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Cardboard + Felt + Yarn = 1 Charming Basket

Cardboard + Felt + Yarn = 1 Charming Basket

  I was strolling through Michaels one afternoon checking to see if they had any new yo-yo makers, because I am obsessed with them, when I stumbled upon a Clover basket template. I grabbed it off the hook and looked it over and thought this may be fun, so I took it home. When I got home I ripped open the package like a two year old with a new toy. Then I got down to business. I read through the directions and looked at some examples online and the next time I was near a craft store I bought a variety of yarn, cord and raffia to start creating. As I worked through the basket making process, I discovered a few tips and tricks that may help you as you try it out. Tip 1#: Material I have used a variety of yarns and cords and some work better than others. Here is a tip or two on choosing material: I liked variegated yarn it really makes your basket look amazing. The thicker the yarn the faster your basket goes together. Fuzzy yarn works well as long as it is not bulky. You can see from my two examples below that a thin fuzzy yarn makes a great basket and a bulky fuzzy yarn makes a great nest. I made one basket with green cord and used a raffia top. I think this basket looks the most like a “real” one. In fact, most people I showed could not believe I made that basket. This material comes in great colors and is just as easy to use as yarn. Tip 2#: Process... read more
Whoever Has the Most Paper When They Die Wins!

Whoever Has the Most Paper When They Die Wins!

If you’re a paper crafter as I am then I’m sure you can relate to the title of this post. It seems like we will go out of our way to buy paper, find a good sale, search through shelves of clearance and locate that one special piece of paper that all too often sits on a shelf for months…maybe years! A few months back I was wandering around the paper aisle of my local Hobby Lobby. I was looking at the pads of paper. There are some for boys, some for girls, some for weddings and some for pets. Some of the pads are made of chalkboard paper, some white board paper and some of burlap. I was just checking out each one thinking I could use this to make invitations or I could make this one into an art piece for some frames I got on sale for the guest room. Oh, this one is cool I could use this for my decoupage projects. Then I picked up that $20 pack of paper and I thumbed through it and I found a piece of paper that sparked a memory. I love it… its perfect… its bright and colorful and remember how when I was little and my parents got me a new View Master for my birthday! This is it… I LOVE this paper.   Then the inevitable happens. The paper ends up in my cart and then my craft room and then six months later I stumble across it when I’m cleaning up my Christmas projects and I think, what was I going to do with this?... read more
Shortbread Cookie Dough: A Three Ingredient Wonder

Shortbread Cookie Dough: A Three Ingredient Wonder

Are you looking for a sweet, buttery, flakey, crisp nugget of delight that is easy to make? Then you want to make shortbread! Shortbread cookies are basically three ingredients, sugar, flour and butter. Once you have mastered the basic dough, the possibilities for flavor are endless. I like to add citrus zest, dried fruit, spices or toffee bits. I have rolled the dough in spices, nuts, sprinkles or seeds. Once the dough is baked I have dipped them in white and dark chocolate just to make them extra sweet and special. As I said, the only thing that is standing between you an amazing cookie is your imagination.   I started with Martha Stewart’s Icebox Shortbread recipe (Click here to view Martha’s version).   Dough Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter*, at room temp 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus a bit more for rolling out your dough *Note: If you did not get your butter out of the fridge in time here’s a quick tip. Place both sticks in a microwave safe bowl. Set your microwave to defrost .01 pounds. Let the microwave run for about 10 seconds using the defrost setting. Touch the sticks and see if you can make a dent in the butter. If you finger dips easily into the butter then it is ready to use. Watch this really close. If you leave it to0 long you will get melted butter and that is not what you need for this recipe.         The dough ingredients will create the base for your cookie. The mixings ingredients are... read more
Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

I recently fell back in LOVE with yo-yo crafts! Partly because I got some amazing yo-yo makers for Christmas and partly because they are so stinking cute and versatile. My first yo-yo project was a Christmas clown kit that my sister’s mother-in-law asked me to make, for the annual Christmas festival in our small town. I sewed yo-yos while watching TV, while babysitting, and while riding in the car to church. I can’t quite recall how many yo-yo’s I needed but I was determined to finish the project in a week in order to get a new project during our craft time on Saturday mornings. I remember the clown being made of multiple sized yo-yos and in vibrant colors and patterns just like any self-respecting clown would wear.   The memory of my clowning around (pardon the pun) spurred in me a need to sew some tiny little circles of fabric. First things first, research. While I was researching I found some simply, snap together yo-yo makers. These tools allow you to quickly and easily make yo-yos in different sizes and shapes including circles, hearts, flowers, butterflies and clovers. I know it sounds like a Lucky Charms commercial but there really are some wonderful templates out there.   To get us started with the yo-yo tea towel we are going to need the following supplies: Sharp Scissors Thread and Needle Valentine’s Day fabric – You can use multiple prints or just one. Each extra large yo-yo will need at least a     5 ½ inch square of fabric. The butterfly maker needs about 5 inches and the small maker needs at least 3 inches. Yo-Yo Makers... read more
To Can or Not To Can… CAN

To Can or Not To Can… CAN

For the second year in a row my sister, Sarah, and I have joined a local CSA. If you are not sure what that is, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We sign up in the spring and receive fruits and vegetables throughout the spring, summer and fall. Our CSA , Doe Run Farms, has provided tons of great vegetables and delicious fruits. Most weeks we get more than we can eat so we started freezing some items. We freeze blueberries to use later in my Blueberry Boy Bait, a great coffee cake recipe by America’s Test Kitchen. We blitz onions and peppers through our food processor and freeze them in snack size bags to use later in the year for several savory dishes. We also freeze tomatoes by just washing and drying them and lay them out on a cookie sheet. Then we place the clean tomatoes in the freezer for 3-4 hours and then bag them up. We just finished making twelve cups of homemade pizza sauce from our 2014 crop of tomatoes and onions.   This year our mother bought us the new Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Canning Guide to try out. There are several great recipes in there along with helpful hints on everything from Sweet Potato Butter to Apricot Chutney to homemade Cherry Cobbler filling. Spoiler alert the sauce is made from cranberry juice! We have used the book’s recipes for homemade jam include mixed berry, a combination of raspberries, cherries, and blueberries as well as our delectable black berry jam. Their temperature and testing methods for seeing when jam is set is spot on... read more
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