Sunday, 24 October 2010

Baked Christmas Ornaments

Being a freelance writer, Mondays are usually crazy deadline days when last week's assignments will usually be due 'first thing Monday morning'. When I first heard this, I used to find it very amusing, with various time zones, whose 'first thing' was it going to be?

These days, to keep it simple, I've made it mine. With all assignments out of my way before 1000 hours, the rest of the day is all mine to behold and to try something new, well, every Monday at least.

Today, it was 'Baked Christmas Ornaments' which I got from Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts.

Things I used included
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup salt
- Mixing bowl
- Newspapers
- Paper clips
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Cookie sheets
- Paintbrush
- Arcylic paint
- Arcylic finish spray

- Mix flour, salt and water
*If mixture is too dry, add water. If mixture is too wet, add flour.
- Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch and make ornaments with cookie cutters.
- Place ornaments on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Place hole in ornament (with paper clip).
- Bake the ornaments in oven, 8 to 15 minutes.
- Paint with acrylic paints. Spray clear spray.

My outcome
- The cutters I used were approximately 5cm (height) x 2cm (width).
- I had a little teddy bear cookie cutter which turned out to be a real cutie!
- I used silver and tied them with a gold string. (I am camera-less at the moment, so I have only my words)
- On a down side, some of the ornaments had little bumps in them, maybe from the baking or the flour mixture, not too sure but it would be worth to try again and find out!


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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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My Soul Slippers

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Pretty All True

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Rediscovering Domesticity

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