Sunday, October 10, 2010
I surfed the net and looked around, but there is not much information on how to attach hair to clay dolls, other than to 'glue it on'...what kind of glue? How do you prepare the hair? What kind of hair? I had some wool roving in a pretty brown with all sorts of browns mixed in, so it was perfect for Werner. I figured I'd just do it - so, I broke out Elmer's 'Glue-All' which promises to stick porous and most non-porous surfaces, combed out some wool roving to make a relatively straight line of hair, and tried it. I dipped the clippings of roving in the glue and smooshed it around, then stuck it on poor Werner, all over. I have to agree with my hubby, he looks like a baby Wookie.
See?? So I suppose you can understand why he seems a bit worried...I was thinking he was nervous about where to sleep for winter, but I'm guessing it's the hair-do...no one said I was a stylist. How do people get this stuff on perfectly??
Monday, August 16, 2010
We have a birthday in the family tomorrow, and I've promised to use my stamps more, so everyone gets a handmade birthday card this year...or at least, that's the goal...
I hope you like this one. I tried to coordinate with the wrapping paper I used for the gift - strangely the paper matched my Stampin' Up! colors perfectly - it has a Certainly Celery background with Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise dots. You have to love when things come together. I would not have picked those colors, but I think they actually turned out quite pretty together.
I used my Top Note Big Shot die, along with a hole punch for the little circles. I cut a Top Note out of white and Tempting Turquoise cardstock, and half of one out of Certainly Celery. I decorated the top half of the white with some birthday stamps (...from one of the free 2010 Sale-A-Bration sets) and the turquoise paper with some circles from the Circle Circus set (115778, $28.95). I stuck them together with some Jumbo Eyelets (108432, $9.95, 60 pieces), and tied some pretty Certainly Celery ribbon on it (also from a free set of ribbon...). I punched a bunch of circles with my hole punch in turquoise and daffodil to line the separation of white and Certainly Celery papers.
As a finishing touch, I punched out some little labels from the Tiny Tags set (118592, $16.95, Clear stamps) which read '4 You' and 'hand crafted', and attached them to the Certainly Celery ribbon with some pretty 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon in Daffodil Delight (120928, $4.95). You can also see in the background that I decorated the envelope with some of the circles from Circle Circus in the three ink colors, and added a bit of sticky glitter to the candles on the cake to finish it off.
I hope she enjoys the card!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Now, anyone who knows me knows I always ask the waiter for my dishes sans 'shrooms, I really hate the texture (this from someone who remembers what play-doh tastes like...). However, I fondly remember trudging through the forest, carefully looking for these perfect little mushrooms, trying to avoid any poisonous ones (what's a kid know - yes, they were always double checked by Grandma; wonder how many she threw out??). Once the bag was full of plump and perfect 'shrooms, we would head on home and wait for the feast.
My Grandma, like Grandma's used to do (...some may still...) would grow what she liked, can lots of stuff, hunt up mushrooms (see above), pick wild berries for jams and pies, fish for dinner (may have been Grandpa on that one...), and make food for everyone. And we always played outside, no TV (...can't imaging that today...). When we made it back from mushroom hunting, Grandma would clean them off and get ready to cook them, dipping them in batter and frying them up, like big steaks (...no, I don't batter my steak, but I remember everyone kept saying, just cook them like steak...why??). And we'd eat them as soon as they were ready, and there was nothing quite like the taste of fresh picked Chanterelles. They didn't have that odd mushroom texture, and they did remind one of steak, even though they weren't juicy. And Fall, they always remind me of Fall with their golden coloring, and harvest, and afternoons in the forest and around the kitchen counter.
So, the other day I was wandering the produce aisle at one of our upscale grocery stores (O'Briens here in Modesto, excellent food choices, good prices...), and saw a basket of fresh Chantrells. These were on the small side, I don't believe it's quite harvesting time yet, but they looked perfect to me. I grabbed a little handful (...these are expensive 'shrooms...$29 a pound...oh to go find my own without poisoning myself...that would be a trick.) This morning I saw that forgotten handful in my fridge, and feeling really hungry, not to mention ready for Fall, I grabbed them, with a small shallot and some eggs. I wanted to make a quiche, but really, I was hungry, so settled on an omelet.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
So, this is my attempt at the pretty little stand-up cards everyone is making.
This is a 3x3 card you can stand up on your desk, it unfolds nicely and makes a nice little gift card.
To make, it's easy, there are instructions all over the web for this, especially at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/. They have instructions for everything there!
I basically used scraps on this one. You know all that old DSP you have sitting around? Those are the scraps I'm talking about. In addition, I used the lace Stampin' Up! punch, along with some new Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight 1/8" ribbon.
Hope you like it! Now go try it...even those of you with no fancy paper...!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ok, it took a few days to find my mojo...my stampin' mojo ;)
I love the Mojo Monday blogspot (mojomonday.blogspot.com). It really helps when you are in a pickle about making a new card. Once a week a new card design is posted and people from all over the globe post their samples. There are some very creative people out there. You should take a look if you're ever stuck for a new design or need a creative kick in the pants.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
OK, today is the last Anniversary for a few months...below is the card I made. You can see the detail on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the second picture. It's a nice 'soft' design perfect for a wedding or anniversary card background. I'm sure you have some sitting around in a 'bits & pieces' pile - this is the time to use it. I just love the bird punch that Stampin' Up! has, it's so cute and good for many projects. I used some of the Elegant Eggplant cardstock and ink to make the birds stand out a bit, along with the wording...no black here!
