Monday, May 26, 2014

scrumdilly diy: festive foil garland

For the may bed, I whipped up this super easy, super colorful foil garland in under thirty minutes (give or take time for glue to dry). And now you can too! Give the pics a gander to see how I did it and if yer not a visual learner keep reading and I'll show you how.


*foil pizza pan from supermarket or dollar store
*permanent markers such as Sharpie or Bic
*junky scissors
*1.5" circle punch
*yarn/embroidery floss
*Aleene's tacky glue (white glue should be fin but tack glue is so much better)

Step 1: Use a pair of junky scissors to remove the outer rim of your pizza pan. Take care, the new edge may be sharp. Make sure to use junky scissors so as not to ruin a good pair.

Step 2: Color all over one side of your pizza pan with your permanent markers.

Step 3: Punch out your circles using your circle punch. You can also cut by hand but that might take forever. My original plan was to do this in my classroom to create pieces for a wind chime but the cut foil is a bit on the sharp side (and the fumes from the Bics are STINKY) so this became my bed garland instead.

Step 4: Lay a line of foil circles out face down with two inches or so space in between. Next, lay your length of yarn/floss out on top of the circles (I actually put my yarn/floss down first having cut it so to match the space between posts on my headboard). Add a small blob of glue so that it blobs over the yarn/floss and also touches the circle. Top off with another circle with the happy colors facing out/up.

Step 5: Allow to dry or hang in a happy place after ten minutes if you are impatient like me, enjoy!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

diy seaside magnets

This lickety-split diy was meant to be for Mother's Day as a follow-up to last year's Mother's Day Make on scrumdilly-do!
If you are lucky enough to have access to a beach with happy shells, gather a small variety (leave some for the sea!) and bring them home for a rinse. While I do live near the sea I picked my shells up from a nifty shell shop that I simultaneously adore and abhor (it's complicated, isn't it?) These set me back a smidge shy of $3.
Use strong button magnets which can be found at your local craft store or online, and super strong glue such as E-6000 (also from your local craft store and/or online). Dollop away and allow to cure.
Gift in a happy tin or small fabric bag or keep for yourself and enjoy!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

a scrumdillydilly virtual garage sale: dresses

1. Vintage poly blue & white polka dots, elastic waist; unstretched flat 12", stretched 18" Label reads Ooops of California. Waist hits me under bust. I am a size 14. $5

2. Red w navy hearts Old Navy, worn once. Large. $5 View.

3. Grey Apt 9 slip dress. Large. Elastic waist unstretched 16", stretched 21" $5

4. 90s Vintage  Pineapple Moon slipdress. Large. Tight across my bust (44")  otherwise I would keep it. Hits below knees. $5

5. Rust & black long sleeve geometric print shift dress from Enfocus Studio. Size 12.  Good quality, heavy, worn once. Exposed back zipper. $5 Fit like this.

6. Heather Grey Mossimo sweat-shirt dress w neon yellow detail.  2013. Large. Thrifted never worn.$5 View. SOLD

7. Vintage cap sleeve navy dress.  Pleated throughout to fit many sizes. No tags. Split seem at one shoulder. Versatile and flattering. waist measured unstretched is 20" stretched 30" $5

8. Grey and black belted Calvin Klein dress. Size 12. Excellent quality, heavy, lined. I love it but style not for my frame (too blocky) Lookie here and here. $20 SOLD

You pay shipping...I can use large envelopes or flat rate, it's up to you. Happy shopping! I have more coming soon...skirts, tops and a few pairs of me if you are interested!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

on heat, good scents, and musical memories

It's been hot. Like really stinking hot. My town is not supposed to be hot. At least not until September. But it's been stupid hot. One hundred plus. At one point today, the temp gauge in Eleanor read 118 degrees. Granted she was parked on a blacktop in a parking lot for about 45 minutes because even though I was just dashing into Michael's we all know a dash is a bit more than a dash and it costs a bit more as well.

So yeah, it's been hot and I've been busy with work stuff and I love it all but am feeling the itch itch itch to get crafty and bloggy about things other than weather. I also really need to tackle the pink room. It is so much more worse than it ever was. I'm afraid there may be furry crafty monsters living in there. Furry crafty monsters who sleep on vintage sheet scraps, wrapped in garlands, who enjoy a good children's book or two but lack the motivation to reshelve all those stories. It's like a tumbleweed of craft crap and it just keeps on growing. I'm a little bit afraid of what I may find when I dig in but also excited. It will be like Christmas morning what with all the little bags from Micheal's and World Market tucked into nooks and crannies full of things I thought would be perfect for that project or this and then of course completely forgot about any project at all. Ooof!

I've also missed words. Wonderings and observations. Questions and thoughts. I have them...late at night as I gaze upon my favorite channel (ahem...pinterest) clicking this way and that. Sometimes I jot down an idea or a question but then I lose the piece of paper I wrote it down on or I wrote it down in the dark and have no idea what I wrote (note to self, writing with your right hand is not as legible as you might think).
The one thing I do remember is that this heat keeps me up and restless. I can't sleep for the sticky even though my eyeballs are fuzzed and dry. So I plop down on the sofa with the lights dimmed, headphones on, gazing at the computer screen as I listen to the same album over and over again. The familiarity of the heat, posture, and voice crooning in my ears takes me back to highschool to summer nights when I would sleep with my head practically hanging out the window of our third story dwelling and my boom box whirling under my pillow my favorite tapes over and over again never really letting me fall asleep because if I did I would miss the next song or the next or the next. And then when I did doze off the click whirr of the tape either turning off or turning over would startle me awake and I would decide I needed to listen to a different album and everything was a new listening adventure.

I remember the heat, the hot San Fernando Valley heat. I remember the hum of the streetlight outside my window and the orchestra of cars speeding up and down Victory Blvd. I remember the faint scent of salt and sand from the beach, chlorine from the pool, Wet N' Wild lipstick lingering on my mouth, and the Cinnabar lotion I wore.

And now, as I sprawl out on the sofa with a vintage pink sheet cool under my skin I can feel the mysterious hot heat, I can hear the hum of the refrigerator as it struggles to keep up with my ice consumption. Thanks to meds I can smell the mulchy goodness of the garden, the faint scent of Mr. Bubble (my favorite summer soap) on my skin, the sliced apple on the counter, Burt's Bees on my lips, and the still lingering scent of the pikaki I rolled on my wrists this morning on my way out the door to run errand after errand after errand in this hot, hot heat.

My favorite part of it all is when I put the laptop on the coffee table, turn off the lights and settle down for a god listen worrying that I will fall asleep and miss the next song, and the next, and the next.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

fun at the slo mini maker faire

The SLO Mini Maker Faire was  whirlwind of chaotic goodness and well...wind. Good golly it was windy but we had a lot of fun and even sold some ukes so it ain't all that week we will be in San Mateo for the BIG event. We will not be selling, just demonstrating so if yer hitting up the faire come give us a shout...

Saturday, May 03, 2014

let there be salad

Freshly harvested every day...I am so happy we have a garden again. Now if only I could bring myself to enter the pink room.