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Creating A Family Recipe Scrapbook

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I can not tell you how many times I've called my mom and said "mom I just have to have your recipe for such and such". It's been a slow accumulation of recipes, but she chuckles each time I realize I need yet another recipe from her.

Now that I have an adult daughter of my own I really wanted to pass the recipes on to her also. Many of these recipes she's been eating since she was old enough for solids. My daughter also has a recipe book from her aunt on her dad's side.

Recipe scrapbooks can be given to aunts, uncles, cousins, children etc. A 6×6 scrapbook works wonderfully. They are large enough to hold a 3×5 index card. You can also use an 8×8 scrapbook and have the recipes on paper, instead of index cards.

I think it's a great mix to combine photos and recipes. For example, a group family photo at the beginning of the album is a great way to start off the album. If you've asked for recipes from multiple family members, put a photo of the recipe submitter on one page and the recipe on the opposite page.

It's also a great help to have a shopping list. Consider the actual recipe on one page and a shopping list on the opposite page. I very often take a recipe to the market with me and shop off the recipe page. By creating the list, the recipe book holder just needs to remove the shopping list page and take it to the market.

Another idea is to create a bit of history with your recipes. If you've had several family members contribute recipes, consider having the recipe on page, photos on one page and a bit of information on the author on a 3rd page. Most scrapbooks are very expandable, so there is room for many pages in one album.

All of my cookbooks have measurement charts and converters in them, so when making a recipe album, it's great to add this information to either the back or the front.

Recipe albums are a great gift for both the new bride, especially if the gift comes from her husband's family with recipes for all of the dishes he grew up with and for the college graduate setting up their first home.

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Make Use Of Paper Crafts

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Do you have an artistic hand that could create beautiful things with the help of paper? Then, you can make use of an arts and crafts book which will enable you to make amazing things by your own that too in a very short span of time. You can make beautiful 3D flowers to scrapbooks that shall preserve the life story of your family with the use of paper.

If you buy these craft items from the market, they could cost you much but if you are making them right at your home you can easily save some money. Things you need to follow to save money for making the paper crafts are:

1. On occasions such as Christmas, New Year you can create gift tags or small gift boxes with the help of used greeting cards. You can also save by keeping the gift wrapping paper with you that could be used later elsewhere.

2. You can also find some used crafters online whereby you can keep an eye on purging ex crafters and get ready to cash in on your good fortune as soon as one has got tired of storing supplies.

3. While you are online, you need to watch the deals in disguise and never judge the book by its cover. There could be expensive book or photo album covers where you can save by buying an inexpensive album and then throw away the inside pages and fill it with your own pages fitted into plastic sleeves. You should also constantly look for ways to convert cheaper products in the ones you require.

4. Always buy in bulk and then swap. This is because when you buy a product in bulk, it saves a lot of your money. Then you can get a gathering of your crafty friends and swap these items like the old barters way.

5. Never pay money for what you can get free. Patterns usually cost much for crafters and if you don't buy patterns you can buy crafting magazines for more ideas. If you are even tired of these magazines, you can visit online and find out great ideas.

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Make A Recycled Cd Valentine Hanging

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Art and crafts is something that allows you to improve your skills and at the same time you can also make the best use of something that would otherwise be thrown out somewhere else. Here some tips are being given so that you can easily make a valentine hanging made from recycled CD's.

You need to have 3 CD's, 4 red heart paper doily of 6? each, 1 sheet of red construction paper 9? * 12?, Moroccan red opaque acrylic paint,

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Wood Presents Russian Painting In Art Shop

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Originally Khokhloma wood tableware were produced in monasteries and for the czar court only.

At that time Khokhloma tableware production was not large scale. It was because of expensive imported tin.

In 1720s after the end of the North War tin flow to Russian increased. The price went down and the material came

within reach of many masters. The production and the sales of brightly painted hand made art works


Thus in the XIX century items with khokhloma painting were famous not only in Russia but in Persia, India,

Middle East, the USA and Australia as well. The export of khokhloma items grew after the worldwide exhibition

in 1889 in Paris.

In 1916 Nizhegorodskoye Zemstvo established the first School for Wood-Working Arts and Crafts in Semyonov.

