Thursday, March 23, 2017

Selfie Patches



Supplies:

gray felt - two inch circles

hot pink felt - three inch circles

cameo silhouette bead

black marker

sharp scissors

black embroidery thread

embrodiary needle




Write selfie with a black marker and using black embroidery thread sew over the marker and tack the bead in the middle of the circle.


Sew the gray circle onto the hot pink circle with a running stitch. And now you have a patch. I think it would look cute on a wrapped gift or sewn onto a pair of jeans.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hot Cross Buns


Today I made Hot Cross Buns! I have always wanted to make Hot Cross Buns and I must say they turned out awesome and were surprising easy to make. I read so many Hot Cross Bun recipes online and finally settled on the recipe fromwww.jocooks.com and her recipe was easy to follow and I had every ingredient already in my cupboard and refrigerator. Add if I can make homemade Hot Cross Buns - so can you!

Ingredients for Buns:

1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 eggs

4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) softened

1 cup raisins

Syrup Glaze:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

Cream Cheese Icing:

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon water

Directions:

In a small bowl combine the lukewarm milk, sugar and yeast. Stir and let it rest for 10 minutes. Once the bubbles start forming you will know that the yeast is activating.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook add the 4 cups of flour, salt and nutmeg.

Add the eggs and butter to the activated yeast mixture and stir until combined.

Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix on medium-low for 5 minutes. Add the raisins and continue to mix for another minute.

The dough should be elastic and not stuck to the side of the bowl.




In a large bowl add a tablespoon of canola oil and use a paper towel to spread the oil all around the bowl.

Add the dough to the bowl rolling the dough around so that it is completely covered with oil.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place in your kitchen and let rise for 2 hours until the dough is almost doubled in size.

Get out a large casserole type pan - I used a 13" x 9" glass pan. Lightly spray the bottom of the pan with a non-stick baking spray.

Divide the dough into 15 equal balls. Roll the balls until they are smooth.



Cover the buns with a clean damp cloth and place in a warm place in your kitchen for 1/2 hour until they are doubled in size.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Once the buns have doubled in size they will be ready for the oven,


Bake the buns in the 375 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes until they are a light golden brown.


 While the buns are baking the syrup and icing can be prepared.

To make the syrup bring the water and sugar to a boil on low heat. Let the mixture boil for a minute or two until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

To make the icing whisk all of the ingredients together and put the mixture into a zipper topped bag and put it in the refrigerator until it is ready to use.

When the buns come out of the oven brush them with the sugar syrup.



The sugar syrup gives the buns a beautiful shine.  Let the buns cool for 10 minutes.



Remove the icing from refrigerator. Push the icing down to one corner and twist. Snipe off a small piece and start piping the crosses.



A perfect snack with a cup of tea. Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I hope that  everyone has a blessed Easter with family and friends.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tips on Cutting Felt

I have read about tips on how to cut felt from various blogs and craft websites. I thought it seemed  like a lot of work and I just wanted to trace a pattern with a marker and cut the felt over the marker lines. But when I made the wine glass ornaments I couldn't get the stem cut perfectly and neatly so I decided to try the cutting tips.

Supplies:

freezer paper

sharp pencil

pattern

felt

iron

ironing board

fabric cutting scissors



Freezer paper can be purchased at most grocery stores and Target.


Place the freezer paper with the shiny side down.  Trace a cookie cutter, cardboard pattern with a sharp pencil. If you have a pattern printed from the internet simply place it underneath the freezer paper it can be easily traced.




Cut the patterns out.


 Decide what color felt to iron the pattern.


Iron the pattern onto the felt with the shiny side face down.


Using your sharpest fabric scissors cut out the patterns. I bought my fabric scissors at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. The freezer paper stiffens the felt and makes it easy to cut neatly.


Then pull off the freezer paper and you have a perfect piece of felt. So easy- I can't believe that I resisted using this process years ago!

I craft with felt a lot and this procedure has been life changing!






Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Felt Wine Glass Ornament




Red or white? I actually bought some pink sequins and plan on making some more in a few weeks.

Supply List:

Felt in gray, red and cream

Embroidery thread in gray, red and cream

Embroidery needle

5mm silver bugle beads

Clear and red sequins

Cotton balls for stuffing

Thin white or silver ribbon

Scissors

Pattern on Swoodsonsays.com



Cut 2 gray felt glasses for each ornament.  In order to cut felt I trace the pattern onto freezer paper. If you want to use this method - simply google cutting felt and you will get the step by step directions.


