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Easy Halloween gift
DIY, Halloween

Halloween Spooky Treat DIY

It’s time for parades, parties and Halloween programs, so here is an easy and fun gift for the kids.

These spooky bat and ghost chips are available at Trader Joes and are actually shaped like bats and ghosts!

Just click, print, add ribbon and you’re done!  And be sure to print another one for the fridge or for a frame on some colorful paper.

Happy Halloween!

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Easy Trader Joes Halloween gift and printable

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DIY, Halloween

Banner DIY

October is here, time to get out the Halloween decor.   This past week we visited Elayne’s Quilt Shop and found this fun piece of fabric.  adobephotoshopexpress_2016_10_02_20_15_11

This is what we did with it:

Make a card stock square template and cut out each letter to the desired size.

Then fold each side about 1/4″ under and iron.

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You will also need some felt.  We purchase the felted felt available at Michael’s because it’s thicker.

Cut it larger than the letter fabric so that you have about  1″  all around.  We chose three colors of felt but all in black would look very nice too.

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Pin fabric in place onto the felt.  You are now ready to embroider.

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Use any stitch you like.  This one is called “plain blanket stitch” it’s quick and easy.  See our Pinterest page, Salt Sky Utah for more ideas.

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When all your letters are done, sew them to a piece of ribbon.  We did the “HAPPY” separate from the “HALLOWEEN” But if you have a big place to hang it, you could sew it all in one continuous ribbon.  Make sure at each end you leave 20″ so that you can hang it.

The fabric cost was $8.00.  The felt $15.00 or less if you use a coupon. (Michael’s always has 40% off coupons online)

Have fun creating this Halloween banner that you can bring out year after year!

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Inner Peace, Inner "peas" DIY gift to brighten someone's day!
DIY, Gift Ideas

Inner Peace gift idea to make someone’s day

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference.  For under $2, this gift tells someone you are thinking about them.

What you need:

-A bag of Inner Peas from Trader Joe’s ($1.49)… Don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you?  Click here to purchase them and have them shipped right to you! (Pricing varies online)

Print this quote on your computer:  

The Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.”

The Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”

Punch a hole in the top of the bag and add your favorite ribbons.

You don’t need to spend much to say a lot, and you’ll have a blast delivering someone some Inner “peas”.

Inspired by my sweet friend, Leigh Ann… XOXO

Printable Utah graphic for DIY Tee
DIY

DIY Utah T-Shirts!

It’s almost Pioneer Day here in Utah and so why not wear a Utah T-Shirt to celebrate our fabulous state.  Below is a FREE printable to create your own T-shirts.

  1. Click on the image below and save to your computer. (This is set up as a mirror image so it will transfer on to your shirts, 8.5 X 11, 2 images on a page, print it landscape)
  2. Print on an Inkjet printer with transfer paper found at most craft stores.
  3. Iron on to your tee according to the transfer paper directions.
  4. Done!

Post your photos to Instagram with #SALTSKY to be entered into our Pioneer Day drawing giveaway!  (If you have a private account, please direct message a screenshot of your post to us so we can make sure to enter you.  We aren’t able to see private account posts.)  Enjoy!

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DIY, Independence Day

DIY 4th of July T-shirt

Making crafts for holidays is just too much fun, so here is an original FREE printable to make your own t-shirts to wear for the 4th of July.  Just click on the image below and save to your computer.

  • Print on an inkjet printer onto heat transfer paper (found at most craft stores)
  • Iron on the image on a shirt following the heat transfer directions.
  • Unique shirt that nobody else will have at your 4th festivities.

Enjoy and have a fabulous 4th of July holiday!

XOXO

Salt Sky

 

Let Freedom Ring graphic

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DIY, For Kicks & Giggles

Growing your organic summer veggies

It’s not too late to start growing some organic vegetables in pots. I am loving that my pots are just outside the back door on my deck.

I planted zucchini, yellow squash, two kinds of tomatoes and some of my favorite herbs for cooking.

The grandkids love to come over everyday and water the pots. It’s so fun to see how excited they get and I can’t wait until we can cook together something delicious that they helped to harvest.

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It’s so easy to get a garden going in pots. And you don’t even need to go to the store and break your back lifting the heavy bags of soil. Simply order your potting soil for organic gardening right here. I like using Espoma because it’s all natural and no pesticides have been added.

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Here are some other helpful things to have on hand.

Tomato & Plant support cage.  This is a must have for supporting your plants, they get huge fast.

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Gardman 8330 Galvanized Watering Can with Copper Accents, 1.9 Gallon. I love this charming watering can.

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Dr. Earth Organic 5 Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer Poly Bag.  For healthy plants and big juicy vegetables!

