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I've switched over to using acid free paper and glue to make my paper filigree snowflake ornaments now. I figure there's no sense in putting this much work into something that might fall apart in a few years, and with practice, they're starting to get pretty enough that I'm planning to make quite a few of them. In my search for paper that will hold up over time, I was looking for archival quality paper, but there wasn't much available that wasn't too thick, or too yellow. I visited all sorts of art, craft, scrapbook, and office supply stores in my paper quest, but the pickings were pretty slim for archival paper in shades of silver and white, so I went with mostly acid free paper and will see how it holds up. The pictures don't show it very clearly, but the snowflake above on the right has both white and off white, and it adds an interesting antique look, or at least I thought so until my kids mentioned the old joke about not eating the yellow snow.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick As with most of us, each year I need to come up with some sort of treat or gift to give to friends, teachers and co-workers. This year I am beyond excited about what we’ve put together…Hot Chocolate on a Stick! They are adorable and the perfect cozy, winter treat! Because I loved the homemade marshmallows so much last December, I wanted to do something that incorporated them again somehow. I followed the marshmallow recipe that I used last year, and used the King Arthur recipe almost directly, with a few small tweaks. For planning purposes you should know that the marshmallows have to sit for at least 4 hours before cutting, and the chocolate blocks have to sit for about 12 hours before cutting. Hot Chocolate Blocks From King Arthur Flour Heat the cream and sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat until it starts steaming, stirring periodically. Pour chocolate into prepared pan and spread chocolate as level as you possibly can. You can fit about 6 sticks in one bag comfortably.

Origami roses The sight of these classy chocolate roses got me into a serious mood to make roses, paperwise that is. And I ended up making 3 different kinds cos’ they look so beautiful that I couldn’t wait to learn to make them all! 1. Kawasaki rose I first tried the Kawasaki rose, named after its creator Toshikazu Kawasaki, by following this demo and cross referenced with another demo [part 2|3]. Notes: There were several steps I had no idea what to do, so after some struggling and hair-pulling, I finally figured out what was going on EXACTLY! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 2. I watched this demo to make the Bird base rose created by James Sakoda. 3. 3. Followed this demo to make this rose bud. Both centre creases must be well-creased mountain folds, so that the folding up of each quarter will be easier. The real beauty of all these three roses is they are not too complicated to make once every step is laid out clearly and every intended fold well-creased.

Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries ~ Crafts by Amanda This isn’t the first time I’ve made luminaries for Halloween. Several years ago I made these painted Ghost Luminaries which are posted on FamilyCorner, these decoupaged Pumpkin Luminaries and this Candy Corn luminary which are both posted on Disney’s Kaboose. Today I made some colorful luminaries inspired by the ones I saw on this cute blog called Not So Idle Hands. While Emily uses the decoupage method with strips of tissue paper, I opted for what I believe to be an easier, faster and less expensive method… paint. Aside from the new luminaries I made (which I describe below), I also spruced up my others after unpacking my Halloween boxes. To spruce up the Pumpkin Luminaries, which are decoupaged orange material, I used a damp rag to wipe them down, then I painted the yellow facial features black. You can see that the white ghost luminaries have been around for quite a few years. Over the summer I bought a couple of boxes of canning jars with the intention of canning. A: The outside. :)

Under The Table and Dreaming: DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath {Made From... I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

Wipe Off Weekly Menu Board I am a meal planner. I refuse to go grocery shopping without my week’s worth of meals planned out and list made. (It’s either that or wander aimlessly around the grocery store for two hours and then make ten more trips back during the week to get things I forgot.) Once I get the groceries unloaded, I usually forget what I planned for, so I put together this super easy wipe-off menu board to keep track of what’s for dinner each night! Wipe-Off Menu Board Tutorial Supplies: Picture frame with glass front (I love these 12×12 frames I found at Ben Franklin for only $7!) 1. 2. 3. 4. Now everyone in the family knows what’s for dinner each week! I decided my frame would look better black in my kitchen, so I spray painted it black. Little Birdie Secrets are regular contributors to Make and Takes and was born from the crafting obsession of three friends living in the Pacific Northwest.

Knappeli knapp Knappar, lim och glitter, A's pysselfavoriter. Här kombinerade som julprydnad. Stora flirtkulor (varför heter det så egentligen?) överstrukna med trälim i stora lass, och så en massa knappar. Bäst att göra det i mindre områden i taget, annars är det lim överallt. Buttons, glue and glitter, A's favourites. Linked to Craft Schooling Sunday. Folding Trees Folded Paper German Star Video Tutorial I made a tutorial for folded paper German Stars. Sometimes they are called Moravian Stars or Froebel Stars. You may want to make some for decorating a Christmas tree, gifts, wreaths or to display in a pretty bowl. My favorite are the pure white... so pristine and elegant. They are very pretty in bright colors too. A popular shade of blue... cool and wintry. My tutorial is in two parts Part 1 Part 2 (Note: Traditionally these German Stars were dipped in paraffin to help protect them from the outdoor elements. In response to some questions I have received about the paper and the wax: I have used paper like the kind you use for the computer and taped the strips together for the length I needed. I have ordered paper strips from the Starcraft Etsy Shop and really like them. I LOVE the metallic paper ~ it is easy to work with and makes gorgeous stars. Construction paper does not work. Click link below for How-to for dipping stars in wax

Holiday Gifts for Teachers | Felt So Cute For years, my go-to gift for teachers has been an L.L. Bean tote bag, monogrammed with their last name ~ we have dozens of them in the Felt So Cute house and use them for everything. However, for the first time, I’m faced with the double-whammy of one teacher with a hyphenated name and another that exceeds the monogramming allowance! So I’m stepping outside the box and getting a little more creative this year {and if by some chance our terrific teachers have found their way to my Blog, please act extra surprised as The Cuties are very excited about your presents!}. As a former teacher and administrator, I’ve always tried hard to stay away from apple tchotchkes and #1 teacher ornaments, so we settled on a gift for each teacher and a gift for them to use in their classroom. First, each girl has chosen a specific color satin and I’ve made them flower pins from my Etsy shop. As always, start with your supplies: hot glue gun small saw fine grit sandpaper Box it up, and tie with a big bow!

Braided Headband Tutorial It's chilly outside here today and I'm loving it! I enjoyed every minute of reaching into the closet and pulling out soft cozy blankets, snuggling up on the couch with my blanket and laptop to check my e-mail this morning... Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of temps below 40 degrees, but a high of 65, I'll take it! Anyway.... on with the tutorial. What you need- Thick hair tie Six 1" strips of fabric Bulldog clip or safety pin Sewing machine (or needle and thread) Fabric tac I ripped my fabric strips so they were a bit frayed on the edges, personal choice. Tack each end of the braid just enough that it doesn't come undone . Then tack both braids together on each end, be careful not to twist the braids. Cut your hair tie so it's one strip of elastic. Sandwich your elastic ends between the ends of your braids on each end, again, careful not to twist the braids. Sew over the elastic so that it's secure. Your done! Enjoy!

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