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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Patriotic Page Titles


I thought I'd put together some Patriotic page titles.
Since my sweet grandbaby came along almost 17 months ago
I would have to say this one is my favorite one is... 
Nothing goes better with those baby blues...than stars and stripes
She has the most beautiful auburn hair and blue eyes... she's a doll!
Happy Crafting ~ Vicki

Monday, July 4, 2016

Dallas Cowboy Picture Frame


So it's been forever since I have blogged... seems as though I have forgotten just about everything there is to know about creating a blog post.  What should have taken 15 minutes has now taken over 3 hours.  Good thing I have a very patient husband! This cute picture of my son and granddaughter was taken by my daughter-in-law and I LOVE IT! I got the idea to make Josh a Dallas Cowboy frame for Father's Day and this is what I came up with.  It's a $1.00 frame from Michael's.  I used 3 coats of Ceramcoat Navy Blue and added the silver glitter stars from Reflections and 4 white brads in a license plate that reads...

GAME DAY - BEST DAY OF THE WEEK
I just happen to agree with that statement! I can't wait for football to begin!
Happy Crafting ~ Vicki

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Missionary Name Tag Rice Krispie Treats...

Here is the marshmallow mixture ready to be smooshed in the pan...
I used a buttered glass to press the mixture together and to get a more even texture...
After I spread on the melted Black Chocolate Candy Melts...
When Josh told me that Jaden (my sweet daughter-in-law's youngest brother) had requested that I make Rice Krispie treats for his missionary farewell I was stoked! I love making them... but I don't ever make them in the pan... I use molds. I've been collecting them for 25 years now... you can see some of the molds here  but I didn't have anything that looked missionary like. I thought about it for a few days... and I kept coming back to dipping the rectangle shapes into black chocolate and then writing on the top with white chocolate to look like an LDS missionary name tag. It's been so hot lately... my mom thought the chocolate would melt... so I went back to the drawing board again. I decided to make them in the pan like above... but use the black sugar instead of the black chocolate... yeah bad idea! I admit it... I made a pan of them... and besides the fact they looked terrible and the white chocolate writing would not stick to the top... everyone would have had black teeth and tongues. Not what I was looking for... so I went back to the original plan of making them with the Wilton Black Chocolate Candy Melts. I used white chocolate chips and melted them in a baggie in the microwave... then snipped a tiny corner off and that was how I wrote his name on the treats. The problem was... I made them all the morning of his farewell so they would be fresh... but I was concerned about stacking them on top of each other and white chocolate name melting... so I just kept them in the pan... not the most attractive presentation... but Jaden said they tasted great and that is what is most important! Jaden is a wonderful young man and is going to be an amazing missionary... I can't wait to send him his first batch of Rice Krispie Treats when he arrives in Oklahoma!

Here's my recipe for my Rice Krispie treats...

1 Cube of Butter
1 16 Ounce Package of Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows ~ don't use the mini size
10 Cups of Rice Krispies ~ I use the Malt O Meal brand... they taste just the same and are much cheaper!

Melt the butter in a large tupperware bowl in the microwave for 1:10.
Pour the marshmallows in and stir the melted butter to coat all of the marshmallows. 
Put back in the microwave for another 1:30
*Please note the marshmallows will expand so make sure you have a large enough bowl.
Stir the butter/marshmallow mixture together for 15 seconds
Add 10 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until all of the Rice Krispies are covered.
Pour into your buttered pan or a butter holiday mold...