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Making a Fabulous Thanksgiving Table November 12, 2013

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So Thanksgiving is fast approching, and (almost) any crafter is feverishly looking for the perfect Thanksgiving table craft. I found a couple great videos to help you with that:

simpleDIYs has a great series testing Pinterest crafts. In this video she tries the “Decorate a mug with a Sharpie” tip. Result: Use an oil-based paint Sharpie, not your normal Sharpie, but it does work. Also, draw on the outside of whatever dish you’re decorating (not the eat-from side), and put the mug into a cold oven. I can’t wait to make some of these myself!

Mark Montano is one of my favorite YouTube crafters. This video on thestylishvids channel shows how to make a Thanksgiving table so easily that even the macho Thanksgiving-bird-carver can do it!

If you liked those plates Mark did, you have to check out these other plates. I think they are FABULOUS!

And I just can’t do a post about Thanksgiving crafts without this awesome video, again from Mark Montano.


Two Weeks – Ornament, Hat, Nails, Terrarium, Jam, Stand, and Plushie – Phew. July 22, 2013

Posted by Sindy in Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Journal, Toys.
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Today is WIDTPTW! Got that? (i.e. What I Did The Past Two Weeks.) Let’s start with the family reunion.

Since we had 8 long hours of travel, I got a couple, large, portable projects done. I had bought a foam Christmas ornament and was somehow able to draw on it in a bumpy car. Took forever, but I’m excited to start the next one.

Foam snowman ornament

I also made this funky hat with ruffle yarn. Looks like a giant shower poof on my head.

Poof hat

Next (when we got there) I did my nails with all the different things we’d be doing during the reunion (sort of). My cousin just returned from his mission (thus the bike and the suit), we were going swimming (without the fish), and we were going to play games (it’s hard to tell, but it’s supposed to be water balloons, badmitten (uh, no clue how to spell that), a trampoline, and a pile of balls). I mostly talked with my cousins instead of playing the games, but we sure laughed (mostly from me teasing my younger cousins).

Reunion nails - left

Reunion nails - right

Back home, I went to an activity where we made crocheted necklaces (sorry I don’t have a photo, but I hope to do a tutorial) and I made my first terrarium. I rather like how it turned out.


My Mom taught me how to make and bottle strawberry jam. We tried a new pectin called Pomona’s pectin. Wow was it fast and easy, and hardly needed any sugar! It’s a little expensive, but it’s fantastic.

Strawberry jam

My Mom also made me a glue gun stand. It has a little tile to catch the hot drips, and it keeps the gun upright so it’s easy to grab.

Glue gun stand

And I rounded out the past two weeks with a little chocolate chip cookie plushie. I’ve been watching some plushie tutorials by Tammy Hallam on YouTube, and I just haaad to try making one. I think it turned out really cute. And although it took a while (esp. with all the chocolate chips) it was really easy.

Kawaii Chocolate Chip Cookie Plushie

Glowsticks for the Fourth! :D July 5, 2011

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I like sleep. No, I’m addicted to it. Feeling like I’m actually alive the next morning instead of something dragged through who-knows what. Yeah, I like sleep, so you can imagine what I thought about the festivities last night – not too happy. I also like to be safe while I have fun. Fireworks that can blow up your house doesn’t sound fun to me.

Then my sister told me what some neighbors of hers did: A case of hundreds of glowsticks! Talk about awesome! They were having all sorts of fun with them, shaking them around like sparklers, wearing them like they had found the lost city of gold, and they even taped them all over the Dad’s truck! Now that sounds like fun to me!

And if you miss the fireworks, you can set up a mechanical show with glowsticks flying through the air, others spinning on a wheel, some taped to a board in fancy designs, … and when the show’s over the “fireworks” are still there for several hours! You can even get the kids involved with planning and creating this lovely show – another thing you can’t do with fireworks. Yeah, I like this idea. Can you tell?