When at first you don’t succeed…

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Ribbon and a fake pumpkin….. yup.  I like it.  But it did not start that way.  Sometimes I have this idea and I think, that will look great.  Then I try it.  Below is my first attempt.

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Hummmm, this looked better in my head than it did in real life.  So, I didn’t give up.  I just took it apart and tried something else.

There’s a moral in there somewhere.

 

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I am Lightening

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Birthday party costume — crafting fun

A quick trip though a fabric store (silver material) and a scrapbooking department (for two sheets of glitter paper) was all I needed for this terrifying costume.

I already had the plastic nails (doesn’t everyone), and only needed to paint the nail part silver.

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What took the longest was drawing out lightening bolts and cutting them from the two glitter papers stuck together.  I did all sizes of bolts.  Two bolts were connected to a ring, which secured the cape.

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Small lightening bolts were taped onto an old bracelet.

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The hardest part was making the earrings, which I combined with crystals to add some extra sparkle.

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The crowning glory (pun intended) was three bolts punched and woven with a sparkle pipe cleaner around an old plastic tiara.  We all have those lying around, right?

I dressed in black and had a blast (there’s another pun for ya) at the party.

Kid’s Kubb

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While thinking about our grandchild’s birthday party at a park, I wondered what field games could be played with the variety of ages in attendance.  My brother, who was visiting at the time, introduced us to Kubb, a game from Sweden he had heard about.

There was a great deal of information on YouTube and Google about the game.  A few of us watched several videos and thought it would be a splendid game….and one we could make rather “easily.”  Lincoln and I discussed colors and how to change the original rules to something more birthday-friendly.

My husband, who can make anything, bought a couple of dowels, a piece of wood, and gathered some wood from a wooden pallet.  He cut everything to size and rough sanded the pieces.

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I took over the blocks and painted them with used paint from the garage.  It took a while, but it helped to give the wood two-three coats.

The next step took the longest.  I taped off each block and baton in preparation for the colors.

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To say this step took hours would not be hyperbole.  Still, it was fun to see the colors bring the set to life.

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Once the set was painted two or three more times, everything was handed back over to my husband who sprayed a sealer on the entire set.  Yes, several coats.

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The game turned out to be a lot of fun.  After the kids played a couple of games, the adults played as well.  It was a success, and a game I hope we will play for years to come.

Peppermint

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The website Pinterest.com often inspires me to try new things.  This holiday I melted peppermint candies.  It really helps to have a special stick-free Silpat mat.  I attempted to make a peppermint tray, but didn’t keep my eye on the oven and the edges started to over-melt.  So I slid the mat over a bowl which I had turned upside down on the counter and formed, through gravity, a lovely bowl.

I also made some large candy canes.

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I had also read how to turn tiny candy canes into hearts.  I used some saved chopsticks to make hot chocolate stirs.

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They made the table festive.

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Lastly, I purchased some peppermint bark from a local Costco and piled it, along with the big candy canes, into my bowl.  Festive dessert.

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