Home Craft Idea: Welcome Sign

For a homey craft, here’s an idea I’ve been percolating on for a week or two until I came up with the right solution for our own, personal look:  I took a white wooden welcome sign that I’d purchased on sale; it was originally decorated with Easter-themed wooden flowers and dangles of eggs and birds, so I removed all the extra bits except the five small loop head screws.  If you can’t find such a sign, you could make one with cardboard, hardening it with a couple layers of paper machè before painting it your base colour and attaching the screws.

The sign, I covered by paper machèing it with the inside of a few security envelopes (the kinds you get bank statements and bills in).  Most of the paper beads are also made from the same envelopes.  [If you want to find an addictive craft, paper beads will do it!]  I laid the sign upside down on the outside of the opened envelope and traced the letters, cutting out the paper before glueing it on.  The design can be seamlessly augmented with the security motif, as the sign is longer than the length of an opened envelope laid flat… my seam is overlapping onto the “e” after the “w”, and you can’t see it.

For the dangles, I made the security paper beads, and one bead is made from a magazine picture of the sun; I strung them onto nylon thread (“fishing thread”), and used silver beads, cap-beads, crimp beads, and silver charms at the ends.  I then strung a length of black satin ribbon to hang the sign on our door, making sure the length allowed for viewing through the peephole.  I secured the ends of the ribbon to itself with crimp bead covers (also crimp beads, but a “C” shape to clamp around crimp beads).

[If you’re interested, I got all of the jewellery findings and beads online, at Aliexpress.com.]

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Go-To Bisquick Apple Pie

Groaning Bisquick Apple PieI made this pie tonight by combining two recipes and tweaking – as one does.  It’s delicious, and I think I can stop looking for a go-to recipe for apple pies!  The crumbly crust of Bisquick contrasts with the creamy smooth filling and texture of the baked apple slices to make it a sensuous experience in the mouth.

Go-To Bisquick Apple Pie

CRUST

2 C. Bisquick Mix

½ C. Softened butter

5-6 Tbs. Hot water

Whisk together with a fork until smooth and a ball is formed.  Pat into a buttered pie dish, smoothing it up the edges.  Bake at 200°C (400°F) for 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden.  Remove from oven and allow to cool while you prepare the filling:

FILLING

400 gr. apple juice

2 Tbs. cornstarch

2 Tbs. butter

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

6 medium cooking apples (peeled, cored & sliced)

Combine apple juice & cornstarch in a medium saucepan, stirring well. Cook over medium heat until thickened & bubbly. Stir in butter, cinnamon, & vanilla. Add apples; toss well to coat.

Pour into the pie crust, spreading evenly.  Bake at 180°C 35-40 minutes, until crust is golden brown.  Let it rest ~10 minutes; the liquid will firm up.

Add a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy!