Category Archives: Arts, Crafts and Needlework

Salt dough hand Ornament

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Healthy Ideas and tips

 

Natural Aromatherapy

Caught a cold? Try hanging a bundle of eucalyptus (sold at craft stores and flower shops) from your shower curtain rod. “The heat and steam help to activate the herb’s essential oils, which can ease congestion,” Seo explains. Hang a bundle with natural garden twine (more moisture-resistant than cotton twine) on the shower rod, away from the spray of the water. Enjoy the scent for a few weeks as you take a hot shower.

 

Rustic Candles

Melt down the dregs of burned-out candles to make new ones in old flowerpots. You’ll give both items a new lease on life. 1. Scrub the inside of the pot only, leaving the outside aged. 2. Use a coin to cover the drainage hole in the bottom. 3. Insert a ready-made stiff cotton wick (sold at craft stores) or make your own wick out of cotton twine. To hold the wick upright, tie one end loosely to a pencil laid across the top of the pot. 4. Melt chunks of old candles in a pot set over a low flame or in a double boiler. Pour the liquid wax into the flowerpots. 5. Let set overnight and then trim the wick.

 

Next time you are making eggs, try using an onion ring from a spanish or videlia onion to hold the eggs shape.

 

Need to organize your cans in the pantry? Try using a cardboard soda pop case. You can decorate it any way you like!

 

Use a bread tab or pop tab to make your place on any roll of tape. Saves time trying to find the ends.

 

Cut a shoe saver in half and screw it into the cupboard door in your laundry room or bathroom to hold cleaners or hair products.

 

Herbal Fire Starter

Pinecones and dried herbs such as rosemary, sage leaves, and cinnamon sticks make fragrant kindling for a winter fire — and, unlike composite firelogs and lighter fluid, don’t rely on chemicals to ignite the flame. 1. Bundle dried herbs and small pinecones in a sheet of newspaper and secure the ends with raffia or cotton twine. 2. As you pile up logs for your fire, nestle the herb bundle underneath, with paper ends sticking out. 3. To start the fire, light the newspaper ends. As the paper burns up, the herbs inside will ignite and incinerate, giving the logs a chance to catch fire. Cost: less than $10 to make.

Fun Fall Place Settings for special occasions or just to amuse your family 😉

Candy Cane Fudge
by Heather McKillip

Ingredients:

2 (11 oz.) packages white chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1½ cups crushed candy canes, divided

Directions:

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil.

Combine the vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat.

Stir frequently until vanilla chips are almost melted.

Remove from heat and continue to stir until chips are completely melted and mixture is smooth.

Stir in peppermint extract and 1 1/4 cups candy canes.

Spread evenly into prepared pan.

Top with remaining 1/4 cup candy canes.

Press lightly into fudge.

Chill for two hours in the refrigerator, then cut into small squares.

“While dreams of sugar plums danced in their heads…”
http://amandaparkerandfamily.blogspot.com/2011/12/candy-christmas-dessert-table.html
DIY SUGAR PLUM FAIRY CANDY TOPIARY!
DIY Gnomes! : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gnome-tea-cosy-and-toy-gnome

DIY Yule Log Candle Holder ~ A very long tradition, a yule log has been used for hundreds of years on the longest night of the year – Solstice and for Christmas traditions. This year we decided to take the idea of the yule log and turn it into a beautiful candle holder!

You need:

A log (ours is 15 inches long)
a wood chisel
a 1 1/2 inch Forstner bit
an electric drill
tea light candles

I know, just looking at that list, many people will say it isn’t easy. But really. If you have the tools, it takes less than 15 minutes. And everything you need, you can find at Home Depot for less than $15 (and there are MANY other times where I have used these same tools as well. At my baby shower with Logan we used the tiny white pumpkins and drilled holes to put tea lights in the center of each one… beautiful!)

1. First, you chisel off the bark on one side of the log. You can do this with other things as well, such as a putty knife, or a box cutter. It is just easier and safer with the chisel so if you choose to do it with something else, please be careful!

