Have you set any resolutions or goals for 2019? I love having specific goals and writing them down to help with making it a reality. This year I decided to pick a word of the year. If you’re unfamiliar, a word of the year is when you pick a single word to set an intention to ground yourself in as opposed to making a list of a bunch of things to check off. When you’re trying to make decisions or plans, you can refer back to your word of the year as a guide for how to move forward. I have chosen the word LESS as recovering workaholic I need to the remind to take on fewer projects and get myself involved in less unnecessary stress or obligation. I’ve realized my favorite days are the ones with no plans so the word LESS is a reminder to make that happen for myself more often.
In honor of our words of the year, I made banners for as a visual reminder of our intentions for 2019 and a DIY is now available over at the Bee Creative Swaps Patreon page! Patreon is a paid website, but this specific DIY is FREE! It's a simple one but I love how it turned out. You might have enough materials for in your stash without buying anything new and you could probably get away without a sewing machine and using fabric glue instead.
Go check it out on the Bee Creative Swap Patreon and have a great New Year!
And now here's the FINAL post from me! I've shared some of my favorite DIYs on other places before, but I thought it would be a good way to wrap things up for the block party incase you are just itchin' to make something inspired by Frida RIGHT NOW! And who could blame you? Feliz Cumpleaños a mi Fridita!
THE FINAL GIVEAWAY INFO
Okay now that we've held you in suspense ALL DAY, here's the final stages to enter the giveaway posted earlier! In order to enter the giveaway we posted this morning, you must:
1) follow @BeeCreativeSwaps on Instagram
2} follow @Bravery_Mag on Instagram
And the final step! 3) comment on one of the blog posts here posted TODAY as part of the Blog Block Party. Be sure to include your Instagram handle otherwise we won't know it's you!
**For additional entries: comment on the @BeeCreativeSwpas Instagram post from TODAY featuring the giveaway items and tag a friend to let them know about the giveaway!
You must enter and complete all steps by Wednesday July 11th and one winner will be chosen on Thursday July 12th.
Good luck and Happy Birthday Frida!
One of our awesome previous swap participants made an incredible original perler bead design of Frida Kahlo for last year's swap and we knew it was something we wanted to share! She, incredibly, agreed to share the pattern with us in honor of the block party! Thanks to @CREATIFINY for all the info shared below! Unfamiliar with perler beads? Check this tutorial HERE.
When working with this pattern, mini size beads make the finished product about the size of your palm and regular beads will make Frida's face bigger than your hand. There's lots of options to play around with here to customize Frida to your needs including the colors that you use.
L- light skin
M- medium skin
D- darkest skin
1, 2, 3- flower colors
E1, E2- earring colors
R1, R2- lip colors
You can print out the pattern to place it under your perler bead tray or simply keep it next to you as a visual aid. Lizette gave me the great advice to always take pictures as you make progress. You might accidentally bump your work and then the beads are mess! If you've taken photos along the way, your have something to refer back to.
To see more of Tiffany's beautiful work, visit her Instagram page HERE @CREATIFINY
Thanks for sharing this awesome pattern with us Tiffany!
Want more Frida perler bead inspiration? Check out the post Lizette did on her blog a while back about her Frida perlers HERE.
Hey, it's me again with my first original post as part of the block party! I'm here to share a recipe of a fun drink I made. I made a post a few weeks back about how I had been cooking from the book by Guadalupe Rivera of Frida Kahlo's personal recipes and I decided to go "off menu" and make something of my own inspired by the cooking I had been doing from this book. One of the recipes in the book was for Quince Paste and it was written that Frida Kahlo would make or have this dessert pretty regularly. I did a little poking around and found some recipes for Quince Syrup and decided to go from there! If you've never had it, a quince is a very hard fruit that reminds me of an apple. When it cooks down, it becomes very sweet and soft. I'd never had one before buying Rivera's book as you don't always see them in standard grocery stores. Turns out, I was able to find some at the Whole Foods near my house! So! Here's what I came up with.
