New Artwork: Giving Piece of Trash a New Life

Mami recently told me she had a project for me. Uh Oh. I had no idea what she was going to ask for, and usually in the past when I showed my mother any of my artwork, she would say it was nice… but really quickly would find something wrong and not be afraid to mention it.

This time, a washing machine was on the fritz, so when the tech guys came to replace the tumbler inside of it, the old one was going straight to the trash. Mami wanted to re-purpose this hug metal cylinder and I was the one for the job. All that info that I really received was this it was going to be used as a planter, and that I could paint whatever I wanted on it. Well, you know, except for boobs, because we all know who I am. So okay, no pressure!

I had no idea what I wanted to paint on this thing, but I knew I wanted it to be a pattern. Something simple but a little intricate to show off some actual work went into it. And trust me, it did.

We took a trip to home depot, stacked up on some spray paint, and some oil based black exterior paint and I was ready to go.

Since I’m only ever truly around the parent’s  on weekends, This  project was going to have to work in sessions, because I possibly couldn’t do it all in one sitting. Spray painting the base a nice cobalt blue was the easy part, once it dried I added some hunter green swirls and some yellow triangles to give it some shape…(see what I did there)

Once that dried, the tedious part came about. I don’t know who in the hell told me to do this, and at the point of starting I was regretting it, but the first swirl had been made., so I had to finish it. And the struggle was well worth it, because I just love how it came out. You may not be able to see it, but within all the swirls are all of my family members names hidden just enough for a little personalization.

Now that the last clear base was sprayed for protection form rain and such, this piece is living right in front, where everyone can see. And yes, my mother liked it!

What have you guys recycled and made in to something beautiful?

love, minxinx

DIY: Heart Garland

Tis’ the season for pink and red, and I’m a sucker for anything that’s Do It Yourself, especially when it’s super simple. For this Valentine craft all you really need is colored paper, a stapler and scissors (even though I decided to use a X-acto board instead) So, let’s begin!

You want to cut your sheet of paper into strips. Remember, the thicker the strip is, the chunkier your heart will be.

Next up, fold your strip in half, that crease will be the bottom of your heart.
Fold the ends obviously forming a heart, and staple together.

You want to keep repeating the same process as many times as you wish,the more hearts, the longer your garland.

And that’s it, Tah-Dah!

A super easy garland.

I’m planning on making a few more and I can’t wait to show you what they look like when they are officially up!

If you guys make one of your own, please share, I would love to see.

Hashtag #2minxinxgarland so I can check up on you guys through instagram!

See you guys soon!

New Body Art: Cyn City

2minxinxYou guys know exactly what I’m good for… and painting on boobs has always been one of my best qualities. ha! How many people can say that?

I got to finally meet and add some pigment on the cutesy Cynthia, she started off a bit shy but was ready and willing for whatever. Just like I like it, and I guess that’s what the camera loves too, because she ended up looking amazing. Of course David Zayas Jr. was behind the lens, and Rachell worked her makeup skills for a nice, sweet smokey touch.  When I saw how full Cyn’s boobs were, I knew I had to go big when it came to the hair, go big or go right guys!? Using about 5 different shades of pink, I worked on her curls, and Cyn’s final product turned out just how I wanted, right in your face! Check out some more from her set.

Feel free to follow all of these talented chicks and dude by clicking on the credit links below.

See ya next time!

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Credits:    |  Photographer: David Zayas Jr.  |  Body Artist: 2Minxinx  |  Makeup Artist: Rachell Ventura  |  Model:Cynthia  |

Pumpkin Painting

pumpkin Super simple pumpkin painted for my cousin Scarla, which reads ” Chase & Chad”(her kids), I had a little help from @jayalmighty after some wine 🙂

5 DIY Halloween Costumes You Should Try

Halloween is around the corner and I’m super excited!

I mean, you don’t even understand… this holiday is better than my birthday and Christmas combined! When it came to dressing up for these festivities,  I’ve always loved Do It Yourself Costumes.  Of course when younger my  mother would take my brother and I to the nearest Party City, pick something out and call it a day. But if only you knew how much I hated bumping into another kid with my same exact costume. Like, ew little kid, go that way… don’t stand too close to me! Once I got a little older, I started looking for ways to incorporate a costume into my own way. Maybe one day I’ll actually starting making my own (I loooove cosplay too, bu that’s another story) until I decided to get my sewing skills up to date. I’ll continue to Do It Myself style…. and I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give you girls some pointers while I’m here. I decided to make these strictly Disney and Nickelodeon, maybe it’s because I grew up in the 90’s!

