I am so looking forward to my stitches coming out. I just had my wisdom teeth extracted this past Wednesday and I have had one stitch come out. I'm ready for them all to go. Also, Mom and I are going out to take pictures of graves for other genealogists. My Mom is really into genealogy and a lot of information comes from tombstones, plus old tombstones are really cool. Anyway, on this website people request pictures of graves and there are some requests for graveyards in town. Mom and I want to contribute to it. We're pretty excited!
How cool it is to be a kid. I'm trying to remind myself that in the big broad spectrum of things I know practically nothing. I don't want to go through an I-know-everything phase. I want to be humble. It's all fine and dandy to be smart, but I just need to remind myself that every person I meet knows something I don't. Despite their education, wealth, social status, they know something I don't. And I need to remain open enough to learn from everyone.
Obviously, based on all the posts from last week I just finished reading Jane Eyre. I'm taking some time off before starting a new book to get caught up on reading for school. Yaaaaaaay...
A center piece for Easter which will hopefully be posted about later this week. I've had a lot of fun with it so far. I hope it comes out as brilliant as I imagine it. Also, I saw a post on how to do high speed photography. I want to try it out!
Every time we have a bouquet of flowers in the house I get excited. I get more excited when they start dying, then it's DRYING TIME. I like dried flowers because I think they add this weird mysteriousness to a room. Also, I get to keep bouquets from special occasions. It's pretty cool to have the roses from my junior year drama performance. So, I'll show you the two ways I dry flowers, show some of my flowers, and link up to other tutorials that use flowers in awesome ways.
Pressed Flower: Cut off stem to base of flowerLay it face down, so the petals won't bend, in the back of a book. (Be sure to use an old book that has no meaning, petals can potentially dye pages and wet petals could cause mold.)Place something heavy on top of the book. (I use Little Women, you know like the book, not actual women.)Practice patience. It takes 2-4 weeks for a flower to dry completely.The less wilted a flower is, the more b-e-a-utiful it will be. If you want to get fancy, put a lay…
First I rinsed all of the feathers off with a spray nozzle, avoiding the rest of the shade as much as possible. And let me tell you... it reeks. It smelled so horrible, I could not believe it. I went to sleep that night with the smell still stuck in my nose. Once all of the feathers were wet I lathered up some shampoo on my hands and carefully ran my fingers over the feathers. I could see the dirt washing off. In sections, I repeated shampooing and rinsing. I kept my shade on the edge of the sink and rotated it until all of the feathers had bee shampooed. I gently squeezed the feathers with a wash cloth. Then I turned it upside down to dry. After and hour or two the feathers were dry, but still stuck together. I used a hairdryer to fluff the feathers. It was magical. The feathers suddenly came back to life, back to defying gravity! It's so fluffy!
Keep in mind, my lamp wasn't super expensive, and it was old. I was fully prepared for the worst. I definitely recommend …
There were a lot of crayon D.I.Y.s going around the interwebs and I wanted to try one. I had a lot of fun doing this project and I learned A LOT about making candles. Throughout this here post I'm going to give you some major tips on how to make good, sustainable candles from crayons. I made some mistakes, but I want you to know what I now know.
Cool? Cool. Let's get started.
Here is what you will need: Old crayonsSmall mason jarsWicksPot with boiling waterCleaned out canPlastic SpoonPliersWax PaperPlateKnife and Cutting Board
First: Get all your crayons naked. Rip that paper off your crayons. I had quite a pile when I finished.
Second: Separate all your crayons into the color scheme you would like for your candles.
Third: Dump crayons into bowl. Because now you have to prep your jar...
Forth: Glue candle wick into jar. You can use a simple hot glue, just so it will stay in place when pouring in wax.
Fifth: Cut up crayons. You want the crayons in small slices so they'll melt q…