{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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#happyhandmade {week fifty seven}

Another week, another #happyhandmade.  Ready for my picks?

Let’s do it.

 

1. Sherman Head T Shirt ($15, Anomic)

This.  This is the shirt I need to buy all of my children.  And my friend’s children… And my children’s friends.

How about just one for me? Eh, eh?

 

 

2. Pink and Grey Peasant Dress ($30, Dazzling and Dapper)

If I had a daughter, she’d be wearing this. Right. Now.  Super, super cute.

 

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3.  Cetch the Cottontail ($7.99, Pinecone Grove)

Oh my gosh. Stop. Just stop. The level of cuteness in this art print is just too much for me. I can’t take it.

Actually, I can. Totally buying it.

 

There it is.  My top 3 for this week.  What are yours?

Until next time, Happy Tuesday!

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Tips on Starting Your Home Creative Business {Legalities and Ethics}

So if you’ve been following along for the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing some tips from successful handmade business owners on starting and running a small creative business from home.  And all the tips have been great!  We’ve talked about staying organized, being confident in your work and how to attract attention with fantastic product photos.

Today, we’re going to talk about something a little more serious.  Today we’re touching on the legalities and ethics of starting a small business.

Now, before you dive in, this post isn’t to replace real legal counsel. This is simply to help guide and point you in the right direction so that you can start your business off on the right foot.

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1. Small Business Licensing.

This is a such a common thing for people to ask about.  And the answer is really very simple.  In most cases, you are not required to have a business license to open a business online.  This means that etsy (or whatever platform you use to sell) isn’t going to ask for your business license to open your shop. However, you may be required by your local government to have one. The easiest way to find out if you need a business license to run an online business from your home is to call your local county clerks office/business division or similar department for specific guidelines.

For example, my area only requires a business license if you’re conducting your business in home, as in having people come to your home. The do not require a license for an online only business.

 

2. Taxing.

I once had someone say “I bet it’s nice to have that income under the table… you know, avoid Uncle Sam altogether.”

News flash.  I DO pay taxes for my business.  And you need to as well.

Most states require a sales tax id to run a business. Again, call your local office to find out specific guidelines.  The process to obtain a sale tax id is pretty quick and simple.  In most cases, you can fill out the application online.

 

3. Trademarking.

Oh My Handmade recently shared a post about trademarking and the importance of doing so.  While many people ignore this, there are obvious bonuses to doing so.  I highly recommend reading the article for detailed information as the author explains it best!  It can be found by clicking… here.

 

4. CPSIA

Say what? The CPSIA (or Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) requires certain actions be taken if you’re making products for children under the age of 12.  This includes certain testing and/or labeling of items.  These regulations are in place to ensure that you’re product is safe for your customers.  For example, if you’re selling sleepwear, your garment must comply with flammability guidelines.

You can find out more about whether this affects you and your business by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

There are also several groups online to help guide you in the right direction, depending on your product.

 

5. Copyright.

I’m sure you’ve seen it.  There are a thousand Disney Princesses or comic book characters or sports teams related items available on etsy, storenvy, hyena cart…you name it.

Guess what? Not legal.  It’s also not right.  This is one of those ethics things… Sure, there may be a ton of people doing it but there can be devastating consequences.  Why? Because it’s copyright infringement. AKA using works protected by copyright laws without permission from the copyright holder.

Ignoring a copyright can lead to the shut down of your online shop and a very unpleasant time in court.

It’s wrong, don’t do it.  And for the record, adding phrases such as “inspired by” or “not affiliated with such and such company” does NOT make it legal either.  Also “I didn’t know I couldn’t do that” or “everyone else was so I thought I could” won’t hold up in a courtroom.

Just saying.

 

6.  Handmade Community Ethics.

Since we’re on the topic of ethics, let’s talk about something very important.

As a handmade artisan, you’re going to find yourself placed in a lovely environment of great, supportive people.  The handmade community truly is a wonderful place.  Between having moral support, people to cheer you on and everything in between, the handmade community is an invaluable resource.

This, of course, means you don’t want to abuse it.

Don’t be afraid of a little competition. Embrace it rather than bash it.  Competition allows your own originality to shine.

Purchasing goods from another handmade artist to dismantle it so that you can learn to make it is also unsavory.

We’re all adults and we all know what’s right and wrong when it comes to relationships.  I don’t need to lecture.  But I cannot stress the importance of having that handmade community on your side.  Being a small business owner can be stressful and it’s so nice to have others that understand. The community is built on mutual respect and admiration for each person’s unique abilities – regardless of what they’re creating!

 

So there you have it.  6 legal and ethics tips that I want you to know… Did I miss something or do you have  more questions?  Send me a message via the contact page located in the top bar.  Or feel free to leave me a comment.

Until next time, Happy Sunday!

 

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