Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Mondays

Things that made me smile and entertained me today:

Snail Mail 
Snail mail is one my many favorite things to receive. :)

100 cool facts about the human body:  One of the many I found interesting!
Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. While a bloodhound’s nose may be a million times more sensitive than a human’s, that doesn’t mean that the human sense of smell is useless. Humans can identify a wide variety of scents and many are strongly tied to memories.

A cocoon made from packing tape
A self supporting cocoon 117,000 feet and 100 pounds of tape visitors could climb in.

Heat Sensitive Wallpaper
Created by Shi Yuan has created a wallpaper that reacts to heat.
When the heat is turned up the flowers bloom!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tennis "Cape Dory" Video

I love music that makes me happy.

Valentine Cupcake Inspiration and Tutorial

Here is a tutorial on how I made some of  my Valentine cupcakes:

First I will show you the Swirl Cupcake:

So after you have baked your cupcakes and they have cooled.  You get a good scoop of icing.  I used a butter knife very carefully and added a dollop of whipped cream cheese icing in the center of the cupcake.

Then I used the flat part of the butter knife to gently flatten the icing in a circular motion and turning the cupcake a little bit as I did.  I then gently smoothed the top by turning the cupcake and making sweeping motions with the knife one sweep at a time.  Looks pretty good!

Then I used a red Wilton ready to use icing tube with a small round nozzle tip I purchased in a set that was made to put right onto the icing tube by Wilton.  Starting in the center of the cupcake, make a swirl that goes evenly all around the white icing. 

Then take some White Pearl Nonpareils (edible looking beaded pearls) and carefully place them along the red swirl.

 Follow with the beads all the way to the end of the swirl.  Beautiful!

Next is the white and pink layered icing with white pearls cupcake.

Start with your white icing on top like the first cupcake and smooth it out.  Then I mixed some of my red Wilton icing with my white whipped and made a pretty pink.  Get a dollop of pink icing on a clean butter knife and flop it right in the middle of the white icing.

Now gently smooth the pink icing in a circular motion  with the flat part of your knife and sometimes moving the cupcake in a slow circular motion too.  Sometimes I go clockwise and then counterclockwise and that helps me get a pretty circle.  Keep going till you have a nice pink circle in the middle of the white.

Then place on your White Pearl Nonpareils on the pink part.

Okay last one is the pearl covered cupcake.  So simple and it tastes  sooooo good!  I actually just devoured this 1 minute ago.

 Start off with your white icing on your cupcake smoothed out like in the first step above.  Pour your White Pearl Nonpareils in a lid or plate.

Take your cupcake upside down and  gently lay the icing top into the bowl and rock the cupcake in a circular motion.  That will get a nice even coating of pearls.

You can then shape it with your fingers a little if it needs it and add a few pearls here and there if there are bald spots.  So simple and my favorite.

I went to the dollar store and found these cute cupcake boxes! They came 2 in a pack.  I gave some out as valentine gifts to my friends.  I love the see through windows and how the boxes display your cake like a work of art.
 Here are a few more of my cupcakes I made.  Hope they inspire you!

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Be Happy Monday

I used to refuse to work on Mondays when I was a hairdresser.  For some reason, everything seemed to go wrong on Mondays. From bad attitudes to complete disasters.  So I stopped working on Mondays.  Then, I got to thinking that I wanted to put some happiness into my Monday.  So here are some photos that help me relax and bring a smile to my face. Enjoy:

A pic by me.

Cotton grass in Iceland by National Geographic

Photo I found on photohito

photo by Operachic

Underwater room!

My son! Cutest boston terrier in the world.  Angus

 Another by me.

How To Add A Video And URL To Your Blog

This is a tutorial on how to add a video and  a link to the video in your blog. 

1.First go to new post in your blog:

2.  Add your title to your blog:

3. Write about your video in the body area of your blog.

 4.  Go to where your video is hosted:

5. Click on the button "Embed" to get the the video embed code.

6. Copy the embed code

7. Click on "Edit HTML" on your blog posting

8.  Then paste your code into the html body area:

It should look something like this:

9. You have now added the video to your blog.  If you would like to link the video in your blog on a title above your video.  Click back to the "Compose" button. 

10.  Add your title you would like to link to:
11.  Go back to where you video is hosted and click the "Share" button:
12.  Copy the link that it gives you:
13.  Go back to your blog posting and highlight your title that you want to link the video to:

14.  Click the "Link" button above your body area of your blog.  Sometimes there will be a picture of 2 links instead of the work "Link"

15.  The "Edit Link" box will appear:

16.  Paste your URL into the edit link box.
It should look like this:

17.  Press okay and your title should now be highlighted:
18.  From here I like to click "Preview"  So I can see if everything looks alright.
Looks Great to me!  So i am going to Publish my post!  Here is the  My post I just did a tutorial on.

I hope this was helpful to you!  Thanks for stopping by.