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Gee, that was sudden!

After reading through friends entries today, I realized that one of the reasons I haven't been checking LJ as often as I used to was because of the utter deluge of crap I wasn't interested in. I realized that 90% of the stuff on my friends list was crap I no longer have any interest in reading.

The result? A very sudden and unplanned purging of old RSS feeds and comms I used to enjoy reading, but now find it annoying to skip through. I also removed a few deleted journals and people who don't seem to update any more.

If I mistakenly deleted you and you want back on my list, please don't hesitate to comment. I know I noticed three mistaken removals and fixed them right away, but there's no telling if I made a few more I didn't notice. I used the "manage friends list" page and it confused me a bit. (Yay fibro fog & plague-brain!)

So yea. That. Comment if I was dumb and accidentally removed you. :D
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New Discoveries- Candy Foil Nails

PhotobucketI have a problem, I think- I'm always looking at things and thinking, "I could use this for something." I have several boxes of craft goodies that I'm holding on to, knowing that I'll use them for something one of these days. Sure, some people call it hoarding- I call it recycling! ;)

Seriously, though, I've had three Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis wrappers in my nail art box for several months now. At the time I saved them, my family thought I had totally lost my mind! I wasn't sure what I would use them for, I just knew that I would use them. Then a couple of weeks ago I got an invitation to be part of the BzzCampaign for Elmer's CraftBond adhesives and X-ACTO cutting tools.

PhotobucketI cannot even begin to tell you how quickly I hopped over to sign up. I was giddy, and couldn't wait to see what they would send. Well, I wound up receiving my package yesterday, and boy, was it fun! Included were two pairs of decorative edged scissors, a corner rounder, and various adhesives. But the scissors are what excited me. As I opened the package, I was hit by a moment of inspiration. Suddenly, I knew what I would be doing with those candy wrappers... they were going to become foil strips for my nails!

PhotobucketThe first thing I did was smooth out the foil wrapper as smooth as I could. That worked nicely, and I was left with a slightly-crinkled foil that was really pretty. Then I tried to cut the wrapper with the scissors- it didn't do well. It sort of shredded the foil into things that wouldn't be very useful. However...

I remembered that in sewing, sometimes you have to reinforce a delicate fabric with a sturdy paper backing to stitch on it. I figured why not try it for cutting? I got a piece of plain typing paper, cut it slightly larger than the piece of wrapper I was working with, and tried again to cut. SUCCESS! I had perfect cuts, making small slivers of foil I could then apply to my nails! I was excited and cut a lot of strips from half of a wrapper.

PhotobucketI also cut a few wider ones with one straight edge and one wavy edge. I applied one to a false nail with a thin thin coat of base coat, then used a small piece of plastic bag to smooth it down. This way I didn't get polish on my fingertips! The foil tended to slip a lot, so it might be better to wait for the base coat to get tacky.

Once it was tacked down nicely, I used an emery board to remove the edges of the foil by gently filing downward, cutting through the foil and leaving a smooth edge. I don't know how you could achieve the same look on natural nails, unfortunately.

Finally, I put a single coat of Seche Vite over it, and within 10 minutes or so I had a beautifully smooth nail with a gold foil applique. If you attempt this, be sure to wrap the tips, so that your foil won't try and peel up. I didn't have that problem, but better safe than sorry, right?

So there you have it- Candy Nails! I love the look, and will be putting some foil strips on my own nails soon enough. Currently, the strips are stored in small ziplock bags, with scraps in a separate bag. I think it could be fun to patch together tiny pieces of foil to make a fully-foil-covered nail! Besides, how many nail art techniques let you eat chocolate as part of it? Remember, if you try this, send me a picture, I wanna see it!

♥ Laynie

Elmer's CraftBond adhesives and X-ACTO cutting tools image provided by BzzAgent.com.
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Because my friends talk me into sensible actions...

Thanks for the logic, taldragon. It's too easy for me to get wrapped up in the chaos in my head and lose sight of things. So... here. If you feel up to helping, I'll once again be more thankful than you can even imagine. And kiddo will thank you as well...

So, the info. Kiddo has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed at age 10, and was able to attend camp almost immediately. This will be his seventh year at Camp Sweeney, and we simply cannot say enough good about it. Not only is it an intense, in-patient educational camp about living with diabetes, but it's also a chance to spend three weeks with his best friends, three weeks of not being the only one in the school to check his blood sugar before meals, of not having to explain what diabetes is or how it affects him... three weeks of being a normal kid. Each year he comes home knowing more about his diabetes, how to manage it. He comes home dedicated to managing things, and excited about the time he's spent at Camp Sweeney. He eventually hopes to return as a camp counselor, giving back to the camp that's given him so much.

