Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY Popcorn Tins


Popcorn tins are a great present to make with the kids. They are quick and easy to make and most of the ingredients you need will already be in your pantry. But best of all they are YUM and perfect for that hard to shop for family member.



Peanut butter and Chocolate Popcorn

Ingredients
1 cup un-popped popcorn
1 cup milk chocolate chips
½ cup smooth peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1½ cups icing sugar


 
Method
1) Pop popcorn ( I used an air popper), remove any un-popped kernels and place aside for now.
2) Place chocolate, butter and peanut butter in a bowl and melt in the mirco-wave


3) Add in vanilla essence
4) Grab your popped popcorn, pour your chocolate mixture over the top and mix with a wooden spoon until covered.


5)  Sift icing sugar over chocolate covered popcorn, spread across a baking tray (or two) and refrigerate for 30mins to an hour.


6) Break apart and serve! or pop it into a tin as shown above ;)

If you do decide to do a half/half popcorn tin, put a piece of cardboard down the center of the tin before placing the popcorn into it. This will help keep the popcorn to one side while you add the second type of popcorn. Afterwards remove the cardboard and hey presto!


** This will keep for about a week (if you can resist it) in a sealed container and kept in your fridge

Slightly modified from original Recipe found here: A Tasty Recipe

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Sweet and Salty Popcorn


Ingredients

¼ cup butter
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
½ cup corn kernels
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon




Method
  1. Melt butter with the oil in a large pot. Add the sugar and cook it until just very slightly golden
  2. Stir in the corn kernels and salt and make sure everything is well-combined.
  3. Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low heat until kernels stop popping. Be sure to shake the pot once or twice to make sure the kernels are cooking evenly.
  4. Remove from heat and immediately toss with the salt and cinnamon and serve.
 *will keep in air tight container for approx 5 days depending upon weather (keep in a cool dark place) and if you can resist!

Recipe from here 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Handpainted Wooden Beaded Necklace

Finished Necklace

What you need
  • Natural Wooden beads
  • Necklace
  • Paint
  • Masking Tape
Please note: we currently have some kits available which include the wooden beads and the necklace. Please visit our Hand-Made shop to purchase.




Steps:

1) Using masking tape cover a portion of the bead which will not be painted.



2) Paint the area of the bead which is not covered with masking tape, sit the beads on an even surface (so they do not roll away) to dry.


3) Once dry, slowly peel the masking tape off the bead.
4) Thread finished beads onto necklace

And there you have it, a simple but effective design on a necklace you have made yourself :) Experiment with the position of the masking tape to make different designs on your beads.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

End Result

What you need:
  • Wire coat hanger or wire
  • Fabric scraps
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Something you would like to hang in the middle
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun would be handy, but not essential

 Steps:
1) Remove the hook from your wire coat hanger and fashion it into a circle as best you can. I found this rather tricky as the wire coat hanger I had wasn't as flimsy as I remember them being in the past.

2) Take a sheet of newspaper (doubled) and roll it up into an inch wide tube, and wrap this around your wire to give it some fullness. Secure the ends with some tape. You will need to do this a few times, of course it depends upon how full you'd like your wreath to be. I used about four peices of newspaper in total.

3) *Optional* I decided to wrap my newspaper wreath in fabric. This was purely in case I ended up with a gap somewhere, and seeing as it is wrapped in fabric the newspaper wont be peaking through. It's also just so much prettier ;)







4) Rip your fabric scraps into rectangles. You can, of course, cut them but I personally like the ripped effect. The size of the rectangle depends on a few factors. The first being the fullness of your wreath and also how long you would like the fabric to stick out. My fabric peices where around 4cm wide and 20cm long. It may take you a few hit and misses
to get the correct length you are after.I used approx 120 rectangles all together.


5) Begin adding your fabric pieces to your wreath. You simply wrap the fabric from back to front and tie it in a knot. Now, have a think about where you would like your ribbon (hanger) to be, and whether you would like this to be on top of the fabric scraps or underneath. If it is underneath leave a gap for it and we will add the hanger next.


