When You Play With Fire

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When You Play with Fire…

You’re going to get burnt. Unless you’re careful and don’t touch the flame. Crazy talk, right?
I’m still preparing for the pirate wedding. Its three days away now. Every pirate worth his salt knows if you have a table of treasure you need some light to see the treasure.
The main table at the reception will have a good bit of candles in bottles. Don’t worry, we are not going to have them lit. Except for pictures. We may be pirates but we are cautious pirates.
I wanted the bottles and candles to look used with lots of wax dripping.
Cue thinking music that gets louder as I approach an idea, then ending on a high dramatic note as the idea takes root and I exclaim, “Aha. I’ve got it!”
I need three things for this project: bottles, candles and fire.
When dripping candles you want a candle that’s going to drip with ease and drip fast. The cheaper the candle the better the drip.
To the dollar store I go. I get bottles and candles. Also some twine, I’ve been wanting to try my hand with projects using twine. Seems like a good time to start.
One bottle I left as is the other I wrapped twine at the top. I thought I had some craft glue but didn’t so I used crazy glue for the twine placement. So after I was able to get my fingers and hands unglued from one another I was ready for some wax dripping.
Looking back I should have poured sand in the bottles before waxing. No worries I have 20 more bottles to get that part right.
So learn from my mistakes. Pour the sand or whatever you are using to weigh down the bottles in first. You don’t need to fill them full just a few inches so they are not easy to tip over.
Hold candle and light it. Tilt the candle, so the flame touches the wax. Once it starts to drip hold candle on edge of bottle lip. Let your wax build up a good drip line before moving around bottle. If the bottle hole is too big for candle to sit in let wax drip on inside of lip to build up and make the hole smaller. Keep waxing until the candle fits snugly.
Place candle in hole. The candle is still lit. Light another candle in matching color. Now use that candle to make wax drippings on candle in jar. You can drip a little or a lot. Having both candles lit gives you two flames burning that second candle so you get more and faster wax dripping. (The photo shows only one lit, that is so you could see the drip better.) 


Once I am happy with the look I let the candle in jar burn down to whatever length I want it.
Two down 20-ish more to go. No rest for the wicked.
If you need to transport the bottles to a different location I would wait to place candles in bottles and do their candle dripping. Do that part after you have set jars where they need to go and placed candles in the bottles. Plan on one to three minutes for each candle.
This is a project that kids DO NOT need to be involved in. Even though I spent one six week semester of fifth grade doing candle wax dripping art. It was the 80s and safety was not something that was practiced back then. Can you imagine looking into a classroom full of kids and everyone of them playing with fire? Holy arsonist training Batman!

The Pumpkin Tree 

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Pumpkin Tree

I decorate my trees every Halloween with plastic pumpkins. $20 worth of plastic pumpkins and a drill gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

Head out to Walmart and pick up 10 to 20 $1 pumpkins. Drill a hole in the bottom so any rain water drains out. Tie to tree limbs and BAM you have your own Halloween tree. Halloween night I put glow Sticks in them for an eerie effect.

Cheap and simple yet still Pinteresting.

Pirate Hair and Beard Beads 

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Every Pirate needs hair beads and beard beads. Well most female pirates don’t need beard beads.
As you know the daughter is getting married and having a pirate themed wedding. I made hair and beard beads for the whole wedding party. It was a fun and easy project.

For this project you will need: a variety of beads, some small charms, tiny hair rubber bands, wig clips and heavy duty thread. Cross stitch thread works well also.

I use the wig clips because they stay in the hair better than regular hair clips. The beads can get heavy and regular hair clips tend to slide down the hair. The teeth on the wig clips can get a good bite on your hair and not slide out.

The tiny rubber bands are perfect for the beard beads. I got the rubber bands at the dollar store and the wig clips at a beauty supply store. Since I craft A LOT. I have all kinds of beads and charms. I did have to buy a few beads since I tried to match the beads to the bride and groom outfits. I had over a year to make these so I waited until the beads I needed were 50% off at Hobby Lobby or I had a 50% off coupon for Michael’s.

For the beard beads you just take a long piece of the heavy thread, tie to the rubber band and knot it a few times. Add your beads. The length depends of the beard length of the pirate. I use a small charm for the end piece for decoration and to have something to knot the thread to. The whole process takes maybe two minutes. It’s an easy and Pinteresting project.


