Sunday, 27 January 2013

See You Next Month

You may not have realized it yet but I've been absent from the blogging world for a while. I was able to preschedule several posts, get one or two done in real time, and even connect with a couple link parties. Unfortunately that's all come to a stop. Why? Life has gotten insane. Let's blame it mostly on this:



I procrastinated and have been working multiple hours every night to get it done before my exam (which is tomorrow). It really is a great course and I'm kicking myself for leaving it so long. I still have to write a research paper. Yuck. 

As if that wasn't enough, M moved to her mom's in another province so it was hectic getting her ready.  It's been weird without her here. Our house is very calm and quiet. We miss her like crazy! 

At work my high school marks had to be in by Friday to go to the government and junior high marks have to be in tomorrow. My classroom got a bunch of new furniture (woo hoo) and it's been time-consuming putting it together. 

On top of it all, I've been sick. And it was my 31st birthday. It was not an enjoyable birthday and I'd like a do-over. To J's credit, he surprised me with beautiful tulips and these:



Cherry Chip with vanilla icing - my favourite! Check out the candles. Get it? 3 and 1. That's how my adorable nephew says my age.

I'm anxious to finish my course (but procrastinating by writing this post) and then will some time to get my house in order. The laundry situation alone is enough to make me want to cry. I'm not asking for pity, just letting you know what has been going on. I've decided to give myself permission not to even think about blogging until February.

Take care.  See you next month.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Valentines Chocolate Chip Cookies


Our house is very quiet today. M left yesterday. She is gone to another province to live with her mother. When she moved in we knew this would most likely happen, but it’s still tough.

Before she left we spent one last evening baking some valentines cookies. We used my grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe and added some food colouring to turn some of our cookies red and pink.


Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 4 dozen

Cream:
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 eggs

Add:
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda

Fold in by hand:
1 cup chocolate chips

Bake 375 for about 10 minutes on a baking sheet with parchment paper.


To add the colouring, we separated the cookies into three bowls. We left one the original colour, added pink food colouring to the second bowl, and added red food colouring to the third.

Shared at: Someday Crafts

Friday, 18 January 2013

Past Valentines

I don't have much to share from past Valentines but it was the first occasion for which I specifically crafted things to post on my blog so I thought I'd share what I have. Please be kind and remember I had only been blogging a few months when these posts were done.


First is my Valentine Tree. Don't you love how I blacked out J and I? At this point he still wasn't comfortable having his picture on the blog.

The other thing I made was this set of Scrapbook Paper Pictures. They have always been a favourite of mine and I have since made scrapbook paper pictures for several other seasons.

So there you have both the Valentines crafts I made last year. Stay tuned because I have a couple more in mind to add this year.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Party Craft - Crayon Art

In case you missed the overview (click here to check it out), here's a little background. M turned 11 last month and wanted to have a colourful party. She chose to invite two friends for a sleepover instead of lots of friends for a shorter party. I plan on posting about several different elements of her party and will link them all back to the overview.

We decided to make some melted crayon art to go with our colourful theme.



Before the party we decided to do a trial run. We really didn't worry about the arrangement of our colours.

1) Arrange crayons 
2) Glue in place
3 & 4) Melt using a hairdryer



The girls had lots of fun and made lots of mess. Here are a few things I learned from the process:

1. Crayon placement does matter. It's better to group similar colours because if you put them randomly the dark ones cover the other colours.

2. Wax takes a long time to melt with a hair dryer. I thought we were doing something wrong. We weren't. It just took time.

3. Wax splatters... a lot! We placed tinfoil on a cookie sheet and places our canvas in it. It helped but not a lot. I had to scrape a lot of wax off the floor. For the party we left the table cloth in place. It caught most of the wax but there was still a little bit that made it onto the floor.



All in all, it was a pretty awesome project. The girls arranged their crayons (2 made rainbows and 1 did a mirror image). I did the gluing because they were unsure about using a glue gun. Then they took turns holding each others' canvases while they melted the crayons. They seemed to have a lot of fun and took their artwork home with them the next day.



