Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

Holiday Photo Outtakes

The temps have dropped right down to 29 degrees here (F), and we were running out of time to take our Holiday card photo, so what is a rushed Mama to do??

I dragged my family out to the dock near our home, and froze them good, of course. You can see how thrilled they were in that photo above. The sun actually made an appearance, but it was right in our eyes. And that wind was doing terrible things to our hair (those of us with longer hair, that is). Red noses all around. I do question my sanity when doing this every single year.

But in the end, we got a decent photo (2 out of 4 people are not making weird faces).

  Holiday Photo Outtakes

See past years: here, here, here, and here

Happy Holidays!

Sharpie Mugs

Recently, I taught a Sharpie Mugs class at our library. I brought the Bee along so she could particpate, as well as help me. We had a blast! It was such a fun activity for adults and teens alike.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

AND they would make great gifts!

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

This one was mine. I took my inspiration from Pinterest, and married two ideas: this one and this one.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

Really that was the most time consuming part about this project; finding ideas. For the class, I pulled all sorts of interesting design books (the 20 Ways to Draw books- like this one, this one, and this one– are fabulous), and even Henna books, so that people could clarify their vision and get inspiration. I’d say everyone researched ideas for a good 30 minutes. Then I encouraged them all to draw it out on a plain ol piece of paper before attempting to do it on the mugs.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

I did this one too. Inspired by this pin.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

This was done by my Bee. She impressed me with her original design. This was one side.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

And this was the other. It is so happy. I love it.

gift inspiration: Sharpie Mugs

Any mistakes that were made, we just dabbed a little hand sanitizer on a cotton swab and it worked like a charm. There is conflicting info out there about how to set the paint, though. The library sent instructions to bake them, but when I got home and did that, the fumes were so toxic, I had to stop it halfway through (even with all the windows open, and a fan running). I went onto the Sharpie website, and there is no mention of heat setting the oil based paint. So, if we did it again, I would skip that part and see how they held up after washing.

Have you made these? What method did you use?


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On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Magnus Chase

On our shelves this week is a book I was waiting for!

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Hammer of Thor

by Rick Riordan

I have been waiting (im)patiently for this book! I am hooked on this series. It is funny and witty and a fast read full of adventure and magic and Norse Mythology. I just started this book yesterday, and already am in love. It is timely too. One of the main characters is Muslim, another is deaf, and a new one is transgender and is referred to as “gender fluid”. I love the diversity and the strength of these characters. The fact that they are all related to the gods of Asgard makes my heart sing.

I am trying to savor it, because I just found out that book number three will not be out until October of 2017! What in Thor’s name will I do?

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

Transform a journal into a locking diary

Our tween has one request for her upcoming birthday: a locking diary. So this week my husband and I perused the stores looking for one. We found a few, but nothing we fell in love with. We then decided to look in the “adult” section of the store where the prettier journals are, and found a beautiful one, only it didn’t have a lock. Jim turned to me and said “you could totally make this into a locking diary“. And you know what? I did! Smart Man. And what’s more, I came up with a tutorial for how to transform a journal into a locking diary, so you can make one, too.

transform a journal into a locking diary

This is a super quick project (the longest part is waiting for the glue to dry- literally).

First, gather a few supplies:

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

  • strong glue (I used E6000 and went outside to use it with gloves on)
  • journal
  • lock and key (I wish we would have seen this one first!)
  • d-ring hangers (we used these)
  • *optional* small buttons or gems (these look fun) to cover the holes

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Line up the d-ring so that the ring is hanging off the edge of the book (the hinge should allow the ring to swing down against the pages). Glue in place. Because some of the glue was coming through the hole, I also stuck the button on at the same time. Allow it to dry.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Flip it over and repeat, making sure to line it up with the one on the front.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

When it is completely dry, you are done! Seriously, the most simple project ever.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

It is now ready for someone to write down all the secrets of their heart.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

Put the lock on, and don’t forget where you put the key! If your lock comes with an extra key, you may want to hold on to it, just in case your child loses things, like mine does.

transform a journal into a locking diary tutorial

I am considering making a necklace for our girl to wear hers on.

