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One of the reasons I love planning and styling weddings is the opportunity to think out of the box and to create unique venues for clients. Fortunately, my clients have allowed a little design craziness. And as expected, some cockamamy ideas … Continue reading
Natural moss is often my inspiration when creating floral arrangements and crafts. It is so incredibly soft and magical in its natural setting. Honestly, a feeling of guilt comes over me when I harvest this green gold. Yes, you can buy it in bags from various sources but it’s never quite the same as a freshly picked batch.
In an effort to recreate nature’s wonder and to tread lightly on Mother Nature, I whipped up these felted wool moss-inspired place card holders.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Felted wool – I used Dimensions Brand Felt Works found at Michaels craft store
- River rocks
- Dish-washing detergent or soap
- Craft glue
- Razor blade
- Card stock paper
With the exception of the dish-washing detergent, you can find all of the craft ingredients at any craft store.
Here’s how you do it:
- Select the approximate size of the moss cap you want to create by pulling the felt apart.
- Form it into a ball or oval and add one drop of dish washing liquid onto the felt. Then, while running it under warm water, roll the felt into the shape desired. The dish washing liquid helps form the shape when it dries. Be careful not to add too much soap.
- Form the wet felt over a rock and let dry overnight.
- When the felt is dry, remove it from the rock, place glue under the felt and glue it to the rock. Let dry completely.
- Using a razor blade, create an incision on the top of the felt moss and insert a place card.
- You’re done!
Here’s to adding magic to your next event or wedding…happy crafting!
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My niece, Samantha, is a super artistic nine year-old. Her latest medium is duct tape and she’s cooking up all sorts of clever crafts. Inspired by Samantha I decided to give duct tape a whirl.
I’m always on the lookout for unique objects at sales and flea markets and recently I found a few outdated road atlas books. The individual pages are the perfect size for placemats. Using duct tape and Mod Podge, I easily and quickly created these placemats.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Road Atlas maps
- Duct tape
- Mod Podge (Outdoor) glue
- Foam brush
- X Acto knife
- Straight edge ruler
- Cutting mat
Here’s how you do it:
1. Select pages from the Road Atlas and remove them from the book using an X Acto knife.
2. Completely cover the back of map with duct tape, place the map on a cutting mat then cut any excess tape using a ruler and X Acto knife.
3. Flip the map over and brush a coat of Mod Podge (Outdoor) on the top of the placemat. This will seal and protect the placemat.
4. This next step is optional — after the Mod Podge glue is dry, place a border of tape around the map (see photo of placemat grouping above). This simply gives it a more framed and finished look but it’s not necessary.
5. You’re done!
Oh, we’re not done yet….sorry. If you’re feeling super crafty, you can make a Duct Tape napkin ring too! Simply roll out a piece of tape about 10 inches, fold the tape in half (sticky side to sticky side). Form a loop by curling one end over and stapling it to the other end. Cut the excess and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool napkin ring.
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Tagged Clever Duct Tape Crafts, Craft Blogger, Crafts Using Duct Tape, Crafts Using Road Atlas Maps, DIY, Duct Tape Crafts, Duct Tape Napkin Rings, How To Make Placemats, Mod Podge Outdoor, Mod Podge Projects, Placemat Crafts, Road Atlas Map Crafts
Stick with me crafters! I’m going to drift away from the crafting world a bit to share this amazing strawberry pie recipe. It’s easy, refreshing, and you’re gonna want to roll in it. Well, maybe not but here goes…
There was a fantastic department store based in Allentown, Pennsylvania called Hess’s. Founded in 1897, Hess’s was a shopping destination. Flamboyance and excitement were the norm for this store. It was well-known for its fashion apparel as a result of introducing the latest trends from Europe. It was also well-known for its world-famous Patio Restaurant and their scrumptious strawberry pie. Simply put…the pie was heaven. Sadly, however, the flagship store was demolished in 1996 but the memories and the pie recipe live on!
A few years ago I stumbled upon a couple of recipes for the pie and with some experimenting, came up with my own version which tastes exactly like the original albeit a bit smaller. You see, Hess’s strawberry pie was ginormous!
Here’s my version of this delectable dessert. PS: Whenever possible, I always use organic ingredients.
- Pre-made, non-bake, 9-inch pie crust. Of course you can make your own but in a pinch, I buy pre-made.
- 4 lbs. of strawberries, rinsed and hulled.
- 2 packets of clear glaze powder. This will make 2 cups of glaze.
- 2, 16 oz. containers of heaving whipping cream.
- Sugar (for the glaze mixture).
- Powdered sugar to taste (for the whipped cream topping).
- 1 packet of cream stabilizer (for the whipped cream topping).
- Prepare pie crust if needed. I use a shortbread pre-made pie crust….yummy!
- Prepare your strawberries by cutting out the stems and then cut the berries in halves.
- Prepare the glaze by following the instructions on the glaze packet. The directions instruct to add water but I use organic cranberry juice instead.
- Spoon a 1/2 inch layer of glaze in the bottom of the pie crust. Then add in the first layer of berries. Spoon another layer of glaze and then another layer of berries. Repeat until all of the berries are jam-packed into the crust.
- Refrigerate while you make the whipped cream.
- Pour 2 containers of heavy whipping cream into a chilled mixing bowl. Start whipping! As the cream starts forming peaks, add a packet of cream stabilizer and then add powdered sugar to taste. I added about 1/2 cup.
- Finally, spread ALL of the whipped cream over the berries.
- Refrigerate for about an hour then serve.
Happy baking and happy crafting!