Soul Food Sunday

Basil Pea Pasta

This is so easy peasy and takes a total of 30 minutes including cooking the pasta!! Super easy and delicious. My boyfriend hates pretty much everything in this meal but when I cooked it together for him, he said it was the best pasta ever! I kid you not. Such a great combo and it feels nice and light for a summer night!

Things You Will Need:

  • 3 Heaping TBSP of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 TBSP of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup pf Graded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Peas
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 1 TSP of Italian Seasoning
  • Pasta for Two

Saute ingredients in a large size pan on low heat starting with coconut oil, fresh basil, garlic, salt, pepper,and Italian seasoning. Mix for about 2-3 minutes. Throw in cooked pasta, cheese and peas. Mix for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Soak Up Saturday

Before and After: Painting Your Cabinets White

It has been a wild past few weeks. As some may know, I have been in renovation mode with my house. First project for me was to work on the cabinets of my new home. I had a little more work cut out for me than I realized. Definitely some great features to the cabinets but also not so great.

Let’s start with not so great; They were super dirty with oil/grease that has been collecting since the 70’s. I kid you not, these cabinets needed to be replaced or in need of a serious makeover. They were gross! The shelves were layered with 3 different contact papers starting with flowers peeling away to brown checkered to the classic orange from ’67 (The year the house was built in.)

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PHASE ONE: Cleaning. Sanding. Removing Doors and Drawers.

Do not think for one second this is an easy project. Its not something you can get done in one day. Make sure you have a handful of days to work on this depending on how many cabinets you have. Start by taking all the cabinet doors and drawers off. Use an electric sander to sand off the flat surfaces. I hand sanded any curves or areas that were difficult to reach with regular paper. This alone took me a week!

Make sure you sand with a pal!
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PHASE TWO: Painting

Week 2 was all painting. I did about 3-4 coats with a paint brush and all by hand. In doing this, it created a nice even texture. I like the lines the brush created. The first coat you can use a roller just to give everything an even coat. It makes it easier when you go back with a second coat.

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PHASE THREE: Hinges and Door Knobs

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I ended up getting all new hinges which made a huge difference and makes the cabinets feel new. As for the knobs, I liked the unique detail and design so I decided to spray paint them. When I did I felt the true design of the knob wasn’t as clear. So instead, I went back to the store and got SOS pads which made all the difference. Make sure you use a polish or wax to keep from rusting.

PHASE FOUR: The Finish Product

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It’s just so clean and fresh now! I can’t wait to repaint these walls, get the flooring done and some furniture in! What a bright and happy kitchen!

I did have a few issues with putting the cabinets back on so I will update you in a future post coming soon!

Do It Tuesday

DIY Beach Anklets

It’s summer! Time to hit the beach! I decided I wanted to make some chunky anklets to wear when I go barefoot. These are super easy and fun to create.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Beads (enough to fit around one ankle)
  • Bead Stringing Wire (.30mm)
  • Toggle Clasps (the circle part only)
  • Crimp Beads
  • Tulle or sheer thick ribbon
  • Pliers

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First, just simply string on the beads with the wire. Add the circle part of the toggle clasp on each end with a crimp bead. String through the ribbon. Slide your foot through and tie a bow in the back! Super cute and easy!

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Photography: Anthony Bergeron

Director/Photography: Angela Lavelle

Do It Tuesday

DIY Children’s Storybook

Use this DIY for a artistic children’s book or something fun and different for your coffee table!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Watercolors
  • Card Stock Paper
  • Scissors
  • Detail Scissors and or Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon or Tape for Binding
  • Sewing Machine (Optional)

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Start by writing down the plot to a story and then simplify it! In this example, I chose Alice in Wonderland.  To learn how to make your own craft paper view my video. (CLICK)
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IMG_5989-1-1024x768Begin diving into your craft paper by cutting out different shapes and objects to create scenes from the story.
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Glue your papers down as you figure out what you want on each page. I used hot glue for a sturdier hold.

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Draw your characters and color them in. I cut the characters out and used a normal glue stick on white cardstock, then placed them in scene.
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Use a thick piece of cardboard or another material that is thick enough to be your hardback cover.

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Place each page in order like you would see in a book, with pages 1 and 2 facing down together and 3 and 4 doing the same, then so on. Using the tape or ribbon, hot glue it on the outside inner edges where the spine will be. Do the same to all pages. Hot glue the front cover to the back of page 1, and the back cover to the back of the last page. Easy binding!

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Makeover Monday

5 Boho Dapper Looks for Summer Nights

Last fall I was department head of hair and makeup for a feature film, Toby Goes To Camp. It’s about a white bangle tiger that goes to a performing arts camp in the summer. Cute right? For the film I created 5 boho dapper looks that could easily be worn out at night in the city! Which look would you like to see turned into a tutorial DIY video? Comment below and I will make a video for you!

Like the hair pieces? I made them! DIY coming soon!