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Christmas Candy-I’m NOT a Professional

3 Dec

I was at the store today and saw this cute little kit for making fancy Christmas candy pretzel rods.  wilton2wilton1I thought, “Gee, how hard can it be?  Everything is right here in the kit!”  So I bought the kit and 2 bags of pretzel rods, and on my drive home smiled at the thought of giving out fancy homemade treats.  My coworkers would be so impressed!  My grandma and all my neighbors would love them!  They would call me the Candy Lady!

I got home, opened up the box and got right to work.  Put the melting chocolate in the decorator bags, melt in the microwave for 30 seconds, knead the bag and repeat until melted.

It also said in the instructions that you could paint the colored chocolate into the mold for the details and then pour the melted brown or white chocolate over it to get that fancy look . . . to get the look on the box!

They turned out ok . . . and painting a thin layer of colored chocolate into the mold did work to give a little detail.  They look NOTHING like the pictures!  I wasn’t expecting perfection, but I guess I had high expectations.

My first problem was that my pretzel rods were too thick.  I never realized how many different sizes of pretzels there are out there!


The next  mistake I made was cutting too much off the tip off the bags.  The candy was sort of pooping out of the decorator bags instead of flowing out nicely.

I should have smoothed the chocolate over on the back when I was done, tapped it a few times to get the bubbles out and then smoothed it over again.

Ok, there aren’t horrible.  But I did make some mistakes that I realized after the fact.  First of all, my pretzel rods were too fat.  I guess I never realized there were so many different sizes of pretzel rods!

I should have used the colored chocolate only for decorating and the brown and white only for filling.  This is because I ran out of white and brown chocolate WAY before I was done.  I ended up with a ton of of red and green and a lot of pretzels, so I just laid the rest of the pretzels on a cookie sheet and drizzled chocolate over them.  They kind of look like Rudolph poop!IMG_6525

All in all, not a terrible first attempt at molded candy.  And they taste good no matter what they look like!



And the Winner Is . . .

10 Jun

I’m super excited!  Not only are you all visiting daily and telling your friends to come check the Dummy, but I was nominated for an award!  I know blog awards are a dime a dozen, and it may not mean too much to some people, but I’m just so excited that you guys enjoy my blog so much!  And as your nominee (queue corny presidential-style theme music) I promise to continue DIYing as often possible and documenting my trials and tribulations of crafts, home projects, parenting and anything else I think you might enjoy reading!  So thanks again my loyal fans!  Keep DIYing with me!

Easiest Headband EVER

20 Mar

I recently got my haircut with much shorter layers to prevent me from tossing it in a ponytail every god forsaking day.  But I need something to keep my hair from driving me bonkers all day long, so I’ve been wearing headbands everyday.  I don’t like the hard type as I have the family head: large.  I only own 2 fabric headbands and was getting sick of wearing the same 2 everyday.

This weekend I took a trip to the craft store and bought some leather cord for $3.  Can’t even buy one headband for that, I’m pretty sure I have enough cord to make about 10 headbands, and I got 4 colors in the pack!

The first headband I made is so insanely easy that it would be a great project for a slumber party or Girl Scouts.

I measured my head from just above the hairline in the back all the way around to the back again.  I cut 3 pieces of leather cord, each a different color, slightly longer than my measurement.  I tied them to a regular run of the mill hair tie, and braided them together.  Then I tied the other end to the opposite end of the hair tie . . .viola!  Headband!

I’m sure I will try a few varieties of this headband using weaving or a 5 strand braid, but this was my first and by far the easiest one I will make!

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Scrabble Tile Jewelery

17 Mar

My dad had 2 Scrabble games collecting dust in his house for years.  Nobody played them, and who plays on 2 boards at once anyway?  I mean, unless you are in a Scrabble tournament . . . One of the games had plastic tiles, but the other had lovely wooden tiles.  I brought it home and dug through my disaster of a craft cabinet (seriously, small children may have gotten lost in there over the years!)  I dug out some random magazines and started cutting out cool and colorful pictures . . . and low and behold the Scrabble tile  jewelery emerged!

It’s SO simple, and really fast to do.  You need Scrabble tiles, craft glue, scissors, an Exacto knife,plastic necklace rings,  and clear nail polish.

I traced the tile onto the magazine pictures and then cut them out.  Covered on side of the tile in a thin layer of glue and placed the picture onto the tile.  Make sure you press out any bubbles so the picture doesn’t wrinkle as the glue dries.

After the glue dried, I trimmed off any excess magazine with the Exacto knife by turning the tile over and running the knife along the edges.

Then I coated the picture side of the tile with clear nail polish.

After the nail polish dries, glue the plastic necklace ring to the back side of the tile with a little dab of craft glue.  I actually haven’t done this step yet because I want to make sure the polish is totally dry before I mess with the tiles . . .and because I’m a HUGE dork who was so excited about her cool new jewelery that I had to blog it as soon as I was done enough to take pictures!  I’m a freak!











If you look close, you can see that some of them are actually used postage stamps!  The heart strawberry, for example, which is one of my favorites!