Monday, September 26, 2011

Update:

The next time you see this, it will be in a blanket! Hopefully in time to use it when it is cold here in AZ and not in the middle of next summer...

Next Time You See This...

I don't know if these are the only two colors I will use or if I will throw a few more in. This is just what I happened to pick up at Jo-Ann's over the weekend. This is the YouTube Tutorial I used for the granny square.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Crochet?

I'm attempting to learn crochet... via youtube videos on the TV. Technically I'm re-learning. I made a scarf once, but it was only the most basic stitch (do you call it a stitch?).

arrrggghhh

Anyway, the ultimate goal is to learn how to do some granny squares so I can do them in my down time.... and one day have myself a blanket! If anyone has some pointers or can direct me to some good basic tutorials/blogs/videos it is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Snow Globe" Postcard Tutorial

I cannot take credit for this amazing idea. I originally found this great postcard idea over at The Journals of Giddy Giddy. So if you make some snow globe postcards, go over there and say thanks for the awesome idea!!



I made mine only slightly different, but would like to go ahead and share a little photo tutorial with you anyway.

You will need:
  • Decorative paper (construction paper or scrap-booking paper)
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife (you could probably do it without, but it will make it so much easier!)
  • Contact paper (makes the postcard more sturdy for the mail.)
  • "Snow" (glitter, sequins anything small and possibly shiny!)
  • Thin Cardboard (from a cereal box)
  • Something for your snow globe scene (or you could just draw something in)
  • Envelope template (or make your own, very easy)
  • Thin plastic (I used overhead sheets)
Step 1:
Trace and cut out envelope template

Step 2:
Cut out a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your template, and a piece of paper slightly bigger than your contact paper.

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Step 3:
Peal the backing off of the contact paper. Place contact paper on table, sticky side up.

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Step 4:
Carefully put the paper, design side down, onto the contact paper
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Step 5:
Smooth out any air bubbles and make sure the paper is stuck good. I like to use a piece of scrap fabric or in this case gauze to help me glide across the contact paper.
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Step 6:
Trace the envelope template onto the contact paper. Cut out
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Step 7:
Trace and cut out a circle(or any other shape) onto the side with the flaps. Use a pen and cut on the contact paper side. Cutting on the paper side will be more challenging. Make sure your hole doesn't overlap where the flaps will fold.
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Step 8:
Cut a piece of plastic slightly bigger than your circle.
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Step 9:
Use a glue stick and place glue all around hole on paper side of your envelope. Place plastic on top.
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Tape all the way around plastic. This will insure no "snow" escapes.

Postcard Tutorial

Step 10:
Cut out and glue a thin piece of cardboard to the thin side of envelope.

Postcard Tutorial

Step 11:
Decorate your background. I glued another piece of paper down, slightly bigger than my window. I also taped around the edges so no "snow" got lost in there and so it could slide around freely. For my decoration I used a foam sticker. Drawing something works the best though, so the "snow" can move over it freely.

Postcard Tutorial

Step 12:
Fold envelope. Fold over, glue and tape the two side flaps.
Postcard Tutorial

Step 13: Dump in whatever you are using as "snow." More than you think you need. Fold over, glue and tape the top flap.

Postcard Tutorial

Step 14:
Shake it baby! If you use something small for your "snow" you might need to do a little extra taping on a couple of the corners

Step 15:
Flip over and write a message on one half, and an address on the other! It's best to take these postcards to the post office and have them "hand canceled" so the machines don't eat them up and you know you have the right amount of postage!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Snow Globe" Poscards

Spent the day making these today. Tutorial to follow I hope!



If anyone is interested in a handmade swap, please let me know in the comments!

Doodle-E-Doo it's a Saturday Doodle

Before:
prome

After:
football

While it's not a true before and after, I hope you get the picture. I wish I would have scanned this before I started doodling! Anyway, this is a postcard of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center. I spiced it up a little for my friend, who is also a football fan!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Catch Up

I wish I could say I've been busy doing all kinds of fun, exciting and important stuff.... but the truth is I've been busy doing a whole lot of nothing this summer! We are FINALLY starting to see a break in the weather, and it's actually been getting cool outside. Of course when I say cool outside, I mean at night. When the sun isn't shining.

I know things are going to start kicking up soon and there will be more to blog about in the coming months. I have committed myself to participating in NaBloPoMo again this year. For those of you that don't know NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog posting Month, and bloggers who decide to do it post every day in the month of November. I did it last year and had a lot of fun with it. You can read those posts here.

Anyway, since the blog has been kind of lame lately, I thought I'd catch you up on a few things I've been doing...

Pinterest- Like the rest of the people that have visited the site, I'm addicted. However I have a love/hate relationship with this one. I LOVE all the creative ideas. I HATE that I don't have the time money and resources to do all of them. I LOVE the visual bookmark aspect of the whole thing.... but I HATE how I seem to see the same things over and over and over again. I also HATE how the website seems to have some major glitches at least once a day and how things repeat as I scroll down. I also HATE when people don't link back to the correct or original website. Grrr.