Cut red and cream half moon shapes. Cut one for each ornament.


Sew red and cream sequins onto each half moon. I found sewing the sequins oddly relaxing.


On the website where I found this idea - they actually sewed a small seed bead on top of the sequin. I choose to omit this step.


Using a blanket stitch sew the sequin half moon shapes onto the gray felt. And sew the glass with silver bugle beads.


I am a red wine drinker. But I think the white wine ornament is really pretty and understated.


Once the sequin piece is sewn on and the bugle beads sewn around the glass - they can be sewn to the bottom piece.


Tack a ribbon loop to the bottom piece before sewing the two pieces together.


Before sewing the two pieces shut with a blanket stitch stuff them with stretched out cotton balls.

These would be awesome party favors for a wine tasting party. They would also look nice looped around a bottle of wine that you are bringing as a hostess gift.

A set of six would also be a nice Christmas gift for your wine loving friends.





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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lucky Penny Shamrocks for Meals on Wheels


This was a really easy project. I bought some glitter shamrocks at Micheal's last week.


Then I simply hot glued a penny onto the front of the glitter shamrock. I put the shamrock lucky pennies into little cellophane bags.


I used these gold-lined labels to write "Happy SaintPatrick's Day - Here is a Lucky Penny."

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mini Heart Strawberry Pies



Today I made some miniature strawberry heart pies.  I love them - they scream Happy Valentine's Day!


They were super easy to make because I used store-bought pie dough.

Ingredients:

store-bought pie dough 

strawberry jam

1 egg

tablespoon of milk

granulated sugar

Directions:

The store-bought pie-dough comes with two rolls of pie dough in each box.  Bring the pie dough to room temperature and roll the dough a little thinner on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 12 hearts.


Put a tablespoon of strawberry jam in the middle of each heart. Note: in the above picture I used a Silpat but parchment paper would also work in a pinch.


Roll out the second piece of pie dough with the rolling pin and cut out 12 more hearts. Place them on top of the jam hearts. Using the blunt end of a skewer punch little holes around the hearts.

Put the cookie sheet with the hearts into the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Meanwhile combine and egg with milk in a small bowl.

Once the oven is ready take the cookie sheet out of the fridge and brush the egg mixture over each heart. Sprinkle with a small amount of sugar.


Bake for 10-12 minutes until the hearts are golden brown.


Serve with a little vanilla ice cream! Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Preparing to Substitute Teach First Grade

I am preparing to substitute teach first grade .



I have these cute little  fuzzy coloring "Did you think to Pray?" Because I like to talk a little bit about prayer in every class that I teach.

This week I am planning on giving the kids a little handmade rosary and we are going to pray a decade.


We are also going to learn a little about Saint Valentine this week.


In honor of Saint Valentine I made  the kids these heart lollipops out of melted candy canes. I think they will really like them!


For snack time we are going to have heart shaped brownies - drizzled with red tinted chocolate.


Another take home treat is a mini Hershey bar with a scripture label.


First graders love the color - this week I found a lot of coloring sheets with heart and love themes.


They color so beautifully.  And the coloring keeps them busy and occupied. It is difficult to be a substitute teacher.


This first grade class was adorable. I hope they have a wonderful Valentine's Day! 



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Felt Envelope For Valentine Gift Cards


I started making little Valentine felt envelopes for gift cards. They are so easy and fun to make.

Supply List:

felt in pink and red

contrasting embroidery thread

needle

scissors

ruler

buttons 

Directions:

Cut a piece of felt into a rectangle. I cut mine into 8" x 4" and 10" x 4".


Fold the felt rectangle in half and cut the top into a point.


Now the envelope can be folded into thirds.


 Stitch the bottom with a running stitch.


Fold the bottom up about one third and start stitching around the edge, bottom, sides and all the way up over the point with a running stitch. Sew a button over the point.


If you don't have any buttons - a felt heart can be sewn over the point.


On the above envelopes I forgot to sew the bottom - but the envlopes work the same.


I am planning on making these little felt gift card envelopes for birthdays and other holidays. 


These little envelopes can be used for gift cards, love notes or a sweet candy treat. Happy Valentine's Day!