Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil I found a great method to freeze & preserve fresh herbs in olive oil. Preserving herbs in oil reduces some of the browning and freezer burn that herbs can get in the freezer. It’s also a great way to have herbs ready immediately for winter stews, roasts, soups, and potato dishes. 8 Steps for Freezing Herbs in Oil Choose firm, fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden.If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves. Source: Thekitchn
Bouts de laine et ballon de baudruche ... tuto d'une boule de noël ? "Je l'emmène tout de suite dans un hôpital psychatrique ou je lui laisse une dernière chance ... ?" c'est sans doute ce que Monsieur se serait encore dit s'il m'avait vue en train de gonfler un ballon et l'enduire minutieusement de margarine !!! Mais, non je ne suis pas encore folle, c'était pour faire ça : Une boule en laine ! (boule insérée à ma petite déco présentée ici) J'avais vu cette idée dans une page spéciale "enfants" dans un "Ouest-France" pendant mes vacances ... J'ai proposé cette activité à Jérémy : Il suffit de gonfler un ballon (j'ai eu du mal à obtenir des boules bien rondes et pas en forme d'oeuf !!! Ensuite, il faut l'enduire d'un corps gras (d'où ma margarine !) On laisse sécher puis on perce le ballon (dans le cas de ma boule) ou on décolle simplement (dans le cas de la corbeille de Jérémy). Dans la lancée, on a testé aussi ce support "ballon" avec du papier mâché : A bientôt
Yarn Ball DIY Tutorial As mentioned in this recent post, I’ve attempted making yarn balls to hang over the dance floor at our wedding reception next month. Having successfully made 8 so far, I wanted to share this tutorial with others who were interested in also trying them as I think I may have uncovered the secret to successfully making them. Up first, gather the supplies! You’ll need include: Yarn – I used the cheapest gray yarn I could find.ScissorsPunch Balloon – this is a must! They can be found at Party City or in many toy departments.Hot Water – I found that hot water helped mix the glue and corn starch better.Corn Starch – Again, the store brand or cheapest you can find is fine.Glue – I used clear glue, all purpose glue, Elmer’s glue, I think just about any type of multipurpose glue will work. As I mentioned above, the punch balloon is a must. They’re durable. Now that I’ve told you how much I adore punch balloons, we can move on. Up next, set up your work area! Voilà!
Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt - the Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World Arabian proverb says, "Everything in the world is afraid of time, and time is afraid of the pyramids". A year ago Sergey Semenov tried to rent a helicopter in Cairo to shoot the pyramids. It didn't work. "No photos allowed due of the close proximity of the military base" such was the explanation. However there was positive news — a story of a French science enthusiast, who bribed local guides and got on top of a pyramid with his equipment to measure some magnetic fields. We have to say that pyramids are surrounded by high fence with motion sensors; and special guards with machine guns and security dogs patrol the perimeter during non-tourist hours. We had to hurry up, because pyramid of Cheops was the only one of "Seven Wonders of the World" still standing; and the last "Transformers" movie made me think that the militant robots might actually destroy the pyramids for real next time :) Frame from the movie «Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen» "Quit playing games, boys! "Which Cairo?
DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls As we mentioned before, this is our favorite time of year for DIY decor. The chill is in the air and the leaves are changing color, and there's no better way to preserve the delight than by welcoming it into your home. Yes, the craft stores overflowing with autumn decorations can be intimidating, but there are ways to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Below are instructions for your very own autumn leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favorite scented potpourri or tasty Halloween treats. Materials: Craft store leaf garland, Mod Podge (matte finish), Foam Brush, Balloon, Scissors, Mixing bowl *Tip: try to find thin, paper-like leaves for your garland. How To: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. **Attention readers! Looking for more DIY projects and free downloads?
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little guiding stars Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share! Noel Home: Comfy PJ Pants for the Whole Family Our thanks to our creative friends at our Signature Sponsor, Janome for sharing this project with us. It was created last year for a special New Sewists Series they put together, and the instructions show you how to make pajama pants without a pattern; simply grab your favorite current pair and use them as a template. We added a jazzy bottom accent cuff to ours so we could mix and match our beautiful Michael Miller Bonnes Amies fabrics. This is a perfect project for beginners: super fast, easy and instantly gratifying. We thought it would be great fun to surprise the whole family on Christmas morning with matching PJ pants. Our thanks to the great folks at Michael Miller Fabrics for providing the Bonnes Amies fabric we used for our four pairs of PJ pants. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome 3160QDC) Buttonhole foot Amounts are for ONE pair of average adult jammie pants We used Dad's pants as our sample for these instructions. The main pant pattern Attach cuffs to pant legs Tags:
DIY | Parafernalia No se vosotros, pero yo soy de las que intento llevarme el tupper al trabajo. No siempre lo consigo, pero la verdad es que no tienen ni punto de comparación poder disfrutar de algo casero que tomarse un triste sándwich. Y casi peor los menús desaboríos que servían en mi centro. Mucho más sano, sabroso y económico llevarte algo hecho por ti, aunque sean las sobras del día anterior. El caso es que siempre me ha supuesto un problema decidir donde transportar los tuppers. Me he cosido una bolsa a medida. La verdad es que es una tontería de hacer. Esta vez en vez el paso a paso es un poco diferente. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. No tiene nada. ¿Qué os parece el resultado? Si te ha gustado compartelo
Reversible Patchwork Bag Something I've wanted to do really bad... A new sewing tutorial!! It really makes me happy that you guys enjoyed my sewing tutorialsand made beautiful fabric baskets, camera cases, and pen cases.My finding is that you like easy & quick projects like I do! Cut out 32 of 2 1/2" squares. Arrange to make 2 sets of 16 x 16 top layers. Sew each row consisting of 4 squares. 4 rows completed! Press seams to one direction, making sure ones next to each otherare pressed to opposite directions. Now let's sew all the 4 rows together. Press seam open. Do the same for the rest of 16 squares and nowyou have 2 patchwork tops complete! Sew them right sides together. Cut out the bottom 2 corners. Turn the bag out. Cut out 2 pieces measuring 8 3/4" x 1 1/2".These will be casing for cords. Fold the edges like this. Fold the pieces in middle, wrong sides together and press. Sew them onto the top part of the patchwork bag like this. Prepare two 22" long craft cords. Now your reversible patchwork bag is complete!
Fabric Basket Thanks for those of you who asked for a tutorial on the fabric basket project I updated yesterday! This is gonna be my second tutorial on my this blog. If anything isn't clear, feel free to leave me a comment and ask me for help. Remember that all seam allowances are 1/4" throughout the process, and seam allowances are included in all the fabric pieces used in this tutorial. ::Materials needed::Fabric: Natural Linen: 1/4 yard for Basket Exterior and Handles Pink Polka Dots Print: 1/8 yard for Basket Exterior Pink Geometric Print: 1/8 yard for Basket Exterior Flower Print: 1/8 yard for Basket Exterior Green Rabbit Print: 1/2 yard for LiningOther Materials: Fleece Batting: 1/2 yard First of all, cut out 2" squares from 3 different kinds of fabrics: 8 squares from each. (1/4" seam allowance is included, so your finished square will be a 1 1/2" square) Sew together two squares, making sure those two are different fabrics. Now Sew together pieces to create 2 6x2 patchwork layer. Trim excess.
Sweetheart Tray My honey and I aren’t big on lavish expenditures on Valentine’s Day. Usually, we spend it at home with just a few decadent treats like dark chocolate and champagne ~ a thoughtful card with a sweet sentiment is always exchanged. For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to craft something with the sheet music from our wedding song, but couldn’t decide what to do. Perfect for serving chocolates and bubbly today . . We’ve been married over 11 years, and our wedding song was Harry’s version of ‘It Had to Be You’. Sing to me darling, sing to me! Where was I? *dazed by Harry* Oh yes! Making a Sheet Music Tray I started with an old melamine tray with a floral pattern I’ve had for years but wasn’t using. Next, I snagged the pages of sheet music from my stash. Knowing I’d never fit all three pages, I cut the excerpts from the stanzas into strips. You could use this same idea for a favorite poem, lullaby, quote, whatever ! We’re soooo sentimental, but wedding day reminders sure keep the romance alive!
How To Make a Cut Out Monogram to Hang on a Wall or a Front Door Monograms – I love them and now that it is Autumn and time to change the decor on my front door, I wanted to make a monogram cutout to go on my Fall wreath. I bought the best plywood, got a new scroll saw blade and set to work – after two failed attempts – all those thin curlicue areas were way too hard to cut… I gave up. Then I asked myself, “Why don’t I do this the way I know best… in my own style. As many of you know I used to work as a display designer. So after two failed attempts of trying to make a wood monogram that took me all afternoon, in less than 1 hour I had not one, but two monograms cut out and it cost me only $2.00 I made one white. The second one I added a pattern to. Anyone can make these even if you don’t have Photoshop on your computer – plus no power tools are needed. How To Create Your Own Monogram on a Computer If you have a computer and printer then you can create your monogram easily. I used KK Monogram for mine. For this tutorial I am using PSE. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2.
Sewn Stash Baskets Materials To make one basket: Cutting The bottom of this bag is a 12-inch circle. If you have a large compass or circular template feel free to cut your circles using them but if you don't here is a simple way to cut a 12-inch circle: Using a pencil draw a center dot where the circle's center will be. You will have a dotted 12-inch circle! Cut out the circle. In this manner cut out a 12-inch circle of the Amny Butler Quilting Solid, The Blockprinted Linen, and the interfacing. In addition to the circles, cut a 12-inch by 36-inch strip from the solid, linen, and interfacing. Sewing the Panels Pin the three circles all together in the following order: interfacing, linen with its right side facing up, solid with its right side facing down. Pin all three of the long strips together in the same order. With a 1/2-inch seam allowance sew the three circle pieces together, leaving a 4-inch gap unsewn. Turn the panels right sides out through their openings. Finishing You're all done!