Monday, December 19, 2011

"Marble" Paint Ornaments

Hey y'all!  Making Christmas ornaments has been a fun tradition between my son and myself.  Last year we made Glittered Snowball Ornaments and this year we made "Marble" Paint Ornaments.


  • Clear plastic or glass ornaments
  • 3 bottles of acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • 1 kindergartner who likes to be in every picture that you take (optional)
Step 1:
Use one color of paint and squeeze into the empty ornament, letting it drip color down the sides.  Do three drips with this color.

Step 2:
Repeat step 1 with your other two colors.  The paint will have dripped down and there will be a pool of paint at the bottom of the ornament. 
Replace the top of the ornament and shake.  Shake it until the colors swirl together (just a few seconds) and make a marbling or tie-dye effect.

Step 4:
You can personalize the ornaments with your family name or year with puff paint.  Then cut 8 inches of ribbon and tie onto the ornament.  We kept one special one for our tree and gave the rest away for presents!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Free Simple Hat Knitting Pattern

I have received many compliments on this hat (and just as many requests to make them).  But it is really so simple that even a novice could have success.  You will need size 7 circular and double pointed needles and a yarn needle.  The key to knitting up this hat so quickly is using Lion Brand Baby's First which is a bulky cotton-blend yarn.

Cast on 72
K2P2 for 12 rounds
P 2 rounds
K 10 rounds
Begin decrease:
K7, K2tog (repeat to end)
K6, K2tog (repeat to end)
K5, K2tog (repeat to end)
K4, K2tog (repeat to end)
K3, K2tog (repeat to end)
K2, K2tog (repeat to end)
K1, K2tog (repeat to end)
K2tog (repeat to end)
Using a yarn needle, run end of yarn through the last remaining stitches, pulling into the inside of the hat.  Secure the end of the yarn and cut the tail.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crazy Apple Salad


  • One small apple; diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup banana chips
  • 1 cup Spring Mix lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoons Raspberry Vinaigrette
Add the greens into a medium bowl.  Cut into small, bite-sized pieces.  Add the diced apples, cranberries, and banana chips.  Toss with dressing.  Transfer into small bowl and enjoy!  Yum!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Flower Hair Clips

Hey y'all!  These flower clips can be made in a jiffy... and for a fraction of a price of store bought ones!

  • Set of 10 small alligator clips
  • 10 scrap booking flowers and 20 leaves
  • Hot Glue

Here is my helpful assistant:

Step 1:
With the hair clip pinched open, apply hot glue on top and lay down first leaf.  Hold in place 5-10 seconds.

Step 2:
Apply hot glue on half of the first leaf.  Layer another leaf on top.  Hold for 5-10 seconds.

Step 3: Once the leaves have set, apply hot glue on the bottom of the flower and press onto the center of the leaves.  Hold for 5-10 seconds. 

These can be used to pull back small sections of your hair, clipped onto the elastic of a pony tail, or even clipped onto a head band such as the Simple Seedstitch Headband

Free Knitting Pattern: Simple Seedstitch Headband

Hey y'all!  This easy-to-follow knitting pattern can be completed in less than an hour!  All you need are size 6 knitting needles, yarn (wool or cotton worsted weight) and 1 yarn sewing needle.

Cast on 8.
Row 1:* K1, Pl* repeat to end
Row 2: *P1, K1* repeat to end

Continue alternating rows until your piece measures slightly smaller than the circumference of your head (you will want it to fit a bit snug because it will stretch quite a bit).  Bind off.  With yarn needle, sew end pieces together to form a circle. 

Here's a picture of my friend, Emily, modeling the headband!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Heart Shaped Crayons

For this project, I used heart shaped molds which I found on a sale after Valentine's day.  You could use any shape mold depending on the occasion (eggs for Easter, shamrocks for St. Patty's Day, etc).  These heart shapes will be fun to give out next year for my son's Valentine's Day card exchange, packaged with a Valentine's Day themed coloring page.

  • Shaped molds (make sure they are metal, such as muffin tins, and not ice cube trays which are usually plastic and will melt)
  • Assorted crayons- either new or recycle old, broken crayons
Break the crayons into small pieces and put into each mold, filling them about 3/4 full.  You can do these solid colors (which is what I did) or mix and match the colors for a tie-dyed look.   Put the molds into the oven and set on 250 degrees.  Mini-muffin tins, such as the ones that I used, should only take about 5 minutes so adjust the time accordingly for larger molds. These will need about an hour to fully set once taken out of the heat.  Then, pop them out and enjoy!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine's Day Flower Suckers

Hey y'all.  I am making these "flowers" for my son's preschool class this Valentine's Day.  These little "flowers" are more personal than store bought cards/candy plus it is a fun activity to do with your kids!

Dum-Dums (or other small suckers)
Red or pink construction paper or scrap booking paper
Glue Stick

Using a stencil, draw and cut out 4 hearts.  These will be your "petals."  Glue together at the bottom, overlapping slightly.  Let dry.  Write name or message on the petals then, using the sharp end of the scissors or a hole punch, make a small hole in the center of the constructed petals and slide a sucker through.    Voila!
These are sure to be a hit (and don't forget to make one for your teacher, too!). 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Super Bowl Chili

Hey, y'all, I wanted to share another recipe with you!  My mother made this recipe often during the cooler months of the year and she made sure to always make it for Super Bowl Sunday.  I have changed a few things from the original recipe: I double the kidney beans and serve it with shredded cheddar cheese and spoon it over saltine crackers.  Yummy!

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes (with liquid)
2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained
1 packet hot chili seasoning
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
saltine crackers (optional)

In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef; drain.  Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and brown.  Add the tomatoes, beans, and seasoning and mix together.  You can either continue to cook on the stove, simmering for approximately 45 minutes.  Alternatively, put the chili into a 2 quart (or larger) slow cooker.  Cook on low for about 3-4 hours.  Serve while hot and top with cheese and serve with crackers.