Easy Salt Dough Ornaments! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like me, you LOVE to give handmade gifts for Christmas. They are easy, relatively inexpensive, and you know they will be cherished forever!

I made these salt – dough ornaments for Christmas 2015. Kaleb’s first Christmas! Back when my baby had little tiny feet and squishing them into dough was easier.

These salt – dough ornaments are really easy to make and fun to decorate!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Warm Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Flour
  • Wax paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wriggly Baby Feet (optional)
  • Cookie Cutters (optional)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Straw
  • Twine or Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Set your oven to 250 degrees F
  2. Mix salt & flour together in mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly mix water together with salt-flour mixture with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Roll out dough on a flat floured surface with the rolling pin, about 1/4 in. thick.
  5. Choose your shape cookie cutter and press down in the dough gently but firm.
  6. Wiggle the cutter around a little bit to break it free from the edge of the rest of the dough.
  7. Carefully pick up your cookie cutter, if the dough cut-out didn’t lift up with it carefully pick up your design and place it on the wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  8. Repeat steps 4-6 until all your dough has been used up.
  9. Take the straw and poke a hole near the top of your ornament so you can later add your twine or ribbon hook.
  10. Place your baking sheet with your ornaments in the oven for 10 minutes. Keep watch as oven temperatures vary.
  11. When your ornaments hard you know it’s time to take them out of the oven.
  12. Take them out and let them cool.
  13. Decorate however you want!!!!
  14. Gift them to your family and friends for a one of a kind keepsake!

Variations:

  • use your child’s footprint or hand-print and decorate
  • use your pet’s paw-print (just be careful to wash their paw after as too much salt is bad for animals)
  • use objects you can find around the house to add extra texture to your creation
  • the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Crafty!

Advertisements

Watercolor Name Gifts!

I have recently picked up a new art form. I have loved watercolor for years but never was serious about learning it until now. With our new house, came a great big attic space to stretch out and have space for all my craft & art needs. I'm still working on my space but love the energy in it already.

I have done a few small paintings to get my brush wet (no pun intended) and have also started to combine hand-lettering with watercolor. I've made and given a few gifts already and love the response I am getting from them! A co-worker even told me I should start selling them!

Here are a few examples and I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Basil Hummus Recipe

It’s that time of year again. Where gardens are in full swing and this heat has them growing like crazy! I went out this morning and harvested my second batch of lettuce & my third batch of basil!

Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE Basil. There’s something about the smell and taste I can’t get enough of it. From using Mrs. Meyers Basil Dishwashing Soap to having Basil a scented Candles around the house I am always surrounded by the smell.

When we moved to our home back in December, I told my husband that I would really like to have a vegetable garden this year. I have only ever had one once and that was when I was living home and it didn’t go so well due to poor soil we had purchased for the planter box my father made me. In the spring, my husband made me a beautiful planter box and we filled it with Natures Care organic specially mixed soil meant for raised garden beds.

I was determined to have a good year! So far, we’ve had plenty of rain, a lot of hot sunny days, and the garden is thriving. I planted 5 Basil plants, 3 varieties of Tomatoes, 3 variety of peppers (some hot some sweet), green beans and cucumbers.


The photo above was the first round. I relocated the lettuce to a big pot in the shade, and added a few more plants.

I have been trying eat more healthy, and I love hummus! My husband has made it for me a few times but after my harvest of Basil today I wanted to try my hand at it.

The result was amazingly yummy! I am so glad I got out in the garden today and was able to say “that came from my garden!”

The girls at work are going to love it and I can’t wait to share it with them!



Homemade Basil Hummus

10 servings – 152 calories per serving – 6g total fat – 8g protein – 18g carbohydrates 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbs tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pink Himalayan salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are blended and mixed well.
  3. Store in mason jars or other small snack size containers.
  4. Enjoy!

See, I told you it was easy!

Stay Crafty!

A Hot Digity-Dog Mickey Mouse First Birthday!

 

Kaleb’s First Birthday Mickey Mouse Themed Birthday

 

We had so much fun putting together Kaleb’s first birthday party! Everything you see below was hand-made with the exception of the Mickey Mouse Cupcake Towers, & Mickey Mouse Cupcake Papers.

The Mickey Mouse cupcake toppers were melted chocolate I put into a squeeze bottle and then traced over them on wax paper & let cool in the refrigerator. The Mickey Mouse month by month banner I hand cut from templates I printed online. Which makes me very grateful that my husband bought me my Cricut Explore Wireless! Makes cutting designs out so much easier and faster!

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet and might come back to it as some point to add more but I hope this post gives you some ideas to make your Mickey Mouse Birthday a hot-diggity-dog one!

My little Mickey Mouse Man! 

Fork-print Fireworks! (Toddler friendly!)

Looking for a fun and toddler friendly craft for the 4th of July?? Try these fork-print fireworks!!! All you need is paper, a fork and washable paint (I did say toddler friendly 😂) you can try these many different ways, and even add glitter! The perfect craft for this holiday weekend!  

