March 17, 2013

Think Green: Dairy-Free Shamrock Shakes

Justin, who has autism, has been talking about dairy-free shamrock shakes and green cookies for weeks.  Justin makes sure that every holiday is a celebration!  Last year for St. Patrick's Day we had green gluten-free pancakes for breakfast.

All that is needed for dairy-free shamrock shakes is:
  • A blender
  • Dairy-free vanilla ice cream
  • Dairy-free milk (we like almond)
  • Peppermint or mint extract
  • Green food coloring

The end result is creamy and minty and yummy!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, from our family to yours.


March 14, 2013

Vintage Baseball Trading Card Journals

I have been busy making one of a kind journals from vintage baseball trading cards for my Ivy Lane Designs Etsy shop.  The cards are filled with history and just too cool to spend their lives in a box under a bed.  Initially, I considered covering a wall in my son's room with baseball memorabilia, but feared it would be too overstimulating (he has autism).  I decided to make journals so the world can see and appreciate the players from our past.

If there is a particular team that you would like as a journal, just let me know.

Play ball!


March 5, 2013

Repurposed Book Purse

Last week I went to lunch with my friend Dee who suggested that I make purses from old hardback books.  I was so excited that I couldn't wait to get started.  The following day I traveled all over, searching for perfect books, hardware and fabric.  Last night I completed my first book purse, created from a 1924 edition of Shakespeare's King Lear.  I LOVE IT!

Today I auditioned my new purse around town and everyone thought it was FABULOUS!

I used handles from a vintage purse. 

Even the brass button closure is vintage.

I added a little pocket because I love pockets!

1924 makes it really old.

Now I just need to decide which book to transform next.