Beautiful Paper Lamps


Beautiful-Paper-Lamps

Take a look at these beautiful paper lamps. If you`re wondering what shops host these beauties, hold on for a second. These paper lamps and candle lights are part of a “do-it-yourself” project and you can easily turn them to a dream come true if you are handy with your scissors. If you know how to make paper cut cards and patterns, you are almost done. Choose the kind of paper you think matches your room design and start thinking of a pattern. The images clearly show patterns of flowers, trees, butterflies, branches and even nice messages that seem “carved” on paper. You can follow these patterns if you like the way they look and if not…you can always come up with some nice images. Although the design might seem minimalistic the silhouettes that are cast on the walls during night time are spectacular. The shadows that will seem to enchant your walls will bring you joy and if you have kids, they`ll be delighted as well. These beautiful paper lamps can also be a heartwarming gift.

Source

 

 

Candy Cane Fudge


757118

Ingredients

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages vanilla baking chips

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed candy canes

  • 1 dash red or green food coloring

Directions

 

  1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease the foil.
  2. Combine the vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until almost melted, remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. When chips are completely melted, stir in the peppermint extract, food coloring, and candy canes.
  3. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill for 2 hours, then cut into squares.

 

Source

 

DIY Crafty Christmas Present Ideas


Idea-Notebook-picture-pillows-0112-mdn

Photo Pillows

Spark a trip down memory lane with an old family photo and cool printer-friendly fabric. To begin, scan and upload the photo to your computer, then place the image in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ Microsoft Word document. Adjust the image as desired, leaving a half-inch border around it for seam allowance. Print onto an ink-jet fabric sheet ($9.99 for five 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets; amazon.com). If necessary, trim the fabric, then cut a same-size piece of backing fabric, like linen or broadcloth.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing. Stitch around the pillow along the seam allowance, leaving a four-inch-wide opening on one side. Use small scissors to clip the corners, then turn the pillow right side out. Push out the corners, iron out any wrinkles, and stuff the pillow with loose fiberfill stuffing ($4.33 for one pound; amazon.com) before

november-crafts-souvenir-boxes-1110-de

Postcards, matchbooks, and coins tell the stories of our travels, but back home these trinkets tend to get lost in a junk drawer. Instead, give vacation souvenirs—as well as snapshots—a more fitting home with this project adapted from Paper + Craft ($19.95; Chronicle).

Step 1: To source the geographical shape of your travel destination, type its name (Hawaii, Africa, Manhattan, etc.) and the word silhouette into Google. Print out a resulting image and use a copier to resize it to fit on the lid of a small white box
($.99 each, 4½”W x 6″L x 4½”H; containerstore.com for stores).

Step 2: Cut out the silhouette, then trace it onto the prettiest section of a colorful map of your destination.

Step 3: Next, cut the shape out of the map and use a glue stick to paste it onto the box’s lid.

Step 4: Finish by affixing a label on the lid and writing in the location and dates of your journey.

(Download the labels shown at left from chroniclebooks.com/papercraft).

Animal Tote Craft

animal-tote-craft-1110-lg

Here’s how to turn a $4 canvas bag (joann.com) into a cute woodland-themed carryall:

Step 1: Print the animal template of your choice from the list below and cut out. Using our photo as a guide, pick a mix of fabrics and place your template’s pieces on the fabrics; trace and cut out.

Step 2: Next, trace the template’s pieces onto iron-on adhesive ($3.99 per yard-long roll; joann.com) and cut inside the lines so the adhesive shapes are slightly smaller than the fabric ones. Following the package instructions, iron adhesive to the back of fabric.

Step 3: Remove the adhesive’s backing. Working pattern side up, center the animal’s fabric body on the bag and iron in place. Follow with the other pieces of the animal, again using our photo for guidance. Finish by sewing on button eyes for the owl and squirrel.

