Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Real Live LOLFail!

Several days ago, I saw this image online at the Fail Blog site. It was called, "I Want That One, Mom!" I thought it was kind of funny.

Today, I was killing a little time at the local Dollar General/Tree/Store/Bodega/whatever. The Post Office had closed at noon and I missed it by 10 minutes. Anyway, my plan was to get a drink and head back to work. When I walked into the store, it was straight into the Valentine's Day crap. And I saw a display of dolls, very similar to the one pictured above.

Doesn't it look like she's got pink eye??? This is what first caught my attention as I walked past the dolls.
And then, there she was...the sad cousin of the doll with the eye problem.

"Sweet Teens 18" doll" to celebrate being a teen!

Because acne can't be awkward ENOUGH when your teen...so let's throw in a lazy eye!

I wonder if the other dolls have physical impairments. Maybe that's why they're on sale!

Finally Some Good News to Share

Last week, I was FINALLY offered a new full time job, after two years of almost exhausting, nauseating job searching. I wonder what kind of crazy I would be today if I had been unemployed for that entire time, instead of just looking to leave a miserable fucking job.

But I digress.

I am keeping the floral design position for the time being, because it's just part time. But the new job is as the office manager for a local heating and AC place. It's going to be a nice change of pace, and I turned in my two week notice last Friday.

Do you know what I'm doing at work until my two weeks is up? Not a damn thing. As little as possible, at least for actual work. I've got such bad short-timers right now, it's unreal.

Because it's still the holidays, I had the office to myself yesterday morning. I took advantage of the solitude and broke out my latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine and the little kit it came with: felty fox brooches!

I swear, my work ethic is really not this bad. But when there are others who flat out refuse to do their jobs in their entirety, WHY should I bust my hump? I'll make sure everything I normally do will be caught up when I leave Hades.

In the meantime, I thought about my Mom the last time I went grocery shopping a few days ago. She always hated grocery shopping, while I happen to love it.

However, I was on a mad tear for canned chili for some reason. I snagged a couple cans of it, and then inspiration (and one of Mom's recipes) struck me like a lightening bolt: cream cheese chili dip! I needed cream cheese and Doritoes!

Holy high cholesterol, Batman!

To the Bat-ambulance, Robin!

I don't know if this was a recipe my Mom came up with, and it doesn't matter. Hell, for YEARS, I really thought my mom invented potato chip on sandwiches. I remember her making me a lunch meat, mustard and potato chip sandwich before I started kindergarten and thought it was the greatest thing ever! It was the day we moved into a duplex, and Mom was looking for an easy lunch for the two of us while we waited for the rest of our things to start arriving at the new house. I was in college before I saw someone else doing the same thing and I was shocked! :) I'm not too surprised to see this recipe online, because you can find anything you want on the internet. I bet I could probably find interracial little person clown porn.

Yeaaaaah, I'm not looking for that, but you get my point.

Anyhoo, I made that dip with the Doritoes for supper last night. It was fabulous. I was transported right back to being a kid again. All you do is combine them both in a sauce pan on med-high heat until the cream cheese is melted and both items are well mixed.

It was a good night. I'd like to think that Mom approved of my totally unhealthy supper. Thanks for giving me that recipe sooooooooooooooooooooo long ago, Mom!!!!

When I got home, I dug out the kit that came with another UK crafting magazine I recently discovered: Crafts Beautiful. The December issue came with some pieces of felt, Fiber Fill, paper and a die cut wood owl to make Christmas ornaments. I made the fox ornament and had enough left over to make a couple more.

The felt was really thick and heavyweight, but I didn't really care much for this kit because of the thickness. It was hard to push a needle through the layers and it actually felt hard on my right arm to make. I'm going to stick with my Mollie Makes issues instead. Crafts Beautiful doesn't really hold a candle to it.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mod Podge Mold Review

I've been meaning to write this review up for a couple weeks now, and it looks like I've finally gotten around to it:: Mod Podge Mod Mold, Royal Icons and the 16-Piece Mod Melts in White Milk Glass.

I recently picked these up as impulse buys at my local arts and crafts store. I personally am a Mod Podge fan, so I figured this would be a great little set to have. I could already envision myself buying more of the molds for different little embellishments. And those Mod Melts work in the cheapo little hot glue gun I already have.

"Do-it-yourself has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone. Add a touch of elegance to your projects with Royal Icons Mod Molds.

"Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Available in sea glass clear and milk glass white. Each package contains sixteen, 10” long mini..."

To be honest here: this was a disappointment, on two different levels. One might be my own fault for thinking I could make these teeny tiny little molds actually turn out. But they are so small and so detailed, it's a little difficult. Mod Podge might be doing it's customers a disservice by starting out with a series of molds so small, instead of providing different (larger) sizes as well.

And the areas that needed to be trimmed were so small (yet obvious) that I would have needed a tony scissor to get in there, but with all the crevices in the molds, I don't know that I would have been able to get them cleaned up as well as I would have liked.

But the biggest problem actually comes from the milk glass sticks. They don't harden the same way regular hot glue sticks harden. Even with the smallish tip of my glue gun, I had a hard time getting any uniformity or levelness to the molds as I was filling them because these milk glass sticks dry a lot faster than regular hot glue sticks. And they dry with a different consistency. With regular hot glue, you could conceivably use your fingertips (once cooled) to smooth out the backs of the molds. With the milk glass (I didn't see the sea glass clear ones to try), if you touch it, you automatically pull out a white stringy mess. You have to actually cut the strings off with a scissor if you get them. With a regular hot glue sticks, you can give the gun a little whip to the side and a little shimmy and the string basically disappears. Not so with these milk glass sticks. The glue starts drying almost as fast as it comes out of the gun, at least it did for me (and remember, I have a cheapo glue gun, so I don't know if that had any affect on it).

One other online review on the Plaid website mentioned having air bubbles in every one of their molds, even while following the proper directions. I didn't seem to have that problem on the fronts of my molds, but had a few on the backs, but that didn't bother me.

All in all, I'll stick with the regular Mod Podge but I won't be using the molds any more. Don't waste your money.