Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to easily make a fresh, yummy Santorini salad





I recently vacationed on several Greek Islands.  While on the Island of Santorini I stumbled upon the crisp, fresh Santorini Salad.  This salad is so crisp and fresh that I had it several times and each time while a little different contained basically the same basic ingredients.  When I got home I just had to come up with my own recipe variation for a Santorini salad. 

A Santorini salad contains no lettuce.  It does, however, have other common salad components such as cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers.  Whip up a simple vinaigrette dressing and you can have your delicious Santorini salad to take you back, if only in mind, to that beautiful Island.

Ingredients:

Large green pepper, sliced
1 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half
1 large English cucumber sliced in 2-inch by ½”sticks.
Small red onion, sliced thin
3 oz. jar capers
Kalamata Olives
Feta Cheese
Sun-dried tomatoes

Vinaigrette:

3 tbsps. Balasamic vinegar
2 tsps. Dried oregano
2 cloves minced Garlic
3 tbsps. Extra virgin Olive oil
Juice of one small lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine the sliced green peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. 

In a jar or bowl mix together the vinegar, oregano, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Shake or whisk well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Combine the dressing with the vegetable ingredients and stir well.  Add a good amount of capers and sun-dried tomatoes.  Top with crumbled feta cheese.  Toss well and serve.


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

How to easily turn junk mail into a cute wastebasket



If you have a lot of junk mail lying around instead of tossing it in the wastebasket, try putting it on the wastebasket!  This cute wastebasket is so easy to make with some Modpodge decoupage glue, some strips of junk mail and a little time. 

When you are done you will have a colorful quilt-like and very cute wastebasket!  The paper may wrinkle a bit when you add the strips. The wrinkled look adds texture and gives it a quilt-like appearance.  So much fun that you can even get the kids involved! 



Materials:

A small round wastebasket, any color

A pile of junk mail, flyers or advertising media

Tacky craft glue

Scissors or paper cutter

Mod Podge decoupage glue

Paintbrush

Turn ordinary junk Mail into a cute wastebasket



1.     Cut the junk mail into strips.  Vary the thickness but a good start is ¼”.  It is easier if you stack them together and cut the strips with a paper cutter but you can use scissors.  You can even use a shredder.




2.     Spread some tacky glue around the edge of the wastebasket.  Begin adding strips around.  Overlap and connect each strip.  Continue adding glue and strips working your way down the wastebasket.  If a strip doesn’t meet connect with smaller strips.  Being perfect doesn’t matter and you can’t do it wrong.  Let dry.  You may notice that the strips may wrinkle slightly; this is desirable since it adds texture to the wastebasket.  You can smooth the wrinkles down with your fingers if desired.




If strips don't meet cut smaller pieces to connect


3.     When the wastebasket has dried use the paint brush to spread some Gloss Modpodge over the entire surface and let dry.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to easily make a fun adjustable patriotic bow tie

patriotic bow tie


With Father’s Day, Flag Day, and the 4th of July right around the corner why not make a fun adjustable patriotic bow tie? This adjustable patriotic bow tie is super easy since there is no sewing involved. I’ve used my glue gun in lieu of needle and thread to attach everything! I’ve made the adjustable strap to fit up to an 18” neck, but it is adjustable to make it smaller.
And of course using the Bowdabra makes it super easy to make the adjustable bow tie bow. I’ve used wired ribbon but you can easily substitute any firm body ribbon. You can make these bow ties in any color to fit your moods or for parties and other fun events.
Materials:
  • Bowdabra bow maker and hair tool and ruler attachment
  • Bowdabra bow wire
  • Bow tie hardware (I got mine for less than 2 dollars at Hobby Lobby)
  • 2 ½ wide patriotic ribbon
  • 5/8” wide grosgrain ribbon to match
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (You can if you desire substitute needle and thread to put together the adjustable strap and to attach the bow to the strap)
  • Lighter

Adjustable patriotic bow tie

Instructions:
  1. First, cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 24 inches long, fold it in half and insert into the Bowdabra. You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other. This will allow you to make a slip know when you are ready to take out your bow.




  1. Cut a piece of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon 29” long and use lighter to burn the edges to prevent fraying. Set aside.

  1. Next, cut a 24” piece of 2 ½” wide patriotic ribbon and lightly go over the ends with a lighter. Insert the ribbon wrong side up into the Bowdabra. Then make a loop on the other side to the 2” inch mark on the ruler.


  1. Now since the ribbon has a wrong and right side you will need to twist the ribbon as you insert into the Bowdabra and make a matching bow on the other side. Top bow made.

  1. Twist and repeat for a second bow ending with a small piece of ribbon in the Bowdabra. Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.


  1. Now insert the two loose wires through the loop and pull tightly while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Separate the wires and remove from the Bowdabra. Turn to the back and tie a knot. Repeat with a second knot. Trim the excess ribbon off the front and back of your bow and cut off the extra bow wire as well.



  1.  Cut a four inch piece of the 2 ½” ribbon, fold and glue to make it the width to fit through the slots of the bow tie hardware. (You may optionally sew if you choose) Set the bow and bow center strip aside while you make your adjustable strap.




  1. Using the ribbon 5/8” ribbon you cut for the strap follow the instructions on the package to create the adjustable strap. I have included photos to help you visualize it. I have used hot glue to secure the pieces but you can optionally use needle and thread.






