Monday, December 13, 2010

DIY Cocoa Cones Gift Idea

Hello there, I'm so happy to be back and bring you a super easy diy (do it yourself) cocoa cones gift idea. I saw these in the store the other day, and after looking at the price tag at $4.99 each, yep it can add up, I decided to do these cones by myself.

It truly is a very easy gift idea, and delicious by the way, ha ha! All you need is a few supplies, cocoa mix, of course, and some toppings of your choice. 

Cocoa Cones Treat Bags
Recipe for 1 cone:

-2 (6- by 12-inch) cone-shaped cellophane bags (available at party stores) I found these from LuxePartySupply from Etsy
-2 clear rubber bands
-12 inch decorative ribbon

-1/2 cup of cocoa mix
-1 tablespoons of sprinkles, or mini M&Ms
-1 tablespoons of chocolate chips
-2 tablespoons of mini marshmallows

Pour the cocoa mix into one of the bags and tie it with the rubber band and trim the excess. Put the cocoa mix bag into the other bag, and start adding layers of the toppings of your choice. For myself, I put the sprinkles, then the chocolate chips and finally the marshmallows on top. Then you can tie the bag with the other rubber band and add a pretty ribbon.

For the extra crafty people:
This is optional, but you can also add a whimsical gift card, either bought or handmade for the instructions or a message inside. I created mine by using a vintage image of one of the Dover Publications. You can buy the book here.

Well friends, I hope you'll enjoy another hot cup of cocoa to keep you warm in this cold weather or just give the gift of warmth for the Holidays. See you soon!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hi there!'s cold here! Here in central Texas is in the low 40s, and since I'm not used to this weather, I really crave something to keep me warm like hot chocolate...mmmhh!

Oh my God, my husband makes the best Mexican hot chocolate and yesterday he made some, so I wanted to share this delicious recipe with you.

*If you are interested in this recipe and you are outside the US or Mexico, please check online or your local Mexican or Latino food markets so you can find an authentic Mexican chocolate.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe (serves 4)

8    cups of milk
1    teaspoon ground cinnamon
12  ounce can of evaporated milk
9    ounce of chocolate POPULAR (authentic Mexican chocolate beverage mix) or chocolate ABUELITA by Nestle.

Pour the milk in a large saucepan set at medium heat. Then, when the milk is warm add the chocolate bars, evaporated milk and ground cinnamon to the milk. Stir constantly until the chocolate comes to a rolling boil, it takes about 25 minutes before it boils...Don't forget to keep stirring... believe me is worth it. Make sure the chocolate comes to a rolling boil for about 5 minutes and voila! you have a delicious Mexican hot chocolate. Let it rest for some minutes otherwise you will burn yourself because it's hot! Add some marshmallows if you like.
Well, I hope you'll enjoy this recipe, make sure to come back soon because I'm gonna post a tutorial for a chocolate gift idea. Byeee!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Sister's Glam Doll

My sister's illustration

& the real one...

Hello my friends, is good to be back! I hope you had a good time during this Thanksgiving holiday. Did you eat too much turkey? Well, I know I did! = ) haha...

Well, apart from eating too much turkey, I started on an illustration for my younger sister Cynthia. She just turned 25, and as a gift I did a haute couture illustration for her.

I love doing fashion illustrations, and doing a customized illustration for my sister was even better.

Of course, it doesn't look exactly like her; I wanted to give her a fashion model appearance, so I exaggerated the pose and her features.

For this illustration, I used different mediums such as watercolor and prismacolor pencils, as well as prismacolor markers, but I really fell in love with the cherry red india ink that I used for her dress.

Well, I hope you liked this illustration, please come back soon, so I can share many other illustrations and goodies with you ; )

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Hello my friends, thanks for coming back. Oh! how I love this time of the year. The weather is perfect, the leaves are starting to fall, and love is in the air. Yes, I would like to celebrate love because my hubby and I are also celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary. 

