January 3, 2011
Recently my granddaughter Elise was looking for a ‘Christmas Store’ project for her class room; each student makes things to sell (items must be hand made), then the classroom is set up like a store, and the public is invited to come shop one day. The class then takes a field trip to a local grocery store and uses all the money earned to purchase food for the local food shelf. Warms your heart doesn’t it?
Shortly after Elise asked me if I had any ideas for her project, I came upon this recipe and remembered making these about 20 years ago with her mother and sisters. I thought about all the fun scrap booking embellishments that could be used to decorate the ornaments (not available 20 years ago); the possibilities, options, and fun were endless! Elise approved the idea and we were in business!
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Recipe
1 cup cinnamon
1 T. ground cloves
1 T. nutmeg
¾ cup applesauce
2 T. Tacky craft glue
Combine cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; mix in applesauce and glue. Knead well; dough should be smooth and stick together – if too crumbly add more applesauce, if too sticky add more cinnamon. Roll dough on tin foil to 1/4 inch thickness; cut with cookie cutters. Use a straw or toothpick to make a hole for hanging. Let air dry for 4 to 5 days or more, turning twice daily. Makes about 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cookie cutters. Decorate! (Ornaments shrink somewhat as they dry.)
October 23, 2009
Here is a fun and easy pumpkin project to do. You need a few different color pumpkins, squash, or gourds, and a rubber mallet and an apple corer with plunger.
1. Tap apple corer with rubber mallet until through the rind, remove the apple corer. Then use the plunger and rubber mallet to remove the core from the apple corer; save the core/dots. Remove as many or as few circles as you wish.
2. Trim the rough pulpy ends of dots with a knife, then place a dot of hot glue inside an empty hole to help keep dots in place; then fill the hole with a different colored dot. Repeat until all holes are filled – then enjoy your polka dot pumpkin!
November 29, 2008
This year a lot of the gifts we give will be hand made, and my hand made gifts will be candles.
I have been learning to make soy candles, and I am surprised at how easy it is with the improved waxes available. I purchased Ecosoya CB Advanced Soy Wax from Wholesale Supplies Plus, one of my favorite suppliers, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to try to make their own soy candles. I chose soy wax because soy candles burn cleaner and longer than paraffin candles, making them a ‘greener’ choice for the home and the environment.
WSP’s sister website, Fragrance and Flavors, offers a huge selection of quality fragrance, flavor, and essential oils for candle making. Their shipping special is a flat $2.95 on all orders over $50.00, which really helps to keep the cost of the fragrances reasonable. Some of my favorites that I have tried and would highly recommend are: Pumpkin Crunch, Vanilla Bean Noel, Apple Caramel Crunch, French Vanilla Pear, Spiced Cranberry, Gingerbread, Cinnamon Cider, and Cherry Almond. Both the hot and cold throw scent have been fantastic!
I have been using jelly and mason jars for containers, and doing some fun decorating with the lids to spice them up. For the zinc lids, I cut out a circle of scrapbook paper that matches the candle for the center of the lid. For the ring and lid sets I spray paint the rings with Antique Brass Metallic Rust-oleum spray paint, then cover the lid with scrapbook paper. I figure that I can make soy candles for about half the price as buying them, but that isn’t counting for my time to make them. But it’s also not counting the fun to make them, either, or the pleasure of ‘Pumpkin Crunch’ filling my home!
Please share with me if you have a favorite candle scent, or a creative idea for decorating mason jars!