Mother’s Day Nest Pendants {a tutorial}

Mother's Day is right around the corner. May 11th, to be exact. That still gives you a few days to find the most original, most unique and most thoughtful gift for Mom. Or, you can make her something. {Handmade gifts are what moms like best anyway.} Want to make her something that she'll love for years to come? Follow a few simple steps with me today as we make Mom a nest pendant filled with "eggs" that represent each of her children. It'll be fun! And she's going to LOVE it. First, gather your supplies. {You'll need needle nose pliers, 24 gauge beading wire, beads, jump rings and a necklace to put your finished pendant on.} Start by counting out how many beads you'll need. One bead, or "egg", will represent each child. Of course these pendants would be perfect for … [Read more...]

Perfect Teacher Gift – Homemade Cocoa Mix

Looking for a holiday gift for your children’s teachers (or maybe even a co-worker or 2)? Food Network has a great recipe for make-it-yourself hot cocoa mix.  Have your children get involved by helping mix the ingredients and decorating the containers.  I used a mason type jar for ours, but you can get creative.  One option is a bag of mix tucked into a great mug with a decorative spoon tied to the handle.  Don’t forget to enclose a note or sticker with serving instructions! Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix – makes approx. 4.5 cups 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup cocoa 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 pinch cayenne pepper [sc:adsense ] Use a wire whisk to mix ingredients together in a large bowl. To serve, put ¼ cup mix in a mug and add 6 – 8 oz. … [Read more...]