Monday, September 29, 2008

A Polka Dot Pumpkin!

I saw this post on Heather Ann's blog recently and was giddy with excitement to make some of my own.  So, last Friday I ventured out to gather my supplies and got to work on my pumpkins that night.  I love them and they didn't take long to make.  I used cocktail napkins rather than tissue paper and cut the stuff out rather than using the punch.  I also found that for me, it was easier to paint the glue right onto the pumpkin and then press my piece down onto it, smooth it out, and then apply a top coat.  I did another coat after the first one dried.  I didn't coat the whole pumpkin, just the part that was decorated.   

I also stumbled into getting this adorable book at the craft store when I was looking for the glue.  Lucky me!  Anyway,  I usually draw things by looking at a picture of what I'm wanting to draw, so this will be perfect for me to draw from and get ideas for boards and stuff.  It has the cutest pictures inside!  The craft that it's actually intended for looks pretty fun too, but I'll have to look into that another time!





Cell Phone Numbers Go Public!

I got an email from my friend, Kent, this morning re: cell phone numbers going public to telemarketing companies. I just called and registered my cell and home phones.  It was quick and easy.  Hopefully it'll alleviate some of those annoying calls that we get!


REMINDER... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing
companies and you will start to receive sale calls.

... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

 To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
 
888-382-1222.
 It is the 
National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your
time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the 
cell
phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different
phone number.

 HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.. It takes about 20
seconds.
 or go to 
www.donotcall.gov




Thursday, September 25, 2008

Beautiful Video

How cool is this.  It's the Whitney clan.  I read Tara's blog daily.  I'd love to have footage like this of my family.  So.  Very.  Cool.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Super Princess

Click on this postcard to get a better look. This is completely heartbreaking, but well worth posting. This beautiful little girl died in February, 2007. I stumbled upon her mom's blog and read about her. Please keep your car doors locked.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Mosaic


I saw this on another blog and immediately wanted to try it myself.  I love how it turned out.

If you'd like to make one of your own, here's how you do it:

Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search, and then using only the first page, choose your favorite image.  Then copy and paste each of the URL’s into the mosaic maker (4 columns, 3 rows).

The questions:

1. What is your first name?  
2. What is your favorite food?  

3. What high school did you attend?  

4. What is your favorite color? 
(Pink)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? 

6. Favorite drink?  

7. Dream vacation?  

8. Favorite dessert?  

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?  

10.What do you love most in life? 

11. One word to describe you.  

12. Your Flickr name.  

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Personalized Name Board

I got a request for a board recently (more like 2 months ago!) and finally got around to painting it on Monday.  I took pictures along the way to share the process for those interested.  The process takes about 4 hours.   



Supplies:



2 x 2 acoustic ceiling tile (if you’re not going to use it for a display board with thumb tacks/push pins to display stuff, you could even do it on a canvas--absorbs less paint!)



foam brush 
artists paint brushes 
acrylic paints in assorted colors 
glitter paint (optional, but fun!) 
black sharpie marker 
black paint pen- medium point 
plastic table cloth (like you buy for birthday parties)
 hair dryer (optional, but speeds up the drying process) 
drill 
rope, ribbon, or tulle 


The process:
Place your plastic cloth down so that you don't get any paint on your counter or table.  Using the foam brush, paint the front of the tile your favorite color.  2 or 3 coats should do the job.  Dry with hairdryer a bit.  I put mine on the cool shot setting.  The sides also need a coat  of paint.



Next, paint a background pattern if you’d like.  I did white stripes for this one.  Again, more than 1 coat of paint.  Dry it again.

Using a flat paintbrush, paint the name at the bottom.  If you’re not comfortable doing it freehand, you can lightly pencil it on.  Or, you could type the name out in a cool font and transfer it on with graphite paper.  When painting the name on, I’ve learned to either start with the last letter and work backwards, or start with the middle of the name centered and then do either side.  This way I don’t run out of room for the name!  Big bummer when that happens!  Time for the hairdryer again.

Now you’ll draw your design on the board with the sharpie.  Again, if you’re not comfortable just going for it, use a pencil first.  



Now the board is ready for you to “color in” with the paints.  Almost like coloring a picture in a coloring book.  Stay in the lines!  If you’re going to add glitter paint for some extra fun, save that for last.  

Once you’ve finished painting everything in and the board is completely dry, trace around everything with your black paint pen.  I found some glitter paint in a tube that I squirted out onto the swirly q’s like a pen.  The other was glitter paint that I just painted right on top of the crown, etc. 


Let the board dry overnight and then drill holes in the top (my hubby does this step for me!) to thread your ribbon, rope, or tulle through to hang on the wall. We find the center of the board at the top and then mark like a couple inches or so to either side of that center point and drill.  I push a pencil right into the board where I want the hole to be.  It will be dusty and you’ll need to blow and wipe the particles off.   









To make a hanger either thread both ends of your ribbon, etc. through the front to the back and then tie in a bow at the top, or thread the end from the back to the front and tie in a couple of knots on the front side. 


The tiles themselves are pretty easily broken, so handle with care!  A corner can break off if you’re not careful.  Once it’s on the wall it’s good to go.  I painted a board for my niece one year and a kid fell into it at her birthday party.  I about died!  Luckily my brother-in-law was able to glue it back together and it looked like new.   


Please feel free to post any questions that you may have in the comments section.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

1738- The PROTECT Our Children Act

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act
Oprah
Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have.

The PROTECT Our Children Act will: 

  • Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
  • Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
  • Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Act Now!
Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.
Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either dropdown menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference! 

Call Your Senators
If you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."

Write to Your Senators
If you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.

Dear Senator:

I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.

Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.

As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.

Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.

(Your name here)   

Instructions for How to Copy and Paste the Letter
To copy and paste the letter into your senator's web form at www.senate.gov, point your mouse arrow at the beginning of the text that you want to copy. Click your left mouse button and hold it down. While holding the left mouse button, drag your arrow to the end of the text that you want to copy. Release the button. The text should be highlighted. Place your mouse arrow over the highlighted text, click your right mouse button once and let go. A new menu should appear. Select Copy from the drop down menu. When you get to the message form field for your senator at www.senate.gov, point your arrow at the beginning of the message field that you want to copy your text to and right click with your mouse. Click Paste from this menu. Submit your form and help our children!