Working on it Wednesday – Candle Burning Tip

This weeks post might only be exciting and useful to those that are slightly OCD like me.

We’ve all been there right, you’re walking past a beautifully smelling candle in your kitchen and look over to notice it is not burning evenly. At first you can ignore it but every few passes you find yourself looking over at it again and slightly scowling. Before you know it, you can no longer smell the once beautiful candle because all you can see when you think of it is uneven wax going up the sides and a burn hole right down the middle. Not only is it wasted candle wax (and smell!) but the sight is starting to make you twitchy.

I can’t be the only one who  has had this problem right? Okay, so maybe I’m the only one that had this problem and let it bother them this much, but it couldn’t be helped. In the past I’ve purchased all those little top warmers that Yankee Candle promises will help the wax burn evenly. They look so pretty and they do work to a point but not enough, I needed to go full gorilla warfare on my current candle collection.

candle tips

My solution? Every day tin foil. I used a longer piece and rolled it around the top of the candle and down a bit on the sides to help keep the heat in. Be care NOT to wrap it around the top of the candle or let it fall in toward the flame. (See picture two) We don’t want any fires on our hands.

This has worked like a charm and I only have to bring out the tin foil every once and a while to bring the candle back to it’s nice and even burn level. Other times I can keep the cute little tops on.

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Recipe Monday – Raspberry Filled Butter Cookies from Tidy Mom

I am in a cookie mood this week, which is too bad because I need to be in a cupcake mood so I can make up the batch I owe Matt’s office.

Anyway, since it’s recipe Monday and I have cookies on the brain I wanted to share this tasty looking recipe from Tidy Mom. I am seriously starting to love her blog. Such good stuff.

You can find more pictures and the recipe for Raspberry Filled Butter Cookies on her site here.

Image from Tidy Mom

And don’t forget to check out all the free cookie recipes we have in the crafts database.

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Working on it Wednesday – Little Turtle

 It feels like it has been forever since I’ve been able to crochet, but I’m getting back into the groove of things around here and have whipped up some projects over the last few weeks.

The first I want to share is this Tiny Two-tone Turtle by LucyRavenscar. Little O, was getting scared having to leave me at drop off for pre-school. By the end of the day he’d tell me what a great time he had, but the mornings were hard…. for all of us. To help him adjust a little I made up one of these tiny turtles (he loves turtles) and he was able to take it to school with him each day as long as he kept it in his pocket.

It definitely worked and now Carrots Jody, don’t ask me where he gets these names, has a special place in his backpack every day.

Here’s my version.

Little Turtle

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6 Free Crochet Cowls to make tonight

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but it is cold here in Michigan.

Now seems like the perfect time to make a quick cowl to help keep warm.

Here are 6 of my favorite designs right now. You can find all of the free designs we have listed on our Cowl page here found on the Crochet At Play database. These are patterns from different designers and blogs all over the world. I know you can find something you’ll like.

Until then check out these six…

CowlsFrom top to bottom – left to right

1. Cilantro Cowl from Fiber Flux  

2. Braided Cowl from Grannysquaredontcare  

3. Chunky Ribbed Cowl from Cre8tion Crochet  

4. Woven Cowl from My Crafts with Love

5. Fake Knit Cowl from Loopsan    

6. Key Lime Neck Wrap from Fiber Flux  

 

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5 Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Recipe Monday again!

This week I want to highlight five crock pot recipes from our Craft database. Remember you can find all of our recipes here. And if you have a free recipe listed on your blog and would like to add it to our database you can do so here. It’s free to be listed and search our database.

Now, let’s get to our recipes. There are some great ones found on even better blogs.

Crockpot1. Easy Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls from Yummy Healthy Easy  

2. Crock Pot Chili Mac and Cheese from Repeat Crafter Me  

3. Slow Cooker Ravioli from Kitchen Meets Girl  

4. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie from The Country Chic Cottage  

5. Slow Cooker Taco Chili from Shugary Sweets

 

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PROJECT – Cheap & Easy Card Holder

I actually made this project last year, but this seemed like the perfect time to share it.

We needed a place to hang all those holiday cards we get every year and I needed it to be quick to make, cheap, and easy to store the other 11 months of the year.

Hence….

CardholderI don’t have picture directions for you, sorry. But this is super easy to make up.

You’ll need.
1. Wrapping paper of a design you like
2. Buttons
3. Ribbon
4. An embroidery hoop  
5. Wooden clothes pins or if you want a really easy project buy colored ones.
6. Hot glue and stick glue

6 Items and 5 steps

Step 1: Cut out sections of your wrapping paper to match the size of your clothes pins. Glue on with stick glue (set aside to dry)

Step 2: Using hot glue affix the buttons to the clothes pins (On the handle part). Set aside to dry

Step 3: Once dry attach your completed clothes pins at equal lengths around the embroidery hoop. Let dry

Step 4: With your ribbon, cut a small piece, and glue end together to make a loop. Glue to the top of your hoop. Attach button to top if you wish

Step 5: Cut a longer selection of ribbon and attach to the bottom of your hoop for extra card display

That’s it.

