Wednesday, August 31, 2011

All My Good Ideas Get Forgotten.

Does that ever happen to you? You have a million great ideas and then, when you finally sit down to make them a reality, you've forgotten them all. *sigh*

Before I get to this post, I know you're all wondering why the craft posts have slowed as of late.  Priscilla, you're saying, we don't see as many crafts on your blog as we used to... what gives?

What a delicious question.

I have been working on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas projects.  Yeah.  I have a huge holiday extravaganza planned for the blog and there is no way I can wait until fall to start the projects... so I'm working on them now.  It's going to be awesome, and it starts October 1st, so I've been really busy with that.  But I've got some other stuff lined up until then, never you fear.  On with today's post!

I have had these printable magnet sheets for months now, with the intention of making some magnets for my fridge. I had eleventy thousand ideas for what to put on them, I just never sat down and made them. So I decided to just do it. And once I did, I promptly forgot what it was I was going to make. I needed a frame for my monthly menu though, so I decided to do that, and fill in the middle of the sheet with some little clip art pictures for magnets.

Here's what I used:
I don't remember how much they cost, I bought them forever ago.  I don't think they were too expensive though, since I'm a total cheapskate.

I measured out the size frame I would need for my menu and traced it out. I had originally planned to print out a border onto the sheet, but my printer won't print outside the printable area... which is, evidently, the area in which I would have needed it to print.  So I did what any crafter would do... I mod podged it.  But first, I printed out some clip art onto the magnet sheet.
I printed out the kids' names and some words, along with a couple of little pictures.  Easy-schmeasy.  I cut them out and used my exacto knife to cut out the frame.
Once the frame was cut out, I used my favorite scrapbooking paper and mod podged it for my menu.
Love the mod podge.

Here's the before pic of the fridge. Not for the squeamish:
Holy moly.  And here's the after:
It's just of the top... the bottom is still the same.  I'll get to it eventually.

Magnets! Who knew they could be so fun?!  OK, well they would have been more fun if I could remember what I bought them for in the first place.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blog Hops Burn Calories. And Make Your Teeth Whiter.

OK, that may have been a lie. Have I resorted to lies to get readers hooked? Have I become that sort of blogger?

Evidently, I have.

The upside is that you guys are awesome and you'll forgive me. You'll also link up to the latest blog hop! I click At least twice. Then I click the 'follow' button. Then I have a bowl of ice cream. That's the truth, ask my waistline.

**So, I'm adding a widget to my blog... and it's putting said widget RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS POST. All the other posts are fine, but this one is having a fit. Scroll past the 'you might like these' icons to find the blog party! I'm off to find my HTML For Dummies book.

  We will be hosting this blog hop every Tuesday. We welcome all family friendly links.  We would love to hear about your homemaking tips, frugal living ideas, crafts of any genre, recipes, homeschooling or encouraging inspiration.   The rules are simple, follow the two host blogs, "Just Peachy in Dixie" and "Thrifty Crafty Girl" in spots one and two through GFC.  We would love it if you could put our button either somewhere on your sidebar, the post you are linking, or your blog hop page to help spread the word.  Then link as many posts as you would like.  

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our Day At The Unfair. Yes, The Unfair.

Our town has a music festival every year, and the kids love to go and ride the rides. Last year, our oldest son Jonathan was old enough and tall enough to ride everything there, so we bought the bracelet that lets them ride all the rides until they can no longer function in carnival society. The 'un-fairness' started with the bracelet.

First, the kids were excited.  They were looking forward to this festival since we dragged them home from it last year.  Here's our little Noah, ready for the parade before the festival:
See that happy face?  Remember that.  Take yourself a mental picture of it, it will be relevant later in this post.

The parade was great (especially since my husband and I coached soccer RIGHT BEFORE THE PARADE STARTED and had to scramble to get a seat in time and we made it just in time) and the kids got a bucket full of parade candy.  You've gotta love small-town parades, they still throw candy for the kids.  The city we live next to doesn't anymore, although there has never been a child injured due to chasing candy.  Ah, well... anyhoo, we took the kids up to the festival after the parade and stood in line for the ride bracelet.

$17 for the bracelet. Unfair.

$1.75 for a single ride ticket. Unfair.

My husband went to the fire station to work (he's a volunteer firefighter) so I was alone with the kids.  They wanted a sno-cone.

$3 for a sno-cone. Unfair.

I caught up with the hubby around lunch time to see if he was hungry... and he asked for a pulled-pork sandwich.  Guess what we had for dinner the night before?  Pulled pork sandwiches.  Guess what we still had a mountain of leftover in the fridge? Pulled pork.  Guess what my husband had AFTER getting home from the fair? Two pulled pork sandwiches.  But I listen to my husband in all matters *cough*baloney*cough* so I went to get him a sandwich.

$5 for one pulled-pork sandwich. Unfair.  I would have gotten him a soda too, but the price was just under extortion.  Truly.

The kids loved the bouncy house:

My nephew and son loved the fast rides, too:
The back of that head belongs to my nephew... you can just barely see my son next to him.

Jonathan rode on the kiddie rides, too:

He only rode the fire truck one because he thought Noah would ride it too.  But Noah had hit his limit for the day.

The hubster took over following the kids around and I walked Noah home.  The walk is a little over a mile, but I figured I would carry Noah if he got tired.

He refused to let me carry him. Unfair.

He refused to walk at a decent speed.  Unfair.

A snail on the back of a turtle passed us and called us Sunday walkers.  Unfair.

And Noah got very fussy on the way. Unfair.
Do you see the fussiness? Trust me, it was there.  Remember that first picture up there?  That cutie was gone. GONE.  That was one long walk home.

Only 363 days until the next festival.  Perhaps by then, we'll have a second mortgage with which to pay for it. Sigh.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Today I Don't Feel Like Doing Anything...

Have you guys heard that song? It's cute... mostly because it usually fits my mood on a Friday.

Why do I feel like doing nothing on Fridays? I feel motivated on every other day of the week... and then Friday comes and I want to chill in my snuggie, watch some MTV so they can teach me how to dougie.

Sorry for that. You don't want to see me dougie.

OK, I'll do some stuff... I guess. I have to make a new budget for the month of September, so I'll start there. Is it strange that I like looking at budgets? If any of you have budgets posted on your blogs, let me know. That way, I can look at them all day and not do anything but still be doing something. Win-win.

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Did I Really Just Say That?

So, long story short... my children are odd little creatures. For your review, I give you the top ten strange things I said this week in response to one of my children's questions/actions.

"I don't think cows can be ballerinas."

"If your nostril hurts when you flare it, stop flaring it."

"Please tell me you didn't really eat your brother's sock."

"Yes, if zombies attack our house, I will let you have a chainsaw."

"No, you cannot have a 'practice' chainsaw."

"I am quite certain Daddy will not let us have a donkey."

"If Santa was made of marshmallows, then yes, I think he would be delicious."

"I don't know why the mailman doesn't deliver the mail in a plane."

"I understand that you want to be unique, but you cannot wear your shoes on your hands to school."

"Yes honey, I'm sure the President has to pick his nose sometimes."

This wasn't even our most interesting week. Good gravy.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I Am Conflicted.

There's an awesome giveaway going on over at Just Peachy in Dixie. It's for Lion Brand Yarn, which is awesome stuff. I really don't want to tell you because I want to win it for myself. I'm conflicted.

I have been informed that selfishness is not a good thing.

Head on over to Just Peachy in Dixie to enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Your Blog Is Awesome. Time To Show It Off.

It's honesty time for the Thrifty Crafty Girl. I have visited all your blogs. I am jealous of all of them. Really. I'm not proud of it, but I envy at least one thing about each blog that I visit. I'm doing my best to make peace with it. Until I do, you need to link up your blog at our hop. It's just the right thing to do. :)

  We will be hosting this blog hop every Tuesday. We welcome all family friendly links.  We would love to hear about your homemaking tips, frugal living ideas, crafts of any genre, recipes, homeschooling or encouraging inspiration.   The rules are simple, follow the two host blogs, "Just Peachy in Dixie" and "Thrifty Crafty Girl" in spots one and two through GFC.  We would love it if you could put our button either somewhere on your sidebar, the post you are linking, or your blog hop page to help spread the word.  Then link as many posts as you would like.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Aluminum Is Not Magnetic. You Need To Know This.

You know how I've told you that a lot of my projects are created out of a need for something, and that's how they get made? This is not one of those projects. I didn't need this. But I wanted it... mostly to show the people at Pottery Barn that they were wholly unnecessary. See here, page 21 of a recent Pottery Barn catalog:

Awesome, yes?  Hang on there, before you grab for the phone to place your order:  the sets were on sale for $349.00.  Yes, really.  No, I'm not kidding.

Pottery Barn laid down the gaunlet.  I poured gravy on it and got to work.  I got foam board from the dollar store, clearanced fabric from Walmart, cork board squares from Walmart, a sheet of aluminum, and some wood trim.  I took it all home and inspected my supplies.

This was when I found out that aluminum is not magnetic.  My husband said I should have know that.  Listen pally, my degree was not in metallurgy.  And I just KNOW there's some smarty out there who will tell me that it's due to a missing electron or something in the metal... ugh.  At any rate, I sent the know-it-all hubby to our local hardware store to procure the proper metal.  And he did... and it was $5 cheaper than what I paid.  He'll never let me live it down.

Anyhoo, the hubster cut the magnetic metal into 12"x12" squares to match the cork squares.  I also cut the foam board into the same size squares and prepared for battle:

I adhered the metal sheets to the foam board using Gorilla Glue. That stuff is amazing.
I had to weigh it down for a while to let the glue work its magic.  When you weigh stuff down, I bet you have an awesome system.  I have a lasagna pan with a glass loaf pan inside:
We're high-tech over here.  Once the Gorilla Glue set up, I sprayed the metal side with spray adhesive and adhered the fabric to it.  Easy-schmeasy.  I arranged the metal and cork the way I wanted it on the final project and glued some more foam board across the back of them to make them one piece.  This was easier than I'm making it sound, trust me.
I had enough metal and cork to fill every spot except the middle.  I thought about a lot of different options, but I was limited by my need for symmetry.  I'm totally weird like that.  My troubles were over when I found this plain dry erase board at Walmart for $5.  It was the perfect size and it was magnetic!  It was meant to be!
I placed all the pieces face-down on my table to glue them all together in the back.  This was not a difficult step, but it took a while.  I glued a section at a time to make sure it was all coming together well.  When it was all glued up, I moved on.
There are several things happening in the above picture:  The water jug was weighing stuff down for glue to dry, there's a phone there for fielding important calls from dignitaries, and I just got the latest copy of Good Housekeeping so I had to read it while the glue dried. I'm a multi-tasker.

I flipped it over.  This took some determination, guts, and a beefy-armed husband to accomplish.  But we did it.  Here's how it was looking so far:
The dry erase board came with magnets.  Love it.  Since I'm not a fan of seams, I glued some ribbon to it:
My son wanted me to write him a message, so I did.  He is pretty darn awesome.

Next, I took some wood trim (or is it considered molding? I can't remember...) and hand-cut pieces for the frame.  I measured out 45 degree angles.  For realsies.  We need a miter saw.  Anyhoo, it turned out pretty well, for a hand-cut frame.  I glued the pieces to the edges and weighed them down.  The lasagna pan wouldn't work here, so I stuffed some rice in a Ziploc bag.  Would you believe that this worked?
I filled in the gaps in the frame with wood putty and painted it.  Here's how it looked when we mounted it:
Do you love it? I absolutely love it... the polka dot squares are magnetic remember, so that will come in handy for school notes and reminders.  The corkboard is, of course, a corkboard.  And the dry erase board is probably great for writing reminders and such, but for now, my son wrote the year on it so he'd remember and my husband drew a face around the magnets.  My whole family is hysterical.  Here's the finished product:
The picture is bad, yes.  But this project was awesome.

Want to know how much it cost?  Go on, ask me... go ahead.

I thought you'd never ask.  I spent less than $30 on this.  I took back the un-magnetic aluminum, so I'm not counting that in the cost for this.  Pottery Barn will charge you over ten times what it cost me to make it.  Wowsa.  I love that you can pick your own fabric and really make it personal to your family!  I haven't decided whether I should paint a little flower or design on the cork yet, just for a pop of color... for right now, I'm in crafting heaven.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

There Are At Least 102 Awesome People In This World.

And I think you're one of them.

I have over 100 followers! How awesome is that? Pretty awesome, considering that most of my posts are filled with sarcasm and stuff that only other sarcastic people find funny.

I love all of you.

All of you deserve a gift card. For realsies.  But I'm not rolling in Visa Gift Cards over here.  I have one $50 Visa Gift Card to giveaway.  Which is awesome... do you know what I could buy for $50?  A lot. A real lot.  Or I could fill up my gas tank.

Here's where it gets awesome for you guys:  Since this is my first giveaway, I am sure the entries will be super low.  Since the entries will probably be low, your odds are pretty good.  And it's a Visa Gift Card, it's good anywhere! Awesome.

To enter:
Be a follower and tell me so in the comments.  The giveaway ends on August 31, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Time, at which time I will draw a number at random for the winner.  It's only open to US residents because of some pesky laws.

Wasn't that simple?  I love simple.  I love $50 more though.

Thank you to all of you for making my first giveaway possible so quickly!  You guys are the bestest readers in all of blogland.  Yes.

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