For a fun project that would also make great little gifts, check out Ms. Toi’s tutorialon making lipstick using crayons, castor oil and shea butter. You might even try adding a little essential oils to your blend. Just make sure the oils are safe to use on lips.
Images: Ms. Toi
Irrelephant has a tutorial for a wonderful gift idea. Use gold leaf for a Silhoutte instead of regular old black. Pop one in a nice frame and you’ll have an amazing, personal gift.
Jenny at The Sweetest Occasion made these fabulous glitter gumdrop ornaments that can also be place card holders. I’m seeing garlands.
Photo: Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion
These are easy to make and very tasty. They make a great lunchbox addition, too.
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1/4 cup water
3 S&B Japanese curry cubes (or 2T curry powder and salt to taste)
Puff pastry sheets
Defrost pastry sheets and preheat oven to 400°F.
Sauté onion and carrot in oil. (Add curry powder at this point, if using.) Then add ground beef.
Add curry cubes and water. Cook until meat is done and water has reduced. Let cool.
Cut each pastry sheet into 9 squares. Fill each square with beef. Cover with another square and seal. You can also fold each square in half to make triangles.
Brush the top of each with a beaten egg.
Bake until golden brown. Approximately 25-30 minutes.
Cook’s Country has a recipe for English muffin bread that looked so good (and easy) that I gave it a try even though I usually can’t make anything with yeast turn out. So, of course, I bought the wrong yeast.
I went ahead and tried it anyway. It probably doesn’t have as many “nooks and crannies” as it should, but is still tasted like an English muffin when toasted. More importantly, the kids liked it.
To go along with my son’s ninja costume, I decided to make some throwing stars. I followed this tutorial on WikiHow. I used copy paper and added a layer of foil on top to make them more realistic.
I thought I could get away with recycling last year’s costume, but my son decided he wanted to be a ninja.
I figured the hardest part would be the mask. Then I found this tutorial on Sew2Pro. I took the short cut of cutting a slit, folding over and sewing the edges instead of using bias tape.
The rest of the costume is a pair of pajama pants, a long-sleeve T and a vest top that I made longer. I did find a free kimono top pattern at Habitual, if you want something a bit fancier.