Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Arts & Crafts..last minute gifts....

The Crafty Sisters....paper ornaments

Omiyage- wrapped pencils, paper angels, and more

Homemakers Journal- decorated bobby pins

Eat & Drink Chic-Holiday baking gift bag

Blessing Box Cottage (Chapel Flock) 
free greeting cards, calendar, and coloring book

Christmas Town Puzzle Maze-find this and that (coloring book)

Angel from coloring book


Blessing Box Cottage (Chapel Flock)

free Scripture Cards in English/Spanish

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Treats

HOLIDAY DECOR: I repurpose plastic gallon milk jugs in several ways. I use them for driveway luminaries. I leave the handle and top intact and the bottom bowl intact, cutting into the side and making a large opening. I fill partially with sand, and use a tea lite. Cutting the same way, I use the jugs as chicken feeders. I hang the jugs on the side of the chicken-wire cage, and the shape prohibits the chickens from sitting on the feeder. I never have dirty food or food waste with the milk-jug feeders. Also, since I make my own laundry detergent, I use cleaned gallon milk jugs to hold the homemade liquid detergent. — L.
Mocha-Creamer Mix

6 ounces nondairy powdered creamer
1 cup chocolate cocoa mix
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix ingredients together, and store in an airtight container. To serve: Stir 1 tablespoon of creamer in a mug of coffee.

Liquid Creamer

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened, condensed milk
1-1/2 cups skim milk

Choose one: Chocolate Amaretto: 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon almond extract. Vanilla: 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Orange cappuccino: 1 teaspoon almond extract, 1/2 teaspoon orange extract.
Cinnamon strudel: 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon almond extract.
Chocolate raspberry: 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup.

Measure ingredients into a 32-ounce container with a lid. Shake to combine. — Heather

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Candy Cane Ornaments & More

Candy Cane Ornaments from Dollar Tree Adobe .pdf

 Play Dough

2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons food coloring
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt

Cook on stovetop over medium heat for 4 minutes.

Finger Paint

4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring
containers for finger paint

In a medium saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch together. Add water. Heat over medium heat for 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Will thicken more as it cools. Divide into containers such as baby-food jars, and add desired food coloring to each container.

You'll need 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/2 cup water and food coloring. Combine the cornstarch and water. Using a small container, mix until smooth. Add a few drops of food coloring. You can make a few batches of different colors. Kids can use paintbrushes, foam paint rollers or sponges to paint the sidewalk.

Mix together equal parts dishwashing liquid and washable liquid paint or powdered tempera. Mix until it's a creamy consistency. Use paintbrushes. Easy to clean from windows with a moist paper towel, too

Friday, December 2, 2011

Scarf for Cancer, Chemo, for hair loss..

..this is a nice scarf and though designed for Cancer patients; has many uses and is no sew unless you want to hem the edges.....8)

Use a wrapping scarf to create either a cross body bag or a Hobo Bag. Demonstration features a Jumbo size HOBOBO Wrapping Scarf in Willow. 

 Gift Wrapping

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shopping with furoshiki 
The 'My bag movement' of using no plastic bags for shopping has become popular but it is a little troublesome to carry a separate bag for shopping. It is almost impossible if you go shopping straight after work. However, the furoshiki does not take much space in your handbag or coat pocket and you can easily put the equivalent of a shopping bag of groceries into one furoshiki. Its so easy; all you have to do is tie both ends together.