Simple Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs || DIY Holiday Crafts || 2017

Oh look, a blogpost that I shot a whole year ago! *pats self on shoulder* LOOK, EVIDENCE OF PLANNING.


*incoherent babbling that was meant to sound like an intro*

Some materials that you will need arP1040056e-

  • Eggs (duh!)
  • White Tempera paint
  • Sharpies, black and other colors
  • A container to hold raw eggs

The first step is to determine what sort of eggs you plan on making. This usually involves Pinterest or the internet. For instance, I used these websites for inspiration (because I’m so not artsy, amiright?)

The raw eggs need to be blown out. (If you don’t know how to do that, google it. It’s essentially poking holes in both ends of the eggs and blowing through one hole to get all the slimy stuff out)

If you want to have colored eggs, prime the eggs with white [acrylic] paint. (However, learn from my mistakes, and don’t use tempera paint because sharpie doesn’t stick to tempera paint).

Because the sharpie thing just didn’t work, I ended up drawing on the (unprimed) eggs with sharpie and white paint, and they turned out fairly decently.

 

So there you have it, a blogpost that was in the works for a full year! (Also published only because I took aesthetic pictures that I wanted to publish XDD)

InCoWriMo 2017 || yet something else stupid that I’m doing

Having been in the blogging world, I’ve been hearing about InCoWriMo for some time now, but hadn’t really looked into it, until Grace Anne from Totally Graced wrote a blogpost about snail mail, and linked to InCoWriMo (because obviously I’m too lazy to have googled it).

And, because I’m completely sane and time-management savvy and all that, I’m going to try to do it!

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picture credits. editing feat PicMonkey

In case you haven’t known yet, InCoWriMo stands for International Correspondence Writing Month. It’s basically a challenge for people who hand-write a letter to someone every day in February, for a total of 28 letters.

So, yup, I’m trying to do this. Of course, it’s already February 3rd, and I haven’t done a single letter, but shhhh, no one needs to know.

So yeah…I guess, motivation?

But anyways, if I actually follow through on this thing, I’ll try to take some pictures of my letters and put them all in a blogpost at the end of the month.


Also if this post seems really incoherent and stuff, it’s because I’m currently NOT PROCRASTINATING on cramming for Anatomy.

Lots, and lots, and lots of hormones. (I’m studying hormones; I’m not hormonal) XD

The first SciOly competition is tomorrow, which explains things.


But anyways, are you doing InCoWriMo? How’s your progress coming? By goodness this is the worst blogpost that I’ve probably ever written oops.

DIY Holiday Canvas Decoration || Blogmas Day 9

Hello! So today’s post is a DIY canvas room decoration thingie.

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If you remember from my 17 Before 2017 Goals (because self promo), one of my goals was to redecorate my room. I had also seen this video from one of my friends, talking about a Christmas cursive canvas (and alliteration, because I ENGLISH GOODLY).

And…one of the easiest ways to redecorate one’s room is to add some highlights, such as a canvas.

So….I tried it out.

And it worked! …well mostly.

So…things you will need:

  • Acrylic paint (in RED and GREEN BECAUSE CHRISTMAS) in the color of your choice
  • however many canvases in whatever size you want
  • Metallic sharpies/Walmart permanent markers BECAUSE IM CHEAP LIKE THAT
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter (opt)

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. Find a quote/song lyrics/phrase that you want to letter onto your canvas. If you’re pro and want to design your own, like me, design it on PicMonkey or editing software like that. Print it out.
  2. Coat your canvas with two/three coats of the paint. If you want to do the ombre thing from the video, do that.
  3. Wait until the paint is dry (DUH)
  4. Either do the chalk thing from the video, or else hand letter your thingie onto the canvas.
  5. Add some glitter, if you want.
  6. Mod Podge the entire thing, especially if you used glitter.
  7. Decorate your room and revel in the beautifulness of your room. Or not.

Here are my finished products.

 

I have one that says “O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord” and another that says “Joy to the World.” I think they turned out pretty okay, and I think I’m going to make more…someday.

 

Knit With Me: Chunky Socks {Gift Ideas} || Blogmas Day 6

Yea…I’m a knitter. Who knew? I’ve only posted one knitting post so far.  XD

But anyways, today I’m posting about my knitted socks (because y’all obviously didn’t read the title. XD)

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So far, I’ve knitted two pairs of these socks: one long pair, going up the knees, per the pattern, and one that was wider and shorter, per my modification. said socks may or may not have been presents for Christmas 2015, but who’s counting?

And because I’m a good knitter like that, I didn’t write down my modification for the socks….oops.

vintage knit knacks.jpgI got my pattern from the book Vintage Knit Knacks. (I don’t recommend the book: the socks are the only pattern I’ve used out of the 20, and the only one I think I’ll ever use.)

As a result, I can’t post the pattern, because of the copyright. (Why am I even writing this blogpost? BECAUSE BLOGMAS AND I DONT HAVE POSTS TO WRITE. I don’t know.) But if you have the book, I totally recommend using this problem!

Someday I’ll write out my modified pattern….someday.

This patter was the first one that I used a cable needle with who am I kidding I didn’t even buy an actual cable needle I just used the 5th DPN.

I like the (very) cable-y pattern…but then, cable anything is SO PRETTY.

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don’t kill me on the editing, please. XD

But anyways…here’s a really rambly random post in which you learn that I learned to cable knit a year ago. Here you go.

Merry 19 Days before Christmas!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies || 2016 Holiday Recipe || Blogmas Day 4

Every year around Christmastime, I try to make a holiday recipe, generally containing peppermint. Holiday recipes make great presents for teachers, friends, and family. They also work very well in Christmas parties as well as just to enjoy at home, with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. this is so cheesy but I’m too lazy to write another intro…deal with it XD

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  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or vegetable oil (I used butter)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

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  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cocoa, granulated sugar, and oil on medium speed.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and add 1 egg at a time until combined.
  3. Mix in the remaining ingredients in the order listed, with the exception of the powdered sugar. (I also added about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips)
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. (I chilled it overnight maybe because I didn’t read the recipe right and started making the cookies at 8pm)chocolatecrinkle.jpg
  5. Preheat the oven to 350degrees F.
  6. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat with powdered sugar.
  8. Place on the prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Allow the cookies to rest on the hot cookie sheet for one minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

These cookies are rather small: about 2 1/2 inches wide or so. However, they are SO. GOOD. They taste really strongly of cocoa powder, and they’re quite firm. As I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate crinkle cookies before, I couldn’t really tell you how they compare, but they’re just really good. BUT ALSO THEY’RE COOKIES SO I MAY BE BIASED.

I ended up 3/2ing the recipe (as in, I halved the recipe and then made the half and the whole, to make a whole and a half…yeah, I don’t quite get it myself either) (thus the six eggs in the shot with the mixer), and made 7 1/2 dozen, making 8 gift bags of between 7 to 9 cookies each.

(Also because I’m so nice to my readers like this (what even), here’s an unedited behind-the-scenes photo of how I was shooting. #probloggerskillz #youre welcome)

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Cranberry Sauce || Holiday Recipe 2016

For Thanksgiving, my signature dish is always cranberry sauce. It’s a very simple recipe that I simply got off of AllRecipes.

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  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions-

  1. PlacP1010265e the sugars, orange juice, water, and cinnamon in a heavy saucepan, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the cranberries and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 10 minutes. Mash the mixture with a spoon to pop any unpopped berries and help thicken the sauce, if desired, and reduce heat to low and simmer P1010271until the sauce is the desired thickness, up to 10 more minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour the sauce into a bowl, and chill until serving time. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

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Since we were going to a Thanksgiving potluck, I decided to double the recipe, which resulted in-

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The sauce is pretty sweet, to the point where I don’t especially enjoy it much. I ended up using 3/4 cup sugar, instead of 1 cup of sugar, because it was just too sweet for me to enjoy, although it wasn’t unbearably sweet. It gels very well, and it is quite firm.

One thing that I dislike about this recipe, though, is its use of orange juice. This lends to an acid-y, sour, citrus-y flavored cranberry sauce, which is something I don’t appreciate in my cranberry sauce. The odd mix of tart and overly sweet made for an unpleasant jolt to the taste, and I doubt that I’ll try this recipe again in the future.

I’ve made cranberry sauce (not this recipe) every year for the past three or four years, and it’s always very well received. I recommend this recipe if you like orange-y tasting cranberry sauce, although if you don’t like very sweet cranberry sauce, then use about 3/4 cup sugar instead of 1 cup.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 7/10

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DIY Melted Crayon art

In years past, I’ve made this cute melted crayon art for the fair and earned ribbons. I really enjoy doing it, so I thought that I’d make a tutorial.

Things needed-

  • A canvas, it can be whatever size you want it to be
  • A hot glue gun
  • Lots of glue sticks- I used 7 in this particular piece
  • 2 boxes of crayons, or the equivalent of 2 boxes of crayons. Basically, you’ll need two sets of the same pattern/set of colors. One box can be broken/old/used, but the other set has to look new.
  • A hair dryer
  • An utility knife
  • Newspapers or something of the sort

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Step 1- Sort out all the crayons into the pattern you want it to be in. Both sets. I just sorted them out into a rainbow-y sort of formation (I’m sure there is a word for it, just not sure what :P)

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Step 2- Peel the first set of crayons, then begin hot gluing them unto your canvas.

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Step 3- Set up the canvas so that it’s upright, and put something beneath it to catch drips. Melted crayon is pretty hard to get out of anything. I learned that the hard way.

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Step 4- Begin directing the blow dryer at the line of crayons, starting from the bottom ends of the crayons, then moving up as more crayon melts. Melt the crayon for as long and as much as you want.

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Initial; after about 20 seconds
After about 5 minutes
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After about 10 minutes
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After all the touching up

Step 5- Since now all the crayons are pretty well melted off, they look pretty pitiful. Thus, peel off all the old crayons and the old hot glue, then glue on the second set of crayons. This step is optional, but useful for cosmetic purposes. It looks pretty amazing, though, since it looks like barely any crayon was melted to create the effect.

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Step 6- Blow dry the crayons a little, to create a little meltage of the crayon, just so they don’t look entirely brand new. The tops of the crayons will melt.

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The final product-

This is a project that looks wonderful almost anywhere a splash of color is needed. I’ve only done rainbow sequences in the past, but the colors can be changed to be any pattern to match color schemes.

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Ginger Snaps || 2015 Bucket List- #3.6

As the year draws to a close, RockandMinerals4Him tries to bash out all the Bucket List summaries for the year, in hopes of getting them all done and posted before the year ends (and has failed).

In August, our county had its county fair. This year, I signed up to enter a cookie basket, not knowing what I was getting myself into! A cookie basket requires 6 cookies of 5 different types in a basket or box which the fair judges, then gives away to charity. I spent almost an entire day baking 5 different batches of cookies…by the end, I couldn’t quite bring myself to look a cookie squarely in the…well…eye.

I did make myself a little chart, though, to show how much of each ingredient to use, to keep me from having about 10 dozen cookies on my hands. It was pretty much splitting the recipe into enough pieces to make about 10, usually by quartering a recipe. As a result, I only had enough cookies to bring to the fair, with not many left over, so I don’t quite remember all the cookies and their tastes and the like, especially since I had 6 batches and also since it is now 3 months after the fair. I’ll do my best to rate them, but I can’t promise that they’re all fair.

Batch- 5 of 6


Ginger Snaps (from Pillsbury: Best Cookies Cookbook , page 82)

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar.
  • (Since we didn’t have any cloves or nutmeg that I could find in our house, I used pumpkin spice powder. Bad, I know)

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Step 1: In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, margarine, molasses and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves and nutmeg (or in my case, pumpkin spice powder); mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling (I don’t think I refrigerated it, because I was in a time crunch, but I’d recommend doing so, because the dough was VERY sticky since I didn’t).

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Step 2: Heat oven to 350°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (which I am meticulous about; I’ll roll them into perfect balls as you’ll see in the picture below); roll in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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Step 3: Bake at 350° for 8 to 12 minutes or until set. (Cookies will puff up, then flatten during baking.) Cool 1 minute, then remove from cookie sheets.

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Yield- 5 dozen cookies. (I obviously made less).

Prep time- 1 hour 45 minutes (including 1 hour refrigeration time)

The cookies were on the small side, being slightly bigger than a half-dollar. They were definitely ginger-y, which was probably due to my putting in too much ginger, but they were very good. I will definitely be doing these again in the future. I’m thinking that, made larger, they’d make wonderful Christmas presents.

RockandMinerals4Him rating- 10/10

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