Category Archives: Crafts

T-shirt Market Bag

Saw this on Michaels web site a couple weeks ago, i had some t-shirts i wasn’t willing to part with…  and so i decided to see what i could do!

Wash and iron a T-shirt. Flip the shirt inside out.

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Sew the bottom hem of the shirt closed with a sewing machine, or by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine. Flip the shirt right-side out again.

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Cut off the T-shirt’s sleeves, and discard them.

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Cut off the neckline of the T-shirt, making a large square. This will become your bag’s opening and handles.

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I used this one tonight to bring snacks to jazz on the park, it definitely expands and can hold alot!  It was a fun experiment!

Campfire – Fire starters – results

So we finally had a few minutes to try out one of the completed fire starters!

It worked GREAT!!

It was a pretty windy day and it still stayed lit with a nice flame!!

Can’t wait to get camping and try these out!!

This one lasted nearly 20 minutes! Woot!

If you missed the post on how to make theses – it is here

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Campfire – fire starters – DIY

I’ve known forever, that egg cartons, dryer lint and candle wax were the basic ingredients to creating ones own fire starters to take camping. I attempted once to melt the wax in the microwave inside the egg carton – note – don’t do that. After last summer of enjoying quite a bit of camping and using the walmart brand fire starters that turn your fingers colors and probably contain more chemicals than i want to know about I decided it was time to do our own thing.

So i started saving dryer lint, and candle remnants, and toilet paper rolls (not sure why except that are quite flammable and it’s kind of like recycling…) and egg cartons…

This Saturday it was snowing and i knew we weren’t going anywhere – so it was time – to create magic!

I looked on line and found a couple options of how to do it – the regular in the carton, the neat kind where you dip the whole thing in wax (too messy for me), one that was just toilet paper rolls, lint and paper and matches, and even one using used coffee grounds (that’s the next project!)

Step 1:

Prep the area. Setup an drip catcher for when you spill wax or your wax seeps through your egg carton, and for where you cut up your wax. In theory you should have 1 spot to cut up your wax to equivalent type chunks so they melt at the same speed.

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Note: Remove the front and back off the egg carton. And cut all the wax into similar sized pieces.  Also – just to be safe, wear some safety glasses or if you are lazy like me, slap on your own glasses, just gotta protect those eye balls!

Step 2:

Prep your egg carton

I decided to use my toilet paper rolls by cutting them in half and rolling them till they fit in the middle of each egg location, then stuffing the lint around and in them.

I”ve seen options of just doing a pine cone, just the lint, or the one on deck for next time is coffee grounds and some filter!

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Step 3:

Melt the wax. I didn’t realize was could be so deadly, and had bought a “disposable” pan at the goodwill during the summer for this experiment for $2! But as i read the others that had gone before me, i saw the error of my ways and obtained a glass jar to place in the middle of said disposable pan! I would probably go for the metal can instead of the glass (i also decided as it was bubbling and moving around the pan, safety glasses – a good plan!)

Having all the pieces of was the same size makes the melting go better. And once you think it is all melted, guaranteed, it isn’t, let it sit and melt longer!

And melting wax take a long time, well longer than i thought it would… here is my time lapse of the melt!

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Note: you might have to refill the water occasionally while the boiling is taking place!

P.S: really glad i cleaned my stove earlier so these pictures look ok!

Step 4:

Pour wax over the prepped egg carton!

Using your ove-glove pick up your bottle/can from the pan. (shut off the burner)

Carefully pour the amount of wax needed to cover the lint and cardboard and create a “hard” element that will be used as your fire starter later. As other have mentioned, the more wax your use, the more time it will take to burn…  Some of the lint and egg carton will be your “wick” to get the fire going in your starter!

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Step 5

Repeat the wax meting and pouring till all your egg carton cups are filled. Took me 3 melts. But i had a small bottle and small pan

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You can either store the whole thing or cut each cup from the main. Depends how many you like to or want to use to start your fire. They certainly look gross, but i’m very confident they will work fabulously! (We’ll try burning one soon and give you and update!)

Items of Note:

  • Ove-glove – was vital to being able to pour the molten wax
  • Safety glasses – just made me feel much safer
  • Wax – its takes alot, alot
  • Time – it took much longer than the hour i thought it would.
  • Location – make sure you have paper or something down to pick up the wax etc that might drip.

