Thursday, December 20, 2012

Another Easy Necklace Tutorial

Back to that whole "We make Christmas" thing that I had going - while I was at the Scrapbook USA Expo this past September, a new vendor showed their lovely faces - Craft Fantastic.  (You can find them HERE)

Their website has easy tutorials and inexpensive kits on how to make these darling necklaces.  Kadoodle and I really liked this idea and we bought a kit for her to try out this Christmas.  

(By the way - Craft Fantastic's blog is right HERE)



Anyway, Kadoodle and I got started and in about 30 minutes we had these lovely pendants that she had made for her friends.  Some of the images were from the kit, others were made from scrapbook paper - but the process was so easy to do!  No Muss, no Fuss, no Fighting, and we are almost done.  Now to just add the bails and a lovely little chain - both of which can be found on their website, and we will have ourselves some necklaces for her girlfriends for Christmas!  Wouldn't it be so great if we could come up with some awesome ideas for the boys for Christmas?  Jewelry making seems so easy - but not very masculine.

Again, I have some lovely pictures of the finished product with the catch on the back and the necklace chain - but I have no pictures here with me.... SADNESS!  I will have to upload them as soon as I get my camera. :)

Cracked Marble Necklaces

Each year I try to encourage the kids to make things for Christmas - why?  Because lots of gifts that are store bought do not hold the same type of meaning for the giver or the receiver.  So, we have started a tradition of making things - there are still lots of things that are purchased, but at the same time there are several gifts that are thought out and made.  This year D-Man wanted to try to make "Cracked Marble Necklaces"
 First - we started with several different kinds of Marbles.  I found these in the floral section of our local Michael's craft store.  I had researched this and many places said that two-toned marbles (or cat's eye marbles) only shatter and break in half - so I went with solid colors.
 Then I preheated the oven to 420 degrees.  I had read that 350 was fine, and that 500 was fine - so I chose a temp in the middle.  I then prepared the bowl of ice water - D-man tested it to be certain that it was very chilly.

 Once the oven was preheated we put the marbles in for 20 minutes.  When the time came to remove them we were certain to have our safety gear on - after all, we are working with hot glass and freezing water.
 Pour the hot marbles into the ice water and give them a minute to really cool down.  Then fish them out of the water.




 Here are what a few of the marbles look like before we get started on the necklace portion of things.

We did this in parts - a few days later we added on the additional pieces to make these into lovely, unique necklaces.  I will have to upload the photos as soon as I pull them off of my camera... but at least here is the base of what we did!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Some Bad News -

**UPDATE** - He's bonded out of Jail - HERE 

I don't usually post the "Bad News" - after all - it's quite dragging.  But, recently an event occurred that has caused me to really think twice about the safety of my kids.  Kadoodle's "Favorite" Science teacher from last year was recently arrested. .  .
I'd like to make sure that since most of my "Followers" are from the Utah area that they are aware of what has happened just in case he ever gets out and shows up somewhere around your kids -  Here are links to the news stories:

FOX NEWS - 

ABC NEWS - 

SLTRIB NEWS - 

DESERET NEWS 

KSL NEWS 

CHARGES -
Charges
State StatuteCourtBail Fine*Type
FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSEFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
FORCIBLE SEXUAL ABUSEFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
OBJECT RAPEFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
OBJECT RAPEFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
FORCIBLE SODOMYFarmington District Court$0.00No Bail
FORCIBLE SODOMYFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
FORCIBLE SODOMYFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
FORCIBLE SODOMYFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
FORCIBLE SODOMYFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
FORCIBLE SODOMYFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
ATTEMPTED RAPEFarmington District Court$0.00N/A
*See note on unofficial inmate roster page for processing fee(s).
This page was last updated at approximately:14:37:05 on 12/04/2012
Using data updated at approximately:13:58:46 on 12/04/2012
This page probably won't be updated again before:17:37:05 on 12/04/2012


We have talked to Kadoodle who let me know that he really was "A little Weird" when she looks back on it.  I can only say that I am grateful that she was not a victim - that she was never alone with this predator. It's a terrible situation and it only brings it closer to home knowing that I had Parent Teacher conferences with this person, shook his hand, and my daughter was in his classroom each day of school.  ((SHIVER))

Favorite Sugar Cookies.

Now, I don't always toot my horn on things like this but I must say that I love that I am so prepared for Christmas.  Right now It's only the first week of  December, and most of the things that I need to have completed for recipients ARE completed.  (Squee) - Then I have to ask myself, will THIS be the year that I can slow down and truly enjoy the spirit of Christmas?  I sure hope so!

