Friendship Brownies in a jar

friendship brownies in a jar

Share the love with this fun and tasty treat in a jar!  Make friendship brownies in a jar mix.  Recycle a spaghetti sauce jar or a pickle jar and use pattern paper from your stash.  You don’t have to be elaborate on the packaging because we all know that it is what is on the inside that matters most.

Materials for Friendship Brownies in a jar:

  • Ball Quart Jar (Jarden Home Brands)
  • Americana Acrylic Paint (DecoArt): Soft Blue.
  • Patterned papers: brown/white Swiss dot; red/white polka dot
  • Off-white cardstock
  • Red wool felt scrap
  • Wool roving: brick red; white
  • Blue Tiny Alphas Alphabet Stickers (Making Memories)
  • Acrylic gems: blue, 32; clear
  • Silver clip
  • Jute twine
  • Brownie mix ingredients (see recipe)

Basic Supplies for Friendship Brownies in a jar:

scissors

Tools

  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Needle felting tool and pad

Directions for Friendship Brownies in a jar:

1. Paint jar lid. Let dry. Apply varnish.

2. Cut 4″x12″ rectangle from paper to fit around jar. Adhere to jar. (Note: Wrap rubber bands around paper to secure while glue dries.) Use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 1″x12″ strips from cardstock. Glue to top and bottom edge of rectangle.

3. Print and cut out pattern.

4. Needle felt heart red. Draw flower center and needle felt white. Glue flower to jar as shown.

5. For label, cut a 1″x2-1/2″ from paper. Adhere stickers. Cut 8” length from jute, thread through clip and clip to label. Tie label around jar.

6. Adhere blue gems to scallop edges and crystal to center of heart.

7. Write or print jar mix instructions on remaining cardstock; cut out and glue to back of jar. recipe instructions

Recipe:

  • 1 2/3 cups  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4 cup  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • chopped nuts
    RECIPE TO ATTACH:
     

    PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour brownie mix into large mixer bowl; stir. Add 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter or margarine, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; stir well. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 2 dozen brownies.

by Melony Bradley

Valentine heart flag with Olyfun


Valentine heart flag

Create a Valentine heart banner with Olyfun.  The flag is super easy to make because the material does not fray and cuts like butter.  I used a heart die cut from Sizzix.  You can layer up to 4 layers of the material over the die but I like to do two at a time.  To adhere the fabric together I used  Fabri-Tac glue. If you have a low temp glue gun you can use that as well.  If you have a sewing machine that is also an option.  The 12×12 OlyFun sheets can be found in most craft stores or big box stores with a craft department. If they don’t have the sheets they might have it by the bolt.  Either way it is pretty inexpensive .  I used my sewing machine to make a quick straight line across the top.  You could hand sew or use glue.  I might go back and ass some glitter and more hand detailing.  But considering this is supposed to be a quick craft I did not.  This piece was actually made in 10 minutes including drying time.  The fabric glue dries super fast.   Last minute I added buttons in coordinating colors.  The flag needed a little pop.  if you do not have a die cut machine you can hand cut the hearts.

I’m excited to be participating in the Valentine edition of Craft Lightening sponsored by The Country Chic Cottage30 Minute Crafts, and 100 Directions.

heart buttons

Material for Valentine heart flag with Olyfun:

 

Valentine heart flag with Olyfun Instructions:

  1. Place die on machine and add two layers Oly*Fun.  Run through the machine.  Remove hearts and repeat as many times ass needed for your flag.
  2. Glue the two layers together for each heart and then glue onto the black 12×12 sheet.  Let a few hearts go off the edge.  Trim off the excess.
  3. Cut the slate grey sheet of Oly*fun in half.  Fold over and sew on the top edge of the Black 12×12 sheet.
  4. Glue on the yarn and buttons.
  5. ENJOY and

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    olyfun valentine banner

easy sew tote tutorial – make a boys water bottle sling using Oly-Fun

easy sew tote tutorial – make a boys water bottle sling using Oly-Fun

Easy sew sling tutorial

Easy sew totes are perfect for a kid on the go.  My kids are a pretty active  and as a family we are always on the on the go.  Being on the go with kids means that someone is always hungry or thirsty.  One way I have tried to teach the kids independence and individual responsibility is to have them prepare their own snacks and drinks.  I made each kid a sling that will hold a refillable water bottle and a small snack and maybe a piece of gum or two.  The kids like them and it is one less task I have to manage.  They know that at the 5 minute warning their bags need to be pack or they go without.  It might sound strict but I hear so much less complaining than before.

