Thursday, September 13, 2012

Poll Results




Sorry it took so long everybody. I almost forgot to finish it! 
Hope it looks sunrise-ey enough!

Craft: Mod Podge Bangle Bracelet


I think I owe a huge apology to all of my frequent readers for making them wait so long between posts. So sorry everyone! I'll try to be less sporadic, but I can't promise! 

So today I have a cute little craft made from old magazines. Yup. You know all those old magazines and catalogues that you've kept for who knows how long on the off-chance you will eventually want to read them again? This is the day you cut them into tiny little pieces of pretty, pretty paper and glue it to a piece of wood and call it art! 

Hahahahahahahahhahaha-no really.






Unfortunately I can't claim this idea. It belongs to Alli, of One Pearl Button. You can click the link to visit her original project, where she gives a beautiful tutorial as well.

The best part about this is when somebody asks how you spent your free time this weekend, you can tell them that you spent it gluing pieces of dead trees to other dead trees! (Using glue, which coincidentally used to be made of dead horses. Boy do we love making pretty things out of dead things!) 

Ignore me, I'm odd.

Night everyone!

~ Heather


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Day of College

So yesterday was my first day of college. Yikes. When did this happen? On top of that, my birthday is on the 28th! Whaaaaaa? Did I miss something important? When did I "officially" become an adult? I'm so confused right now. 
:/

Anywhooo.
Here's something awesome from the awesome Clare of Sisters Grimm!


The priest of our little parish used to say, "Are you going to be the first saint from [...this town]? Are we someday going to be celebrating your feast day?" He reminded us every Sunday that we are all called to be saints.
Father M. has moved away now, and the new priest Father W. is no less awesome, but I will never forget that stunningly simple thought. 
Will you be saint YOUR NAME HERE of YOUR TOWN HERE?
Silly sounding, yes, but amazing all the same.
Will you?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Etsy - New Item!

New item available in my Etsy shop
Vintage 1960's salt & pepper shakers that look like a butterfly!Love the retro look. :)





Click any of the images to check them out!

Monday, August 13, 2012

D'AWWWWW


Meet this blog's unofficial mascot.

asdfjkl the cuteness burns.

In a good way.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Final Craft Compilation

Final fair post.  I've assembled the rest of my fair crafts here.
 Some I may have already posted in the past, but here they are anyway.


First off, a wallet made of felt scraps and liquid stitch.







Four digital art pieces.






A large 2x3 foot acrylic painting.


A book page bracelet based off the Chronicles of Narnia.


And my baby "Sock-tapus"


So that's everything. Hope you've all enjoyed them! 

Last note: I'm planning on making another book page bracelet to sell in my Etsy shop, so keep an eye out for it! 



Friday, August 10, 2012

Concerning OCTMS

O.C.T.M.S.
noun. 
1.  an album formally titled "The Midsummer Station",  composed primarily of electronic music, to be released in late August of the year 2012. 

2.  something that the blogger has been looking forward to for nearly one half of a year.



So the Midsummer Station previews were finally released to iTunes. 
Being the Owl Citizen that I am, I rush in to listen. 
Then..
I...
Find...
THIS.




NO.


(I mean seriously, "her love is a drug laced with ecstasy, hot mess in that dress gets the best of me-"?! What in Niflheim is this?!)


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Craft: Pottery Whales


Craft #6

Hey everybody! Sorry for the wait. 
So for my craft today I have some of the most adorable little smudgie muffins you will ever see. I mean really, just look at their squidgy wittle faces! Have you ever ever ever seen a fuzzymudgecake as coodgely as these bumbledumplings?! They're just so wublydubly and-um....

Let's just forget you ever heard that...

Anyway... So yeah.

Pottery whales. 
They're kinda cute and stuff.





They're made entirely of clay, glazed with an opaque kind of glaze called sapphire (I think), and they took FOREVER and a day to make! The process included several near-heart-attack-inducing slip ups, including breaking one of the fins off while working on the other one, and splashing red glaze on the tail of the littler one. Of course, I just had to stress over the details for a week or so while we waited for the drying and firing, but in the end they turned out cute as buttons and not a trace of red on them!

And the best part? 
This.


GRAND CHAMPION
sajdaljfkljaslfjlaf too excited to form coherent words anymore so
 k bye

~Heather

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

mindfulness.



Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. 
-Mother Teresa



Original from For Love of You

Sunday, August 5, 2012

SciFi For the Fiction Challenged: Book Series Review



Howdy guys, it's been a while since I posted something on here for all you fiction challenge out there so i thought I'd give you something to chew on.

This here is the full (spoiler free) review of The Lost Fleet Book Series by Jack Campbell. 
Hopefully sometime tomorrow I should have the spoiler filled review up (Will probably be in two parts) and I would recommend AVOIDING the spoiler filled review if you have ANY interest in reading this book series...anyway, on to the review/video/me rambling :P


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Craft: T.A.R.D.I.S.


