Showing posts with label TMST. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TMST. Show all posts

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Teach Me Something Thursday: Hiatus, Scheduling + Iron Craft '13.

Some of you might have noticed that TMST has been absent this month. I decided to take a break for the month of February, then bring it back bi-weekly, because I will be showcasing my Iron Craft Challenge projects on those off-weeks.

So, TMST will return March 7, 2013. If you are interested, feel free to submit a tutorial to be showcased on the blog. Next week, Iron Craft '13 Challenge #4 will be showcased. Since I didn't get around to posting what I created for Challenge #3, here it is, in all its sappy glory:

The theme was hearts + stars - you could choose to use one aspect, or both. I chose to stick to hearts, since Valentine's Day was around the corner. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Teach Me Something Thursday, Volume Twenty-Two.

According to the cheesy 80s flick, The Allnighter, "A babe in the kitchen is worth two on the beach." While some might disagree [especially if said babe in the kitchen burns water], you can't deny that a significant other who can cook is a plus. My mom whipped up a quick sweet treat that anyone can toss together!

Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter [I love Wilton cookie cutters]
Marble Pound Cake [or whichever type of loaf cake you prefer]
Whipped Cream [fresh, canned, or Cool Whip - your call]
Heart-Shaped Marshmallows [if you can't find them, order them]

1. Cut cake into three slices, about one inch thick;
2. Use cookie cutter to cut into heart shape; place cake on plate;
3. Put whipped cream on cake + spread to form a nice layer;
4. Put another piece of cake on top of whipped cream;
5. Repeat steps 3 + 4;
6. Put a dollop of whipped cream on top + place heart-shaped marshmallow on top;
7. Stuff your face like there is no tomorrow!

Super simple + delicious. Now you don't have an excuse to toss together dessert on Valentine's Day! If you have a fun Valentine's Day recipe or craft you'd like to share, contact me - I'd love to feature you.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Teach Me Something Thursday, Volume Twenty One.

Since Valentine's Day is only weeks away, I reached out to some of my blogger buds to see if they had anything up their sleeve for Cupid's celebration. Sally had an awesome idea + even gives you alternate creations for the rosettes you make. Enjoy!

When Michele asked if I would do a TMST for Valentines Day I was super excited and knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I have the heart of a crafter but the skills of, well...not a crafter.  I can't sew, crochet or knit, so I am pretty much limited to cutting and gluing.  My FAVORITE craft to make are felt rosettes.  I love the way felt looks and the rosette looks difficult to make but is so easy!  Today I will show you how to make a felt rosette garland that combines my two favorite materials:  felt and jute!

You will need:
2 sheets (at least) of felt
Crafters glue
Hot glue
Felt hearts (pictured but not used in the end product.  I was going to add them with the rosettes but ended up liking the organic look of just the jute and flowers.)

How to make a rosette:
1)  Cut your felt in half and then in 6 squares.  To make smaller rosettes take one of those squares and  cut in to 4 more squares.


2)  Cut a circle from the square.  SAVE the scrap(s), you will need them for the banner.

3)  Cut a spiral into the center of the circle, about a half-inch wide.  Leave a nickel-sized circle in the center.  Snip the pointed tip that will be the inside of your rosette.

4)  Starting with the outside of the circle begin to wind/roll the felt.  When you reach the end the nickel-sized circle will magically fold over the back of the rosette.  Use a generous amount of crafters glue to secure the circle in place. Make sure the glue has dried completely. 

Boom!  You have a felt rosette for a banner, wreath, hair clip or any where else you like!

Time to use your scraps!  Cut circles (they don't have to be perfect) that are about the size of the back of your rosette.  You will want this extra back for the banner project.

How to make the banner:
1) Measure the space that you would like to fill and cut  a string of jute to size.

2)  Lay the jute out and place your rosettes along the line where you would like them.

3)  Squeeze a generous amount of hot glue on the back of your rosette.  Carefully place the jute in the center of the hot glue and then top it with the circle piece of felt.  Make sure it is fully attached.


4)  Continue down the line until all of the rosettes are glued in place.  Make sure the hot glue is cool and dry.

Hang your garland!

For more creative projects, recipes + fantastic fitness tips, head over to Sally's blog, Forward From The Heart.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Teach Me Something Thursday, Volume Twenty.

Fellow blogger + sponsor, Melissa, brought to my attention that in Canada, January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. She asked if she could put together a TMST about the disease + I thought it was a fantastic idea!

As an advocate of Alzheimer’s Disease, I thought Teach Me Something Thursday would be a great opportunity to share some Alzheimer’s knowledge.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is essentially a brain disease where brain cells progressively degenerate. This irreversible disease results in the deterioration of thinking ability and memory.

