NOTM: Which Witch Is Which?

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Happy Halloween!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Nails Of The Month” post and I actually had my nails painted with red recently, but I had my nana take it off so I could try out my new polishes!

I wanted to explain the title of this post and why I wanted to buy these two before we get too into this post!

I grew up on the old school Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episodes on Cartoon Network because they basically came out in my mom’s time (she is not going to like how I worded that!) and I still record episodes of it on my DVR and always look forward to the movies on Boomarang. So when we went to Wal-Mart and I saw these colors I remembered a certain episode called “Which Witch Is Which” (tongue twister) and it’s about the gang meet a spooky witch and her monster haunting a swamp and I remember the colors of green, almost like a mint shade for her face and purple gown on the character and somehow these colors brought me back to that episode so that’s why I got them!

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1250 “It’s All A Bluer”

If you had read my fall nail polishes post, you might remember I had included a lone purple polish and I so wished I had waited until after I bought them before I wrote out that post. Anyways, this purple is a beautiful shade! In a way, it’s not exactly a purple and maybe the title is sort of a give away “bluer” maybe it has a tint of blue to it too!

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1251 “Peas and Quiet”

Let me say, I’m not too into the pastel colors, but I love this polish! Hell, even my nana likes it! Unfortunately, this picture doesn’t give it justice. It looks way paler in this photo, but the best way to describe it is like chocolate chip mint ice cream! It’s the same color as that! I apologize if saying that makes you think of that ice cream, because it didn’t help me out at all either! I thought it would be glow in the dark, but it’s not! That was sort of a let down… but it’s still a great color!

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So what do you think of these polishes? Yay or nay? 

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DIY: Hallow-Sicles!

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Today I am back with my second DIY post for this month! If you haven’t seen last week’s post, it was called “Candy Corn Banner” and you can check out the instructions on how to make your own banner!

This craft, we got started on it the same day we did the banner. Despite the fact that we were both losing energy, we were both positive and very creative that we thought we’d end up finishing both projects in one day! I still think it was accomplishment that we were able to get the first steps completed and the day I came back to her house we finished the rest of it and made a few more characters!

Again, I found this one on Pinterest but unlike the banner where it was just one link, people make crafts with Popsicle sticks all the time so there’s a mass quantities of them all over the site! However, I will include the one that gave me the idea to help you out, but everything was really simple!

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What you will need for this:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper Plates
  • Napkins

Most that we used for these guys my nana already had in her “craft drawer” and yes, she has one of those and it’s glorious! Anyways, in the original link they used only five sticks for the characters but I honestly can’t create a whole face in that amount of room so we upped the number to eleven sticks. We lined the sticks side-by-side to make a little fence.

After we figured that out and counted multiple times to make sure we had the right amount of sticks we got started on getting them to stay together. We used a glittery Elmer’s glue that kept drying up on us everytime we tried to use it. My poor nana had so much trouble that she ended up having to take off the cap and actually paint on the glue on the sticks! Surprisingly, that worked a lot better than we thought it would!

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We ended up stopping on the project to finish the banner, so I can’t exactly tell you how long it took for it to dry completely, but it wasn’t that long! I want to say less than five minutes!

I wanted to really give myself room to be creative considering my nana was the one who had to do the beginning steps. So I decided to draw out the characters on a pieces of paper, I made a vampire, Frankenstein, witch, ghost, etc. I just wanted an outline of what I wanted on these canvases. I had my nana measure out the fences and they came out to be 4×1/2 by 4×1/2 and then I had my dad take those measurements and make me four squares on my ole sketch pad.

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When I went to actually draw anything, everything literally went to hell. I am an artist, but I’ve sort of been in retirement for the last 4 or 5 years and apparently parts of me like the status and when I started to draw out a witch, I basically tore myself down.. It was awful! Anyways, I had to find a new way to go about this so I treated it like I was coloring as that doesn’t bother me as much! And I started coloring a witch, and somehow I made what looks like a cross between a warlock and a Frankenstein monster!

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The next day I went back to my nana’s and added another DIY “experiment” to this project! I went on Pinterest to find a way to make homemade paints and I found one, but I will not deny, it is a pain in the butt because you only get the recipe. There’s nothing about getting the lumps out or how long to let it rest. So that part became the actual “experiment” but it was sort of a success! The day after my dad bought us some new paints so we no longer had to use the homemade paint, which is the reason why I’m not including the recipe in this post!

To finish our pumpkins, we didn’t necessarily know what would be easier for us to do as far as the faces went, so she drew out the eyes and nose on hers but I had to figure out a mouth and I went with the standard buck teeth; she did pretty good with this and I ended up doing the same thing but did my eyes differently. She also wanted to add “hair” onto her pumpkin. She originally was going to glue orange yarn, but we both thought it was too much orange so she used a last bit of black glitter for the hair and now he’s very cute!

