Microwave Potato Chips

Did you know you can make healthy, delicious potato chips in the microwave? Click through for the easy recipe and video!

I know everyone is all about fries before guys these days but when it comes to fried snacks, I’ll take potato chips over fries any day. Especially when they’re paired with a delicious sandwich.

If you too love a good potato chip, then you gotta try this ridiculously easy recipe. No deep fryer is needed to make these crispy potato chips at home. Just a potato and a microwave is all you need to have homemade chips. And since you aren’t messing with a fryer, they are so much healthier too.

Watch the video below to see just how easy they are to make!

Crispy Microwaved Potato ChipsYour microwave will thank you for making these.

Posted by Sarah Hearts on Thursday, April 7, 2016

 

Did you know you can make healthy, delicious potato chips in the microwave? Click through for the easy recipe and video!

Microwave Potato Chips

ingredients

1 potato
1 tbsp olive oil
coarse salt

supplies

mandoline
parchment paper
microwave-safe plate

directions

  1. Wash and dry the potato. Use a mandoline on the thinnest setting to slice the potato into thin chips. Place them in a bowl and add the olive oil. Toss them to distribute the oil.
  2. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the microwave-safe plate. Place the potato slices on the parchment lined plate in a single layer. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
  3. Microwave for 5 minutes, or until they become crispy. The exact time will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. Devour—or serve—immediately. Happy snacking!

Did you know you can make healthy, delicious potato chips in the microwave? Click through for the easy recipe and video!

Did you know you can make healthy, delicious potato chips in the microwave? Click through for the easy recipe and video!

Do you have your own microwave hack? Leave a comment below and let me know what other microwave recipes you’ve tried. And be sure to like my Facebook page so you don’t miss the next healthy snack recipe!

DIY Modern Felt Succulent Wreath and How to Cut Felt with Silhouette Curio

Regular felt sheets get transformed into gorgeous succulents! Click through to see how to make your own faux succulent wreath using your Silhouette Curio.

This is one of those projects that has been in my head forever. No joke, I’ve been wanting to do this one for over a year now. So last year, when I learned about the Silhouette Curio and the myriad of materials it can cut, I knew that this was going to be one of the first things I would make with my new machine.

After ordering an assortment of felt sheets in gorgeous succulent inspired hues, I finally got around to making it my faux succulent wreath. And I couldn’t be happier with the results! I feel like it’s the perfect blend of crafty cute and modern style, which is pretty much what I aim for in most of my projects. Plus there’s scallops, which I think is the icing on the cake!

If you want to make your own felt succulents, check out my tutorial below. And if you’re wondering just how exactly to cut felt with your Curio, read on for my tips and tricks to getting great cuts.

Regular felt sheets get transformed into gorgeous succulents! Click through to see how to make your own faux succulent wreath using your Silhouette Curio.

DIY Felt Succulent Wreath

Supplies

Silhouette Curio
Curio large base kit
Assortment of succulent colored felt
12″ metal macramé ring
Hot glue gun
Painter’s tape
Temporary spray adhesive

Download the Silhouette cut files
or download the printable template

 

Regular felt sheets get transformed into gorgeous succulents! Click through to see how to make your own faux succulent wreath.

Regular felt sheets get transformed into gorgeous succulents! Click through to see how to make your own faux succulent wreath.

Regular felt sheets get transformed into gorgeous succulents! Click through to see how to make your own faux succulent wreath.

Directions

  1. Trim the felt sheets so they are each 8.5″ x 12″. Spray a 8.5″ x 12″ cutting mat with temporary adhesive. Place one sheet of felt on the cutting mat.
  2. Load the base with 2, #2 mats and place the cutting mat with felt on top. Be sure to snap the clips over all three layers to hold the mats in place.
  3. Load the base into the machine and cut. Before using your pretty succulent colored felt, I suggest you use a scrap piece to test the cut settings. Below you will find what worked best for the felt I used.
  4. Arrange the cut out pieces on top of each other, with the largest pieces on the bottom. Then starting with the smallest piece, put some hot glue in the center and pinch it together and hold until the glue hardens.
  5. Then add glue to the center of the second smallest piece and place it directly under the first piece. Pinch the center together and hold until the glue sets. Repeat this with all the remaining leaves.
  6. Use scissors to cut 2 pieces of felt in a slightly curved shape for your base. Put the metal ring in the middle and hot glue both sides together. Glue the assembled succulents onto the wreath base.

