Category Archives: Crafts

Making Pysanka

“Pysanka” are Ukrainian Easter eggs. But who says decorating eggs is just for Easter? My little sister received a Pysanka kit for her birthday, and though she has decorated numerous eggs since then, Tuesday was my first time to make one.

The method for decorating Pysanka is different than other Easter egg-decorating methods. You fill a your kistka with beeswax, melt the beeswax, then “paint” the beeswax on the egg.


Then you soak your partially-beeswaxed egg into the first dye, usually yellow or another light color. Next cover the portion you want yellow with beeswax, and dip the egg into the next color. Keep going until you have the egg you want! Usually the last dye you dip the egg in is black or navy. The possibilities for pysanka are endless. Just google it. Here’s some of ours:

Really, don’t follow my directions. I was just trying to explain a little what making pysanka was like. It’s not like I even have that much experience…I’ve just made one. But does it count that I’ve watched Corrie and other people make them? I’m sure it does.

To wrap it all up, decorating pysanka is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with your little sister. Love you, Corrie!



The Anniversary Cake (or the Chocolate Cake with White Icing)

I was so honored to make and decorate a cake for my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary party. Opportunities like that (60th wedding anniversaries or cakes to decorate) don’t happen by very often. My creative juices have to be activated by visual inspiration…so I had to get inspired looking through Google images of cakes, and so on. Well, here it is. It took a long time to make, but even longer to get it on here (sorry, peeps!).

Even if you don’t want to decorate a cake for your grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary, you HAVE to try the Texas Hot Cocoa Cake that’s underneath all that icing in the pictures. No denying it: it’s simply the BEST. Wherever you are, you have to take your eyes off this computer screen and go make it. Smell it while it’s baking. Then forget it contains any calories at all. (Of course, it really doesn’t.) Yum.

That’s just Wilton’s buttercream icing recipe. It would be better with only butter (trying saying that ten times fast), but I did half Crisco and doubled the clear vanilla extract to make it a little more white. Something just doesn’t appeal to me when it’s super ivory.

I made the flowers and pearls out of royal icing, then brushed them with pearl dust. More pearl dust on the pearls all the way around the edge! I like the sparkles, but you can’t really see them in the pictures. Oh well. That means you’ll have to get some pearl dust and play with it yourself. Great stuff.

The little flower on the corner. I liked it.

Underneath that fluffy, creamy facade was the cake.

Texas Hot Cocoa Cake

1 stick butter or margarine

4 T. cocoa

1/2 cup oil

1 cup water

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, oil, and water to a boil. Let cool a little, then add buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add to chocolate mixture; mix well. Pour into a greased 9×13-inch pan (and don’t forget to leave a little dough in the bowl to lick off later!). Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

P.S. This is a good cake. Good. Good. Good. All this talk is making me want some. You’ll bring me some when you make it, won’t you?

Have a blessed day!


Retro Apron

Finally! It’s about time I posted about this! Thanks for my friends for the gift certificate to Hobby Lobby so I could get the apron and cloth…it was fun to make! It will be fun to cook in too. =)

Here’s the patten-picture:

And here’s me in my apron:

I like retro aprons. I especially like this one!

Have you ever made an apron? A retro apron? What’s the last sewing project you worked on?

Talk to ya’ll later!


Decoupaged Tin

I thought it would be fun to decorate a tin for my homemade peanut butter cups (upcoming post!), and it was! I hope I can decoupage more tins in the future!

I printed up some movie quotes and other quotes (like “happy birthday!”), and tore them into strips. I decoupaged them over the lid, filling in the extras spaces with little strips of paper. For around the edge, I decoupaged on a couple of layers of red tissue paper. For the base, I folded up a strip of red tissue paper and decoupaged it on, then pasted more quotes around the side.

I have a cute little square tin I want to decorate next!

Anybody else having fun with decoupage?


Thank-You Card

I had a blast making a little thank-you card a while back. I love these curlies, don’t you? Maybe it’ll give you an idea if you like card-making!

Thank-You Card

Homemade Watercolor Cards!


My talented younger sister is now offering beautiful homemade watercolor cards for sale! She’s happy to custom-make them from a picture or object, or she can reproduce some of the cards she’s already made! Here’s a sample of her work that I purchased:

Orange Pansy




XOXO and Chocolate Kisses


Pear with Love


Each card measure 4.25″x5.75″ on white cardstock.  They cost 75 cents apiece. If you’re interested in purchasing some, you can contact her through her e-mail at

1,000-Piece Puzzle

It was a group effort…and it was a lot of fun (and work!). =) Here’s a pic of 3 on-and-off work:


I guess you can’t see the whole thing here. It was cool because it was round instead of rectangular!


Poodle Skirt Completed!

Yay! I finally finished my poodle skirt today by adding the cord for the leash. =) I did end up putting a poodle (scottie) on it – I think it looks more ’50-ish, though a pink skirt with a black poodle-poodle would have looked even more ’50-ish. =) Ah, well, I am glad to get it done and ready for the banquet – which is actually this Sunday! Ack! So soon….it seems too soon, but I don’t really think it is. I’m excited for it to happen. Anyway, I’ll stop boring you with all this and show you a picture of the happily completed poodle skirt!


Talking about the banquet, Corrie and I made 4 cheesecakes for it today and tore a lot of lettuce – and there’s even 3 more heads to go! =) I think I could help and be a cream cheese advertiser –


3 packages per cheesecake, 4 cheesecakes. A lot of cream cheese. =) A lot of everything for a banquet. About 10 pounds of lettuce, 8 pounds of carrots, 7 red bell peppers, 11 summer squashes, 13 cans of mandarin oranges, 6 or so bottles of salad dressing, and so on. =) But it wasn’t too embarrassing. At least we didn’t get the same cashier when we came back a couple hours later for our own groceries – which can be fairly embarrassing in itself. But hey, it doesn’t have to be embarrasing if you don’t want it to, and I don’t want it to. So I’m fine. =)

Ya’ll might want the cheesecake recipe…so here it is, and the picture that goes with it on I think it looks better than ours do right now, you know?


White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

Combine in a small bowl. Press into a greased 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

3 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup sour cream

3 T. flour

1 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs

1 pkg. (10-12 oz.) white or vanilla chips

1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Beat cream cheese and sugar together with an electric mixer. Add sour cream, flour, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs on the lowest setting just until combined. Fold in chips. Pour onto crust. Drop jam by teaspoonfuls onto the cheesecake; swirl in with a knife. Bake at 375 degrees for 80-85 minutes or until just set in the center. Cool 1 hour, and refrigerate. Yield: Serves 12

Do you know how you can tell if you make 4 cheesecakes? You can recite the recipe from memory – I just did. =)

Thank God for His indescribable gift!


P.S. This is a multiple-choice poll, so you can choose two answers. =) I’d love to hear what you said! Just so you know, I LOVE cheesecake!


Non-Poodle Skirt

In a few weeks, our church youth group is hosting a Valentine’s Banquet – a ‘back in time’ Valentine’s Banquet. Consequently, we are all to wear 40’s-80’s clothing. =)

Yesterday, I got a pattern and some fabric to make myself a poodle skirt – well, actually, it probably won’t have a poodle on it, but it will be the same style. =) Here’s a picture of the pattern:


The fabric is sort of a shiny true blue. I cannot believe how huge it’s going to be, though! A full 360 circle, but I like it already. =) I just need lots underneat to make it stand out a little bit.

God Bless!


The Shampoo Cabinet

I was into the cleaning-out mode and as I stood looking at the empty shampoo cabinet, the thought struck me that I could paint it fun. Does that sound fun to anyone else?? =) So I did! First I taped (which I don’t like to do) and painted it a pale-pale-blue or a white with blue undertones.



I let it dry well, went and made bagels (see below) and then came back with my 1 part gray-blue paint ad 3 or more parts pale blue glaze. I dabbed it on with pieces from an old cotton T-shirt and the edges with a fat paintbrush.


I used latex glaze, so it dried really fast. I took up the tape and “installed” contact paper:


I kind of think the contact paper was a little light for the walls, but it’s okay. =) Then I added everything else. La.


Okay, it’s just a cabinet. But it was fun.

~rachel sue