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I decided to do two more, well at least get started on two others. After I finished my Jack O’ Lantern, that I’ve named “Jackie” I moved on to my next character! I still wanted to try for a witch so I painted a fence in a limeade green and while I let it dry I painted another fence white. For this fence, I decided to go freehand or in this case, “freefoot” and didn’t make an outline of the face. I made the mouth first and then worked my way up! It looked so cute, I was very proud of myself by the end of it!

I let it dry before I moved onto the next stage, which was doing the iris of the eyes. After that, I realized that I didn’t have enough room for the cap and I made a last minute decision to make it a Frankenstein monster, so I made a small hairline and luckily I had the ends of the sticks on the back showing so I painted those areas in black and lastly I added a lavender pupil so he still looked silly, unlike the scary monster I had pictured into my mind! His name is “Frankie” if you wanted to know!

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We officially finished the craft the next day, but I felt if I added any more onto this post, nobody would want to read it. So that’s why I’ve decided to stop here! If you would like to see any others, go check out my Facebook page! I posted some sneak peeks!

Hope you all have enjoyed these posts! 🙂

What do you think of our fence characters? Who is your favorite?

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My Cigar Box Collection!

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Hello everybody!

Does anybody remember a blog post I did back in January, where I talked about a cigar box that my dad gave me one afternoon and I decided to put my papaw’s rock collection in it? Well, if you don’t, I called the post “The Treasure Box” and at the time I thought that was going to be the only box I would be given from my dad, but I was wrong! Since then, I was manged to have three more and yes, I have started my own little cigar box collection on accident!

Just so we’re all on the same page, I don’t smoke cigars or cigarettes! I just like the heavily decorated boxes! My mom told me, “you certainly have a lot of cigar boxes for a person that hates smoking!” It’s true, but I don’t advocate for it though! And I recently said that I just got rid of a bunch of boxes I’ve used for storage for my bookshelf and I keep getting these suckers! Oh, well!

Okay, the first box I am going to talk about is my biggest box so far! It is a white rectangle box with a thin wrapping all around the top of it. The brand of cigars that my dad likes the most are Cubans, of course! This brand is called “My Father Cigars” and it seems to be in production since 1922 and out of the boxes, this is probably my favorite because the top section below is just beautiful! Very elegant despite the fact that what was stored inside of it was tobacco!

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It might look great on the outside, but unfortunately it does have a couple of downfalls about it. One is the fact that every box has a latch in the front to “lock” the boxes and this one does not close all the way and so the latch is basically useless! The other bad part of it is that it is very thin. You have to store anything that is flat, so that’s why in my bookshelf tour post I did has it down on my lower shelf because it basically has all of my un-important items that I don’t use a lot of the time!


The second (or third) box if you will! I want to say it is the same size of the first box. It’s just not as fancy whereas the treasure box has a more sheen to it and this one isn’t, but I’ll get to that in a minute! The brand of this one is called Nica Puro (I have no idea what it means!) and you see the number “1685” on the box and you automatically think that it would mean a year started production, but I have a theory that it just might be part of the brand itself since it has those numbers all around the border of the box! Like I said, it’s just a theory, nothing’s set in stone here!

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Unlike the white one, it’s not even as decorated as the white one so that part kind of sucks but I do use it for more things because it has more room. I have some cards and envelopes, anything of that nature where if I need it or want to store something for later – I can! On the plus side, the latch on this box is a lot better, probably a little too good since everytime I need it I have to tip it over and unlatch it and flip it back over to get it open.

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Other than that, I don’t really have any need for it, but like with every addiction I seem to have I can’t say no to it!


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My nana has sort of promised me that I was allowed to have a couple of my papaw’s cigar boxes too! So far I only have in possession of one box and this is very worn and it is from a company based in New York called “Nickelby” I kept wanting to say “Nickelback” everytime I saw it. I think the main difference between the first two and this box is that when this one was sold, it only cost 5 cents! My dad has a larger box for his cigars and it was about $80! In ways, I don’t want to know how much the others were before he brought them home to me!

After I came home with this and put it into my bookshelf, my dad became very jealous over the fact that I had an older box, one of my papaw’s or his dad’s boxes (we’re still not sure, because papaw didn’t smoke cigars!). When I told nana about how he was acting about it, she found another box and we gave it to him! He’s happy now!

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So what do you think? Do you collect any boxes or anything like that? 

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DIY: The Pumpkins!

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Hi 😉

I’ve been keeping everybody on their toes about these damn pumpkins and if it wasn’t for my mom, we probably wouldn’t had done them this year!

I’ve done so many posts about these pumpkins that they’ve sort of been embedded into my brain. The only thing that my nana and I tend to forget every year is the prep! Our whole setup was different from the years before because the chair she normally sat in to actually melt the crayons on the pumpkins is gone and the chair that is in its place is papaw’s chair, which everybody is in agreement that it is NOT comfortable to sit in. It’s a damn miracle that my papaw would sit in it everyday!

