January 28, 2011

Valentines Day Decor

A Valentines Day Wreath

I was inspired by a wreath I saw over on Uruguay White Life via Craft Gossip  However I did make a few changes besides the colour and lack of bow I did this in a crochet style instead of knit.  It was pointed out to me that this could also have been made with one of those little finger knitting(also called corking I believe) style, that would be easy for a young crafter to do.

This whole project only cost me ONE dollar since I had most of the material on hand.  I already had some red sparkly cotton left over from some dish cloths and towels I made recently (pictures to follow soon) and ribbon I had picked up on clearence last year after Christmas, one thing i did not have was a wire hanger so I did have to go to the dollar store and pick up some garden wire, this was excelent to work with since it is ment to be bendable it was easily fished through the long crocheted tube and then shapped into a heart.  Even if I had included the cost of the materials I had on had the total cost would still have only been 3 dollars and I could probably made at least one more since I only used about half a skein of the cotton maybe even less. 

I think I will be taking some more of my ends of pink and red yarn and whipping up a few more of these for gifts for family members since they whipped up in a couple hours this evening.

January 21, 2011

My Favourite Pretzels

My Treat for Today

My neighbour has been craving pretzels lately which reminded me that I have not made any in a while so that is what I did this morning while the baby slept.  I use Alton Browns recipe it is super easy and always gives me awesome results.  the recipe makes 8 large pretzels I normally take the last 2 or 3 and cut them in half to make smaller ones for the girls.  The other thing i did differently is to swap out one of the cups of flour for whole wheat flour swapping one cup does not change the flavour or texture at all but does increase the nutritional value a bit. Another tip I would add is that if you do not have pretzel salt like he calls for (I have been unable to find any yet)  Just sprinkle on a small amount of coarse pickling salt, remember that a little goes a long way!

next time I make them I think I will try and make a double batch and then after boiling them I will freeze them and see how they cook up after defrosting, I'll keep you posted

January 20, 2011

A quick present topper for a teenager...

I hope this hit the marks while reading Craft Gossip the other day ( one of my favourite sources of inspiration) I cam across a cute little felt rose ring over at Smile Monsters   she included a great tutorial so please visit. here is what I made in less than 10 min I have a ring for each of my teenage nieces.

they loved them, I actually need to make some for their friends as well.

January 19, 2011

When the snow flies ... Make Snow Cream!

In our house we no longer keep a lot of ice cream on hand (we used to but that is another story) so when I saw a recipe for snow cream the other day over on babble, via craft Gossip while big fluffy flakes were falling I sent my husband out to pick up some whipping cream so that we could give it a try.

In our house mint chocolate chip is our favourite so this is the flavour we made

adding 1/4 Cup of whipping cream and 1/8 th Cup of sugar to 4 cups of fresh snow (taken from our picnic table no footprints or animal prints anywhere near it!)

 Giving it a good stir
The final product with added mint extract and mini chocolate chips.

Recipe Recap

4 Cups of fresh snow
1/4 Cup of whipping cream
1/8 Cup of sugar
flavouring or additions to taste

January 18, 2011

Scrap book frame gift and other updates...

Well December and the first half of January has gone by in a whirlwind of activity, family, and a few small bouts of the flu around here, now that life is a little back to normal I will take some time updating you on projects I completed during this time and things I am currently working on.

I did complete a second family frame for my husbands mother and it turned out very well, She loved it, in fact she actually cried when she saw it she liked it so much.

I also finished the Christmas stockings for my second daughter (born 2 weeks before Christmas last year) and my mother in law that spends every other Christmas with us, I had been putting it off for too long!

The stockings are the perfect place to hide the battery packs for the garland.

about 4 years ago when I made my husband and my stockings I sewed about 8 feet of the striped Christmas material that way as people join our family I will be able to crate a new stocking for them that will match although in time I may need to buy slightly different eyelet or backing material they will all have the same fronts. ( I have a thing about wanting all my Christmas things to match my tree needs to have all matching decorations as well.)

I will update with a few more presents I made and other things I have been working on soon.