Category Archives: Time to Create

New Digital Scrapbooking site.

Hi Everyone, 

For those who have followed me for the last 10 years knew that I was very active in both paper scrapbooking as a consultant and as a designer. About 7 years ago, I was a part of several online digital scrapbooking store, selling my designs. When I was going through school and adopting of my 2 little boys, I took down my products. I have finally decided to get back into both paper scrapbooking with Close to my Heart (http://krismazy.ctmh.com) and with the introduction of my new digital scrapbooking site at http://www.krisandlarry.com/shop. I will have some of my old designs and many of my new ones.  

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Easy Boule Bread – A Family Favorite.

eaBoule Artisan Bread - www.krisandlarry.com

This is a GREAT recipe to make bread bowls as well!!! Divide the dough into 4 or 5 smaller rounds, shape and bake!

Ingredients:

  • 6-1/2 cups of wheat (We grind our own, so we add 2T of wheat gluten too) – plus a small amount of flour to dust bread board)
  • 2 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 3 cups warm water (not boiling, but warm to touch) plus 4 more cups of water for the bottom of the oven in a metal pan to “steam while cooking
  • 2 teaspoons salt (I only use pink Himalayan in my house)
  • Optional toppings: see belowBoule Artisan Bread - www.krisandlarry.com

Directions

    1. In a glass bowl, add water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. (OR instead, use 1 cup sour dough starter instead of the yeast mixture plus 1-1/2 cup of water – Sourdough starter recipe here)
    2. In a larger bowl, stir together wheat (and wheat gluten if you are adding extra) and salt.
    3. Slowly stir in yeast mixture(or sour dough starter plus water) into flour with wooden spoon.
    4. Blend well until dough forms.
    5. Place dough ball in clean bowl.
    6. Cover with cloth and let rise on counter for 1 hour.
    7. Divide the dough in half and roll out to form either a boule shape (round) or a baguette  (long and skinny) and let rise again for 1 hour.
    8. Using your bread knife, make slices into the tops of the dough about 1/2 inch deep. (I have always done this… I think that it is just decorative.)
    9. (OPTIONAL – you can sprinkle with cheese or garlic, fresh or dried herbs before baking… (I have 3 kids who LOVE cheese and fresh jalapenos on their bread)
    10. Place dough in oven and pour 4 cups of water in a pan in the bottom of heated oven… this gives a crunchy outside layer.
    11. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

I make the dough ahead of time and put in a super large container in my fridge.  I actually triple this recipe and take out enough over the week to make bread daily.

Essential Oil Tuesday – Vapor Shower Discs


Cold season is coming!!! Between kids going back to school and the cooler weather, people tend to catch those winter colds.

Treating those beginning stages of colds is crucial to nip them before then become a full-fledged disaster in your household.

Essential Oil Tues day on www.KrisandLarry.com-Vapor Shower Discs for cold seasonAs a child, I remember my mom buying the “Vic’s Shower Discs” and throwing them in the bottom of hot steamy showers to let all of the vapor smells steam up and fill the bathroom to relieve cold symptoms and help breathe better. My kids and I make up our own with essential oils and baking soda. These are the perfect “gift” for someone who is feeling a little down and out.

15 drops of essential oils to 1 cup baking soda ratio. We use Young Living Essential Oils for our entire household. For more information visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy

 

You will need baking soda, essential oils (we use Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary or simply just Eucalyptus), water (enough to make a gooey thick putty-like paste), cupcake tin and paper cupcake liners OR a silicon baking tray that is divided into little squares.

Mix together all ingredients in a glass bowl and dish out evenly in the cupcake liners or silicon brownie pan.  Let sit over night to dry.

 

Don't be afraid to use your leftovers – revisiting butter cream and fondant

You should never be afraid to “reuse” supplies that you have on hand.

I made WAY too much fondant and butter cream and needed to make a dessert for my Vital Moms group for the Heights Church this morning…both butter cream icing and fondant will keep in the refrigerator for a week+.