Some important info:
  • There is currently no known cause or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease is not an ‘old persons’ disease - people in their 40’s and 50’s have been diagnosed
  • Memory loss is not the only sign of Alzheimer’s disease
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
  1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day abilities
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation in time and space
  5. Impaired judgement
  6. Problems with abstract thinking
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes in mood and behavior
  9. Changes in personality
  10. Loss of initiative
More information and explanation on the warning signs can be found at The Alzheimer Society.

What can you do?
There is nothing you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease but you can do things to lower your risk, such as:
  • Challenge your brain. This would include playing games (ex. word puzzles, cards), learning a new language or instrument and even things like brushing your teeth with your left hand instead of right hand.
  • Be socially active. Engage with coworkers, volunteer or join a social group/club (ex. Rotary International, book club).
  • Healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy, exercising, reducing stress (ex. meditation, yoga) and regular visits to your doctor will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For more information, check out Brain Health and BrainBooster.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, please visit or your local Alzheimer Society/Association. Thanks to Michele for letting me guest post and teach you all a little bit more about Alzheimer's Disease.

Don't forget to swing by Melissa's blog, Dreams + Colour!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Teach Me Something Thursday, Volume Nineteen.

The nineteenth installment of TMST comes from Allie, over at Little Mouse's House. She teaches us how to transform an outfit two ways: a peter pan collar, + a lace collar/pocket. 

I've had a few pieces in my (and Norah's) closet that I've been trying to find the perfect sprucing-up project for. I liked this dress before, but i LOVE it with it's new doily peter pan collar! One of Norah's plain black t-shirts got a matching lacy collar as well. This is a super easy and cheap way to make old clothes new!

you will need:
a dress, shirt, sweater etc. in need of some sprucing up
doily and/or lace
needle and thread
straight pins

If using a doily, first cut it directly in half. Then, using straight pins, pin the doily or lace onto the collar as you please. I also added some lace detail onto the pocket of Norah's shirt.

Sew around the edges of the doily or lace. After I stitched the curved part of the doily, I folded over the flat edge to the underside of the dress and then stitch through both layers. Make sure you trim any stray threads or extra pieces!

And Finished! Now enjoy your new-to-you item of clothing!

Make sure to head over to Little Mouse's House for more fun projects [many are kid-friendly].

If you would like to contribute to Teach Me Something Thursday, please contact me. I take holiday submissions year-round + am currently booking for Spring 2013.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Teach Me Something Thursday, Volume Eighteen.

Welcome to the first TMST of the new year! The eighteenth installment is from Amber, the blogger behind My Three Bittles. Amber teaches us how to make play dough from ingredients sitting in your pantry! This is an excellent activity to develop fine motor skills in little ones [the teacher in me HAD to tell you that].

Hey guys, I'm Amber of My Three Bittles and today I'm going to teach you how to make play dough! YAY!!!!My kids got so super excited about this and spent FOREVER playing with it. So, let's make some play dough, shall we?! Yes. I think we shall. It's QUITE simple really, but I've been in such a "let's share" mood lately, that I thought I'd photograph the process and share with y'all.

So here we go:

You'll need:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
1 tbsp. cooking oil
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 c. water

Go on and mix up your dry ingredients into your pot. Then add the oil and water.

Cook over medium heat until mixture forms a ball.

Dump onto counter or wax paper and knead, knead, knead the Kool-Aid into it.

Then watch little hands play.

And sometimes your kid will be so grateful that he'll make you a play dough heart and melt your heart.

Visit My Three Bittles for recipes, crafts + everything else in between!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Teach Me Something Thursday, Volume Seventeen.

This edition of TMST is from Dara, a reader who reached out to me with an awesome tutorial that she actually used for her wedding. This is a great example of upcycling + these flowers can be used for a plethora of occasions!

For my wedding centerpieces, we decided to go with preserved/dried flowers for the main focus.  Aside from the flowers, we wanted something really interesting on the ends of our tables for the wedding. We used banquet tables, so they are long and rectangular. Therefore, one centerpiece didn't really work! We needed a line of centerpieces. We're both into old books, my fiance (now husband!!) more than myself actually, so I set out to make some book paper flowers!

I came across a few different sites explaining how to make paper flowers. I tried the crumbling method, but rolling is just so much cleaner (and easier).  I took some tips from many different sites, and experimented a little, and figured out which method worked best for me. Then, I took some photos and compiled it into (what I hope is) an easy to follow tutorial!

Let me know if its confusing or if it works for you - I'd love to see the results!

To see more of Dara's fun creations, visit her craft blog, A Very Good Coat Rack + make sure to swing by her Etsy shop - Dara makes the cutest stuffed animals!