Sunday, July 15, 2012

Aren't I Crafty???

When I told Hot Chocolate I was planning to make this shirt, his words said go ahead and give it a go. His eyes said, "this is going to be an effing disaster!" I was pretty worried about it too, but this was a super cheap project so at least I didn't have too much invested in it. 

I started with a $5 perfect tee from Old Navy. If this hadn't worked out I would have just worn the shirt around the house and not worried about losing the $5! I traced the Mustang onto clear contact paper off of one of my favorite Sweatshirts that I have had since about 1995. Now when my trusty sweatshirt finally wears out - meaning more than the one hole it already has - It will live on! 

After I had the mustang on the paper, I cut the mustang out, peeled the backing off and stuck it on the shirt where I thought it would look good. After Peruna was stuck on the shirt I tried it on to make sure it didn't look oddly placed once boobs were added to the equation. 

Amazingly I only had to make a tiny adjustment. Next I popped the tshirt on a cardboard form that I had already from project CRAMP - which I know, I owe you guys pictures from. 

I put about 3:1 ratio of bleach to water in a dollar store spray bottle, took it out too the garage and misted somewhat lightly all around the pony.

Here's where you learn from my mistakes. Take paper towels out there with you because if you don't, you will be using your magic words when the bleach beads up on the waterproof contact paper and starts running and dripping. If it something goes wrong, just go with it though. There is no such thing as perfect in a project like this. 

After that, I took it in and used the hair dryer to force the bleach to pretty much dry and force the colors to develop. I like to do this because you don't really know what it's going to look like until  you dry the bleach. If you do this step you can go back and add more bleach if you need to. 

Once you are happy with the bleaching, pull off the contact paper and you are pretty much done. Just toss it in the wash by itself to keep the bleach from screwing anything else up. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

CRAMP - The Intersection of CAMP and CRAP

So Mars and Hip Hop are off to church camp next week. This means it is time to start making matching t-shirts, buying crap in their team colors, and putting together care packages so as to not spend $50 a kid on the premade ones. The girls worked so hard earning money to go this year that I want it to be the best camp week ever!

Only problem is that Hip Hop is out of town this week and we just found out the team colors. I guess that means I get to do her part in the creative process. I'm actually looking forward to it - I think. 

We are going to try making at least 1 set of shirts with Bleach Pens. Anyone else predicting disaster? If you knew how un-artsy crafty I am you would be begging me to not even try.

I know we are making bracelets out of bandanas. The girls swear those are fool proof.

I've been hitting up Target and the Dollar Store for anything blue and obnoxious that they can use for the week. So far I have Glow Stick Necklaces, Journals, Pens, Glow Stick Bracelets, and my favorite so far: Clappers. 

I'm still looking for LED Sunglasses or those crazy glow in the dark wigs. I would kill for glow in the dark nail polish, but may have to settle for blue glitter nail polish.

If you have any other ideas for t-shirts or just other ways I can make camp special for them on the cheap, please leave them in the comments. I can use all of the help I can get. 

Never fear, I will be posting pictures of our creations - even if they are a train wreck. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So I'm Back - I think...

I know it has been a long time in coming, but I'm back... I think. I make you no promises but I do know that family has to come first over blogging, but I do miss the outlet.

Some funny things that have happened since last we spoke.

  •  My custom domain name expired. And apparently became pornish. I neglected to revise my website on Facebook. So who knows what my long lost acquaintances from a lifetime ago think of me now.. 
  •  I yelled "Son of a Bitch" yesterday and C-Dub who is now 14 1/2 btw raised his hand and said present. 
  • I caught Mars and her best friend on camera riding in the shopping cart at Costco like they were little kids. They are 13 now and wow it's hard to push a cart with 26 years worth of kids in it! Coincidentally, they made me pinky swear never to publish the pics.
  • Big Chocolate isn't so big anymore. He has lost 60 plus pounds. I may have to start calling him Hot Chocolate instead. He's definitely bringing sexy back.  
  • You know how some people turn Vampire? Apparently I'm turning girl. I bought a dress. Then another, and then another. I have no idea what happened to me, but I'm rolling with it like I do everything else!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Half-Assed Kitchen Nightmares

Last night while big chocolate was working out in the yard, I was inspired and motivated! I decided to make a chicken and rice casserole, rice krispy treats and homemade granola because I could get it all together pretty quickly.

I wanted to be extra efficient so I decided to double the recipe for the casserole. Bad, I repeat bad plan.

My head has been firmly up my ass the last few days and I don't know if I didn't double something right, or if you can't just double up on a rice casserole, but is was a train wreck. It took well over two hours to cook and I use the term very loosely.

Some of the rice was perfect and some of it was crunchy and it was way too salty. Needless to say it is now in the trash... Along with the granola I made.

You see since it took 2+ hours for the casserole to cook it was getting late and I thought I would just put the granola in the oven for a few minutes once it was preheated and let it cook the rest of the way after the oven turned itself off.

Lets just say it cooked the rest of the way and then some. It was the craziest thing. It wasn't burnt looking, but it tasted burnt. I officially give up. The only thing that worked last night were the rice krispy treats, so that's what I had for dinner (and ahem breakfast)!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dear Money Fairy

Dear Money Fairy,

Why when you visit do you take the cash out of my purse? You are supposed to leave money. That's what fairies do.

Now granted you have to get the money that you leave for people somewhere, but might I suggest a job. I mean if this keeps up I am going to have to report you to the IRS for a thorough audit of your books.

Thanks in advance for your consideration of this matter.

Half-Assed Housewife

Wednesday, January 19, 2011