Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Paper Doily Tree Ornaments


I am not sure whether playing around with the doilies or PicMonkey I enjoyed most !  

Just a few ideas which you can use to make easy Tree Ornaments - the fold is the same - only the decorations differ.  {Next on my list will be doily trees with ribbon ... I think, and also some 3D's}.

All of the pictures are self-explanatory, so you do not have to read much !  


After you have done this - go crazy !! Add whatever you like ...


Round Golden Rhinestones


Different shapes Silver/Red & Blue Rhinestones


NB - I made the above with small, broken and one medium mosaics - one doily is not strong enough to let it hang nicely - you will need about 4 doilies {stacked, then folded and decorated}


Same with the above - also use about 4 doilies ...Medium size mirror drop mosaic with smaller mirror and blue mosaics 


This one would be fine using two doilies as most of the mosaics are more to the center {all depends on how and where you place them}


I used two very light plastic decorations here


This one is my favorite as it started with me playing around with an old doily and accidentally dropped one of these plastic decorations on top ... Voila! an idea was born.
{One doily is enough to hold it's shape}


There you have it ... my one bright idea for the day !

Enjoy!


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Passage Table Decorations



Today I am sharing with you a tiny piece of my passage, to be more specific, the small table between the bedroom doors of my kids.

Normally I have a gold statue of a Buddha, a tall maroonish color candle holder and a framed photo of the kids when Dimitri was less than 2 years old - feeding Cheri, about 2 weeks old, displayed on this table.

Above the table {see insert in the next pic}, hangs a canvas with a quote, which I love every word of - I bought this some years ago from a craft market.


I do believe they have taken the words of this quote to heart as they are very close!  Do not get me wrong... my kids can fight worse than a cat and a dog, but I know they love one another and are very protective of each other.

I used a decorative silver felt table place mat, added a small Christmas basket, some gift-box tree decorations, silver fairy hair and battery-operated lights inside the cloche {the lights can blink on and off or not}. Then I added a simple golden ribbon bow to the top of the cloche.

The small Christmas tree was supposed to go into the cloche...but, that looked much too busy and I decided to place it next to the cloche with a single snow-flake decoration as well.

A note about the table - I do not really like standard wood furniture, but the moment I saw this at a second hand store, I fell in love with it {and it only cost R 100 ! - that would be just over 10 US dollars} The table has a narrow drawer beneath the top, decorative legs to a lower top, with another narrow drawer, ending  with decorative feet.

Here is a photo when the lights are switched off:


I actually like this, and I am not really into home decor - especially putting colors together !

What do you think - fitting for a passage ? , which is one of the most used areas in the house... our house anyway...

Enjoy decorating your own home and do share with us !


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pizza Bolognaise



We love Spaghetti Bolognaise, but I felt like a change from the normal recipe and especially the spaghetti.

Since the kids do their own thing over weekends, I am struggling a bit to come up with dinners for two. I know most recipes can easily be halved, but if it is only the two of us, I do not want to cook for hours in an already hot kitchen.

Roy is also, like me, happy to try out new foods, unlike the kids who like their normal food .. Dimitri even told me the other day that I should just make whatever I have been making over the years, and not surprise them suddenly with some outlandish dinner on their plates. {Which by the way, they usually enjoy and ask me to make again!}Kids..!!  I do not think I was ever like that, I ate what I was given and was thankful for it.

Anyhow, I used Frozen Pizza Bases but feel free to make your own recipe from scratch...

Pizza Bolognaise

{topping is enough for 3 large Pizzas}

Frozen Pizza Bases or make your own recipe
Oil, to fry
1 Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
500g Ground Beef {Mince}
Salt & Pepper, to taste
3 TB Tomato Paste
1 t Sugar
2 t Paprika
Pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 t dried Origanum
Thick Tomato Sauce
Cheddar Cheese, grated - to top

1.) Pre-heat oven to 200 deg C (400 deg F) - Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
2.) Saute the Onion, Red and Green Bell Peppers in a little Oil until soft - add the Ground Beef and cook until done - season to taste with the Salt and Pepper.
3.) Add the Tomato Paste, Sugar, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper and Origanum to the meat mixture - stir well and simmer 3 - 5 minutes.
4.) Spread Tomato Sauce on the Pizza bases - place on the baking sheets - add meat mixture to each and sprinkle over Cheddar Cheese - bake 15 - 20 minutes until the bases are done and the Cheddar has melted.

