TMNT Splinter Dog Costume

imagesAs a bonus to my series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle group costume posts, here’s how I made my dog, Lilo, a Splinter robe shirt.

I didn’t take a ton of pictures along the way simply because I was making it up as I went along so I didn’t know if it would actually work or not.

You’ll need:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine, or a needle and thread
  • brown or burgundy fabric
  • brown or burgundy faux leather fabric
  • a measuring tape
  • a cooperative dog

My first step was to measure out my dog. Make sure when you do this that they are sitting or standing. My dog measures different when she’s on her back for belly rubs because she’s more stretched out. Here’s where all you’ll need to measure:

  • around the chest
  • around the neck
  • collar to belly (shorter than back so they don’t pee on it)
  • collar to back
  • width of front legs
  • distance between front legs
  • front legs to collar

So now your first step is to cut out a chunk of your fabric. Mine was left over from making the knee and elbow pads. Make sure that this piece is longer than your around the chest length, because you want it to wrap around. Lilo was about 17″ around, but her robe is about 22″ at the longest point. I then measured three inches shorter than the 10″ of her collar to back so that she would definitely not pee on it. I used a little bit of an angle, then sewed the hem at the top and bottom.

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My next step was the arm holes. I actually didn’t use measurements for this part. I just held it up to Lilo and used a Sharpie to make dots where her arms needed holes. I then made 2″ diagonal cuts where each arm needed to go, which would create a square when pulling back the newly created flaps. Then I sewed a hem around that.

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Next I sewed at an angle along the top to create a new hem. This is what will give the top that robe like appearance. I also discovered that when I put it on Lilo the collar area was much too large, so I created two little pleats in it so that it was sit closer to her neck.

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Finally, I used a strip of faux leather fabric, also leftover from the knee and elbow pads, to make the belt. I sewed it along the shorter part of the belly, but nowhere else, so that it could be tied and so that the shirt could wrap around without any hang ups.

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Here’s the final product on Lilo.

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This whole project took only about an hour, maybe an hour and a half but only because I had to keep trying to catch Lilo to see if I was on the right track. She spent the rest of the evening avoiding me in fear of me swaddling her in something else. I decided against attaching some sort of stick for Splinter’s cane because Lilo would probably destroy the whole costume trying to get the stick off.

Again, I’m sorry for not taking more pictures along the way. On the bright side, I made this up as I went along so I’m sure you can do it with my mediocre instructions and your own ingenuity.

 

October 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

TMNT Elbow and Knee Pads

As part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group costume, here’s the elbow and knee pads, and the belt.

The elbow and knee pads are made exactly the same way, just different sizes. And I’ve included the belts in this post, because it wasn’t enough work to get it’s own post.

You’ll need:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine (or needle and thread)
  • 1.5″ elastic
  • 3/4″ elastic
  • brown leathery looking fabric – 2 yds
  • plain brown fabric
  • cheap stuffing
  • a ruler or some type of measurement device

I purchased two yards of a faux leather looking fabric to use for the elbow and knee pads and the belts. I started by cutting out the belts, which were the full 2 yards in length and 4″ in width. This way they’re thick enough to be significant, but thin enough to tie in a knot. I cut out six just in case there were some belts that weren’t long enough, then I could just sew two together. And also because Leonardo has a strap that goes over his shoulder along with the one around his waist.

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Next, for the elbow and knee pads. These were made almost exactly the same way so the pictures are interchangeable. There is one difference that I will mention shortly.

I measured my fiancé’s knees and elbows and mine and decided on a happy medium, because I was trying to mass produce these so they were going to be the same size for everyone. I decided on 5″x6″ for the knees and 3″x4″ for the elbows. I even made templates out of cardboard to help me cut out the right size fabric. Although I didn’t have that much extra around the edges when I cut mine out.

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Because I made the costumes for all four of us, I cut out 8 pieces of both the leather and plain brown fabric each for the elbows and knees. The next steps was to match them up and sew up the long sides.

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I then opened up one of the shorter sides and inserted the elastic about 1/3″ in and sewed up that side. I used 11″ of 1.5″ elastic for the knee pads and 8″ of 3/4″ elastic for the elbow pads. I found both at Walmart.

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I then stuffed it, but not so it would be too full, just to give it some dimension. Then I inserted the other end of the elastic in to the open side and sewed that up as well.

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There is where I ended with the elbow pads. Although I would’ve liked to add the accent lines, my sewing machine couldn’t handle it so I called it good.

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For the knee pads I wanted to add the accent lines so that it would look like there were three sections. To do this I simply sewed across the top of the knee pads I had just made. Keep the good side up when you sew because stuff will pop out a little on the side that’s on the bottom. It’s normal, just not so attractive on the good side.

