Christmas Candy Cane Wreaths, Sharpie Mugs, and Simmering Potpourri

Wow… It has been one busy month of December! Between parties, Christmas shopping and decorating, and closing up the school I was teaching in, I hardly had time to blog!

Never fear though, I am back with a few new pieces and they are just in time for some last minute gifts and DIYs. This year I have gone all out with the craftings and the handmade gifts. One of my ballet assistants got an arm-knit scarf, a few people are getting simmering potpourris bags, there are some pedicures in a jar (pictures to follow after Xmas for those!), and a sharpie mug or two!

In no particular order, here we go!

DIY Candy Cane Wreath

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I had seen a few of these on Pinterest and decided to try it on my own!

What you’ll need is:
16 unbroken Candy canes
A glue gun
Some red or green ribbon
Cardboard
Christmas Paper

The steps I took are basically as follows:

1. Glue two candy canes at a time together.
2. Cut out a circular piece of cardboard (I think mine was from a box of frozen chicken wings or god knows what…) and arrange the candy canes in the wreath formation. Glue them down.
3. I also glued the points together; I felt like it stabilized the wreath.
4. Cut pieces of ribbon and glue around candy canes – of course this is options. Also cut one long piece to create the part to hang the wreath.
5. Finally, use some Christmas paper to create the centre to cover up the glue and candy cane ends!

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Voila! Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Sharpie Mugs

These make for wonderful little stocking stuffers or fill them with items and wrap for personalized gifts!

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All you need is:

Oil based Sharpie Pens (The is VERY important – do not use the regular – they will wash off too easily)

Mugs – I went to the dollar store – They work better than more expensive mugs because they have less coats of shellac for the sharpie to go through when baking.

Steps:

1. Wash your mug!
2. Pencil can be used to plan out the mug – but watch out it easily wipes off!
3. Use your sharpies to draw and colour your mug.
4. Stick them into the cold oven, turn oven to 350° and bake for 30 minutes. Once done, turn off the oven and let them cool down inside the oven.

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As a note, I would not stick them in the dishwasher. I would hand wash them in order to preserve it as long as possible 🙂

Happy Crafting!

 

Simmering Christmas Potpourri 

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This potpourri simmers on your stove top just like my fall “Witches Brew“.  However, this one has a more festive scent.

I got the idea from this lovely lady’s blog: cleanandscentsible.com

What you need:

Oranges, lemons, whole cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks

Clear plastic wrapping paper, twine or ribbon

Paper or a printer for instructions

How to:

Wrap one orange, one lemon and either double the amount of spices so they can make it twice or make sure to write down that it is only enough for one pot.

On printer paper or by hand include the instructions:

  • 1/2 an orange, cut or sliced
  • 1/2 a lemon, cut or sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp. whole cloves

Combine all of the ingredients with water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Alternatively, you can add cranberry juice or apple juice instead of the water for a little variation of scent. Reduce heat and simmer as long as desired.  Add additional water as needed to prevent the mixture from drying up. When done, this can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator and used again for up to a week.

Leave for coworkers, a teacher, or neighbours!
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Merry Christmas all and Happy Craftings!!

❤ Miss Amanda

DIY Dip Mix and Hot Chocolate Christmas Ornaments

I love Christmas. Particularly, I love giving gifts.  I love the feeling of watching someone open up a gift I have found for them that I truly know they will enjoy.  In my mind, it truly is ‘the most wonderful time of the year”.

That being said, I decided I would make quite a few of my gifts this year, like the arm knitting and finger knitting projects I have written about already.  However, for these news projects, I did not have to work alone!  My bestest friend Miss Allison came over and we had an afternoon of crafting, movie watching, and food eating.

Both of these projects are from the same lady’s blog, bubblynaturecreations.com.

The glass ornaments we used were from Michael’s and the ribbon is from the 1$ aisle at Target.  All the spices can be found at your local grocer’s and I went to bulk barn for the tiny chocolate chips and bulk white and regular hot chocolate. You will also need foil to close up the tops. Lastly, make sure you have a funnel on hand! Trust us….. You will need it!

The Dip Mix Ornaments

The 5 dip mixes that are created for this adorable gift are Dill, Bacon, Fiesta, Italian, and Herb Ranch.  Be aware that two mixes call for items that we couldn’t find to place inside – non-refrigerated parmesan cheese and non-refiregerated bacon bits. This just means that on the instruction card we have written down that the person must add them themselves.
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Hot Chocolate Ornaments

For these ornaments, we used hot chocolate, mini chips and candy canes purchased from the Bulk Barn.  The funnel comes in handy again here!

