Let’s Make Popsicles!

July 14, 2014

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for a bit. Jeff and I moved to Florida and have been crazy busy! One thing about Florida is that it is hot and humid. I am always looking for ways to beat the heat. My favorite and most delicious way is with a tasty treat! I found some sweet juice and Popsicle molds at the World Market. All I did was fill up the molds and freeze them over night. Mine are mango and orange flavored deliciousness. You can even try multiple flavors in the same batch. So easy! The hardest part was waiting for them to freeze! I’m so impatient!

What’s your favorite way to cool off in the summer? Leave a comment below with your suggestions!

Keep cool. Stay crafty.

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For all you dog lovers out there here is a great gift idea for your pet this Christmas.

The paracord dog collar only takes about an hour to make and you can find all of the supplies, including many colors of paracord, at Michael’s.
Jeff and I used this tutorial on YouTube to make collars for Molly and Patti. It was actually Jeff’s idea! I think my crafty side is rubbing off on him.
You will need:
Paracord (1 foot for every inch of collar you are making)
Scissors
Lighter
Metal D Ring
Buckle

Follow the pattern shown in the video. This is a super simple craft and all dogs love getting new collars. Maybe your best friend has a dog ( or cat for that matter) that would like a pretty new collar for Christmas? You could also make your friend a matching bracelet!

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Here’s my little goofball Molly showing off her pretty new collar. Her fur is a bit longer than Patti’s so it’s a little harder to see her collar. She was happy to gaze at the sky to let me snap a picture for you.

You’ve still got time to make one of these and put it under your Christmas tree!

What presents did you hand make this year? Let me know in the comments below!

I’m wishing you all a crafty Christmas! I hope you get to spend it with people you love, eating good food and laughing till your tummy hurts!

Brown Sugar Honey Scrub

December 17, 2013

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This is a nice little gift that you can make with ingredients found in your kitchen. There are several variations of this scrub found all over Pinterest but I chose an easy recipe with a few ingredients.
Combine the following ingredients in a bowl and then spoon into sealable glass jars.
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp Cinnamon

These make great stocking stuffers or would look cute as part of a gift basket. With Christmas coming up next week it is a great gift for anyone who deserves a little pampering.

I didn’t have any real vanilla but if you do I would definitely recommend using it over the imitation for a stronger delicious smell. Mine smells mostly like olive oil. I couldn’t fit it all in the jars so I got to try it out and it left my skin feeling very soft.

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Homemade gifts can be fun to make and offer an inexpensive alternative to store bought items. Plus you can customize the scrub and packaging however you’d like.

Tune in for more simple projects to brighten up your holidays!

I hope you have crafty Christmas!

The sky in motion

November 15, 2013

I am often overcome by the beauty of the sky. It does not usually come when I’m sitting still in the grass, gazing up, because who has time for that!? Most often it is when I’m driving somewhere, trapped in a moving vehicle that I become acutely aware of the vast sky. My husband hates that I do this but I always grab my phone and mostly without looking at it just start snapping away. This means I end up with hundreds of pictures of the sky saved on my phone, few usable for anything really except to remind of of the beauty I witnessed, but I thought I would share a few with you. I liken them to Zooey Deschanel’s style if photography in Yes Man. She has a photography running group. Anyway I hope you enjoy them.

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Thanks for dropping by. Remember to keep it crafty!

Since I decided to dress Molly up as Peter Pan for the race I wanted us to coordinate and look like a team. Several people asked why I didn’t choose Tinkerbell. It’s because I don’t like her. I know others do, but here’s what I think. Little girls idolize her but honestly she was very selfish and down right mean. She even had the lost boys shoot Wendy out of the sky! Anyway, I also didn’t want to dress up as a skimpy little fairy. I took another approach. Someone with power and even though he was mean at least didn’t try to hide it.

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I took a lot of inspiration from children’s costumes I saw in Pinterest.
I grabbed a red shirt from my drawer, one of those freebee shirts you get with some company’s logo on it that I’ve never worn. I turned it inside out and started gluing gold ribbon to it that I got from Michael’s on sale. I googled Captain Hook and saw some gorgeous costumes that inspired me out of velvet and tassels so I just made a cheaper version because we weren’t going anywhere special we were just going to raise money for the YMCA. I also picked up a foam pirate hat from Michael’s for a few bucks and grabbed a pack of black, white and red feathers to stick in it. I glued the feathers in and folded the hat to shape it the way I wanted and glued that as well. I would say my biggest undertaking was my sad looking wig. I read another pinner’s vague instructions and came up with my own methods as well. Here is a picture of the process and I think it would work well for any yarn wig. I used eleven strands in each bunch just because I though it looked the best and tied them to a single yarn strand that I then tied around my own head. The pinner had said to glue it directly to the hat but I was running out of time and didn’t want to risk having my hair fall out while walking.

