Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

Winter Discovery Bottle


These discovery bottles have been around for a while – the basic idea is to take a clear glass bottle and fill it with something interesting for kids to play with.  I was fascinated when I saw this one where you cut up pieces of pipe cleaners and use a magnet to manipulate them.   I only had white pipe cleaners ... Read More »

Swedish Love Knot Ornament


I actually first made this years ago in highschool. It’s called a Swedish Love Knot, and it’s supposed to bring good luck to all living in the house.  I also like an alternate meaning – it represents the real meaning of Christmas: God the Father (large circle), the Son, and the Holy Spirit (two smaller circles).  It hangs nicely on ... Read More »

Handprint Snowmen Ornaments

It’s been a tradition in our home to hang a new ornament each year for each of our kids with the intent to eventually pass the ornaments on to them when they have their own home/family. Traditionally I have been purchasing ornaments to some how commemorate their year/Christmas. My son’s first ornament for instance was a pair of blue porcelain ... Read More »

Nativity Stained Glass Craft


We’ve done stained glass projects before – a Veggie Tales one, and  I love the idea of using clear contact paper to stick the frame on, then putting the tissue paper right onto it.  We decided on a Nativity stained glass.  No mess with glue, and it looks great.  We ran out of contact paper to go on top, so ... Read More »

Five Minute Fudge – Only Two Ingredients


I don’t even remember who I first heard this recipe from.  It was told by word of mouth and it’s so incredibly easy.  Just two ingredients gives you the perfect no-fail, five minute fudge.    Take one can of frosting, one package of chocolate chips, and put them in a microwavable bowl.  Microwave at 70% power for 2 minutes.  Stir ... Read More »

Homemade Crayons


The boys wanted to make some gifts to give to their friends.  I thought about various ideas, but settled on this one because it was easy to make, neat-looking, and fun to use.  The most tedious part was ripping the labels off all our old, stubby crayons (although I have since heard that soaking them in water makes it much ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Dipped Christmas Treats


Need a last minute Christmas treat to bring along to a party?  Or feel like you really *should* be doing some Christmas “baking” but burn everything your fingers touch?  Here’s a great solution for you! Last Christmas, I was putting together a tray of goodies for a Christmas Movie watching party that I was hosting and I needed another treat ... Read More »

Lightbulb Snowman Ornament


I’ve seen a variety of lightbulb ornaments and projects, but I never really planned on doing any.  But the bulb burnt out on my desk lamp, and the glitter was just sitting there on the counter, so I thought I’d try.  First of all…if you have a dark burnt spot on the bulb, don’t try it…you can see the dark ... Read More »

Perfect, Easy, and Mess-free Bacon!


I’ve noticed that in the past few weeks, leading up to the Christmas season, I’ve been using a LOT of bacon in my savoury treats.  I thought that if I’m doing this, others might be as well – and you might appreciate this tip!  This past summer, I picked up a fantastic tip from a good friend.  When it comes ... Read More »

Dragon Slippers


I don’t do a lot of sewing, but I like to try and make one gift each year for the boys.  I saw this cute tutorial for fleece Dragon Slippers and it didn’t look too difficult.  She had great step-by-step instructions for creating your own pattern based on your child’s foot size.  I spent two evenings drawing, measuring, calculating & cutting, then ... Read More »