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Summer Craft Ideas

Botanical Ice Bowls
From Elegantly Easy Crème Brûlée by Debbie Puente

These bowls only seem complicated—they are actually very easy to make and fun to design. They can even be made weeks in advance and kept frozen. If using flowers, consider nasturtiums, lavender, chamomile, geraniums, honeysuckle, pansies, violets, rose petals, or any other non-poisonous flower. If you prefer to use herbs, dill, thyme, marjoram, or rosemary are all suitable.

Ice Bowl - Click to enlarge


assorted flowers and/or herbs
2 glass bowls with a size difference of 1 to 2 inches
masking tape

Start by placing a few flowers or herbs on the bottom of the larger bowl. Place the smaller bowl inside the larger bowl, center, and slowly fill the space between the two with water. Add more herbs and/or flowers in any pattern you like, using a wooden skewer, a spatula, or any thin implement, to push them down into the space, or crevice.

Secure the smaller bowl in the center of the larger bowl, using a strip of masking tape across the lip edges of both bowls to ensure that the smaller stays centered. Place bowls in freezer until frozen, about 4 hours.

Some pieces will likely rise to the surface of the “ice bowl” as it freezes. If you prefer that they remain below the lip, you may want to first fill the crevice to about 3/4 of its available capacity. When that freezes, add more water, filling to just below the lip of the smaller bowl, and refreeze. Remove bowls from freezer, and let stand for about 5 minutes. When the ice has loosened from the glass, remove tape and lift out the smaller bowl. Remove “ice bowl” from larger glass bowl, and return it to freezer until ready to use.

Pool Party: Poolside Panache

Make a stylish no-sew sarong for much less than store-bought. You need: 1 ˝ yards very light cotton or sheer breezy fabric (like silk charmeuse) and iron-on adhesive. Follow directions on package for applying adhesive to rough edges.

Poolside Panache - Click to enlarge Wrap sarong around your waist and knot the two top corners at your hip. That’s it!

And they’re not just for pool parties.

Easy to pack, light and simple, your sarong/pareo is the perfect summer trip garment. Besides simply tying your new sarong/pareo around your waist, or above your bust, make your sarong skirt into an elegant dress. Grasp each end and cross over and tie behind your neck.

© 2004 Debbie Puente
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