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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 01/26/12

Thursday, January 26, 2012

DIY INITIAL WREATH!

   This diy comes from www.craftaholicsanonymous.net .  Since Halloween and Christmas are over the front door is starting to look a little bare.  I thought this would go nicely.  The only thing I would do different is to make it just a little bigger.  Good luck!







Initial Wreath

Hey there ::waves hi:: to everyone joining me from Linda’s fab blog, Craftaholics Anonymous, my name is Jen J. I am a long time reader of Linda’s blog and like to do a little crafting of my own here at the World of Dennifer. I have a lot more crafts and DandR projects here on my blog, so while you’re stopping over, please feel free to look through my archives for some of my past projects and follow me (even grab my button if it tickles your fancy ;o) if you’d like to keep up with my future projects. I am so excited to be participating in the Craftaholics Anonymous Reader’s Tutorial Week and I hope you enjoy my wreath tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it…it was inexpensive to make and is so pretty on my door!

Sooo I finally got a chance to sit down and do my DIY spring {but keeping it up for the summer because I love it so much} wreath for our front door. I got my inspiration for my wreath from Kari over at Rocky Bella – I loved her spring initial wreath so much that I decided to make one of my own (with a few personal touches)…Ta da:






I pretty much just followed her directions, so first I headed to Michaels to get the supplies I needed:



A grape vine wreath (14″), a mini birds nest, some speckled faux eggs, a couple cream colored butterflies and a pretty good-sized bag of green moss. You will also need wide ribbon, a wreath hanger, a glue gun and several glue sticks for this project – I already had all of these things on hand, so I didn’t have to buy any of that. Oh and if you want your last initial on the wreath, you will want to grab a wooden letter from Michaels as well – I also had one of these on hand (if you want your letter white, then grab the kind they have that are already painted white – saved me a step)!
Then, I just plugged up my hot glue gun and got to work gluing on clumps of green moss to cover the wreath. You want to make sure you generously cover the wreath, otherwise it’ll look a little bare.
Once the wreath is completely covered with moss to your satisfaction, position your initial letter on your wreath and figure out how you want to mount it on the wreath. I put mine up against my door to make sure that the way the letter was positioned on the wreath looked how I wanted it to. Once you figure out where you want the letter, glue it on to the wreath (use a decent amount of glue so that it holds the letter completely). After that, I just glued the faux speckled eggs into the mini nest & glued the nest on the wreath, and finished it off by sticking the butterflies into the wreath where I wanted them (they had wire backings, so they easily stuck into the wreath).
(sorry – not sure why this pic uploaded sideways, but you get the point, no?)
I hung the wreath on the door with a standard wreath hanger, then tied my ribbon so that it covered the hanger & made a bow in the back (on the other side of the door), so that it stayed put…does that make sense?? And that’s it. Very, very easy wreath, although I got 2 pretty bad glue burns on my left thumb & right ring fingers – OUCH! I got small blisters & everything. ::humph:: :o/ Ah, the things we do for our DIY projects, lol. But I LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE the way it came out – exactly what I needed to dress up my front door for the spring!
Dizz likes sitting at the storm door and people watching during the day; I like keeping the door open b/c it lets natural light into our living room, so it’s a win-win. Anywho, what do you think of my spring wreath?! You likes!? I hope so b/c I loves.
Here is the cost break down:
Grapevine Wreath = $4
Bag ‘O Green Moss = $2.25 (original $4.49, but I used a 50% coupon I had)
Mini Nest = $2
Faux Speckled Eggs = $2
Wired Butterflies = $2
Wreath Hanger; Wide Ribbon; Wooden Initial; Glue Gun and Extra Glue Sticks = FREE (I already had these items on hand)
TOTAL = $12.25

MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE SYRUP!

   This diy comes from www.whatwillwedotoday.com .  Another fun and tastey thing to do with your children on a cold winter day!






