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Sunday, March 31, 2013

(Product Review) Wilton Spring Confetti Sprinkles

Wilton Spring Confetti Sprinkles Review

Wilton Spring Confetti Sprinkles, 2-Ounce

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-03-30

Product Rating: 5

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Seasonal colors work well for Easter/spring themed baked goods, but can be used any time.

Cons: Seasonal colors aren't always easy to find when not in season.

Summary: Great for bright and beautiful Easter or spring baked goods, or use any time to brighten up your cakes, cookies, ice cream and more.


Holiday baking can be fun for both children and adults. Decorating your baked goods is a great activity to share with the kids too. For Easter, one of the decorations we chose for our cookies and cupcakes was a 2 ounce container of Wilton Spring Confetti Sprinkles.

These brightly colored confetti disks are a beautiful addition to your baked goods. My granddaughters and I enjoyed sprinkling a few on top of our cookies and cupcakes, giving them a personal touch. The plastic bottle is clear so you can tell at a glance which color of sprinkles you have. You can either pour or sprinkle the candy sprinkles from the bottle, however I suggest sprinkling them by hand instead for a more even spread. This is especially true for children. I usually place these and other decorations into smaller containers where the girls can take a few into their hand at a time to sprinkle them onto the freshly frosted cookies or cupcakes.

You can use these Confetti Sprinkles alone or in combination with other decorations. The most important thing to keep in mind is to add the larger ones first, then fill in the gaps with the smaller sizes of decorations. If you add the smaller ones first, you may have trouble getting some of the larger ones to stay in place. The kids really didn't care though, they had fun picking up the dropped pieces and eating them while they worked on their masterpieces.

This bottle of sprinkles contains a nice variety of bright spring colors including blue, green, yellow, purple, white, pink, and orange. They work well for any Easter or spring themed project, or can be used any time for bright and colorful baked goods. These have been a big hit at bake sales as well as birthday parties and graduations in addition to the holiday cookie trays. They also look nice on other treats such as ice cream or pudding, although if you add them to something that contains a lot of moisture the colors may begin to run a bit.

These sugary treats do contain calories so if you are watching your waistline, you should probably eat them in moderation. They are made of compressed sugar with color added, and don't really add to the flavor of your baked goods, but they do add to the attractiveness of your goodies. In addition to the color, they can also add a bit of a crunch. Because they are relatively thin, it will not be a big crunch unless you add an extreme amount, but they aren't going to instantly dissolve either.

Another thing I like about these sprinkles is that they generally have a long shelf life, so you don't need to worry about using the entire bottle up before it goes bad. Just close the bottle tightly and store them in a cool dry place, and the decorations will stay fresh for a long time. One thing I should mention though is that the dropped pieces that I mentioned earlier should never be returned to the bottle because even a slight bit of frosting or moisture from little fingers could cause clumping in the bottle. It is best to either replace them onto your baked goods, or pop them into your mouth to avoid ruining the remaining sprinkles in the bottle.

I recommend these colorful confetti sprinkles for anyone who enjoys making attractive baked goods.


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

(Product Review) Darice Craft Designer Patriotic Red/White/Blue 6x9mm Pony Beads

Darice Craft Designer Patriotic Red/White/Blue 6x9mm Pony Beads Review: Bright & Beautiful Craft Supplies

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-03-29

Product Rating: 5

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Versatile beads that work well for a variety of beading projects.

Cons: Not made in USA, but are good quality beads.

Summary: These red, white and blue pony beads work well for a variety of patriotic jewelry and craft projects.


Whether working alone or in groups, jewelry making can be a fun and rewarding passtime. I enjoy crafting, and it can be a wonderful way to spend time with my granddaughters. Among my craft supplies is my bead collection, and we have made many things using an assortment of Darice Pony Beads.

I recently wrote a review of the  Darice Neon Multi-Colored Pony Beads, and today I will be reviewing the Patriotic Mix of Red, White and Blue Beads. Much like the neon beads, these are the 9mm by 6mm size, which are a good size for little hands to work with. These work well for various jewelry projects such as necklaces and bracelets, and can also be used for a variety of other craft projects as well. Some of the other projects we have made using this type of bead include candle holders, clothing accents, hair decorations, ornaments, and a bead curtain. These are very versatile beads that are great for both children and adults.

There are 720 beads in this package so you will probably have enough for several patriotic craft projects. These are also available in larger bags though, which would be ideal for group projects such as girl scouts or classroom uses where you will be using a large amount of the red, white and blue beads. I bought several bags of different colors so I could make a larger variety of projects with more color combinations so the smaller bags were perfect for me.

