Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter cheese ball chicken.

Our family LOVES cheese balls. So I thought I'd dress one up for Easter. You can use this concept and your personal cheese ball recipe. (Everyone has their own personal cheese ball recipe) But here is what you need to make this one:

For my cheese ball recipe:
2 boxes of 8 oz. cream cheese
3 to 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pack of ranch powder mix

***Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and make an oval shaped ball.

For the chicken part:
*Roll your cheese ball in crushed walnuts for 'feathers'
*Lump 3 or 4 raisins together and place on chicken for eyes
*Use a orange bell pepper and cut out the chickens beak, feet, and comb. (use toothpicks if needed)

And there you go!

Happy Easter!
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Monday, April 18, 2011

The true meaning of Easter: home made resurrection eggs.

This is NOT an original idea fro me. If your click HERE you can find that these eggs are being sold as kits all over the net and Christian stores. Well my friends, the goal of this crafty POOR badger is to do things on the cheap. So here is the step by step instructions for you to make your own resurrection eggs. This is an AWESOME craft for parents to teach their little ones that Easter has NOTHING to do with eggs and bunnies. 

Egg 1 - Bread
Matthew 26:26
'And as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said,Take, eat; this is my body.

*This egg just needs a piece of torn bread. Make sure you update this egg each year.  ;)

Egg 2- coins
Matthew 26 14-15

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

*For this egg I just put a penny, but since the verse said silver you could use a nickel, dime, or play money. 

Egg 3- purple cloth or ribbon
Mark 15:17

And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

*For this egg I used some purple ribbon. Remember the idea is to spend hardly ANYTHING. If you have an old purple shirt or cloth use that. Worse case scenario, you could color a strip of paper purple. 

Egg 4- Thorns
Matthew 27:29

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

*This was a freebie, we walked down the road and found some pricky thorns. Beware with young kids though, they HURT!

Egg 5- scourge or whip
Mark 15:15

And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

*I used some elastic embroider thread and masking tape to make mine. But you could use electrical tape and ribbon, or whatever. This is exactly why God made junk drawers! 

Egg 6- Cross
John 19:17-18

And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

*I am the weird lady with hundreds of yards of ribbon, so it was a no brainer when it came to what to make the cross out of. Remember these have to fit in the little plastic eggs, so size is important. For this one, you could easily draw a cross on paper. 

Egg 7 - Nails
John 20:25

And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

Egg 8 - Sign
Luke 23:38

And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Egg 9 - Sponge
Matthew 27:48

And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

*This one made me nervous, I tore our house over looking for a sponge (we use wash rags and old cloths to clean). But thank God we painted not too long ago and used a sponge paint brush to do the trimming with. 

Egg 10 - Spear
John 19:34

But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

*This one I broke toothpicks in half and used a red marker to make 'blood'. 

Egg 11 - Rock
Matthew 27:59-60

And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.

And the TRUE meaning of Easter, Praise the Lord:

Egg 12 - NOTHING!
Matthew 28:6

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And there you have it. Your own resurrections eggs and barely 2 bucks spent (you'll have to buy the plastic eggs if you don't have any with your Easter stuff).
Lets show our kids that Easter is more than peeps, bunnies, and pastel colors (even though those are fun). 


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter craft: Making a cross with ribbons.

This is our first Easter as born again Christians. We have always believed in Heavenly Father, but this year we have really dedicated our life to him. So this Easter is pretty exciting for our family. I LOVE decorating and didn't find too many religious decorations. So that meant I had to get my glue gun out!

When I craft I live by the motto: 'use what you have and spend very little!' I noticed we was getting low on cereal (see how frugal I am, cheap stuff!), I mixed the little bits in the bag and made a new cereal and used the boxes for my cross frame.

Open the boxes up and lay them flat. If you don't have cereal boxes any card board or poster board will work perfectly.

Now you are going to trace the the length wise beam of the cross. You can use any ruler or straight edge you can find. Luckily my rotary cutter I use for sewing came with this handy dandy ruler and it is perfect size for my cross. I just traced with pen the width and length, then pushed it down to make the perfect length for me.

This is what the back of the long beam looks like after you traced and cut it out.

Now I am going to use the same steps before to cut the width wise beam. This will be the same width, just a shorter length.

These will be the two beams after you have cut them both out.

Now you are going to glue the two pieces together creating your cross.

Now I took 7/8ths purple ribbon and hot glued it to the back side. For my project I choose purple, this is something you can get creative with and change it up.

After you glued the ribbon to the back side, flip your cross over and fold the edges of the ribbon and glue to the front with your hot glue gun.

This is what it will look like once you have covered all the edges with ribbon.

Now the fun part! Start your ribbon any where on the board and hot glue it down. Every 4-5 inches glue the ribbon down with a dot of hot glue. The whole time twist the ribbon and do this completely random. 

