Peppermint Candy Cane Bark {guest tutorial}

*Be sure to check back in on Monday for the premier of Season 14.  The stuff the crafters put together for this season is awesome.  You won’t want to miss it.*

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Hi there! Thanks to Missy for having me here today, I’m super excited to be sharing a post on So You Think You’re Crafty as I’ve been so inspired by the many crafty and creative bloggers that I’ve discovered here.

My name is Claire and I blog over at Claireabellemakes about crafting, baking and my home city of Cambridge in the UK. This year I learnt to crochet and I am a sucker for any crafts that involve a glue gun. I love to share DIYs and recipes and I make and sell handmade accessories on Etsy.

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I am sharing with you a quick and easy recipe for Peppermint Candy Cane Bark to use up all those candy canes that didn’t get eaten over the holiday season.

Peppermint Candy Cane Bark

Ingredients

  • 400g White chocolate (2 x large bars)
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes (around 5 full size canes)
  • Peppermint essence (optional)

Directions

  • Place candy canes into a bag and hammer until crushed. Alternatively, you can place them into a food processor and pulse.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water on medium heat.
  • Mix the crushed candy canes and chocolate together and add peppermint flavour if desired.
  • Pour mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour until hard.
  • Break into pieces and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe today. Thanks for having me Missy!

Claire x

Feather Wreath {guest tutorial}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great New Year!  I’ll see you on Monday with season 14.*

Hi, I’m Fotini
from { Glamorous,Affordable Life
}! I would like to start by thanking Missy for allowing me guest post today!
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m married to an amazing man and I’m a
stay-at-home- mom to my son {6} and my daughter {20 months}. I blog about
crafting, DIY, my favorite recipes, home renovations (big & small) and
more! I’d sure love to have you over to visit J
The post I’m
going to share today is a pink feather wreath I made for my daughters
room.  You really won’t believe just how
simple this project really is, and I’m sure you’ll be searching for the perfect
spot around your house for this cutie!
 Here’s what you’re going to need:

·   12
inch foam wreath
·   Glue
gun and glue
·   2
6-foot feather boas

I did my
shopping at Jo-Ann’s and they had many different colors of boas to choose from.
I chose pink to go with my daughter’s bedroom décor. When using a 12 inch foam
wreath, you will need 2 6-foot boas.  With
your heated glue gun, place a small sized dot and push one end of the boa into
place. Start by wrapping the feathers around the foam. I think it’s a good idea
after a couple of wraps around the wreath, to place a glue dot to hold the
feathers into place. Add your second boa using the same technique. And that’s
it!! Can you believe it was that simple?

 

 

 

 

How fun is this wreath! One way to hang your new feather beauty is by adding a piece of ribbon and hanging into place (that’s what I did!). I’m already thinking about making a white for my formal dining room!
Thank you so much for sticking around and I’d love for you to stop by and say ‘HI’ over at my blog!

Surprise Window Shades {guest tutorial}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great New Year!  I’ll see you on Monday with season 14.*

Hi there, I’m Sarah, today’s grateful and excited guest poster.


I’ve been admiring the crafty talents on this blog for a while now, so I am humbled to be writing a guest post here, my first one ever!  Thank you for letting me hang out here today.

I blog over at My Project Bag to keep the food, furnishing and fiber projects under control and hopefully meet a few friends along the way.  Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on lately.

Today, I want to share with you this idea for what I call ”surprise window shades”:

Because the shades button up, you can put whatever fun flip side you’d like as a surprise when the shade is open.  The surprise on this shade is of course the last line from that cute children’s story.

The idea started with these button-up window shade instrucations from Martha Stewart.  Hers show plain fabric on the front and striped fabric on the back.  That’s plenty cute, but I wanted some extra fun for my toddler’s room.

I decorated each side before sewing everything together according to the instructions. The base fabric is linen, although I think duck cloth would be better.

I stenciled the letters onto the base fabric with fabric ink.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the stencil in vinyl, but there are certainly ready-made stencils for letters that would work fine.  I drew a line in disappearing ink to help line up the letters.

The moon was drawn by hand (with the help of a compass) onto fusible interfacing. Next I fused the interfacing to the fabric, cut along the line, and stitched around the shape with an applique machine stitch.

Once the sides were ready, I put them face together (making sure the words were facing opposite directions).  I then pinned both layers together to some shade darkening fabric as a lining.  That allows the shades to keep as much light out as possible so my son can sleep.  There is no lining in the original instructions, but the three layers work just fine.

Then I was ready for the instructions.  The one part I had trouble understanding from the instructions was how to insert the loops.  Here is a picture of how it worked.