The entire project, including drying time took me about an hour. Easy right?

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Working on it Wednesday – Back of the Door post

I’m working on getting this weekly feature back up and running. It will be our weekly chance to see what I’ve been working on and a place for you to share yours as well. Remember it can be anything you’ve been working on lately.

We’ve been busy the last few weeks. With holidays and then it becoming very cold in Michigan I’m trying to get as much done as I can before it is absolutely too cold to go outside.

One of the last projects I wanted to get finished up before the year ended was getting some hanging storage in our bedroom. Some place to store my extra purses, scarves etc. They were getting squished and lost in all the random closets I had them hanging in.

I’ve been holding off on this project because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. One afternoon as I’m walking through my Mom’s garage I spotted this ‘almost’ perfectly sized piece of peg board. She said it was left overs and I could have it, aren’t Mom’s great.

Next up I bought a set of spiral cabinet door knobs, very similar to this brand and put them in at random places. Matt hung it up for me and easy peasy I now have hanging areas in our bedroom.

I need to buy more knobs so I can fill the space in more and I’d like to make a frame to go around it, but that will have to wait until next summer

back of door

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Recipe Monday – Cakes & Pies

It’s the first day of December, seriously, where did the year go? I am not ready for 2015 yet!

To make me feel better about another year coming to a close with snow and ice I decided to spend this week’s recipe post looking at amazing cakes and pies. What? Chocolate makes me feel better, even if only in picture form. I can’t be the only one right?

Anyway, here are five free cake and pie recipes you can find in the CraftsAtPlay.com database. There are lots of them over there so make sure and stop to see them all.

Cakes and Pies

1. 3 Ingredient Frozen Peppermint Pie from 30 Handmade Days

2. Banana Split Cheesecake from Lady Behind the Curtain

3. Nutella Gooey Butter Cake from Tidy Mom 

4. Candy bar Cheesecake from Tidy Mom

5. Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake from The Pioneer Woman

 

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Cyber Monday Sales

It’s the weekend for great sales. Here are a few of the links I’ve been sent for cyber Monday deals.

If you know of a sale not listed here let me know on our facebook page and I will add it.

Some links are affiliate links 

 
Spend $50 and Save 15% with PWS50 at Patternworks

Spend $150 and Save 25% with PWS150 at Patternworks

Spend $100 and Save 20% with PWS100 at Patternworks

Spend $50 and Save 15% with KQ50 at Keepsake Quilting

Spend $100 and Save 20% with KQ100 at Keepsake Quilting

Spend $150 and Save 25% with KQ150 at Keepsake Quilting

 

NON CRAFT SALES

 
Shop the Payless Cyber Monday Sale! Save an extra 25% off at Payless.com with code ZZCYBER, plus FREE Shipping on any purchase over $35! Offer valid 12.1.2014.

Cyber Monday Extended! – Save up to 60% at PetSmart.com! Offer valid 12/2 to 12/3.

Cyber Monday – Save up to 60% – Plus Free Shipping No Minimum at PetSmart.com! Offer valid 12/1 only.

Cyber Sale Weekend Starts Early (7am EST on 11/29) – Save up to 60% at PetSmart.com! Offer valid 11/29 to 11/30.

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Black Friday Sales

It’s the weekend for great sales. Here are a few of the links I’ve been sent.

If you know of a sale not listed here let me know on our facebook page and I will add it.

Some links are affiliate links 

 
Free Shipping with No Minimum at Patternworks with Offer Code PW14118

Save 20% on Nordic Mittens and Slippers at Patternworks with Offer Code PW14116

Free Shipping No Minimum at Keepsake Quilting with Offer Code KQ1446

Save 25% off Christmas Fabric and Kits at Keepsake Qulting with Offer Code KQ1445

Save 20% on Quick Holiday Kits at Keepsake Quilting with Offer Code KQ1444

Save an Additonal 20% on the Fabric Bargain Bin at Keepsake Quilting with Offer Code KQ1443

 

 

NON CRAFT SALES

 
Shop Payless.com Doorbusters! Save on Women’s Boots, Men’s Slippers and Women’s and Girls’ Airwalk Flurries! Offer valid 11.27-11.28.2014.

Shop the Payless.com Black Friday Sale! Women’s Boots up to 50% Off. Offer valid 11.26-11.30.2014.

Shop Black Friday Early Online (7am EST on 11/27)- Save 50% – Plus Free Shipping No Minimum at PetSmart.com! Offer valid 11/27 to 11/28.

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