Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Iron Craft 2 - Hearts and Flowers

Iron craft 2 was all about hearts and flowers.

Valentine’s Day is less than a month a way and that means it’s time for a little hearts and flowers. Don’t worry if you aren’t into Valentines, all we are asking this challenge is that you use either hearts or flowers in your project. Whether your project has to do with Valentine’s Day at all is up to you. (courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I struggled with this one.  I wanted to do something cool, but hearts and flowers in my mind aren't that cool.  What to do?

The best thing to do I found was to round up a bunch of supplies that really have nothing to do with hearts or flowers and see where they take me.

Mod podge is a great ingredient to get me thinking about something new.

I decided to mix the mod podge with the popcorn and then the rice and make these two hearts

I painted the hearts bright red.  Then I took some of that sleek black fabric I had and make it into a neck cuff with red lace all around it.

Then I glued lace all around the two hearts and put them together at the centre of the neck cuff.

Ta Da!

A Gothic Looking Valentine's Day Neck Cuff.

Kind of Twilight of me isn't it?

And in case you thought that I forgot the flower part of the challenge, I added white rose button as the closure to the neck cuff.

Ooooh... sorta cool.  Maybe?

Taking a picture of my neck is a strange thing to try.  But the neck cuff looks pretty awesome on me.  I might even be convinced to wear it on Valentine's Day.  What do you think?

If you want to see all the other Hearts and Flowers Iron Craft projects, check out this Flickr Group.


I'm sharing this Valentine's project with:

Hooo's Got Talent? - Night Owl Crafting
Lil' Luna Link Party 62 - Lil' Luna

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Crystal's Craft Spot 1K Facebook Fan Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

I know I'm supposed to have my Project Project Runway outfit ready for today. We were supposed to design for Miss Piggy.  But my outfit was a total fail and I don't have time or energy to complete this week.

I'm sick.  Terry finally succeeded in passing his head cold along to me and it's totally wiped me out.

But never fear!  How would you like to win a fantastic prize pack?

Crystal's Craft Spot is having a giveaway to celebrate her 1000 Facebook Fans.  And there is a little extra something in there from Tawny Bee


As most of you know - my kids wear these sweet upcycled winter hats.  They get tons of compliments wherever they go.  I'm so happy to be giving one up for this very special giveaway

And of course, if you don't win, but would still like an upcycled winter hat for your kids - go on over to Tawny Bee and check 'em out.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Wednesday Weigh In: Fitness Motivation Album

The weigh in unfortunately is the same as it's been all month. 158 lbs and not budging.

So I thought I would share with you a little something I made to keep myself motivated.

Awhile ago I won a My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Pack over at the Silly Pearl.  I downloaded the Suite and then my computer broke.  It took a couple of weeks to get it back and then I decided to give this software a try.  It couldn't be half as bad as actually cutting out all of those elements and gluing them onto a scrapbook page by hand right?  I hate paper crafts!

I decided to start with something easy.  Dump a bunch of pictures on a page with some text and throw on whatever page elements the software came with and voila!  I'd have something!

Here we go:

I made the pages small in order to fit inside this CD wallet.

I think I was at a university event about 12 years ago and the organizers were throwing these CD wallets out into the crowd.  I grabbed one, but don't actually use CDs anymore.  And I don't drink Bud!  Might as well do something healthy with it.  I glued the first page onto the front.  Then I inserted the middle pages into the CD pockets inside the book.  I glued the Stay On Target page onto the back cover.

Not too bad for my first foray into digital scrapbooking.  I'll definitely try to make it look more pro and less slapped together when I try scrapbooking something really important, like Logan's first year at pre-school or kindergarten.  And Lane's first couple of years on this planet.  And our family holidays, etc.

But for now, this scrapbook stays with me in the spare room where I exercise and hopefully it will give me the encouragement I need to lose this final 8 lbs :D

Monday, 23 January 2012

Year of The Dragon

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year!

It's the beginning of the year of the Dragon!

And I just happen to be a Dragon!

It must be my year eh?

So here's to peace, love, passion and energy for the Year of The Dragon.

To celebrate I made Chinese Firecrackers again.  They were such a hit with the kids last year that I couldn't resist doing it again.  I got the idea from my bloggy friend Steph last year.  Actually that is how I met her.  I tried out her firecrackers tutorial and she was very kind about me mixing up all her instructions and giving them the LT Experience touch.  We've been bestie bloggy buddies ever since.

So this year I decided to further mess up Steph's terrific instructions by taking a printable from one of her recent tutorials and adding it to the firecrackers. 

Now the firecrackers say Gung Hay Fat Choy and have a cute dragon on them.  I filled them with as much candy as I could stuff in there, so the kids will be extra pleased when they pop them open after dinner tonight.

After a phone call to my dad last night to get instructions, I am going to attempt to make a batch of Cantonese style Chow Mein for dinner tonight as well!

