Thursday, June 28, 2012

Homemade Playdough - no cooking required

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I have been wanting to make some playdough using Kool-aid drink mixes.

So I got 5 cheerfully colored mixes in the store. When I got home, I only had 3...

I looked everywhere, but the two missing ones where nowhere to be seen.

So we just made 3 different colors.

(Of course a few days later I found them: in the fridge, tucked in between some other things I got that day in the store...)

It is simple, and SO fun.

I MUCH prefer the texture over the store-bought version, and my girls just loved the fruity smell of it. 
It's also nice to know all the ingredients.


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
1 Tbsp. Cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
 Several packages Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink Mix

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
Then, carefully add the boiling water and the oil.

Stir well with a fork, and once it has cooled down (which is pretty fast), knead it well.

Divide the dough in as many portions as the number of colors you want to make.

Add Kool-aid little by little to each portion and knead, till you made the desired color.

This last step is something that my girls really enjoyed.

This made a pretty good batch, we were able to fill six containers:
(I only pictured 3 here)

I used empty baby food containers, 
and put some Wrap&Seal over it too keep it air tight.

It seems to work well to keep the dough soft.

I will definitely try this again!

My kids had fun playing with this, and I thought it would also make a cute party favor or small handmade gift.

I linked up with Craft-o-maniac.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Crochet Doily Coasters

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I had fun making these crochet doily coasters.
I like doilies, and these are fun to make, and a nice little addition to our coffee table.

I found the pattern in the newest "Stitch Craft Create" magazine.

I also tried a different pattern to make the coaster below:
These coasters are a little bigger, and the pattern can be found HERE.
It is a neat pattern, but the other ones are quicker to make, 
so I decided to stick with the first pattern to make a set.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Free Father's Day Printable - Scallop Tags

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With Father's day around the corner, 
I decided to create these scallop tags.

Use these free printable scallop tags to create cards, make cupcake toppers, decorate crafts, for scrapbooking, etc. 

When the page is printed full size (8.5 by 11), 
the scallops can be punched out with a 1 3/4 inch punch.

For personal use only.


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Handmade Graduation Cards

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In the past couple weeks I made several graduation cards.
Here are some pictures, and links to their tutorials.

What I like about all of these,
is that you don't need any special 'graduation-themed' tools,
like stamps, punches, etc.

In all cases, some cardstock, a few basic tools and adhesive is sufficient.

They are gender neutral, and simple, but fun.

The following card is folded from black cardstock,
and shaped like a graduation cap.

Instructions can be found HERE.

The next card is one I came up with 2 years ago:

Instructions can be found HERE.

And my favorite,
with a pop-up graduation cap hidden inside: 
It's kinda hard to take pictures of this one, the card folds completely flat, 
and on the inside that whole cap folds out once opened. 
Pretty neat if you ask me!

The person who designed it gives a pattern and good instructions:
Instructions can be found HERE.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

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If you like cherries, cheesecake and brownies, 
this is the perfect dessert for you.

I tried the recipe HERE.

It's simple and really good...

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