Redneck Waterbed

It feels really strange writing this as I look outside to a raging snowstorm. But with the official launch of Spring this past week, I felt this would be appropriate.

Last year around this time I found this doozy of a pin (from The Mommies Made Me Do It)  and decided that it was something that we should do when Kel Dos and her family came out to visit over Memorial Day weekend. (Although she was a little more PC with hers calling it a Giant Sensory Bag.) Let’s just call a ‘spade’ and ‘spade’.

Redneck waterbedRedneck Waterbed

Everyone, from the babies (now full-blown, walking, talking toddlers) to the adults had a blast!

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and we even played with it in the morning in our jammies.

redneck waterbed in jammies

And here are a few other things I learned while assembling this atrocity:

  • Do assemble in the same spot you plan on playing with it. Moving this thing is rather difficult. We are talking 100’s of gallons of water, it is heavy. We learned this the hard way.
  • Do not assemble on the grass  if it is dewy, or has been recently watered, or slightly damp, etc. Wetness makes tape un-sticky. Un-sticky tape creates area for leaks. We learned this the hard way.
  • Do not try and assemble if it is windy outside. Or even a slight breeze. We learned this the hard way.
  • When taping, make sure the plastic is stuck on the tape perfectly (which is damn near impossible) but any wrinkles in it will cause leaks. We learned this the hard way.
  • Make sure the ground is level or else the weight of the water bladder will pull it down whatever slope it is near. We learned this the hard way.
  • If your grass is lush and green before this, it probably will, maybe die a little bit in spots if it is wet underneath and it gets to hot outside (ok, so it may or may not have burned some of our lawn. A little re-seeding and some TLC for a few weeks and it was back to new.)
  • A colossal amount of water is used to fill this up so make sure you are not on water restrictions where you live. However, when disassembled, it did water the entire lawn rather nicely, so not a total waste.
  • This also takes a long time to fill up. Really long. Like, hours long. So plan ahead. We learned this the hard way.

HOWEVER a pain in the a$$ this was to put together…Dos and I decided that it was WELL worth the hassle and I would totally do it again in a heartbeat. I think it lasted about 2 days before I used it as a lawn watering device.

However, only in the spring and fall. I would not do this again in the summer. Too much of a grass killer in the summer.

This would be great for those 60-70 degree spring days when it is too chilly for bathing suits…

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although, not according to this kid

Team Meeting

I have mentioned in previous posts that Matt and I have this kind-of crazy race coming up in less than 5 weeks. Something about 200 miles, 12 runners, 48 hours non-stop, mountainous passes, Breckenridge, Aspen…something like that.  Our team, Last Call is a conglomeration of  spouses, friends, friends-of-friends, and neighbors, which are also friends. So lots of friends which also equals lots of fun and last night we got together for our second team meeting. In which I had two major responsibilities, a side dish and the t-shirt design. Don’t laugh, side dishes are very important and in fact, are my favorite part of the meal.

                                                                                       Watermelon Feta Salad with Basalmic VinegaretteBalsamic Watermelon & Feta salad – no olives please

Now, this came about because I am in desperate need of going to the grocery shopping and had little to work with, but I did have a mini seedless watermelon! And basil and mint! From my garden! (Yay summer!) And I always have feta and I never have olives (so get rid of them!) and balsamic should be a household staple and so there, that was easy. Thanks again Pinterest.

I made a few modifications: NO OLIVES, obviously and I added mint. I didn’t have enough basil so I made up for it with mint and it was goooood! But THE best part about it was that most people who tried it didn’t know it was watermelon, it looked tomato-y and the look of shock on their face after the first bite was kind of priceless. Score 1 on taste and shock factor.

It also most likely comes as ZERO surprise to anyone that knows me that I am in charge of team t shirts. Zero. I have been t-shirt girl for anything that needs a t-shirt since back in high school. And then in college when I joined a sorority, where ever single event is documented with a t-shirt, well yes, I did have my hand in coordinating more than a few of those t shirts. So, when Team Last Call came together I jumped on the t- shirt responsibility with a vengeance!

We took a team vote last night, it was almost unanimous. And only one person REALLY isn’t fond of it (“It’s too resume-y”), but she also has a strong preference to Comic Sans* so…..

without further ado…dun da da DUN!!!!!

