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17 Oct

Here’s some cool stuff from this week on the internet.

Whaleman Foundation Indiegogo

The Whaleman Foundation has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to replace a broken down thirty-three year old dolphin and whale research boat. You can help, and get some cool perks in the process.

Teddy’s New Love

Teddy’s new dog walker started this week, and we both love her. Okay, so I love her in a normal way because she puts my mind at ease and lets me run errands after work. Teddy adores her in an unhealthy way that (not gonna lie) makes me a little jealous.

Ebola

Seriously, I don’t know what else happened this week because you’d think the internet is paying everyone $10 each time they said “ebola”. (Wait. Is that what’s happening? Did I just make $20?)

Turnip For What?

I cannot even tell you how much this amuses me. I’ve watched it more times than I care to admit, and it’s tied with dancing kittens for my favorite take on “Turn Down For What”.

Throwback Thursday

I’m sharing my Throwback Thursday photo here, because we all know I can’t get enough of myself. After I shared a photo of me in my Sleeping Beauty ears moaning about the early hour at the CHOC Walk, my mom won the internet by commenting with this photo of a much younger me in Minnie Mouse ears. I have never been a morning person, but I’ve always been a Disney person.

About Last Night – 10/16/15

17 Oct

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Black-ish

This show is quickly losing appeal for me. Dre was so obnoxious tonight, it wasn’t even funny, just overdone.

Hell’s Kitchen

Gordon puts Sterling on the red team, and back in the dorms he proceeds to give a crazy monologue that doesn’t make any of the women feel good about this change. Then they have to pick a person on the other team to face off against and pick an opera. There are opera singers holding up scrolls with names of different operas on them, and they turn them around to reveal the name of an Italian dish. Yeah, it seemed overly complicated and pointless to me too. Ashley has no idea what saltimbocca is. Other than that it’s business as usual.

The Biggest Loser

The first temptation of the season! No one goes totally overboard (remember seeing people put away thousands of calories on these in seasons past?) but how will it play out on the scale? Well I’m not telling you. #SpoilerFreeZone

About Last Night – 10/15/14

16 Oct

Happy Hump Day!

The Mysteries of Laura

I watched two episodes today, and I have to say that I’m really started to get bugged by the relationship between Jake and Laura. Am I wrong in thinking there is no way in hell an ex-husband would ever be in a position over his ex-wife in a police department? Also, they said the Times Square blind spot is at 43rd and 4th, which doesn’t exist. Irksome. Why bother to make up a fake Times Square intersection? It’s kind of a well-known spot; people will notice. I really love the twisted plots – they do a great job of keeping things interesting – and the show would be near perfect if it weren’t for Jake.

Law & Order: SVU

I deleted last week’s episode because the young actress/statutory rape thing has been done to death. Not sure when I’ll watch this week’s because it’s yet another “ripped from the headlines” episode. It used to be that they’d do these once a season or so, and it was interesting to see what kind of spin they put on some of the most famous news stories. But three episodes in a row? Does this show even have writers anymore? Have they been replaced with a few interns combing newspapers? Come one, SVU, don’t get lazy on me now.

Modern Family

I don’t know, this week was only okay. Not bad, not great, just okay.

DIY Sleeping Beauty Ear Hat

15 Oct

So here’s the deal, I love Sleeping Beauty. It’s my favorite Disney movie, Aurora is my favorite princess, Merryweather is my favorite fairy, etc, etc, etc. But Aurora is constantly getting the shaft. Take the ear hats. The other princesses have ear hats. Ariel has ears and I’ve seen Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, and Tiana too. But no Aurora. Well if Disney won’t make them, I’ll make them myself.

Making my own Sleeping Beauty ears has been on my “to craft” list for a while, but I’d been procrastinating. Then the fabulous people at Holster Brands reached out and asked if they could send me a Hobby Holster. It’s a silicone mat that clings to the side of your table and holds your hot glue gun. So then I needed a hot glue project, and my Sleeping Beauty ears came to mind.

Now, you may be wondering why my Hobby Holster is hanging over my dishwasher. Fun story. I used to have a dining room table. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it did its job, which more often than not was holding crafts. I can count on one hand the number of meals that were actually served on that table. And after several years, the table was kaput. It had scars from Exacto knives, and globs of hot glue that just wouldn’t come off. Since I have yet to replace the table, I’m using my kitchen counters to craft.

And craft I did. I didn’t take as many in progress pictures as I would have liked, because I was trying not to burn myself with hot glue.

Here’s how I did it:

Start with some basic Mickey Mouse ears.

For the back:

Use one sheet of purple craft felt. Play around with it a bit to get the positioning the way you want it, then hot glue it on and trim away the excess.

Use one sheet of black glitter felt. Measure along the band of the ears and cut to the desired height and length, then just free hand cut some jagged vines and hot glue it on.

Here’s a fun tip: Do you have stray hot glue strings on your project? Like these?

You don’t want to pull at them, because especially on felt you run the risk of messing up your finished product. Hit them with a hair dryer, and they’ll go away. See?

Next, hot glue your Maleficent patch on.

For the front:

Use one sheet of white craft felt as your base so no black shows through. Use the same method you used for your purple felt to hot glue it on.

Use one sheet of light blue craft felt to cover the white – again, use the method that works for you, hot glue it on, and trim away any excess.

Use one sheet of glitter paper to trace the outline of Aurora’s crown and cut it out. (It’s basically an obtuse triangle with offset circles cut out halfway up each side.) You can get glitter paper at any craft store, it’s usually with the scrapbooking papers. Don’t peel the backing off of the glitter paper, just hot glue around the bottom of the crown. This way it will stand out a little and give you a three dimensional effect.

Then, add your fairy godmothers patch to one of the ears.

And ta da! You’re done!

Here’s what I love about the Hobby Holster:

1. Your projects will be neater, because the glue doesn’t stick to the silicone. I hate putting my hot glue gun on newspaper on the table and then you go to pick it up and end up lifting up the newspaper and it’s just a whole ordeal.

2. Your table (or kitchen counter) will be saved.

3. You cannot pull this thing down. Trust me, I tried. I don’t know how it works, but it sticks really well to the table top without leaving a mark or any residue.

4. When you’re done, the hot glue will just pop right out of the holster. And your glue gun stays cleaner, too.

Here’s what I love about my Sleeping Beauty ears:

1. There’s glitter.

2. Merryweather

3. I AM SO CLEVER FOR PUTTING AURORA ON ONE SIDE AND MALEFICENT ON THE OTHER.

4. I used blue, because even though all of her merchandise shows the pink dress, the blue is far superior.

Disclaimer: Holster Brands provided me with a Hobby Holster free of charge. Opinions, crafts, and table destruction are all mine.

About Last Night – 10/13/14

14 Oct

Bear with me while I continue to play some catch up.

Black-ish

I didn’t think this episode was as good and previous ones. I did like Rainbow’s sub-plot – that should have been the feature.

The Simpsons

I love a Marge episode! As Homer would say, woo hoo! I almost wish one of Marge’s businesses would succeed. I know there would be continuity issues the show doesn’t like to deal with, but come on, shake it up!

The Big Bang Theory

It’s about time we see Penny start to grow up and mature, and I love the way she’s progressing this season. The guys have a hard time focusing on new ideas with fairly hilarious results.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

No spoilers, so I’ll just say, Amy and Jake. Sigh. And Captain Holt and Terry had a great back and forth.

Mulaney

This one wasn’t as good as the pilot. *sadface* More Oscar! I like him!

Okay, so now I’m all caught up on my sitcoms, but I have hours upon hours of dramas taunting me from my DVR. I can do this. I will do this. I am a survivor. My life is so hard. I wonder who will play me in the movie?