Who will YOU make one for?

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Attempted Beaded Wire Ornament

And just like that, we are on to Christmas (and tons of Birthdays around here). So I did what I normally do this time of year…peruse my Pinterest feed, looking for new ideas to try out. I happened upon this pretty craft by Everyday Art and decided to give it a whirl. I titled this post “Attempted Beaded Wire Ornament” because I will admit I struggled a bit with this one. It is deceptively difficult.

Beaded wire Ornaments

I used to be a floral designer for many years, so I happened to have spools of wire in my stash, and The Bee has an extensive bead collection that she generously let me raid. The only thing I actually had to purchase was a pack of balloons. My kind of craft. We were off to a good start.

Beaded Wire Ornament

My Falafel joined me and made a few of her own, but she also had a little trouble. I know there must be a trick to it, but we didn’t figure it out.

Beaded Wire Ornament

The most difficlut thing was keeping the wire from unraveling. On the second one I made, I began twisting it on top, everytime I went around with the wire. It held a little better, but still not perfect.

Beaded Wire Ornament

I hesitate to call this a “fail” because they are still nice to look at, and we always learn something. Quirky is good. I call that a success!

Beaded Wire Ornament

I love to try out new projects this time of year, even if they don’t turn out the way they are supposed to.

What have YOU made today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Beckoning Cat

On our shelves this week, is a book that our 8 year old niece told me about:

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The Beckoning Cat

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by Koko Nishizuka

Our niece loves sushi, and everytime she visits the Japanese restaurant near her home, she sees a cat statue perched by the register, with one paw raised. A friend of hers shared this story, and thought it was really great to make the connection between the statue and this folktale. She just had to share it with me (and I love it). The story is all about the origins of that little white cat, and why people place them in their stores.

Find out why this cat is so lucky, too.

What is on YOUR shelves?

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Airdrie Bag PDF pattern Hack

You may remember the first Airdrie Bag I made for myself (here). I still LOVE it. This is one very large bag, though, and when I take my camera and all my stuff, it fits everything nicely. But I needed something a little smaller for my everyday life, while having it be large enough to carry all the supplies I need on a regular basis. What’s a girl to do??

Make another, (slightly smaller one) by hacking the pattern, of course! Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

I had all of the fabric in my stash, as well as the zipper. Really, since I am an impulsive sewist, I have to have an ample fabric selection, or I would never sew (at least that is my story, and I’m sticking to it).

Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

I love love love this pattern so much. It is not a quick sew, by any means, but it has all the things I look for in a bag, and it is highly customizable, as you will see.

Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

The first change I made was I shaved 4 inches off the main pieces (2 inches off each piece that was on the fold for a total of 4 inches each). The top zipper panel then also had to be adjusted, as well as the side gusset.

Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

I left off the back zipper pocket (since I rarely use it) and left out the separating pocket to reduce bulk. Instead, I made a removable zip bag to carry my medical supplies in (antihistamine, epi pens, bandages, etc). I did include the elastic pockets inside the bag (not pictured-you’ll have to trust me on this one) and left the bottom flexible.

Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

Like my last bag, I made a permanent strap instead of an adjustable one. I like to have it at a certain length, always. One less thing to choose. Ha!

Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

As the pattern recommends, I interfaced the heck out of this one. Every piece has some kind of stabilizer which makes this one sturdy bag.

Airdrie Bag Pattern hack

I’ve already taken it out for a spin, and LOVE my new bag. Now I am ready to focus on holiday sewing!

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Sea of Trolls

On our shelves this week is a book that I am about to dive into:

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The Sea of Trolls

by Nancy Farmer

Since I haven’t begun this one yet, I can only tell you what I know of it. Vikings, Trolls, Beserkers, and a quest that takes place in A.D 793 with two kids. Sounds like the makings of an adventure, wouldn’t you agree?

I am sold.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?