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Archive for February, 2012

“Paci”

So my son has loved his pacifier from day one! Some babies don’t like them and other love them! My son has his at all times!

Oh how paci has been my personal best friend for a year now! It seems to make him stop crying at the best moments. Although when he can’t find one he throws a baby temper tantrum until I do.

I’ve learned to always have a stock pile of pacifiers on hand and if I don’t the Frazier house is constantly looking for one. I feel like even though we have a million floaters I find my self saying, where in the world is his paci? Have you seen it?

STERILIZE: what you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing on it.

Just recently we purchased self closing pacifiers!

Uniquely designed to help protect your baby. These new pacifiers close automatically when they are dropped, to prevent them from getting dirty. You can choose from Silicone or Latex.

They work great and I highly recommend them, no more worrying about how to clean it off when there isn’t a sink around, it stays clean for you!

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Bacon “BROquet”

I called Mom and asked what Dad got her for Valentine’s Day and vise versa… Well one of her creative gifts was a bacon bouquet!

I’d never heard of such a thing but a hit with the guys indeed!

Mom just rolled thick bacon and put each roll in a muffin cup and baked for 20 minutes!!

 

I also found another way to do this… but seems pretty complicated compared to Mom’s way!…

 

Sarah Tisdale’s Bacon Broquet, Baked From the Heart

1 package delicious bacon (thin or thick both work well)
1 package bamboo skewers
some thin skewers you can break
1 or 2 mini muffin tins (varies depending on if you want to make a traditional dozen or go big)
slotted broiler pan
love
hammer
nails
foil
parchment paper
some sort of tough ribbon
recipient

Start with good intentions. Don’t do it if it’s not what you feel is right in your heart. Bacon should evoke a visceral reaction within you and within your intended recipient, for greatest maximum impact.

Pick out your bacon. I look for the cuts that have the most meat and less fat.

Prepare your muffin tins. Use the hammer and nail to puncture a hole or two in the bottom of each cup. Then set the pans on top of the broiler pan. This allows the fat to drain out while the rosettes are baking.

Preheat your oven to about 350-375 degrees.

Open up your package of bacon and take a moment to bask in its raw beautiful pink glory. Take one strip and roll it up like a scroll and insert it into the mini muffin tin. You can pull the center of the bacon roll out slightly here if you want to make it a little more stylin’ but no worries, it will look great as is. Repeat until muffin tin is full.

Put the whole thing in the oven and bake it until it’s done. Watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it looks dark pink take it out and let it cool a bit. Be careful: the grease will burn you if you spill it.

Take the roses out of the tins and set them on the broiler pan. if they aren’t cooked enough put them back in minus the muffin tin for a few minutes. You dont want to overcook them, or you wont be able to skewer the stems.

Use the fatter skewers as the stems and poke one into each rose. next, use the little skewers to poke the roses together in a bouquet style.

Wrap the whole thing in waxed or parchment paper and then foil (to give it structure and hold it together) and tie it off with a ribbon.

Take a photo of your bacon bouquet.

Hand deliver with a card and smile expressing your unconditional love for the boy (or girl) and bacon. Prepare yourself for an instant marriage proposal on the spot and/or to be ignored for 10-30 minutes as the recipient freaks out over how awesome the bouquet is and starts eating.

Softies

http://www.craftbits.com/project/plattie-the-platypus
Mom made the platypus with fleece and flannel and stuffed him with flax seed so you can put him in the microwave to warm him up.She tested scraps of material in the microwave for 3 minutes on high with a cup of water first. Only heat for 1 1/2 minutes though. She over tested to make sure the fabric was okay for the microwave which it is and it only needs a minute and a half to warm up.

http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com/2010/03/tutorial-and-pattern-recycled-mooshy.html
She made the cute little bunny out of an old t-shirt which my son will now play with! 🙂

http://thelongthread.com/?p=173
Mom calls the goose… Lucy Goosey. She made it out of a paint cloth from Home Depot and some of the orange fabric we love. That painter cloth was also used for the bench cover and rocker cover. Sure does get around!

http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/craft-project-toy-giraffe-103593
And last but definitely not least as the giraffe is my son’s favorite! This is actually the second she’s had to make so far because he wore the first one out to bits is made out of flannel.

These are great gifts and even super cute to display in the baby room!

Crochet Box of Chocolates

Mom got this pattern/idea from http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-box-chocolates.

Supplies:
BOX
RED HEART® “Super Saver®”:
 4 Ounces 332 Ranch Red CA.
RED HEART® “Luster Sheen®”: 2 Ounces 1 White CB.

Crochet Hooks: 3.5mm [US E-4] and 3.75mm [US F-5].
Yarn needle; small amount of polyfil stuffing; two 8″ x 11″ cardboards.

CHOCOLATES
RED HEART® “Luster Sheen®”: 1 Ounce 360 Chocolate CA, 3/4 ounce 7 Vanilla CB; small amounts 615 Tealeaf CC, 332 Tan CD, 227 Buttercup CE, 235 Think Pink CF, and 915 Cherry Red CG.

Crochet Hook: 3.5mm [US E-4].
Yarn needle, polyfil stuffing, 20 white paper candy cups, 20 tiny pearls.

Size:
Box measures approximately 9″ across and 8″ from “V” to bottom point. Candies measure approximately 1 1/4″ across.

ROUND CHOCOLATES (Make 2 CA with CF flower and CC leaves; 1 CF with CB flower; 1 CA with CB chain st tic tac toe embroidery).

Gauge/Tension:
BOX
GAUGE: 16 sts = 4″; 16 rows = 3 1/2″ in sc with CA and larger hook. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

CHOCOLATES
GAUGE: 6 sts = 1″; 5 rows = 3/4″ in sc. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

 

The lace trim looks great but when I commented on it Mom said it was a “bugger” to do!

I love this idea, I asked Mom to make one for my son (1 year old) but he’d probably try and eat them since he does everything else!

Good luck and let us know how yours turns out.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

Heart Pillow

Here is a great Valentine gift for a loved one!

Mom found this heart pillow pattern at http://www.caron.com/projects/ss/ss_i_love_u_heart.html. She used the knitting pattern and just left the pocket off!

Super cute and comfy cozy gift!

Give it a try, and if you add the pocket… you can stick in a special Valentine card.

Wooden Letters

I’m not the crafty one in the family but I decided I could paint wooden letters for my son’s room.

I bought these letters from Michael’s because they were on sale. I paid under $3 each letter so it’s a pretty cheap project!

I used acrylic paint and paintbrushes/sponges to paint the letters.

They dried very quickly and in my opinion came out great!

I bought a whole bunch of different colored paint but only ended up using the yellow and blue because I liked them best!

Here is a picture of the finished letters.

Give it a try! 🙂

Oh, and the only reason they aren’t hanging up yet is because I’m waiting for my husband to do it so they aren’t crooked! 🙂

Quilling Tree

The quilling tree…

This is so very cute, I love it! I actually love everything Mom does and wish I was as artistic as she is!

She’s been rolling the marquis shapes for the leaves for several days while watching tv that way it’s easier to roll so many!

This is definitely a time consuming project but look how awesome it turned out!

The Marquise Shape…

This quilling shape is sometimes also referred to as the Marquise or Eye Shape in some quilling patterns create this quilling shape as you would the Loose Coil quilling shape and simply pinch both the glued side and the opposite side of the quilled coil Pinch first one side and then the other while holding the pinched points one in each hand. This helps encourage a more even quilled shape.


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