Camp Sweeney has a scholarship program so that kids can attend even if they can't pay the fees (a full 3 week session is $2,500), but they don't get the kids there. For us, it's a 550 mile trip one way (Yes, we drive 2200 miles to get him there and back), plus motels to stay in, since it's entirely too much driving to not sleep in between. We actually enjoy the trip, though, and it's become our family vacation each year. I'm going to miss it when he's too old for camp!

Now the obvious question- why do we need the financial assistance? Well, several reasons. My husband is now working (which is wonderful, and why we need less money this year!), but we live on his income alone. I have fibromyalgia (as well as a few other conditions) which keep me from being able to work. Between my doctor visits and medications, we spend close to $400 a month just on my fibro. There's not a lot of money left over to save for camp (or much else, really). We cut lots of corners, and have been able to save some for the camp trip, but not enough.

So if you've read this far, thank you. If you can contribute a few bucks, thank you. If you pass it along to a few friends, thank you. Even if you can't do more than wish us luck... thank you. I honestly appreciate you, just for taking the time to read my story. :D
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My sketchbook...

I went through my sketchbook and took pictures of the things that caught my eye. If you're interested, thumbnails are under the cut.

For the record, I always find it funny when I've got my pen in hand and am doodling away, and people ask me, "Did you draw that?" I always want to ask, "Well, don't you see the pen in my hand? I'm drawing it right now! I don't, though. Still, I giggle.

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What have I been looking at today?

Today has been a bit of a sick day. I've been catching up on sleep (good), but only in 1-2 hour increments (bad). Meds have me sleepy (good), but erratically (bad). Getting a bit of the eye focusing problems I get every time we go up on the long-acting pain med, but it's not severe and it should go away soon enough. Pain levels are way down, which makes me exceptionally happy.

So I've spent a lot of time on youtube today. Last night the husband sent me an interesting link to the space chair project. It truly is an amazing commercial. The folks at Toshiba made a chair from balsa wood, then sent it up into the upper parts of the Earth's atmosphere with a weather balloon, strapped into a harness that held several Toshiba cameras. Once it reached a certain point, the balloon exploded, sending the chair and the cameras plummeting back down to earth. They recovered the cameras and made this commercial.

I know all this because in the sidebar I saw a link to the making of the space chair project. A spokesman from Toshiba states that they are an innovative company, so their ads should be innovative as well. I think they definitely achieved this. Go watch it, you'll enjoy it.

I've also done a tiny bit of browsing at the Discover magazine website. Not enough, since I'm a total geek for this sort of thing. Expect me to disappear for hours into that site. Ahh well, science is interesting!

Back to youtube, since I've been back so much! I watched more than a few Natalie Tran videos, because she makes me giggle. I'm especially fond of her video about how to fake abs, in case you're going to the beach and don't want to be embarrassed that you've lost a bit of muscle tone over the winter. It's in reply to Pursebuzz's video with the same title.

Actually, I did a quick google search to pull up the Pursebuzz video and found another vlog addressing this topic. I'm a bit surprised. Then there are the silly humorous responses, as well as the angry responses. I love the guys who seem to be saying screw the six pack, they'll settle for a keg. Then there are the responses that make you wonder if they're serious. Who would have guessed there would be such a response to a simple video about putting makeup on your belly?

Speaking of Pursebuzz, she does really nice makeup and hair tutorials. I like her a lot, she seems like she really knows her stuff. Then there's Michelle Phan, owner of the IQQU makeup & skin care line and makeup guru. Finally, there's Kandee Johnson, a working makeup artist in LA and an overall fantastic person. Her videos are so warm and fun, and she makes me laugh as well as learn. If you're interested in makeup and hair styling, you can't go wrong watching any of the three.

So, moving off youtube, I've been looking at sites friends have tweeted. With the holidays coming, it can be a time for kids to be bored out of their skulls, being anxious and fidgety and frustrated. Why not do a craft project with them that helps bring their attention back to what the holiday was originally about- being thankful and sharing that thanks with family and friends? Leslie ODonnell shares A Thanksgiving craft that makes anyone feel good, and it looks like a winner for kids and adults alike.

