for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…
welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.
today, our featured blogger is dora of the totally awesome blog collective ShowTell Share. dora writes…
Hi! I am Dora from ShowTellShare. I was excited when Kelly contacted us about the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along. I cannot wait to see all the creative ideas from everyone and I do hope that I can get my holiday gifts done early this year. Thank you Kelly for including us!
The holidays are around the corner. We all love giving home made gifts but we do not necessarily want to spend hours on just one masterpiece for the neighbor 5 houses down the street. How about making some pretty custom porcelain ware to give this year that takes just a bit of time? All you need is some simple white or solid color plates, mugs or bowls and Porcelaine 150 pens. I found the pens at Michaels and the plate at Walmart.
Grab your pen, this is how it looks brand new.
You need to shake it well and push in the tip several times to get the ink flowing. I am going to be honest with you. Only one of the pens started working right away, the blue. It took about 15 minutes of vigorous shaking and I had to repeatedly push in the tip before the yellow ink started flowing. I got the red pen working by putting it in warm water for about 10 minutes (make sure the tip is not in the water!) because the ink flow was chunky at first. No amount of work helped the black pen. Hopefully you will not have any problems, but you never know. Just keep your receipt!
I made sure the plate was clean and drew my design with a pencil. I used a cloth under my hand to keep from smudging my work or getting oil from my skin on the plate. Then I just went over the pencil lines with the Porcelaine150 pen.
If you make a mistake, no problem. Just use a soft cloth to wipe it away. The ink will not dry for a few minutes so you have some time. When you are done, set your design aside and let the ink set and dry for 24 hours. Wipe away any pencil marks. Then bake it at 300 Fahrenheit for about 30-35 minutes. The colors are dishwasher safe!
Put some cookies on it, or just wrap it up! The possibilities are endless. You can personalize mugs, have the kids decorate something for Grandma or Grandpa, make Santa plates…make coasters using tiles! You can use these pens in a lot of fun ways to make a special and easy gift for someone.
If you would like another easy and quick project to make either for gifts or yourself, try your hand at a simple and adjustable bracelet or necklace!
Thank you Kelly for hosting!
for more great ideas visit dora & her equally fabulous friends amber, adriann, idealeon, janice, kristin, lor, rachel, wendy, scardino smiles, nori, and terry. at ShowTell Share.
about ShowTellShare: ShowTellShare is a forum where bloggers with varied talents gather to share ideas, recipes, and to show off what they are working on. They have tutorials & how-to’s for pretty much anything & everything including: home, sewing, food, crafts, jewelry & a slew of other ideas.
baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.