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When you sew these lines across the top keep in mind that I am not a perfectionist. The padding wasn’t all the way in the corners so some of them are a little flatter. And because the pads are stuffed it made it a little trickier to sew in straight lines. If you are a perfectionist, I’m sure you will find a way to make everything symmetrical, but it’s not the easiest thing and I just wasn’t worried about it.

October 18, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

TMNT Weapons

As part of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group costume, here’s the weapons.

The weapons were probably the easiest part of this entire costume/project.

You’ll need:

  • fabric in red, orange, purple, and blue
  • tacky glue
  • dowel rod
  • 2 nunchucks
  • 2 sais
  • 2 katanas

I didn’t take many pictures along the way, but it’s all pretty easy. I found the dowel rod at Home Depot for $4 then the nunchucks, sais, and katanas on Amazon all for pretty cheap. As a heads up though, when you order your weapons online make sure it actually comes with two. Most will show two in the picture, but it’s actually only selling one.

You’ll start by figuring out where you want your fabric, which is usually where you will be holding the weapon. Cut a strip of your colored fabric, I used leftovers from the masks, and begin to tacky glue it to the weapon. It’ll look messy at first, but once the glue dries it will look fine.

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Once you’re all done with gluing on your fabric strips let the glue dry over night. Then, enjoy!

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I would’ve liked to have wrapped the entire nunchuck handles in the orange fabric, but I didn’t have enough. If you plan accordingly you can do that. Also, I know the sais and katanas are supposed to be more silver, but we were going for cheap but still gets the point across. If you’re feeling it you could always paint them more silver, and stain the dowel rod darker, and paint the nunchucks brown.

October 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

TMNT Chest Muscles

imageAs part of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group Halloween costume, here’s how I made the chest muscles. We have two boys and two girls for our turtle-y group, which means the whole chest plates were different sizes for almost each person.

The chest pieces were actually much easier than expected. For them I used:

  • 2mm 18″ x 12″ foam sheets in two shades of brown/tan
  • scissors
  • basic Elmer’s glue
  • Brown duct tape

For the girls chest plates I had to tape two foam sheets (four for the boys as shown) together long ways and sketched out the chest shape. After doing this with one color it’s easier to just trace it over to the other. The picture shown was a stencil of my size chest plate on a boy sized sheet.

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Once you have the lighter and darker pieces cut out you can decide where you want your muscles. Them, cut up the lighter pieces and trim the edges up just a tiny bit so that when you lay it back down on the darker brown that you can see it around the edges. Then glue it on.

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I gave one of the chests a scar.

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The final product will look like the mini mockup I have up at the beginning of the post. Minus the belt though, that’s a separate piece that will go around the shell too.

Be sure to store the chest pieces flat otherwise they could warp. I taped mine to the back of my closet door because then it’d be flat and out of the way.

October 14, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

TMNT Shell

As part of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group costume, here’s the shells.

Now the shells were a little tricky to start, but once I had a plan it got easier. You’ll need:

  • duct tape
  • large pieces of cardboard
  • hot glue gun
  • spray paint
  • paint
  • paint brushes or sponges
  • utility box knife
  • cutting sheet/board
  • elastic 1″-1.5″
  • tacky glue

Fortunately for me, my fiancé can get very large pieces of cardboard for free, but there are plenty of places that will give you big cardboard boxes for free. Try places that sell large appliances (i.e. fridges, ovens, large car parts). Measure the shell wearer with their arms down from the outside of one arm, across their back, and to the outside of their other arm. Then from their neck to the bottom of their butt. Cut out a rectangle of cardboard and add two-ish inches to your previous measurements. So, my fiancé measured 22″ x 32″ and his piece of cardboard was 25″ x 34″. Keep in mind that my fiancé is 6’6″ so don’t base your measurements off of his. I’m 5’7″ and mine was 22.5″ x 32″. Next make lines about 4″ in around the entire shell rectangle.

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You’ll then want to make lines in the corners, diagonally, where you’re going to cut (as seen above). Then also on each short side directly in the middle. On the long side you’ll need to make two lines evenly spaced out within the 4″ margins, so that 26″ space of the 34″. Cut along those lines. You’ll then need to slightly overlap those cuts so that it causes the shell to bubble a little bit. Duct tape them to keep them where you want them.

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Trim the corners so they’re round. It should look like this now.

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The next step is to begin cutting out the pieces you want to use for the shell decoration. After doing some googling it seemed that hexagons were the way to go. Being more geometric actually made it easier. Now, these aren’t perfect hexagons by any means, but the three middle ones are all the same size.

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I was also able to use the remnants of the hexagons to make the other shapes for the shell.

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I also found that it helped to prearrange the pieces on the cardboard shell to make sure I had enough and that they would all fit together.

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It might even help to do some sort of paint by numbers method, where you trace the piece on to the shell, then number each so you can glue it on later. This helps ensure that you know where your pieces are going, which will reduce any potential mess ups. My fiancé’s shell is getting a scar.

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Once I had everything where I wanted it, it was time to hot glue it all down. I did learn at the painting process that some of the pieces wanted to come loose and had to be reglued down. So extra glue is not a bad thing.

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From that point I knew I didn’t want the cardboard color to be the shell color so I looked up spray paints that appear to have some texture. I discovered Krylon’s Natural Stone spray paint. Pebble looked the most turtle shell-y to me so that’s what I got. I had to use the entire can on just my sized shell, so stock up on your craft store coupons. You can see where some of the pieces have popped up a little.

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After a lot of fretting over the lightness of my shell color I decided to stick with it and paint in the shell plate cracks with a green/black mix to give it a more defined, turtle-y look.

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And don’t worry if the edges get a little sloppy, the imperfect edges make it a little more realistically turtle looking. It only looks iffy up close.

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I found some soft green elastic at Jo-Ann’s to use for the straps to attach the shell to the people. It was fairly easy too. They were attached similarly to backpack straps. I used tacky glue and duct tape to make sure the straps stuck. A good way to find the placement of the straps is to have someone hold the shell for you and just make a dot right under your armpit.

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The straps may be a little finicky to get in and out of, but they’ll stay on and be in the right spot.

The pictures shown are the process of making two different shells, which is why it looks kind of like they don’t match, but it’s the same process for each.

October 12, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

TMNT Masks

As part of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group costume series, here’s the masks.

The masks weren’t hard, but they were fairly time consuming. For them you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • tacky glue
  • 2mm foam sheets – I found a pack of foam sheet masks and used them as my model
  • fabric – I found plain t-shirts on sale in each color for $3 at Michael’s

The first step was to take the pre-made masks and adjust them to better fit normal faces. This meant to turn them upside down from what they’re supposed to be and cut some more room out for the nose.

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Next I cut off a strip of fabric wider than the mask off of the bottom of the t-shirt. Then, because it’s in a ring, cut it so it becomes just a strip. Next step is to smother one side of the foam mask with glue and stick the fabric to it. Then fold over the edges of the fabric and glue them down. You may have to do some trimming. Do the same with the eyes. To avoid having potentially scratchy and irritating fabric and glue on faces I decided to glue down another trimmed up foam sheet mask to the face side of the mask.

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While the glue is drying I found it helps to keep the mask on your face to keep that rounded shape. But be sure to wipe any excess glue off before you put it on your face.

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Sorry I didn’t take more pictures along the way.

October 10, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Wedding Weight Loss

imagesNow that I’m engaged and will be getting married in a few years I need to lose some weight. While I’m still in grad school and short on time I plan on simply starting with improving my diet. In fact, I’ve already started. I’ve resisted fast food a few times already and I’m not eating past 8pm except on Monday’s when I’m in class until 7:30pm. So far I’ve already lost 4lbs. Woo!

November 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Projects, Wedding Related. Leave a comment.

Post Proposal Balloons

Joe proposed using balloons on the ceiling with pictures of us on the end. They were helium, but couldn’t hold the weight of the pictures and remain on the ceiling. To solve that he taped them to the ceiling. It was perfect.

At about 4:30am that next morning I hear a ‘tht’ followed two seconds later by a ‘ffffth.’ I finally figured out what it was when a balloon fell on me while I was try to fall back asleep. I don’t know what it was about 4:30am that morning, but about a third of the balloons came down in a 20 minute time span. And they left the tape on the ceiling. Anyway, this is what our room looked like the next morning.

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November 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Stories, Wedding Related. Leave a comment.

Centerpiece Testing

My pinsperation for centerpieces was glittery jars. And no, not mason jars. I’m over that. Just plain, old, cylinder vases. So I tested a few glitterification methods.

Martha Stewart glitter paint is a no go. I had to do about six layers with varying techniques before I got it halfway as translucent as I wanted it.

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Glitter and Modpodge looks great. It looks really fantastic and textured actually. However, it gets fucking EVERYWHERE. So that’s out. But it does look good.

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But there is a winner. Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint. It’s the most even, the most efficient, and the easiest to do. And the best part is that it is sold at Sears and Joe gets a discount there. Hurrah!

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And ignore the bottom of the glitter and ends of the spray paint. Underneath is the Martha Stewart glitter paint mishap. I just didn’t want to buy more vases to test ideas. This has also helped me decide that I’m just going to paint the whole vase. Originally I was planning on taping off parts of it for a different effect, but not. The whole thing. Much easier that way.

November 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects, Wedding Related. Leave a comment.

The Ring

I now wear on my finger a beautiful 1 carat, princess cut, Tolkowsky diamond in a custom band.

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November 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Wedding Related. 1 comment.

Tie Dye Sneakers

I found a pair of white Keds a while back for $8 at a consignment shop. I saw a post on Pinterest where someone took a similar pair of shoes and ombre glittered them. I thought, how cool! I can do that. Instead, I decided to ombre dye them. They didn’t quite turn out like I had imagined, but if I decide I don’t like them in the future I can just do the glitter thing.

What you’ll need:

  • white sneakers
  • dye (mine was a single color kit from Walmart for about $6)
  • water
  • a few days

The first step is to take out the laces.

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My dye came in a squirt bottle. Follow the instructions then start squirting. Initially, it didn’t want to take so you’ll have to use a lot.
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Use about half to two thirds of the bottle on the first section, then refill with more water and keep going.

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Repeat the last step until you get the result you want. I’m not sure where the blue line came from, but it’s pretty neat looking.
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Let them dry. I then followed the instructions from the tie dye kit for t-shirts and soaked the shoes in hot water with a tiny bit of detergent. I then rinsed them with cold water and put them in the garage to dry. It was really hot that week so I figured they would dry super fast, but it turned out to be really humid. After they dry, put the laces back in and wear.

I still haven’t decided if I like them or not. I may re-dye them entirely or glitter ombre them.

November 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Origami Broach

My grandma loves the origami that I can fold. When I first got in to origami she would even pay me for folded flowers. For her birthday I decided to make her some origami pins because she has always been a broach fan.

You’ll need:

  • pretty origami paper
  • ModPodge
  • pin backs
  • hot glue

Start by folding your origami to a flat or slightly 3D design. I chose cranes.

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Glue your pin on to the back and let dry.

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I then coated them in ModPodge to give them a little shine and a little more durability.

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Here’s the final product in action. My grandma didn’t know which end was up, but loved it anyway. I’m going to label the back of the birds for her so she’ll know for the future.

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November 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Ghosts of Halloweens Past

2009: The year of the baby15741_1278489763098_4059291_n

2010: The Simpsons

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2011: X-Men Evolution Storm

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2012: The Pirate

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2013: Gettin’ Sithy With It

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November 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Projects, Stories. Leave a comment.

I’m Engaged!

Last night, after almost seven and a half years, Joe proposed!

He really wanted to go out on a date so I did my hair at my mom’s then came back home to his house to change and do my make up. We went to Outback and then a local arcade, Bonkers, where I kicked his butt in skee ball. When we got home I opened the front door and there were rose petals going up the stairs.

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The petals went right to our bedroom. When I opened the door there were balloons all over and at the end of each ribbon was a picture of us from some point in our relationship.

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On the wall in glow in the dark paint were the words ‘marry me?’

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At this point I’m laugh/crying. So I turn around and Joe starts to give his speech and he gets down on one knee and held up this ring.

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Of course I said yes. How could I not?

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November 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . News, Wedding Related. Leave a comment.

My Ugly Uggs

Everyone hates Uggs. They’re ugly and girls seem to only wear them with leggings, which are not pants. Then my dad got me a pair. He had a friend that was moving to Arizona; she asked him if I wore the same shoe size as her and I did. So she sold her barely worn Uggs to my dad for $5. Talk about an awesome deal.

At first I didn’t like them. They were ugly and awkward and I was too cool for boots then. I wore my Chuck Taylor’s year round. After having them sit around for a year I finally decided to wear them. Turns out they were rather comfortable and incredibly warm, which is great because my feet are always cold and I hate being cold. They are my everything-but-fashionable winter boots. They’re my snow boots and my lazy, but cold day boots and my slip on to run to the mailbox boots. Since I have had them, 2005ish, I have had to stitch them back up more times than I can count. But those boots are still comfy and warm and still hold together thanks to carpet thread, a small yarn needle, and some fabric glue.

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November 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking, Stories. Leave a comment.

First Garage Sign

I’ve been feeling crafty lately and had been wanting to make Joe some sort of man cave garage sign. The only issue was that I never knew what it should say. After watching a marathon of Fast ‘N Loud with Joe I settled on “Blood, Sweat and Beers,” which was something one of the characters said. After an extensive trip to Hobby Lobby with a friend I got the supplies needed.

You’ll need:

  • a piece of wood
  • a wood burner
  • wood stain
  • sand paper
  • an old rag
  • a sponge brush
  • hot glue/krazy glue
  • wall fastener
  • a few days for dry time

First you start out by stenciling on your letters. I had to erase and start over a few times before I got it even, so measuring might not be an awful idea.

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Next you break out the wood burner. This was my first time using one, but I think I did a decent job. Choose the tip that works best for lettering. You don’t want the skinniest one unless you don’t plan on filling in the letters. I used a roundish tip.

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Next you’ll wan to sand and stain. You don’t necessarily have to stain it, but I didn’t like the color of the wood. Sand any rough edges before staining. You could also sand before you start stenciling, but I didn’t think of that until now. Be sure that you thoroughly stir the stain. When applying and wiping off the excess always always always go with the grain.