Let’s begin.halloween idea spinelli from recess1. Spinelli from Disney’s Recess- I don’t know if many of you remember this cartoon show, but I know I sure do. Spinelli was always my favorite, her bad ass ways were always adorable to me, and even better yet when she ever decided to show a sign of weakness, No boys could mess her. For DIY costume, you don’t have to do much but a cool jersey red dress, some funky orange and red stripe tights, some combat boots, a leather jacket and an orange knitted hat. Don’t forget to sloppy up those ponytails with a red scrunchie, and definitely bring your attitude with you for the night. mary poppins diy halloween costume by 2minxinx2. Mary Poppins– Who doesn’t love Julie Andrews as the  cheerful Mary Poppins? Grab a black A-line skirt, white collared shirt paired off with a red bowtie, a black hat with a few flowers stuck in there and grab a nice black umbrella , add red lips for a nice touch.  Feel like being punny? Walk around with a spoon and a bag of sugar!diy minnie mouse halloween costume by 2minxinx3. Minnie Mouse – Classic Minnie for the win. A red polka dot dress, black tights, ears and yellow heels, this one is super easy to do, and probably with things you already have at home too. No ears? Try making your hair into two high buns!mermaid man and barnacle boy halloween costume diy by 2minxinx4. Mermaid Man and/or Barnacle Boy– I’m thinking to myself, what on this list haven’t I seen before, and then I got it.. this dynamic duo from Spongebob is too funny to pass up. Mermaid Man required an orange long sleeve shirt, green tights and gloves, black speedos, make a seashell bra, spray your hair white and add some pink house slippers. Voilá! As for Barnacle boy, he’s not that far off, red long sleeve shirt, blue gloves, black speedos, black mask, a white sailor hat, tie a blue bandana around your neck and this one might be a little tricky and hard to walk with, but blue flippers… Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to the rescue!DIY Quail Man Halloween Costume by 2minxinx5. Quail Man– Aaaaaah! Quail Man! Doug is too cool for school. This is one is suuuper easy to re create. I mean, we all have the essentials, cargo shorts, white tee, brown belt and b\chuck taylors. You might have to invest in a Green vest if you don’t already own one, making a huge “Q” out of felt should be easy, attach a red cape and put on those whitey tighties!

These are my 5 DIY Costumes that should be easy enough for anyone on a budget this Halloween, let me know if you have any others, I would love to hear them!

Enjoy the festivities!

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Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Rolls

2minxinxMillie and I have been on our baking and cooking  mode lately. Millie was in the mood to make some more cookies, but I insisted that would have been too much temptation for me. I would have ate all of them, just like I stuffed my face last time (See that post HERE) I suggested making something for dinner, and she happily agreed. We decided on Chicken Pot Pies, (which I haven’t actually ever tried), but the ruling in the house threw that out the window, no one was interested in eating those!

Since it was already late, and we still had to get to the supermarket to purchase all of the ingredients, we needed to make a decision quickly. After searching the web for a few ideas, we bumped into a recipe that seemed good and healthy enough for all us to enjoy.

We got to the supermarket, and right at check out, we started to to crack up and worry all at the same time, the Credit Card was still at home in another wallet!

Millie’s niece Arlene was a doll and ran back to the house, while Millie and just sat there laughing it off. After paying, and Arlene getting back to us out of breath (poor Arlene! lol) it was time to finally start cooking, it was getting late enough as it is.

You had to see us, all stressed out. The recipe we had originally found seemed more complicated than plans to go to war. I swear we read that thing over and over and some steps just seemed meticulous. There had to be another way. Youtube it was… I swear Youtube has to be the answer for everything, and it was. We ended up finding 2 videos that some what matched what we were going for. So we decided to eyeball and merge those 3 recipes into one, and pray for the best.

We ended up making some rolls without spinach for those who think veggies taste awful, just in case.

After all of that going crazy, the chicken rolls came out pretty good, especially with garlic bread we made to pair it off. They were gone in no time!
I do have to say though, if I was to make these again, which I probably will, I will season the meat beforehand stuffing, The way they turned out was pretty damn good, but when you’re latina and used to having adobo in your life, anything without it seems dry. So next time!

I’m including the recipe for you guys, let me know if you like it when or if you make it!

kiss kiss, Minx
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Recipe

(serves approx. 4 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry or fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions:

(Obviously we decided to preheat  the oven at 350 degrees and bake until golden, then I sprinkled a little of Goya’s seasoning on top to give it a bit more color, instead of breading with panka and frying as the video mentions below. Feel free to substitute recipe to your liking)

 

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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2minxinxWhat better way than to crave a sweet tooth than by baking some cookies.  Millie and I were getting busy, with a recipe she found in a magazine that she was dying to try. I am no baker, but I was up for the challenge. Everything came out so great, we decided we’re gonna have to do this more often. If you feel like making your own, I’ve added the recipe to this post for you guys to try. It was actually way easier to make these from scratch than I imagined. Next time, I’m thinking cupcakes!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks to 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (135g) white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup (105g) dried cranberries

Directions:

In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries, mix for about 5 seconds until evenly disbursed. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.

Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Once chilled, the dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together if you work the dough with your hands as you roll into individual balls. Roll balls of dough, about 1 Tablespoon of dough each, into balls. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. Baked cookies freeze well – up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well – up to three months.

*Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets. Allow cookie sheets to cool completely between batches. 

Recipe found on SallysBakingAddiction.com