Monday, July 30, 2007

Modge Podge Recipe

Almost Modge Podge

© Leslie Sausage

These two recipes are very similar to the purchased product Modge Podge glue.

Modge Podge Glaze:

Mix 3 parts white glue (any brand) to 1 part water.

Add more or less water to get the desired texture and thickness.

Add 2 Tbsp. varnish, for shine.

Store in a glass container with airtight lid.

Just Like Modge Podge:

1/4 C sugar
1/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp powdered alum
1 3/4 C water
1/4 tsp oil of cinnamon

In medium size pan, combine sugar, flour and alum.

Gradually add 1 cup water, stirring vigourously to break all lumps.

Boil until clear and smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add remaining water and oil. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Store in glass container with airtight lid.


These recipes may be freely distributed with the following information:

Leslie Sausage lives with her husband in rural Texas. She is the mom of four grown children, a freelance writer, and has degree in business administration. You are invited to visit her online for more creative, practical and fun ideas --

Oatmeal Soapball Recipe

Oatmeal Soap Balls recipe:
1 cup instant oatmeal
1 bar mild soap, such as Ivory or Pure & Natural
4-5 Tablespoons of water
10 drops essential oil or fragrance...(oil safe for skin)

Place the soap in a ziplock bag and break up with a hammer. Then grate oatmeal or use a mini-processor, but don't make it into a flour. Put into a bowl. Do the same with the soap.
Add the water (and scent) and blend well. Shape into balls and put on wax paper to dry.
Balls can be put into containers, wrapped with cellophane or plastic wrap and tied with raffia. A gift tag added to the raffia is a nice touch also.

*Oatmeal is great for exfoliating the skin and leaving it smooth and refreshed.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Prim Home Decor using vintage graphics.

On another board recently, I saw a crafter making these vintage cans and I just had to try it for myself!

Supplies are in the pic below. Also, you will need a photo editing program to make your graphic for the can. I use Digital Image Pro Suite 2006 for all of my graphic editing. It's sized to about 4-1/4" x 10-1/2".

”Click HERE for label graphics to purchase”

The can template:

First, I opened the can using a can opener by Oneida (purchased at WalMart) that makes a nice smooth cut on the makes a lid that can be taken off easily without any sharp edges.

After that, I spray the tops and bottom of the can with $.99 Walnut spray paint (WalMart), leaving the label on the can...just because I wanted to! LOL!;

Let that dry; print out your graphic onto ivory paper or brochure paper and place on can sealing the ends with double sided tape or you could glue it on with a glue stick. I you glue the label to the previous label, it will leave marks that show through. If you have a xyron with the sticker/laminate roll, you could use that also to attack the label.

Here are some pics using vintage art:

”Click HERE for label graphics”

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Clay recipes

These recipes are great when you need some clay to make snowman noses and you don't have Sculpey clay!

Recipe # 1:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda

Mix all the ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring until a ball forms. This will happen quickly! Remove it from the pan and mix thoroughly with your hands. Put in zipbag and seal; DO NOT Refridgerate. Air dry and do not bake.

This 2nd recipe results in quite a bit of "clay" and smells nice with the cold cream.

Recipe # 2:
3/4 cup white glue
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. cold cream
1 tsp. glycerin

Mix wet ingredients until smooth over meduim heat. Cook for a few minutes, add Cornstarch. Stir constantly until it forms a ball. This doesn't take long!
Remove from pan and mix thoroughly with your hands. Cover with plastic or put in a plastic bag and seal. Do Not Refridgerate! Air dry and don't bake.

The first clay recipe will give you a "clay" which is very dense white in colour while the second recipe has an almost translucent quality.