Monday, December 5, 2016 10:18:46 AM
Christmas is fast approaching and making Christmas ornaments is a good way to occupy some time in between enjoying the snow outside!
As always I like to gather all my supplies
- Paper plate
- Foam(Brown, pink, red, glittery white)
- Pipe cleaner
- Pom pom
- Glitter pen
- Glue gun or tape
First, I cut out my shapes, a mustache, an oval for the nose, a hat, a smile for the mouth, and a strip for along the hat. For younger children, which my son is, I like to pre cup out all the shapes, then he can just stick everything together. If your children are older and your comfortable with them using scissors let them cut out the shapes.
Second, I started with the mustache, gluing it on, just below the centre of the paper plate. Below the mustache is where I stuck on the mouth, and then the pink oval ontop of the mus tash in the middle for the nose.
Fourth, I moved on to adding on the white hat strip, and drew on swirls with a red pen. Next I added the red hat just above the white strip. And to finish off Santa's hat, I added a white pom pom to the end of the hat.
Fifth, I cut two small pieces off the white pipe cleaner for eye brows and glued them on. Next I added 2 googley eyes just below the eye brows
Finally, I cut a piece of string and tied the two ends in a knot and glued it to the back of the paper plate so the Christmas ornament can be hung on the tree!
Monday, December 5, 2016 10:17:03 AM
This Christmas I wanted to try something a little more educational and much healthier for my son, then the regular Chocolate count down Advent Calendar. Before bed we always read books, so why not have a new book each day until Christmas?! It will get him excited about reading as well as getting ready for bed.
Second, I wrapped each book individually with wrapping paper.
It's very simple and easy, but it turns out it is very exciting for a three year old! My son approves!
You can either number each book and have them find the correct number for the day, or leave them all just normally wrapped and let your little one pick one each night before bed. The wrapping is time consuming, and it does get ripped off pretty quickly, but the happiness on their little faces is worth all the time! And it may just save you a dentist trip in the future.
Monday, December 5, 2016 10:15:42 AM
Who doesn't love Homemade ornaments? It's time to skip the store bought ornaments and time to get crafty with your children this Christmas! Felt seems to hold up better, than construction paper and it looks nicer and warmer for the holiday season.
As always I like to gather my supplies first
Second, I like to pre cut out all my shapes from the felt. Snowman from the white felt, Scarf from the red felt, hat and arms from the black felt, nose from the orange felt.
Third, I used a small hole punch to punch out 3 black circles for the mouth, and a larger hole punch for the 2 green buttons.
Fourth, I started to glue on each of my shapes. The scarf first, then the hat, then the arms, buttons, eyes, nose and mouth. All with a hot glue gun. With younger children you can use glue dots or tape even.
Finally I punched a hole in the top of the hat, so I could tie a string through the top of the snowman. The string is so it can be hung on the tree.
There you have it! A cute little felt snowman ornament. By the way, we have such a wide variety of different felt, you can make your snowmen a little funkier with a patterned hat or scarf if you wanted!
Monday, December 5, 2016 10:14:28 AM
There is always, always candy canes around at Christmas time. You see them everywhere!
I gathered all my supplies,
Second, I took my little bows and attached my twist ties to the bows at the centre of the twist tie
Third, at the top of the candy canes, where they connect to be a heart, I twist tie a bow on to connect the two candy canes together. I repeated this 5 times for each heart.
Fourth, I twist tied each heart to each other at the bottom of the candy canes to start to form a snowflake like shape out of the candy canes. I used twist ties, instead of gluing the candy canes directly to each other, so that the candy canes can still be eaten later on.
I attached an extra bow to the middle of where the candy canes all meet to fill in the open space.
Finally I tied a string to the candy canes so that it could be hung on the Christmas tree. All done! They turned out pretty good, I think next time I would use the little candy canes instead of the large ones.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:27:45 AM
Christmas is near and presents look so nice when they are wrapped with a nice bow!
You can wrap your gift first then tie the ribbon and bow to it or you can just tie the bow to it and that is the wrapping, such as for a stuffed animal.
Now for making the ribbon, cut a long strip off of the roll of ribbon. In your right hand hold the ribbon, leaving a few inches on one side and the rest long on the other side. With your left hand make a small loop. Bring the ribbon to the middle where your right hand is still holding the ribbon and twist the ribbon.
Your right hand doesn't move, it just holds all the ends of the loops. Repeat making another loop with your left hand, going in the opposite direction. Your ribbon will be almost making an S shape back and fourth, with twists where the right hand holds the loops. Repeat, until you have at least 5 loops, if you want a fuller bow, you can make more.
Once you have your loops, take one of your smaller ribbons and tie it where your right hand has been holding the loops.
Once tied, you can use your fingers to move and manipulate the loops so they look like a bow.
I then tied the bow to a stuffed animal and tied the smaller ribbons on as well. To make the small ribbon curly, I used a pair of scissors and slid the ribbon along the side of the scissors. The faster you move the ribbon the tighter the curl will be, and the slower, the looser.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:24:56 AM
It's getting colder outside and nothing compares to baked goodies! Anything with oatmeal I consider healthy, so you don't have to feel guilty about eating them! As always I like to gather all my supplies,
- 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Third, I stirred in the egg, oil, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, and chocolate chips into the oat and milk mixture.
Fourth, I combined the flour, baking powder and salt. Then I added the oat mixture to flour mixture, stirring until moist.
Finally, I filled each cup of the12-cup muffin tin 2/3 full with the ladle. I find it much easier to use a ladle then pouring straight out of a big bowl. Then I baked then at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. 25 minutes later and I had delicious muffins!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:20:33 AM
As always, I like to gather my supplies first,
Let's make Mr. Claus first.
I started off with his belt, I used the mod podge and brushed on a square.
Next I poured on my silver glitter, letting it sit for a few minutes and dabing the glitter with my finger to move it around to stick on the modpodge. Then I tapped the top of the mug with my hand, making the excess of the glitter fall off. I used a cotton swab, to wipe off the excess glitter that hadn't fallen off just by taping.
Next I mod podged the bottom half of the mug with a paint brush, all the way around the mug, keeping my top line as straight as possible. Then I sprinkled on red glitter and repeated the dabbing and taping of the mug just with the silver belt square, to shake off the excess.
Finally I painted on the belt, just above the red glitter all the way around the mug also, with brown acrylic paint. Mr. Claus is done! How cute right?
For Mrs Claus it is a similar process.
I used mod podge to make a heart neck line and a line continuing around the mug. I then used Silver glitter and poured it on the mod podge, letting it stick, dabbing it with my finger and tapping the excess glitter off.
Next I made two buttons just below the heart shape neckline with mod podge and silver glitter. Like the other times, I tapped the mug to shake off the excess.
Finally I mod podged the bottom under neath the silver glitter line, and added red glitter. Again, I dabbed and tapped off the excess glitter.
There you have them! Mr and Mrs Claus mugs! They would be great gifts for, mom and dad, grand parents or a newly married couple. It would even be cute to try on wine glasses if you prefer wine over coffee!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:16:37 AM
Don't forget we carry baking supplies! One of my all time favorite things to bake is banana bread, everyone in my house just loves it.
I gathered all my supplies
- 2 large bowls
- 4 baking pans
- Measuring cups 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup
- Parchment paper
- Potato masher
- 6 brown bananas
- 3 and 1/2 cups flour
- 3 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3 table spoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
I always like to start with by measuring out my dry ingredients, that way if i need the measuring cup again for the wet ingredients ill be able to use it. I measure out all the dry ingredients into one bowl and whisk then together.
In another bowl I measure out all the wet ingredients and add the bananas into the bowl as well. Once all the wet ingredients are in the bowl I mash the bananas and stir until smooth.
Next I poured the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mixed thoroughly together with a spatula. Once thoroughly mixed, I added the walnuts and folded them into the batter. (this is optional, if you don't like or are allergic to nuts, do not add them, this recipe still tastes great without nuts)
Finally I take my 4 pans and cut the parchment paper to fit in to the pans. The parchment paper never seems to fit perfectly, but that's okay. There will be wrinkles and excess flowing over the top of the pans.
Pour the banana bread batter into the pans, about 1/2 to 3/4 full. The batter will rise when it cooks so make sure not to fill your pans to the top. Once your batter is in the pans you can cut the excess parchment paper off that is hanging over top.
Now is the hard part, waiting for it to bake! Place them in the over on a middle rake and bake for 1 hour and 20 mins. Set your timer and pull them out of the oven with oven mitts when ready. Now is the fun part, the eating! Yum, definitely the best banana bread ever!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:15:40 AM
If you have a little girl, this is a really cute craft for you! It can be really tough to keep a poppy on your child's coat or shirt in November for Veterans /Remembrance Day and this is a super cute way that your daughter can still wear a poppy without poking her self.
After gathering my supplies,
- Tissue paper
- Glitter paper
- Hair tie or Hair clip or Head Band
- Hot glue gun
- Pipe cleaner
- Small circle to trace
Then I cut out the circle and repeated about 12 times. You can repeat more or less depending on how full you would like the poppy to be.
Next I cut out an oval in the felt, a small circle in the glittery paper and a smaller circle in the felt.
Then I started gluing the poppy petals to the black oval felt. One on top of each other, with just a small dot in the middle of each petal.They don't have to be perfect in line, they seem to look more like petals if they are a little off set. Every 3rd petal, I folded in half to create volume. Once all the poppy petals were glued on, I then glued on the glittery circle, then the black smaller circle on top.
After that I flipped the poppy over and cut the pipe cleaner about the same length as the poppy. I folded the pipe cleaner in half and glued it to the back of the poppy.
Once the glue dried, I placed the hair tie in the middle of the pipe cleaner and folded and glued the pipe cleaner to the hair tie. A head band, or hair clip can work as well, instead of a hair tie!
All done! Now all I need is a daughter to wear it :)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:08:12 AM
After the first World War the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance. On November 11 we remember our Veterans.
First I gathered all my supplies for this craft.
- Red Tissue paper
- Black Felt
- Green Pipe cleaner
- Hot Glue gun
- Something circle to trace
I took the red tissue paper, unfolded the tissue paper, so the tissue paper was laying flat. Next I traced the large end of a cup on the tissue paper with a pencil. Then I cut out the circles with scissors, and poked a whole in the middle of each circle so, I could thread the pipe cleaner through.
I cut an oval in the black felt, and cut an X in the middle of oval.
Next I took my pipe cleaner and poked it through the tissue paper. Then poked the felt oval on the pipe cleaner on top of the tissue paper petals and pulled the pipe cleaner so there was just a small amount sticking out the top where the felt was pulled on and folded the pipe cleaner in on its self to keep the felt and petals from falling off.
Finally I ruffled up the petals by moving them around and about every third petal I folded it inward on its self to give some volume to poppy. Lastly I glued the underneath of the last petal to the pipe cleaner to keep everything from slipping down.
There you go! A tissue paper poppy and you can repeat as many times for as many flowers. This craft was a little to delicate with the tissue paper for my 3 year old, but older children can try and make these poppies.
IN FLANDERS FIELDS
In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.