Birds Summer Patio Platter- REPURPOSED WOODEN PLATTER #2

Here is the second of the two platters I bought at the thrift store for $ 2 each!

The first one was the blue jays, but with this one I decided to just go “cutesy. ”

Sandie

 

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Blue Jay – Repurposed Wooden Platter Makeover

I have no Internet today, for reasons unbeknownst to me, so Kim has saved my ability to post by agreeing to copy and paste my post into our blog for me!

Yesterday I decided to finally finish one of the plotters I bought at the thrift store for $2. I thought I would try my hand at painting some blue jays. They didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped but they still didn’t turn out so bad.

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Sandie

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Alice in Wonderland Clay Pots

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When my mom and I decided to make clay pot crafts this week, I had no idea what I wanted to make. I found a few cute garden ideas (beehives, frogs, etc.) but they didn’t really make sense for me. 1) I don’t have a garden. I live in an apartment building – I have a concrete yard (my balcony). 2) They were cute things I’d love to gift to others but they weren’t special to me. I’ve had a stressful few weeks and I wanted to destress and make something for myself. We’re all need to take time for ourselves and crafting is a great way to do so.

I found, and almost made, a clay pot Batman but then thought about how I want to continue making Alice in Wonderland/Nightmare Before Christmas crafts for my bedroom and voila, an idea was formed.

Of course, deciding I wanted to make Alice in Wonderland or Nightmare Before Christmas didn’t really narrow down what I wanted to make. I searched Pinterest and found tons of Jack and Sally pots, they were cute but not really what I was looking for. I also recently painted Jack and Sally pictures so I wanted to try something different.

So, I guess I decided I wanted to make Alice in Wonderland pots, but which characters? After much debate, I decided to make Alice and the Mad Hatter.

Here’s how I did it…

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Materials:

·         Clay pots (with lids)

·         Paint and paint brushes

·         Ribbon (I grabbed one for the Mad Hatter’s hat, one for Alice’s dress, and lace ribbon for Alice’s straps)

·         Tulle (or something similar for Alice’s dress)

·         Buttons

·         Feathers

These pots were super easy to decorate. Here are the three easy steps to making your own:

1)      Paint the pots. I chose a solid green colour for the Mad Hatter’s hat. After the green dried, I added in the 10/6 tag. For Alice, I painted a white section down the centre and painted the rest blue. The colour blue I found (from the Dollar Store) was exactly the colour I was looking for.

There was very little detail so I used larger brushes to get the job done quicker.

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I had a lid leftover so I decided to paint an Alice-inspired clock (as seen above).

2)      Glue the base of the Mad Hatter pot to the lid to create the appropriate shape. I used hot glue for this project. I’m still pulling glue off my fingers but it holds everything together perfectly.

For Alice, I glued layers of tulle on top of the lid, then attached the pot to the lid.

3)       Add accessories! For the Mad Hatter’s hat I added some feathers and a ribbon. For Alice, I added some buttons, some lace for straps, and some dark blue ribbon. I trimmed the tulle to the desired shape (since I had cut them into rectangles to glue it on).

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And that’s it!

Altogether, this project probably took me about an 30 minutes to an hour and it’s a practical addition to my bedroom décor! Right now I’m using it to hold some creams and make up.

I can’t wait to try out some new Alice in Wonderland crafts soon!

Kim

Dyeing Wool – Part #2

I did it again! I couldn’t stay away from trying some more lol!  This time I was trying to achieve a sort of tie dye look to my wool. Not sure that’s what I achieved but I still like it.

I didn’t bother taking pictures of the process because it is exactly the same as the last time, other than the colours of the dye being different. I used 100% Lambs Wool this time.

I started with black and a copper colour and somehow ended up with blues and purples and depending on how you look at it, a bit of pink and of course, a rusty copper colour? No matter what colours I started out with, I am still happy with the results and I am trying to think of what I should make with this one even though I still haven’t finished the slouchy beanie I started with the other one…. I have been up to my eyeballs in clay pots lol!

This is what my newest batch of wool turned out like!

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You can see all the different colours I ended up with even with just using black and copper colouring.  Such a variety of colours in it considering!

You can also see in the picture the yarn winder I used.  I bought this at Amazon.ca and it worked awesome.  I will admit that I made Dillon help me lol, doing it by yourself makes it a little difficult to control getting knots but I am sure it can be done.  It sure went a lot faster than when I wound it back around the chair legs and it will make it less apt to knot when I am actually making something with it!

I will update this post once I make whatever it is I am making with this and I will add the link for the yarn winder.  If you dye your own wool, this is a definite must!

Sandie

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Maple Walnut Banana Bread

Today,  instead of making my regular banana bread, I decided to mix it up lol.

Instead of white sugar, I used brown and I added an extra egg and some maple syrup! 

Sandie 


These are the ingredients I started with. 

I started out by squishing the bananas in the bowl of my stand mixer.  Really squished them into baby food lol… I mean puree!

Then I added the brown sugar and melted butter.  Mixing well. 

Next I added the eggs and then the maple syrup. 

Once that was combined I added the flour,  baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

Mix that until just combined then fold in the walnuts. 

Now I poured it into my prepared loaf pans and baked it for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. 

45 minutes later, and voila, Maple Walnut Banana Bread!  I can’t wait for it to cool so I can eat some before Chris and Dillon eat it all!


Prep Time: 20 minutes  
Cook Time: 45 – 50 minutes 
Serving: 2 loaves

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups  flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter/margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup  maple syrup
  • 2 cups pureed ripe bananas, about 4 large bananas    
  • 1 Cup chopped walnuts                                                             

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease 2 loaf pans.

2.  In bowl of stand mixer, add bananas and mix until pureed, add butter and brown sugar, mix well. 

3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

4. Add maple syrup.  Mix well. 
5. Add flour,  baking powder, baking soda and salt into banana mixture,  beating just until smooth.
6.  Pour  into prepared pans. 

7. Bake at 350 degrees for  45-50 minutes. 8. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. 

9. Store covered in plastic wrap at room temperature or freeze (for up to three months)