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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
I made these yummy cookies for a cookie exchange tonight. It's a different idea - each of us takes one dozen baked cookies and the rest of the dough is divided up (I put mine in zip-top bags) and each of us gets to take home eleven taster sizes of dough that we can bake or freeze. Can't wait to see the variety!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
With Thanksgiving approaching here are a few ways to decorate your table with things you have around your home. Last weekend I had a potluck at my house and had been so busy I didn't have any ideas to decorate my table.
I had bought a pumpkin basket at Michaels for less than $2.50 for part of a popcorn bar I had for my Bunco group. (There is something to be said for waiting until the last minute to buy holiday decor - it was 80% off!) I added some succulents from my yard to the basket and thought it wasn't Fallish enough. I added in faux Fall leaves - still not enough pop of color. That's when I saw my very Fallish colored cocktail napkins. I opened them up, twisted them at the center and placed them among the succulents.
I wanted a little favor for everyone to take home so I added some lentils (I was scrambling for ideas here...) to little cordial glasses a friend gave me, plopped in a succulent, added a faux leaf and cut a napkin in 1/4's and used them as little additions of color in the center of each place.
Check out the faux leaf inserted in the tongs of the forks.
My guests were there from six until eleven so I think it was a successful night...
It was my turn this month to come up with an idea for our garden group gathering. We've visited gardens, a couple of months ago we visited a wreath making company so this month I thought making gifts from our garden would be a great idea. There were almost 25 people there and we crafted our little hearts out. We created the four projects below. From Limoncello to Rosemary Salt all the items are from the garden, are inexpensive to create and easy. Enjoy!
Add the rosemary salt to potatoes, focaccia or any savory dish for the perfect extra little touch of home.
What You’ll Need
Frying pan with high sides
Stirring spoon or spatula
How to Make It
1. Combine salt and rosemary in pan. Place over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer salt and rosemary mixture into a container. Let cool 5 minutes, uncovered. Cover with an airtight lid. Let stand at least overnight.
2. When ready to fill containers, discard rosemary. Fill containers with salt. Seal containers.
Rub one teaspoon of this delightful mixture between your hands and on the backs for a few seconds, rinse (you might need a little dish soap to remove the coconut oil) and your hands will feel amazing!
What You’ll Need
1 cup cane or raw sugar
1 cup coconut oil
Lemon zest, lavender or rose petals
Essential oils (optional)
Containers for storing scrub
Embellishments and glue
How to Make It1. Melt coconut oil in microwave. (for my class we melted it in a small crock pot.
2. Place sugar in bowl or cup. Pour in coconut oil. Stir to mix. Add in lemon, lavender or rose petals. If desired, add essential oil. Mix.
3. Using spoon, carefully place scrub in storage containers.
4. Glue on desired embellishments.
Your favorite photos become treasured gifts with this super easy technique! This would make a great gift for grandma and grandpa with the grandloves photos on it.
What You’ll Need
Vellum paper (found in the scrapbook section of a craft store)
Computer and printer
Tape, matte finish
How to Make It
1. Print photos desired size on vellum. Joan used fast normal setting on her printer. Cut out in strips slightly smaller than height of votive holder.
2. Wrap around votive holder to check fit, leaving a ¼” overlap. If necessary, trim to fit. Tape ends. Run fingernail over tape to make disappear.
3. Place candle in votive holder.
Here’s the perfect way to spread the lemon love!
What You’ll Need
1 (750 ml) bottle vodka
3-1/2 cups water
2-1/2 cups sugar
2 quart container with lid or plastic wrap to cover
How to Make It
1. Wash lemons with a vegetable brush and hot water. Pat dry.
2. Using a zester, zest all lemons into a bowl. Do not use whites of lemons or your Limoncello will be bitter.
3. Place zest in 2 quart container. Pour in vodka. Cover with plastic wrap or lid. Steep for four days at room temperature.
4. Stir water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour sugar syrup over vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain Limoncello by placing coffee filter in strainer. Discard peels. Transfer Limoncello to bottles. Seal bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least four hours and up to one month.
NOTE: If you have the time, let your Limoncello steep for a very long time. One batch I let it steep for 4-6 weeks (I can't remember exactly when I started it). My garden group did a little taste test and said the one that steeped longer was way smoother...
Place the Limoncello in a planter, an ice bucket or a container that's just perfect to fit a bottle of Limoncello, some lemons, a couple of cute cordial glasses and you can even stick in a couple little branches from a lemon tree to add a special touch.
Journal JarHeidi Borchers opened up her studio recently for a very fun night of creativity! It's always great to catch-up with Heidi about the good ol' Aleene's Creative Living days and glean a tiny bit of her creativity. We used her awesome 3D paint resist technique to create beautiful paper using tissue paper. We then decorated a journal, a jar and a tag with the paper. The premise behind this lovely gift is to pull a topic out of the jar (yes, we created decorative little topic tags too) then write about the topic in the journal. Such a great idea!
Yep, that's tissue covering the journal.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Making Limoncello today prepping for a garden group presentation on making gifts from your garden. Stay tuned for more gift ideas, how to wrap them and create personalized tags.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I posted the Shrinky Dinks Butterfly Necklace (below) on my facebook page and received this comment from an Aleene's show watcher - "I have all of you including Aleene on my friend's lists...you'd think I won the lottery when I discovered you ladies on here. That show brings such fond memories. ..I was a stay at home mom and it was one of the hilights of my day. That and watching the Home show. Ahhh...the good old days!" Come on over to facebook and friend me at Joan Martin Fee - I'd love to hear from you!
Back in the Aleene's days I was known as the Shrink-It Queen. I saw a post on Mark Montano's page recently where he made a beautiful butterfly necklace using Shrinky Dinks and clip art. I made his version now I need to make one using photos from my recent trip to Butterfly Wonderland.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Seize the Day!!!I took that challenge a couple of weeks ago and emailed my former boss at iLoveTocreate about a possible collaboration. I was headed to Fresno to a Bon Jovi concert (awesome, BTW!) and thought, why not take the bull by the horns and see if I can meet with her.
I pitched my idea, she loved it and now I'm trying to make the numbers work. Cross your fingers we can make this work because as a creative person you're going to want to get in on this exciting idea!
After the meeting, I got the tour of my former work environment (it's been five years since I left) and surprised some old friends who didn't know I was coming. Wish I'd had time to catch up with my old Aleene's Creative Living friend, Pattie Donham Wilkinson AKA Pattiewack, but for this trip my dance card was full. It's always great to see her smiling face!!!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
We had paparazzi, a photographer who took pictures, printed them off and everyone got to take theirs home in a nice folder. We even had root beer floats with cute striped and polka dot straws!
Each person got to take home a votive as a favor. Here are the votives before I loaded them up. Our colors were black, white, silver and red so I played off the colors to create these simple, yet elegant additions to the party. I bought the votives at a dollar store, added vellum, black and white printed paper and some red jewels. They were a handsome accent to the tables with their little battery operated flickering candle inside.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I've entered the Costco Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest for years - will this be the year I win? I haven't entered yet, but I will before the deadline on September 30th. They've added two new contests this year the Johnson & Johnson Baby Photo Contest and a Picture-Perfect Pets Photo Contest. Here's the link to all the dets: https://enter.costcophotocontest.com - Good luck!!!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Shopping List Update - plastic black washer project - done but I can't share because my friends read my blog and they will be attending the 2nd Chance Prom that they're for...you'll just have to wait until next month. But, that only leaves the concrete!!! Getting there!
Copper wire - Butterfly Mobile
Sugar - forgot to post pictures - see below - BTW, I didn't use hardly any sugar. See how to make sugar free applesauce at http://makehealthyfun.blogspot.com/2013/08/fruits-of-my-labor.html
Still Left to Use
Black plastic circles
The concrete will have to wait until tomorrow...Black plastic circles are done just haven't taken a picture
It’s party time and you want dynamic, out-of-this-world decorations - you want something special that screams ‘Hey, this is me!’ No matter what twist you want this party to take, making decorations can be cheap and best of all, they show-off your amazing pics. An up-high mobile will be hanging around long after the party’s over. Butterflies not your thing, how about family photos or random shots? Make several mobiles by theme and decorate your entire pad! All you need is a quick trip to the hardware store and maybe a bakery for a cupcake before the party.
So, let’s get started amping-up your shin-dig – you’ll be done quicker than you can say ‘Hold on there butterfly, I want to take your ph...’
A few tweaks of the basic instructions for the mobile creates an entire party from food to table decor using thinner wire.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- Photos, two of each, one printed in reverse because you want this to look great on both sides – project was printed 8 x 10. Use pro printing so the photos are sturdy and won’t go limp
- Copper wire, 6’ of 14 gauge (BTW, you might want to get extra because your besties are going to want these as gifts)
- Adhesive to stick photos together, find your sticky whether it be double-sided tape, glue stick or spray adhesive
- Adhesive to stick photos to wire, white glue, hot glue or double-sided, non-shiny tape
- Jar or something about 2” in diameter
- Flipper flapper, AKA pancake turner
STEP 1: BY HOOK OR BY CROOK (no stealing required!)
It’s to the kitchen with you to find a couple of things. One, something to wrap the wire around for the hook end. A flipper flapper (AKA pancake turner) works well. Next, you’ll need something that has a diameter of about 2” – give or take a shake of salt, doesn’t have to be exact.
Make a quick sketch of how you’d like the mobile to look. Check out the photos for ideas.
You have to hang the mobile somehow, so form a hook by wrapping one end of the wire around the flipper flapper. You can also form a circle, depending on how you plan for this guy to hang around.
STEP 2: LOOP-TO-LOOP
About 8” below hook, take your 2” diameter something and wrap the wire around. Leave about a foot (not a real one) and repeat and repeat again on down the wire. Just imagine a butterfly circling around you as you form the circles. OK, you don’t have to!
STEP 3: DON’T RUN WITH SCISSORS
Cut around a small area of one of the photos – it makes lining up the pictures sooooo much easier. Make sure you’re working with one regular photo and one reversed. Read the back of the bottle, stick or dispenser to apply adhesive to the hinny side of one photo. Line them up and press, press, press.
Think back to kindergarten and carefully cut around the edges. Keep on, keepin’ on until you have enough pictures for your mobile.
STEP 4: PHOTO FINISH
Things just got stickier. Stick your photos on the wire with white glue, hot glue or double-sided, non-shiny tape.
Voilà, you’re ready to just hang loose at your party. Stand back and take in the oohs and ahhs and get ready to take orders!
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
|The butterflies look so real, because they are (not really, but you get it!)|
Now that the mobile has dressed up the place, you have to feed your guests and of course, you need a little something else on the down low to make a theme splash (like the table). How about some picks for cupcakes and in some flowers you got at the market? It’s all the same steps as the mobile, just smaller. Print photos wallet size, making the same amount in reverse. Stick them together, cut ‘em out and here’s where things go different. Hopefully you have one of those itty bitty hole punches, if not, use something sharp to poke two holes in the center of each photo. Make swirls in 20 gauge wire using the ol’ pencil (if you can still find one!) leaving about 2” straight on one end. Thread the straight end in the holes and swirl the end with your pencil. Make more, more, more – more is always better. Add to cupcakes, flowers anywhere you need that party spirit. Who wants cupcakes?
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