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The winds of change are blowing my way (yet again!)

Some of you may have noticed that over the course of the last few months the frequency of post and the content of this blog has been changing.  There’s a reason for those changes.  My whole world has been undergoing something of a metamorphosis.  Not a Kafka-esque one, cause eww who’d want to turn into a nasty cockroach, but a series of huge changes none the less.  As some of you may remember I recently lost my dad, moved to middle America, bought a house (that needed a lot of TLC and some serious renovations), found a few job, and made some fantastic friends!  That’s a lot of stuff, right?  but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s been going on in the last few months…  I’ve also ended a marriage, lost a bunch of weight, mostly finished renovating the house, found a job in my field, found even more great people, met a great guy, expanded my previously shrinking family, and decided to move (again)!  With all of that going on behind the scenes, I have to apologize for slipping with the frequency of my posts.  I am trying to keep up with as many of the topics as I can, but as my move to the southwest gets closer (and more of my stuff got packed – the craft supplies went 1st, then the books, and finally the kitchen equipment) it became increasingly hard to keep up.  I hope to be back up and running very soon, but just in case, please don’t forget about my out there in the blogosphere, I’ll be back with even more projects, adventures, reads, and recipes!

Now I wonder if you can make it from Ohio to Arizona by way of New York, Walt Disney World or Mount Rushmore…  We shall see!!!

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Snapshot Saturday – Winter Waves

This week I went with a moving picture…  They are waves, after all.  I love the way this photo came out, I think I may actually have this one printed and hang it somewhere in our house.  I miss the smell of the water, now that we are firmly ensconced in Middle America.

Altantic City Winter Waves

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Snapshot Saturday – Boxes and Boxes and More Boxes

This week’s picture is just a hint of the chaos to come when we finally get to move into our new home…

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Oh my, what have I gotten myself into…  a bathroom reno, upholstering furniture, painting, removing wallpaper, refinishing hardwood floors, and then there’s the unpacking!  I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed, but I really can’t wait to jump right in!  Vacation has totally rejuvenated me!

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Not Just Hanging Around…

So this week’s Pinterest project was chosen for simplicity and practicality.  I am in the middle of buying a house, and I am trying to be practical in my craft projects, but as I am still living out of a suitcase and storage unit (thanks again Summit County Sheriff’s Department) I also need the projects to be relatively simple.  I picked this Ironing Board Holder, because it fit both of those requirements.

I read through the directions attached to the pin, and was slightly taken aback by how much work they put into creating the frame.  I just don’t have that much access to power tools and my scrap wood pile was decimated prior to the move.  So I had to modify her design slightly.  I chose to use an inexpensive cabinet door as the base for my holder.  All in all, this was an easy project.

These are the supplies I used:

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Along with a cordless screwdriver and an old t-shirt to apply the stain.

First I stained this awesome cherry cabinet door with a natural finish stain.

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I wiped off the excess stain and let the door dry.

Then I measured for the placement of the hooks, and attached then in the correct location for the width of my ironing board.

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Then I put on the hanging bracket and smoothed out the ends of the screws where they came through the back of the door.

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Once that was done, I tested the hanger out on another ironing board (mine’s in storage and much cuter than this one).

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I think this is going to work well in my new laundry room.  I can’t wait to post pictures of the finished rooms, assuming of course that we ever get to actually move into the house…

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I’ve lost my marbles…

Ok, maybe not lost them, but they sure are broken!

I picked this week’s Pinterest project, because it’s going to be a good building block for several other projects and it was a very quick project that didn’t involve any of my other crafting supplies, which I have finally had to pack away in preparation for the last stage of our impending move.  As you may or may not be aware, we are in the process of a huge upheaval.  We are moving from New York to Ohio, from a tiny single room to an entire 3 bedroom house, from one master’s program to a completely different course of study, from being a homemaker/full-time student to working full-time and going to school.  This is going to be such a huge set of changes, and part of me is really excited, but the rest of me is dreading it.  I really want it to be over with, and to have everything settled so that we can get started on our new path.  Eh, enough of my rambling… back to trying to maintain some semblance of my normal in my life while all the changes swirl around me.

So, this week’s project is Baked Marbles.  I love the way the cracked glass looks in the photo on Pinterest, so I decided to try and make some to use in a couple of other projects I have pinned.  I followed the instructions and went with solid colored marbles, but I chose a set of mixed shaped decorative glass marbles.  Some were small and round, others were iridescent and flat on one side, others were cloudy and oddly shaped.

Once I had purchased the marbles, I gathered the other supplies I’d need for the project – a metal bowl and baking pan.

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I then opened the marbles and spread them in a single layer in the baking pan, while I was preheating the oven to 500 degrees.

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Man was my kitchen warm for the 20 minutes they were in there heating up.  While they were getting hot, I put the metal bowl in the fridge to cool off and gathered some ice cubes to make the water as cold as I could.  About 30 seconds before the timer went off, I pulled the bowl out, added the ice and filled it with water.  As soon as the timer went off I pulled the baking pan out and dumped the marbles into the bowl of water.  As they were falling in I could here a series of odd cracking sounds.

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I let the marbles sit in the water for about 2 minutes to cool off, before I drained the water.  Once I had them dried off I checked out the finished product.  What do you think?  Next time, I think I’m going to try a darker colored marble and see if the cracking is more noticeable.  I’m also going to try and find a way to make the water colder.  The drastic change in temperature is what makes the glass crack, so the colder it is the sharper the cracking.

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Any color suggestions?  Any ideas of what to do with the marbles now that I have them?

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Awww Gee I’m such a sap sometimes…

So this week’s Pinterest project was a bit delayed, as I was waiting for it to be delivered…

Ok, as many of you know I am trying to encourage my not-so-crafty nature and am doing a project I liked from Pinterest once a week.  This week I chose to adapt a project I liked to fit my needs, and it sort of worked.  I think the layout is kinda funny and I might add something to the middle.  I’d love any suggestions that you guys have, because honestly I’m a bit lost.

Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself…  I called this week’s project 20 Things I Love About You.  It’s supposed to be for a wedding or an engagement party or something, but I liked the idea so much that I plan to hang it in my master bedroom, once we’ve actually moved into our new house and gotten settled enough to unpack the art work and all that jazz.

The first step was to get Gwen to come up with 20 things she loves about me, and then I came up with 20 things I love about her.  She read mine, and decided that she was going to redo her’s so I had to wait while she redid it.  (This was the first delay in this week’s adventure.)  Once I got all the words, I sat down at the computer and laid out the design.  I took each of our names and put them as the background in a MS Word document in gradient black (our bedroom is shades of grey with a pop of highlight color that changes as my mood does throughout the year.).  Then I laid out the list of 20 things separated by a small shaded grey heart over each name as an individual page.  Then I saved the files on a flash drive as a pdf and took it to Staples.  I price how much it would cost to print them on canvas and was not pleased at the expense.  So I went home and edited my file so it all fit on one page (an 11×14 page, but it was the least expensive layout I liked.)  I took my newly adjusted file back and ordered my canvas.  I waited 5 days and picked it up.

This is what I got:

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Like I said earlier…  I’m not so sure about the large gap in the middle.  What should I use to fill up the space, or should I scrap it and adjust the layout and get it reprinted?

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