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Praline Patisserie feature and GIVEAWAY!

Check out the adorable Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from Praline Patisserie and enter to win a fantastic giveaway!

TWIX Bites Coconut Macaroons

Two of my faves in one: coconut and TWIX!

Blogging 101: How to Write a Better "About Me" Page

Check out the tips to writing a better "About Me" page in the latest Blogging 101 post!

Coconut, Raspberry and Blueberry Ice Cream

A delicious frozen treat, that is creamy, super easy and dairy-free!

Do Tell Tuesday #27

Come Link Up at Do Tell Tuesday for some inspiration and the chance to be featured on all 6 blogs!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spicy Turnip Chips

I am officially addicted to my dehydrator!  After last week's Homemade Kale Chips, I thought you might like this equally easy, delicious, and healthy snack: Spicy Turnip Chips!

Seriously, I am in love with this snack and it is even quicker and easier to prep than the kale chips.  Not only that, but one huge turnip made a ton of chips but it cost less than a dollar.  Yes, it's budget-friendly too!

Now for the taste.  For me, raw turnips are like a cross between a radish, potato, and jicama in both texture and flavor.  They are naturally a bit spicy, so you need just a few items to complement the flavor.  Once you dehydrate the turnips, first of all, they look absolutely gorgeous, and the flavor becomes concentrated and absolutely addicting.  They are just a little different than your ordinary potato chip, and you'll definitely thank me later!

Spicy Turnip Chips in Dehydrator at Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #easy #healthy #vegetarian #snack

Spicy Turnip Chips
Adapted from About.com

Monday, March 2, 2015

Party Favorites & Do Tell Tuesday #63!

Party Favorites & Do Tell Tuesday #63! on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!  Do Tell Tuesday is the time where WE get to see what YOU are up to! Share your projects, recipes etc. and take time to look around.  Not a blogger?  That's ok!  You can still take a look around and discover some new ideas and inspiration!

Each week a featured host will be bringing you a set of features.  Before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts!

Do Tell Tuesday on Vintage Zest

Keep up with us at:

Mabey She Made It : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Vintage Zest : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Little Red Window : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Lil Mrs. Tori : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus

Now for the features courtesy of Tori!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grey Theory Mill feature, GIVEAWAY & promo!

This week, I have such a fun Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature for you!  Jonnie, the delightfully quirky girl behind Grey Theory Mill is sharing a bit about her work and life.  Actually, when I say a bit, I mean a lot!  I love how much thought and detail she gave in her interview, which reflects the same amount of attention she gives to each handmade creation.  Also, when I say quirky, I mean it!  Check out a couple of the funniest maker photos that I've ever featured below.  :)

Seriously, I am in love with just about everything in her store.  The jewelry is an awesome mix of geometric designs, fun colors, and sweetness, plus her notebooks are just as pretty!  Seriously, when I first saw her booth at Patchwork, I could not decide on just one design.  Well, luckily the winner of the giveaway won't have to make the same decision because she is giving away $45 to one lucky reader!  And for all of my readers, she is giving a promo to save 15% off at her store.

Stay tuned for that at the end of the interview, but first check out some amazingly creative handmade gems and hear more from Jonnie herself!

Grey Theory Mill feature & GIVEAWAY! at Shop Small Saturday Showcase on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Tell me a little bit about yourself!

My name is Jonnie and I’m a doer-maker-creative-learning-reading-watcher sort of person (or whatever that means). My favorite pastimes include reading, tea-drinking, learning, listening, dancing, being, creating, sharing, cooking, baking, daydreaming, dreaming, pretending, writing, photo-taking, walking, exploring, shopping for supplies, hanging out with my other half/friends/family, and many other present progressives.

I’ve always been rather creative and have always enjoyed an established relationship between my mind and hands. As a very young child (so young this is my mother’s memory), my first masterpiece was a portrait of my mother’s face on the bathroom floor. I had gotten rid of the throw rug and collected every last bit of her makeup and went to town on my linoleum canvas. When she woke up, I was just finishing her piece and I excitedly squealed, “Look momma! It’s you!” She was bummed all her brand new make-up was now diminished, but she said it was really well done. I was also really good at drawing on the walls. So, with that said, I would say I’ve never been too nervous to try out new mediums. If an idea comes to me (whatever it may be) I just figure out how to do it until it can be done. If it can’t, I chalk it up as a learning experience and move on.

I did drama in high school, dabbled in garage bands, and wrote quite a bit. “Art” was something I did on my own time (which was usually collages for my school binder). It wasn’t until my sophomore year of colleg--as an English major--that it struck me I needed to major in art. So I left that college, went back home, completed all the undergrad art courses needed to transfer to a new school and then decided to change my major to Human Development. I started Grey Theory Mill sometime in between and would say that in starting a business, I created my own classroom where I have learned about myself, art, design, online marketing, etc. It wasn’t a clear cut training program, just a conglomeration of personal experience and existing.

Grey Theory Mill feature & GIVEAWAY! at Shop Small Saturday Showcase on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Where did the name of your store come from?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Woodworking Project #1: Wood Piece Basket

Last week, I was a little tricky and shared the Wood Scrap Vase as my first woodworking project ever...  But it was really made with the scraps of the project that I'm sharing with you today!

That was just a teaser, but here is the whole process of how I made this Wood Piece Basket!

Wooden Basket (1st woodworking project!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!

By the way, this is not a tutorial.  I just wanted to show off my new-found woodworking skills to you all.  Yay!


I started with this huge piece of lumber taller than me, plus a couple other pieces you'll see later.

I used a table saw to rip it into six skinny pieces on the right.

Wooden Basket (1st woodworking project!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Using a chop saw or miter saw, each skinny piece was turned into lots of tiny pieces.

Wooden Basket (1st woodworking project!) on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Then, I sanded each piece down to give the edges a bit of a shape.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Homemade Kale Chips

Homemade Kale Chips on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #easy #healthy #vegetarian

This week, I am sharing a new favorite recipe!  I have tried time and time again to make kale chips in the oven, which was so tricky to find the right balance.  Why are the centers always soggy?  How does the kale get nice and crispy without burning the edges?  So how did I make the perfect kale chip?  I used a dehydrator!

So why kale chips?  They are much healthier than your typical deep-fried potato chips, and are even crispier.  Seriously, they are pretty hard to stop eating once you start...  Yum!

Also, for those of you who don't have a dehydrator, it's a great purchase!  I love throwing in all kinds of fruit, veggies, and even meats to see what turns up.  It's like a surprise every time.  :)

Now, let's get to the Kale Chips!

Homemade Kale Chips
From About.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

DIY Wall Decor Ideas & Do Tell Tuesday #62!

DIY Wall Decor Ideas on Do Tell Tuesday at Diane's Vintage Zest!

Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!  Each week we will pick a set of features with a common theme.  This week Cassie chose the fabulous features, which you'll want to check out below.  Before we get to this week, let's meet the hosts...

Do Tell Tuesday on Vintage Zest

Keep up with us at:

Mabey She Made It : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Vintage Zest : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus
Little Red Window : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus

Lil Mrs. Tori : Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter // Google Plus

Now for the features courtesy of Cassie!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fleet Collection feature (& promo!)

This week, I have a pretty Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature to share with you all!  Eileen and Lisa, the lovely ladies from Fleet Collection are sharing their gorgeous creations with us this week.  I just adore their classic style with retro details thrown in... dare I say, a bit of vintage zest?  You may remember that the first dress I ever sewed was an attempt at the style that the ladies so effortlessly exude.  Not only are they sharing insight into the creation of their fabulous frocks, they are treating my readers to 15% off their already wonderfully priced items!

Take a gander at the stunning offerings from Fleet Collection below and find out which are the girls'  favorite dresses... and with pockets too!

Fleet Collection feature on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!


Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Fleet Collection is the creation of two long time friends, Eileen Chai and Lisa Hsieh. I'm Lisa, my background is in art and fashion design, and Eileen is experienced in the business side of things. We both love fashion and together we design our entire collection which is sewn by a small production team in Downtown Los Angeles.

Why did you start making goods for Fleet Collection?

We started Fleet Collection after Eileen and I noticed that there was a lack of beautifully made clothing at affordable prices. As women leading busy lives in our late twenties, we wanted to offer pieces that were classic, chic and modern without costing upwards of $100. We started off with just a handful of styles and now we operate a full-scale online shop showcasing our original designs.

Fleet Collection feature on Shop Small Saturday Showcase at Diane's Vintage Zest!

Where do you get the inspiration for your work?

Our inspiration comes from vintage fashion, art and everyday life. We understand that our customers are looking for clothing with a touch of vintage flair yet modernized so it's practical for the contemporary women today.

What is your favorite item?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Project #0: Wood Scrap Vase

After last week's Woodworking Tip, I promised to share a woodworking project with you...

Well, I kinda lied.  Or maybe I didn't!  I thought I would share this project that I made out of a bunch of scraps from my first project.  Thats why it's Project #0 and not number 1!

It's not the prettiest thing ever, but I'm happy that I made something semi-interesting while practicing using the tools.

Project #0: Wood Scrap Vase on Diane's Vintage Zest!

I attempted to make some type of spiral design and it ended up juuust a little wonky.  Also, I with I had four more pieces to make another layer on the bottom to match the top.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mediterranean Salmon

Mediterranean Salmon on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #quick #easy

I am just getting back into the swing of things after my trip to Australia & the Philippines (hopefully I get to post about it soon), so that means making sure I eat right after almost four weeks vacation from eating healthy!

Getting back from the airport, I came back to a completely empty refrigerator and just a couple of onions that thankfully lasted.  With just a few ingredients from the freezer and some fresh basil from my mom's garden that she gifted to me, I was able to make a pretty healthy and amazing dish!

I initially prepared two versions using salmon and swai, so that's why you will see swai fillets in the step-by-step pictures below.  So definitely try out this dish because it is super easy and flavorful PLUS you can use any fish you would like!  Enjoy my Mediterranean Salmon!

Mediterranean Salmon on Diane's Vintage Zest!  #recipe #quick #easy

Mediterranean Salmon
A Vintage Zest original