October 31, 2010

A last minute Halloween Pillowcase Ghost Dress

One Happy Little Ghost.
So the other night I was thinking my eldest daughter needed a Halloween top to wear during the day Saturday as we are having company to visit and she only has one Halloween top and it was already dirty.  I remember having seen a cute top something like this on my many web travels however I can not find the one that inspired me at this time.  So late Thursday I took some white satiny fabric I had laying around and quickly sewed up a pillow case dress/top ( this is my first attempt at this style of dress) and then Friday I made a quick freezer paper stencil and painted a ghost face on the dress ( also a first for me... I have been wanting to try this for a while). I only had acrylic paint no I am not sure how color fast this will be but it will last for the weekend which is all that is important.  I will report later once I have washed it about how well it has held up.

A close up of the paint job

The dress hung up over a black shirt.

October 29, 2010

Halloween Cake Pops

I have been wanting to try my hand at making Cake pops for a while and after seeing some adorable ghost pops at These Peas are Hallow  I knew I had to give it a try,  so I went and referred to the queen of cake pops over at Bakerella and gave the cake pop thing a try.

It was definitely fun, unfortunately I burned my first batch of white chocolate so I did not have many ghost pops but I did get a few other Halloween theme ones done.  I think I made them a little to big, next time I will definitely use a cookie scoop to keep the size even and smaller.  Having said that there will definitely be a next time, they were fun and it is great that they can be made ahead of time, for those events when you dont have much time the day of or day before.

I still need to put them in a better container for display.

the best thing about these is that they can easily be made form boxed cake and icing if you are low on baking supplies you can get the balls made and put in the freezer to set  then all you need in the chocolate melts (you could run out and pick some up while the balls harden up).

Tomorrow I will show you my first attempt at a pillow case dress top all decorated for Halloween.


October 19, 2010

Shannon leans to "knit"

My eldest daughter asked to learn how to knit today while the baby was sleeping so I got out a thick piece of yarn and a P hook. Mostly she is just wrapped the yarn around the crochet hook. But she did get a few stitches done before she just started wrapping the yarn around her hook.

We started of good

But lost patients and just started wrapping.

October 18, 2010

A lunch bag for mom... made in under an hour.

A few weeks ago was my moms Birthday and I wanted to make an extra something for her so I whipped up this lunch bag in about an hour, It is based on this tutorial over at ohfransson. I made it form some heavy material from Ikea instead of vinyl and a pillow case,  I also made a few changes with how the top is attached, along with adding grommets to the top but over all I am very happy with how it turned out and intend on making more perhaps for Christmas presents if anyone would like an explanation of the changes I made to the pattern please ask and I will be happy to document them in my own tutorial.  I also included a few matching cloth napkins to go with the bag, as an added something extra.



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October 08, 2010

Thanksgiving Cranberries

Thanksgiving (or Christmas) 
Cranberry Sauce



Well yesterday was a day for getting things done before the long weekend here in Canada and I started off with making some cranberry sauce.  I like to make enough to last me the year (so canning a few jars is in order).  While I was at it I took a few pictures and figured I would share my recipe since it is really easy and supper nummy, no need to eat sliced cranberry sauce again.

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Ingredients needed 

(note directions are for a single batch but I made a double patch so pictures are doubled)

1 Bag 300g fresh or frozen cranberries
1 small orange 
1 Cup Sugar
Water
Brandy












Zest The orange and place in large pot.




Juice the orange 

*or even better juice half the orange and cut up the other half of the orange into little cranberry size pieces and add with the peel.

( my orange was really soft so I just Juiced the whole thing)




Add water to the orange juice to make 1 C ( I added to 2 cups since i was doubling the recipe)






Add Cranberries, and Juice to the pot with the zest.








Add sugar to the Cranberries and Orange.







Stir and simmer on medium heat...






At this point the baby will inevitably wake up and keep you company for the rest of the process.



When the mixture starts to bubble lower the heat and continue to simmer until the berries pop and the sauce begins to thicken.





Add 1 Tbs brandy once the berries are popped and the sauce begins to thicken.

(Brandy can be omitted if you like)





Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens and you can leave a streak through it with your spoon.




Remove from heat and either place in sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath or place in a bowl and cover and chill to finish thickening and then serve. 

(at home I am the only one that eats the sauce so the little jar is for when we make a turkey for just the 4 of us and have no company coming)




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October 04, 2010

Making a "Stain Glass" Window with the little ones... The tutorial

Making a "Stain Glass" window




Start by drawing a picture on a piece of plasticized paper, options are freezer paper mack-tack ( what I used because I had it on hand) or even regular paper covered in plastic wrap,  just use what you have on hand.

Use pencil to draw that way if any of the lines transfer you can erase them from the finished project.


Sorry it is hard to see the lines but my mack-tack had a fairly bold print.


Next make the glue, you could use watered down pvc glue but I jsut make my own:

Mix 1 Cup water  1 tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil  keep at a simmer until thickend, cool and you are ready to go.

Also rip up small pieces of tissue paper in the co lours you would like to use for your picture.






Now we start the picture.  place a thin layer of glue on your drawing ( you can see the butterfly better here)  












Next place pieces of tissue down on the glue then apply another thin layer of glue.


( my daughter insisted on starting with white so you can not see it very well in this photo)


This is a messy process but it is hard to make mistakes, the tissue can be pushed a round and bunched up to fit in the lines and going out of he lines is totally allowed as well.


Once all was done i place a sheet of white tissue paper over the entire picture  to cover any holes that may have been left.


After covering the entire picture with a thin layer of glue the white becomes transparent and gives the piece a little more durability I really suggest it.


Finally you need to lay the piece out to dry in a well ventilated area for a day or two then peel it off the backing , trim the edges and it is ready to display.

Here is the butterfly in my daughters bedroom on a sunny day ( the shaded part is from my overhang we dont get much sun in our house.)












I am hoping to make more of these for our patio doors for different seasons/ holidays  Halloween pumpkins, Christmas trees, easter eggs the possibilities are endless.


I must give credit to the children's TV show Mr Maker  although I did add a few steps and personalized it to fit our needs.