Worky Work Busy Bee!!

It has been a crazy long time since I have blogged about anything and that is for two reasons.  1) I haven’t had much to say.  2) I have been (p)inspired! 
I have been all over Pinterest for the last couple of months.  If you don’t know what Pinterest is, click here and I’ll see you in a few hours.  Feel free to follow me if you want – I really, truly, only pin things for myself.  I know others will tag their friends on their boards or pins, but not me…I’m a selfish pinner.
Here are the projects I have done in the last month or so – all of which were found on Pinterest.  I will be the first to admit that they didn’t all turn out as I had hoped.  Some were huge failures and turned out rather pathetic and sad.  I am sharing them all!  Without further delay, let’s start off with some candy!
I made Butterfingers and Almond Joys.  Both of which are big favorites of mine.  I don’t have a picture of the Butterfingers.  I wasn’t that impressed with them.  Overall, I’ll give them a “B”, but only because everyone else said they thought they were better than the real candy.  They were too peanut buttery.  I’m going to make them again, but this time, I’m adding powdered sugar to the peanut butter.  Click here for the recipe from Brandy’s Crafts.
Next up, Almond Joys!
Before chocolate.

After chocolate.
 I’ll start by saying this.  I am not a candy maker.  I don’t have the correct tools and although I did take the suggestion of the blogger who posted this recipe and used a meat fork to dip the candy, it still was a pain in the ass.  However, they are covered in chocolate and that was the main objective, so check that off as a win for me.  Personally, I like these a lot better than then Butterfingers, but the general consensus was that they could use more almonds.  I have to agree.  I should have put at least 2 almonds on each one instead of just one, or made the coconut mounds smaller.  Other than that, I think these deserve an “A-“.  Click here for the recipe from Cooking With K.  The only change I made in this recipe was the chocolate.  I used left over semi-sweet chips (about 2 bags worth) and one bag of milk chocolate chips.  It’s just what I had on hand and I think it worked pretty well.  
My next food Pinspiration was this:
Regrowing green onions.
You can ignore the Kleenex sucker ghost and the Elvis ornament.  So basically, you just put the onions back in water after you cut off what you need and they are supposed to start growing again.  They do – almost immediately.  It’s weird, but now I’m looking at this damn glass with onions in it all the time.  Ryan asked me how much money I think I’m saving by doing this.  Yeah…so they cost about $.99 a bunch and I use them about once a month.  And I have noticed that the growing seems to have slowed considerably and the ends are actually looking a bit dry – nothing that I would really want to eat.  However, if you feel like this is something you must try, click here for Baked By Rachel’s directions.

Next up are two projects I mentioned previously:

Paint chip art.

 You can read about my inspiration from The Idea Room here.  Or my original post here.

Yarn Letter

These are all over the place.  I started off with the idea from The Land Of Nod, but also had inspiration from other blogs that I mention in my original post.

My next project gets a big fat “D”.  I would have given it an “F”, but it is actually performing it’s intended duty at this time so I can’t call it a complete failure. 

Magazine bowl with lid.

Separated – the bottom doesn’t look that bad – it’s that lid that is crazy.

I saw this on Saved By Love Creations and thought it was so cute.  Mine did not turn out that way.  I did follow the instructions, but I just didn’t quite get the grasp of how to make it wider without making it equally as tall until about 1/2 way through the lid.  Not to mention, this takes a lot of time and is a little hard on the hands.  Besides being sore, it made my hands really dry.  The bowl is currently housing two Christmas ornaments that my darling children have broken and I need to fix.

I made these on a whim.

Flare pants turned skinny.

 I got these pants at Old Navy a couple of years ago and haven’t worn them for awhile because they really flared at the bottom.  It bothered me and I almost got rid of them until I saw this post from Lucky Design – Devon Lauren.  It’s was so easy.  I used Kamryn’s sidewalk chalk to mark my lines and knocked this little project out in under 30 min.  I will give the finished project a “B” because one leg is uneven and because I actually didn’t make them as skinny as I should have.  I was afraid I would make them too tight and ended up making them too loose, but still acceptable.  I have worn them in public.

One of my better projects was revamping the kid’s table.  It was pretty marked up with crayon, marker, paint, etc and while it definitely didn’t make it unusable, I thought it could use a makeover.

My make-shift painting station.

I seriously had my doubts.

Again, you can find people all over the web who have used chalkboard paint on furniture.  I didn’t find one specifically on a kid’s table like this, but I guarantee, this isn’t unique.  I saw this post on Babble and it got me to quit procrastinating.  I have had the paint for about 4 years.  I was actually going to use it in our playroom in our old house, but never got around to it.

I like making things for Kamryn because she is at the age where everything I make for her she thinks it’s amazing.  She’s always telling me that I’m a good crafter, baker and cooker.  So far be it from me to discourage her encouragement!  I made this little tooth fairy pillow for when Kamryn looses her 1st tooth (and subsequent teeth).  I kind of like it, but it also kind of creeps me out.

Ballerina, tooth fairy.

Is it just me or does the tooth fairly look a little drunk?  Not only does my little fairy look like she is imbibing on some of Grandpa’s cough medicine, but it’s kind of strange where the tooth goes once it has been “lost”.  You put the tooth in the fairy’s mouth.  There is a pocket sewn in there.  My mom made me a tooth shaped pillow when I was little and it had a pocket on the back where you put the tooth.  I kind of wish I would have put a little pocket on the skirt or on the back instead of in the mouth.  Irregardless, if you would like to make a baby tooth eating fairly, you can find the instructions and pattern by Mmm Crafts here.  You will also notice that her version is much cuter than Drunky Fairy above.

And finally, my current project is this blanket.

This is also for Kamryn.  It’s crochet and a star stitch that I found here.  It’s courtesy of Free Vintage Crochet.  They have a ton of different tutorials that I will be trying out in the future. 

So there you have it.  This is what has been occupying my time the last month.  I’m also working on a couple of other projects for holiday gifts.  It’s the first time I have had a deadline in the last 3 years so we’ll see how that works out for me.  I will say this, if it turns out like I hope, you can bet your sweet britches that I’ll have another post up to show off my work!

My Art and Some Stories

I have about 5 different projects going on right now.  I get all of these ideas of things I want to do – mostly things I have seen other people do and then I want to try it.  My problem is that I start all of them at once and usually don’t have all the supplies to finish them or I have to wait for paint to dry or lately, the weather to cooperate.  It has been HOT and actually humid in San Diego the last couple of days – not ideal for painting something outside.

Yesterday I decided to set my sites on something that I could complete, but I didn’t know what it was yet.  I was at Wal-Mart to pick up some coffee filters.  I know what you’re thinking, You go all the way to Wal-Mart just for coffee filters?  On this occasion, I did.  I drop Kamryn off at school at 7:55 and there isn’t much that is open at that time.  I know Target is open, but I hadn’t been to Wal-Mart for awhile and thought I could get some other stuff as well.  As it turns out, Wal-Mart has an awesome craft aisle.  They also sell paint, which means they have paint chips. 

I had pinned some paint chip art a few weeks ago and since then have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on some of the paint chips.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I thought once I had them, I would figure it out.  And figure it out, I did!  I made these….

The best part?  They were 100% free.  The shadow box frames are from IKEA.  They used to be in Kamryn & Rory’s nurseries with Ocean Critters in them:

Lucky for me, the little critters just peeled right off.  There was a little glue residue on the mat with the turtle in it, but see those keys in the upper right corner?  The little discount membership cards that are on the ring make for an excellent, but gentle glue scraper.

After freeing up my frames, I punched the flowers out of the paint chips.  I got the punches from Target a long time ago and I think I paid $.50 for them.  I used regular old computer paper for the background.  I bet that makes true artists cringe, but that is an upgrade from what I used for the ocean critters.  For those, I just flipped over the piece of paper that came with the frame!  I then mapped out where all of the little flowers were going to go.

And glued them into place with the mother of all glues…Elmer’s.  I erased all the lines, but as you can see above, I put little circles where the flower was to go.  I don’t know about you, but I can guarantee that I would have put a drop of glue in a place where I shouldn’t and then I would have made a mess trying to get it off. 

And thus, my finished product. 

My brother and husband were 100% unimpressed with my art to which I told them to kindly “F*%^ right off.” Kamryn, on the other hand told me they were beautiful and that’s all that really matters because they are hanging in her room.

I do believe I also promised a story.  Lately I have had to entice my dear little boy to do things.  If I make it sound exciting, he gets excited and then we can move along on our merry way.  Today I wanted to get the mail without incident.  Here is what went down this morning:
Me:  “Rory, let’s go get the mail!  Maybe there is a surprise in there for you!”
Rory:  “Cheese?”
Me:  “Sure Buddy, maybe there’ll be some cheese in there for you.”
Rory:  “OK Mommy!  Let’s go!”
There was no cheese today and Rory was a little disappointed, but that was soon forgotten when he saw a guy with a mustache doing the landscaping.  He’s all about mustaches right now so Rory crouched down, even though the man was standing, and looked up at him – his head at a slight tilt and just stared and pointed at this guy’s face.  He muttered a low “mustache” – almost like he was in awe.  I just stood there because sometimes it’s more fun for me to watch instead of trying to explain what my 2 year old is doing or why.  I let it go on for a few awkward seconds and then told Rory we had to go.  Luckily the guy didn’t seem to mind a toddler admiring his lip warmer even if he didn’t realize that is what was going on.