So here is what about 5-bucks worth of fun looks like.
Pictured are Dollar Tree plastic cake plates that look like real china plates ($1 for 6), small crystal-ish plastic bowls ($1 for 4) that are actually really nice and some fancy 12 ounce cups ($1 for 12). All the tableware was in the same area as their other themed tableware sets. Also pictured are two pool noodle parts (used about half of one orange flower shape and half of one blue round pool noodle) and one red kick board aka boogie board that is about 1" thick and wave shaped.
A serrated steak knife works well to cut the foam down to size. Scissors work for cleaning up corners or for really small pieces. This is a glue free project.
Next trip to D.T. I plan on picking up a yellow and green pool noodle to make pineapple and kiwi chunks for the 'fruit salad' (pictured below). All the foam components come from U.S. manufacturers which is cool.
The drinks are made by cutting one 5-6 inch section of pool noodle, fillin…
I've been cooking and baking up a storm again. Today's menu included chicken thighs using BBQ shake n' bake, chicken livers, smashed-together apple pie filling tart (pie crust was all broken so we made one big, open faced rectangular tart instead of turnovers) and homemade bread.
It's an odd assortment to be sure but it all turned out yummy!
There was going to be a photo of the finished chicken livers but somebody in the house (cough, cough... husband) ate all the food off my presentation plate while I turned my back to put the bread in the oven. grr.
Here's the recipe anyways:
Pint container of Chicken Livers (no gizzards)
3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Cumin
1.5 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Plus this stuff:
Digital kitchen thermometer
10-12" Skillet or flat bottom pan
2 Tbsp. Butter for cooking with
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm up enough Corn Oil to almost coat the entire bottom of the pan.
More craft-everyday stuffs mixed in with some studying:
Finished the "extras" yesterday and the "crochet" sign today. Looks like I'll need to rework the knit sign to make it blend in with the rest.
Per request, someone needed a new turtle pic so here is the progress so far. I used a bright mango-orange 3x5" card with a smooth finish as my base.
Caran d'Ache Neocolor I's: starting with orange to rough-in the shape, then going over the background with turquoise blue.
After making a few modifications to my design with the orange, I moved onto the emerald green to start laying in and finalizing the shape of my turtle. I like to start with the lighter shades of wax sticks and then build on my design with progressively darker sticks. This way if I made a mistake with the first try I can keep layering colors until the shape is just what I had in mind.
There is probably one more set of layering to finish up this little guy, including finishing out the sh…
It's been a long while but I finally caved and bought myself a new set of Caran d'Ache Wax Sticks (also called wax pastels). Think of these as the adult version of that 64 pack of Crayola Crayons you got all excited about as a kid. I love these!
Pictured: Neocolor I - 15 piece set
Since February is craft-every-day month, I thought I would start off with some elements to use on the new scheduling sign in the store. Above is my roughing-in phase using a 3x5" piece of card stock as my background.
Neocolor I's are capable of creating saturated, crisp lines or large areas of blended fill. It all depends on how you rotate your wax stick while using it. The sticks can be sharpened in a hand-held pencil sharpener too for added precision.
Below is the finished piece after much layering of colors, it is very saturated and bright, though the cell phone camera doesn't show it very well.
The Neocolor I set is water resistant so these images will not run if they get wet. Pseudo-…
The neon trend is still going strong around here. Below are a few pictures of the new shop yarn Adriafil Bloom and Plymouth Neon Now sock yarn that we just received in at the store.
The Adriafil Bloom line is perfect for arm knitting. Though arm knitting is super fast it does require a little forethought on which type of yarns to use. Super bulkies or several chunky yarns held together will produce a nice full and drape-y product.
I used one 50 gram ball of color 91 to create the cowl below, 2 balls would easily make a cowl that could be double wrapped. From no pattern idea to finished product was about 20 minutes max.
Here is a link to a great video on how to arm knit. To start:
Cast-on 11 stitches (using the method outlined in the video), leaving about a foot of yarn at the beginning.
Knit for 7 or so rows until about 2 feet of yarn are left in the ball. Each row will be about 4-6 inches tall.
Grab all the loops from your arm and threaded the remaining yarn though them.
A few Sundays ago I ventured out to see what kind of after holiday stuff could be scored. First stop was at my favorite clothing store maurices where I scooped up a load of "teacher" clothes and shoes (4 shirts, 1 pair of shoes, bracelets and nail polish) for less than $35! My frequent shopper punch card gave me for $10 off next shopping trip coupon, w00t!
After coming home I noticed a trend in my selections, lots of red and metal studs, both of which I normally do not buy.
'Red' (well, and pirate sort of...)
After a long day shopping all over the place I cleaned out our cupboard to clear space for hubby's new baby (read: big bottle of Crown Royal). Apparently, we do not drink much wine...
Yes, the bottle has been etched red... a pretty, transparent hue, very similar to the clothing I just bought. Does anyone else notice odd patterns like this?
And one more 'red' I just stumbled across... photo of some hats I …