Homemade Marshmallows

Have you ever made your own marshmallows? I made some for the hot cocoa baskets we did this past Christmas. I know it seems time consuming for something you can usually pick up at the dollar or grocery store, but I think it adds a nice touch to a basket…. especially if you colour them to match the season.

I didn’t cut mine into any fancy shape for Christmas, just added food colouring to make them a nice green colour for the season. As I said, they do take a bit of time but I think it’s worth it to add that little bit extra to a gift basket!

Sandie

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Rocking Chair

Again I must apologize for not being around to post. Life is just a little overwhelming right now, but I will pop on and post when I am able. I was however pleasantly surprised to see how well our blog has been able to hold it’s own while I have been absent.

This one should have been posted either before Christmas or right after but obviously wasn’t. We found a cute rocking chair at a second hand chair and I wanted to refinish it for our granddaughter for Christmas! We painted it in a bright pink and black because I wanted to do a Minnie Mouse theme and then I used my Cricut to cut vinyl to decorate the chair. In my humble opinion, Grandma and Grumpy (our version of Grandpa lol) did a pretty good job with the second hand store rocking chair! (Don’t mind the background view of the disaster area I call a craft room right now… I have barely been down there since Christmas and it needs some serious reorganization… again)

Chris sanded it down for me, filled in any spots that needed it it with wood filler and then spray painted the bright pink colour on for me, I painted the black and did the vinyl! He did take pictures for me but I keep forgetting to ask him to send me the pictures so I can upload them…. imagine that! So…..

This is the rocking chair after all the painting was done….

And this is the picture after the vinyl of course. I just used a Disney font that I bought and downloaded and made a bunch of white polka dots for the seat of the chair. I was going to make a skirt for it out of tulle, but since they also have a cat I opted to forgo the skirt for obvious reasons!

The finished rocking chair that Kim has already sent me pictures of our granddaughter, Scarlyt, sitting in reading her books!

Sandie

Hot Cocoa Mix

I would like to start by apologizing for being absent for so long.  Hopefully this is the end of the absence.  I’m not sure what was different about this Christmas/holiday season, but my holiday hangover has been severe. The exhaustion unbearable. I think the only thing that kept my sanity somewhat in place was Little Lucy. Having the forced breaks so she could do her “business” forced me to take breaks when I normally wouldn’t. At least I had that in my favour lol. Lucy’s sanity saving breaks or not,  I’ve had real trouble recovering from the hustle and bustle,  stress and overall rush of getting ready for Christmas and just had to step back for a bit to recover.  Hopefully I’m done!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season that was spent with family and friends!

This year because I somehow ended up way behind schedule we opted to do a hot cocoa basket for everyone. The base of which is this homemade hot cocoa mix!

It mixes up easy,  tastes wonderful and even mixes better in the cup than regular hot chocolate mixes!

The recipe calls for:

  • 3 cups dry coffee whitener
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

To make the hot cocoa mix, you place everything in your blender and mix until the coffee whitener is no longer grainy looking and everything is well mixed.

Store in an airtight container or if gifting place in bags with measured amounts.

1/4 cup of the mix to 8 ounces of boiling water makes a perfect cup of hot cocoa!

Sandie

Popcorn Theme Basket

Our nephew loves going to the movies, so I thought this year I would make him a movie/popcorn themed gift. I got a popcorn bucket to put everything in, got movie type snacks and popcorn seasoning, sent Chris out for a theatre gift card and then I went into Design Space and made up a T-shirt that sort of looks like the popcorn bucket design to go with it.

I loaded everything into the basket..

And then wrapped it up ready to go!!! Phew! Another gift ready to go!

Sandie

Mother Daughter Winter Hats

I’m sorry I have been missing in action. I thought I started so early and couldn’t figure out why I was running so far behind… then I remembered… the Craft Sale!!!

Now I am rushing around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to finish everything 😢!!!

I started these hats a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what possessed me to start a new project that close to Christmas… but I did lol.

I worked the hats in a crochet ribbing sort of stitch, in a chunky baby blanket yarn. I did one row single crochet, the next single crochet in the back loop only and repeated these rows to desired length.

I worked Kim’s hat over 22 single crochet to a length of 19 inches before sewing it into a tube, gathering the top and sewing on the nice fur pompom.

I worked my granddaughter’s over 16 single crochet and to a length of 16 inches and finishing the same way.

They will be a warm, cute mother daughter Christmas gift!!!

Sandie

Family Pajama Gift Set

This is another one of those cute gifts I saw on that terrible day shredding website Pinterest lol.

With my not so new toy, my Cricut, the ideas I can find there, and the many other free sites, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of gift ideas for ANYONE!

