Well, The NinjaBread Men…

20190108_025128 (3)Personally, I like the ones I made from the air dry clay a whole lot better…but my husband says he likes these guys and can’t wait to taste them, especially since I told him all those little colorful balls are candy covered chocolate. I had to decorate these guys with a toothpick dipped in the watery glaze. I call it that because when I loaded it into the piping bag it just ran out the tip like water. Very hard to make nice lines with it so watery, so it was just simpler to use a toothpick. And there were some too brown edges… 20190108_025128 (4)20190108_025059 (4)

I used rainbow candy sprinkles for the eyebrows and for the mouths. 20190108_025128 (5) 20181223_172424 (4)

Here’s one of the clay ones I made to show the difference. The squeeze tubes of the dimensional paint gave much more control for doing relatively nice lines and facial features, buttons, neckties, etc.20190108_025057 (2)

But, to put a good face on this, I got some cool cookie cutters, some colorful sprinkles I can use for Easter sugar cookies,  several Wilton cookie decorating tips, some couplers and bags to use them with, and a container of four different colors of sugar which can be used for the sugar cookies. So, some useful cookie making things came out of this ninja bread making adventure. At least they are now done! Not all projects turn out well, but at least in this case the results are edible, well…after the too brown edges are broken off. My oven can be super annoying, what’s in the front where I can see in can look fine but the back row where I can’t see can be just frazzling away. At least they aren’t totally burned. And, like I said at the beginning of the post, I like the kick fighters I made from the air dry clay a whole lot better! If I were reviewing this cookie making kit, below, I’d say get it for the cookie cutters, but make your own gingerbread recipe for the cookies and use frosting to decorate them instead of the glaze that comes with the kit. And, at least the box is useful for the pictures of the fighters for making patterns for them. I think my ones would look a whole lot better with colorful frosting on them and the cookie decorating tips would give much nicer lines for the facial features, buttons, clothing features, etc.20181117_014432 (3)

So, they are what they are and I’m glad they are done and pretty much edible. Things finally worked out where I had a big block of time to make them, and can you believe it took six hours from when I started them to when I declared them done. Decorating with a toothpick and placing little pieces of candy one at a time can take a lot of time! The round cookie in the top picture was the last of the dough, not enough to make another fighter, so I made a round shape with it. And they all actually do look better in real life than they do in the pictures. The camera made them look darker than they actually are. Cookie baking… sometimes things turn out great and sometimes at least they’re edible!!!  HAVE A GREAT DAY! HAPPY CRAFTING!

And the verdict is in on these cookies! My husband says that even though he’s not normally a big fan of gingerbread,  he actually really likes these cookies. He says the icing has no flavor, I’m not surprised at that. And he says they would be even better, he thinks, with chocolate chips mixed in the dough and butter cream frosting piped on top of them. He is a major fan of chocolate…pretty much anything chocolate and he loves butter cream frosting. So, even though I couldn’t get them to look like the guys on the box, taste wise they turned out pretty good! So, there you go!

A Bit of a Product Review #4

20190107_023621 (2)20190107_023638 (2)It really annoys me to have to do this review for this product, but something needed to be said. My husband received these socks, U A Charged Cotton 2.0 Crew Socks, for Christmas from his sister who purchased them from Academy Sports. And she is not to blame in any way for what these socks are doing. They are sold by Under Armour and are 76% Cotton, 22% Polyester, and 2% Spandex. And as you may be able to see from my pictures, they are starting to disintegrate and they have only been washed and worn two times. Plus they shrank up almost to the size that a young boy would have been comfortable wearing them. I followed the washing instructions exactly, wash cold water, rinse cold water. Air fluff as in no heat and then hang up to air dry. Hand fulls of the black fluff are ending up in the lint catcher of the washer and the dryer. I’ve tried stretching them to make them wearable for my husband, I deformed coat hangers to hang them on so that they won’t shrink back up while drying. The black fluff is ending up all over our rugs all through our apartment. I don’t think these socks are going to last a whole lot longer with the way they are shedding. I tried to convince my husband to let me use the socks to make sock creatures, but he said he wanted to try to get at least a little wear out of them. Now I’m sort of glad I didn’t use them for sock creatures, even made that way they would probably have kept shedding and eventually be just a pile of fluff. On a scale from zero to ten with zero being the absolute worst and ten being the very best, I would only give these socks barely a one. They are not worth the money my sister-in-law paid for them. We are really disappointed. I thought Under Armour was a good brand, I guess some corners were really cut in the production of these socks. If they were never washed or worn maybe they would last longer. We are not happy!

