Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
First cut 6 strips of pattern paper 6” x 5/8” and one strip 3” x 5/8”. Mark the 6” pieces in the center of the side you want to show. I like the green side so you will see an “X” on the 3” mark.
Add a drop of liquid glue to the center of the strip
Wrap the pattern paper end towards the center making a pointy loop. Repeat this with other end. It should look like a figure 8.
Once you have all 6 pieces complete you can start layering the pieces. I used a dab of glue in the center, then press & hold until dried.
First create a cross, then add in the next few layers changing the direction of the points.
Make a loop with the 3” strip and glue into the center of the bow. It is so simple & so cute to make. You can use pattern paper, Christmas magazines, brown paper bags. So completely adorable.
Monday, December 20, 2010
...LIFE AS AN ART
So, in the spirit of, “The Jar’s” 12 days of Christmas and my passion for documenting families through the art of photography-I am giving away a free mini-session for the spring! As you have most likely guessed my photo style is non-traditional, which is not for everyone and that is okay! But make sure you visit my site, you never know you might be surprised by what you like.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I used a measuring cup (approximately 3 inches) and a paint bottle (1 ¼inch).
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
larger size glass or plastic ball ornament
tea cup size plate (any color that coordinates with your ornament)
hot glue gun
fresh or artificial flowers
Now you have a very unique and very cute flower vase and what a great way to reuse old ornaments!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
And now for a little holiday inspiration and recipes from my friend, Heather!
1 medium butternut squash (about 1.5 lbs)
Spicy Roasted Edamame
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have enjoyed the first week of the 12 Days of Christmas at the Jar! Stay tuned next week for more DIYs, inspiration and giveaways! Enjoy this scrumptious DIY from the Hungry Bee!
As soon as the temperature slightly dropped in Miami, I had the sudden urge to make jam. I had never made jam before, but I thought it might make for a fun holiday project. My original plan was to make strawberry jam with hand-picked fruit from a farm in Homestead known for its delicious strawberry shakes and fresh produce. Once the season opened, I hurried down to the farm on my day off, but as it turned out, the berry field would not be ready until January.
Determined to make my jam dreams come true, my experiment began with a test run of store-bought strawberries which I used to make a small batch of jam with my newly purchased canning equipment. I have to admit it took me several days to research canning history, safe procedures (yes, you do not want to give anyone botulism), and the necessary tools involved. I could go on for pages discussing all the details of jar and lid sterilization, preserving temperatures, etc, but instead, here is the link to a lengthy but very useful USDA document covering every aspect of this culinary process: Complete Guide to Home Canning (http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/usda/2_USDAcanningGuide1_06.pdf).
The strawberry jam turned out delicious, but I still continued with the idea to use a local seasonal fruit for a larger batch.
I proceeded to try my luck with citrus. Due to the lack of local berries this time of year, I decided to try orange marmalade instead. I guess you can’t get more Florida than that! I followed a recipe from a charming cookbook called Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff. My grandma, who is visiting from Lima, helped me digest the directions and made a wonderful sous-chef. She actually remembered every single step and measurement better than I did!
4 pounds of navel oranges (about 7 to 10)
1/3 cup strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups of sugar
The very first thing to consider when you enter the kitchen is to get the canning pot filled with water (1-2 inches of water over the jars) and on the stove, as it will take about 30 minutes to boil. This water will be used for both sterilizing the jars/lids and processing the preserves. I recently purchased a 21.5 quart granite ware canner with a rack. It is that extremely large but light-weight pot you sometimes see at hardware stores which is black with white specks. The rack helps to keep the jars from touching the bottom of the pan or other jars which can weaken the glass jars.
Add the sugar to the pan and boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes until the mixture reaches 220 °F.
Place your sterilized jars and lids on a towel to dry for a minute (a jar lifter is useful for easy and safe removal of jars out of the boiling water). Ladle the hot marmalade into the jars, leaving about a ¼ inch headspace at the top. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the rims of the jars and place the flat lid and ring on each jar (rings do not require sterilization). Screw on rings just to the point where you feel resistance. It is important not to over-tighten the lid rings since air bubbles must escape out of the jars during processing.
Return the closed, filled jars into the boiling water of the canning pot. Process for 5 minutes. Remove the jars out of the pot and place them on a towel to be undisturbed for at least 12 hours. You will hear a ‘pop’ sound made by the center of the lids pulling downwards. This means they sealed properly. If this does not occur, the jar should be refrigerated immediately for preserving.
Feel free to comment with any questions you might have. You can also check out my brand new blog at http://thehungrybee11.blogspot.com/
Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
orange, black, and white felt ($0.30 a piece at just about any craft store)
permanent marker (or pen)
quarter and dime (why use a template when these are so easy to trace!)
onesie or t-shirt
Step 1: For the "coal" on the mouth, trace a dime 5 times on black felt using a pencil. It will be a tiny bit hard to see, so don't be shy about going around a few times for good measure.
Check out my other creations for Finn (and of course a few for mommy!) at heartfelthelen.blogspot.com