Tuesday, July 17, 2018

What Is It? Is It Ready Yet?

No dear, the prune mui is not ready to eat yet.  It needs to age for a few days at least. This is a practice batch which has lots of other dried fruit (lemons, apricots, cherries, guava peel, ginger, etc.) mixed in with the prunes. I substituted rum for the whiskey recommended in the recipe that I found on the internet. If this prune mui batch is good, I will make more during the holidays. In attractive containers I think they will make wonderful gifts.

Prune Mui (my altered version)

6 pkg. pitted dried prunes (cut)
2 pkg. dried apricots (cut)
1 pkg. Li Hing Mui bits (or other li hing seeds)
1 pkg. lemon peel (dried guava peel or li hing ginger pieces can be used)
1 1/2 cup lemon juice
3 T. Hawaiian salt (Himalayan salt can be used instead)
1 T. Chinese five spice
1 box brown sugar
3 T. whiskey

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and pack in large containers. Stir mixture several time a day and then pack in small gift jars.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Musical Mice Reveal Wheel Birthday Card

 Here is another birthday card I made using the Lawn Fawn reveal wheel die set and the additional word bubble die,  I love the way this card turned out mostly because I love the House Mouse image and playing with the spinning wheel that reveals four possible word choices.  This time the brad that holds the wheel together is a flower brad which just by chance landed on the mouse harpist's head. The enamel dots helped to make the card even more lively.
 The dot banner (which is a mini garland from Doodlebug Designs) was adhered with foam dots to add some dimension. The mice were colored with Copic pens and the background was pigmented with Distress inks.
 On the inside of the card I attached a Doodlebug Designs treat bag with an oval window cut out with a Spellbinders die. This allowed me to slip several old birthday photos into the bag. For more decoration I added a die cut (Avery Elle) 'celebrate'  and some fake label Sticko stickers.  I used a Pebbles Happy Birthday gold seal to further enhance the stamped music sheet (Hero Arts). I plan to write my birthday message in red ink on the music sheet. Hope you enjoyed learning about the creation of this card and that you will return to this site again to see more crafty projects. Have a Mice Day!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Reveal Wheel Hedgehog Birthday Card

 After buying the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set, I couldn't wait to try it out.  I wanted to keep the image simple so I could concentrate on assembling the mechanical parts. It was surprisingly simple to put the turning wheel into action with the use of a mini brad (hidden under the flower).
Here's a close up of the wheel, that when turned reveals four adjectives. I used Kuretake watercolors to paint the background and Copic pens for the main image.  The Misti stamping tool helped to position the words so they would fit in the window.  The floral print paper came from a Doodlebug Designs pack (sold at HM BFC) which has many lovely designs for summer.  I hope you'll check out all the inspiring summer craft products at HM Ben Franklin Crafts and see what you can create. Happy Summer Crafting!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mini Banana Bread Loaves with Chocolate Filling

We always seem to have overripe bananas, so my mom's banana bread recipe is a favorite go-to one for me.  Sometimes I make muffins because a loaf is really too much to consume at one time.  When I found a Wilton mini loaf pan at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew it would be perfect to make more-than-a-muffin portions.
 There are nine loaf-shaped cavities which can be lined with paper liners (also from HM BFC).  After mixing up the batter, I filled each mini loaf pan half-way, placed pieces of a chocolate bar on top and then added more batter to cover.  One recipe made just the right amount for the nine mini loaves.
The finished pecan chocolate loaves look and smell wonderful.  I think variations of these loaves would make a good three loaf set for Christmas gift giving.  Chocolate cherry, pistachio cranberry or apricot chocolate loaves could be pretty and tasty.
 I have posted my mother's banana bread recipe before but if you missed it, you can leave your email address with your comment and I will send it to you.
Thanks for stopping by to read this post....now it's time for me to enjoy my baking! Yummo!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Garden Diary and Seed File

My son, the budding gardener, loves to try new seeds in his small garden.  To encourage this healthy hobby, I made him a garden diary/seed holder as a gift.  I hope that he will use it to jot down plant growth, dates, results, and future plans.
For the cover, I used some corrugated cardboard from my stash and both typewritter and scrabble letters that I found way back in my 'letters' drawer.  Sizzix die cut wildflower images completed the natural look.
On the inside front page, I added some burlap and stamped a favorite saying (used on his birthday card) along with some wildflowers.
The diary was put together with the use of the WeR Memory Keepers punch board system and the Me and My Big Ideas binder rings. With these tools more pages can be added and others removed.

Some of the pages were made from envelopes...great way to use up all those 'extra' envelopes that seem to accumulate. I used a Spellbinders rectangle die to cut out the windows for the pockets. I hope this post has given you some great ideas of what you can create with your punch board system. I purchased this tool (available at HM Ben Franklin Crafts) to make extra pages for my purchased planners but I think I will be making many more envelope pocket journals in the future.