Monday, October 31, 2011

Washi tape

I've found a new love, washi tape!  
So I've actually been in love for some time now but it's been recently rekindled because 
of the need to find a worthy spot to put my collection. collection consists of exactly 12 glorious rolls of the stuff, 
not a worthy blog photo, but check out this collection from Studio Calico!

Now I am on a quest for a holder for my tape, hhhmmmm, what will work!  
Check back later to see what I came up with.

Best Halloween costume ever!

My college student son and his wife sent me a picture of their Halloween costumes, it took me a minute then I realized who they were...the house and balloons were a dead giveaway.  
They're Mr. Fredricksen and Russell from the movie Up!

You guys win for best costume!  
And, it's my favorite laugh, cry movie... squirrel!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

An awesome Halloween entryway

I found this entryway easy on the Halloween eyes, Jenny at Blue Sky Confections pulled it off perfectly!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Paper cup light swag

I've been waiting to find a string of christmas lights with white wire instead of green.
They were nowhere to be found during the summer but I did find some in black
which would be perfect for my halloween idea.

These cuties turned out just as planned and I see an endless possibility for them!

To make them I used:
3 oz disposable dixie cups
glue stick
paper of choice
scissors and pen
cardboard for template
set of string lights 

1. Gently take apart a cup, it's not difficult.

2. Use the open cup to make a template out of cardboard then trace your shape onto your patterned paper.                                  

3. Use a glue stick to attach the paper to the cup. 

4. Make a small hole in the bottom of the cup to push the lightbulb through.  You'll see the light inside the cup, now you've got a tiny lampshade for your bulb.  Carry on with each bulb till you're done!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Glow in the dark volleyball

Last night for our youth activity we played glow in the dark volleyball.  I have to tell you I spent more than a few sleepless nights trying to figure out how to make a ball glow in the dark.  First I bought some expensive black lights hoping that would do the trick, nope, the glow didn't extend far enough to light up the ball.  Hmmmm...then someone suggested putting glow sticks inside a blow up beach ball, that was a great idea except where would I find a beach ball in October!  I looked, believe me.  Then it came to me, I would try injecting some of the "glow" liquid into a ball, it worked and here's how you can do it too.

You'll need:
-Paper towels
-disposable cup
-2-3 glow sticks (I used the bigger Slim Stick because it held more liquid)
-syringe with heavy gauge needle (vet tac supply store)
-kids ball  

 Break the glow stick a few times to activate it, shake, shake, shake.

 Tap the end of the glow stick on the counter to get the liquid away from the top, cut the tube above the liquid (so it doesn't squirt on you).  Empty it into your disposable cup by tapping it on the side until it's all out.  There are two separate liquids inside the plastic tube, when you bend the tube you are breaking the glass to allow the two to mix.  
 Use your syringe to draw up the liquid. (See the broken glass a the bottom, just leave it there)
 There it is, cool huh!
 Find the nipple of the ball.
 Inject the liquid directly into the tiny hole in the nipple.  Squirt!  (when it's time, dispose of your syringe and needle properly) Wipe off the area if you need to. 
Now bounce it around a few times to help coat the inside of the ball.

This is where I show you how it looks...I couldn't take a picture of the ball glowing! 
 Believe me though, it glows, just take it into a dark room to see.

We hung the glow bracelets all along the top edge of the volleyball net and gave all the players one for each wrist.  The effect of the bracelets hanging off the net and the glowing ball was fabulous!

*Prepare the ball just before you play, so the glow lasts longer, you'll want to have supplies to re glow the ball during the game.  Ours lasted less than an hour but it was easy to prepare another ball for play.

We had a lot of fun, the kids were excited and that's what's it's all about!

Now a word about the safety of glow bracelets.  They aren't poisonous but they are an irritant so don't lick the glow liquid off your hands, instead you should wash your hands after you prepare the ball.  Sorry, I had to do that, it's like the warning on a blow dryer not to use it while you're in the bathtub!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Las Vegas bound

       We had our Vegas adventure!  Our trip was planned so my older daughter would arrive at the airport ( from SLC) before our morning flight (from Ontario, CA) arrived and she would wait for us, then we'd all taxi to our hotel.  Well...on our drive to the airport at 5:00 am I called her to say hello but she didn't answer so I assumed she was already on the plane.  She called us as we were taxing into the Las Vegas airport that she had just woken up and she'd missed her flight, now lets see, she had purchased the Elton John tickets with her AmEx card, they were waiting for her at will call at Cesaers Palace and only she could pick them up!  I was imagining this fun filled weekend coming to a complete stop!  Luckily she flew standby on the next flight and we only spent 2 hours in the airport waiting for all turned out good!  
So good!

We ate dessert first, a lot!

 Delaney's only request was to go to the M&M Factory, which we did but we liked the Coke store  more.  Just after this picture the poler bear took a bite out of Macy's head, she looks so cute here but you should have seen the picture they got of her with most of her head in the bears mouth, I'm still laughing!!!!

Then we had to try the 16 flavors of soda from around the world. 
 I wouldn't recommend the ones that taste like toothpaste or battery acid funny.  

The pieces de resistance was an evening with Sir Elton John, we had wonderful seats and it was such a treat to listen to him, he's so very talented. I was lucky enough to sit beside a lovely 85 year old woman from Texas, she had brought along 11 of her family members and she rocked out the whole two hour concert, really! 
So you see, it was all good, thank you Macy and Delaney for humoring your mother and going to see Elton John with her!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween pretties

I had a good excuse to make some Halloween crafts that I've been wanting to do, so I gathered them together and did a tiny display.  The felt ball garland was easy and fun to make and it turned out so cute.  You can find the Halloween Subway artthere and the oh so cute jar labels here!

Tomorrow this is what I have's a great look for a pumpkin, don't you think?

Or what about this,  I have a bench by my front door just waiting for a few of these pillows.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ruffled pumpkin

It's time to get out our Halloween decorations, yes, I know it was time to do that a few weeks ago! 
Today I'm going to make one of these torn fabric pumpkins, it's so cute and
My 1929 Charmer tutorial made it look so fun and easy to make.  

Tomorrow I'll be making some of these for gifts!
Check them out at Kiki Creates (love her!).