BUT - in trying to remember things - I almost lost my most favorite sugar cookie recipe.  SO - today I am blogging a lovely little link for all of you - This is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe - and I have not failed in using it yet - so here is the link and I hope that you enjoy.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2010/10/my-favorite-sugar-cookies.html

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Few Quick Updates - First off, Halloween...

LOL - I know that it's late, but HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!  This year I wanted to do something simple, something scary - something that wouldn't get body paint all over my desk (and my car, and my house, and everywhere else).  So, online I found this lovely picture with a woman that had a zipper on her face - and I thought to myself "I can do that!" - so I did.
 Kadoodle and her friends were all wanting to be zombies this year - so, with the help of some Liquid Latex and tissue (and costume blood) I turned her into one.  This costume was also not very difficult - we basically took an old pair of jeans and an old shirt and cut it all up.  Did the makeup on her face with the Latex and tissue and blood, teased her hair a little bit.  I did also recommend that she go outside and rub dirt on her jeans and shirt
  - but I think that a little more would have looked better - and finally, I told her to pretend that she was getting up really early to go to school.  Viola! There you have a zombie!
 D-man wanted to do the same zipper face thing as myself.  His makeup was a little bit easier to do since I wasn't working on myself.  Not to mention he wanted the skin to be a little bit more "flappy" around the edges than what I had done on myself earlier in the day.   I can say that the makeup held up really well through the day on me, and with him through the night it was no different.


 Overall I would say that the hardest part of doing the full costume makeup this way was the removal of the Latex.  (Especially if you have been wearing it the entire day).  The most fun that we had with the makeup was the different families and people that stopped us to take a closer look at our creations.  Several times through the night people would get up close to inspect the gruesomeness.

  Here's a quick closeup on Kadoodle's makup -done with Vampire blood, some gray and base that was really light, liquid latex, and tissue.
 D-Man's Makeup was vampire blood, a zipper, Liquid latex and tissue.  We added base to the tissue to give it a fleshy look.

 If you are ever interested in doing this, but aren't sure if you can pull it off - there is a great tutorial on YouTube

We hope you all had a great time scaring others this Halloween!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Super Best Friend


 This is Lori - My Best Friend From Alaska - I've known Lori for 13 years - the Longest friend that I have ever had.  The most trustworthy, kind, smart, amazing woman alive.  Because she lives in Alaska, it's quite hard to have the normal friendship that most get to have - and lots of times we don't really talk for a long time.  I can thank Facebook for making sure that we keep in touch because we both get so busy it's REALLY hard to keep in touch.
 But Last night she had a few hours during a Layover in Salt Lake, and I got to snag her from the Airport and get some precious time with my wonderful friend.  We even got to go to Tiffany's!  (Which I still think that it's so amusing that there is a Tiffany's in Salt Lake - But, Okey Dokey marketing people.)  Look at how AMAZING she looks!  It's like finding a Unicorn!  (Actually, it's all that Yoga that she does).
I am so glad to have her for a Best Friend - she's so awesome!  I know that I said before that she would be moving - and when she does, I might just have to relocate to Oregon just so that way we can keep ourselves out of trouble (or would that be in Trouble?)  Either way?  There will be Trouble...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oh ! My shoe!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Rolf - The Fish

 So, for My Birthday this year, Kennedy got me this amazing fish - Rolf.  We decided to call him Rolf because we all love the Muppets, and he is our most favorite one - Plus, his bottom lip sticks out and that just seemed to be very Rolf-like.  He was beautiful and Blue and after a few days in his new tank, well, he was dead. I don't mind saying that I was not very good with Fish - After all, Betta's are supposed to be resilient !

That day I went back to the PetsMart and got another Betta - but they didn't have any others that were as lovely as my blue and Purple Rolf.  So, I got the prettiest one that they did have - and named him Rolf-2 - AND, I got him a heater.  Apparently the Betta fish is a tropical fish which requires heat to function in a happy manner.
Since Introducing Rolf-2 to his new tank with the heater he has been a super happy and active fish.  We love watching him swim all over the place.  He's quite aggressive and mean to his rocks, but at the same time at least he is swimming around and not dead.  We will miss Rolf-1, but we are happy to have Rolf-2, my awesome birthday present from DD.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Survival Candles Tried Out - (Pinterest)

So, once again everyone knows that my most favorite place to visit in the Online-o-sphere is Pinterest.  I can't tell you how many things that I have done, how many ideas that I have had, how many ways Pinterest has made me be  more creative than I would usually be.  I love it,  Love it,  LOVE IT!! This weekends Pinterest idea was the "Survival Candle" - Complete instructions and pictures can be found  by clicking right HERE