2. Then you lay the log’s bark-free side down, and make sure it doesn’t roll. Measure to the center and mark. Lay your candles on it, arranging them how you want, and then mark the spots on the log.

3. If it is an odd number of candles than set the forstner bit in the center and drill away! If you need an even number of candles for your log, then measure from the center, and start at one of the center spots.

Clean it up with the chisel and perhaps a bit of sandpaper if needed. Then put the candles in and decorate (we used hot glue, holly, and boughs from the yard).

Light and enjoy!

Christmas is 2 months away. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger Part 3

Here are some more ideas I have come across for decorations/gifts:

Make your own Washi Eggs, very easy: http://chihuahua-yip.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-washi-eggs-102939796

A sewing kit and another 24 things you can make for under 5 bux: http://www.the36thavenue.com/2011/11/25-handmade-gifts-under-5.html

Clothes Pin doll Ornaments: http://www.marthastewart.com/269511/clothespin-doll-ornaments

A Six pack of Reindeer: http://itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.ca/2011/10/166-neighbor-christmas-gift-ideas-its.html

Pinecone cheese balls for your Christmas party ! http://www.pincookie.com/pinecone-cheeseballs-for-your-christmas-party/

Easy home-made peppermint patties: http://www.pincookie.com/easy-home-made-peppermint-patties-im-so-making-these-for-christmas/

Make your own cinnamon bird Ornaments: http://www.marthastewart.com/907577/cinnamon-bird-ornament#slide_3

And for the little ones to make their grandparents: http://2me4art.com/2012/03/23/sophies-art/

Gifts from the Kitchen: http://talkcraftytome.com/2009/12/21/gifts-from-your-kitchen/

Home made Hand soap (some for you too!): http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/09/24/homemade-gift-series-2-homemade-soap/

Home made gift bundling: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/11/19/homemade-gift-series-10-homemade-cookies-and-gift-bundle/

101 hand-made Tutorials: http://www.everythingetsy.com/2011/10/101-handmade-holiday-tutorials/

Christmas baking ideas: http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChristmasBaking.html

25 DIY Christmas Ornaments: http://blogs.babble.com/family-style/2011/11/29/25-amazing-diy-christmas-ornaments/#felt-polaroid-ornament

25 Kids Christmas craft ideas: http://www.marthastewart.com/275712/kids-christmas-crafts/@center/307034/christmas-workshop#/202519

Decorating with Candy: http://momsbyheart.net/category/100-days-of-christmas/

Christmas cookie Dough: http://momsbyheart.net/category/100-days-of-christmas/

DIY Boot Socks using your old Sweaters

 

Starting out using the arms from old sweaters, you can make your own boot socks.

 

A little lace next and voila!

 

See the entire process with different styles here: http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2012/09/how-to-make-boot-socks.html

 

 

Christmas is 2 months away. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger Part 2

We continue with more great ideas for Christmas.

Here are instructions for a winter wreath…a kind of after christmas idea, but I was thinking. Wouldn’t this be great done in golds or red and green? http://afishwholikesflowers.blogspot.ca/2012/01/cure-for-post-christmas-blues.html

A link to a wonderful collection of diy ornaments: http://blogs.babble.com/family-style/2011/11/29/25-amazing-diy-christmas-ornaments/#felt-polaroid-ornament

And what to give that nice neighbour, or friend who loves warm aroma’s: http://www.make-it-do.com/make-it/the-smells-of-the-season/

How about some meals in a jar with decorated lids: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/10/22/homemade-gift-series-6-meals-in-a-jar/

Holiday treats? http://itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.ca/2011/10/166-neighbor-christmas-gift-ideas-its.html

And for the kids? Home made rock candy: http://blog.makezine.com/craft/how-to_homemade_rock_candy/

12 holiday gits that are not cookies: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/12/02/real-food-tips-12-homemade-holiday-gifts-that-aren%E2%80%99t-cookies/