Chocolate Syrup

I know I am a bit late, but Merry Christmas!!!
I cleaned, cooked, baked, shopped, wrapped, decked halls and jingled bells through Christmas and had a wonderful time. But, in all the excitement, I realized I forgot to get you a Christmas Present!!!
Oh my.
If I could, I would wrap a beautiful gift, attach a thoughtful card and send this to your home. I must have lost your address, so instead I will share my recipe for the Most Amazing, Decadent, Perfect for a host/hostess, “Oh my gosh I’ll never again buy store-bought” Chocolate Syrup recipe instead.




Chocolate Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Instructions




  • Mix the water, sugar and salt in 1 1/2 cups of water and stir over medium heat.




  • Bring the mixture to a boil.




  • Whisk in the cocoa, vanilla and corn syrup and stir until all of the solids have dissolved.




  • Be careful not to let it get too hot and boil over!
  • I turned my head for just a minute. Just a minute I tell ya!!




  • Reduce sauce until slightly thickened.
  • Strain and cool to room temperature.




  • Pour into a clean glass jar, and store in the refrigerator.
  • Keeps for several months, but trust me it will be gone before then.




For my non-virtual friends, I found the cutest chocolate stirrers (Molinillo from Mexico) from Dean and Deluca and then found some fun bottles for the chocolate. I made somevanilla, cappuccino and peppermint marshmallows (thank you, sister Cathy, for the idea of the peppermint. Yum).
Perfect.
You can use this on ice cream, hot chocolate and …. drum roll please ….. in Chocolate Martinis.

THE KAAPSE KLOPSE (MINSTREL) FESTIVAL FROM CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA!!!









    The Kaapse Klopse is a minstrel festival that takes place annually on January 2nd, in Cape Town, South Africa. Up to 13,000 minstrels, many in blackface, take to the streets garbed in bright colors, either carrying colorful umbrellas or playing an array of musical instruments. The minstrels are grouped in klopse ("clubs" in Cape Dutch, but more accurately translated as troupes in English). Participants are typically from Afrikaans-speaking working class "colored" families who have preserved the custom since the mid 19th century.
    Although it is called the Coon Carnival by Capetonians, local authorities have renamed the festival the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival as foreign tourist find the term "coon" derogatory.







History

    One story goes that the carnival was inspired by a group of African-American minstrels who docked in Cape Town in the late 1800's and entertained the sailors with their spontaneous musical performances. The popular song Hier kom die Alabama (Here comes the Alabama) refers to the ship that is believed to have brought them. Another story goes that the traveling minstrels were actually white and painted their face black...hence the painted faces seen today.





Inspiration

    The source of the parade and the festival are the horrors of slavery, as was blackface minstrels in the United States. As Denis-Constant Martin's book Coon Carnival informs us, several forms given to physical torture, including the burning of effigies on Guy Fawkes day, evolved into the present day commemoration. Some would remind us, however, that American style slavery has more influence in America than Southern Africa. Guy Fawkes day is a British custom, and is not connected as such with American slavery. Even American blackface minstrels are more connected with celebrations of the people that came out of slavery than with the institution itself.





Troupe Organisation


    The majority of the troupes (approximately 169) are represented by the Kaapse Karnaval ("Cape Carnival") Association. In addition, two breakaway organisations (the Kaapse Karnaval Association and the Mitchell's Plain Youth Development Minstrel Board) represent a minority of troupes.






The Carnival Today

    The festival begins on New Year's Day and continues into January. Traditionally, it has been a site for grievances against white supremacy. Festivities include street parades with singing and dancing, costume competitions and marches through the streets. While many troupes now are supported by corporate sponsors, many refuse and remain sticklers for tradition. The 2005 carnival was nearly cancelled due to an alleged lack of funding, while the 2006 carnival was officially called off for the same reason. However, the troupe organisations subsequently decided to go ahead with the parade despite continued unhappiness over funding, and the festivities, were opened by Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rascool on January 2nd, 2006.