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When that’s done drying, preferably over night, you can add more coats of stain or move on the a clear coat. I decided to use some exterior use ModPodge because I already had some. Paint it on evenly, you can do more than one coat if you like.
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The last step is to add some sort of wall mount fastener. I don’t like the screw in kind, or the ones you can see on top so I wet with a back mount. The wood is light so I just krazy glued it on and voilà. And now you have your very own home made garage sign.

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November 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Things I Hate

  • scary movies
  • shots
  • sun burn
  • being cold
  • ketchup
  • incompetence
  • Will Ferrell
  • job hunting
  • sugar on strawberries
  • waiting
  • vacuuming hard floors rather than carpet
  • the way society expects people, especially women, to look
  • humidity
  • bug bites
  • Tom Cruise
  • insects, or anything with more than four legs
  • yard work in the fall
  • MSUs website
  • paying bills
  • gravy
  • chipped nail polish
  • the hiccups
  • wet public toilet seats
  • twangy country music
  • surprises
  • basement mildew smell

November 7, 2013. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. 1 comment.

Things I Love

  • Joe
  • crafting
  • my dogs
  • Mexican food
  • sleeping
  • watching tv
  • good hair days
  • shopping
  • tuna noodle casserole
  • documentaries
  • frozen peppermint patties
  • Star Wars
  • laughing
  • my parents
  • the cleaning feeling when fresh out of the shower
  • a good cheese burger
  • Anne Hathaway
  • vacations
  • warm weather
  • wrapping and unwrapping presents
  • Fallout 3
  • my sister
  • good hair days
  • the first scoop in to a new jar of peanut butter
  • Weezer
  • new clothes
  • reminiscing
  • office supplies, specifically pens and notebooks
  • putting on clothes fresh out of the dryer
  • naps

November 6, 2013. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

A Very Star Wars Halloween

This year I made Joe and I Jedi and Sith costumes for Halloween. I didn’t take pictures as I sewed, but the cloak pattern I used was from this website. I used about four yards of fabric. Save your JoAnn’s coupons for it. Joe’s robe thing was a pretty quick throw together. Just a few strips sewn together, poorly too. I told him if he ever wanted to be a Jedi again I would make him something better.

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  • black faux leather leggings
  • black faux leather boots
  • black tank top
  • black drape-y cardigan
  • black lacy vest
  • black faux leather belt
  • black Jedi robe
  • red lightsaber

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  • brown pants
  • brown and tan robe thingy
  • tan t-shirt
  • brown belt
  • blue lightsaber

November 5, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Projects, Stories. Leave a comment.

Shoe Addiction

I have a shoe problem. A serious, serious shoe problem.

Heels:

  1. Black patent – Colin Stuart
  2. Black – Jessica Simpson
  3. Black and nude peep toe – Nine West
  4. Green leather stacked heel – Nine West
  5. Red patent – Rampage
  6. Navy blue – Fioni
  7. Grey – Madden Girl
  8. Black patent wedges – Chinese Laundry
  9. Tan wedges – Dexter

Booties with Heels:

  1. Grey – Fioni
  2. Black wedges – Call It Spring
  3. Black with laces – Clarks
  4. Tan western style – Candies
  5. Tan slip on wedges – Express
  6. Brown super high heel – Nine West

Flats:

  1. Black – Comfort Plus
  2. Brown – American Eagle
  3. Blue sparkle – Call It Spring
  4. Teal loafers – Nine West
  5. Nude patent toe – Dexflex
  6. Black and grey patent toe – Dexflex
  7. Black wedges – Rocket Dog
  8. Black peep toe – Dexflex
  9. Pewter cut-out – American Eagle
  10. Grey – Gap
  11. Black fluffy – Route 66
  12. Nude pink crochet lace – DSW

Boots:

  1. Black leather – Nine West
  2. Black furry – Uggs
  3. Floral rain – Sloggers
  4. Tan – Arizona
  5. Grey slouchy – Arizona
  6. Black with small heel – Meijer

Sneakers:

  1. Black – Reebok
  2. White and green shocks – Nike
  3. Running – Mizuno
  4. Black track – Converse
  5. Purple high tops – Chuck Taylor
  6. Black lo tops – Chuck Taylor
  7. Pink lo tops – Chuck Taylor
  8. Light blue lo tops – Chuck Taylor
  9. White lo tops – Chuck Taylor
  10. Navy – Keds
  11. White – Keds

Sandals:

  1. Black – Merona
  2. Black gladiators – a.n.a.
  3. Purple – Style & Co
  4. Peach – Forever 21
  5. Silver – Union Bay
  6. Tan ankle strap – American Eagle
  7. Flip flops – Teva
  8. Flip flops – American Eagle
  9. Flip flops – Old Navy
  10. Flip flops – JC Penney

Slip Ons:

  1. Grey – Toms
  2. Black sparkle – Toms
  3. Floral boat shoe – Old Navy
  4. Red and white stripes – Basic Editions
  5. Blue plaid boat shoe – Dexter
  6. Tan mocassins – Minnetonka
  7. Black moccasins – Target
  8. Grey loafer moccasins – Target

That’s a total of 62 pairs of shoes. I definitely have a problem.

