I saw this on The Small Object (I copied her text which I hope was OK) and knew it would make a great addition to my Christmas presents this year. I followed The Small Object directions and bought the Lithco Compound that she mentions but I chose the white which actually dries clear. For the backing I cut up a cereal box and adhered the magnet. This is the magnet I used because they are super strong, plus it just doesn't get any easier than peel and stick...right now I need easy. I see many notepads in my future because there is a ton of this compound left over. It doesn't even look like I used any of it. Notepads for everyone! :)
I think every school collects box tops. Box tops can be found on the packaging of many of your favorite products, from Cheerios® to Ziploc® bags. If you don't have kids, collect box tops anyhow and reward your favorite child relative with a bag full of box tops. Most schools offer rewards for the amount of box tops collected by a classroom. My niece's school rewards the class with a pizza party, my son's school rewards with an additional recess. An added bonus is that many of the box tops have a far in the future expiration date, so it gives you time to collect them.
And free money for any school is well worth the effort.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
5 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup dry milk
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Add in only the last 15 mins of cooking:
1/2 cup raisins
handful of chocolate chips
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup coconut
Mix brown sugar, oil and honey in saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Combine dry ingredients in large cake pan. Pour sugar mixture over dry mix and mix well. Bake at 375 for 15 mins. Take pan out of oven and stir, add remaining ingredients and bake for 15 mins more.
Store in an airtight container.
Granola would also make a great last minute hostess gift along with a box of tea or some coffee for the "morning after" a party gift.
3 cups (13.5 oz) Bread Flour
1 cup (3.5 oz) Rolled Oats
2 Tablespoons (1 oz) Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
3 Tablespoons (.75 oz) Honey
2 1/4 teaspoons (.25 oz) Instant Yeast (not rapid-rise) or 1 pkt Dry Active Yeast*
1 1/4 cups (10 oz) Lukewarm Water
1/4 cup (.25 oz) Dry Milk Powder
Place wet ingredients in the machine first, followed by the dry and adding the yeast on the top.
If you need a last minute gift for a superhero lover in your life, I highly recommend getting a comic book subscription. Both of my boys get a Marvel Adventures comic book in the mail each month. What kid doesn't enjoy getting mail? And I feel as though I'd rather my kids read about superheros instead of watching shows about them. All in all it's good content. Recently an issue was about recycling and the heroes are, of course, always doing the right thing. These comics are geared towards kids, all ages, make sure to check the rating before buying. So you don't have to worry about any porn like pictures.
Picture from the Marvel website.
I've never made a doll before and one of our favorite friends recently turned 4, Zoe= sister/twin of Nathaniel mentioned in an earlier post.
I knew I wanted to make a doll for Zoe. She's a girly girl and I never get the chance to craft girly stuff. The doll is made from recycled materials and leftover scraps of fabric. Her head, for example, is made from an old t-shirt that Zane outgrew. I crocheted her purple hair and stitched it on her head. Her face is embroidered by hand and I added purple glasses since Zoe wears glasses. The shirt and dress are made from scraps of fabric from my stash, and I added a vintage button in Zoe's favorite color-PINK.
My favorite part of the doll is her flower tattoo. Both of Zoe's mamas have tattoos on their arms so if any girl could have a tattooed doll it would be Zoe.
It was hard giving her up, I enjoyed seeing her in my craft room, but I'm so happy to make something special for Zoe. Who, as one of her mamas told me she has named the doll Gretchen! Love that!!
I'll start sharing the details of the rest of the gifts once Christmas approaches. This year everyone got the same exact thing, fabric styles were different per person. I highly suggest trying this because it's so much easier to reproduce the same thing 9 times. I know it's not as fun but the gifts get made quickly and easily.
Stay tuned for Christmas Craft details!
My friend Gia has started this remarkable company to help kids in the foster care system to enjoy a wilderness retreat. Watch the video, buy a calendar, help Gia make a difference in the lives of so mnay children who have been forgotten.
I posted Logan's schedule chart a while back, it has helped immensely with his anxiety over the plan for the day. When our friends are over they always admire Logan's chart and comment how they need to get one for their son, Nathaniel who isn't autistic but also has anxiety about the day. We were recently invited to Nathaniel's b-day party and I knew right away what I'd be making for him. Instead of using Velcro to adhere the pictures, I made vinyl pockets to put each card into and one large pocket to hold all the cards. The entire thing is made from scraps of fabric and quilted together with easy tabs to hang on the wall. I hope Nathaniel enjoys planning his days from now on.
