Thursday, October 29, 2009

so glad to be poor

i watched the nanny diaries yesterday. i had never seen it. it made me so glad to be in the family i'm in. raised by my own, loving parents. without a nanny (or a trust fund). so scarlett johansen isn't my favorite actress, but it was still a good movie. it really made me appreciate the life i have, and realize that 'deficits' can actually be positive things. children are for cherishing, not passing off onto someone else.

Monday, October 26, 2009

if there's anything i hate, it's a zombie

party #1 was on friday and i didn't want to have a repeat with the costume situation, so i threw together a corpse bride number.
step 1: makeup

bare face with lots of moisturizer in preparation for the loads of crap i'm about to slather on. i love this eyeliner-lashes look so much, i want to do it all the time. i can hear tink screaming, "don't do it!!!"
i custom mixed a light foundation with some shimmery white powder to get this ghastly pale look. i mixed moisturizer with some eyeshadow to do my hollowed eyes and cheeks.
step 2: get into character

"now give me the milk!"
step 3: get dressed

i wore a dyed wedding dress, black cherry lipstick, and a centipede spirit gummed to my neck.

viola! i was so lucky my friend had a wedding dress that fit me perfectly.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

my recipe for non-dairy cheese

non-dairy? yes. is it soy-based? no. the recipe is as follows:
start with plain almond breeze (almond milk)
pour into a cup and serve to 4 year-old
12 hours later (once children are in bed, and the house is quiet, and you can think) clear dishes off table
realize that your 9 year-old neglected to unload the dishwasher
realize that you are exhausted
place dishes in sink
leave for 36 hours
stop waiting for someone else to empty dishwasher and do it yourself
load dishwasher
discover almond cheese in a plastic cup

non-dairy, almond cheese.

spread on crackers, serve with vienna sausages

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

wishing you hadn't

i saw that bram stoker's dracula was coming on last week, so i dvr'd it. the weekend went by and i finally watched it yesterday. i don't think i ever really watched the whole thing. hmmm. maybe there was a reason for that. i felt like poo afterwards. i want to clearly state, however, that i have no problem with keanu reeves. it wasn't any of the actors, just that i'm not into horror that much. action is fine. i love van helsing. (well, hugh jackman) so anyway. i'd much rather watch nosferatu, which i felt was much scarier. i think the unknown is scarier than a monster you can see.
i'm working on my costume for this friday. not to be confused with my costume for next friday. that's right, this year i have TWO costumes. two parties, two costumes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

and something else

my victorian vampire necklace of pearls with thin black ribbon tied between each pearl and a lovely brooch i snagged for $3 at a cookie lee sale. i also replaced the fastener on the pearls with a magnetic clasp.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

finished projects

here's my finished and varnished sushi necklace.

and my completed cake earrings.
i am so livid at my old dentist and at

Sunday, October 11, 2009

spectacles, mr. magoo!

i need new glasses soon. i haven't had a new prescription in over 5 years. new contacts, yes. frames are stinking expensive for nice ones. these prada frames go for $200 on an eyeglass webstore. however, i am now the proud owner of these for about $50 on ebay.
ebay really has never disappointed me.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

trying my hand at minis

so after looking at all the polymer minis of food, i decided to try my hand at it.

i didn't think i could duplicate the moist, cakey texture, but i figured out the secret. i'm very excited about the result.

cake was not enough, so i tried sushi. i know my sushi paper is too thick. a mistake i won't make next time. i think it still came out alright and my wasabi and ginger look good. i think i'll rework the salmon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

another great blog

this blog has adorable halloween decorations made by the blogger. really great stuff! check her out!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

fun, fun

just cruising etsy and various blogs and websites for fresh inspiration. check out the new guy blog in my following section. he has fab ideas for halloween decorating! if everyone tried one of his virtually free projects and mailed it to me, i'd be all set. there might be a lovely bar of all-natural, hand-made soap in it for you!!!
ginger, white tea, ginger/white tea, mango/mandarin, fresh grass, mango/mandarin/ginger
let me know what you like!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

i've become that mom

4th grade means state project.

i remember doing my florida report in the 4th grade. back in those days, my teacher had to copy large amounts of text on the blackboard and we had to copy it on notebook paper to insert into our folders. if you didn't copy it down in the time allotted: incomplete.

then, a beka books introduced these florida project books. you just fill in writing, insert pictures... easy way out if you ask me. i remember writing letters to chambers of commerce all over the state to get brochures. i had to draw a chickee hut and a sabal palm. this was all back in the day when you addressed your envelope 'Pompano Beach, Fla. 33064'. yeah, not this 2 letter state abbreviation. it was Fla. and we memorized all 50 state abbreviations that way. which is probably why it is still hard for me to distinguish between MA, ME, MN, MS, MO and MI.

now dot has to do her state report. which means i have to do the state report. i got wal-mart photo to print out pics of all the state symbols. who knew we had so many? state insect?? i nicely adhered the pics to the papers (she is to fill out) with scrapbooking brads instead of glue. i didn't do it perfectly, however, it has to look like a 9 year-old did it, right? i used the avery template to print out the labels for the chapter dividers. cute font! then i made a lovely layout for the cover with the appropriate information and a great picture of dot at the medieval faire.

chapter 1 is due in less than 2 weeks, i think we'll be fine, since i'm going to have her work on it this weekend. we didn't have the luxury of a home computer and the infinite information of the internet when i was 9.

so i've become that mom. the mom that really works on the school project with input from dot, asking her 'which one of these?' or 'how do you want this?'. then i do most of the manual work. i made the pioneer wagon out of a shoebox and popsicle sticks, the top hat with life size eagle head made of styrofoam, felt, and polymer clay, etc.

the thing is, the school always pounds it into our heads as parents to be strongly involved in our kids' work. finding the balance of how involved in this project should i be? teachers don't want the kids turning in crappy projects, but they know when a parent has done the entire project and the child turns it in. so dot will be handwriting all entries in her notebook, even if her handwriting is atrocious. i will refrain from printing everything out after tirelessly formatting it so the text perfectly lines up on the lines on the paper. nope, not me. presentation is what i will focus on, and she will focus on information. my mom worked at a stationery store when i was growing up, so i had the best folders and binders and lamination (and atrocious handwriting). thanks, mom.