Paper Batik Tutorial

Paper Batik

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Here’s a unique paper craft for you to try out. I think you will love it!

We used to make these paper batik cards as kids and had so much fun creating all the different patterns.

 

Supplies needed:

white tissue paper {Cut to size. Mine is slightly smaller than the card stock I’ll be gluing it to.} tie dye kit plastic bowls paper towels set of plain cards & […]

Dangle Earring Tutorial

Dangle Earring Tutorial

Looking for a unique gift for a friend? Want custom jewelry for that special outfit?

Why not make your own pair of dangle earrings. Let me show you how easy it really is!

Supplies needed: 2 ear wire fish hooks with ball (approx. ¾”) 2 head pins 2 large glass beads (approx. ½”) 4 small glass beads jewelry pliers/wire cutter

Note- I purchased all of these supplies at local craft stores.

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A Homemade Christmas ~ Glass Magnets

Glass Magnets

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A while back, I started to experiment with making glass magnets. I made a bunch to give away this Christmas but hadn’t quite figured out how to package them for gift giving. I checked into tins, but couldn’t find any. Then I came across Sabby’s suggestion over at Sabby in Suburbia. Love her easy, yet attractive solution.

Here’s how I made the magnets and then packaged them.

Supplies needed:

flat-bottomed […]

A Homemade Christmas ~ Marvelous Maple Fudge

Marvelous Maple Fudge

Time for more fudge. The husband will be happy when he gets home tonight.

Today, I tried out this Marvelous Maple Fudge recipe from Taste of Home magazine. It’s absolutely delicious!

Make sure you try out my other fabulous fudge recipes. Fudge is a great treat to take to Christmas parties and makes an excellent Christmas gift when packaged in fun holiday tins.

 

If you’re looking for a magazine full of great […]

Jewelry Valet – A Storage Solution

So, I have a little bit of a jewelry storage problem. Here’s where I’ve been keeping my necklaces, tucked away in the corner of the closet. Not convenient to get to and also easy to overlook what’s there. {I know you’re wondering why in the world I have that colorful beaded necklace ;)}

As I was looking through a catalog that came to the house, I came accross this jewelry over-the-door valet. It seemed […]

A Homemade Christmas ~ Pendant Necklaces

Necklace Pendant Tutorial

Several years ago one of my piano students gave me this beautiful music note Scrabble pendant necklace for Christmas.

I like to wear it and thought it would make a great Christmas gift for my children’s music teachers. So, I did a little research and tried my hand at making Scrabble pendants, but mine didn’t quite turn out. I had pretty much given up on the idea, when quite by chance, I found […]

Family Game Night – Game Review

We love playing games! Many of the best games we play we learn about when visiting family in Germany, or they are games I played growing up there. If you’re getting a little bored with Candyland and Chutes and Ladders, why not try out a new game at your next family game night?

Today, I will introduce you to three of our favorite games for kids.

 

1. Preschool (Ages 3-8)

Mini-Orchard

The goal […]

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix

I found this idea on how to make homemade hot cocoa mix at Polished to Perfection, and just had to try it. Stick a few in a mug and pass them out to friends and family for a fun and enjoyable homemade gift.

 

I followed the measurement directions posted here. It was fun trying to come up with additional combinations of chocolate chips and marshmallows. Here are my favorites:

white chocolate […]

Grammy’s Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

We love bananas at our house but sometimes we don’t eat them quick enough. Here is my Grammy’s delicious and easy recipe for those too ripe to eat bananas.

Recipe

Ingredients

2c. flour 1c. sugar 1c. mashed banana ½c. butter, softened ½c. nuts 3 Tbsp. sour milk 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 2 eggs

 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine all ingredients except for eggs in […]

5 Gift Ideas for Boys (age 5)

Yesterday, I shared some gift ideas for 8 year old girls and today, I’ll give you some ideas that would make our 5 year old Nicholas very happy.

1. Legos

Nicholas loves Star Wars, but there are so many sets to choose from. It’s a gift that will provide hours of building fun.

2. Books

The I Can Read books are wonderful books for beginning readers. Make sure you choose books about something your […]