Monday, June 24, 2013

DIY Clothespin Photo Frame

       Lately on Pinterest I've been seeing tons of projects using clothespins + frames to make a unique way to display photos. After searching through the various takes on the craft, I realized I liked the ones where the photos had a vintage feel to them. At first I set off searching for a polaroid camera thinking - How cool would that be! Then after a quick search on amazon and other general websites I came to the realization that polaroid cameras were a little expensive just to buy for a craft. Luckily, I found this cool application that turns your digital photos into polaroid ones. It was super easy ( here's the link

8 nails
28 gauge silver string ( normally in the jewelry section in stores like Michaels)
inexpensive frame
photo paper
mini clothespins
spray paint

        To start off, I decided on all the photos I wanted for the frame. This probably would be easier at the end when you know how many pictures your frame fits, but I just could not resist.

From there I drilled in six nails ( three on each side) on the back of the frame. Try to make sure the nails are straight across from one another. Next take the 28 gauge string and tightly wrap it around one of the nails. Then stretch the string across to the opposite side (making sure the string is taught) and then wrap it around that nail. Repeat this with the remaining two sets of nails.

To hang the frame on the wall, I just hammered in two nails where they would match up with the hooks on the back of the frame. The next part of the craft requires a covered area as you have to spray paint ( spray paint easily gets things painted you don't want to). To make spray painting the mini clothespins easier, I clipped the clothespins onto a box. This made it easier to get the clothespins from all angles.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts


        As anyone who has ever tasted gluten free baked goods knows, food items without gluten just taste a little off. Let's me honest - they taste horrendous. BUT sometimes you find a gem and this recipe is one of those times!

1 cup sorghum flour 
1 cup potato starch (not potato flour) 
1/2 cup hazelnut flour 
1 cup light brown sugar 
1/4 cup cane sugar 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon xanthan gum 
1 teaspoon sea salt 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 
3 organic free-range eggs, beaten 
1/2 cup organic expeller-pressed canola oil 
1 14-oz can pumpkin 
2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla extract 
For sugar dusting: 
Granulated cane sugar 


1) Preheat the over to 350 and grease a donut pan
2) Mix all of the flour, sugar ( brown and white), baking soda, xanthan gum, salt, and spices
3) Add the eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla until the batter is moist        (don't worry if it is sticky) 
 4) Fill the donut pan until each section is almost full. Bake for 15 minutes ( or until a toothpick comes out clean) 
 5)  In a zip-block bag mix sugar and cinnamon to taste. 
 6) While donuts are still warm place each donut in the bag full of the cinnamon sugar one at a time. Move the zip-block bag around so that the donut is fully covered is the sugar mixture.

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