Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Toddler Stamps with Recycled Wine Corks










































Create these DIY stamps, for preschool aged kids, using recycled wine corks. The cork handle makes it easy for little toddler hands to grasp the stamps when painting. We love finger paint crafts in our house, so these stamps were a hit!

This project comes after our first visit to Marbles Kid museum. It's a "playseum" geared toward preschool and elementary aged kids, with educational and hands on exhibits. My daughter and I, had the best time!  She especially enjoyed the arts & crafts area. (takes after her mama) They had a stamp set there that she loved! The stamps had handles so her littler hands could easily hold on to, something I have yet to find in stores.  (Aside from this, Melissa and Doug Stamp Set, that I was about to purchase)



My favorite corks to use for this are those from sparkling wine, they make the best handles! Just a little hot glue on the end of the cork and press firmly on the back of a foam stamp, until cooled.

   
If you are a wine drinker, or know someone else who is, ask them to save the corks for you. Being a Wine Shop at Home consultant allows me to stockpile some wine corks for fun little projects like this! So I will have plenty for future crafts too.

Just a disclaimer- avoid using cork that is damaged or crumbling, to prevent small pieces from breaking off and posing a choking hazard. Always carefully inspect the corks before each use and watch children carefully when using them, along with other small parts, do not leave unattended.

Here are some of my favorite Wine cork projects that some others have done .
Bath mat- CraftyNest
http://www.craftynest.com/2010/03/wine-cork-bath-mat/


http://www.twotwentyone.net/ Candle holder- TwoTwentyOne
 
 
http://yarnigras.blogspot.com/2011/07/ironcraft-28-and-recipe.html
Canape knife- YarniGras
 
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Homemade Slow Cooker Pot Roast Seasoning Without Onion Soup Mix

 
Bone stickin', savory & simple, pot roast in the crock pot using homemade seasoning instead of onion soup mix. Quick and easy! In the midst of the sleet and ice of Winter storm Pax, and making my hardy, slow cooker roast, it occurred to me that I forgot to get onion soup mix. Handy in the kitchen, I whipped up a mean homemade version this beloved meal. A few hours later the results from this experiment were collected....conclusion, better then the onion soup recipe! I think I may have a new way of making an old favorite in our house. Sharing!

Homemade Pot Roast Seasoning:
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Thyme
2 Beef Bouillon cubes, crushed
3 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (10 oz) can of Condensed cream of chicken soup (you can also use cream of mushroom)
2 Tablespoon Butter, quartered

I use the following in my roast:
3 lb Chuck Roast
1 lb bag of Carrots
1/4 med. Red Onion, sliced
5 ribs of Celery, sliced
1 large Rutabaga, cubed
8-10 small Red Skin Potatoes, halved


Place roast in crock pot. Mix the spices and rub onto meat. Drizzle with Worcestershire sauce. Pour cream of chicken soup on and around the meat. Add the vegetables on top. Place the pats of butter on top of the vegetables, spread out evenly. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or high 3-4.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Make This Precious Finger Print Heart Necklace

It's almost Valentines day and what could be sweeter than this finger print heart necklace? It is another quick and simple project from Little Once Boutique. Preserve sentimental art, or pressed flowers from a special occasion, into something wearable, unique, and priceless!

Materials:
Jewelry resin or clear coat 
Mod Podge
Resin Pendants
Paint Brush
Decorative Paper
Paint
Toothpick (optional)


For the finger print heart, acrylic paint works well, however, you may also use water color. Just be sure to make several hearts so you can pick your favorite and have extras in case of mistakes later on. I dated and saved the unused prints for another project, or just to have.
 

 Once your art piece is dry and ready, use your pendant as a stencil and cut out your art. Make sure your art is centered and be careful not to cut too much off the border. Check your art to see it properly fits inside the pendant before the next step.




Use your paint brush to paint a thin coating of Mod Podge on the inside of your pendant setting. Place the art inside, smoothing out the edges and corners. You may wish to gently use a toothpick for this. Set aside to dry for about 15-20 minutes.


Add two more coats of Mod
Podge over top of the artwork, allowing time to dry in between coats. This step is important because it will preserve the colors in both the paper and the artwork by sealing them. It will also serve to keep everything in place for the next step.




Once completely dry, add your clear coat or jewelry resin, whichever you prefer to use. (I used Crystal Coat Glaze, $4.99 at Hobby Lobby) At first, the coat will look milky and semi transparent, but after a few hours up to a day or two (depending on the brand) it will cure into a clear, hard finish.

There are limitless options for this project. Cut up little doodles from your childs' artwork, preserve little seashells from a family vacation, you can even a\use a photograph in your pendant!


Pressed flower art. (from the first flowers my daughter ever picked for me.)

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