It’s fun time with food! Fruit shaped deviled eggs

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I was aiming for the deviled eggs to look like a pumpkin, but I was too busy eating them (soooo hard to resist with this recipe) that I didn’t add too much paprika (burnt orange color) to make it look more like a pumpkin color. So, you may need to squint a little (um, or a lot) to visualize it. I used CLOVES as the STEM and used a fork to give the “pumpkin” lines (like the indented shape of pumpkins).

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INSTRUCTIONS on making your very own veggie or fruit shaped deviled eggs is as follows:

1. decide what design you plan on making:
– pumpkin (use paprika)
– yellow squash (no spices needed)
– tomato (add cayenne pepper spice is ya’ll can handle it)
* you can also try food dye if you don;t want your tongue to fall off from the spicy hotness of the cayenne pepper

2. choose spice topping to reflect the veggie / fruit of your choices coop the already prepared filling onto the egg white. Make sure you end up with a round chubby shape for pumpkin or follow the shape of your intended fruit / vegetable

3. with a fork rack the filling to give it a shape

4. sprinkle the spice (sprinkle a LOT, don’t be a cheapo like me)

5. insert the clove to represent the STEM

6. eat them all and don’t share with anyone share the creative deliciousness, and remember that the GOAL is to step out of your comfort zone and HAVE FUN trying something NEW

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Oh, check out how you can make a HEART SHAPED EGG here in this 1 minute video using just an egg, chop stick, milk carton, and rubber bands . I HAVE TO try this soon.

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Folding a napkin into a leaf (psst, just 3 steps)

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I was inspired by all the tips Marie Forleo shared here when speaking with Oprah Winfrey, she mentions “the secret to finding our passion, ironically, is to bring passion in everything that you do”.  Isn’t that beautiful? It’s basically a shift in our mindset. So, we can even bring passion to setting a table, even folding a napkin, and we can even take it up a notch and make that napkin super pretty and creative. Today’s I’ll show you how you can fold a napkin into a leaf in LESS THAN 1 MINUTE (it’s quick and easy, and look sooo pretty).

MATERIALS:
1. napkin (cloths or paper)
2. string (i’ll provide 5 ideas for a string)
3. optional -> add a cute decorative item (I used red berry branches).

Oh yeah, you also need your hands to pinch, twist, tie .. “and wave them in the air like you just don’t care” (Oh sorry for my singing, coffee was veeeeery strong).  2 prepped_folding a leaf into a napkin_Ada Gonzalez 3_folding a leaf into a napkin_Ada Gonzalez 4_folding a leaf into a napkin_Ada Gonzalez

3 STEPS ON HOW TO FOLD A NAPKIN INTO A LEAF SHAPE:

1. fold (fold twice to get a small square shape)
2. pinch (each side in an accordion style)
3. wrap (to hold the shape of the leaf)

Go “shopping in your home” to see what you can use to wrap / tie the leaf (ahem, napkin) together.

Here are a few ideas:
– twine
– bakers string
– ribbon
– rubber band
– hair (just kidding, that’s totally gross! Again, maybe I should cut back on my coffee).
– washi tape (they are strong enough to hold, and gentle enough to open)

Any more wrapping ideas that you come up with, let us know.

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If you create your very own cool Leaf Napkin post it to instagram (show everyone else your talent!) and sent it to me  @adasdesigninc so I can admire it too.

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the MUSTACHE universal knife block in our kitchen

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Since hubby is the chef king of our kitchen I added a mustache to our knife set holder as a reminder to me to stay away from the ouchie knives that don’t cooperate when I try to use them to cut veggies. You would think the knives would be nicer to me esp since I got them their cozy home (the knife holder block!). The cutlery/knife block is AMAZING bec it doesn’t have standard “slots” to place the knives in. It’s universal. It has flexible black fiber strands (similar to skewers) so u can insert knives into ANY area on top and SQUOOSH as many knives as possible. Cool huh. Oooooh and I purchased it for just $29.99 from here. I’ll be sharing more of our kitchen transformation pics soon (I just have to find them and tie myself to the computer with a jug of coffee to upload them for you). Remember the hideous (eek eek) kitchen floor that we used to have? -> here.

I hope you have a GREAT weekend and here are 3 DIY ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS to make your very own universal knife block for your home:

1. You can use spaghetti pasta, like Brianna did here.

2. You can cut and use bamboo skewers like seen here. <- for this one, I suggest that the FLAT end is the top of the block so you don’t prick yourself (as I probably would) when placing the knives in.

3. You can go awesomely unique and use these beans instead of skewers.

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4 animal swimming pool accent tiles (hello fish, turtle etc!)

