Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gifts for grandparents: Ornaments

I made these out of salt dough and I'm planning on giving them to my Dad. The recipe I used uses 10 tbsp. Of salt and 10 of flour as a base, with 1tsp. Of oil and about 6 oz. Of water. Keep adding equal parts salt and flour until you get the right consistency for rolling and cutting out the dough. I traced my child's hand on paper, then cut it with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or so. You can paint the dough afterwards, but I decided to leave it as is. I also tried to use food coloring on the dough before baking and that also worked well.

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Salt Dough Bookmark

We made these for favors, but you can make almost anything out of salt dough. I'm planning on making something to decorate my Christmas presents.


I am awful at making fudge, but found this wonderful--may I add foolproof?--recipe at Cooking for Engineers (http://www.cookingforengineers.com/):

In a double boiler, melt 3 cups of chocolate chips (do measure, you need more than 1 small package. You also may combine the flavors of your choice), 4 tablespoons of butter, and one can of condensed milk. Let melt and combine until the texture is creamy and shiny. Pour onto greased Pyrex and chill in the refrigerator. Yum!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Inspired by Bakerella

We made holiday-inspired cake balls (using Bakerella's recipe: cake mix prepared according to box instructions, baked, cooled, crumbled, then mixed with cream cheese icing and rolled into balls) then turned them into these cute snowmen. It was fun to see them come to life.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hooded Towel

Made this hooded towel for a friend's baby. I was inspired by this tutorial:


It may just be the fastest craft I've ever worked on. Next time I'll make the hood a bit smaller.

More baby gifts

I made this for a friend's little girl using heat transfer paper and some ribbon. I made the watercolor image (from one of my little girl's activity books--traced it with some changes, colored it with watercolors, then used a sharpie to trace the outline, wrote the phrase), scanned it, and printed it onto the transfer paper. After ironing it on (very carefully!), I just added the ribbon for the tutu and sewed in the bows for the slippers.

For the ribbon socks, I stitched the "top" of the ribbon with straight stitch on my sewing machine, then sort of pulled on the thread to give it that scrunched up look (is that even a word?). After it looked just like I wanted, I stitched the ribbon to the sock. Darling!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Packaging Ideas

I usually don't keep wrapping paper in stock at the house (It's always so appalling to see how expensive the pretty paper always is--might as well use those five bucks on the gift!) which means that when it's time to give a gift I'm always scrambling to figure out how to make it presentable. I don't always succeed, mind you, but I thought this came out pretty cute.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Paper pumpkins edit

The idea came from Michael's The Knack newsletter.

Paper pumpkins

Fall decor

This easy fall craft was made with cardstock and skewers. It lasted quite a bit despite all the yummy candy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Latest creative project

It's a cell phone case. Very simple, indeed, as it is a simple drawstring bag, but quite useful.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gardening Web site

As I am getting ready to move to a bigger space, my head is full of plans of all the many things I'll be able to do. Second only to having a craft room is the possibility of having a garden. I'm so excited! I found this lovely site:


Don't you feel inspired by the gorgeous pictures?