AllFreeCrafts February 6, 2008 Newsletter

New Craft Projects at AFC February 6, 2008 
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  • New Valentine Crafts
  • Heart Shaped Muffins
  • Recycled Organizers
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    Free Crafts, Craft Projects and Patterns

    hrt (3K)I've been busy behind the scenes this month, updating AllFreeCrafts Blog with a brand new look, and adding new free craft projects to the site, especially for Valentine's Day.

    Last year, AFC received an award from nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Barbara Feldman, of Surfing the Net with Kids. Here is what she said:

    The Valentine ideas from All Free Crafts are the perfect combination of easy, inexpensive and creative, and they don't stop with kids crafts. They also include Valentine ideas for grownups, recipes for a romantic dinner, and tips on romancing your spouse. My favorites from the kids section include Painted Rock Refrigerator Magnets, a Valentine Candy Dish (made with salt clay) and a Valentine Keepsake Scroll with hand print roses. All the crafts are illustrated with photographs, making it easier to decide which ones you want to try.
    trio (2K)This year, look for even more inexpensive, creative Valentine craft ideas at AllFreeCrafts, including Valentine Craft ideas from other sections of our site and the new Valentine crafts offered in this newsletter.

    New Valentine Crafts

    Please see our Valentine Index for all our free Valentine craft projects.
    Visit our sister site for Free Valentine Printables

    Heart Shaped Muffins and Cookies

    Easy ways to add "I love you" to a breakfast tray or lunch bag.

    hrtmuffins (25K)Here's an easy way to make heart-shaped muffins or cupcakes - line a muffin tin with paper cups and fill each paper cup about two thirds full with muffin batter (the ones shown here are Low-Fat Lemon Poppyseed from a mix). Now insert a glass marble between each paper cup and the muffin tin. Bake as directed in the recipe or on the mix. The marble will make a small indentation, resulting in heart-shaped muffins!

    Also shown here are mini-muffins, baked in paper Valentine candy cups - each one makes a delicious two-bite morsel, perfect for handing around the lunch room or tucking inside a lunch bag. Just reduce the usual baking time and cook until golden brown on top.

    cookies (5K) Raspberry Valentine Cookies

    A bit more complicated than ordinary sugar cookies, but the love is baked right in to every cookie.

    3/4 cup softened, unsalted butter
    3/4 cup ground almonds
    1/2 cup sugar
    1-1/2 cups flour
    seedless raspberry jam

    Combine butter and ground almonds in food processor or by hand. Add sugar and flour and mix until dough is smooth.

    Divide dough into quarters; place each piece of dough onto a separate sheet of wax paper large enough to wrap it, then flatten to about 1/4 inch thick. Chill sheets of dough for a few hours, or overnight, until cold enough to roll.
    Roll each section of dough between two pieces of wax paper, to 1/8 inch thick.

    Cut out cookies using a heart shaped cookie cutter. Make a smaller heart or circle shape in the center of half the cookies.

    Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350° oven for seven to eight minutes. Watch carefully as cookies will go from cooked to burned very quickly.

    Remove from oven and let pan of cookies cool.

    When cookies are ready to assemble, first warm raspberry jam in the microwave to liquid consistency.

    Spread jam on solid hearts and cover each one with a cookie that has an opening in the middle. If desired, you can sprinkle the top cookies with icing sugar before assembly.

    Recycled Organizers

    Recycle Old Items Into Handy Organizers
    saucerafancyglassessm (1K)Jewelry

    Recycle saucers and small glasses to hold jewelry or make a wedding decoration.
    magboxsm (8K)Magazine Holders
    Use sturdy wine boxes or cereal boxes to make color coded magazine holders.
    denimorganizersm (2K)Denim Organizer
    Sew a handsome wall mounted organizer from cut-off jean legs.
    canssm (2K)Tin Can Storage
    Recycled tin cans are stylishly decorated and mounted on the wall to store arts and crafts supplies!
    See our Recycling Index for more recycling crafts.

    Share the Love of Crafting

    jane_avatar (5K)PLease join us at Allfreecrafts Yahoo Group for daily craft links, crafty chat, and the friendly companionship of crafters from around the world.

    Kind regards,
    Janesign (2K)
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