Yes, we are still hanging in there, although it is hard:
Our state is trying to relax some regulations, but Deb and I both have reasons to remain at home, so here we still are. Lucky for you, that means that we are still going to be publishing some Boredom Buster Posts. This week’s post is a little heavy on the crafting, so I am adding a little movie section, too.
Deb and I are both HUGE Jane Austen fans, so if it is a book or movie that has to do with her, we are all in. We not only like the originals, but we love things based on her work as well. Here are three movies that we really like.
Bride and Prejudice, Jane interpreted by Bollywood. So fun and pretty!
Austenland, perfect for those that want to live like Jane, and funny too!
Lost in Austen, A bit more real life living like Jane, still a fantasy and really fun.
OK, on to the crafty stuff. If you are still stuck at home, chances are you may have a birthday for someone coming up on your calendar. If you are not the sort to purchase birthday cards ahead, why not make one? We have a habit of buying vintage cards by the bagful, so I chose some out of my stash, but if you have contemporary ones, those work, too. Look through them and find a cute image that you would like to use:
Here are a couple of cute cards, and one of them is even an Easter card, proving they don’t have to be birthday ones. Don’t forget to look inside:
Lots of them have cute designs there as well. I choose the design element I wanted to use and carefully cut it out:
If you don’t want to cut as closely as I did, that is fine, just leave a little border around the edges. I love my CutterBee scissors for close fine cutting work, and can highly recommend them! I glued a couple of different sheets of colored paper together after cutting them smaller than the card:
One of my other favorite tools is vintage iron. These are a must if you like to craft. Glue something together and slap one of these babies on it; it WILL stay flat! You can find them at yard sales and flea markets for around $5 pretty easily and it will be money well spent. I actually have several.
Now start gluing all the layers together:
I added some stitching around the edges and a bow on the pot. If you look closely at the original card you will see the small patch of flowers there too. Inside, stamp Happy Birthday. If you don’t have a stamp, check out your other cards and cut out the words inside them, or hand print them! [Deb here. If I want a saying, poetry, or something fancy inside of a card, I will type the words onto a word document, experiment with fonts and sizes, and then print it on any paper I chose. Cut it to size for the card, and even put some colored paper under it that coordinates with the front!]
The whole card took me less than an hour, even with the stitching and fussing with it! You can use construction paper, or whatever is around the house, and as long as it is made with love, you can bet your recipient will be pleased as punch! Who doesn’t like an old-fashioned birthday card? (Plus, I just had a moment of panic thinking that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, you may need some cards for that too!)
I haven’t been sleeping as well as I could with everything going on, so sometimes in that half awake state, stupid ideas come to me. I actually thought this pattern would be super simple. Well maybe not so much, but it is not too bad. Give it a shot and let me know how it comes out. This week, I am showing the blouse, and I will give more details on the skirt next time:
Here is the pattern, it should fit the vintage body up to the Made to Move:
And the detailed instructions:
For those not into dolls, I have another pattern that can just be a trinket or gift box as well as a dolly hatbox. I’ll put this together in another post that’s coming soon.
And lastly, since folks seem to be enjoying our recipes, here is a nice brownie recipe that doesn’t call for real chocolate. Sometimes you only have baking cocoa and this is a handy recipe for times like that. We all have those brownie emergencies, right?
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/3 cup melted butter
2 unbeaten eggs
1/ teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8″x8″ pan
Combine sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Add melted butter and mix well. Stir in unbeaten eggs. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add dry ingredients and vanilla to batter. Beat until smooth. Fold in nuts. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
And there you have it! Stay safe, stay full of chocolate, and don’t forget to share your crafts with us, we would love to see them!