I'm trying to use up some of my older DSP before I buy a bunch of new packages. The paper I used is from the previous catalogue, as is the lilac colored plain cardstock; all supplies are Stampin' Up! It's funny, I have no actual 'Anniversary' stamps to make cards with, so I've had to be creative with some of the word stamps I have. Just goes to show you don't have to have the perfect saying with your stamps. Use something reminiscent of the situation then add a nice handwritten note inside.
People don't really send many cards anymore...I think they should have a 'Handwritten Note Holiday' on the calendar somewhere, so people can get back to personalizing things. What do you think? Don't you love to get mail and handwritten letters?
Monday, July 26, 2010
This week is Anniversary week in my family. My parents are today, my brother and sister-in-law tomorrow, and my in-laws the next day. My husband and I broke the tradition and waited until October! There is still one brother-in-law left, currently unmarried, so we'll have to see where he falls when he makes the leap. I thought I'd post a card or two in commemoration...or just in case the card doesn't make it on time to the recipient, they can look here and see what's on it's way :) As is the case with my parents card...I thought they'd be out of town for a few days (who leaves Vegas?), so I procrastinated and finished the card last night, sent it off this morning.
Let me know what you think of it. I think it turned out nice and 'anniversary' like. I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, so I had a lot of toys to play with to make it. The new Catalogue came out recently, so I was able to use some of my favorite new Designer Series Paper (DSP) 'Greenhouse Gala' and my favorite new set 'Friends Never Fade' - they remind me of Art Nouveau styles...love them! I'll post some more cards soon using the sets...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I escaped to my little cottage two days ago and attempted an old recipe with a minor adjustment. Unintentionally, I created Mint Chocolate Chip soap...oddly enough, not a drop of chocolate or cocoa in it! I was pouring in the scent at the end of trace and my husband walked in and asked about the ice cream...I told him it was soap and he walked away mumbling about ice cream.
I took pictures again, lucky you. Some day, after I make my first million selling soap, I'll hire a good photographer to make these look really, really good. You'll have to put up with me until that point.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The house smells quite pleasantly of lavender and honey today...
I wrote this the other day on the 4th of July. It was about 98◦ outside and our air conditioner was not working. The overhead fans were on inside, spreading the scent throughout the house. It was a balmy 80◦ inside, perfect for soapmaking, especially with that lovely scented breeze. My soapmaking attempt of the day? Yep...a lovely Lavender soap, with oatmeal and honey.
A little background for you, as this is my first post...I had a whole bunch written to bore you with, but figured you could look over at the 'About Me' section and see it over and over (lucky you!). So, here we'll start with the fact that I was married recently (a year in October, yay!) to the love of my life, who has been waiting patiently for me to make my soap. Here's a bit of the story...
My wonderful man lived in a far away city (at least 2 hours from where I was living...) and told me, quite nicely, that I was free to be unemployed while settling in to my new home. YIPPEE, I thought, I can start making lots and lots of soap and herbal bits (sooo much fun!) and sell them at craft fairs and on-line and show him how nice it will be to have a wife who makes soaps, and herbal salves, and all manner of odd and wonderful crafty things (whew! long sentence...). Alas, almost a year has passed and my soapmaking has been little and far between. I have been playing with recipes here an there, but have been generally quite unproductive.
So, July 4th I decided to restore his faith in me (quite a wonderful husband, still hasn’t said a word about the non-existent soap and herb business...very patient) and I started off with a bit of hot process soapmaking in the crock-pot! I’ve been enamored lately of the look hot-process soapmaking creates (not mine of course, but I’ve seen pictures...) - very rustic and old fashioned looking to me. It's got that pretty 'medieval' feel to it (to me at least, as I picture it...not the mushy pile you read about in history books!).
Ok - yes, crock-pots aren’t exactly ‘medieval’ in style (back to the cottage in the forest here...), but I just love the look they produce right now, so we’ll see what happens. Mayhap my little cottage will have to get a magical crock-pot (don’t tell the villagers...our part of the forest does not have electricity yet).
So...I’ve played around with a few recipes I’ve seen here and there, came up with a list of favorite oils and ingredients, and ran them through a lye calculator found on the website for Majestic Mountain Sage (http://www.thesage.com/), a great site for both information and supplies. Using their Sunflower Oil, a bit of Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Calendula tea and Lye, a sprinkling of Cocoa Butter and Beeswax, I melted and stirred and waited until trace (just like thick pudding...) and left everything in the crock-pot to do as it would.
I used a small crock-pot, after all, this was a test recipe. The crock-pot box noted it would hold 64 oz, so my recipe was around 32 oz, give or take. Do you think it fit? Only an inch left from the top! So, when the foamy gloop started curling around half the crock-pot, the top started rising up, and I opened it and stirred quickly (I don’t think you’re supposed to open it often, don’t want all that lovely heat to escape). About half an hour passed and I looked again, and stirred again, and so on for about two hours. When it started looking like a nice shiny Vaseline, I took it off the heat (yes! I got pictures!).
I spooned the mixture into a wonderful little antique wooden box/drawer which I found in Jamestown, CA at a terrific little antique shop, smoothed the top a bit with my fingers and some wax paper, and set it in the sun for a bit to process just a tad longer. It looked so pretty, with a nice golden sheen on the top (no fairy parts left after the sad explosion...just kidding!). It has a soft lather and the longer it sits on the shelf, the more that soft honey feeling comes out in the lather (not the stickyness, just the softness...). If all goes well, and this recipe works, I’ll be up and running in no time! I can’t wait! I will, however, still need to work on packaging...