A Recipe Post featuring My Snapchat

This is mostly for comedy’s sake, but if you want to try this as well I got you.

Once in a blue moon, I’ll put my cooking on Snapchat. It’s a fun step-by-step instruction on something super simple to cook (I’m not a chef and kinda suck at making fancy things). So, I thought I’d share one of my favorite meals to cook: teriyaki chicken and fried rice.

Supplies needed:

For chicken (besides the actual chicken), brown sugar, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. Easy.

For fried rice (besides the actual rice), frozen peas and carrots, two eggs, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Simple.

It’s best if the chicken is already thawed and cut up to make this even easier. Also, when you cover it up, make sure you keep it on low so it stays warm but doesn’t burn.

To clarify, it’s three cups of cooked rice (maybe one and a half uncooked since they double in size).

For me, taking the veggies out so I can scramble the eggs is easier. In general, you’re supposed to keep the veggies to the side of the pan while scrambling on the other side. Whatever, it works either way. Once you got the rice and soy sauce in, you mix it all up and it becomes fried rice.

And behold, you have some delicious teriyaki chicken and fried rice.

Via Snapchat.

Making a Dementor

If you don’t know what a dementor is, I suggest taking your booty to the nearest store and buying the entire Harry Potter series.

img_8313Anyway, four days ago there was a Harvest Fest in my area. I live in a farming community, so harvest is a huge thing. And the festival is a celebration not only in that, but in Halloween and in marking the end of the farmers market until next summer. This year, Kathy (the lovely lady who was in charge of everything) themed it Hogwarts. And it was incredible. The past two years I came to Harvest Fest in creepy costumes (a possessed deer and the Red Death), so she asked me to do something creepy again this year. So, what did we decide?

A 7 foot 4 inch dementor.

Here’s how I did it:

Starting with the mechanic that gave me an extra foot and five inches. I had a foam circle (Hobby Lobby) that I super glued the bottom of small football shoulder pads (found a used one at a thrift store for four bucks) onto. The circle went on top of my head, and I put some elastic on the circle as a chin strap so it can stay in place. I later also put some elastic on to support the back of my head.

I got a foam head (Hobby Lobby) that I totally carved out to look a little more bony, or at the very least deformed. Once his ears, nose, eyes, and mouth were gone, I painted him brown.

Turns out dementors are grey (oops), so I repainted the head and blacked out some deformities. Then I painted him around some more just to make him even more ugly. Once he was ugly enough, I super glued him to the shoulder pads, which made him 7’4″.

Then I made some hands. I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest (linked here), and made them a little thicker and more grey. Once they were dry completely, I super glued them to a pair of cheap black gloves (Dollar Tree). That way I was able to move my hands and even grab stuff I need to. I also glued little clasps to the back, and later sewed clasps to the sleeves so my real arms didn’t show and he was just a mess of black fabric.

Making the cloak took an approximate of 10 yards of fabric (Hobby Lobby and Walmart). I grossly hand-sewed the fabrics together, ripping and cutting where I wanted to look absolutely disheveled. The very last piece of fabric that went on was the hood over the fake head. I glued the top of his head to the fabric so it would stay in place, and bunched the fabric on the side so it shaped the head better. (Also, thanks to Vladimir who tested the mechanic).

I wore all black under the cloak (duh) and went out to the Fest. Thanks to the way it was made, I was able to walk around, move my arms (aka reach out to little kids to scare them shitless), bend, and nod when someone asked for a picture. I would make the cloak a little shorter than it was because I did trip on it a bit. The only real issue I had was the mechanic at the top was supported by my head, which did bruise the next day.

Overall, I had a blast. The pain was worth it, and everyone loved it. The costume itself took an approximate 35-50 hours to make and cost about 40 dollars to make. The most expensive stuff was the fabric. I don’t know when I’ll bust this guy out again, but he was awesome to have even for just the Fest.

Hugs

Alexandra

Making a Poison Apple Pin

Recently I got to go to Disneyland as part of a birthday celebration. My friend Kiki and I went as a Disneybound Snow White and Evil Queen. The Evil Queen is my favorite villain, I love her (and that’s a psychological point for another time). So, of course, I went as her. I wanted to make something for the trip. It was originally going to be ears, but my lovely friend bought some fierce ears for me. So, I made a pin (partially because I thought my outfit needed something more).

img_8172Supplies used:

  • old corkboard I had lying around
  • scissors/a knife to cut the board
  • paint (red, white, brown, light grey)
  • white glitter
  • Krylon spray
  • a pin backer thing
  • some very good glue (I use E6000)

And of course, I had my queen on the side as inspiration.

First thing you do is trace the shape you want on the corkboard. It would be a total shame to cut and it come out looking like a pear. I used scissors for the basic cutting out and a small X-Acto knife for the small crevices/details. Also, please be careful cutting corkboard, whether you use scissors or a knife. It’s harder to cut and the extra force, if slipped, could be detrimental to your fingers.

Once you have a shape you’re happy with, it’s time to paint. Make sure, if you’re copying off something, that you have a reference. While my little apple to the side has green, if you look at the original movie it was white. Thus, I used white paint. Trace your design first, then paint. Go over it at least twice (I recommend thrice) so you can get all the little corkboard crevices.

After it dries completely, really clean the lines and add details. And because I’m extra as fuck, I had to add glitter. In order to do that, I put the glitter on carefully and a little bit at a time with my final layer of white paint instead of glue. I also highly recommend doing that with paintbrushes rather than pouring it on, only because I wanted to completely avoid getting glitter into the red apple. Once everything is on and complete, spray some Krylon on so that everything stays as is.

Let the Krylon dry completely. I let it sit overnight if I have time. Then you put a strip of E6000 on and firmly press a pin backing. This, definitely, you need to wait a solid overnight (24 hours preferable) for the glue to fully dry and stick. Open and close the pin a few times so it doesn’t stick when you try to put it on and take it off.

And here it is, on my backpack at Disneyland. It lasted the entire day with my ripping my backpack on and off, and the paint/glitter stayed crisp and clean.

I’m actually interested in making more pins. I really enjoyed the process.

If you decided to do this, let me know! I would love to see.

Hugs

Alexandra

 

Creative Week

This week has been quite busy (if you couldn’t tell from the last post), but I’m excited to bring Creative Week to the blog next week!

Monday will be a DIY on something I made for Disneyland.

Wednesday will be a costume made for a festival.

Friday will be a choice (meaning I’m not sure what yet). I’m debating between trying watercolour or going through the process of drawing people (from when I did commissions). If you have one you’d rather see, do let me know. I’ll take it into account.

But it’s not just the main posting days that are getting creative!

Tuesday and Thursday will bring a new story for my writing tab.

Saturday will bring…a surprise (*wink*)

Sunday is a day of rest. Or just basic sketching.

Let’s get creative! Join me if you want, I’d love to see your creations.

Hugs

Alexandra

Making Floating Candles

img_7984Remember my teacher friend from previous posts? It’s been a hot second since I talked about her, but she’s back! For her classroom this year, she themed it Harry Potter. And because she trusts my creativity(?), she asked for input. So I helped decorate her classroom. One of the things I came up with were floating candles to hang from the ceiling. Here’s how I made them.

img_7939Supplies I used:

  • Hair rollers from Dollar Tree
  • Paint–light blue and white–from WalMart
  • Plastic wire typically made for making jewelry. I grabbed this from my jewelry making kit and don’t remember where I got it but I’m sure you can get it anywhere that sells jewelry making stuff
  • Orange construction paper
  • Paper clips

Because the rollers were dark blue, painting it white over it immediately wouldn’t give a good effect, so I painted all the rollers in a light blue paint. These rollers have plastic ends on them, and since only one side will be visible I painted one end but not the other. This’ll actually help in the long run.

Once the blue dried, I thought I’d be good to go for white. Well, word to the wise, paint one end first, because what’ll happen is the blue will come off with the white if you touch the wet paint. So, I painted the majority of the candle white, waited for it to dry, then painted the rest of it white. Now I have white, flameless candles.

Here’s why it was good not to paint over both ends: I was able to secure the plastic wire around the plastic end piece and tie it so it wouldn’t randomly fall off. Once I’ve got plastic wire on every. single. candle, I cut out tons of flame twins out of orange construction paper. And I don’t know why I didn’t get a pic of this (good job, Alexandra), but I put the flame twins against each other on the plastic wire so the stay up.

Then I attached the plastic wire on a paper clip slightly opened (again, no pics, Alexandra?). The paper clip goes into the ceiling, and if you know public school ceilings you know that they are cardboard tiles, practically. So I put the open end of the paper clip in the tile borders and the candles are thus floating!

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I only made a solid 18, but from what my teacher friend told me the kids really like them. And I suppose that was the point, lol. It all worked out, and it cost less than 10 dollars.

If you decided to do this, or even have a different way of doing this, let me know! I would love to see.

Hugs

Alexandra

Bullet Journal Set Up for July

Something I’ve been watching on YouTube lately is bujo layouts.

Because I’m poor, I can’t always afford to order some bujo stickers, so I was wondering what I could do instead. Considering I have quite a few sticker collections, I decided to create my own themes using what I already have (which makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?)