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Optional: create a faux leather wreath hanger

One of the newest Silhouette products is this faux leather paper. It comes on a 12″ wide roll and can be cut with a Curio, Cameo or Portrait. The coolest part is that the paper can be washed (even in the machine!) and even sewn. It’s actually the process of washing it that gives it a real leather-like look. I gave it a test run and used it to create a hanger for my wreath.

Use a 12″ x 17″ piece of Silhouette faux leather paper to create a scalloped wreath hanger. Place the faux leather paper on a 12″ x 24″ cutting mat and cut it out using a Silhouette Cameo. After cutting, hand wash the paper in the sink and crinkle it as you wash it. Ring out the paper and place it on a paper towel and allow it to dry completely. Once dry, use double-sided tape to loop it around the top of your wreath. Then use thumbtacks  or tape to tack down the paper to the top of your door.

Here's everything you need to know about how to cut felt on your Silhouette Curio!

Here's everything you need to know about how to cut felt on your Silhouette Curio!

How to Cut Felt on a Curio

After LOTS of trial and error, here’s my list of best practices for cutting felt on a Curio.

  1. Use temporary spray adhesive to spray down the cutting mat each time before placing the felt on top. Even though the mat is already tacky, after applying felt just one it really loses it’s stickiness.
  2. Tape down the sides of the felt. I used painter’s tape to secure all four sides of the felt before placing it on the Curio platform.
  3. Use a total of 5 mats. Stack 2, #2 mats and then place the cutting mat on top for a total depth of 5.
  4. Use a deep cut blade with a setting of 14.
  5. Create a custom felt setting in Silhouette Studio. I found the following to be best: speed 1, thickness 30, single cut.

Here's everything you need to know about how to cut felt on your Silhouette Curio!

I added 6 faux succulents to my wreath but if you’re feeling ambitious, it would also look stunning if you went all the way around and filled an entire wreath.

Regular felt sheets get transformed into gorgeous succulents! Click through to see how to make your own faux succulent wreath using your Silhouette Curio.

Been thinking about buying a Silhouette for awhile? Check my Silhouette page to see everything I’ve created with mine and download free cut files.

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Links to Love

You can DIY a headboard, hanging shelf, desk organizer station or even a work table! (Click through for tutorial links to each projects)

Happy April! No games here today, just some pretty project inspiration to kick off your weekend.

On Monday we’re heading to Palm Springs for a short getaway with blogging buds. It will be my first time in Palm Springs and I’m super excited! II’m ready to eat lots of delicious food and hang out by the pool. But until then it’s work, work, work for me! You can follow my Palm Springs adventure and see sneak peeks of upcoming projects over on Snapchat; I’m @sarahheartslove.

Happy weekend, friends!

Make something for your home or office…

  1. These sawhorse worktables are equally perfect for a dining room.
  2. A little hanging shelf fits right in a gallery wall.
  3. I need this headboard!
  4. A place for everything on your desk with this tabletop organizer.

I’m also loving…

Put a rhinestone on it.
This simple dresser update.
Savory handpies.
My friend Cat’s new podcast.
Honey cinnamon lattes. Yum!

April 2016 Poppy Calendar Wallpaper

Add some fresh picked poppy flowers to your computer, phone or tablet with this free April 2016 calendar wallpaper.

Now that spring is officially here I thought it would only be appropriate to continue putting pretty flowers on your desktop. This month’s wallpaper features red-orange poppies that I illustrated. I think it’s the perfect way to brighten your phone, tablet, or computer and I hope it also brightens your day!

Add some fresh picked poppy flowers to your computer, phone or tablet with this free downloadable wallpaper by @sarahhearts.

DOWNLOAD THIS MONTH’S WALLPAPER

Computer | Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina computer | Retina computer with calendar | Retina computer with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper

 

Add some fresh picked poppy flowers to your phone or tablet with this free downloadable calendar wallpaper by @sarahhearts. Add some fresh picked poppy flowers to your computer, phone or tablet with this free downloadable wallpaper by @sarahhearts.

