Thursday, October 31, 2013

Glitter Spider Webs

The materials I used to make these Glitter Spider Webs were Elmer’s glue, purple glitter, parchment paper or wax paper, purple ribbon and felt spider stickers. I used parchment paper because that’s what I had at the time. You could use wax paper.
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I first created my spider web using glue. See photo below for a visual step-by-step.
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I sprinkled glitter – a generous amount -  on the glue web. Notice in the left part of the photo below, how the spider web is fully covered. I mean you can’t even see the white glue. I wanted these spider webs to be very glittery. I dumped the extra glitter onto a paper towel.
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TIP:  I folded the paper towel and then put the extra glitter back into the glitter container. I didn’t want to waste any glitter.
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I let the spider web dry for at least 24 hours. This step is important. The glue needs to be completely dry.
I slowly and carefully removed the spider web off of the parchment paper.
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I attached the cute spider onto the web. The back of the spiders had an adhesive dot already attached. This made it easy to attach to the glitter spider web.
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I used ribbon to hang the spider webs.
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I found this here: www.happyclippings.com

Christmas "Sweet Treats"



Ingredients:


One large glass (Walmart-under $1.00)

Fuzzy socks, Christmas hat, scarf or anything that can be rolled with the looks of Ice Cream!

Candy Canes

Red Candy Pixie sticks

Christmas candy picks (Hobby Lobby $1.00-50% off)

ribbon

Christmas tags


Recipe:

I used a scarf in my blizzard. I rolled it and puffed up the top to a tip. I added candy canes, pixie sticks and Christmas candy pick. Tie a ribbon, add a tag and welcome Christmas Smiles!



Christmas Swiss Roll:
How to make a Christmas Swiss Roll:

Ingredients:

One Brown Washcloth

One White Washcloth

One Elastic

One Christmas Tag

One Candy Cane

Christmas Ribbon


Recipe: Take one white and brown wash cloth. Fold each washcloth to the middle, roll the two washcloths together.


Place elastic around the folded wash cloths to keep in place. Next, add candy cane, ribbon and Christmas tag.


Enjoy your Swiss Cake Roll with your Christmas Blizzard!


Enjoy!

Candy Cane Whoopie Pies

Candy Cane Whoopie Pies
Ingredients
  • Dark chocolate cake mix like devils food or chocolate fudge
  • Tub of white icing like cream cheese or vanilla
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Whoopie Pie pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease whoopie pie pan.
  3. Prepare cake mix as per package directions except only add 1/2 of the specified amount of water. The cake mix should resemble paste, nice & thick.
  4. Drop teaspoon full of mixture in each whoopie pie cavity.
  5. Bake for 8-10 mins.
  6. Continue until all cake mix is used.
  7. Remove pies from oven and let cool on a wire backing rack.
  8. Once cooled spread generously with icing and make a cookie sandwich.
  9. Roll icing edges in crushed candy cane.

