Tuesday, December 21, 2010

making cold porcelain clay

Well over the weekend we made our very own cold porcelain clay. I found a variety of recipes, but this is what we went with and it worked great. ( cant remember were I found it at.)

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup white glue, (elmers or what ever brand you have of school glue)
1 tbsp of lemon juice or clove oil
1 tbsp of mineral oil, i.e baby oil

Mix all your goods together and microwave or you can cook it on the stove, but i did microwave,
microwave for a minute and stir and repeat this two or three times til you have a ball that looks like mashed potatoes as the little one called it, it will pull off the sides of bowl and it will have hard parts and I totally thought I screwed it up, but let it cool so you can handle it then dump her out and knead, and you will end up with a slightly stiff ball. you can add color to it at this piont if you want, with food coloring or paint.
mold your creations and let air dry for a day or two.
we didnt add any color to ours so we could paint it after it dries.

Also to save unsed clay wrap in plastic wrap or zip lock bag.
I found also but have not tried my self that you could heat oven to 350 then turn oven off and put in your clay objects and dry them in the cooling oven.

sorry I dont have pictures of the process to make.

Happy crafting!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Roman blinds!!!

Well I have so been wanting roman blinds, I could never find any I really liked or to fit my windows and custom made was just way to expensive for me.
So what do I do, google of coarse, I knew someone out there had to have a tut on how to make some.
After reading a few tuts on it and not liking what I see I came across this amazing site, she had a amazing tut on it and she made it look so simple. so with 20 bucks and a trip to walmart, here are the ones I made for the craft room/play room. click here for link to Jen Duncan tutorial
Sorry about the messy desk, thats the little ones crafting area..

Take care and happy crafting

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh Dear

  I feel so guilty I havent posted in such along time.
Well the craft closet, so didn't work out for me, I spent so much time searching and move this to get to that, that it just made crafting frusrating for me. But that is about to change I took over half the play room for a craft area even my little one has her own craft station now to! I am not even done yet and she has been at it every day glueing and cuting and so on.
  Anyway jump over to one of my favorite sites and check it out:  crafty crow 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I know its been awhile..

Well with the move and my craft supplies in a total mess, it has been rather difficult to craft lately.
  Then guess what, school time snuck and bit us :(  today was the day to start, but I will and promise to get you all some great crafts going, and to get them posted.
  Right now we have been working on some sparkle on our stepping stones, we have been making a patio out of concrete and a rock molds, so my little helper has been adding her touch to them with hand prints, foot prints and glass rocks.

Till next, keep on crafting..

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Arrgh, I cant figure this out!

I hope someone out there can help me with this! Okay every time i go to my blog i see in the middle of it a little box from photobucket telln me a image has been moved or deleted, I have tried and tried to remove it with no luck, do you all see it? I have never used photobucket, any advice, it is driving me crazy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just dont now

Well I have been working and working on getting my craft supplies un packed and finally I have to say i just dont have room for it all or really need a more clever way to store it!!
  Which makes me sad :( I want easy access to it all, and I just dont no how to acheive it with the space I have!!
  I so miss my office and crafting room!!!

Take care and happy crafting

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I have so not forgot you

  Well I have not forgot my blog, I promise!!! See I just moved (to a smaller house)and lost my crafting/office space, so I have boxes and boxes of my office and craft supplies waiting for me to find them a place!
  So I have a extra closet it is a thin closet but about 6 ft long and maybe 3 feet wide, I am going to line it with shelves for my craft supplies. So if any of you have any solutions or ideas please tell!

Happy crafting!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Well to all the fans of Harry Potter I thought I would post this for you.

Butterbeer recipe

8ozs ginger ale or cream soda
2-3 tablespoons of butterscotch syrup

mix well serve or ice

recipe 2

1 cup clud soda or cream soda
1/2 cup butterscotch syrup
1/2 tablespoon butter

microwave butter scotch and butter till butter melted and syrup bubble
stir and cool 30 seconds
slow stir in soda mixture will fizz alot

these are the ones we have tried. I found these recipes here, theres serval more even adult version. enjoy and let me now what you think.

and on a different note its been very crazy around here lately , moving and packing so please bear with me over the next couple of weeks.. I will post as often as i can while in all this craziness.

 take care and happy crafting......

