Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hot Wheels Bouquet!

As I ran across the empty shell that had been a fabulous bouquet, I remembered that I was saving it to show it to you guys as an idea!

My son was graduating from preschool and I wanted to make it special.  I kept imagining little girls being presented with little bouquets of flowers and that is when it hit me - I CAN MAKE A BOUQUET FOR MY SON!


Of course the idea came to me THAT morning and I had to work so I threw this together while on break at work.  Sorry there are no pictures of the process but it is pretty simple.

I thought 6 cars would be the perfect presentation for a little boy.

  1. I took 6 heavy wires (I should note that I work in a home decor shop as a floral designer so I have access to lots of those floral stems- but you could even use sticks from the yard or dowel rods) and attached pipe cleaners by twisting and adding a dab of hot glue.  (I would have preferred a more subtle color on the pipe cleaners for aesthetics,but we had a bunch of those screaming green ones so...)  
  2. I then twisted the Hot Wheels onto the heavy wires with the pipe cleaner and arranged them into a nice presentation and cut the stems to even them up at the bottom. 
  3. I then took a piece of plain paper, folded it, and then wrapped it around the bouquet.  
  4. I took a bit of woven ribbon to finish it off around the bottom and cut a piece to put in the back.  

Above are photos of the empty bouquet to give you an idea.  You don't just have to do cars, imagine this for any child using any of their favorite toys!  Can you imagine an action figure or Barbie Doll bouquet?  OOOh, or even legos!  

Monday, May 19, 2014

Halloween Apothecary Jars

Is it too early to start talking Halloween?  I am thinking NO!  I mean, it is less than six months away.
I am overdue on posting on a craft and I have these candle jars stacking up so it seems like a perfect time to see how these would work and this ended up being a super easy craft that just took a few hours total (not counting the time to let the glue properly set).

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Anyhow, below you can see some of the empty jars I have accumulated.  Pictured are five classic jars, one LUXE jar, and one aroma bead jar.  Liquid dish soap works great for getting the wax and label residue off of these jars. The seal on the jars are excellent for using in the bathroom or even for candy/nuts.
The supplies that I used for this project are -  Glass candlesticks, knobs/finials, paint, E6000 glue (not pictured), other wooden objects (not sure what to call that round one that I want to use as a beefier lid).  Today I spent under $10 but I already had the glue and paint.
I did not go out to buy special paint, I just used some black spray paint that I had around the house.  I figured if it didn't work out, I wasn't out anything.  The smaller candlesticks are from the dollar store and the larger one is from Hobby Lobby (glass is 50% off this week).  I decided to paint two of the smaller glass candle sticks, two of the lids from the candles, the lid from the aroma beads container, and all the wooden pieces.  Now, did I take photos of the painting and gluing?  Nope.  I took my phone inside because it is really windy today and I do not need more paint on my phone.  That's my excuse and I am sticking to it.  

I can probably guess that you have questions whether the paint will stick or scratch off of the glass.  Yep, it probably will if this were something that was going to get every day use.

I used the E6000 to glue the candlesticks to the bottom of the gars and finials/knobs to the tops of the lids and behold the image below of the whole gang.  
Good thing I have easy access to creepy bugs, eyeballs, fingers, and mice.  I found a few sites for free labels and printed some off for demonstration purposes.  I used ones from here and here.  I just printed them off, cut them out and used a little brown paint in water to adhere them to the jar.  

When I get serious at Halloween on this, I will probably burn and age the labels more and use Mod Podge to glue on.  I will probably also get some other things to put inside  - maybe even paint the glass to give it an etched look.  Shoot, by then I will probably have a few more jars to add to the collection!  I know I want to have one with ashes in it labeled "Vampire Ashes" and one with hair labeled "Mermaid Hair"  - I will be sure to update with some new photos when it gets closer to Halloween and I start decorating.  I think by then I might even have to make me some sort of Medicine Cabinet out of an old pallet for these jars and others!  FUTURE CRAFT!
I thought I would give individual photos of the previous life of the jars for all of my consultant friends.  Above is the larger jar from the LUXE line (pictured is the Lush candle and dang it smells amazing and I wish I ordered more!).
This photo shows the Tropical Kiwi candle standing in to show that this is the jar used in the above jars.  I really like the black painted candle stick and lid with the knob on top but not painting them would make them more useful all year in the home (imagine them with cotton balls for the bathroom).
This is the smaller jar from the aroma beads.  I will have a few more of these soon and I think I will keep my eyes open for other candle sticks to make these different heights. These would probably also be great upside down stuffed full of grossness.

Be sure to check back closer to October to see if I update with more creepy ideas!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Birthday Tiara

So a few months ago my bff turned a very significant birthday.  Of course I had to make her a crazy princess tiara to wear.  The ones I could find in the stores just were not big enough...I knew I could make the perfect one!

Time to get creating!

I decided that I would use a cashew container for my form.  It seemed the perfect size to sit on top of my head and would help keep the crown rigid.

I drew a nice crown shape from paper, then traced to thin cardboard (cereal boxes are perfect).  Then glue that cardboard to the form you are using.  Don't forget to put holes in the bottom of the container before gluing everything around it. These holes are how it will attach to the headband.
I used this fun shiny silver to cover the cardboard and gathered some bead and gems - I even found some fur trim for around the base!   I used stick on letters on the hat.  "It's my Birthday" on the front and "Buy me a drink" on the back.  Glued on some huge gems, added glitter glue around the edges (See this post for info on the glittery bottle in that last photo), and attached to the headband.
VOILA!  A birthday crown either to show how much you care, or show how much you want to embarrass your bff!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

533 days

I started writing this post on Monday night.  I figured I would finish and post it Tuesday after court.  That didn't happen and then I took a day to mentally recuperate yesterday...

See the above graphic?  That one that says 533 days?  That is how long it has been from when I took control of my life.  From when I removed someone from my home (someone that was not who he was thought to be) until when it was finally the trial date.  533 days.  533 days of uncertainty.  533 days of no set rules.  533 days of winging it.  533 days of thoughts fighting it out in my head. 533 days of being angry at myself for believing all of the lies because now I could see so many signs that were there.

Some advice I want to give -

  • If you do not take marriage seriously - don't do it.  Marriage takes a lot longer to get out of than it does to get married.  It also involves so many people once lives get entangled and children are introduced.
  • If you cannot look at that person you want to marry and know in your head you would do anything for that person, stand by them no matter what, support them in every adventure that life hands you - don't do it. 
  • If you have a problem with something your spouse does, talk to your spouse. - don't complain to friends or co-workers ESPECIALLY do not complain of someone of the opposite sex.  That will not fix your problem, it will only create more.  

Marriage isn't all of that fun of planning the wedding and having that big party.  It is hard.  You grow up. Life changes.  Big things get added like houses and children.  Things are not always great, but you have someone by your side to work through it - AND THAT PERSON SHOULD BE THERE.  Don't do it all by yourself.  I will tell you from my experience that if you carry the weight of it all on you that eventually you wont expect help, then no help will be given, and you will end up being the one that does everything while it gives your spouse plenty of time to do whatever he/she wants.  You are a team and you signed up to get through life together.

I think some people that go through this divorce crap can get to where they have anger toward couples that are in successful marriages/relationships.  I am not that way.  I am totally in love seeing my friends that are absolutely perfect for each other go through life, work through problems, and I feel lucky that I get to be around this...sure I am a tad jealous.  I think everyone is a little for things they want but don't have.  I will be there happily celebrating with them when they hit all of their marriage milestones though.

I think this will probably be the last post on this blog regarding my marriage/separation/divorce.  I have so many posts that I started writing and never completed and shared.  Just writing out the stuff that is floating in your head is sometimes enough.  With this blog I want to go back to sharing my projects (whether they work out or not), mini rants on whatever is bugging me (it is spring, I am sure there will be a post on my neighbor with the dogs before too much longer), and get back to my little movie reviews on the most horrible movies ever.

I will say that there will probably be a blog out there somewhere that will be about marriage/separation/divorce and will amazingly be quite similar to my situation and somehow will seem like it mirrored my life.  I hope that blog will help someone that needs a wake up call or to know that they aren't alone.   I know I found comfort finding blogs like that during these long 533 days.  If you should stumble upon a blog that seems like it just HAS to be my life it is talking about, I will not confirm nor deny that such blog is mine and will just say that we all have our dopplegangers. ;)

I guess my next blog will be about making jello worm shots - yep, that blog was started in October.  Better late than never right?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The alternate universe collided with mine

I haven't posted in a while and I don't like that.  When I started this blog it seems like I was doing a few per week including my "WTF - Weekly Terrible Film" posts.  I have projects to post on still and one that will be a "pinterest fail" and one that I thought would is turning out okay!

I am not a head shrink, but I can look back and see that I started my blog back in April 2012 because it felt like I was talking to myself - and I was.  I didn't know it at the time (or maybe I subconsciously did) but my husband (yeah, still my husband since my divorce trial isn't until next month) had stopped caring and listening to anything I had to say because he had moved on.  I think bad things can turn into good.  With my blog I have gotten to share a lot of my projects which have helped people craft some amazing gifts to give or ridiculous hats to wear (because the St. Pat's and Mardi Gras hats are getting a lot of hits lately)

I need to make time to write more.  I really need to write more.  It is kind of freeing to get some of these thoughts out of my head, like this next story.

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and I had an awkward experience.  Not because of the Holiday.  Just something that happens when an alternate universe crashes into mine.  I am sure there will be more experiences like this one in the future and I need to prepared.

My son, my fella, and I were having lunch in a restaurant when a little girl and her grandmother came to our table.  Because of the noise in the restaurant, I could not understand what the little girl was saying.  The Grandmother says "she says she knows him."   I have never seen the little girl before in my life.  After me asking several questions to puzzle it out, I blurt out "Oh, she knows him from my husband's girlfriend's house"
this shirt exists at zazzle.com
That look on the Grandmother's face and the way her "oh" came out says that I need to prepare myself for this situation and have some sort of filter between my brain and mouth. That Grandmother doesn't know that my husband had been taking my son over there years before I kicked him out.  She didn't know that I never care to meet his girlfriend, her child, or anyone that is associated with them and I wanted them to remain in their alternate universe.

I was not prepared for Universes to collide and they will probably collide again.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Brrr...it's cold in here!   Typing that reminds me of my guiltiest of pleasures.
Now that I have gotten that out of my system, let's get serious.

If you have watched the news or live in just about anywhere in the United States, you know that a polar vortex has just about consumed us all.

I hope everyone's pets were brought inside.  My pets are always inside and with the frigid temperatures, they wanted to snuggle more than usual.

I have a miniature dachshund and they like to burrow under the covers.  I thought -what a perfect time to make a little snuggle sack for her.   A little hot pocket.

I had an old comforter that I used for this project.

I cut it into fourths and then figured out which side that I wanted to be on the outside.  I wanted stripes so I put that to the inside and then pinned the edges leaving one side open.
Then I sewed down those sides, flipped it inside out and sewed that leftover end together.  This gave me one long piece that was double thick.  I then folded it over and sewed down the sides to make a tiny little sleeping bag for my doxie.
She loves it!