Keep this process up by adding different shades of the purple ribbon (or the color of your choice) and different size/textured ribbons. The randomness makes it interesting.

This is what it looks like after several strands of various ribbons. Here is a little badger cheat: if you don't want to use that much ribbon, you can paint the cardboard before applying any ribbon. That way you don't have to use that much ribbon and the card board won't be seen. I plan to store this properly and use it for many Easters to come, so I didn't mind using a ton of ribbon. Don't forget to take breaks every so often to pick all the hot glue spider webs off. Those buggers get every where!

Just keep adding ribbon until you get the look you want. After several yards of ribbon and many glue sticks, I think I got her.

Now glue a random ribbon to the back so you will have something to hang it up with. 

And you are done! I picked the cross, but you could easily draw an egg, bunny, carrot, or basket and do the same exact thing. If you picked something else, you could also use several different colors of ribbons. This is another craft that your imagination can go wild on.

I am really excited to have made this cross. It is very important to us to show our kids that Easter is more than peeps and bunnies. 

Happy Easter from Poor Badger!

And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head. Mark 15:17

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Fabric manipulation: How to make beautiful fabric flowers.

This year I decided I was going to really test my sewing skills and attempt to make mine, my 3 year olds (Miss Olivia), and my 4 month olds (Miss Abigail)Easter dress. For some of you awesome, crafty mommys this is no biggie. I can sew some, but I am still a bit unsure. So I sketched and wanted to make a skirt of roses for the girls and add a few of those roses in my dress. So here is my tutorial on my method of creating roses. I am using a pink silk, but this can be done with organza, silk blends, or cotton fabric. The dresses are still under construction, but I will do a follow up so you can see the finished product.

The first thing I did was fold my yard of pink silk in half and started cutting 2 inch wide strips. You can cut 2, 2 and a half, or 3 inch strips. This is all depending on how you want it to look. I am want to make as many roses as possible so I am cutting 2 inch strips. The length is also up to you, I have been cutting around 21 inch long strips. (Thats what I LOVE about this project the variables on how you cut, your fabric choice, and so on are so various it makes it hard to mess up.)

Another tip: when cutting with a rotary cutter and a ruler. Lift up the strip of fabric BEFORE you lift up the ruler. That way if a piece is still attached it will be easier to lay the fabric back done then try and get the ruler in the same spot.

Silk FRAYS! This poor hairy piece was only laying on my sewing table for half an hour and it got this hairy. Use your scissors and give it a quick hair cut before moving on to the next step. Don't skip this step even if your piece only grew a few hairs, you'll be glad you didn't skip it!

After the hair cut, use a light or one of these handy dandy camp lighters to scorch the edges. This has two purposes. The first is to prevent future fraying and the second is to give it texture. I fully recommend doing all sides.

This is what it should look like after scorching. It gives the ends a delicate look of a petal and makes the silk naturally curl. 

Now you are going to get your thread (all purpose thread) and needle and run a basting stitch along the bottom. This is a simple in and out at about 1/2 inch apart. Just make sure your thread doesn't get tangled, you'll need the thread to easily glide through the silk/fabric.

Run your stitch the entire length of your strip.

Once you ran your basting stitch the whole length, you are going to lightly pull the thread so that the fabric bunched up. Kinda like pulling the string on shorts to tighten the waist.

This is what it will look like after you pulled the thread.

Now find the two ends and match them up.

Now do a whip stitch (needle through both pieces and over the tops) to secure both ends together. (Shew, this mama needs to fix her nail polish!)

Now take the needle and thread (at this point you haven't clipped the thread yet) and run it through the bottom or bud to secure it and tie it up with a knot.

And there you go! A pretty silk rose. 

As for me...50 done and 100 to go!

You can do so much with these roses. Thats why I wanted to post a blog on them. You can make one and glue it to a gator clip for a cute hair accessory, hand stitch one or more to a garment, or stitch or glue them to anything except the cat!

Thanks for taking the time to read another fun craft project. I'll do an update once the girls dresses are done. I love all the fun crafting friends I've made on this fun adventure and I hope I inspire others to try and live the home made life. Check out more stuff from Poor Badger on our faceebook page. Happy crafting!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April Fools Day! How about some 'eggs and bacon'?

April fools day is not just a holiday for our family, it's a marathon! We have toddlers and babies in our home and I thought this would be a cute way to wake them up. Fake eggs and bacon.

Take two pretzel sticks and put a glob of melted white chocolate on them. Quickly before the chocolate sets add a yellow M and M for the yolk. 

Hope everyone else gets in the spirit of pranking and uses their creativity to spread havoc on their family! 

Happy pranking from Poor Badger! 

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