Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Modern Pysanky Inspired Rose Nail Art

Do you have any Easter traditions you’ve celebrated since you were little?

One that my family does together every year is the making of psanky eggs. Well, we try. Most of us create very basic designs, since we didn’t plan them out months in advanced like you are supposed to…..but it’s the thought that counts, right?


And one of my favorite symbols to create is the “rose”.  Many of the psanky egg decorations and symbols have meanings, and the “rose” is often associated with love or caring. The rose is often depicted with sharp, pointy diamonds arranged together to create the flower. The shape is very similar to some of the nail art glitter I have, so I thought, why not try a more modern version?

While they were ridiculously time intensive, trying to get the glitter placement just right and all, I thought the look overall, was pretty neat. Not my absolute favorite look ever, and certainly not the worst look for Easter, but I’m still glad I tried it.

I used some of my Princess Glamour “April Showers” as the glittery base to attach the tiny diamond glitter’s to the nail with, and boy is it sparkly. Here’s a blurred shot where you can see a lot more of the sparkle:

It's so SPARKLY! 

What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Etsy Treasury Tuesday: Getting Ready for Easter

Today is another installment of Etsy Treasury Tuesday, where we ooh and ahhh over some of the beautiful items up for sale on Etsy! This week was all about getting ready for the big Easter weekend coming up.

Since my normal Treasury link tool is having some technical difficulties at the moment, I'm trying an alternative route to sharing. But don't worry, you can see all of the details about each and every item in this treasury by clicking here to go straight to the treasury on Etsy.

How do you incorporate bright spring colors in your home?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Recipe Review: Chocolate Hazelnut Tart {Paleo / Gluten Free / Raw / Vegan}

Ohhh sweet tooth of mine….how I hate you sometimes. You get me searching for delicious desserts far too often. And it’s not like it makes it easy! No, no! It has to be a paleo friendly, gluten and dairy free dessert. 

And something that isn't going to take all afternoon in the kitchen to make.

I often curse in the general direction of my sweet tooth.

But then, there are rare moments when it brings me fabulous finds. Like THIS recipe I tried out by Our Paleo Life. Kendra was awesome enough to share her recipe for everyone to enjoy.

And enjoy it I did!

Honestly, I don’t have many changes to the recipe, I think it’s brilliant as is, but here are my notes on it:
  • I honestly misread the directions, and did not in fact heat anything. Except the coconut oil (to liquefy). I just mixed the crust ingredients, formed the crusts, and then reused the bowl for the wet/filling ingredients, and filled the tart crusts. Ooooopps.
  • I didn’t have any berries around (though I think raspberries would be DELICIOUS next time around) to garnish with.
  • I only had mine sit in the fridge for about 3 hours before trying them, and they were perfect.
  • I had some leftover coconut milk in the fridge already, and it was cold, not sure if that’s a factor or not, but worth mentioning all the same.
  • I used two different containers to let the tarts set in. I went out and got the large foil tin wrapper things, and I used two silicone regular sized muffin liners. I wanted to see which worked better. And you know what? They both worked fine, but….
  • I noticed, using the foil, it was harder to build up a sturdier and even crust. And if you used the standard sized silicone muffin tin liner thing-a-ma-jigs, you’ll need to make a tad extra crust, or be willing to eat the extra filling….guess which one I did!

Needless to say, you need to go and Pin her recipe…. Then print it out, and put the ingredients on your weekend shopping list. This recipe is that good. I promise.