Archive for November, 2012

Magnetic Note Boards

Credit for this clever idea goes out to my friend Betsy.  It was over a year ago that she made several of these and I loved them.  It was my plan to make them for Christmas presents for my daughter and some of her friends for their dorm room doors.

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The boards are actually flat pizza pans that have been decorated with coordinating scrapbook papers and ribbons. Magnets can be attached to embellishments, buttons, or other items for use with the board.

I made matching magnets from small glass gems like what are used in mosaic tiles. I punched half inch circles from the scrapbook paper and attached them to the glass gems with a drop of Glossy Accents. A half inch magnet was then attached to the back of the decorated gem, again with a drop of Glossy Accents.

Sadly, I missed the boat with my daughter’s college crowd. She is a senior and more focused on graduating than decorating her dorm this year. The same is true with her friends. I did surprise her when she was home for Thanksgiving by hanging one of the boards on her bedroom door — the black and white one to match her room. She was delighted. Now I need to come up with a less “girly” version for her brother who now also wants one. To please his picky tastes, I plan to let him pick out the papers he wants himself.

As for the remaining 3 boards, if you would like to purchase one, just let me know and I can have it to you in time for Christmas. Cost is $15.00 plus shipping.

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Chocolate Covered Bacon

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Brody says, “You are doing WHAT to the bacon!?!?!”

For quite some time I have considered cooking to be an art and a science.  Add a bit of creativity and it certainly qualifies as a craft as well.

As much as I would like to take credit for this idea, it was my brother in law who brought it to my attention.  Someone he worked with had tried this and it was just bizarre enough we knew we had to try it.

It starts with steak cut bacon.  Steak cut bacon is unusually thick.  Hubby located a slab of uncut bacon at our local grocery and had them slice it about 3/4 inch thick.

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The bacon is cooked over medium heat and turned frequently. It took about 45 minutes until we were sure that it was cooked completely.

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Once it was drained and cooled, we cut it into bite sized pieces.

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We then dipped the pieces into melted dark chocolate.

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A few minutes in the refridgerator to help the chocolate to cool and harden and it was done and ready to share!

We attend wine tastings regularly at our local party store so we had the perfect opportunity to test out this creation at today’s tasting. We kept it a secret at first. It was so much fun to see everyone trying to figure out what was hidden in the chocolate. One of our friends ate 12 pieces! The general concensus was that we had hit upon something pretty amazing. I guess we should not have been surprised. Everything is better with chocolate. And everything is better with bacon. So, of course, when you put the two together it can only be phenomenal!

Altered Clipboards

I’ve been missing in action on my blog, but not in my craft room!  Here are some of my latest creations:

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I have to credit my former Angel Company upline, Sylvia, for this creative idea.

These fun clipboards are blinged up and sparkly.  Each one features a pocket for loose items and are ready to be put to use.  They would add a decorative touch for keeping shopping lists in the kitchen or for hanging on a dorm room or bedroom door.

Let me know if you need one for a Christmas present for someone special.  I am selling them for $12.00 plus shipping.

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