Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We Made It -- Play Dough

Love-A-Lot is on Spring Break from school this week.  I decided we would load it down with projects.  Project 1 was homemade play dough.  I've never made it before as an adult, if I made it as a kid I couldn't tell you how it went. 

Neither of the kids have made it before so it seemed like a great time to give it a go.  They were both pretty excited.  Funshine played with play dough at a friends house the other day and really enjoyed it.

Full disclosure, I had ZERO intention of blogging about this.  By the time I was working on batch 2 it was a thought buzzing around and batch 3 sealed the deal.  You'll have to overlook the awful pictures and flash, it wasn't a good day weather wise for indoor photography.

Here is the link to the original tutorial, I ran across it on Pinterest.  The original post is great, but it leaves a little bit to be desired in the information department.  Either way it's really, really easy. We made 4 batches.

Love-A-Lot, making a weird face, missing several teeth.

Funshine, this is the only picture I could use because he still closes his eyes every time due to the flash.

Here we go:

You'll need the following:  (Per Batch) 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of corn starch, 1 1/2 cups water, and food coloring if desired.  I'm not sure the exact amount of food coloring, they were new bottles and now they are at the little line on the side, maybe a little less then 1/3.

It doesn't matter what brand you use the Corn Starch was $1 a box from Wal-Mart, I got the huge bag of baking soda from Sam's Club for like $8, food coloring was from Wal-Mart (I don't remember the price, but it was cheap).
Dump the cornstarch and baking soda into a bowl and mix it all up together.  The kids LOVED sticking their hands in the bowl and crushing up all the little balls.  Funshine especially went all Hulk Smash on it and had a blast. 

I set out 4 bowls and got it all ready to go so they could crush it up while I was cooking the dough.
Put the powder mixture into your pot then add the water and food coloring if you are using.

To save yourself some trouble thoroughly mix together the liquid and powder ingredients.  This was a step I would have found helpful in the original post, but I figured it out on my own by the second batch.  Once it's fully mixed, then kick your heat on.

Cook the dough on medium-low heat while stirring.  I used a flat ended wooden spoon.  I HIGHLY recommend it.  You can thoroughly scrape the sides and bottom of the pot.  I don't have nonstick cookware, it may be easier for you if you do, I had a lot of sticking. 

Continue to cook it, you will see it start to get dry.

You will notice the texture start to change and it will start to stick together more. 

 At this point you are nearly there.

About 7 minutes later it's pretty much done.  I'm cooking on a 50's electric cook top so your time may vary.  That's why I made sure to add pictures of each stage. 

When it's hot, it is still pretty sticky.  I sprinkled the counter with cornstarch and dumped the dough out for it to cool off so I could knead it.

Once it cools down a bit start to knead it.  It will still be pretty warm on the inside so be careful, flatten it out a bit and let it cool a little more.

The it takes about 5 or 10 minutes for it to be cooled down enough to no longer be sticky.

This dough is so silky smooth, it feels so nice to touch and has no smell or anything like that.

It has a hint of shimmer, you can see it here in the pink.

Here it is in the green.  Love-A-Lot was just tickled to death with it.  Funshine loved playing with it and making snakes and balls.

Each batch yielded 1 lb 12 5/8 oz worth of dough! So yes, we made 7 POUNDS of play dough.  It was worth it.

We stored ours in quart sized bags so we could squeeze out all the excess air. 

I have no idea about the longevity of this dough, but so far we've had a blast with it.  Even if it doesn't last too long it was cheap, fun, and easy. 
Look at Funshine's sweet little hands.
You could color it with Kool Aid packets if you'd like, it would add a nice smell.  You could also omit the color all together, it would be a beautiful white. 

Make this you, won't regret it!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome to our living room

We bought a house!!!!!!!!  That's right, no more imposing living with my mom!  We couldn't be happier with our home!  We moved in December 6th, 3 months to the day of arriving in IL.  Let me tell you what, it was a LONG 3 months.  We are very grateful for our families for stepping up to bat for us and really helping us along the way.  The inside of the house is pretty much finished so I'm going to do this one room/section at a time.