6) To add the ribbon hanger. Take a piece of ribbon and knot it at the end. You can either tie the hanger on or, if you have one, use a hot glue gun. At this point in time you may also like to add something to hang in the middle of the wreath. I found some table decorations of silver sparkle hearts mounted on stands at the reject shop for $2, so I removed the stand, hot glued on some ribbon and secured this to the same point as the ribbon hanger. Below is the view from the back of the wreath after adding the heart and hanger.



7) Now all there is to do is finish off adding the fabric scrap and hanging it up somewhere to be admired by as many people as possible!






Friday, November 2, 2012

Summer Lovin' on Hand-Made.com.au

This week in our newsletter we featured some great Summer finds from our sellers. There are so many wonderful products available I wanted to share a few more 'Summer Lovin' Finds with you.




Two Little Monkeys MadebyRen DichroicCreations



InkedbyMichanne TeppyBDesigns MummaWhoMakes



SydandMe ALouyDesigns NeckArt


CharliBearCreations BlueWrenHandmade BalisterDesigns

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dichroic Creations





What inspired you to start your business?
My business actually started off as a hobby after my third child was born, I had bought a dichroic glass pendant and had fell in love with the magic of the glass and was determine to learn. As time went on and my little one started Kindy I would have two full days to do my creating and now the past two years since he started school I have been creating five days a week...and that's how my business got started. I feel very blessed to be able to do what I love whilst I can still be there for my kids.

What is your handmade business all about?
 I create unique dichroic glass jewellery which is fused in a kiln up to 7 hours a firing and some pendants are fired up to 5 times to complete. About dichroic glass:
It is pronounced dye-crow-i, and the name comes from the Greek language for two colours -Di means two and Chroic means colour.

NASA developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors. It has a reflected and transmitted colour, so, as you look at it, the colours seem to change. This is why it is so difficult to truly capture it's full beauty with a single photograph. The effect is stunning and dichroic glass jewellery is possibly the most wonderful fused glass you will ever see - so full of light and colour.


What do you enjoy most about your business?

 I feel so lucky and privileged to be able to work from home, being able to work around my children has always been important to me, never to miss a sporting event or book character parade etc. I love what I do with such a passion and there is no nicer feeling knowing lots of people from around the world are wearing my creations.

 


















What is your favourite product to make? 
Defiantly my Picasso Style dichroic Pendants, they are quite different and unique. These dichroic pendants are not full fused or capped with a clear glass making the colours more vibrant and the texture gives them real character.....Wearable Art :)

How did you learn your craft? 
I had a two hour lesson on basic fusing and one lesson on grinding and from there I am self taught. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to creating and I have learnt my own techniques from trial and error over the past 5 1/2 years.

What handy hints do you have for people who are starting up a hand-made business? 
I think commitment is very important, keep routine and hours that you intent to work during each week. I commit myself from 9:00am to 1:00pm Monday to Friday and any extra time I can fit in is a bonus. I strive to list new items each week which keeps customers popping by to check ...so regular listings I recommend.

What plans do you have for your business in the next year?
I plan to keep doing what I love creating...Dichroic Creations will only ever be just one employee ME so it can only grow as big as the work load I can keep up with.

Visit  Dichroic Creations On Hand-Made

Monday, October 8, 2012

First Birthday Celebration Winners.....

 A great big thank you to everyone for celebrating our first birthday with us :)


AND THE WINNERS ARE.....


Carmen Jordan - beaded necklace by Frosted Candy

Sarah Eather - One custom A4 Babushka print designed in the colours of your choice and adorned with quality embellishments By smudge designs

Jordana Ferrara - 20% off voucher by Jacsprat Creations

Cassie Mackinnon - One custom cuff bangle or skinny 3 set of bangles (excluding flower bangles) By Frosted Candy

Nicole Neale - Classic MJ handmade baby shoes in Pink Team Blossom in size 9-12 mths with non-slip sole by Two Little Monkeys

Amy Wyhoon -  Beautiful pastel coloured pendant, measuring 2.3cms x 5.7cms. Made using resin set on glass with silver-tone wire wrapped around it to attach to a 43cms silver-tone chain from Neck Art

Tennille Koelma - 20% Off Voucher from Said the Ladybird to the Turtle

Michelle Louwrens - 20% Off a custom taggie block and triangle set - Made by Me With Two Little Peas