  1. Once you have your strap ready you are ready to add the bow tie. Use a bit hot glue to attach the bow in the center between the eye and the slide.


  1. Now take the center bow piece and glue from front to the back over the strap. Let dry. You can now adjust the strap to fit from 16” to 18” neck sizes.




For a perfect bow every time, you can purchase Bowdabra bow makers at just about all craft stores, Walmart, and Bowdabra's website.  Check out Bowdabra blog for more bow making tutorials from their talented team of designers.


Monday, June 5, 2017

How to easily make polymer clay rosebud earrings



It's late spring, almost summer and roses are blooming in my yard like gangbusters!  I have mostly red ones but these yellow ones are so delicate and pretty.  So I thought it would be helpful if I listed the meanings of the colors of roses. The meanings, however, are pretty flexible.  Make your rose any color you would like because roses are beautiful any color!

Red rose - love and romance
Pink rose - love, gratitude and appreciation
White rose - marriage, purity and spirituality
Orange rose - enthusiasm and passion
Yellow rose - friendship, joy and good health
Red and white together - unity
Lavender - love at first sight

You will need:

Small amount of polymer clay in desired color

Clay needle tool

Post earring backs

E600 glue

Gloss finish (optional)

Small paintbrush

Home oven set at 275 degrees

Cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil

1.     You can make your earrings as small or as large as you desire depending upon how large your clay balls are.  Roll eight pieces of clay into balls.  Make them all the same size.  It is easiest to work on the end of a clay needle tool attaching your roses to the end.


2.     To make an earring use four of the clay balls.  Take one of the clay balls and flatten with your fingers.  Roll this onto the needle tool, pressing at the base.   This is center of your rose.  (See photo)





3.     Flatten a second ball with your fingers and attach to the base of the rose. This is the first petal.  Curl the ends down.  (See photo)  Continue flattening and attaching petals with the other two balls of clay like you did with the first one pressing at the base to secure them.  Remove the rose from the needle tool and set aside.  Repeat steps 2-3 for a second earring.



4.     When you have finished making your earrings you will need to bake them. Set them on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil and bake in a 275 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

5.     Using E6000 glue attach each earring to an earring post.  Let dry completely.  


6.     After your earrings have dried, brush on some clear gloss on the petals and let dry.  (optional)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to make perfect party size easy mini cheesecakes



If you need a quick dessert for a summer party or get together try these perfect party size quick and easy mini cheesecakes.   Honestly they are so delicious and are just the right size for a snack anytime.
Change up the toppings on your mini cheesecakes to taste.   The fun part is that you can make the basic recipe or get creative and use different extracts or even cut up fresh fruit instead of the canned pie filling.  For the fourth of July use blueberries and strawberries for a red white and blue fun dessert treat!

Ingredients:
  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese softened. I use Neufchatel for a lighter version
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 22 oz. can berry medley pie filling and topping (or topping of choice)
  • Foil cupcake liners
  • Muffin pan

Quick and easy mini cheesecakes (Makes 12)

Place one vanilla wafer in each liner and insert into the muffin pan. Using an electric mixer, mix cream cheese vanilla and sugar on medium speed till well blended.
Add eggs to the mixture and continue to mix well.
Pour mixture into each prepared cupcake liner with vanilla wafer. Fill till ¾ of the way full.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from pan when cool. Chill and then top with a spoonful of pie filling. Other topping choices are nuts, chocolate chips or preserves, chopped fresh fruit, berries, caramel ice cream topping or chocolate topping. Be creative. Be sure and come back to Make it easy crafts each week for new craft tutorials, printable, and recipes.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

How to make a wiggle sailboat magnet for avid boaters

wiggle sailboat magnet



Use a throwaway soda can to make an adorable wiggle sailboat magnet for the avid boaters in your life.  I must admit that my husband is one of those aforementioned boaters.  He would be out on the water every day if not for having to go to work. 

This little wiggle sailboat magnet is so cute as it wiggles whenever you touch it.  Add it to metal file cabinets, refrigerators, locker or any metal surface!  You will want to make more than one and paint them in various colors for an entire armada! 

The aluminum from the soda can is easy to cut with regular scissors. 

Note:  Wear safety glasses when cutting soda cans, and be careful to cut off the ragged edges if needed.

Materials:

Empty soda can
Scissors
24-gauge wire
Wire cutters
Ceramic magnet disc
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Acrylic paint, white, red, blue, light blue
Small paintbrush
Marker


Instructions:

1.     First you will need to cut the soda can top and bottom off.  Be careful when cutting.  Cut it into a rectangle.  Bend the rectangle in the reverse direction of the can so that it lays semi-flat.






2.     Download and print the sailboat pattern.  Now trace the sailboat pattern onto the aluminum can piece and cut out.

3.     Use the white acrylic paint to brush two coats on the sails, and the connecting poles, letting the paint dry between coats.


4.     Use the light blue paint for the area between the poles. (Sky)



5.     Paint the top edge of the boat red. Optionally add some blue waves to the bottom of the boat with blue and white paint.  Let all the paint dry.




6.     Wind a piece of 24-gauge wire around a pencil about 1 ½” up.  Cut off with wire cutters.



7.      Using a hot glue gun attach the end of the coiled wire to the back of the magnet let it set.  Then attach it to the back of the sailboat with some more hot glue.




8.     Add to any magnetic surface.  Slightly touch the wiggle sailboat magnet and you will be amazed at how it moves!




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