Saturday, January 21, 2012

Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza

Last night after a llooongg week at work, my boyfriend and I decided to treat ourselves to a pizza.

I try really hard to eat as much vegan as I can as often as I can, but sometimes you just need a break. Also, Jason isn't a vegan. He's not even a vegetarian, but he agreed to a vegetarian pizza and we decided to make a semi home-made veggie pesto pizza.

We made it up as we went along and it was SO yummy.

P.S. I have a not so secret love affair with Fresh and Easy. LOVE them.

Here is what we used:
1. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
2. Baby Portabellos (we bought sliced to save time)
3. Fontina Cheese
4. Artichoke hearts
5. Pesto (We were going to make it ourselves buuuut we got lazy)
6.Red Onion
7. Some EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

SOO Here we go homes:

1. Let you dough sit out on the counter for at least twenty minutes before you start. In the meantime, saute your mushrooms slightly in a pan. The pizza isn't going to be in the oven long enough to completely cook the mushrooms and they're going to be funky if you don't cook them a little first.
2. Slice up some red onion and grate your cheese.

3. Lightly flour your work surface. Roll out your dough.

There are no pictures for the next few steps because I somehow deleted them. Yea, technology is AWESOME.

Lightly oil your baking sheet. Put your dough on the sheet and get ready to top.

4. Spread your pesto over the dough. Top with cheese and sprinkle mushrooms, artichoke, and onions over the top.

5. Follow the baking directions that came with your dough. Once your pizza is done, let it cool for five-ish minutes before cutting. We also blotted some of the extra oil/ grease off.

Can I just tell you that this pizza was so frickin yummy? Oh My God, I could have eaten the entire thing myself. Also, if you're wondering why the right side seems to have more onions and mushrooms, that is Jason's side. He likes waay more of each topping on pizzas than I do. (My half was totally better btw.)

Its not really store bought but its not really home made from scratch. Its a semi homemade pesto pizza. Super easy, super yummy and fun.

If you're not a vegetarian, you can add some shrimp in place of the mushrooms. I'm positive that would be absolutely delish. Also, if you want to keep it totally vegan, you can swap out the fontina cheese for  good soy cheese.

Like I always say, make it yours!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! I'm off to get ready for a Birthday BBQ for a friend of mine. I get to see some of my sorority sisters I haven't seen in a while and I'm really excited.

See you soon!
<3 miss emily

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sparkles on Etsy.

Hey guys!

Remember my Never let Someone Spoil you Sparkly sign?

A couple of people on here, facebook, and pinterest were asking me if I would sell this or not.

I decided to put it up on etsy. If you are interested, you have find the listing here:

Much love homies!

haha yea, I know.

<3 miss emily

Monday, January 16, 2012

Never Let Someone Spoil Your Sparkle Canvas Art

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Sooo as I mentioned in my last post, I've recently become addicted to pinterest. Its like crafting crack.

Its also a legitimately awesome source of inspiration.

While wondering aimlessly through the pins yesterday, I came across this:
Originally From:
Ugh so effing cute. I also saw one that said Don't Ever Let Anyone Dull your Dazzle. I loved the alliteration here, but I really like the word Sparkle, so I made my own version.

Never let Someone Spoil your Sparkle.

Its basically the same, but with more S's haha. I love all the quotes on pinterest and I'm always wondering how I could incorporate them into real life.

Then I remembered a few weeks back when I went to visit my little sister Ashley in Palm Dessert that we had seen this adorable decorated canvases with sayings on them. We wanted to buy them buuut they were like three HUNDRED freaking dollars. uhm. no.
But! I could make my own!

And now you can too!

Here's what you need:

-Paint and Brushes
-Alphabet Stickers
- Gems, Jewels, Stickers, Decals, etc.
-Hot Glue and Gun

I got almost everything from Michaels. I was kind of disappointed because the butterfly came out of the wrapper and it was already broken :(

Never you fear, I hot glued that sucker back together!

Ok so, paint your canvas and then let it dry. I chose a soft bubble gummy pink.