For the month of July (aka hot-as-fuck month), I decided an Ancient Egypt theme using the sticker book I got in Glasgow.

First things first, supplies.

  • pen/pencil
  • scissors
  • red and gold washi tape
  • red, peach, and golden brown Crayola Supertips
  • brown skinny Crayola marker
  • forest green, light brown, orange brown Pen+Gear markers
  • the stickers
  • and of course, your bujo

My title page, as every month has one, has the quote “All things are possible. Who you are is limited by who you think you are.” It’s apparently from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which seemed to fit. The symbols is hieroglyphics for July. I thought it was a cool touch, and I hope I got it right.

My monthly page with important dates and goals. I also have a challenge tracker since I dubbed this month Challenge Month, so it’ll keep me on my toes or whatever.

Then, I have a habit tracker. Yeah, I’ve got a lot of habits to track being under a commitment contract.

And finally, I have a weekly page. I have a to-do list, a tiny section for work (though, it’s not often used, it does offer a spot to put meetings or goals), a section for my digital stuff like blogs and videos, and notes for whatever I need at all.

If you want to use any of these, go right ahead.

The point of this is you don’t need expensive kits or whatever. Use what you have already and you’ll probably have a fun time.

Hugs

Alexandra

Trying Chinese Brush Painting

Something like two years ago, I got a Chinese brush painting set. It was something else I could learn and maybe enjoy. Also, Chinese brush painting is beautiful, so I definitely wanted to try it.

Two years later, I’m finally trying it.

First things first, I gotta look into it. Luckily it came with a book, by painter Danny Han-Lin Chen.

Once reading is complete, gather your supplies:

  • Brushes (white cloud and orchid bloom)
  • Ink stick
  • Ink stone
  • Brush rest
  • Watercolor palette
  • Sketchpad that can handle watercoloring

In the book, there are paintings to try. Of course, I choose the easiest on to try first.

First attempt at a stroke was a fail, so let’s try again.

Better (not perfect, but I definitely didn’t expect it to be).

After I got more familiar with the brushes and how the ink worked, I diverged a little from the instructions. Not because I thought I was good enough to, but because some parts still confused me, so I did what I could/knew how to do.

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And done.

I added some Chinese in the corner. I double, triple, quadruple checked that I got the word right, but I’m still nervous that I did wrong and accidentally wrote something real offensive. I tried to write the word ‘learn’.

Because that’s what we do here.

It’s not the most beautiful painting, but I think it’s pretty, and I’m proud. I’ll probably try it again.

Any tips are greatly appreciated.

Hugs

Alexandra

Making a Morse Code Necklace

I’ve been seeing a trend on Pinterest of morse code necklaces and bracelets. I wanted to add my own twist to things.

Presenting my version of the morse code necklace:

Start with your basic supplies and the word you want. I have my plier tools, big beads, small beads, and long beads, pre made cord necklace, and rings.

The word I went for was ‘warrior’, which is actually pretty simple in morse code.

Cut seven plastic wires (I changed from copper wire to plastic).

Make a knot at the end of each one and place the small bead at the bottom. Make sure the bead can’t get through the knot.

Using the big beads and long beads, spell your word using each individual wire for every letter.

Put them in order on the cord necklace, and voila.

It’s nice and simple, but can hold such meaning depending on what word you use.

Hugs

Alexandra

The Christmas Notebook

It’s the holiday season (the holiday season). So a whoop-de-doo.

Sorry.

As you may know, I am all about the organization. Stalking Pinterest gave me an idea to organize my Christmas with a notebook. It seemed like the best idea to have a great and productive season, considering how Halloween this year went.

And let me tell you, it is working amazingly!

All of my thoughts and plans in one place. “Why can’t you use your planner?” First of all, it’s more fun for me to create a notebook. Second, it keeps all ideas of one thing together so you’re not distracted. (“Let me write down when we get to do Christmas light scavenger hunting, while updating my weight-loss tracker”). It doesn’t work.

Keep the spirit of Christmas in one place on its own.

With that said, allow me to give you a sneak peak into the notebook itself. I won’t show you every page, but I’ll explain my process. Maybe, before the season is over, you can start your own.

I had to start with a fun cover. So, I decorated it to look like a present. That way I know exactly which notebook it is. Plus, it’s just too much fun to look at.

Always start with an index so you know what you have and on what page. I colored it to my discretion; there was barely any rhyme or reason to it.

After the index, I wanted to put a personal message just for me. What’s the goal for this season? What did I want to accomplish? What’s the theme? Whatever you think about the season, for you, put it down.

There’s a lot to do around this time of year, so I need to keep track of what I need to do AND what my family needs to do. (Not a complete list)

After that is my list of people to give Christmas cards to, with a check box next to their name so I can color it in when I send it rather than cross their name out. Next to it is my currently blank page of who sent me Christmas cards so I can send love.

The next several pages are dedicated to friends and family’s gift lists. I list out what they want, what they’d like to see in their stockings, and what they absolutely do not want for Christmas. I just write down everything; I can’t buy everything. But it’s helpful knowing in case someone else asks…

After the pages of gift lists, and a blank page to write what gifts I received (and from who for thank you card purposes), I have my little Christmas tree countdown. Every day, I color in a box. Come Christmas Day, I’ll have a pretty tree.

Following the cute little countdown, I have my December bucket list: things I want to complete in the Christmas season. (Along with Santa Claus’s phone number *wink wink*). Next to it, part of my bucket list, is to watch a bunch of Christmas movies. So I have a list of must-watch films. Yes, Die Hard and Edward Scissorhands are Christmas films, fight me.

After that is my gift-giving page(s). I had to mention this specifically because I have a method I’d like to share, if you please. I color-coded my friends and family’s names, usually with their favorite color if available. I write the gift I got them in their color so I know whose gift it is. Next to it, I put the price and/or if it’s been paid. Next to that, I put two columns, one labeled ‘have’ and one labeled ‘wrapped/sent’. I check under the column, next to the gift if I have the gift (since some stuff is being shipped to me) and if I have wrapped and/or sent it. It helps me know what I’ve done for who.

On the next page, I have two fun games. My family and I love going out and looking at house lights. Our new place is particularly great because we are across the street from the town’s most festive light show of a house. I came up with a scavenger hunt for us to do on our annual walk around town. Then I have trivia for the book we read every 24 December, The Night Before Christmas. Like I said earlier, I wanted to have fun.

The next several pages are ones I can’t show before Christmas, including a plan for Christmas Eve, craft lists and instructions for certain gifts, and other little Christmas spoilers.

But that’s my Christmas notebook: something to keep me organized during the most hectic and commercialized time of year.

I plan to have fun.

Hugs and Candy Canes

Alexandra

Making a Public Waterfall

img_6359That almost sounded bad.

The reason I call it that is because it will be on public display and for public use.

A while back I made a potted plant (find it here) as a lollipop holder for my teacher friend. This time, since the potted plant has died due to the amount of student hands grabbing at it, I am making a lollipop holder that looks like a waterfall!

From earth to water.

Next time the lollipop holder will be on fire.

Also, just letting you know, almost everything I got to make this came from the dollar store. Look at me, saving us money!

So, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Three (clear, maybe?) bowls of different sizes
  • Foam blocks and balls
  • White rocks
  • White sand
  • Seashells
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Knife *dear Heavens, please be safe!!*
  • Paint (super optional)

1. Put some rocks at the bottom of the biggest bowl. This is to add extra weight so that the finished product doesn’t tip over and ruin all your hard work.

2. Glue some foam edges and place into large bowl. This keeps the foam in place for lollipop placement and for the structure of the whole thing.

3. Put rocks around the foam for extra weight and stability.

4. Glue the medium bowl on one side of the large bowl. Make sure you glue the hell out of every corner that touches each other. Once it’s all glued, make sure it’s not going anywhere.

5. In the medium bowl, fill it up with some of the foam balls, so that it’s got some stability for other things to be put on top, but it’s not heavy enough to tip the whole kit and kaboodle over.

6. Cut a piece of the foam block to size, and using the foam balls as leverage, glue a new platform on top of the medium bowl.

7. Glue the small bowl on top of the medium bowl’s platform.

8. Glue a foam ball at the bottom, and, after cutting another ball in half, glue the bottom of the half ball on top of the regular ball.

9. Make a hot glue pool on the half ball. And using the instructions for the personal waterfall (found here), make a nice long waterfall to one of the bottom foam blocks.

9 1/2. Make sure the bottom of the waterfall has a pool, too.

10. Time for decorative pieces! Pour some sand on the bottom foam block (if you want to try to keep it in place, paint some liquid glue on the bottom).

11. Hot glue some seashells around the sand and/or in the water.

12. I wasn’t a big fan of seeing the balls (zing) so I decided to paint all of the glass white.

13. For funsies (and because it’s for younger students) I painted some (kind of lame) cartoon fish on it.

And voila, you have a new lollipop holder.

Until one on fire needs to be made.

Hope you enjoy your time crafting, and if you make one of these yourself,send it to me. I would love to see it!

Hugs

Alexandra