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Seashell Rose Pendants

I bought a roundtrip ticket to Achorage, AK on Saturday and promptly texted/tweeted all of my friends and family to inform them that they would all be receiving homemade Christmas presents this year.

And then I got started making them.

I should probably have people in mind when making Christmas presents, but to be honest I’m just winging it and hoping the perfect recipient emerges.

I’ve already made a huge batch of homemade cranberry-orange marmalade from oranges in my backyard, so that will be nice for some people. And then I got started on these little guys.


I think they’re pretty sweet little optical illusions. For now they are just miniature sculptures but I’m going to make them into necklace pendants and brooches.

And I’m going to tell you how to make them too!

I saw a tutorial on pinterest a while back that showed how to make cabochons using silicon molds and hot glue, of all things. The original blogger, Lilblueboo found all sorts of things,: bows, hearts, butterflies. However, when I went to Michaels, I only found an assortment of leaves?


Ah well, I thought, I’ll find something that needs leaves someday. Months later, while looking through pinterest boards and my craft supplies I hit upon the something that needed leaves.

My parents recently bought 9 acres of land and are building a house (a straw bale house, because they are that crazy and awesome). It’s a pretty long and narrow piece of land that slopes down through mesquite trees and cacti (and bluebonnets in the spring) to a line of oak trees along a creek. They’re keeping it uncultivated for the most part which means we wild animals use it as their habitat. We keep an eye out for snakes, and keep our animal tracking skills up to date by identifying various paw/hoofprints and droppings left along the trail. My very favorite thing to do on our walks is to collect things. The best things I’ve found are bones. It might sound creepy but I really like animal bones. But that is a story for another post. This one is about snail shells. And flowers.

I started noticing these little white shells all over (well not all over) the place. I pocketed a few, once I realized they were vacated snail shells. I have seriously never seen so many empty shells so far inland. And most of them were a very pretty ivory color.


So, to make this craft, I first cleaned the shells thoroughly with dish soap and boiling water. While they were soaking I warmed up my trusty hot glue gun and made my leaves. Like the original blog post said, it takes a little while to get the right method for filling the molds with hot glue, but the nice thing is that they cool quickly and you can trim the messy edges with scissors. I made a bunch and painted them green, I had to do several layers so the green was a really nice, bright shade.

When the shells were cleaned and dried. I painted them with just a thin layer of acrylic paint. I didn’t want the color to be too thick or bright, so you could still tell that the roses were shells. I went with several different colors so there was a variety in the bouquet.

Then I cast around to find something to put my little flowers on! A quick search of my craft supplies produced a bag of Rummikub tiles! After that is was as easy as finding some crazy glue (I wasn’t sure hot glueing something that was already made of hot glue would be the way to go) and arranging my little rosebuds! I’m going to add some teardrop bails to the back so they can be put on a chain. But I might put a pin on some so they can be a brooch too.


And I made a special one for my friend Jenn that was a little more macabre…


All in all, this was a pretty easy and fun craft to do for a library program or while watching tv. Especially if you already have some of the supplies on hand!

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Galentine’s Day!

So, for the past 3 years my roommate and I have hosted a Galentine’s Day Party. It’s a day (usually a Sunday afternoon) in February where we celebrate our best girlfriends. Everyone is invited to squeeze into our little apartment and eat and talk and best of all: craft! I encourage people to bring things they’ve been working on but I also provide easy crafts for those less craftily inclined. This year I thought I’d add a little something extra, as well as beef up my Valentine’s decorations.

I was inspired by this craft blog post http://misskristurner.com/2014/02/04/kiss-kiss-diy-lipstick-artwork/ But I wanted to include all my guests so I sent out a note to everyone telling them to bring their favorite lipstick/gloss with them for a special craft(reassuring them it would come to no harm). I found a perfect frame at Goodwill for $5.99 and decorated a piece of watercolor paper with the title, date, and appropriate quote. Then the kissing commenced!

"Ovaries before brovaries"

“Ovaries before brovaries”

My favorite lip color, L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolour in Beyonce red

My favorite lip color, L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolour in Beyonce red




Overall the party was a great success, I was a little worried we wouldn’t all fit and I always worry that different groups of people won’t get along, but it all worked out for the best! Can’t wait for next year’s party!

After the party, I drove an hour and a half to Bryan College Station because a beloved friend was attending a work conference there. Since Jessica lives in Florida and works ALL THE TIME, this was an excellent excuse to spend some time together. Leah, Britt, and Pete drove down from Fort Worth and almost the whole gang was back together. It was great, we laughed and caught up on all the frankly life changing things that have happened in the year+ since we’d seen each other (Peace Corps volunteering, house buying, going back to school, job promotions etc.) and talked about how old we’re getting. Though frankly, I can’t see it.