The hair beads take a little more time to make but are just as easy. Tie the thread off to the wig clip then add your beads. Finish off with a charm at the end. You can make these as simple and as elaborate as you want.


Bone Wind Chimes 

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Bone Wind Chimes

I made two sets of bone wind chimes for last year’s Halloween. I know I took pictures of the entire process but I can’t seem to find but the beginning photo and the last. UGH! I do have a short video of them blowing in the wind.

Bone Wind chimes are easy. You just need a bag of bones and some twine. If you use fake bones or the real deal it’s entirely up to you. Hey, I don’t know your life…

The top/base of the wind chimes is going to be the two femur (leg) bones. Cross them over one another. Take a good size piece of twine and tie them in the middle. You should end up with a bone cross. Now take the roll of twine, don’t cut
yet. Take the twine and keep wrapping the bones until you have the femurs sturdy. Crisscross, over under, tie every which way. Now you can cut the twine from the roll.

 For the middle part of the chime, which will hang longer than the other pieces you can use
the skull or back bone. Tie it to hang from the middle of your bone cross. If you use the skull you may need to drill holes at top then bottom of skull. Now choose your four pieces. Try to match. If you use the hand on one side try to use the other hand opposite side of bone. That way the weight is somewhat distributed evenly.  Once
you have everything tied on its time to make a way to hang the chime. I took four long pieces of twine tied two across the middle then tied the other two in the middle opposite. Gather all your piece and tie together in a knot at the top part of bone. I over
knot. It’s just the way I am. So, keep tying knots until you feel the pieces is sturdy. So know you have 4 pieces of long string to go outside and tie the chime from a tree limb. I really wish I could find the pictures of the whole process.

 

Good luck. Leave questions in the comment section and I will try to reply quickly.

Are You Looking at My Chest?

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Pirate Chest 2
It’s been a busy year. Planning a wedding and dealing with family crisis. Blogging had to go on the back burner but the pinteresting life of Gotha Stewart continued on.
Here is treasure chest number 2 I made a few months ago. Basically made same as the first chest, just the look and design are different.


The chest is from Michael’s, brown paint and spray clear coat are also. I used a 50% off coupon for chest. Octopus from Hobby Lobby. Embellishments and hardware from Amazon and/or Wish.
I used a sponge brush to paint a small area then took a towel and rubbed down the area. I wanted the the brown color to vary lighter in some areas darker in others. Once the chest was painted and dried I sprayed on a few layers of clear coat.
Next I used craft glue to apply the skulls and other charms. Then the corner pieces, handles and octopus were put on with screws or nails. Whichever the directions for each piece called for.
Lastly one last coat of clear coat.

There’s Gold in Them There Driveways 

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Buying treasure for a pirate wedding can get expensive. One way to cut some of the cost is GOLD NUGGETS.

Fake gold nuggets that is. Using gold spray paint and rocks from my flower beds and driveway I made a ton of gold nuggets. 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Gather the rocks. Wash and let dry. I used a box to put rocks in and spray. Less messy. Spray. Let dry. Shake box so rocks roll to unpainted side. Spray and dry again. I finished up with a quick spray of clear coat. 

Skulls! Skulls! Skulls!

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Dreams or nightmares do come true. Finally I was able to get a skull baking pan. This one has six good size skulls, it’s a great quality. I got it on Amazon from Nordic Ware. Wilton has a pan that makes three skulls with skull backs to make a full head. I don’t have that pan so I can’t speak on its quality.

So far I have made corn skull bread, banana nut skulls, and skulls in a blanket.

Skulls in a blanket is a simple recipe I made the day my pan arrived. 

Skulls in a Blanket 

6 hotdogs

2 cans of crescent rolls

Shredded cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the pan with cooking spray. I use a coconut oil cooking spray. 

Cut up the hotdogs into bite size pieces. Each skull will need 2 of the crescent triangles. Pinch them together along seam. Lay over empty skull, don’t worry pushing it down into pan. The weight from hot dog pieces and cheese will do that for you. Add hotdog pieces and cheese. Fill that skull up. Fold over the dough sealing up the filling. 

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Take out of oven, let sit a few minutes then flip out onto a plate. Enjoy.

The banana nut skulls just use your favorite banana bread recipe. I divided the all the batter between all six. Bake the amount of time you bake muffins, most recipes call for 375 degrees for 20 minutes.


Cornbread bakes up the same.


I have not baked any cupcakes in the pan yet so I’m not sure how full to fill them so they don’t overflow. 

Tonight I making pizza skulls which is made like the skulls in a blanket but using pizza ingredients.

I am looking forward to using this pan for all my holiday baking. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Oh yes my baking has just gotten pretty Pinteresting.

Foot Fetish Much?

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Right now my feet are soaking in a big bowl with warm water, vinegar and Listerine. I have seen this foot soak Pin everywhere on Pinterest. Since Mother Nature has finally got herself back together and finally realized winter is over it is time to get my feet looking summer worthy.

Last weekend I tried the baking soda and vinegar foot soak. It seemed to work well. My feet were soft and not so dry afterwards.

The husband is in the next room laughing at me. He keeps saying “Well you’re going to have minty fresh breath and feet.”
I replied, “you can kiss my minty fresh ass.“
With a look of horror on his face he says, “Oh my god you’re going to soak that in Listerine too?“
Oh he thinks he’s funny. He needs to leave the funny to the professionals. Like me.
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It Hat to Be You, Tale of a Witch Hat

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finished hat 2

Tall witch hat. Makes tall witches look like giants and makes short witches look like…well, like short witches in tall hats.

This was an easy project. Just took a few short hours. During those hours I also had time to bake a cake, make dinner and plot evil plots.

What you will need:

1 cheap witch hat (I purchased mine at Wal-Mart)

Duct tape (If you have black duct tape great, if not the silver will work just as well)

1 paper towel tube

Black fabric

Glue (if you have glue that is recommended for use on fabric great, I used glue that wasn’t recommended for fabric but it worked out just fine)

Something to stuff hat to help hold shape. I used doll batting but newspaper will work also.

Begin by stuffing the hat with batting to give it an upright shape then tape the hat brim to strengthen it. Inside and out. I gently taped half way up the inside: pushing the batting up out of my way as I went. Cut the tape into little pieces at first to give yourself more control. Now you are ready to tape the outside of the hat. Again be gentle and just little pieces. Go higher and higher. Once you pass the tip of the hat begin using long strips place the lengthwise (us and down) until you reach your desired height.

Not a great picture but it gets the point across

Not a great picture but it gets the point across

Now we need to strengthen and build up layers. Take your cardboard tube. Choose an end for your bottom, cut several 1 inch slits all the way around making ‘flaps’. Push the flaps outwards now lower the tube down the hat. At this point you will have some empty space between hat and inside of tube. Stuff it with something. I used a plastic shopping bag. It’s what was handy.

Using tape again just start wrapping until your hats feels sturdy and has the height you want. You may have to mash and torture the high end of the tube. If not you will end up with a penis shaped hat.

Ready for some fabric

Ready for some fabric

Cut a notch in the end of your black fabric about 4 inches from the side. Rip until you get to the end. 4 inches is just a guess at size I used. I eyeballed it. You can vary the width on the next few strips you rip. Now just glue the crap out of the hat and fabric. I started with the cone first and finished with the brim. Don’t be shy with the glue.

Start at the base and work up

Start at the base and work up

hat 4

hat 2

I’m using my hat as a prop and not for a costume. I feared it might be to top heavy and keep falling over. To fix that problem before I started I glued several rocks inside the hat at the base of the cone, I covered it with fabric also.

finished hat 1

I loved how this turned out. It was wickedly easy and fun!

finished hat 3

Open Sesame Chia Seed Candy

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I have been wanting to do this for awhile. I have went through tons and tons of Pins to find the perfect recipe. Is there a perfect recipe for this? I don’t know but I found the perfect recipe for me, it was more the measurement and technique I needed. I omitted and added a few things here and there.
What am I talking about?

Sesame Seed Candy!

Yes that little bitty pale unassuming seed that adorns out hamburger buns. You take that seed, work a little bit of magic, and BAM! You have a nice little candy that makes a great tasting, sorta close to healthy snack.

Here is the original Sesame Candy recipe. Below is my adapted recipe along with my account of the whole process.

Sesame Chia Seed Candy

Ingredients:

1 c. Sesame seeds
2 tbsp. Chia seeds
3-4 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. coconut sugar

Dry…

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