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  1. DIY Shoebox Puppet Theater


    February 25, 2013 by Jenn

    Today we have something special for those kiddos in your life. This is a fun project to do with your kids or just to make as a gift for a special tiny human in your life. It’ll also fit into your budget since it’s made from recycling things you probably already have. (I told you I’m a recycle monster.) What’s one thing every girl has lying around? Shoeboxes. You could even use a shipping box from that thing you just ordered online for an even larger project. Today I’m going to show you how I turned a plain shoebox into a tiny puppet theater, complete with puppets made from old mittens. So really it’s like 2 DIY’s in one. What a deal!


    You will need:


    - Fabric scraps
    - Shoebox
    - Scissors
    - Glue
    - Stapler
    Not pictured: Pinking shears, exact-o knife (both optional), yarn.


    1. Remove the lid and any other weird parts from the box.
    2. Cut a rectangular hole in one of the sides of the box. This will be where you put your hands through.
    3. Paint a scene as your back drop in the back of the box. You could make several on different pieces of paper so you have options.
    4. Take 2 scraps of fabric and make side curtains. Staple them to the sides of the box.
    5. Take a long piece of fabric and make this the top curtain. I glued it to the sides of the box, this will hide the staples from the side curtains. I cut mine with pinking shears.
    6. Cut a hole in the side of the box and run yarn through it. These will be your curtain ties.
    7. Tie in a bow and secure the curtains.

    Your theater is finished, now let’s get ready for the puppets!
    You’ll need:
    - A pair of old mittens
    - Fabric
    - Yarn
    - Needle and thread
    - Marker or embroidery thread


    1. To make the hair for the puppets, wrap the yarn around your fingers.
    2. Use a second piece of yarn to tie in the middle, this will give you a bow shape.
    3. Put a thimble on your finger, then put the glove on over it. Sew the yarn to the mitten. The second piece of yarn that you tied will act as the hairs “part” so put that in the middle.
    4. Now you have little wigs!
    5. For their costumes, the options are endless. I cut small pieces of fabric and secured them with a stitch in the back.
    6. I used a marker to draw on my puppet’s faces, you could also sew on some faces with embroidery thread.
    Puppet people!!!!

    Don’t have the time for puppet people? That’s okay. You can also use scrapbook stock. I took a few and taped them to popsicle sticks. Boom. Instant puppets.




    I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did. Now, get those kiddos crafting!

  2. 6 Delicious Salad Dressings


    February 22, 2013 by Jenn


    Spring is about to be upon us, which for me is salad season. Many store bought dressings can be expensive! They also have a lot of additives, some of which I can’t even pronounce. Fresh is best. Here are 6 easy and delicious recipes that taste amazing and won’t empty out your wallet. (Some of them make good dipping sauces for snacks as well.)

    Vegan Caesar:
    1/2 C Olive Oil
    2 Cloves Garlic
    1 TBSP Fresh Lemon Juice
    1 TSP Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
    1 TSP Dijon Mustard
    1 TSP Onion Powder
    1/2 TSP Garlic Salt
    Add all ingredients into a blender, add oil last in a drizzle until well combined.

    Bloody Mary: (sounds weird but is AWESOME)
    3 TBSP Olive Oil
    1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
    1/2 TSP Salt
    1/4 TSP Pepper
    1/2 TSP Old Bay
    1 TBSP Lemon Juice
    1 TSP Lime Zest
    1 C Tomato Juice
    Shake all ingredients until well combined

    Citrus Soy:
    1 TBSP Soy Sauce
    1 TSP Lime Juice
    2 TSP Honey
    3 TBSP Orange Juice
    2 TBSP Olive Oil
    1 TSP Wine Vinegar
    1 TSP Black Sesame Seeds
    Combine in jar, shake until mixed well.

    Garlic Parmesan:
    3/4 C Olive Oil
    1/4 C Lemon Juice
    2 Cloves Garlic
    2 TSP Dijon
    1/2 C Parmesan
    Salt & Pepper
    Combine all ingredients except for Olive Oil in a blender or food processor. Once combined, slowly add oil in a drizzle while mixing until all is combined.

    Coconut Lime:
    1 C Coconut milk
    1/2 C Lime Juice
    2 TSP Olive Oil
    1/2 TSP Sea Salt
    1/4 TSP Fresh Pepper
    Shake all ingredients until well combined

    Blueberry Dijon:
    2 TBSP Olive Oil
    1 C Blueberries
    1 TBSP Honey
    1 TBSP Dijon Mustard
    1 TSP Balsamic Vinegar
    1/4 TSP Salt
    1/4 TSP Pepper
    Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor except for Oil and Vinegar, add those last slowly until all are well combined.


  3. Mushroom Risotto


    February 21, 2013 by Emily


    Risotto is one of those dishes that people love to eat, but are terrified of making. The amount of time needed and the endless stirring seems to be most peoples deterrent. But its SO DELICIOUS and once you understand the techniques you can tailor the recipe with a bagillion different flavors (yes, A BAGILLION).

    I’ll let you in on a little secret… its really not that difficult, and doesn’t take that much time!

    What You’ll Need:

    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    1 Small Onion, Diced Fine
    1 Clove Garlic, Minced
    1 Ounce Dried Assorted Mushrooms, chopped & soaked in boiling water (save the liquid!)
    1 Cup Arborio (risotto) Rice
    2.5 Cups Vegetable Stock


    1- In a small sauce heat the vegetable stock and liquid from the mushrooms over a low fire. 2- In a second sauce pan sweat the garlic and onions until translucent. 3- Add the arborio rice to the pan with the garlic and onions and stir over medium heat until the rice has sucked up the oil and tasty onion-y/garlic-y goodness. 4- Turn the heat to low and add about 1 cup of broth to the rice, stir a few times and allow the rice to absorb the liquid (about 2-3 minutes) 5- Add liquid to the rice, allowing time for it to be absorbed each time, until the rice is tender. 6- Gently stir in the mushrooms, add a grind of pepper and enjoy!


  4. Challenge #49: Make Someone Else’s DIY


    February 20, 2013 by Jenn


    In keeping up with my 52 challenges, I chose this week’s challenge to make someone else’s DIY. There are so many fun things out there for me to choose from. There are so many bloggers that have come up with really awesome DIYs. Since I’m trying to revamp my place with some new art, I chose to take on a DIY from the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess. They created a really cool DIY to make song lyric wall art. I used a magazine photo that I loved as my background and instead of using song lyrics, I wrote something that I just need to remember all the time, to get stuff done!! You can learn how to make this DIY here. I think it’s so cute and it made a lovely addition to my living room!

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