International Surfing Day 2015

June 20th is International Surfing Day. Get out there and have some fun. If its flat you can  teach a kid to surf. Enjoy!! Find out more about local events on surfing day in your area here.

Panda Cupcakes

My daughter is obsessed with panda bears. She requested a panda theme for her 8th birthday so I decided to attempt a panda cupcake. I searched Pinterest for ideas and this is what I came up with.

These are the ingredients I used for the face construction. I found candy eyes at Walmart but I also saw them at Michaels. I got the candy flowers at Walmart too. The ears are one separated mini Oreo. The large part of the eyes are junior mints. I used a dot of the black icing to attach the eye to the junior mint. I use the larger sized Ghirardelli chocolate chips for the nose. The hardest part was strategically placing the chocolate sprinkles for the mouth.
The kids at my daughters school went crazy when they saw them and she was super happy I made them. Mission accomplished!

Think Dirty

I wanted to share an app with you that is changing my world. Think dirty is an app that allows you to scan the barcode of personal care and cosmetic products and find out their levels of hazardous ingredients. I scan everything from toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, sunscreen, foundation and cleansers. What I found out was horrifying. I know it can be daunting trying to be as green as possible but this app makes this field easier to tackle. It is free and easy to use so try it out and see what you think. Find it HERE.

New Paintings.

Two of my favorite paintings so far . I feel like I'm starting to figure myself out. I am drawn to certain subjects and I am learning to be true to myself and what I like and to not worry about what  will sell or what everyone else will like. I know, it's real hard to do that as an artist and I might pay the price but I think I'm on the path to "finding myself". I know I'm out there somewhere.Ha!

P.S.- You can find these in my ETSY shop Here.

Agave original painting by Carin Vaughn

Original aloe painting by Crain Vaughn

Buried treasure

When we purchased our home is was full of a lot of trash and left behind goods. This bamboo piece immediately caught my eye . It had about a half inch of mold covering it because it was left in a garage for almost three years and the cushions were awful. I knew it was vintage and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I spent some time cleaning it and eventually found the perfect comfy pillows on clearance for 10$. I googled it and found other pieces like this one for "mucho dinero". Score!!!It now is one of my favorite things in my home.
I will be sharing the renovation pictures soon of the rest of the house.

Two of my favorites

I have been obsessed with Sage Vaughn's art lately . He did a collaboration with one of my favorite surfers Rob Machado and proceeds will benefit RMF clean water filling stations project, which encourages youth at California elementary and high schools to use reusable water bottles in hopes of eradicating sales of single-use plastic bottles.Enjoy the eye candy below.

My trip to Spain.

I can't say that I ever thought I would go to Spain in my lifetime, but the opportunity presented itself and we packed our bags.We stayed on the east coast in a town called Begur. It was around an hour to Barcelona and and hour north to France.I was very excited to see the Dali museum in Figueres. There are so many scenic towns along the way that look like movie sets.The Cathedrals in Barcelona brought me to tears. it's overwhelming to be in such a sacred beautiful place that took so long to construct.I don't want to ramble on to long but we really enjoyed soaking all of the sights and would love to go back sometime in the summer.

****************ALL PHOTOS PROPERTY OF CARIN VAUGHN**********************

Mom tip for the shy kids.

My daughter is a little on the shy side and gets bouts of home sickness when she's at school, especially when the new school year started. I got her this heart locket and put our photos in it for her to look at when she might get sad. It seems to really help her. she tells me that when she has lonely times she will look at it and feel better. I just thought this might help someone with kids going through the same thing.
Good luck!

My go-to party appetizer.

This is a super simple crowd pleaser. You can leave out the salami if you want to go vegetarian. 

1.Mozzarella pearls or cubes.
2.Cherry tomatoes halved.
4.Salami. I halved them because they were big ones.
*Assemble them on a toothpick and the drizzle a little balsamic vinegar and a touch of olive oil.You can't go wrong.Everyone loved this so did I. I couldn't stop eating them.

I can't stop taking photos of my surfboard. I just love these colors. I have this board in the entry of my home and I am embarrassed to say that I have only ridden it a few times because its kind of home decor and I always go to my old faithful McTavish that I always ride, but she's sure a beauty.

I gathered some of my fish art and put it out in outdoor store called Southern Drawl Outfitters in Bluffton, S.C. .If your in the area please stop by.

Carin Vaughn

Carin Vaughn

Is this the cutest guy ever? My husband caught this puffer fish on one of his charters. It makes me smile every time.

Property of Carin Vaughn.