Monday, October 16, 2017

Rustic and Rusty DIY Christmas Ornaments

I think I have 27 boxes of Christmas ornaments in my attic. I cannot help the holidays approach, making Christmas ornaments is my FAVORITE thing to do by myself and with my kids! I dream of one day having 27 trees in my house (OK, maybe not 27) to accommodate all of these ornamnets...because I cannot bare to part with any of them. Each ornament reminds me of a special time with my kids, what type of crafting I was loving that year, or reflects a decorating style I like.

31 days of handmade ornaments blog hop

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mastering The Wedding Registry

disclsoure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De'Longhi Group

Getting married is amazing. It is exciting. It is a time like no other in your life. As a former wedding planner and wedding book author, I know it can also seem overwhelming. Selecting flowers, dresses, invitations, and parties are what most couples consider wedding planning, but there is so much more. One aspect of planning most couples tend to underestimate is developing the bridal registry. They think it is easy to select a few amazing gifts and be on their way, but truth be told, crafting a useful and meaningful wedding registry is almost an art form!

Monday, February 27, 2017

How to Make Fluffy Slime

Slime is taking over! Have you noticed? White glue is hard to counters have a strange goo on them and your kiddo is probably asking for borax! My daughter has had a slime obsession for about 2 years now...but it seems the fun of slime has caught on! There is regular slime (sometimes called goo), sparkling slime, clear slime and our personal favorite...Fluffy Slime!

its slimy, its fluffy, its fun

The ingredients are simple (although that glue may be hard to find!) and the recipe is pretty easy.

I do have a FEW TIPS if you and your kiddos are ready to join the slime revolution.
1 - Cover your work surface. We use wax paper or parchment paper
2 - I purchased a couple bowls for $1. These are the slime bowls - meaning do NOT use my good bowls.
3 - I also purchased a set of measuring cups and spoons for this purpose. I found cheap ones -  and felt better just letting her use these. If you are only making this once, just be sure to wash your items thoroughly.
4 - My daughter can make this on her own now....HOWEVER, each child is different. Be sure to supervise your child and make this a fun and safe activity.
5 - Do not put the extra slime (the stuff in the bowl) down the sink drain. wipe it out and toss it is in the trash.
6 - My daughter must clean up completely by herself or ask for help.

fluffy slime fun

Fluffy Slime Recipe
4 ounces white glue
3-4 cups shaving cream. You can measure I just eyeballed it.
2 Tablespoons contact lens solution
1 Tablespoons borax
1 cup hot water
2-3 drops of acrylic paint or food coloring. (I actually used more than 3 drops in this batch)

Also needed:
measuring spoon
measuring cup (liquid)
2 bowls
protection for work area
spoon, craft stick, etc. for stirring

Make It!

  • Pour 4 ounces of white glue in a bowl.
  • Add 3 drops of paint or food coloring and mix.

  • Add shaving cream.

Add shaving cream to glue in this step

  • Mix completely.
  • You cannot play with it still has the consistency of shaving cream.

  • Add 2 Tablespoons of contact solution and mix. You will start to see it sticking together and changing consistency.

Making fluffy slime

  • Mix 1 Tablespoon of borax with your hot water. Now add 2-3 tablespoons of this mixture to your shaving cream/glue mixture. Mix well.
  • You will see the slime begin to pull away from the bowl. Keep mixing...eventually it will form a ball in the bowl. Mix for about 30 seconds.

making awesome fluffy slime

Now you have amazing magical FLUFFY SLIME!
Simple ingredients and a lot of fun thanks to fluffy slime

I love how my daughter wrote out here recipe - but no measurements - she is a slime master!

How to make fluffy slime

Need more slime in your is our recipe for good old regular slime

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
These blog posts - tutorials and recipes and advice - are meant for inspiration. You must always keep your own skill level in mind when attempting a project. You should take proper safety precautions and wear proper safety equipment. Undertaking a project with my tutorials, suggested products or tools is at your own risk.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Puffy Heart Necklace Tutorial

Who doesn't love puffy hearts? I made these puffy heart necklaces a few years ago and never blogged about them. Then I was at the craft store and I saw a cute little box of puffy hearts. First I made a puffy heart wreath and now I made another puffy heart necklace for my daughter - because puffy hearts are always a  good thing and you have hearts left over after you make the wreath!

Use craft store felt hearts and a simple necklace for  a Valentines Day accessory

Friday, February 10, 2017

Puffy Heart Wreath: 15 Minute Wreaths

When it comes to me and holidays...any holiday, my motto is "It ain't over til its over." And while I realize Valentines Day is right around the corner, I just couldn't resist making this adorable Valentines Day Wreath. I puffy heart love this puffy heart wreath so much! And guess what....? It took my less than 15 minutes to make...and if you make it my way, all of the supplies are reusable.

Puffy Heart Valentines Wreath

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Oven Baked (No Oil) Potato Wedges

When I was younger and we would go to dinner I would always ask my mom if I could get "mashed potatoes, hash browns and french fries," - and only that...YUM! (By the way, she always said no.) But I am an adult now. I could order that if I wanted too...but alas I try to stick to one kind of potato per meal. Now, however, I have learned how to cook my potatoes in different ways and to create healthier versions of my favorites...hence these delicious Oven baked (No Oil) Potato Wedges. And guess what...everyone in the family gives them a thumbs up!
A healthy "fry" alternative

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Easy Pickled Jalapenos

I have a big sweet tooth, but my real weakness is salty pickled anything. I love pickles, pickled eggs, pickled cauliflower, pickled carrots - you name it. Now I am making my own pickled jalapenos - because why not pickle everything. Well, really because I love them as they are, in salads, on tacos - they are simply delicious!
Easy Pickled Jalapenos