Posts Tagged ‘handmade gifts’

Make Recycled Necklaces

April 7th, 2012 by zoe 10 Comments

I made these cool necklaces with old washers from the tool bench, nail polish and brightly colored yarn. I spray painted the washers on both sides with an off white color as a base then added stripes and polka dots with colored nail polish. The brightly colored yarn scraps were a gift from my dear knitter friend and they come in handy all the time. Thanks Sara!

I think it’s a pretty fun project and any kid that is old enough to paint their own toenails could easily manage it quite easily provided they have some supervision and a super thick layer of newspaper on the work surface.

I love projects  made with stuff everyone has hanging around the house.

Small washers might even make for funky earrings!

 

Make a Tiny Valentine Banner

February 5th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

I have been rather uninspired as of late — winter, cabin fever,flu, cranky New England stuff. Valentine making always cheers me up and makes me smile, plus it brings me back to the basics. I love the simplicity of paper and glue. Nothing fancy — just paper and glue!

I made these tiny little envelopes and stuffed them with little love notes for my boys.They easily hang on a bit of yarn tucked under the envelope flap. I had a lot of fun hanging the sweet little garland here and there in the house. In the end I liked it best hanging from the pantry hutch. There’s just something about tiny tiny envelopes, or maybe it’s the simple winter contrast of red and white. It’s February in New England and warm hearts are what it’s all about.

Paper Hearts, We Like Um!

January 30th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Okay it’s almost February. Which brings one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day.

I love Valentines Day.

Not for its chocolates, high pressure romanticism, or gifts and such.. (and definitely not for its overpriced long stem red roses that always go limp necked and die before ever opening!).

I love it because I have forever loved to make cards, and Valentines Day is the ONE day in which EVERYONE is encouraged to give handmade cards. Now don’t let me down and buy the Star Wars and My Little Pony ones propped temptingly on the isle ends at the grocery store — DON’T DO IT.

Get out your construction paper, doilies, glue and glitter and get to work folks.

GET TO WORK!

Oh and make sure to replenish the craft supplies, you can never have enough hot pink glitter!

Making Custom Spoons for Grandma

December 21st, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I originally saw this project here and knew it was perfect handmade gift idea for the boys Momo. I ran out and got some nice wooden spoons at the cookshop the next day!

I got the boys to draw on their spoons with pencil and we traced it with a wood burner tool.

The boys have a Grandmother who lives and breaths kitchen gadgets, I once counted four waffle irons in her kitchen.

I hope she loves her custom spoons as much as I do!

Kids Making Teacher Gifts

December 19th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

Some last-minute gifts for the teachers.

The boys hand painted terra-cotta pots for Amaryllis bulbs.

I am pretty excited to share with my children the joy of giving, which after all is kinda sorta the whole dig dang point of the holiday season.

I have a memory that on the Little House on the Prairie the children were pretty excited to simply get one of these for Christmas….

Making Merry With Chocolate

December 18th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

Today we made my Grandmother’s Walnut Roca – nothing says celebration like melting chocolate!

I love you Grandma Zena, and I forever LOVE your Walnut Roca!

For those who asked here is the recipe!

Zena’s Walnut Roca

Ingredients

1 Pound butter

2 Cups White Granulated Sugar

Candy thermometer

4 Large 7 oz Hersey Bars or 28 oz of Fancy Dancy Chocolate of your choice

Walnuts — at least a pound.

Large Cookie Sheet

 

Take 1/2 cup of walnuts and chop them very fine, set aside.

Put butter and sugar in a sauce pan over a medium heat and sir like mad

(do not stop stirring this will take at least 10 minutes!).

Stir till it turns a caramel color and reads 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Note: as it gets close watch very carefully that it does not burn!

Add finely chopped nuts to toffee and mix thoroughly, spread the mixture onto a large cookie sheet in a very thin layer. Let fully cool.

While toffee sets up chop the remaining nuts finely.

Now rig up a double boiler and melt about 14 oz or half of your chocolate.

Spread one side of toffee sheet completely with chocolate, sprinkle heavily with half of your chopped nuts. With your hands lightly press nuts into chocolate.

Allow to cool completely. We set our outside in the winter air to speed this along.

When your chocolate is completely firm flip the toffee sheet over and repeat process on other side -

melt 14 oz of chocolate, spread melted chocolate onto toffee, add nuts and fully cool.

Now the hard part. This takes some strength! Snap off pieces of Walnut Roca – my mother scores hers before layer with chocolate to make this part easier. I just snap away!

Store in an airtight container.

Warning

This is the best candy you have EVER had and it is highly addictive!

I recommend gifting it quickly or you will eat it ALL.