breathtakingly beautiful butterfly bouquet was recently featured in
Martha Stewart Weddings (Summer 2009). Laura Normandin fashioned her
bouquet from silk and feather creatures secured on thin wires so that
they float and flutter realistically.
How to Make This
butterflies (floraltrims.com has a bunch of options)
butterflies come on wires, making this project super simple. Tape the
wires close to the butterfly bodies with white floral tape to cover
them and create a uniform appearance. Then gather together a few
butterflies and tape their wires together using white floral tape.
Stagger the spacing, or tape the wires only at the ends so you'll
have lots of wire to bend.
If the wires are
short, or if you want the butterflies to be able to be bent farther
apart, attach individual butterflies or clusters of butterflies to
floral-wire stems (lay the wire from a butterfly alongside a wire
stem with a 1- or 2-inch overlap, and tape the two together). Make
several clusters, and tape them together to create the desired shape.
Finish the stem by wrapping it in ribbon.
Rachael Ray's Root Beer Float Recipe
This recipe takes 5 minutes and yields 4 servings.
1 pint vanilla bean ice cream
2 quarts root beer
Hang a large, well packed scoop of
vanilla ice cream on the edge of a fountain glass or other tall
drinking glass. Fill the glass 3/4 full with root beer. Set the
fountain glass on a salad plate, underlining the glass for overflow.
Serve floats with straws and parfait spoons. When you are ready to
enjoy the floats, knock the ice cream into the root beer and watch it
fizz up as the ice cream floats. Yummy! This is the simplest and my
most favorite fountain drink!
Bobby Flay's Root Beer Float Recipe
This recipe serves 4 and only takes 5 minutes to prepare. Add a splash of
bourbon and convert this children's favorite into an adult treat.
1 pint vanilla ice cream
2 bottles very cold old-fashioned root
Splash bourbon, optional
Freshly whipped cream
Place a few scoops of vanilla ice cream
into 2 tall float glasses. Pour the root beer and bourbon, if using,
over the ice cream and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Source: Food Network
Sophie the Giraffe is designed to stimulate the senses (she makes a happy sound when squeezed) and soothe teething gums (safe for babies' mouths). A French classic for your drooling bundle of joie. This whimsical, sweet giraffe is handmade in the French Alps from natural rubber and non-toxic food based paint ($22.95 at Land of Nod)
Today is National Chocolate Chip Day! When you think of chocolate chips, what's the first thing that comes to mind? With me, it's chocolate chip cookies. I love everything about them: the cookie dough, the smell of the cookies while they are baking, taking a bite out of a warm and gooey cookie right out of the oven and then snacking on a homemade cookie once it's cooled!
Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.
Chocolate chips can be used in cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, pudding, muffins, crepes, pies, hot chocolate and various other types of pastry. They are also found in many other retail foods like granola bars, ice cream and trail mix.
Treat yourself to a some chocolate chips in whatever form is your favorite. I think I'll have a cookie!
Sources: Wikipedia, Very Best Baking.com
here's how the story goes: back in the '60s, a small firm in Hong
Kong created an inexpensive camera called the Diana. Crafted entirely
of plastic, each camera cost only a dollar at the time of its
release! Although it was only produced for about 10 years, Diana
became a favorite with avant-garde and lo-fi photographers. They
loved its soft and dreamy images, super-saturated colors,
unpredictable blurring, and random contrast. Diana shots were raw and gritty, with a character all their own. They couldn't be duplicated
by any other camera on Earth! But after the camera was discontinued
in the '70s, functional examples became difficult to find and
increasingly expensive to purchase. Dianas were in high demand! And
given the cameras exceptional images and retro good looks, the fine
folks at Lomo decided that it was time for a comeback!
satisfied with a simple reissue, Lomo decided to add something to the
original. That meant adding all-new functionality to the camera and
dramatically expanding its creative potential. They called it Diana+.
Its body was re-cast using a duplication of the original mold. The
lens was balanced to obtain those "perfectly imperfect"
dreamy, gorgeous, color-drenched, sometimes-blurry, and
often-mindblowing images. And this Diana knows a few new tricks, too!
Features include an integrated hotshoe flash mount for use with the
Flash+; 2 shutter speeds: one for day and one for night; the ability
to shoot multiple or partial (overlapping) exposures; two image sizes
for 12 square shots or 16 square shots on a roll of film; new Pinhole
function: remove the lens, set the aperture to a super-small pinhole
and shoot a super-wide-angle, severely old-school image through a
tiny hole; new endless panorama function: shoot a long, concurrent,
and unlimited panoramic image, with almost no space between each
individual frame. Includes: Diana+ camera
(with lens cap, strap and shutter lock), Diana Vignettes photo and
story book and instruction manual; 5"w,
(Diana+ camera $55; Diana F+ camera
$95 at Urban Outfitters)
Diana Deluxe Package: The Lomography Diana F+ camera, plus a huge
assortment of lenses and accessories! Create an unlimited variety of
incredible analog images with the world's first all-plastic medium
format and 35mm film camera system. An insane amount of gear, you
paparazzo, you. Diana F+, Diana Flash,
hotshoe adaptor, cable release collar and cable release, Diana back
and 4 masks for 4 kinds of film, viewfinder adapter, universal
viewfinder, fisheye viewfinder, splitzer multiple exposure tool, 20mm
fisheye lens, 38mm super-wide lens, 55mm wide-angle and close-up
lens, 110mm telephoto lens, and "Diana Vignettes" hardcover
photo book; 22.75"l, 18"w, 4.25"h (box) ($250 at Urban Outfitters)