Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings for Kids (or anyone else)

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Fun and easy perler bead earrings kids can make.

Fun perler bead stud earrings – so easy, kids can make them.

Fun Perler Bead Stud Earrings – We love craft perler beads – you know, those fantastic and inexpensive little beads that can be arranged in any shape or pattern you desire! A little heat, and they stick together like magic! We’ve had a huge tub of them for a couple of years now and we’ve made all kinds of fun projects.  My daughter enjoys making cute little purses, shoes and flowers and then gives them away to her friends and classmates. A few weeks ago I had a bunch of toys supplies come in, including stud earring findings and, in all honesty, I totally forgot about them until I was tidying my office yesterday.  My intent for these stud findings were to make some cute little earrings for Noelle but I had no concrete plan for them.

At some point yesterday afternoon, I was putting something in Noelle’s room when I saw the big tub of beads and a light bulb went off in my head… fun earrings that Noelle can make herself using perler beads. Mission on!  We sat down and started picking out our colours (yes, I wanted to make some too). Being that my daughter is still only 6 years old I wanted to keep the designs petite for her little head but you could make and size and design you like.

Materials:

  • Craft perler beads and bead peg board (usually comes with perler bead set)
  • Stud earring findings (buy from Michaels or online)
  • Iron
  • Kitchen parchment paper
  • Glue (I used non-toxic Weldbond)

Directions:

  1. Place the perler beads on the pegboard so the holes in their middles sit on the pegs. Make sure all the beads are touching at least one other bead so they can be fused together.
  2. Pre-heat the iron to a medium-heat setting. Do not use the steam function.
  3. Place a piece of kitchen parchment paper over the design and apply the iron to the parchment paper and rub gently for about 15-25 seconds until you can see through the parchment paper that the plastic beads have started melting together.
  4. Set beads aside with the paper still attached, and allow to cool (5-10 minutes).
  5. Lift the parchment paper off and check to make sure all the beads are fused together (if they aren’t, repeat step 3 but for a little less time).
  6. Now take your stud earring base and place a small amount of glue on the end, just enough so that it doesn’t bleed out over the edge of the base too much. Press gently against the back side (the side you used the iron against) and nudge the earring base into your preferred position.  Allow to dry completely (I definitely didn’t wait long enough and the finding came off when I tried to put in Noelle’s ear so try to be patient).
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Marinated Feta Cheese

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Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Cheese – A few weeks ago I attempted to make homemade feta cheese. You’ll notice that you see no such post about how to make feta cheese… that’s because it was a flop – I made something, but it definitely wasn’t feta cheese.  Before my sorry attempt, I did a lot of research on feta and came across some really great recipes.  One recipe I found over and over was marinated feta and wow did it look good. Now that I’ve had time to lick my cheese making wounds, I decided I would probably have much more success with the marinated feta (especially if I used beautifully made store bought feta). I looked around and eventually decided to make a combination of a few recipes.  The result was fabulous.

This is wonderful to keep in the kitchen, to add to dishes or simply eat straight from the jar. It should keep for at least a couple of months – if it lasts that long. Just think what a great hostess gift this would make, tasty and gorgeous to look at. Oh, and you can purchase the cute little jar label here.

Ingredients:

  • Feta cut into 1″ cubes (I actually made some cubes a little smaller too just for snacking on).
  • Olive Oil (enough to fill up the container)
  • Fresh Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary (mine were fresh out of the garden)
  • 4-5 Cloves of Garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
  • 8-10 Sundried Tomato Slices
  • 6-8 Green Pitted Olives (quartered)
  • Pinch of Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Sprinkling of Steak Seasoning Spice

Directions:

  1. Get all your materials ready and start by adding enough cubes of feta to fill the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add 1/3 of all your ingredients (except olive oil) and try to keep most of the ingredients to the outside of the jar (it just makes the jar look prettier when you can see all the beautiful ingredients).
  3. Add olive oil until it cover the feta and then repeat with another 1/3 of the ingredients, add olive oil and then finish off with the last 1/3.
  4. Add lemon juice and then pour olive oil into jar until all the feta cubes are covered. Give a very gentle shake or roll of the jar to mix the ingredients around.
  5. Seal and let sit for at least 3-5 days to allow flavours to develop.

SERVE: You may want to stick a toothpick into every feta cube or just serve it as it is. Try with toast/crostini, crackers or bruschetta. Also great in eggs or salads.

You can also use the leftover oil in the jar in rice, quinoa and lentil dishes, pasta as well as roasted veggies.

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Victoria on Victoria Day Weekend

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The Victoria Inner Harbour on Victoria Day Weekend.

The Victoria Inner Harbour on Victoria Day Weekend.

Have I mentioned how much I love the city I live in, Victoria, British Columbia?  This summer will be my 15th year here and I’ve loved every second of it.  I truly believe that Victoria is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

This past long weekend we were fortunate enough to be invited on our friend’s boat to participate in the annual Victoria Day sail past.  This is a fun event where boats gather in a “sail past“…or parade if you like, right into the inner harbour of Victoria.

All the boats were decorated with colourful flags and there was a dress code in which all people aboard the boats had to be dressed in white and navy.  As we approached the inner harbour there was an important official (admiral or commander I’m not sure) standing at the end of his boat and everyone on our boat had to stand at ease, very seriously and then stand at attention.  Our flag was then ceremoniously dipped into the water – here’s the original history behind that: Nautical etiquette required that merchant vessels dipped their ensigns in salute to passing warships, which acknowledged the salute by dipping their ensigns in return.

It turned out to be a stunning day and I had the opportunity to see my beautiful city from a new vantage point.  A big thanks to the Muirhead/Labarca family!

 

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Family Movie Night Tickets – FREE Printable

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Movie night free printable tickets.

Movie night free printable tickets.

Family Movie Night Tickets – Every month or two we have a family movie night at our home.  It’s always a big deal. Michael goes downstairs to the family room, sets up a big screen, projector, speakers and moves the couch around so that we can all snuggle together while we watch a movie.  Actually, truth be told, this tradition started a couple of summers ago when we’d go camping at the beach when it was a rainy night but we enjoy it almost as much when we do it at home too.

About a year ago Noelle suggested a family movie night while my parents were visiting from Ontario. Noelle wanted a big production with seating attendants, drinks and popcorn but she also put in a request for movie tickets.  Being that I’m the kind of person who can’t just rip up a plain piece of paper into fake tickets, and inspired by Noelle’s excitement for movie night, I decided to create realistic tickets to hand out before the screening. To this day, Noelle still has her ticket stuck up on her bulletin board.

I was thinking about how much joy she found in this event and thought it might be nice to share the tickets I created.  This little something extra helps make for a fun and inexpensive family evening.  Heck, it could also be used for birthday parties or even a cute date night idea. You can download the tickets HERE.

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