Anyways, we mostly had to everything on the opposite part of the kitchen and at one point, my poor nana got stuck between the white box and her other chair by the sink and said a very bad word!

Oh, and I tried to kill a cricket in between all of this too!

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What you will need for this:

  • Pumpkin (we used both white and orange)
  • Crayons
  • Hot glue gun and/or Elmer’s glue (we used both!)
  • Hair dryer
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Newspapers
  • Glitter

This year, my nana got a couple of white pumpkins and they are very cute! They’re real, not fake, because I think they would have weighted a little less especially with the one we decided to work with that day! The day before, I picked out a couple of crayons that I figured would turn out pretty good on it. I finally got to use a orange!! Because you can never use that color with a regular pumpkin. A way to get the crayons out of their wrappers, you need to soak them in a cup of water for a little bit so they become easier to peel for you! However, this year my nana just decided to not to do that – she might be gaining some patience after all!

We used an old calendar as a protector of the foam box, we didn’t feel like lighting anything on fire! Not saying we’ve ever done that either, but we’re very cautious! Anyways, I put the pumpkin on top of the aluminium foil and folded the sides inward to help keep the crayons from drippings onto the floor or wall! We sometimes wear newspapers at our legs to help protect from the heat of the hair dryer and splatters of the melting wax!

We broke the crayons into halves (or tried) and put around 12 or 13 sticks of them all around the top of the pumpkin with the hot glue gun and I basically gave this job to my nana after the second one because it always worries me; doesn’t necessarily make her feel any better either I’m sure! As for the second pumpkin, we had to use regular Elmer’s glue because the hot glue wasn’t working so just before we turned on the hair dryer to start the melting process, we reinforced the crayons to their spots. I went for the bright but also picked a couple of darker colors to line up at the top. The ending result was very pretty! I sort of liked the dark colors on it better than the neon ones, especially the violet and gray!

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Have you enjoyed all of the craft-y projects we’ve been doing lately? What have you made for this fall or Halloween?

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Photo Diary | Between Summer & Fall

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Howdy!

I have to say, this was a last minute post for this week because originally I had a full week of posts but when I took out the “Life Lately” post two weeks ago and I totally forgot about it! So in order to make up the normal routine, I realized it’s been a while since I’ve published a photo diary!

As I was looking back through the four (yes, I said “four”) photo albums that I’ve managed to create from the end of June to now, and I found I literally have less pictures of our cats. Now there could be two explanations: 1.) I am uploading my pictures at my nana’s and I don’t want to bother her with all of the photos of the cats, even though she does love them! 2.) I haven’t been going outside very much! I don’t like summer weather, (mostly the bugs) and that’s usually the reason why I never have anything too exciting to talk about on here between the end of May to the start of September! So with my luck, both could be the right answer!

I tried my hardest to select the good quality photos for this, but there are a couple that if I could I would enhance a bit because the day was either cloudy or they were in a suck-y spot. And if you have cats, you know you can’t move them unless you want to lose the opportunity altogether! Funny enough, this also works with Chipper too! He is a very hyper hound and he is always running around! My sister said he weighs over 40 pounds now! He’s starting to look like a pit bull now too, which is good considering he’s been looking like a horse since May! He still gallops around the house… but I still adore the crap out of him!

I tried to get everybody, but unfortunately I didn’t have any “good” shots of Bootsie, Midget, Bear-Bear, or Grumpy! However, Tubby has come around to the porch a couple of times and surprisingly, he still loves to be petted and gives us hugs too, well as long as the others stay off the porch or then it could turn ugly quick! Okay, I’m done rambling! 🙂

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DIY: Candy Corn Banner!

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Howdy!

I think the main reason why I look forward to October so much is because it awakens my creative side for a while! It’s about the only holiday that allows me to be that way. People are usually doing the same thing, whether it’s decorating the outside of their house or dressing up for Halloween parties! For my nana and I, we don’t have that luxury, so we have to find ways to let ourselves out of our cages. We love to do little crafts with each other! And Halloween is our biggest and funnest season of the year!

A certain project we always do is pumpkin related. I’ve been working with pumpkins since 2012 and I love doing silly things with them, but this year I was inspired by a couple of things I had seen on my Pinterest feed. Unfortunately, none of them were about pumpkins per se, but I thought they would something easy and fun for the two of us to do instead!

I found a pin for a candy corn banner, and when I saw this I was very excited because I can’t have any fairy lights in my room but I thought a banner would be cute somewhere in my room. And when I showed it to my nana, she seemed to like the idea too!

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What you will need for this:

  • Paper plates
  • Orange and yellow paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Yarn
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors

My nana loves paper plates, I think people in generally love using paper plates more than regular dishes because you don’t have to wash them, you can just throw it into the trash once you’re finished with it!

We only used two of them for this project. One of the things that we did was different from the normal directions was the fact we needed an outline of the candy corn on the actual plate so she came up with this ingenious plan of using a plastic cup to be a model for the middle and traced it where the white section of the candy would be, but to make thing easier on us, I also made lines around the upper half of the plate to tell us to stop painting orange at this stage.

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After completing this, we moved onto the actual painting and I use to hate, H-A-T-E painting! Now I find it sort of soothing despite the fact I still suck at it! Anyways, I came up with the idea of switching colors and paint brushes whenever the other person was finished so we weren’t both wanting the same color. We used “number paints” those paints that come with coloring books that has numbers of the colors you painted? We have three rows of different colors and don’t worry, you will see those soon! The easiest area to fill in was the yellow! The orange was good, but if I want to continue to paint little things, I’m going to have to buy new paints!

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Next I think we took a 10-15 minute break in between to let do them dry. And once they were good to go, my nana got out her scissors and began to cut them in half horizontal and once they were four halves she cut them again this time vertically and then started cutting them into little pizza slices until you end up with eight candy corn pieces!

At this stage, you can start by flipping them upside down and place a section of the yarn on the back of the candy corn and use strains of masking tape to make them stick together. We tried the Scotch tape that was doubled sided but it wasn’t really working for us so we switched to the masking tape and it ended up being a better choice! We didn’t measure out how far we wanted to place the shapes either, I tried to estimate the space as much as I could whenever I placed a new triangle but we liked the freeform of it.

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And there you have it! A finished candy corn banner! She initially wanted it around the back of her door knob, but I talked her into tying the ends across two of her lower cabinets in her kitchen. One of them she doesn’t necessarily use all the time so it wouldn’t cause her any friction later. I actually think it looks really cute there too! Mine is underneath my Five Finger Death Punch poster as I have an open area there and I felt it would be better there!

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So what do you think of our little creation? When do you get the most creative? What are your favorite crafts or projects to do? 

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The Making Of “Alex”

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Hi 🙂

So I have another interesting post for you! And yes, I had a lot of fun creating this little masterpiece!

My parents like to make our front porch very festive in the following seasons. They’ve put Christmas lights around the actual porch, flower pots on the edges, and even a bird feeder! My mom has these little spurts where she wants to make the house look really nice but with all of our cats that roam around the place, they tend to mark their territory and basically kill every living plant she puts out. The only thing that we can put outside that they don’t necessarily attack are the pumpkins and her Scarecrow that she has placed into the ground.

I want to say around 2014, when she bought the first Scarecrow that our cats basically killed, she bought my nana her own Scarecrow! Since neither one of my grandparents were able to get out on their own in the yard, my nana has a small section of cute array of statues. My mom figured that’s where she’d want it to be placed, but I don’t think it ever lasted a month outside for more than a month!

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She’s has tons of creative ideas, it’s the whole thing of being able to do them that I feel is her problem. I know she misses having a yard where she can go out and plant different flowers, watering them every other afternoon, and just being able to sit outside to enjoy the nice weather! When both of my grandparent’s balances became an issue and they started using wheelchairs full-time, going out at all was nonsexist for them.

Now she has to get her creative juices out by using different resources. Luckily, she was already doing one long before she was in her wheelchair.

Remember I was talking about those statuses on her porch? At one point, she had these ceramic Geese, they had eyes and beautiful colors that your normal ducks would have, but the only difference was she used to make them little outfits. In the beginning they had little jackets made out of material she had left after making us grandkids blankets and then finally, when it was warmer outside she just made them hats that tied around the lower part of their beaks.

This Scarecrow like every other stuffed animal that I have owned, has a name, but it’s not just any name. This Scarecrow is transgender, so in the beginning when my mom dropped her off it was “Alexandra” somehow later it changed to “Alexander” and finally just “Alex” to make things easier for papaw to understand… My nana has given it a haircut and stripped it of some of its clothes and she exchanged them with dresses and holiday garments instead.

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She even has a teddy bear that she decorated in full costume. He is her “Biker Bear” and this was inspired by my dad and motorcycle friends. This little bear has a leather vest, and I’m still confused whether or not they are in fact booties or if she wants them to be called “chaps.” To finish it off, she added a pink leopard print bandana around its ears! Like the geese above, this is another stuffed animal that just appeared naked and then she dressed it up a bit!

So she’s always had a knack for things like this, but when my mom gave her this Scarecrow that everything sort of changed, drastically!

For this Halloween, it has a full on Batman theme going! My Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mike found a small Batman costume as the store and dressed it up in it, it uses a black trash bag as it’s mask and it has–not kidding–these zip up baggies on its hands that literally have the Batman symbol on them! They really do go all out this time around!

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