November 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking. 3 comments.

MSU Scarf

imageI saw this on Pinterest a while ago and thought it was adorable so I decide to make an attempt. You’ll need a bunch of t-shirts and scrap fabric with different patterns and variations of your schools colors. I went to the thrift store and found a bunch of miscellaneous green, grey, and white shirts. I got my primary Spartan head shirt and the random scrap fabrics from Walmart. And of course, you’ll need a sewing machine, although you could do it by hand and a nice pair of fabric scissors. A seem ripper may also come in handy. I had a few mess ups along the way.

The next thing to do is figure out what size you want each different section. I decided on 12in x 12in squares.

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Once you have all of your squares sewn up the sides you can begin sewing them together.

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Here’s my final product!

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September 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Decoupage

I had some ModPodge sitting around the house so I decided to make an attempt at decoupage.

What you’ll need:

  • Modpodge
  • sponge or paint brush
  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • patience
  • paper towel
  • Windex

Obviously you need to start by finding all of your supplies. Next step is to clean the inside or outside of your jar. I put the paper on the inside, so I cleaned the inside.

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Next you cut, or rip, up your colored paper.

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Start at the bottom with a layer of Modpodge in the jar. Place your paper on the Modpodge then paint another layer on top of the paper.

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Keep at this until it’s all the way up to the top.

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Trim the edges and let it dry.

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Bam. Decorative jar for whatever you’d like. I wouldn’t recommend putting a candle in there, just in case Modpodge is flammable. Maybe a flameless candle. That would be cool.

July 19, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Book Safe

After spending some time on Pinterest I decided my next project would be a book safe. I looked on Amazon for the cheapest large book I could find. Initially, I looked at War and Peace, because that’s a big ass book. I eventually settled on a different large, unnamed (it’s a secret) book that was on sale for $5.

What you’ll need:

  • a thick book
  • x acto knife
  • card board
  • mod podge or glue
  • paint brush or sponge brush for glue
  • patience
  • large books or other weights
  • wax paper
  • a couple of hours for cutting and an overnight for drying

First you want to find your large book. Then measure the page dimensions and decide how large you’d like your safe hole to be. Then cut out a piece of cardboard to use as your guide. I put packing tape around the edges just so my knife wouldn’t catch on the cardboard every time I cut. In hindsight, a reverse cardboard guide would’ve been easier to use. One that looks more like a picture frame. If you really want your cuts to be even you can glue the outside edges of the pages before starting. Again, follow my advice on using weights and wax paper that are shown below.

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Start cutting. This will take a while. You can cut one at a time if you have the patience and are a perfectionist. I tried to cut as many as I could at a time, but my edges were uneven. I’d probably aim for 5-10 pages depending on the thickness of the paper and how sharp your knife is.

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When you’re getting close to the bottom you can put a piece of cardboard underneath the last few pages so that you don’t cut through the rest of the pages or cover, depending on how deep you plan on cutting. Next break out your mod podge/glue and your paint brush. You’ll want to paint the glue all around the inside of the safe. I let it dry and did another coat the next day, but that’s up to you.

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Before closing the book to dry, insert a piece of wax paper between the cut and glued pages and the uncut front few pages so that they don’t get stuck together.

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Once you’ve done this, find a corner or table out of the way and stack a bunch of other heavier other books, or other heavy objects, on top over night to dry. It’s important that you do this otherwise the pages will dry wrinkly and warped and the book will be wider than it’s supposed to.

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After it has dried over night, carefully peel off the wax paper and fill the safe with whatever you’d like. Add it to your shelf and voilà!

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When you’re done you’ll have a lot of extra pages, I had around 800. You can use them for other craft projects like origami or decoupage or as kindling for a bon fire.

July 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Seven Years

Today Joe and I are celebrating seven years. Aren’t we cute?

Now I knew he wasn’t planning on proposing, it’s too cliché. But when he gave me a card, I felt it before opening it. He laughed.

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June 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , . News. Leave a comment.

More Baby Birdies

After my birds hatched and flew away I was experiencing some empty nest syndrome feelings. However, a different bird kept flying to the nest. One day I checked and there were tree eggs. I was so excited. When Joe came over the next day I had him look at my three new eggs, he came back and said there were four. I checked again the next day and five eggs were there!

Unfortunately, something attacked the nest in the night. My mom called to tell me that three were missing and two more were dead in the nest. She took care of the last two, rather than leaving them for whatever got the other three. Poor little babies. And that poor mother. I wonder if finches feel sorrow.

Here are the pictures I had before they were attacked. They were so cute.

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June 2, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . News. Leave a comment.

