Monthly Archives: February 2014

In Praise of the Net

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I love Pinterest. I realize that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it has really helped me to experiment in the kitchen.  I have never really enjoyed cooking, preferring to bake if needing to choose but as a Mom I don’t have much of a choice.  Although I have been using Pinterest for a couple of years it has only been in that last few months that I have been trying the recipes that I pin.  There are so many other families just like mine trying to live on less and I love how the internet gives us a chance to share ideas.  Sometimes I make substitutions as we do not have all the ingredients on hand and I am finding that to be fun too.  Today I tried to make caramels using the recipe found here http://www.rookno17.com/2013/03/how-to-make-easy-chocolate-dipped.html.  It smells fantastic.

I am also starting to decorate for Valentine’s Day.  I found a pin for the cutest paper bird about two years ago and have planned to make them every year since.  I have had the scrap paper and paper clips sitting on my night stand for just as long.  This is my week’s goal to finally make them.  http://thecraftpatch.blogspot.ca/2012/01/paper-clip-love-birds.html?m=1

Completed today is a paper heart tree branch craft.  I probably should look for a few more branches outside to add to it but alas it is almost pick up time for school.

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The weather has turned colder here in Burnaby, BC but yesterday I did notice some signs of spring.

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DIY Bulletin Board

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Two summers ago I found a great plastic frame in a garage sale with the intention of buying some cork board to make it into a bulletin board.  I loved the shape and like my daughter it reminded me of a magic mirror.  Needless to say the only cork I could find in the stores we in frames and it didn’t make any sense to me to buy something on our limited budget only to destroy it.  So it has sat behind our couch for the last eighteen months as a sad little reminder of what could have been.  Any time I need to get something from behind the couch I would see it there and get a little sad that my best laid plan was a bust.  A couple of days ago I got a great idea… I could use cardboard covered in fabric instead of expensive cork.  So I used my glue gun with some trusty dollar store glue and some old fabric from my daughter’s curtains.

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Then I glued the fabric covered cardboard into the frame.  I first tried the glue gun but it didn’t hold. Luckily we have some Gorilla Glue and I had a lot more success.  After everything was secure I pinned a few family pictures in place and then added a few scrap booking flowers onto the front for decoration.  A copper colored ribbon that I had on had for another craft I never seemed to create was used as a hanger and it was ready for my daughter’s wall.  I do love how it turned out and how I was able to put pictures of the important people in her life in one place.

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