These beads are not recommended for children under the age of 3 because they could be a choking hazard for younger children. They are recommended for adults and children who are 6 years old or over. I have used them with younger children, but always in a well supervised environment.

These are great for anyone who loves crafting, and work well for a large variety of projects. I wish that they were made in the USA, but even so, they are a good quality bead that can be used in a variety of ways. I recommend these to crafters of all ages.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

(Product Review) Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kits

Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kits Review

Oriental Trading Company Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kit - Crafts for Kids & Jewelry Crafts ...

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-03-11

Product Rating: 4

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Inexpensive, easy-to-follow instructions, fun for kids, individually packaged kits, great group project.

Cons: Some beads closed, low quality elastic, some beads missing but includes packet of spare beads.

Summary: Cute and inexpensive kids craft project. Sold by the dozen, these are available for under $1 per jewelry making kit. Each is individually packaged and includes easy to follow instructions.


I have always enjoyed crafts, and enjoy making a variety of different craft projects with my grandchildren. I have made a lot of assorted jewelry items over the years and usually pick up my materials in bulk, but there are times when the kids and I work from a kit. I picked up a few different Bead Craft Kits to make with the kids. One of the kits I chose was the Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelet Craft Kits from Oriental Trading Company a while back and we made some cute Christmas bracelets together.

The kit contains everything you need to make 12 Beaded Holiday Charm Bracelets. I liked that each bracelet kit was packaged separately so you can just hand out the packets to each child. Unfortunately there were beads missing from several of the packets, but luckily, there was also a packet of spare beads which helped to make up for the missing ones. There were also some of the beads that did not have the holes all the way through them. In some cases I was able to punch it through with a needle, but some of them needed to be replaced from the spare parts packet.

These bracelet kits come with red and green plastic beads, plus two different styles of silver beads, and 6 charms including two each of the gingerbread man, Christmas tree and candy cane charms. I was disappointed to find that the charms were only painted on the one side so the backs were plain, although not a big deal for the kids. The beads range in size from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter, and the enamel charms are 5/8 inches. The cord is approximately 12 inches long which gives plenty of room for stringing the beads and tying the completed bracelet together.

The instructions are easy for the kids to follow, and the kids enjoyed making their jewelry. These kits were fun for my granddaughters to put together, and would also be a good project for day care, girl scouts, Christmas parties or other groups of children and also work well in gift bags for the kids. They are recommended for children 8 years or older, although some children as young as 4 or 5 years old would probably enjoy it as well. You should use caution when putting these together around young children because the parts are small and could present a choking hazard for little ones.

These bracelets worked well for the the kids, although for larger wrists you might need to combine a couple of kits per bracelet in order to fill out the bracelet. Additionally, the elastic cord was not a very good quality and may break if the kids are rough with their bracelets. Even so, the total price worked out to less than a dollar per bracelet, so I was happy with these inexpensive craft projects for the kids.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

(Product Review) Yaley Extra Large Bleached Flat Braid Candle Wicking

Yaley Extra Large Bleached Flat Braid Candle Wicking Review

Yaley Candle Wicking: Bleached Flat Braid Extra Large 4 Ft.

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-02-28

Product Rating: 5

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Easy to work with, burns well, inexpensive, works with a variety of waxes

Cons: None

Summary: This wicking works well for extra large sized candles ranging from approximately 4-6 inches in diameter. Other sizes are available for other candle sizes.


I have always loved candles and have been making them since I was a child. Keeping a variety of candle making supplies on hand is important to me so I always have just what I need to start a new project. Whether working from a kit, or making candles from scratch, there are certain must have candle making materials that you just cant get by without. Some of these materials include such things as waxes, candle dyes, candle scents, candle molds, wicking materials, and other assorted items depending on the type of candles you are making.

When making candles, choosing the correct wick size is important. I have used several sizes of wicking over the years including small, medium, large and extra large. This review is for the Yaley Extra Large Bleached Flat Braid Candle Wicking.

The package reviewed here contains 4 feet of extra large candle wicking for around $2 although this wicking is also available in larger package sizes. The wick is made of cotton and is a flat braid. It burns well without excessive smoking or flareups. I have had no problem with the candles I made going out or burning unevenly.

Although Yaley makes two types of wicking, I prefer the flat braid type over the wire type for most of my candle making projects. The flat braid wicking is a four sided wicking that is easy to work with. It works well with most, if not all wax types including soy, paraffin, gel, beeswax, and crystal. I have used it for years with no problems.