20190107_023505 (2)On a much lighter note! My husband gave me a NordicWare Microware Popcorn Popper for Christmas and it is really great! It is BPA and Melamine free. It has a twelve cup capacity and pops up the corn kernels in about 5 1/2 minutes on high in the microwave oven without having to use any oil. The batch of popcorn you see in the popper started out as a third of a cup of kernels  and popped up to completely fill the bowl and then some. The package recommends hand washing the bowl and the lid which is no problem, they are both light weight and easy to handle.  I really like this popper! On a scale from zero to ten, with zero being the absolute worst to ten being the very best, I give this popper a TEN!!!!  It is so nice!

20190107_022940 (2)Being a vegan, I eat a lot of beans, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. The beans and some of the veggies can cause gas, plain and simple, especially the beans. So to tame the gas I drink a mix of several herbal teas which take care of the problem. On the far left of the above picture, is Heather’s Tummy Tea, which is made from Fennel seeds which are very good for gas and upset stomach in general. I tear open the bag and use about half of the amount in my tea mix and then I chew up the seeds and eat them, they are actually very tasty and taste like licorice and this tea is organic. In that tin you get 45 extra large tea bags, it is Non GMO, and is a real good amount for the money and I ordered this tea from amazon. com. Next in line is Numi Moroccan Mint Tea. Its only ingredient is spearmint leaves and boy is it good! Spearmint is another gas buster as are almost all the mints, and is very gentle on the stomach. It also is organic and you get 18 tea bags per box and it is Non GMO. I get this tea at my local health food store. If I can’t get the Moroccan Mint Tea, I use Bigelow Mint Medley tea, which is a mix of peppermint and spearmint leaves. It is Non GMO and you get 20 tea bags per box. And I get this tea at my local Walmart. Now to Celestial Seasons Chamomile tea. It is very calming and very good for soothing a troubled stomach and busting gas. It tastes kind of like apples, very nice. It is Non GMO and you get 20 tea bags per box, it used to be 24, but what can you do? I get this tea at Walmart and it is probably available on amazon.com for a very good price. And now on the far right is Celebration Herbals, Absolutely Organic, Catnip Leaf & Blossom tea. Catnip is not just for cats! It is a very calming tea, a member of the mint family, very soothing to the stomach and very good for busting gas. And supposedly, catnip is very good for preventing cataracts in the eyes, though I don’t know how much you’d have to drink to achieve that effect. In the box you get 24 tea bags and is Non GMO and I get this tea from amazon.com. Now a word of warning, don’t drink Chamomile and Catnip teas together in the same 24 hour period, use one or the other or you’ll end up a bobble head person, you won’t be able to stay awake!  All these teas are caffeine free and I usually have them with a type of real tea such as white tea, green tea or black tea. But that is just my preference, I like my teas together in the same mug, they all flavor each other very nicely. And it does drive my dental hygienist kind of nuts, but you know, out of my cold dead hands, I’m not giving up my tea! I just brush my teeth well and use a whitening tooth paste every day and it keeps the tea stains down to a minimum. Now for a rating, all these teas individually work very well for taming gas and stomach troubles in general. But combined they work even better, just not the chamomile and the catnip on the same day, use one or the other. And all these teas are very gentle and safe to use. On a scale with zero being the absolute worst and ten being the very best, I give all these teas a 10! They work that well!

So, there you go! I hope my product review is helpful and maybe inspire someone to maybe at the least give one of the teas a try. I use them everyday and they really help me! And I’ll do a regular tea review on another post, I am a major hot tea drinker and some are better tasting than others. Thank you for reading my bit of a product review #4 and I hope you have a very good day!

Since I did this review, I have found out that Bigelow Tea has changed its recipe for the Mint Medley Tea. Originally, all that it had in there was peppermint and spearmint. Now it has : peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, rose hips, lemon peel, and hibiscus. I avoid products with hibiscus in any amount in them because it has estrogen-like properties. I had to have bad cells removed from my right breast several years ago and my breast surgeon  has advised me to avoid herbs and foods that have high amounts of plant-type estrogen  in them and hibiscus does. I also had to give up red clover leaf tea, a favorite, and all soy foods and alfalfa sprouts and black beans. He said it is better to be safe than sorry, to try to keep anymore cells from going bad. He said it is okay for me to use fennel seed tea, just don’t take ground fennel seed powder pills, too concentrated. So, I have started using Celestial Seasons Peppermint Tea when I can’t get the Numi Moroccan Mint Tea. I get the Peppermint tea at Walmart for a very good price and it is also available from amazon.com

So, always read labels on products you buy, companies will sometimes change recipes and ingredients and don’t always say anything about it or give any warnings to the possible buyers of those products of changes in said products. It can be very annoying when you go to get a product that you have used for years and find out the company that made it has made changes to that product and now you can’t use it for health reasons. So, there you go, again! And I hope you all have a very good day!

A Thank You!

20190106_203257 (3)Here is a quick-ish thank you to my followers and the people who read my blog! I never thought I would be nominated for any kind of an award. I just blog about things I’m making and what my garden is doing and bits of reviews about products I’ve used. I’m not the most prolific blogger, some of my projects take a while to do and I try to take pictures along the way of the making of them to help with how-to-do tutorials and also to help me in the working out process of the various things I’m working on. I try to make my posts look nice and try to make sure I spell words correctly, though I still haven’t completely pinned down how to spell paper mache’ in a manner in which my browser won’t mark in red. My dictionary says papier-mache and the browser doesn’t like that either. Computers! To my followers, thank you for following me! I think your blogs are really neat and interesting! And to the ones who followed me and I haven’t followed back, it isn’t because I don’t want to follow you, it’s because I haven’t figured out where the follow button is on your blogs. I keep looking at your blogs and trying to figure out where that follow button is, it is annoying me greatly that I can’t figure it out! And to the people who drop by to look at my blog, thank you for dropping by! I try to make my posts interesting and colorful, I hope you enjoy them!

So, from Lil’ Mo, B.B. Jo, my other bears and I, THANK YOU!!! You all are REALLY GREAT!!! I enjoy looking at all your blogs greatly and always look forward to your new blog posts! I’m learning new things everyday from all of you, it’s REALLY GREAT!!!! So, I hope the new year brings all kinds of good things in your direction! Stay safe and warm! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Well, I really didn’t see this coming… Sophie Marshall   https://smarshc.com   has nominated me/my blog… for a Sunshine Blogger Award! You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised! I’ve only been on WordPress since August. I thought a blog had to be around for years to win an award. It’s amazing! Thank you Sophie for the nomination! If you have time check out the crafty goodness on Sophie’s blog, she’s really clever!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers you want to give the award to.
  5. Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own.
  6. Notify the nominees that you are nominating them through social media or commenting on their blogs.

 

The questions Sophie asked are:

  1. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
  2. How did you come up with the title of your blog?
  3. What is the main reason you started blogging?
  4. Is there a destination you’ve dreamed of visiting?
  5. What is your favorite movie?
  6. Do you have a favorite book genre?
  7. What is your favorite color?
  8. Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. Do you have a favorite holiday?
  11. What is your favorite animal?

My answers to Sophie’s questions are:

  1. Predominately crafting in one form or another.
  2. I had to have a title that described what I would be blogging about.
  3. The main reason I started a blog was I wanted to share how to make things.
  4. I would really like to go to see Stonehenge.
  5. My favorite movie is, “The Muppet Movie”!
  6. My favorite book genre is Science Fiction / Fantasy.
  7. My favorite color that I tend to wear a lot is shades of purple.
  8. My New Year’s resolution is always the same, Exercise.
  9. My favorite season is the fall.
  10. My favorite holiday is Halloween!
  11. Of softies Teddy Bears are my favorite. Of live animals it would be squirrels.

My Sunshine Blogger Award nominees are:

  1. Sophie Marshall      https://smarshc.com
  2. Starrcreative           https://starrcreative.ca
  3. Baffled Bear Books       https://baffledbearbooks.com
  4. In Dianes Kitchen      https://indianeskitchen.com
  5. Connie’s Creations      https://stitchingirlblog.wordpress.com

Congratulations to the nominees! You all have very crafty and / or super interesting and clever blogs. I know I and many others always look forward to your posts!

