I am pretty sure my motto as of late is put a salad on it. Most everything I make I want to combine both cooked and raw food. This pizza was a delicious example of the perfect marriage between cooked and raw food.
The pizza dough is a cauliflower crust which I found here.
The recipe was very easy, but I did change it up a tiny bit. Instead of using garlic powder I used fresh garlic, and instead of using dried oregano I used fresh basil from my little herb garden. The crust itself was out of this world delicious, and by far one of the best cauliflower crusts I’ve made so far. It almost tasted like a little bit like a quiche because of the egg and the cheese mix in the crust.
For the toppings I first put thinly sliced tomatoes, a small bit of swiss chard and some mozzarella. I cooked it according to the crust directions.
For the top I used:
All of these ingredients I added after cooking, and mmmm mmmm it was good!
I do regret not putting some olive oil and vinegar on top of it, but otherwise it was totally delicious. It is similar to my quesodilla but even better because there are no carbs involved and it is extremely filling.
So like most people I am wary of hanging anything that might be thought of as a “permanent” fixture in my apartment. Because like most people I don’t think of my apartment as my permanent living quarters. It’s more of a means to an end, a place to live until I have reached the next part of my life…where ever that takes me!
Either way, just because I live in an impermanent space for however long it may be, doesn’t mean that I don’t want to make it look like a permanent space. So the issue I ran into was hanging curtains. I have these beautiful wooden panels in my bedroom that I dare not put holes in, and in my living room I had a similar issue. I scoured the internet for ideas, and found some people said you could get those hooks from 3m and utilize them instead of the alternative. I loved the simple and cheap idea especially since they make them in a large enough size to hold a curtain rod.
As for curtain rods, I was having an issue finding some that would work. I ordered some from a site off of Amazon, but their customer service was terrible. They were out of the rods I ordered and didn’t tell me until I asked about it a month later at which time they told me they were out and I could either wait for an indefinite amount of time or cancel. So I canceled. I wanted something cheap at this point so I went to Ace Hardware and got some simple white tension rods for $10. So my set up would be very simple. But I could see how someone could make this set up really fancy with some metallic spray paint. But since my room has a lot of different colors and other things going on, I wanted to be very simple so I just hung the white rods with the white hooks.
I also utilized the tension rod and hook method for a tapestry to hang over my door. And it works beautifully! I live in a very old building so I’ve had to find ways to plug up drafts. The best way I’ve found is hanging tapestries over key areas and I save on my electricity bill and my house stays much warmer.
I could definitely go on and on about living in an apartment and finding crafty practical ways to utilize space, but I’ll save that for another blog post!
As can be seen it’s really just very understated, nothing to be call attention to. I still have the option of one day making them fancier, but for now they do the job, and very well!
From plain and boring old white chair to awesome peacock blue refurbish!
I bought this white chair for $33.00 at a shop in Asheville, NC called The Regeneration Station. They are a great local shop, with awesome deals on really cool furniture and some other stuff.
I knew when I saw the chair that it would be an awesome addition to my bedroom, but not in white. I had seen a DIY somewhere a while back about painting a chair so I decided to try it out myself. The DIY I found was good, but it involved what I thought were unnecessary items for a simple project like this. Because I am very familiar with paint, especially acrylic I thought I could come up with a more simple way of doing it.
Spray bottle full of water. You will have to keep filling the spray bottle because you will need a LOT of water.
Mix some acrylic paint with a cup of water. I decided to do mine in layers, so my first layer was a greenish color that I diluted in some water to the consistency of watercolor paint.
You will want to do the fabric in sections. Keep in mind one section at a time, don’t go into it with the idea of painting it all at once, otherwise the color will be weird and inconsistent. I suggest experimenting with the underside of the cushion or a pillow before you dive into the larger project.
One section at a time spray the water onto the fabric you want to paint. Be sure the surface is very wet, and then start by spreading the watered down paint mixture over the surface. Be sure it’s spreading evenly, so you can use your hands to make sure it spreads the way you want it to after the paint is applied. One thing I noticed as I went is at first the thicker paint would settle at the bottom of the glass of water so you want to be sure you aren’t getting a lot of that on the brush otherwise it’ll stain unevenly.
Another thing to note is that the first couple of layers look weird and maybe even splotchy. Do not worry about that. The more layers you do the better it will look.
I did about three or so layers of the greenish paint before I added more blue and some purple to the mix. I then put four or so more layers on top of the green with the bluish mix and it made a beautiful jewel toned color.
Keep in mind the whole time that you are essentially dying the fabric of the chair, so many layers are needed. I let each layer dry before adding more paint so I could ensure that the application of the paint was even. So I admit it took a few days before it was right.
So that’s pretty much it. A few things to note:
The paint will not make the chair stiff because it is too thin of a consistency to do that. If you use acrylic paint it will not come off on your clothing even if you get it wet later. Paint as many coats as necessary to achieve the color you want, the more coats of paint the better your chair will look. Make sure to watch for the fabric dripping while you work. If it does drip down a part of the fabric you aren’t working on at the time be sure to spray that part of the fabric with the water immediately to avoid streaking. Otherwise have fun, and be patient!
I have had this really fugly table for a long time that just needed a little work to make it pop. So I decided to take some stained glass pieces and old plates I got from the thrift store and make my own DIY mosaic table!
-A surface to lay the mosaic on
-Broken glass pieces
-judikins diamond glaze
-grout float (or something to get the grout between the glass, I used a ceramics tool I already had to save money)
-glaze to seal the mosaic in
What made it easiest for me was taking all of my colors of stained glass and different plates and separating them into colors then I started laying them on the table. For me this project took days because I didn’t like the way I laid it out at first, so I kept doing it over and over again until I found a way that looked really nice.
Start putting your glass up on your table. You can either do random colors, or a design. I went with more random as I wanted it to be more rainbow than anything.
Next start you have to glue each and every piece onto the surface, allow to dry over night.
After the glue has thoroughly dried mix the grout according to the directions.
Evenly push all of the grout into the empty spaces. Wet the cloth and be sure to wipe away ALL of the access grout. It can be really hard to clean after it dries.
Wait 24 hours and then use the glaze over top to seal it.
And voila you have an awesome new table!
Today I made my first miniature fairy garden. I took a fairy door, some moss I found in the forest, and a couple of small pants with a miniature butterfly ball on a pillar and put them in a pot today, along with a few rocks as accents. I decided since the place I’m moving into in a couple of months doesn’t have any outdoor space I would bring the outdoor in by making a little one pot minigarden or miniworld, along with a few terrariums I’m making.—