Valentine Kids party * crafts and treats

Its a rainy Tuesday morning in South Louisiana – Today’s post is Valentines Day party time ! Read on :

Tissue Paper Sun Catcher:

Supplies and Directions:

  • Tissue paper ( mine had sparkle from Christmas )
  • Vinyl
  • Mod Podge /brush

Tear the tissue paper in small pieces. Cut out your heart shape out of plastic . Coat the vinyl with Mod Podge – and cover with tissue paper.

Valentine Mail Box and Cards :

So what’s every kid needs is a Mail Box to collect cards in. I reused a box I had and decorated with Valentine paper,torn dollies and simple cut out shapes.

My Card :

My cute card made from PINK AND Main Clear Stamp & More : Wild and Free –

School Treats :

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
    1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
    4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
    Food coloring (optional)
    6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
    Canned frosting or decorating gel
    Assorted candies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in food coloring (if desired). Remove from heat. 

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using butter spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool slightly. Using cookie cutters coated with cooking spray cut into desired shapes. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

Valentine Felt Coffee Wraps

It’s Saturday morning and time for Coffee ! And this Saturday we are making something for the coffee lover in your life for Valentine:

Coffee wraps that hold gift cards :

  • Pattern (you can make yourself/pintrest ) for holder & hearts
  • Felt squares easy to work lots of colors with /no frayed edges
  • Sew on snaps (Velcro or other closure)
  • Basic sewing supplies

From felt:

  • a base wrap
  • card holder
  • Hearts or any decorations.

I just measured the cup and add 2 inches for overlap for the pattern. Cut out your base the size of pattern/ then cut a second one a little smaller to make a pocket for gift card. Cut out hearts in different colors to decorate.

Once all cut out layout your design. If you like you can pin in place or a drop of glue. Sew hearts on pocket and then Sew pocket on front of wrap-leaving room on top to place gift card. Then wrap and coffee cup and place sew in snap to hold wrap.

This is a quick and easy gift perfect for any occasion- with basic craft supplies. Using felt means no worry about the edges. Lisa

Valentine Kitchen Towel Apron

Need a quick and easy Valentine gift for the cook in the family! A Valentine Apron.

What you need :

  • Valentine Kitchen towel (mine came from Dollar store)
  • Ribbon ( will be the Ties for the apron) in matching color
  • Basic Sewing Supplies /Machine

Directions :

  1. Fold dish towel in half width-wise -with pattern showing
  2. Make three pleats by pinching fabric (1 in middle of towel and 1 on each side ) Pin in place.( Box pleats) . Then sew across the top of pleats to keep them in place.
  3. Then measure out enough ribbon to go around wait and add extra for ties (you make have to guess if you are giving as a gift/extra is always good)
  4. Then pin Ribbon on to dishtowels (fold ribbon in half this is the center and pin to center of towel. Pin across in place and sew -across . Both top and bottom. You can also use a decorative stitch if you have one on your machine.
  5. Done!

Pleats :

Ribbon ties :

You can make these for all occasions – they are inexpensive and cute.

Halloween apron:

Book Review * Make in a Day – Wedding Crafts

Are you a DIY person ? Look for a way to save money for your big day ? Read on as this author gives you tips to make your day special and takes only a Day to make :

It’s one of the most important days of your life. Or it’s the wedding of your dear friend or a beloved family member — what can you do to help make it as memorable and personal as possible? Add a graceful and unique touch to the celebration with handcrafted decorations and keepsakes! This practical guide will show you how to quickly and easily create a terrific variety of ornaments: a centerpiece, guest gift, tablescape, and more. You don’t need any crafting experience for these easy projects, and best of all, they can be completed in less than a single day.
Each book in Dover’s Make in a Day series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something simple but special. Supplies are easy to find and are readily available at major craft stores. Other titles in the series include Make in a Day: Modern Wreaths, Make in a Day: Pompom Crafts,Make in a Day: Paper Flowers, Make in a Day: Garlands, and Make in a Day: Centerpieces.

Net Galley Book Review :

Released 16th Jan 2019 by Dover publications, it’s 66 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. This book is perfect for all of us DIY ers and crafters with great pictures and tutorials to inspire us to get started. This book highlights wedding but with a few changes can be used for any type of celebration you need help decorating on a budget. With all the materials easily sourced at local craft stores this book is a big winner to me. So if you are planning a party -read this book…. Lisa

Gung hay fat choy * Happy New Year !

