homemade hummus

| seasonal recipes

happy monday! how was your weekend? between running errands with the hub and cleaning up the house, i managed to squeeze in time to make some homemade hummus. it went together so quickly and is absolutely scrumptious!

homemade hummus
 

ingredients:

  • – 2 15-oz cans of garbanzo beans; drained
  • – 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • – 2/3 cup of tahini
  • – 1/3 cup lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • – 1/4 cup olive oil
  • – 2 tsp minced ginger
  • – 1 tsp salt
  • – 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • – 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • – 1/4 tsp cumin
  • – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

homemade hummus
 

directions:

combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth (if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a hand held mixer for a chunkier consistence). adjust seasonings to taste and spoon into a serving bowl. serve with veggies, pita bread or crackers. makes about 3 cups.

i love hummus because the possibilities are endless!  you can add an array of spices, add some heat or just make it plain and simple. it’s delicious as a dip or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. enjoy!

diy watercolor paints

| DIY projects

happy friday, lovelies! even though i’ve been back since monday, i still feel like i’m trying to get back in the groove of things from our break. do you? or, is it just me? i still have a few bags to unpack and things to do around the house, of which i plan to get to this weekend, but in addition to that, i hope to get a little creative.

diy watercolor paints

photo by heather hackett.

i found this easy recipe for making your own watercolors over on heather hackett’s blog, lilac silhouette. made with ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry, this recipe goes together quickly and will have you painting in no time. you can head on over to lilac silhouette for the full how-to and recipe.

what do you plan to do this weekend? i’m hoping to paint a little. :)

custom event invitations

| handmade

andi mans customs wedding invites
 
andi mans customs wedding invites
 
andi mans customs wedding invites
 
andi mans customs wedding invites
 
i’ve introduced andi mans beautiful photography to you before (do you remember?) and was so excited to see that she has just launched a new line of custom event invitations! made completely to order with attention given to every detail, her designs are fun, classy and whimsical all at the same time. whether for a wedding, baby shower or birthday, andi will set up a personal consultation with you to make sure every the invite is tailored to exactly what you need. my personal fave? the loveissweet one!

posters of nature

| photography

human nature photography
 
human nature photography
 
human nature photography
 
human nature photography
 
human nature photography
 
completely captivated by debbie carlos’s work, i’ve spent the better half of this morning exploring her world. the above photos are taken from a still life museum in chicago and are part of a series she calls human nature. oh how the deep hues draw me in! to me, the saturated rich color palette help make the animals and their habitats come alive- they look like a dream in an early morning forest. to see the entire series, visit debbie’s human nature series where you can also learn more about the project. i think she best sums it up with this statement:

The murky quality of the lighting and the dark desaturated tones of the exhibits, convey a sensuality and romanticism at odds with the sense of stagnant death that lingers…

nature posters
 
you can also find large format posters of her work (including some of the human nature photos) in her lovely etsy shop. many are of vast sceneries that only feel appropriate in poster size. visit her shop, blog and website to join in my exploration of debbie carlos’s beautiful work!

handmade fashion by minx

| indie fashion

minx fashion designs
 
minx fashion designs
 
minx fashion designs
 
minx fashion designs
 
minx fashion designs
 
minx fashion designs
 
high quality. handmade. high fashion. minx shop has luxuriously wearable dresses, shirts, skirts, and accessories, all handmade by a lovely gal in pittsburgh, anna-marie, or better known as minx. a self taught designer inspired by vintage pieces and nature, her work is eclectic and unexpected. her pretty sets and beautiful photography help to draw you in, and you’ll get lost finding all the detail in each of her pieces. visit her blog, collected reverie, for more fabulous fashion.

taken by storm

| photography

taken by storm photography

gotta love this gal that lives just up the road from me in boulder, colorado! sarah rose storm of taken by storm captures the beauty in this area brilliantly, and helps to make the long and dark winter come alive.  as a newbie to etsy, her work is a must-browse, full of vibrant colors and captivating shots. visit her second shop, created by storm, to see her nature inspired original watercolor paintings.

our handmade holidays

| handmade

our handmade holidays

in addition to our crafty christmas, we also had a very handmade holiday! above are all the gifts that we either gave or received, that we purchased from our favorite handmade marketplace, etsy!

1: the perfect key necklace for my sister (she’s a realtor)

2: all of my friends got a print from my favorite artist, katie daisy

3: with these two cosmetic bags, i now travel in style.

4: i love this beautiful shoulder bag– the construction is flawless and the fabric is so pretty!

5: i gave this french rolling pin to my mom, it has so much character and feels perfect in your hands.

6: gave by yours truly to my mister: a grey bearded beanie. oh yes, i did!

7: wool dryer balls to prevent static and decrease dry time

8: handmade trout flies; a gift from my mom to her favorite fly-fishing son-in-law

9: 2 nesting batter bowls for the best cook ever (my mom)

in addition to buying handmade, i also gave some things handmade by me! i made simple fleece throws for the whole family, personalized with colors and a little applique fitting to each of them. i also made bath bombs for all the gals (recipe found in ghtr’s celebrate magazine) and also crafted some head bands and hair accessories for the girls.

did you  have a handmade holiday? did you give and receive handmade gifts, or make some of your own gifts? please, do share!