For this gift I decided to do the “Bear Family” images on white t-shirts and pairing them with cozy Pajama pants to make a nice family gift for Kim, Codey and Scarlyt, my beautiful little granddaughter!

I cut the images all out of black heat transfer vinyl and then ironed them on to the t-shirts, paired them with the Pajama pants and wrapped each set with ribbon!

Now they are all wrapped up under the tree ready for Christmas day!

Sandie

Lawn Enforcement Officer T-Shirt

My father-in-law takes great pride in maintaining his lawn lol…. so last year we bought him this funny baseball cap for Christmas from an online store called Bits and Pieces.

This year we thought it would be fun to find him a T-shirt to go with it. Then we thought that maybe I could make him one!!!!

My skills on the Cricut and in Design Space aren’t quite up to designing at that level yet, so I went to Etsy and found exactly what I was looking for to make the T-shirt!!! Here is where I found the pattern!

I decided to do the image in yellow on a green t-shirt for him. I wanted it to really POP on the shirt.

And then lol… we decided to take it one step further… and I cut out the word “Supervisor” in CAPS and put it on the back of the shirt for all to see when he is out tending to his lawn! Everyone is going to know who the Lawn Boss is in his neighbourhood lol!

Sandie

“Sayings” Socks

These socks with the Sayings on they are EVERYWHERE! I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon and make some for everyone for Christmas lol.

I made some that I thought appropriate for everyone and cut Heat Transfer Vinyl.

This was another one of those I hope it works projects, because you really have to wonder sometimes if something can really work as well as people say at so many different things. Lets just say that again, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Heat Transfer Vinyl “weeds” so well. It doesn’t have the tendency to rip as regular vinyl can at times if you aren’t careful. It pulls off around the designs perfectly. That wasn’t the part I was worried about.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I have ever ironed socks. I wasn’t sure how the vinyl would adhere to the socks or if my little iron would actually burn/melt the socks lol! Apparent it won’t.

The vinyl adhered perfectly! All I had to do was design what I wanted on the socks, cut the HTV, lay it out on the soles of the socks and iron it on. It was SO easy and I was SO impressed yet again!

For Chris I did “We Interrupt This Marriage for Hockey Season” with a Blue Maple Leaf on them

For Dillon I did “All I Got For Christmas Are Crappy Socks” with the Poop Emoji on them

For Codey (my son-in-law) I did “If You Can Read This I’m Busy” with a game controller on them

And for Kim I did Labour Socks lol, They say “I Can Not Keep Calm I’m Having A Baby” with little Baby Feet on them!

Sandie

Maternity Ornament

I WISH I had seen something like this when Kim was pregnant with my first Grandbaby! I think it is so cute and would make such a cool keepsake of a pregnancy. Once I saw it I had to make it!

Surprisingly enough, there is actually “pregnant woman” images in Design Space so I was actually able to make my own ornament within the program.

I knew what I wanted it to look like based on some of the other ones I had seen done so all I had to do was get in there and design it, cut it and stick it on the ornament lol!

Here is how the design looked in Design Space what I had what I wanted.

I cut the vinyl and then waited for the paint to dry on the inside of the ornament. All of the ornaments I bought were clear so that I could make them how I wanted them, which meant painting the insides to match whatever I was doing…. this one being white.

I adhered the vinyl to the ornament once the paint dried inside and that part was done.

As with the Christmas Story ornaments, it still needs a bow once I get to the dollar store and a hanger, but the ornament itself is done.

This is going to be a special Mother to Daughter gift from me to Kim this Christmas!

And then from each side….

Sandie

Guitar Travel Mug – Yes, Another Cricut Project

Yes, another one lol… I’m honestly starting to think that when I go down to my craft room that my Cricut is going to start hiding from me lol!

This project is my take on something else I saw. What I saw was a Christmas ornament done on a curved piece of wood. It was really cool. It looked to be about 4 or 5 inches long and maybe 3 or 4 inches wide and was just like I said curved wood in an oval shape. When I saw it I thought it would be really cool for my son-in-law. Then the wheels started to turn in the hamster wheel in my brain and the hamsters said…”Hey, what about a travel mug?” So, I took their advice and this is that project!

I do have to admit I was a little concerned when I started it. There was a lot of layering and the guitar strings looked like they would be hard to “weed” and get straight on the travel mug.

It went surprisingly easy! The Cricut cut the lines/strings perfectly and somehow I was able to take a dollar store travel mug, some wood grained vinyl, cut everything and even get the lines on fairly straight. I am pretty happy with how it turned out and when I sent a picture to Kim when it was done, I got and awesome so I will take that as a point in the win column and get it wrapped and ready for gifting!!!

Sandie