Ice Luminaries – Only for those where its actually below freezing outside :)

I receive a e-newsletter from Country Living every week and one of last week’s projects was ice luminaries.  I was supposed to post about this yesterday but they weren’t frozen yet, which I’m not really sure how that happened I left them outside over night and dug them out of a snowbank and they weren’t frozen so I stuck them in the freezer.  Considering the high in the next week is only in the 20s here, I have no fear of them melting.

The Finished Luminaries

The process is really easy, find a large plastic container preferably with a lid (if you can’t find one with a lid its ok, its just easier with a lid)  I used drink mix buckets from Tastefully Simple, if you haven’t tried there drink mixes they are all delicious and I recommend them.   Fill the plastic container 2/3’s full with water and then slice up fruit, I used lemons, limes and oranges I also added some pine clippings off of our Christmas tree.   Next time I am going to use cranberries too.  But you can put just about anything in them.  Put your items in the water, and then place a clear cup (mine is greenish tint, its all we had) in the water, if you have a lid put the lid on to force the cup down if not use masking or duct tape to hold the cup in the center of the bucket.  Put in the freezer or outside overnight.  Check to make sure the ice is thoroughly frozen and place the bucket in the sink with hot water to loosen up the sides (it doesn’t take very long).  Flip it over and pop the ice out .  Drop a votive candle in, light it and put them outside for a beautiful, traditional Christmas decoration!

If it starts to get warm you can always put it back in the bucket and place it in the freezer to save for later!
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Ice Luminaries – Only for those where its actually below freezing outside :)

I receive a e-newsletter from Country Living every week and one of last week’s projects was ice luminaries.  I was supposed to post about this yesterday but they weren’t frozen yet, which I’m not really sure how that happened I left them outside over night and dug them out of a snowbank and they weren’t frozen so I stuck them in the freezer.  Considering the high in the next week is only in the 20s here, I have no fear of them melting.

The Finished Luminaries

The process is really easy, find a large plastic container preferably with a lid (if you can’t find one with a lid its ok, its just easier with a lid)  I used drink mix buckets from Tastefully Simple, if you haven’t tried there drink mixes they are all delicious and I recommend them.   Fill the plastic container 2/3’s full with water and then slice up fruit, I used lemons, limes and oranges I also added some pine clippings off of our Christmas tree.   Next time I am going to use cranberries too.  But you can put just about anything in them.  Put your items in the water, and then place a clear cup (mine is greenish tint, its all we had) in the water, if you have a lid put the lid on to force the cup down if not use masking or duct tape to hold the cup in the center of the bucket.  Put in the freezer or outside overnight.  Check to make sure the ice is thoroughly frozen and place the bucket in the sink with hot water to loosen up the sides (it doesn’t take very long).  Flip it over and pop the ice out .  Drop a votive candle in, light it and put them outside for a beautiful, traditional Christmas decoration!

If it starts to get warm you can always put it back in the bucket and place it in the freezer to save for later!
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Bubba’s (AKA Mr. Bubbles AKA Bubba Gump) Christmas Tuxedo

While shopping at Wal-mart last week, I saw the cutest little christmas tuxedo for dogs, it was $10 and made from the cheapest fabric, so of course I thought, why don’t I make one myself for Bubba!  That was last nights project.  

To make the bow, take a 10 in x 10 in piece of fabric (I used lovely green and red plaid), fold it over in thirds, and then sew the edge.  Adjust the tube so that seam you have just sewn is in the middle and then fold it in half and sew the end.  Adjust the smaller tube so that the seam is in the middle again, now you will have a small rectangle with no raw edges or seams showing on the front side.  Take a small strip of the same fabric about an inch wide, fold over the raw edges and sew to create the strip to hold the the bow down.  Wrap the finished strip around the rectangle of fabric to compress the middle to create the bow, make adjustments as needed.  Sew the strip of fabric in the back to hold the bow together, this needs to be as tight as possible so they bow won’t shift.  Trim off an extra part of the strip.  Now for the “collar” portion, I used Bubba’s current collar for the size and created a  finished 1/2 inch strip of fabric about 1 inch longer than his collar.  To attach the strip to the bow, I fed it throw the strip that was used to compress the bow.  To create the labels, I took two pieces of white fabric (size depends on how big your collar needs to be) and created them the same way I created the initial rectangle for the bow.  Then with a hot iron I folded over and pressed the rectangles for the lapels, then sewed it to the plaid collar strip and it was done.  I didn’t have an velcro at home last night, so I had to tape it on Bubba last night.  Forgive me for the pictures, the hardest part about working with Bubba is getting him to hold still, the pictures aren’t the greatest but you get the idea.  
I will try to take pictures again once I make Annie a Christmas outfit as well and of course hers will include ruffles! 
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Bubba’s (AKA Mr. Bubbles AKA Bubba Gump) Christmas Tuxedo

