Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cereal box to pretty file

I needed some boxes to file some paperwork into and was going to just go out and buy some when I realised how easy it would be to convert a few cereal boxes into what I wanted.

I am happy with how they turned out. I needed some file boxes like this so I could keep track of certain paper work. I didn't worry about the inside of the box since they wont be seen once there is paper in there.

They started off like this:

Then it was just a matter of cutting them to how I wanted. The 3 cereal boxes had the top flaps cut off and  I cut down the front and back and one side to create one side lower than the front.
With the washing powder box I just cut the top off as I wanted that box to keep it's shape.

Next I just glued craft paper to the boxes in the colours I wanted. Each box is slightly different as they all have different purposes. I am yet to label them, but one was going to be bills to be paid, another business receipts, the washing powder box is for coupons and discounts and the last box is for things that need filing.

It was super easy to repurpose these boxes into something I needed and much cheaper than buying some filing boxes.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dreamcatcher tutorial

Last Christmas I made a dreamcatcher for each of my daughters. They selected the colours and beads, so they are not exactly how I would have chosen but they love them and they are not that hard to make.

Firstly, get your supplies together. You will need:
A ring whatever size you want the dreamcatcher to be
Other embellishments like bells and things if you wish

To start with glue one end of the ribbon to the ring, then wrap it around repeatedly to cover the entire ring. As you can see in the image below you wrap the ribbon on an angle.

Once you have covered the ring in your desired ribbon tie one end of the cotton to the top of the ring. You will be creating a spiderweb with the cotton throughout the middle of the dreamcatcher. It doesn't matter what length of cotton you start with as you can always tie more cotton into the dreamcatcher, so work with a length you are comfortable using.

With the cotton tied to one point, loop it under the ring with your finger between the cotton and the ring. Bring the cotton back over the top of the ring and slide it between your finger and the cotton. This is kind of like producing a look looped knot. Pull to tighten it, then repeat this process the whole way around the ring.

The reason I place my finger in the position is because it makes it easier to create even spaces with the cotton. Once you have gone around the entire ring you will be going around again, but instead of looping the cotton around the ring you will be sliding it between the middle of the cotton from the first time around the ring. So this time around the ring the cotton you are working with never touches the ring. As you go around and repeat this you will see a spiderweb pattern emerge.

When you are creating the spiderweb you can slide beads onto the cotton anywhere you like to add a prettier touch.

When you get to the middle of the web and there is nowhere to go get a bead and slide it onto the cotton, Knot the cotton around it to secure the center of the web and make it look nice instead of just being a knot in the middle.

Next you glue feathers on the dreamcatcher however you like. Cut some lengths of string and tie/glue feathers to them as well at varying lengths as you can see in the image above.

Finally, cut some ribbon as long as you like to glue at the top of the dream catcher. This is what you will use to hang the dreamcatcher and it covers up the original knot of the cotton web in the middle.

The most time consuming part is creating the web, but once you get into a rhythm it is quite easy.

Have you ever made a dream catcher?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

30 before 30

I attempted the 101 things in 1001 days but it didn't quite suit me. Yesterday I turned 27. That means 3 years until I am 30, so I thought I would do the 30 before 30 project. I have here 30 things I want to do before I am 30. Some of these come from my bucket list, a couple from my 101 list which I am still doing, but I really liked the idea of this because it will spur me on to tick things off my bucket list.

I'll post about each one as I complete it and link to that post here. Items crossed out have been done!

