Mehndi Box

You never know what you are going to pick up at a carboot sale which is where I found this wooden trinket box to decorate. I started out with the bare wooden box  and painted  it a teal colour .Once everything was dry, I piped on the henna and  finally  added the gold glitter. This was the finished product. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out and I think the gold really  brings everything together.

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Flaky Biscuits

Isa has an Eid party at nursery tomorrow so I thought we’d make some biscuits for him to take in. They were great fun to make and he loved getting involved in the whole process.

 

Ingredients:

  • 175g butter
  • 125g sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 250g plain flour

Makes around 18 biscuits

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°c and line 2 trays with bakig paper
  2. Mix the butter and the caster sugar with an electric whisk until blended. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined. Stor in the plain flour until the mixture comes together
  3. Wrap the dough in some cling film and place in the fridge to chill for around 30 mins.  This will make the dough easier to work with
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to around 4mm thick. Use a cutter to cut out your shapes or use a knife to cut finger shapes.
  5. Transfer to the baking trays and cook for around 14 mins or until light golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool before decorating as desired.

 

 

 

 

Salt Dough Creations

Around the same time that I did the Playdough post (I’ll leave the link for that at the bottom of the page), Isa and I got creative and thought we’d try making some salt dough magnets. He really loved rolling the dough and cutting out the different letter shapes and was so excited to see the end result whilst we were making them. They are extremely inexpensive to make, and  very verstaile, you can turn them into magnets like we did or you can pierce a hole in the top before baking so you can hang them up as decorations. You could also make them as gift tags too and I have even seen others create salt dough medals. The possibilities are endless.

To make these salt dough creations you will need

  • 225g Flour
  • 112g Salt
  • 100ml Cold Water

First of all you need to mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Then add the water in stages till you get a good consistency dough to work with (you may not need to add all of the water) as you don’t want the dough to be sticky. If the dough is too dry and crumbly add a little more water.

Roll out the dough and cut out shapes as desired, if you are creating ornaments to hang use a straw to pierce a hole near the top of your shape.

Leave to air dry on a tray for around a week or bake in the oven at 120°c for around two and a half to three hours. You could even try putting them in the microwave for 3 minutes if you’re really pressed for time ( I haven’t tried this method myself though). You will know when they are done as they will feel firm, hollow and dry.

Once they are all baked and cooled you can now add your piant and glitter. 

And there you have it, your very own salt dough creations.

 

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Recipe taken from: http://simplybeingmum.com/2013/03/18/simple-salt-dough-recipe/

 

For my previous Playdough post click here: 

https://aniqahahsan.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/playdough-recipe/

 

 

Mindful Colouring for Adults

Today the number of colouring books on the market for adults has grown exponentionally. The first time I saw them featured on the French news a couple of years ago I knew they were going to be huge. Since then I have always wondered if they actually worked to relieve stress and anxiety  as claimed, so I thought I would try them out for myself and see.

Although it is satisfying to see the end result, the process can ironically be quite be the opposite of relaxing. The patterns in this book were ok but more often than not they are so intricate that it becomes such a tedious and frustrating task, some would even go as far as describing it as stressful. For some, even deciding on what colours to use where can be a source of frustration because at the end of the day they do want to produce something that looks half decent too and for this the colours need to match.

I do find there is a certain stigma attached to people who like to do these sorts of activities, even if the stigma is a taboo. People may look down upon those who enjoy this activity as there is no real skill or difficulty involved in carrying it out and because it is also deemed as something that children do but if it helps people  relax and relieves stress then I think we should  look more favourably upon these sorts of activities and do even more to promote them.