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Simple Wooden Nativity Scene

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Easy to make wood nativity scene

Easy to make wood nativity scene

Simple Wooden Nativity Scene – This past weekend we finally pulled out our Christmas decorations and got our house looking festive. I always seem to forget all the amazing things we have until I see them coming out of the boxes.  One of our favorite decorations is a very simple nativity scene that my mom made a few years back. My Mom is very crafty and artistic… I’m sure that’s where I inherited all my creative genes from (no offense Dad).  My lovely and talented Mother has given me permission to share the details of this project with my readers – oh, and she wanted to mention that my Dad played a vital roll in the creation of these nativity scenes; he cut out all the wood pieces. This sweet and simple nativity scene is great for your home and makes a thoughtful and unique gift as well. It’s also simple enough that children could make these too.

Materials

    • 5/8″ cedar or pine wood
    • 1/8” plywood for the star
    • Band saw or jigsaw
    • Template for wood pieces to cut out – Get Nativity Scene Template here
    • Sand paper
    • Acrylic craft paint (use whatever colour you prefer – we used, dark green, brown, dark red, cream, pink – you can mix the red & cream, black and gold)
    • Paint brushes (mini roller and fine brushes)
    • Matt finish varnish

Directions

  1. Using the template, cut out shapes and then trace all the shapes (excluding the star) onto your cedar/pine and then cut out your pieces of wood using the saw.  Do the same with the star using the 1/8″ plywood.
  2. Sand all the edges of your wood until they are pretty smooth
  3. Starting with the people pieces, paint on the faces and shawls – just keep it a simple design (feel free to draw a little outline with a pencil on the wood first if that helps)
  4. Paint the star gold
  5. Paint the edges of the trees, arch and people using the mini roller
  6. When the paint has dried, glue the star onto the arch

Cover and seal everything with a coat of matte finish varnish

Looking for more Christmas related ideas & projects: Eco Friendly Christmas Ideas, Homemade Preserved Lemons, Printable Christmas Gift Tags, Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub, Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

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~ Jamey

  1. DIY Wooden Nativity Scene

    DIY Wooden Nativity Scene

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Crochet Infinity Scarf

| Crafts & DIY, Crochet

Infinity scarf

Easy crochet infinity scarf

Crochet Infinity Scarf – Today it’s 28 degrees Celsius in Victoria, BC (it’s typically about 18-20 degrees in September here) – not the sort of day to be thinking about winter clothing but let’s be honest, fall is right around the corner. This past week I started a new infinity scarf project.  I made this pattern up based on a baby blanket I made last year that I absolutely loved.  This pattern is so easy and has a really nice rhythm to it once things get moving along.

If you’re new to crochet and would like to get some help learning the foundation crocheting skills, I suggest taking an e-course from Craftsy. They have fantastic instructors and their prices are very reasonable.

Materials:

  • 1.5 Skeins of Yarn – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads – Country Loom – Ocean Tide
  • Crochet Hook – US K10.5/6.50mm
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors`

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

Directions:

  1. Counting in 3’s, ch as many stitches as it takes to make a chain 60″ long (this pattern calls for original chain to be any multiple of 3 so just count “1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3…” as you make the chain and make sure that your last chain lands on chain number 3).  Check that the chain hasn’t twisted and join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
  2. Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
  3. Round 3: ch 3 and then sc between the 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 and then sc in between the 6th and 7th dc.  You want to keep repeating this pattern every 3 double crochets until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
  4. Round 4: dc 3 into the chain you made in the previous round and then dc 3 into the next chain and continue in this manner until you’ve completed the round.  Join with a sl st.
  5. Repeat the pattern from Round 3 & 4 until the scarf is the desired width.
  6. Bind off and weave in the ends.

If any of my instructions are unclear please view this video which is where I learned how to make the baby blanket that this scarf was based on.  The video tutorial is wonderful and very easy to understand.

Download the Crochet Infinity Scarf pattern.

If you love crocheting scarves as much as I do, check out this fantastic book: Cozy Stash-Busting Knits: 22 Patterns for Hats, Scarves, Cowls & More

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Crochet Cat Bed, Crochet iPhone Case, Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Crochet infinity scarf

Crochet infinity scarf

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No Bake Energy Balls

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No bake energy balls

No bake energy balls

No Bake Energy Balls – Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet, chocolatey treat from time to time.  I know there are moments when I just have to have something sweet, especially after a meal or for a mid-afternoon pick me up.  A couple of years back, my girlfriend gave me this recipe and she got it from another friend so we don’t actually know where it came from.  This is the kind of treat that I don’t mind putting in my child’s lunch or to give for an after school snack.  I keep them in the freezer and then just pull them out as I need them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 raisins, cranberries or currants
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/4 sliced almonds

Directions:

    1. Toast the sunflower and sesame seeds.
    2. Toast the coconut and almonds (careful, it burns quickly if you don’t keep and eye on it). Allow to cool and put into a small bowl. Set aside.
    3. Mix all the ingredients except for the coconut and almonds. If your mixture isn’t quite sticking together, add a little extra honey.
    4. Roll the mixture into balls (I do them about the size of ping-pong balls) and then roll them around in the bowl of coconut and almonds for the outer coating.
    5. Store them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge or freezer.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  Check out some of my other recipes including: Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows, zucchini quinoa patties, perfect chocolate chip cookies, marinated feta cheese, mediterranean hummus

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~ Jamey

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Miso Soup

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Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Miso Soup – After a summer of gluttonous fun it’s time to get back to healthier living.  I often think that when the school year starts it’s almost like New Year’s, when people make resolutions to get fit and healthier… well, that’s the way it always seems to work for me anyway.  So, back to it!

One way I force myself to eat better is by packing my lunch everyday for work. I know many people go out for lunch but if you can pack your own lunch, you’re more able to control the food you consume. I have a variety of foods that I take for lunch but one of my favourites is soup, especially chicken noodle (I have the best recipe which I’ll share in an upcoming post). Recently I tried a new soup that I think is great and my husband loves.  It’s a very light and healthy Miso soup and takes about 20 minutes to make.  You may have to shop around to find a few of the ingredients but its worth it.  I found all of my ingredients in a local Japanese specialty store but I know there are local grocery stores that carry these ingredients too.

The original recipe is here but I modified it based on all the reviews I read for the recipe.

 Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tsp dashi granules (3 tsp if you like a saltier, stronger fish flavour)
  • 3 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 package of medium firm tofu, diced
  • 4 green onions sliced into pieces
  • 2 tsp wakame seaweed (feel free to omit if you’re not into seaweed – you’ll notice there isn’t any in my photo – my husband loves it but me, not so much)

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan heat water and dashi granules on high until it comes to a boil, then turn down to medium heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Put the miso paste into a cup or small mixing bowl and add a few spoon fulls of the hot broth from the saucepan and mix in with the miso paste until it becomes almost liquid in nature.  Add this mixture to the saucepan and whisk in.
  3. Add the diced tofu, green onions, and wakame seaweed.  Simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve into a bowl and enjoy!
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