The folk arts and folklore flourished in Volga region near Nizhny Novgorod province. No other territory in Russia

could equal it in the number and originality of the folk arts and crafts that had sprang to life and were developed

in the local communities. The Khokhloma art painting on wooden tableware is the type of Nizhny Novgorod

folk art craft that became most popular in Russia and foreign countries.

The "grass-leaves" decorative ornaments and their peculiar color scheme suggest that the Khokhloma art is rooted

in the ancient Russian decorative culture while the imitation of gilt ornaments on wood dates back to the medieval

Russian handicraft skills. The painting technique has been somewhat upgraded but remains essentially the same

as in the ancient time.

Khokhloma russian painting amazes you with its delicate grass pattern and festive coloring, which is based

on combination of scarlet cinnabar and flittering gold against the black lacquer background. This is Khokhloma

specific feature. Masters used tin powder and lacquer to obtain such gold color. Now they use aluminum powder.

First, the art tableware are shaped on a lathe from the dried lime wood, which are turned into

bowls, vases, mugs, dishes and spoons.

They are dried and covered with red and brown primer, so that they start looking like earthen. The unpainted

articles are now coated with drying oil. Next they are polished with powdered aluminium. They become dull

shining, like silver, and go to the painting division. Painted articles are then varnished and hardened in ovens

at the temperature of 120-130 degrees. The heat turns the varnish yellow, the "silver" into "gold" and mellows

the vivid design with an even, golden tone.

The Khokhloma dishes, cups and wooden drink pots were used for serving food at holiday feasts. The wooden

tableware using at the Moscow house of an important statesman had to look valuable; accordingly, they were

modeled on the rich painted plates decorated with real golden fabricated by the jewelers for the luxurious homes

of the Russian nobility. Thanks to the special varnish and high-temperature processing they are quite practical

and safe in use. You can drink and eat using these Khokhloma tableware, because such wares not

sensitive to cold and hot, salty and sour food.

Apart from Khokhloma wood presents of tableware most visitors to Russia

will have at least one set of Matrioshka dolls in their luggage. These dolls within dolls have long been a source

of fascination. The undoing of the main doll to reveal others almost ad-in-finitem has always produced wonderment

and appreciation for the woodcrafts art.

Examples of beautiful Khokhloma wood art gifts, Paleh and Mstera lacquered miniatures

folk tradition over 300 years ago is still thriving and remains basically true to it's roots, albeit on a more organized scale.

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Family Fun Children S Activities Arts And Crafts

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What are some fun ways to spend time together when the weather outside is dreary? There are all kinds of inexpensive ways to spend time with your kids. Reading a story to your young child is a wonderful experience. Listening to music and dancing together is also fun. Another fun activity is building forts with blankets and moving furniture together. Then bring in a flashlight and read a book to your child.

Play dough is also a nice creative way to spend time together. Roll it, mold it and create great works of art. It's safe and can be used over and over again. You can make your own play dough and make different colors. Here is a great play dough recipe I have used many times with my own kids.

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 cups water

4 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup cream of tartar

food coloring (use this to create the colors of your choice)

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool slightly before storing in an air tight container or zip lock bag.

Shaving cream art is also fun and easy. Using a vinyl table cloth or plastic place mats just spray some shaving cream on and let them use like finger paint. I would recommend using the sensitive skin brand of shaving cream. Another great favorite is collages. You just need construction paper, some magazines, elmer's glue and safety scissors. Have the children cut out pictures of interest to them and glue them all over the construction paper. Once their project dries hang proudly on your fridge.

Make a dreary day into a fun and exciting day with your child.

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Let Your Kids Learn And Enjoy

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Today's kids carry a sharp visual learning ability and have a great intellectual during their early days of childhood. So when you find that your creative child is getting bored indoors due to bad weather outside, you can make him utilize his time with kid crafts book.

Kids craft book usually has fun and games for the child such as drawing, coloring, cutting and assembling, crafts learning and other games and activities for adults that they could indulge along with their kids. You can make the child indulge in other craft projects such as making straw sculptures, painting, dying and much more.

1. If your girl child has an interest to make different decorative items, you can bring her a craft book that guides how to make beautiful paintings or toys. Other crafts book are also available that enables one to make cards, scrap booking, painting and many other things.