  1. Pick the paint colors your little wants to work with.
  2. Get your area ready.
  3. Place your painting surface in front of your little.
  4. Grab a fork.
  5. Help your little with dipping the prongs of the fork in the paint.
  6. Let them plant a few fork stamps on the page.
  7. Help them by turning the paper so they can make a firework!
  8. When done with all fireworks, dip the ends of the fork prongs in paint and make polka-dots on the way down the page for the firework trail.
  9. Look back and admire your littles artwork.
  10. Enjoy your 4th of July!!! 

See, told you it was easy! K and I did this craft this morning in about 30 minutes on top of a few other things he painted. 


Have a happy & safe 4th of July & Stay Crafty!!

DIY no-sew blanket! 

If you have ever tried to find a cute blanket for your little that matches the “theme” you’ve deluded yourself into thinking your son or daughter needs you have most likely come to the realization that either A. You can’t find what you are looking for in “toddler size” (for a toddler bed which is the same size as a crib mattress) or B. You have found what you are looking for and it is astronomically expensive. $60 for a toddler bedding set? Really?  

When we moved to our new house back in december, I was set on keeping Kalebs room the same theme, Nautical. We already had soo many sheets and wall decor I couldn’t bring myself to switch over. We just bought a house, it was Christmas time, he’s a toddler. He won’t even notice! 

Moving to the new house meant some changes. One of the big changes was that Kaleb would be in a toddler bed now. We were all so excited! I hopped online and started searching for cute Nautical themed sheets, blankets and pillows. To my surprise, they were super expensive! How can something that is made with half the fabric be almost 2 times more expensive! I was able to find a cute anchor sheet set and blue and white stripped comforter from Target around Christmas that wasn’t too pricey. Since then, it has been a struggle! 

A few weeks ago I was at my local Walmart picking up a few household necessities. I noticed they are starting to redo the floors and are moving everything around so you feel like you’re on a scavenger hunt just to find the paper towels! 

Right across the isle from where the paper towels are now located, there was a huge rack with all of their fabric options, now up to 75% off! I went over and perused the styles and options because you know I can’t just pass up a bargain! I came to the fleece fabrics and got the crazy idea of making him one myself! 

I had gotten a fleece blanket from my husbands family member for my baby shower and I instantly fell in love with it! It was soft, warm and cozy! And of course, it was a no-sew blanket! I had never attempted one before and was excited to try! I made Kalebs anchor blanket for a total of $11!! 

This project was super easy, inexpensive and only took 2 and a half hours to complete. It’s the perfect project to do while you’re binge-watching your favorite Netflix show! 

Materials:

  • 5 yards fleece fabric (2 different designs)
  • Scissors 
  • Favorite Netflix show

Instructions:

  1. Lay out your fabric on top of each other, designs facing outwards. I laid mine out on my bed since it was the biggest surface I had available.
  2. Start cutting 1 inch wide x 2-3 inch strips around the edge of the fabric. No-sew, no sew, fabric, anchor, anchor blanket, craftybombshell, thecraftybombshell, the crafty bombshell, Nautical bedding, Nautical theme
  3. Tie the strips into knots. You can either cut all the strips and then tie, or tie as you go. I cut all one side first and then tied them into knots. 
  4. When you’re done, enjoy your blanket! See, I told you it was easy!

No-sew, no sew, fabric, anchor, anchor blanket, craftybombshell, thecraftybombshell, the crafty bombshell, Nautical bedding, Nautical themeNo-sew, no sew, fabric, anchor, anchor blanket, craftybombshell, thecraftybombshell, the crafty bombshell, Nautical bedding, Nautical theme
Stay Crafty!

Hand-Lettering 101

Two months ago I was eagerly awaiting my new purchase from Amazon, Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering. Even with AmazonPrime I felt like it couldn’t get here fast enough!  I have scoured Pinterest and all it has to hold and instantly became enthralled with this art form. I instantly started doodling on anything I could get my hands on!

If you remember from my Dinosaur Thank You Cards post I’ve been trying to keep up this standard of etiquette that our generations before us have all held. Send thank you cards, birthday cards, even a thinking of you note from time to time to a special someone far away. Ever since I have started my practice of hand lettering, I have put a special touch on all the cards I have sent out. Below you can see some of the other projects and “doodles” that I have done, and also a peek into the book!

51tg3tnaqil-_sy498_bo1204203200_

In the book it explains about the different mediums you can use to hand letter, the different types of paper and also about different typefonts that work well together.

After trial and error, mostly because I couldn’t wait for the pens on order to come in, I found that Crayola Markers don’t work very well. Some of my favorite pens to use for hand lettering are Elegant Writers. They have a tapered tip to handle all those thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

This was a fun little St. Patrick’s Day craft that I did with my little man!

I got this idea from one project closer. Go check out her blog for more cute ideas!

The easter bunny even knows how to hand-letter!

 

prime_gifting_728x90_updated-_v324946771_