Jess, Pete, Britt, Sti!

Jess, Pete, Britt, Sti!


Okay, it’s dinner time so let me leave you with some kittens (er- they’re a year old now so I guess that makes them cats?)


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Another crafternoon extravaganza!

Oh hullo blog! I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted (February?). I’ve been a bit busy, I can’t even begin to tell you how busy. But I’ll try with a few bullet points

  • 2 weeks in Spain
  • 1 Library Conference
  • 1 root canal
  • 1 jury to serve on
  • 2 weddings to attend
  • Summer at the library to prepare
  • Summer at the library
  • learning the ukulele
  • meeting Wilson Phillips
  • Getting ready to attend ComicCon (for free!)

I know I’m missing a lot of things, but really I shouldn’t have to make excuses to you, you’re just a blog. ANYway, the point of this entry is to brag about the things I accomplished today! 

Some of them are related to the last thing on the list above. I am so psyched to be attending San Diego ComicCon as a professional (as a member of the TLA Maverick Committee). And I’ll be on a panel with 01: Second Publishing talking about graphic novel awards in libraries. So I decided I wanted to cosplay a bit. One of my costumes is going to be Wonder Woman the Librarian, so I worked on that a bit today. 


I found these great earrings at Goodwill and added these comic book-y charms. 


Decorated a few Wonder Woman sunglasses too!

I don’t have a picture of my skirt, but I’ll post the whole costume when I’m done with it.

The project I tackled was decided on the spur of the moment. I have a pair of flats that I have walked almost to pieces. I’ve been wanting to paint shoes for a while now, so I decided these would be the guinea pigs. Lisa said they should be Sherlock themed so I made them into Sherlock and John!,Image

I really like these shoes.



John’s cableknit jumper, and a picture of Martin Freeman for reference and also because he is adorable.


Sherlock’s Purple Shirt of Sex, on Benedict Cumberbatch and on my shoe (it looks better on him, obviously)


A kitteh because John is made of them.



Bartlet is BORED.

Well that’s it for today, I think…

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Merry Christmas!

Ah Christmas-time. This week I did all those traditional things that make you feel all twinkly and filled with cheer. You know, attended a party where Die Hard was playing in the background, attended a menorah lighting ceremony, ate waay too many cookies, wrapped presents poorly, drank wassail, went to the liquor store, stayed up late watching movies with old friends, and of course made a gingerbread Tardis. Here are a few photos of those happenings.

Menorah lighting!

My dad is super classy, picking his nose in my firetruck mittens.

Hipster pups

Nick doesn't dress warmly enough

The humble beginnings of a Type G Tardis

Tardis Blue icing

These York Peppermint Patty pieces were perfect!

Made some stars to be the Time Vortex

These were lighthouses originally, but I shortened them and made them Daleks

Daleks attack the Tardis while it is flight in the Time Vortex

The Doctor confronts the Daleks

Very proud (also, these are my 'Woodland Creature Eyes'

See, my mom does it too!

Tomorrow and Sunday will bring more fun traditions, food and lots of BBCAmerica on the television. But I don’t know what could top making my Gingerbread House and making the Tardis! Oh wait, my sister comes home tomorrow! 🙂 Hope your Christmas is as wonderful as mine!

Merry Christmas!

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Another crafterevening

This weekend it’s more of the same, mod podge and Wonder Woman and book pages! Why mess with success?

I can wear them!


Candleholder, yes it is about Batman..

Watching Leap Year. It’s so odd seeing actors who play some some of my favorite tv characters acting very unlike those characters. Sweet Dee not swearing? Ben Wyatt being super slick? Weird. Also, I was worried it wouldn’t pass the Bechdel test, but then Anna and an Irish woman talk about chicken. Before moving onto talking about men and marriage again…so whew! Still it’s a stinking cute movie.

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A Rainy Crafternoon

Today it rained and Bonnie and I went to Michael’s. I found some neat boxes in the Impulse Buy Section and I’ve been cutting up old graphic novels/comics books sooooo…..

Wonder Woman!


Classic Wonder Woman

Newer Wonder Woman

Not pictured, Yellow Ws on sides of case..

Bartlet got a bath today, he was not happy

Unhappy puppy

But he *does* like to hang out under the Christmas tree with a treat, so I think he forgave us.

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TARDIS Laptop Case

So, earlier this week I referred to a craft I’d made using puff paint and someone (Nick) pointed out that I hadn’t blogged about it before. So here it is! One day I realized my laptop case is TARDIS blue so I whipped out a ruler, a sharpie and some silver puff paint. And voila!

It's (say it with me now) bigger on the inside!


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