2. If your child is more interested in indoor games it is better to bring puzzle books and make him indulge in more creative activities. A craft book with innovative coloring projects will make him learn faster.

3. There are different craft books that come for the grown up children whereby even the adults can share learning with them such as cross stitch book, knitting book, candle making book, fabric painting book and other books teaching how to make decorative items.

Therefore, kid crafts book allows a kid or child to learn and improve his or her skills and spend their time in a more innovative and creative manner. This also helps to prepare some handmade crafts that can be decorated in the home and family. It is a great way for your children to learn and enjoy and also you too can learn a lot while you indulge with your children in such craft projects.

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About Discount Wholesale Export Of Handicrafts And Home Decor Items From India

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India is a place of different kinds of handicraft and handcrafted statues and sculptures from the ancient age. Centuries old temples and civilizations are founded in India with a unique sample of handicraft reflecting artistic beauty. Specially the temples in South India bears this great old history of Indian handicraft, as you can see different types of hand curving statues and sculptures in the wall of these temples. All these old temples especially in chennai, kerala, hariyana attracts the people through the beauty of statues and figures made on the wall. For example dancing lady which is normally known as "Nartaki", "Nataraj","Laxmi","Ganesh or ganesha","Shiva and

parbati", Shri Krishna and Radha Ji", "Goutam Buddha" are as religious god statues. Different animal figures are also made, like running horse, lion, tiger etc. The centuries old temples and other historic items prove the capacity of the artisans about making statues and sculptures for home decoration and expressing the social life story of that time. In the old ages the King's made those temples and different handicraft in their kingdom. They inspire the artists to make such stone curving items on the body of temple. They mainly make the statues based on the holy story from Hindu community. A great example is Nataraj. Nataraj is a style of God Shiva. Shiva as destructor as well as creator of the civilization. We inspired from this old culture to make the statues and sculptures as home decoration items. We also just follow the styles of those kings life style. They make statues for home and garden decor; even on those days the people make decoration on the wall of there home. Mainly stone is used on that time to make home, temple everything. So what they do is, they make different statue, sculpture of different god and goddess of Hindu religion on the wall by curving the stone. So we also make this handcrafted statues and sculptures in brass, bronze and stone. Actually "Art" refers to a huge range of human activity. It is a way or medium

to express the emotion, nature and lifestyle. We can say that art exist from the first day of human civilization starts. The concept of home decoration through statue and sculptures is also a long days story. We can see the samples of different hand crafted statues, wall decoration in centuries

old civilization like Nalanda, Mahenzodaro and Harappa. On that time people use the stonewall of their home and temples to make different decorative statues. The use of Brass and bronze is also a long history. The historians find a lot useful story and proof from this wall decoration. This artistic works is also represents the culture of those peoples. So, finally what we can say that, the history of handicraft in India is very long. Even one greater sample of handicraft is Taj mahal itself. Today it is considered as the best wonders all over the world. So we can easily say that Indian handicraft has a long golden story from the centuries.

We, Dhiman Chatterjee and Co. is an India (State: West Bengal) based handicraft wholesale export unit. We are engaged in reflecting these all-old tradition's in our handicraft items and introduce these cultural home improvement items to rest of the world. We wholesale the statues, sculptures, wall hangings, different home and garden decor items made of brass, bronze and stone by taking inspirations from India's centuries-old traditions. The dancing lady, God Shiva in Nataraj style, Buddha statue are some of the examples which we took from our ancient Indian history. We make the handicrafts in western style also to fulfill the new millennium requirement. So the customers can get the most antique look collectibles as well as the modern sculpture range. We manufacture different kinds of Statue, sculptures, and wall hangings, chandeliers mainly used for home, garden and office decoration. Material we used for these handicraft items are mainly brass, bronze and stone and sometimes we give them a antique look also. We wholesale and retail these all items from our Indian office. We are mainly engaged in exporting these handicraft items to all over the world

at most cheap rate and provide a replacement warranty in all our goods. Due to bulk manufacturing unit, we can offer the best rate to our customers for all the items. Starting from different religious statues like Goddess Laxmi, Shri Krishna, Buddha we have a lot of Indian and western style statue and sculptures. Like soldier statue, different animal figure, western and Indian

lady figure, abstract figures, different sculptures in western style. Our concern is always try to provide our customers a complete solution in art and craft items, to fulfill there need of getting unique antique and collectibles for office and home interior decoration.