I made a double batch of home-made chocolate chip cookies in a bar style and sliced them into squares.

Then I added butter cream and fondant flowers to the top. They were a HIT!

December 2010 Advent – December 22nd – Make yourself another Nativity

I believe that you can never have too many Nativity Scenes up for Christmas time. I have started adding a new one every year to our “collection”. This year, I made one and was inspired by one I saw at my mom’s group, Vital Moms at the Height Church. I was sad to not know WHO made the one there to give proper credit to my MUSE. 🙂 (If it is you, let me know!!)

These are fun to make and do not take up a TON of time… although you can get lost in detail.

You will need:

  • 2 small clay or wooden pots,
  • 2 large wooden balls for the “heads”,
  • a clay or wooden plaque,
  • scrap felt in white and 2 other colors,
  • brown paint,
  • flesh paint
  • white paint,
  • raffia,
  • hot glue gun.
  • Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
  1. Paint the balls flesh and the pots a brown color(I also “crackled” the bodies with my crackle paint). Hot glue together. Add the colored scraps on to make clothing and ties with a piece of raffia each, Mary around her neck and Joseph around the head.
  2. Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
  3. Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
  4. Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
  5. Optional: add texture snow around the base – This MUST dry overnight!!

Here is the sample that inspired me:

And here is my finished nativity:

Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

December 2010 Advent – December 5th – Creating an Advent Calendar at home

There are so many things that are important to me – God, my family, my friends, my health, my happiness. When it comes to happiness, I always laugh at what other people deem in that category. To be rich does not make you happy.

Here are some FRUGAL ways to create your own advent calendar for the holidays.

For about $40 you can purchase one from a store like Costco or Target that you can use over and over and over again. We bought one about 5 years ago at Costco and it lasted until our move. One of the doors is off and I have to figure out a way to fix it.So we are doing the next best thing. We are making our own today.
T0 make your own Advent calendar, you are going to need the following:

  • about 18 sheets of scrapbook paper (I used 16 sheets of Christmas printed cardstock and 4 sheets of plain Bazzil that matched)
  • adhesive
  • cutter or scissors
  • To hang this you will need clothes pins, string and some of those 3M Command hooks that you can remove after the season is over.

I purchased a set of paper from my local craft store. It is a pack of 54 sheets of cardstock 12×12 patterned paper. I cut my patterned paper with my paper cutter into strips – 6 – 6×12, 22-4×12, 4 3×12 and 16 2×12 (these numbers can differ for your needs and you may have left over paper). I then glued a smaller strip on a larger one (see the photo)

Once you are done with the gluing on the patterned paper, it is time to fold. You are making a folded “card”. I actually made 2 folds on each card to have a closure. I used my score pal to score the cards, you do not need to use anything. I clipped together the cards, folded with clothes pins.

Once you have gotten each of the 24 cards folded,  you will need to cut out and glue numbers to the front of them. I am using my Cricut, but you can use rubber stamps or foam stamps and paint. I switched up the size of the font on them.

Next, you will want to add inside of them a daily activity or scripture. We have added BOTH. I used WackyTac to add removable notes so that I can use my advent next year as well.

GIVEAWAY!!! Add a comment for a chance to win a bottle of WackyTac removable adhesive (Drawing to be held on December 10, 2010) Tell me what you would use your WackyTac for.

Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,

Thankful jars just in time for Thanksgiving

November to me represents everything that I am thankful for. The leaves are changing colors, fall is HERE! Time to start baking, and using those apple sauces and canned foods that we worked so hard to create over the summer. I love pumpkin and cranberries with a touch of cloves and cinnamon.

