Monthly Archives: July 2012

DIY // Graphic Heart Tee

July 25, 2012

simple DIY heart tee shirt

There are certain crafts supplies that don’t like me. One of those is dye. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m somewhat of a messy crafter, but I’d prefer to believe that it’s just the unforgiving nature of dye in general. Either way, I found the perfect solution to my dye troubles with Tumble Dye. It’s still a permanent color once it’s set but it’s water based so you can easily fix mistakes (or splatters), and that’s what I like to call the beginning of a long relationship. This graphic heart tee was a must-try project after my fabric dye discovery–

simple DIY graphic heart tee

You will need:

  • Plain tee
  • Tumble Dye spray in your choice of color
  • Clear adhesive shelf liner
  • Sisscors
  • Magazine
  • Iron

simple DIY graphic heart tee

First, put the magazine inside the shirt so the spray doesn’t bleed through. Measure and cut the size heart that you want from the adhesive liner. Stick the liner to the shirt where you’d like the graphic, and then spray several thin coats of tumble dye. Wipe of the excess dye from the liner (so that it doesn’t get on your shirt when you peel the liner away). Wait until the heart is dry, peel the liner off, and iron! Also, Tumble Dye is washable, so if you make a mistake you can correct it with just a wet towel, it doesn’t set until you heat it.

 

DIY simple graphic heart tee

Cute, don’t you think? Simple graphic tees are definitely my summer staple!

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Currently // Portfolio + Job Thoughts

July 23, 2012

ashley roses portfolio

I spent yesterday compiling a few of my favorite projects and designs that I’ve done over the last year or so, and I wanted to share my new portfolio with you! I realize that I don’t write much about my day job (working as a server at a seafood restaurant), but that’s mostly because it’s neither exciting nor creative. In fact, it’s the opposite of those things, which is why I decided to put together a portfolio of recent work so that hopefully I can find something I love to do instead of one that consists of taking food orders and getting people more tartar sauce. Don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly thankful to have a job that’s flexible and pays well (which is what allows me to keep up with S + C), but I’m beyond ready to move on. So, if you know of anything exciting in Houston (or virtual) let me know. Even if not, I accept prayers even more so!

Eats // The Colorful Breakfast Cookie

July 19, 2012

simple biscotti recipe white chocolate and pink

Let’s be frank, if you were to tell someone that you’re having cookies and coffee for breakfast, they would judge you. Heck, I might even judge, although I would be secretly jealous, so I can’t say for sure. Nonetheless, if you say you’re having biscotti and coffee for breakfast it’s all of the sudden classy. I’m not sure why that is but I don’t care! I’m having cookies, uh..biscotti for breakfast. To add a festive punch to it, I decided to dip them in colored white chocolate, which is not only the perfect touch to brighten your morning, but easily transforms them into party perfect bites.

how to dip biscotti in white chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract, or 3 drops anise oil
  • 1 16 ounce bag of white chocolate chips
  • Colored powered or oil (for colored chocolate)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar and anise flavoring until well blended. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture to form a heavy dough. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet, and press down to 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When The cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 10 minutes on each side. Slices should be lightly toasted.
  4. Melt white chocolate chips in a small bowl (using either the microwave or double boiling). Dip each piece into the chocolate and let them cool on wire rack. Once they are completely cooled, dip them again (but only halfway) in colored white chocolate*.
*To color chocolate, you must have either oil based or powdered colors.

biscotti white chocolate dipped recipe

Don’t these make for the cutest coffee or tea party?

biscotti recipe white chocolate dipped and pink