1. Two quinces
2. Four cups of sugar
3. One lemon
4. One lime cut into wedges
5. Tequila of your choice
6. Triple sec
7. If desired, salt or sugar for the rim of the glass
Make the Quince Syrup
1. Quarter 2 quinces. They're hard to cut so be careful!
2. Place quinces in a pot with 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil.
3. Lower the head to a simmer and covered. Allow to simmer for roughly 80 minutes.
4. Remove from head and pull out the quince pieces.
5. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon.
I saved the quinces and used them in random smoothies and what not throughout the week. The syrup I placed in mason jars with lids until ready to use.
Make your Margarita!
1. Use a dab of quince syrup to rim of your glass and add your salt or sugar garnish. I prefer salt on my margaritas.
2. Add approximately 3 tablespoons of quince syrup in glass (or cocktail shaker if using)
3. Most recipes call for 1 shot of tequila and 1 shot of triple sec, but I added an extra shot of tequila. The concentration of fruit juice in this drink is higher so I felt it was balanced, but drink with your own discretion!
4. Squeeze in one lime wedge.
5. If you using a shaker, shake! If you're lazy like me, add in your ice and stir.
6. Add additional lime wedge for garnish if desired.
Voila! Enjoy! I thought this drink was really yummy and had it as my post work unwinding drink a few nights in a row.
I do want to add that here is some controversy over the idea of Frida's name and image being used in conjunction with alcohol. There is a Frida Kahlo line of tequila endorsed by those controlling her estate that is disliked by other members of her family. The way I see it, this recipe is not one that I think Frida has made, but one I was inspired to make after cooking from her recipes and made with love in her honor. I hope other admirers of Frida Kahlo will agree and, if you drink, you will enjoy my little concoction!
The next post was created for Bee Creative Swaps by Mandy McCarty. Mandy has participated in our Swaps in the past and Lizette reached out to her to see if she would create something special for the block party. She did not disappoint! Thank you Mandy for this awesome tutorial! You can visit her IG page here.
Supplies you will need:
1 Globe style lightbulb
Paper or felt flowers (any colors or color theme you would like) I like to use both, but it’s not necessary
Acrylic paint in lite mocha and black, also a glitter paint
Mod Podge or clear spray paint
Hot glue gun
Use the lite mocha paint to paint a thin coat on the entire bulb. Let dry completely.
This step is totally optional but I thought it just looked so pretty. While your bulb is drying use the glitter paint and go over your paper or felt flowers with the glitter paint
We are going to paint another thin coat on your bulb and let dry completely
While the last coat of paint you put on is drying you are gonna now take those paper flowers and cut the wire stems off of them. Set the wire pieces off to the side for later.
For this step it is up too you if you need another full coat or just a touch up of paint to your bulb. Personally I always paint another thin layer. Once you are done let it dry completely, I left it sit for about 45 mins. This is because you don’t want it to move when painting your next color on.
In this step you are gonna very gently using pencil draw on you hair, eyebrows and eyes. For the hair you you want to start by drawing a V away from the base, you can see how I took the hairline down and around the round part of the bulb. For the eyebrows you want to start your mark in the middle of that V and then you can draw the eyes as little or as large as you would like. Once you paint it let it dry and do a 2nd coat as well. You can touch up with the lite mocha if needed. You want to let this completely dry. I left it sit for 1 hr. Check to make sure it is dry before moving on to next step.o
Once your paint has dried you can then seal it with either a coat of Mod Podge or clear spray paint. You want to then let it set and dry completely before you move on to the next step
Final steps, we are going to add the flower band and the hanger. You can lay out the flowers as you would like as long as they are full and and go all the way around the back as well. I used all the flowers shown but 2 little ones, so it’s pretty full. Plus you will now add your hanger. I don’t like to waste anything so I used the flower wire I cut from the paper flowers put them together and wrapped them around the stem of the bulb and then hooked and glued it down. If you have banged or scrapped your bulb anywhere while doing any of this just go back in and touch up. You can also add more glitter to your flowers now as well if you would like too. I also went in and used a little light pink paint and gave her some cute little cheeks. This is totally optional.
