Thursday, February 18, 2010
These are super easy to make, and you don't need much in the way of supplies.
1 cup of distilled water
1 ounce of fragrance oil or essential oil
a spray bottle
Pour your water into your spray bottle, add your fragrance oil. How much depends on you really. I would recommend starting with half an ounce, approximately 3 teaspoons. Shake it really good. Store it in a cool, dark place for a couple of hours. Shake well before every use. Give it a couple of test sprays. If you think you want a stronger scent, add more fragrance oil by the teaspoons full until you got it the way you want it. Make sure you label your bottle so it's not mistaken for something else and keep out of reach of the little ones and pets. Keep any items you used for making the spray seprerate from your cooking items. Once something has touched fragrance oil, it's no longer good for human consumption. If you plan on using this spray for items like bedding, couches, carpets, etc; I recommend doing a test spray first on a part of the item that is not visible. Use the back of the couch, the carpet underneath a lounge chair, you get my meaning. And if you plan on using this as a clothes freshner, do a test spray. It could be damaging to some fabrics. Also, for clothing I would recommend using fragrance oils that are bath and body safe. Actually, I recommend that even if you are using it strictly as a room spray.
Finding the supplies for the spray is easy. Distilled water can be found in any grocery store or walmart. Walmart is also a good place to buy the spray bottle or sometimes your local dollar store will carry them. Fragrance oils can be bought at most craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I get mine online. I think they are a better quality. I get them from places like Bitter Creek , Just Scent , Candle Chem or Majestic Mountain Sage
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and even more, I hope you enjoy making these quick and delightful room sprays. Happy Crafting!!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Today is National Hugging Day...did you know that? Well, me either to be honest. A peek at my son's school calendar informed me of the fact this morning. Actually, I think of all the made up holidays (if you want to call it that), this is a cute one. Right up there with National Cookie Day. It was started back in 1986 by Rev. Rev Kevin Zaborney from Caro, Michigan. Why? I'm not sure. But hey, you can't lose with a hug, right? So, go on! Grab someone and give them a squeeze, but be sure to ask first. You don't want to turn this into, Your-butt-gets-thrown-into-jail-day.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
To make a candle mat, simple cut out a circle (size of your choice). You can use any circle object to make a template, a CD, cup, plate, saucer, etc. Trace it on to a piece of cardboard and cut out. Now, they Clover Crafts makes a Yo Yo maker. They have a large and a small size. Personally, I think they aren't necessary. Don't make yo yo making any easier, the only good thing is you will have perfectly uniformed stitches, which is not that important to me, but might be to you.
After you cut out your template, lay it on the wrong side your fabric and trace, trace, trace. cut, cut, cut. The number of yo yo's you will need will depend on how big you want your finished mat and how big your circles are. The mat in the picture was made with circles approximately, 4 1/4 inches, the finished yo yo turned out to be about 1 3/4 inches. I sewed four rows across and four rows down. My finished mat was about a 7 1/4 inch square. Experiment.
Now, totally random here...I made some freebies that I was suppose to post back before Christmas...yeah, yeah I know. But I'm sharing them now...that has to count for something...right??? Just right click and save to your computer :) I hope you enjoyed this post and stop back again. Happy Crafting!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I thought for my journey back into blog land, I would recap the past of month with my favorite moments of holiday bliss.
We kicked off the season of merriment with a visit to see Santa. This was our first year to do this, but it's definately on top of the list for next year. The look of complete amazement on the little ones faces actually getting to meet the big guy was a joy to watch.
Our next stop was the Build a Bear Workshop. I, now understand why this is such a popular attraction to the kiddies. The pure sweetness of it all had me fighting the urge to grab one of those stuffed cuties and build my own bear!
My kids walked out with two new additions to thier furry family, Bengal Bear and Holly.
It wasn't very hard to make, quite messy and very yummy. I mean, popcorn, candy, and marshmallow....how can it be bad right??
POPCORN CAKE RECIPE
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 quarts popped popcorn (16 cups - plain, unsalted, and unbuttered)
2 cups M&M candies
1 cup cocktail peanuts (lightly salted)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 pound marshmallows (mini or regular)
Grease a large tube or bundt cake pan with 2 teaspoons of the oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the popped corn with the M & Ms and the peanuts.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter, oil, and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. When melted, pour over the popcorn mixture, and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared cake pan, pressing down to fit. Cover with aluminum foil to keep moist.
Let sit for 3 to 4 hours, or until firm and set.
To serve, invert the cake pan onto a large plate or platter. Shake gently to release.
Serve at room temperature.
The great thing about this cake is that it's not just for Christmas. You can make it for any holiday thanks to M&M's they sell in various holiday colors (valentine, easter, etc.) or just about anytime.
