#happyhandmade {week 60}

Another week of #happyhandmade means three more picks! Let’s go!

1. Fried Chicken Pin ($6, Rebel Skein)

Hehe. hehehehehehe.  It’s chicken. In amigurumi form. I die. You don’t even know how badly I want this. I’ll wear it everywhere. No lie.  Someone needs to buy it before I do.

 

2. Woodsy Mug Hug ($9, Zeeuh)

It’s so pretty! This is exactly what I need to dress up my boring travel mug.  And to keep my hands from getting burned off by my too hot tea.

 

3. Spring Exquisite Bracelet ($8, Pelhuaz)

You had to know that this bracelet called to me.  The color combination is so alluring, I’m surprised I haven’t willed it onto my wrist from the screen.

So there you go! My 3 picks.  What are yours? Head over to DaftCrafts.net for more handmade happiness!

Until next time, Happy Tuesday!

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Small Business Spotlight: Bugaboo Bear Designs

As you may or may not know, I run a page on facebook called Honestly Handmade.  Honestly Handmade is a place for people to submit (and view!) reviews, good or bad, for small handmade businesses.  But my favorite thing about Honestly Handmade has got to be the Small Business Spotlight.

And this week, I’m putting Bugaboo Bear Designs in the Small Business Spotlight.

 

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You might recognize the picture above from my workspace reveal post a while ago.  That sign was my very first Bugaboo Bear Designs purchase.  And I’ll be honest.  It has me hooked.

When I first contacted Amanda, the artist behind the art, about this particular piece, I knew I was going to enjoy working with her.  Amanda is sweet and personable, much like her products.  She asked me a few questions and within a day or so, she had a preliminary sketch for me.  As soon as I saw that sketch, I knew it was love.

I ended up with my final piece a few days later.  It came neatly wrapped and with a little note.  I love little extras like that!  But the neat packaging and little note were just the icing on my beautiful wood slice art piece.  It continues to be my absolute favorite wall hanging.

Since then, I’ve fallen in love with even more of Amanda’s work.  I’ve purchased more and have future purchases planned. Of course.  I mean, how could I not with these gorgeous pieces available?

 

 

Look at the colors in this! Can you believe that she hand paints each one? Amazing.

 

 

You know I’m going to need one of these.  Little Mister turns two in June…

 

 

Stop.  Just stop.  You guys don’t even understand how much I love mermaids.  These pieces are available as a set or on their own.  I need the “Always be a mermaid” sign.  Because if I could, I would always be a mermaid.

 

 

Are you seeing this?  This girls chalk art is too die for.  And the fact that every one is done by hand really blows my mind.

 

Obviously, this is a shop that I’ll be returning to many times.  Many, many times.   Want to see more of this amazing artists work?  Be sure to check out her etsy shop at BugabooBearDesigns.etsy.com.  You can also find her on facebook at facebook.com/BugaBooBearDesigns.

 

Until next time, Happy Monday!

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{Edible} Play Dough

My nearly two year old has decided that today is the day that he will climb everything and throw everything.  And scream.  A lot.

So today is also the day I decided he must be bored (you know, with all of his toys… kids!) and that I had to do something about it.

Coloring doesn’t go well because he likes to eat crayons.  Painting… well, that should be obvious.  He loves play dough but again… he eats it.  And then it hit me.  Haven’t I seen recipes for edible play dough before?  A quick search online proved I was not only right but that the  recipe possibilities are endless.

Whats a girl to do but play around in the kitchen for a while to find what works best?

 

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Apparently this was a hit since my oldest son couldn’t resist diving into it.

This dough is made out of 4 things.

Coconut oil, food coloring, cornstarch aaaaand marshmallows.    The result is a silky smooth dough that stretches a lot like a putty and holds shape like clay.

In a word, it’s awesome.

 

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As you can see, Mr. Mister decided to make a little Suess like highway.  The little screaming one decided to eat it.

Big shock.

But he was happy, I was happy and the world was right once again.

Want to give it a try?  Let’s do it!

 

Edible Play Dough

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • food coloring
  • 3 cups of cornstarch
  • 1.5 10 oz bags of mini marshmallows
  1. Melt the coconut oil over medium heat.  Once fully melted, pour in your marshmallows and stir.  Keep stirring until they’re all melted down.
  2. Once they’re all melted, pour into a bowl and mix in a few drops of food coloring.  You can also divide into different bowls to make more colors.  Add 2.5 cups of cornstarch and stir with a spoon until well combined.
  3. Once the mixture is cool enough, knead a little more of the cornstarch in and keep kneading until smooth.

Then hand it off to the kids, who will be happy as clams for about an hours.

This work, of course, has earned you a coffee and a private bathroom break.  And you know that you’re due for a solo bathroom visit. {I can’t be the only one who has children chasing them into the bathroom!}

Until next time, Happy Thursday!

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Oreo Truffles {my favorite.}

If you’ve ever been to an event that required me to bring a goodie, chances are I’m making one thing.

Oreo Truffles.

This sweet treat has earned me hundreds of “Mmmm” sounds and lots of questions about the recipe.  (Which always surprises me since I originally found the recipe in a torn up magazine at the library!)

So today, because that time of year that requires get togethers and treat bringing is here, I’m going to share my super easy way to make a ton of goodies quickly and on the cheap.

 

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Don’t those look ah-MAY-zing???  They really are.  Like “close your eyes and enjoy” delicious.

The best part?  They only require THREE ingredients.

 

Easy Oreo Truffles

  • 1 package of regular Oreos. (I normally suggest generics but you’ll want to stick with name brand for this. Trust me.)
  • 8 oz of softened cream cheese
  • Semi sweet chocolate chip.
  1. Finely crush the entire package of Oreos.  I just drop them in a food processor.  You’re going to want very fine crumbs.
  2. In a bowl, combine the oreo crumbs with the softened cream cheese.  You can try using a spoon or something first but I always end up using my hands to knead it all together. It need to be well blended.
  3. Once it’s all mixed up, form the mixture into 1″ balls.  You should get between 45 and 50 truffles from this.  Place them on a parchment lined plate or tray.  Refrigerate for about an hour.
  4. After the hour is up, melt your chocolate chips.  Using two forks, coat each ball in chocolate and return to the parchment paper.
  5. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.
  6. Enjoy!

Variations:  Sprinkle tops of chocolate dipped truffles with reserves oreo crumbs, sprinkles, sugars, etc.

 

That’s all there is to it!  Oh… and be warned.  Once you eat one, you may not be able to stop.  Just sayin.

Until next time, Happy Thursday!

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#happyhandmade {week fifty eight}

Another week, another post sharing my 3 picks from #happyhandmade over at DaftCrafts.net!  This week is all about cute and cuddly.  Toys!  My favorite!!!

And since there’s still time, possibly your little’s favorite Easter gift? Hmm???

 

1. Mollie Dollie Kate ($40, The Mollie Shop)

This girl is wild.  Seriously.  Check out the hair.  I want hair like that.  She’s a 16″ tall, completely hand made doll with hand embroidered features and removable bows.  What little girl wouldn’t love her???

 

 

2. Weird Monster Kawaii Unicorn ($30, Wonky Critters)

It’s no big secret.  Wonky Critters is my plush crush.  I pretty much love everything in that shop.  Especially this pastel mint unicorn.  I just want to hug him.  Monster hugz forever.

 

 

3. Easter Hammer Rattle ($9.50, Baby Moon Boutique)

Seriously. Stop.  This is just adorable.  Not only is this soft hammer cute but it totally rocks my socks for the fact that it’s a baby hammer not marketed to a specific gender.  Love love love this hammer! (And the shop!)

 

So there you go.  What are your top 3?

Until next time, Happy Tuesday!

 

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