Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2104

I've been writing this post in my head for the last few days and finally this morning sat down to write it. 2014 has been an amazing year for Handmade Reverie. This year I was able to stay home full time and work on crafty things for a living. That is a dream for a creative person. I'm beyond thankful and I know how very lucky I am. This year Handmade Reverie shipped all over the world! All over the US and to Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, Greece, Chile, Israel, and Azerbaijan! Amazing. Thank you to everyone that placed an order, liked my on facebook, followed on instagram or repinned something I posted on pinterest. Thank you. Without you Handmade Reverie wouldn't work.

Personally in 2014 a lot happened. My husband graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in 3D Animation and Visual Effects with an emphasis in 3D modeling. Woo that's a mouth full. He also finished his time in the Army Reserves and has since grown a kick ass beard, which he's pretty proud of ha! I started working out with my cousin on a more regular basis and saw a number on the scale I hadn't seen in a while. I didn't do as well as I'd planned but something is better than nothing. I hope to continue that in 2015 and do a better job of sticking to it.

Tomorrow I'll tell you about my goals for 2015. I don't make resolutions. I pretty much never stick to them. Goals I feel work better for me. Have a happy and safe New Year celebration!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Jello Shot Re-Do

Last year I found a super fun recipe on pinterest for jello shot eyes. At the time I didn't really get any pictures of the process of making them, so I knew I had to remake them this year.

They are actually really tasty and so much fun. Watching everyone freak out a little when they ate them was pretty funny too.

I found the molds for these on Amazon for a good price. These are similar.

Malibu Rum and Coconut Jello Shots
amazing recipe by

Here is what you'll need:
2 packets Knox unflavored gelatin
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, canned
1 cup Malibu Rum
½ cup white sugar
cooking spray
spherical ice molds

(sugar not pictured)

Add coconut milk to a medium sauce pan, sprinkle gelatin in and let sit for a minute. On low heat, stir until gelatin dissolves. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Add Malibu Rum.
Using a measuring cup I poured the mixture into the molds, sprayed with cooking spray, until about halfway full. Maybe a little more. Then place the top portion of the mold in. Doing it this way fills in the top portion of the mold as well. If it isn't full, remove the top and pour a little bit more in.

Put in the fridge and wait. Once the jello is solid remove from molds. There will probably be some little bits around each eye that needs to be removed.
Using gel food coloring and a small clean paint brush, paint on the details. This part doesn't need to be perfect. The ones we made mistakes on last year were just zombie eyeballs ;-)
Allow the food coloring to dry a bit, unless you'd like your mouth to turn black. Learned that one the hard way. Oops.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

HUGE Custom Painted Shoe Giveaway!

If you've never heard of Handmade Reverie before, welcome! I hope you stay awhile. I'm doing the biggest giveaway I've ever done before. The winner will get a custom painted pair of Tom's of Vans shoes! That is a $100+ value!

Normally I host giveaways through my facebook fan page but I decided to open it up a bit more by hosting it here on my blog and not making being a facebook fan mandatory to enter. That's right, all you have to do is leave a comment here answering two questions:
1. Would you want Vans or Toms?
2. What would you want painted on them?

How easy is that? Of course there are more ways to earn extra entries.

Giveaway starts at midnight Pacific Time on September 1, 2014 and ends September 12. 2014 at 12am. The winner will be announced at 10am Pacific Time on September 12th!

So what are you waiting for? Go enter!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


Are you following handmadereverie on instagram? Well you should. I'm doing a small sale tomorrow at 3pm Pacific Time on ready to ship hair bows.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Red, White, and Blue Nails

I found this fun Sally Hansen Color Frenzy polish at Target last week. It's more like confetti than glitter which I really love.

I decided to do something simple and used Sinful Colors in Ruby Ruby for the tips. You can do this part with tape if you want perfectly straight lines.

 Once they dried I applied two coats of the Sally Hansen 340 in Red White & Hue.

Friday, June 27, 2014

What I've been up to

I've had record sales for my shop this month. I thought with summer weather I'd sell less scarves, not more! I can't thank my customers enough for their support and keeping me busy.

In a little less than 2 weeks I will be joining some friends for a fun bachelorette party weekend to Disneyland. How fun is that? I can't wait. So I decided to paint myself some shoes for the trip. I've always loved the painted Toms on Etsy so I bought a super cheap pair of shoes from Walmart incase I messed up. I LOVE how they turned out. So I went and bought another pair and painted those too. What do you think? I'm going to be adding the Mickey and Minnie ones to my shop in July.

I got the idea for these from a pair I found on pinterest.

I feel like a kid wearing them but doesn't Disneyland make everyone feel like a kid again? 

Friday, May 30, 2014

What I've been up to

I've been getting lots of fun custom crochet orders lately. Here are a few:

I was also pretty excited that one of the Chargers players liked my beanie on Instagram! :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I disappeared again

This last couple of weeks I've been busy working on chiffon flowers in any color I can get my hands on. I love them! They're pretty for everyday or for special occasions like prom or a wedding. What do you think?

Friday, February 28, 2014

I did it again

I'm a bad blogger.

This week has been filled with my own projects for gifts and today I'll be backing a birthday cake for my grandmother's 80th birthday party tomorrow. I'll make sure I share that with you tomorrow! Including the recipe.

My sister-in-law gave me a bunch of fabric squares she had planned to make a quilt with but never got around to it. Well I thought it would be a fun birthday gift to turn them into a quilt for her. I found this design on pinterest and I really like how it turned out! I'm new to quilting so it isn't perfect but we'll just say it add character! Right? I knew you'd agree with me. Sorry its so wrinkled. I didn't even think to iron it before taking the photo.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fun custom orders

I received these fun custom orders this month! I love how they turned out. Do you have a cat you love and want a cup cozy? I'm happy to take custom orders.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Quick and Easy Spicy Garlic Noodles

A few weeks ago I went in search of a spicy garlic noodle recipe like the one at P.F. Changs. What better way to find a recipe than to search pinterest? I found this recipe and I had everything on hand. Perfect! I couldn't wait to try it. When it was finished it was good, but it wasn't really the flavor I was looking for. So I decided to make some adjustments to it and I'm so happy with how it turned out. I might even like it better than the restaurants version!

This recipe is super quick and easy to make. We've had it several times since that first day.

Spicy Garlic Noodles
Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes

1 package of angel hair pasta
4 cloves of garlic, minced (I just use the pre-minced garlic you get in a jar 1 teaspoon is about a clove)
1/2 bunch of green onions, chopped
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp sesame oil (I don't always put this)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp chili garlic paste (more to taste)

Cook noodles according to package directions.

While the noodles cook, melt butter in a large pan. Once butter is melted and bubbling add chopped green onions and garlic to the pan. Saute on medium/low heat until soft but NOT browned. Remove from heat.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the butter and stir to combine. Drain the pasta in a colander and add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat the noodles.