Another fun night was teaching my kids to make chocolate lollipops. We make a bunch for him to take to school and pass out to his friends.
Super simple: A couple of chocolate lolipop molds (we found ours at Michaels Craft Store or look online)
A bag of chocolate melts (my son picked white chocolate with sprinkles in it)
A bag of lolipop sticks
Melt your choco melts in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. I start it at a minute, take it out, stir it and then at 30 second intrevals
Once you get it all melted, spoon it into the molds. Tap them periodically to remove any air bubbles. Slide in a stick and put it in the fridge for about an hour to set.
I got a box of regular sandwich bags and just slide one over each pop and tied with some curling ribbon.
My biggest craft project this year was making clothespin magnets for all of my son's teachers. Seven sets of five each.
If you need a nice present in a large quanity, clothespin magnets are where it's at. I got a pack of 50 clothespins at Walmart for a buck and a half. Some scraps of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper, something with a small design works best, some glue and magnets.
Just break apart one of your clothespins to use as a template, and trace on to the paper. Cut it out and glue it to the top of the clothespin. Decorate with some ribbon or sequins or buttons, whatever you have on hand and glue a magnet to the back. Cute, easy and inexpensive. My kind of craft!!
I packed them in some brown paper bags. I bought a pack of 50 at the Dollar store. Cut out some snowman pictures from a roll of wrapping paper and glued them to the front of the bag and then tied them closed with some curling ribbon at the top.
For now my tree is still up. I don't have the heart to take it down yet. I just know looking at that empty spot where it stood is going to send me into a round of the after Christmas Blues. It was an amazing month filled with all the good stuff that should come with such a wonderous time of year, made it all the more special sharing all these fantastic moments with the ones I love most in this world..my family.
On with January......
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I did some research on ways to stay healthy during this virus infected season and came up with these the most: Keep your hands off your face. It's a major way for the nasties to get into your body. Stay hydrated. Stay warm. Dress in layers, keep socks on your feet. Carry sanitizer with you at all times and disinfect, disinfect, DISINFECT!
I found some really cool "make your own" hand santitzer recipes on The Soap Queen's blog: http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/2009/11/natural-hand-sanitizing-recipes.html . I haven't tried them yet, but I'm going to. If I don't, I'm going to have to get a second job to cover the cost of cleaning supplies.
On, a brighter note, me being...well, me...I found away to tie in some fun with all this ick (for lack of a better word).
I saw the cutest little tissue cozies on Martha's the other day. I decided to whip up a quick one to show you all. When I say quick, I mean quick. It took about 10 minutes, give or take. Now mine is kind of plain, but depending on your creativity level, the possiblities are endless.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Stir together butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in yolk. Add flour and salt, and stir until mixture is dry and crumbly. Press dough into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake, rotating halfway through, just until crust turns golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool in dish on a wire rack. Make filling.
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until filling is just set and slightly puffed but still a bit wobbly, 65 to 70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 6 hours. (Pie can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.) Serve chilled, topped with whipped cream if desired.
Okay, to make the dough ornaments: 1/2 cup cinnamon and 1/2 cup apple sauce (store bought, not the homemade kind. Mix together til forms dough. Roll out with a rolling pin to desired thickness. I sprinkle my rolling pin with some cinnamon. Helps with the pin sticking to the dough, like you do with flour when your making cookies. Just cut out the desired shapes with mini cutters. Allow to air dry 24 hours flipping from side to side occasionally.
Hope you enjoyed this walk through the scents of autumn. Have a Happy Turkey Day and Happy Crafting!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My little girl is more like me...a free spirited crafter. She dives in head first, throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that without any rhyme or reason and some how it all works out in the end.
So. I traced and cut out a flock of little hands. Well, my son's hand anyway. My girl had a severe case of ants in the pants and wouldn't sit still for more than one turkey trace.
If you've never done this timeless activity, I'll give you a fast rundown on the how to's.
Get some construction paper or card stock. I chose white, but you could use brown or whatever color you like...push the crafty limits. Lay your little one's hand flat (or as flat as you can get those wiggling piggies to stay) and trace with a pencil. Then cut it out and let the kiddies go wild. I just broke out the crayons, but you can use paint, glitter or even some colorful feathers. Once your little Picasso is done decorating, cut out some feet, a beak and a wattle. I didn't use a template, just free hand it. Glue or tape all your turkey parts and place, write your kiddos name on it and voila! Instant turkey. I wrote the date and child's age on the back..simply because I am a kid art rat pack and save every scribble they make.
In the end I had a lovely gaggle of colorful turkeys to hang from our mantle taking the place of the paper plate jack o' lanterns that hung there just an hour before.
Phew! I did it! My first blog entry. I hope you stop by and visit again. Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting :)