Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Very Deadpool Halloween

I made my nephew a Deadpool costume for Halloween. Though not all components were complete at the time of trick or treating, the costume still turned out amazing! There were many looks of amazement from fellow comic book fans as we went from house to house. I decided to put together a mini-comic book story about the adventures from last night…

More detailed pics to follow soon of the Deadpool Halloween costume. I am thinking I may try to enter it in a few costume contests online after I get the weapons holsters finished and tighten the fit on the pants. I would love to know what you think of this costume!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

You Know You Want to Knit A Sweater for A Penguin | Common Dreams

This makes me wish I knew how to knit! How cute are these penguins!? And what a cool way to help out our little oil-spilled friends of the oceans. LOVE this!!

You Know You Want to Knit A Sweater for A Penguin | Common Dreams

Thursday, September 22, 2011

No more wire hangers!!


<------------  Bettie Page is on my list of like the Top 10 Hottest Women of All Time. If she had been able to bottle up her sex appeal (and general capacity for always looking HOT), then I would have been first in line, with a pitched tent and my Snuggie close at hand, to buy a lifetime supply of that magic juice.

SO.0511.Mothers2.HO.Copy of 1955 file photo of Joan Crawford.

Joan Crawford  --------------->(circa 1955) couldn't make that list of hotties, even if she tried to blackmail one of the judges by holding one of their children hostage at knifepoint (or wire hanger point? Get it? Oh, nevermind).

So, needless to say, when I decided that I would finally get my bangs cut I certainly made a point to reference several pics of Betty Page. I also made a point, with extreme clarity, to express that in no way did I want to resemble Joan Crawford. Ew, no thank you Ms. Crawford. No. Thank. You.

Just so there would no room for error, I provided my mom with pictures of what I wanted and didn't want in a brand new, shiny set of bangs. I showed her pics of Betty Page and Joan Crawford.

110911-120934-1I even took it a step further by spending a ridiculous waste of time on manipulating my long hair into a bang shape and snapping a picture. Just so there could be no confusion……

Of course I thought I was being quite helpful in this instance. My mother (who is not easily frazzled nor annoyed) , on the other hand, looked as if she was imagining me careening into a deep, rocky ravine after tossing me off an airplane. She was not amused by my apparent distrust in her haircutting skills.

Alas, after attempt number one, I looked exactly as I wished I hadn't.

But, thankfully, I was blessed with a sense of humor and not an ounce of an issue with, quite uncontrollably and sometimes very loudly, laughing at myself. So, before I allowed my mother to go for attempt number two, I decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to take a stupendously re-donk-u-lous picture of myself:


Just imagine that in the moment in which this picture was taken that my mom and I are in between the hysterics of laughter while I am yelling out:

"No more wire hangers!!!!!!"

I think this picture is a true testament to my ability to laugh at myself....especially considering how undeniably dorky and presumably unattractive I appear in said picture.

Lucky for me my mom was able to stop laughing at me and my ode to Joan long enough to perform haircut number two in the attempt to fix the hot-mess resting ominously on my forehead.


Now I just feel a lot like Audrey Hepburn from Funny Girl which is about the equivalent of feeling like a prepubescent 10-year old boy....which is never a good thing LOL. But I think I am able to rock out the look for the next couple of weeks until I let mom try for attempt number three.

Well in case you were wondering, here is the temporarily new me, in all my bang-glory:


Here's hoping that three times really is a charm and I end up more sex kitten. If it ends up being some blend of Joan and Audrey, I'm liable to end up looking like 10-year old boy in drag. Sweet. LMAO.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Silly but Fun

After installing the most recent update for Mozilla Firefox today, I had a few moments to spare and completed this short "survey/quiz" they offered which would result in a personalized....er, well this!


Did anyone else try this out? And if you did, how “accurate” was your resulting image in representing you? I think mine is dead on and perfect! :)


Thursday, August 11, 2011

My First EVER feature story: A Simple How-To Organizer

(via The South Bend Tribune)

Yay! I am so excited to share this link to my first EVER article/story outside of this blog! I am featured on MomsMichiana.com, which is a local (South Bend, Indiana) magazine. Here is the link to the article and the accompanying How-To Guide for making this easy and simple organizer.

I will be posting more images and some variations and updates on this project in the next day or two, so be sure to check back again soon!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Proof that I don't think of everything....

Okay this is truly fantastic. I have to share this, though I am sure a few of you (who follow the craft blog circuit) may have already seen this posted somewhere....but it's too great for me to not share just in case someone missed it.

The Frugal Granny: A New "Workbench" for a handy boy

I found it today while trying to get out of my "Crafter's block" (my version of "writer's block" LOL). For several weeks now, I have been researching ideas for DIY ways to decorate and furnish my 5-year old son's bedroom/playroom. Okay, realistically I have been "researching" rather obsessively and, dare I say, excessively. But I tend to do that with most of my projects. But I digress.....

Anyway, I hope to find some random, unused piece of comparable furniture that I already own to create something inspired by this amazing creation.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vintage in Detail: Dorset Buttons – Sewing Blog | BurdaStyle.com

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I found this today while searching for a shirt to make for my date tonight with my Lenny Kravitz look-alike (yes he's a hotty!) and thought I would share! I am going to have to add these crazy buttons to my LOOOOOONG TO-DO list of crafty projects for a rainy day. I just love these and think they would make a great addition to the vintage inspired coat I am planning to make out of a 1970's bedspread!

These buttons are probably easy once you've done one or two but I can't lie....they are looking a little intimidating to me right now and I am not so sure that the instructions seem so clear. But I will know for sure once I attempt this! Maybe this is something I can work on over my break from school this January. Anyhow, check it out:

Dorset Buttons – How-To