Originating from India, our products do travel across the middle and upper class fashion concern peoples, fashion boutiques, retail and wholesale outlets of all the fashion conscious markets in the entire World. The collection features over enormous styles of great pieces of wholesale statues. We

feel proud our self for our good service to customers and the reason for success is the strong commercial aspect of the collection selling unusual, individual pieces of statues and handicrafts at a good price. The intricacy and exclusivity of our designer collections are highlighted by the classy expressions of each statue and sculpture. Alluring the elite class, every statue and sculpture of ours is made out of the best materials and finishing. Highlighting the Indian traditions and the richness of cultural ethnicity, we want to introduce the items to all over the world. This Website has many

items on continual display and you can order directly via this site or by contacting us. We accept all major Credit cards Like Master Card, Visa, American express, and Dinner Club etc. securely via Paypal. Goods will be delivered via air Mail within 10 to 12 days, anywhere in the Entire World. In

case any damage occurs while in transit, we assure our customers a full replacement of the goods. Wholesale discounts, very low Minimum order for Wholesalers, personalized pre and post purchase supports are the added advantages to our valued customers. The entire team is working very hard to introduce the Indian Art and craft to rest of the world.

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Crafting Ideas For Children Keep It Simple

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Kids love to do craft projects, there is no doubt about it. But I think children, especially younger children like to have their projects less structured. I totally think this is true because they can be more creative and have more fun that way.

Don't get me wrong, I come up with craft ideas for my daughter and we have a lot of fun with them, but she seems to have more fun creating her own craft ideas.

A few years back I went to our local good will store and bought a ton of craft supplies for very little money. I bought beads, pipe cleaners, glitter, stickers, feathers, yarn, lace, buttons, and just a ton of crafty type stuff. I put it all in a big box with some glue and glue sticks and thus my daughters crafting box came into existence.

We have since added stickers, markers, cotton balls, sequins, and other stuff we find.

I bought a big tablet of thick paper and thus her "scrapbook" came into existence. She loves to get it out and create different pages of ideas and creations. She cuts pictures out of magazines and adds them to it as well.

Sometimes she just makes her own craft projects out of the materials instead of doing her "scrapbooking" and she has a great time. The only drawback to her scrapbooking is sometimes she uses a lot of glue and we have to wait for it to dry before she can turn the page and move on to her next crafting creation.

So don't always think structured when it comes to craft ideas for younger children. You and they will probably have a lot more fun if you let their imagination rule the project. After all it is their creation so there is no wrong or right to it. They are less likely to become frustrated because they can't make their creations look just like they are suppose to as well.

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Step Up To Memories A Craft Project For Parents And Kids

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If you've been looking for a creative art project to do with the kids, look no further! I recently did a fun project with my daughter and thought I'd share the how-to for other parents who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy and creative all while making something useful for around the home!

What You'll Need

A wooden step ladder

Spray paint (your choice of color)

Sponges (either cut into shapes of your choice or pre-purchased in shapes)

Letter Stencils (of your child's name)

Craft Paint (your choice of colors)

Newspaper (the older the better)

Smock or old clothing for you and your child

Now you're ready to start creating. A little preparation is needed before bringing your child into the project. Take the step ladder outside and put it on the newspaper and spray paint it, covering the entire step ladder thoroughly. Let it dry overnight and you'll be ready to bring your child into the project the next day!

Bring the painted ladder to your work area (outside is recommended). Work with your child to sponge paint the shapes onto the ladder in the colors of your choice. Let it dry thoroughly.

Next, help your child stencil their name(s) onto the ladder. I'd recommend doing it on the side, and not the top, as the top will take a bit of wear if you plan to let your child use it. If it is to be a decoration for the porch of your child's room, putting the name on top will be ok if you choose to do so. Let it dry.

Your child now has a ladder, personally designed by them, to use. Put it in the corner of their room and through their favorite stuffed animal or trophies or photographs on top. You can also use the ladder as d

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