Templates:

Squirrel

Deer

Owl

homemade-candle-de

Cinnamon Stick Candles

Add an aromatic touch to plain votives with cinnamon sticks, and fill your home with a scent reminiscent of freshly baked apple pie. Using a hot-glue gun, adhere sticks (McCormick’s are just the right height) to glass. Then encircle with ribbon. Display in a kitchen window or on your holiday table. Tip: Clean up any wax drippings immediately, while they’re still warm and pliable and lift up easily

CLX1107SIM-012-de

Cinnamon Stick Candles

Add an aromatic touch to plain votives with cinnamon sticks, and fill your home with a scent reminiscent of freshly baked apple pie. Using a hot-glue gun, adhere sticks (McCormick’s are just the right height) to glass. Then encircle with ribbon. Display in a kitchen window or on your holiday table. Tip: Clean up any wax drippings immediately, while they’re still warm and pliable and lift up easily

CLX1107SIM-160-de

Hurricane Candles

Place three hurricanes on newspaper in a well-ventilated area. With a grease pencil, mark where you’ll be placing the doilies to ensure even spacing. Put the doilies facedown on the newspaper, spray lightly with spray mount, and press to the glass, smoothing as you go. Once dry, set the hurricanes securely on the stairs or arrange on a table and insert the pillar candles. To decorate votives, trim the doilies to size, spray with spray mount, and adhere to glass. For variation, use doilies in different sizes. Tip: The number of hours a pillar candle burns before the wick is buried is usually equal to the pillar’s diameter. (These four-inch-wide candles burned for four hours.) To resurface the wick, score the candle’s circumference with a knife.

Candlelight can instantly transform any room into a cozy and inviting space. But as with any open flame, caution is necessary. For your safety, remember never to leave candles unattended, around playing children or pets, or near a draft.

CLX1107SIM-140-de

Egg Cups As Candle Holders

Scour your pantry, flea markets, and antiques shops for items that would make containers for candles — teacups, sugar bowls, jelly jars, or sake cups. Choose pieces solid enough to withstand hot wax. These egg cups were found on eBay. While many candles are made of paraffin, cleaner-burning options (think: green, plus fewer soot marks on the ceiling) include soy — a vegetable wax that burns longer — and beeswax, which emits a natural honey scent. Most waxes adhere well to porcelain, ceramic, and glass containers. To make clear candles, use gel wax in glass.
CLX1107SIM-077-de

How to Make Candles

You’ll need wax, wicks, putty, a pencil, and a candy thermometer, all of which can be found at a craft store such as Michaels. Wax is sold in blocks, sheets, and shavings, to be melted on a stove or in a microwave.
CLX1107SIM-087-de

Pouring the Wax

Wrap one end of the wick around a pencil. Set pencil on egg cup, suspending the wick. With putty, secure wick’s metal clip to bottom of cup. In a double boiler, melt wax according to package directions; use a candy thermometer to gauge temperature. Pour wax in cup; allow to fully cool. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

Berry Wreath

Instead of buying a holiday wreath for a friend, make one out of berries and rose hips.
berry-WREATH-DE
A few minutes and a few tools are all it takes to weave magic you’ll enjoy all winter long.
YOUR MATERIALS
Tallow berries (ask your florist to order them or purchase a simulated version), rose hips (wear gloves and watch for thorns!), pepperberries, two grapevine wreath frames of different sizes (here you see a 6-inch frame and a 12-inch frame), a spool of florist’s wire, wire cutters, your choice of ribbon for a bow.
VARIATIONS
Sweet gum seedpods, poppy seedpods, love-in-a-mist pods, dried celosia flowers. When it comes to wreaths, whatever you can rescue from the garden or field is fair game for your creation. Create an ode to a single berry (Carolyn has a fondness for tallow berry) or combine ingredients (try pepperberries and rose hips). Carolyn’s preference for a base is, hands down, a round grapevine form, which gives the finished wreath a slightly uneven and thus natural texture, heft, and depth. Hang halo within halo for an added dimension. Then remember: It’s safest to showcase dried wreaths indoors.

Download printable instructions here!