Front, centered on our chest…no pocket logo

Back

What does this have to do with Pinterest? Well, type in “free font” in Pinterest and see what pops up. A lovely variety of typography just WAITING for you to download it for free! Because why? Font is important and font is FUN. So I found this font, CODE from this pin and knew I needed to use it for something. And so I found something to use it for.

and lastly, this:

Cheers!which is essentially, this recipe x16

I am not saying anything about if or how that was consumed or by how many people…but we may or may not have lived up to our team logo last night.

Monkey Birthday For The Little Monkey

The nickname started when he was born. As stated in my previous post, Brody was a furry baby when he came out; his cheeks, forehead, ears, arms, and back…and that head of hair. Brodes was 6 lbs 2 oz. and 21 inches long when he was born. That may not mean anything to most, but Grant was 21.5 inches and 8 lbs. 2 oz. In other words, Brody was a long, skinny, furry boy with a big head. He looked like a monkey.

And so it started with this:

and then Dangle Monkey was a gift from a friend:

Dangle MonkeyPlease note: wooden appendages

While Dangle Monkey is cute and organic and good for the planet and all, it is not advisable to give Dangle Monkey to a baby that barely has control of their own appendages. Those wooden hooks become wildly flailing projectile objects, likely to make contact with a forehead or nose.

Then for Christmas, my mom (aka Grammy) gave Brody Monkey Monkey:

also seen here. Also, whenever possible, his face can be found in Brody’s mouth

So it only seemed appropriate to have a monkey themed birthday party for the little guy, no? Or is that like rubbing salt in the wounds? (and for the record, said body fuzz has disappeared and has been displaced to the beautiful mop on the top of his head.)

First order of business, decor….A few weeks back I was at a one year old birthday party where they had a homemade banner made from pictures taken at monthly increments. I saw a Disney themed one, I decided to do something similar since I have been taking monthly pictures for his scrapbook (which btw, has not yet been started!)

A little Cricut magic, hot glue, and ribbon and voila:

The three pictures in the center were taken as his one year pictures a few days before his birthday. They were not easy, that boy can move.

Next up, a Happy Birthday banner, similar to the one I found on Pinterest, from esty that sells for $28! HOLY CRAP, would someone really pay that much for a custom paper banner? I made it myself in an hour.

Cricut, paper, and glue. BAM:

seems as if I forgot to take a picture of it at the party so here they both are on the floor

and lastly, cupcakes! I was shocked to find some really cute monkey cupcake liners at KING SOOPER (of all places!) and so I snatched them up quickly. And also the idea to make monkey faces out of ‘Nila Wafers! (By Ellie and Blair)

Again, no future competitor of Cupcake Wars should be concerned….

Pretty sure the reason my monkeys are light brown is because I used cocoa instead of melted chocolate in the frosting, but whatever, brown is brown and chocolate is chocolate in this case.

I made Martha Stewart banana cupcakes which were good and I would make again. But do not put them in the fridge, they get hard (because of the butter). But I had to put them in the fridge because I made chocolate, cream cheese frosting (From Slash Food) which started melting because Colorado has been enduring dry, crispy, HELL-LIKE conditions the past 4 weeks. No amount of air conditioning could help my melted monkey faces…but I tried.

I also made these monkey’s with my Cricut and hot glued them all around the cupcake stand

And lastly, I know this seems a bit over-the-top for a one year old birthday party, but we got the Bounce House that we used for Grant’s birthday party. IT WAS MONKEY THEMED OK? (AND FREE! Minus the cost of something “thank you” gifts.)

Pretty sure he had a good time, because he slept in an extra hour and a half the next morning. Which, in his entire year of existence has never, ever happened. Who knew one year olds could have birthday party “hangovers” too?

Happy Birthday Brodes! We love you little monkey!

Natural Summer Remedies: The Test

I have mentioned that the house we are living in is fairly new to us (just celebrating our one year anniversary a few months past.) And although I LOVE my neighborhood there are a few things about it I could live without. Because one thing about new neighborhoods in Colorado, they are typically waaaaaaaay far out there. In the midst of farms, land, and other new developments spouting up here and there. Now, the dust sucks and I feel like I dust twice a week and I can deal with that (because I actually do NOT dust twice a week, I just SHOULD dust twice a week), but it is the FLIES that just kill me in the summer. With a back door wall that seems to be kept in the open position (thanks to the likes of a certain three year old, ok, I am totally guilty of it too….) But we often have no less than 4-5 flies in the house at all times. And as soon as I swat one, another sneaks it’s way in. We are a three fly swatter household and Grant is not afraid to use one!