Serve immediately - although if there are leftovers ...it is delicious cold as well!

Later,


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Cold X-MAS Fruit Dessert



I had a couple of requests from some of my South-African friends, readers and family for Christmas pudding recipes.  

At first, I wanted to make a proper Fruit Cake - the kind which you make weeks in advance and once a week it gets a good dose of Brandy/Whisky or Rum.  That is the favorite type in South-Africa, a baked Fruit Cake - with or without the liquor.

But, if I make something like that, it will only go to waste in our house as it will most probably be only Roy and myself.  

I have been wanting to make this particular dessert for some time now, and thought I will give it a try and share if it is good enough.... obviously it was good, as the recipe follows. {I made mine using Apple Juice but you can use White Wine}.

Cold X-MAS Fruit Dessert

{recipe makes 2 large desserts but can easily be halved} source: from HUISGENOOT Magazine by a reader some years ago.

1/2 cup Raisins, seedless
1/2 cup Mixed Citrus Peel
1 cup Glace Cherries
2 1/2 cups Water, divided
2 cups Apple Juice or White Wine
6 TB Gelatin, plain
1 1/2 cups luke warm Water
6 Extra-Large Eggs, separated
2 cups Sugar
Pinch Salt
2 cups Fresh Cream
2 t Vanilla Essence
1/2 cup Almond Flakes

1.) Place the Raisins, Citrus Peel and Cherries in a large pot - add 2 cups of the Water and the Apple Juice(or White Wine) - heat to just under boiling point, remove from heat and keep aside.
2.) Sprinkle the Gelatin over the remaining 1/2 cup Water until spongy - add to the luke warm water to dissolve completely - set aside.
3.) Beat together the Egg Yolks and the Sugar until light and creamy - add the Salt and Cream, stir to mix - place in a bowl over a pot with boiling water - stir all the time until the mixture thickens - remove and keep aside to cool - add the dissolved Gelatin to the Egg Yolk mixture - add the Fruit mixture in step 1 - stir to mix - chill until just starting to set.
4.) Once the mixture starts to set, beat the Egg Whites stiff and fold into the mixture - add the Vanilla and Almond Flakes - stir well.
5.) Pour the mixture into two molds (1.5 liter capacity each) - Chill 4 - 5 hours to set completely.

This can be made a day or two in advance.

Hope you will enjoy - it is especially delightful in our hot Christmas weather.

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Kid's Felt Cutlery Mat {no-sew}



Especially for Christmas!  This serves as a place card as well as a place where the kids can put down their dirty knives and forks, because we all know, kids do not like to place the dirties onto the plate.  No matter how many times you tell them, and when it is party/celebratory time, they have friends and out goes all the stuff you try to teach them every day.

It only takes a few minutes to make one, is cheap enough to throw away afterwards, so... go through with it - make some and you will not have to struggle with stains the day after ..{Right, I can not promise that, because even adults can get messy around a party table..}

I chose a Santa Boot as it is easy to draw and besides for the little "foot-piece", the mats are narrow enough not to take up too much space on the table.

The two different ones I made:


Only slight variations were made between these two {Guess who loved watching Heidi as a child..}


Cut your chosen shape with a decorative edge {I used my zig-zag scissors} out of felt - the names can be written on or if you do not have a nice handwriting, as in my case, use a stencil or be more creative and cut the letters or initials from felt as well - cut any other decorations from felt or ribbon and glue to the main shape using fabric glue.

This is 1st Grade stuff - get the kids involved to help you, and whilst you are at it, tell them the mats are specially made for them (or by them) to keep their cutlery in the right place, when not on the plate or in their hands. Kids like when something has their name on and are more likely to use it !

Be creative - make tall/narrow Christmas trees with some round or starry shapes glued on - and remember the child's name.

I bought a bunch of some felt, in various colors - expect some more crafts made out of felt soon again !

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Fluffy Feta Omelette




Light, fluffy and thick, that is what I call a great omelette.  The toppings/fillings are extra's to compliment the omelette, or do I have it the wrong way around?  

This is the first "thick" omelette I have had - you can see how nicely I sliced it into a wedge ... placed on a slice of toast and Voila - breakfast or a light dinner is served. Okay, we had some sausages on the side as well... how often do you hear that "...the meat was on the side..."?

If you are not a fan of Feta, try your own topping, easy as that!