1.) Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef 
2.) See Uluru 
3.) Learn to surf -Got a voucher for free and did a 2 hour lesson at Manly. I now feel confident enough to hire a board and practice.
4.) Learn a form of dance fully - I have done 5 classes in one form, 3 classes in another and 2 in another. I need to pick one and complete at least 2 terms, or 20 twenty classes. I did 40 classes until I completely ruined my wrist, but I learnt 3 routines and feel very confident in the dance I chose.
5.) Climb Mt Kosiusko 
6.) Raise $10,000 for a charity - I haven't decided which one, but it might possibly be something to do with mental health since I have Borderline Personality Disorder.
7.) Shoot a gun - Did this in San Francisco in 2013. I am apparently a natural too, with good grouping and when we shot in the traps on my 4th shot I hit it.
8.) Ride a horse 
9.) Take our kids to see a waterfall - Went to Somersby Falls in 2013.
10.) Complete a book for each of my daughters with recipes, hints and things from me - This is something I wish I had from my mum. I have some of her recipes, she taught me to sew etc but if she had made a book like this before she passed away I would have loved it.
11.) Do a 365 Day gratitude project - I actually bought a 365 Day diary from Kikki.k to do this. Starting today I am writing in it one thing I am grateful for each day. Completed in 2013.
12.) Get a family photo done - This has been on my list of things to do forever.
13.) Write the book I really want - (Written it, now to publish!) - I have self published a cook book which is now an eBook - 26 Ingredients, I published 365 Ways To Make Money with John Wiley Australia but neither of these are the books I really want to write. 26 ingredients was a book I wanted to do, 365 Ways To Make Money I was approached to write, but I have 2 other books I really want to publish that are different.
14.) Couch to 5km run  and I ran a 5km, The Color Run in February 2014.
15.) Learn sign language - At different times in my life I have had a fair bit to do with deaf people and yet I still have not learned sign language properly. I am sick of this and really want to know how to carry a conversation properly.
16.) Finish my dream bedspread set.  Done, but now I am no longer really interested in it!
17.) Sell my current home and move to somewhere I WANT to live that ticks all the boxes. I got divorced, sold the home and moved back to Canberra.
18.) Sort out my will - This was done, but needs to be redone. And it needs to be redone again since moving and divorcing etc.
19.) Have a stylist session - I have had one with All Yours Styling and now know a lot more about what suits me etc. I want to spend a day shopping and having make-up/hair redone as well.
20.) Get my wisdom teeth removed - Dentist said not to.
21.) Do 101 random acts of kindness - I started this a little on my 101 things, but it sort of fell by the wayside. I am picking it up again.
22.) Make a ginger bread house 
23.) Fly kites with my kids 
24.) Camping trip 
25.) Finish my 2 ebooks 
26.) Have a white Christmas - Christmas in Australia is in the middle of summer and I long for a white Christmas.
27.) See whales in the wild - This is doable twice a year where I live apparently. Ok, about 1 hour from where I live but I am determined to do it.
28.) Read The Bible - I have been 'trying' to do this for way to long. I need to complete it already!
29.) Read the 30 books I have waiting to be read and apply what I learn 30/30
30.) Complete 1 more thing from my bucket list

Monday, April 9, 2012

Coconut Chicken Schnitzel

This version of chicken schnitzel has a slightly tropical flavor through the use of coconut, which makes this chicken schnitzel gluten free. Instead of being dry like traditional schnitzel, the coconut version is soft and moist. The schnitzel is also featured in my eBook 26 Ingredients.

500grams of chicken breast
1 egg, whisked
¾ cup desiccated coconut
2 Tablespoons oil

½ and iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 carrot, grated
60grams of cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
4 – 5 large slices of tinned beetroot

- Slice the chicken breast into 2cm wide strips.
 Preheat a frying pan to medium heat.
-  Place the whisked egg in one bowl and the desiccated coconut in another bowl.
-  Dip the chicken breast in the egg to coat it then dip the coated chicken in the coconut to cover it.
- Place the oil in the frying pan.
- Place the chicken strips in the frying pan side by side.
- Cook the chicken for 7 – 10minutes then turn to cook the other side. Each side should be golden brown.

Place the lettuce, carrot and cheese in a bowl.  Slice the beetroot into thin strips and place in the bowl. Toss the salad. Serve the salad with the chicken schnitzel strips.

Summer Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is fantastic anytime of the day and can be mixed with yoghurt, museli or served for dessert. This fruit salad combines tropical flavours to remind you of summer vacation.

440 gram tin of pineapple pieces, drained
2 nectarines
2 banana’s
3 passionfruit
2 tablespoons dessicated coconut (optional)

1.) Place the pineapple pieces in a bowl.
2.) Slice the nectarines thinly and remove pip. Place the nectarines in the bowl.
3.) Slice the banana’s thinly. Add them to the bowl.
4.) Slice the passion fruit in half and scoop the pulp into the bowl.
5.) Mix all the fruit together then sprinkle with the coconut if desired.

Optional extras: Other tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, watermelon and lychee’s make a great addition to this simple fruit salad.

Tinned pineapple is used in this recipe instead of fresh as there is more juice on pieces of drained, tinned pineapple than fresh.
Pineapple juice coats the banana pieces and slows the oxidization process, preventing them from turning brown and soft quickly.
If you do not have fresh passion fruit approximately 4 tablespoons of tinned pulp can be used.