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Fridge frames

I saw this post on Pinterest a while back and when I got the school pictures from my nephews and nieces, decided this was the best way to put them on display on my fridge.

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I didn’t use the exact method Leah, from The Way We Are, showed in her post. I simply got cheap plastic frames and sheets of magnet from the dollar store and put them together. Here’s a simple tutorial if you want to do it at home too.

You will need:
A cheap photo frame
One (or more, if you have a bigger frame) sheet of magnet
Popsicle sticks
A flathead screwdriver and/or a pair of longnose pliers
A hot glue gun
Scissors (not on picture)
A ruler (not on picture)
A pencil (not on picture)

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1) Take out the back of the frame.

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Flip it over. If you have the cheapest kind of frame you can get, like I did, there should be metal grommets attaching the stand to the back of the frame.

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Use the flathead screwdriver or the pliers to raise the “arms” of the grommets and then to push them out of the holes.

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The back of the frame should now be flat.

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2) With the hot glue gun, glue popsicle sticks to the back of the frame. I used five. Just make sure it covers a big part of the back.

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3) Measure the area occupied by the popsicle sticks. For me it was 5 x 4 1/2 inches. Cut the sheet of magnet down to the right size. Peel off the adhesive backing and glue it on the popsicle sticks.

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And there you have it! Just put your picture in the frame and enjoy a nice and clean fridge door!

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No knead bread

I came across this super easy no knead recipe for white bread. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?ex=1320642000&en=d5976d62a4577548&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Here’s what my loaf looked like:

White bread loaf

White bread loaf (with first slices taken out!)

Texture

Texture

I mixed it on Sunday morning and my boyfriend cooked it while I was at work on Monday. He used the inside (ceramic) part of our slow cooker as our dutch oven is too small.

When I got home from work, I cooked some soup to go with the bread!

With my soup

With my soup!

We found the bread a bit salty to our taste, but still delicious. We’ll have to experiment with wheat flour and additional ingredients such as cheese (yum!), herbs, grains, fruits, etc.

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Painting ceramics

It’s a bit late, but during my floridian escapade, I went to this ceramics painting place called “Art from the Heart”, in Dunedin, with a couple of friends. I made a chocolate ice cream cone and a Christmas decoration.

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone

Mmmm.... chocolate....

Jazzy Christmas Tree

Jazzy Christmas Tree

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Earring rack

I reused an old frame I found at the thrift shop to make an earring rack for my bedroom. The walls are yellow and blue and the furniture and accessorires are black.

I had to sand the frame because it was painted a grayish white. I repainted it black with silver highlights and varnished it. I glued the window screen with regular hot glue and hel it taut with bamboo skewers.

Earring Frame

Earring Frame

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More henna!

Here’s another bit of henna I just did on my forearm:

Henna on my forearm

Henna on my forearm

Top of my forearm

Top of my forearm

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I henna’d myself!

I ordered a henna kit from Henna Sooq a couple of months ago and just got around to mixing myself a batch and applying it.

This is the first one I made. Totally improvised, therefore it looks haphazard. But I still like the flower! (The picture was taken about a week afterwards, so it’s not at it’s darkest. The side of the leg doesn’t seem to stain very dark though…)

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This is the second one I did, more mehndi-style.

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Then I had to try on my boyfriend! 😛 We chose together something that looked more masculine (and not too complicated for me)!

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For more information about henna, go to the Henna Page (check out the “science of henna” section, very interesting!!) or Henna Sooq.

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Tree Painting

Tree Painting

I made this painting for a friend who’s been asking for a tree painting FOREVER! 🙂 When she was my partner in a swap, I knew I had to paint a tree for her. I’m not a very good painter, but I like mixed media crafts. So I tried my best to paint a tree (acrylic paint on thick, textured scrapbooking paper) and I added embossed leaves and embroidered the trunk to add texture. I decorated the edge of the paper with a zigzag stitch (done with the sewing machine) to tie it all together.

Tree Painting (Trunk)

Tree Painting (Trunk)

Tree Painting (Stitching)

Tree Painting (Stitching)

I also made her an acorn keychain. She loves oaks and I had this cute little acorn lying around. So I just curled a wire around it and added a keychain ring. This craft was  based on a post by nofury on Craftster.

Acorn Keychain

Acorn Keychain

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