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The difficult part was trying to curl the wig. I feel like I definitely should have done this before attaching them all together. Try having 10 watery gluey yarn tentacles spiraling out around plastic wrap covered stickball bats, rolling pins and canes in your mother-in-law’s kitchen. I’m so glad no one was home. I made up the ratio of glue to water and think I ended up with too much water. The pinner said to put them in the oven but I was trying to avoid that (I don’t know why because in the end I made a makeshift pan out of tin foil and put them in a 300 degree oven) but I started out using a hair dryer. Big waste of time. Just skip to the oven. Better yet. Make a straight haired wig. The limp curls that I tried to form around the random household objects didn’t hold well when I had to take the yarn off them to fit in the oven. I ended up forming new curls by hand and placing them in sort of curled piles to bake. Just try to keep the strands going in a continuous round and not twisted or overlapped (don’t feel bad if it happens though because it happened to me on like 8 out of 10 sections).
I also decided to sew some tulle around the waste and arms for a little flounce because I think Hook had style and needed a little more than just an old t-shirt with some gold ribbon. And of course we can’t forget the hook. Which I almost did because my husband kept insisting that he had the “real” one that came out after the movie, but guess who never dug it out of his attic for me? So last minute our friend, Dan, stabbed a hole in the bottom of a red solo cup, fashioned a hook out of tin foil and put it through the hole, then covered the cup with more tin foil and there you have it: homemade Captain Hook!

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In spite of my attempt at this duo costume many children still exclaimed “Robin Hood!” when they saw Molly. Really!? Oh well, I guess her costume can serve double duty and next year I can be Little John or something like that.

By the way, Jeff took Molly to our local Petco later that day and she won 1st place for Most Bootiful Pet. I am one proud mama!

I’ll try to add links to the pins that inspired me soon.

I believe in total my costume was a little over $10 to create since I bought the hat new and the yarn and ribbon but owned the t-shirt already. Who needs to pay $30-65 for a store bought costume when you can have tons of fun making one yourself. Stay crafty my friends!

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Jeff and I planned to go apple picking on our day off together. It turns out Tuesdays are not the most popular days for orchards so we weren’t allowed to actually pull the apples from the trees. Instead they had a beautiful farm stand with all of the apple varieties picked that week. They also had descriptions next to the apples stating whether they were good for salads or baking. I chose one good for baking (not a name I’m familiar with and I can’t remember it now) and grabbed 6 to take home and bake for my in-laws for dessert that evening.

I found this recipe over at skinnychef.com

Ingredients you will need:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup quick oats (with a tablespoon of water to moisten) or you could use chopped nuts if you prefer
2 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
6 Gala or Macintosh apples

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 350F

Wash and core your apples. I didn’t have an apple corer so I used a melon baller. Make sure to get all of the seeds out but leave about a 1/2 inch of apple at the bottom.

Mix together in a large bowl your brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and oats with a tablespoon of water.

Fill the apples with the oat and brown sugar mixture and place them in a baking dish.

Pour your apple juice or cider around the apples in the dish and cover with lid or foil.

Bake for 45 minutes to and hour until the apples soften.

Tada! They are all done and ready to eat!

These would be great served with some vanilla ice cream! We had fat free cool whip on them which was delicious, too.

My in-laws are pretty health conscious so this was a great way to do dessert. You get the delicious flavor of an apple pie but without the fattening crust.

Let me know if you try these out. They are definitely going to be a Fall staple for me for years to come. Quick, easy, delicious. Not to mention you could make it a fun family activity by going apple picking first and then preparing these together when you get home!

I hope I’ve inspired you to do something creative on this beautiful fall day. Check back soon for most posts!

Remember to keep it crafty!

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So I am one of those annoying pet parents who likes to dress my dogs up for Halloween. I can’t handle anything scary. Not even commercials for scary movies. I try to stay on the imaginative and creative side of the holiday. And the candy side. Chocolate. So much chocolate.

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So Jeff entered Molly and I into a costume contest/2 mile walk coming up in a few weeks. Jeff is doing a like 7 mile run instead so Patti gets to stay home. She does have a light blue t-shirt and blue satin ribbon sash so she can be Wendy for a family portrait. But, when I finished Molly’s costume today I couldn’t help but try it on Patti too! (We immediately had a felt leaf casualty but it was so worth it.)

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This is my sweet Patti beginning to “woo” at me. She liked the attention but is definitely not accustomed to wearing any type of clothing other than her collar. Hence the leaf casualty.

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Molly is more accustomed to the ritual. For her first Halloween I dressed her as  chicken. She was embarrassed and uncomfortable but also completely adorable. She only wore the chicken costume for about 2 minutes. For this walk, I wanted her to feel comfortable and not constricted. I designed this Peter Pan costume as a sort of cape that ties in the front and then has straps that connect from the side under her belly with Velcro. I used tissue paper to make a pattern and tried it out on her to make sure it would fit. I bought the large square of cheap felt at Michael’s and cut it according to my pattern. I got two lighter colored small squares of green felt and just free-handed some random leaves. I also picked up the sparkly leaves from the floral section. They were on a bunch of branches and I just pulled them off.

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I glued basically everything except for the Velcro and the leaf covering the stitches from the Velcro on the underside. Also, for the hat, I didn’t have a needle and thread readily available when I made it a few weeks ago so I just stapled it. Not the wisest choice in the event that Molly decides to make it her newest chew toy so I will probably go ahead and sew that in the next week. It was my first attempt at making a Peter Pan style hat and I think it turned out pretty cute. I just need to figure out how I’m going to convince her to keep the hat one. Some type of elastic or tie is going to be involved but I don’t want it to be uncomfortable either.

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I think both of my girls look absolutely adorable as Peter Pan. I mean they are the cutest dogs in the world to begin with so what else did I expect? I have been working on my costume as well. Who will I be? Captain Hook you will see! I’m still working on it, but I can tell you it started out as an old red t-shirt and has become a gold ribbon masterpiece. Not in the sense that it deserves a gold ribbon but because it is now covered in gold ribbon. Stay tuned to see a post about it soon!

Remember to keep it crafty! With a few supplies and a lot of imagination you can do anything!