Fluffy Feta Omelette


{makes 1 Large Omelette - approx. 6 wedges, about 1/2 inch thick}

6 Extra-Large Eggs
1/4 cup Water
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 TB Butter
1/2 TB Oil
Feta Cheese, cubed - handful or more
Fresh Parsley, chopped

1.) Switch on the top grill of your oven.
2.) Whisk together the Eggs and Water - season with Salt & Pepper.
3.) Melt the Butter in a large (oven-proof) pan and add the Oil - stir to mix - add the beaten Egg mixture, cook over low heat, do not stir much.
4.) As soon as the center of the omelette start to set, remove from the stove - add the cubed Feta.
5.) Place the pan under the oven grill until the Feta start to soften {the omelette will puff up}- remove from the oven and garnish with the chopped Parsley.

Serve immediately and enjoy!


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Edible Mini X-MAS Trees



Christmas Trees to eat !!  These would make such cute and adorable center pieces at the kids' Christmas table - that is, if your kids have their own table ... if not, they are just fine for the adult table as well, don't you think?

As soon as I saw this idea in a magazine, I wanted to make them, so.. I made the three larger ones using standard size ice-cream cones and then I found some mini cones in my freezer as well.. they might even be cuter than the larger trees!

This is what I used :



Standard ice-cream cones
Mini cones
A variety of soft candy
Melting chocolate
Sprinkles and other cake decorations
Edible glitter

See how easy this was to make:

Standard size cones; Melt the chocolate and cover the cones - starting from the bottom, stick the candy to the chocolate {if the chocolate is still a bit runny.. hold the candy in place for 30 - 40 seconds} - round-round to the top. Sprinkle with edible glitter and chill a few minutes to set.

Mini cones; I rolled these in the melted chocolate and lightly sprinkled them with all sorts of cake decorations, chill to set.

Easy !

***A great idea which I did not do {as my kids are grown-ups and no grandkids, yet..} is to place a small toy or lolly pop inside the larger cones, use icing to "glue" the bottom to a round cookie and then start with the tree.  The mini cones can have a small piece of paper with a joke or game inside,.. or even filled with caramel or mini marshmallows and closed the same way with icing and cookies. ***

Do you like them?  Do your kids have their own table at Christmas or any other occasions?

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

X-Mas Place Card Holders


I made some Place Card Holders which is a little different than the standard triangle cards found on tables.  These are just ideas which jumped into my head this morning and of course I started making them immediately, well, I had an idea for one of them but the other two followed soon after ...

Christmas season must be the best time to let one's creative juices flow.  And did you notice all the cool stuff you can do during this time on PicMonkey ?  I can play around with photos for hours without end {please do expect some overly decorated pictures from me for the next few weeks!}

Clothes Peg Card Holder


SUPPLIES FOR THE ABOVE:



Here I have used 5 pegs - painted them with gold craft paint - glued them together to more or less simulate a little Christmas Tree -  glued the miniature peg, with the name card, to the top and some silver rhinestones here and there. I used my glitter glue-pens to "draw" streamers.


Ice-Cream Stick Holder 


SUPPLIES FOR THE ABOVE :



I have used four ice-cream sticks - painted them with silver craft paint - glued them together.  I then pasted some glue all over the tops of the sticks and loosely stuck tiny white pearl beads on as well as four red rhinestones.  In the center I added a blob of red glitter glue {used the glue-pen here} and lastly glued the name card to the top.

Beading Wire Holder


SUPPLIES FOR THE ABOVE:


I used memory wire {because it keeps the round shape and it was exactly the size I wanted} as the base "ring" to which I twisted and turned 0.4mm beading wire around all the way. Once, without adding the blue starry beads and the second time I added some blue starry beads at regular intervals {just slipped them through the beading wire as I did the twisting}. More beading wire was used to loop through the heart shaped name card and twisted to close at the bottom.  I twisted the top piece of wire a couple of times around the base "ring" and then used it to attach an earring hoop to, also ending with twisting the wire around itself.


And that's it !

In the weeks to come I will post a lot of Christmas crafts, recipes, ideas etc.  {Just warning you ahead of time - big whink here}. 

Ciao for now - keep crafting....Christmas is right around the corner...........


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Island De-Luxe Dessert



Trifle ..??  No, way, not even close - not to my taste buds anyway. Delicious, oh yes!

