You know how I grabbed some sand from the beach in the Philippines and made a little trip souvenir with it?
I’ve created another small memento from our trip. I made jewelry pins out of other things I picked up on the beach in Boracay Island, PHP. Here’s the collection I brought home all laid out on my desk.
There’s some coral and a few pretty shells that I picked up right off the beach just because they had great shapes and seemed so perfect and smooth, two of the shells weren’t even damaged at all. While, I think this sort of beachy collection would look really neat as-is framed in a shadow box against a pretty background, I knew I wanted to create some sort of ‘dipped’ look with at least a few pieces of the coral.
I purchased jewelry pins at Michael’s (using my 50% off coupon!) and used gold leaf sheets (left over from this project) to create my new beach souvenirs. I chose my two favorite shapes and then taped off the bottom halves of the coral. I sprayed the top half with spray adhesive and layered on a small piece of gold leaf atop the sticky half. After smoothing the gold leaf over the coral, I brushed on some Polycrylic (I used that because I already had it but any clear coat spray or polyurethane should work) to protect the gold leafing. I used Gorilla Glue to glue the coral to the brass jewelry pin and allowed it to harden and dry.
I actually love adding pins like these to my jean jacket and sometimes have several different pins (flair!) on the pocket lapel at a time. The sheen of gold leaf (unmatched by paint) is absolutely gorgeous and the fact that it reminds me of a great trip just makes it even sweeter.
Do you have an item you collect from your travels? Do you display souvenirs in your home? Now I need to move on to an idea I have for the shells. I am eager to see how it turns out!
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I used to make this pie often: with a homemade crust of flour, walnuts, and butter. I hadn’t made it in quite awhile though, since I cut flour out of my diet earlier this year. I recently had a taste for it so I modified the crust to be flour (and gluten) free.
Instead of regular flour, I used ground almonds and a gluten free baking mix to make the crust but I think ground almonds all by themselves would work out just fine.
1 cup ground almonds (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
1 cup gluten free baking mix
1 stick of unsalted melted butter
Mix ingredients together and press into pie dish. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and slice two bananas and layer banana slices on top of the crust.
Move on to either making your own vanilla custard filling or follow the package directions for french vanilla instant pudding mix.
1.5 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp sugar (I substituted one dropper full of stevia instead)
Once pudding is cooled, pour into pie crust and top with whipped cream. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer to whip the cream, adding in a little stevia and vanilla for flavor while it whipped.
It was so yummy! Let me know if you try it.
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