Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Felt Cookie Cutter Ornaments
By: Melba Rhodes for Buggalcrafts
There are tons of crafts to make using cookie cutters, like these Felt Cookie Cutter Ornaments! These cute felt ornaments can be made with a sewing machine or a glue gun...whichever technique you prefer. These would be cute on packages, too!
- Fabric or Felt
- Cotton or fiberfill or quilt batting
- Trims: lace, rick-rack, ribbon, yarn, etc.
- Embellishments: buttons, beads, etc.
- Large cookie cutters
- Sewing machine or needle & thread (if sewing)
- Thread (if sewing)
- Fabric glue (if gluing)
- Paper clips (if gluing)
- Trace each cookie cutter onto newsprint to make a pattern.
- Double the fabric with the patterned side on the outside for both sides and then pin the pattern to holiday fabric (such as a Christmas calico) or felt so that you cut out two matching pieces for each shape.
- With the right (patterned) sides together, sew each ornament by hand or machine, leaving a small space open for turning. If gluing, apply a line of fabric glue around the wrong side edge of the bottom shape.
- Turn ornament right side out.
- Stuff lightly with cotton or fiberfill.
- Hand-stitch the opening closed.
- Cut several slightly smaller shapes from the batting (make a copy of the pattern and then trim it down about 3/4ths of an inch. Also cut several squares of batting that fit in the center of the batting shapes to give a little more dimension to the ornament.
- Lay quilt batting in the center of the shape. Or place a ball of cotton or fiberfill in the center of the shape.
- Decorate with felt shapes, buttons, ribbon, rick rack or lace as desired.
- Sew a yarn, ribbon or string loop at the top of each ornament and it's ready to hang on the Christmas tree.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Large Clay Pot Rabbit
- Two 4.5" clay pots
- 3" wooden ball
- 6" straw hat
- White felt square
- White fun foam or large heart wood shapes
- Two 3/4" white pom-poms
- 1/4 yd. Fabric of choice
- Pkg. white Ric-Rac
- Assorted buttons
- Small fruit or vegetable picks
- Garden tool
- Permanent Marker Pen
- E6000 and Tacky Glue
Base paint white from rim to bottom of one large clay pot. Base paint wooden ball white. Paint rim of white pot color to match fabric chosen. Glue unfinished clay pot on top of painted pot matching rims. Glue wooden ball to top of upper pot. Cut fabric so it fits around large pots from first below glued line and extending about 1/2" up head for stand-up collar look. GLue in back overlapping fabric slightly. Add ric-rac at neck crossing with small tails in front. Cut sleeves out of fabric (2 pieces - approx. 2" wide x 5 1/2" long.) Make circle overlapping slightly and glue making strips 1" x 5 1/2". Stuff slightly with extra fabric or fiber fill making glued seam center back. Turn down top end and glue on side for arm. Repeat for other arm. Overlap ends of strip arms and glue. Glue small pom-poms for hands onto strip. Glue vegetables, fruits or flowers on back of arms like they are being held. Glue on garden tool to make it appear as if it is being held as well. Glue hat onto head. Cut out ear shapes and glue to hat so that they hang down. Paint eyes and cheeks on face. Draw in whisker lines and mouth. Draw line down front of hat from the colored rim to the bottom to form the look of a leg. Glue large wooden heart on bottom for feet or cut similar shape for feet out of fun foam.
Monday, August 27, 2012
The best laid plans. Athens is a bit larger, a bit closer and he didn't want to drive back to Madisdonville. So we go to Athen's Wal-mart. I ended up buying more material. Osenburg, muslin and some other cotton. I hope to make a new shift from the cotton. Use the muslin to make the first jumper, to check for fit and adjust the pattern to fit me. and the Osenburg, I want to make Jerry a hunters shirt circa 1700's. Anyway. Athens does not have the computer Jerry wanted. I ended up sitting by the door for about 45 minutes waiting for him to have costomer Service call the Cleveland store. They were on hold for 30 minutes. When the store Manager found out, he called his wife who is at the Cleveland Store (working) and asked her to take her phone to the department where computers are sold. Well, at least we found out that Cleveland has the computer Jerry wants. So now. we are off to Cleveland. Yeah, I went to the fabric department but decided I better not buy any more fabric until I get what I have made into things. Jerry got his computer and it was time to eat dinner. We ate at Denny's. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Denny's. I refuse to go back to the one in North Kansas City. and it's been years since I was in that one. The one in Virginia was ok, but not all that friendly when we were then in 1999. So I was a bit leary of going, but there have been a lot of ads on the TV and Jerry said we would try it. Really, it's a bit pricey for a burger and fries but they were good. We were the third table in there. Not busy at all. Jerry orderes their Fried Pancake puppy's. Not the strawberry ones but the plain ones. He was brought the strawberry ones. While we were there, a pickup order was messed up. and like I said. They were not really busy. But it was relaxed and not stressed out like the other two felt like when we had gone to those. I'm sure that they staff enjoyed the strawberry pancake puppy's that were made.
