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Dog Gone Good!

21 Dec

Last week when I was making Christmas goodies to give to my friends, I was also making some goodies for furry friends. I had seen this recipe online, on Pinterest (of course!), for Frosty Paws. They are a delicious frozen treat for dogs. I just couldn’t wait til summer so I made them now! Here is the tutorial for Home made Frosty Paws.

It was a really simple recipe with 4 ingredients, all of which a human can consume without cringing. I made mine in ice cube trays then put them into a baggy with some dog scrapbook paper.

These treats are Moose approved and I’m sure he will enjoy them even more in the hot, dog days (pun intended) of summer!

Amy Marie

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Tag, you’re it!

20 Dec

Well the days until Christmas are fading away and I still have some crafts to finish up for my faithful readers! First I should admit something…I think I might be addicted to the Dollar Tree. I went there tonight to pick up a tray for some cookies I am giving to a coworker and left with $13 worth of stuff. Some I needed and some, well I wanted. I did get some stuff I need to wrap Christmas presents with but for crafting some things there are too good to pass up!

Tonight I was thinking back to Pinterest to get some inspiration for wrapping presents when I came across this gem.

On Pinterest this link doesn’t take you anywhere so I decided to come up with my own directions. This wasn’t too hard to figure out and I’m sure there are easier ways than what I did.

Need:
Card board or card stock
Brown paper (if using card stock)
White Buttons
Ribbon

Instructions:

First I cut down my card stock to the size tag I wanted. It helps to lay out your buttons on the stock to get an idea. Then I glued on brown paper to my card stock (it was actually an old x-mas card). Then using some sort of adhesive, I used double stick tape, add your buttons and bow. This is a great tutorial for making small bows with a fork. Last, punch a whole and tie to package!

See how easy that was! The picture kinda stinks, but its from my phone, too lazy for good camera tonight. I know that this wasn’t the most complex craft but its all I got in the craft department for now. I still have to wrap almost all the presents we have bought and I want to try and make some more treats…we’ll see if that happens.

Amy Marie 

P.S. I promise I didn’t forget about the dog treats…

Christmas Goodies

16 Dec

Every year I usually spend a day or two baking Christmas goodies with my mother, aunt, grandma and sisters. We would make everything from sugar cookies to caramels! This year was a little different since December has been busier than usual. With people moving, Family #2’s Christmas, etc… I didn’t make it home to bake. The past couple nights however, Kyle and I have been making some Christmas goodies of our own!

We made a fan favorite, Buckeyes, and also peppermint bark, which is new for me. It was Kyle’s idea to make it so I obliged and we made it! It was a lot easier than I expected it to be and turned out really good. I looked at a couple different recipes online just to see what they said but all included two main ingredients…white chocolate and peppermint pieces (go figure!). Those two are the only things we used too!

I purchased the vanilla flavored Almond Bark from Wal Mart(WM), it was significantly cheaper than buying Bakers Chocolate or Vanilla Chocolate Chips. I also bought the WM brand peppermint candies instead of buying candy canes. 1. Because I couldn’t find normal candy canes and 2. they were cheaper!

All you have to do to make the peppermint bark is melt the chocolate and add peppermint pieces. I used a double-boiler for this because I used the whole 1lb brick of Almond Bark. It also helps to cut your chocolate up into slivers so it melts easier. Sometimes I am impatient and have the tendency to burn chocolate in the microwave, so this way was much more effective.

I also melted half then added in the other half just so I didn’t crowd the bowl with a bunch of pieces. Once most of the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and keep stirring! Add in the crushed peppermint pieces, stir and spread on a metal baking sheet covered with wax paper.

I reserved some of the bigger pieces of crushed peppermint to put on top of the bark just to make it look a little fancier. Let it cool for a good half hour in the fridge or until completely hard. Then comes the fun part of breaking it all up. I kept mine in about 2 in x 2 in pieces. Some looked better than others, some are triangles, some are just weird shaped.

I had some left over chocolate from dipping buckeyes and some crushed peppermint so I made some milk chocolate peppermint bark. It wasn’t bad but I think I like it with white chocolate better.

This is the perfect gift to give friends, co-workers, hair dressers, mailman, the list goes on and on! You can put it in a decorative tin, pretty Christmas plate or just in a snack baggy with some ribbon.

Amy Marie

P.S. Coming soon…A present for the dog in your life!

2 Samuel 22:29

6 Dec

You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29

Candles and winter seem to go hand in hand. Maybe its the thought of warmth or maybe that glimmer of hope that it might help reduce the heating bill! Either way, a fool proof gift for the holiday season, at least for me, is candles of some sort. I got the inspiration for my next 12 Crafts of Christmas craft from a gift I got a few years back. It was a pretty red plate with a decorated red candle.

I decided to create both on my own, proving to be much cheaper than going to a store like Yankee Candle. The plate is similar to a project we made in 4-H many moons ago. If we did it in 4-H it had to be pretty simple, which means anyone out there can do it! Yes even those who claim to be “crafting impaired.”

I started out with a clear glass plate, (I think about 6in diameter, but choose which size fits your candle), Christmas fabric scraps, Mod Podge(MP) and some glitter. All you need to do it cut your fabric to fit the plate, then cover the plate in MP, apply fabric and cover with one more coat of MP. You should work fast to smooth out any air bubbles before the MP dries. You can also spray the plate with clear coat to give it extra protection if you feel so inclined.

Before I put fabric down I added some glitter onto the MP just to add something extra. This step is optional.

Next we head to the warmth and glittery part of the project! I had seen this candle tutorial on Pinterest (of course) and thought I’d give it a try. This is super simple; you need a candle, double sided tape and GLITTER! Add double sided tape to your candle, in whatever pattern or design you want. Then, roll in the glitter. I did this on a large sheet of paper so I could easily return unused glitter back to its tube. Then use a dry sponge to wipe off the excess glitter.

I kept my design simple and did two lines but you can get as creative as you wish. Some other ideas would be to cut out snowflake designs or letters to personalize.

With the two parts completed, add them together for the full effect. A beautiful candle with plate; add in some flowers or greenery and it makes it that much better!

The total cost for the project was….$2!! The only things I needed to purchase were the plate and the candle. Everything else I had on hand, mostly left over from other projects. I got the plate and the candle at the Dollar Tree, although I’m sure Wal Mart would also have similar prices on their smaller plates and candles. This was a gift for my secret santa at work and I’m hoping she will enjoy it!

Amy Marie

P.S. Can you believe it that I have posted within 24 hours of the previous post?! I hardly can either! Go me!

Sources:
Glitter Candle

The 12 Crafts of Christmas

2 Dec

Last night I have every intention of posting, which would have been two posts in two days! But go figure it didn’t happen. I was productive last night, getting an order of coasters put together for a customer and also getting ready for a Tupperware vendor show.

I decided this morning on my drive to work that I need a blogging goal to work towards; therefore I am starting the 12 Crafts of Christmas! I have complete faith in myself that I can post 12 crafty posts before December 25. Heck it may include 4 crafts on Christmas Eve but I will do it!

Luckily, I have a new craft table and shelves to help me with this goal! Last week I came home from work to a surprise…

I love it! Now I can take everything out of the closet and display it proudly on my new work area. Including my Christmas present that is to come….I’ll give you a hint: its a bug! I shared the photo with some family and of course my brothers first question was, “what did he do to have to build you that??” Answer: NOTHING! He loves me and that’s why he built it [well at least that’s what I’m telling myself].

With the end of my lunch break looming I must wrap things up but I am so excited to get started on my 12 crafts of Christmas series feature! I also am making plans for a new series feature (is that the right word?) to come in 2012!!

Amy Marie

P.s. I still don’t think series is the word…maybe feature? We’ll see…