ACK! Wish me luck!

I'll share the recipe with you on Food Friday if it works out. :D

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #18

I'm a list maker.

No - that's not the confession.  Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a list maker.  (and it's not bolded, so it isn't a true confession).

Nope the confession is this:

Every time I write something on a list, I write the item with the thought in mind that I might somehow lose this list, someone will find it, then that someone will read it, and I had better write this particular list in such a way as to not come off as a total freak, slob, bad parent, etc to this complete stranger who is now reading my list.

Yeah... I'm a tad paranoid.

So for example, when I write a grocery list and we really need the following items: Oreos, chocolate chips, ice cream, Jello, and Goldfish Crackers - I will try desperately to think of some healthy things that we need too.  Cuz I don't want to look like a fat piggy and bad parent who only buys junk when going to the grocery store (even though that's totally what we do) to this imagined stranger who finds my list and reads it.  So I add things like bananas and broccoli in between the junk items.

Yeah... a tad paranoid.

Then I get all worried that I spelled Broccoli incorrectly.  And what would this person think if I spelled all the junk food correctly and then flubbed Broccoli? 

Paranoid much?

But it's gets even more convoluted.  I start thinking that this stranger who is reading my list is going to read about the ... ahem... personal products that I need.  And yes, I have to write them on the list because I don't actually go grocery shopping most of the time.  Terry does that grunt work in my house, so I can't just remember these things and discretely put them in the cart.  And he's gonna lose the list - just saying....  And then someone is gonna pick it up and read it...

So, how to write these products without saying: "Tawny's toothpaste" on the list?  Terry and the kids also use toothpaste and it's a different brand than mine, so I gotta write something to signify that the product is for me.  And then this stranger will read "Tawny" and know it's me for sure.  Because really... how many Tawny's do you know?

So paranoid.

And then this stranger will think all sorts of bad thoughts about me.  OMG Tawny likes Oreos and chocolate chips and ice cream and I bet she eats them by crumbling them all up into a bowl and downing the entire shot at once!  ACK!

This means that I always write: "Mama's toothpaste" on the list.  There are a ton of mamas in the world.  This stranger will never guess that it's me!  YES!

There's a whole other problem with the really personal products that I need.  I write "Mama's Shave Gel" on the list.  But what if this stranger thinks, jeez this mama shaves her face - what a freak!  So I always make sure to write: "Mama's Shave Gel (pink)" on the list, cuz you would never shave your face with pink shave gel.  I mean - come on! hehehe... at least that is the reasoning.

That and the fact that Terry will buy me mens deodorant and say it's shave gel if I don't write the exact colour it is on the list. Men aren't really good at figuring that stuff out.

Yeah... I'm a tad overthinking this whole thing right?

And a bit paranoid perhaps?

Do you imagine a secret reader when you write a list?  I bet you will now! hehehe


I'm sharing my massive hysteria with the kind and non-judgmental folks over at All Work and No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something.  Share you confession too?


Friday, 20 January 2012

Food Friday: Play Dough!

OK so it's Food Friday.

I'm going to share something with you that I made from a recipe.


Not really...  But I did have to cook it.


Hah! Get your mind outta the gutter!!!!

It's Play Dough!

Lane was using the old Play Dough up until last week when Terry declared that it was too dried out to use.  It actually broke the Play Dough Hamburger maker thing. ACK!

Lane was so sad and Logan was refusing to share some of the new Play Dough he got for his birthday.

We were going to buy some more this weekend when I remembered that my mom used to make Play Dough.

I looked up a recipe and voila!  I found a perfect one here.

I cooked it up and it came out exactly like the store bought stuff.  Same texture, smell, and pliable-ness.


I even put it into the empty containers we had.


Note: Although this recipe is featured on Food Friday, I wouldn't recommend eating this Dough.  Bleh!  It only has a few ingredients - all of them non-toxic. So if you wanted to have a lick, do so at your own risk! Yech...

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Project Project Runway: Night At The Opera Results

It's Project Project Runway Challenge Number 2 results day!

Our challenge this week was:

Challenge – A Night at the Opera
This week is all about high-end glamour. It’s time to show us a show-stopping ball gown for a high-society event. The look needs to be classic, elegant, but still turn heads. It should look couture. The designers on the show had $350 to spend this week, so let’s stay under $35 (as if any of us will spend $35). (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Here we go!

Ariel was chosen to model this particular Opera ensemble (mostly because she's the least skanky of my models hehehe).

I got the fabric from the Thrift Store.  It was actually sandwiched in between some really nice blue knits in a bag that I bought for $3.00.  I had no idea what I would possibly use it for - until this challenge!

I made it as form fitting as possible, with one long sleeve.  The judges really went for the sexy, yet modest look, so I think this fits in well.

Ariel has some crazy sparkly gold eye shadow and hot pink lips, but I still think this dress makes her look elegant.  And I congratulate myself for making the design more streamlined.  I had ideas for bustles and high collars... ooof... I'm glad I went with the simple yet elegant look.