Craft #5

So.
 There's this show. 
It's British.
It's science fiction.
It's about a 906 year old alien who has two hearts, thirteen lives and travels time and space in a blue phone booth from the 1950's. 
He calls himself the Doctor.
And he is awesome. 




Not to mention that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is coming up! (See above video for related awesomeness)
Unfortunately, the next season of Doctor Who is not scheduled to air until this Autumn, and after that God knows when it will hit the U.S.of A.
So to bide the time until then, I made a T.A.R.D.I.S.




(That's "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space" for newbies and non-Whovians.)




Cool like bowties.
:)


This beauty is crafted entirely from wood, with a lift-off cookie jar style top and foam padding on the bottom of inside. I owe a huge thanks to my dad and his power tools! The outside is hand painted. The windows, light on the roof, and the letters of "POLICE BOX" are coated in invisible day glow paint.

And, it won a lovely purple ribbon, in case you couldn't tell from the image. Who knows? Maybe I have some colorblind readers? LOL

Final note: This was actually the second T.A.R.D.I.S. I made, the first belongs to my co-author Hunter (KexFett) now.



Merry not-even-close-to-Christmas Hunter!


Now if you'll excuse me I must be off. Worlds to save, homework to conquer, the usual. Until next time! Geronimo!



~Heather


Baked beans anyone?

The Land of Milk & Honey: Garden Produce During Drought: Thanks to this year's drought, we are harvesting some unique crops here at CrossRoads End Acres. Today I would like to share with you several...
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Just wanted to share. My mom is hilarious! 




Also I just learned how to use tags on my posts (uber derp) and so far I've tagged all of my projects with the "craft" tag. So if you want to see oodles of my silly crafts, feel free to click the craft tag. 


WARNING: CLICKING THE CRAFT TAG MAY RESULT IN ACUTE "WHAT THE HECK?" SYNDROME, UNCONTROLLABLE URGES TO MAKE SOMETHING SHINY-FUL, DIABEETUS, AND A STRANGE OBSESSION WITH DUCK TAPE. WE AT A.D.D. ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CONTAGIOUS DERPITUDE, BRAIN MUSH, PUKING RAINBOWS, OR OTHER MENTAL OR BODILY HARM YOU MAY EXPERIENCE. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Craft: Faux Stained Glass

Craft #4

Today I've got a shiny winey thing I call 
"faux stained glass".
(creative name, I know. lol)
All you need to make it is Elmer's glue and acrylic paint!



Step One:  Gather your ingredients
  • a sheet of glass 
  • acrylic paints
  • white glue
  • clear glue
  • brushes 
  • something to stir with


For the glass, you could use cheap picture frames from Wal-Mart, or even an old window like I did. Also, firmer brushes work best to keep bubbles from forming. I recommend acrylic brushes if you can find them.

Step Two:  Mix your colors

To make the black lines, you'll need black acrylic paint, and white Elmer's glue. Squirt some of the glue out to make room in the bottle. Then pour the black paint into the glue drop by drop, mixing after each drop until the glue is completely black.Make sure not to leave white on the inside walls of the bottle, it must be mixed thoroughly.

For the colored areas, pick or mix the color of your choice in paint. Fill a small (preferably disposable) container with glue, then drip a drop of paint into it and stir. The average ratio should be a drop of paint to a Tbsp of glue, but I've learned the hard way it's not nearly so simple. In truth, you're probably going to have to go through some trial and error before you find the mixture that's just thick enough. Remember it should be consistent in color, and thin enough to see silhouettes through at least. It's hard to tell while the mixture is in a container, so I highly recommend finding some broken glass or something to test it on.


Step Three: Make lines

You can do this part freehand if you'd like, or you can draw a design on paper and trace it. Either way, you'll need to take the bottle of black glue and use it to "draw" lines on your glass. Beware: It tends to *glob* at the ends. This one could probably use some practice as well. 

Step Four: Apply color

Now's the part where you take your brushes and brush/dab all of your pretty color in between the lines. The color needs to touch the lines. If your color is too strong it may show on top of the black, but if your mix is thin enough it should be more or less invisible. Even so I've found it's easiest to just display the glass from the opposite side. (lol lazy me XD) If your mix turns out to be too thin, feel free to apply several layers. 

And there you go.
Of course mine doesn't look exactly like stained glass, but I wasn't trying too hard for that either. Next time maybe I'll use a reference? I dunno. As usual I dare you all to top me ( which shouldn't be hard) and let me know about it. 

Now go out and make something beautiful!


P.S. This piece has been chosen for the state fair! Wish me luck!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Craft: Make-Your-Own Chalkboard Paint

Craft #3

Homemade chalkboards.
This one is unbelievably simple.
First you find a surface to paint ( I used wood scraps left over from one of my dad's projects), then you mix some simple ingredients in a disposable container.

1 Tbsp unsanded grout
1/2 C  acrylic or latex paint 

Brush the mixture evenly over your chosen surface, let it dry, and TADAAA!
A wild chalkboard appears!





