A Cute Mother’s Day Craft

I saw this somewhere and I think it would be such a great craft for kids to give their mom for Mother’s Day. I think I originally saw it on Pinterest but have seen it twice more since then.

The supplies you need are few. The sticks you can get at Walmart or a craft store. Also the paint brushes. For the paint I used one color that is actually a wall color, but very fashionable. Or, as shown, the craft paints.

You will also need a couple of drinking glasses or cups.

While you are preparing your work space bring a pan of water to a boil. The pan should be big enough for the sticks to lay in with a little room to spare.

Once the water is boiling put your sticks in it and boil for 15 minutes. Put in a few extra sticks in case some break, although I did’t have a problem.

After 15 minutes take them out one at a time, immediately starting to bend them easily into a “C” shape. Fit them in to the sides of a glass. They cool quickly, so once you take one out of the pan using tongs, you’ll be able to start shaping it right away.

The sticks need to dry overnight. Once dry, they can be painted and personalized.

Voila!
Have a great week!
Doris

Update: the chair is coming along nicely. I have the fabric and this week will be finding the right trim. I heard about a huge fabric and trim warehouse in Chicago that will hopefully have what I need because I haven’t found the right one out here. Field Trip! I may even take pictures and post on it if it’s as good as I was told.

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A Reconnected Friend

I am spotlighting a friend from school days. Dixie and I were in the same Drama class. She also reminded me that we were in the same French class as well. She always laughed alot and was a chatterbox (I don’t think she’ll mind my saying so, we all love her for it). She has also always been a highly creative person. Of recent days she is working on jewelry pieces. I asked her to give us some insight into how it all works.
And here is Dixie Jo Maskell:

A Bracelet Project
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Materials: Bracelet Memory Wire Assorted beads, spacers, stones & crystals

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Flush cutters for Memory Wire Jump rings if adding embellishment

Round Nose Pliers

This is a wonderful way to use up leftover beads, spacers or crystals. Memory wire is available at most quality craft outlets, through beadshops or online. Available are ring, bracelet or necklace wires and in some cases, all the above are in one package such as the one I am showing here from BeadSmith. There will be plenty of wire for several projects. Memory Wire is extremely hard and you should never use your good flush cutters to cut it. It will ruin them. You need to get a special cutter meant just for Memory Wire. They are relatively inexpensive and you won’t be sorry you spent the extra when you see how much you will enjoy putting these easy bracelets together. Your children or grandchildren will love it as well.

You decide how many times you would like the bracelet to wrap around your arm by winding the wire around your arm. Then I mark it with a piece of tape. This will be the cutting spot. The bracelet I am showing is 5 wraps. I made the beginning and ending place on the bracelet at different spots because I wanted to make a wired embellishment that was free to swing.

Now, you have two choices here. They make Memory Wire end caps that can be glued to the end of the wire and look fabulous. However, for those who can’t find them, or don’t wish to glue anything, this is the alternative step. Take your round nose pliers and grab the end of the wire by the tips of the pliers. Make a loop by holding the wire on one end with your round nose pliers and twisting your wrist to form a circle in the wire. You will have to let go and re-adjust the placement of the tip of the pliers several times to get the wire to form an 0. This will close off the end so your beads don’t escape!

Now I just take an empty box, bowl or whatever you have around the house, and dump in your beads, spacers, crystals, seed beads, bugles, stones (etc.) Basically if it has a hole in it and can be strung onto the wire, it will work! Mix them up good and then start stringing them on the wire. I tend to stop every so often and release the tension on the wire so I can make sure I am getting a good mix and that the row above and below where I am working has different beads than the one above. Or, you might just want to put on all the same kinds of beads, or a few beads with a metal spacer in between. Whatever you heart desires will work as this is just making a piece that gives you pleasure!

When you reach the end of the wire with still a small bit of wire showing, you will wrap the next end with the round nose pliers again or glue on another end cap to finish the bracelet. You have created this round circle of wire at both ends and you can use a jump ring to attach a charm or wired bead. If you have used end caps, put your jump ring just before the end cap. This adds a nice finish to your bracelet.
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This is a great, simple project to make something that will match what you are wearing or to use as a gift. The necklace in the photo is a wire crocheted piece that I used the same beads for. Now go out there, create and have fun!

Thanks for your interest!

Dixie Jo Maskell

Hands & Heart of Dixie

A Mother’s Day Treat

Happy Mother’s Day!

I follow the blog On Sutton Place. Ann Drake who writes it is quite an inspiration and she gave me permission to post one of her recipes. It is called Sour Cream Shortcake Bisquits. Not only is it delicious, it is quite delectable looking, and you probably have almost all of the ingredients on hand already. The only thing that you may need to purchase is sour cream.

Sour Cream Shortcake Bisquits

Ingredients
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2C Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
1/2tsp Baking Soda
1/4tsp Salt
1/4C Sugar
4T Butter, chilled
1C Sour Cream
1/4C Milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder,baking soda. salt, and sugar.

Cut in the butter with a pastry blender. (or if you don’t have a pastry blender you can do as I did, cut it in by using 2 knives. Tha’s the old fashioned way).

Stir in the sour cream and milk.
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It should look “shaggy” at this point.

Spread it out on a cookie sheet until it is one inch thick. Sprinkle with sugar.
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Bake for 12-15 minutes, watching it closely near the end. You want the edges to be lightly browned.
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Cool slightly.
Cut into bisquits. You may have a bisquit ciutter. I used a glass. You can also serve it rustic by just breaking it into bits. it tastes great no matter what!
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Spread strawberries over a bisquit and serve!
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You may want to add a dollop of whipped cream. Also, I add some sweetener to the strawberries after I cut them up and let them set a bit.

I hope you all have a wonderful day today!
Doris