I made a little fan for Ariel's hair accessory.  Perfect for the Opera!  Well maybe.  I've never actually been to the Opera.

I chose this clutch from the accessory wall to go with her ensemble.  I think it matches the fan in her hair quite nicely.

What do you think?  Am I safe this week?  I'm still not quite sure about the vibe of the judges, so I won't try to guess.

As always, if you want to see the other participants designs, visit the Flickr group.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Iron Craft Challenge: Paper Results

The first Iron Craft challenge (to coincide with their 1st anniversary) was appropriately - paper.

I decided that if I was ever going to get off my butt and try something new, I would have to make it work with my personality.  I would definitely have to turn it into an upcycle project! yay!

So .... paper... what to do...

I chose to make something out of this pile of cards.  Actually the pile was a lot bigger than that, but I forgot to take a picture before I started cutting them up.  Oooops!

I save cards.  Birthday cards, Valentine's Day cards, Christmas cards, Just Because cards... everything.  I love them so much.  But what's the use of having all these pretty cards if I put them away in a drawer and never look at them?  So I started cutting them up.

And made these!

Pretty paper drink coasters!

They all came out so pop culture-y. I love them all!

Basically I cut the card through the front and back so that I would have two CD sized pieces of cardstock.

I glued those two pieces together and mod podged them all around.

Some I added fabric backing to - like these:

I found that very tedious and used a lot of mod podge - waited, then podged again. 

So then I tried putting a little decorative Duck Tape on the backs.  And some I left au natural with the card info or price code on it.  They are meant to look upcyled and cool anyway, so it doesn't really matter if I cover the backs or not.  Then I podged and podged and podged until I made them relatively stiff.

I made some...

And then more...

And then more...

And then even more...

I love them all!  I think I will include them in gift packages.  I think they'd make great gift tags.

Or I might use them for my afternoon Diet Pepsi hehehe.

Would it be that terrible if I chose to keep them all for myself?  I just love all the art on them and I'm so pleased that I actually get to enjoy it.  No more throwing cards in a drawer for me!

Even the back are special!


Stay tuned for the next Iron Craft challenge.

And if you want to follow along with what the other Iron Crafters chose to try out using paper, check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 16 January 2012

The Golden Globes 2012 - Tawny's Fashion Round Up

My readers seem to like when I do a fashion round up of the award shows that I get a chance to watch.  So here goes one for the Golden Globes that were on last night.

Let's get right to it since I don't really have much to say about the actual awards.  I barely watch any of the TV shows and I certainly haven't seen many of the movies.  The fashion is all I was paying attention to.

Worst Dressed:


Piper Perabo Getty
I have no idea who she is, but that dress is see through darling.

Jessica Biel
You aren't getting married just yet sweetie.  And Timberlake might just run away if he saw you wearing this wedding ensemble down the aisle.

Best Dressed:

Ricky Gervais

The host looked amazing.  Nice trim beard.  Maroon coloured suit.  Lovely.

Octavia Spencer

That dress fit like a dream.  And it's such a pretty violet.  Beautiful.

Paula Patton

I just love this yellow dress.  So beautiful.  Fit her perfectly.  And was such a bold, amazing colour.

Did you have any faves?  Who was wearing the worst? 

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Project Project Runway All Stars - Fashion Cents Runway

I'm so happy that Project Runway is back!

I don't even mind that there are new judges and a new mentor on the new All Stars Series on TV.

Because it means that Project Project Runway is back as well :D


This week we were tasked with the unconventional challenge right out of the gates.  We had to make an outfit using stuff found at the Dollar Store. 

Now most of you who read my blog know that I'm a Dollarama freak, so I had tons of stuff to choose from already in my house.

I chose these two items:

A Hawaiian necklace and a bath scrubby.

And I made them into this:

I think she's very pretty.  Although maybe a little mummy-ish with that gauze from the bath scrubby wrapped around her like that.

It took some time to figure out how to get all those flowers to behave and stay on her.  I ended up tying it all together with thread knots.

I've decided that I'm going to be all about bows this season.  So expect tons of crazy bows to pop up in my styling and designs.

 And I'm going with this brightly coloured shoe for Aurora's lovely tiny feet.  Oooh isn't she lucky to be wearing a pair of shoes worth $595!  ACK!  Pretty though aren't they?

I have no idea what the judges will say because I don't know the new judges very well yet.  But I can see them thinking the bow in the hair in a bit much and that the wrapping looks a little like medical gauze.  They seemed to be okay with stuff that was fabric-ish this time, so I don't think I'll get dinged for the fabric flowers.

Overall, I think this turned out lovely.  And Lane won't stop playing with Aurora this week and exclaiming how pretty she is.

If you'd like to see all of the Project Project Runway All Stars designers this week, check out the Flickr Group.