Thursday, January 29, 2015

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Lizventures has a a nice recipe for a delicious looking BBQ Bean Soup.  This warming soup is chock full of yummy things to keep you happy this winter.






What a cute use for those pretty bottles we find. Elaine @ Cookin and Craftin has tutes on how to put holes in the bottles and turn them into these great bird feeders.
 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

For the life of me I cannot remember where I saw this recipe, the excitement of giving this a try got to me and I have forgotten.  Was it Pinterest? Was it from another blogger?  I have not the foggiest notion.  Luckily the blogger was kind enough to boldly plant her logo right in the front corner of a most delectable picture of this amazing crisp.  This past Saturday morning I made Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with a recipe from The Taylor House and it was a delicious success!

I admit my picture is not nearly as good as hers but in reality the taste is just as described so I totally count that as win.  I have often avoided fruit crisps; recipes that yielded way too much product, too much bad for you tainting the good for you in the fruit and oats, and a less that stellar wet crust or runny fruit.  This recipe had a few simple ingredients and lots of great apples plus the slow cooker method had me intrigued.  I have been cooking more from scratch as one of my goals in 2015 and I have been proud of the results, which is why I had the courage to give a fruit crisp another go, especially when this unique recipe came across my computer screen.

I used my small crock pot, three quart sized to be exact and this recipe filled it almost to the brim.  At first I was both skeptical and concerned with the paper towels under the lid.  I wasn't sure that the towels were going to keep the steamy wetness off my crust and I thought it was too close to the crust that it would stick and ruin the whole dessert.  I should have known.  As the crisp cooked the amount of water coming from that luscious fruit proved that the towels were necessary as well as a fantastic idea.  Additionally, the fruit cooking down yielded plenty of space so that the towel did not touch the crust and get it overly moist. The Taylor House did not lead me astray and this crisp recipe will stay as a regular in my house!

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

6 tart apples, peeled and sliced
2/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter

Place the sliced apples in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Mix the oats, flour, sugar, and spices until blended.  Cut in the butter forming a crumbly mixture.  Pour the topping mixture over the apples, I had to tap it down a touch to get it to fit in.  Place paper towels, I would go with two layers, over the top of the slow cooker and then the lid.  This step really does make the difference.  Cook on low for four hours.  Serve hot plain or with ice cream!

   
I hope you will give this yummy recipe a try, I'm sure it will be a crowd pleaser. I know it will be part of my Thanksgiving meal from now on!

Have a tasty day,
Kelly
     

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

I know its been a while but lets get back to the PARTY!

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Stefani @ Mommy Enterprises has a great tute for cute little owls made out of paperplates.  This is too adorable for words!
  

The picture alone got me all kinds of sugared up! Liza @ Views from the 'Ville has a very simple recipe for this devilish shake.    

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cross Stitch Craftin', starting the year off right!

For the Christmas of 2013 my amazing friend and co-blogger Anita cross stitched this fantastic group of ninjas from one of my favorite animes.  I mean can you believe the amount of fun and silliness she stitched into that piece? It makes me incredibly happy every time I see it; I want to pinch their chubby little ninja cheeks.  Something I can only assume would be very upsetting to a bad to the bone ninja.


These cute little guys are from an anime called Naruto.  Anita found the pattern for these adorable chubbsters on Etsy that had been created by Clouds Factory.  All you have to do is buy the PDF and you are ready to go nuts.  I am touched that she put so much time and effort into that gift; it is quite the cross stitch gift!  My favorite character in the series is a secondary one so he rarely shows up in anything you can buy, let alone something as creatively crafty as cross stitch.  I have an entire wall in my home dedicated to art work of him I have collected over the years at Anime and Comic book Conventions.  I have had to commission every piece since most artists have never even heard of him, but that means I can pick an artist based on their style and approach to subjects and not be stuck with only pre-printed materials to choose from.  After I got the cute collection from Anita I knew wanted to make a small one of my ninja to match.  I dreamed up this idea back in 2013 and after a loverly bout with the flu this past week I finally got the job done.


