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Parents: Edible cake glitter can be bought from most confectioners or you can make your own. Just add a one or two drops of food colouring to sugar crystals, not to much or you might end up with a soggie mess.

Try to use Red and Green food colouring for that added Christmas sparkle.

I would make it before hand and pop it into a jar for the children to FIND in the cupboard.

Hi folks, an update on Magic Reindeer Food.

DD and me have been researching some alternatives to edible cake glitter, which can work out expensive if you only want it for this occation.

Bulgur Wheat
Bulgur wheat colours well with food colouring and dries almost instantly, obviously it dosen’t sparkle but it adds good Christmasy colour to the reindeer food.

A couple of table spoons should be enough.

OR Demerara Sugar is another alternative, again expensive but you only need two large table spoons.

Colour one table spoon full green and the other red, spread out on a plate to dry over night. The sugar will sick together when dry so just break it up the a knife or just your fingers. Works perfectly.

We made a batch with Bulger Wheat and another batch with demerara suger and divided them into 4 lots,we left two lots open in the kitchen and the other two lots in plastic bags to see what would happen to it. To my surprise it didn’t clunp or stick so I think it will keep quite well either way.

When you have made your reindeer food please come back and leave a comment just to let me know how your reindeer food turned out.

Thanks.

Enjoy the fun…

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Published in: on 29/10/2009 at 13:11  Leave a Comment  

Magic Reindeer Food

Start the magic of Christmas with a gift for Rudolph and his reindeer friends.

It must be hard work for Rudolph and his friends to fly Santa all over the world on Christmas eve delivering presents to everyone, it’s such a long way to go and all before dawn.

I’m sure Santa takes food for his beloved reindeer to help keep their strength up and to pass the time while Santa is down the chimney delivering all those lovely presents.

But what a surprise it would be to have some Magic Reindeer Food waiting for the Rudolph and his friends when they arrive.

Magic Reindeer Food glows bright at night and although we can’t see it glowing, Rudolph and his team of magic reindeer can.

So why not make some and help the reindeer to find your house as quickly as possable.

This is how to make it…

Take half a cup of reindeer magic oats
a
sprinkle of edible cake glitter.

(Optional extras…some sultanas or current and maybe a few chocolate chips)

mix it all together while saying the magic words…

“Magic Food glow real bright
Bring Santa to my house tonight
Show the reindeer where to go
from the night sky they’ll see you glow”

Now go outside and sprinkle the Magic Reindeer Food outside you door and say.

“Magic dust just glow tonight give Rudolph and his friends some light”

Don’t worry if you live in a house without a garden or in a block of flats, just sprinkle it close to your home and Rudolph and Santa will find you, and please don’t make the Magic Reindeer Food untill Christmas Eve because the magic won’t work untill then.
Have a very Happy Christmas X

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Snowman Soup

For a nice little extra Christmas present for friends and family (or even the postman) try some Snowman Soup, plus a quick knit for a mug cozy.

To make the Snowman Soup you will need…

Some cellophane cones or bags. You’ll need twice as many bags as gifts you want to give.

Ribbon, (red, green,gold or white), to give it that extra christmassy touch,

Instant drinking chocolate , the one you just add hot water to will do.

Some mini marshmallows,

some chocolate chips.

And a candy cane, (used for stirring)

Snowman Soup is a big hit with almost everyone, so…

Take a cellophane cone or bag and tip enough chocolate powder into the bottom to make one or two cups of hot chocolate, seal the top of the bag with cellotape and cut off any excess, put this first, sealed, bag inside another bag and add the chocolate chips then the marshmallows and seal with the cellotape.

Tie with the ribbon adding the candy cane as you go.

Add a small gift tag.

As a little extra you could add a christmasy mug too.

and maybe a knitted  mug cozy.

I made my cozy using a small amount of Double Knit yarn in a Christmasy green and 8mm needles as follows…

Cast on 22 stitches, and knit 2 purl 2 for 3o rows, or as many rows as you need to go round the mug. Cast off and sew two small baby buttons at one end, you won’t need to make button holes as the baby buttons will go through the stitches quite easily, and your done.

Pop the cozy into the mug and the Snowman Soup bag on top.

Fun to make and give.


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Morsbags…

I have decided to have a go at making some Morsbags. For those that don’t know what Morsbags are check out this link.

Anyway I think they’re a great idea and more of us should be making them and doing our bit for the planet and telling the supermarkets to stop supplying the plastic ones. As far as I’m concerned there is NO need to use plasticbags at all.

So what I thought I’d do is make one and post my efforts on here so you can see how easy it is (or hard, but I don’t think it will be) then it might encourage others to do it too.

I have other ideas up my sleeve on different shaped bags that can be useful so check back here often cos I’ll post what I’ve made. My ideas are not unique, obviously, but  I thought I make different one’s for those who want to go at something a little fancier.

My advice is to check out the Morsbags website if you want to get started now and not wait untill I’ve added my makes to this blog.

Be back soon folks…

OK so I made a Morsbag and I have to say, even for a novice sewer this was easy enough and it only took me 1 1/2 hours to do.

Just had to make sure I got the measurements right and it all went well.

At first I was a bit bewildered that I had to start sewing the side seams of the bag on the outside and then turn it inside out to sew again but it went OK. In the instructions it says that this type of seam is a French seam, so I learned something new too.

I made the bag out of an old curtain that I had and that’s what the Morsbags web site is all about, “recycling” and not using the plastic bags from the supermarkets.

Anyway I encourage you to have a go, I’m a novice sewer and I found it simple enough.

Although I’ve been sewing bits and pieces for most of my life, I’m not trained and the only sewing lessons I’ve ever had was from my mum and my sister (I don’t count school lessons cos I hated them and learned nothing at all).

You could embellish your bags with beads, sequins,embroidery or anything else you can think of to make it a special Christmas present.

I’ve posted pics of my efforts below. The photos are not the best in the world but then I’m no photographer either. 🙂

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A List of Craft Blogs and Web Sites

On my travels around the net looking for suitable craft sites to list on TheCraftWitch’s blog I came across this list of sites. All UK based and ranked in order of visits to each site.

I’ve had a look around it and there seems to be some really good sites to check out. Go see, I’m sure you’ll find something related to you niche.

Some of my favorites…

It’s All Fiddle Fart

The Cats Whiskers

Paper Crafts by Rach

Crafts.co.uk

CraftLinks
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The Sewing Cottage.

Right or wrong I’m going to start my blog with an introduction to my sewing web site

I should think a lot of people will be a bit miffed that I’m starting with a site of my own instead of one belonging to someone else but I can and will bring other web sites to you soon so I thought I’d start with my own.

TheSewingCottage is new and it about all things sewing related, with a little bit of knitting thrown in too, so If you want to pop over and take a look please feel free. If when you get there you don’t see a section on the type of crafts your into then just drop me a line and maybe between us we can come up with something for you and others in your niche.

So far we have a forum, magazine news, photos and videos.

Anyway I hope you like it and will feel the urge to join.

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