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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Karate Board Breaking Display - How To

Today I'm going to show you how I decided to display the boards my son broke at his Karate class. This has been on my to-do list for well over a year. So when I was brainstorming homemade Christmas gift ideas for my kids to do for each other, I thought of this. My daughter did all the work. She's 12 and thought it was pretty cool to use the power saw and nail gun. {with supervision, of course}

How to Make Karate Board Breaking Display

The first time he broke this one, it was right at the end. So they decided to have him break the same board again. It makes for a much cooler display than just having two pieces.

This was pretty easy to put together. I'll walk you through it.

How to Make a Karate Board Breaking Display

1- Cut three pieces of 1 X 4 to 18 inches long. {adjust to fit the size of your broken boards}

2- Sand the wood.

3- Stain the wood. {I used Early American by Minwax} Let dry thoroughly.

4- Spray with a clear coat of lacquer.

5- To connect all the boards together we nailed some paint sticks on the back. Just check the length of your nails so they don't go all the way through to the front.

6- Attach a D-ring hanger to the back.

7- Attach the broken boards to the front using wood glue. Then set something heavy on top until it's dry.

How to Make Karate Board Breaking Display

 Here it is in his room with his DIY Karate Belt Holder. 

How to Make Karate Board Breaking Display

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Orange Rolls Recipe

One of my favorite treats in the wintertime is Orange Rolls. In this version I made them into a knot shape. I usually use Rhode's rolls to make them, but this year I decided to try making them all the way from scratch. I used the same dough recipe as my Garlic Knots, but of course used an orange topping instead of garlic. They turned out perfect! The knots are rolled in butter and then in a sugar/orange rind mixture before baking. While they are still warm I drizzled an orange glaze over the top.

Orange Rolls - Orange Knots Recipe

These orange knots are simply scrumptious!

Orange Rolls - Orange Knots Recipe

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Orange Knot Recipe

1 1/2 c. warm water
1 T. honey
2 1/4 t. yeast
2 T. olive oil
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 c. bread flour
1 t. sea salt

1/4 c. butter, melted
1 c. sugar
zest of one orange

1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. butter melted
juice of one orange
1/2 t. vanilla

Begin by making the dough. Combine water, honey and yeast, let sit 5 min to proof. Combine remaining dough ingredients with yeast mixture. Knead 5 minutes. Let rise until double {about an hour}. Punch down dough and divide into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a snake and then form a knot.

Combine sugar and orange zest in a small bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl. Dip each knot into the melted butter, then dip in the orange sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

While rolls are baking, mix together glaze ingredients. Drizzle glaze over orange knots while still warm.

Orange Rolls - Orange Knots Recipe
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

How to Make a Burlap and Twine Memo Board

One of the biggest sources of clutter on my kitchen counters are memo's to myself. I forever have sticky notes or papers from school taking over my space. So I set out to make a little memo board to help me keep track of important papers or appointments without all the clutter. I love the burlap and twine combo. And the cute little metal flowers are the perfect embellishment.

how to make a burlap and twine memo board

I love how it turned out. Here is the whole "desk" area of my kitchen. You may remember by little mini dresser and my mail slot organizer.

how to make a burlap and twine memo board
I didn't want to damage the wood of the cabinets, so I bought some command strips that are kind of like velcro. They attach to the frame and also the wall and the pieces interlock and are very strong.

Want to Make Your Own Memo Board?

You will need:
frame, painted and distressed if desired - I used a 10X13 size.
foam board
upholstery tacks, decorative brads, or buttons
hot glue

how to make a burlap and twine memo board
1- Begin by cutting the foam board to fit inside the frame.
2 - Cut a piece of batting the same size as the foam board, Cut a piece of burlap about an inch bigger all the way around.
3 - Place the batting and the foam board on top of the burlap and then wrap the burlap over the edges of the foam board and hot glue in place.
4 - Attach your twine with hot glue. I started from corner to corner, gluing the twine to the back side. Then I glued twine from the middle to middle.
5 - Insert into your frame.
6 - Add embellishments - I used the little metal flower embellishments. Upholstery tacks, buttons, or brads would work.

how to make a burlap and twine memo board
Here's just a few things on it - I've had it over a month now and it's filled up quite a bit. 

I have a funny story about this. This happened about a week after I hung the memo board.  My son got a picture packet for basketball pictures. A few days before the pictures, I could not find the packet any where. I searched in all the places where I thought I would have put it. The night before, I found it. Guess where it was? You got it, on my memo board. Needless to say, now that's the first place I look.

Have you ever started a new organization system?
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