The material I use is  Oly*Fun from Fairfield.

Directions to make the easy sew tote:

Cut a piece of the Oly-Fun material to 9×5.

easy sew ply fun projects for kids

Sew three of the four edges together with a 1/4 seem allowance.

kids diy water bottle sling tutorial using oly fun

Turn bag inside out.

How to sew a water bottle tote with olyfun beginner sewing project

Sew a diagonal seam on each side. This will allow the bag to sit level and give room for the snacks.

easy sew trim on tote bias tape tutorial

Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip. No need to cut on the bias to create the trim. The material does not fray.

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To create the straps cut a strip that is 1 inch wide – I measured my son for the length.

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Fold the material into thirds and sew closed.

My son also requested hoops to hook on his keys and his whistle.  I used the left over strap piece to make this.

hook, purse interior

Sew the straps  inside of the pouch. I make a square because I think it is extra durable.

Olyfun trim bias

Since it was such and easy sew tote. I made my daughter one in less than a half hour after making my first one.

 

Easy Santa ornaments

santa belt ornament Let Santa’s jolly belt decorate the tree this year. The ornament is easy enough to make that you can get the kids involved. Make sure you cover your work surface if you are making these with the kids.  If your kids are anything like mine you might want to cover them too.  These ornaments are fun and easy to make  and look very nice on the tree.

Materials for Santa ornament:

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3”
  • Polyform Sculpey III Black Oven-Bake Clay
  • Silver bead
  • Black glittered ribbon, 7/8” wide, 10” length
  • Silver metallic cording
  • Polyform Sculpey: Acrylic Roller, Clay Tool Starter Set, Clay Mat
  • DecoArt Americana Tuscan Red Acrylic Paint
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark Wax Finish
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Glue

Basic Supplies for Santa Ornament

  • straight pins, paintbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for Santa Ornament:

1. While holding ball in your hand, paint the top half of the ball Tuscan Red.  Stick pins into painted surface to make tripod or stand. Set the ball on pins.  Paint other half and let the ball dry.
2. Pinch off one segment of clay; condition with fingers until soft and pliable. Using roller, roll clay to 1/4” thickness on mat. ( you can stack paper up on each side of roller to get the 1/4″ size)
3. Using knife from Starter Set, cut out 2” square. Cut and remove 1” square from center of 2” square, creating the buckle shape. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, bake buckle on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven.
4. Remove the clay pieces from oven. Let the clay cool completely.
5. Adhere ribbon around center of ball then trim ends.
6. Using fingers, apply Silver Spark to buckle.
7. Adhere buckle to ball, covering ribbon ends.
8. Insert silver cord through bead; adhere to top of ball for hanger. Knot the ends.
Make as many Santa ornaments as you would like.

Free Christmas Printables

printFree Christmas Printables for you to use.  Does not get much better than free does it? I am so excited to be a part of this Christmas Printable event, to share my easy to make picture frame and even more excited to for the giveaway that we have put together for you.

santa printable with cookies

I chose to use a printable from my friend and artist Jen Goode of 100 Directions in my super cool frame made from leftover straws.  The frame is very fun and easy to make.

Supplies for picture frame:

  • $1 wood frame from Michaels
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Paper straws
  • Paper flower
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions for Straw Picture Frame:

  1. Use hot glue gun to adhere paper straws on to the picture frame.  I glued them on at an angle.
  2. Use craft knife to trim the straws around the exterior and interior opening of the frame.
  3. Adhere the flower to frame.