Next, arrange everything on your canvas so you know where to put it BEFORE gluing it down. That way, if you don't like it, you can still make changes.

Now its time to stick/glue on everything! The letters were self stick, which was a life saver. The gems were not. I had to hot glue these along with the butterfly.

And that's it batman. You're done!

You can do a lot of different things to customize your own. Use your own quote, change up the colors, use polka dot letters instead of glitter ones. Like I always say, make it yours!

<3 miss emily.

P.S. Happy MLK Day! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Baby Shower Basket

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I feel like everyone I know is either getting married or having babies. Except for me of course, I'm just getting crafty and having messes.

Yesterday was the baby shower for one of my favorite and sweetest cousins, Amanda. Its the same shower I made the cake in a mugs for. Check those out here:

This was the toughest shower to buy/craft for. EVER.

The happy couple have decided to wait to find out whether they are having a boy or a girl. This means everything had to be gender neutral. If you haven't been shopping for baby stuff in a while, let me tell you, pretty much EVERYTHING says boy or girl on it. We had to hunt just to find a generic baby card.

AND since they don't know the baby's gender, they don't have an official name. This is hard for me because I love to put baby's name on everything when I make gift baskets. Soo I settled on putting Baby Markham on there instead.

My basket ended up a little more boyish than I wanted, but its still pretty cute. The theme of the shower was Underwater so I tried to do watery colors and it ended up a little too blue and green.
 Inside the basket is:
Baby body wash and shampoo
Baby powder
Baby wipes
Stuffed animals
sippy cup
Temperature Check Rubber Ducky
Bumbo (Which was supposed to be yellow, but the one I got was blue.)
Hooded Towel.
 I made the hooded towel a few weeks ago. It was super cute and super easy. I followed a tutorial  from . It was the easiest tutorial I found and it has step my step pictures, my favorite!

 I also made her a little blanket customized for the baby.
 The front was green with a turtle and "Baby Markham" and the back was brown with blue, green, and white polka dots.

oh my GOD.. I wish you guys could have seen the amazing diaper bag my aunt made for her. I don't have any pictures, but holy crap man. Talk about talent. It looks like something out of a fancy baby boutique on Rodeo Drive or something.

I'm still working on my sewing skills.

Unfortunately, I've become mildly addicted to Pinterest. My list of things I want to make keeps getting longer and longer and longer and my list of things I HAVE made isn't.

Oh well.

Happy Crafting!

<3 miss emily.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Five Minute Mug Cakes

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So, here I was, typing a blog about my latest craft. Letting you all know about the new version of my "Five minute mug cakes" and how cute they were. I wanted to link you to my original posts about mug cakes from day twelve of holiday bootcamp.

"What post about mug cakes?" you may be asking yourself.

Welp. I was going through my posts and I didn't see it on my public pages. I was so confused. I did some investigating and figured out that I had typed it and saved but not published it.


So here is a little combo of two crafts all rolled into one.

Five minute mug cakes!

Its the dry ingredients for a five minute microwavable cake in a mug. I'm sure you've seen those cake-in-a-jars before, this is the same idea only in single serving format.

Here's what you need:
1. 4 Tablespoons of flour
2. 4 Tablespoons of Sugar
3. 3 Tablespoons of Chocolate Chips
4. 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa
5. Cellophane bags
6. Cute Mug.

Here we go homes:

Put your cellophane bag inside the mug. Pour in your dry ingredients. Seal up the bag.

Then you need to add the directions to make it. Here is the tag I used for the holiday ones:

Ok. Flash forward like a month.

My cousin is having a baby! Everyone say yay!!

Her baby shower is coming up and my aunt asked me to make some Five Minute Mug Cakes as party favors. I said "Of freaking course!"

The theme of the shower is underwater. Its going to be super cute!

So, I wanted to do blues and water type things.

I bought these cute clear mugs at Walmart that were only $1. They were really plain so to spice it up I  painted waves and and bubbles on there with glass paint pens.

Then, after I filled the cellophane bags with the cake ingredients, I wrapped them in blue glitter tissue paper.

