Vegan (or not) Mini Shortbread

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As stated in some of my previous posts I’m really excited about Halloween so I made these little treats with Halloween sprinkles (though you could make them for any holiday with themed sprinkles).  I also made this recipe vegan so my younger brother could enjoy them too, they can easily be made not vegan though if you would like. Without further ado let’s get into the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter replacement (I used earth balance)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • 4 tbs sprinkles of your choice
  • 1 tsp water

(Note: replace the vegan butter replacement with regular salted butter if you would like it to not be vegan)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 325. Start by slightly softening the butter then mixing all ingredients until it looks like thick dough, once it has mixed flatten out with your hands or a rolling pin on a flat surface. Here’s what mine looked like:

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I used a small shot glass to cut out my mini circles this recipe will make between 24-36 mini cookies. Next lay them on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms just start to brown. Then enjoy 🙂

Thanks for Reading,

Monty

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Etsy Spotlight: October 2016

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So this is the first post in a series I’m calling Etsy Spotlight, each post shows what I bought on etsy in the month the shop I bought it from and my review of the item. I love etsy and I believe if you sell on etsy you should buy off etsy when you can (you can check out my store here if you’re curious). Just a note I bought these products on my own and paid full price for them (if this ever changes in the future I will let you know).Without further ado we can get into the reviews.

Dark Chocolate Whiskey Truffles from Sweet Addict

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I bought these for my dad for his birthday and he absolutely loved them, they are each individually wrapped and were shipped quickly so they were super fresh. The only thing to note is that they are a little smaller than they look in the picture.

Overall: 5/5

Olive Wood Fake Ear Plugs from Wood Ear Plugs

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I ordered these for myself because I love natural looking jewelry and I find the flat backs really comfortable to wear even when I’m sleeping. I found they’re really well made and I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks and have been very happy with the quality. The only issue I see is in the picture itself the ones I received didn’t have near as many lines or patterns (obviously all wood is different but this was a little extreme).

Overall: 4/5

Amethyst Stud Earrings from The Kaleidoshop

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I ordered these to wear with the wood earrings above (to keep with the natural theme) and I absolutely love them. I’ve worn them everyday since I got them. Also the seller was really kind and helpful in making sure I got the right size (not to mention the beautiful photography).

Overall: 6/5

Kraken T-Shirt from SkipnWhistle

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So I love this shirt, I ended up ordering a size too big so I’m gonna sleep in it but serious I love the design and it’s quite well made. I honestly also love that I got it on sale.

Overall: 5/5

Boxer Pattern from Stitch Upon a Time

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I was really happy with this pattern, I made the shorter version for myself and I love them. Also I love that I can print as many copies of it as I want to cut out all the sizes. I would recommend pdf patterns over print patterns any day because you can print as many of them as you want.

Overall: 5/5

Shop small business and thanks for reading,

Monty.

Crafting Hack: Washi Tape Storage Box

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Fair warning this post will be a little rant-y because of the insane price difference in this product. So I love washi tape, probably to the degree I have a bit of and addiction to it. And I’ve been looking for a way to store it (especially an easy to store it and travel with it). And I found these awesome cases at my local Walmart in the fishing section for 3.98.

Here it is:

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I ended up buying two of them and I absolutely love them they fit all of my washi tape with a little space to spare that I put ribbon in. These fit every different roll of washi I have and I have a lot of different brands. Also as you can see in the picture they have dividers you can add or change depending on the compartment size you want.

Now we’re getting to the rant-y part, I found this box exactly the same just marked differently with a pink label at Hobby Lobby for 14.99, 14.99, more than I payed for two of the Walmart boxers. I’m so frustrated about this seriously when it’s marketed as a tackle box its 3.98 but when its marketed as a washi tape box its 14.99, that’s just insane.

I’m currently in Boston with my wonderful wonderful lady love so this articles has fewer pictures than usual.

Thanks for reading my rant-y post,

Monty 🙂

DIY Chain Perler Bead Bracelets

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As some people may have seen from the week’s earlier post, I’m really excited about the holiday coming up, Halloween. So I made this chain bracelet in line with the season. Two of these would be perfect to compliment a ghost or haunted in general costume.

