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Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 | 0 comments

World Peace Paper Mâché Ornaments

World Peace Paper Mâché Ornaments

I love making holiday ornaments by hand and this year was no exception. My daughter Nadja’s Montessori school had the opportunity to decorate one of the Del Ray Christmas trees, so we chose to make paper mâché ornaments in the theme of world peace. To make enough for an entire tree took days, but you could easily make one or a few in a couple of hours. To make the ornaments, we blew up a balloon to the size we wanted, tied it off, and then used Mod Podge to layer strips of newspaper all over the balloon. We made a mix of small and large ornaments. When the balloon was completely covered with newspaper and a generous coating of Mod Podge, we set it in a small pot to dry in front of a portable heater. (If you do this, be careful not to put the balloon too close to the heat or the balloon will expand and bulge through the newspaper.) After this first layer dried, we started...

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 | 0 comments

DIY Gifts: Chocolate Truffles in Origami Boxes

DIY Gifts: Chocolate Truffles in Origami Boxes

The elves in our house are hard at work making gifts for family and friends, and we hope these origami boxes filled with chocolate truffles will please their recipients! First, the truffles — easy enough since they only require three basic ingredients (and a few extra for toppings). We used this recipe which calls for: 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao) 1/4 cup cream 6 T of unsalted butter (I used slightly less) I heated the cream in a pan, then added it to a bowl set over a pot of simmering water with the chocolate and butter. I gently stirred the chocolate mix until it was silky smooth and after it cooled, I put it in the fridge covered with plastic wrap to harden. After a few hours, it was time to roll the truffles. For each truffle, I scooped a hefty teaspoon of chocolate and rolled it in my hands until round, then passed it on to Calvin to coat in the toppings. Half of them...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Easy Hanukkah Latkes

Easy Hanukkah Latkes

One of our favorite Hanukkah traditions is making latkes. Food made with excessive amounts of oil is common in Hanukkah –the cooking oil symbolizes how the one vial of oil that was only supposed to last one night lasted eight. Making latkes is so easy. You only need: Potatoes- 3 to 4 (don’t worry about peeling them) Half an onion Oil- enough to cover the pan each time you make a new batch 2 tablespoons or more of flour 2 Eggs Salt and pepper to taste Toppings: Apple sauce Jam Sour cream 1. Start heating the frying pan. 2. Grate the potatoes and onion. 3. Squeeze all the excess liquid from the potatoes and onion. 4. Mix in 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of flour. 5. Check your frying pan to be sure that it is nice and hot and fill it full of about a quarter inch of oil. Hanukkah is all about oil – the whole point is to remember the Hanukkah miracle. I use olive oil,...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 | 1 comment

2015 Del Ray Holiday Studio Show and Sale

2015 Del Ray Holiday Studio Show and Sale

We attended the Del Ray Studio Sale and Show last December and can’t wait for the repeat show this Sunday, December 6 from 12-6 p.m. The show and sale features a variety of fine art and fine crafts from Del Ray artists and their friends, including carved and turned wood creations, jewelry, pottery/ceramics, fiberwork, paintings, turned pens, and more. At this year’s event you’ll meet these and other local artists: Nathan Imm, a third generation woodworker who makes lathe-turned creations in a variety of woods. Paul Hyde carves exquisite rocking horses in the time-honored English tradition. He also builds dining tables. (Read more about about his work in this post from last year.) Stephen Lally creates wood-fired stoneware and porcelain. Jill Yutan makes hand-crafted whimsical creations in felted wool. Felton Gilliam turns pens and other works in exotic woods and stone. Sherrill Farley paints oil and watercolors. Risa Hirao creates illustrated objects where folk art meets Japanese science fiction. Diana Papazian makes jewelry and wearable arts consisting of mixed...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 | 1 comment

Haunted Del Ray

Haunted Del Ray

From demonic rats to creepy clowns, graveyards and spiderwebs and skeletons galore, Del Ray takes its Halloween decorating seriously. You can’t go down one block without spotting an homage to this horrific season. Here’s a few of the scenes from around our spooky hood. HAPPY...

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