Crochet Turkey Coasters And Ornament



Dimension:
Finished size: Approximate 6 1/2″ (W) x 5 1/2″ (H)
Gauge: not important as long as the yarn label said it is suitable for 2.5mm to 3.5mm hook.
Materials & Tools:
1. Yarn, acrylic baby yarn, 5 – 6 colors.
2. Crochet hook, 3mm
3. Felt – White, Black and Red
4. Sewing thread – White, Black and Red
5. Sewing needle
6. Scissors
Abbreviations:
sl knot = slip knot
st = stitch
slst = slip stitch (to fasten)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
fo = fasten off
Rnd = round
Crochet Pattern:
Work on right side only, unless stated otherwise.
FRONT
Body
sl knot on hook to begin.
Rnd 1 – ch 4, 14dc into 1st ch, slst to the 4th ch at the beginning rnd. This will give you a total 15 sts in a rnd, counting the 3chs at the beginning rnd as the first 1 dc stitch. (15 sts)
Rnd 2 – ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each st around. slst to the 3rd ch at the beginning rnd. fo. (30 sts)
Rnd 3 – New color: ch3, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat * around. slst to the 3rd ch at the beginning round. fo. (45 sts)
Rnd 4 – New color: ch1, sc around. fo. (45 sts)
Tail
Row 1 – New color: ch3, dc in same st, ch1, 2dc in same st, *skip 2 sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st, repeat * until you have made 10 sets. fo.
Row 2 – New color: start at the ch1 space of previous row, ch3, dc in same space, ch1, 2dc in same space, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next ch1 space, repeat * until you reach to the end. fo.
Row 3 – New color: start at the ch1 space of previous row, ch3, 2dc in same space, ch1, 3dc in same space, *(3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space, repeat * until you reach to the end. fo.
Row 4 – New color: start at the ch1 space of previous row, ch3, 5dc 6dc in same space, *6dc 7dc in next ch1 space, repeat * until you reach to the end. fo.
BACK
Follow the front pattern with 1 color only.
When making the tail, you can either follow the front pattern by working on right side only, that is fo at every rnd and start at the first ch1 space of previous rnd.
Or,
Turn your piece to the other side to work without have to fo at each rnd. Make 2 to 3 slst at the beginning of each rnd to get to the ch1 space before beginning the first ch3 for the new rnd. Don’t fo and continue with the next step by joining the front and back pieces up.
Hook Loop: Make a loop at the middle of the tail with ch 10 and slst to the last sc.
Weave in all ends to neaten both front and back pieces.
Joining Front & Back
(Sew facial assemblies on the front before joining the front and back piece. Detail on sewing, please read further down.)
The tail outlining and detailing are made while joining both front and back pieces. All stitches must go through both pieces for joining up.
Place the front piece on top of the back piece, with wrong side facing each other. Line up edges.
Side edge of the tail: *1sc (at the corner to the tail and go through both layers), ch 1, repeat * until you reach the body.
Body & feet: sc in next 7 sts, [make foot: ch 2, *ch 2, sc on 2nd ch from hook, slst to 2nd next ch, repeat * 3 times, sc on next st, sc in the same st of last sc before making foot], sc in next 4 sts, repeat make foot, sc in next 6 sts.
Side edge of the tail: *ch 1, 1sc, repeat * until you reach the corner of the tail
Tail outline and joining:
* sc in next 7 sts. sc in between the 2 shells.
Ch 1, sc around the row below (in between the same 2 shells you just did, only on row 7).
Ch 1, sc around row 6.
Ch 1, sc around row 5 (there are 2 skipped sts available, 1 sc into the closest one, ch 1, then sc into the other).
Ch 1, sc around row 6.
Ch 1, sc around row 7.
Ch 1, sc around row 8.
Facial Assembly: Do this before joining the front and back piece.
1. Cut 2 pcs. of 3/4″ diameter of white felts, 2pcs. of 1/2″ diameter of black felts, 3/4″ red beak and 1 1/4″ long snood.
2. Sew on the front of the turkey with respective color thread.
Get ready some fall color yarns, for example shades of brown, orange, yellow, grey and white.
Cut eyes, beak and snood from felt.

Plan the color combo and arrangement or refer to above photos for suggestion.
Slip knot on crochet hook, crochet 4 chains.

crochet turkey bodyFollow crochet pattern above (rnd 1 to rnd 4) to make the turkey body.
Begin to crochet turkey tail by making 10 sets of “2dc,ch1,2dc” for row 1.
Always begin each row from right hand side with right side facing you.

crochet turkey tailFollow crochet pattern above (row 1 to row 4) to make the turkey tail.
stitch turkey faceOnce the front is done, weave in all ends to neaten.
Sew facial of turkey to the body.

crochet coaster backCrochet the back with single color yarn by repeating the front pattern, except that you can choose to either follow exactly, or, turn your piece as you work on the the tail.
Make a 10 chains hook loop at the middle of the last row.

join front and backPlace the front piece on top of the back piece, with wrong side facing each other. Line up edges.
Crochet along the edge towards the body. Stitches must go through both layers.
Crochet feet.
Crochet towards the turkey tail.