Some other ideas for a surprise might be putting a night scene on the front and a daytime scene on the back.  The shade could tell a joke with the punchline on the back.  The surprise can also be on the front: a cute little monster with his head peaking up behind a wall when the shade is up could be revealed when the shade is down.

Hope you have fun with it!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the project.

Thanks again, Missy, for letting me share here, and happy crafty New Year to all!

 

DIY Nail Polish Rack {guest tutorial}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great New Year! See you next week!*

I am so excited to be here on SYTYC!  I am Mandy and you can find me over at Mandy Jean Chic.  My blog is eclectic, to say the least, and truly reflects me.  Some days my posts are make up/beauty related, others its fashion, sometimes I post my latest craft and other days I ramble on about my love for decor.  You can even find posts about my Bloodhounds and living in New Mexico.

The beginning of December I was sitting at my horribly messy vanity table trying to put make up on, without stabbing myself in the eye with eyeliner, and I realized something.  I need to organize my girl corner!  With the holidays around the corner I decided to organize as frugally as possible.

After pricing nail polish racks online I realized that in order to purchase a rack/racks large enough for my collection I would need to take out a second mortgage. Ok.. maybe that is a tad dramatic but its expensive!!

Off to the Dollar Tree I went and like a proud Mother, I present to you my DIY nail polish rack.  Grand total for this project was around $10.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
2 White Foam Boards 30″x20″ (Dollar Tree $0.99 each)
8 Dowels 3/16″ (Walmart, pack of 16 for $0.98)
1 Roll of Black Duct Tape (Dollar Tree $0.99)
3 Rolls of Contact Paper (Dollar Tree $0.99 each)
Razor Cutter
Cutting Mat
Hot Glue Gun
Glue
I originally had taken photos of my step by step process but technology has failed me and I had to purchase a new computer.  If you have ANY questions feel free to leave a comment or email me at mandyjeanchic@gmail.com
#1- Cut foam board into pieces.  These are my measurements but you can adjust to fit your needs.  Remember measure twice, cut once.  I remembered this the hard way.
        1 large white foam board cut into shelving
              2 Pieces for top and bottom, 2″x26″
              2 Side pieces for middle shelf and support, 2″ x 19.5″
              6 Shelves,  2″x12″
       1 large white foam board SCORE to make side support and back
              Lay foam board and score each side in 2 inches
#2- Wrap top, bottom, 2 side shelving pieces and 6 shelves with black duct tape.  You can also use contact paper if you wish or foam board paints like a dream! I used duct tape for support.
#3- Lay contact paper around side pieces and front of foam board.  You can see my favorite black and white print contact paper from the Dollar Store.  Love this stuff!!
#4- Run bead of glue along the top of the rack and place the top shelf in.  Do the same for the bottom shelf.
#5- Glue sides to the top and bottom.  Make sure to run a small bead of blue on both sides for support.
#6- Fill in the scored sides of the nail rack with glue for support.
#7- Measure and space out your shelves.  Mine are about 5″ apart.  Start gluing your first shelf in and use this as a guide.
#8-  Once the first side of shelves are glued, glue the first interior support.  Secure ALL seams with a bead of glue, top and bottom. Nail polish may not look heavy but about 30 polishes will add some weight to your rack.
#9- Repeat steps 7 and 8 for other side.
#10- Now that your rack actually looks like a nail polish rack cut your dowels to 12″ or the length of your shelves.
#11- Carefully add glue to each end of the dowel and place low enough to secure the nail polish bottles.  Mine are about an inch from the shelf.
If you have built or build a DIY nail polish rack please leave a comment and I would LOVE to check it out.  Also, I must give credit to my wonderful hubby for helping me make this.  I am the creative spirit in the house and he helps me execute.
Thanks Missy for this opportunity!

 

New Year’s Eve Craft: Resolution Hats {guest tutorial}

Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

I’m so excited to be here on SYTYC! I love watching the competitions
unfold, and I’m really appreciate Missy putting it all together!

Well, I blog about sewing over at Feathers Flights, but while
thinking about this guest post I couldn’t think of anything to do with
sewing. I kept thinking about a tradition my husband’s family
does. Growing up my family had lots of great Christmas
traditions, but we didn’t have many New Year’s Eve traditions.
Luckily, my husband’s family had lots of fun New Year’s Eve
traditions, and one is a fun craft for you and children and helps
everyone start thinking of the next year. It’s the resolution paper
hats.

Supplies

Newspapers

Fun pens, markers, glitter, etc.