My questions for the nominees are:

  1. What motivated you to start a blog?
  2. What new skill would you like to learn?
  3. What is your all time favorite movie?
  4. What is your favorite hot beverage?
  5. What is your favorite go-to comfort food?
  6. What is your number one bucket list destination you would like to go to?
  7. What would you like people to learn from your blog?
  8. What are your seven most favorite books, ones that you read over and over?
  9. What is your favorite holiday / season?
  10. What is your all time favorite cookie variety?
  11. Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

Thank you for reading my Sunshine Blogger Award nomination post! I must say doing this post was much harder than doing one of my tutorials, you should have seen my first draft, stuff was all over the place, what a mess it was! I had to figure out real fast how to use the numbered list feature! It’s been a learning experience to say the least. Thank you again Sophie for the nomination!   It has really kind of blown my mind, but in a good way I guess! So, I hope all of you have a Great New Year!!!!  HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

 

 

Happy New Year!

20181231_213447 (2)We have had the official changing of the calendar at midnight, so we are now starting out on this new year with astronomy pictures for every month, very nice! This is new for us in as normally we used to use the Chick-fil-A Cow calendars since they first started putting them out. My husband liked the food from them and I liked the cows. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Chick-fil-A is choosing to discontinue their perfectly nice calendars, we are not happy! So, we are starting the new year cow-less. Sometimes you choose change and sometimes change is forced upon you. I’ll miss the cows, but that’s okay, we’ll get by, we’ve moved on…20181231_213550 (2)We get to see pretty sky pictures now and interesting astronomy facts and alerts for when there will be meteor showers and other astronomical events, way cool!

So, Lil’ Mo, B.B. Jo and I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! Be safe and warm and happy crafting!

The Glue Is Taking Forever To Dry! Some Works In Progress & UFOs!

20181230_023605 (2)Pictured are:  the last three pear snow person shapes I used in the how-to-do tutorial; Spider Girl, who needs another coat of the shiny black paint; what will be Spider Junior; and sweater shapes that were going to be Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments but the glue took forever to dry so they will now be Ugly Winter Sweater Ornaments. It has been raining and raining, so much so that I rarely have to water my garden. But all that humidity from all that rain is seriously slowing down the drying time for things I’ve been working on. The Ugly Sweater Ornaments were supposed to be a quick project to finish before Christmas, but the glue used to glue the shapes together took super long to dry, so they’ll be a project for January. They’ll look kind of like these, in the picture.18af30e080883678dbd394150d0d58a3

20181230_023539 (2)I started six more air dry clay pig ornaments and two kick fighter bear ornaments. I cut the shapes out this last Friday, so hopefully they will be dry by next weekend. One of the pigs will be an Oxford Sandy & Black pig for me and the other pig shapes will be painted like other breeds of pigs.

20181231_031833 (2)I’m a slow crocheter, so, slowly but surely the scarf I’ve been working on is getting longer. And Squirrel Boy has the beginnings of his eyes, nose and mouth!

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The white has to come up to more around the mouth area and he needs the shading for his nose and cheeks. He’s starting to look a little friendly. I’m using the picture below, “Squirrel Angel”, done by Vicki Sawyer, as the reference for the facial shading.0994ee8fb15f2069a32e78e59ade1c32Squirrel Boy won’t look exactly like the “Squirrel Angel”, I don’t want to copy, but I’ll try for similar facial-shading wise around the nose, mouth and eye area.

So, projects in the works for the new year! Coming along slowly but surely! I hope you all will be safe and warm for your official changing of the calendar and your New Year’s celebrations! Remember your pets and if you can’t refrain from shooting off fireworks, give your pets a safe and secure place to hide from all the noise! So, Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope yours’  is SUPER NICE! Happy Crafting!

The Wrapping Frenzy Is Getting Ready To Begin!

20181224_184934 (2)So, gearing up for wrapping the various things for the relatives. Lil’ Mo and B.B. Jo are auditioning some of the small bows. And to the left you can see I tried out a paint dribble ornament with FolkArt Interference paints in blue and two shades of purple, turned out pretty nice. It will just take a while to dry the paint inside.20181224_185301 (2)Here are the kitties with their ribbons on. I think I’ll put a spot of glue under the bows to help keep them from unwrapping themselves and to help hold them in place. 20181225_013757 (2)One more look at these guys before they are off to the relatives! All color coordinated and ready to go!

So, this is it! Christmas day is just a few hours away! Lil’ Mo, B.B. Jo and I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!!! And for those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a very nice day! So Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

The Air Dry Ornaments for the gifting have been varnished!