I wanted to do something sweet and creative, so I decided to make some chocolate covered strawberries to celebrate. I got the recipe from here, but I changed the recipe a little bit by using 70% dark chocolate to make it a little more healthy.

Here are some of the steps that I did: 

Here's the final result...really yummy!!!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Etsy Finds: Claire La Faye

Some Kind of Wonderful

Siren Song
Parisian Princess Gown
Pocket Full of Posey
Heavenly Blush
Hello friends, welcome back. I wanted to share with you one of my Etsy finds that I absolutely adore! The name of the label is Claire La Faye, and the designs seem to come out of a modern fairy tale. They look so romantic and feminine, yet they all have a modern twist to them.

The photography in Claire La Faye's Etsy shop is also very beautiful. I like the creative vision, and the feeling of softness, airiness and romance that the photos provoke.

This one of a kind, hand-made label has even been used by some celebrities on red carpet events. You can find this fashion line on Claire La Faye's website, and on her Etsy shop here.  

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Diwali Illustration

Last month I was approached by a friend that wanted a custom illustration for Diwali. Diwali is a Hindu celebration also known as Festival of Lights in which people celebrate by praying, lighting candles, giving thanks, and exchanging gifts. You can find more information about Diwali here. 

I was very excited to do this project because lately, I've been fascinated by India and their culture, specially by the Bollywood film industry. Oh! how I love those vibrant colors, and artistic photography on some of the movies. One of my favorites is Om Shanti Om, if you haven't seen it, I totally recommend it. 

I'm so glad I did this Diwali illustration, and I give special thanks to my friend who gave me a lot of creative freedom to come up with the design.  

She was really happy with the end result, and she used this illustration as gift cards for her family and friends.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spooky wiener mummies

Hi there, thanks for coming back. This is a fun recipe by chef Cristina Martin del Campo found here in Que Rica Vida and it is perfect for this season.

The recipe is very easy to make, and for myself, I created a lighter version of the recipe by switching to turkey wieners, reduced-fat crescent rolls and reduced-fat american cheese.

Give it a try, I'm sure your family is gonna love it!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Prayer Request for my brave little nephew

Dec. 15th, 2010 Dante waking up from a procedure

FAN Families Against Neuroblastoma

DANTE'S UPDATE: Dec. 15, 2010
Hi, this is an update on my nephew Dante who suffers from a cancer called neuroblastoma. After more than six months of procedures, Dante is going this week to the Hospital, so they can check if the last procedure worked.

Unfortunately, his audiogram showed that his hearing has decreased to moderate hearing. That usually happens as a result of all the chemotherapy. 

Also, this coming Friday, they are gonna know if the 131 I-migb treatment worked. That was one of the toughest ones because it had to do with radiation therapy, and he needed to be isolated. Please keep praying for him. 

Hello everybody! Thanks for visiting my blog. As you know this is my second post, and before I start working on this blog, I would like to talk about my little nephew, Dante Valdez. 

He is only 3 yrs. and 8 mos. and he has been diagnosed with a terrible type of cancer called, neuroblastoma, which affects the nervous system, and it spreads gradually. 

Dante also has a little sister, Alyeska, who is 1 year old, you can see her hugging him after one month of being apart. 

Please pray for my nephew, my little warrior, and for my family, to have the strength and the faith to fight this disease.

If you want to know more about my nephew Dante, you can follow him on Dante's blog or Todos con Dante on Facebook.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

My very first post!

Hello there! Welcome to "My Fashion Dolly" Blog. This is my very first post! This is so exciting and a little bit scary! Well, here I am, and I'm ready to share with you my passion for fashion illustration, design, photography, as well as some light recipes for all of you to enjoy.

I'm not a good writer by any means, and English is my second language, so please bear with me on some of the posts. With that said, I hope you enjoy my posts, and I would try to make it as fun as possible. 

I wish you a great week, and please come back to visit me soon!