-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog With Friends- Boo Crew in Effect!

Hello friends! Welcome to the Boo Crew! We are 6 bloggers who've joined together to bring you some scary-good ideas for Halloween.
Some are tasty, some are crafty; all are a lot of fun. Click on each link under the blog post you'd like to visit. When you get to each blog, say, "Trick-or-Treat!"or "hello!' Just let them know you're there. Everyone loves visitors.


 First up: My Mini Halloween Gates.
These are cute to set on a mantle, hang on your door, or stick out in a planter. Make as many as you'd like. They're a lot of fun to make with kids.

Materials: 
  • A pack of paint stirrers or shims. I bought a set of 24 (15") shims at Lowe's. $5.00
  • Various acrylic paints (Halloween colors work best)
  • Scraps of ANYTHING (felt, fabric,googly eyes, string, sharpies, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, sparkles, glitter, etc.) I know most people won't have all of this, that's okay. Use what you have. I was an early childhood teacher. It's embarrassing what I actually have on hand.
  • Brads or small nails to nail the posts and fence.
  • Hot glue (the brads don't always work, but look great)
  • letters (foam, wood, or, you can paint them on)
  • paintbrushes, sponges
  • newspaper or a drop cloth. Things can get messy.
  • craft glue/ q-tips (children can use this to attach details on to their sticks)
  • Snacks. Trust me.
Warnings:
  • The shims can give splinters. Sand them beforehand, or warn the little ones to be careful. Adults may want to paint the wood ahead of time.
  • Hot glue. Not for kids. An adult will need to help with this.
  • Attach brads with a hammer. Watch out for little fingers.
  • Wear old clothes. Acrylics are hard to remove from fabric.

1. Decide how many characters you'd like on your fence. 4-6 work well. Aside, hold 2 extra shims to use as the 2 horizontal fence pieces.
2. Using acrylics, paint each shim the color of desired characters. I painted 3/4 of the way down. The rest will be black for the "gate" base. When the paint has dried, you can begin to bling your characters out. This is a photo of my oldest getting ready to hot glue some googly eyes onto her mummy.
3. Use markers, fabric, glitter, or anything you can find to create your stick characters. Here is Dracula, Frankenstein and a ghost.
Here is the base of a pumpkin, a glitter Frankenstein, a masking-tape mummy and a...., well, I'm not sure. :)
4. Let dry. Arrange in the order you'd like.

5. Paint bases of each piece black.
6. Lay two pieces horizontally across the character sticks. Attach with brads or small nails. Due to the unevenness of the shims, we also hot glued the pieces into place. Finish by painting the complete fence base. We used a glitter paint to go over the black acrylic.
7. Paint any letters you'd like to create for your fence post saying. Glue on. You can also paint your sayings, or use foam letters.
 8. Clean up that mess!
9. Set them up and show them off :)
Happy Halloween!

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers participating in this month's Boo Crew! Click on the project below each photo to travel to the goodness :)
Happy Halloween, friends :)

Karen from Baking in a Tornado, gives us directions on how to make her "Bloody Buddies"; a fun, edible Halloween treat.

Stacy from Stacy Sews and Schools, teaches us how to make the lovely "Anna's Cape" from the movie "Frozen!"

Lydia from Cluttered Genius, shows us how to decorate on the cheap for a "Spooky Kooky Halloween"


Robin from Someone Else's Genius, shows how to create her "Nevermore Wreath"; a project based on Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Raven".

Melissa from Home on Deranged, gives us "Spooktacular Halloween Ideas" (not too scary!) for little ones.




Friday, October 17, 2014

Fly on the Wall: October 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the October Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 12 awesome bloggers and I are describing what it would be like if you were to take a peek inside our homes....



Have a "look" around mine, and then go visit the other blogger's pages. There's always something fun, sentimental, or better yet, embarrassing going on. It's like your house, only we're admitting to the craziness. You have our permission. Buzz on over!



Why is your dame moving her lips?

All right, I don't WANT to chalk this up to living in Utah, but I just don't know anymore. If you look up feminism and our state in the news as of late, you're going to find some very passionate articles. Read a few if you get a chance and then we can discuss.

I know this doesn't happen EVERY where here, but I swear to you, I'm a magnet for sexism.

My current (actually, ongoing) issue is with salesmen. It doesn't matter if I'm buying an appliance, a car, or in today's instance, furniture. It always starts the same way. Without fail, the salesmen comes up to us, but only looks my husband in the eyes.
Salesman: (staring at Mark) "Can I help you folks with something?"
Mark: (pointing to me) "Well, we gave our living room furniture to our daughter, so we're looking for some new stuff."
Salesman: (to Mark) "Are you looking for anything in particular?"
Mark: (again, pointing to me). "I have no idea. Michele has done most of the research. I'm leaving it up to her."
Salesman: (rocking back and forth on his heels, with his hands in his pockets, he leans once again towards Mark) "Well, what does the little lady like?"

Sweet father of upholstery. What year is this? Will this man's short-sleeve shirt and clip-on tie begin to melt if he has to look at me? I could have been holding a huge wad of hundred dollar bills whilst pointing to a sofa and I'd bet that salesman would have slapped me on the behind and asked me to make him a drink. 

When the last salesperson saw the disgust in my eyes, he turned away from me and whispered to Mark in a, 'You poor man. You've got one of THOSE women..' faces and said in a singsong voice, "You know what they say! Happy Wife, Happy Life! "
If I had one of the man parts required to speak to these guys, I would have pulled it out and beat them with it. But then, I may have messed up my pretty dress.

Three furniture stores. Each out of huge sales. Each getting a letter to the highest ranking female I can find.

Long story short, we found our living room set at an out-of-the way non big-box furniture place. Mark sat down on a comfy sofa while I picked out what I wanted, arranged for the delivery and paid the bill. Guess what? My uterus didn't even fall out.


My cute new stuff.
Photo property of DownEast Home


Some things never change:
I was scanning over an article I had written for a friend's blog forever and a day ago. Life got in the way, so it didn't get posted. In it, I was listing 25 things I'm always nagging my children about. The funny thing is, the list still works today. ALL OF IT. 
SO, I'm sharing it.. Any month of the year, a FLY could hear me yelling saying these things: (If you visit this blog often, you'll already be somewhat familiar with the list.)

1. Did you brush your teeth today?
2. When was the last time you got in the shower?
3. Where are you going now?
4. When will you be home?
5. Who ate my candy bar?
6. How long have you actually had to finish the assignment that’s due tomorrow?
7. Will a how-to meeting help our family learn to replace toilet paper?
8. Why are you hoarding wet towels?
9. Where is your pillowcase?
10. Where are all of my forks?
11. Are you really going to wear that?
12. Where’s your jacket/scarf/coat/boots?
13. Can you tell me this story in 30 words or less?
14. What were you thinking?
15. Who hit who first?
16. Why did you say that to your brother?
17. Why did you do that to your sister?
18. Do I look pleased?
19. Do I care what your friends get to do?
20. Did anyone in the public witness this?
21. Did you say “Thank You”?
22. Did you say you were sorry?
23.  Where did you get THAT idea?
24. What is that smell?
25. For the love of all that is holy, WHY?

More quotes from random family members:

"Come to our house. If we're not crafting or eating, we're yelling. All of those things are fun to witness."

"If you're giving away the sofas, are they perhaps being accompanied by the side tables as well?"

"At the checkout I found a bag of Jolly Rancher Lolly pops. I was instantly disappointed. Who wouldn't name those things Jolly Pops? I would buy those in a heartbeat. I mean, I bought them any way, but I'd do it again with a smile on my face." 

"Are we ever going to eat the shrimp in the freezer or are they just going to become one with the ice?"

"I'm not here to say 'Hi', I just need a fork."

"Send that sleep-machine back. The white noise sound makes me think that someone's going to tell CarolAnn to stay away from the light."

"Sure mom. We promise to help clean-up after 'craft night'."
Mmm hmm.
They didn't keep their promise. The project coming together here will be in a new post on Tuesday. Stop by to check it out :)


Go visit the other crazy kids participating in the October Fly :)
Happy Friday, Friends!


Baking in a Tornado                          
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Just a Little Nutty                                
The Momisodes                                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
The Sadder But Wiser Girl                                   
Follow Me Home                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                 
Menopausal Mother                          
Battered Hope                            
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                         
Someone Else's Genius                
Crumpets and Bollocks               

Friday, October 10, 2014

Use Your Words: Pattern Stories #3


Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 13 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 

My words are: 
vengeful irony (optional) ~ eye broccoli (opposite of eye candy) ~ insidious ~ stroll ~ alluring ~ insignificant


They were submitted by: http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com  
Holy Hannah with those words, woman!!

Pattern Stories #3
   
Pattern drawings are the property of Kwik Sew Pattern Co. 
Pattern #852 was designed by Kerstin Martensson.



Despite blasting Donna Summer's disco loveliness overhead, nothing and no one could help Julia and Kristy connect during last month's photo shoot.

The two had been competing for the same modeling gigs in what seemed like forever. No matter how much Julia had tried, she could never measure up to what Kristy brought to the stage. 

At the Prell shampoo shoot last May, Kristy showed up with bouncy, newly-frosted hair. The color was so alluring, Julia didn't even make it into the final photo. When Julia had practiced the perfect motions for a "cross-your-heart" bra commercial later that month, Kristy strolled in with a new set of perky double Ds. Julia had always felt insignificant in Kristy's shadow.

Then came the day when the girls were competing for the front page of McCall's magazine. The cover-girl would show off the most anticipated piece of clothing for fall: The culottes. Every girl wanted to get their hands on a pair and wear them with the other must-haves of the season: knee-high leather boots.

Kristy had the insidious plan of choosing the tomato-colored culottes knowing the leather boots would match marvelously. She was sure to make the cover.

But when the photographer caught sight of the eye broccoli that were Julia's feet, he demanded that the boots cover any sight of them, and in his words, " the legs they were attached to."

Kristy, who was not at all happy at this turn of events, decided to show off her glorious Double Ds  once again in a revealing button-up blouse. Surely that would clinch the job.

Unfortunately, in what can only be described as a vengeful irony, two buttons on that fabulous shirt popped off and bounced out of sight. Kristy would spend the rest of the shoot in her last-season moccasins, carefully covering up her "girls." She would have to save her beautifully whitened smile (via Pearl Drops) for another day.

All was not lost for Kristy. While Julia made the September cover of McCall's, both women were featured on Kwik Sew's new pattern for culottes. (Any claims to the notion that Kristy's cover was due in-part to her father owning the Kwik Sew company should be dismissed, as this was purely coincidental.)


Happy Friday, friends :)
Check out all the cool kids participating this week:

Baking in a Tornado                              
Spatulas on Parade                       
Stacy Sews and Schools                   
Follow Me Home                        
Battered Hope                             
The Bergham's Life Chronicles                    
Evil Joy Speaks                  
The Momisodes                                    
Someone Else's Genius                        
Crumpets and Bollocks                 
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                     
Eileen's Perpetually Busy                    
             
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