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!
Every year for Frida Fridays, we've assembled a list of some of our favorite items from Etsy that honor Frida Kahlo. Incase you missed the other info, Frida Fridays are something CreativityLizette and I started doing in honor of our annual Viva La Frida Swap with Bee Creative Swaps. To learn more about the swap group, click here. This year I took it one step further and have only chosen Etsy shops located in California. While we host international swaps, Lizette and I both live in California so it seemed fitting to feature makers in our community. Here's what I'm into...
One of the best and most well known from Frida on a great pin by RosaGuayabaShop.
Love this shirt from GuestBookery. I see a lot of Frida t-shirts that alter her artwork in some, but this one is great!
Living in San Francisco, layers are essential! This scarf from Streetheart would do just the trick!
I love Funko Pop figures, but I've never seen a custom Frida one before! This awesome work was done by ATattooedLoserArt.
I'm a sucker for a cute pair of hand earrings inspired by the ones Frida used to wear. I've read Frida's were a gift made by Picasso, but I don't know if that's true. In any case, check out these beauties from MoonandLeaf!
And finally, something fun and different! Buy an awesome Frida inspired item and then wrap it in these awesome paper from Mexicons!
Another Frida Swap, another summer of Frida Fridays! Frida Fridays are something Lizette and I started doing a few years ago to give everyone some extra inspiration while working on the Viva La Frida Swaps we host every year. Even before that, we both have put out a bunch of Frida related content because she is our favorite artist. For this year's first of many Frida Fridays, I decided to do a little recap of some of favorite Frida posts from both Lizette and myself!
First up, two of my favs that Lizette and I made from previous year's swaps!
Looking for some fun extras to include in your swap package? Check out these free printables Lizette put together!
Working with your kiddos? Check out the most beautiful handprint tutorial from Lizette!
Need to get inspired? Check out these book reviews from Emily.
Bring more inspiration into your room with a Frida Kahlo "Celebration of Life" altar made by Lizette.
Having a Frida Kahlo party? Check out this DIY photo booth from Lizette.
The Frida mugs I made last year and still use everyday! If you don't do ceramics, but have a pottery painting place near you, they're most likely gonna have everything you need to replicate these mugs!
Another swap is finished with Bee Creative Swaps and it was so much fun! Being one of the hosts of the swap, I ended up filling in as a Swap Angel for 2 people. I know it's weird that they weren't matched with each other after their partners dropped, but the timeline was complicated.
Anyways! For my first partner I made a cassette inspired swap item using a portion of this quilt pattern from Lysa Flower. My partner loved a lot of 80's music so it seemed like a good jumping off point. I've never done a piecing pattern quite this complicated before so I was a bit nervous about it, but it was actually pretty easy.
I'm so happy with how everyone came out. Embroidery is not my strength, but I think it makes a cute handmade mix type vibe. I bought the socks at work and ordered the Log Lady Funko Pop online after not finding it at local stores.
My second partner said that she loved Golden Girls and Cyndi Lauper the most so I stuck with those as my main inspiration when searching for what to make. I found this 8-bit image of of Cyndi Lauper online and decided to quilt it. I didn't know what to make with the quilt so I decided to keep it mini and turn it into a bag.
Annnddddd for my final partner, I pulled from her mosaic which featured a lot of Super Mario themes, Sanrio, and Totoro. It was great that each person I made something for had different interests so I could make different items each time. The mushroom bowls were the same ones I used to sell on Etsy so it was awesome to give them new life!
And finally, here's what I received! I sent 3 packages but only received 2 since one person I was just a Swap Angel. One partner when full Totoro and I LOVE IT. The other sent me some awesome cross stitches and the coolest Jem themed lipstick from Sephora. It doesn't look like Sephora carries it anymore so I was excited to get the exclusive color!
Hi friends! It's been a while! Now that we're (mostly) settled into our new apartment in San Francisco, I've been making things like crazy. I haven't been able to share any of it because I was waiting for everyone to receive their items, but now the time has come! First up is what I made for the Viva La Frida Swap for Bee Creative Swaps. Our Frida swap is easily our favorite project and something we plan to keep doing each year. This year I sent 3 different packages and received 1 amazing package. So here's what I made for my first partner...
I used printable photo fabric for a project a few years ago so I got the idea to do something with it again. I ordered it before I got my partner's info because I knew I wanted to *something* with it, but I wasn't sure what. You can buy it here on Amazon.