I changed the label to reflect the underwater bubble theme and tied it on with a sparkly blue ribbon.
And this is what I ended up with:

This is a great gift/party favor because you can change it up to fit any theme. I did blues and bubbles for underwater. You could do pink and little cupcakes for a girls party. You could do greens and dinosaurs for boys.

Super easy and super affordable. Each one costs around $2 to make, which is not bad in the party favor realm.

I hope you all have some fun making your own mug cakes.

OH AND! If you just want your own cake, you can totally just put all the ingredients in a mug and microwave it. It is freaking Delish! I always add vanilla. :)

Thats it love bugs! You're all done. Enjoy!

And as always, make it yours!

<3 miss emily

Monday, January 2, 2012


So its officially 2012. Congrats planet, we made it.

 I've been going through my blue period lately, where I feel like I'm not really doing anything in my life. I saw a lot of people online recapping their year and I thought "Awesome, I haven't done anything."

Then I stopped and thought about everything that has happened in the last year and you know what?!

It was a really busy, event filled year.

I accepted my first post-university full time job. Granted, its not my dream job, but I have paid vacation and health benefits sooo I'll take it.
This is a photo from the brochure for the ESL school that I work for.

I walked across the stage and received a very hard earned degree in English. I technically finished in December of 2010, but there is only one commencement in May so I had to wait to walk. AND I got to walk with people I love and cherish, my best friend Christina and my dear friend Colleen.
Left to right: Mike, Colleen, Me and Christina.

I had the honor of standing next to my best friend in world while she married the love of her life. Let tell you, being the maid of honor is harder than i thought, but so fun and so worth it! (And Christina, when I turn into bridezilla, just remember that family climbing on the rocks. )

I watched two of my other very good friends get married.
Michelle and Ryan. Unfortunately, I have no pictures with the happy couple, but I had a great time!

Rachel (the bride), some friends, and I.
Photo with the Groom Andrew!

My family welcomed some little ones into our lives. My cousin Ryan and his wife Nicole brought the adorable Kaia into our lives.

Little Kaia Faith sleeping in my arms. SO cute!

She's growing so fast!

And my cousins Michael and Sarah had the adorable Alexa.
Alexa and the keepsake blanket I made for her!

Two of my other cousins announced their expecting. Hellooo Baby Boom!

My boyfriend and I went to Boston and I fell in love with that place. The architecture. The scenery. Everything.
Jason and I at Rowes Warf

Some of the stunning homes that we saw.

Yea, I went to Harvard... for like a day.

In December, we celebrated our seven year anniversary by going to San Francisco. While I didn't fall quite in love with San Fran as I did with Boston, I did love the fall/winter weather, with all the changing leaves.

Then like a week later I went to Palm Dessert for two days haha. I did a LOT of traveling in 2011, well a lot for me.

I went to see my little sis Ashley from DZ. She has a new job at the Marriot out there. I am SO proud of her.
I started crafting more and got my first sewing machine from my Aunt Angie. I am still learning and so excited! She also helped me get started at craft fairs and on etsy. (You can see my shop here :

I started this blog!
This was my first post. Check it out:

And my other blog:

I started to lead a more healthy lifestyle, trying to maintain a mostly vegan diet.It works homes, not only do I feel a ton better but I lost weight too.
Before: A Big Mess

Now: Healthy work in Progress
And before I knew it, 2011 was over. I've officially been out of college for an entire year. Emotionally its been a bumpy road, but I made it through. I've been really busy with my job and family in for the holidays, and mildly out of money because of Holiday Boot Camp haha, but I pledge to blog more consistently from now on! <3

 I am so glad I decided to start crafting, blogging, and living life to the fullest. I was feeling kind of down (I'm also sick. Great 2012, bring it.) but typing this post reminded me of all of the little things I have accomplished this year.

I have so many more fun ideas to do and share. I can't wait!

I hope 2012 is as fun, ribbon and glue, true love, happy, laughing, travel, and adventure filled as 2011 for me and for you.

As always, be sure to make it yours!

<3 emily