And if you want to dress them up, you can do what I did and brush another color on the sides. They would look fine either way, but I thought the green made them seem more complete.

So there you go, another simple, low cost craft for you! Just remember to use a disposable container to mix it in, and to rinse your brush immediately after you finish. The grout makes this combination dry incredibly fast, and once it's dry there's no removing it. (Or at least no way I know of, though I haven't tried very hard. ) 

Of course, wood scraps aren't the only things you can paint. (Well, DUH! Silly Heather, feeling like to have to mention the obvious. tsk tsk.) Anyway, my brain is too lazy to come up with more creative applications for the paint, but I'm sure my incredible readers will go on and make something brilliant with it! If you do, please link it back here and let me know!

That's all for now then. Until tomorrow ~ <3

~Heather

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Craft: Rainbow Dash Shoes

Craft #2

Craft time again! 
This one is specially for my good friend 
DJ Shamrock! 
You may know him from Celestia Radio?
http://ponify.me
shameless plugging FTW

Made these for my little sis on request. Unfortunately I didn't get my picture until after she'd worn them, so they aren't quite as sparkly as they were...
But here they are anyway.




And a blue ribbon W000000!!!                                                    




Saturday, July 28, 2012

Craft: Duck Tape Wallet

Craft #1 

Craft time! First off is a simple craft... 
drumroll
The duck-tape wallet!

Unfortunately I can't claim this idea. The only reason I made this one is because my lovely friend Caroline made me one nearly a year ago. It's still holding together nicely and the stickiness hasn't run out on it's strap yet. It's been my favorite for a long time, and it's almost always sure to catch someone's attention. (Not to mention it's gorgeous and much nicer than the one I made.) 

Anywhoooo. Here's my attempt at mimicking her genius.


Snazzy patterned duck tape...


You know those tin pie pans? 
You know the clear plastic lids they have? 
You know how scissors work?
Yup. instant I.D. sleeve right there.


Aaaaaannnnddddd inside pockets for those handy little cards that I could use in place of money if my account didn't have about as much green in it as a desert and just as many tumbleweeds.

And to wrap this up, here's the shiny blue ribbon it won at County Fair.


You know the best thing about this project? 
It didn't cost anything! :D


P.S. There's a link to my Etsy shop near the top of the page hint hint.


Love you all 

~ Heather


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fair week is over...

(about a week ago) and things are starting to fall bak into order. You know what this means?
INCOMING CRAFT POSTS YAY


This will be fun. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

busy busy busy bee

So, the County Fair is fast approaching, and as usual I will be utterly consumed by it for the next week. I do apologize for the lack of recent posts. I also apologize that this sad lack of posts must continue for a while longer. When fair week has passed expect a flurry of interesting new things (read: Heather will show off her shiny trinkets that she made herp derp).


Until then, I wish you well and a happy week.
God Bless

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ReBlogging from CYM - God Bless America!

The Catholic Young Woman: Freedom 101I love this holiday. Love it. Love it. Love it. But more than that, I love this country. Fiercely. What we were founded on, what we stand for, the diversity of the land and the people..It is truly “America the Beautiful.”
But I love this beautiful America too much to sit by quietly as the government threatens to uproot her foundational value of freedom. 
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You really want to read this. 
Trust me you do. 
Just click the shiny little link and read it. 


Happy Independence Day everyone! 
God Bless our nation and guide her leaders through the storms to come.


P.S. Hope you all have a blast today! Post a comment and tell me about how awesome your 4th of July was! Love to hear from you guys! :)




~Heather

Friday, June 8, 2012

Avengers


Watch it. I could say this a million times over just watch it. Drop everything you are doing and just run to the nearest movie theatre. 
For real. Here's a generic trailer that fails epicly to do it justice. (Even though the trailer is pretty epic in itself)


The story is fun, the fighting is smashtastic (I'm totally coining that term), and the characters are almost unbearably lovable and complex. Even the villain is oddly charming and keeps you guessing throughout the film. And don't even get me started on the humor. So much Stark snark. 

It's been two days and I'm still in shock from the sheer unbridled awesome. This is why I cannot muster a single explanation point. My brain exploded you see, and it's trying to piece itself back together. Don't worry it will pass. I don't need medical help... I think.





#le obsession

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Midsummer Station

I'm excited! Are you excited? 
Because I'm really excited! 




August 14th baby! W000000!!! 
Just 14 days before my birthday! 
What a coincidence! 


( I  k n o w  y o u  a r e  
r e a d i n g  t h i s  m o t h e r  d e a r )

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DAT SPAM POST

SPAM WARNING: 
THIS IS SPAM. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


I know, I know. 
My jokes are bad and I should feel bad.
...
BUT I DON'T CARE!

And now I really really REALLY want to see Avengers. Really. Because pony.

For those who don't get the joke:



Now for mindless spam.







We highly recommend watching yonder Pikachu whilst listening to Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield". 
It doth amuse us greatly. 



CRUDENESS WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS CRUDE



K, that's all. Go have fun now kiddies. 




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