Print the free printable, cut to size and insert into frame.  Place by cookies and enjoy.

Download the free Christmas printable:

Download the Dear Santa Art Print  2.37 MB

This art print is designed to frame at 8×10 size and features 3 little Scandinavian style holiday icon circles… 2 Christmas trees and a heart with a mini tree.  I printed mine 4 to a sheet of paper.  I changed the size when I went to print.

printing the holidays

Looking for more printables to enjoy this holiday season? Check out all the awesome bloggers participating in the Printing The Holidays Blog Hop! From gift tags to bookmarks to countdowns, we’ve got something for everyone. Also, don’t forget to enter the giant printing crafts bundle giveaway below!

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Make sure you enter to win the fantastic prize package. 

Easy Christmas ornaments to make

7 Easy Christmas ornaments to make in an afternoon plus Christmas Tree decoration inspiration.
7 easy ornaments to make

I’m teaming up with an awesome group of bloggers today and for the next three Fridays for the Christmas Link Up. This weeks theme is Christmas trees – yay!  I love making ornaments and thought I would share links to easy ornaments you can make in an evening or an afternoon.

Glass Cube ornaments with rub-ons

rub on ornament, quick and easy ornament

Paper Ornament

paper ornament

Decoupage ornament

Decoupages Ornaments star

Chic handmade stuffed bird ornament 

scrap fabric bird ornaments

Nested bird ornament

Nested Bird Tea Cup Ornament

 

French Chic Ornaments
chic ornaments. metal work, shabby chic , french country

Wood slice ornament using wood burning tools

Wood burining wood slice snowman ornament country chic Christmas 365 Days of Crafts

You can share your Christmas tree ideas with us, too – check out the link party below! I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas. I love Christmas trees!

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How do you decorate your Christmas tree? What ornaments mean the most to you?

Rules of the link up:
1. Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog’s home page.You may link up to 3 posts per blog.
2. Please leave a comment for your host, remember it’s a party!
3. Please be sure to visit a couple of other blogs and leave comments.
4. No Etsy stores, giveaways or other link parties allowed.
5. Please link with a text link or party button to your host.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media. We will always give proper credit and a link back to your post.
7. Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on our blogs. Features will also be pinned to our Christmas Link Up Pinterest Board for even more exposure! If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Link up with our party or leave a comment below!

And take a look at the other Christmas Link Up hosts to see their fabulous Christmas tree ideas!

Designers Sweet Spot
365 Days of Crafts
An Oregon Cottage
Dragon Flies and Lily Pads
Green With Decor
The Deans List Blog
DIY Beautify
Casa Watkins
Sow and Dipity
Sondra Lyn At Home
Shabby Grace Blog
Maj Hoff Takes a Wife
Charming Imperfections
Mommy is CooCoo
Somewhat Quirky Design
Refresh Living
BD Design Blog
3 Little Green Woods
Salvage Sister and Mister
Sweet Things
Chalk and Chocolate
My Creative Days
Domesticability
Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
Burlap and Babies
Red Cottage Chronicles
What Meegan Makes
Create and Babble
Tastefully Frugal
Twelve on Main

Fall burlap centerpiece

easy burlap centerpiece

A fall burlap centerpiece that you can make quickly, with ease and not break the budget.  This DIY project is made with pine cones from the yard, recycled cans, burlap and scraps from your stash. Burlap is one of my go to materials for fall. I think burlap feels like the perfect material to use for autumnal decorating and it is neutral in color so it goes with almost anything.  Plus it adds a nice texture and a warm feeling.  I like to pair it with jute cording and cream colored embellishments.

