Friday, February 29, 2008

A Belated Valentine

I know it's a bit past the date but I just discovered these pics I took of our Valentine's Day project! I got the idea from an issue of Family Fun magazine. We made little play-dough hearts for all of Cam's classmates , bagged in mini jewelry ziplock bags and tagged them with cut poster board and included the recipe we used. Lucky for me, I found this terrific cast iron heart-shaped pan while thrifting the week before although a cookie cutter would have also worked perfectly well. It was a great project for a preschooler since Camden was able help make the dough, mould the shapes and stick the little stickers onto the bags. The kids loved them and it was a nice change from all of the sugary stuff that always comes home on such a sweet day. Of course it also fueled the handmade revolution. Bookmark this for next year- you'll love it too!

Here's the recipe I used:

Homemade Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 t cream of tarter (get it in the spice aisle)
1 T oil
1/2 c salt
1 package unsweetened Kool Aid (optional to make it smell nice!)
red food coloring

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from pan and knead in food coloring until blended and smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled.
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Roses Are Pink

Last week I finally broke out the supplies for this little bouquet of sweet roses I've been planning for years. I've had a sketch in my purse of a kiss rose I saw in a store ages ago and am finally around to trying out my version for my mom's birthday. Made with Hershey's kisses, clear cellophane tissue paper from the dollar store, some lollipop sticks, floral tape and a shiny leaf sequin I found in my embellishment box, these roses look just perfect in last Saturday's thrift find.