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December 03, 2009

My creative space

I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.

Clockwise from left:
  • Flour
  • Table salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Cocoa

I've had a crash-and-burn kind of week; a tenacious respiratory bug and a migraine have put paid to creativity.

The empire gown languishes unfinished. The quilted Christmas wall-hanging sits in want of the last 10 (of 35!) buttonholes needed to hold the fairy lights. December 1st has passed and my handmade Christmas cards still look remarkably like a stack of blank cardboard.

So this week I'll have to cheat and show you Argy and Bargy's creative space instead.

They have been really enjoying mucking around with chocolate play dough.

It smells delicious, looks suspect and tastes foul. The boys, of course, love it!

Chocolate-scented play dough

I based our play dough on instructions I found at Idea Box.

  1. Sift together 1 cup plain (all purpose) flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup cocoa powder.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients with 1 cup of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan.
  3. Stir over a low heat until the mixture combines into a crumbly dough. Take care not to burn it!
  4. Turn the dough out in a bowl. When cool to touch, knead in a pliable ball.
  5. Fashion into volcanoes, mud pies and monsters. Ensure a bit of it gets mashed into the carpet and stuck in someone's hair.
  6. Store at room temperature in a nice air-tight container

I'm off for a little lie down. See you again soon.

Thank you very much Kirsty for hosting My Creative Space. Its great fun seeing what everyone is doing. To see who else is showing their creative space (or to join in), head over here.


  1. Hope you're feeling better soon....personally I'm glad I'm not the only one with a big stack of blank cards staring at me!

    Chocolate playdough.....I'm printing that one out to pop in one of the advent envelopes!

  2. What a fun thing to have around...I am not a fan of the regular smell of playdough so this must be fantastic to have around!!

  3. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing x

  4. Oh that is so cool! I won't be making it however as I have no doubt Punk would eat it even if it tasted nasty!

    Hey, at least you've got the cardboard - I have nae even THOUGHT about christmas cards yet... maybe I'll skip 'em all together.. ;)

  5. what a clever chook you are to think of chocolate playdo

  6. I hope that you hid the play dough before you wandered off for a lie down and left the kidlets alone...

  7. hope you are feeling better soon Liesel, although the boys look like they are having a ball!

  8. That's really cool! I love that idea.:)

  9. Brilliant idea! I think we might make some this afternoon. Lovely to meet you the other day even if it was short and sweet.

  10. I hope you get better very very soon!

  11. Get well soon and love the chocolate playdough... definitely a craft for kids once they are over the oral phase (putting everything in their mouths). haha. xo m.

  12. hope you are on the mend pronto.
    This is such a brilliant idea - playdo that looks like real cookie dough.
    I'm definately making up a batch of this very soon thankyou.

  13. You poor thing, hope you're starting to feel better soon. I am so glad you clarified all those ingredients, for a minute I thought I might have to call in the vice squad ;) That looks like excellent playdough for a couple of boys.

  14. Is it wrong to think you got some small (or big) enjoyment from putting something chocolate smelling but foul tasting in front on your boys without telling them not to put it in their mouths!!! He he he he!!

    Sorry to hear you've been feeling so crappy.

  15. Feel better soon Liesl.

    I love the idea of chocolate playdough. What fun.

  16. Hope you feel better soon. Big respeck to you for having a migraine and still managing to come up with chockie play-dough AND blog about it... Once you get your mojo back I'm sure you'll crack through all your other tasks in fine time.

    Have a rest.

  17. Nice...chocolate smelling playdough...hmmmm...what does mum know...it must be yum?
    This sounds like a lesson just daring them to learn!
    Hope you are much better soon Liesl xx Chele

  18. Christmas cards are so next year. Got it?

    Get back to spiffy soon!

  19. hope you feel better soon!!

    hmm the playdough looks like it could be used in a prank instead of that plastic fake poo ;) so many prank possibilities from a kids toy ;)

  20. looks like fun. could be used in a chocolate aversion program for chocoholics. patent that.
    hope you feel well soon

  21. Liesl, hope you are able to finish everything in time. Wishing you a crafty christmas and lots more time in 2010


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