Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Time to share a great crock pot recipe!  As you may have noticed, I am now booked for the entire month of December and have already warned the BF that cooking will be limited!  If I can find more great recipes like this he may not starve!  Super easy and delicious, from Rita’s Recipes another great Pinterest find!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
I followed Rita’s recipe exactly, except I added only 1 tsp of cumin and some shredded cheddar cheese at the end.  Served it over rice and it was amazing!
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Recycled Soda Can Bow

Nothing says Christmas Time more than a wreath with a big bow.  I love the simplicity of the bed spring wreaths plain, but adding the bow adds a tough of holiday flare.  Created from 3 soda cans, they are actually pretty easy to make and I hope to have time to write up the tutorial before christmas, basically each side of the bow is one can, that is rounded down on the ends and glued together in the middle.  The ribbon ends that hang down are cut from another can as is the center piece to cover the section that is glued together.  I then attached a magnet to the back so they will stick anywhere on the wreath!
This one I spray painted gold:
This one I spray painted a nice glossy red:
Lastly, this one I left un-painted: 
I am currently gearing up for shows, as I have one every weekend until Christmas, please check my upcoming events if you want to find a unique christmas gift!  
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Bed Spring Wreath with Magnetic Book Page Flowers

book page poinsetta

Another Christmas Decoration Set, now available in my Etsy Shop.   Some of you may also remember this set from my last show!  Created from squares cut from an old book, featuring a center cut from a cereal box, painted and glittered.

Check back tomorrow for my first post on a Bed Spring Christmas Tree!  Down the road I also hope to provide a tutorial on how to make these lovely flowers, I just haven’t had the time!
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Recycled Soda Can Poinsettia Decoration Set

soda can poinsetta
My first Christmas wreath of the season, similar to the Recycled Book Page Dahlias, except made out of Diet Cherry Pepsi Cans!  I made two different size flowers just so they don’t overwhelm the wreath.  I hope to make a bunch more in this style, in several different colors throughout the seasons!

    
Enjoy!  Someday I might share this tutorial  right now I’m keeping it a secret b/c it is a lot of work :).
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Recycled Cereal Box Star Tutorial

stars

A lot of you must remember the Sheet Music Star Decoration Set from last week, well here is the tutorial on how to make your own recycled stars.

Supplies:
Cereal Box or other food box (soda can boxes work great too)
Decorative Paper (Scrapbook paper, sheet music, the funny pages from the newspaper)
Scissors
Glue
Butter Knife
Marker
Star Templates (I used http://familyfun.go.com/printables/printable-star-pattern-703380/ and printed them on cardstock)

Step 1: Trace your start template on the back side of your cereal box. Cut out your star.
Step 2:  Trace the star you just cut out onto the back of your decorative paper and cut out.
Step 3:  Glue your decorative star to the backside of your cereal box star.  You may need to do a bit of trimming with the scissors an exacto knife to neaten up the stars edges.

Step 4:  On the cereal box side of the star (the back side) mark the center of the star with a marker. (it just needs to be approximate).  Get your butter knife ready!

Step 5:  On the back side of your star, using your butter knife, score a line from the point of each star to the center point.  You should do this 5 times, try to be as exact as possible.  The score line is going to be wear your fold your stars. It should look like this:
 
Step 6:  Repeat the above process but do it from the angle in between the star points to the center.  This step should leave the back of your star looking like this:
Step 7:  The final step!  Carefully fold each star point on the score line with the decorative side up, to get the 3D look and then fold each crease on the score line in between the star on the cereal box side to make it even more 3D!  The front of your star should look like our first image and the back side of the star should look like this:
Give it a try!
Happy Crafting!
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Recycled Sheet Music Stars

I am really trying to work on my photography skills.  To make my photos a little better on the blog.  They still appear to be a tad dark but I’m getting there.  I have had no time to right up a tutorial on this one but expect it soon b/c they are super easy.  Basically I cut out a basic five point star from a cereal box and glued  the same size star cut of sheet music to one side of it.  On the other side, I used a butter knife to score from each point of the start to the center as well as in between each point to the center to make the star fold nicely and give it a three dimensional feel!  Check it out!
This decoration set will be with me this weekend at the North Country Department Store at Indian River Middle School Saturday, November 5th from 9 – 4!
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Recycled Candy Cane Decoration Set

With Halloween over its beginning to feel a little like Christmas time.  We haven’t seen any snow yet up where we live which is shocking, but I’m sure it won’t be long.  In preparation for Christmas I created this cute candy cane magnetic decoration set for my bed spring wreaths.

Created by twisting and shaping strips cut from a soda can!

I am honestly trying to work on my photography.  That is going to be one of my goals for the new year!  This set will be with me at the North Country Department Store this Saturday, November 5th in Philadelphia, NY at the Indian River School. 
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Blue Recycled Phonebook Hydrangea

Continuing on with my phonebook recycling mission, I made a set of vivid blue hydrangeas.  I used the Wilton Gel food coloring which gives a much deeper richer color than liquid food coloring.  

These and several other different colors of hydrangea decoration sets will be available at the Upcycled Art Show this Saturday October 29th in the Cheel Commons at Clarkson University!  Stop by and check them out in person!  They are AMAZING!
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Quilled Soda Can Snowflakes

I had been working with quilling strips of soda can for awhile now and trying to come up with some decent shapes made out of them.  For those of you that don’t know quilling traditionally is the coiling and shaping of narrow strips of paper into designs.  I decided to move this into a recycled effort and do it with soda can since soda can really has the ability to easily hold the shape.  Although a time consuming process I think the end result is wonderful.

 I hope to have some wreath decoration sets, ornament sets as well as individual ornaments made out of these for upcoming shows. 
Don’t forget this weekend is the First Uniquely Northern NY Upcycled Art Show in the Cheel Commons at Clarkson University from 10 – 4.  We have 10 recycled artisans and crafters attending the show and it is sure to be one-of-a-kind!  Stop by and check it out!
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Recycled Soda Can Snowflakes

With snow in the forecast in Northern NY, what better way to welcome it than make some recycled soda can snowflake decoration sets for my bed spring wreaths.  I’m not sure I like this set b/c you can’t really see them all that well.  They are only about 1 in x 1 in and the silver just doesn’t pop that much, so I’m going to work on some others, but thought I would share these anyways.  I created the snowflakes using a Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch :).
It has been a crazy week!  I am getting everything together for the Uniquely NNY Upcycled Art Show this Saturday Oct 29th from 10 – 4 in the Cheel Commons at Clarkson University!  As of right now I have 11 artisans that recycle signed up!  

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