Happy Chinese New Year ! 2019 is the year of the Pig :

Chinese New Year in our family is all about family,food and fun .

Tom’s Fried Rice :

  • Rice ( cooked the night before and let it dry) Long gain/ Jasmine
  • 2 t oil for wok
  • eggs (beaten)
  • Cut vegetables ( can be frozen) if not blanch before cooking in wok.
  • soy sauce to taste
  • green onions
  • Meat of your choice ( cut small if using)
Pull Rice out and let come to room temperature before cooking. 
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, once hot add in the rice.
  • Stir-fry the rice to evenly coated with oil, then spread and lightly press around the pan.Add vegetables and cook lightly.
    Pour in whisked eggs, allow to sit for about 30 seconds, then gradually stir to create small scrambled egg pieces, stir to combine with the rice.
  • Top with chopped green onions and soy sauce as needed.

You tube video :

Cookies recipes * Almond cookies and Fortune cookies

Happy First day of February ! And my countdown to Chinese New Year continues : Today we are celebrating by making Almond Cookies and Fortune Cookies ! I must confess I usually just buy them at the Asian market but since it’s an hour away – Let’s make our own. Lisa

  • 2 3/4 C Flour (shifted)
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C lard (fat)
  • 1 egg / beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Fortune Cookies:

  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 C flour
  • 2 T water
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

Fortune Cookie Crafts :

Red Craft foam / or red Paper : Cut out a Circle . Fold and pinch. Add glue dots to hold – Slide in fortune.

Cookie : Pin Cushion : Cut a circle recd fabric. Stitch around and leave room to stuff. Fill and stitch close. Fold into shape and fasten.

Chinese New Year Kids Crafts

Welcome to Wednesday !

And today I am share some fun children crafts for Chinese New Year -My husband is an American Born Chinese but both of his parents are immigrants to the USA. He enjoys passing on his family traditions and customs to our family and others. This was my sons class in elementary school . He told them about the holiday and shared food and we made crafts.

Cupcake paper Dragon

  • 12 paper cupcake holders (folded in half)
  • Construction paper in red and gold- for Face.
  • Base paper and Glue

Make the dragon face and horns , and attach the folded cupcake papers to each other in a curve shape.

Paper Plate Fan :

  • White paper plate cut in half
  • sticks for handles /with string
  • Red paint / gold decorations
  • glue,tape and sharpie to write symbols

Paint half of paper plat e with Red paint . Make handles and attach on the back with tape. Decorate with gold sequins and write symbols on fan.

Fun Color Pages :

This title has everything you need for a classroom celebration of the Chinese New Year or a study of the country of China and their culture.

We include reproducible paper bag puppets (dragon and panda), dragon-shaped stationery, Chinese lanterns, figurines featuring traditional Chinese dress, a pretend firecracker, flash cards, book cover, fan-folded paper dragon, and so much more! Complete instructions also provide a background and history of the holiday, as well as a story for the students concerning the naming of the years in China.

This unit also contains material that can be used at other times of the year! A traditional Chinese hat (that the students can actually wear!), paper masks, a model of the Forbidden City, a map of China, the Chinese flag and money….

Your students will even learn to speak Chinese! Included are flip booklets to teach the numbers to 10 and the colors of the rainbow. Various other projects also include the Chinese term and character!

New Year Craft goal update :

January is almost over – how have your New Year goals are going. One of mine was to re learn a new craft/Hobby that I had not done in a while. And crocheting is one I haven’t done in ages. Let’s start with a basic granny square – something I learned to do as a teenagers :

Directions : These are just the basic but if you google Granny Squares you will find You Tube and patterns online.

Stitch Guide:

Chain (Ch) – Double crochet (DC) -slip stitch (SL)

Basic Pattern :

Make a slip knot ch 4, join in furthest ch from hook to form a ring. Center circle
Chain (ch) 2. Crochet 2 double crochet (dc) into the center of the ring, ch 1, *3 dc, ch 1* (repeat 2 more times). Connect to first dc (not top of the chain) with a slip stitch,

Round 2: Ch 2, turn. 2 dc into space below ch, ch 1, 3 dc into space. This will make your first of four corners. Below next chain (in the gap between the 3 dc clusters) crochet *3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc* (repeat 2 more times, for a total of four corners). Connect to the first dc with a sl st.

