Bedford Manor on a Budget: People Feeder

This cute and creative idea was inspired by a magazine ad I saw years ago. It’s my favorite homemade craft.

This versatile project can be themed around any holiday, or any decorating style.

You’ll need:

  • A wood birdhouse with plastic windows
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Decorative add-ons (optional)
  • Small candies
  • assorted paint brushes
  • cleaning rag
  • water in a small dish (for brush cleaning)

Acrylic paints dry quickly, which makes this an easy afternoon craft. Starting with the inside of the birdhouse, pour a small amount of paint on the wood then use a paintbrush to spread it around and get … read the rest. . .

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Bedford Manor on a Budget: Christmas Candies

What would the holidays be without a little sugar and spice?

This wonderful craft/gift idea was given to me by a dear client.

You’ll need:

  • An airtight container
  • Candies, cookies, or other sweets
  • Packaging/tote bag

Although this gift may seem so simple to be personalized, the beauty is that it is extremely personal. Know a chocolate lover? Throw in some miniature candy bars. A big fan of mints? Wrapped or unwrapped, the airtight container will keep them fresh. You can package home-baked cookies, tea bags, or whatever special treats your loved ones like.

Wrap with a ribbon, and place inside … read the rest. . .

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

I know, right?! Yummm…!

Check out that velvety rich chocolate and candy sprinkles coating those crunchy, salty rods. I made them by melting Wilton Chocolate Melts (dark chocolate, thankyouverymuch!) in my new Wilton Chocolate Pro melting pot.

It’s gonna be an amazing tool in my kitchen. I feel like Willy Wonka.

It’s crazy-simple: just plug it in. Preheat for five minutes. Pour in a bag of Melts. Let melt. Stir occasionally. Look how silky it gets. The best part? No overheating. No messy spillovers. No double-boiler stove-top disasters. Just this.

When the chocolate was ready, I took one pretzel … read the rest. . .

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What this Week Will Bring

You’re reading this on Tuesday. I’m writing this on Monday. And I’d love to wait until Tuesday to enjoy it with you, but I have to write in advance so it will post on time. Rest assured, my excitement in writing will only be amplified once these words become reality.

*Insert blissful sigh here…*

Today (your Today, Tuesday; not my today, Monday)… Today I’m getting an early (seriously early) birthday gift. Last year I bought my daughter a mighty fine camera as she aspires to study art and photography.¬†And, as you’ve occasionally witnessed, she has a mighty fine eye … read the rest. . .

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