Glitter Dino

OK…truth is I saw so many people make these Glitter Dinosaurs for the Pintester Movement that I kind of felt left out.

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Then the boy decided to clean his room and discovered a whole tub of plastic dinosaurs he didn’t want. It was fate, I snitched me one and got to glittering!

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First the dark parts…

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then the lighter bits…

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Then I gave her a beautiful Christmas manicure!

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Of course I forgot to screw the dinosaur before I started this makeover but I’m sure I can screw her later.

I feel like one of the cool kids now.

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DIY Christmas Book Ornament

This is my contribution to the Christmas Pintester  Movement. The Pintester Movement is run by Sonja Foust of the Pintester blog. Sonja is awesome and hysterical and you should go check out her blog. It will change your life, especially if you find dirty jokes amusing and enjoy penis crafts.

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This time we were supposed to make a Christmas ornament! If it turned out we didn’t need anymore ornaments or didn’t decorate for Christmas, no worries! We were invited to send our ornament to Jodee at Cheeseblarg.

I was actually pretty excited about this one and went to town pinning ideas to my crafting board on Pinterest. In the end I decided on this lovely ball.

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DIY Christmas Book Page Ornament from Diary of a Fit Mommy!

I decided to put my own spin on it by making it Harry Potter themed. The first step was to get me some ornaments. This turned out to be easier said then done. I had to try three different stores before I could find ornaments that were ball shaped, smooth and any color vaguely related to Harry Potter. They were all either ridged, funky shaped or funky colored…or part of giant economy packages of eight bazillion balls. Since I wasn’t willing to go into debt for this project, I kept looking. Who knew it was so hard to find smooth, normal balls?

Anyway…I eventually found a package of silver ornaments for $5 and some cute little blue bows (Ravenclaw FTW!) and got down to business!

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As you can see, some of my balls were shiny and some were matte. I chose a matte one because I wasn’t sure what the Mod Podge would do to a shiny ball.

The next step was to cut up some book pages (sob). Luckily (?) I already had a mutilated copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone to work with from my washer necklace project. I pulled a few relevant pages and sliced them up.

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The instructions call for Elmer’s glue but I just pulled out my trusty Mod Podge! I also decided to attach all the strips from top to bottom so they could be read.

Here is the finished project pre-drying…

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as you can see, my sub par motor skills got in the way again and the Mod Podge got everywhere. It’s all good though as it will mostly be covered by the blue bow. I did end up putting a top coat on as well.

After it all dried I attached the bow and hanger and ended up with this:

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Another view:

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I liked how it came out overall and I will be keeping it (sorry Jodee!). The strips of paper are not entirely smooth and I am not sure if it’s because of the Mod Podge for Elmer’s substitution or the placement of the strips. Regardless I am glad I placed them that way because you can read the quotes and it makes the geek in me happy 🙂 As for the use of an alternate adhesive, I didn’t have any Elmer’s so there was no helping that! The ball looks more covered in the pin but I wanted the silver to show through because Ravenclaw.

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And yes I know that Ravenclaw colors are actually blue and bronze but give me a break…after three stores I was happy to settle for movie colors!

Washer Necklaces for the Pintester Movement

I took on this craft as part of the Pintester Movement.  For more info click the awesome banner below!

I highly recommend visiting Sonja’s blog so go there. Seriously, do it!

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I decided to attempt Washer necklaces from Craftster.

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Honestly I chose them because I thought I had most of the stuff. I knew I had scrapbook paper, Mod Podge  and cording and I figured hubby would have some washers in his shed of manliness.

Weeelll…not exactly.

I did have paper, that was good, but the cording was way too thick, the mod Podge had a big hardened plug at the top of it and hubby only had smallish washers, not the big type needed for this craft.

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Being that it Is still a week until payday we had to either make it work for little $ or re-think. Thinking is hard people. After assessing the situation we managed to get the plug out of the Mod Podge and it looked OK. Hubby assured me washers are cheap so we headed out to the mega-mart. About $2 later ($1 for three large washers, $.75 for stretch cording) and we were good to go!

Behold!

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First step is to trace and cut out the paper used to cover our washer…

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Cutting the inside circle out was difficult so by the second one I cut through to make it easier. I figure we are gluing it down anyway, right?

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Once cut you need to Mod Podge the washer and the back of the paper…

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stick them together and then cover with more MP and let dry.

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I missed the part where it said a thin layer of MP so it took a loooong time to dry. But dry they eventually did!

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Except maybe that orange one. Oh well, I’m tired of waiting!

At this point the original tutorial says to apply a thick layer of something called “glossy accent” and wait 24 hours. Well, I couldn’t find that stuff and if I wait 24hrs I risk missing the deadline for the Pintester Movement so we are going to skip that step. I used glossy MP so I say good enough!

Now time to make this into a necklace.

The cord was pretty kinky. Usually I like that in a person but not in my cord.

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I cut a length of cord (sorry didn’t measure) and tied it together at the top. To attach the washer I just made a loop around it and pulled through.
This is the final result:

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I think they will be cute once un-kinked! I am wearing this one now in an attempt to make that happen but since it ended up hanging in my cleavage I don’t know how well it will work.

Here’s all three.

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Summer Sand Globe

My contribution to the Pintester Movement 2.0 This is where I attempt a pin already attempted by the great and powerful Pintester, Sonja Foust.

So I decided to try this pin: Stemware snow globes from Family Chic

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If you would like to see the Pintester take on this pin head over there and see it! Just follow this link!
http://pintester.com/2012/12/stemware-snow-globe/

I decided that even though the Pintester says that snow globes are classy any time of year, I wanted to put a summery twist on mine. I decided the way to do that was by making mine a “sand globe”.
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We headed to the beach in search of sand and a few shells and other doo-dads. Problem was, it was high tide. What you see above is pretty much what we saw.
Wet sand. …
No doo dads.
Sadness.
After a walk down the beach (most of it nearly knee deep in water) we did find a small section of dry(ish) sand.

We decided to stop and build some nice sand animals, then we put some of it in a ziplock, looked around the rocks that were still dry and managed to find some other objects appropriate for a sand globe.

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At home I gathered my wine glass, the plastic I used as a bottom (I was afraid that cardboard would get ruined if the sand was still a bit damp) and my bag of beach stuff.

I went through all the stuff in my bag, trying them out to see if they fit inside the glass and if I liked how they looked. In the end I chose a small piece of beach wood, some shells and seaweed.

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My plan was to glue the wood and seaweed to the plastic then place the small shells and sand in the glass. I put the shells in first and then poured the sand into the glass.
I then traced the wine glass on the plastic (and yes I had to do this upside down because the glass was full of shells and sand) and cut out the circle. I placed the wood piece and seaweed and attached it with epoxy.
(Oh, …did I not mention I was out of glue for the glue gun? Yup. No glue. But I did have left over 5 minute epoxy so I decided to use that)
I didn’t get a picture of the seaweed and wood glued to the plastic top but that’s probably just as well because when I tried to glue it to the top of the glass they fell off and landed in the sand.
Oops.
Apparently I didn’t let it dry long enough or something.
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It didn’t turn out so badly though….right? It would have been better with some color, like some sea glass but it was high tide and the only colorful thing I found was a yellow coffee stirrer. It’s not boring, it’s natural…yeah, that’s it. Rustic.

It also would have been better if things would have stayed where I put them but…yeah.

And please ignore the plastic overhang (underhang?) on the bottom.

I also miscalculated, apparently. It may or may not have had something to do with tracing it upside down.

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I added a bit of ribbon and a beachy blue candle and I think it turned out pretty cute! Plus, since nothing is actually glued on you can shake it up and change it around.

Just remember to take the candle off first because if it falls on the floor it can roll really quickly away from you and also get a big ugly dent. Not that I have any first hand experience with that or anything…

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(Just please ignore the glob of sand covered glue along the back there. Cuz apparently epoxy runs.).