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December 31, 2006

Beer Cap Earrings

Filed under: jewelry — by threadslinger @ 2:19 am

These were posted on an awesome craft blog I read Cut out and Keep so I decided to make them with my college sister who thought they were totally awesome.

Materials needed

2 beer caps (I picked matching ones but you don’t have to)
2 earring backs
2 metal jewlery pieces with a hook on the end (you could use metal wire here too)
Hammer and nail


Poke a hole in the beer cap by hammering a nail through it. Do it on the back side of the cap so that you don’t smash it in. Then place the metal through the hole, twist it around and loop through earing back. Then wear them to a Frat party (if you are Elaine) or to a bar (if you are me).

December 18, 2006

Holiday Goodies

Filed under: food,holiday — by threadslinger @ 1:39 am

Finished product
I decided to do one post featuring the recepies I included in my holiday baked goodies that I gave to my co-workers and a few select friends. Many of these recepies are passed down from my mother, grandmother and aunts and all of them are delicious.

Christmas Fudge
Christmas fudge
1 Cube butter
12 oz of chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 lb powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

First, melt butter and chocolate chips together in a microwave or double boiler. In medium bowl, beat eggs and stir in powdered sugar. Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour in 8×8 buttered pan. Let sit for about 4-5 hours and cuut into squares.

Grandmas Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies
4 C Flour
2 t baking soda
2 t cream of tartar
1 t salt
1 C shortenings
1 C butter
1/2 C Sugar
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 eggs
3 t vanilla

Blend together shortening, butter, sugar and powdered sugar. Then add in eggs and vanilla. Then mix in flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Bake at 350 for 10 min.

*This recepie is really big so to switch things up I made some of the cookies “stained glass cookies” which involves cutting a hole in the middle of a regular sugar cookie and placing crushed candies in the middle. When you bake it the candy will melt creating a stained glass effect. These are tricky because you have to let the cookies cool so the candy will harden but you don’t want it to cool too long or it will stick to the pan.

Peppermint Meltaways
Peppermint cookies
Cookie ingredients
1/2 C powdered dugar
1 C butter
1/2 t peppermint extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 C cornstarch

Glaze ingredients
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 T butter
1-2 T milk
1/4 t peppermint exctract
2 to 3 drops red food coloring
Starlight candy, crushed, if desired

For cookies in large mixing bowl combine sugar, butter and extract. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and cornstarch. Beat until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Bake at 350 for 10-12 min

For glaze in a small bowl combine powdered sugar, butter and peppermint extract. Graduall add enough milk for desired glazing consistency. Stir in food coloring as desired. Drizzle over cookies and immediately sprinkle with crushed candy if desired.

Snowball Cookies
Snowball cookies
2 C flour
2 C chopped pecans
1/4 C sugar
1 C butter
1 t vanilla
Powdered Sugar

In bowl combine all ingredients except powdered sugar. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Then shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, place on cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 18 to 25 min at 325. Take out of oven, cool 5 min and roll in powdered sugar while still warm.

December 17, 2006

Melekelikimaka Ornaments

Filed under: holiday,paper — by marieann @ 4:29 am


I made these little ornaments to tuck into my Christmas cards. There was an accident in the middle of the night with water (when you have a small studio, your “eating table” is a few inches from your bed) and I lost all but these three! Also, I never had time to write out cards. But if I had, I would have put these babies in there. They aren’t that hard to make but I think it’s a cute idea because you can mail them regularly in a flat envelope. Take an afternoon to make these and send your friends/family something they’ll keep on their tree to think of you.

Paper — computer paper and cardstock

Hole punch


1. Pick a design for your ornaments. Print copies of that design onto computer paper.
2. Trim around the edges (but not right up to the edge, leave some elbow room).
3. Color your ornaments with markers. I suggest you invite your bf to help and put on Home Alone for best results.
4. When it’s all colored, glue it to the cardstock.
5. Trim closely around the ornament so you cut thru both the cardstock and the top colored image.
6. Use a holepunch to make a hole near the top. Thread ribbon thru the hole, a bead on the ribbon, and tie together.
7. Mail to your friends/family!


December 6, 2006

Cranberry Bread

Filed under: food — by marieann @ 10:21 pm

Cranberry Bread

I can’t even tell you how amazing this bread is. The cranberries cook up and give you this burst of wonderful flavor. The top is crunchy and sweet. This bread would make a great Christmas gift to a neighbor. You can also make them as muffins and freeze em. Pop em out in the morning and you’re ready for a wonderfully fresh tasting muffin by lunch.

1/4 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
1 c. cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a pan. You can also make them as muffins but honestly they don’t taste as good that way. Not as moist.
2. Mix everything together! You can either chop up the cranberries but that takes forever and it not as fun as smashing them between your fingers. They make a nice pop.
3. Pour into pan. This is important!!! Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, this makes the bread have a great crunchy top.
4. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the top is slightly browned.
5. Eat warm!

Lighted Popourri Jars

Filed under: holiday — by threadslinger @ 4:34 am

popourri jar
Now, before you get all “omg is this a country kitchen craft website? why don’t you just write instructions for how to make wooden dolls with no faces” I believe using popourri (and even a doilie) can be hip and these lighted popourri jars are a great holiday decoration or even a gift. Plus, very easy to make and inexpensive.


1 quart jar (like ones used for jam or applesauce)
1 strand 20 white lights
Bag of popurri
A doilie

Step one:
Make sure jar is clean and dry. Then place lights into jar.

Step two:
Fill jar with popurri as much as you can making sure that it goes in all the cracks.

Step 4:
Place doilie on top of jar and then secure with a rubber band.

Step 5:
Cover up rubberband with ribbon. I looped mine around a few times and then tied with a bow. Now you are finished and you can use it as a holiday decoration or give it away as a nice Christmas gift.

**I have been crafting and baking like crazy so expect a few posts for me about good holiday things to bake and create in the next few weeks.

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