Shared at: Sugar Bee Crafts, Clean & Scentsible, Ginger Snap Crafts, A Creative Princess

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Snowflake Decorations


Am I the only one who finds decorating between Christmas and Valentines to be difficult? I never quite know what to do. You may have seen the printable that I made but can’t figure out how to share. To go with it, I made some pretty snowflakes.


If you want to make your own, here's what you need: 
Paint and brush
Skewers
Styrafoam snowflakes


Step 1: Paint skewer

Step 2: Paint snowflakes

Step 3: Place skewers in snowflakes


To display them I put some decorative rocks in a cheap vase and stuck the snowflakes in them. I also placed a couple in a plant. 

Shared at: Sugar Bee Crafts, Clean & Scentsible, Ginger Snap Crafts, A Creative Princess

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

More Knitted Ruffled Scarves


Lately I’ve been in a knitting mood, specifically ruffled scarves. Just before Christmas it became a bit of an addiction. I even spent some time knitting with students so they could make scarves to give as present. Rather than post another tutorial, you can check out the original here.


This green one I made for my mama a while ago but haven't yet shared it with you. It’s the first one I made, other than the one for myself.


I made a couple for a coworker to give as Christmas gifts. I remembered to take a purple of the finished purple one but not the finished pink and grey one.


The black and silver one was a gift for the step-kids to give their grandmother (not J’s mom, their mom’s mom).


It’s funny. I couldn’t seem to stop knitting and then, all of a sudden, I was over it. As quickly as my knitting phase started, it came to an end.  I’m thinking I’ll give myself a break and then maybe, just maybe, make some for presents for next year.

Shared at: A Creative Princess, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, Delightful Order

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Party Tri-Colour Cake

In case you missed the overview (click here to check it out), here's a little background. M turned 11 last month and wanted to have a colourful party. She chose to invite two friends for a sleepover instead of lots of friends for a shorter party. I plan on posting about several different elements of her party and will link them all back to the overview.

For her cake, M asked for a multicoloured cake. She picked through the food colouring and decided on purple, pink and teal.


First I prepared two boxes of vanilla cake mix, following the directions on the box. Once it was prepared, I separated it into three separate bowls. In each bowl I added some food colouring and stirred until it was evenly mixed. I then baked it according to the directions on the box.


Once the layers had cooled, I put them together with a layer of store-bough vanilla icing in between each colour. Don’t be alarmed that the edges look a little brown; that’s just from baking it.


I finished icing it and added a few sprinkles. From the outside it looks like a plain, vanilla cake.


However once you cut into it you see the beautiful colours.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Party Decor


In case you missed the overview (click here to check it out), here's a little background. M turned 11 last month and wanted to have a colourful party. She chose to invite two friends for a sleepover instead of lots of friends for a shorter party. I plan on posting about several different elements of her party and will link them all back to the overview.

For the decorations, I wanted to keep it cheap simple while sticking to M’s vision of colourful. 


I started by buying some supplies at the dollar store: a pink tablecloth, pink glasses, pink napkins, and two different sizes of balloon plates. I already had plastic cutlery, coloured straws, and the orange tray at home.


Next we made the banner. I found a free printable alphabet here and printed out the letters we needed on cardstock. M cut them out, I hole punched them, M strung them on ribbon, and I stapled through each letter to hold it in place.


We made the table runner using leftover scraps of scrapbook paper. I got the idea here. M used the Cuttlebug to cut out lots of different size circles and we spread them along the center of the table. They aren’t attached to each other or to the table so they could be reused but ours got messy while making our crayon art.


Last but not least we used candy for our centerpieces. The idea came from here. I picked up the bowls and some colourful candy at Walmart. I went with gummy worms, skittles (the purple bag), and jellybeans. These also doubled as snacks and as part of the take-home treat.