Too Cute Tuesday: Parachute Toys

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Here at Too Cute Tuesday, we look for inspiration everywhere. When I saw this on the Readymade website, I thought it looked fun and relatively simple, not to mention gave a way to use not-so-rockin scarves in a second life.

Add some friends, ditch the sewing machine, and you’ve got yourself a fairly relaxing evening… well, until the last step anyway.

Silk scarves (think the old granny kind) or fabric
Plain white fabric
Needle and thread
Washers or pieces of miscellaneous hardware that’ll add weight to your parachute dude/lady

Cocktail of the Night: Modified Dogsled (2 oz. whiskey, 1 tsp grenadine, 1 tbsp. lemon/lime juice mixture, fill with lemonade)

Dan Dan the Lobsterman sews for the second time in his life. Even a star chef/master of the high seas is clueless on attaching the parachute guy/gal to the parachute.

Note: If you want actually detailed, useful directions, check out the original post here.

1. Attempt to print pdf of the instructions only to find your printer needs new cartridges. Try to fool your printer by taking out your existing cartridges and just sticking them back in. Apparently your printer is too smart for this. We’re reading off the screen tonight I guess!

2. Cut out a large circle (this will be your parachute diameter) using a large bowl as your template. Fold in half and place two holes (there will be four holes total when you unfold it). This will be where your parachute attaches to your dude. You’ll see!

3. On plain white fabric, draw your guy/gal and trim about 1/4 inch around him/her. Cut out a piece of fabric the same size and shape. You are essentially making a pincushion so pin the wrong sides together and sew around, leaving a small hole to stuff with Poly-fil. Before you sew your dude/dudette up completely, add a couple washers or screws to give it some weight.

Sue exemplifies 'Ta-da!' by making not one but two parachute people.

4. You need to attach your parachute person to the parachute. This is actually harder than it would seem. “This step is evil.” Couldn’t have put it better, Chef Dan.

Decide at this point to pour some cocktails. Ahhhh. Care much less about how this comes out.

5. Experiment with parachute diameter, string length, and weight in parachute dude/dudette. In Sue’s case in particular, she was able to recycle a scarf a well-meaning relative gave her in addition to creating something inherently cute.

Aren’t you crafty, and nostalgic?

Too Cute Tuesday: Cream Puffs

Sometimes, you have to change plans at the last minute. TCT will resume it’s regularly scheduled program next week but this week, we’re giving one of our own a little TLC and taking the day off. Jodi, a TCT fan who has her own blog Living the Road Less Traveled, was kind enough to share her cream puff triumph as a guest post.

If you are looking for a cocktail, may I suggest a pre-Saint Patty’s Day treat of green beer? Just sayin…

This is a recipe I’ve had sitting in my box for quite some time. It originally comes from my Great Aunt Violet.

Bring 1/2 cup of water to boiling point and add 1/4 cup shortening; stir until melted. Bring back to boiling point and quickly add 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 tsp salt; cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes or until mixture forms small, smooth balls.

Cool slightly. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each. Beat for 5 minutes until mix is thick.

Jodi's cream puff batter in action. I am almost motivated to finally buy a mixer instead of borrowing one all the time...

Shape dough into balls and place 2″ apart on a greased baking sheet (parchment paper would also work). Bake at 450 for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350 and bake another 20-25 minutes.

Look at them baking in there, getting all puffy!

While baking (or cooling), prepare filling.

Creme puff end products. Good job, Jodi!

Mix 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 tbs. flour and a pinch of salt together. Scald 1 cup of milk and add to mixture. Cook over hot water, stirring constantly, for 15 minutes.

Beat 1 egg; pour hot mix over egg. Cook over hot water for 3 minutes.

Cool; add 1 tsp. vanilla.

Here is where I deviate from the recipe. My Aunt Violet says to make a slit into the side of the puff to fill with the filling. I took a kabob skewer and poked a hole. I then took my filling and put it into a piping bag to fill the puffs with. Very easy.

My filling didn’t turn out well. It was too soupy. And there wasn’t nearly enough for the 12 puffs we got from the recipe. It tasted yummy, though! So I only filled a few before attempt #2.

Attempt #2 involved a packet of vanilla instant pudding mixed into the rest of the original batch of filling (What? Sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!). I used a piping bag to fill them.

My Aunt Violet also left out a yummy extra.

I took 2 squares of bittersweet baking chocolate and a splash of milk. Enter the double boiler set up again.

Melt the chocolate slowly so it doesn’t bind up.

Dunk your filled cream puffs in the melted goodness.

Mmmmm. Cream puffs.

Isn’t Jodi crafty? Want to see more photos? Check out Jodi’s original post.

Too Cute Tuesday: Pom Poms

Too Cute Tuesday involves fun friends, a cheap craft, and a cool cocktail. To get involved, check us out on Facebook or contact Nicole.

So there’s this fun hat party I might be going to at the end of the month and I thought that a pom-pom might be just the way to do it without having to buy a new hat. Enter Too Cute Tuesday for my excuse to make it. And since I have a feeling I’m starting a cold, a cocktail with orange juice might be a good idea for me. Let’s craft!