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Happy planting, growing, harvesting and cooking!

easy paper valentine garland DIY
DIY, Valentine's

Easy Paper Valentine Garland

It’s freezing outside and the kids are getting cabin fever!  Luckily one of our favorite holidays is right around the corner and the perfect time to get them working on some decorating projects to celebrate. We went to EM Paper in Holladay, Utah to get the cutest ribbon and paper for this project.

What you’ll need:

  • Light weight cardstock paper (8.5″ x 11″ sheets), cut in 2″ strips (long sides)
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • stapler
  • ribbon
  • glue

First cut your strips of paper.

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Next… fold strips in half.  With folder edge pointing down, turn your top pieces inward to create a heart.

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  Staple the top of the heart together WITH the bottom point of the next heart.  Continue stapling hearts together until your garland is the desired length.

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Use your favorite ribbon and tie, glue or staple as shown below.

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This is a fun project that your kids will love to help with and won’t take you very long to put together.  Happy creating!

britt

cake by courtney DIY cake basics article, featured on saltskyutah.com
DIY

Cake Baking Basics from a pro

We are totally excited to have the very talented Courtney Rich, from Cake by Courtney, as a guest blogger today!  We think you’ll be just as pumped to get baking as we are… thanks Courtney!

Hi! I’m Courtney from Cake by Courtney. I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake. Several years ago I ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to make that kind of cake. That’s why, when the girls of Salt Sky Utah asked me to do a guest post about the basics of cake making, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve had my fair share of cake fails, including my own birthday cake a couple of years ago (what a debacle that was!). But, with each cake, whether a success or fail, I learn something new and go on to make better tasting, better looking cakes. So today, I hope to take out a bit of the trial and error for you and make the art of baking cakes a little easier.

I have a lot of great things to share with you, but the first piece and most important words of advice I can offer is to start simple and get to know the basics. The last thing you want to do is pick an overly complicated cake for your first try and get discouraged if it doesn’t turn out exactly how you saw it on Pinterest. So, start simple and get yourself familiar with ingredients, baking tools, and techniques. Once you have the basics down, you’ll feel far more confident in tackling more challenging cakes down the road.

Ok, now on to cake prep and assembly! Here’s my list of tips, along with a couple videos and pictures, that I think will be most helpful to you as you start baking cakes.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COURTNEY’S CAKE PREP VIDEO!

-If you suspect that your oven gets too hot (cooks quickly) or not hot enough (takes a lot longer than the recommended bake time), test the temperature with a thermometer once your oven reaches the recommended baking temperature. If it’s not accurate, simply adjust your oven temperature up a little or down a little to get it to the right point.
-You can use any pans of your liking, as long as they’re at least two inches high. One-inch pans are too low and you’re likely to get cake batter pouring over the sides as it cooks.
-Always butter or spray your pans with nonstick spray, then place a parchment round on the bottom of the pan, and spray again. If you want to go the extra mile, give the pan a light dusting of flour.
-When trying a recipe for the first time, follow it exactly. Have your ingredients on-hand so you don’t have to make substitutions (it won’t be the same cake the recipe intended it to be with substitutions). Once you’ve made a recipe once and know what it’s supposed to taste like, then you can test out new substitutions and compare to the original recipe.
-When measuring your dry ingredients, use a spoon to scoop the dry ingredient into the measuring cup and then scrape off the excess with a knife. This method gives you the most accurate amount of the ingredient. You can always use a kitchen scale for measuring too.
-Use a kitchen scale to weigh the pans as you fill them with batter so your cake layers come out as even as possible.
-Don’t open your oven to check on your cakes before 20 minutes.
-To check if your cake is done, you can either gently tap the top of it or insert a toothpick into the center. If the cake still jiggles when you tap it, it’s not done. If the toothpick comes out with thin batter or gooey batter on it, it’s not done.
-Let your cakes cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes. They’ll still do a little cooking during this time so make sure you don’t leave them in the oven too long. It’s ok for the toothpick to come out with some crumbs on it. If it comes out completely dry, you’ve likely over-baked the cake.
-Invert your cake layers onto a wire rack to cool completely and then wrap in plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.

cake by courtney leveling DIY

When you’re ready to assemble your cake, level your cake layers. This can be done with a cake leveler (as seen in my pictures above) or you can use a ruler to mark four points around each cake layer and then connect those points with your serrated knife as you move to the center. If you use this second method, make sure you measure the same height for each cake layer.
Use masking tape or duct tape to secure your cake board on to your turntable (the cake board will slide around otherwise)
Place your first cake layer in the center of the cake board, right side up.
Using a plastic bag or pastry bag, pipe an even layer of frosting on the first cake layer. You can then use an offset spatula to level out the frosting even more, if needed. To get the best view, get eye level with your cake.
When you’re ready for the final cake layer, place it bottom-side up to get the flattest surface for frosting.
Spread a thin layer of frosting around the entire cake to lock in the crumbs.
Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to firm up and then finish frosting and decorating.

