Friday, January 23, 2015

Pottery Candle Charger

I loved this pottery candle charger I made for a friend for Christmas so much that I had to make one for myself (as soon as I was done making Christmas presents). Although, the one I made for myself (I will share it another time) I used these leaf mold to put on the edges. I had never used them before and wanted to test them out.

To make the charger, I slab rolled out my clay and cut out the pattern and shaped it on my mold (aka: a plastic plate). Then it was glaze time. I was thrilled with how the glaze covered. I am still a novice when it comes to pottery and putting stuff in to be glazed still makes me nervous because I don't know enough about how all the glazes at the Art Center work to make sure I get the best coverage. I do have some plates I made with a print embossed that did not turn out the best because one glaze didn't cover enough and a different glaze covered too much. It's all trial and error, but one of my goals this year is to start a pottery journal to start documenting my notes so I can feel more confident about glazing.

I also glammed up the candle, which was just a simple 3-wick Partylite candle, but I bought some skeleton leave on Amazon (after 2 failed attempts to make my own) and slightly melted the wax with a heat gun to press the leaves in to place so that I could tie some raffia around it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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My Thoughts:

We have plans to use these Super Bright glow sticks for 3 items since there are 100 glow sticks in this containers.

That is quite a bit! Usually I buy them at the dollar store, so the price on these is a just bit more but I can have the delivered right to my house and not have to spend any more money (I never can seem to get out of there without spending $20+) there. You can buy them on Amazon.

One thing we did with them is tape one glow stick to each blade of a ceiling fan at night and turn it on. It's pretty cool and the kids that it was a fun dance party. I just thought it was cheap fun to get them moving around before bedtime. You can see by the picture and the short video that is pretty cool looking!

The next is for my 3rd grader's science fair project and how the chemical reaction occurring react to a change in temperature. By doing this experiment I can tell you that we did determine that there will be glow for about 15 hours when left at room temperature. It does fade over time and is brightest the first few hours. They do still continue to glow pretty bright after that but because we were doing a science experiment we were comparing against a newly "cracked" glow stick each time check, so we were able to see the differences in brightness at each time check. We even reserved about a dozen so that she could pass out when she is standing in front of her tri-fold display at the classes come around to look at ask questions. Wish her luck! I will share more about this after she presents it at the end of February (she signed up and did the experiment right away, now the writing and display work begins!)

The other thing we plan to use them for is to attach to valentines. I will share that with you next week! I like the idea of giving kids something that isn't candy for a Valentine token. I did make special homemade valentines that correlate with a glow stick.

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$5 Movies at Participating CEC Theatres & FREE Popcorn

Check with your nearest CEC movie theatres to see if they are also participating in this promotion. This is from the one closest to me. All Day on Tuesdays, EVERYONE only pays $5 to see a movie. And if that isn't reason enough to go, you can also get a free 44oz. popcorn with any drink purchase. What that means is for under $10, I can go see a newly released movie and have popcorn and an Icee. Sounds like a cheap date night or Mom's Night Out idea!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DIY Dinosaur Felt Bow Tie

My son is a HUGE dinosaur fan, which you probably have been able to figure out if you have been reading my blog for a while. I tend to foster my kids' interests and since he loves dinosaurs we are all about dinosaurs here. Honestly, I never thought I would learn so much about dinosaurs beyond knowing the name of about a handful. I know I have Soooooo much more dinosaur stuff to learn, but in the meantime I will keep crafting dino things for and with my son.

I had made my son an Easy Felt Bow Tie a couple months ago, and I did the same basic things for this one, except I did NO SEWING at all for this one. I bought some Fabric-Tac and reading about it in some other tutorial and thought I would try it on a small project (this one) instead of embarking on the bigger project I had intended it for. This stuff is amazing. Not only does it dry super quick, but it is very strong and supposed to be able to be washed (I haven't used it on anything I need to wash yet). I have made my daughter some beautiful loopy hair bows with this as well.

You can read the post on the Easy Felt Bow Tie to see just how that was constructed, but basically you just glue where you would have sewn previously. And it worked so easily to embellish the tie to make it a dinosaur. Oh, I guess I did sew on the googly eye because I had sew-on ones and I wanted to make sure that in anything came off it wasn't the eye.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Overnight Creme Brule French Toast

This is always a family favorite, so much so I even put it my husband's family cook book. If I am making this for more than just our family, I make the full recipe as listed below. If I am making it just for our family of four then I half the recipe and bake it in an 8x8 pan. This is delicious and we often serve a dollop of whip cream on top.

This is a great make-ahead breakfast and you just need to get up in the morning and toss it in the oven. You will impress everyone with how awesome this tastes. I just made this again for Christmas at my parents house.

Creme Brule French Toast

½ cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp corn syrup
1 loaf of French bread, cut into thick slices
5 eggs
1½ cups half-and-half cream
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of cinnamon


  • In a sauce pan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup until it is a smooth brown syrup
  • Pour mixture in a greased 13x9 cake pan and cover entire surface
  • Place slices of bread on top of the syrup mixture
  • Mix together remaining ingredients 
  • Pour egg mixture over the top of the slices making sure to cover the tops off all the slices, it will all soap in to the slices as it rests
  • Cover and place in the fridge overnight 
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degree for 30 minutes
  • Remove from pan and serve immediately
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hand Built Pottery Wine Chiller

Does this look a little familiar? It should, because I made it to coordinate with this Tall Cylinder Vase I had made for a friend. I used similar glazes and technique in building this piece (although for this one I taped together two protein shake containers to get the height and width I was hoping would work), but they look a little different but still coordinate fairly well.

I am not sure if the glaze just went on thicker for the vase and thinner for the wine chiller or if I had carved in deeper to make the details, but you definitely see more details on this piece than the latter. It may even be a combination of both.

I love how this turned out so much! I currently have sitting my shelf at the art center, a wine chiller (using the same mold since it turned out just how I wanted) but with a different pattern. This one on the shelf will be one for myself. I had all these presents to make first and no time to make things for myself, but then I made these gifts and love them so much that I need to make some for our home too. I think this particular design would look great if I made on for our cabin too.