I'm going to warn you...I know it's a little odd that on this website you have to add the cards with no price, to your shopping basket and checkout... but the cards are free that do not have a price. Some of the cards clearly say they are $1.50. There isn't a hidden fee for the free cards that will get you in the end or anything, I was kinda expecting that.
Surprise the next person on your birthday list, with a birthday card because 'Birthdays are Better with Botox' as the card above states on the inside. I am so sending this to my MIL, she is going to think this is hilarious!
Last January, I came across a blog post at zenhabits that suggested a way to save money, save the environment, and have healthier skin all at the same time: shaving the old fashion way, with a real razor. When I mentioned this to Gretchen, her eyes nearly popped out of her head. After all, only a month before, I accidentally drove a screw through my hand while fixing our son’s toy. Once I explained that it wasn’t the folding straight razor, a la Sweeny Todd, but the double-edged “safety razor”, she relaxed a little. And (knock on wood) I’ve been doing it ever since with only a few nicks. And I love it.One of the key ingredients to old school shaving is what is generally referred to as a wet shave. Using a shaving brush and shaving soap (not that chemical-laden stuff you buy in the can), you make your face so soft and slick that the razor glides across, giving you the smoothest, gentlest shave you’ve ever had. Finish off with a splash of witch hazel as your aftershave, instead of all those scented things that just dry out my skin.The only real expenses are the one-time purchase of the razor handle and the shaving brush. And for those, you can spend as little or as much as you want. My first brush was only $7. It fell apart after a few months, but by then, I was sure that I wanted to commit to this and didn’t mind spending the $20 for a decent brush. The actual razors themselves are only a few bucks for a ten pack (as opposed to $20 for a four pack of Mach 3 disposables). The shaving soap is another dollar or two and one cake will last you at least 3-6 months. That’s also a lot less waste and chemicals you’re putting out into the world.One word of caution. It may seem obvious, but remember that you’re dragging a razor across your face. You can’t just rush through this like you can with the plastic disposables. There is a skill to this that requires patience and practice to learn. It’s a dying art perhaps, and in a way, strangely decadent.If you’re interested in embarking on this journey, or perhaps you’re desperate for a last minute gift item for one of those hard to shop for guys, there are a lot of great videos out there that can help you (or them) get started.
We arrived back from our trip and I haven't had the time to go to the grocery store or Costco. I've been volunteering at Logan's school for the Scholastic Book Fair and also the sickness/cold that has been making it's rounds in the neighborhood has hit our house too. So there I am on Thursday wondering what in the hell am I going to eat for lunch. I scrounge the fridge. the pantry and I come up with a bean-tomato-cheese-quesadilla. Not too shabby for only having a can of black beans, a can of stewed tomatoes, a garlic and remnants of 2 kinds of cheeses and flour burritos. I added some taco seasoning and I must admit it was quite good. And I still have leftovers of the beans and tomatoes that I can use for a dinner. I'm always curious to see how long we can actually go before running to the store. (This happens to me often, here and here.) Jon might have his dream come true-a plate of meat for dinner since I have a whole turkey in the freezer that needs cooked.
I'm making ornaments for stocking stuffers this year. I've never actually made an ornament before, and I really like the quick craft time it takes to produce the finished product. I've adorned this wooden block with scraps of paper from my scrap booking stash. It's a perfect way for me to use the tiny pieces I hate to throw in the recycling bin. My favorite part of the ornament is the vintage button on the top. I've inherited my mother's button collection, which is more than one woman can use on clothing in her lifetime even if she's making clothes for her entire family of 4. So I'm excited to put them to good use too. I hope this gift of peace finds you well.
It's really hard to share my crafting posts right now because I'm currently making Christmas gifts. Hopefully I'll have them wrapped up and finished after this weekend, I hate when I'm still making gifts all the way to Christmas. I prefer to have some time to sit back and enjoy the holiday music, pull out the 2 sticks and cast on. With nothing in particular in mind...just to sit and knit next to the Christmas tree. Ah it's a moment in time I'd like to bottle up and keep in my pocket for those days when I feel like my head may explode.
Here is something that everyone will be getting in their Christmas Stocking this year, a Matchbook Notepad. I used 2 scraps of scrapbook paper and card stock and adhered them back to back to each other. Adding paper that I've collected for recycling, a bit of folding and a staple and you are done. Simple. Yet great to stuff in your purse or back pocket to jot down quick notes or to do lists.