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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eight Fall Crafts



Eight Fall Crafts Collage
 

I haven't made any fall crafts this year, so I thought I'd do a little roundup with some past projects as well as others that I'd like to eventually do.

Let's start it off with this darling orange sweater embroidery hoop pumpkin by Posed Perfection
I actually have an old orange sweater - so I must do this soon!

Orange Sweater Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin


Last year I made some pinecone flowers. I kept them and put them up again this fall.

How to Make Pinecone Flowers




I love these yarn wrapped fall letters by Repeat Crafter Me. I especially love the embroidered felt embellishments - so cute!

Yarn Wrapped Fall Letters


Turkey Embroidery Hoop Art by Do Small Things with Love - love those colors!

Turkey Embroidery Hoop Art



I love the simplicity of this! And you know I always have canning lids hanging around. Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin by About Family Crafts.

Canning Lid Pumpkin


Last year I made this fall table runner - and I shared a tutorial so you can make your own!

How to Make a Fall Table Runner


I love rustic... and these reclaimed wood pumpkins fit the bill. Head over to Finding Home to see how she made them.

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Another project from last year was our Thankful Journals. We pulled them out a couple weeks ago and the kids had fun reading them. There's still plenty of room, so I plan to encourage them to add more thankful thoughts.

Thankful Journals

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats are one of my favorite recipes. These little peanut butter bites are made with Special K cereal and perfectly ooey gooey peanut butter.

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats Recipe
I got this recipe from my sister-in-law. They are very similar to O'Henry Bars. I rarely make them because I can.... not.... stop.... eating them when they are around.
I made a batch to stick in the kids lunches. I bagged them and stuck them in the freezer {after we ate a bunch, of course} and then in the morning I just had to grab a few and throw them in their lunch boxes. By lunch time they were thawed and ready to eat.

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats Recipe
I was hoping that if they were out of sight in the freezer it would prevent me from eating as many. That didn't quite work out - I really need to work on my self control:)

Click here for printable recipe

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats Recipe

2 c. sugar
2 c. corn syrup
2 c. peanut butter
Special K cereal - most of a large box.

In a pot, combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.  Pour over cereal and mix well. I used almost all of a large box of cereal. There were about 2 c. of cereal unused. Start with less and keep adding until it's coated how you like it. I like lots of ooey gooey coating, so I don't use the whole box. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.


Enjoy!

Here are a couple other peanut butter treats to try:







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Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY Farmhouse Doll Bed for American Girl Dolls

Last weekend I helped my son build two doll beds for his little sisters. They are hoping to receive American Girl-type dolls for Christmas, so they will have lots of fun putting them to bed at night in these cute beds.
We got the plans for the Doll Farmhouse Bed from Ana White's website. If you like to build stuff, head over there for a HUGE list of free plans. I can spend hours browsing and dreaming up projects from her site.


DIY Farmhouse Doll Bed for American Girl Dolls

My son and I had a good time working together. Since he's ten, I cut out the wood. I'm not quite ready to let him use a power saw. But he was stoked to use a few other power tools, like the orbital sander, nail gun and even the drill. All with supervision of course.

DIY Farmhouse Doll Bed for American Girl Dolls


 He helped sand all the pieces and then we assembled the beds together. We used a nail gun in place of the screws for some areas of the bed, but for the most part we followed the instructions.

DIY Farmhouse Doll Bed for American Girl Dolls


I was originally going to have him paint the beds, but he didn't want to. I'll probably spray them with a coat of lacquer to help protect the wood.

These were really inexpensive to make. I already had some 1X3's, the backer board, and the screws, so I only had to buy a 2X2 and a couple 1X2's.  But even if you have to buy all the supplies you will spend only a fraction of the cost it would take to buy one.

Now I need to make some little quilts for the beds. I'm going to make them similar to the striped quilts I made for the girls.

A couple other handmade gifts we've done this year:

Christmas Jelly - Neighbor Gifts

Painted Canvas Bags



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