Halloween apothecary

Sunday, 21 September 2014

halloween apothecary with magic potions

I am so unbelievably psyched right now (and a little ahead, but I just couldn't wait!). I've been thinking about this project for EVER and it's finally done. Isn't it just cool? Magic potions guys. MAGIC! Anyone want to fly? Fall in love? Well...you're in for a treat because today, it's all possible! Just don't drink the poison ok?

I've been collecting all sorts of different glass bottles. Ketchup bottles, essence bottles, oil dispensers, maple syrup jars, soya sauce bottles, fizzy water bottles... even alcohol bottles (that others give me because I don't drink).

With a sprinkle of Fairy Dust and a Unicorn's Tear, let me present to you my new favorite Halloween decoration, the Apothecary, magical potions included! Right now I'm using it as a table center but come Halloween, this baby's going to be next to my big cauldron full of candy.

I love Halloween. It's the only time of the year where you can get crazy creative and have no one judge you. Always wanted to be a princess? No problem. Prefer being a naughty nurse. You got it. Secretly think you're a spy? Live it out! Personally, I'd love to dress up Steampunk with a big pouffy dress.

What's your favorite Halloween costume?

materials for halloween apothecary magic potions

Glass bottles
Food dye
...and anything else you'd like to put in your bottles

glass bottles for halloween apothecary magic potions
filling for halloween apothecary magic potions

Baker's twine

tools for halloween apothecary magic potions

1. The first thing you want to do is fill your bottles and jars. I filled mine with beads, dried flowers, glitter and of course, colored water. I left some empty as well, just for decor.

fill your glass bottle for halloween apothecary magic potions

2. Next you want to identify your bottles. You wouldn't want to confuse the Poison with the Love Potion! I used tags for some, and for others I used props.

make tags for halloween apothecary magic potions

For the poison I added a skull on top of the jar. I got a whole bunch at the dollar store for a buck.

poison for halloween apothecary

I added a simple tag with pretty lettering for the fairy dust. Glitter!! Don't you just love glitter?

fairy dust for halloween apothecary

And for the the flying potion I added some wings!

flying potion for halloween apothecary

So there you have it. A super cute and fun Apothecary! This Halloween DIY is super easy so even kids could jump in and decorate a few bottles. You could use a few plastic ones if you're concerned they might break them. You could even paint them. Be creative! :)

spooky halloween apothecary magic potions

What kind of decor will you be making this Halloween?

decorative halloween apothecary magic potions

Maple banana nut breakfast lentils

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A few days ago, I decided to try my luck at making lentils and you know what? They're ridiculously easy to make. Seriously. Just dump about 1/2 cup in a pot, add water about an inch over the lentils and boil until soft (you may need to add water as it's cooking). Adding a bit of salt as they're cooking adds flavor so I strongly suggest it, although not necessary.

So anyway, here I am, serving my lentils to my family, when my husband asks: "Hey sweety, are there any bananas left?" And I'm like: "Say-waaaaa? Bananas? In your lentils? Really?" He goes on to saying that's how he ate lentils at home, back in Mexico. So I figure, why not?

As I'm sure you've all guessed, I found it delicious; unusual, but delicious. The next morning, I decided to mix it up. I'm usually more of a toast person, boring I know, but quick and reliable! The only problem with toast is that it's not really long lasting energy and I always end up hungry 1 hour later. So you can guess what happened next... I decided to turn the left over lentils from the previous night's dinner into my protein packed breakfast. I wanted this to be a well balanced meal so with the fruit, I added some yogurt and sweetened it with some maple syrup. Oh goodness, what a treat it turned out to be.

Lentils (cooked)
Plain yogurt
Maple syrup (to taste)
Nuts (get creative)

Just mix all the ingredients together and serve; warm or cold, it's just as good! Let me know what you think if you try it!

Do you have any unusual breakfast treats?