The original idea for these came from Imagine Blog’s “Make Gingerbread Ornaments with Clay and Memento Ink” article, which I re-blogged and it is in my November month archive, in which the colors were done with various colors of ink. I wanted to try doing my version with paint.

20181223_172424 (2)I varnished these this morning, the weather was cooperating for a change. So I set these guys on top of my storage unit on my patio and sprayed them with Krylon ColorMaster Clear Satin Crystal Clear Indoor/Outdoor spray varnish.The cats’ noses are done with FolkArt : 633 Baby Pink acrylic paint. Their eyes and mouth shapes are done with a Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen in black.20181223_172418 (3)

The piggies’ spots and splotches are done with FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint.20181223_172424 (3)proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-pigs#1

The clay piggies are a little like the cuties in the wagon, color and pattern wise. I’m going to make another one of the clay piggies like these guys for me and some more colored like different breeds of pigs.

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The kick fighters are embellished with Puffy 3D Paint in White and various colors.

I’m going to do a bit of a review of the clay, the Puffy 3D Paint and probably the Micron pen when I get everybody finished. For now, let’s just say products didn’t preform as promised on the various labels.20181223_172723 (2)The bear, the stars and Squirrel Boy are still works in progress, but are further along than they where. I’ve been looking on Pinterest.com to see how other people have done their teddy bear cookies and star cookies to get ideas for my clay ones.

So, there you go! The ornaments for the gifting are ready for their hangers and ready to give to the relatives I made them for. I’ll keep working on the bear, the stars and Squirrel Boy, in between watching holiday movies and making the real gingerbread cookies version of the clay kick fighters on Christmas morning. Christmas is almost here! I hope you are having a SUPER NICE HOLIDAY time!!!!  HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

 

The Air Dry Ornaments so far & Squirrel Boy!

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I’ve got the base color on everybody and tomorrow I will do the fine details and embellishing. The cat shapes are based on this cat ornament, below,  which was posted on Pinterest by AnnsCrockteria, of New York in the U.S.A. My cat shapes are coated with FolkArt : 901E Wicker White. I’ll use Sharpie Ultra Fine point markers for the features on the cats.

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The running pig shapes are based on this pig ornament, below, which was posted on Pinterest by SnowBunnys, of Angelus Oaks, California, U.S.A.

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On my version of the pigs, I gave them two ears and all four of their legs and a tail. And for the color pattern, my husband wanted me to make the pigs look similar to one of these guys….proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-baby pig #4This is a baby version of an Oxford Sandy & Black. My husband’s uncle raised this breed of pig and even grown up these piggies are incredibly cute! I went over my gingerbread base color on the pig shapes with a real thin wash of Apple Barrel : 20764E Apricot acrylic paint to get that sort of sandy orange piggy fur color. For the black markings I’ll use FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint. I’ll use a black Ultra Fine point Sharpie for the eyes.

For the two ninja kick fighters, the two star shapes and my teddy bear shape, to get that gingerbread kind of color, I had to mix into a base of FolkArt 901E Wicker White :  FolkArt  939 Butter Pecan, DecoArt Americana Espresso, DecoArt Americana Burnt Sienna, and a small bit of Apple Barrel 20764E Apricot. My round shape ornament is being used to test how the various colors and washes look against each other, I’ll paint over it when I get everybody else done. I’m going to use various colors of the Puffy 3D Paint to embellish all these guys.

For long suffering Squirrel Boy, the light is now visible at the end of the tunnel. To get his all over base color I mixed into a base of FolkArt 939 Butter Pecan :  FolkArt 901E Wicker White, FolkArt Artist’s Pigment 462 Burnt Umber, DecoArt Americana Espresso and just a touch of FolkArt 938E Licorice. For his tummy I’ll mix a kind of soft cream color and I’ll probably use that color for the light rings around his eyes. His nose will be a soft brown…proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-Squirrel#4.jpg I’m trying to make Squirrel Boy look a little bit like this guy, above. Not exactly like him but at least recognizable as being a squirrel-like creature. And not a zombie, my husband made me promise to not make a zombie squirrel and not make any of these ornaments into zombies. Though I have more of the clay, different things will be made with that… Any way, all the paints I used are acrylics and I used FolkArt Floating Medium 898 for thinning the paints and for making color washes. So after the ornaments are embellished and dry, on Saturday I’ll varnish them and put their hangers on them.  So, it’s coming down to the wire now, Christmas is almost here! I hope you have a SUPER GREAT DAY and HAPPY CRAFTING!