CLICK HERE TO SEE COURTNEY’S CAKE ASSEMBLY VIDEO!

I hope this helps give you a little more confidence to throw out those boxed cake mixes and start baking truly scrumptious cakes from scratch.  And if you need some recipe inspiration or have any questions, head over to CakeByCourtney.blogspot.com!

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5 family halloween games
DIY, Halloween

5 Family Halloween Games

Halloween is such a fun week to get family and friends together for a party or time to spend with your little ones in their classroom parties.  We’ve found some great games with printable and tutorials that will make your party awesome and the best part is… most everything is already done for you!  Click on the links below for everything you need to know from some fun blogs!  Have a great Halloween week!

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Halloween Scattergories by The Crafting Chicks

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Halloween Charades by Buggy & Buddy

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Halloween Bingo by One Creative Mommy

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Halloween Scavenger Hunt by Family Volley via The Idea Room

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Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe by Blue i Style

britt

celebrating the art of calligraphy, www.saltskyutah.com
DIY

The art of Calligraphy

Today at Salt Sky, we want to celebrate the dying art of Calligraphy.

Last month I took a box of chocolates and a card to a lovely lady in our neighborhood who lost her husband. Days later, I received a thank you card in the mail. It said, “Thank you so much for the chocolates, but what I loved most was the way you wrote my name on the envelope.”

Calligraphy speaks for itself.

I was introduced to calligraphy in my youth, later I took classes at the University of Utah and have loved it since.

When I was in college, I would write entire letters in calligraphy to my grandmother on parchment and ink. I needed to practice and I knew it delighted her. A few years ago, she passed away, I found those letters in a drawer, she had saved them for 30 years.

DIY calligraphy

All you need to get started is a good pen, ink, and some parchment. Michaels has a good selection of supplies and there are books available to guide you.  Youtube also has videos to watch that are very helpful.  After that all you need is practice.

With the holidays fast approaching, it is the perfect time to make Thanksgiving name place cards and gift tags and cards for Christmas.  Maybe you’ll even get a little crazy and address all your Christmas cards in calligraphy.

Fall in love with this art.  You’ll be glad you did!

I have been wanting to learn how to write calligraphy!

katty

childrens library diy
DIY

DIY children’s home library

Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to get my kids to read even though they seem to really like it. I read an article once that talked about how the most successful people in life have libraries whether it be in exquisite, giant homes or small lofts. I want my kids to be successful and I know that reading and learning through books is one great way to start them in the right direction.

I looked around our house and couldn’t find any place where I could make a library, until I was cleaning out the basement and realized that the closet under the stairs was not only huge but full of junk that didn’t have a home. My husband and I cleaned it out, went to IKEA, rounded up all the children’s books in the house and turned it into a mini kids library. The children absolutely love it and when I tell them it’s time to read, they run downstairs and sit in their library until the timer goes off. This closet makeover cost me about $50 and and evening of a little bit of work. It’s worth every cent.

Are you feeling like you need a library or reading nook? Well here are some must haves for your kids’ library….

Empty out under the stairs… I would have taken a before photo but I don’t want to admit to the storage mess 😉

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IKEA book shelf, this one is $19.99 and the perfect size for the back of the closet, 3 feet tall.

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IKEA spice racks ($3.99) on the wall for holding books, pillows and runner rug.

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Done!  I hope you have the best time creating your kid library, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

 

britt

 

 

Lavender Mist DIY
DIY

Lavender

Lavender is known for its ability to calm and soothe the mind and body. It not only promotes relaxation and a restful night’s sleep but its scent is so fresh, clean smelling and pleasing that it makes this oil the most versatile of essential oils.

So grab a fine mist spray bottle, dark if possible.  (Available on our shop.)

Fill it up almost to the top with distilled water. (Available at grocery store.)

Add 30 drops of pure essential Lavender oil. Don’t use a fragrance oil (synthetic made in a lab, mostly propylene glycol )  Use only pure essential oils (Pure plant oils extracted via distillation.) Available at Dave’s Health & Nutrition and Young Living.

Cover with lid and shake.

Here are our 8 favorite places to spray this delicious and easy to make lavender mist.

  • Spray sheets and pillow lightly before bed and when you make your bed.
  • Spray several times into your wet laundry before turning on the dryer.
  • Use as a room spray before guests arrive.
  • Spray on countertops when cleaning.
  • Spray the towels that are hanging in the bathroom.
  • Before wrapping baby, spray swaddling blanket.
  • Spray on wrinkled clothing before ironing.
  • Spray the carpet in your car.

You will fall in love with your lavender mist, and you’ll want to keep a bottle in several rooms throughout the house. It makes such a nice gift too.  Click here to see our fine mist spray bottles on our shop!

Put a few bottles together and make someone’s day!

katty