DIY: Decorative cork mobile

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I don't know what it is with me and the moon, stars and the sky. I seem to associate everything about myself to that and am constantly inspired by it. My blog name, my personality, my studies (astrophysics), some of my preferred activities (lying in the grass staring at the sky and star gazing), my favorite quote (which can be found in the attribution right at the bottom of this page)... and even my decor ideas.

As part of our home decorating project, we ended up painting all of the bedrooms in our home powder blue because I find it peaceful... perfect for a bedroom don't you think? Anyway, every time I enter our bedrooms now, all I can think about is the sky, so I figured I could do some decorations around that concept. I originally wanted to do some sort of mobile for my baby, but seeing as his bedroom walls were completely bare (and he already had a mobile) I figured I could make something else with the materials I had.

Let me introduce to you, the cork wall hanging. Pretty sweet if you ask me. You can use any patterned fabric you like, and use anything you want for the falling strands (flowers, pompoms, leaves, charms). You can even pin things on the cork board if you want (like photos or notes)! This project is super easy to do, you could even ask your kids to help!

Cork circle (I got mine at Ikea)
Fabric of your choice
Colored paper

Paper punches

1. Cut your fabric to fit the cork board and staple it on tightly.

2. Using the desired paper punch, make cuttings from the colored paper of your choice.

Glue the paper shapes together (or sew them), whatever you prefer.

4. Staple the strands of paper punches to the cork board and add a piece of rope to the top to hang it.

What would you pin on your cork wall hanging?

This was such a fun project. It's super quick and very versatile.

Life lately + 7 things about me

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Lately... we tried going to Movies in the Park by Virgin Radio 96.5. Every Wednesday night during the summer the radio station shows free movies in select parks around the city. We usually try to go a few times every year, but this summer, weather simply was not on our side.

Lately... I've been trying out some new beauty products from Sephora; most of them are Tarte products. So far I like them, but they do make my skin feel a bit dry.

Lately... I bought the cutest panda slippers at Simons. I'm a little disappointed though, they're not as comfortable as they could be but I still love them, just because they're cute.

Lately... we did some renovations in our yard. Some of the wood on our patio was starting to rot, so my parents came over and helped us change a few of the planks.

Lately... I bought my very first red lipstick. Yay!

Lately... I've been drinking way too much coffee.

Lately... I've been playing with my babies a lot. M loves to play outside so I bought him some water guns and we've been chasing each other around the yard on warm days. I just love playing with him so much, he's always so happy.

Lately... We picked some fresh veggies from our garden. M really liked helping me cook them. As a matter of fact, I think that his involvement in the preparation process encouraged him to eat his greens!

Lately... I visited the local nursery and bought some new plants for our home. That's nothing new though, I'm always chilling out at the nursery. ;)

Lately... we welcomed my husbands parents into our home for a month. We're in Canada and they're in Mexico so we don't get to see them often, but when we do, it's so much fun.

Lately... I was nominated by my friend Elba of Live Colorful for the Most Inspirational Blogger Award. Thanks Elba! I thought it would be fun to give my answers in a short video. Hope you enjoy it!

I nominate the following people:
1. Chelsea from Chelsea Beeswax
2. Mei of Ice Pandora
3. Melissa from While it Rains
4. Savannah and Jenny of Maiedae
5. Elycia from Love Elycia

The rules are:
1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2. List the rules.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

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recent favorites

1. Bright red lipstick a la Maiedae style.
2. I can never get enough of pretty hair colors like Kayla's. I wish I had the guts to try it!
3. This twig pencil by Inkkit.

inspired by

1. Bright watercolor art by The Wheat Field. It's on my to learn list!
2. Gorgeous food styling skills and an entertaining voice like Joy the Baker.
3. Pretty lettering like Stringfellows. I'd love to do my logo like this.

random facts about me

1. I wish I could stay home to raise my kids for the next 5 years.
2. I have the hardest time in the world staying focused. Everything distracts me!
3. I'm very symmetrical when I draw and it drives me nuts.

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