 

Supplies for Fall burlap centerpiece:

  • Burlap
  • Tin cans – cleaned and dried
  • Cotton lace
  • Jute cording
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Pine cones
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Covered work surface
  • Scissors

 

burlap centerpiece materials

 

 Instructions for Fall burlap centerpiece:

  1. Wash and dry tin cans.  Select 2-3 different size cans.  Apply orange paint to the exterior of the can.  You can leave it thin and wispy or apply another coat.  Allow paint to dry.

how to cut burlap

2.  To cut burlap start on the finished edge.  Measure the amount needed by holding it up to the can and deciding the amount of coverage desired.  Snip a cut mark into the burlap.  Follow along a thread of the burlap and this will help to keep your lines straight.

how to fringe burlap

3.  Once you have cut along the edge of the burlap, then you can remove a few strands of the burlap to create a fringed edge.

3.  Use the hot glue gun to adhere the burlap to a can. Then use the burlap ribbon to wrap around the other two cans. Adhere the burlap ribbon with hot glue.

4.  Cut the cotton lace to size and adhere with the hot glue.

5.  Cut jute cording with enough extra to allow for a knot.  Wrap around the can and tie in a knot. You can trim the excess.

6.  Trim a couple of the pine cone leaves off with scissors or remove with your fingers.  This will help the pinecone to adhere to a flat surface better.

7.  Apply a small dollop of hot glue onto the knot and place the pinecone onto the dollop.  Hold in place for a few seconds.  BE CAREFUL not to touch the hot glue.  It hurts!

8. Add plants of your choice to the tin cans.  Fake succulents were used in the burlap centerpiece.

 

If you would like more Fall decorating ideas try these links:

Recycled jar harvest terrariums

harvest terrariums fall tererrium

Simple Fall Tablescapesmake a fall vase DIY

Monogram door hangerCountry Chic Monogram Wreath Monogram Door Hanger. Twine or sisal wrapped around a wreath, letter or frame is a great idea for your next DIY craft. Holiday door decoration inspiration.

If you would like some stunning vignettes check out this link at 100 Directions

gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms

gummy worm dirtGummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms are on my menu this Halloween season.  Most kids would love to creep out adults with these realistic gummy earthworms. Not me!  I like to gross out my kids and these gummy worms look so realistic.  I ordered the realistic gummy earthworms from Oriental Trading and they sent the product samples in exchange for my honest review. And let’s be honest…THEY ARE AWESOME!!!  They smelled and tasted like root beer.  My kids loved the flavor.   My version is different from the normal recipe you will see online.  I am probably in the minority but I despise chocolate Oreos.  The only thing they are good for is scraping the center filling from.  My kids would completely disagree.  They love them and when we were picking food to serve for their class party we agreed to a new version that I would create.  This is my version of the traditional dirt cups.

Ingredients for gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms:

  • realistic gummy earthworms
  • chocolate brownie mix and ingredients listed on box
  • chocolate pudding and ingredients listed on box
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • clear plastic cups

Instructions for gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic gummy worms:

  1. Make brownies and pudding according to directions.
  2. Let the brownies cool and then crumble. Add to bottom of cup.gummy worm brownies in a cup
  3. Spoon in pudding on top of brownies.gummy worm pudding
  4. Repeat step 2 and 3 until cup is full.gummy worm sprinkles
  5. Add chocolate sprinkles to a jar.gummy worm sprinkles blended
  6. Chop the sprinkles with a submersion blender. gummy worms earthworms
  7. Remove the gummy worms from their packaging.gummy worms dusted with chocolate
  8. Drop half of the gummy worms into the jar and shake to coat. I cut the worms in half and inserted them into the top of the cups. Make sure you have at least one worm going down the side. gummy worm dessert
  9. Add the left over chocolate sprinkles and some brownie crumbs to the top of the cups.

If you would like to pin this recipe use the image below.  You can also follow my FUN FOOD board on Pinterest.

Gummy Earthworm brownie dirt cups made from easy to find ingredients and taste great

My kids like this time of year.  These are the things I have made in years past. Check them out your tummy will thank you.

Candy Corn Cookies

Spider Cupcakes

You can also follow my FUN FOOD board on Pinterest.

chose hope bag a DIY bag

chose hope bag

Chose Hope bag is a great way to show your support.  It makes the perfect girls night in craft project.   Inspire all around you when using this pretty and functional tote bag.  Having lost a close cousin to Breast Cancer at 40 I feel the need to help spread the word.

Materials for chose hope bag:

  • White canvas tote, 13-1/2”x13-1/2”
  • Avery T-shirt Transfers for Light Colored Fabrics
  • Blumenthal Lansing LeBoutin Jewelry Buttons, two
  • Prima Marketing Ivory Flower Centers: Dynasty, Monarch
  • Flat-backed rhinestones, 9mm, four
  • Offray Satin Ribbons: Brown, 5/8” wide, 13-1/2” length, 3/8” wide, 13-1/2” lengths, two; Light Pink, 7/8” wide, 13-1/2” lengths, two; Coral, 1/2” wide, 20” length

Tools chose hope bag:

  • The Crafter’s Workshop Fancy Frames Stencil (TCW214)
  • Computer, photo-editing software, printer
  • DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies chose hope bag:

  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, towel, stencil brush, newspaper (to cover work surface), cardboard scrap, sewing needle and thread

Directions for chose hope bag:

    1. Use computer and photo-editing software to type “Choose” and “hope” in Sans Serif and script fonts. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document.)
    2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to print images on t-shirt transfer paper using inkjet printer. Cut out words with scissors leaving 1/4” border around all sides. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse words onto canvas tote using iron and photo as guide. Peel away backing when cool.
    3. Insert cardboard scrap in canvas tote. On covered work surface, position Fancy Frames stencil on tote using photo as guide. Use stencil brush to stencil frame Lamp Black. Let dry. Remove stencil. Reposition on tote on other side of phrase and repeat stenciling. Let dry before removing stencil.
    4. Adhere ribbon lengths on tote as shown using fabric glue. For ribbon rose, twist and wrap Coral ribbon into tight spiral; use fabric glue to adhere layers together. Adhere rhinestone on center of rose.
    5. Adhere ribbon rose on tote as shown. For buttons, cut off shank using scissors. Adhere buttons on either side of stenciled area as shown. Adhere three rhinestones on pink ribbon length along bottom of tote. Adhere flower centers below ribbon rose. Let dry.

Halloween door decorations – monster mouth

olyfun halloween front door decorationsHalloween door decorations – Make a monster mouth for your front door.  I chose to use Oly*Fun from Fairfield Processing because it is available in Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joan Fabric and Hancock Fabric.  Plus it is in cheap and weather friendly.  It is great for decorating outside and it can be reused year after year.  Our neighborhood does not have trick or treating so we do not get very elaborate on or decorations.  I wanted to make something with little effort and big impact.  Thus the front door decoration.  Our door is a double door and we just painted it black  instead of the green I planned.  The green door would have been the perfect monster or Frankenstein.

I work with Fairfield and Adtech and they send me product to create with and I would not use them if I did not love them.  I chose the Cool Tool because it will not melt the Olyfun, it is safe for the kids and it will hold up to the weather.   This project took about 20 minutes total.  It might have taken less if I was not doing it with two cranky kids.

Olyfun halloween door decorations cheap

Supplies for Halloween door decorations:

Instructions for Halloween door decorations:Front door halloween door decorations monster mouth

  1. Cut the red Oly*Fun to the size of your front door.
  2. Cut enough white triangles to go along the top of the mouth and the bottom of the mouth.  I let the kids cut them.  This assured that they were uneven and unique.
  3. Adhere the teeth to the mouth with a low temp glue gun.
  4. Cut two eye shapes out of white.  front door decorations sharpie
  5. Use a red Sharpie  to add veins to the eyes.  to finish off the eyeballs.cheap outdoor halloween decorations
  6. Add either black or blue Oly*Fun to the bottom of the eyes.
  7. Adhere to your front door and enjoy.

Click on the link below to see other quick and easy Halloween crafts.