Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Ideas With Homemade Chai

Join me Monday for my secret Chai Recipe

This is an awesome gift for family, friends, teachers, or anyone that needs a Christmas gift.
 I put dry mix in a babyfood jar.   Next step is to glue some Christmas fabric on the lid. 
You can embellish it with anything you have.
 Print the directions on an address label and adhere to the jar.

The dollar store is an awesome place to find mugs, snacks and Christmas trinkets.  Baskets can also be found at the dollar store, or you can head to the second hand stores and load up on beautiful baskets and whatever other deals you find, cause it's always worth a look.

Fill  your basket with chai, mugs and treats.  I usually line my basket with a Christmas tea towel.    You can wrap the basket in cellophane and ribbon.  This is a wonderful gift and much more economical than buying premade gift baskets, which contain lots of fluff but no heart.

Have a Great Day!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Key Rack

Keys KEYS.....where are my keys????? Sound familiar?  It sure is a common sound here.  Mostly me.  Hopefully I have come up with a solution......well if I put my keys on it when I come home.....that's the solution.  Anyways, I actually saw this on a great blog:
 and instantly fell in love with it.  I knew if I had one, that I would never yell "Keys" again.  They would always be there because something so beautiful would put my keys in a trance, and they would be drawn to the hook.  Yes!  That sounds right.  So I went to my scrap wood again, and found some OSB.   Man I am going to run out of scraps with  all these scrap blogs..  I snuck outside cuz hubby was sick and I felt bad for leaving him in the house alone...... and started to cut up some wood.

 I fired up the sander and sanded and sanded and sanded.  I got my trusty glue and clamps and went to work.  

Back into the house and hubby didn't even know I was gone.  Sleep is a powerful thing.  I laid out my plastic and painted it pretty with some homemade chalk paint  CLICK HERE for the tutorial... I think I put on 3 coats.  This picture shows the first coat.

  I let it dry for about 1 hour and then quietly tiptoed out to the shop again.
  I sanded the edges......OH busted....Hubby came out to see what I was up to.....Poor guy.

  Back into the house for us.  I used my antique medium that I don't really care for and some carnauba wax.  I didn`t really mind it this time, but I think I will still get some burnt umber oil paint for next time.  Next step was to gather up my key supplies.  I have been thinking about this for about  months, so I was on the hunt.   I found my first prey at Michael's;  the keys.  They only had three left so I bought them all.  They were $1.50 each.  I attached them with epoxy.

 I printed some numbers from my word program on the computer and cut them out.

  I glued them onto the back of some tags I found at the dollar store. I used four packages " $1.00 each.

  The cup hooks were purchased at Home Depot and cost $3.60 for all.   I had to paint them cuz the brass was too shiny.  

 That was my total cost.  $12.10  The wood was scrap and the wax and paint were from other projects.   I assembled everything

 and this is what I ended up with.  I am pretty happy with it, although it was very different from my inspiration key rack .   I found a stud in the  haha... a wooden stud and measured and screwed  my new key holder to the wall.    Lets see if it works and puts my keys into a deep trance.

 I am going to attach 2 more keys to the top....when I find them.....AAAHHHH ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MY KEYS.
Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Straight (Round and about as possible and in many words) to the Point

Hi all,
My second blog post is a little more exciting for me than for anyone else, but I am too excited not to share it with you.
So yesterday I took the day off and Oonga was going to come into the big city for Halloween trickery, scary movie watching, and to visit me!
As it turned out, we like shopping too much to stay at home. We made our way to the local Value Village and begun the hunt for the find of the day.
The background story: For my Birthday back in September, Oonga gave me cash to get a new beauty tool. I have been searching for the perfect one ever since. We as sisterkins have a long standing obsession with making our curls and kinks go bye-bye.(I remember being one with my iron, yes IRON.)
Let me put this in a little more perspective for you.
One of these puppies brand new runs around 200 buckeroos. I got mine for the low low price of $7.99.
New to me!
Ta Dum!

Have a good day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Champagne Chicken Scraps Cont'....

Nothing says it like photos.......Just in case you missed part 1 CLICK HERE!

Some makeup for the old girl.....I just used acrylic craft paints.  Be forewarned.....Don't put the champagne in the basket.  Those chickens are sneaky!
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Champagne Chicken Scraps

   This is a project I did to use up scraps that were left over from our recent building project. 
  I called this blog champagne chicken scraps because I feel it is a touch fancier than my last project.  Click Here for a peek at the other version.   I am not sure  how to make an enlarged pattern for you, but I am pretty sure you could enlarge this picture or freehand it.    My dimensions are at the widest points, 8 1/2 x 9  for the front and back... The sides are 7 x 5 1/2 and the base is 7 x 4 3/4.  The chicken head is approximately 8 1/2 x 4 3/4  and the tail is about 7 x 3 3/4.

Unfortunately, I can't show you the champagne cause, well, umm....It's gone.  The chickens drank it.....  They ran out of wine and just clucked there way in and drank the champagne...sure.... that's what happened.  Anyways, whatever the reason, I CAN show you step by step on how I made it.  I cut all my parts using a scroll saw and a band saw.  You could do it all with a scroll saw but its faster for me with the band saw.
Next step it to sand all the parts.
Drill  holes in the sides for the handles.

If you have a Dremel like tool, you can carve out eggs and straw.  This is optional but it's kinda cute.

Unfortunately Dremel wanted no part of this carving on the chicken......nah I am just kidding.  I just need more practice.

Attach the tail and head to the front and back. I  use screws and glue.
Place all pieces together to form the basket.  I use glue and staples to attach the parts.

Cut a piece of heavy wire about 3 feet long.  Fold wire in half.  Put one end in a drill and clamp the other end tightly.  Turn your drill on and twist the wire.

  Bend the wire to form the handle. 
 I cut two pieces of copper tubing, about 2 1/2 inches long.  I use that to cover the sharp ends as shown below.

This is where I have left off.  Those darned chickens drank too much and wouldn't sit still for their makeup.......Stay tuned for the finished chicken baskets tomorrow.
 Have A Great Day