Showing posts from January, 2011

Cheese Crackers

Adapting to the new foods here in London has been quite the experience. At first we thought the food was terrible, but then we learned there is some food here that is pretty good and unique to what we are used to back home. However, there are some foods that are hard to live without. For my kids it is cheese crackers. Call them Goldfish, Cheezits, ect, but you will not find them here. Of course the commissary an hour and a half away has them, but usually for an outrageous price. So I went on an adventure to make my own. I came out quite victorious judging by the fact that the plate of crackers was gone shortly after taking this photo.

I googled Goldfish recipe and came up with a site called Yum Sugar. She has very detailed instructions with nice pics, so I wouldn't duplicate her post. However, I did find that it helps to flip them half way through baking. Also how long you bake them and how thick you roll them out makes a difference, so play around with the thickness and browning a…

Screen Printing - Plaid Simple Screen Print Review

So I decided to try my hand at screen printing. I've always wanted to silk screening, but its an expensive hobby. I have been in the process of making canvas tote bags for reusable shopping bags, and I wanted to decorate them but I lack artistic ability. I found a solution to my problems, Plaid Simple Screen Print. Ok its still a little pricey, but if you break it down to the number of projects it can do its not so bad. So I paid $10 for the screen and $3 for the paint and they said combined it can do 20 projects which works out to be 65 cents a print. The down side is you have to choice one of their pre-made designs, but they have plenty of paint colors to really make it your own. Hopefully the product will take off and they will have a large variety of screen prints to choice from. But for now, they had something I thought would work for my project.

I must say for my first attempts of screen printing, my project turned out awesome. I got a little smudge of paint on the side wher…

Stylish Tote

I needed a bag to carry all of my stuff in when I go out and about. It needed to be a purse, diaper bag, and hold anything I grab along the way while I am out. I'm about to make a bunch of canvas totes, but before I started with them I wanted to make something a little more fashionable.
I drafted my own pattern for this as I went, but I tried to make measurements for those of you who would like to make a similar tote. I've included a picture at the bottom with my measurements, but results will vary.
Fabric measurements: Straps: 56 x 2 inches - sew them as one and then cut them in half Body: trapezoid with a bottom of 17 inches, top of 12.5 and a height of 11 inches. Facing: trapezoid 12.5 inches at base, 12 inches at top, and a height of 2.5 inches Bottom (optional): Eye shape with measurements of 15.5 in length and 5 inches tall at the widest point.
Start off with two long strips of fabric, these will be your straps. Sew them together on three sides, leaving only one of the skinny en…

A New Year a New Design

I started this blog many years ago. I admit there are times when it has been sorely neglected, but I had a lot going on in my life. With going to college, moving all the time, and raising three kids, the blog seems to hit the bottom of my priorities. However, I recently started a new blog which revived my love of blogging. So to spruce things up a bit I decided to change out my blog style. Hopefully it is less busy and easier to read. Enjoy everyone!

Christmas in London

First Christmas in London
For the first time we moved during Christmas, an overseas move at that. We had no Christmas decorations to put on our tree this year, and very little money left over from the move and buying gifts. The challenge was that all my craft supplies where gone as well, so these projects can be done by those who have very little crafting tools. So we set out to make our own ornaments, and it was a lot of fun. We did these projects together as a family, which made it extra special. Our tree turned out wonderful, and the kids really enjoyed helping out with all the projects.

Orange Slices It turns out that dried orange slices are popular here in London, especially on the trees in historic areas. It was very simple to cut the oranges into small slivers with a sharp knife and lay them on a cookie sheet lined with foil. I baked them on a low heat until the edges got a darker orange. Then I flipped them and let the other side cook. I am sorry I can't tell you specifically …