Wednesday, December 28, 2011

First Video! Cleaning grout!

I have created my first video! This is a tutorial about how to make an effective grout cleaner out of available household products. It is frugal and environmentally friendly. Be kind, it is my first video. I hope to make more to share knowledge in a visual manner. Please suggest topics for future videos!

Trash to Scrapbooking Treasure

Here is a list to inspire you! There are many ideas collected about turning trash into Scrapbooking Treasure. The tips here could be used as well for cardmaking, paper crafting, Artist Trading Card (ATC) embellishing and so much more. Its amazing what objects we cast aside every day could do for us! At Creative Spirit Creations (Ebay ID Narri) we strive to encourage creativity in all aspects of life. Using every day objects in extraodinary ways is one way to let your creativity soar!

* Worn out hotel key cards - for ATC's or small picture backgrounds
* Mesh onion or garlic bags - makes a great background mesh
* Tags from products for templates - Journaling, photo matting and more!
* Ribbon used to tie products - Fiber!!
* Twine that was used to tie products - Fiber!!
* Fringe that fell off a chenille blanket - Fiber!!!
!* Silver stickers that hold new socks together - stick them on pages for accent!
* Cardboard from cereal boxes - background mats or decoration!
* Leftover nails or hinges - accents and hinges can be used for hidden journaling!
* Clear stiff plastic bags - cut out pieces for shaker boxes or overlay
* Leftover seeds - used in shaker boxes
* Small plastic circles from inside screw top soda bottles - accents
* Paper scraps - serendipity squares or accents
* Found Objects
* Beach Sand - Shaker boxes or applied with glue to letters for texture
* Staples - for accent or shaker boxes
* Used Gift Cards or Phone cards - either scrap the memory associated with them or use them as decorative accents
* Small mementos of life - ticket stubs, teeth, matchboxes, hotel stuff,
* Bottle caps - decorate with or use as a base for pictures
* Coasters from restaurants - accents or backings !
* Tiny bits of paper - recycle into your own handmade paper!
* Lids from jars - use as templates for circles to cut out!
* Baby Food Jars - Storage of small scrapbooking embellishments
* Medicine Bottles - Storage of small scrapbooking embellishments
* Punch out holes from a small hole punch or three hole punch - accents to a page
* Scraps from cropping photos - page accents or add texture to serendipity squares
* Old necklace Pendants - use as an embellishment
* Starbucks Coffee Sleeves - Paint over the logo and use the cardboard in your layouts!
* Makeup Brushes - Apply Chalk OR clean rubber stamps
* Tabs from soda cans - embellishment - can be used as is or painted

Simple Sacred Cooking..Pizza Dough

Like most things in life, you need a good base to build on. With this dough base, the possibilities are endless. From double cheese pepperoni to veggie pizza and everything in between, it brings us together. Homemade pizza is a delight that brings smiles to all faces. Individual pizzas can be made to perfectly tailor individual tastes.

Pizza Dough

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Combine dry ingredients including sugar in a large bowl. Slowly mix in oil and warm water. Kneed together until smooth and elastic dough ball forms. Sit aside for 1 hour in warm environment. Break up into desired size doughballs. Roll out to a thin crust. Dock with a fork or toothpick for best result. Make your favorite pizza on top!

flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Mix in oil and warm water. Spread out on a large pizza pan. Top as desired.

** Coming Soon... Topping Ideas........

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Simple Sacred Cooking - Toad in the Hole

I decided to bless my family today, this fine Christmas eve with a new recipe. This is a recipe I have heard about for a long time, but never quite knew what it was. Toad in the Hole is a traditional English dish that is very budget friendly for the frugal minded! Simple ingredients mixed together to make a delicious flavor. The only thing I might change in the future is to double the amount of battter used to soak up the savory juices. Its tangy goodness is a refreshing change of pace. Even my very picky eater husband loved it (minus the onions!)

Try it for your family. They will enjoy it.

The recipe was featured in All You Magazine, December 2011. and can be found here (or copied below for your convenience)

8 chicken or turkey sausage links (about 1 lb. total)
2 onions, quartered (* Note from Kim - I used powdered due to picky eater)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons grainy mustard (*Note from Kim - I used dijon)
1 1/4 cups low-fat milk


1. Preheat oven to 475ºF. Place sausages and onions in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and toss with oil. Bake until lightly browned, turning once, about 10 minutes.

2. While sausages are baking, whisk flour and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, mustard and milk in a large measuring cup, add to flour mixture; whisk until smooth. Carefully pour batter into baking dish with sausages and continue to bake until puffed and golden, about 30 minutes longer. Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

A Christmas Blessing

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.

~Author Unknown

Friday, December 23, 2011

Batik Fun

Batiking is a fun, intricate artform where you take wax and dyes and create patterns on fabric. The result is a wonderful, distinctive looking design to your fabric. Simple supplies needed for a lot of fun. Especially perfect for crafters who like to sew or quilt to have unique fabrics to suit their perfect needs.

How to Batik

Batik with Children

Star Wars Snowflakes

These are the neatest snowflakes ever. Not only elegant, but truly embrace creativity at the highest level of geek chic! Hats off to Anthony Herrera Designs for allowing such creativity to soar with this.....

Star Wars Snowflakes