This is such an easy and simple recipe... hard to believe it is so good.  It does remind one of a trifle, but besides the Swiss Roll pieces and fruit, that is where the similarity ends.

I made individual servings in fairly large glasses.  You can make one big dessert or 6 - 8 medium sized individuals.

Island De-Luxe Dessert


source: EENSKOTTELTREFFERS recipe book {slightly adapted by me}

1 Ready-made Swiss Roll, cut into slices{one large dessert}pieces {individuals}
1 can (397g) Sweetened Condensed Milk
250g Cottage Cheese, smooth-plain
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 cup Apricot Yoghurt
1 can (410g) Peach slices, drained

1.) Place the Swiss Roll slices or pieces at the bottom of your dish.
2.) Beat together the Condensed Milk, Cottage Cheese, Lemon Juice and Apricot Yoghurt until smooth and thicker - spoon over the Swiss Roll slices/pieces.
3.) Chill for 1 - 2 hours in the refrigerator.
4.) Arrange the peach Slices on top and serve.

A Quick and easy delicious dessert!

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Bacon & Rice + + Oven Bake



Weird name, I know !  But have a look at the photo... and the ingredients... Well, hence the + + in the dish's name - this is the first time I got stuck on naming a self-thought-up recipe.

I think it is much easier when making a dish, which has a name ... think, Spaghetti Bolognaise or Lasagna - easy right?  Okay, enough about the name.

This was awesomely delicious !  Even if I have to say it myself {whink}, and all of the family agreed.  There were no leftovers and all the plates were empty - now, that is something that can make me truly happy.

Before we get to the recipe :


Out of the oven and ready to be dished up !

Bacon & Rice + + Oven Bake


Oil, to fry
1 Large Onion, chopped
250g Bacon Bits
500g Ground Beef {Mince}  - Extra-Lean
Salt & Black Pepper
1 cup Rice, raw
250g Mushrooms, sliced
1 can (410g) Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup Water
1 can (410g) Beans in Tomato Sauce

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a large oven dish, with a lid, with Spray 'N Cook.
2.) Using a little Oil, saute the Onion until almost soft, add the Bacon Bits and stir-fry until done - place the mixture in the bottom of the prepared oven dish.
3.) Fry the Ground Beef, using the same pan, until done - season lightly with Salt and Black Pepper - add to the Bacon mixture in the oven dish and stir to mix it all.
4.) Sprinkle the raw Rice over the meat mixture, followed by the sliced Mushrooms.
5.) Mix the Mushroom Soup with the Water and pour over the Mushrooms - lastly add the can of Beans in Tomato Sauce on top.
6.) Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour until the Rice is cooked.

Serve with Garlic Bread and Salads.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did !

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mixed Media Brick Doorstop



I made this doorstop when I just started getting interested in crafting a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately, I do not have a step-by-step tutorial for you, as at the time I made this, blogging about this some day never even entered my mind !

It is actually very straightforward - when using Mixed Media, the possibilities are endless.  You can use just about anything you like.

Everything I have used (except the standard building brick) is available at large craft stores, especially stores specialising in mosaic tiles for crafting.

When I made this doorstop, I first used small square mirror tiles and glued {any strong glue - mirror silicone, wood glue or extra strength Bostik} my chosen word, which was LOVE, in the center of the brick.

Then, starting from the outer edges I adhered larger mosaic tiles - to the top {the doorstop is now on its side}, and all four sides.  Use tile grouting to fill the spaces in between the tiles as well as the far outer edges. This can be painted but I opted for the light grey natural shade of the grouting.

I applied glue to all the open areas - filled them with green glass sand and three cute little flowers, making sure to press everything into the glue and added a dash of glue here and there where extra were needed.

Lastly  :  IMPORTANT - I have laminated floors therefore I cut and glued a piece of felt to the same size as the bottom of the brick, now we just use our feet to shift the doorstop into place without scratching the floor!

Although I have used a standard size building brick, you can use a half size or even a stepping stone which is available at most gardening stores as well as building supply stores.

I have made stepping stones using mosaic tiles as well... I placed one or two in pot plants outside, where the sun's rays bounces off lovely.

Seeing as it is our gardening season, I will be making some more and share them with you - this time step-by-step.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Coffee Cottage Cheese Triangle




This is perfect for any celebration or even as an everyday dessert.  It can be served chilled or frozen, but I prefer it chilled.

