Monday, October 22, 2012

Crafting With My Daughter


A Primitive Place ~Tammy


Today my daughter didn't feel well, so she stayed home from school, rested, and sat around in the kitchen with me.

I was working on some things for my upcoming booth shop and she decided to help out.

We had such a good time, well, baring the fact that she wasn’t feeling the greatest.

Anyway, I thought I would pop on and share some fun and easy craft ideas for the upcoming season.

Okay, so last year after Christmas, my mom picked up one of these box sets from Target.

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They come with premade cookies, icing and candy.

Since they were from last year, I was afraid they might be too old to actually eat.

The cookies come sealed, so maybe not, still I wasn't going to chance it.

So, I decided to use them for primitive display pieces instead.

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So easy! All I had to do was dip them in yummy smelling wax and quickly cover them in cinnamon.

That’s it.  Poof! Primitive gingerbread men ready for display.

I think they would look great with maybe some sprigs of greenery sitting on a cutting board or displayed in a crock bowl.

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Next are quick and easy pantry cakes.

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I use this silicone cake mold, these are the best for me because nothing sticks.

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Just turn them over and press the cakes right out.

You can use Plaster Of Paris for your pantry cakes, I have before, but this time I didn't want to wait for it to set up, paint, Mod Podge, etc.

I wanted quick and since the wax was already melted that is what I used.

Melt the wax, poor it in, stick in the freezer for approx. 10 min to harden, pop them out, then sprinkle them with cinnamon and spices.

That’s it.  Wonderful prim pantry cakes.


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We also made some Christmas theme bowl fillers or tarts.

For this we used a Wilson cookie pan.

Non stick metal pan with the design built in.

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Simply pour the melted wax in to design areas (careful not to over fill), let cool, turn it over and they popped right out.

Since it is a non-stick pan, I didn't need any cooking spray, they came out fine with the wax only.

Now, I did sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the pan, to try to give them more of a primitive appearance.

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Did you know that the Dollar Tree and Dollar General sell these wonderful holiday theme silicone ice trays, also perfect for tarts.

We didn't use them this time, but I have before and they work great.

Here is one I bought last year to give you an idea of what they look like.

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Lastly, you may have noticed something Kortney wanted to try.

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Christmas crayons, perfect little stocking stuffers, don't ya think?

Now these need to be made in the metal pans.

We tried microwaving the crayons to pour them into the plastic molds.  Didn't work for us.

All it did was produce a horrible smell. :(

Next, we tried a Pinterest tip about putting the crayons in a hot glue gun.

No way, it took forever to melt enough to fill up one little spot.

So lastly, we decided to break the crayons up into small chucks, fill up the design areas and bake them.

Worked perfectly!

Oven at 200 degrees for around 5 to 10 minutes.

We stuck the pan in the fridge for about 5 or so minutes, then popped them right out.

So cute!

Great job, Kort!


I had so much fun crafting, but most of all I enjoyed just hanging out with my daughter.


One final thing to share before signing off.

A couple of days ago it actually got cold enough for Brett to agree to building me a fire.

I been wanting one for weeks.

Silly man thought 70 degress wasn't cold enough outside for a fire. :)

What can I say, once that 90 degree weather ends, I spend the rest of the time freezing.

Any who…

Here is my 1st and so far only fire of the season.

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I loved it so much.  I got out some pillows and laid down right in front of it. :)


Thanks so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.

Until Next Time…

Take Care and Prim Filled Blessings to you All.



Raymond Homestead said...

I'd say you had a very productive day. Great idea on using the gingerbread men1

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said... have been busy - love all the great ideas you shared too. Hope your daughter is feeling better now.

BumbleBeeLane said...

Love the crayon idea will definately try it with the girls as they always expect a "activity" to do.LoL..Plus it'll be perfect gifts to make for their brothers and sisters they don't get to see often.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Robyn ♥ said...

Hey Tam! What a great crafting day with your daughter! I REALLY love the idea of the Christmas crayons!! How fun!!
Thanks for your sweet comments! You always make me smile!! :)

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Tammy....great crafting day with the Daughter....such sweet those pantry cakes....I would like to try them...I would be there with you in front of the roaring it....Hugs Francine.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Thanks Tammy for sharing some wonderful ideas!!! I really want to make some of those pantry cakes!
Love the Christmas crayons Kort!!!
Prim Blessings

Angela said...

Tammy, your day sounds like a memory making day with your daughter even tho she was feeling a little bad. Holly and I use to share days like that when she was in school. I would let her stay out and she still remembers those special days. Love all the goodies you two made. Have never tried the crayons. Neat idea. Love the pantry cakes. Mr. P cleaned our chimney and I am still waiting for our first fire. The first one is always special. Take care


The Moonlit Stitch said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations-very inspiring and love the crayons! Hope your daughter is feeling better! Glad you got to spend time together creating ~*~Lisa

Trace4J said...

Morning Friend
Now that is my idead of fun.
I love making pantry cakes and gingermen. Nothing like new treasure memories.
Everything looks just wonderful.
Happy Fall

Gayle said...

Love those pantry cakes - can you tell me where you get the wax to make them? Does it come colored like that? I spent the day with my daughter yesterday too - we made a dragon costume for her two year old - we had lots of fun and it turned out so cute!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Love, love, love those pantry cakes Tam! If they ever "relax" around here and let me play with wax again, I'm going to give a go. (After all, most of the melted wax from "last time" is almost off the mantle and speakers... :o( I miss those "together" days when my son was younger...I know you're daughter is older, but he sorta outgrew the "crafting with mommy" days. :o( Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

TheCrankyCrow said...

PS - Congrats on the booth space with your mom!! Craft on Girlfriend! Robin

Theresa said...

I love the crayon idea for my little one...especially for all those broken crayons. Thank you so much Tam!!!!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love all your creations Tammy.
Thanks for sharing your tips.
The fire looks so cozy!
Have a wonderful day!

The Farmers Daughter said...

Loved all of these! Wow! I need gingerbread men for my tree and didn't want to spend a lot of time to make them. Your ideas are super!