We are always looking for ways to "Be Prepared".  We get ourselves started with our 72 hour kits and food storage and all kinds of stuff.  Those things are great - but what about those other times when you don't need to pack up everything and head for the hills? (Actually, we have never needed to pack up everything and head for the hills, usually it's something internal that goes wrong - like a power outage).  Which is why this project was so appealing to me.  Usually I am fine with no light - (Typically my flashlights are all dead anyway).  Who needs light for anything? Oh Wait, that has also never really happened to me - but the momentary darkness and fear of, "Did I remember to change the batteries in the flashlight?", that has happened to me before.

When I was a child I heard Spencer W. Kimball say something along the lines about your home being in order in such a way that if it were pitch black you should still be able to find your way around and be able to get to the things that you need.  Since then my home has not always been this way, but I have tried  to make sure that I am prepared for whatever lies ahead.  Around my home I have always had candles - but later in life when I married the Misses I found out that he was sensitive to smells and things.  He will still let me light the Scentsy bars, but after a while it really starts to bother him - so I chilled out on buying Salt City and Scentsy and stuff.

Then, I saw this idea on Pinterest!  Oh, sure, it can be scented with a few drops of your favorite essential oils, but that's not where my brain went.  It went to, "WOW - that looks really easy!", followed up with, "It's not even that expensive and I could burn them in an emergency and not waste my GOOD candles, and the Misses won't be bothered by the smells!" - Win, Win, Win, Win!

So, I did what the site said to do -
I found my Wiks and Tabs on Ebay. (They were about 3$ total)
I found my Wax in a 10lb bag on Amazon HERE (More economical to buy bigger - with the shipping)
I used Jars from around the house that I had - Just normal Kerr and Ball Jars
I used my double Boiler and a Ladle
And, I got started - Here's my progress:




First - I put Wicks in the Jars and I got the Double Boiler started with the Soy Wax flakes.



The wax started to heat up and melt down - and this part of the process actually happened very quick with the double boiler.  I figured that it would take some time, but it really didn't.
After the wax melted I ladled it into each of the Jars. I had not melted enough wax for all of my jars, so I Just repeated the process melting a little at a time until all of the jars were full.
 The other site says that you will adjust the wicks after you pour, and it also does not mention what you see here.  I could not get my wicks to stand up straight - so I used another technique that I had seen on another Candle Making Pin - I used Popsicle sticks to get everything straight and propped up the right way.  I had also tried to stick the wicks down with some of the melted wax before pouring into the Jar - that didn't really work because when the new hot wax is poured in, the previous wax melts down too and the Wick unsticks from the bottom.  Also, Superglue did not hold after the wax was poured in.

And here are the jars in various stages of cooling.  I think that this was the neatest part because of the way that they get cloudy and such.  I am sure that I could have adjusted the wicks now, but the Popsicle stick method ensured that I would not have to hang around my kitchen while these babies made it to their various stages of cooling.  I didn't get this picture until I was almost done with typing up the blob - so we can see how long it takes for them to really start getting cooled down.  I didn't want to wait - too many productive minutes get lost!


Also, I just wanted to point out that Clean Up was super easy.  If you wash your pots and Ladle (Or if you use the Pyrex measuring cup to pour instead) when they are still hot - use a little dawn and hot water and the excess wax comes right off without any fuss at all.  Don't let it sit and hang out, just clean up right away and you won't have any trouble at all.

Good Luck with being prepared and Happy October everyone!

Monday, September 24, 2012

And you thought that you could take him just because he's Chubby...

 Over the weekend, prior to all of the soccer drama - Kadoodle and D-Man were also in their Ju-jitsu competition.  I didn't go see this as I was being a Crafty-McCrafterson this weekend (See previous post).  So, Jer went and he snapped some shots of the event.  The hind sight is that this is the event that I should not have missed.
  In comparison to the last event that the kids were involved in, this time they actually placed - and I am really sad that I missed it. BUT, Jer did take some great photos - and here they are for your pleasure and enjoyment!


 Now, Remember, I don't have all of the details.  In Fact, the most that I have is that Darrell won 1st place in the NAGA Grappling and 2nd place in something else - (See, told you that I didn't have a lot of the details -





BUT, This is what I was told - and the pictures are proof.  I know that he won a sword for the Grappling and he got a silver medal for 2nd place in, well, whatever it was that he got 2nd place in.  (I really should ask him when I see him this evening, huh?)