I always had a bit of a fear in assembling triangles, but this is extremely easy. It took me, to assemble, just over 10 minutes!

Use a good brand Lady Fingers as some of the cheaper brands does not absorb liquids as it should, and that is exactly what we want here - a biscuit which gets dunked, in-and-out quickly, absorbs some of the moisture, but does not go soggy immediately.

Coffee Cottage Cheese Triangle

{12 - 15 servings}

1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Egg, beaten
1 t Coffee Powder mixed with 2 t Boiling water, cooled
250g Cottage Cheese, plain - smooth
1 cup Milk
2 t Vanilla Extract
45 Lady Fingers {I used 2 packets of 125g each}
200g Brown Milk Chocolate
White Chocolate, optional - to decorate

1.) Beat the Butter until light and fluffy - add the Sugar and Egg, keep beating until smooth.
2.) Mix the Coffee mixture with the Cottage Cheese and add to the Butter mixture - fold in gentle - chill until a little firmer.
3.) Combine the Milk and Vanilla - dip each Lady Finger into this mixture as you assemble the triangle:

  

    1 - Place 5 biscuits in 3 rows as above on a large sheet of aluminium foil 
         {plus extra to cover the triangle when done assembling}
    2 - Spread some of the Cottage Cheese mixture over the biscuits
    3 - Now, place 4 biscuits in 3 rows on top
    4 - Spread some Cottage Cheese mixture
    5 - 3 biscuits in 3 rows
    6 - Spread some Cottage Cheese mixture
    7 - 2 biscuits in 3 rows
    8 - Spread the remaining Cottage Cheese mixture over and into the open sides {if any}
    9 - Top with 1 biscuit in 3 rows
  10 - Fold the aluminium foil from the bottom up over the triangle, pressing gently into a well-formed triangle
  11 - Chill for 30 minutes in the freezer compartment - remove and open the aluminium foil
  12 - You will now have a half-frozen triangle - do not worry if it is not too smooth - the chocolate must still be spread over...

4.) Melt the Brown Milk Chocolate and using the back of a table spoon, spread it over the sides and top of the triangle - place back in the freezer compartment for a couple of minutes.
5.) If using - Melt the White Chocolate and drizzle over the cold dessert.
6.) Either place back in the freezer {if you want frozen} or chill until firm.

Remove the aluminium foil and transfer, carefully, to a serving dish - cut into slices.

Enjoy!

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Beef Chow Mein & Sour Sauce



I can not seem to find any dinner-time motivation this week.... I blame it all on this heat we are having at the moment.  

If I had my way, we would eat cold meats and salads all Spring and Summer, but somehow, I do not think the rest of the family would feel that way!

It is at times like these, when my brain cells are too fried to think that I look up Ms Annette Human's recipes.. told you I am a cookbook freak and she is one of my favorite authors.{I think I mentioned this about a 100 times before ...}

This recipe comes from the cookbook - SPYSKAARTE VIR ELKE SEISOEN.  I have made it before, but without the sour sauce, this time I made the sauce and boy!..  did that make a difference!!

Beef Chow Mein & Sour Sauce

{make the sauce first - it should be served cold or only just warm}

SOUR SAUCE:

1 cup Water
1 Egg
4 TB Sugar
1/2 t Salt
4 TB Corn Flour
1/2 cup White Vinegar
1/2 cup Mayonnaise

1.) Whisk together the Water, Egg, Sugar and Salt - pour into a small pot over low heat.
2.) Mix the Corn Flour and the Vinegar - add to the Water mixture - bring to the boil, stirring continuously until thick - remove from heat and add the Mayonnaise, stir to combine, leave to cool.

BEEF CHOW MEIN

3 TB Soya Sauce
1 TB Worcestershire Sauce
1 TB Soft Brown Sugar
1/4 t Ground Ginger

750g Beef, cut into thin strips
Oil, to fry
3 Onions, sliced into rings
3 Carrots, cut into julienne strips
3 cups Cabbage, sliced thinly
1 can (410g) Green Beans, French cut
1 t Salt
1/2 t Freshly Ground Black Pepper

500g Spaghettini, cooked according to the instructions on the bag.