Design by Sarah Khandjian

Love to update your wallpapers more than once a month? All of my previous wallpapers are still available for download! And for those of you who want to create their own wallpapers, many of my previous wallpaper illustrations are available for download on my Creative Market shop in fully editable vector files. So you can now put these pretty poppies on anything and everything you like!

DIY Laundry Room Update

Blogger Sarah Hearts gave her laundry room a big update with easy and affordable DIY projects. Click through for several free downloads that can makeover your space.

One of the bonuses of downsizing into our LA bungalow was that it has an indoor laundry area. Our previous home, like many older Florida homes, had the washer and dryer in the garage. Which isn’t terribly inconvenient but it would make doing laundry in the summer pretty uncomfortable. You’d get all sweaty just moving items from the washing machine into the dryer because the garage heated up like a sauna during the day. Though handy, the only downside to our new laundry area is that the washer and dryer are visible. They are in a little nook on one end of the kitchen and right beside the side door. I’ve been wanting to give this little area an update, without spending much, since it’s a rental after all.

My solution was to use the items we own and update them with a little DIY. I used my Silhouette Cameo to customize our laundry baskets, washer and dryer. And now even though the washer and dryer are still visible, this nook feels much so much more fun and tidy at the same time. It’s happy color and pattern might just motivate me to do laundry even more!

Create your own custom laundry tote with a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait using this free downloadable stencil file.

The first project was to update our laundry baskets with a some fun typography. I created my own custom stencils to make these playful wash and wear laundry totes.

DIY Stenciled Laundry Baskets

Supplies

Silhouette stencil vinyl
Silhouette black fabric ink
Stencil brush + tray for paint
Canvas laundry totes

Download Silhouette stencil

Or download the printable file to cut by hand

 

Use your Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio to create your own stencil laundry baskets. Click through to download the free Silhouette stencil file.

Use your Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio to create your own stencil laundry baskets. Click through to download the free Silhouette stencil file.

Use your Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio to create your own stencil laundry baskets. Click through to download the free Silhouette stencil file.

Directions

  1. Download the stencil file and cut it out with your Silhouette (make sure to adjust the cut settings to stencil material before cutting). Use the hook tool to remove the inside of each letter.
  2. Place a cardboard box, or a stack of books inside the basket. Apply the stencil on the center of one side of the laundry tote. Press down firmly on the stencil to make sure the edges are adhered.
  3. Use an up and down, stippling motion to apply the black fabric paint with the stencil brush.
  4. Carefully remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry completely. Repeat steps 1-3 to complete the second laundry basket.

Use your Silhouette Cameo, Portrait, or Curio to create your own stencil laundry baskets. Click through to download the free Silhouette stencil file.

notes

I cut out my stencil using my Silhouette Cameo, which can cut up to 12″ wide. If you have a Curio or Portrait, adjust the design so you only cut one stencil at a time. Be sure to also change your page settings to reflect that of the stencil material you’re using.

Create your own custom laundry tote with a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait using this free downloadable stencil file.

Nearly four years ago, I used my Silhouette to turn the lid of our washing machine into a handy dry erase board. The “these items can’t go in the dryer” sticker I made using adhesive vinyl has held up perfectly but I thought it was time for an update. I used the Silhouette spatula to remove the old decal, cleaned up and and applied the new decal which matches our stenciled laundry baskets perfectly.

Transform your washing machine into a helpful dry erase board so you never accidentally shrink your favorite dress! Click through for free do not dry decal template.

If you want to create your own do not dry reminder, download the Silhouette file below and cut it out using matte removable vinyl.

Download the “Do not dry…” Silhouette file

includes polka dot shapes for washing machine or dryer


Give a boring washing machine or dryer an update by adding removable adhesive vinyl polka dots!

Since our dryer was looking a little plain, I gave it a quick update in under 10 minutes by sticking some circle stickers all over it. I used the same removable vinyl that I used on the “do not dry” sticker so I can easily remove it later if  get tired of it.

The finishing touch to the space was to update the top shelf, which was previously bare. I swapped out the art in some frames we already had and added a potted succulent. I’m loving the clothespin printable and the hustle printable I found from Etsy.

What bold pattern or a bright color to your laundry area?

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