Thursday, October 4, 2012

I love doing crafts and DIY projects that improve my home, family and life!  even if it is a a ceramic figurine in the backseat!
I look forward to share all these projects with wonderful people, who can use this blog
to help improve their home, family and life!
Thank you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Candy Jars

These were super easy! I had some wide mouth "Ball" jars, one tall and one short, and lids in my basement! So I went to Salvation Army and found two Candle stands and some chess peices. Glue the chess pieces on the jar lids with a really sturdy glue! I use, E-6000 industrial strength glue! (photo below) I spray painted the candle stands and lids black! Then glue (E-6000) the jars onto the candle stands! Put candy in jars that match the holiday! Now you have an awesome home decor, but Holiday decor also!

Pallet Front Door Mat

I started with just a pallet! Spencer broke off the bottom blocks for me so that it would sit lower and flat! I hammered in all the nails and giant staples! I then sanded the whole thing.

Then I stained the whole thing with an old fashioned color stain. After the stain dried over night, I traced a big "C", for Chamberlain, onto the bottom right corner! After that dried over night, I clear sprayed on top of the whole thing!
Then put it out front! It really was a fast project, even though it took a few days drying time!
I love love love it!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sugar Panoramic Eggs!

I love these sugar eggs. My Grandma used to make them for all of her kids and grandkids when we were little. We each got our own on Easter. It was always something we looked forward to. Though this isn't a recipe that is edible (eating it would be a VERY bad idea).. I still wanted to add it to the site because this truly is a family favorite. It has ingredients so it qualifies as a recipe, right? You are going to love these eggs. Kids love decorating the inside. They are beautiful decorations to display for Easter and Fun to do! First of all, you need an egg mold. I found these at the store for $3. They are some of the best quality ones I have found and they aren't even intended to be egg molds! I love how they have a flat base so the egg will stand easily. They are cheaper than ones you may find in a craft store, plus you get some candy with em! You just can't lose with these.

1 egg White

food coloring (optional!)

3 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

(Makes one egg!)

Whisk the egg white until it becomes kind of foamy. If you would like to color your egg, add food coloring to the egg white and mix well. If you do add coloring to your egg, remember that you will be adding a lot of sugar to the egg white, so it’s a good idea to dye the egg white a darker color than what you want your final product to be.In a large bowl, mix together the granulated and powdered sugars so they’re mixed well. Pour the egg white into the sugars and begin stirring. At first it will seem like it won't get wet enough, but keep stirring until it becomes like damp beach sand. Don't add extra water or liquid... that will make it too wet. Just keep stirring until it gets damp. You want the sugar to clump together if you squeeze it in your hand.Once your sugar mixture is ready, start filling your egg mold. With each scoop, pack down firmly. You want the egg to be smooth, so press down on the sugar to prevent any small gaps or cracks from forming. If you have excess sugar and want to make more eggs, keep it in a bowl and place a damp paper towel directly over the sugar to prevent it from drying out.Use a metal spatula, or the top of a large knife to carefully scrape across the top of the mold, removing any excess sugar. Your eggs should have a smooth, even top that is the same level as the mold when you are finished.Place a stiff piece of cardboard directly on the top of the mold. Bracing one hand on the cardboard and the other underneath the mold, quickly flip it upside-down so that the egg halves are now resting on the cardboard. Quickly remove the mold—now you should have two perfect sugar egg halves.At this point, the egg halves need to dry out a little before you can use them. You can let them sit at room temperature for about 6-7 hours, or you can put them in a very low oven. (If you are impatient like me, you can put them in a 200-degree oven for about 30 minutes or so)Once the eggs have started to set, they need to be hollowed out.

It is really hard to make them so perfect! Mine broke into peices that I had to glue back together with the royal frosting!

It is important to do this when the outside is hard, but the insides are still soft. Once the egg has fully set, it cannot be reshaped! Pick up the egg half, hold it in the palm of one hand and use a spoon to scrape out the moist sugar. Continue to scrape the interior of the egg until you have a sugar shell that is about 1/2-inch thick. You want it to be as thin as possible, while still being sturdy enough to hold together.Scrape out the interior of the other egg half. CAREFULLY use a serrated knife to slice off the tip of each egg, this will be the hole you look through to see the panorama so make it about the size you would like. Be careful not to apply too much pressure and cause the egg to collapse or crack. Continue to gently whittle/sand away to front of the egg until the two halves match. At this point the eggs need to dry out further before they can be completed. I would recommend letting them dry out overnight. Once the egg halves are dry and very hard, you can decorate the inside with a beautiful Easter scene. Pipe a small amount of royal icing (click HERE for recipe - this recipe makes so much frosting! I would half it or even third it depending on how many eggs you want to do!) into the bottom portion of the egg half. This is to anchor everything else you add. Add a layer of green-tinted coconut or buttercream frosing grass on top!, if desired, and press gently to adhere it to the frosting.

Add little figurines, pictures, buttons, small candies, or sugar decorations. It is easiest to add a dab of royal icing to the back or bottom of your decorations to help them stick. Now it is time to glue the two halves of the egg together. Pipe a thin line of royal icing (or you can use a hot glue gun) around the lip of the bottom half of the egg. Press the top half down onto the bottom, making sure that they line up evenly.

See how mine aren't perfect!!!! This is frustrating at first...but just keep going, because the final product turns out fine and pretty!Run your finger around the seam where the eggs meet to remove any excess frosting. You want to do this right away so that it will not begin to harden into unsightly shapes. Allow the egg to sit for about 30 minutes, until the frosting has hardened enough to move the egg without damaging it.Time to put the finishing touches on your egg!

Decorate Eggs with Buttercream frosting! ( Recipe HERE ) Pipe a decorative border around the seams where the two egg halves were joined together. Also pipe a border around the opening of the window, to better frame the scene inside and to hide any uneven edges. Then have fun adding flowers, butterlies and other frosing decor! This is the fun part for me!

This is Emma's pink Egg with the Butterflies!

This is Spencer's Blue Egg with the Lamb!

& This is my green egg with the little chick!

They turned out so pretty and the parts that I don't like I can do better next year!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Emma's Easter Skirt!

This skirt I made from one of Spencer's Long sleeve grey t-shirts and 1/4 yrd of white broadcloth fabric! I didn't have a pattern or tutorial, I just went for it! It turned out so cute and I love it! I made the grey ruffles, by hand sewing down the middle of strips cut from the sleeves of the t-shirt! I just placed them on the skirt part and arranged them how I wanted, then pinned them on and sewed them in place! The waist band is just Elastic to give it a more ruffled and bunched look!

Friday, April 8, 2011

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easter Decor

Print out this Easter Subway Art HERE