Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Drippy Pumpkin Craft {Craft Project}

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I have been crafting my whole life, and as much as I don't like to admit it, I sometimes have craft fails.  This craft project was one of them.  I decided to share it because I have come up with some solutions for the problems that we faced, and hope that you, my beloved reader, might be able to complete this project and make it look better than I managed to.

Drippy Pumpkin Craft:

Materials:

Fake pumpkin (you can find these at any craft store)
Crayons (crayola brand seem to melt better)
Sandpaper
Hair Dryer
Tape

Instructions:


I started with a white fake pumpkin that I had bought at Michael's, some broken crayons, tape and a hair dryer.


I picked my crayons, laid them out on the top, taped them down and then started to melt them!


Whoa!  Slow down!!!!  Don't do what I did!  First, make sure you're using good crayons.  ie, Crayola.  They melt better!  In all of my experience with melty crayon crafts, they work much better.  Second, I would recommend sanding the pumpkin down just a little bit, especially in the tracks that you want to use for the drips, perhaps even all over it, with some fine paper.  It makes it easier for the crayon to stick to the surface, which was one of my downfalls (which you'll see later)


Also, use much smaller crayons.  And low heat.  High heat makes the crayon melt in funny ways, too drippy, too fast!  



As you can see from the pictures here, the crayons up top are hardly melted, but the drips have come down pretty far.





As you can see from the side, the pumpkin actually looks pretty cool.  The top, however, is a totally different story.






The top was a mess!!!!  In retrospect, I would have melted more crayons on the top, perhaps with shavings, to make it not look so thin and gross.


It was a fun craft, my kids enjoyed watching the crayons melt, but none of us were too appreciative of the final result.  I think that sanding, smaller crayons and lower heat would have been the solution to our crafting problems!  

Have you tried a drippy crayon craft?  If so, I would love to see how yours turned out!  If you have any secrets to share, please leave me a comment!!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Help Pick a Free Hat Pattern for this Blog!!

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Sometimes, months go by before I'm struck by enough inspiration to write some posts on here.  For that, I apologize.  I don't want to spend time writing posts that I only half care about and would much prefer time spent writing posts that I think are full of valuable information to you!

Today, I just finished posting a bunch of new hats in my etsy shop!  I'm so excited about these new fall offerings and have been working on getting a bunch ready for sale both in my shop and at craft shows.  While these hats are not patterns that I will freely give on my website, I'm offering my readers the chance to choose ONE of the hats to be offered as a free pattern for a limited time only.

Visit my etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/lilustudios and "favorite" the design that you would like to see offered free.  Then, come back here and leave a comment with the name of your favorite hat!!  The hat with the most votes by the end of September will win and will be offered as a free pattern on my shop (ready for you to make just in time for Christmas!!!)


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's Sunday, How about a Coupon?

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I am so excited that I get to try this great new Spinbrush from Arm and Hammer!  Since I'll be using it and writing about my experience, I thought I would share a coupon with you!!!  I hope that you get one and follow along with me!! 


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Do you want to try new products for free?

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I love free things.  Whenever I come across a new opportunity, I try to share it with my friends and readers.  Today, I'm here to talk to you about a new site I've been on, much like some of the others I've talked about, you get free items or coupons toward items in order to try them!

This one is called Smiley 360 and thus far, I have enjoyed networking with them!  I've been trying things like electric toothbrushes and new kitty litter- which surprise me, because I would have told you that I was happy with my current brands, but these are amazing!  You should definitely try out Smiley if you like to try new things!  Click here to try Smiley360!!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Look No Further, Best Buy has the Best Deals for Grads!

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It's that time of year!  Everyone has a grad to shop for, but some are definitely easier to shop for than others!  I've found that one of the best places to shop for grads is Best Buy!  Whether you have a young grad, ready to set out on the world or a more experienced grad who may be graduating with a higher degree, you'll find something suitable for your grad!

If your grad is a Networker, like myself, they'll want a gift that will help them stay connected with their friends and family.  I personally love the Lenovo Yoga 2 13" Touch-Screen Laptop and the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB External USB Portable Hard Drive because every new techy grad deserves a new laptop and plenty of storage that they can take anywhere!  Then again, you may have a graduate who loves fitness!  If you do, I highly recommend the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker Wristband- I have one myself and I love using it to keep track of my activity and to inspire myself to keep moving!!  If they're a crazier sort of active, perhaps they'll enjoy the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Action Camcorder, which they can attach to a helmet, bike or another crazy place and record all of their crazy fitness ventures!  Don't forget about your new grad- someone who has maybe lived in the dorms or with mom and dad for their college career.  They're going to need new home furnishings- which you can find at Best Buy too!!!  For them, I recommend the 4 Slice Toaster Oven- it provides all in one simple cooking and they can enjoy it for years to come!

Of course, maybe you're not looking for a big ticket gift for your grad, or perhaps you have a lot of grads to shop for!  In this case you'll want to see what Best Buy has to offer for under $50!  Gifts like the Roku Streaming HDMI Stick, Mr. Cofee 12-Cup Coffeemaker, or the BISSELL Cordless 2-in-1 Handheld/Stick Vacuum are great simple gifts for any grad!!  To find even more great gifts for grads, visit Best Buy's Gift Center!!!

Best Buy is even offering a special deal to those shopping for grads!  Purchase a Sony QX10 Camera in black or white and recieve a free case!! Get that deal here!  Simply print the coupon and take to any Best Buy Store to redeem, or use the provided code online!
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