    7) Make Handmade Vouchers.  Giving the gift of experience is a creative and personal present that your partner would enjoy. Write out vouchers for anything from a massage to a romantic dance. Another good option is to offer an IOU for a chore your partner dislikes to do.

    8) Make something together you can bake a cake or get even book a pottery class. It may not be as sexy as the movie Ghost but it will be fun and you’ll have some ashtray/vase (Vastray) looking ceramic.

    9) Have a spa day right in your own home. Pour your favorite bubbles in the tub, break out your favorite bubbly and enjoy!

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    10) Have an indoor picnic.  Cook a nice meal from scratch. If you never do any cooking, make a special effort sometime this weekend to cook up something nice.  For dessert, make your own chocolate covered strawberries. Don’t forget the wine and candles!

    11) Have a scavenger hunt. Write a few poems, wrap candy kisses inside, and hide them around the house. Each poem should be a clue to finding the next one. Make sure the final clue lands your mate someplace you want to end up for the entire evening. A romance package, including a bottle of champagne and new lingerie, is a nice touch.

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    12) Mix Tapes! Now back in the day you would actually have to make a physical tape the gesture is cute but outdated. Now you can go to a website like grooveshark.com, build your own playlist and send to your honey. 

    13) Make a love jar. Get an ordinary jar fill it up with “love notes” written on strips of colored paper. you can even add some glitter (or candy) to it It will look pretty from the outside.  What do you love about them? Write that down it could be as sweet or as silly as you want. I love that you don’t steal all the covers. 

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    14) Exercise together.  Go running, hiking, take a yoga class, salsa dancing. Plenty of gyms/recreational centers have day passes. Get your blood flow going, all those endorphins pumping through your veins will pay off and if it leads to other things… you are welcome.

    What ever idea(s) you choose make sure plenty of hugs and kisses go with it. Those are free!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    ~A.V.