Materials:

  • About 2oo grey beads
  • About 100 black beads
  • Glass Jar
  • Ironing Paper
  • Iron
  • Pegboard
  • Hot glue Gun
  1. Layout your beads in this pattern (add as many chain lengths as you want I added one more after what was shown): IMG_5479.JPG
  2. Iron one side of your creation (using the ironing paper of course).
  3. Hot glue the two ends together to form a bangle bracelet: IMG_5486.JPG
  4. Place the bracelet around a glass jar and inch by inch iron the bracelet around the jar with ironing paper (image below): IMG_5488.JPGIMG_5490.JPG
  5. Enjoy.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out and I’m excited to wear it to a few upcoming Halloween parties.

Thanks for reading,

Monty.

DIY Vintage Style Book Cover

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I created this book in honor of Halloween (one of my absolute favorite holidays). It’s an easy tutorial to customize to almost any journal use. I decided to put my star sign (a Pisces) on the front but you could put anything. So without further ado here’s the tutorial.

I started with a sketch book (the one I keep in my craft room) and then drew my symbol with a white crayon. (As you can see I may have messed up a little the first time).

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Next trace your white crayon outline carefully with a hot glue gun.

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Let it cool then start overlaying this with tissue paper and modpodge (the tissue paper can be any color because you’ll paint over it). Here’s what mine looked like after a few coats.

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After letting the modpodge dry and seal I started painting mine with acrylic paint. I mixed a metallic light blue and green glitter because I was going for any ocean-y theme.

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Here’s what my book looked like after a few coats.

 

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And finally I took a little bit of gold metallic paint to add some details.

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All done, and this could be easily modified with different colors or symbols.

Thanks for reading,

Monty.

Crafting Hack: DIY Measuring Table

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This is the first of my post series on crafting hacks, little lifehacks to make crafting easier (coming out every Sunday). So I got this patterned masking tape at Walmart (for I think 3.49) and then easily cut it and edged my crafting table. It turned out better than I thought it could. I use it all the time and now always have a way to measure easily available.

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Variation: If you wanted to make this with stuff you already had at home you could easily edge a table with plain duck tape or washi tape and then take a ruler along it adding the scoring lines.

Thanks for reading,

Monty.

DIY Space Invaders Pin

 

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While I’m not old enough to remember the original Space Invaders, I love the aesthetic. I also used to teach a programming class in which we made a version of the space invaders game with Java. Due to all of this inspiration I decided to make these space invaders pins out of one of my favorite crafting materials, perler beads. These are really easy to make (you only need perler beads, a pegboard, strong glue, and pin backs) and add the perfect amount of geeky flair to any outfit.

Here’s the pattern for the basic layout:

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And then you just fill it in with the color of your choice (I used purple, green, and orange).

Materials:

  • 52 Black Perler Beads
  • 52 Any other color Perler Beads
  • A strong glue (I used e6000)
  • Pin Backs (I just bought mine in the jewelry making sections of Walmart).
  1. Layout your beads on the board as seen above then fill in with your choosen color.
  2. Iron both sides covering with ironing paper beforehand.
  3. Let it cool.
  4. Once cool use a dab of strong glue on the back stick on your pin and leave it set for 12-24 hours.
  5. Enjoy.

If you like Perler Beads you can check out my other tutorial here.

Thanks for Reading,

Monty.

Diy Watermelon Perler Bead Coasters

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I, like a lot of people, am very sad to see the end of summer and it getting colder, but to make the summer last just a little longer I made these perler bead coasters. I really love perler beads and would make everything out of them if I could (don’t worry many more bead tutorials are to come).

I started by laying an outline with dark green and light green beads (I did a stripy pattern to resemble the strips on the side of a watermelon). Then I did a white circle to resemble the rind then finally the inside with pink or red beads and a few black ones for seeds.

Here’s my red template:

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And here’s my pink template:

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Materials:

  • Perler Beads (21 dark green, 21 light green, 8 black, 36 white, and 83 pink or red beads
  • A Circular Peg Board (I used one from a Walmart “Melty Bead” Kit)
  • An Iron
  • Ironing Paper (it comes with the beads)
  • (Optional) A Strong Glue and Matching Felt (to make them not slide around on a table)
  1. Put your beads on the peg board in the designs shown above.
  2. Cover with ironing paper and set your iron to a medium setting.
  3. Iron for around 30 seconds until you can see they’ve melted.
  4. Flip over and iron the other side after covering with another sheet of ironing paper.
  5. Set under some books until they cool so they’ll set flat and make great coasters.
  6. (Optional) Once cooled cut felt that matches the size of your coaster and glue it on with a strong glue.

Thanks for reading :),

Monty