And here she is on full display!! I wanted to show all angles as well. I just used a hanger I had around it you can display her how ever you would like. I really hope you enjoyed making her as much as I did.
I paint flowers so they will not die~ Frida Kahlo
Here it is! The first official post of the blog party from my Bee Creative Swaps partner, Lizette. Stay tuned for more great content to be eligible for the giveaways!
I made this Frida Kahlo paper puppet last year for my Viva La Frida swap partner. Coloring relaxes me so I really enjoyed making it. The puppet was the perfect little extra goodie to include in my swap partner’s package without going over budget.
Frida Kahlo paper doll coloring page link, created by firstname.lastname@example.org
White Paper or Card Stock
Small Hole Puncher
Optional: Laminating Machine
Step 1: Drag your Frida Kahlo paper doll image onto a word document program and make the image larger by dragging one of the corner squares out, to the size of the page. Print out image on regular printer paper or card stock. I used card stock.
Step 2: The Frida puppet looks like Frida on the cover of Vogue magazine. I colored the puppet to match the flowers and attire Frida wore for Vogue, with color pencils. Cut out the colored Frida puppet.
Step 3: Laminate the Frida doll. I got mine laminated at Staples. However, before you laminate it you can always make copies of your original and laminate the colored copies to send to your other Frida Kahlo loving friends. I plan to do that next time.
Step 4: Cut out your laminated Frida paper puppet.
Step 5: Punch holes through the little circles shown on the Frida puppet. Connect Frida’s arms and clothes with the mini brads. You’re done; enjoy your Frida paper puppet!
Not sure what to do with your Frida paper puppet now that it is complete? Add strings and make it movable. Use it as a bookmark. Add magnets and let Frida hold your refrigerator photos or notes. Add a string to the top and turn it into a Christmas ornament. Turn the puppet into a card by writing a note behind it before you laminate it. Be creative.
For more free and fun Frida printables, check out my CreativityLizette blog post, Friday Frida Favs: Free Frida Kahlo Printable & Patterns.
This week for Frida Fridays, I'm doing something a little different! Frida's step-daughter Guadalupe Rivera came out with a cookbook based on Frida's personal recipes called Frida's Fiesta's: Recipes and Reminisces of Life With Frida Kahlo. You can check it out HERE on Amazon. Of course I had to check it out immediately! I'm a vegan and, as a shock to no one, very little in the book is vegan. Challenge Accepted! I thought trying out some vegan versions of a few recipes would be an awesome way to do something completely different for Frida Fridays!
As a refresher, Frida Fridays are something Lizette and I have done for a few years while the Viva La Frida Swap takes place in order to give inspiration and encouragement to those participating in the swap. For more info on our swaps, check out the swap website HERE!
On to the cookies! The original recipe calls for:
2 pound of flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups confectioners sugar
Vegan baking is tricky because you can't do a straight one for one replacement of a regular recipe. All baking is chemistry and something like cornstarch doesn't have quite the same properties as say lard. I did a bit of research other vegan shortbread recipes and had to do a little experimenting from there to get the right balance as I wanted to keep to Frida's recipe as close as possible.
The vegan recipe:
1 cup vegan margarine such as Earth Balance
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons spiced rum
2 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
confectioners sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Blend together the margarine and the sugar for a few minutes until well mixed.
Add in 1/4 cup of rum and blend for few more minutes.
Sift the flour and cornstarch into a separate bowl and then add them in a little at a time. Blend until well incorporated.
At this point I removed the bowl from my mixer to do a final kneading with my hands. The dough seemed a bit too dry in some places so I added the extra 2 tablespoons of rum to help incorporate everything else.
Lay an additional sheet on parchment paper on the counter and place the dough in the center.
Roll the dough out to approximately 1/2 inch thick
Use a cookie cutter (or in my case, the rim of a pint glass) to cut out your cookies. Transfer them to a baking sheet.
Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly and then sprinkle confectioners sugar over the top.
