Friday, September 23, 2011

Practical Magic Blog Partying!

 Last year's party was a great excuse for me to mix one of my favorite witchy movies with amigurumi. And this year I can mix the movie with my new found love of freezer paper!

Roses are a big theme in the movie and next week my middle school kids and I will be using rose stencils to design our own shirts. Granted, the middle school version won't be followed by the kids becoming possessed by the ghost of Jimmy Angelove. :) I thought I'd pass on the really easy & cheap technique. 

Materials Needed
-         Freezer paper (you can find it for cheap at most grocery stores)
-         Something you’d like to stencil (shirts, jeans, paper, almost all surfaces work for this)
-         Image to stencil
-         Permanent marker
-         Craft cutting board or cardboard
-         Exacto or craft knife
-         Iron
-         Sponge brush
-         Acrylic paint of the color of your choice
-    Optional: An extremely cute hamster that has escaped from his ball while photographing.

All total this costs about $15-$20, but it takes very little freezer paper and paint to do one stencil. Once you have the items, the only thing that may cost money is the thing you want to stencil on.

Step 1: Trace your image onto the freezer paper with the shiny side down (the shiny side is what will stick and peel off of the surface easily).
Step 2: Cut out your design with the exacto/craft knife. Make sure you think through how you’re going to do this ahead of time. Some parts can get lost in cutting if they’re not attached to the rest of the drawing – like a circle within a circle.

Step 3: Iron your surface smooth if it’s fabric. Place the stencil shiny side down where you’d like it to be and iron it onto the surface. This keeps the paper sticking to the surface so you don’t have paint bleeding under the paper (I wrecked a shirt twice like this.).
Step 4: Create a paint pallet and dab the paint onto the stenciled surface. DO NOT USE STROKES! This will move the paper around and cause bleeding.
Step 5: You don’t even have to wait for this to dry! Carefully peel off your stencil, and you’re done!

Monday, September 12, 2011

And the Winner Is...

...Daffy from Batcrap Crazy! And for those of you who didn't catch it, here's Daffy's absolutely hilarious bonus joke - not to mention a great one from Mrs. BC as well. :) Thanks guys!

A man and a woman were seated next to each other in the first class section of an airplane.
The woman sneezed, took out a tissue, gently wiped her nose, then visibly shuddered for ten to fifteen seconds.

The man went back to his reading. A few minutes later, the woman sneezed again, took a tissue, wiped her nose,then shuddered violently once more.

Assuming that the woman might have a cold, the man was still curious about the shuddering. A few more minutes passed when the woman sneezed yet again. As before, she took a tissue, wiped her nose, her body shaking even more than before.

Unable to restrain his curiosity, the man turned to the woman and said, "I couldn't help but notice that you've sneezed three times, wiped your nose and then shuddered violently. Are you OK?"

"I am sorry if I disturbed you, I have a very rare medical condition; whenever I sneeze I have an orgasm."

The man, more than a bit embarrassed, was still curious.
"I have never heard of that condition before," he said.
"Are you taking anything for it?"

The woman nodded, "Pepper.
A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says hello.

He's rather taken aback because he can't place where he knows her from.

So he says, 'Do you know me?'

To which she replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.'

Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, 'Are you the stripper from the bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery???'
She looks into his eyes and says calmly, 'No, I'm your son's teacher.'

Friday, September 2, 2011

Witch City Wicks Giveaway!

In most video games when you get a vile of dragon's blood, you're supposed to chuck it at things to make them explode. Drinking it causes your character to get hurt, and you to start yelling at your husband, "Why did you DO that!? Quick! Get a potion of healing!" This is not one of those kinds of dragon's blood. This kind of dragon's blood comes in soy form. And I'm pretty sure that when you light the wick, it doesn't explode. :)

The candle is from Witch City Wicks - a soy candle Etsy store out of Salem, Massachusetts who has very kindly offered to donate one of its products to my giveaway! If you've never tried a soy candle before, I highly recommend it. They're a much nicer alternative to the cheap kind from the grocery store as they burn longer, and have wax that can be cleaned up easily with soap and water (good news for a witch like me who often has issues with wax in the carpet hairs). Not to mention, Witch City Wicks has some of the best names for their candles. Dragon's Blood is my current favorite, but I also enjoy Greenman, Tainted Love, and Bondage. If you'd like to win one of their products, here's what you do:

1. Be a follower through Blogger or Facebook. (1pt.)
2. Go to Witch City Wicks' Etsy page and check out their products. Come back here and comment on which one is your favorite. (1pt)
3. Leave a comment for me. (1pt) Preferably with a joke. (1pt)
4. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog & comment with the link (3pts)

I will be randomly drawing a winner on Monday, September 12th.

Good luck! :)