Round 3: Ch 2, turn. 2 dc into space below ch. In the corner space, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc (for your first corner). *3 dc in the next space, in the corner 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc* repeat 2 more times. Connect to first dc with a sl st.

Round 4: Ch 2, turn. 2 dc into space below ch. In the corner space, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc (for your first corner). *3 dc in the next 2 spaces, in the corner 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc* repeat 2 more times. 3 dc into the final space. Connect to first dc with a sl st.

You can make as may rows as you want and make the square solid color or each row connect another color of yarn to the square. Lisa

* I took the Crafting Resulution Challenge with Craft Blog Club #craftblogclub

Whatever your crafting resolution, this challenge is hopefully the motivation to get you started.

On twitter:

The Rules:

  • Learn a new craft, or,
  • Try a new technique within a craft you already enjoy, or,
  • Use that new machine / craft tool you haven’t taken out of the box yet, or,
  • Pick up a craft you haven’t done in a long time.

Valentine Fabric Fun *

Happy Friday ! And February is just around the corner and as usual for us its a busy time of the year ! Today I am sharing some fun and Easy Hear shaped gifts perfect for Valentines but with a little change up can be used for multi of occasions. So get out your stash of fabric or fat quarters . And lets get sewing :

  • Use this template – Cut 1 in fabric and 1 in lace
  • Ribbon for hanger,
  • place two heart pieces together with ribbon in the Sandwich in the middle. Sew together the heart and making sure you catch the hanger and all sides. But leave room to fill with homemade potpourri , Sew shut after you have stuffed your heart.
Homemade rose potpourri  from my garden .

Potpourri Recipe :

Take your clean dry rose leaves – place in a container sprinkle the mixture with one half teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground lavender. Take the potpourri to the next level by sprinkling it with four to five drops of rose essential oil or rosewater. Close the container, and shake. Leave in a warm, dry spot for 24 hours, and then shake again.

Valentine Coffee / Tea Mug Quilt :

I had there Valentine fat quarter from Moda fabrics in my fabric stash. So I made a quick mug rug for all the Coffee/Tea lovers in my life.
Mug rugs are typically any size between a 4 x 7 and a 12 x 8.  They are known for being able to place your mug on with a tasty treat such as a croissant, bagel or cookie. 

What is a Fat quarter ? They are taken from one yard of fabric,cut in half lengthwise,and then in half width-wise. The dimensions are approximately 18″ x 22

  • 4 different valentine fabric
  • basic heart pattern /
    Stitch Witchery, Heat N Bond, (applique )
  • Quilt batty /fleece
  • Sewing machine , Iron ,basic sewing supplies

Decide on your size – Mine is finished 4 by 7 .

  • (2) base fabric 5 by 8 -giving room to 1/2 inch turn down all edges & iron edged
  • 1 red fabric – 4 by 7 and turn down 1/2 inch around all edges /iron,
  • batting to fit square
  • 2 hearts cut and heat and bond . Follow directions to use heat and bond to attach hearts to read fabric square.
  • pin and sew red fabric square to top of your mug square .
  • Then Sandwich your mug quilt- By sewing together – bottom layer ,batting and top layer. Quilt as you like. With machine or by hand,

These are basic direction but detail direction ,videos and free patterns can be found on the web using all types of materials and occasions. Have fun and make it your own for someone you love. Lisa

Saturday Scrapbook Layout challenge

I love challenges of all kinds – its a way to get my creative juices going and get me creating with a purpose. That’s what my new Saturday post about

  • A layout (January) and my story
  • Inspirational : colors,quotes and pictures
  • Post layout on Lisa K Challenge Group -under that month thread!

Layout : for 3 photo’s

January Colors /quotes

Colors of January  for layout

My January story : Snow

I am from Louisiana but I moved away for my job ,married and lived in the Midwest for many years. Snow was something I had to get use too living with and driving in. But my son loved Snow ! He would press his face to the window and say – Outside Snow! He loved playing in it and even cleaning up outside with Dad from the Snow. Now living in Louisiana we get snow maybe very few years -actually last year this time we had Snow and it shut down the state. But still : January Snow …. Lisa