Two round things (one large and one small) or a compass (click here if you have no idea what I’m talking about)

Cocktail of the Night
The Gilbert:
2 shot of vodka, 1 shot of club soda, and orange juice. Add lime if desired.

Dorrie's pom-pom came out well because 1) she used thick yarn and 2) she has much more natural crafting talent than I do.

1. Head to Craft Central with yarn and a vision. Get directions from a kid’s website to ensure they will be super easy to follow. Pour cocktail and find some cardboard, though not necessarily in that order.

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Too Cute Tuesday: Lava Cakes

Too Cute Tuesday involves fun friends, a cheap craft, and a cool cocktail. To get involved, check us out on Facebook or contact Nicole.

Something about this rainy gross weather in Maine has made me pretty ravenous. Good thing was this was the week for lava cakes at Too Cute Tuesday.

My friend Kate had sent me a link to what I thought were lava cakes until yesterday when I realized they were whiskey cupcakes. This is what happens when I don’t read carefully. Sorry Kate, we’ll definitely make them another time but I had been advertising lava cakes on the Too Cute Tuesday Facebook page for two weeks, so I sort of had to do them! Good news is I was able to cover my gaff by finding a recipe for lava cakes on Foodista.

Dorrie took our little fun cakes out of the oven... and we were surprised that it actually worked!

The effort was coordinated over email today. Everyone was so contributory. “I have a port that was made for chocolate!” Jen said. “How about Frangelico for the cocktail?” Sue added. How about those being great fillings for our lava cakes in addition to being good things to drink?!

3-4 oz chocolate chips
3/4 of a stick of butter (for chocolate), rest of butter for ramekin greasing
4 eggs, 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks
2/3 c. flour
1.5 c. confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
various liquors (for filling)
bowl and whisk (or mixer if lazy)
bain-marie to melt chocolate and butter (or microwave if lazy)

Are these for our craft-related cocktail or for the fillings of our cakes? How about both!

Cocktail of the Night: Frangelico and milk, served on ice.

1. Gather in kitchen. Preheat oven to 450 and chat about the day for a few minutes. Let’s bake!

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Too Cute Tuesday: Morsbags

Too Cute Tuesday involves fun friends, a cheap craft, and a cool cocktail. To get involved, check us out on Facebook or contact Nicole.

Who doesn’t love it when crafting is part of a larger movement? When Meg (friend and craft enthusiast on Vinalhaven) alerted Too Cute Tuesday of the Morsbag movement (‘socialable guerilla bagging’), we wanted to join in.

Morsbag seeks to empower people to create their own bags in an effort to cut down on use of plastic shopping bags. You make them and give them to people (and yourself if you want).

Fabric (18″ by 4″ sections, 18″ by 20″ sections- 2 of each)
Sewing machine
Iron and ironing board
Tape measure
Straight edge

Click here for the pattern! (a one page, relatively easy to follow .pdf you can print off or pass on)

Cocktail of the Night: Seadog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale (Sorry folks, getting my sewing machine down from the top of my closet was challenge enough for the evening)

1. Gather supplies. Observe that this may take the longest time of anything you are going to do this evening. Print off pdf of instructions. (Sorry environmental folks, easier to pass around the table that way! I’ll write on the back of the paper though, promise.)

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Too Cute Tuesday: Mardi Gras Masks

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event that involves a craft, a cocktail, and a friendly get together. Join us each week for a different inexpensive craft. Currently there are TCT chapters in Bar Harbor, Maine and Saint Louis, Missouri. If you want to join in on the fun, check out Facebook or contact Nicole.
Mardi Gras always makes me proud to be a French gal. The whole joie de vivre culture, not to mention music, food, and drink, well, it’s a fun time no matter what culture you’re from.
Too Cute Tuesday ends up being on Mardi Gras every year (Fat Tuesday) and this Mardi Gras, we made masks and drank hurricanes in addition to listening to traditional music and eating gumbo beforehand. If you want to follow my whole menu, I modified this gumbo recipe by adding scallops and sausage to it (and omitting less exciting ingredients like celery) and I modified this tarte au sucre recipe to include a bit of vanilla extract. I also made ployes to go with the gumbo, an Acadian tradition. All in all, in addition to a fun craft night with cocktail, there was a meal with dessert and it was all pretty authentically French.
Laissez les bonnes temps rouler!
Jen and I, being goofballs with our final products. but behind those masks is a lot of pride in our work.
Exacto knife
Takeout chopsticks (for mask handles)
Fabric, old costume jewelry, construction paper, ribbon (for decoration)
Glue gun (for hardcore gluing)
Sue could only stay an hour because she had to run an experiment but look at what she managed to make, and how much fun she managed to have. Now that's the spirit!
Cocktail of the Night: Hurricane (invented in New Orleans, here’s where I got the Pat O’Briens cheat recipe)

1.5 oz. light rum
1.5 oz. dark rum
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. fresh lime juice (NOT Rose’s or RealLime)
1/4 cup passion fruit juice, or 1 tablespoon passion fruit syrup
1 tsp. superfine sugar
1 tsp. grenadine
Shake ingredients, serve on ice.
1. Serve happy participants food. I guess I can make good soup after all! Pour hurricanes to go with. Ahhh…

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