Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thry This DIY: "Hanging Butterflies" wall hanging

Hi you guys! I am so excited about this project today.

This is one project that will work in living room, bed room, bathroom or really anywhere. It is a great way to add a colorful and custom piece of art really affordable.


Materials required to Try This DIY


  • Dried Twig (I picked one from my backyard)
  • Wooden butter flies( I am using 7 -4 of one kind and 3 of another kind)
  • Illusion cord
  • Tape
  •  Super Glue
  •  Paint brush
  •  Acrylic Paints (I am using 2 colors- Burnt Sienna and Vivid Violet)
  • Scissors
  •  Ruler
  •  Colorful pompom’s
  •  Think thread Cord




Instructions to Try This DIY:

  1. 1.       First, decide on the layout. Place the twig and butterflies in a pattern you desire to determine the lengths and widths at which the butterflies need to be placed.I will be placing them at 6 cms apart


    2.        I will be placing the 1st  and the 7th ones at about 15 cms from the twig. 2nd and 6th  ones at about 25 cms, 3rd  and  5th ones at 35cms  and  the middle one ie) the 4th one at 45 cms.

    3.       Take the illusion cord and cut out about 25 cms cord for the  1st  and the 7th  ones (15cms that will be hanging and 10 cms to tie the cords around the twig and to stick on the back on the wooden butterfly). Similarly  cut  35/ 45 /55 cms of cord for 2nd and 6th /3rd  and  5th  / 4th respectively.

    4.       Paint the butterflies with your choice of colors. I am only using 2 colors- Burnt Sienna and Vivid Violet; painted the set of 4 using burnt sienna and the set of 3 using vivid violet.

    5.       After the paint dries completely, take a butterfly , flip it around and apply some glue along the center
    6.       Place the end of the cord along the glue
    7.       To secure the cord in place, press some tape on top
    a.       Repeat steps  5 through 7, till all the butterflies have cords attached. Let them dry

    8.       Pass the free end of the cord through a needle
    9.       Dab some glue on the cord, where you want the pompom
    10.   Pass the pompom through the needle till it reaches the spot with glue ;
    a.       You can add as many pompoms as you wish to the cord repeating steps 10 through 11

    11.   I have added same number and color pompoms on 1st  and 7th /2nd and 6th / 3rd  and  5th and a little more on  the 4th cord since it is the longest


    12.   After the pompoms are securely in place and dried; Apply paint on the other side of the butterflies using the exact same color applied on the front. Let them dry

    13.   Take the shortest cord and tie the cord around twig so that the distance between the twig and the top of the butterfly is 15 cms.
    14.   Wrap the extra cord around the twig

    15.   Dab some glue and wrap tape around it for extra hold.

    16.   Repeat steps 13-15; and  securely tie the 2nd cord at 25 cms; 3rd at 35 cms, 4th at 45 cms, 5th at 35 cms, 6th at25 cms and the 7th at 15 cms

    17.   Take the thick cord and tie it tightly at the center of the twig and  secure it by applying some glue and tape.
    18.   Apply some glue on the ends of the twig and stick a few pompoms
    19.   Voila you “Hanging Butterflies” wall hanging is ready 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Try This Healthy Bite: "Oil/ Butter FREE" Banana Walnut & Date Bread

  
Yes! you read that right,a loaf recipe that is "OIL/BUTTER FREE'. This recipe is for all you Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread fans out there. The only difference, this has half the number of calories and 1/4th fat, don't you love it already :) ?

You might wonder how the bread can be moist, trust me yogurt does the magic.

Health Benefits of the ingredients used:  

 

  • Most of the other recipes I saw online used over ripe banana's, which  I am not really a fan of. And also the nutrient content of a banana changes as the banana becomes more rip. An unripe banana is full of complex carbohydrates, but as the banana becomes overripe the starch changes to simple sugars.   I just used ripe ones.  
  • I have used ground flax seeds, flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3
  • Walnuts are amazing for skin and hair, they're packed with omega-3 fatty acids and contain antioxidants that boost heart health. They can  also reduce risk of diabetes and can help you deal with stress 

Materials Required to Try This DIY:


  • 1 cup Multigrain flour
  • 2 tpbs flax ground seeds
  • 1/4th teaspoon salt
  • 3/4th teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4th cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (If you don't eat egg, replace with 1/2 cup of apple sauce )
  • 1.5 Medium size bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 table spoon honey
  • 2 table spoons greek yogurt
  • 10 walnut halves, chopped
  • 8 dates, chopped
  Instructions to TryThis DIY


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pan.
  2. Blend bananas, egg and brown sugar for a minute or so till smooth.
  3. Add honey, vanilla and yogurt to the blended mixture and mix well.
  4. Whisk together the flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Fold the blended(banana,egg, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and yogurt) mixture into the flour mixture until blended. Do not overmix.
  6. Fold in the walnuts and dates.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.(If you wish sprinkle some oats on top, like I did in the picture below,  to add some texture and color :) )
  8. Bake loaf for 40 – 50 minutes or until it comes clean with a toothpick 
  9. Let it cool down for a while before you slice it up.
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