Sunday, August 20, 2017

MIssionary Farewell or Dad's Day Tie Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

 My cousin's son was leaving on an LDS mission and asked that I make some of
the Tie Treats for his farewell... we had so much fun making Jaden's we had to say yes!
My Uncle is a huge Dallas Cowboy's fan so I had to make a few that had
the Cowboys star ;-)
 I bought a cookie cutter in the shape of a tie and then just buttered the mold inside
and pressed the Rice Krispies right into the mold.  I discovered that if I sprayed the
waxed paper when I turned the cutter over so that the "finger pressing" was on
the bottom then the top had a very flat surface.  It was easier to spread the
melted chocolate disks on the top with a brush.
 Then I added melted white chocolate chips as the decoration. 
Since I don't cake decorate much... you can tell my hand got tired very quickly. 
The kids enjoyed them so that's all the really matters!


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Father's Day Jewelry Boxes

For Father's Day this year I thought that I would make a Jewelry Box
for each of the "dad's in my life...  My husband... my son and my "bonus" dad

I found this one at Hobby Lobby ... it's just plain wood and I made sure to sand it all
down before I stained it with Minwax Provincial stain.
 I applied 2 coats of stain with a craft brush 
making sure to let each coat dry thoroughly... the wood was
pretty good at absorbing the stain so I didn't cover up the grommets...
but if stain did get on them... then I just wiped it right off with a rag.
After the stain was completely dry... I measured out some self adhesive felt
I had found at Michael's and cut it to fit in the bottom of each chest. 
Since my family are Cowboy's fans what better color than blue for the felt.
I sprayed 2 light coats of Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer in Gloss
to help it have a little bit of a shine.

My husband loves his and it sits proudly on our dresser holding his
rings...tie tacks and watches.
It may not be a "fun" gift but this year it was very practical!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Target Easter Baskets

Not having a Target in our town...
I was stoked to find these cuties on a trip to Twin Falls, Idaho to see Shoshone Falls.
They only had two that were in good shape... the rest had been pretty picked over
but that worked perfectly since I have 2 beautiful grandbabies!
I painted them both in an off white paint and then added Enamel Dots for their eyes...
chalk for the ears and nose... I couldn't find any small wood pieces
I could use for their noses... but I will be adding that for next year.
Cute pink and purple ribbons to each and a cute white pompom for the tail.
 I also added colored crinkled paper in the bottom.
Next year I will also add their names to the sides with vinyl.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Aggie Pride !!!

We have 5 very special birthdays from June 27th - July 25th ... and we wanted to
celebrate them all!  I wanted to find a fun gift for each of them...and when Todd
and I went shopping at Wood Creations in West Haven...
 this one caught our eye.  I didn't have a lot of time to get the gifts ready so I
bought the vinyl that was already cut and ready to go.
I did two of these... one for Suzette - my "sister from another mister" and our
long time good friend Dave. Dave and Suzette both graduated from USU and
Suzette has been working for USU for over 25 years... so she is a die-hard
Aggie fan! Dave moved back to Logan after several years away and loves
attending all of the Aggie games he can.  Todd and Dave especially love
the football and basketball games they can go to together!
I painted the wood blocks with 3 coats of Ceramcoat navy blue paint... 
then applied the vinyl. I had Todd drill a hole in the top for the wood topper
(I honestly don't remember what they are called) used wood glue to hold it in
place and added 3 different ribbons tied in a bow.
It was awesome listening to the "banter" after they opened their gifts... as to which
school is better... Ahhhh ~ we know the answer to that... Utah State!
Happy Crafting ~ Vicki

BYU... Who???

We have 5 very special birthdays from June 27th - July 25th ... and we wanted to
celebrate them all!  I wanted to find a fun gift for each of them...and when Todd and I
went shopping at Wood Creations in West Haven...
 this one caught our eye.  I didn't have a lot of time to get the gifts ready so I
bought the vinyl that was already cut and ready to go.
This one is for my sister-in-law, Rayann.  She graduated from BYU and will always
defend her Alma Mater to the end.  This gift was perfect for her!
I painted the wood block with 3 coats of Ceramcoat white paint... then applied
the vinyl and used some black and blue cream chalking to the sides since
there was a lot of "white space" showing.  I had Todd drill a hole in the top
for the wood topper (I honestly don't remember what they are called)
used wood glue to hold it in place and added 4 different ribbons tied in a bow.
Happy Crafting ~ Vicki

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Missionary Tie Rice Krispie Treats

 I can't believe it's been 2 years since Jaden left on this mission.
I made the Missionary Name Tag Rice Krispie Treats for his farewell
 and I thought ties would be cute for his welcome home!
 I usually always have molds for my treats... but I had this cute
tie cookie cutter and decided to "mold" them inside the cutter.
It worked out pretty good.  I wanted the ties to have color and since
he wore a red tie home on the plane... I thought we would make them red.
I melted 2 bags of Wilton Candy Melts when we tried to dunk the tie in the
melted chocolate it melted the Rice Krispie treats and it would not work at all... 
so my sweet husband "frosted" them with the melted chocolate instead.
Since they didn't get molded they didn't have any butter on the top to
keep from sticking to everything.  We figured out that if we turned the tie over
after it had set for a while... not only did we have a smoother surface to spread
the colored chocolate on...but the tops became the bottoms and it had a
bit of butter on it from my fingers smooshing it into the cutter.
NO more sticking!
We laughed about the different shapes we could use the tie for with a few minor
smooth outs... one was a drum stick... a baseball bat and a fish!
As always I never plan enough time to make them "beautiful"
but they tasted delicious and that's what matters most!
Happy Crafting ~ Vicki