We did watch Ice Road Truckers last night. But that made it a late night since it didn't go off until 11 pm.
Make a Picture Candle for Christmas, and Surround it With Fluffy SnowJust before Christmas, my mother would bring out the box of "picture candles" from the big box of decorations in the attic. With the flames lit, the familiar holiday images would dance in the soft candle light.
You can create your own treasures with this simple candle-making technique. We also have a creative variation - a bed of fluffy whipped-wax "snow!"
- Vintage image (PDF download).
- Vellum printer paper.
- Short pillar candle, white or cream.
- Paraffin wax (1 lb.).
- Thick craft glue or decoupage medium.
- Aluminum foil.
- Pyrex or metal wax container, large enough to dip the candle into
- Cooking pot, large enough to hold the wax container and some water.
- Stove or some other controlled blaze.
Preparation: Remember "mass displacement" in science class? Before you start this project, make sure you have the right size wax container and the right amount of melted wax to immerse your candle. Put your candle in the wax container. Hold it down and add water until the pillar is just covered.Remove the pillar and mark the water level on the container. Pour out the water and dry everything.When you melt your paraffin, make sure it just reaches the marked level.
- Print your image on the vellum paper, and cut it out
- Glue the image in place on the candle (see Tips). Let it dry.
- Put a few inches of water in your pot, place your wax container in the water, and put the paraffin in your container. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the wax melts (about 15 minutes).
- Hold the candle by the wick (you may want to use pliers) and dip it straight down into the hot wax. Lift it out after a few seconds and let it dry. You can dip it a second time if you wish, but the image will become more obscured with each dip. Let it cool for an hour before lighting it.
Variation with Whipped Wax Snow
Whipped wax is the coolest stuff. It is also among the messiest, so fair warning. To give your candle a bed of "snow," gather together:
- Electric hand mixer - hopefully an old one you don't treasure.
- Pyrex or metal bowl.
- Forks or spoons for manipulating the whipped wax.
- Dropcloths, safety glasses, suit of armor.
- Place the candle on a piece of aluminum foil on a paper plate.
- Pour the melted wax (left over from your dipping) into a Pyrex or metal bowl. Let it cool for about 15 minutes, until the surface begins to solidify.
- With the mixer on low, begin beating the wax until it begins to thicken and froth. This will take as long as 15 minutes, but you don't need to mix constantly. Let it sit and cool for a few minutes now and then.
- When there is a layer of whipped wax about 1" thick on the top, begin to spoon it around your candle. It will be workable for only a few minutes, so shape it with a fork until you get it the way you like it. You can sprinkle lightly with glitter at this point, if you wish.
- Let it cool (or pop the paper plate in the refrigerator for a few minutes). Gently remove the aluminum foil. If you sprinkled with glitter, give it a quick spray with varnish to keep it in place.
- Vellum paper is translucent, and your printer needs to know that you are using it. When printing your image, be sure to set your printer's paper option or media type to "transparency". Your printer will adjust the color and inking accordingly.
- Short pillar candles (2.75" tall with 2.75" diameter) are easiest to work with because taller candles require a very tall container for the melted paraffin.
- You can find blocks of paraffin with the canning supplies at the grocery or hardware store. You can also buy it in quick-melting granular form at craft stores.
- The easiest way to attach the image to the candle is with thick craft glue. We tried the "paint on some hot wax" technique and the "burnish with the back of a hot spoon" technique, but really, just glue it on. Spread the glue evenly over the back of the paper with a brush. Cover it with a small piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (so it doesn't stick) and press it on for a minute until the glue sets.
