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Make one-of-a-kind candles that warmly welcome friends and family into your home. Here, new twists on an old flame.Read More »from Make Cute Custom Candles
Teacups offer elegant vessels for candles. Repurpose china from old place settings, mixing and matching pieces. Or single out a favorite new find.
To make candles, you'll need wax, wicks, putty, a pencil, and a candy thermometer, all of which can be found at a craft store such as Michaels. Wax is sold in blocks, sheets, and shavings, to be melted on a stove or in a microwave.
Wrap one end of the wick around a pencil. Set pencil on egg cup, suspending the wick. With putty, secure wick's metal clip to bottom of cup. In a double boiler, melt wax according to package directions; use a candy thermometer to gauge temperature. Pour wax in cup; allow to fully cool. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.
Scour your pantry, flea markets, and antiques shops for items that would make containers for candles -- teacups, sugar bowls, jelly jars, or sake cups. Choose pieces solid enough to withstand
Read More »from Delectable Donut Icing
It's hard to imagine a more irresistible snack than a donut. But we did! Chocolate cake donuts, cider donuts, and old-fashioned style, from a bakery or supermarket, are sturdy enough to withstand spreads and toppings. Try cream-cheese icing, or whip together peanut butter and honey. Wondering if day-olds are okay? Absolutely! Heat them in a toaster oven to bring out their cake-like flavor.
Cream-Cheese Pumpkin Icing: Beat 4 ounces cream cheese, 2 tablespoons each softened butter and pumpkin puree, with 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until light and creamy. Keep chilled until ready to use. Makes 1 3/4 cups.
Get our best donut recipes:
Light & Fluffy Donuts
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Wendell T. WebberRead More »from Hostess Gift Ideas: Personalized Apron
For a hostess who loves to cook, say thank you with an apron monogrammed with iron-on transfer letters. In keeping with the culinary theme, include some wooden kitchen utensils and a blank recipe book. You can personalize the book's cover with a sticker printed with a customized stamp, like this one from finestationery.com.
TIPS & TOOLS
You will need a computer, ink-jet color printer, iron-on transfer paper (available at craft or computer stores), and an iron for this project. Be sure to turn the iron's steam function off, or you risk ruining the transfer.
1. Using a word processing program, type the initials you wish to monogram in the font and color of your choice. Consider the color of the apron, and choose either a contrasting or tonal hue for the monogram.
2. Flip the letters on your computer, then print onto transfer paper.
3. Trim excess paper closely, leaving the letters connected.
4. Position letters on the apron and iron according to the included instructions.
Turn your bathroom from functional space into soothing sanctuary with the latest remodeling options and design trends.
If you only have time--and money--for a simple spruce-up, consider the following:
Resurface your bathtub: For a tub that is in otherwise good condition, but has a worn or badly stained finish, try resurfacing it rather than replacing it. The one- to two-day process involves cleaning and prepping the surface, followed by the application of a coating to restore the color and shine.
Regrout or retile your walls: If your tile is fine but the grout is discolored or damaged, regrout the area. Keep in mind that if tile is bulging or leaking, there may be more serious problems underneath. In this case, consult a contractor. You may need to replace the tile.
Install an acrylic liner: Acrylic liners that fit over your existing tub are another option. Your old bathtub is first measured to ensure a perfect fit and a new molded acrylic liner is made and thenRead More »from Create Your Dream Bathroom
Charles SchillerRead More »from Twig Picture Frame Project
Take inspiration from oak trees and turn cast-off twigs and acorns into a rustic frame for a sepia-toned illustration. The earthy materials also look great when used to frame black-and-white photos.
1. Measure the picture to be framed. Add an inch to the measurements on each side and cut wool felt to these measurements.
2. With glue gun on warm setting, apply glue along back edges of picture and adhere to felt.
3. Hot glue long twigs onto the felt along edges of picture to create a frame.
4. Trim felt backing with scallop scissors to create decorative edge.
5. Lay small twigs across corners of the twig frame and secure them with a needle and heavy thread.
6. Hot glue four acorn caps to four small round pieces of felt, scallop edges, then hot glue one to each side of the frame's felt backing. Hot glue a length of velvet ribbon to the back of the frame for hanging.
For more Woodland Craft Projects from Country Living, try making an Acorn-Cap Lapel Pin or a simple slide
Ellen SilvermanRead More »from Canning Tips and Techniques
Preserving, or preparing foods to keep without spoiling, has been employed for centuries. One popular method is pickling with refrigeration: Fresh produce is covered with a mix of vinegar, herbs, and spices, then packaged and refrigerated. Another often-used method is canning, which hermetically seals food in a glass jar for pantry storage for up to a year. Though canning may seem daunting, it can be quite enjoyable, provided proper care is taken. Find out how to perfect this age-old skill with our simple tips.
There are only a few necessities for canning. The USDA recommends using tempered-glass jars free of cracks, nicks, or other defects that have a two-piece vacuum cap consisting of a flat, rubber-lined metal lid and a metal screw band. (Note: The flat metal lid is not reusable.) You will also need a boiling-water canner or a large pot that is at least 2 inches taller than the largest jar you plan on processing and is outfitted with a rack and lid. Use a jar lifter or
- Country Living | Shine Food – Mon, Sep 1, 2008 5:40 PM EDT
Read More »from Prize-Winning Cornbread Wedges with Ranchero Cilantro Drizzle
Chicken Taco Cornbread Wedges
with Ranchero Cilantro Drizzle
Jenny Flake -- Gilbert, AZ
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup salsa verde
1 cup tightly packed cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
Read More »from America's Best Salvage Shops
When it comes to houses, they rarely make them like they used to. Which is a good reason to turn to architectural salvage shops when a room is begging for some character-building trim, a hand-carved mantel, a pedestal sink, or an Old World chandelier. Use our guide to start your search: You'll uncover period hardware and plumbing fixtures, mercury-glass knobs, factory shelving, lustrous reclaimed flooring, and much, much more.
View and print out the guide here!
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