It still 'Tis the Season of gingerbread, sweets and sticky fingers, so I thought I would share with you a cute craft project my kids did the last week of school. In our elementary school, both the Kindergarten and 4th grade undertake special gingerbread projects the week before Christmas. With a kid in both Kindergarten and 4th this year, we were up to our ears in gingerbread houses. But, with no baking involved, it was lots of fun. So here are two fun options for creating a "no bake" gingerbread house.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Gracefully handling a Holiday cookie exchange has been one of my December goals for the past few years. I love being invited, but completely freak out that I am willingly adding more to my "to do" list just a few weeks before Christmas. I am usually knee deep in mailing out gifts to relatives, decorating the house and trying to make things special for my kids. The thought of baking 5-7 dozen cookies on top of my usual stuff is a little daunting. But, I love the chance for a night out with my friends and it always puts me in the Holiday spirit.
I have kept my eyes open for the ideal cookie that would be pretty, easy to make and yummy. I figured that if I could find the veritable home run of cookies for a cookie exchange, I could relax and enjoy myself the next time an invitation or evite arrived. I had set my sights on peppermint bark (which I convinced myself qualifies as a cookie). It is festive, easy to make, and friends would happily take it home to serve to guests. But recently, my friend Linda, told me about Oreo Balls (also known as Oreo Truffles). They sounded too good to be true. They fit all my cookie exchange criteria.
I found a recipe for Easy Oreo Truffles at The TomKat Studio and Kim even includes a free printable recipe card and label. Three simple ingredients, no baking involved and they look decadent. I couldn't ask for a better cookie exchange home run.
Friday, December 9, 2011
snow globe tutorial link). You need specific supplies like distilled water, a little glycerin and very strong water proof glue, but I think the end result will be worth it. There were a number of tutorials out there without liquid, but I knew the boys would want the real deal. I had hoped the boys would be able to glue down their own trees and snowmen, but all the glues I looked at suggested a good 24 hour dry time before getting wet. Plus, a group of ten year old boys and a bottle of crazy glue is a recipe for disaster! I opted for a glue called "liquid fusion, clear urethane" that I found at Michael's that promises to be 100% waterproof. I think 2 jugs of water and a huge shaker of glitter snow will give them enough things to spill and splatter all over the kitchen!
link if your kids want to participate.
link if your kids want to participate.
Friday, December 2, 2011
For years I have been searching for a vintage sewing basket. I know what I have been hoping to find. Wicker basket, firm fabric covered top, similar to the signature Cath Kidston sewing baskets. Only I want old, vintage, well loved. I have seen my dream basket, but it is usually in a background shot of someone's sewing room or studio on a blog or in a magazine. Never front and center, never for sale, just perfectly perfect and out of reach.
This week I came across the cutest sewing basket I have seen in person to date and snatched it up for $12. Wicker basket, firm wood lid, bright floral decal. I love it.
It is adorable inside and out. The label inside says "Princess, Algonquin Illinois". I was hoping to research the history of my new find, but my google search didn't reveal any info. about the company, just many more listings on etsy and ebay for more of these cute baskets. Soft pastel colors, nice floral lids and even a few with poodles on the sides! My search also revealed that mine is missing the original cording which went through the holes you see in the bottom and lid to form handles. Hence the $12 price I guess!
I'm happy to have finally found what I was looking for. And, I will keep my eyes open for another with the original cording intact to hold the lid on (isn't this how collections get started?). Until then, if anyone knows anything about the history of these cute baskets, please let me know.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I love to use unconventional containers to organize all the little bits of stuff I have in my work space. Anything that makes me smile or holds personal meaning (and holds my stuff!) is sure to be a winner. I use this little piece of Cottage Ware to hold paper clips.
This little wicker baby buggy that I found at a gift basket supply store is great for spools of thread.
And my most recent find... an old Fisher Price farm silo. It is perfect for holding all the sharp things (scissors, rotary cutter, etc.) that need to stay out of reach and safely hidden away. What is your favorite organizational piece in your work space?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
"It's better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all." ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Thursday, November 10, 2011
One of my favorite crafters, Betz White, even designed a chevron pattern for Kleenex last year. Betz knit the sample for this box and then Kleenex photographed her work, manipulated it and turned it into the final product.
I'm sure much of the Missoni line was created using computers and design programs. But, before the days of computers, chevron patterns were most likely seen in knitting, crochet and home sewing projects. A true display of the time, talent and love that women put into their creations. I am lucky enough to have a vintage chevron apron of my own.
I am in awe of the detail work that went into meticulously cutting and piecing the original striped fabric to create the classic V and inverted V's of the chevron design. The woman that made this vintage gem cut, pieced and sewed together 12 individual strips to create her masterpiece.
Monday, November 7, 2011
As my five year old gets bigger, it seems her toys get smaller and we were having trouble keeping all her little plastic friends organized. I saw these glass slant jars at The Container Store and realized I could use them in the playroom for now and the kitchen or office when we no longer need them for toys (please tell me young kids do outgrow this phase where they hoard all things small and plastic!). They remind me of old fashioned candy store containers and you can easily see what's inside. There are lots of things inside!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Claire Murray runs an annual 50% off sale. Problem solved. Each year I buy one 5x7 (or larger-eek!). It's been a great way to keep my rug collection growing without breaking the budget. The sale is going on now at Claire Murray. Use coupon code Web50 to get 50% off one rug. Enjoy!