Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day



Memorial Day is very important to me and to many.  Today we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

Being the child of a WWII veteran, the wife of a Vietnam veteran, and the mother of an USAF airman first class I understand all too well the many sacrifices that those in the military have made.

In honor of those who serve, Sandy Sandler, the owner of Bowdabra has generously pledged to donate all profits from sales on Bowdabra's website today Memorial Day to the Wounded warrior project.  

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day, and remember at 3:00 local time take a moment of silence to honor those who have sacrificed all for the freedoms you enjoy today and every day.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four quick and easy patriotic crafts



Memorial day is almost upon us so lets get going on those patriotic crafts.  They will do double duty when you pull them out again on the Fourth of July!  These four for the fourth are quick and easy projects that you can whip up anytime.


The first one is an awesome craft that you can make with your kids for that patriotic picnic! Using duct tape you can make some picnic coasters and napkin rings from throw away supplies.  It's recycling at its best!



You just have to have some favors for that patriotic party so why not make some personalized lollipop party favors for your guests.  It's a fun way to show you care and a super kid's craft too!


Don't toss those K-cups.  Use them to make flowers for decorations, wreaths and more.  This wreath features easy to create K-cup flowers!  Three cheers for the red, white and blue!


It's easier than you may think to paint a wine glass for the court of July.  Try these patriotic wine glasses and start a conversation!








Monday, May 18, 2015

Mini blackboard gift card box for teachers


teacher gift card box

Well it’s that time of year again…school is getting out soon and you really should be thinking about an awesome end of the year teacher gift. Little Johnny was lucky to have such a wonderful teacher. But think about it, do you really want to give yet another coffee mug? Do they really need baked goods? The best thing to give a teacher is a gift card that they can use on whatever they really need.
Now that you’ve decided on a gift card how can you display it for gift giving? Recycle an old gift card box (You probably have some leftover from Christmas) Gift card boxes have a center section to hold the gift card. If you don’t have one you can easily purchase one. I was lucky enough to find several for pennies at Target that were marked down. This little blackboard gift card box is so cute and easy to make. You can write to and from on the mini blackboard and even make a miniature blackboard eraser and chalk! And of course you can put on the final perfect touch with a Bowdabra bow.  Visit Bowdabra for the full tutorial!
teacher gift card box

teacher gift card box


Friday, May 15, 2015

Crock pot N.C. style barbecue recipe

Crock pot N.C. barbecue recipe

During a trip to N.C. I tasted my first N. C. barbecue sandwich.  Now this vinegary type barbecue isn't for everyone but for this Virginia gal it was heaven.  No syrupy red sloppy sauce, just sweet, spicy and tangy.  And they even had extra vinegar sauce on the table along with extra hot pepper.

Now I know down in the Tar Heel state they make it outside on a real Barbeque grill.  They cook the meat for hours and hours before they pull it and call it done, but who has time for all that?

I figured why not make it in the crockpot and when I get home from work dinner will be just about ready. 

This version is a mildly spicy version but you can up the peppery ingredients if you like it hotter.

Click on the recipe card and print it on your printer at 4 x 6 size or 5 x 7 size and enjoy another dinner easy recipe brought to your by Make it easy crafts and Bowdabra!

Crock pot N.C. barbecue recipe


Till next time y’all



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly


You can make a whole flock (Is that the right term or should it be swarm?) of patriotic paper napkin butterflies for your Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations.  They are so easy and quick to make and is a super kid’s craft!  I display them on a little tree I have in my foyer that I decorate for each and every season. Use as a pin by adding a pin, barrette by attaching the jewelry findings.  Tie one to a hairband.  Attach them to bamboo barbeque skewers and stick in a flowerpot. Or you simply set them around as table scatter. The applications for these butterflies are endless.

