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Decorative Paper Chains
Basic Melt and Pour Soap
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Homemade Pet Treats

I will try my best to give you good directions, but my cooking is very experimental (meaning... I don't follow recipes very well! haha)  But here is a recipe (of sorts) for homemade pet treats that are good for cats, dogs, and even humans!

What You Need:
Oat Flour
Flax Seed Flour
Carrots
Low sodium chicken broth or chicken stock
Sea Salt
Eggs
Oil
Skim milk
Shredded colby/jack cheese or cheddar cheese
Olive Oil cooking spray
Catnip (optional)

1. Put a small pot of water on the stove and add a tiny bit of sea salt.  Bring to a boil and boil carrots until slightly softer.  Turn off heat, let cool a bit.

2. Pre-heat oven to 350.

3. Mix 1 cup of oat flour and a 1/2 cup of flax seed flour in a large bowl.

4. Switch gears.  Go back to your carrots.  Put a little chicken broth(stock) into a blender.  Add carrots (no water).  Grate, then puree on high until you get a "baby food" consistency.

5. Go back to the flour bowl.  Add about a tablespoon of oil, 1 egg, about 1/3 a cup of milk, about a 1/2 a cup of chicken broth/stock, and a heaping handful of cheese.  Mix thoroughly.  Add some carrot puree and mix in evenly.  If the consistency of the dough is liquidy or super sticky, just add a little more oat flour to make it a little more stiff.

6.  Spray the olive oil spray on a cookie sheet.

7.  Beat an egg with a little of the chicken broth/stock in a separate bowl.  You will be using this to add a coating to the treats.

8.  Take your dough and put about a teaspoon size amount in the form of a ball on the tray. (You can fit about 15 on a tray)

9. Using a spoon, put a little of the egg/broth mix on each, flattening each ball of dough as you coat them.  Try not to let the egg mixture pool in the center.

10. Bake in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Take them out and let them cool completely.

You can feed them to your pets right away or save them for up to 7 days in the fridge.
For cats, you can add a little catnip to the dough as well.  When they are cooked and cooled and a little crunchy break them into small crumbles for bite size kitty treats that are more cat-friendly in size as well as taste.

Humans can eat these treats too. (Without the catnip, please.)  They taste kind of like bland crackers.  If you added seasoning, they could be human treats.  But animals don't need seasoning, and some seasonings can have bad effects on animals.

On another note, you could probably also add little bits of meat to the dough for another variation to the recipe.

I hope your pets enjoy them! :)  By the way, I will post pictures soon!  Come back to see them!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Arts and crafts can be made from recyclable materials too!

I love making arts and crafts, and some of my favorite arts and crafts projects involve junk, trash, broken things, etc.  Why?  Well, for one, if you are using stuff you can easily find at home (jars, tin cans, newspaper, pop bottles, etc.) then that means that you don't have to spend money at the store to make your projects.  This is very important these days, as money is hard to come by.  Another reason I like this "turning trash into treasure" mentality when it comes to home arts and crafts projects is because I believe in "going green," promoting sustainability, and reducing, reusing, and recycling.  So since I love being creative and I love working to save the Earth, making crafts at home from old stuff is just one great way for me to combine those two loves into one awesome good time!

Now, since I DO love "recycled crafts" so much,  earlier today I was drawn into an article by GreenVerbs on List My 5 that I liked so much, I decided to share it!  Check it out here:

The Top Five Recycled Crafts Websites

I hope you check them out and get inspired!  Have fun!
Peace and Love,
Meagan

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Basic Melt and Pour Soap


What You Need:

  • Soap base
  • Colorant (or food coloring)
  • Essential oils or fragrance oils
  • Soap molds
  • Glass bowl
  • Spoon
  • Microwave
  • Plastic wrap
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol

Directions:

