Thursday, March 6, 2014
Last month I started teaching Scrapbooking Classes at one of our local craft stores. For my first class, I was tasked with creating a scrapbook using only a paper cutter, scissors and glue -- no other techniques or tools. I did have a kit at my disposal so I could utilize coordinating paper, stickers and embellishments. I also only had two hours to create an entire book :) The class is designed for beginners -- those who have no experience at all creating a scrapbook or with paper crafting.
Here's what I came up with for the album cover. I'll add a few more pictures of the inside pages later.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I've been wanting to make homemade slime for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Jeshua of course wanted yellow with yellow glitter :)
I tried making red for Elias but discovered off brand glue doesn't work well.
How to Make Slime
One bottle of white school glue
1/4 + 1/8 c very warm water
(mix together in a bowl)
3/16 t borax
1/3 c very warm water
(mix together in a separate bowl)
Combine the two bowls together and stir until slime forms
I know these are some weird fractions, but this is how the recipe breaks down for one bottle of school glue. One recipe made enough to store in a pint size jelly jar with a little left over.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Here are a few pictures from our booth at Point Mallard Pickers back in September!
It was HOT! I'm so glad we paid for electricity and brought a fan and a refrigerator. During the evening there was a "micro burst," i.e. a sudden very heavy rainfall, and a number of our items and our tent were damaged. We saved what we could, fixed the rest at home and pretty much broke even for the weekend. :)
I'm still working on getting more items listed on Etsy...some of the items we have left, many we've sold already -- the joys of making and finding one of a kind items.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Three exciting things have happened for our home decor business we're dabbling in:
- We made our first sale on Etsy!
- We will now be selling our items at a local pickers store, A New Leaf
- We are applying to be in the NEACA craft show at the end of March with a couple other crafty ladies from our church. It's a three day show with 25,000 people expected in attendance, so we'll see how this goes!
I decided with my birthday money this year I wanted to make a burlap wreath for our front door.
I picked up a wire wreath form, burlap fabric (cheaper than purchasing ribbon), and three spools of ribbon: turquoise burlap, blue & white chevron and blue crystals.
The burlap fabric v. ribbon is a personal choice -- the fabric is cheaper but it leaves strings. Also, the wider you cut the fabric the fluffier your wreath will become.
The crystal ribbon proved a bit of a challenge -- I had to weave floral wire through the ribbon to make it sturdy enough to hold its shape.
I also now know why people charge so much for wreaths at craft shows -- the materials for this (on 40% off sale) were $25. Four months later I need to take it down and fluff it a bit, but it's still holding up well.
I've been hesitant to post pictures from Corban's First Birthday because I haven't finished taking photos of all the decorations :) My mom was in the hospital so Corban's party was pushed back a week and I just didn't get them all done. So, I have plans to finish them and restage the mantel :)
My sister did his invitation. I love the grey/green combo.
It is really hard to find boy fabric. I picked these up at Hobby Lobby and made Corban a bib and bunting for his high chair.
Our friends that came over were on a vegan diet -- I had to come up with foods they could eat as well. Easier said than done. I simplified my menu and served fruits and veggies with coconut milk fruit dip and cashew based veggie dip, guacamole, hummus and tortilla chips. I also served non-vegan cupcakes and mini french silk pies.
There's a reason my mom always decorates my cakes. My pitiful attempt :)
The cupcakes looked cute though. I made the sugar using the same color as the smash cake.
Next time I make miniature French Silk pies I need to roll the crust thinner and pipe more filling -- it was too much crust. And I need to make sure the butter is fully incorporated in the pie filling -- I personally gag biting into butter.
I'll get this post updated as soon as I can with the rest of the decor!