Craft post

I was invited to a birthday party for a friend of mine last week and since I did not have any money to spend on a present I decided to make one for free. This cork board was originally hanging on my wall in the kitchen but I didn’t really need it and thought it would be a cute simple crafty gift (she’s crafty too). It started out as a simple black framed cork message board. I painted the frame brown and hot glued brown grossgrain ribbon around the front edges of the frame. I could not remove the cork from the frame to wrap it in fabric so I took some craft glue and spread a thin layer all over the cork to adhere the fabric to. I didn’t worry about the edges of the fabric showing because I decided to cover the unfinished edges with cream colored pipe cleaners around all four edges. I wanted some of the board to be magnetic and I thought the easiest way to do that would be to hot glue mason jar lids to the frame (I left them gold colored because it looked good with the fabric). I used regular push pins and wrapped them in brown pipe cleaners for the cork board, and glued decorative paper and pipe cleaners to magnets for the mason jar lids. I had some wide cream colored grossgrain ribbon that I tied in a bow and hotglued to the center top of the frame. (I misspelled her name so I removed the paper that said “Christy” -it’s actually “Cristi”- before I gave it to her.) The end.


Simply Spastic

The only problem I have with having ONLY cell phones and no land line is that when you don’t know where your phone is, and no one else is home to call it… you’ve got a problem.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE+++++LOST!!! If you have not started watching this series, get it on DVD and watch it from the beginning, you will be so glad you did.

Trixie is THE cutest cat on the face of the earth.

I am REALLY tired of this 9 day old cold. Really- colds are not supposed to last this long!

I am looking forward to Miracle on 34th St! I am kinda nervous about what parts Josh and I are gonna get… it’s a huge cast and I don’t want to get a part where I’m just in one scene or something. I don’t care about having lines, but I want to be busy enough for it to be worth my time every nite! Of course, I just love the smell and the atmosphere of the place, so I guess no matter what we’ll have a lot of fun. We’ll see.

I don’t like sad movies. We watched Of Mice and Men the other nite and it kinda reminded me of the Green Mile (because of the retarded guy and mice, maybe?) but not as creepy. I want to like it, I like sort of tragic stories like this when I read them or hear them on audio, but somehow its totally different watching it on screen. I think it’s because when you’re watching it you’re kind of a slave to the story as portrayed by the actors and the story itself becomes more narrow in a way, I guess. That being said, my favorite part about this movie was the actors- but I think if I had read it first it would have given me a totally different feel, and I may have even appreciated the story, after all the ending was very poetic.

I think I really need to get a second job. I’m really afraid to, though, I think because of how my job at Westmoreland turned out last year. I need to hear from God so I can have the confidence to go out there and apply somewhere!!

It really is a small world, after all. It’s so weird when you’re searching on Facebook and someone you’re looking at knows like 10 people you know that you didn’t know they know and couldn’t possibly guess how they know them. Happens to me all the time. It’s so weird.

I just love Garfield, Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. There’s just no comparison with other comics for me. They speak my language. Actually, I think they shaped my childhood.


What’s in a Name?

Your real name: Lyndsay

Gangsta name (1st three letters of your real name plus izzle, favorite ice cream & fav type of shoe): Lynizzle Cookie Dough Flats

Native American name (fav color, fav animal): Green Cat (same name as my husband!)

NASCAR name (1st names of grandfathers): Clarence Loyal (I like those names!)

Dancer Name (fav perfume/scent, fav candy): Cinnamon Cinnamon (Just plain Cinnamon for short, haha)

Soap Opera name (middle name, street you live on): Danielle Smoak (Danielle is very soap opera-y isn’t it?)

Star Wars name (1st 3 letters of middle name, 1st 2 letters of first name): Dan-Ly

TV Weather/Anchor name (5th grade teacher’s last name, major city that starts with same letter): Douglas Duluth (ok, so Duluth is not a major city but it sounds funny)

Spy name (fav season, fav flower): Fall Daisy (Fall sounds rather mischievous, doesn’t it?

Cartoon name (fav fruit, article of clothing you are wearing now): Watermelon Hoodie (that does NOT sound like a name)

Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, fav tree): Muffin Oak

Super Hero name (2nd fav color, fav drink): Rust Coke

Witness protection name (parents’ middle names): Ann Stephen

Goth name (black, name of one of your pets): Black Trix

Movie Star name (1st pet’s name, 1st street name): Peaches Cannon (Cannon was not the first street but I don’t remember any before that!)

Iraqi name (2nd letter of first name, 3rd letter of mom’s maiden name, 3rd letter of dad’s name, 1st letter of a sibling’s first name, last letter of mom’s first name): Ytnra (pronounce that!)

Rock Star name (1st pet, current car): Peaches Corolla


Ok, here are the pictures from Dragon*Con! We went with our friends Ryan and Nate, and we slept in Ryan’s grandparents basement (hey, it was free, and comfortable!) It reminded me of the good ‘ol MC band days. We had such a great time and got to meet and hear a lot of our favorite current actors. The parade was a lot of fun too, it was open to anyone who wanted to participate in costume but our little group just wanted to watch. My favorite part was the Battlestar Galactica panel, it was so interesting! There were, as you have already guessed a million weirdos there, but there were also a few semi-normal people like Josh and I (my guess is that some of you don’t think of us as quite normal after this!) . Hope you enjoy!

The Anatomy of a Captain’s Uniform

I will be posting Dragon*Con pictures soon, but today I am going to tell you how I made Josh’s Captain James T. Kirk costume. I originally was hoping to find the velour gold fabric that matched Kirk’s exactly but since I came to find out that that fabric does not exist on the face of this earth. So I was really frustrated with that, and started to look for a costume to rent or buy and again hit a brick wall. We almost gave up but I decided I would give a valiant effort of attempting to make one the old fashion way (the thrift-store-make-it-work way!) I should have taken before pictures of each of the items, but since I was not at all sure that it would come together right, it did not occur to me at the time.

I started with finding a black pocketless pair of women’s pants at Salvation Army. I had an armload of candidates, but eventually decided on just one pair and prayed that they would fit him (he was not with me). They fit him perfectly, and just needed to be cut and hemmed to be short and flared around the calves. Then we bought a white long sleeve sueded t-shirt from Goodwill and 2 packages of yellow Rit dye. I used both packages and boil-dyed it on the stove for about 30 minutes and it came out a dark bold yellow. I dried it and boiled almost an entire pack of tea bags and soaked the shirt in that for about an hour and it turned out just the color we wanted.

For the black collar we used a black shirt (also from Goodwill) and machine sewed the collar part to the shirt and cut the rest of the shirt off.

I bought a sheet of black felt and a small strip of wide gold ribbon to make the ensignia. I used fabric glue to attatch the ribbon to the felt and a Sharpie to draw the symbol in the middle of the ensignia. I hand stitched on the patch and the rick-rack for the arms.

The boots required alot of thought. We couldn’t find any laceless boots at the local thrift stores that fit him, so we improvised, which was a lot cheaper anyway. He had an old pair of black dress shoes that he never wears, and I got the idea of using the legs of a pair of leather pants for the rest of the “boot”. I had to sew the leather pant legs to conform with his legs to look like boots. We attached the bottom hemmed part to the shoe with sticky velcro, and voila-homemade boots!

In the end, I think it turned out great. We were both glad we decided to go ahead and give it a try. There was only one other guy that attempted a Star Trek TOS outfit (he was Asian, so I guess he was Sulu), but his shirt was really off (color and fit). Here is a picture of the finished product: