It’s nearing summer, which means sunglasses are no longer a fashion statement but a necessity. But let’s not let the personal style go. I picked up a pair of bedazzled shades in Mesa’s The Goods Store and decided to use a little inspiration to jazz up my own pair (and an equally necessary carrying case) by adding a healthy dose of cabochons, which can found in many stores on Etsy and at local crafty spots including SAS.
Learn how I made them at my post over at the Phoenix New Times Jackalope Ranch blog post: Sunglasses, Restyled (Case Included)
I have a new weekly feature at The Phoenix New Times Chow Bella called Food & Ink. I am eating and drinking and doing a drawing about it. Every single day for the next year.
Check it out Every Friday. Here is this weeks installment: Ribs and a Gin & Tonic at Hillstone
I will also place the individual drawings into my flickr set: Food & Ink
You know how sometimes when you pick up your laundry from the cleaners there is something that belongs to someone else stuck in the middle. And you intended to return it once you discovered the error but you kept forgetting to take it with you. Then a month went by and you thought about how embarrassed you were to return it and that they had probably paid the person for the missing shirt already so why bother. You have the guilty evidence hanging, still in the bag, in your closet and ask what should be done with it?
How about dyeing it to hide it’s original identity and then turning it into a mini-dress to wear with leggings.
Learn more about how to hide your theft from my piece at The Phoenix New Times Jackalope Ranch: A Man’s Dress Shirt, Restyled
The “loss of the book” debate continues and after a discussion about it a recent Jackalope Ranch meeting this Thrifty Maker had to reveal a recent gift received. After a friend’s father became too blind, at 86 years old, to use his Kindle it was passed on to me. As the debate continues, reading will go on in both print and electronic formats. However, for those who fear the wrath of the die-hard old school print version readers why not make a Kindle Cozy to hide what your really up to?
Learn how to cover your Kindle from my piece at the Phoenix New Times Jackalope Ranch blog: Kindle Cozy: Hide Your Electronic Reader
Happy St. Patrick Day – I made Irish Soda Bread.
Okay, so soda bread came long after Saint Patrick. Bicarbonate of soda arrived on the scene in the mid 1840′s as a leavening agent and was used in Ireland to work with the wheat grown there. Whatever, who needs the details of St. Patrick anyway. This bread is to soak up all the beer in your belly on the biggest beer drinking day of the year. Spend your money on the brew and get thrifty on the bread by baking a loaf yourself.
Logan Real is getting all the love these days from Hollywood A-listers and fahsionistas. He’s also made a splash at Art Basel Miami. What is all the raving about? He is mixing up 1980s inspired shapes and colors with leather bags, personal organizers, wallets and sneakers.
He’s on everyone’s list (meaning his goods already cost more then a couple months rent), so why not just rip his style off, err use him for inspiration and make some 80′s style painted leather goods yourself?
Learn how to make a Logan Real inspired leather case from my piece over at the Phoenix New Times Jackalope Ranch blog: Style Inspired: Painted Leather Goods à la Logan Real
Today I am baking bread and sipping tea. I made homemade delicious caramel tea – yum! It is made with candy caramels, milk and black tea. For the complete tutorial visit mu piece at The Phoenix New Times Chow Bella blog: Caramel Tea
Old vintage canning jars can be found at yard sales and thrift stores and they look cool but what do you do with them once you get them home? For the black thumbs who can’t keep a plant alive, a terrarium is a perfect place to let living things in.
Terrariums a virtually no maintenance and is simple to build. If you have any open or closed glass container you are ready to start building.
(You can even ask the pet supply store staff if they have any plants that are browning and may not look great in an aquarium but could be priced at half off and would work perfectly for a terrarium.)
Learn how to build a terrarium from my piece over at the Phoenix New Times Jackalope Ranch blog: Restyled: Vintage Canning Jar into a Terrarium
The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition that involves a bread type cake, a small plastic baby, and a party. Legend says the King Cake has a small plastic baby hidden inside and the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party. This recipe offers thriftiness because it makes two loaves, enough to freeze and save for later. It is a labor of love but well worth the all day process and since most of the ingredients are in your pantry, it’s a lot cheaper to make a King Cake for Mardi Gras then to rush out and buy one.
Learn how to make a Mardi Gras King Cake from my piece at The Phoenix New Times Chow Bella blog post: Mardi Gras King Cake