My Baby Birdies

When we finally decided to take down one of Christmas wreaths that was still up in March we found that a bird had started to build a nest so we left it up.

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Now they’re gone and I’m experiencing empty nest syndrome.

May 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . News, Stories. Leave a comment.

Say Please

Lilo has learned how to say please in the most adorable puppy way possible.

April 26, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Black Nail Polish Fiasco

One of Lily’s bottles of nail polish jumped out of the cabinet this evening. It got everywhere. The floor, the sink, her shirt, the wall, under the vanity, and even a streak inside the mirror. She had to clean it up with cotton balls, a tooth brush, paper towels, and a whole lot of nail polish remover. And of course it happened at 11:30pm on a school night.

When mom saw it all she could say was, “It just had to be black.”

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April 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

Masquerade Mask

A friend of mine is having a masquerade birthday party so I decided to make my mask.

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March 30, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Bow Back Shirt

My sister found a cute bow back shirt on Pinterest, so I decided to make it.
You’ll need:

  • Plain shirt
  • Scrap fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue

The first step is to cut lines across the shirt. I measured mine four inches apart, but that all depends on your size an how anal you are.

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Once that was done I used strips of fabric from something else. You can, if you want the shirt shorter, cut a strip off the bottom, but I wanted the original hem and I liked the length. This is where the fabric glue comes in to play. Use the glue to secure the strips closure around the bunches of fabric. Let it dry and voila.

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This will be cute for the summer and can be worn with a bandeau top so that bras and tank tops aren’t seen.

March 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Scarf Organizer

My scarves used to just sit in a drawer all disorganized. Then, one day, I saw an idea on Pinterest for a scarf organizer.

What you’ll need:

  • Hanger
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scarves
  • Decorative string or fabric

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It’s really pretty easy. Just glue the rings on to the hanger.

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I didn’t like the way it looked so I tied some spare fabric around the glue spots. This isn’t necessary, it’s just about what you want it to look like.

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When you’re done and the glue is dried, put your scarves on and hang wherever you like.

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March 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

DIY Pen Organizer

This is a craft I saw on Pinterest. Or rather, there was a 50 things to do with toilet paper rolls and I liked this idea because my pens are currently disorganized in a large shoe box. Anyone that knows me knows I have way too many pens, so this project just made sense.

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What you’ll need:

  • a shoe box
  • Elmer’s glue
  • an abundance of paper clips
  • a bunch of toilet paper rolls
  • spray paint
  • a ridiculous amount of pens
  • wrapping paper or other decorative paper
  • Mod Podge

Basically, I started by finding a box and saving toilet paper rolls when we finished them. Of course I’m impatient so I asked Joe’s mom to save them from her house too. She loves recycling so as long as they’re not in the trash she’s willing to help. It took me maybe a week to collect all the rolls. I’m not entirely sure, I wasn’t keeping track.
I started off by putting a little Elmer’s glue around the bottom of a roll and the sides that would be touching another roll or the wall of the box. In order to make sure they stayed secure while drying I paperclipped the whole thing together.

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Once the glue was dry I spray painted it because the box and rolls are ugly. I just used whatever spray paint I had left from previous projects.

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I didn’t like the look of the spray paint so I covered it in wrapping paper to make it look a little more interesting. Once all that was done I put my pens in and voila.

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Believe it or not, I didn’t have to buy a single pen or pencil to fill it. I couldn’t even fit all of what I do have.

March 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Winter Loom Knit Set

Yesterday I posted about the loom knit kit I purchased. Instead of making a hat, like I had originally said, I decided to make a winter headband to match.

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February 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Loom Knitting

I recently bought myself Martha Stewart’s Knit & Weave Loom Kit and two large balls of cheap yarn. I made a scarf and I’m going to make a hat to match.

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February 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Life Achievement

photoToday I got into Michigan State University’s Masters of Social Work program. It’s being run through SVSUs campus so I don’t even have to move. I’m so excited! I believe it starts this July.

I’ve also lost ten pounds in the last month and a half, looked at engagement rings with Joe and will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May.

This is my year.

February 7, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . News, Stories. Leave a comment.

Six Years

Joe and I are celebrating six years together today. It’s very exciting. I never thought I would find the person I want to be with for the rest of my life so young. Joe makes me the happiest girl in the world.

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June 11, 2012. Tags: , , . Just Talking, News, Stories. Leave a comment.

Lilo Cricket

My little girl is so cute. In fact, she’s so cute I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

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June 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Candyman: The David Klein Story

A documentary about candy seemed very fitting to the sugary mood I am in tonight. I am making lots and lots of cookies, so candy just seemed to fit.

The story was about David Klein, the inventor of Jelly Belly jelly beans. However, this isn’t a happy story of success. He was tricked into selling his rights to Jelly Belly and his royalties were small and have already run out.