1.) Combine the Soya Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar and Ginger - place the Beef strips into a marinating container and pour the Soya Sauce mixture over - marinate for at least 1 hour.
2.) Heat a little Oil in a wok or large pan - stir-fry the meat in batches until done - remove from pan and keep aside - add the Onions to the pan and saute until soft - remove from pan and add to the beef which is being kept aside.
3.) Add more Oil if necessary and stir-fry the Carrots for 2 -3 minutes - add the Cabbage, stir-fry until soft.
4.) Drain the Green Beans and add to the pan together with the meat and Onions - heat through.
5.) Season with Salt & Black Pepper.

Serve on a bed of Spaghettini with the Sour Sauce on the side.

Hope you enjoy!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dainty Butterfly Bath Fizzies



A week or two ago, I made some Fizzy Bath Bombs, which surprisingly worked out 100% the first time.  

I thought I will make some more today, using a different mold... Butterflies!  They turned our really cute, despite for my ongoing wannabe-Picasso efforts.

I used a Butterfly mold which is normally used for chocolate making, and found mine at our local baking supply store. Some craft stores also carry these types of molds.

You can use any mold you like, large and deep or small and shallow.  Most important to remember - do not let the mixture get too wet, even a drop or two too much water makes a difference {then it will only fizzzz away!}. I used the same recipe which I used for the Cupcake and Cellphone shapes, but was a little worried as these are so thin - they turned out to be about 5mm thick.

For some reason, though, this time the mixture did end up more moist than the previous batch {it could be the heat we are having..}, but, anyhow, I added more Corn Starch and Citric Acid until it felt like, only just wet sand again - and it was perfect afterwards... still fizzy.

I am not going to send you backwards and forwards for the recipe, but if you would like to have a look at the Cupcake and Cellphone shapes click HERE otherwise follow the recipe below:

1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid Crystals
1/2 cup Corn Starch
1/2 t Water {plus a little extra}
2 TB Almond Oil {you can use sunflower oil as well}
Few drops Essential Oil - quantity and scent to your liking {keep in mind this stuff is strong}
Few drops Food Coloring - again, your choice
1 t Borax

-  Mix the Baking Soda, Citric Acid and Corn Starch in a medium bowl.
- In a separate, small, bowl, mix the Water, Almond Oil, Essential Oil and Food Coloring* until combined - add the Borax and stir through.
- Add the Oil mixture in a thin stream, whilst stirring all the time, to the Baking Soda mixture.
- Use your hands to really get it all mixed up, it should feel like wet sand and able to hold together - if not, add a drop or two Water to the mixture - not more than a drop at a time, it will make it fizz away if you use too much at once.
- The mixture is now ready to be packed TIGHTLY into your mold - make sure to press it into all corners etc.
- Leave to harden at least 12 hours or overnight, do not remove it too soon - it WILL crumble away, wait, and you will have rock hard bombs.

- Decorate as you wish : I used Food Coloring Markers to decorate the Butterflies - see below:


Hope you enjoy making your own Bath Fizzies  !!

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Texture & Glitter Tree Ornaments



This is a great craft which kids will enjoy as much as adults.  Craft Texture is almost the same as Plaster of Paris, apply, leave a while and it will go rock hard, in the way you have sculpted it of course.

If you have never heard of it before, Texture looks like something between clay and stiff whipped cream .. that is the best way I can describe it. It is available at craft stores and is ready mixed (mine has already lasted two years, as long as it is kept in a sealed container).  I have used it before on candles and other mixed media crafts.


You need the following:

1.) Craft Paints - I used Metallic Gold and Silver and Standard Red
     Small Stencils
     Craft Texture - use small kebab sticks and ice-cream sticks
2.) Carton Shapes - the thicker, the better as the Texture become heavy on ordinary paper

Apply the Texture:

3.) I made little dots on the tree
4.) On the star, I traced the shape of a small tree, applied texture both there and on the edges of the star

Once the Texture dries:

I painted the tree's little dots using the silver, gold and red and lightly dusted over silver glitter while it was still wet.

The small tree as well as the edges of the star, I painted silver.


I used a glitter glue-pen and added a little extra bling (a fairly thick stream) to both the star's edges and the little tree.  The "streamers" on the tree was also done using the glue-pen.


Lastly I punched a hole into the bottom of the star and added some {plastic*} pearls and beads threaded with some beading wire. {plastic* - so as not to weigh down the ornament too much}

***The above picture shows the best result I could get with my camera, by using Texture, Paint and Glue-Glitter***


Punch a hole into the tops of the ornaments, add ribbon or string and hang ! {Preferably on a tree, but we do not have one yet...}

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