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Did you know that you can order already designed swimming pool accent tiles such as mosaic tropical fish, crabs, coral reef? Yep, how swimmingly awesome, right! It’s a life made easy design with the help of Glass Tile Oasis. They sent me their catch of the day, this cutie-pie surgeon fish tile to share with you. No, you can’t cook it (sicko!), but you can ooh and aaah at it’s detailed mosaic beauty. Isn’t it beautiful? The fish already comes in a meshed back so it’s a crazy-simple-beautiful installation process. Less time installing, more time swimming in your pool, or shower! Yep, don’t restrict your creativity to just the pool area, you can install these in your bathroom too. The colors, details, and sizes (like a 51″ long dolphin) is a design to wow at in my book. So, let’s wow together some more . . . check out some of their other designs at the end of this post (oh, did I mention that they also have ‘sea grass’ and ‘sharks’. I know, crazy cool.

3 glass oasis tile_pool accent tiles - styled by Ada Gonzalez These accent tiles in a pool are like a treasure hunts for pool aficionados, diving in to find the mosaic treasure. Dive in to find … this mosaic shark accent tile staring at you. YIKES.  Oh, but you can then declare that you have a ‘shark’ in your pool (wink, wink!).  They also sell:

* crabs
* koi fish
* gecko
* frogs
* octopus
* coral reefs
* sea grass
* dolphins
* other stuff

I love their dolphins bec they are designed with a shadow, which gives it a cool 3-dimensional look. I believe some of their turtles and sharks have shadows as well. But, hey even this cutie-pie surgeon fish is spectacular . . . is it trying to bite me?

2 glass oasis tile_pool accent tiles - styled by Ada Gonzalez Time to take out your underwater camera and snorkel into the pool with me as we check out these meshed back pre-designed swimming pool accent tiles . . . (4 images courtesy of Glass Tile Oasis):

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Here are direct links to the koi fish, surgeon fish (the one I played with), 36″ x 51″ dolphin tiles, and turtle tiles.

SAVE MONEY – (1) Add discount code “Springdiscount” to your checkout and you can save 10% this season. You can also (2) go to their general coupon menu tab here (psst, free shipping on some orders), and for (3) latest sales check out their menu tab called $15 Corner where you can find a vast selection of economical tiles.

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Bunny ear napkin fold in 1 minute (must make it today!)

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Happy Easter! Ready to impress your friends and family today with a cute craft? Not only are these bunny ear napkin folds ADORABLE but they can be done in 1 minute! Seriously, just 1 minute ..  yep, I actually timed myself. Once you know the steps it a hip hoppity quick creation. So go grab a napkin and hop to it  . . . Oh, just note: you can use any size as long as the shape is SQUARE, I used small size napkins and turned the napkins into an appetizer holder. So instead of grabbing appetizers in one hand and napkin in another I combined it so once you finish eating the appetizers you have the napkin handy. Adorable, right and sooo simple:

1. make the bunny ear
2. attached a round chocolate (for the nose) to the toothpick end
3. insert the toothpick w/nose into the bunny head
4. attach appetizers to the toothpick – done!

Scroll down to see how it turned out and the step by step instructions for you to have fun experimenting making these today . . .

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MATERIALS: 

1. napkins
– paper napkins (I got the pink one for $0.99 here)
– cloth napkins (starch it if it’s too flimsy)
– paper towels (yep, even paper towels can be used as long as you it to a square shape)

2. toothpicks

3. candy coated chocolate -or- marchmallows
(any edible treat that the toothpick can insert/attach to, I used Sixlets which are colorful in the outside and chocolate soft yumness inside, I purchased it from here at $1.00 for 15 packs … I just needed 2 different color packs, but hey’s it 15 for $1.00 so I just “had to buy it”, right!

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STEPS / INSTRUCTIONS

It may look like a lot of steps, but once you know the steps you can makes these SO QUICKLY! A hop and a skip away from making your very own. Go get a napkin and follow each step . . . .

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And, these bunny ear napkin folds can be used for different reasons.

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A gorgeous gold headband for spring in just 3 steps

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Instead of shopping around aimlessly for the perfect item (like a gold headband or home accents), why not make your perfect accessory (for your hair or home) … psst, it’s usually TONS more economical too. And guess what, is it super easy too! Here’s the scoop on how my DIY came to life –  I had been looking for an adorable headband to go with a gold trimmed collar shirt and had no luck finding the perfect match for me (that didn’t cost less than $30!). So, off to Joann’s I went and BINGO … the ribbon was absolutely beautiful – sparkly, intricate, detailed, and looked expensive, but it wasn’t. I scored it at just $2.00. I know, crazy-sauce, right?!  in just 3 steps I had my very own one of a kind DIY gold headband, plus extra materials to decorate around my home. See details below.

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5 ITEMS / MATERIALS:

1) ribbon (one that makes u drool over the design)
2) elastic (one that matches your ribbon)
3) needle
4) thread
5) scissors

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STEPS: 

1. measure your head (or wrangle down the person u want to gift this too and measure their head.

2. cut 1/2″ overhang on each side of the elastic

3. sew and wear and skip around town singing “i made this lalala I made this la la la” . Ok, u may want to skip the last part,

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THE COST FOR ME WAS . . . 
$2.00 for the sparkly gold ribbon (I got 1/2 yard, just 18″ was plenty)
$3.99 for the gold shimmery elastic

* plus tax
* plus I was able to use the EXTRA shimmery elastic for other projects
* plus no need to fight with my sewing machine bec I simply used needle and thread

2_a_golden DIY regal headband That’s it! Not too bad for a one of a one-of-a-kind gold headband design where you can USE THE EXTRA MATERIALS to add lovely accents to your home as I did – I used the extra elastic to decorate a lamp shade, used it as curtain ties, and gave a white vase a sprinkle of color (without having to paint it). If you have any questions please let me know.

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5 Adorable pillow styles to choose from for your living room

Happy Tuesday! It’s still very chilly in New York (brrr), I am beyond READY for the warm weather. You too? Even though it may feel like winter outside, it doesn’t’ mean we can’t start decorating for spring season. Right? Right! So to get “things” started ….. I gathered a collection of #1 decorative item in a living room that can transform a room immediately! What are they? Decorative PILLOWS!!!!! (warning -> they can also start fun pillows fights). I love pillows that make a statement with … cuteness, attitude (yep, pillows can have a mega attitude – you’ll see soon below), food theme, and more.  So, below are 5 adorable pillow styles to choose from for your living room.

COLORFUL MIXED PATTERNS

Caitlin pillows for the home Don’t these cluster of pillows make you want to dive into the sofa? Ooooh so heavenly looking. I love how they are ALL DIFFERENT patterns and every-single-one goes great together. These are all from Caitlin Wilson’s collection. The floral beauty gravitates us doesn’t it. OMG, wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a scratch and sniff floral pillows??? And the peonies and roses aroma came to life. Mosey on over to her site here to see more gorgeous pillow covers.

PILLOWS WITH ATTITUDE
beast pillow Isn’t this the cutest “beast” ever? It has my “You dare talk to me without caffeine in my system” face. Debi van Zyle makes these beastly beauties in Los Angeles, CA. Check out her designs here, and if you want your very own beast and she doesnt’ have it listed, she may be able to do a custom order for you.
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PILLOWS FOR FOODIES 
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Is this the cutest bread you have ever seen? Y’all can’t eat it, but with it’s fluffy and large size it makes a deliciously comfy arm rest, a foot rest, and even a back rest.  I spotted this no calorie bread  here.

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GEOMETRIC PILLOW

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If I was to choose 1 pillow out of all these creative ones, it would be this geometric one bec I LOVE the colors, I LOVE the geometric pattern, and it would fit perfectly into my living room decor. As gorgeous as floral patterns are, I’m a geometric kind of gal. Plus, hubby may give me the evil eye for turning our living room into a botanical garden. Spotted over here at such a great price.

DIY PILLOW

DIY cactus shape pillow for the home Now for those that aren’t afraid to use a sewing machine, the skys the limit – where you can choose the color, pattern, and whatever AWESOME SHAPE you want to make a pillow in. Such as … a cactus!  I love love love this catuc pillow created my Emily over here. She gives us step by step instructions on how to make your very own here, plus other cool stuff. I am currently not in speaking terms with my sewing machine or it’s cousins the “Needles”, but if your game to create this so-cute-cactus please let me and Emily know.

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Which style would you choose? You can mosey on over to see more adorableness (pillow stle kind) at my Pinterest board here – the cat with the crossed arms CRACKS me up every single time I see it. Hope you have a giggled fest day too!

Psst, do you want help sourcing fun pillows for your living room sofa?

Then:

1) send my office (info@adasdesigninc.com) a photo of your living room sofa

2) move far back from your sofa so I can see your surroundings / items so I can be sure to pick pillows that match your other decor)

3) and I’ll email you 3 options (yeah, for free) bec … I had my caramel macchiatto latte today, wink!

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Mega adorable Easter Egg Decorating | p.s. No boiling required!

Wow, this week zoomed by. Blink, presto, hello Friday. I haven’t decorated any Easter eggs yet so I will share some adorable ones I decorated in the past. Remember Mr & Mrs Eggtastic?

Normally we make hard boiled eggs in preparation to “decorate” them for Easter. But, this season, why not try the lazy ‘creative’ egg decorating WITHOUT boiling them. How? Gather your regular eggs and simply draw faces on them, and put them back in the fridge until you are ready to make …. scramble eggs, french toast, omelets, yum etc. How? Simply use colors markers. Make adorable faces like the Mr + Mrs couples that I made … a added red lipstick for the gals, and mustache and ties for the men. It’s guaranteed to make you (and your fam) smile when you open the box of eggs.

INGREDIENTS:

1. eggs
2. color markers

STEPS: 

1. practice drawing cute faces on paper 1st
2. then (once confident that you like the look) draw them on the eggs

Drawing egg faces for Easter are really my GO-TO egg decorating style bec:

1. there’s no boiling involved (perfect fir ‘us’ lazies)

2. you can still use the eggs to cook (French toast anyone?)

3. these faces are guaranteed to make us smile (even if you r a grumpy morning person)

4. Its a fun ‘grown’ up version of egg decorating. But hey, kids can draw as well, and if one or a few break when trying to draw on them remember (1) hold them more gentle (duh!!) or (2) so what they break, get another. The point of Easter egg decorations is to HAVE FUN and bring a SMILE to our faces. Right? Can I get an AMEN to that.

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Painting ceiling stripes (YEP, even a ceiling isn’t a boring space around a decorator)

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If you want to give one of your rooms a little re-vamp and don’t want to change or repaint your walls then simply look up; higher, HIGHER, all the way up. I am talking painting ceiling stripes my friends! Changing a light fixture is a very nice way to revamp a space, but also (and more economical) is grabbing some paint, ladder, (husband, like I did), brush, and tape to give a WOW factor. Like, wow … you painted WHAT? Yeah aha I did (pop collar with pride, especially if you didn’t fall off the ladder).

So here is the scoop. We have a narrow hallway (and I HATE NARROW hallways, they kinda creep me out), so besides adding a french door (make it look less “closed up”, and adding a POP of sunshine wall color with origami decal, I decided to paint horizontal stripes on the ceiling. Horizontal stripes on a narrow passageway gives a slight visual illusion of a wider space, plus I varied the thickness of the painted like  bec i wanna to give it more visual interest.  The coolest part is that YOU can do this too if you want. Here’s what you need:

MATERIALS: 
1. paint (of course!)
2. brush
3. painting tape
4. ruler (to keep lines straight from one end to the other)
5. ladder (no, stacked boxes will not do)

MY PREFRENCE: 

For paint - I used Benjamin Moore’s Classics #549 (called honeydew)

For finish – I used HIGH GLOSS finish for a super shiny sexy look. Ok, maybe I am the only one that finds it sexy, but I love the shininess (bling bling). My photos suck does not really show the beauty of the shine. So picture it … shiny, wink!

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2_painting ceiling stripes easily 3 STEP INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. tape stripes across the ceiling from edge to one wall to the other.

* with tape create the same stripe thickness or vary it
* use tape to mark which areas with will be painting (as if can be a lil confusing when you are up high on the ladder)

2 . paint away using a small brush

3. remove tape after 30 minutes and lay on floor to admire

4. elbow friends and family to look up in case they haven’t noticed your new ceiling yet

I confess taping a ceiling (awkward angle) isn’t the easiest thing to do if you have a huge ceiling, but hey you’ll get gorgeous biceps for spring and summer! Hubby joined in the fun, he did the painting when I finished taping the design (thanks hubby!!!).

Here’s a instructional visual guide (aka: more photos) . . . 

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Happy Weekend! Here are 4+ cool finds

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Happy weekend and spring season. Y’all know what that means for us, right?! Above photo is a hint – that It’s that time again (our Easter tradition now) to make those ADORABLE deviled eggs chicks. Check out how they turned out here. The only bad part is that they are so hard to RESIST eating more than 5. Seriously, they are THAT good. Must resist. Must resist. Oh, the temptation. In the interim, I’ll keep myself busy sourcing cool finds for you. Check them out below: 

This AWESOME lego key holder.

I already ordered my tulle skirt. Can’t wait to sport it w/a t-shirt.

I can’t stop staring at this hidden pool video. And y’all know that I love the “unexpected” elements in designs.

I may (or may not) create more Easter egg faces this year. Maybe. Hmm. should I? They r so easy to make. I don’t even have to boil the eggs.

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