I approached this week's category of Bread with some trepidation as just the thought of all that complicated kneading and proving brings me out in a cold sweat! I have only made one previous attempt at a hand kneaded bread dough before (about 40 years ago!) and the results were ... hmmm, let's see, how did my Domestic Science teacher put it ... 'less than satisfactory'! I will never forget the humiliation as she cut into my carefully nurtured loaf to reveal one giant air bubble with a crust on top! Oh the shame! I therefore decided on a sweet bread rather than a traditional loaf and so I opted for a giant cinnamon roll, topped with a maple vanilla glaze ... I know ... good choice eh?! The amazing smell as it was cooking permeated the whole house and I was immediately transported to the shopping malls of the US ... if only ... sigh :(
**Oh, and by the way Miss Bentley, if you happen to be reading this ... not an air hole in sight!**
In keeping with the Bread theme, this week's crafty make was really the result of another one of my "I want to learn how to make ..." quests, this time being a mini pizza box. As soon as I saw one of these cute boxes these I thought how useful they would be to fill with either little note cards, sweet treats or small gifts and given that you can make one from a single piece of card, they are very economical too! A quick search on t'interweb yielded a whole host of tutorials, but I opted to follow one from Dawns Stamping Studio.
It was really easy to do and I have detailed the steps below in case you want to give it a go!:
I made another sample, just using a piece of A4 cream card stock that had been in my stash for ever, (think it was from one of those 'stack a box with A4 card' from a craft event somewhere) this time using a strong double sided tape instead of wet glue to see which held up better. Both gave a good bond which held up well, but the wet glue is probably the more robust of the two if you want it to withstand a lot of handling (I used Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue as I find it dries really quickly and you don't have to have the arms of an octopus to hold them all down while they dry!). I then experimented with a bit of stamping and some inking around the edges and made a 'belly band' to slide onto the box instead of ribbon (this was made from a 1" x 11" strip of card leftover from the bit I cut off my original A4 sheet).
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this week's crafty visit!
Finally, for those that are curious, here is a picture of the Cinnamon Roll (which didn't last long once the boys got hold of it!). Can you smell it?!! ... next week is Desserts ... bring it on!