The photos seem a little delicate so I wouldn't recommend it for an every day quilt or clothing. Ultimately I decided to make a pillow because I really like sending things that are practical. I think this photo fabric would be awesome for mini quilts or wall hangings, but I sent a wall hanging to my partner last year and wanted to do something different.
My partner said her favorite colors were red and turquoise so I sort of played off of that based on the fabrics that I had available. I also found some BEAUTIFUL Frida inspired fabric on my trip to Portland last month and knew I needed to incorporate that as well.
The fabric was so pretty and I was worried about slicing it up so I ended up using it as the back of the pillow to allow as much of the fabric to show as possible.
I'm still struggling with how to take pictures for the best lighting in my apartment, but I feel like I managed to get myself to take a decent amount of photos to document the process of making this pillow. I changed my mind on the composition of colors a few times and kinda wish I had another Frida photo in the center square of the pillow, but ultimately I love this pillow!!! It was almost too difficult to let it go and put it in the mail!
The pillow was my main swap item, but I also made a simple dress for my partner's daughter as sort of a secondary item. I debated putting pockets or trim or something else to jazz it up, but this fabric is so great I didn't think it needed it.
And of course I threw in some extras. The Frida inspired ones were a cactus ornament from Meri Meriand some Frida Kahlo papel picado I found at a local store here in San Francisco. My partner also had some Star Wars themed stuff on her Instagram so I sent her a few Star Wars and Marvel themed things just for fun.
I had one partner and then ended up being a Swap Angel for someone else. Because I didn't take as many photos of this as my previous swaps, but I made sure to at least document what I shipped out. You can see my previous post about making one of the mugs I sent to my 2nd partner HERE.
My second partner was a mom of 3 so I wanted to send her some practical items for running around with her kiddos. I decided to make her a tote and send her travel mug I had made. My little extras for her were a pair of Frida Socks and a cactus ornament, but I also threw 2 books for her kids. One book is one of my favorite kids books about Frida Kahlo and one was a little book about San Francisco to include a little something about where I live.
The last thing I sent was to Lizette and I didn't "make" anything, but still wanted to share all the Frida related goodies! I swear I collect them non stop! My favorite part was the Christmas themed Dia de los Muertos fabric I found at a little shop on my trip to Portland earlier this year.
And FINALLY what I recieved!
My partner was in Germany which meant along with my handmade Frida items, she sent all kinds of fun things from Germany!
The main item was a Frida mini quilt! It's about the size of a baby quilt and would make an awesome wall hanging. I just haven't decided where to put it yet. We're still unpacking a bit so it will sadly be tucked away until I find it's home.
The bag might be my favorite thing she sent even though it's the "main feature." I've been thinking about switching bags and I think I'll be carrying this one around a lot soon!
In total I received: a mini quilt, a bag, candy, Frida magnets, a Hamburg pin, a Hamburg mug (broken during shipping, not pictured), a note book, a keychain, and a shadowbox!!! So many amazing items! I'm so happy with everything and had THE BEST time with this swap. I'm already excited for next year.
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I've been posting a lot of inspiration type images of items made by other people so I decided I wanted to get into making some Frida inspired items while we finish planning the swap partners and get to crafting for the Viva La Frida Swap instead. I decided to make some Frida mugs!
I knew I wanted to make one based on our Viva La Frida logo so I started with that! If you have a PYOP studio near you, they most likely will have most of the supplies listed for you to do something similar.
I started with cutting out the logo to use a stencil and did a color wash of yellow and orange glaze over where the flowers would be. I did sort of a watercolor/splatter thing so some of the color ran down the back of the mug, but I kinda like it a little messy.
Using pink glaze and silkscreen medium, I used silkscreen flowers for her hair. Silkscreens on pottery are a super easy way to make intricate designs in seconds. You just need the medium to thicken up your glaze. I used the same materials with black glaze for the mugs shown later.
I also used carbonless transfer paper for one of Frida's most famous quotes! When I try and do things freehand, I often run out of space or don't plan it out well enough. Using transfer paper makes painting fancy quotes a breeze. I ended up making two quote mugs. One to have a set for the Frida logo and the other as a new travel mug.
I dropped them off at the local place in Austin and was super excited to pick them up! I almost *never* make any pottery just for fun so I it was an exciting surprise!
I haven't decided exactly what to do with them yet. I might save one for my swap partner, but I won't know what they're likes/dislikes are for a few more days when we match everyone up! The last day to sign up for the Viva La Frida Swap is TOMORROW so don't delay! Also, don't forget to check out my swap co-host's blog for even more Frida inspiration!
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Viva La Frida Swap Sign Ups HERE
Lizette's Blog HERE
Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram HERE
Bee Creative Swaps Frida Pin Giveaway HERE
Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook HERE
Happy Frida Friday everyone! I'm here with your weekly dose of Frida inspiration! If you follow Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram then you've already seen a few of these. I may have even posted about some of these before, but I love them so much I still want them! Don't forget to check out what Lizette (she's got a great giveaway!) has posted about here and check out Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook!
So a little over 4 years ago (what?!) I decided to do a 30 day artist challenge to feel rejuvenated and inspired creatively speaking. I thought trying out this "creative cleanse" would be the perfect way to kick off 2017. I don't know about you, but I stink at New Years resolutions and would rather partake in something that helps me start off my year on a good note rather than something that feels self-deprecating (hello guilty feelings for not getting to my goal weight.) I teamed up with Lizette and we turned it into a fun project for Bee Creative Swaps! There's no swap element with this challenge, but we thought it would be a great way to stay connected to the lovely community we've created. So here it is! The Bee Creative Swaps 30 Day Creativity Challenge...
How It Works: In no particular order, choose one thing from the list each day. The list ranges from quick, simple exercises to longer endeavors like taking a class or visiting a museum. Post a picture of yourself or your project on Instagram with the tag #beecreative30days so we can keep up with everyone! We know things get a little hectic and there might be a day you don’t have time for creative activities which is why we planned a 30 day challenge during a 31 day month.
1. Visit a museum, gallery, or local art festival
2. Watch a documentary about a(n) artist(s)
3. Research an artist
4. Create something handmade and give it to someone
5. Sign up for an art class or workshop
6. Take something from a thrift store and turn it into something new
7. Make a self-portrait
8. Doodle for 10 minutes straight
9. Frame something you have been meaning to frame
10. Draw the dream you had last night
11. Check out an art book at the library
12. Break something. (You have to destroy in order to create!)
13. Make a collage
14. Go to a movie, play, or concert.
15. Make a card for someone you love
16. Make an inspiration board for a future project
17. Draw some chalk art on the sidewalk
18. Make origami
19. Finger paint
20. Illustrate a song that inspires you
21. Find a new art blog or inspiring podcast to subscribe to
22. Share a link to your favorite artists work
23. Create an inspiring workspace in your home
24. Close your eyes and draw for five minutes
25. Draw yourself as a cartoon
26. Take your camera with you on a walk and document the experience
27. Finish a work-in-progress you've had sitting around for a while
28. Listen to a new artist or album. Music can inspire you!
29. Color in a coloring book
30. Purge something to make space for new ideas.
I hope you'll join us and make 2017 your most creative yet!
I received my Stocking Swap items the day before Thanksgiving so I was pretty excited to have them in time to decorate my apartment for Christmas! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can *finally* bust out all the Christmas and Hanukkah stuff. In addition to my stockings, my partner also included a shirt for Ari, an ornament, Mr & Mrs Claus mittens, santa socks, sewing pins, and some extra Christmas themed fabric! Everything was awesome! In the stockings my partner used some of my favorite colors and even managed to find a way to incorporate a little Hanukkah spirit as my husband and I usually do a Chrismakkah style celebration. This swap was such a nice way to wind down the year with swaps. Now it's time to start busting out some Christmas crafting and hope I make it to January alive. Lizette and I will probably be posting info on 2017 swaps soon and, in the meantime, check out the full Stocking Swap album on the Bee Creative Facebook page here!
Creating this swap was a challenge for me. My partner had so many great points of inspiration for her family stockings from Alice in Wonderland to Breaking Bad that I just didn't know which one to go with. My swap partner told me that her and her partner's favorite animal was fox so I eventually decided to go with that.
I tried something different with swap and used a quilting pattern. I took a single block from THIS quilt pattern that I purchased and turned it into a stocking. I'll be able to reuse the pattern later to make a quilt for one of my friends who is doing a woodland creatures theme for her nursery. While I've used garment patterns before, this was my first time following a pre-made piecing pattern!
My partner was vegan and lived in England so I went to the local vegan specialty store to try and find some fun vegan things that were in distribution in England so my partner could try some rare treats.
I really love the pattern I used! It's by Elizabeth Hartman and you can check it out here. Plus I love how easy it would be to use up a bunch of scrappy pieces for it. It took a while for inspiration to strike this time around, but I'm really happy with what I sent to partner.
To see all the stockings that were sent in the Stocking Swap, check out the Bee Creative Swaps Facebook page here!
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