Jar-o-lantern

Last year i joined the family in Disney and booked the event though AAA – and for some reason received the Family Fun magazine as a “thank you”. I read it each month and actually find some interesting stuff! This month I found the Jar-o-lantern and knew i had to do it!

  • Step 1:

Find glass jars – all sizes – clean them and remove the labels

  • Step 2:

cut out some face shapes in masking tape or paint tape

  • Step 3:

paint the jar with orange paint!

  • Step 4

Let it dry a bit – remove the tape

  • Step 5:

Add a candle and enjoy!

 

I think i might add some black paint inside or double the levels of orange.

Successful Craft Day!

Saturday was the day! Craft day!

I invited a bunch of girl friends to come over and enjoy the day doing a craft of their choice! (instead of going to that other event, that was was far away and had specific food requirements)

I was able to produce almost 40 cards!

I have a couple new patterns – the lady bug one, and the tuxedo jacket one. Both look great, but unfortunately for my thumb have a ton of cuts, so there were not too many produced of either kind. (hello sister, got any criquit peices that look like those parts? Maybe the hat or the face? or the shoes? hmmm??)  And i made the graduation card for the nephew – i had to go look up the school colors on line – to make sure i got it right!)

My t-shirt cards, mom asked for a bunch since they were able to be sent to males a little easier than some of my other ones! (I did a purse pattern last time i made a bunch!) I had to kinda re-create the pattern since my notes were pretty bad.

I still have a couple new patters to try – a doggie one and another one that will be a surprise!

I had a jolly good time with the gals, we gossiped, we watched 80’s movies, we drank wine… it was fabulous!

Here was the menu i created for us to dine on:

  • Meatballs and sauce in the crockpot!  Mmmmm

Perhaps I over compensated and went a little crazy in the kitchen! But that is typical and now i think i have enough food in the fridge and freezer to eat brunch for the next couple months!

Never too old for craft hour!

Friday we had a couple friends over that we hadn’t seen since early December in a chance meeting in New Orleans!!

They brought with them a “Decorate your own pirate ship” kit for us to enjoy after din din!!

Here is my creation:

Hubby’s creation!

Popcorn!

Popcorn!

So quickly we forget!
Prior to Christmas I found an awesome caramel corn recipe and made it the first time with a microwave bag of popcorn.
After that first time and how yummy it was I determined I needed to find a different way to pop popcorn.
Then i went back in my memory banks and recalled a time when there was no microwave and we have a big metal contraption to pop the popcorn and corn came in a bag… Oh yeah.

I did some research and to my joy I found one could pop popcorn in the microwave without a brown paper bag nor oil! Woohoo!

Basically you get 2 soup bowls, shift then just a tiny bit so the steam can escape, pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes and 45 second for 2 tablespoons of kernels and whala – you have a bowl almost fully popped! Sweet!

It was just a sad state that we had come so far as to forget how to pop popcorn…  Didn’t the pilgrims and native americans do it ages ago, over an open fire even…

Technology just might kill us!

Cayenne Beer Brittle

This is a conglomerate of 2 or 3 different recipes!

I like how it turned out. Up or remove the heat to your taste!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup corn syrup

1 cup beer

1 tbl butter

1 tbl Cayenne peppter

1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

1 tsp Sea Salt

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preparation:

Line a jelly roll pan with a silpat

Combine sugar, corn syrup, beer , cayenne and butter in a heavy sauce pan.

Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar disssolves.

Cook 30 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 275.  (use the thermometer)

Stir in the peanuts.

Remove from heat, stir in baking soda and salt. Mixture will thicken, bubble and turn opaque

Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan.  Spread to a 1/4 inch thickness using a wooden spoon coated with cooking spray (or just use the one you used to stir everything with!).

Cool completely.

Break brittle into bite sized peices.

(while still setting  the brittle can be scored for more even breakage once hard)

Other options:

Chardonnay Brittle – replace beer with wine, remove cayenne, add 1 tsp vanilla

Poinsettia Wrapping!

I had some containers that I was putting my home made yummies for christmas, but they were not so pretty. Sour cream and yogurt is not so attractive under the tree.

So I found a pattern for poinsettia here, made some strips of green and put them through the sticker maker and created a “plant” pretty enough for giving!

Pattern: