Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Years! & Recap of 2011.

Happy New Years To All My Blogger Friends!
We had a wonderful Christmas and  I hope you all did too!
I am so blessed with such a wonderful man and 2 awesome kids and now a new addition to our family.....My son-in-law to be.  We already considered him our son-in-law, but now it's official!  Yay!  Could make for some awesome wedding projects on the horizon!
Well, I have been seeing a lot of recaps of 2011 and decided to jump on the band wagon.  There have been a few changes around the old house, and this is probably my favorite part of that, and one of the reasons I started my blog.  I wanted to keep a picture diary of the changes that the old house goes through.  With that said, I found new friends and new ideas which is like the icing on the cake....and I get to eat it too.  I love blogging!
You can read all 10 parts starting with # 1 

We enjoyed making our Raspberry Wine

I loved recycling our scraps to make Gifts for friends

Making more gifts, like the Red Neck Wine Glasses

Learning to share my very guarded recipe for Chai

Making some awesome Linen Spray that my family loved

And finally my 11th favorite project for 2011

These aren't the top viewed projects, but they were some of my favorites!
I hope that you will stay with me and my crazy blog in 2012.  And for all the new visitors,  I would love if you would join me for the New Year.  I am excited to start new projects and more remodels in the old house!  Stay tuned for our new bathroom....coming soon!
And Again.....Happy New Years to All.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Triple Dose Root Beer Sugar Cookies

Tired of the usual plain white sugar cookies with the yucky icing that looks pretty, until you bite into them and want to toss your cookies?  Then you gotta try these yummy treats.

  I purchased some root beer extract from one of the wine supply stores I frequent.  Make the usual sugar cookie recipe, but instead of the vanilla extract, add root beer extract.  I dumped in double what the recipe called for. 

Roll the cookies in wax paper and put in the freezer to chill. 

Take the cookie dough from the freezer and cut into 1/2 inch slices and bake according to recipe. 

Now the fun part.  Melt some white chocolate, add root beer essence and ice the little devils.  I put about 1/4 cup granulated sugar and added 1/2 tsp of root beer essence in a plastic container with lid  and shook until the sugar was thoroughly mixed with the root beer.  Sprinkle the cookies with the sugar for a triple dose of root beer.  

Most kids will love this one cause this big kid sure does!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Music Sheet Candles

Well not much that you probably haven't seen already.....This is a post about candles.  I believe Pottery Barn pedals these beauties.

  I have been making them for quite a few years and would like to share them with you!  I was able to print off some sheet music onto a piece of tissue paper...courtesy of, none other than
The Graphics Fairy .  Thanks again!.

  I cut the printed tissue paper to fit the candle and held it in place with pins. 

With my new heat gun that I bought on sale at Canadian Tire, I melted the wax so that it stuck on its own to the candle.  You can see when the paper is melted on, as the color of the tissue paper changes to the color of the candle.   It's pretty easy to do. 

They make wonderful gifts, especially if you put them in a basket of spa items. 

  I usually put with a bar of homemade soap.  CLICK HERE for the recipe, and some scented Epsom salts, all tucked  nicely in a box or basket.  This is a well received gift.  Especially the soap! 
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Homemade Christmas Crackers

Something a Christmas table can't do without is the traditional Christmas Cracker.

Where everyone has to look dorky with their cool hats, tell a stupid joke, and be told, "That is so dumb!"  Of course the awesome prize that you brag about cuz you are so sure that yours is the best (and then leave it on the table to be taken out with the trash.  Yes the infamous Christmas Cracker....ahhhh.
This year is the year for the cool cracker.....well maybe not so cool, but big.  And you know what they say, Bigger Is Better!
Dollar stores are a haven for Christmas Cracker supplies.  That's where most of this came from.  *Note to family*.....This came from the DIAMOND dollar store, cause I only buy the best for you!  NOW LOOK AWAY!

I found the cheapest, cutest hats they had, but forgot to try them on.  Maybe I just have a big head???

  So I had to do a little alteration on them.
  I cut the back open and sewed a piece of elastic in.

  This worked pretty good, and fit somewhat bigger. 
Red elastic would have been nice but I used what I had in my stash!  We call it Big Heads Stash.

I cut up some cardboard that my awesome sister gave me.  (NEED SOME MORE CARDBOARD AWESOME SISTER  hint hint).  This is the same cardboard I used for my scented trees.  Click Here  if you would like to see the tutorial for these.  I made seven of these crackers so  I cut seven pieces 6"x12". 

I rolled them into a tube, overlapping maybe 1/2 inch.  I needed the bodies to be big for all the Diamond awesomeness I was stuffing in there.  I hot glued the seam and reinforced with duct tape, but I must confess, I only did two that way.  The rest were just hot glued. 

It had to be big cuz I wanted to pack them full!
Bigger is Better!

I took the tube and hot glued it to the edge of some wrapping paper.
The snapper part was put inside of it but not glued in.

I cut fourteen more pieces of cardboard.  These were for the ends that held the snaps.  I put a bit of hot glue on the edge and attached a tube to each end of the snapper.  Through trial and error, (that's why you only ever see six in the photos),  I realized that they needed to be smaller than the center tubes.  I cut these at 3"x7".  Rolled them into tubes and hot glued them.

Now you get to roll up your stuff to fit in the tube.  Good Luck!  Nah, it was pretty easy.  I rolled the goodies up  inside the hat,  and stuffed away.

Roll your paper tightly around the center tube and hot glue it together.  The end tubes must be free from the paper so no glue is applied to these.  I did glue the ends where you see my fingers, just to hold  paper to paper.

Now this is a bit tricky.  Kinda scrunch up the paper between the end tube and center tube on each side.  I did one at a time so that I wasn't putting tension on the snapper.  Once one end is done, you can push it towards the center tube so that the other end has a little more play for you to scrunch it up.  I sure hope this isn't the blond leading the blond cause I just can't word this any other way. 
  We are almost done!  You get to put your pretty ribbon on the end and tie.  My ribbon had wire in it so it was pretty stable without a knot or a bow.

I must admit, I could have made them a little more glitzy, but this project turned into a four hour ordeal.  I quickly put initials on the round stickers.  You could put names on but nobody has the same initial in our family.  Any sticker will do, maybe an address label, as everybody has them.  

I poked a hole through the sticker with my scissors and hot glued on a pretty button.

I used my trusty glitter glue and went around the perimeter of the sticker.

Next year these babies will be all decked out with this and that.  They are pretty simple but I think the family will enjoy them.


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