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Photo Tile Coasters {Using Resin}

Photo Tile Coasters {Using Resin}
Last Christmas I almost had a breakdown... We had just moved in to our home the month before, but I didn't want to let that prevent us from having the holliest jolliest Christmas. My intentions were good. I wanted to make Christmas special for everyone, but I learned the hard way that I should have been planning ahead!! And that's how it happened. I created a monster. Well, with this project I created an anniversary gift AND a Christmas gift. While I was in Utah, my sweet cousin Michelle showed me a couple of projects using resin. Here's how I made these photo coasters... I started out with a trip to Home Depot. Next, I ordered some photos. Only 13 cents a print at Costco! I used a regular old Elmer's glue stick to paste each picture onto the tiles. I won't give a full tutorial on using resin because each product is a little different. After mixing the resin with the hardener, I just poured it on! Then it took them a full 24 hours to harden up! All done! Now these are stinkin' cute!! Related:  Craft Blogs

Flower Pancakes If you’re making pancakes for Mother’s Day here is a simple way to make them extra special. All you’ll need is a squeeze bottle. I cut the tip of mine a bit to allow for a larger opening. Forming, or drawing, the flowers is fairly simple. You might want to set the temperature under your pan a half stop lower than you’d normally use for pancakes to give yourself a bit of time to draw. Start with the center, put one dot of batter in the center of the pan and wait a brief moment, then put another dot just next to it, wait, and another that touches them. Draw one petal and fill it in with batter, then draw the next petal. Lastly draw a leaf and fill it in. Since these take a bit longer to make it’s a good idea to put a plate in your oven and set it to warm to keep your pancakes until you’re ready to present them. You might also like: For some really incredible pancake making I will point you towards Jim’s Pancakes which I came across while doing some research for my flowers.

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5 If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Handmade Gifts that you can make. Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special… I love to give them and I love to receive them. In my opinion they are the best! Jersey Knit Bracelet Lovely! This would make a perfect gift for any of your girlfriends. You can choose the colors and recycle t-shirts that you have around the house. Cheap and cute! tutorial Paper Clip Earrings Tutorial This is a brilliant idea… and the possibilities are endless. Love it! Printed Candles Who doesn’t love a candle? Think about how many different stamps you could use to customize this project. tutorial Hot Chocolate Art! What a great gift for neighbors and teachers… I am personally a hot chocolate lover so this would make a great gift for me tutorial Tile Coaster You can buy these plain tiles at Home Depot for under a dollar. I’ve seen them with family pictures also… Way cute! tutorial Bow Belt I was amazed how easy this tutorial was. So Pretty!

DIY: Baby Rag Quilt DIY: Flannel Baby Rag Quilt This is the softest little quilt made of flannel. The best part about it is how dang easy it is to make! All you need: 7 different, yet coordinating flannel fabrics cut @ 1/2 a yard each (so 7 half yards of fabric) 2 yards of solid flannel fabric for the batting (the middle of the quilt) (white is usually the best) about half a yard of matching fabric for the binding matching thread sewing machine scissors And here is how it is done: * Cut 2 strips of each fabric @ 6 inches wide (one strip will be the front and one the back) * Cut strips 2 of each fabric @ 3 inches wide (one strip will be the front and one the back) * Cut 7 strips of solid flannel @ 6 inches wide (this will go in between the other fabric strips measuring 6 inches wide) * Cut 7 strips of solid flannel @ 3 inches wide (this will go in between the other fabric strips measuring 3 inches wide) Make a fabric sandwich like the picture above and below! One side of the blanket is smooth while the other side is raggy.

make a momma bird card (or two) I designed these two Momma Bird cards and the downloadable template is available for you to make your own. Perhaps your Momma Bird needs a handmade thank you from her little chick this week? Here's how to put them together: Download the PDF template and print it on heavy paper. Cut out the shapes. These will be your re-usable pattern pieces.Cut a letter size piece of white card stock in half to make two 5.5 x 8.5 inch pieces. To make the faces: Use a small circle punch to cut a hole in black card stock. Options to simplify for paper savvy kids: Skip the colored background.Don't use pop dots. Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes | Warm Weather Dessert Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes to Celebrate Cakes and Cupcakes, Dessert, Guest Posts, Seasonal Recipes, Summer Recipes | 37 comments I’m taking some time off to be with my family for a little while. The following recipe is written by Ali of Gimme Some Oven. One of my favorite things about the arrival of warm weather is getting to spend time outside enjoying it with good friends. From grilling on the back deck, to picnics with friends, to morning coffee dates on the front porch, to (at least in my world) a calendar full of weddings, bridal showers, and baby showers that somehow always seem to hit during the spring — it just seems like everyone is so ready to enjoy the freshness and beauty of a new season! So as always, I find myself always looking for some fresh new recipes to bring along to celebrate! But I love how these Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes seem perfectly suited to just about any occasion. So cheers to new seasons, and to fun and fresh desserts to celebrate! About the Author:

Fabric Applique Boy Onesies Just within the past few weeks I've had family and several friends that have had babies. All of these babies have been boys! Crazy huh? Baby onesies Fabric Scraps Heat n Bond Ultrahold (NO-SEW) Various templates-the sky's the limit with these. Iron Love this stuff! Trace your template onto the smooth side of the heat n bond then iron onto the wrong side of your fabric. Mini Memo Book Covers from Larissa at mmmcrafts. - thesoutherninstitute.com Welcome to The Southern Institute, I'm so glad you're here! Make sure you stay in the know... subscribe to our newsletter! Today is going to be fun! We have another guest with us who is sharing a great project! Larissa from mmmcrafts is visiting. Have you met Larissa yet? Gotta get some of those shoes! Well, hello Southern Institutioners! So a bit about me. Make a Mini Memo Book Cover I love these inexpensive little 3.25 x 4.5 inch composition books. ), usually for less than a dollar US each. So here’s how to pretty them up with a nice re-usable cover. You’ll need: this templateprinterletter sized card stockscrap of decorative papercraft kniferuler glue (I used Fabri-Tac)optional bradoptional embroidery floss 1) First step is to print the template at actual size on the back of the card stock. 2) Use the provided spine pattern to trace and cut out a spine from a scrap of decorative paper. Then you just trim off the excess with your knife, and the spine is done: 7) Glue the flaps to the tabs.

Silk-Dyed Eggs {aka TIE-Dyed!} I posted this tutorial a few years ago and it has become somewhat of a tradition to bring it back every year! One of our family Easter traditions is dying eggs with pieces of silk. I saw a cute lady show Martha how to do it a few years ago and I ran upstairs right then to steal a tie! It’s way cooler than those cups of neon liquid that end up all over your clothes, your furniture and your hands plus it gives you an excuse to rid a man’s closet of ugly ties. Here’s the run-down: You need 100% silk for this to work. I try to find an assortment of colors and patterns. Usually it will tell you if it’s 100% silk right on the main label of the tie, but a lot of them don’t, and if that’s the case, check that little tiny end, it’s usually hiding there. The first step is to deconstruct the tie. Next you cut a piece large enough to cover an egg. Now, notice how I tied the eggs in the above photo- with the tie on the top of the long side of the egg. I wish eggs came like this at the grocery store.

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