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Happy crafting and gift giving!

Fingering Knitting Boot Cuffs, Headbands, and Scarves!

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What a perfect way to get cozy for the weather! What makes this craft so wonderful is that not only is it super cute, but super inexpensive! One skein of yarn made all three of these items! I bought the yarn from Michael’s and the buttons for the boot cuffs from Fabricville.

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The head band I found on this lovely lady’s site: http://www.simplymaggie.com/diy-15-minute-finger-knit-ear-warmer. Make sure you leave enough to tie the ends!

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The boot cuffs are from another site: http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2013/12/diy-finger-knitting-30-minute-boot-cuffs.html.

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There was enough left over from the skein for me to make an arm knit scarf afterwards. Now of course this will all depend on the size of your calves and your head. But this highland dancer’s calves and head that doesn’t fit most hats had enough left over and so hopefully you will too!

Happy cozy crafting!

Witch’s Brew

Autumn is upon us. With the leaves changing, crisp air, and fall clothing, it only seems logical that our homes should smell like autumn too! Since most of us will be home for the weekend, whipping up a pot of this will keep your house smelling absolutely yummy till Sunday. You’ll want to eat it….. But I wouldn’t suggest that….

Lemons, oranges, apples, and spices will fill fill your home with a beautiful aroma. This brew will keep for about two days before the apples have basically fallen apart and you’ll want to throw it away.

This idea is from rachaelsfavouriterecipes.blogspot.ca.

So here’s how it goes!

1 apple
1 orange
1 lemon
2 T whole allspice (or 1tsp of ground)
2 T whole cloves (or 1 tsp ground)
4 cinnamon sticks

Slice fruit into rings. Don’t worry about peels, seed, cores, etc. Place all ingrdients into a crock-pot or regular pot. Fill with water. Simmer on low. Refill with water as needed. Be careful not let the water get too low!

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Enjoy!

Winston

After health scares, skin infections, and upset tummies, we couldn’t imagine our lives without him. Almost two years ago Stefan and I were blessed with an addition to our family. Winston entered our lives on a rainy September day and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

Winston is like any other dog and yet…… he is so, so, different. Winston loves his walks, but can’t be off the leash. He’s a runner (insert favourite disco tune here!). He learnt to answer to a new name (can a name be new if he never had one?) and he can sit and give his paw. But when he is off the leash he just will not come when called. So that means he can’t run freely, but if it saves him then so be it.

Oddly enough Winston is a window licker… Yes, I said it. Window licker. Why? No idea. Is it funny? Oh hellz yes. His teeth clang up against the glass and he looks like an alien. It is extremely entertaining and ridiculous all at the same time. Truly a must see.

Lastly, he is a slut. Honestly. If you are snuggling with him on the couch and someone else sits down he will instantly get up to test the “snuggly-ness” of the new individual. Slut. He will keep bouncing back and forth between the two as he wishes depending on the attention he is getting. Snuggle slut.

We couldn’t be happier in our home with Winston and he makes our family complete. I am sure I will write more about him but I’ll end here.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
― Josh Billings

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Here we go…

Here goes nothing…
People have told me on more than a few occasions that I should write my own blog.
However, I have always thought to myself…. Who would read the words that so often spew from my mouth?
As Stefan prepares to go on his recruit course and leave Winston and I alone at home for the next 10 foreseeable weekends, I figured that this would be the ideal time to start. I mean why not? I’m home alone anyways. I’d be talking to the dog with no response so why not start typing with no response (at least no humanly audible one).
Now I come to the point where I have to decide WHAT I am going to blog about….
There’s the food I make…. and dance… and crafts… and school work…
So I have decided to write about it all! Why not? It’s my blog and I’ll do with it what I want.
I’ll try to get in writing at least every second day. No promises though. If you know me well enough you know that my life on many occasions is busier than a fart in a bottle. Between, work, ballet, band, the PC Players, family, and friends it is sometimes hard to sit down and find a moment to myself. A moment where I am only me and my thoughts. No other voice to be heard. But then again, (but at the beginning of a sentence I know, I know) if you know me well enough you know I thrive among people and I feel at my happiest when with Stefan and the people I care about.
Nevertheless, sometimes being alone with your thoughts is nice. I do not want to ramble on in my first post so it is here I will end.
You have food, dance, crafts, school stuff, and much, much more to look forward to reading and I hope this blog will bring you nothing but smiles and occasionally a few laughs. 🙂

TTFN, Mander