- Whipping hot wax with an electric mixer will distribute little blobs of hot wax everywhere. Guard your eyes, cover everything and wear old clothes. Keep the mixer on "low".
- Don't put leftover wax down your garbage disposal. Keep it in a plastic container for your next project, or put it in the garbage. Your dishwasher should remove remnants of wax from pots, utensils and mixer beaters, but you will be better off using old or disposable things.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Add a soft glow to any room with this easy-to-create votive surround. Can you believe it's made from a placemat?
- Canvas placemat
- Sheer ribbon, 1/4" wide, 72" length: sage green, cream
- Glass votive candle holder
- Votive candle
- Paper (for punching guide), 8-1/2"x14"
cutting board, craft knife, scissors, stapler, pencil
- Floral stamps of choice
- Ink pads: soft pink, soft rose, soft celery, soft sage, crimson
- Silver embossing powder or very fine silver glitter
- Standard hole punch
- 1. To make punching guide, use pencil to mark hole placement on 8-1/2"x14" sheet of paper. Along each 8-1/2" side, mark 1/8" down from top and 3/4" from side edges. Continue marking holes evenly spaced (1" apart) for a total of nine holes. Mark holes along one 14" edge in same way. Punch holes.
- 2. Trace punching guide onto placemat; cut out. Holding guide and shade together as one, punch holes in shade.
- 3. Stamp four large two-step flowers randomly on shade with soft pink backgrounds and soft rose outlines.
- 4. Stamp random small two-step flowers in clusters around large flowers with soft rose backgrounds and crimson outlines. Stamp soft sage large and small stems close to appropriate flowers.
- 5. Stamp two or three large two-step leaves around large flowers with soft celery backgrounds and soft sage outlines. While ink is still wet, lightly sprinkle powder or glitter on leaves. In same way, stamp one or two small leaves around small flowers.
- 6. Place shade on cutting board. Use craft knife to carefully cut around each large leaf, leaving intact at inner points close to flowers.
- 7. To assemble the candle shade, roll shade into cylinder, overlapping edges 1/2"; staple to secure. (Note: Do not cover punch holes when stapling.)
- 8. Cut 48" lengths from ribbon. Holding ribbons together as one, insert through bottom holes and pull through until even. Lace back of shade in same way as shoe; leave ends trailing. Lace remaining ribbon lengths through holes in top of shade. Tie all ribbon ends into a bow.
- 9. Gently push cut-out leaves out to allow light to shine through shade. Place shade over lit candle in glass votive holder.
- 1. In homes with small children, use a flameless votive in place of the candle.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"
2-3 lb Chicken breast, cooked and boned
1 Cup Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 Cup white Rice, cooked
2 cans Cream of Chicken or Mushroom soup
1 Large Onion, chopped
1 Tube Ritz Crackers, crushed
1/2 stick Butter, melted
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Cans are often left over in the kitchen and it is always great to recycle them instead of throwing them away. This can is being used as a pencil holder. Paper napkin leaves adorn twine, giving it a natural look, which is perfect for the season.
For this project you will need: - small empty can Instructions: 1. First you need to wrap double sided tape around the entire surface of the can.
- strong wide double sided tape
- paper napkins with leaf motifs
- paper napkin glue or decoupage glue
- soft and flat paint brush
2. Take the twine and tightly wrap it around the can. Start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. Press the twine onto the tape while wrapping.
3. Once the entire can is covered, you will decorate it with the paper napkins.
4. Cut the leaf motifs separately out and remove all but the top napkin layers if it has more than 1 ply.
5. Brush paper napkin glue onto an area you wish to decorate. Then press the paper napkin gently onto this area. Gently brush more glue onto the leaf so that it adheres to the glue. Repeat this step until the can is decorated they way you wish.
Detail of the Pencil Holder
For this project you will need:
- small empty can
1. First you need to wrap double sided tape around the entire surface of the can.
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"
1 Cup finely chopped Onion
1/2 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
Left over Chili ( 1 small can if you don't have any left over Chili)
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"
1 Cup Frozen Peas, thawed
1 Cup cubed Ham
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Cheddare Cheese
Monday, August 20, 2012