Friday, March 26, 2010

It's the most colorful time of the year!

Like many other crafters, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Martha Stewart. I am currently baking my way through her cupcake cookbook. Check out the latest issue Martha Stewart's magazine for lots of fun Easter egg dying tips! I can't wait to try some myself! I love adding my own touches like glitter glue!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Some cards....

Here are a few cards I made. All you need are some markers, a color printer, and some glitter glue. I like the card with the whales. I'm going to use this as a birthday card for a very special friend. The other one would make a perfect "Happy Spring" card! don't you think?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A tisket, a tasket. A pink, yellow, and orange basket!

Yesterday I shared the exciting news that I finally purchased my dream bike: a pink beach cruiser we shall now refer to as Sally! Beach cruisers are great, especially when they're pink; however, they really serve no purpose without a basket to tote all your treasures around in. Beach cruiser baskets purchased on their own can run from $20 - $50. Cha ching! And they're BORING! I decided to make my own jazzed up basket!

This involved a trip to Michael's craft store. I bought:

-a medium sized wicker basket

-an assortment of flowers to adorn my basket with


Buying a wicker basket (or any basket) on your own at a craft store is a perfect (cheaper) way to dress up your bike. The basket I purchased was $6. I bought the flowers and ribbon on sale for $4. The whole project cost me a total of $10!!!! I super glued the flowers to the basket and will use the ribbon to attach it to my bike! Here's the finished product:

I love it! I can't wait to cruise around with this gem on my new bike!

I am planning on making another basket with different flowers. I am also contemplating adding some rhinestones. Thoughts? Any other ideas on what I could add?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I scream. You scream!

Free cone day at Ben & Jerry's! I wish it was a little bit sunnier out! Find you closest Ben & Jerry's here.

Ridin' Purtty!

Guess what I got....
A brand new pink beach cruiser to call my own!!!
I have been looking for a new bike for months. I know I'll get a ton of use out of her this Spring in NYC and this Summer down the shore! Let's hope for good weather this weekend!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cheap Eats

Every few months has a promotion where you can get already discounted gift certificates for an even bigger discount! All you do is go to and sort through restaurants in your area. You can buy a $25 gift certificate for $2!!!! All you do is type in the word BITE at the check out in the area labeled promotional code.

This is a great way to get a cheap meal at an old favorite and a great opportunity to try some places you've never been before.

They don't expire for a year after the purchase date so there is no hurry to use them. Buy a bunch and then spread them out over a year! Cheap Eats for all seasons!

Friday, March 12, 2010

America's Next Top Blog!

A little makeover for my blog thanks to this lovely lil' site!

Build a Shoe!

After I hurt my knee a few months ago I came to the realization that I need good running shoes. When I started my extensive search for the perfect shoe I came to a new realization, good running shoes are freaking expensive! I came upon this site! Nike ID is a place where you can design your very own personal shoes. There is a store right here in NYC, but you can also just go to their website. Think build-a-bear but with sneakers! I spent days on this site picking the perfect color combinations (pink +black, pink + grey, pink + pink). Unfortunately, perfection comes with a price. So instead of dishing out $200 for sneakers I bought these!

Also pink (bright bright pink) and a fraction of the price. On my way home I was determined to make it to the gym to test them out but the only thing I exercised was my electric mixer. I made these yummy cheesecake, cookie dough bars! Now I can't wait to test out my shoes or my cheesecake! One day I will make it to the shoe factory!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You say patterns...I say yay!

Do you love patterns? Do you love buying things you don't need just because it's pretty? Do you live in the NYC area? Me too! Target is featuring a new line by Liberty of London. Umbrellas, dresses, name it they have it....and in a paisley print to boot! You can even buy a brand new flowery beach cruiser! It all comes out on March 14th!

And guess what! If you live around NYC area you get to pre purchase all these goodies tomorrow! Just go to this site and it gives you all the details you need. I know I'll be there! I would hurry...I went to the pre-sale when Target carried Vera Wang clothes and it was crazy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

To my fellow book lovers

If you're anything like me you have dozens and dozens of books sitting in your cluttered home that you can't bare to throw away. I just found a great solution for you! The Informal Book Sharing Club! Here's how it works. I got a letter from my mom with these instructions and 6 self addressed labels. On the back of this letter there was an address. I have to send a book (one that I actually enjoyed) to this person who just happens to be my cool cousin Kara! Then I photocopy the instructions so I have six copies and put one of my mom's self addressed labels on the back of each copy. Then I make 6 sets of 6 self addressed labels of my own. I pick 6 trustworthy friends with some good taste in books and send them each a set of instructions and my very own self addressed labels. Are you following me? It can sound tricky but if it all works out in the end you should get 36 books in return!

I love this because it's cheap (you're really only paying for shipping and stamps), it's a great way to recycle books, and it's interactive! I just sent out my first wave of letters and can't wait to see what I get in return! If you want to take part let me know and I'll send you the instructions!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Food, food, and more food!

Kristy here!

Last weekend my cousin Katie and I took a food tour of the east village (great idea Katie)! I loved combining my two favorite activities: exploring and food!

I got to go to so many places I would have never found without the help of our super tour guide Candy! The east village is filled with Japanese and Ukrainian stores and restaurants so this was a great opportunity to try some new and sometimes risky foods! The first stop on our tour was the Sunrise Mart. It's an authentic Japanese grocery store with lots of cheap and yummy goods. We got to try rice sandwiches. There were a bunch of options (salmon, tuna, shrimp, eel) to try. I got the salmon and it was delicious!

Another one of our stops was Otafuko. It's this is a little shop (I barely fit in it) where they sell three things, all of which are Japanese appetizers. We got to sample fried octopus with fish shavings on top.Sounds risky but it was my favorite treat on the tour!

We also got to go to a NYC staple: Pomme Frites! Pomme Frites serves up huge potions of traditional Belgian fries with a list of dipping sauces a mile long. Here's a little tip....get the Mexican ketchup!

Those were just a few of the many stops and tastes we got on our tour. We had such a blast. Food tours are such a great way to learn about different neighborhoods and find new places to try! Go here to find a bunch of different options based on type of food and neighborhood!

I'm an official blogger!

Hi! I'm Kristy! With a little inspiration from my very talented friend Emma, I finally decided to start a blog with my mom! Her name is Judy. Our blog will be a place for us to share our adventures in the craft and culinary worlds! I hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoy posting!