Get Crafty: Knit-A-Square

Originally posted on Charity College:

As I’ve mentioned before, Knit-A-Square is one of my favorite charity organizations. Although they are small, they do a lot of great work for the children in South Africa, and they make it really easy for you to see how you’re impacting the lives of people so far away.

What KAS Does

The organization aims to support children orphaned and afflicted by the AIDS epidemic. Due to the disease, many young children are not only left without parents, but also without the basic necessities of life. KAS assists charities and orphanages within southern Africa by providing children with hand-made blankets, clothing, and even knit toys, all of which are donated by people like you and me.

Why Blankets?

Many of the children helped by KAS are infected with HIV/AIDS, which is an autoimmune disease. As a result, they are more prone to illness and other infection than your average child. Keeping…

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Snow Day Warm Cinnamon Buns

Originally posted on Plates on Park Street:

I am in complete protest of all this snow. I mean, Mother Nature, it is not even December!

But the cold weather makes for a great excuse for ooey gooey warm treats.

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I had a tube of crescents in the fridge that I bought for no real purpose. The rest of the ingredients for cinnamon buns are staples in most pantries: brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter.

A cream cheese glaze tops off these little morsels to make the most decadent treat. I didn’t have any milk so I used coffee creamer in the glaze. I had Bailey’s Mudslide in the fridge which is truly sinful.

{Snow Day Cinnamon Buns}

[Ingredients]

  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

For glaze:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk or creamer
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

[Directions]

  1. Preheat the…

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Dollar Store Hack for Christmas: DIY Superhero Wall Clock

Originally posted on MAKE:

Dollar Store clocks transformed into handmade masterpieces!
Dollar Store clocks transformed into handmade masterpieces!

With Christmas just around the corner, our collective minds are already contemplating what gifts we will battle the masses for after the Thanksgiving holiday.

While we know there are certain gifts we want to get for loved ones and friends that will require tolerating excessive mall crowds, cutthroat parking and a dedication to Zen patience even Buddha himself would struggle to master, there are ways to produce some amazing and desirable gifts without the need to relive Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jingle All The Way.

Homemade gifts created with passion, detail and thought can translate into a deeper level of appreciation from the recipient than any mass-produced trinket could muster.

Many of you already know this fact and have given thoughtful handmade gifts during past holidays. But have you ever considered a dollar store item as the go-to medium to produce that handmade magic?

I’m…

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