Saturday, June 12, 2010

whats to come...

Well i havent forgot my dear little bloggie friend, we have just been really busy.
My little side kick hurt her foot and has been on the mend lately. But we have manage to work on a light fixture to hang from the ceiling and make some eggshell chalk. I will post pics and directions to eggshell chalk tomorrow hopefully and some pics of light in progress too.
Take care and happy crafting!!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Oh so good gummy candies

Gummy candies........

6 oz. package of jello any flavor you like
6 enevlopes of knox unflavored gelation
2/3 cup cold water
half of 1/3 cup cold water

-mix well. it will be very gunkie looking..
-let it sit 10 minutes
-(double boiler thingy) boil some water while your letting it sit
I use a big pot and have a metal bowl that sits perfect on the rim. you could use a glass measuring cup
and pot of water.
-once water is boiling put your contianer in and you just want to melt it til all dissolved not really cook it just a gud melt. poor into your molds  put in fridge or freeze and within 30 minutes or so you have gummie candies.

ps. I dont grease the molds they will pop right out.

you can use ice cube trays or candy molds.. I have ice cube trays.

heres another recipe for them but I havent tried this one

1 package flavored jello
6 packages knox
1/2 cup cold water

in small sauce mix all 3 together and stir constantly til melted pour into molds and pop in freezer for ten minutes....

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Great outdoor activity

So the other day my little had a great idea while we were on a nature walk, she wanted to make molds of the tracks we found.
So with a little of plaster of paris and so time we did it! She loves it, she loved finding the tracks and identifing what animal made them, and getting to bring home a momento of are walk.

plaster of paris
bucket to mix
stick to stir

mix the plaster of paris to the directions on the box. pour into tracks and wait for it to harden, some took 10 minutes so to 30 or so before we could pop them out.
Let the little ones make tracks to and make a casting of their own tracks..
This is a deer track, it wass the best track we could find of a deer but I love how it looks like a heart.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

watercolors oh my...

We have been working on making homemade water colors it was fun and easy as could be...
Here is the recipe:
3tbsp cornstarch
3tbsp baking soda
3tbsp vinger
1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
(if you dont have light corn syrup you can mix up 2 parts suger to 1 part water, boil til well dissolve.)
food coloring

mix first three together, little one got a kick out of the foaming mix, add syrup, mix well.
seperate into small containers then add food coloring, a couple of drops each.

I have used pill containers, the ones with like seven compartments, and a paint tray.
you can paint right away with them or allow to dry for later use ( took two days to dry out)

I gave her q-tips to paint the picture above with instead of paint brushes, she thought I was crazy but she decide it was fun and the q-tips looked neat in the end..

Thursday, May 20, 2010

coaster, trivets or wat ever you call them..

Me and little miss made this for mother days and gave them to grandma for a present. We went to our local habitat for humanity (hope I spelled that right) resale store and bought some basic white tiles for 50cents a piece. You could use any size or maybe color you want. we got 4x4 ones.

I set her up with paints(nothing fancy just your basic craft paint from wally world)
and let her go to town painting them.
After they dried this is were I come in I sprayed them with triple-thick crystal clear glaze by krylon another wally world purchase, we did three coats.
Then after it was good and dry we glue plastic feet (like the ones on cutting boards) found those at dollar general store, on some and some we glued felt feet on, we got the felt feet at wally world, they were meant for furniture feet but worked great for this. and now you have a great little gift.
  I haven't test to see if it would hold up to heat or not but we use ours for drink coasters.If you do test for heat do let me know.. I would love to see your pictures if you try this out..

Hello and welcome..

Well I spend hours looking for activities to do with my little. Things that will occupy her (especially on rainy days) and add to her creativety. I find lots on the web and most of the time cant remember were I found it so if I dont give credit were it is do I am sorry in advanced, if you know were the credit belongs please let me know so I can give it or link back to them. If you have a site that you would like to share post it in your comments and we will check it out..