Then datagoddess shared an article about an adopted man who went in search for his biological parents. Unfortunately, he found that his bio dad was Charles Manson. Read about his reaction, and how he's learning to live as the son of a serial killer.

Finally, on a brighter note, The Guild has a new video out today. Since the main site is often down with traffic, try this alternative site for viewing. It should be a bit more stable, hopefully. Also, Felicia Day states, "ALL #theguild Seasons are on a new Bing video page, so if you're behind or want to watch for the first time do it here! http://bit.ly/72MVkQ." I love this series. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It's a fun one!

EDIT: I completely forgot to add one link- How Twilight Works. I can't even explain how much I giggled reading this. It's horrible and rude and so funny to me. I suppose I need to read the Twilight books, or at least the first one, just so I can complain about it honestly.

That's what I've been watching today. How about you? Share a link or two you've seen lately in the comments. I'd love to see!
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First batch of beads is ready!! (With pictures!!)

Ahhh, after much, much, MUCH more preparation than I realized would be necessary, the first batch of beads is ready for sale. I have 7 listed at Artfire, but unfortunately I'm limited to 12 auctions until I pay a fee to set things up properly. That will be done with the first profits from this batch.

However, that said- I will list pics and specs on all 20 packs of the first ones. If there's something you'd like, I would very very much appreciate it if you buy it from Artfire and leave karma, since it will help other people buy from me with confidence. Give me a nudge and I'll post whatever you want, and we'll take it from there.
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I do believe I've lost my mind.

I don't mean to collect new crafts. Honestly, I don't. I also don't mean to take a project, decide I don't need to do it like they are, change it so that it only vaguely resembles anything they've mentioned, and then do my own thing.

Seriously. It just happens.

I've been reading about paper mache. You know the concept- bowl of paste, balloon, strips of newspaper. Only I don't have paste, and I don't have any balloons or newspaper, but I do have small canvases and magazines...

So, I have 2 projects in progress- a bas relief sculpture of the female form on a 2"x3" card, and a sculpture made of magazine pages and glue stick. Still needs LOTS of filling out, plus... you know, arms. Feet. But I'm enjoying the process, and it's REALLY cheap. I'm making my paper mache around a tablespoon at a time, which is good since there's almost no waste. :D

The standing sculpture is not even close to being done, or ready for the next step, whatever that step may be. Here, there be crappy webcam pics.
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So yea... today, I've made boobs from paper mache, both standing-up-on-a-form boobs and lying-on-a-card boobs. Oh, and thick wavy hair blowing in a breeze above the boobs, and obscuring the face I demolished. She's an ugly woman, so now, she can hide behind her long, luxurious hair.

I think I want to go to sleep now.
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Wow. We got kiddo a card for his tracfone 2 weeks ago- that's 240 minutes. He is now out of minutes. That's 3 texts per minute.

Apparently, the kiddo has a girlfriend.

I'm amused. The first we heard was when kiddo asked his dad what people wear to homecoming. Of course, his dad had no idea, and said "go ask your mom."

So, of course I tell him it all depends on what his date wears. He says ohhh, ok... as if that actually answered anything. I asked, "Do you have someone you're going with?"

He nods, and says, "Yea."

Very helpful. So I start to dig a bit... I can't help if I don't have information. "Well... does she know what she's wearing?"

He nods. "Yea. She's wearing turquoise and black."

That's helpful. I said, "Ok, well, then a nice pair of black slacks and a black buttondown shirt would work." You know, go for the basics. Hell, I don't know what the kids are wearing today. But this is where it gets interesting...

"Yea. She said to wear a pair of black pants and a black shirt. Oh, and she bought me a tie. I think... or something. Yea. A tie that matches."

Interesting. She knows what she wants, apparently. At this point, I have to ask. I'm dying to know.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not going to be the overbearing mom, or the one who asks a billion embarrassing details. No, I'm more clueful than that. But... you know, a name would be nice? So I bite the bullet. "So what's her name?"


Let that sink in for a moment. My son is dating a girl named Britney. Or Brittany. Or Britnee. Whatever. That's about all I got out of him that day. I didn't ask anything else, and he didn't feel like sharing any more information. 16 year olds are tough, man!

So yea. She hasn't decided who's driving them to the dance. She doesn't have her license, he doesn't have his, so they're going to have to get a ride. We don't know who they're riding with, either. We offered to drive, but... "Mom, that could get uncomfortable."

*sighs* It's happened. We're tragically unhip. We're old.

And apparently, my son's girlfriend makes all the decisions. Ahh well... young love.
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