Saturday, March 19, 2016

Easter treats

 I checked out Pinterest and found these two Easter treat ideas.  One using pretzels and the other using rice krispies.

The first one I make was the preztel flowers.  Square pretzels, white chocolate melts and pastel m&m candies.   

I put 12 pretzels on a mircowavable place and then set a candy melt on each.  I mircowaved for 55 seconds, just enough to soften the melts.

Once the melts were softened, place a center candy and then six around to make the flower.  It helps to sort the colors.  This isn't as easy as you think....steady hand helps.

Aren't these the cutest!

I placed three in each bag and tied a banner flag using some bakers twine. 

Second treat was a rice krispie treat with a Easter twist.  Four bowls = four colors.  On some recipes I found you can use Peeps, but I didn't have any so I used liquid food colors.  Melt the butter first and then add the  marshmallows.  I used the microwave but you can make this on the stove top.

Once you have the marshmallow/butter mixture I added the color.  Easy easy and sticky.

I doubled the recipe.  I used bread pans lined with foil.  Sprayed with vegetable oil and set the rice krispies in layers color by color.  Let cool.

Winston and Maximus stepped into the kitchen to see what was going on...

Using a serrated knife I cut into 1x1 inch pieces.

I decided to make them into to pops, so I stuck a popstick into each piece.  Easy easy.

Used the printing software to make my banner strips.

Love how it all turned out!

Sent out two boxes of these treats to family.  Also, have enough left over for a few friends and a Palm Sunday dinner dessert. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hawaii trip!

I'm heading to Hawaii next month to dog/house sit for my friends, Kate & Jennifer!  I'm going with my young friend Christine!  We're going to Honolulu and anywhere else from there!  I thought I better do my research so we can maximize our time.

Got two books at the used book store and they're full of lots of ideas of fun shit to do.  I can't wait!!

I've been making some little books for some of my trips.  The book asks "where I'm going", "what to pack", "what food i ate", "who i met", etc.....  I get an vintage postcard image off the Internet and then I use my vintage typewriter to type on notebook paper.  Cut it all down a quarter page size and put it all together with a ring.  So fun.

Starting on my Hawaii book and making an extra one for Christine.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Organize, Storage, Portable, all in One

As I put together my portable studio I decided to make some fabric roll up holders.  I used a  nice natural cotton fabric I had laying around.  It was enough to make three holders!   I didn't use a pattern, pretty much winged it by measuring the supplies it would hold, pencils, brushes, etc.

 Things the rolled holders need to fit these paint supplies.

I turned under all four edges and sewed 1/4" edge.

I set some of the brushes/pens/pencils to measure out the size of the pockets and the width of the slots.

Marked the lines with a pencil, the average width was 1.5 cm for pencils and brushes, 1/2" was too tight.  the other supplies needed their own width, so it really it's not an exact science.  The pencil marks made it easier to sew straight lines.  Easy quick sewing.

This one will hold my water brushes and paint filled brushes.

Watercolor pencils holder...really love this.

I love how this project turned out!

This one I made to fit my small watercolor paints and various brushes.  Love that I can keep the paints and brushes together.   I can see this rolled holder going with me everywhere.

I used a soft leather tie and it works out perfectly!   The only thing is I will probably paint the outside of the holder....too boring leaving them plain.  This was an easy sew project with big results!