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30.9.14

Felt Piggy Coin Purse / Piggy Bank

Love this DIY felt piggy coin purse / piggy bank by Dream A Little Bigger.  These would make a terrific gift or craft on a raining day.


FELT PIGGY COIN PURSE / BANK

Materials:
  • Acrylic felt sheets
  • Sewing machine OR needle and thread
  • washable fabric marker (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut your pattern out and either trace onto your felt with your marker or pin to the fabric and trim around. Mark the area for the slot and draw a rectangle around it.
  2. Sew the rectangle around your slot.
  3. And trim out the opening with scissors. Folding the pig in half helps to get the cut started.
  4. Sew the pig onto a piece of felt and trim away the excess when done. This helps the front and back be the same without having to worry about either slide slipping and getting all wonky on you.
  5. Fill with change and this project is a wrap. Well, unless you have more to make!
9" x 12" BLENDED WOOL FELT SHEETS AT CHARMIOS


22.9.14

Free Printable Mummy Pillow Boxes

These little boxes are perfect for treats or party favors, and fit about 25 M&Ms, courtesy of Lines Across.  They are such a quick and easy handmade touch to a party, gift basket, or just a fun Halloween treat to share with your kids. 

PRINTABLE MUMMY PILLOW BOXES, LINES ACROSS

What you need:
  • White Cardstock
  • Printer 
  • Free Template
  • Scissors and Glue
  • (Optional: X-ACTO Knife )
  • (Optional : Elmer's Dot Runner )

What you do:
  1. Print out your boxes onto white card stock.
  2. Cut out the templates. Carefully cut along the lines, leaving as much black outline as possible without leaving any white border.
  3. Score along the curved lines at the top and bottom, and fold the two long edges. You can use scissors to lightly score, or the back side of an X-ACTO knife. Test on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure you aren't cutting all the way through the paper.
  4. Glue or tape the tab to the opposite side of the box.
  5. Fold down the flaps to make your box a pillow, and fill with treats. These boxes are really little... too small to put a gift card in, but perfect to fill with little candy like M&Ms. 
  6. They fit about 25 M&Ms when full.

20.9.14

Halloween "Poisonous" Black Toffee Candy Apples

How amazing do these "Poisonous" Black Toffee Apples look, and just in time for Halloween.  Thanks for the inspiration, Simply Delicious, we definitely have to try this!

BLACK TOFFEE APPLES, SIMPLY DELICIOUS

Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup liquid glucose/light corn syrup
  • few drops black gel food coloring
  • 6 Granny Smith apples (or 12 small apples)
Instructions
  1. Grease a piece of baking paper and place on a tray/baking sheet.
  2. Insert bamboo skewers in all the apples and set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, combine the sugar, water, glucose/corn syrup and food coloring and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels smooth when you rub it between your fingers.
  4. When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and wash the sides of the pot down with a pastry brush dipped into clean water to prevent crystals from forming.
  5. Allow the caramel to boil until it reaches the hard crack stage (150°c/310°F).
  6. Carefully dip the apples into the hot candy mixture and place on the baking paper to set and cool for approximately an hour before serving.