Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Emoji Dresses from Balloons for Chelsea and Kelly Dolls (Barbie DIY)

These Emoji Dresses from Balloons for Barbie play come together in minutes and make a cute little ~happy~ outfit:@) I used 12" balloons and they fit the Chelsea and Kelly size dolls well. I'm still working on projects trying to use up one package of multi-colored balloons so I drew the faces on. I did see packs of smiley face yellow balloons at Dollar Tree if you need several for a girl's birthday party or sleepover craft.
 
Directions:
  1. Draw emoji face on balloon. (I spread my balloon over a Christmas ball ornament to make a smoother surface to draw on.)
  2. Cut neck off of balloon.
  3. Cut two small 1/4" holes on each side up near neck of balloom.
  4. Cut hole in bottom of balloon.
  5. To dress doll: Stretch balloon open and start dressing from the feet.
  6. I added the heart sticker eyes after the doll was dressed.
  7. Optional matching headband on Kelly doll: Cut off the rolled part of the balloon and stretch it over her head.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Sweet'N Low Spritz Cookies -Lower Calorie Recipe for Cookie Press

These Sweet'N Low Spritz Cookies are a very nice treat that cuts back a bit on sugar and calories. I adapted a recipe that rolled the dough into balls so I could use my cookie press, and have to say I'm very happy with the way it turned out:@) The recipe below has a good vanilla flavor and the cookies are nice and sweet. The flavor could easily be changed up by substituting any flavor extract desired. Since the idea is to cut back on calories, I didn't add any sanding/colored sugar or candy sprinkles to the tops, but I think the snowflakes shape is pretty as is.

 My version of the recipe calls for half of an egg, I just guesstimated it.
If you're concerned about how to measure that, you could either weigh the egg or...
 Make a double batch:@)
Actually, I just read here to sub a medium size egg in recipes that call for half of a large egg.

The discs I used:
Both are Oxo, the one on the left came with the cookie press, right came with the Christmas set of discs.
Sweet'N Low Spritz Cookies-adapted from Sweet'N Low
1/4 C margarine or butter-original recipe calls for margarine, I used butter
1/4 C sugar
1/2 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 tsp vanilla
4 packets Sweet'N Low
1 C A/P bleached flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
  1. Cream margarine/butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg, vanilla and Sweet'N Low, mix well.
  3. Add flour and baking powder (sifted would be nice), mix until incorporated. Mine was crumbly but came together in my hands.
  4. Fill cookie press, press dough onto cool, ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned around edges.
  6. Cool on rack, store in airtight container.
Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sling Baby Carrier from Recycled Sock & Bead and Felt Swaddled Newborn for Barbie -DIY

Do you have a stray sock laying around? Perfect:@) This Sling Baby Carrier for Barbie only requires a sock, (maybe a Sharpie), a pair of scissors and about two seconds of your time. This is also a fun project for a girl's party or sleepover and something they could easily make for themselves.

 Lay the baby on the heel of the sock and draw two lines on an angle. 
Be sure to leave about 1" at the narrow end. 

 Cut the sock.

Stretch it like a rubber band a few times to get the edges to roll,
this helps make it look a little more finished. 
(And might help contain a few fuzzies from the raw edges of the sock.)

Put narrow end around Barbie's neck, fix her hair of course­čśÄ and lay the baby in the heel of the sock.

No Barbie baby?
It's easy to make a swaddled newborn by using a large wooden bead and some felt for the blanket.


Supplies:
Large wooden bead, mine is a 1 1/4" oval, it could be smaller, and it could be round
3" square of felt for blanket
1" x 5" strip of felt to roll up for body
Glue, I used a hot glue gun

Tightly roll strip of felt up to create the baby's body, glue edge so it doesn't unravel.
Glue body to bead.

Center bead in corner of blanket and glue in place.

Bring bottom corner of blanket up over body and glue to body.

Bring corner of blanket across body, slightly covering face, and glue to side of body.

Wrap second corner over body, slightly covering face, and wrapping around side of body, glue in place.
Wa-la, you've created one snuggly wrapped newborn baby!

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Curry Dill Dip

Do you like curry? I love it and I'm always looking for new recipes. This Curry Dill Dip is ~very nice~ with vegetables and/or potato chips. So... If your crowd is looking to save some calories you can use light mayo and light sour cream and enjoy it with veggies, or if they're so inclined, go full fat and enjoy it with some chips. As for my crew... Yep, I did serve this with a bowl of chips on the side:@) I also love that the recipe calls for pantry spices, no special purchase necessary. My only change, I didn't have green onion so I just used some yellow onion.
Recipe is easily cut in half or less.
Looking for more dips?
My Dips and Cheeseball Pinterest board can be found here:@)

Curry Dill Dip-from Recipe Girl
1 tsp dry dill weed
1 tsp curry powder
1 Tblsp dry parsley
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tblsp green onions-I just finely diced up some yellow onion
1 C mayonnaise-light it ok
1 C sour cream-light is ok, so is fat free Greek yogurt
~Mix everything well, cover and let marinate in fridge for several hours. Serve with veggies or chips.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Walmart Clearance Alert! Christmas Cookie Kits 89¢ -Playoff Team Jersey/Ugly Sweater Cookies

The assorted cookie kits at Walmart were all marked down 90% and may I suggest that we... think outside of the Christmas cookie:@) I picked up the ugly sweater kit and made some quick football fan sweaters for the playoffs, even though my team isn't in it any more *sniff*. This would also be fun for hockey. The sweater kit comes with some snowflake sprinkles, so that might be a fun snowy day project for the kids too. They also had a ton of gingerbread houses (even the Wilton brand was marked down to 89¢), they'd be cute decorated for Valentine's Day.

  There are 16 cookies in a box.
You might want to pick up some extra icing, especially if this is a kid's project...
I usually buy the seasonal ones when they are marked down and store them away until needed.
The footballs were from Dollar Tree last fall.

Just wanted to toss a couple ideas out there while the price is right! 

Have a happy weekend:@)

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Inspirational Friday

Have a great weekend:@)

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