Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Knee Socks- Guest Post by Bertha Leal

 Today we are sharing a eco-friendly craft from Bertha Leal. This is a great 
project for upcycling socks, sweaters, etc! Great for socks, boot linning and LEG WARMERS!!

Here's an easy, cute and creative project for winter. If you've got an old, regular 
pair of socks just lying around you can turn them into high rise socks for your boots! 

What you'll need:
A pair of socks you no longer use
Step 1: 
Cut the bottom of the socks in a horizontal line. 
You can cut it at the ankle but I chose to do it at the toes to get a bit more warmth. 

Step 2:
You're done! Wear your new socks high over your boots.

You don't have to wear them as high as in the picture, it actually looks cuter when it kinda just peeks over the boot, but it was cold that day so I wore them knee-high!
Bertha is an actress interested in books, social media, and the occasional crafting project. She lives in Brooklyn with her malanga plant which she's happy to report is still alive! 
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cozy Rustic on Tumblr

Bunny here. Did you know that Cozy Rustic is on Tumblr? Well, it is!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

West Coast Granola Goodies- Guest Post by Teresa Reilly

Hi Cozy Rustic friends! 

When my lovely pal Bunny asked me to share one of my DIY projects, I immediately thought to write about my mother's delightfully tasty and ridiculously user-friendly granola recipe.  Instead of spending oodles of money on cereal, I make this recipe every week for my fiance and I to eat for breakfast (he knows I like my granola like I like my men: cheap, easy and full of wheat germ.)  And I wrapped up jars of it and gave it away for Thanksgiving and Christmas presents this year!  It's worth noting: I made batches for vegans and non-vegans alike as it's incredibly easy to adapt to suit your needs.  I hope you enjoy it!


1 cup rolled oats (not instant!)
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup shredded coconut (optional but recommended!)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped nuts (peanuts are good, but my mom always recommends almonds.  I like cashews too!)
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tbsps chia seeds (optional but gives a great dose of antioxidants!)
1/2 cup oil (grapeseed works great)
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp. milk

First thing's first: preheat the oven to 275 degrees.  Now, mix all your dry ingredients together.  As I said, feel free to add in whatever dry goods that flip your fancy.  I love adding in dried cranberries to the mix when I'm using cashews or substituting walnuts in lieu of almonds. 

Next, mix all your wet ingredients.  You can easily make this vegan by replacing the honey with agave or maple syrup and using almond milk.  Another great addition at this step is adding a drizzle of vanilla extract!

Now pour your wets onto your dry and mix it all up.  Spread it out onto two baking sheets so that there's just one layer of oats.  At this step, I get cinnamon-happy and do one shake of the ol' cinnamon bottle over each pan.  A little bit goes a long way!

Now stick those suckers in! 


Toast for 7-8 minutes, then remove from the oven, scrape from the sides of pan and mix it up.  Stick 'em back in!  Side note: your kitchen will start to smell AWESOME right about now.  Repeat 2-3 times more until granola is golden-brown.  (Another way to tell it's done is when the raisins expand back into a grape-shape.)  Let cool for a few minutes, then store in an airtight container.  Eat with yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, over ice cream, mixed with berries...whatever your heart desires.

Or give them away to all your friends and family!  Santa had nothing on me this year. 
Granola is truly the gift that keeps on giving. 


You can read more about Teresa at her website www.teresa-reilly.com           

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Cozy Rustic-ers!

I hope 2012 is off to a great start for you.

My husband and I took a New Year's
get away to Sea Cliff in Long Island. It is a beautiful little town along the beach.
The weather was so beautiful that we took a walk and had a little photo shoot along the beach.

I realize we are already two weeks into the new year!
 It has been a busy but productive start. 
I've already let go of most of my resolutions/goals. But I decided to 
share (or "come up with") a few that I have for this blog in the new year.

1. Get a New Look

Not sure what this will entail yet, but I think I think the inspiration 
will probably come from my Etsy shop banner

2. Invite Guest Bloggers

Want to share a craft, recipe, home design or something cozy rustic with
our reader? Email Bunny at Cozyrustic@gmail.com.

3. Create 1 New Thing Every Month

I'm hoping you will hold me accountable to this! Whether it be a
new recipe or craft...I'm going to make it! And I'm going to blog about it!
Want to join me?