Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saltine Toffee Cookies


4 oz of saltine crackers (one sleeve)
1 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup pecans
  Preheat oven to 400

  Line cookie sheet with crackers.

 In a saucepan combine the sugar and butter.  Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.

  Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely.

Bake at 400 for 5-6 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes.

Spread melted chocolate and top with nuts.

Cool and break into pieces.


Cooking At Café D

Friday, November 25, 2011

Upcycled Water Faucet Knobs

Have some old jewelry and a spare water faucet knob?

Make a new necklace out of it!

Patty made this necklace(and more). Isn't it cute?!

The bling on the knob is an old earring.

I will never pass by random pieces of jewelery again!" target="_blank">Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special" />

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homemade Lip Balm

I was scrolling thru the Martha Stewart Handmade gift ideas and came upon lip balm.

It takes two ingredients.
Carrier Oil
(and optional essential oil and coloring)

I thought, I have that stuff!  I'll give it a try. (For the record this stuff is pretty easy to find and inexpensive!)
It did not take long to gather my stuff and make it.

For the carrier oil I used coconut oil and I added a few drops of peppermint oil.

Set up a double broiler with a pot of water and a glass bowl that will fit on top.
Heat water.

Take 1 Tbls. of beeswax
2 Tbls. of coconut oil

Place in bowl and melt. 
(This doesn't take long because its such a small amount.)

 When it was melted I turned off the heat, added my peppermint oil quickly, and poured into a container.
I used a 4 oz. jelly jar.

Reading some comments from the site they say you can find small tin containers in the wedding favor section at your craft store.  I'll have to check it out!

That's it!  It was easy and quick.  And you actually know what you are about to put on your lips!

It would also make a very nice handmade gift for someone!

*Update June 14, 2012*

I found that I preferred my lip balm to have a little more staying power.  Using coconut oil gave the balm more of a lip gloss feel(nothing wrong with that just not what I was going for).  At least that was my opinion.

I made a batch of lip balm using coco butter as my carrier oil.  I LOVED it!!  However since it is a firmer balm you really had to dig to get some out of the jar.

I have read numerous people rave about a company Mountain Rose Herbs.  As I was checking it out for some essential oils I came across some lip balm tubes.
These tubes are perfect for my handmade lip balm made with coco butter!!

I happen to randomly order 5 tubes, and one batch of lip balm filled 5 tubes!

Reminder of recipe:
1 Tbls. Beeswax
2 Tbls. Coco butter (or any carrier oil you prefer)
Few drops of an essential oil (*optional, I love using peppermint!)

Melt wax and oil in a double boiler setup.  When melted take off heat and add essential oils.  Pour into containers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Homemade Christmas Gifts

 Christmas is fast approaching.  What do you get all those people on your lists??  It seems like every year it gets harder and harder, doesn't it. 
A goal I gave myself this year was to try and give homemade gifts....or as homemade as I can make them!  I would tell you some but well then that person might read this blog and find out what they are getting!
Instead I am going to share some links for some great ideas. 

I get an email from Martha everyday and she's talking about homemade gifts.  100's of them, for her, for him, for baby...and on.  There has to be at least one idea in there that a person can use or at least spin off of, right?

Oh, and check out Pinterest
Up in the left hand corner there is a search box.  Type something in and {wow} can it lead you to some neat stuff! (for instance, I am thinking an art table/station for my kids would be a great I typed in 'kids art desk'.   Some pretty neat photos came up.  The photo below is one of my favorites (and the clicking on the pic will take you to the original website).

Pinned Image

So get started!!!  One thing about homemade, you CAN NOT wait until the last minute to shop!

Time to think outside the {BOX}!!!

{Can't make something, think of finding some local talent that can!}

{Don't underestimate something like movie/theater tickets or a membership/one time pass to someplace in town either.}

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fabric Flowers


Trace and cut 6 circles out of the fabric you choose to use.

One circle will be your base.  The other 5 will be folded twice and glued to base.

Fold circle in half.  Dot with glue on the bottom center.  Fold again.

This is what you should have.

After doing that to the five circles.
Dot the tip with glue.

Place on your base circle.

Do that four times(make sure the folds on the circles are facing the same direction when you glue them).

Place the last piece in the center.

We then went on and cut out leaf shapes.  Glued them on as well as a pin backing.

You can also use........

{Old Jeans}

shabby creek cottage

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Knit Neck Warmer

Quick, easy, simple. 

When I see these words in a pattern they just pop out at me.  I can do quick, easy, and simple!

The neck warmer I did was very simple, I didn't follow a pattern.  To me the colors in the yarn did all the work.  I had started this project when I first was learning to knit(over a year ago).  A year later I finally finished(but not because it was hard).  Just in time for the cold weather too!  I wore it the other day and it did a very good job of keeping my neck nice and toasty!

I used big needles, size 15 (US).
Cast on about 40 stitches and knit.
It measured about 20" when I decided it was long enough for a neck warmer.

I sewed the 2 ends together.

That was it!  I nice chunky neck warmer.

Yarn used was James Brett Marble Chunky in Landscape.  It is acrylic and feels soft.  The colors are very pretty.


Friday, November 4, 2011

{Repurposed} T-shirts


Find an old t-shirt {shirts with no seams up the side work best!}

Cut 2 1/4-1/2" Strips across the width of the shirt.

Fold the strip in half.
Cut slits down the fabric.

When done cutting, roll t-shirt, gluing as you roll.

We went on to cut and glue a leaf shape out of felt wool
Then glue a pin backing on.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quick Knit Headband

I've had some gorgeous yarn laying in my stash for over a year now.  I wanted to use it but just have not gotten around to figuring out what to do with it.  When I saw a quick simple {free} pattern for a head band recently, I thought that is perfect! 
It was so simple, yet gave so much satisfaction when I was done.  And I should point out my daughter has barely taken it off since I gave it to her!

Cast on 20 stitches using size 10 (US) needles.
Knit 85 rows
Cast off
Sew ends together
Take some left over yarn and wrap around where you sewed to cinch it.

There!  Way easy!  Always fun to whip up a quick project!


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