U Create has a sweet Valentine for crafters of all abilities with the Stitchable Conversation Heart.  They made it even easier by providing a free template for your project!

 

A cute and easy project that will add a little touch of Cupid’s magic to our homes?  Count us in!

 

Please click here to visit U Create and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To make darling “grown-up” Valentine’s Day cards for my favorite people using my favorite fabric, felt!

 

Details:

  • I was in need of felt for this project and also to update my felt rosette wreath, so I picked up several sheets at my local JoAnn.
  • I also picked up some blank greeting cards so that I could adorn them with the felt hearts to make grown-up valentines.
  • I had needles and dental floss at home, so was all set to start once I got back with the materials.

I can’t wait to get these mailed out to my friends and family – snail mail is one of my favorite ways to let people know you love them.

Share the love – xoxo!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I first cut out the felt heart shapes using the method of folding the felt in half-length wise and then cutting a heart shape. Each of my hearts is unique in shape and I love that aspect!

I tried marking the stencil pattern onto my felt, but it wasn’t working well with my pencil, so I decided to go the free hand route using just my needle and floss thread. Though my stitched lines don’t look perfect and aren’t nearly as cute as the free stitch-able print, but I feel it adds to the handmade cuteness of these Valentine’s Day cards!

If you did want to use a stencil, a chalk pencil would come in handy!

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

Easy to do and pretty quick when it came down to prep and finish time.

Plus there are so many options on how to create these and you can personalize them for your valentines.

Cons:

I don’t see any – such a great way to spread love. 

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

They are so darling and I am excited to have created homemade Valentine’s for my loved ones.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Whip up a little Valentine’s decor for my home and my honey.

 

Details:

  • I used some left over felt from our Felt Rosette Wreath project.
  • My plain white cloth came right out of my scrap bin.
  • I grabbed my frame from the clearance aisle at Target a few months back!
  • I chose white embroidery thread, which I also had on hand!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!The hardest part about this project for me, was cutting out a normal looking heart.  I don’t recall failing this part of kindergarten, but I must have.

I chose “XOXO” as my convo and used a basic back-stitch as Kari from U Create did.  I thought I would be safe free-handing my writing, however sort of wish I would have stenciled it due to my anal retentive tendencies.

Embroidery thread is made up of 6 tiny strands.  I used 3 strands for the outline of my heart, and the full thread for my “XOXO”.

To finish my piece, I simply taped my fabric over the glass part of my picture frame and put it back together!  Wah-lah!

If I did it again, I would have ironed the fabric before putting it into the frame.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

A super easy and speedy project that adds a little V-day flare to your home!

Cons:

When making this project I accidentally thought about Cupid and got the damn “Cupid Shuffle” stuck in my head for the next 4 days.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

I liked this project!  There are so many ways to make it your own, and it’s easy enough for all skill levels.

I love that I didn’t need to spend a dime, and I also like the idea of having an easy project on hand to create cute holiday decor for any season!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: The magic word for me is “felt“. I just love everything about it and have tons of it. I would be wearing felt underwear if I could, but alas – that is another conversation. I am all about creating a Valentine-themed project out of felt!

Details:

In the original post Kari used the cutest picture frames for her hearts. I have a lot of random frames but nothing that really sparked my interest for this project.

  • I decided to use 2 embroidery hoops that were collecting dust.
  • I also had a large amount of linen from some previous projects that I thought would tie in nicely.
  • I used white and red embroidery floss and used a basic stitch.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would strongly suggest finding  several sizes of  hearts and sayings on the internet to use as a guide. The original post included a link to both, but I could not [for the life of me] get the darn images to enlarge.

I decided to free-hand everything and it turned out okay but using a guide would have been a lot easier.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

So easy and looks so lovely – Felt is so inexpensive!

Cons:

None – unless you suck at using a needle and thread or cutting.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

This project is one of my all-time favorites. I just love the end result; it was so easy to make and there are so many ways to make them.

I seriously have felt coming out of my ears, so I am super excited to make a few more of these to display around the house. This would also be a great gift for a grandparent or a child’s teacher.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Spread some love!

 
 

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!
The darling Stitchable Conversation Heart and it’s photo by U Create

 


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This sweet little project looks like the perfect treat for your feathered friends this chilly winter.

By Stephanie Lynn has shared an easy recipe for her Homemade Birdseed Wreath that only requires a few items that you may already have in your home!

 

Crafty yes, and bird-watchers, too; we were excited to put together a special snack for our songful neighbors!

 

Please click here to visit By Stephanie Lynn and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: This was one of the coolest ideas I have ever seen. Use an old cake pan to make a birdseed wreath – Awesome!

 

Details:

  • My Mom gave me this fish cake pan years ago and never knew what to do with it until now.
  • I also wanted to make a round wreath and found a pan at the Goodwill for $1.50.
  • I grabbed some Kaytee Wild Bird Food from the grocery store.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure that you generously spray your pans with non-stick spray. I did not spray my round pan enough and it ended up sticking and cracking.

I also used 4 packages of gelatin for each mold and added a few extra cups of seed more that was noted. The mixture looked goopy after you poured in into the pans. It looked strange and I thought I did something wrong – this is normal and will work out.

Chill for at least 2 hours before removing from the mold, as Stephanie Lynn suggested. I left mine in the fridge overnight.

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Pros:

Open, pour, stir and set – EASY!

Cons:

None – unless it gets stuck in the pan/tin

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Conclusion:

I love feeding the birds and was very impressed with how this turned out. Can I tell you again how cool I think this project is?!

Although one of my wreaths cracked, you cannot tell. I have been waiting patiently by the window every day and finally saw a few feathered  enjoying a snack.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Since moving into our new home, I’ve learned that birds are fun to watch!  I’d love to keep them happy during the winter months with a special treat, so that they stick around to chirp and eat bugs in the summer!

Details:

This project seemed almost too good to be true!  I only needed a few things:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed WreathI had a little trouble getting the wreath out of the smaller of my two pans.  It was then that I realized that I forgot to spray it with cooking spray.  Dang it!  I did manage to get the wreath out with the ol’ Run-the-Upside-Down-Tray-Under-Water trick and some light tapping against the counter.

The face of each of my wreaths are very gelatin-y.  I think that I could have added a little more seed.  If you find that after scooping the seed into each pan, that there is liquid left over in the pot, this could be an indication that you can add more birdseed.  Mix a little extra in before pouring the remaining liquid in each pan.

The wreaths were a little slimy for my liking at the 2 hour mark, so I left my wreaths outside to get super cold frozen for my own sake.  Hopefully the birds will figure it out!

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Pros:

Couldn’t be an easier project!

Very cute – would make a sweet gift for a neighbor or bird-loving friend.

Cons:

Gelatin weirds me out.  If I make this again, I think that I’ll try it with fruit pectin instead.

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Conclusion:

I loved how easy this project was.  I’m not even sure that it took more than 10 minutes from start to pouring into the bundt pans!
The true test though, will be to see how my birdies like it.  If not, I know that the deer will!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To give our feathered friends a fly-by eatery this winter.

 

Details:

I live at Target – seriously, this is no joke. I go there with my kids probably two times a week, as it is one of the easiest places to go with three young children. Plus I always forget a thing or two each time I head there, so I have to go back!

  • I purchased one box of Knox Gelatin, which contained four envelopes of the dry gelatin mix.
  • I used my grandmother’s beautiful gold bundt pan.
  • I picked a basic Kaytee wild birdseed mix.
  • I adorned it with some  scrap fabric I had on-hand in a winter blue!

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed WreathBased on the directions and the size of my mold, I mixed all four envelopes of the gelatin with two cups of water. It sounded like it would be enough and this was an easy step in the process. Once that had all dissolved, I added in four cups of the wild birdseed mix and stirred that until it was combined well. I then sprayed my bundt pan with olive oil cooking spray before scooping in the wild birdseed mix and pressing it in gently.

After the mix had set in the fridge for four hours, I worked hard to get it to release from the pan. I used both my brut strength and a butter knife to convince it to finally release itself from the pan! Once I saw it in its finished form, I decided I should have used more gelatin for my mix as it was only sitting towards the lower half of the mold, but it was all still intact, so all-in-all, it worked just fine.

I hung my darling wreath out on the front porch for our feathered friends. I was even able to snap a picture of some of the birds that came to eat!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I don’t think I used enough olive oil spray on mine.  Be sure to give your pan a good spray!

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Pros:

A reasonably priced way to feed our feathered friends!

I spent $1.34 on one box of the gelatin (contained four packets) and $9.99 on the birdseed.

After seeing how adorable this turned out, I purchased four more boxes of the gelatin to make them as gifts. So, each wreath cost about $4.00 – that’s a great price!

Plus, you can personalize these for your recipient based on the ribbon used or even the kind of birdseed if you know what type of birds like to visit their home.

Cons:

The process is a little messy.

Also, if you do not happen to live in an area that attracts many feathered friends, this may not be the project for you.

We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath

Conclusion:

I loved how this turned out that I plan to make more of these! Super easy and just plain adorable!

 

 We Tried It!  Homemade Birdseed Wreath


The lovely
Homemade Birdseed Wreath and it’s photo by By Stephanie Lynn

 


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skinnytaste has a healthy version of a lazy-day favorite with her Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili!

This easy meal looks just as tasty as it appears easy to make.

We love an easy dinner, so we couldn’t wait to give this recipe a try!

 

Please click here to visit skinnytaste and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To try out a crock pot recipe in hopes it will become a family favorite!

 

Details:

I love crock pot cooking – it’s low mess, low maintenance and recipes cooked in the crock pot usually turn out tasty. This recipe was easy from the get-go and the ingredients were all easy to find with nothing being out of the ordinary.

  • I got all of the ingredients in the crock in the morning and placed four chicken breasts on the top as noted and went about my day.
  • I let it sit on low heat for 8 hours before taking out the chicken and shredding it up. By 8 hours, everything seemed to be cooked through and the chicken was very soft and ready to go at that point.
  • Once I shredded the chicken, I added it back in and gave a few good stirs to the chili before getting the cilantro chopped and prepping the other fun toppings.

Each of my family members chose their own toppings. I prepped plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, cilantro and chopped black olives. I used cilantro and the Greek yogurt on mine. It was very tasty!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

To turn up the heat a bit, I used a poblano pepper in addition to a red bell pepper.

Instead of using the taco seasoning the recipe called for, I added 1 tsp. of garlic powder, an additional tsp. of chili powder and 1 tsp. of paprika.

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Pros:

EASY!!! Not much for prep work and an easy way to have a filling dinner.

My daughter LOVED this chili – she went on an on about it as we were eating!

Cons:

It was much more of a stew vs. a typical soup or chili. There wasn’t much of a broth at all, which I really wanted more of.

I think adding more tomato sauce or some chicken broth would help in that area. Or maybe using just three chicken breasts might help as well.

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Conclusion:

This was a very easy recipe to follow and overall a good outcome. I’m not sure we will make it again, but it was a great one to try!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Two of my favorite things in one crock pot: tacos and chili!  I was actually a little scared to try this one though, since I couldn’t quite imagine how these two favorites would taste together.

Details:

I followed Gina’s recipe to a T (mostly)!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Always spray your crock pot’s interior with cooking spray before adding your ingredients!

As I have shared before, my Crock Pot cooks at warp speed.

I went for the “Cook on High for 4 Hours” option and my chili was bubbling in 2.  The chicken was totally done in 3 hours and was falling apart (what I call “self-shredding“) at 3 1/2 hours.  Awesome.

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Pros:

I’m not sure that I have ever made anything so awesome with such little effort exuded.

I think that the corn, cilantro and added chilies are what give this chili more of a taco taste.  It still tastes like just a really good chili though, so no need to be scared about the combo.

This chili also freezes really well!

Cons:

I would pass on the frozen diced onions next time.  That was not the best idea.  I had a few bites that had hard little onion pieces in it.  I have used fresh, diced onions since my initial run and was much happier with the results.

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Conclusion:

We loved it!  In fact, I used this recipe as my official 2013 entry into the Annual Chili Cook-Off that we host each year at our home with our college pals.  We didn’t win, but tied for second!  Now that’s a good chili!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Love a new chili dish especially in this fall weather! And find a chili recipe that my husband likes.

 

Details:

  • We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

    I added one can of red kidney beans instead of two as my husband doesn’t care for too many beans.

  • I had a can of whole tomatoes instead of diced, so I roughed chopped them then added one can of diced green chilies.
  • I used Ortega Taco Seasoning.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use handy dandy crock pot plastic liners for easy clean up. They are life savers!

Pros:

Simple to put together, just dump and cook!

Yummy, meal to come home to!

Cons:

The cilantro, in my opinion, wasn’t needed.

It tasted more like a traditional chili without it and more like a Mexican Tortilla Soup with it!

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Conclusion:

Delicious, and would be just as tasty with ground beef!  I was skeptical about adding the taco seasoning packet, but it had great flavor!

Quick and easy, couldn’t ask for more!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Amanda

Mission: Put my crock pot to use making this quick chili to warm us up in this chilly weather.

 

 

Details:

I woke up excited to get this going in the crock. I love nothing more than my house filled with the aroma of good food!

  • I mostly followed the recipe minus corn. I am not a huge fan of corn in chili so I just left it out.
  • I also ended up adding 1 cup of chicken broth after it cooked on low for 3.5 hours. I just felt that it was a little thicker than I wanted it to be after adding the shredded chicken back into the pot (I used 4 pretty small chicken breasts).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Watch your chicken! Mine was done at 3.5 hours on low and was likely done at 3 but I didn’t expect that so I was only checking and stirring once an hour.

Once my chicken was done I shredded it while it was warm then mixed it back into my pot. I then changed the temp to just warm because really everything was really cooked at this point – even the onions!

I served it up with Fritos for crunch, pepper jack cheese and a sprinkling of cilantro.

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Pros:

Truly simple with VERY little prep. The only cutting was the onions. Other than that I had some cans to open and a little mixing to get it put together.

This could be completely cooked in less than 4 hours on low which is awesome.

It would be great for family event or a lazy Sunday.

Cons:

My only complaint is how thick it was before I added the broth but that was easily fixed so really this dish is a complete winner!

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Conclusion:

This chili is bomb and was crazy simple to throw together. Even my bean-hating hubby gave it a thumbs up! I will definitely be making this again.

I ended up freezing a couple of jars and look forward to seeing how it holds up in the freezer too.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #5 – Alicia

Mission: To create a healthier version of chili with chicken – yes, please!

 

Details:

My family does not like beans. Kidney, black, brown, grey – whatever, we do not like and will not eat! The texture is really gross and it turns into gag city around here. I know, I know – beans are so good for you. Blah!

  • I totally skipped over the beans and did not add them at all.
  • I also used 2 frozen chicken breasts instead of 3-4.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The recipe said to cook on low for 10 hours and on high for 6 hours. What the?! That seemed really long to me and especially with chicken.

Mine cooked on low for 6 and it turned out perfectly.

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Pros:

Combine and wait – how easy is that?

Cons:

None

We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!

Conclusion:

Like the wise man Ron Popeil once said, ” Set it and forget it”.   I am all about crock pot cooking! So easy and delicious and this recipe is no slouch. I thought it really had a great flavor and would definitely make this again, minus the beans.

 We Tried It!  Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from skinnytaste!


The yummy
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili and photo by skinnytaste

 


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Happy Hour Projects has a recipe for Cinnamon Dough Ornaments that will bring back nostalgia of Christmas as a kid, as well as fill your home with the spicy smell of the season.

 

Cute on the tree and cheaper than candles, we couldn’t wait to give this project a try!

 

Please click here to visit Happy Hour Projects and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Kristy

Mission: A great piece for the holidays, to bring the smell and décor of Christmas!

 

Details:

  • I used about ¾ cup Mott’s Unsweetened Applesauce.
  • I don’t have a rolling pin. I used a drinking glass to roll out the dough.
  • I used champagne flutes to cut my ornament pieces!  Easy peasy!
  • Instead of waiting for them to dry, I baked them as Adrianne had suggested.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I ended up using less than the 1 cup of apple sauce since I was worried that it maybe a little more liquid, which was a good idea.

I used champagne flutes for cutters, but you can definitely use your favorite cookie cutters!

I placed mine on a string after seeing Sarah’s finished project to make a festive garland piece!  I love it!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Only 2 ingredients, can’t beat that! Easy, and I bet fun for the kids!

Cons:

Wish it smelled up my home a bit more of cinnamon, but not to worry that is why we have candles!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

Super cute!! Easy to make! A fun festive craft to make with the kids and cheap!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

 

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I don’t remember making cinnamon dough as a child, so I thought I better make up for lost time!

 

Details:

I wasn’t too careful about how I mixed my ingredients.  I halved the recipe so I just dumped each of my products in the bowl and mixed; no measuring!

  • One 2 oz bottle of Cinnamon
  • One 4 oz single serving container of Apple Sauce
  • I decorated my little gingerbread people with white, puffy fabric paint and scraps of ribbon, yarn and sequins that I had in my stash!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollabI had planned to lightly flour my work surface until I remembered Adrianne’s trick to using wax paper.  I have never rolled out dough in between wax paper, but holy moly did it work great!  I learned a new trick that’s a keeper!

I used a very thin spatula to lift the cut-outs from the wax paper and then picked off the outlying dough.

I baked them at 150 degrees for an hour on each side as instructed; however instead of drying on a rack, I just turned the oven off and left them in there overnight to fully dry out.

The edges of my little gingies were a little rough.  I just rubbed off the little crispy rough edges with my finger and they smoothed right out!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Ridiculously easy.  Mixing bowl to oven in 5 minutes.

Cons:

The cinnamon smell was almost overpowering at times, however left my entire home smelling cozy and festive, so no biggie!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

Even though I’m not a kid, I did enjoy whipping up a small batch of these cuties.  They smell great and are a cute and cozy addition to my tree!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To try my hand at a tried and true childhood holiday craft.

 

Details:

  • Again, I live at Target more than I care to admit, but this was where I picked up the two ingredients needed in the dough recipe. I picked out a Market Pantry brand homestyle applesauce and ground cinnamon. I bought two of the 2.37 oz. cinnamon jars.  Once I set up shop, I mixed the ¾ cup of applesauce with both jars of the cinnamon and began mixing with a spoon. It didn’t take long before it started to firm up to the stiffness as mentioned in the directions.
  • I love bakers twine, so that was what we used for the string on the Christmas tree ornaments as well as on the stars. I used all of the stars for a garland that now adorns our fireplace mantle this holiday season. Super cute and I can always catch a scent of cinnamon as I walk by.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollabYou may want to pick up an extra bottle of cinnamon so if your dough doesn’t seem stiff enough, just add a bit more cinnamon to the mix. Plus, you can always use this spice in your baking!

I then rolled it out between two sheets of wax paper until it was about a ¼” thick as Adrianne did. I opted to use both a Christmas tree and star shape cookie cutter for the ornaments. The trickiest part of this whole process was transferring the cutouts from the wax paper to the parchment lined cookie sheets! I didn’t loose any in the process, but it sure was close.

I like a quick end result, so I opted to bake these at 170 degrees for two hours total – flipping them at the one-hour mark. 170 degrees is the lowest temperature my oven will bake at, but it worked great. After removing them from the oven, I dried them on a rack for a full day to be sure they were well cured.

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Affordable and relatively easy to make gifts for teachers and friends!

Cons:

The dough got a bit sticky and hard to roll after a little bit.

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

These were pretty easy to whip up, they smell great and bought back memories of my childhood.  I didn’t love making these, but when my kids are older, I’m sure we will do them again!

 

 We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab


The lovely
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments and photo by Happy Hour Projects

 


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After making us giggle by uncovering the secret behind “yoga pants”, Bridget from Bake at 350 shared her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms that made our hearts skip a beat!

 

‘Tis the season to eat some cookies, so we couldn’t wait to give them a try!

 

Please click here to visit Bake at 350 and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: It’s the holiday season and that means fun cookie swaps with my girlfriends. I’m looking for something a little different from your typical chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter blossoms. These touch-of-mint treats look like they would get the ladies raving.

 

Details:

The Bakeat350  blog post recipe was laid out quite nicely and very easy to follow.

  • The only thing I did differently was use butter that was softened to room temperature rather than cubing the butter. I find it makes it have a creamier consistency.

Like most cookie recipes, you put together your wet ingredients and then gradually add the dry ingredient mixture.

  • I’m so glad I used my KitchenAid Mixer with the cookie paddle. This dough is pretty thick.

Definitely make sure you chill the dough as stated in the original post, it makes it much easier to handle.

Here’s where I was surprised. I was expecting to be cursing while trying to scoop and roll the dough in the powdered sugar. I was thrilled that the powdered sugar seemed to act like flour and prevented a sticky finger mess.

As soon as they come out of the oven, get your Kisses in. Maybe even opt for Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Soften the butter. I use the defrost setting for 20 seconds. You don’t want to melt the butter.

My boys picked out Hershey’s Mini Kisses…a great thing about these babies, there’s no unwrapping!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Easy cookie and I had all the ingredients on hand.

Cons:

My only problem is that in my house, only my son and I eat peppermint.

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

These cookies came out awesome! I’ve brought some to the office and gave some to friends and they all loved them!

Such a great recipe which you can certainly alter a bit with different extracts or toppings. Don’t forget the hot cocoa to dunk them with!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: To find a tasty treat for the holidays…anything chocolate! Yum!

 

Details:

I followed the instructions very closely; I get too nervous not to, when baking!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Need to softener your butter, cut in chunks then microwave for 25 seconds.

Be certain you cut your parchment paper to fit snug in the pan, I learned quickly that it has a tendency to melt/burn when the sides hang over the edge!

Plan ahead since you need to refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour.

Drop the ball into the powdered sugar before rolling, helps with the stickiness!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Easy and quick to bake! Only 12 minute cook time!

Cons:

None!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

Yum, Yum, Yum!   These were fun to make and were a hit with my co-workers!  Everyone was raving about them, so I had to share the recipe!

Perfect treat to make for the holidays!  Mint and chocolate, yum!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: Christmas cookies are the best but I am always making the same ones year after year. I couldn’t wait to try this new recipe!

 

Details:

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!This recipe is pretty straight forward and easy to follow.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This dough is very sticky once all the ingredients are combined, so I do recommend chilling the dough in the fridge for at least an hour before shaping into balls.

The fun part is getting your hands dirty!  I highly recommend using a Cookie Scoop – saves a ton of time and mess.

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Super easy to follow and make

Cons:

None!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

I am not a huge chocolate and mint fan. I know, I will probably get a lot of hate mail for saying that. These cookies were actually very delicious and super soft!

Did I mention how much I hate crunchy, hard cookies?! Blah! Not these beauties; they were perfect!

 

 We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!


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It’s Just Laine has just the way to bring some holiday cheer to your home with her  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars.  

 
These little jars are easy to make and promise to leave plenty of jingle in your wallet for presents!

 

Please click here to visit It’s Just Laine and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a beautiful Christmas decoration out of jars and salt- I am in!

 

Details:

  • I had a few random Mason Jar and a glass dish/bowl that worked perfectly for this project.
  • I also found mini trees and figurines at the Dollar Store.
  • Epsom Salt can be found anywhere.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Grab your jars, use a small funnel and fill them with salt.

Use a fork or long spoon to place your trees/decorations in the jars.

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Pros:

I just love this! So easy and cheap to create.

Cons:

None!

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Conclusion:

I am sooooo in love with these damn jars. What a brilliant idea!

I have a few of them on my kitchen table and have gotten so many compliments. I wish I used or had more vintage looking jars, but I am happy with how it turned out.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I set out to spread some holiday cheer using just a handful of supplies and a creative eye. Oh and a little salt!

 

Details:

  • I ended up using Coarse Kosher Salt instead of Epsom Salt because that is what I had on hand. I imagine Epsom Salt would have been a little finer and maybe looked a bit more fluffy but the Kosher Salt worked fine.
  • I had a hard time finding really tiny trees so I feel like even the small one I found felt big and took up most of the jar. I found the trees and boy pulling the sled at the local Jo-Ann.
  • I scrounged up a jar which was not as “old” and vintage as I would have liked but it did the trick.
  • I also decided to venture out a little and use a cake stand for an additional mini display for my collectible angels.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Playdough or clay comes in handy with this little project. The inside of my jar and the bottom of my cake stand were not level so I used a little squashed up playdough on the bottom of my figures and trees to help them stay put and level them out a bit too.

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We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

QUICK! It was crazy easy and silly fast putting these cute little holiday decorations together and really the possibilities are endless.

Cons:

Finding tiny little figurines was harder than I thought. I did discover ornaments could make a great substitute too however!

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Conclusion:

I will definitely use this idea in my holiday decor for years to come!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: I was excited about this project for months beforehand.  I couldn’t wait to create some tiny chilly scenes with that retro look for our holiday decor!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t pre-assemble your little scene, unless you know it will fit!  I made this mistake not once, but twice.

Speaking of… for the taller jars, I think that a wider mouth works best, unless you happen to build tiny ships in bottles in your spare time.

I used a Needle Nose Pliers to place the tiny items into the jar.

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Pros:

Super easy to make and ridiculously adorable!

Cons:

None, except for the self-inflicted glue gun burns that I give myself  every damn time…

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Conclusion:

I am not sure that I could love these little jars more; I love having them around our home.  They will make great hostess gifts for holiday parties as well as presents for friends and family!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To mimic the Anthropologie Christmas tree jars for far less than the cost of buying it through them!

 

Details:

  • I had one vintage blue quart size Mason Jar at home and acquired a second one from my good friend Amanda of Be Crafty Workshops, as she has a plethora of vintage craft finds! I also had another cool clear glass Atlas quart size jar that we ended up using too.
  • With some direction in my back pocket, I headed to our local Michaels crafts store to pick up the mini Christmas trees, miniature deer and other cute finds. I was super excited to search for the items needed for this project as I am obsessed with anything miniature. I have decided that anything is adorable in a tiny form! The kids and I found the last bag of the miniature deer in the store (score!) and also found some cute miniature sleighs to put in our jars.
  • We then walked next door to the grocery store as we were unable to find Epsom salt at Michaels crafts – who knew?!? Well, we came up short at the grocery store for any unscented Epsom Salt…I was feeling dizzy just smelling the lavender scented version, so that was a no-go! I ended up picking up Coarse Sea Salt for our jars and it worked perfect! It still has the snow look and the extra will come in handy while cooking.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you have young children, use their little silverware to help guide your miniature items in place – I used a child’s spoon.

Know that you can always substitute items within a project – the Coarse Sea Salt worked perfect instead of Epsom Salt.

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Pros:

I spent about $20 total to finish all three jars vs. the $40/large jar that Anthropologie was charging.

Cons:

A little hard to find all of the necessary items for the project, but it was just a matter of making our rounds!

It’s a little putzy to get these together – just do them when you have patience at hand. I would not recommend having your kids help with the actual creation of the project though – it was just too much.

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Conclusion:

An easy to create Christmas decoration project! They look adorable on our shelf and add some vintage cuteness!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: These jars are absolutely adorable but I would never pay $40 for them. Making them myself? Why not?

 

Details:

I couldn’t get over how easy these were to do.

  • My only mistake was taking my 4-year old with me to the craft store to pick out some trees. He wanted every little animal there. We ended up getting a few deer, although I truly wanted the squirrels. Luckily all the figures were 40% off at my local Michaels craft store.
  • I already had Mason Jars on hand, so this was inexpensive project compared to those jars offered from Anthropologie.
  • I poured in my Epsom Salt first. Make sure you put a good ¾” to 1” in there so you can bed your figures in there well.

Place your figures, top the jar, and it’s done. It’s really that simple.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used a pencil to reach down to the bottom and place my tree and deer just so.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Adorable and inexpensive.

Cons:

None, except cleaning up some spilled Epsom Salt.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

I’ve already gotten wonderful compliments on my little tree jars. They’re wonderful. My kids are already asking to make more. They fit my décor perfectly.

 

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Sophisticated Yellow has an easy way to class up your glass with her darling DIY Burlap Wine Bag.

 

With the holidays upon us, what better way to add a little craftiness to the time honored gift of booze?!

 

Please click here to visit Sophisticated Yellow and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I love to gift, and sometimes the wrapping is just as special as what is inside.  This project seemed right up my alley!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!When measuring, I thought that by making mine about 14″ x 14″ that I was making the bag taller when really I was just making it wider.  Stick to Natalie’s instructions!

Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set, seriously can’t live without this, especially when dealing with fabric that wiggles around, like burlap.

After sewing my bags, I ironed the seams and made creases at the bottom to help them stand.

To keep my stencils and wine bag as flat as possible, I taped it all down to the table with Painter’s Tape.

When stenciling, it is better to have less paint on the Sponge Pouncer and just continue to lightly tap until the image is solid, rather than have more paint on the sponge and push hard.  When you go with the latter option, the paint finds its way under the stencil and your lines will turn into a blob.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Pros:

Couldn’t be easier!

I had cracked out 5 of these in less than 30 minutes and the stenciling was done in about 10!

Cons:

The aftermath of working with burlap.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Conclusion:

Loved it! What an easy way to make a hostess gift just a little more personal!

For the thrifty ones out there, I bet that this project is much cheaper than the wine gift bags that you can pick up in the store.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Attack an easy sewing project that can double as a hostess gift this holiday season.

 

 

Details:

  • We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!I purchased a yard of burlap (just in case and also in hopes I might have a little extra for a runner) that had a black zinnia print.
  • I did decide to try my Martha Stewart Fancy Script Stencils on one for a different look.
  • I chose a white acrylic paint and used a Martha Stewart Foam Pouncer to apply the paint.
  • For a closure I chose grosgrain ribbon vs. twine. I felt like it made it a little dressier.
  • I did not add the corks (although I have a serious stash of them). You could also add bells (if you were gifting during the Christmas season) or maybe even attach a gift tag instead like I did on one.
  • I started by cutting out two bags. After I made my first bag I realized I would like to see the bag be a little taller so when I cut my third I added an extra inch and a half to the height.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

 

Using a rotary blade was very handy for cutting. Burlap is a little messy and can be hard to work with so a scissor isn’t as easy and precise.

Pay close attention to the original post and the way she sewed her corners in. I did my first bag with the bag flat instead of flattening the bag so that the bottom was flat and stitching. It works but isn’t as clean as her version. I corrected this mistake with bag two and three.

I feel like Natalie’s burlap may have been a little softer than what I was working with. It would have been nice to have it look more relaxed but mine worked just fine too.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Pros:

This project was REALLY simple with such an elegant finished piece.

I would say I am a less than average seamstress so this was right up my alley.

Cons:

I felt like I could have used a slightly longer piece than 14 ¾” which I did end up adjusting. My bag does not fold over like hers does but is still cute. This was partly due to my lack of reading and completely mistaking 4 inches for 1 when she mentions where to sew in the twine. Oops!

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Conclusion:

This is a sewing-for-dummies dream project that will have you looking like Martha in a pinch!

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: I am all about homemade gifts. These wine bags are so cute and I had to give it a shot.

 

Details:

  • I had a large amount of linen left from our leaf stamped/printed napkin project and decided to use that instead of burlap.
  • Hemp for ribbon
  • I did not thread my ribbon through the material, but wrapped it around the bottle.
  • I also decided not to use small screw eye hooks, although it looks really nice.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The gal at Sophisticated Yellow had measurements to follow for the bags, I just eyeballed it.

I ironed my material, sewed up the bag and then added my stencil!

Pros:

A lot easier to make than anticipated.

Cons:

None- unless you cannot sew.

We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!

Conclusion:

Who wouldn’t love a getting a bottle of wine in this cute bag?! I absolutely love it and  have decided to make a bunch more for housewarming and Christmas gifts. I will try using burlap next time.

 

 We Tried It! DIY Burlap Wine Bags!


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Sunny Side Up‘s Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread looks like a combination of monkey bread and a pumpkin spice latte that needs to get in our bellies!

 

What more do we need to say?  This one was going down the hatch one way or another!

 

Please click here to visit Sunny Side Up and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  I am a sucker for all that is fall and anything pumpkin. Trying this bread was a no brainer for me!

 

Details:

  • I ended up using some left over canned pumpkin puree that I had from making pumpkin pie a few days prior when we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. Yes…we are lucky enough to get not one but TWO Thanksgiving celebrations in one year. I LOVE it. Hands down my favorite holiday BTW. The only thing you are expected to do is eat, enjoy and nap. Who can argue with that? Okay back to the bread now.
  • I busted out my handy KitchenAid Mixer to do the muscle work in this recipe. Six minutes of kneading by hand is a little more than I am willing to do for a sweet treat.
  • I did decide to use the Spiced Rum for the glaze but since I was on the fence I did half rum and half vanilla extract.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You really do have to stick with the 6 minute rule when kneading bread like this. I have learned to turn my mixer on and let it go while the timer keeps track for me. I typically set it to med speed if the recipe doesn’t specify.

I found that I didn’t need nearly as much of the sugar mixture inside nor the glaze as what was called for. I would say about half is all you need. I did end up putting a bit of the sugar mixture on top before baking it because I couldn’t stand to waste so much!

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Pros:

Crazy good. Bakery good.

My kids ate every crumb and what they didn’t eat I snuck when they weren’t looking.

I will definitely be making this again.

Cons:

The recipe felt a little hard to follow but I know now that I have made it once before I wouldn’t feel like such a novice the next time around.

It is a little fussy too with the rolling out and layering.

I think you could easily do this in a Bundt Pan and simply cut the dough into chunks then layer it in the pan.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Conclusion:

This bread is definitely part of my personal cook book now and I intend to make it again and again…maybe for our second Thanksgiving!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I see this recipe constantly on the Pinterest, so I was excited to give it a try.  I’m glad I made it when I did, because it was just the next day that my husband informed me that he can’t handle anymore pumpkin recipes.

Details:

Since I haven’t made anything like this before, I stuck to the recipe to a T.

  • I used my KitchenAid Mixer to do all the mixing.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  Thank God I have one of those suckers.  When the recipe called for 6 minutes, I ran the mixer on low and set my timer.
  • I did add 1 extra Tbsp of flour to the dough as Jessica recommended, since it was a little on the sticky side.
  • I went with good ol’ Bacardi for my rum and was happy when I could taste a bit in the glaze.  I love boozy desserts.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The dough hook – who knew?  That thing was great!  I have never used it before and it worked like a champ.  I especially love how it didn’t blow up a huge puff of flour when I first started the mixer up.  I’m using that thing for everything now!

Clearly I have no experience making bread dough.  I had no idea what I was doing.  What’s an oiled bowl?  I didn’t know and I had too much sh*t on my hands to Google, so I added 1 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil to a big bowl and rolled it around to cover the interior of the vessel.  Then, I dumped out the excess.

I also don’t think that my dough ever got as big as it was supposed to.  I think that “warm place” is more like what I think of as a “hot place”.  I had mine sitting under a very warm light and not much happened.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!To stack the strips of dough, I moved the sugar that fell off to the front of the bottom strip, then used that to help the spatula slide under the next strip.  Does that make sense?  In other words, I sort of used the sugar like you would use flour to lift cut out cookies off the counter.  This little trick worked really well.

After cutting the dough into strips and layering into the pan, I scooped up the excess cinnamon sugar mixture and sprinkled it on top of the dough.  I wouldn’t recommend doing this.  Said cinnamon sugar mixture wasn’t totally absorbed into the dough/melted and was a little sickeningly sweet to eat.

I suggest cooking for just a bit longer than you think you should.  Mine didn’t seem 100% done in the very center.

Even after looking at all the notes, I still didn’t really know what I was supposed to be doing for the glaze.  So, I just heated it all up as directed and poured it over the bread.  Side note:  apparently you are also supposed to dump the bread out onto a plate first.  That would be made it easier to pull-apart.  Duh, Maren.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Pros:

I was very impressed with the results!

Now that I [sort of] know what I’m doing and what to expect, I think that making similar recipes in the future will be less daunting.  This was a good first lesson.

Cons:

This recipe took a total of 4 hours from start to finish.

I am more of an instant gratification baker… let’s mix it up, bake for a few and eat it!

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Conclusion:

I now have a whole new appreciation for pastries, especially caramel and cinnamon rolls.  Even though this recipe was very good, it was a little more labor intensive than I like.  I do have friends who happen to love recipes that take such care to make and this one is definitely for them!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission:  Well if you have ever read my reviewer profile, you know I pretty much steer clear of any recipes that involve yeast. It’s all so much like chemistry to me. In chemistry I just sat back and let my cute lab partner do all the work while I recorded the results. However, at the first sight of this incredible looking pumpkin bread I just had to throw my apron on and confront my fears.

Details:

I won’t lie to you, this was a process and it took up a good portion of my afternoon. I read the directions multiple times before starting. There’s a lot of melting butter.

  • Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!I followed the directions to a T… so I thought. I didn’t notice the asterisk notes at the end. I should have added the milk after it was room temperature rather than cold because it would clump. The look of it got a little nervous. It sort looked brain-like, but it worked.
  • After getting the dough together it needed to rise for 60-90 minutes. I waited and waited. I went and picked the kids up from school and came back. It wasn’t rising. “There you have it!” I thought, “Yeast and I don’t mix.” I felt like a failure. Then I realized the temperature in my house was rather chilly. I put on a fire and put the dough near it. There we go, it began to rise. I was slowly feeling a bit more confident.
  • After the dough was nearly ready I began making the super yummy cinnamon and sugar mixture. So easy!
  • I punched the dough down, which was super fun by the way, and then rolled it out. I took that yummy cinnamon/sugar mixture and pressed it into the dough. I then cut it into pieces and layered the pieces into the bread pan (the wrong direction). Oops.

When the bread was done I took it out and put it on a plate. While it cooled a bit I made the sugary glaze. I turned for a moment and then half the bread was gone and my children were eating it all.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Read the directions multiple times to get a good feel of the process.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Pros:

OMG so, so good.

Cons:

Cleaning up the cinnamon sugar goodness I got all over the counter. I was contemplating licking it. Horrible that it went to waste.

Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread - We tried it!

Conclusion:

This bread was amazing!! My oldest asked if it came from heaven. My other son said he wants to eat it “everyday!” My husband’s first word was “WOW.” The entire loaf was gone in a day and they’re already asking me to make it again. Pure deliciousness. Yeast, no problem.

 

 

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CraftStylish has a project that will not only dress up your Thanksgiving table, but will have you embracing the piles of leaves in your yard as well!  
The darling Leaf Print Napkins use real leaves as a stamp in this clever DIY.

 

Since our yards were full and we can always use some pretty holiday decor, we thought we had better give this one a go!

 
 

Please click here to visit CraftStylish and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: What a super cute way to jazz up the table during the holidays. I normally don’t host Thanksgiving dinner so I decided to jazz up my kitchen and use this method to make some leaf dishtowels.

 

Details:

The instructions for this project were done really well. I personally didn’t have a brayer so I just used my fingers and it worked just fine.

  • I decided on maple and oak leaves. I love the margin for variety. You can do as much as you want, and any colors you want.

I won’t lie to you. I made a bit of a mess, but overall it was easy. Just paint the leaves and transfer them to the material.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use fresh green leaves if you can. You don’t want to use leaves that are brittle in any way.

Have a placement plan before you start putting paint on the leaves. You don’t want it to start to dry.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Add your own personality and flare to your dinner table and they’re super cute.

Cons:

I could just go buy a fall inspired napkins, placemats, or dishtowels….for less mess.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

This little fall project was fun. The instructions were very easy to follow and I really loved the results. It has me thinking, “what else can I put leaves on?”

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: To create a functional piece of fall décor for our home.

 

Details:

  • I chose oyster colored burlap from Joann. It is such a beautiful fabric – so simple with a natural feel.
  • I opted to do the leaf prints on a table runner vs. napkins. We rarely use cloth napkins in this house, so it just didn’t seem functional for us.  Before beginning with the project, I determined what size I wanted to make my table runner and opted to do a 3.5’ x 1.5’. It isn’t huge, but works with our table.  I was stressed out by the thought of working with burlap and sewing it, so that started this project off on the wrong foot for me. I was definitely overwhelmed but it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be! I added a little ribbon/lace detail onto the burlap before sewing a 5/8” border to keep it from coming completely unraveled.
  • After sewing, I put my two paint colors, orange and brown, into bowls and began covering the back of my oak leaves and placing them where I wanted. I ended up only doing a few of the actual leaf prints – I’m such a minimalist with design. I do like how they turned out but know that if I had used linen or cotton that the leaf details would have been more defined.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If the leaf doesn’t imprint as well as you intend, you can apply paint a second time and line it up again for a clearer print.

Keep calm and keep moving ahead!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Overall, pretty darn easy to complete and a cute idea. The leaf prints would also be a fun project with kids on paper.

Cons:

Burlap is super messy! I don’t recommend using it for this project – unless you want burlap fibers everywhere!

I don’t love the end result – it’s just a little too elementary looking for my liking.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

Using this on our table this fall! We will see how it fares with my littles! It is a darling backdrop to our little pumpkins and gourds.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: Whip up some cute linens adorned with fallen leaves for our Thanksgiving table!  We’re hosting for our first time this year!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Press your leaves… sort of.  I collected my {green} leaves early in the week and put them directly into a magazine and under a book.  The following weekend was when I did my printing.  The leaves were still fresh and pliable, but they were flat as a pancake, which made them really easy to work with.

Cover your work surface really well!  I covered my table with Kraft Paper and Painter’s Tape.

I placed a clean paper towel over each leaf to keep paint off of the brayer and also off of the runner.  This worked really well!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Totally easy with darling results!

Cons:

Holy hell.  Burlap is the messiest thing on Earth.

This was my first experience with it and I think it may be even sneakier than glitter; I am still finding little fibers all over my house!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

Great project!  I am really excited about how easy this was to do and how crisp the leaves transferred.  I am already thinking of other items to embellish!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Kristy

Mission: Super cute fall design, but instead of napkins I wanted a reusable bag for groceries.

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Iron fabric beforehand as it was difficult for me to roll over the wrinkles. I was just lazy.

I would recommend painting on a hard solid surface and purchase the brayer as it may give you a more even leaf imprint.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Simple, quick and cute!  Keep your leaves as they look adorable in fall decorations.

Cons:

The paint roller goofed me up, I had to push heavily down and sometimes it didn’t want to cooperate!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

Cute, fall project!  Must admit it wasn’t my favorite to do but it came out great!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #5 – Alicia

Mission: Fall is my favorite time of year. To create a beautiful leaf print anything, I am in!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I decided that I wanted to make a runner for my table. I found this giant leaf at the park down the street and thought that I would stamp/transfer 3 of these to the center of my runner. HUGE FAIL!

First – be sure to practice on paper. Second – cover your surface. Paint ran through my linen onto the table. Lastly – get more than one leaf.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

My napkins (yes napkins) turned out okay. Had to totally scrap the runner.

Cons:

Waste of material if you don’t know what you are doing.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

This project was a total bust for me. Looks nothing like the original, beautiful post.  I had high hopes and was really excited for this to turn out. I took the time to sew a nice runner and the image did not transfer or turn out at all – so I scrapped it and made napkins out of my remaining linen. Bummer!

 

 Leaf Printing - We Tried It!


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If you have been searching for a gourd-free way to give your porch a festive punch, Bullfrogs & Bulldogs has your ticket!

 

The DIY Jack O’ Lantern Planter looks like just the way to get your Fall flowers into a holiday frock!

 

We couldn’t wait to give this surprisingly simple project a try!

 

Please click here to visit Bullfrogs & Bulldogs and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a Halloween themed flower pot is right up my alley.

 

Details:

I used the same items that were used over at Bullfrogs & Bulldogs, except for the orange or rust-colored spray paint.  I skipped that step.

  • I had Terra Cotta Pots in my garage – although you could use a plastic pot
  • I picked out some Mums to plant in my pot.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I free-handed a pumpkin image and then drew this on my pot in pencil.

Next, I painted right over the image with the black paint.  It dried very quickly and I felt that 1 coat of paint was perfect. You could certainly download an image from the web or I have also found stickers at Michael’s or Joann that could be applied directly to the pot in place of paint.

 

Pros:

This was so easy and cheap. I had most of the items on hand and clay pots coming out of my ears

Cons:

None!

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! I just love it. Pumpkins, spiders, bats, witches – you name it, I am in heaven.  The more rustic decorations are what I gravitate towards and this project had that rustic feel. I think it turned out great. My painting skills are not the best but it totally adds to the charm.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Add some festive charm to my front stoop that won’t be begging to get tossed in the street!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It might work better to use a non-gloss finish.  I noticed that the glossy paint got a funky texture on the pots that didn’t entirely resolve after drying completely.  Next time, I would either go for a less vibrant color that could just be dusted on, or use a paint that could be brushed on and then sealed (also with a brush). Patience really is a virtue.  My pots have a few fingerprints on them because I just couldn’t wait to touch them.  This seems to be a recurring trend for me.

I was a little worried that the fresh paint might transfer from the bottoms of the pots to my steps, so I put a cork trivet from IKEA under each one.  Problem solved!

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Pros:

I love them!

I like the way that they brighten up our front steps while being perfectly suited for a family sans kiddos.

Cons:

It took a lot of paint to cover those pots!  I went through one whole can on two pots and two dishes.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

I really like these little pots even more than I thought I would!  They look so cute on our steps.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission:  When I first saw this pin I thought it was a really cute way to spook up the front porch. I was hoping I could get out of carving a pumpkin this year.

 

Details:

Although I found this to be a really cute idea, I didn’t think the instructions were very well laid out. Just paint it?

First I wanted to know what kind of paint. My kids have painted terracotta pots before and when left outside they didn’t last. For a person that is not the craftiest, you need to do some research and find the right products. I went forth and found my own instructions, which of course I’ll share with you.

  • The first thing I did was sand the pot down a little bit. Scuff it up. I then wiped it down with a damp rag and let it dry.
  • Next, for those of you who plan on planting something in the pot, I applied a clear coat of spray paint. This will help prevent the pot from absorbing moisture from the soil.
  • Then the fun part, paint as you see fit. I used an Americana Gloss Enamel Paint in Black which is good on ceramics. A Valspar or Rustoleum spray paint will also work. I thought of painting the pot green and making a Frankenstein but I stuck with the traditional Jack-o-lantern.
  • Lastly, a clear coat. I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat. After drying, I added a nice fall mum.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Sand and clear coat your pot.

Use a paint that adheres well to ceramics.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Pros:

This is super cute and I’m hoping is lasts for next fall season as well.

Cons:

No instructions.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

Overall I really love how this project turned out. It really added a little more character to the front porch. We’re ready for some trick or treating!

 

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

 

The darling Jack O’ Lantern Planter and photo by Bullfrogs & Bulldogs


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