  1. Put your soap base in a glass dish and cover it with plastic wrap. Microwave (on high) for one minute to one minute and fifteen seconds. Remove the dish from the microwave and stir in any hard pieces to melt them.
  2. If you add fragrance oils or essential oils, add it only after the base is fully melted. Mix the base and oils well so that the base doesn't get a cloudy appearance.
  3. Add colorant, but remember, a little goes a long way. Mix well and continue to add small amounts of colorant until you have reached your desired shade.
  4. Pour the finished base into your soap molds. Spray the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bubbles.
  5. Let the soaps set for a few hours. When they are hardened, remove them from the molds and you should have some lovely, homemade soap.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sharpies and Art

All I can say is this... get some sharpies and something to draw on and start making art!  It's my new craze of the moment, and I can't wait to get pictures up to show you.  It's like Hippie/Graffiti/Pop Art.  I love it!
So like I said... go out and invest in a big pack of sharpies and get creative!  And keeping checking back for some Sharpie-Art of mine.  :)

Peace and Love,
Meagan

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Impromptu Art



I made this on my computer one night while we were all hanging out, spinning records, playing games, and having an all around good time.  I was inspired by the music, by the friendship, and by my housemates, who I love so dearly.  What do you think?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

How to Make a Decorative Paper Chain


Paper chains are great.  You can make them to fit any holiday or special occasion, they can be used for decoration year round, they are relatively easy to make, AND they can be made from mostly recycled materials.

What you need to make paper chains:
1. Paper. I like to use old magazines and catalogs.
2. Scissors (to cut the paper).
3. Tape
4. Creativity



STEPS:

Step 1: Gather all your paper product together.  Hopefully you've found some old magazines or catalogs that we can use.  Scan through the magazines and catalogs and find pictures that stand out to you.  Maybe they have amazing colors to them or neat designs or whatever.  Cut those pages out of the magazines and such and set them aside.  Continue to do this until you have a huge stack of paper.

Step 2: Once you have lots of paper, you can start cutting it into strips.  Try to make the strips even, but make them however thick or however thin you want.  Pile up your paper strips, but mix them up, so that all the strips near each other in the stack are from different pages.

Step 3: Pick up one strip and make a loop.  Connect the two ends of the loop with tape to make a circle out of the paper strip. (It should look like a bracelet.)



Step 4: Pick up another strip of paper and slide it through the center of the first paper circle.  Make a loop, connect the two ends, form a second bracelet-like circle and you have now "linked" your loops like a chain.

Step 5: Continue Step 4 over and over again until the paper chain is the desired length.  Then stop, hang it up, and love it!

Step 6: Clean up all the scraps and any other messes, and enjoy your paper chains!

Paper Chain And Other Paper Craft Resources:

A Paper (Fabric) Chain Tutorial
Papercopia
Advent Paper Chains: An Easy Christmas Craft
Printable Paper Valentine Chains for Kids
How to Make Paper Chains - Ring Type

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PonchoMeg Says: Coloring books are NOT just for kids... Oh yeah... and I love my cats!

Yes, it is true... I absolutely love the cats at our house.  Ava is my baby, but Sam and Binks have been very welcome additions to my life.  I am so glad to know them and live with them.
Now, because I am a super creative person, and I love making things, and I love coloring, I decided a while back to color a coloring book photo of three cats to look like Sam, Binks, and Ava.  How do you think I did?

Here are the cats just as they are:




And here's the coloring book page:






  What do you think?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tie Dye


Tie Dye is such a fun activity.  You can be completely creative and let your whims lead your fantasy to create a truly original piece of art.

Sometimes though, it is also fun to start a project having some idea of what the product is going to look like in the end... especially when it is a sweet tie-dye project such as this one:

Camo Peace Sign Tie-Dye T-Shirt Pattern

In case you get bored and want to do even more tie-dye, check out these other great tie-dye resources:






Above: Me and my former roomie (aka: "Roomie for Life") Kelsey back in college.  I am rockin' out my tie-dye tank top! Not to mention an amazing peace sign necklace and cool jewelry.  What fun!

Have fun in all your tie-dying, high flying, death defying, arts and crafts adventures. hehe
Until next time...
Peace and Love,
Meagan