  • This year, I am thankful that we are in our new bigger house.
  • I am thankful that God is in our lives.
  • I am thankful that Lar has a job in this economy (even if I have been eager to disagree about the cuts that he received).
  • I am thankful for my family, my friends and my health.
  • I am thankful that we have the options to homeschool even with the harshest criticism from people who *were* our friends.
  • I am thankful that I am so close to finishing my art degree even with the battles that I have fought!
  • I am thankful that food is plentiful and that I can feed my ever-growing family and have learned to coupon shop to the fullest extent.
  • I am thankful for the followers of my blog and hope that I can continue to serve your throughout the upcoming year.

So the project for the day: OUR THANKFUL JARS

You will need a mason jar (or a recycled spaghetti sauce jar from your kitchen) and a lid, plus some paper (construction or scrapbook), glue and embellishments.

My kids used glitter, fake flowers, stamps and ink, decorative scissors and ribbon.

We spent about 90 minutes cutting gluing and decorating our jars.

Then, I cut 2 12×12 scrapbook papers into 1×6 strips. Every day between now and Thanksgiving, each person in the family is going to write 1 thing on a strip and drop it into their jar – their name gets to go on the back and the thankful on the front of the strip. On Thanksgiving, we are going to take them out and staple these together and make a paper chain to hang in our school room.

fall crayon leaf art

Berlyn's Wax Paper Leaf Art

Looking for some fun fall activities for the kids? This is a FUN and EASY project, These look fabulous in your windows for fall.

What you need:

  • crayons
  • wax paper (2 equal sizes sheets)
  • leaves
  • butter knife or crayon sharpener
  • 2 cloth diapers or old kitchen towels
  • iron
  1. Take your first piece of paper (some are wax on 2 sides, other are on one) Wax up and lay it on an old dish towel or cloth diaper.
  2. Use the sharpener or butter knife to “shave” pieces of crayon
  3. Add leaves and crayon pieces to the wax paper.
  4. Add second sheet of wax paper on top on the leaves and crayon shavings to make a “sandwich”.
  5. Layer the second dish towel on top.
  6. Iron gently, making sure that you move the iron to not burn the paper. (Once the crayons are melted, you are done!!!)
  7. Trim the paper even and hang on your window!!!
Even Larry got involved with this project!!!
Rowan's Wax Paper Leaf Art
My Berlyn getting ready to work on his project
Rowan using the sharpener on her crayons
My nephew Jacob NEEDED to make one too for his window at home!!

T-Shirt Scarf?

Now, I do admit that I am creative… but after seeing this on not one but TWO of my favorite sites, I had to try it for myself.  This was SUPER EASY! (both Cut Out and Keep and Kevin & Amanda)

I went to Goodwill and found 4 shirts with $1 tags (my favorite colors) and got to work. I LOVE visiting Goodwill. Sometimes I find SUPER BARGAINS and other times nothing that really interests me.  🙂 I bought a green, blue, brown and white tee-shirt.

You can use any TEE-SHIRTS as long as they have a bit of stretch to them still. Recycle what you have in your dresser – even ones that are stained.

Now you need to start at the bottom and cut ringlets straight across the shirt –  1 inch wide. You need 7 from each shirt (not the bottom hem, you will need that one later for this project.

Next, you will need to give each of these circles a stretch and wrap them around your hand in a circle. You need to make piles to use. 🙂

This is the no-sew finale comes in… you take the hem of the shirt that you cut off at the beginning and tie pieces between each “circle” making a chain of your circles in a pattern that you choose (or make them random).

Once that you have all 28 circles chained together, then you have yourself an AMAZING new winter scarf from recycled tee-shirts.

Have a FUN and colorful start to winter and enjoy your new scarf!!

Elly's Photo Shoot

I love taking photos… seriously… why else would I be going back to school to get my Art degree and Photography certificate. It’s even better when you have a subject that WANTS to be there. Elly is always so much fun taking photos of… and the best part is that she will listen and do whatever she is told (without a yucky face).

It had been raining for DAYS and I wanted to take advantage of the cloud cover and some new techniques that I had been reading up on.

Here is her shoot with my Nikon d5000 and the 55-200 lense.