Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yarn Hearts, Watercolor Garland & Lava Cakes

Tuesday evening was the second session of the Skunk Hollow Craft Club. I introduced E. to some craft ideas from The Crafty Crow blog and he took off with them. First we made a Watercolor Heart Garland. We each watercolored a sheet of watercolor paper with various hues of pink, red, purple, orange and blue. We left that dry while we worked on the next project and then came back to it and cut heart shapes. We lined up our free-hand hearts, taped them to a line of white sewing thread and hung them on the living room archway. I love their delicate colors.

While waiting for the watercolors to dry, we worked on Yarn Hearts. Simply wrap yarn around a heart that's been fashioned from rustic/natural floral wire (found at the craft store with other floral wire). Cut lengths of yarn about 12-18", tie one of the lengths to the wire with a knot and begin wrapping here and there, weaving in and under other lengths as you go, and knotting off as you get to the end of the yarn length. Keep tying on, wrapping and tying off. Once it's to your liking, trim the knot ends and tie with a string to hang. These are so pretty and so much fun to make.

Our snack for the night was Mini Lava Cakes. This was actually the special dessert I had planned to make for Valentine's Evening but didn't because M. and I went to Greek class and the boys went to play volleyball.

Mini Lava Cakes -
Mix up a box of brownie mix according to directions. Spray a muffin tin and fill each cup with brownie batter about 2/3 full. (I used muffin liners since I thought that would make it easier to get hot brownies out of the cups right away.) Push two Hershey Kisses into the center of each batter cup. Bake for about 15-20 or until a toothpick stuck in the sides comes out clean. Serve immediately with a scoop or two of ice cream. (The kisses were supposed to be melty and ooze onto the ice cream but they only got soft. It was still yummy though!)


fairycakegirl said...

they look delish!!

Lisa said...

What a neat idea. Sounds so much easier than other lava cake recipes and I bet they turned out every bit as delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your cakes up.