2016
Dec 15

Two Holiday Playdough Recipes: Peppermint Snow and Gingerbread

by Hannah Holt »

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These two sensory rich playdough recipes will keep little fingers and imaginations busy this winter season. Each recipe makes about two cups dough and may be doubled if desired.

Gingerbread Playdough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 packet unsweetened orange Kool-Aid (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix until a thick batter is formed.
  3. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon.
  4. Remove from heat, and let cool until it can be handled.
  5. Place on wax paper and kneed until smooth.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

Peppermint Snow Playdough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp blue or silver glitter
  • A few drops of peppermint oil (or 1/8th tsp mint extract)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix until a thick batter is formed.
  3. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon.
  4. Remove from heat, and let cool until it can be handled.
  5. Place on wax paper and kneed until smooth.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!


2013
Dec 29

My Christmas Project

by Hannah Holt »

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This year we did a homemade Christmas. I thought it would simplify  the season and make it more meaningful.

It did make the season more meaningful, but simplify…not so much.

I made a personalized fan art for my nieces and nephews.

The first step was easy. I googled high resolution images of their favorite characters, printed these, and copied the scene using tracing paper and pencil.

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After the initial sketch I went over all the lines heavily with a #2 pencil.

Then using a family photo, I traced in an additional character (or in this case a new face):

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{Here I taped the tracing paper right to my computer screen using masking tape. This made it easy to zoom in and out until the picture was the right size for the picture.}

Once I had all the lines the way I wanted them. I took my tracing and transferred it to 140lb watercolor paper by placing the drawing face down and rubbing the back with pencil.

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This makes a light mirror image copy on the new paper:

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From there on out it just became a a process of coloring in the lines with watercolors:

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Peter pan fan art

So it wasn’t overly difficult, but it was time consuming, especially considering I made five of these this month. But it was fun and it felt good when they finally all went out in the mail.

Happy holidays all!

 

 

 

 


2013
Jan 02

Printable Thank Yous (with Toys)

by Hannah Holt »

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This year I wanted to do something special for my Christmas thank you cards.

After Christmas I took pictures of the gifts we received and fashioned them into cards like this:

You can click on the pictures for a larger image.

I should perhaps explain the nails. This year for Christmas my mother gifted us a few family heirlooms. Among the collection of antiques and nostalgic items were four square nails. This type of nail was common in construction in the early 1800’s. Nails with round heads and shafts weren’t developed until the late 1800’s. So there you have it– four printable thank you cards and a bit of nail trivia for your next cocktail party.

Also, if you are looking for more crafts to do this New Year, I’m running the Twelve Days of Craft-mas on my Facebook Page. Come on over and check out some of the festive crafts we’re doing, including pudding portraits:


2012
Dec 12

Parties, Persimmons, and Ginger Squares

by Hannah Holt »

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Today is one of those fun dates: 12/12/12. It’s even more special for me because I recently turned a score and a dozen years old.

I love birthdays. Well, mostly I love cake. This week I ate plenty of cake, and now I’m in a plenty good mood. Here are some of the highlights from my week:

  • I finished Julie Hedlunds 12×12 challenge.
  • Just over a week ago, I finished Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo challenge.
  • The persimmon tree in my backyard is starting to come into season.
  • Six happy little persimmons were turned into this recipe for cake by Emiko Davies.
  • My cute husband also turned another year older, and later this week we will celebrate our nine year anniversary.
  • My oldest turned seven. I have a seven-year-old!
  • I found my first grey hair, but let’s call it silver.

December is in full swing and that means it’s time to make one of my favorite snacks of the year– ginger squares. It’s basically a recipe for gingerbread people but cut it into squares (and I use whole-wheat flour to feel less guilty about eating them by the fistful).

Ginger Squares

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves (optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups wheat flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Beat butter and sugar together for two minutes

  3. Add the molasses and eggs, and beat until well combined (it will look a little grainy; that’s okay).

  4. Add the spices to the wet mixture, then the baking soda, and finally the flour. You don’t need to combine the dry ingredients together first. Just add them one at a time to the wet mixture. (I almost never use two bowls when making cookies.)

  5. Mix until combined, and then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set in the fridge for one hour. The dough will be too sticky to handle if you don’t chill it first.

  6. Roll the dough out on a cutting board until it’s about the thickness of two nickles.

  7. Slice the dough into one-inch squares using a pizza cutter (or sharp knife).

  8. Place the squares at least ¼ inch apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 6-9 minutes. Six minutes will yield a very soft square, while 9 minutes will result in a crunchier cookie. Actual oven temperatures vary. Adjust the time as needed for desired texture.

 


2011
Dec 26

DIY Electric Guitar Onesies

by Hannah Holt »

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Perfect for the expectant mother or little rock star in your life

What you’ll need:

  • white onesie (size 6-12 m)
  • 8.5″x11″ sized iron-on transfer paper
  • pick a pattern Black or Red
  • an ink jet printer

Step 1) Pre-wash and dry the onesie.

Step 2) Download a pattern by clicking Red or Black (400 kB jpeg) and save it to your computer. Then print the pattern onto the transfer paper. (The printed pattern will be a mirror image of the final result. After step 3 the image will be reversed.)

Step 3) Follow the directions included with the transfer paper you selected, but here is the general process:

  • Cut around the pattern on the transfer paper, leaving 1/4 inch margins. Round all corners as sharp edges might peel later.
  • Place the pattern face down onto the onesie. Be sure to smooth any wrinkles.
  • Using a preheated iron (cotton high setting without steam), make small overlapping circles over the pattern. Press hard. The entire process will take a few minutes.
  • Remove the backside of the transfer paper and the pattern will remain.

Rock on!!!

Are you an iron-on maven? Please tell us your tips.