They are delicious and I ate 4 of them just during the time I spent trying to get good photos of them! I love a nice simple sugar or shortbread cookie and these are maybe some of my favs. I'll be sharing more recipes with the Bee Creative Swaps Patreon subscribers this weekend so be sure to subscribe for more goodies there!
Are you enjoying the first few days of fall?! With the first official day of fall being only a few days ago, I thought something extra special was in order. I feel like it's been a while since I assembled a DIY, but I'm pumped for this one! I made a Halloween Wreath a few years ago, but it wasn't anything exciting so I knew I wanted to make something better for this year's Spooky Saturdays. I purchased very little for this wreath and, because it's made with scrap fabric, could be edited for any occasion or color palette! I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest and after a different project ended up having a lot of leftover orange fabric I knew I had the perfect use for it.
1. Wire Wreath Frame. I ordered this one.
2. Scrap fabric in your colors of choice. The total quantity is probably close to almost a full yard.
2. Fabric scissors
3. Exacto knife
4. Craft glue
5. Hot glue gun (not pictured)
7. Writing utensils
8. Googly eyes.
First cut your fabric scraps into strips that are about 1/2" wide and 4" long. The size and condition of the strips is super flexible. I just sort of eyeballed it and didn't worry if some were longer, frayed, whatever. You can always trim it up later.
Once everything is cut, you start tying them on! When you first start it will seem silly looking, but the more you add, it will start to look more and more like you're on the right track. I didn't really have a "method," I just kept tying! It honestly took almost 2 hours of tying. It wasn't difficult, just tedious.
Once the wreath was to a thickness I was happy with, I trimmed up some of the longer pieces and set the wreath to the size temporarily.
Using your writing utensil and your scrap of cardboard, Sketch out the letters of your choice. I went with "BOO," but "EEK!" or a family name would work too! I also colored in the letters with the orange Sharpie so it blended a little better with the color palette.
Cut out your letters with your Exacto knife. Because I was working on an old box, it was elevated off the table. If you're just using a flat piece of cardboard, don't forget to put down a cutting mat!
Using craft glue, spread some around the letters and fill it with Googly eyes! This was my favorite part. I want to put Googly eyes on everything. Wait until craft glue has completely dried before moving on.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the letters to the wreath. And that's it! Depending on how you need to hang the wreath, you may want to add another step to put a ribbon or hook on the wreath. I was able to hang mine with just a nail already in my wall, but you may need to do something different.
I can't decide if I want to glue plastic spiders to it or something to make it extra kitschy, but I won't be pulling out ALL my Halloween stuff until next week. I have time to decide! I hope you're first few days of fall are lovely! Stay inspired, friends.
As silly and simple as it was, finishing my first crafty project for our new apartment in Austin felt awesome! We had a dresser from Ikea that belonged to my husband's brother. We've had it for about 6 years so I would imagine it's at least 10 years old. It's has had a rough life! We have moved it 3 times and before that I think it moved a few times. Considering it was the cheapest dresser at Ikea forever ago, it's been a tough little soldier. We hauled it out of the moving truck practically in pieces. A little TLC later and we got the dresser back together, but the surface of it was scratched and stained. At work we put chalkboard paint on pretty much everything, but I have never used it on anything at home. I figured chalkboard paint was thick, dark, and would work really well on masking the issues with the dresser PLUS be something fun for our new apartment.
A few chalkboard paint tips:
1. definitely do 3 or 4 layers! a nice thick surface of chalkboard paint tends to result in a smoother writing surface.
2. give it several hours to dry! chalkboard paint appears to dry really fast, but don't start writing on it right away. you don't want to scratch through all your hard work with your chalk.
3. put it on everything! no, really. do it.
Side note, the lighting in our apartment is TERRIBLE! We only have 4 windows in the whole place. One faces a shaded hallway and the others face the parking lost so we keep the shades closed all day. It's definitely a change from our old place where almost all the windows faced our back yard and we had complete privacy. And by complete privacy I mean I'm pretty sure the residents of the nursing home behind us could see into our yard, but I kindaaaaaa didn't care.
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