I made a list right after New Years of crafts I want to get done in 2015 and the little ninja cross stitch and a bigger piece of his name to officially title my art collection wall made it to the top of that list.  Thankfully, the weekend before I got sick I had gone to the fabric store to grab some discounted Christmas fabrics and the supplies for these two cross stiches just in case the weather turned yucky and I was trapped indoors I would have something to keep me busy.  Good thing I made that trip! I had what I needed when my health took a turn for the boogery to keep occupied while ill.  I do interject that I kept my hands clean and did not get face fluids on my work!  I designed my first piece after the pattern by Clouds Factory.  She is the one that created the adorable chubbiness for the ninjas and I give her full credit, I just took the dimensions she had and made my character fit them.  Clouds Factory I am in your debt!


The second piece I put together using some cross stitch alphabet reference books I had.  To be honest I had no idea I even had these books, but after a very unsuccessful run on Pinterest to find a font I wanted to use my brain kicked in and reminded me that I should look through my craft booklets to see what I had.  I found the big “K” and fell in love with its design.  It is decorative but not curvy, the straight lines feel manlier here, and the little crosses in within the letter I thought looked like little ninja throwing stars, makes me smile just thinking about it.  I used the red and yellow for the “K” to add color and tie in the symbol on his outfit.  I used a different blockier design for the rest of the letters in black to finish out the name simply and cleanly.


Now I have lots of art up on my wall of my ninja and framing all of it could have cost a small crafters fortune, but I am a thrifty framer.  I keep my eye out for inexpensive frames at thrift stores and garage sales and keep a few on hand.  They will all be spray painted black so color or texture doesn’t matter.  I don’t get such a massive stock going that I am over run; two or three waiting in the wings is perfect.  I knew that little cross stitch of the chubby ninja was going to need a small frame so when I spied that small ornate one at a thrift store several months ago I grabbed it up and spray painted it black.  It has been patiently waiting ever since.  My wall is almost complete, only a few more small pieces will fit.  I will only buy art that will fit in my empty wall space and therefore I will pick small frames to buy.  I am proud of my wall of ninjas and that someone I love has created an inspiring piece for me really makes it complete.

Stay warm and stay crafty!

Kelly

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!


Wishing a happy and healthy 2015 from our large family to yours, may the crafting be forever in your favor.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Evil Ornament Challenge Part 2


If you read Kelly's last post you'll know a little about the title of this post.  I bought about six of these 4 packs of glass ornaments after Christmas from the clearance bin a couple years ago. Yep I said years. They were a deal too good to pass up being only .99 for a four pack theater was originally 3.99. They have been taking up valuable storage space in the craft room ever since. As Kelly mentioned I recently moved the craft room to the first floor of our house(reveal post coming soon) and decided to purge them in the best way I know how....a Crafty Challenge!  The only rule was that you have to make 4 different ornaments, medium was up to the crafter.

I'm all about glitter this year so I knew it would play a part of at least a couple of my ornaments.  Here is instructions on how to apply the glitter to the inside of the ornament.  Other than that I winged it the whole way.  Here's what I came up with.

In true Anita's-fashion I couldn't just stop at the assigned 4 ornaments. There were two additional rogue ornaments in the storage bin so I decided to do something with them as well.  So here's the run down of what I did with each one.
I took inspiration from a Santa ornament somewhere on the net for this one. Inside was coated in fine red glitter and suit elements were made from ribbon.  A classic look.

This was the easiest of all six. I coated the inside with blue glitter and stuck on rhinestone paw print stickers to all four sides. That's it!

In contrast this was the ornament that took the longest. I sifted through my button jar and found enough festive red buttons to plaster the exterior of my if my blanks.  This was a little like putting together a jig saw puzzle.  After all the buttons were hot glued in place I filled it with fake snow to make it look so much nicer.

Then there's the polka dot glitter ornament. For the remaining ornaments I painted the outside with glass specific paint, baked them according to the bottle instructions and then filled the interior,  I felt it needed a little something extra so then came the bow.  This one may become a gift.

The snowmen were pretty easy aside from using a super tiny brush to paint their features.  The hubby even picked out the glitter color from my stash because I couldn't decide.  GREAT CHOICE!

And then there is my favorite.  I painted on this woodland cabin scene and then coated the inside with a dark blue glitter.  Its like a twinkly star christmas night.  Really proud of this one.

Sadie liked them all so much that she tried to decorated herself instead of the tree with them.
Nice try, adorable old dog.

Craft on!
Anita