Friday, 28 December 2012

Framed Magnetic Board

Well this little project has been sitting half done for about a year if not longer and as I am going through my house trying to get all my projects done this one was first on my list.  

My brother was clearing out his collection of metal sheets and was kind enough to pass one on my direction. This is what the little beauty looked like when I got it.  I decided to keep it as is and just spray it with a top coat to seal in the rust so it wouldn't transfer onto the fabric. 

Before wrapping and gluing the fabric to the magnet board I used cardboard on the edges to make sure that the fabric would not get ripped.  Then I simply started to tuck and glue the fabric to make it nice and tight. 

Once it was all wrapped we used molding to frame it out and added a backing to finish it off. 

It is a fun way to have an organization board or a place to put pictures on.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Teacher Gifts

12 Days Of Christmas ~ Day 8

Our teachers work so hard daily to mold and teach our children, they are hard working and dedicated and deserve a little something for all their work.  

Each one of our teachers got a popcorn bowl which I added the vinyl popcorn to.  The kids and me made them some yummy sugar cookies that we put into the tins and added popcorn bags and popcorn seasoning. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Dinner Salad

12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 7

Growing up this was a salad that our family had at Christmas just about every year.  It is quick and easy and you can make it in advance.  I actually suggest you make it at least one day in advance as the dressing marinates and makes it so much yummier.  

Ingredients You Will Need

Green Onions
2 Cans Whole Mushrooms
Italian Dressing

I make a big family sized bowl of salad and mix up all your yummy veggies and then I use about 3/4 of a bottle of dressing.  You can add more or less depending on what you like.  Let it sit for at least one day. 

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sugar Cookies

12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 6

Sugar Cookies are a staple go to cookie in our house but especially at Christmas time.  This is something my kids love to help me with from making the batter to decorating with icing. 

Sugar Cookie Recipe 

3 1/2 Cups Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract

In a separate bowl place Flour, Salt & Baking Powder and whisk to combine.
Beat Butter & Sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.  
Add Flour Mixture.
Wrap in plastic and place in fridge for 30 to 60 Minutes.
Bake @ 375 for 11 - 14 Minutes. 

Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe

3 Cups Icing Sugar
1/3 Cup Softened Butter
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract 
3-4 tbsp Milk (depending on the consistency you want)

Beat Butter and slowly add icing sugar add Extract and Milk

We hope you enjoy these as much as my family does.

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Strawberry Shortcake

This week my sweet little niece has turned 5 years old and it is hard to believe she is growing up so quickly.  She was born a tiny 4lbs 12oz little peanut and I was honored 5 years ago to be there when she was born and when she took her first breath.  

This weekend we celebrated her birthday and in true girly spirit she picked a strawberry shortcake theme for her birthday.  When I was asked to make her a cake how could I possibly say no.  With three boys it is not very often that I get to do a fun girly cake. 

She was super excited about her cake and kept telling everyone that her auntie was going to make her strawberry shortcake cake for her birthday.  I am so glad to be part of her special day. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Feather and Stamp Ornament

12 Days of Christmas ~ Day #5

Wow the time is ticking down and there isn't too long until the big day gets here.  

Back in November Amy over at One Artsy Mama asked if anyone wanted to do an ornament exchange.  Well for a girl who loves Christmas and anything that comes with it I said yes.  

So I came up with these glass ornament balls filled with feathers and topped off with a hand stamped hope washer. 

Earlier this year my hubby had acquired an alphabet letter stamp set at an auction for me and this project was my times getting some good use out of it. 

Thank you to Amy for organizing this ornament exchange it has been fun to do and to see what others have come up with.  If you want to check out all the other projects be sure to pop over to One Artsy Mama.

Come check out our other 12 Days of Christmas Posts

1.  Snowman Family
2. Christmas Morning Quiche
3. Believe Rustic Sign
4.Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Creative Raisins Features

Wow what a busy time it has been for a few of my Christmas Projects.

I just wanted to share all the fabulous blogs out there that have been featuring me lately.

This little Believe Sign has been really busy. 

We are really happy to have been Featured by

Ginger Snap Crafts

Dear Creatives

Design, Dining & Diapers ( couldn't make the button work)

And we can't forget these little guys either
I Gotta Create 
You guys really know how to make a girl feel special, so thank you to all of you. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Gingerbread Houses

12 Days Of Christmas ~ Day #4

In my house it wouldn't be Christmas without the tradition of making gingerbread houses.  It is one of my boys favorite things and they look forward to it every year.  This year instead of using graham cookies I thought I would make the real deal.  I found a gingerbread house cookie cutter at Michaels.  

This part really turned out to be half of the fun for the boys and made this process take a few days.  We found our recipe off of Simply Recipes.

Once we had the gingerbread pieces all baked and iced together it was time to get to the good part, Decorating.

For me it is really fun to watch how their gingerbread houses progress through the years.  

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Office/Craft Room Makeover

I can't believe it has taken me so long to share with you my office makeover.  I have decided I am a ADD Crafter.  I start a project and need something from a different room and then get to the room and start a different project.  It is a major problem for me, hmmm I wonder if they have help for this.  Anyways I finally finished and then got around to taking some pictures so I thought I better share before something else comes up.

I have never been a blue person when it comes to paint on my walls but I am loving this dark blue I used.

Prior to this becoming my very own space it was my sons bedroom. After a little shifting in the house I finally have a space all my own.  

 I Kept it simple with the artwork and added some pictures from our recent trips to Australia & Aruba

Do you remember the lamp I refaced well here is her final home.  You can check out her before and after here

I had this light upstairs in the room I moved my son to and fear for its life it had to make it's way downstairs to this room.  Plus it didn't really go with a boy room. 

Dresser Before
I re-painted this dresser and side table before but decided in this room I wanted something a little more girly.  Frankly I am surrounded by boys so this corral wouldn't go over well in really any other room. 

Computer Desk Before

The computer Desk also got a facelift 

One of my favorite things in this room is this Antique Singer sewing machine which my husband rescued from his mother.

I found this fantastic World Map online and the thing I liked about it was that it had more brown tones to it. 

Okay isn't this the cutest little oil can you have ever seen.  It was hiding in one of the drawers of the sewing machine. 

So there you have it, do you like it as much as I do.