34 great home made gifts: http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/11/13/a-do-it-yourself-christmas-34-great-gifts-you-can-make-yourself/

50 different foods you can put in a jar: http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2011/07/50-different-foods-you-can-put-in-jar.html

70 Make your own christmas gift ideas: http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/diy-arts-and-crafts/make-cheap-christmas-gift-ideas.php

How to make your own body scrubs: http://beauty.about.com/od/skinflaws/ht/saltscrub.htm

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/07/make-your-own-simple-exfoliating-body.html

http://www.themotherhuddle.com/how-to-make-your-own-body-scrubs/

http://www.accidentallygreen.com/2012/05/make-your-own-body-scrubs.html

http://www.modernmom.com/article/how-to-make-your-own-natural-body-scrub

Make your own bath bombs: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/style/make-bath-bombs.htm

http://www.kidspot.com.au/myspot-home-homemade-bath-bomb-recipe+3195+173+article.htm

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Bath-Bombs/

http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/bathbombs/

http://www.marthastewart.com/271871/bath-fizzies

http://teachsoap.com/making-bath-bombs/

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/952517/homemade-bath-bombs

Make your own lip balm: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/06/lip_balm.php

http://www.refinery29.com/how-to-make-lip-balm

http://www.beautylish.com/a/vpyxs/diy-beauty-make-your-own-lip-balm

http://www.growinghomeblog.com/2012/02/make-your-own-lip-balm.html

http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/10/allnatural-lip-balm/

This will get you started I’m sure. Come back often as i will be posting more ideas as we get closer to Christmas. Have a great day!

Christmas is 2 months away. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger!

Christmas is 2 months away (thanks Rebecca and Tee) and I haven’t gotten a thing, in fact its going to be down right tight this year since hubby was unemployed for 7 months. I have been scouring the web to find things to make that are easy on the budget and neat. In the next month I will be sharing the decorations and gift ideas that I find, including gift-in-a-jar mixes.

The chocolate hats above can be made using marshmallows, oreo cookies and melted chocolate.

 

Hand made glitter ornaments are fun to make. This one is different because it uses future floor wax. Here is the link: http://thegreenbeanscrafterole.blogspot.ca/2010/12/all-that-glittersminus-mess.html

 

I thought these Mason jar Christmas scenes were really cool and unique. You can learn how to make them here: http://thisoldhouseinnewliberty.blogspot.ca/2011/12/snow-globes.html

 

 

And how about ornaments that you can create patterns with using puff paint, and then spray paint? Here is the link: http://greenzebra9.blogspot.ca/2012/09/sparkles-squiggles-ornament.html

 

Twig ornaments, pine cone wreaths and some really neat stuff! Here is the link: http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.ca/2011/12/26-diy-projects-from-forest-holidays.html

 

Make new ornaments look vintage with the help of nail polish remover. Who knew? Here is the link: http://findinghomeonline.com/tutorial-how-to-make-new-ornaments-look-%E2%80%9Cvintage%E2%80%9D/

 

These pine cone picture ornaments are warm and nostalgic. Here is the link: http://www.marthastewart.com/907287/pinecone-picture-frame-ornaments?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/christmas-ornaments#slide_3

Mini ornaments that are toddler friendly. Here is the link: http://thesewingloftblog.com/2011/11/03/how-to-christmas-ornaments-mini-trees/

 

50 do-it-yourself felt ornaments, the link is here: http://www.shelterness.com/50-diy-felt-christmas-tree-ornaments/

 

These may be the first I try. I have a million ideas for them. http://www.thethriftycrafter.com/tag/pottery-barn/

 

Speaking of ball type ornaments, here is a link to learn how to etch your own. It’s really not that hard: http://221vision.com/2010/12/10/diy-how-to-etch-glass-christmas-ornaments/

 

Do-it-yourself cupcake style tree ornaments: http://collegelifestyles.org/2010/11/dressed-for-the-holidays-part-33-diy-holiday-gifts-styled-with-love/#closeNewsletterInterstitialTop

 

How about this? Ornaments from juice can tops, a recyclers dream! http://thecraftingchicks.com/2010/11/christmas-countdown-and-festive-idea-cards.html

 

Make your own ribbon trees: http://whipperberry.com/2010/12/ribbon-christmas-trees-tutorial.html

 

Winter willow wreath: http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/11/winter-willow-wreath/

 

Santa on your fire-place mantle! http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2010/12/easy-mr-claus/

 

Jingle Bells shadow box, very cute! http://blueeyedblessings.blogspot.ca/2009/12/jingle-all-way-how-to.html

 

Super simple Christmas card idea: http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2009/11/19/super-simple-holiday-card-tutorial/

 

Invisible Christmas tree. Yes, it got my curiosity peaked too! http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/12/21/christmas-tree-ornament-mobile-how-to/

 

Glass lanterns, I’ve done this before but I used mason jars and decorated the lids: http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-make-glass-jar-lanterns/121.html

 

And what home wouldn’t look great with a monogram wreath? http://dittledattle.blogspot.ca/2010/11/fresh-cedar-monogram-wreath.html

 

How about dollar store fruit, some glue and glitter? Would look great on a table in a crystal bowl. (Pintrest)

 

Give your baked goods a special touch: http://www.marthastewart.com/306688/heart-shaped-crafts/@center/276967/valentines-day#/273697

 

Puzzle piece ornaments. Kids might like these: http://www.lisas-craft-blog.com/2011/12/tutorial-puzzle-piece-ornaments.html

 

Christmas crafts for kids: http://zakkalife.blogspot.ca/2010/11/kid-christmas-crafts.html

 

Mini Tree Santa’s like my mother-in-law used to make: http://roxycreations.blogspot.ca/2010_10_01_archive.html

 

Go-it-yourself candy recipes : http://www.marthastewart.com/276952/christmas-candy-recipes

This will get you started I’m sure. Come back often as i will be posting more ideas as we get closer to Christmas. Have a great day!

How to Make a Calm Jar.

(Compliments of the Untrainedhousewife.com)

I have found a new site to suck up all my productivity and glaze over my eyes with daydreams of crafts, kitchen remodels, and new wardrobes… I am referring to Pinterest, of course. After a few months of pinning crafts to my boards, my best friend and I decided to test some out. AND we took pictures.

You will need:

  • Mason Jar or baby food jar – cleaned out naturally
  • *We used 32 oz. mason jars, so adjust accordingly for amounts
  • Craft glitter – 3 pouches (roughly 1/2 tbsp each)
  • Glitter Glue – 1.8 fl oz. (we used a full bottle for each mason jar)
  • Hot Water

To Make a Calm Jar:

Lay all of your supplies out – I realize that may seem silly in a simple project like this but trust me – nothing sucks the fun out of a craft project faster than realizing you forgot a needed item. If you are making more than one Calm Jar, then separate out the colored glue and glitters you want to use in each jar.

Boil water, microwave water – in our case we used the “hot water” function on my coffee maker – you just need hot water to break down the glitter glue. Add the water to the mason jar.

  • Add desired amount and color of glitter to the mason jar.
  •  Add a small jar of glitter glue to the mason jar.
  •  Stir vigorously. *Now, I think this step is important – once the jar is completed you will use it by shaking it like a snow globe (not a Polaroid picture), but while in the creation stage still I recommend using something to stir and break up the glitter glue completely. We used a long metal BBQ skewer, but if you don’t have those (why not?!) I think a fork would work fine.

Seal tightly. *This is another important step. As my best friend said, “it’s *glitter* we need that jar sealed like a submarine.” Valid point. We didn’t take the extra measure of pressure-sealing it – just make sure the lid is screwed on really, really tightly. Shake and Enjoy! The time it takes the glitter to swirl and settle back at the bottom of the jar is supposed to be enough time to calm a toddler’s outburst or calm an adult’s fried nerves (whether or not the two are directly related).

Our first Pinterest-Inspired craft was a success. Stay-tuned for more!