Month: June 2013

Window shopping…at Opus

Opus Art Supplies is one of my favourite places to soak up inspiration. I’m not an artist, more a crafter, possibly a designer yet I feel so artsy whenever I’m there….like anything is do-able! This is a place of color, texture and possibilities. Brace yourself for some serious eye candy from my latest visit.

imageimageThose colored pencils make me swoon! I want to fill every notebook and sketch pad with something amazing.

imageEven the tools are bright!

imageimagePaints, pencils, chalk…they have it all plus really helpful staff. Seriously, don’t you just want to get to making something when you see this stuff?

imageThere’s even a framing department which I’ve yet to fully explore.

imageI can never leave without some kind of creative treat. On this trip I got a favourite mixed media pad, fancy pencil crayons and a color wheel. So. Much. Fun. Where do you for inspiration?

Homemade dry shampoo – a 5 minute, $5 project

imageThis little project is totally for my niece! She has gorgeous, thick dark hair but isn’t always into washing and drying it. Maybe dry shampoo’s the way to go and I’m just the one to make it for her. Turns out it’s super simple and you probably have everything you need in your kitchen cupboards. Gather these supplies if you want to make a batch too:

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp baking soda

These two simple ingredients make the basic recipe which is suitable for blonde or light hair.

For mid-brown or red hair add:  1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

For darker hair add an additional:  1 tbsp cocoa (for a total of 2 tbsp)

Mix the cornstarch, baking soda and cocoa (if you’re using it) until it’s well combined and free of lumps.  I found a small whisk great for this. Spoon into a small jar or spice shaker. To use, sprinkle into hair at the roots along the scalp line, or dust it on with an old makeup brush. Leave it for a few minutes then brush through hair and style as usual. The cornstarch absorbs oils while the baking soda freshens. The cocoa is really just for color as the plain mixture can leave darker hair looking a bit dull and dusty. It smells good too!

imageThis is definitely new to me and kinda cool! Can’t say I’ll use it often but I do think it would be great for camping, travelling, post working-out or as a little gift for new moms. You sure can’t beat the price…I made all 3 colors for less than $5, including the jars. Now that’s beauty on a budget!

Oatmeal banana chip muffins

imageLow in fat, high in fibre and super yummy, this is my go-to recipe whenever I feel like baking or need to use up overripe bananas! I’ve played with this one a lot and can honestly say it’s a fool-proof crowd pleaser. Use what you have on hand and don’t fret if you scrimp on any ingredient. I made these for a bake sale once and realized too late that I’d totally skipped the sugar….four people asked me for the recipe anyway! Here goes:

  • 5-6 ripe mashed bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add your wet. Stir until well combined. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 24 small muffins, 18 larger muffins. These freeze well!

imageThis latest batch was made specially for my favourite 3 year old – happy birthday Christian!