While shopping at Wal-mart last week, I saw the cutest little christmas tuxedo for dogs, it was $10 and made from the cheapest fabric, so of course I thought, why don’t I make one myself for Bubba!  That was last nights project.  

To make the bow, take a 10 in x 10 in piece of fabric (I used lovely green and red plaid), fold it over in thirds, and then sew the edge.  Adjust the tube so that seam you have just sewn is in the middle and then fold it in half and sew the end.  Adjust the smaller tube so that the seam is in the middle again, now you will have a small rectangle with no raw edges or seams showing on the front side.  Take a small strip of the same fabric about an inch wide, fold over the raw edges and sew to create the strip to hold the the bow down.  Wrap the finished strip around the rectangle of fabric to compress the middle to create the bow, make adjustments as needed.  Sew the strip of fabric in the back to hold the bow together, this needs to be as tight as possible so they bow won’t shift.  Trim off an extra part of the strip.  Now for the “collar” portion, I used Bubba’s current collar for the size and created a  finished 1/2 inch strip of fabric about 1 inch longer than his collar.  To attach the strip to the bow, I fed it throw the strip that was used to compress the bow.  To create the labels, I took two pieces of white fabric (size depends on how big your collar needs to be) and created them the same way I created the initial rectangle for the bow.  Then with a hot iron I folded over and pressed the rectangles for the lapels, then sewed it to the plaid collar strip and it was done.  I didn’t have an velcro at home last night, so I had to tape it on Bubba last night.  Forgive me for the pictures, the hardest part about working with Bubba is getting him to hold still, the pictures aren’t the greatest but you get the idea.  
I will try to take pictures again once I make Annie a Christmas outfit as well and of course hers will include ruffles! 
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Ooops I had a long weekend :) – Homemade Marshmallows

Sorry for missing yesterday’s post.  I took Monday off to take my dogs to the vet and spend some time with the BF.  Over the weekend I worked on a lot of great projects, that I will share this week.  For all of you who have not had a homemade marshmallow before you will never go back to store bought ones again.  Last year for Christmas I made peppermint marshmallows and gave them as gifts to people with hot chocolate, they were delicious.  This year for my first batch I wanted to try the traditional vanilla recipe and of course they were just as wonderful.

Vanilla Marshmallows
Homemade Marshmallows (Courtesy of Martha Stewart)

The recipe is used is from Martha Stewart.  The recipe is very simple, the only word of caution I have is to be careful it gets very hot and that it is best to use a stand-up mixer like a Kitchen Aid b/c it will take require a lot of mixing.  I hope you enjoy them!

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Ooops I had a long weekend :) – Homemade Marshmallows

Sorry for missing yesterday’s post.  I took Monday off to take my dogs to the vet and spend some time with the BF.  Over the weekend I worked on a lot of great projects, that I will share this week.  For all of you who have not had a homemade marshmallow before you will never go back to store bought ones again.  Last year for Christmas I made peppermint marshmallows and gave them as gifts to people with hot chocolate, they were delicious.  This year for my first batch I wanted to try the traditional vanilla recipe and of course they were just as wonderful.

Vanilla Marshmallows
Homemade Marshmallows (Courtesy of Martha Stewart)

The recipe is used is from Martha Stewart.  The recipe is very simple, the only word of caution I have is to be careful it gets very hot and that it is best to use a stand-up mixer like a Kitchen Aid b/c it will take require a lot of mixing.  I hope you enjoy them!

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