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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bottle Bowling on: October 31, 2015 02:05:31 PM
My daughter is learning letters, and the letter we are currently working on is Bet (in Hebrew, sounds like either a B or a V).
So, we do activities related to the letter.
I went into our craft room and came out with some plastic bottles, white paint and a brush, and the final result is our personal bowling set:

Found out that gauche paint doesn't like plastic:

But found some gesso that did a better job:

Also got a little helper to decorate the bottles with me:

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Morning and Evening Task Checklist on: November 24, 2014 07:00:07 AM
My daughter is a very easy kid, but like every 3 year old, she can be difficult, especially when getting ready to leave the house in the morning. So, I worked with her to build two checklists, so we can keep track of her morning and evening tasks. This way, she's excited about getting these things done. I've seen similar things online, but wanted to make one that fits us exactly. I started this in August, to be ready for the new school year that started in September here. Had the first draft hanging on the fridge for a while, and completed the colored and revised version a few days ago. My mom made us the smiley face magnets (she has also witnessed our mornings and was happy to help).

Here's a quick how-to if you want to create your own:
First, sit down with your kid and brainstorm the tasks they need to complete. I believe that doing this, getting the kid involved in the project, can help when it comes to actually doing the tasks.
Once you have a list, make a sketch of your page. The layout depends on how many tasks are on your list, and probably your kid's reading level. Mine doesn't read yet, but the words are there as she's starting to recognize letters.

At this point I used Word to create the grid and spent a ridiculous amount of time on Google Images to find just the right images for the tasks.
Some needed to be resized, or flipped over, to fit in the grid the way I wanted them.
Since most of the stuff I found was black and white, I added some details with colored pencils.
For the magnets, you can use any small magnets you might have. My mom got some wooden smiley beads and cut up some pizza delivery magnets to glue them on.
We've had this up for almost 3 months now, and although mornings are still not fairytale like, with bluebirds dressing my little girl, it does help things a bit.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Banana mini muffins on: August 08, 2012 11:31:06 AM
I hope this is still in time. I read the challenge when it was posted, was all excited about it and then promptly forgot all about it until the call for entries was posted. Then, of course, I couldn't find decent bananas anywhere.
Finally everything fell into place yesterday, so here's my recipe.
I came up with it when I had bananas that were almost too far gone, and needed to make something, but couldn't find one recipe that matched the ingredients I had at home. So, I combined ideas from different recipes, and when it turned out well, scribbled the recipe in my notes.

100gr butter (softened a bit)
1 cup sugar (I used light brown)
2 eggs
2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 bananas (or 2 very large ones, about 1 cup when mashed)
some chocolate chips (about 2 scoops, I just put enough to have a few in every muffin)

The ingredients gathered up:

1. preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (around 350F)
2. mix the butter and sugar
3. add the following one ingredient at a time: eggs, bananas, flour and baking powder, and finally the chocolate.
After the flour is added try to do as little mixing as possible, I always read to mix just until everything is combined to avoid having banana mini bricks instead of fluffy muffins.
The batter looks like this:

4. scoop about a spoon into lightly oiled muffin pans

5. place in oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until muffins have browned

6. Take out of pans and place on cooling rack (careful when taking them out of the pans, hot hot hot)

These are best eaten right after they have cooled, they have a lovely outer crust, but no one ever complained when eating them the day after I baked them. You can also prepare the batter the day before and then just scoop into the pans and pop into the oven for a quick treat to take to work (that's what I do, my coworkers love seeing me show up the bag I use to carry them).
I have pans that have 15 cups each, and they yield nice mini muffins that are about 2 or three bites. The recipe yields about 45 mini muffins, or 12 regular sized muffins.
The chocolate chips can be omitted or replaced with pecans, or anything else that you like to combine with bananas.

Now I'm off to bake another batch. (then I'll come back to drool over all the other yummies on this board)
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 71 ENTRIES / Beadular Modular Jewelry Un-Set on: February 08, 2012 04:21:54 PM
I hope I'm not too late posting this.
I've had this idea floating in my head for a while, and when I saw this challenge I knew it was a good time to implement it. My craft of choice is beading, and I would have my "running with scissors" badge revoked if I didn't enter.
So here it is:
Basically, it's a set of components that can be worn in different combinations.
Here are just a few (the thumbnails are clickable)...
For example, the smaller washer and a string of beads for a simple necklace:

a string of beads looped around your arm for a fun bracelet:
more necklaces:
and even a belt:
(this picture was taken by my cat, or would have been if he agreed to help me. Since he didn't, this is the best I could do all by my self Smiley)
and the fun thing is, I can always create more pieces for even more combinations, and to match different moods and outfits Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Space Invaders Bracelet on: March 21, 2011 04:19:25 PM
Here's a little bracelet I made, mainly to try out a clasp idea I had running in my head.
I didn't end up making the closure exactly the way I planned, but I'm happy with the result.


Close up of the little plane button and one invader:
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Newbie wrist warmers on: March 14, 2010 02:07:54 PM
Just some simple wrist warmers. I'm learning to crochet, but I don't like just making swatches of stuff that can't be used for anything later. So I looked around and found this super simple pattern:
Got some yarn from the craft store and worked, worked, worked.
This is the end result:

best shot I could get of both by myself, with the camera timer:

(took about one ball of this yarn for each)
And, since I tend to work super tight (not just with crochet), these are free standing  Cheesy

(so they can double as pencil holders?)

I think I got some funny looks while taking these, it was 32C outside today (that's about 90F)

Anyway, this was a fun project, can't wait to start the next one, whatever it is.

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