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24 Apr 12 at 6 pm
Rounding up the usual suspects: a selection of paints, paintbrush, scissors, cotton clothesline, and matches 
Wrap the clothesline around your finger to determine ring size or around your wrist if you want to go bracelet.

Leave a tiny bit of wiggle room because you’ll lose a bit when you seal the ends together. 
(With those matches. Yes, there is fire in this tutorial.)

Instead of making paint puddles on my magazine work surface, I used the paint caps. Keep it clean, I say.
I like to hold the clothesline thusly. I definitely do not mind getting paint on my fingers.
Give your clothesline a good coat of paint. Over, under, and all around. 
I went for stripes and blocks of color, and I decided leaving the natural cotton rope was also nice. 
Let the paint dry. I didn’t really time it—a couple hours should be adequate. Once dry, form the rope into a circular shape. The paint will make it stiff, so you might have to bend it a bit to loosen things up. 
Now you’ll burn both the ends. Eeek! Only adults for this step.
As soon as the end heats up, the synthetic interior of the clothesline will get all melty. 
That’s your cue to smoosh the two ends together. They’ll stick like glue.
Brush off the ashy bits and…Voila! Aww look, it’s a brand new ring!
Now, I did wonder about burning the ends of the clothesline, like if there might be a less smokey way to go. But I tried a couple glues and found the results messy, and corralling the wild and wooly ends of the clothesline, as it started to unravel, was pretty difficult with glue alone. The matches are a nice option because they melt all those flyaway bits together and really do form a tight bond. I’ve been wearing my rings for a week now and haven’t had any issues with things coming undone or the soot factor, so I’m sticking with fire. Duh, of course I am. I would, however, like to give them a coat of Modge Podge, so they don’t get all soggy when I wash my hands…also so the natural cotton parts don’t end up looking like Monika’s white fannypack. You know, all gray and sad, yet well-loved. Always well-loved.

But that, my dears, is for another day. Right now, I’m just going to enjoy this neon nostalgia. 

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Rounding up the usual suspects: a selection of paints, paintbrush, scissors, cotton clothesline, and matches 



Wrap the clothesline around your finger to determine ring size or around your wrist if you want to go bracelet.
Leave a tiny bit of wiggle room because you’ll lose a bit when you seal the ends together. (With those matches. Yes, there is fire in this tutorial.)



Instead of making paint puddles on my magazine work surface, I used the paint caps. Keep it clean, I say.



I like to hold the clothesline thusly. I definitely do not mind getting paint on my fingers.



Give your clothesline a good coat of paint. Over, under, and all around. 



I went for stripes and blocks of color, and I decided leaving the natural cotton rope was also nice. 




Let the paint dry. I didn’t really time it—a couple hours should be adequate. Once dry, form the rope into a circular shape. The paint will make it stiff, so you might have to bend it a bit to loosen things up. 



Now you’ll burn both the ends. Eeek! Only adults for this step.



As soon as the end heats up, the synthetic interior of the clothesline will get all melty. 



That’s your cue to smoosh the two ends together. They’ll stick like glue.



Brush off the ashy bits and…Voila! Aww look, it’s a brand new ring!



Now, I did wonder about burning the ends of the clothesline, like if there might be a less smokey way to go. But I tried a couple glues and found the results messy, and corralling the wild and wooly ends of the clothesline, as it started to unravel, was pretty difficult with glue alone. The matches are a nice option because they melt all those flyaway bits together and really do form a tight bond. I’ve been wearing my rings for a week now and haven’t had any issues with things coming undone or the soot factor, so I’m sticking with fire. Duh, of course I am. I would, however, like to give them a coat of Modge Podge, so they don’t get all soggy when I wash my hands…also so the natural cotton parts don’t end up looking like Monika’s white fannypack. You know, all gray and sad, yet well-loved. Always well-loved.But that, my dears, is for another day. Right now, I’m just going to enjoy this neon nostalgia. 


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05 Apr 12 at 6 pm

Bunny jars for Easter
Tools and Materials


Bunny jars for Easter, How-to step by step 
Making bunny jars


Start by carefully gluing the rabbit to the jar lid and leave to dry. Place lid on a platform you don’t need (I used an old glass pot I did not need anymore). Following the instructions on the spray paint, carefully spray the glued rabbit and lid until you have an even coat of paint and the original colour of both the rabbit and lid are no longer visible. Leave to dry. Fill with Easter treats.

Bunny jars
Bunny jars to fill for Easter
Aqua bunny jars
Bunny jar filled with eggs

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tags: easter  crafts  gifts  bunny 
Bunny jars for EasterTools and Materials
Sitting rabbit
Standing rabbit
Glass jars (I bought three and three were old jam jars that I cleaned and removed the labels from)
Montana White spray paint, Soap colour
Montana Black spray paint, Cocktail colour
Montana Black spray paint, Pink Lemonade colour
Plasti-kote super satin paint in mint
Super glue (a hot glue gun didn’t work)
Bunny jars for Easter, How-to step by step Start by carefully gluing the rabbit to the jar lid and leave to dry. Place lid on a platform you don’t need (I used an old glass pot I did not need anymore). Following the instructions on the spray paint, carefully spray the glued rabbit and lid until you have an even coat of paint and the original colour of both the rabbit and lid are no longer visible. Leave to dry. Fill with Easter treats.
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09 Mar 12 at 3 pm

Saving Old Flowers

tags: flowers  diy  gifts  decor  inspiration 
Saving Old Flowers
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27 Feb 12 at 3 pm

You could substitute any other fruit pie filling for the peach: cherry, blueberry, even lemon would be fabulous. And for an extra special garnish, top with homemade whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream.

NOTE: All of my dessert in jars recipes are meant to be eaten immediately. I  have not tested them for long term storage {because quite frankly they’d never last that long around my large brood LOL}

Peach Cobbler in a Mason Jar
What you’ll need:
 {makes 4 individual servings}
21 ounces of peach pie filling
1/2 cup bisquick mix
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
1/4 cup butter – melted

What to do: 
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place a silpat {or other silicon mat} into a deep sided ovenproof baking dish. Spray 4 – 4 ounce mason jars with cooking spray and place them onto silpat

3. Into a bowl add: bisquick mix, milk, sugar and salt. Stir to combine. Add melted butter. Stir. Set aside.

4. Put approximately 3-4 peach slices/filling into each mason jar. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of batter per jar.

3. Bake for approximately 30-35 or until top is golden and bubbly.

4. Jars should be cool to touch prior to serving.
 
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You could substitute any other fruit pie filling for the peach: cherry, blueberry, even lemon would be fabulous. And for an extra special garnish, top with homemade whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream.
NOTE: All of my dessert in jars recipes are meant to be eaten immediately. I  have not tested them for long term storage {because quite frankly they’d never last that long around my large brood LOL}
Peach Cobbler in a Mason JarWhat you’ll need: {makes 4 individual servings}21 ounces of peach pie filling1/2 cup bisquick mix1/2 cup milk1/2 cup sugarpinch salt1/4 cup butter – melted
What to do: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place a silpat {or other silicon mat} into a deep sided ovenproof baking dish. Spray 4 – 4 ounce mason jars with cooking spray and place them onto silpat
3. Into a bowl add: bisquick mix, milk, sugar and salt. Stir to combine. Add melted butter. Stir. Set aside.
4. Put approximately 3-4 peach slices/filling into each mason jar. Top with 1-2 tablespoons of batter per jar.
3. Bake for approximately 30-35 or until top is golden and bubbly.
4. Jars should be cool to touch prior to serving. (Source.) 
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26 Feb 12 at 3 pm

Cool Guestbook Ideas

  1. Wine Have guests sign a wine bottle that you’ll open on your tenth wedding anniversary.
  2. Jenga Ask each guest to write words of wisdom for a happy marriage on these tiled game pieces.
  3. Calendar Have guests sign a calendar on the date of their birthday. You’ll never forget their birthdays and you’ll have the memories all year
  4. Polaroid Have guests take Polaroids of themselves and paste them into a photo album. Provide markers so that guests are sure to leave special notes on their photos.
  5. Finger Prints Why not ask guests to each provide a colourful thumbprint on a custom designed poster like this one? Just make sure to have wet cloths nearby so your friends and family can wipe their hands after making their mark.

(Source: gonnabeamrs, via thelushfiles)

tags: wedding  decor  gifts 
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26 Feb 12 at 12 pm

Red Velvet Nutella Cake-in-a-Jar

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 jar cream cheese frosting
  • 3 pint-sized canning jars

Thoroughly wash and dry the inside of each canning jar. Spray the inside of each jar thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Stir the red food coloring into the prepared cake batter.  Spoon about 1 cup of cake batter into each jar.  Cook one jar at a time in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through.  Allow jars to cool slightly, then scoop the top half of cake from the jar. Spoon a tablespoon or so of Nutella into the center of the jar, top with a dollop of cream cheese frosting, then replace the top half of the cake back in the jar, add another layer of Nutella, then enough frosting to fill the rest of the jar.

Serve immediately or cover with a lid and store in the fridge or pop into the mail & surprise someone you love! Cakes should stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days, and can be mailed so long as they are topped with a canning jar lid and arrive at their final destination within 3 days.

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tags: diy  recipe  gifts  cake  mason jars  nutella 
 
Red Velvet Nutella Cake-in-a-Jar
1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package directions
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1/2 cup Nutella
1 jar cream cheese frosting
3 pint-sized canning jars
Thoroughly wash and dry the inside of each canning jar. Spray the inside of each jar thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Stir the red food coloring into the prepared cake batter.  Spoon about 1 cup of cake batter into each jar.  Cook one jar at a time in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through.  Allow jars to cool slightly, then scoop the top half of cake from the jar. Spoon a tablespoon or so of Nutella into the center of the jar, top with a dollop of cream cheese frosting, then replace the top half of the cake back in the jar, add another layer of Nutella, then enough frosting to fill the rest of the jar.
Serve immediately or cover with a lid and store in the fridge or pop into the mail & surprise someone you love! Cakes should stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days, and can be mailed so long as they are topped with a canning jar lid and arrive at their final destination within 3 days.
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25 Feb 12 at 3 pm

What you’ll need:

Kraft paper Gable box ( I like these from Garnish)

A variety of crafty supplies….fabric scraps…pens…markers…acrylic paints…strings…ric rac…ribbons…cardstock…blank cards…stickers…etc. BE CREATIVE and know your audience! Tie it up pretty with ribbon or string and you’ve got yourself a memorable gift or takeaway that anyone would love! enjoy!
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What you’ll need:
Kraft paper Gable box ( I like these from Garnish)
A variety of crafty supplies….fabric scraps…pens…markers…acrylic paints…strings…ric rac…ribbons…cardstock…blank cards…stickers…etc. BE CREATIVE and know your audience! Tie it up pretty with ribbon or string and you’ve got yourself a memorable gift or takeaway that anyone would love! enjoy!(Source.) 
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23 Feb 12 at 3 pm

Peanut Butter Cups in Cake in a Jar

12 pint-sized canning jars with lids
canola oil spray
8 ounces peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 recipe Devil’s food cupcakes or cake mix
8-10 ounces dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the inside of the canning jars with the canola oil. Mix together powdered sugar and peanut butter until smooth. Roll into 1.5-2″ balls. Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of cake batter into the bottom of each jar using a large scoop. Place a peanut butter ball into the center of each jar and add an additional 2-3 tablespoons of batter. Wipe up any batter that hit the outside of the jar or around the rim.

Bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes or until tops spring back when touched. Remove from oven. Immediately place 1/2 ounce of chocolate on top of the hot cake. Seal with ring and lid and wait for them to pop. Using a towel, pick up the jar and turn to coat the entire top of the cake with chocolate. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Makes 12 cupcakes in a jar.
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tags: diy  recipe  cupcakes  mason jar  gifts 
 
Peanut Butter Cups in Cake in a Jar
12 pint-sized canning jars with lidscanola oil spray8 ounces peanut butter1 1/2 cups powdered sugar1 recipe Devil’s food cupcakes or cake mix8-10 ounces dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the inside of the canning jars with the canola oil. Mix together powdered sugar and peanut butter until smooth. Roll into 1.5-2″ balls. Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of cake batter into the bottom of each jar using a large scoop. Place a peanut butter ball into the center of each jar and add an additional 2-3 tablespoons of batter. Wipe up any batter that hit the outside of the jar or around the rim.
Bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet for 15-20 minutes or until tops spring back when touched. Remove from oven. Immediately place 1/2 ounce of chocolate on top of the hot cake. Seal with ring and lid and wait for them to pop. Using a towel, pick up the jar and turn to coat the entire top of the cake with chocolate. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
Makes 12 cupcakes in a jar.(Source.) 
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20 Feb 12 at 6 pm

Double Chocolate Brownies with Salted Caramel Icing in a Jar

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

For the frosting: (Adapted from Chow.com)

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Melt butter and chocolate together. I use the microwave, heating it in short intervals so the butter doesn’t explode. Mix together until fully combined. Cool slightly.
3. Beat together eggs, vanilla, sugar and cocoa powder in a mixer until combined. Add chocolate mixer, beat until just combined.
4. Finally, add flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chunks to the chocolate mixture and mix until the batter is totally incorporated. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl and the bottom of the bowl to make sure it all comes together.
5. Pour batter into butter 6 5 ounces jam jars. Bake the jars on a cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are cooled and spring back when touched. Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.

6. To make the frosting: In a small saucepan combine the sugar and water. Bring it to a boil and cook it, without stirring until it turns a dark amber. About 7 minutes. Once it darkens turn off the heat and remove the pan from the stovetop.

2. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla very carefully, stirring well even as it bubbles. Then allow it to cool.

3. While the caramel is cooling beat the butter and salt until smooth and creamy. Then add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until well incorporated. Turn off the mixer and pour in the caramel and beat everything until it is light and fluffy.
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Double Chocolate Brownies with Salted Caramel Icing in a Jar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
For the frosting: (Adapted from Chow.com)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350.2. Melt butter and chocolate together. I use the microwave, heating it in short intervals so the butter doesn’t explode. Mix together until fully combined. Cool slightly.3. Beat together eggs, vanilla, sugar and cocoa powder in a mixer until combined. Add chocolate mixer, beat until just combined.4. Finally, add flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chunks to the chocolate mixture and mix until the batter is totally incorporated. Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl and the bottom of the bowl to make sure it all comes together.5. Pour batter into butter 6 5 ounces jam jars. Bake the jars on a cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are cooled and spring back when touched. Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.
6. To make the frosting: In a small saucepan combine the sugar and water. Bring it to a boil and cook it, without stirring until it turns a dark amber. About 7 minutes. Once it darkens turn off the heat and remove the pan from the stovetop.
2. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla very carefully, stirring well even as it bubbles. Then allow it to cool.
3. While the caramel is cooling beat the butter and salt until smooth and creamy. Then add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until well incorporated. Turn off the mixer and pour in the caramel and beat everything until it is light and fluffy.(Source.) 
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19 Feb 12 at 6 pm

What you will need: 
-concrete
-water
-plastic wrap
-small bowl filled with sand
-acrylic paint
Step 1: Add just enough water to the concrete to make the mixture stiff enough to stand up on it’s own.  (The amount of concrete you use depends on how many mushrooms you are planning to make.)  Mold the mushroom stem on a piece of plastic wrap, as seen below.  
 Let the stem dry.  With our cool weather, I let it sit for a full day to dry completely.
Step 2:  Fill your bowl with damp sand and cover it with plastic wrap.
Step 3:  Using your hands, or a previously made mushroom, or any object that is mushroom-shaped, make an imprint in the sand on top of the plastic wrap.  This will be your mushroom mold.
Step 4:  Mix concrete that is softer than the concrete mixed for the stem.  Then fill the mushroom mold with this mixture.  As you can see below, I mixed too much water into the concrete and it is running over the edge of my mold.  It will be ok because I can file down or chip off unwanted concrete after the piece is dry.
Step 5:  Place the dry stem into the wet concrete as seen below.  If it seems like it won’t stay in place, the trick is to simply hold it where you want it to be for 30 seconds or so.  You will see that it stays right there after that.  This also works if your mushroom-top concrete is rather thick and it seems like the stem won’t go in.  Just hold it there with gentle pressure.  
Here is the mushroom after it has been given plenty of time to dry in the mold:
 Paint away!  If you like the shiny look, use a super glossy paint, or spray them with a varnish after you’ve painted them.  I like the vibrant colors of these mushrooms:  

(Source: fuckyeahmakingstuff)

tags: diy  crafts  garden  decor  gifts  mushrooms