1. Fold a newspaper for everyone in your family. Here’s a nice refresher.

2. Write each person’s name on their hat and the upcoming year. Then
help them write things they will do the next year or things they want
to achieve. For example, mine were grow my hair out, read twelve
books, sew lots, grow a garden, etc.. For Henry I wrote, turns two,
learns to run, learns new words, goes to nursery, etc.
3. Let your kids go to town decorating their hat.

This craft is easily customized for any age. I glued feathers and
sequins on mine and colored it with crayons. (Don’t laugh, but I
totally forgot the year and wrote 2012!)

Henry got to practice his coloring. Older kids can practice their
writing and spelling besides coloring. You can get some really fun art
materials for your kids to play with.

Henry enjoys coloring just as much as he enjoys chewing on crayon boxes.

4. Take pictures in your hats! It’s really fun for kids to wear hats
that they decorated.
5. Save them and next New Year’s Eve take them out again. Your kids
will be able to see their work, and check if they did all they wanted
that year.
Thanks for having me Missy! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s!

New Years Eve Party Hat & Popper {guest tutorial}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

I’m so excited to be posting here again at So You Think You’re Crafty! I wanted to share a fun and easy New Year’s Eve craft with you today.

Every year my all of husbands family travels to South Carolina to visit my Mother-In-Law for New Year’s Eve. We open Christmas presents, eat to much, and play fun board games with the whole family. Apples to Apples can get pretty intense! This is the fourth year that we are celebrating this tradition. I wanted to make something special for the kids this year, so I decided a party hat and confetti popper would be a lot of fun!

Let’s start with the popper.
 1. You know all those toilet paper and paper towel rolls you’ve been saving? You can finally use them! I used paper towel rolls and cut them into thirds.
2. Cut a line through the center of the tube almost all the way around, then punch a hole at both ends.
3. Tie a piece of yarn through the holes you punched. Cut a piece of wrapping paper as wide as the tube plus the yarn and about 8 inches long. Use a glue stick and add glue to the edges of the tube. ONLY THE EDGES! If you glue the whole thing you will not be able to rip the paper. Trust me. It happened.
4. Before you finish gluing fold over the edge of the paper, then glue that down.
5. Tie off one of the ends with a small piece of yarn.
6. Fill the tube with confetti, then tie off the other end.
I’m sure my Mother-In-Law is seeing this and thinking “Not in my living room!”. We’ll do this outside Bonnie!
Now on to the hat!
1. Start with a 12×12 sheet of card stock (any color), and cut out a cone shape.
2. Cut the same shape out of wrapping paper, leaving about a half an inch all the way around.
3. Roll the card stock into the shape of a cone and staple it. A glue stick wont hold it. Again, it happened.
4. Apply a glue stick to the hat then wrap it with wrapping paper. Again, fold over the edge to have a clean line.
5. Apply glue to the bottom inside of the hat, and fold the paper under.
6. Admire your hat!
7. Cut a few lengths of crepe paper about 24 inches long. I used 3 here. Fold them in half.
8. Using fun scissors, cut fringe in the crepe paper.
9. Glue each strip of crepe paper to the bottom of the hat, stacking them on top of each other as you clue. Gentle fluff the fringe after you finish gluing.
10. Find some numbers you like to use as a stencil. I bought these at a teachers supply store years ago when I was teaching, and still use them a ton!
11. Trace the letters BACKWARDS on the WRONG SIDE of a piece of card stock. Glue the numbers to the front of the hat.
12. Punch holes on the bottom of the hat, on each side where ears would be. Cut a piece of yarn long enough to tie under your chin, then tie it through each hole.
Ok, time to pop the confetti! Hold the string firmly, then pull apart!
Happy New Year! I for one will be enjoying time with my boys and nieces. It’s a far cry from how I used to spend my New Year’s Eves, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Bubble Glasses {guest post}

Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

Hi, I’m so happy to be here at SYTYC today!  My name is Jane and I blog over at Buzzmills.  On my blog you’ll find me making crafts with my kiddos, sewing and exploring nature, stop by sometime!  Thanks so much to Missy for having me here to share with you!

So, it’s the day after Christmas (and Hanukkah has been over for a while now…).  Are you the type of person who lets your holiday decor linger or are you stripping the house of red and green today?  I myself, like to keep up the Christmas decorations until after the New Year, but I do know that some kick the tree to the curb the very next day (ahem, today).  So, today, I have a little project to share with you that will keep the sparkle going, but without any red or green…and it’s perfectly suited for your New Year celebration!
Bubble glasses and plates

Supplies:  Inexpensive wine glasses, cocktail plates, a fat quarter of white linen, metallic acrylic paint, pencil with an eraser, metallic thread and sewing machine.

It’s all pretty simple really.

For the cocktail napkins I cut four 9″ x 9″ squares from my linen.  I then sewed around the edges using silver metallic thread.  I sewed a wavy design about 1/2″ from the edge and then a simple straight about 1/4″ from the edge.  I took cues from the linen placemats I sewed from Improv Sewing.
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Not, perfect, but that’s the way they are supposed to be…improv…I like the idea of casual and fancy meeting, don’t you!

Once you’ve sewn your napkins fold them up into little squares and iron well.  Now it’s time to start painting.  I used Martha Stewart metallic acrylic paints and a pencil eraser…
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Slide something under the top layer of your cocktail napkin so that the paint doesn’t go through to the other layers.  I used a folded piece of wax paper.
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Now, dip and dot…no, not the ice cream treats…just dip your pencil eraser into the paint and make some “bubbles”.
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It doesn’t have to be perfect, have fun with it, remember casual meets fancy!
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Hang to dry.  (Remember to heat set with an iron after they are completely dry!)
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While your napkins are drying, move on to your wine glasses.  Turn glass upside down.
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Beginning at the stem, dot your pencil eraser into the paint, make dots next to each other building up row by row until you are about a third of the way up the glass.
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Last, but not least it’s time to dabble your plates.  Important to note, do not paint on a surface where there will be food, while this paint does say it is non toxic, it is NOT food safe.  Therefore, I painted on the underside for some understated bubbles.
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After your painted pieces are fully dry, bake them in your oven at 350
degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Make sure you put them in while
your oven is still cool, so that they heat up gradually. After baking
for 30 minutes, allow them to cool completely before removing from your
oven. It is then best to wait 72 hours after curing before using your
painted piece.

And there you have it…a bubbly cocktail set.
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Oh, but, with all of these silvery bubbles, you need a metallic table runner too, right?  Mine is an inexpensive silver scarf!  Use it as a runner and then toss it in the wash and use it as a scarf!  I mean, who needs a silver table runner sitting around doing nothing all year long, might as well have something that does double duty!
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This project is a fun and easy way to spruce up something plain for a little bubbly New Year’s Eve celebration.  While we will just be sitting at home with the kiddos on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure we will pull these out to use for a little “fancy” cheese and crackers snack or something.  Because, even kids like to be “fancy”!

But, wouldn’t this also be a super cute bridal shower gift…or a hostess gift…or a belated Christmas gift?  Wrap it all up in the scarf and you are done!
Gift collage

Thanks again for having me Missy!  I hope you all enjoyed this project, Happy New Year!  And, don’t forget, stop by to say “Hi” sometime over at Buzzmills!

Almond Toffee {guest post}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

Merry Christmas, everyone! My name is Megan and I blog over at The Crafty Conundrum, where I share recipes and crafts.  You might remember me from a couple seasons ago here at SYTYC.  I’m so excited to be back!  Thanks, Missy, for letting me crash your blog again!


Every year since I can remember my mom makes and dips chocolates around Christmas time. My sister and I help out, but my mom is the real pro.  Anyway, I decided that I should probably start to learn the trade myself, so I started with something easy. It’s called Almond Toffee and today I’m going to teach you how to make it too. This is great to start with because there are no candy thermometers or beating.  And it’s a lot harder to mess up than something like caramels or fondant.

So let’s get started.  First you butter a 10 x 15″ jelly roll pan. In an electric frying pan, combine light corn syrup, sugar, and water. Set the temperature to 360 F (180 C).

Bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Once boiling, add blanched slivered almonds and butter.

Keep stirring and cooking until the almonds are brown.

Pour into prepared pan and press score lines into the candy with a heavy knife as it begins to set.

Let candy cool completely at room temperature. Then break it along score lines.

Now this toffee tastes great by itself, but we love it even more when it’s dipped in dipping chocolate and rolled in (or sprinkled with) chopped, toasted almonds.  It’s kind of reminiscent of Almond Roca.

The dipping takes a bit more skill and patience while you learn how to “temper the chocolate.” if your chocolate isn’t the right temperature when you dip it then it will appear “foggy”.  A great resource for learning to temper chocolate and dip properly (along with fabulous recipes for all kinds of candy) is a book called Candymaking by Ruth A. Kendrick and Pauline H. Atkinson. I invested in a copy of my own because it’s really helpful.  This is the book my mom has been using for the past 20-30 years of chocolate making and it’s wonderful.

And here are the ingredient amounts:

Almond Toffee

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup blanched almonds (slivered or chopped)

1 cup butter

Thanks, again, Missy!  And hope you all have a wonderful time this holiday season.  Hope to see you sometime over at The Crafty Conundrum!