Saturday, November 26, 2016

Edible DIY Gift Fail!

Image result for edible diy lucy bakerI am reading an excellent book that I found at my local library entitled Edible DIY by Lucy Baker.  It is really an excellent book for gift ideas but my favorite section is the 'Boozy' section that includes some pretty great recipes for alcoholic mixed drinks that you can make and bottle for family and friends.

I really had some fun reading all of this.  My problem came when I didn't read all the details of the recipe list in detail.  Note the IN DETAIL part of this!!!

So the Minty Irish Cream Liquor that was supposed to look like this (left).  Actually looks like this (right).


Not to say that it doesn't still taste extremely wonderful.  I just highly recommend not drinking it out of clear glassware if you have a problem drinking dark greenish-brown liquids!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington

Charcoal Tears Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book surprised me. I did not remember that it was a young adult book when I finally got the chance to sit down and start it, so I had a little trouble getting started. I'll admit that I made it about 5 to 10 pages in before I got distracted and put it down. It was about two weeks later that I picked it up again and really gave it a chance. The concept of a young teen that just puts her head down and trucks through the battles of high school and her disastrous home life is not a unique idea, so there's a smoke screen to get through in the beginning. When two new kids in school bulldoze their way into her life and then to find out their two older brothers have also ingratiated into her life as well AND that there's a whole sub-culture of powered people that she is unknowingly a part of was a wonderful surprise.

All of a sudden readers are sucked into a crazy twist and turn story of a secret people, a magical, should be impossible girl, and a crazy stalker. Before you know it you've finished this novel and went to purchase the next two as well. The emotion is honest and a great read, the relationships between Seph and the brothers is a roller coaster of twists and turns that is hard to get off. The only thing that kept throwing me was the realization that would pop in every once in a while that she is just seventeen years old. I do wish Seph was a bit older for these stories but other than that I enjoyed everything!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Refurbished Thriftstore Finds

The hanging light in my kitchen is in a weird place.  The light hangs in the middle of the room and not actually over where the table is.  So when I bought the house, I've had it in my head to look for a hanging chandelier with a long chain so that I can install a hook and have it hang in the proper place.  It took some time, but my patience paid off.  This lovely looking light is a thrift store find that was a weird (ugly) light brown color.  Using some metallic rusted bronze spray paint, some soap and water to clean the grossness off, it has a lovely new life in my kitchen. 

It wasn't even that difficult to change the fixture myself.  Ground wire to ground wire, white to white and black to black.  Buy a hook set from Home Depot and wa-lah. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Zombie Brew and Potion Bottle Decorating

I read about this craft project on a Librarian's blog and couldn't pass up sharing it. 

You need:
  • glass bottles of whatever shape and size you are interested in
  • paper towels
  • mod podge or brush on glue
  • black craft paint
  • metallic silver craft paint
  • brushes, either bristle or foam
  • printable labels you can find online
Wrap you glass bottle with the dampened paper towels.  Completely coat the damp paper towel with your glue.  Let dry.  Paint your dried paper towel covered bottle with the black paint.  Let dry.  With a foam brush, dab the metallic silver paint over the top of the black paint.  There's no particular way to do this, just keep dabbing until you cover the bottle.  Let dry.  Glue on the label of your choice.  If you want it to be a usable bottle than seal the paint with clear coat.  You're done.

It's so easy and you can do a lot of bottle at once.  Just have the patience to let everything dry and have fun!