Awkward- I don't watch much MTV these days, perhaps it's a sign of getting older... sigh. But I have really come to LOVE this show. I wish it were more than a half hour long. For those of you without cable (which is a lot of people I know these days) you can view full episodes here.... because I know you haven't given up the Internet, you are reading this after all!
*has that kid from Desperate Housewives in it.


Rookie Blue-
When I meant I've been up to "nothing" this summer, apparently that meant watching a lot of TV. I've gotten my self hooked on the second season of this cop drama. It's kind of like Greys Anatomy, but with cops instead of doctors. I'm assuming there will be no musical episode, so I might actually keep watching this one. You can see season 2 episodes here.
*Has that girl from "Stick It" in it.

Books- I'm sure you've seen the book reviews, but I don't know if I've mentioned my goal is to read 20 books this year. I have 5 more to go! Part of my goal includes not buying any of the books, and that has been pretty successful so far. I've read these two lately. Not much to say about them but the second one was somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.


Home to Woefield by Susan Juby








...Actually, I never have much to say about my book reviews. I really just want to put out there what I've read so other people know about the books and can decide weather or not they want to read it with out me giving away too much. I've never been a nit picker with movies or books, and I want to keep it that way ;-)

52 Weeks
- I've also been participating in a photo challenge. You have to take one photo a week (for a year) related to the current theme. It's been kind of nice, because I've used some of the pictures for my Wordless Wednesday shots (I just realized I didn't post one this week - oops!). If it isn't the actual photo I use, it's one I've taken while out photo opportunity hunting! I love killing two birds with one stone!


....And that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Stick around for more awesomeness.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembrance

American Flag

"Find It" DIY

Have you seen those Find It games games?


Well, they cost too much.... and I couldn't find a good tutorial online, so I just used common sense and made my own! I decided to share a few photos and give a little explanation in case anyone out there is looking for a Find It DIY like I was.

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I used a Smart Water water bottle (smooth sides) and peeled the label off. I then used some goo-gone where the label was, washed the bottle and let it dry thoroughly.

After the bottle was dry I filled it with rice I had dyed, trinkets to find, and some sequins and what not to make the finding a little harder.

The "trinkets to find" are things I found around the house and that fit through the top! Listed are some of the things I used
  • Pop tab
  • Orange marble
  • Clear marble
  • Beads, various colors
  • Hex nuts
  • Pompom balls, various colors
  • Google eyes, various colors and sizes
  • Toy monkey
  • Toy Dinosaur
  • Gold snowflake
  • Purple eraser
  • Plastic spider
  • Jingle bells
  • Shells
  • Buttons
  • Penny
  • Dime
  • Nickel
  • Pieces of pipe cleaner
  • Pieces of straws.
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I put some multiples of the trinkets because this is for a 3 year old and I don't want her to get too frustrated! The items that have many with various colors are nice too because I can tell her to find a bead, or find the red bead. I actually let the three year old put this together. We leaned over the bathtub and she put a scoop of rice into the funnel and enjoyed watching it fall into the bottle. Between each scoop she got to put a few of the trinkets in. It worked out great!

The lid was hot glued on and this game has been a hit already! The only thing I'd change is to leave a little more empty space for easier turning/finding.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Found, Cheap GPS!


Want to give geocaching a try but don't have the money to spend on a hand-held GPS? Try looking at your local used book store. Stuff moves in and out of those places quickly so you'll probably have to keep an eye out on a somewhat consistent basis.... you may happen to strike gold like I did this afternoon!

Our used book store happens to be right next to the dollar store, the fabric store, and the craft store. All places I frequent quite often. So every once and a while I find myself browsing the book store for postcard books. (There is an Ansel Adams postcard book I've had my eye on for months now! But I can't justify buying MORE postcards). Anyway getting to the point... I happened to walk past the electronic section and something yellow caught my eye. A GPS. The exact one I use... and the exact one my sister has lost (She lost hers, not mine). I can't remember what she did to it, left it in the car or something? Anyway, her GPS is toast and since she's been doing a lot of mountain biking, she wanted a replacement but couldn't afford it.


I checked the GPS with a pair of borrowed batteries and it worked just fine. In fact, it doesn't even seem like it has been used at ALL. The protective sticker is still on the screen and there are no signs of use. The bracket thing is still on the back and the lanyard wasn't connected. It had no box, but did have the booklets. It's missing a USB cord - but who doesn't have a few of those around the house. Anyway, A brand spankin' new GPS that cost around 120 bucks on Amazon for.... 30 dollars! Awesome.

So if your looking for a GPS for yourself, or an extra one for the family check your local used book store and see if they sell electronics. Keep your eyes out for an awesome deal! I'd even buy an actual used one for 30 bucks! And while paperless caching is awesome, keep in mind you do not need the fanciest GPS for geocaching. This one will do just fine - I've found 700 caches with mine!