But then I found this (from The Healthy Home Economist):

Fly Water BagGallon Ziploc bag, water, a few pennies

I hung this contraption in my backyard on a flowerpot hook that is no longer in use. It looks so white trash. SO. And I am sure my neighbors are wondering what the hell I am doing now. But guess what neighbors? I don’t have flies anymore! THIS WORKS! And so I am putting one up on my front porch too, wonder when HOA will tell me to take it down?

Next Summer Remedy: Using dryer sheets as a mosquito repellant. Apparently I didn’t pin this one, could be because I made it up? Here is a list of dryer sheet alternatives, but using it as a mosquito repellent is not one of them. But I swear that I have heard of this as a remedy* and wanted to put it to the test. So last weekend I brought them to the bonfire we had with our neighbors. Now, Matt and I came away bite-free (I cannot speak for our neighbors) and  I can’t say for sure if it was the dryer sheets or the fact that all of us had on LONG SLEEVES AND JEANS, or perhaps the alcohol consumption…but I cannot confirm or deny this one. But if you do try it in a more controlled setting, let me know how it works out for ya.

[As I went to post this to Facebook, ironically enough, in my news feed was an article from Stylist that test natural home mosquito repellent remedies and my dryer sheet tip was listed! However, seems as if you need to rub it on your skin. I just had mine in my pocket. Rubbing dryer sheet on my skin is just about the last thing I want to do…gross.]

*My research drove me to Snopes, they deny this one. I don’t believe them.

States of Love Floating Picture Frame

A very strange thing happened this year for mother’s day. It took a “stately” turn. You see, back in October, I had this really awesome cutting board made for my mom for Christmas. I bought it on etsy and loved it so much I thought about keeping it for myself. (BTW, does anyone else other than Michiganders have a slightly unhealthy infatuation

The only state where you get TWO cutting boards for the price of one!

I found something better to give to my mom for Christmas (SOOOOO much better.) I decided to punt this one for a Momma’s Day gift and I think it was a score. For once, I had Mother’s Day covered well in advance.

Now, it’s pretty easy to buy or make gifts for your own mom (my mom has had her fair share of homemade gifts,) but your mother-in-law is a different story. So waaaaaay back when I first started my Pinterest addiction I saw the pin for a States of Love Floating Picture Frame (by kayladanelle.com) and knew it would be perfect for my MIL. She has grandchildren scattered between Iowa (her most recent grandson),  Colorado, and Arizona.

How do you photo glass straight on and not get a glare? Anyone?

I LOVE how this turned out and it was SO EASY! Even better, I was able to do it with supplies I had around the house. What? You think referring to a picture frame as a “supply” is weird? You have no idea how many dead soldiers we do not have in use right now just waiting for the perfect photo, print, or craft. So yes, this 11×18 floating picture frame was sitting, unopened downstairs in Matt’s office, just begging to be put to use.

The one thing I had a hard time figuring out with this is how to resize the images. I had 4×6 glossy photo paper and wanted the states to fit onto that. But when you go to this site to get the map images (use the Reference Map) it saves as an 8.5×11 PDF…and we all know you can’t resize a pdf. BUT, you CAN adjust your printer paper size, which in turn will scale the maps down to the size you want.

Go to file–>print setup–>and select your paper size under the “size:” section

I had 4×6 paper, but chose 5×7 as my print size and it fit perfectly (there is a slight border and some state facts that also print up along with the state.)

Use a craft knife and if you don’t have a craft knife, find the smallest scissors you own, like eyebrow cutting scissors size.  And the only reason I say that is because I used my eyebrow cutting scissors, only because my craft knife and craft scissors have vanished recently. Because, the more detailed you are with the borders, the sharper it looks.

I would also recommend using a small heart sticker to place over your city. I did not do this and cutting out those tiny hearts was tough. This probably took as much time as it did to cut out the states (Because lets face it, Colorado is not a challenging state to cut out. I’ll let you know long it takes me to do Michigan as I start my own States of Love frame this week with the states where Matt, myself and the kids were born – Michigan, Illinois, Colorado.)

So there you have it, a very “stately” Mother’s Day. Obviously my subconscious is trying to tell me something. I would love to hear what a therapist has to say about this one.

Redemption is Mine! (and Some Other Things)

Oh hey, hi there. I’m back from my hiatus. I didn’t know that a side effect to a nasty head cold was writers block. Apparently it is. I bet you missed my humor. Not to worry, I think I can bring it today. The past few weeks, no. Today, we will see. It seems as if the sun is finally shining down on me right now and I feel, kind of ok and my nose is working and my head is a little less foggy so let’s take a looksey at what we have been doing here in Schogerland.

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Covered Bananas (REDEMPTION!): Actually, redemption has been mine for more than a month now, but I have been too busy fending off nasty, preschool germs to actually get around to writing something about it. I love dark chocolate and I love fruit and any chance to combine the two, I will. So, when I miserably failed at this the first time, I would not let it deter me from trying again. Because CHOCOLATE. COVERED. BANANAS! Well, let me tell you, I kicked this ones ASS the next time I tried it.

Monkey Pops!now referred to in our household as “Monkey Pops”

Here’s my take: I used organic semi-sweet chocolate and melted a few dollops of peanut butter (I also tried almond butter, and YUM too!) over a make-shift double boiler. Trick here is to do this slowly and once it starts melting, stir, stir, stir!  And then turn down the heat and continue to stir because chocolate is temperamental and you want it smooth and creamy, not gritty and crunchy-ish (which will happen if you get it too hot and do not stir.) One interesting tid bit I discovered, the almond butter had a lot of natural oils in it, which really helped make the chocolate a bit more pliable. If you were not to use some kind of nut butter because of allergies or what not, I would recommend adding a bit of oil (I usually use safflower oil because it is tasteless and light and does not contain soy.) Also, a side note about canola oil; 80% of canola oil is from GMO rapeseed crop. You can find organic canola oil, but here is an interesting link about the rapeseed and I will let you decide for yourself about your future canola oil use. And last, before I get off of my GMO and soybean soapbox (am I getting annoying on this topic yet?) Did you know that most, if not all* vegetable oils contain soybean oil? And if you are really interested in finding organic vegetable oil, I challenge you on that one and let me know if you are successful. Because I have yet to be. SOY! I angrily shake my fist at you!

Whoa, ok, Monkey pops – I bought these little craft sticks at Michaels, great for little hands to grab and give the banana an easy for dunking in chocolate. Also, regarding “dunking” in chocolate, it is more like a “spooning.” Spoon the chocolate all over the bananas and then tap the stick lightly on the side of the bowl to ensure full coverage and get any excess chocolate off. I lined them up on a waxed paper (organic!) on a cookie tray and froze them for about an hour.

The only downside to these is that we have a French door freezer, with handle at three year old level. When we bought the fridge we specifically asked the sales associate if he thought a toddler could open it and he told us, “absolutely not.” Turns out he LIED TO US! Can you believe it? An appliance salesman LIED to us to make a sale?! Seriously. Anyhow, it is NOT toddler-proof and often time I find Grant with a chocolate-lined mouth whenever these are in the house. But really, who can blame him?

Cd Tea Light Holders: Seriously, I am the last person that would display tea lights, just not my thing, not my decor style. Plus, my house is still lacking surface area to put said tea light on**…. BUT, I thought this would be quick and fun and I just happened to have about 37 blank discs scattered around my office…three year old “lily pads.” What I didn’t know was HOW satisfying it would be to watch my P90X Shoulders and Back disc***, melt into a nice, shiny bowl (it was burned from a friend, so no money wasted.)

 “Take in the fact that you just did that.” – Tony Horton

It was really neat to see how different cd’s turned different colors. P90X, those are the pink ones. Ironically, the “toddler lily pads” were the green ones. This was fun to do with Grant, I had him stack the cd’s on a glass and we put them in the convection over to watch them melt. It took no time at all!

Here’s a tip: Do not let them fully cool before you pull off whatever glass you are using as it’s mold, but also, you will not be able to pull them off immediately when they come out of the over because of the little plastic center piece. That will stick to the glass when it is hot. So it needs to be warm-ish when you pull it off.

Flower Pot Hand Project: I have to admit, I probably would not have done this project if I didn’t have a Cricut. Ahhhh, my Cricut. The most amazing product to come into my craft arsenal. ever. I also happened to have the “Walk in my Garden” software so this project was cake! It just took about 10 minutes of prep on my part and after I demonstrated to Grant how the pieces went together, he pretty much did everything else by himself (minus cutting out his hand/flower stem.)

We had to make multiple hand flower pots for BOTH of his gardening grandmas

This one is for Grammy!

Pantry Organization: This pin is fantastic. I already have my pantry’s organized in categories, so I wanted to pin this one in particular since it’s uber-organizey.

My neighbor recently saw our pantry and described it as a mini-grocery store. And the more I look at it (because I often just go into my pantry to look at it’s beautiful organization, serious.) the more I am concerned that this is the one thing you will judge me on……

No. I am not OCD

I have been wanting to buy baskets for our pantry for a long time now, but those suckers can really add up! And my mom did a good job of teaching me how to be frugal so I held out for an entire YEAR until I found something inexpensive and not tacky or cheap (Happy one-year-living-in-my-house anniversary to me last week, btw!) I found the blue and green metal mesh containers in the dollar section at Target (for $2.50, oh the irony). Now everything is now nicely categorized into their own little basket: Cereal, kids snacks, pasta, straws, potatoes (in that cute little metal circle bin at the bottom). The other side has bins for baking stuff, crackers, and pretzels etc. Plus, it is amazing how much you want to keep your organized pantry, organized, once it is clean. I am happy to report that our pantry still remains this clean and organized, despite the fact that not much in our house ever stays that way (see: three year old and 10 month old).

Kid Plate Organization: Another 3am pin that I didn’t pin and now can’t find. This is why. It was simply a diy project to make file folder holders out of cereal boxes. Cover with nice scrapbooking paper, and use in a cabinet to organize your kid plates. Because any parent knows, kids plates to not organize neatly. This pin was just about the easiest one I had done. ONLY because I did not make this out of a cereal box, I used a file folder holder thing that I bought at IKEA that did not fit it’s intended purpose and has been shoved in my desk for the past 8 months. I have been looking for someplace to use them and NOW I FOUND THE PERFECT SPOT!  In our “Kid Cabinet.” Grant (and soon, Brody’s) cabinet of self-sufficiency!

That cute bucket for the cups, Target dollar section as well. And only $1!

Organic Post Update: I TOTALLY meant to include this on my Organic’s post. But there is a quick way to determine if the produce you are buying is organic, conventional, and most importantly GENETICALLY MODIFIED! Here’s the pin if you would like to read more, but in a nutshell: Conventional produce gets a four-digit number. Organic produce gets a five-digit number that starts with 9. Genetically modified items also get a five-digit code, but that code starts with 8.

Examples 4139: Conventional Granny Smith apple

94139: Organic Granny Smith

84139: Genetically Modified Granny Smith

Ok, that’s about it for today, nap time is coming to an end and it is 80 degrees outside. But before that, I just couldn’t leave you without one last illness update. I know most, if not all of the folks who read this blog are also my friends on Facebook.  And I am sure you have seen a few updates since, oh, Labor Day about our wonderful concoction of household ailments…but I am not sure you are quite aware how awful this “introduction to pre school” has been to our household. Ready for this:

Stomach Flu:

Grant – 7 (yes, 7!  The first time it lasted on and off for 6 weeks, now you know why I am a puke-cleaner extraordinaire)

Brody, Me, Matt – 2, Brody decided he also wanted to join in the big kid fun on our very tropical, Christmas vacation. That was awesome.

Have you ever had to take care of your children while you are suffering from the stomach flu? This is what hell is like.

Common Cold (of head, chest and sinus variety): This is just about ongoing these days. I got home from my 1/2 marathon on a Monday (1.16.12 to be exact) and on Tuesday, 1.17.2012, I got the most raging cold I have had in a while. Today is April 22…I still have it. Matt, Grant and Brody all have snots and chapped noses as well. Nothing more pathetic than a sick baby, I say.

Ear Infection: Wouldn’t be cold season without a few of these lovelies! Grant has had about 4, Brody 1, Matt 1. Me, no thanks! I’m not an ear infection person, I stick with my whacked out stomach issues thank you very much. (and from the time I started this post last week, until now, you can add THREE MORE EAR INFECTIONS TO THAT LIST! Brody, 1 more  and Matt, 2, omg.)

Whacked out Stomach Issues: I can typically regulate this with my diet, but for some reason, they have been creeping up on me from no where. They suck. I’ll leave it at that.

Conjunctivitis: (Or, as better put by my BF Kelly “Who touched the poo?”) Yeah, GROSS! That shizz is nasty, contagious, and hard to get rid of! Both kids had it one an off for about a month. Grant, maybe 4 times, sometimes we would double up and go for both eyes with this one! He was also lovely enough to share with his brother.

And last but not least, a lovely case of Impetigo, from the pre schooler, who else? (Or as better put by my BFF Kelly, “I had to google what Impetigo was, and I am really sorry I did.”) Thankfully, that lasted a few days after treatment, but the after effects are SUPER dried and cracked skin at the sides of his mouth that he keeps licking, and picking, and it keeps bleeding and we are now on week 6 of the whole “Impetigo and after effects” journey.

Thank GOODNESS for spring and the outdoors! I’m headed out there right now.

*Unscientific data, based on my own personal research

**The tea lights now live in my bathroom, on my tub. The one that I fell in love with when we bought the house, but have only used twice…..

***Day 1 of P90X was Shoulder and Back for Matt and I. I was unable to lift a cup to my lips for the next week, and so started my hate/hate relationship with Tony Horton.

The Friday Flop

Last week I posted about all of my so called “failed pins.”  When I look back, it was more like, some of them didn’t meet my expectations and I could probably figure out a better way to do it. So they were not real “failures”, but more so “flops.” Well, I had a few more this week and so I have decided to start a series called The Friday Flop. Just a simple wrap-up of my less than stellar “pin” attempts and how I could have improved it. Also, I am not a quitter, so I’m sure I will update on my sequential attempts.

Failure #1

Frozen Banana Bites: I did it again.  I saw a the picture and didn’t read the pin, I didn’t even pin the pin, and what happened? A big chocolately, banana-y (but delicious) mess. Here, take a look and tell me what you would ASSUME this picture meant because this is the exact pin I saw:

You might say, “Huh, it looks like they dipped an entire banana in chocolate, froze it, and then cut it up because how else would you get that little delicious banana nugget cut so perfectly?”

Or you might not, but my first glance at this, that is what I thought. And it was most likely from my iPad, so also a smaller version of the picture. Because a rationally thinking person would say. “But, if you cut through frozen chocolate, isn’t it going to crumble and fall apart?” No? You wouldn’t ask that? Because I did and my mom even asked the same thing, because she is smart and taught me everything I know. Yet, I insisted that what I saw was the correct way to do it. So that’s what I did. 1) Melt chocolate, 2) dunk/smear banana with chocolate, 3) freeze, 4) cut…..5) chocolate crumbles off banana onto plate (or floor, or counter,  or shirt…most likely shirt in our case.)

This is a CHOCOLATE COVERED FROZEN BANANA, people….I know what you’re thinking. And gross (I totally thought the same thing) and it makes me giggle every time I see this picture. Yes, I am like a 10 year old.

It was not the correct way to do it. It is now, quite obvious to me that this picture shows sliced bananas that are then dipped in chocolate or have chocolate poured over them, because THAT MAKES TOTAL SENSE. That flat part I’m looking at, that was the part on the tray. Seriously, a genius over here. Geez I wonder where I put my brain sometimes.  Regardless though, chocolate and frozen bananas are freaking awesome and make a nice little treat. Make these.

Failure #2: Bleach Pen T Shirt.  Insert frowny face here. Seriously, this is my saddest failure yet. And I even read the directions. However, I suppose it is my own fault for deviating a bit from them. It’s like the time I made homemade cream puffs from scratch and Martha told me to use parchment paper but I didn’t have any so I used tin foil instead (BECAUSE THAT MAKES SENSE, RIGHT?) and then the entire batch, all 50 of them burn because I didn’t use exactly what Martha had called for. The cream puffs were for a Christmas party that night. The raspberry cream filling had already been made so I had no choice but to drive to the store and buy parchment paper. The cream puffs turned out perfectly. I have had it in my arsenal of cooking tools ever since and learned that when Martha asked for parchment paper, she does not mean tin foil.

Cute shirt, cute little gecko…what could go wrong?

Well here’s the thing. I used my the wall vinyl from my Cricut (What is a Cricut you ask? Only the worlds most awesome crafting necessity!) and also, I realized as I was sitting down to do this project, the Bleach Pen I bought was gel. I don’t think I did that on purpose because I probably wouldn’t have bought gel had I been in my right mind (hmmm, a theme is popping up here!) So I used the gel bleach pen and the vinyl and…..

Voila!

Not quite what I was expecting. But not quite disappointed at the loss of the t shirt. Costco made these fabulous Calvin Klein t’s affordable and so it simply gives me an excuse to buy a few more. In the meantime, this t shirt will now become my tester shirt. I’m going to get a liquid bleach pen and some contact paper and give it another try. Oh no, this project is far from over. I will not give up on this one.

I can’t be the only one with miserable first (or second) attempt at some of these Pinterest projects. What projects/recipes/tips/etc. have you tried and failed at? And what would you have done differently or how did you fix it?  If you would like to put together a little write up and have a guest spot on The Friday Flop, let me know!