Let me give you a little info on the house.  It was built in 1958 and has a lot of the original things:  light switches, cabinets, doors, kitchen appliances.  It was also the model home for our neighborhood.  Be prepared to see a lot of retro stuff!  In the living room I really wanted to showcase the 50's, but add a touch of our flair!

Today I introduce our living room!

Technically that's the front porch, but I wanted to start it off right!

Our front door.  The whole setup is original.  The name plate says Mr. and Mrs. Dodd live here.  Don't worry, it's us!

These switches are throughout the house on the upper level except in a few places.  They are push switches and I LOVE THEM!

The view from our front door.  The wall has lights up top! The neutral paint was here and we decided it was perfect and left it!

Our entry way with the door closed.  I know the speaker stands kind of throw it all off, just ignore them.

The bench for guests to hide their shoes under, set purses/bags on, and the mirror to hang coats!  I got the bench from a local referb shop and I made the mirror out of a window I got at a local antique shop.

I'll hopefully get a post up about how to DIY this window!  I'm really proud of it!

The floor lamp, I really love it.  It is from www.lampsplus.com (as are all the lamps in the living room).

There are quite a few found items that I got from different local antique shops.  This record cabinet is one of them.  When my Mom, Aunt, Cousin, and I were out we were tickled to death to find it.  When we went to purchase it, it was 50% off! Even better! Originally I was planning on putting DVDs in it, but it makes a PERFECT game cabinet.  The green bowl is Fenton and used to belong to my Granny.

One shelf is dedicated to the WiiU and the other holds all of the xbox things. 

The DVD shelving was a combined effort between Grumpy and me!  When we removed our closet shelves we saved the wood.  Later we cut them in half, mounted them to the wall with brackets, drilled holes, and strung rope through them.  They hold all of our DVDs perfectly and even has a little room to grow! Plus since we reused the wood it cost us about $40 for all the hardware.

The rope is tied in a figure 8 knot on the tops and crisscrossed to give it a little visual interest.  Plus it helps keeps the movies in place!

The view of the living room from the door and behind the couch.

I don't know if you've shopped for rugs recently, but they are EXPENSIVE!  I looked locally at all the shops (Target, Lowes, The Home Depot, Menards, Wal-Mart) no one had what I wanted.  I wanted a statement piece.  Something that would set the tone for the whole room!  I tend to get bored easily with room d├ęcor so I wanted something that would always go with everything.  Enter the most amazing rug I have ever seen in my life.   I got it from www.esalerugs.com.  It was the exact same price as rugs in the size (5x8) at all the other stores, but it is significantly better quality.  The pile is so soft and the colors are vibrant.  The coffee table is Lack from Ikea.

Our couch that we had in San Diego never made it on the truck (along with EVERY piece of living room furniture we had) so we got a new one.  This one is from Ashley furniture and came with the zig zag pillows.  The style is perfect and it goes supremely well with the style of the house.

Our end tables were another antique store find.  My mother in law pitched in $20 so they only cost me $1.20!  We replaced the knobs because one was missing.  I love the large mercury glass lamp.  I really wanted to add metallics in a few places throughout the room!

The glass bowl is from my BFF two years ago for Christmas.  It goes PERFECTLY!  The gold vase is from Target!  The geometric shape is really what drew me to it.

The silver and linen geometric pillows and the retro city pillow are from www.allmodern.com.

My favorite chair has made it back into the living room.   The monster eye spy pillow is also in the room and actually makes perfect sense here! The brown wooden lamp I picked out just for Grumpy.  I wanted to make sure he had some things in here he liked.

I really wanted a 50's style credenza, but they were WAY out of my budget.  I was lucky to find this media cabinet that was the right style and size for the right price.  Also found at www.allmodern.com.

My curio cabinet is in the corner and filled with all our special little things!

The view from our hallway and a better view of the wooden lamp.

Why yes that is a stone planter in my living room!  Isn't it AWESOME, also original!  I planted elephant bush plants and named them Fred and George.  They are from the succulent family so I am less likely to kill them. 

To say that I am proud of the way the living room has turned out would be an understatement.  I am so happy with ALL of it.  I think it is the perfect mix of retro and current styles. 

Hopefully I'll get a chance to blog on the other rooms soon!  Until then, Happy New Year!