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:






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.