December 11, 2011

Frühlingskabine GIVEAWAY

We are hosting a giveaway on our farm blog! If you haven't seen our blog about our micro-farm, please check it out. Plus we just came home after a 15-hour trip to pick up French angora rabbits... so that should be a good post coming up.

Here's what we have for you at the Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm. Drum roll please!

A set of twelve (12) hand stamped cards that feature my own carvings of assorted birds, a honey bee, and a rabbit. They are stamped using archival inks on nice, thick, cream-colored watercolor paper and paired with matching envelopes (not pictured).

This giveaway ends on Friday, December 16th so be sure to stop by Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm for your chance to win!
- Sarah

December 1, 2011

Holiday Salt Dough Ornaments

Last week we decided (read: me not wanting to spend money on ornaments) to try our hand at making salt dough ornaments. I have never them as an adult and it seemed almost too easy, but it all worked out well. Here is the recipe we used:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 60 minutes, allow to cool.
Decorate with poster paints or tube paints. Allow to dry and spray with clear polyurethane on both sides to preserve. Use ribbon or yarn pieces to hang.

Honestly, I should have used a recipe with a longer baking time at a lower temperature, but we made these for a painting project later that day so we needed it to be quick. They turned out just fine. Just not as hard or dense as I was expecting.

Then we took them to school to paint. Camsters isn't quite two yet, but I volunteer teach ceramics at an elementary school so I used this project to pass the time for her.

I just gave her agreeable colors (read: colors that don't muddy up and turn everything an ugly brown) like yellow, orange, white, and metallic gold.

This kid loves painting. LOVES painting!

Then I sprinkled glitter on all the ornaments. Everything is better with glitter. Trust me.