May 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Dragon Ball Z Marathon

Instead of a movie tonight Joe and I are going to watch a lot of episodes of Dragonball Z. We’ve been working on watching the episodes on Hulu since November. We’re 166 episodes in and are nearing the Cell Games. So I decided a bunch of episodes of DBZ would make up for my lack of watching a movie.

May 10, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Man on Wire

I decided on a documentary tonight. Man on Wire is about Philippe Petit, a high wire/tightrope walker. The movie talks about his various high wire experiences. More specifically, the movie talks about and explains how he and a team broke into the World Trade Center towers and walked between the towers in the 70s. Unusually told, but very interesting.

May 10, 2012. Tags: , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

The Karate Kid

I had planned on watching The Incredible Hulk tonight but the DVD wouldn’t read. I tried in the DVD player, nothing. I tried in my Xbox, nothing. I tried in my laptop and I had to restart it to get it to eject.

Instead of the Hulk I decided to search Netflix. I stumbled across The Karate Kid. The one from 1984, not the one with Will Smith’s son. It’s from the 80s so it’s cheesy, but it’s a classic, right?

May 9, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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About two weeks ago this movie was on tv and I had to leave Joe’s house so I only saw maybe 20 minutes and it was interrupted by commercials. My sister said she thought I’d like it because I “like nerdy things like Star Wars.” It looked interesting enough so why not. Who doesn’t love a good action flick?

May 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Rango

After browsing through Netflix I decided on Rango. I wanted to watch something less serious and a shorter movie. I had also been wanting to see it for a while so it seemed like a good choice.

It was interesting and funny. And it wasn’t a total kid movie. I mean, it’s definitely a kid movie, but I enjoyed it too. Besides, who doesn’t like a rattle snake with a machine gun for a rattler?

May 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Tonight’s movie was Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. It was a very interesting story about a boys search for a lock to a key that his father, who died in the twin towers on 9/11, left behind. It was not at all what I had expected. I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely suggest you watch it.

May 6, 2012. Tags: , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Dragonball: Evolution

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Tonight Joe and I watched Dragonball: Evolution. We’ve been working on watching Dragonball Z because it’s on Hulu and thought we’d see what the movie was all about. It was pretty ridiculous. Cheesy and didn’t follow the story. However, it was a short movie and I’m sure a drinking game could be made out of it somehow.

May 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

The Avengers

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Last night Joe and I went to see Joss Whedon and Marvel’s The Avengers and it was epic! Seriously. I may see it again while it’s in theaters. It was the best comic book movie I’ve ever seen not to mention I love Joss Whedon.

Anyway, I’m counting The Avengers as my movie for Thursday and I’ll watch a different one tonight.

May 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Grizzly Man

Tonight I am watching Grizzly Man. Yeah yeah. I know it’s after midnight but I haven’t gone to bed yet so it still counts. It’s a very interesting documentary about a man that spent thirteen years studying grizzly bears only to be killed and eaten by one. Very intriguing.

May 3, 2012. Tags: , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

The Ghost Writer

The first movie for Movie a Day May was The Ghost Writer. It was suspenseful. I honestly didn’t think I would like it and figured it would be good background while I clean my room. I didn’t get much cleaning done. It’s one of those movies you have to pay attention to and I enjoyed it.

We’ll see how well I can keep up with this challenge. I’m certainly going to try though. I’ll have to make a trip to blockbuster for the weekend. Not all the movies I want to see are on Netflix streaming.

May 1, 2012. Tags: , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Movie a Day May

I have decided that since I only work a few hours a day and will not be taking classes this summer that I wanted to watch some movies that I haven’t already seen. Because of this want to see more movies I made up ‘Movie May.’
My end goal is to watch a movie I haven’t already seen every day in the month of May. We have Netflix, a handful of movies that we own and a few movies saved on my computer so it shouldn’t be tough finding something I haven’t seen.
This challenge includes new releases and old releases as long as I haven’t already seen it. Those are pretty much the only requirements. One previously unseen movie per day for the entire month of May. 31 movies in 31 days. I can totally handle that.

April 25, 2012. Tags: , . Projects. Leave a comment.

My New Puppy

A few months ago Joe and I learned that his cousin’s dog was pregnant. I was lucky enough to go over to her house the day the puppies were born and immediately fell in love with the black one. We talked it over and looked through our finances and decided that we wanted to bring her home.

Her name is Lilo Cricket, because she is so bouncy. Joe picked Lilo and it fits well. She has a white stripe on her chest and belly and has some brown spots behind her ears that Joe’s mom thinks look almost like bows. She is a poo-shi-pom. Half poodle, quarter shih tzu, quarter pomeranian.

She likes to bite, but she’s still teething. She’s been very good about potty training and is learning to let us know if she has to go. She likes to chew on drawstrings, small bones and my chapsticks. She also loves to run around and wrestle with Joe’s sister’s pomeranian.

April 2, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . News. Leave a comment.

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