The HappyEdugator

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Fun, Healthy Recipes, Art Project, and Father's Day!

Hello followers! I am sorry I have not been able to get going this summer. I had planned to post on June 1, but I had surgery on that very day, and didn’t take into account of how groggy I would be, and how that brain fog would haunt me for a couple of weeks. I am doing better now, and am looking forward to a restful and healing summer.
I wanted to share with you the new TPT Summertime Picnic Recipes Cookbook, put together by some of your favorite TPT authors (including yours truly) and the best part of all…It’s FREE! For a sample, you can stop by my store and pick up the Healthy Potato Salad recipe that is made without mayo! If you like it, download the entire book, with about 75 delicious recipes included.

Potato Salad Recipe

I mentioned in my last post, that I would be posting a few fun activities to do with your kiddos this summer. I love crafty and creative things, and I wanted to share with you a few things that might keep you and your kids busy this summer.


Art Project # 1 - For older kids, teens, ages 12 -18

CAUTION: This project requires the use of hot wax and a hot iron. Adult supervision is required, and proper handling of materials is necessary to avoid burns.

BATIK
Batik is a way of creating a design on fabric by waxing any parts of the fabric you don’t want changed and then immersing it in a dye solution.  When the wax is removed, the design is colored, but not the rest of the fabric.
The best fabric for batik is plain, light colored cotton. A T-shirt is fine, as long as it is cotton. Do not use a synthetic fabric because the dye will not penetrate the fibers well and “take.”  If the fabric is new, wash it in hot soapy water first, rinsed and dry, to remove any chemicals or starches left behind from the manufacturing process.
Tack the fabric, stretched tight, to a picture frame or canvas stretcher.  Sketch a design on the fabric with a pencil or even better, a charcoal pencil.   Prepare the wax by gently heating 1 pound of paraffin and 5 tablespoons of beeswax in a double boiler. Check the temperature with a candy thermometer. Melt wax until it reaches a temperature of 170F degrees. Using a small brush, apply melted wax over the parts of the design you don’t want dyed with color. Let cool, so the wax has solidified.
Use only cold water dyes so the wax won’t melt. If the design requires more than one color, start with the lightest. Prepare the dye according to package directions. Untack the fabric, and soak it in the dye for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and let dry. (Hang dry…do not use a clothes dryer!)
Apply the other colors, if any, in the same way. Remove the wax by covering an ironing board with brown paper bags. Place the dry fabric on it between layers of paper toweling. With a dry iron at one setting lower than cotton, press the fabric on both sides, changing the paper toweling as the wax accumulates. If you are using two or more colors, you don’t have to press out all the wax after each dye bath: press out only the parts you want dyed with the next color, and wax all the other parts.

The apple design shown here was drawn on white fabric. The apple itself was covered with wax, and the background randomly dribbled with wax.  The fabric was then dyed light blue. Wax was pressed out of the apple, except for the leaf, and the background was waxed. Then the apple was dyed red. Next the wax was pressed out of the leaf, and the leaf was dyed green. Finally, the wax was pressed out of the entire project, leaving a red apple with a green leaf on a light blue background.





Remember… Father’s Day is June 21st. Do you have something to give Dad that is from the kids?  No, not from the store, but from the KIDS? This product includes a great handprint activity kids can make and put in a frame for Dad:

Father's Day


That's all for today. I have to go put my foot up...Have a great week, and a happy Father's Day! Come back soon for more crafty projects to try. 

Best wishes, 
Deborah Hayes
aka Happy Edugator 






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