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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!

Thursday, February 26, 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.

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!

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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?

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!

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

Amazing DIY Furniture Makeovers & Do Tell Tuesday #61!

Amazing DY Furniture Makeovers & Do Tell Tuesday on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Welcome back to Do Tell Tuesday!  As you may remember from last week, one of the hosts will bring you a set of features each week with a common theme.  This week, Lisa is bringing you some amazing DIY furniture makeovers--it's amazing what a little bit of paint and some new upholstery can do to the overall look of a piece.

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 Lisa!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Squshies feature & GIVEAWAY!


Squshies feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday at Diane's Vintage Zest! #toy #unique #gift


Happy Valentine's Day people!

It's totally appropriate that today's Shop Small Saturday Showcase is brought to you by the adorable duo of Danielle and Jason Strong on this holiday!  Not only are they co-creators of the adorable Squshies, which marries their love of animals, cartoons, squares, and plushies, they are married to each other.  In fact, check out the photo below of their wedding... at the San Diego Zoo!

Not only is their story adorable, their creations are too!  From adorable sheep to hilarious narwhals and a few mythical creatures in the mix, their shop is so fun to scroll through, especially to find out the cute names they give to each Squshie.

Read on for my interview with the two of them and then make sure to tune in at the end of the post to win your very own Squshie.  Enjoy!


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Squshies feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday at Diane's Vintage Zest! #toy #unique #gift


Tell me a little bit about yourself!

Hi, I'm am Danielle, and with my husband Jason, we are the team behind the Squshies.

I've always been a huge animal lover, obsessed with cartoons and have had a desire to do something creative with my life. I studied graphic design and animation in school. Jason has also always been a big fan of cartoons and wants to make all the things. He also studied animation in school as well as a variety of art classes. We actually met through an animation school we both attended.

This is our first venture into the world of handmade and it has been super challenging but unbelievably fun and rewarding.


Where did the name of your store come from?

The Squshies started out very square in shape so it is a combination of the words square and plushies. We eventually moved away from everything being super square, although we try to square off things when it works for our design.



Squshies feature & GIVEAWAY! on Shop Small Saturday at Diane's Vintage Zest! #toy #unique #gift


Why did you start making goods for Squshies?

I started making felt animals as a fun hobby to pursue while I was searching for a new job after moving to California. I had toyed with the idea of working for myself and selling my work for years, but what that work might be always eluded me. When the job search never resulted in much luck I was encouraged to give working for myself a try and with the Squshies I finally had the idea I'd always been searching for. The Squshies have been growing ever since.


What is your favorite item?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Woodworking Tip: How to Make a Easy Drill Bit Guide!


Woodworking Tip: How to Make a Easy Drill Bit Guide! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Remember how a year ago I started woodworking, and it was so fun and exciting, and I was making progress on some really fun projects?  And then nothing showed up on the blog?  Well, please forgive the slight delay, but over the the next few weeks I will actually share a few of the woodworking items I made!

This week, I wanted to share a quick tip that was super helpful while putting together my last project. It is useful for just about any time you need to use a drill, even if you are not working with wood.

Basically, this helps with the question, "what do you do when you have to drill a lot of holes at a very specific depth?"


Woodworking Tip: How to Make a Easy Drill Bit Guide! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


During my last project, I wanted to drill some holes not through the piece of wood, but only about 3/4 of the way through.  That meant lots of checking and rechecking while I was drilling to make sure I was going deep enough without breaking through to the other side.


Woodworking Tip: How to Make a Easy Drill Bit Guide! on Diane's Vintage Zest!


But here's the quick tip that made it so much easier...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happy Anniversary to DD Perks!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”


Happy Anniversary to DD Perks! #DDPerks, #sponsored #IC


Remember back in December when I posted about Dunkin Donuts’ DD Perks program, plus the $5 gift card they gave everyone who signed up?

I hope you enjoyed your present because we should all wish DD Perks a bit of congratulations.  It's their one year Anniversary!  Yes, one year ago on January 27th, they launched the program to reward their loyal customers just for buying their morning coffee and donuts!

Monday, February 9, 2015

16 Sweet Valentine Desserts & Do Tell Tuesday #60!


16 Sweet Valentine Desserts on Do Tell Tuesday at Diane's Vintage Zest!


Welcome back to Do Tell Tuesday!  As you may remember from last week, one of the hosts will bring you a set of features each week with a common theme.  This week, I was the lucky host to choose my features.  Yay!

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 yours truly!

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