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Easy Art?

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Easy? Couldn’t be easier. Art? Doubtful!

My friend Martha and I exchange art journals, and we do 3-4 pages in each other’s journal before we trade back. Any art goes — doodling, hand lettering, mixed media, collage. Our products are sometimes crapsmanship, but it’s a good way to try out techniques on a small scale.

This piece, that I entitled “Leisure Suit,” was a simple collage from magazine parts. It’s ridiculous and can hardly be called art, but I like it anyway!

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My April Fool’s Day Pranks!

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I love and adore April Fool’s Day.  Every year that I was a teacher, I would begin April 1 by removing all the chairs from my classroom. When I told the kids they’d have to stand all day, I was always surprised how gullible six-and seven-year-olds can be.  When I got promoted to the position of a school administrator, my teachers weren’t quite so easily duped — except for the year that I put a sign on the copier. The sign said that the copy machine company had installed a ‘voice activation’ setting, and all that people had to do was give oral commands. You can imagine how funny it was to watch! (Right, Shanne?!)

This year, I’m excited that Easter and April Fool’s Day coincide. Since I’ll have my family over for Easter, they will be unsuspecting recipients of my warped sense of humor. Here are a few of my intended pranks.

I’m making a special cake for each of my grandchildren. They’ll love sponge cake, don’t you think?

The grandkids will also get a special drink, which is really congealed cherry Jello.

All three of my bathrooms will have this sign posted on the door.

I’ve drawn bunny whiskers and ears on many of my family pictures. (I used a dry erase marker, which will easily wipe off.)

Imagine people’s surprise when they open up the Dunkin’ Donut box, expecting a chocolate-covered or glazed one, …

and end up with a box of veggies with Ranch dip. (Ok, I know the picture is incomplete, but I’m not serving this until tomorrow.

I still have 24 hours or so to come up with a few more pranks. Dan the Man just rolls his eyes at my glee You must promise though, if you’re coming over to my house tomorrow and you’re you’ve read this post, you won’t give my secrets away!!!

 

DIY Gift Wrap

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For the last few gifts I’ve given, I have played around with creating my own gift wrap. The paper design turns out big and sloppy and interesting, and I like the fact that it isn’t neat and pretty. It’s clearly DIY and is a fun, cheap project.

I started out with a large roll of white paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I found this for $10 in the kids’ craft section, and used a 40% off coupon. I cut pieces down to the size I needed for each particular gift, and then used acrylic and/or watercolor paints and markers to decorate. These were for my granddaughter when she turned five.

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Thursday is my BFF’s birthday, but I won’t tell how old she is! This is the paper I made for her today.
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Since she’s a crapsman too, I know she’ll appreciate the effort!

 

Tooth Fairy Pillow

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To be frank, today I’m just showing off. This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever made!!! Li’l Miss, aged four, had a loose tooth, and her mom asked me to make a tooth fairy pillow. After scouring Pinterest for inspiration, I combined several ideas to make this one:

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I bought white and pink felt sheets, embroidery thread, and the dotted pink ribbon. I used pink fabric scraps and fiber-fill I already had in my stash. I used a back stitch to create the tooth fairy and the “Lauren’s Tooth” part. I stitched the felt heart onto the white felt, leaving an opening at the top to insert the tooth. I then ironed on interfacing to the white rectangle, cross-stitched it onto the pink fabric, leaving a large opening for the treasures that the tooth fairy would bring. I assembled the pillow on my sewing machine, stuffed it, and hand-sewed the closing.

Li’l Miss lost her tooth this weekend, and hung the pillow on the inside knob of the front door so the tooth fairy had easy access. The fairy sneaked in last night to leave a treat, and Li’l Miss was a happy camper!

Marshmallow Snowmen

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One of our family holiday traditions is cookie decorating for the young ones. I made these cute marshmallow snowmen as part of a treat for the kid crowd. Using orange and black food-safe paint pens, I drew the black eyes, coal smile, and carrot nose on each large marshmallow. Five snowmen fit perfectly into a sandwich-sized zip-lock. I then loaded five packs of hot chocolate mix into a small gift bag, inserted a snowman pack, and voila, a cute treat for our cookie decorating afternoon!

Poem for Expectant Grandma

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Several weeks ago, I hosted a baby shower for the daughter of a dear friend of mine. I was honoring the soon-to-be grandmother, the soon-to-be mother, and Baby Grace. Of course, my big gift was for Mother and Grace, but I couldn’t let Grams go away empty handed.  I attached the label above to a bottle of champagne.  The baby was born in early May, and Mother and Grace are doing fine!

Cleaning Aluminum Patio Furniture

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I read a Pinterest link about using Turtle Wax to clean outdoor aluminum furniture: http://hip2save.stfi.re/2015/04/16/how-to-fix-faded-aluminum-patio-furniture-using-just-one-common-household-item/?sf=dbopznp#aa

Our pool furniture is a couple years old, so I wanted to give this cleaning tip a try.  But being the cheap crapsperson that I am, I decided to use Armor-All since I already had it in my garage.  The Armor-All was useful for cleaning off all the yellow spring pollen, but it didn’t renew the finish of the aluminum.  Not willing to give up my cheap habit of using what I already had, I switched to using some Johnson’s Paste Wax.  Here’s a before and after:

Did it make a difference?  Somewhat.  Was it worth the effort? Maybe.  Did it live up to the restore-your-aluminum-furniture-and-make-it-look-like-new promise of the original Pinterest post?  Nope.  I guess I’ll splurge on some Turtle Wax!