Take Five Friday: Halloween Phantasm

Today’s Take Five, in honor of All Hallow’s Eve being tomorrow, is dedicated to mostly jack o lanterns, but also a couple amazing spook houses!scaryass pumpkin

5. This cool, dark-detecting, LED-lit jack-o-lantern! Learn how to make your own here!

scary-pumpkin-carving-toolsthose tools look especially scary.

4. Learn everything you need to know about pumpkin-carving, including how to make your own stencils, on Squidoo!

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3. Extremely intricate pumpkin designs.

frank_stencilFrank stencil on ReadyMade

2. If jamming your hand into a gooey pumpkin doesn’t sound like your kind of fun, make some sack o’ lanterns!

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1. The man who runs Secret Fun Spot (he’s also written a book about the old magic stuff you used to be able to buy in comic books) also made this blog about this capital A-mazing Phantasmagoria ride at Bell’s Amusement Park in Tulsa. Take a look through the site and notice all the details that went into making this ride back in the day.

Don’t forget to check out the dollhouse transformed into a haunted house!

1 Year Anniversary!

happy birthday spaced photo credit. Coolest cake from one of my favorite shows.

I refuse to say this is a blogiversary because I loathe words that incorporate new words, like “twitterverse.” grrr…anyway.

I just wanted to use this platform to say thank you to everyone (mostly friends and relatives) who read this blog and give me encouragement to continue. I wasn’t sure how I would like this and as it turns out, I love it!

So, from the bottom of this little writer’s heart, thank you. 🙂 If I could hug every last one of you, I would.

*End Mushy Transmission*

June Clever: DIY Dish Towels

You thought I forgot about her, didn’t you?

Well, she’s ba-ack! June Clever is at it again!

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This time she’s re-vamping your dish towels.

I love dish towels. Not only are they better for the environment than throwing away paper towels, you can also find some pretty awesome/cute/funny looking ones. I have fond memories of my grandma’s always smelling like tamales and tortillas, because she would use clean ones to wrap them and keep them warm.

dish towel

I was inspired by the Purl Bee to make some of my own, but as I am not too adept with the sewing machine yet…so, I’m starting small.

My new favorite toy is this set of rolling stamps I got from SkyBluePink. Or as I call them, my extremely portable printing press. There are two different font sizes, so for visual sake I used the bigger size for the towels.

I bought a handful of plain white towels. I used plain white because A) They are the least expensive; B) I can dye them the same color as my current kitchen; C) This particular idea works well with a plain background.

dish towel and stamp

The rest was left up to my imagination. The Beau and I have an inside joke about “Arson Brownies” (“the sound of sirens means they’re done!”), so I thought that would make a cute one.

dish towel press hard dammit

Or you can label them what they can be used for: “Drying Hands,” “Dishes,” “Counter Spills.” But I like to be able to use them for whatever. The best part is, if you mess up, it’s like temporary hair dye-it washes out in a couple of washes. if you do end up liking it, you can always use a permanent ink or spray it with a washable-safe, non-toxic sealer.

dish towel voila

UFC 104: Dragons, Dragons, DRAGONS!

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“It’s TIIIIIIIIME!” for my UFC predictions. Thankfully the main event is going to be a no-brainer for me.

Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida v. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

This will be one epic fight, by either special knockout or a great strengths of feet. Spongebob knows it, Machida knows it: Ka-ra-te is the best offense! Oh, and some of the headlines for articles about Machida make me want to cry with how awesome he is. Par example: “UFC 104: Machida has chance to defy history in first defense”

DEFYING HISTORY, PEOPLE!!

Cain Velasquez v. Ben “Big Ben” Rothwell

I’m not sure on this one. Cain (Mr. Arizona State) has been showing promise since he punched onto the scene, but Big Ben has been making waves for a while now. 36 fights with 30 wins is a big number to climb over to get to the man. For the sake of local loyalty, I’ll go with Cain.

Gleison Tibau v. Josh “The Dentist” Neer

 Hmm…Neer (who has a badass nickname, BTW) hit a police car while on a chase from police where speeds exceeded 100 mph. Any other profession I would say this guy is not going to have a chance, but it just so happens that mixed martial arts is the perfect profession for individuals that show tendencies or willingness to engage in incredibly dangerous behavior. I would say it will be a good fight to watch, on the ground or on their feet. If Tibau has been keeping up his stamina/cardio games and doesn’t get gassed, he could pull off a spectacular chokehold.

Joe “Daddy” Stevenson v. Spencer “The King” Fisher

Daddy has been around the block, like Big Ben, but the King Fisher is no new kid on the block, either. It looks like he has a solid center of gravity while fighting and vicious fists and knees. But people, you know how I feel about people and their hair. I watched a video with a bright bleached blonde head of King and that doesn’t cut it for me. Plus, he doesn’t seem like a very nice winner, either. Daddy for the win.

Anthony Johnson v. Yoshiyuki Yoshida

Yoshida is 10 years older, 2 inches shorter and yet, I think he’s going to win. You have to have more than one-dimension to your fighting style. I mean, you can be extraordinary at armbars, but what happens when you’re on your feet? Contrarywise, if you’re only good at striking, wouldn’t logic tell you to work on your ground game? We’ll see how this one plays out – I could be wrong, but we shall see.

Make your own predictions and read up at CagePotato and UFC.com

Take-Five … Thursday?: Mail Art

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Since UFC 104 is coming this saturday, of course I have to do my signature Friday Predictions. But I didn’t want to forget about thing I have been playing around with this week: mail!

I have been looking for rubber stamps, and inventive ways of decorating my mail I send (don’t kid yourself, I send a lot of mail despite being engulfed in web culture)

5. Rubber Stamps – my favorite places to look for eccentric, one-of-a-kind stamps are Gorey Details and Etsy, bien sûr.

4. Snail Mail Projects – Five different projects involving mail, including Tweeting via Snail Mail.

3. Clubs – Being a member of the Letter Writers’ Alliance, I am always interested in other letter-writing clubs/societies. I have found the Regional Assembly of Text and A Passion for Letters (who, by the by, has an mind-blowing list of links).

2. Letters of Note – Correspondence deserving a wider audience. The saddest one is Beethoven’s to his brother about why he was so angry and pushed everyone away – his family didn’t know he was deaf.

1. World’s Smallest Postal Service. So adorable and cool. I like to send mini notes to friends who need a lil cheering up.

Wondering what will get sent through the mail? Apparently, a lot more than you would think.

Childhood Toys

I love asking my friends random questions, because I get varied answers, and get to know how similar some of them are, despite me meeting them in different places and times in my life.

Childhood toys you wished you still had:

Seattle: sense of wonder

Tucson: glow worm

Grosse Point: kermit with velcro hands

Lubbock Redhead: playdough factory

The Greek: pffft, never got rid of them.

Prescott: lite brite

LZ: there isn’t a name for it weird see-saw puzzle sphere

Al: water babies

Club Coco: monchichi, teddy ruxpin and spirograph or gak

Across the Street: “four letters: TMNT”

Georgia Grits: my bike

Wyoming: sega genesis

Viking: glow worm

My favorite answer is The Greek’s. I still have my blankie I’ve owned since before I was even born. I guess it doesn’t technically count as a toy, but I used to make forts with it a LOT.

What is a chilhood toy you miss?