Today's post is a shout out to Kid's Activities Blog for their Super Soft Play Dough. I made this a couple weeks ago and my toddler played for 2 hours straight and even took a bathroom break! Granted, it was her first experience with play dough, but never the less, it is a pretty easy homemade dough to make and you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand.
This page is perhaps the most friendly of all the pages as the smiling face waves hello. The inspiration came from two places. The face and hair came from Craftalicious, but the waving hand came from a pirate page at Orange Crafts. If I were to make this over again, I might add a little pocket to the shirt that would hold hair ties.
Whenever I go to a pot luck there are a couple of things I avoid. One of them is cornbread. Rarely have I find a cornbread that is actually moist and doesn't need a TON of honey butter in order to swallow the mealy square. Honestly, I have never made the stuff because I thought that cornbread is supposed to be dry and awful. Well, last weekend, my in-laws gave us a bunch of fresh corn and, to use some of it up, I thought I would try a fresh corn cornbread. Let me just tell you, all of my preconceived notions of cornbread have been completely dispelled. The Epicurious recipe I found for Fresh Corn and Basil Cornbread is so moist and delicious it is almost cake. No butter or honey butter needed (although it is still good with honey butter). Click on the photo below to link to the recipe. By the way, I baked the bread in the photo using a spring form pan as I don't have a 9" x 9" square pan.
Just like the Babushkas Page of a couple weeks ago, this page doesn't need any construction updates, just photo updates. It is actually the first quiet book page I made as, the name page is one of the most classic quiet book pages. This particular page does double duty, however, because it features a zippered pocket to store the letters. You can download a pattern for the pocket that gives the option of a scalloped top, or a zig-zag top. To create the name, make a pattern in Word (I used Janda Manatee Bubble for my font on this page).
A couple weeks ago, I posted some Nature Bracelets that I made with my nieces. That same day we did the bracelets, we also made bubble snakes. I first saw this science experiment last March on a local show, Studio 5. Turns out, these are all over the web. There are tons of tutorials on how to make these fun bubble towers, probably because it is a cheap craft that keeps kids, young and old, entertained for quite a while.
So, I had a busy summer. I spent a lot of my time volunteering for Craft Lake City, a non profit organization that supports and promotes Utah crafters and artisans. Primarily what I have been doing for them is helping to fill plakats (the German word for billboard) that are stationed along the sidewalk on 300 South near West Temple in Salt Lake City. Click on the picture below to see the blog post at Craft Lake about this project.
This year and last year my husband's summer office party included a mini cupcake wars. Last year, I made the Fancy Pants Cupcakes, which were amazing! This year I decided I would try my hand at hi hat or chocolate dipped cupcakes. I am proud to say that these cupcakes won first prize! They were gone before my husband and I got to the cupcake table. Try them out and let me know what you think in the comments.
The construction of this page hasn't had any issues, the update here is just the pictures. They needed some touching up. Originally, I found this babushka page when looking for inspiration and essentially duplicated it, but added my own flare. I'm quite pleased about how it turned out, however, there was a bit of a snare that turned into a learning experience for the rest of the pages. By the way, I did create a boy version of this page that features woodland creatures.
I noticed the other day that my posts have been really heavy with dessert recipes, so I thought I would post a fun little craft to do with kids. Yesterday, I got to hang out with 3 of my adorable nieces and we made these little bracelets as we walked home from the park. The idea came from Skip to my Lou. Basically, you cut a piece of duck tape, then put it around the child's wrist with the sticky side out. Then, attach flowers, leaves, grass, sticks, dirt, whatever strikes your child's fancy!
So I am pretty sure that this is the last of the pages with an update in the construction of the page. I will still be updating the rest of them, but more to edit the pictures, not so much editing the instruction. Ultimately, though, the purse has left the book, but is still the crayon container of choice.