This particular size works best for candles 4 inches in diameter and over, although it can be used in some other candles depending on your needs. Varying the wick size can affect things like flame size and the amount of dripping from your candle, so it is important to select the proper size for the desired results. It can be fun to experiment for different effects but for general purposes, I usually follow the manufacturer's recommendations for most candles.

I have made several of the extra large 6 inch pillar candles and a few extra large container candles using this wick and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys making these types of candles.


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(Product Review) Yaley Candle Wicking: Bleached Flat Braid Medium

Yaley Candle Wicking: Bleached Flat Braid Medium

Yaley Candle Wicking: Bleached Flat Braid Medium 6 Ft.

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-02-28

Product Rating: 5

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Easy to work with, burns well, inexpensive, works with a variety of waxes

Cons: None

Summary: This wicking works well for medium sized candles ranging from approximately 2-3 inches in diameter. Other sizes are available for other candle sizes.


I love candles. Not only do I enjoy burning them but have enjoyed making my own candles for many years, and still enjoy it today. As I child, I started out with several assorted candlemaking kits, then added to my candlemaking supplies as time went by. Over the years I have experimented with a large variety of candlemaking materials including assorted types of waxes, candle dyes, candle scents, candle molds, wicking materials, and other assorted items.

One of the essentials for making any candle is some sort of wicking material, and one of the ones I have used most often is  Yaley Candle Wicking. This review will cover the Yaley Bleached Flat Braid Medium Candle Wicking, which is a good size for most medium sized candles ranging from around 2-3 inches in diameter. I paid around $2 per package for 6 feet of this wick. In addition to the medium size reviewed here, this wicking is also available in various sizes including small, medium, large, and extra large, so be sure to choose the appropriate size for your candle making project.

This wicking is made of cotton, so it burns well and consumes itself as it burns down evenly rather than leaving pieces of burnt wick floating around the top of your candle. This is a flat braid wicking which has four sides and is easy to work with. It is the wireless type, which is what I generally prefer to use for most of my candles. It works well for most, if not all types of waxes including paraffin, gel, soy and crystal.

Unlike some of the other brands I have used, the wicks do not flare up, burn down too quickly, smoke excessively, or refuse to light. They burn well the first time, and every time. I have used it for years, and have always been happy with the results of the Yaley brand.

If you enjoy making your own candles, I recommend this wick for medium sized candles. You can also use it with other size candles to control the amount of drip you get from the candle. With a little practice and experimentation, you can find the perfect size for most any candle making project.


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(Product Review) Darice Craft Designer Neon Multi-Colored 6x9mm Pony Beads

Darice Craft Designer Neon Multi-Colored 6x9mm Pony Beads Review: Bright & Beautiful Craft Supplies

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-02-28

Product Rating: 5

Community Rating: Very Helpful


Pros: Bright and beautiful fluorescent colors, versatile, great for kids and adults

Cons: Imported

Summary: These bold neon colors work well alone or in combination with other beads to make a variety of beautiful craft projects of all kinds.


I have always enjoyed crafting, and keep a large variety of craft supplies on hand for all sorts of craft projects. I work on a lot of projects alone, and also enjoy spending time working on them with the kids. Among my craft supplies are a large assortment of beads of all shapes, sizes and colors. The Darice Neon Multi-Colored Pony Beads are one that we work with a lot for a variety of projects.

As the name implies, these beads come in a variety of neon colors including pink, green, yellow, blue, and orange so you can make your projects using an assortment of color combinations for your craft projects. The bright colors have made some beautiful and eye-catching projects.

These beads measure 9mm by 6mm so they are large enough for small hands to work with. The kids enjoy stringing these beads together to make jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets. In addition to jewelry projects, we have used these for a variety of other purposes including candle holders, clothing accents, hair decorations, ornaments, and a bead curtain. This is a very versatile bead that is great for children as well as adults.

This package of pony beads contains 720 beads, which is enough for several projects, although these are also available in larger bags as well. This size is perfect for many users, however I would suggest buying the larger bags for classroom use or for those who plan on making many craft projects with this particular bead. I bought several bags with different color combinations (sold separately) for even more variety than what if offered in this single bag.

These beads are recommended for adults and children 6 years old and over. These are not recommended for children under the age of 3, and you should use caution when beading around young children as these can be a choking hazard.

I recommend these beads for anyone who loves crafting. These are great for kids as well as adults, and look beautiful for a variety of projects. The only thing that could make these better is if they were made in the USA. Still they are a good quality bead and one of the most versatile beads I have in my collection.


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