 

 

15+ Things You Should Not Refrigerate


1460037_180653942133797_953785582_n

There are certain items, even against popular belief, that should not be stored in the refrigerator. By refrigerating many items, the flavor can be lessened or change the texture, and in some cases, even make it spoil faster because of condensation from the refrigerator. 

I am all about how to store food so that it lasts as long as possible. There is nothing that I hate more than throwing away good food that just didn’t last as long as it should and wasting money.

hot-sauce-no-refrigerate

Hot Sauce
It can live happily in the pantry for up to three years and this includes Tabasco and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. You can also include Worchestershire, Heinz 57, Soy Sauce and Sriracha as all non-refrigerated items!

potatoes-no-refrigerate

Potatoes

The refrigeration effects the flavor of all potatoes and that includes all kinds; white, baking, red, purple, fingerling etc. Store in dry pantry in a paper bag. Plastic bags promote moisture and mold.

 

bread-no-refrigerate

Bread

The refrigerator dries out bread very quickly. Keep what you will eat within 4 days in a dry pantry at room temperature and freeze the rest.

onions-no-refrigerate

Onions
Try to keep in their original mesh bag or any other that allows circulation and keep in the pantry. Keep away from potatoes which causes onions to rot.

tomatoes-no-rerigerate

Tomatoes
Refrigeration kills the flavor of tomatoes and causes them to be mealy. Keep them out of plastic bags. To ripen faster store in paper bag.

Avocado-no-rerigerating

Avocados

Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week. If you are refrigerating a whole avocado, it is best to keep it whole and not slice it in order to avoid browning that occurs when the flesh is exposed to air.

coffee-no-refrigerate

Coffee 
Surprisingly to me, you should not refrigerate or freeze coffee because it causes condensation and changes the flavor. Goes for beans and grounds. Keep in airtight container in pantry.

garlic-no-refrigerate

Garlic
It will last in the pantry for two months. Refrigerating garlic can reduce the flavor and actually cause mold. Store loose and once head is broken should use within 10 days. However, you can put minced garlic in the fridge as long as used as soon as possible.

honey-no-refrigerate

Honey
Placing honey in the refrigerator will thicken and crystallize the honey. Honey is all-natural and can stay good almost indefinitely in the pantry.

winter-squash

Winter Squashes
Any type of winter squash from acorn, butternut, spaghetti squash will taste better and last about a month or more in the pantry.

melons-no-refrigerate

Melons
Keep whole melons on the counter to achieve the best flavor. Research has found that storing at room temp helps to keep antioxidants better intact. Once cut you can store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

oil-no-refrigerate

Oils
Oils get thick and cloudy when you place them in the refrigerator. The only oils that must be refrigerated are nut oils. Otherwise keep them in the pantry.

fruit-no-refrigerate

Fruits
Certain fruits like apples, berries, peaches, apricots and nectarines should be placed on the counter until ripe. It can change the flavor of the fruit so that it is not as flavorful if refrigerated.

Non-Foods

refrigerator-batteries-dont

Batteries
It is a common myth that you should store batteries in the refrigerator, but extreme heat or extreme cold actually diminishes their performance.

nail-polish-refrigerator

Nail Polish
The only thing that refrigerating nail polish does is thicken it and change the chemicals. Keep at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. 



Have any other tips of what should not be refrigerated? Leave a comment below! I would love to know and add to my list!

Candy Bar Pretzel Bites Christmas Cookies


Candy_Bar_Pretzel_Bites_Recipe

Ingredients

  • Mini candy bars
  • Pretzels (rectangle or mini)
  • Vanilla Candy Coating
  • Red Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Top with as many rectangular pretzels as you have mini candy bars. I put down 30 pretzels.
  2. Unwrap the mini candy bars and place them on the pretzels.
  3. Warm in the oven at 300 degrees for about 3 minutes.
  4. Top with more pretzels and press down gently.
  5. Allow the chocolate to harden.
  6. Dip one side of the candy bar pretzel sandwich into melted vanilla candy coating.
  7. Return to the covered baking sheet and add red sprinkles.

Join the Playground On Facebook

Source