Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Turn Your Toddler's Art Into Fine Stationery

My two-year-old is an artist. She follows in her mama's footsteps, and in her daddy's, too (though few people know of Jonathan's artistic talent). Rather than only giving her typical coloring books, we gave her a spiral bound notebook to go crazy with her brightly colored crayons. As I flipped through the pages exclaiming over her beautiful artwork, I had the urge to share the cheerful scribbles with others who love her.

Tearing out a page and popping it in an envelope would have been easy enough, but I wanted it to feel more special and intentional. That's when the idea struck! I would turn her crayon masterpieces into fine stationery!

I selected some of her more colorful pages, and cropped the art to about 4" x 5 1/4", just the right size to mount on the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. 

The cards were easy to make by cutting a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock in half, and then folding each piece in half. 

My adhesive of choice a was a simple glue stick, and then I chose a crayon in a complimentary color to draw a border around the edge. 

On the back, I noted in pen that the artwork was by my daughter, age two, 2013...you know, for posterity. ;)

I'm eager to get these little beauties in the mail on their way to grandparents and friends. While it may not be fine stationery, it is certainly FUN stationery!

What art projects have you been working on lately?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Delicious Homemade Mayonnaise

I was desperate. I needed mayonnaise for a recipe within the hour, and unthinkably, we had run out! I called my neighbor to ask if she could spare some. She said she didn't have any, but suggested looking up a recipe to make it myself.
I have never bought mayonnaise since. Though I grew up as a die-hard Best Foods fan, I'm completely happy with my homemade mayonnaise - even more so since our family has begun getting away from processed foods. And my husband would brag about this stuff all day to whoever will listen. *smile*
I've altered the original recipe enough that I realized it could actually now be considered my own. So without the worry of plagiarism, I'd like to share this recipe with you!

Mayonnaise Recipe

2 Egg Yolks
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Mustard (Try different kinds to get the taste you like.)
1 Tablespoon Water
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons Vinegar (Again, try different kinds! We've only used varieties of white vinegar so far.)
1 Teaspoon Honey 
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Pepper to Taste
2 Cups Oil (Light Olive, Avocado, Vegetable; You can use Olive Oil, as well, but the flavor is stronger.)

Fit a food processor with the steel blade, and blend all ingredients except the oil. Most processors' feed tubes have small holes in them, so check to make sure yours does. Then fill the feed tube with the oil so that it drips slowly into the bowl, smoothly combining with the egg mixture. Once it has begun to emulsify, the oil can be poured in slowly. You should end up with a silky mayonnaise that's just begging to be tasted! 

The flavor is unique, and can be altered by which ingredients you choose, so have fun coming up with a taste that suits your family. We love the gourmet quality of this delicious mayonnaise, and now that I'm experienced, it only takes me five or ten minutes to whip it up. This makes about 2 1/2 cups, so if you have a large family, you might consider making a couple batches at a time. 


Have you ever tried your hand at making your own condiments?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Two Verses

Last night before I went to sleep, I read several Psalms in the Bible. Two verses in particular made me smile, and I'd love to share them.

The first verse would be perfect in a bedroom as framed art. I hope to do that eventually, because reading it puts me at ease.

I will both
lay me down in peace,
for thou, LORD, only
makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

The second verse made me think of this blog! I'm sure you'll see why~

But let all those that put their trust in thee
let them ever
shout for joy,
because thou defendest them:
let them also that love thy name
be joyful
in thee.
Psalm 5:11

Hope you have a restful and joyful weekend!

Friday, November 1, 2013

I Blinked

Apparently, I blinked.

My last post was at the end of July. It is now the beginning of November. REALLY?!? How did August, September, and October pass so quickly?

The silver lining is that if anyone did stop by my blog, the post that has been up for the last three months is the one in which I shared the Gospel. If a person only ever saw one post on Danson For Joy, that's the one I would want them to see.

In case you were wondering, I did not give up on the blog. I told you I wouldn't! *smile* The last three months have been full of delightful distractions, most of which I will probably write about. I realize there will be occasional (okay, frequent) lapses in my writing due to putting first things first. Before I'm a writer, I'm a wife and mama. (Those are each full-time jobs!) However, I also realize that I need to set a goal for myself.

Right now, my goal will be to post once a week. That will give you, my dear readers, something to look forward to (I hope you'll look forward to it!)...and if you don't hear from me, call me out! *laugh* Right now, my very dear readers consist of just two. If any other friends, relatives, or "future friends" are reading, please let me know! Any blogger LOVES to get comments, and I'm no exception (remember my compulsion for checking the mail?). Even more, I'd love for you to join/follow Danson For Joy so that you'll see my new posts. It's encouraging to know that people are along on this journey with me!