Supplies:

·      Patriotic paper napkins

·      Small rubber bands

·      Scissors

·      Glue gun and glue sticks

·      Red bump chenille stems

·      Red sparkle chenille stems

·      Ruler

·      Pencil

·      Various findings, pin backs, barrettes, hairbands, bamboo barbeque skewers (Optional)

Directions:

1.     Open the paper napkin and cut to separate the four squares.  If your napkin is print on one side, stack two squares print right side out and do the same to the other two.  Stack them all together.  (See photo)

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly


2.     Accordion fold the stacks all the way across.  Secure in the center with a small rubber band. 

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

3.     Working on one side pull the paper layers out to separate and fluff. You can make the two print sides meet, puffing out slightly.  There will be two wings made from four pieces of the napkin.  Repeat this on the other side.

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

4.     Cut a 5-inch piece of red sparkle chenille stem.  Bend in half and use a pencil to curl the ends.  It resembles a V-shape.

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

5.     Cut a bump from the bump chenille stem and glue the V-shape (Antenna) to the bump. (Body)

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly

6.     Attach the body/antenna to the center of the butterfly wings with a bit of glue.

Patriotic paper napkin butterfly


7.     For a pin glue a pin back onto the back.  For a plant poke glue a barbeque skewer on the back.  For a hairband tie to the top of the hairband with some string or wire.  For a barrette attach a alligator clip or French barrette to the back.





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cranberry walnut chicken salad recipe

cranberry walnut chicken salad


I don't like to claim that I am famous for any particular dish but I must say that every time I make my "almost famous" chick salad people always ask for the recipe.

This chicken salad is a pretty simple recipe to make and doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. I use chicken tenders since they cook up so quickly but I have substituted canned chicken in a pinch.

This chicken salad has a nice nutty crunch from the walnuts and that little bit of sweetness from the cranberries. Chicken salad sandwiches are perfect for eating outside on cool spring evenings.  And if you like to entertain try it on mini croissants as a great appetizer course.

cranberry walnut chicken salad


Click on the free printable recipe card from Bowdabrablog and Make it easy crafts and print it at 5 x 7 or 4 x 6 size.

cranberry walnut chicken salad


Till next week…have very Happy Mother’s day and a great Dinner easy.

dinner easy


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bride and Groom etched wine glasses tutorial

Bride and groom etched wine glasses


It won’t be long before there will be lots of weddings.  Why not make a personalized set of etched wine glasses for that special bride and groom?  It’s easier than you may think to etch.  And wine glasses are readily available at most stores. I found these glasses at the dollar store!!  Follow this step-by-step tutorial and you will have a wonderful wedding keepsake.  Decorate the stems of your wine glasses with bows that coordinate with the wedding colors or tie on some silk flowers and tulle.  The sky is the limit.

You will need:

Wine glasses

Etching cream (sold at most craft stores)

Small paintbrush

Computer and printer

Piece of glass from an old frame

Clear contact paper

Tweezers

X-acto craft knife or wood-burning tool

Alcohol

Paper towels

You will need to be near a water source to neutralize the etching cream

1.     Work on a piece of glass to cut your stencil. Print the words for your wine glasses on in the font and size of your choice.  I made mine 48 pts.  Place your printed word guide under the glass and tape down so it stays stationary. 

2.     Cut a rectangle of contact paper to cover the size of your words (Work on one word at a time) Attach to the top of the glass over the words.  Use an X-acto knife or a wood-burning tool to cut out the words.  Remove the cut out sections, saving the center parts.

etched wine glasses

etched wine glasses

etched wine glasses



3.     Prepare your glasses by wiping with alcohol to remove any dirt and oils.  Attach the prepared stencil on the glasses making sure you press out all the air bubbles.  Use the tweezers to attach center sections in the O’s and D, B and e.


etching wine glasses

4.     Using a small paintbrush, add the etching cream to the stencil and leave on for five minutes. 


etching wine glasses

5.     After you have left the cream on for 5 minutes wash it off  to neutralize it.  You will have permanently etched words. 

6.     Decorate your wine glasses with bows, florals and more.

bride and groom etched wine glasses

For complete instructions to make the white bride bow and black tie groom bow for the stem visit Bowdabra blog!