Sunday, 30 September 2012

Initial Art: Kids Craft


First, I feel as though I owe those of you who stop by regularly an apology. I haven’t been crafting or posting as often as I’d like for the last 3 months or so. Not to make excuses but I feel like I’m having a hard time keeping up with life lately. Between getting married, changing schools, traveling multiple times for work, and working on my Inclusive Education diploma I’m stretched very thin. Add to that the fact that we are getting ready for the stepkids to (temporarily) move in with us (which will be a major change from just staying here on weekends) and I truly feel like I’m running on empty most of the time. I’m not telling you this to sound whiney or seek pity. I’m happy with, and grateful for, all the things that are happening in my life and am hoping to be able to catch my breath (and start regularly crafting and blogging) some time in the near future.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, this is a craft the kids did several weeks ago. I can’t take credit for this. They came up with the idea and did all the work!

M's Initial Art

Originally, M wanted to make some artwork for her room. D wanted nothing to do with it. We had a blank canvas in the basement that M decided she wanted to paint. She also decided she wanted to add her initial to it so we went to the dollar store to see what we could find. We bought a large wooden letter and some buttons. Once M started working on hers, D decided he wanted to make one too. He and his dad went out and got what he needed to make the same type of thing.

D's Initial Art

Sorry but I don’t have pictures of the stages.

First came the painting. They marked off the sections using painter’s tape and then painted them using sponge brushes. M waited for sections to dry and moved the tape. D left his tape on to make white stripes. While they were painting they also painted the edges of their initials.

Hard at work. I have a grubby table cloth we use for crafting
and I make the kids wear aprons to protect their clothes.

Next they cut scrapbook paper to fit their initials and attached the paper using Modge Podge.

Once everything was dry, I used a glue gun to attach the initials. It worked ok but I would recommend stronger glue. At this stage D decided he was finished. M added some buttons to hers to make it look prettier.

The finished products drying on the kitchen table.

Aren’t they great? I love when the kids have their own creations hung up in their rooms!


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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Chocolate Coconut Squares


I shared this recipe on North Shore Days last week. If you've never been to North Shore Days, you should go check it out. Nat has lots of great tutorials and makes some of the most awesome jewelry I've seen!

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Lately I've been invited to a lot of functions and have brought these cookies with me to several of them. They're a variation on a recipe my mom used to make. They're easy to make,  full of chewy, chocolatey goodness, and are always a hit.



Ingredients:
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups chocolate chips (divided in half)
½ cup walnuts
½ cup Skor bits
1 ½ cups coconut (divided in half)
1 tin sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 325.

Spray a 9x13 cooking dish with no-stick baking spray.

Melt ½ cup butter. Stir in 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs. Once mixed, pressed into the bottom of the cooking dish.


Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips, ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup Skor bits, and 2/3 cup coconut.

Cover evenly with sweetened condensed milk.


Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chips and 2/3 cup coconut. Use a fork to gently push the layers together.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.


The ingredients I sprinkled below and above the sweetened condensed milk were ones I found in my pantry. You could change it up based on what you have and like.  As you can tell I really like chocolate and coconut although, in my opinion, anything with sweetened condensed milk tastes great!




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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Guest Posting at North Shore Days

Have you heard of NorthShore Days? It's a great blog written by Nat, who is a supersweet blog friend. She has all kinds of amazing posts with jewellery, home decor, and her adorable kiddos. She kindly invited me to do my first guest post.



I'm at NorthShore Days today sharing my recipe for Chocolate Coconut Squares. Please stop on over, check it out, and show Nat some blogging love.



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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Blanched Chard


I realize this post may be a little too late for this fall but I wanted to write it anyway. You may remember all those veggies I got from a colleague. I already wrote about my marinated carrots and frozen zucchini. This is how I preserved the rest.

First I pickled the chard stems. To be honest, I haven’t tried them yet but I think they look interesting and they were easy to make. The recipe I used can be found here.


Next, I decided to blanch and freeze the chard leaves.

First I cleaned them and cut them into strips about 1 ½ inches thick.


I put them in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes.


I then removed them from the boiling water and placed them directly in an ice bath (really cold water with ice cubes) to stop the cooking process.


After that, I spread them out on a towel to dry.


Once they were mostly dry, I placed them in freezer bags, labeled them, and put them in the freezer. This way I can take out a bag and unthaw them when I want them.


I also did the same with my beans.  Now I’ve got lots of produced stored and ready to get us through the winter.





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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Beaded Earrings


A few weeks ago I decided to make a pair of beaded earrings after seeing these earrings at Lines Across and, as per usual, one pair turned into many pairs. They are quite easy to make and I think the photos explain it better than I can with words but I’m going to try.


First, place your beads on your headpin. Cut the headpin, leaving just enough metal to make the loop using round nose pliers. Use flat nose pliers to open a jump ring and attach the earring to the beaded headpin. Repeat for the second earring. Done!


Aren’t they fun? Right now they’re for sale in my (completely unsuccessful) etsy shop but I plan to make more that match some of my favourite outfits.


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