Single crochet 7 stitches on the shell and 1 stitch between the 2 shells.
Crochet 1 chain, then single crochet again between 2 shell on the following row.
Repeat the stitches until you get to the bottom.
Single crochet in the first skip stitches of round 5, chain 1, single crochet on the second skip stitch.
Go up to the top again.

join and detailing the tailContinue to crochet by repeating the stitches for the rest of the tail details.
crochet turkey coaster and ornamentSlip stitch and fastern off the yarn when you reach the first stitch of the joining process.
Weave in the end.
Done!

Crochet Turkey Coasters Ornaments

Flower Turkeys

Check it out…

You’ll need a few artificial flowers in Thanksgiving-ish colors.  Or not.  A neon pink turkey could be cool.  I seriously just walked around my house.  I had a couple in my craft drawer and I pulled the one below right out of a big fall decoration thing I have. If not, flowers are pretty cheap this time of year at the craft stores.
Pull the flower off of the stem.  Then grab the center of the flower (that little brown part) and pop it right out.  It should just be attached to the green backing on the other side and they pop out pretty easily.

Now you’ll see that each flower has several layers of petals, just separate them all.  These are all from that one flower:

I think it’s fun to use different petal shapes and colors, but you can do whatever you like. They look great with all the same type of flower (in different colors) as well.  I got all of these from just 3 flowers.

Also, my little yellow one ended up being hot glued together, which was totally annoying.  I still ripped the petals apart the best I could and it worked just fine.  So maybe take a peek and make sure you don’t buy any glued flowers.

Now take those layers of petals and stack them.  I mixed up all the different types, just put smaller layers on top of larger ones.

Then grab a pair of scissors and cut your petal pile right in half.  Take a hot glue gun and put a small dab of glue between each layer so they stick together just like that.

While those are drying, cut some turkey shapes out of brown felt.   I just free-handed mine, so they’re all a little different.  But c’mon, what turkey family all looks alike?

Then just glue your little turkey guy right onto the petals.

Almost done!  The only other thing you need is to glue on a tiny little orange felt triangle for a beak and googly eyes if you want.  They look cute without eyes too.  Googly eyes instantly make anything you put them on appear deranged.  And I sort of like that.  I tried to do wattles, but I couldn’t get them to look just right so I scrapped that.

And now, darling little turkeys…what do we do with all of you?  Well, you can put them on napkin rings.

You could glue them to cheap ones, or I thought her idea of covering cardboard rings (save a paper towel tube!) with burlap was smart.  Or you could fake it just for one meal and use sticky tack or something.



Santa's Belly Ornament

 Santa's Belly Ornament

To make this, you'll need:

  • square glass ornaments
  • black paint
  • white puffy paint
  • strips of red cardstock (mine are about 1/4"x4")


Coil the strips of paper around something thin - I wrapped mine around the end of a paint brush handle.



After making each coil, put them in the ornament - I didn't count how many I coiled, but once you've filled it up, you're good :)


Then, paint a black stripe around the center of the ornament (santa's belt). Once that's dry, use the puffy paint to draw a square (belt buckle) around the belt.


Finish it off with ribbon to hang it up.

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Orange Peel Cleaner

Orange Peel Cleaner is great. :) I just started making some.
You save up all your orange peels. We eat so many we can fill it up quickly. If you need to save them up- freeze them till you need the peels.
Once you can fill a jar up with peels then pour in enough vinegar to cover them all. Make sure the lid is on tight.
Sake it up ever so often. I leave this on my window sill in my kitchen so I see it. Its rather pretty and makes me feel like Martha Stewart. :)
Shake it up- and let it sit for at LEAST 2 weeks. However the longer you let it sit the better. :)
Once you let it sit a while- the vinegar gets syrupy .
Then when you are ready to mix up your cleaner- you strain out all the liquid. Toss the orange peels in your compost or whatever you want to do with them.
Mix two parts water to one part vinegar/orange together. Put it in a spray bottle and use as a cleaner. Because of the citrus it is antibacterial :)
It smells heavenly!!
You can do this with limes, lemons and other citrus peels as well



I found this here:  http://www.nothingbutcountry.com/2012/04/make-your-own-orange-peel-cleaner/