So, this is him in all of his Majestic 1st place glory!  (This is prior to the whole soccer fiasco) That is the little winner that I know and love so much!

 Kadoodley-doodle also did really well - Though her story is a little bit more funny - apparently she got steamrolled by a chubby kid who just laid on her.  (She doesn't yet know how to wiggle herself out of those situations.) Anyway, here are some pictures of that lovely event.
 I really like this one right here where it looks like she is giving him a serious "talkin' to".  I can't tell what he's saying to her but I imagine her saying something to the effect of, "Woah there Mister Man!  You only beat me because you are chubby and you rolled your big ole' chubby self on top of me and didn't move - that's not a fair game!  Oh No Sir!"

 This is not the clearest of images, but there they all are lined up together.  Kadoodly-doo is on the Far right hand side.  I know that it's fuzzy but she looks like she is smirking.
And here they both are at the end of the Tournament - A First, a Second, and a Third. I will have to sit down with them later and get all of the info about the tournament.  I am certain that they would paint a much different picture than what I have up here - So, Stay tuned for this post to be updated. (It will probably be later tonight.)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Crafy Mc-Crafterson strikes again!

I've been pretty crafty this weekend - I would like to blame it on Pinterest, but that would not be accurate - Really, it's more that on Saturday, my Ward had a "SuperSaturday" full of crafty fun.  This is what I have been up to!


First off  - J O Y - that's right - JOY.


I haven't really finished "JOY" just yet.  I got this great idea after I was close to done about using green glitter.  I am, admittedly, a master of Freehand swirlies - so I figured "Well, I could swirlie some glue on there and then sprinkle it with glitter and THEN it would be perfect - so that is what I am going to do as soon as I got and get me some green glitter.

Next, Today I've started the dehydration process for my excess produce AND my Christmas spice jars - This year I am going to fill everyone's home with the smell of Christmas... and that means tried lemons and oranges and apples.... Took me 9 months to bust out this sucker - I hope those jars are awesome.
I also made another batch of Strawberry Jam - Why?  Because I had 8lbs of Strawberries that were not getting eaten any time soon - so I figured - why not.  Now, there is a neat trick that my mom told me about.  She said that if you turn the jars over when you have filled them and then wait until they cool off, that they will seal every single time.  Every Time? Really?  Well - I've never had it fail on me... here's what they look like - And they were successful- just as all of my other jars that have gone before it.  

We also made these really neat Jars.  They can be used with just about anything - you can put stuff in them to embellish your decor, or candy for the children that come over to visit you.  It was so simple - a wooden candlestick - painted whatever color you choose.  I preferred black since most of my decor is a chocolate brown and I didn't want to try to match a brown color.  Then after it is painted you Gorilla Glue a jar with a lid on the top of it.  These particular jars had to have the lids painted - some of the ladies painted the silver on the lids as well - I preferred to have the silver showing, so I left that part of the lid alone.  And once the glue is try, you have a lovely embellishment that you COULD Have purchased from Pier 1 - but , you didn't!  You made it yourself! YAY!! 


In January, I also said that I was going to do Washer Necklaces.  I had run into a snag, if you will.  In my brain I could NOT get past the fact that I needed "Diamond Glaze" for these suckers.  So, I had cut up all of the paper, I had the washers, I had a ton that were already glued and ready to go - But, they sat there incomplete.  UNTIL this weekend when one of the classes was "Washer Necklaces".  They used this Dimensional Mod Podge - and it works like a Charm.  I even put on the embellishment gems that I got in January!  It was so easy, and they look fantastic - make sure that you let them dry the entire way though - otherwise, they don't look so great.
The final Idea was something that they were doing for Super Saturday - But I had seen the Idea on Pinterest.  I had said that I would do one of these, but the time never seemed to permit so, the Super Saturday was a great way to get my bootay in gear and get me on the project.  Basically, they took a magnet board and covered it with lovely scrapbook paper and embellished it - I decided that I didn't have enough time and I would bring it home and make my personal adjustments here at the house.  After all, I do have an arsenal of things to work with here - 
 And this is the ALMOST finished product.  There are a few things that I have decided that I wanted to do - I need to put a hanger ribbon at the top, some Ribbon around the part underneath where it says "Menu", I think that I am going to add a few more flowers, and I am working on laminating my dinner ideas.  That is actually taking me the longest, because I am terrible at thinking up dinner ideas (Which is why this Menu Board was on my "to do" list).  But you get the idea, right?  Now I need to hit Pinterest back up and find out what everyone is cookin' for dinner these days! 

Happy Crafting everyone!