Monday, April 21, 2014

Fright Pencils

The faster you roll the pencil back and forth the crazier
the hair will get
I have very fond memories of my church growing up.  My mother was very involved, and I mean VERY involved.   She was Sunday School Superintendent, President of the UMW, and she held a seat on the Administrative Board.  So, by default my brother and I were also very involved in church. 

I worked countless church dinners, from scrubbing celery when I was about four years old to serving and cooking as I became older.   I was also involved in making small things for the church bazaar, and that is what brought back the memory of Fright Pencils!

So what is a Fright Pencil?  It's a pencil with a little personality. It can either be very calm with every "hair" in place, or it can become frightened and its hair goes a little haywire.  I remember buying these when I was younger, taking them school, and showing all my friends. 

While unpacking my craft things, I discovered I had all the materials to make these for my boys.  They would be great for a party favor, or pass them out at school for a party.  With so many food allergies at schools, it can become very difficult to share edible treats.  Little items like Fright Pencils, make a nice alternative.

Here's what you need:

  • Pencils
  • Faux fur trim (about 1 1/2" to 2" in width)
  • yarn or ribbon to decorate
  • glue gun
  • white glue
  • scissors
  • wiggly eyes
First gather your supplies and start by cutting the fur trim in to 2 1/4" lengths.  The fur will shed a bit when cutting, so gently remove loose fur.


OK the now look at the fur square, it will look like the fur is growing in one direction.  With the "fur growth" pointing upward, apply a small amount of hot glue on the pencil right below the metal band under the eraser.  Wrap the fur around the pencil and apply another dab of hot glue to secure.  Add a yarn bow with hot glue at the bottom of the fur, to look like a bow tie.

 
 
Smooth the fur in an upward direction.  Now with the white glue apply the wiggly eyes; allow to dry overnight.
 
 



Your Fright Pencils are complete.  To make their hair go crazy simply, roll the pencil quickly back and forth between the palms of your hands.  The fur with stick out, then simply smooth it upward again to return to it's calm state :)

I also thought without the eyes, they look like the trees from the Lorax, especially if you can find different color fur trims.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'm Back!

It has been a year since I put My Little Blogspot to bed.  Over the last year so much has happened, and I have missed sharing our crazy lives, recipes, craft projects and tips.  In my last post I had mentioned about using up storage space, so I have spent time freeing up some space (and hopefully found the solution).  I deleted some pictures and posts.  Not to worry, all the recipes are in tact!

So I am going to give it another go.  Here's a brief overview of our last year:

  • Moved home
  • Went to Disney World (first time for me and the boys)
  • Went to Hawaii
  • Volunteering at the kids school
  • Endless time spent with family
  • Saw Billy Joel in concert at Madison Square Garden (bucket list item)
  • Rekindled my relationship with exercise
As you can see we have been busy.  Out of all the things on the list, the most treasured is the time spent with family.  I see my mom three to four times a week instead of three to four times a year :)

Stayed tuned for a tutorial on Fright Pencils, a cute craft that will surely be a hit with the kiddos.  In the meantime, I am thinking warm thoughts on this snowy April day!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Post #262- Final Post

It's time to say good bye to My Little Blogspot.  It's been a great 3 years of sharing recipes and stories, but times are changing.

I will always have plenty of material to share unfortunately, Blogger is making it more difficult to do so.  I keep receiving messages about using up my storage and prompting me to buy more.  My answer to that is no.  This is a hobby and was never intended to cost money.

So My Little Blogspot will be available for viewing recipes, but I will not be posting any new information.

Thank you to all of my supporters!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Talent Show

We have had a busy few weeks and they ended on a very good note.  Adam played his guitar in his school's talent show on Friday.  Now this isn't his first talent show.  He has been playing since Kindergarten, so this makes number three.  I am always astonished at how calm he is while performing.  He doesn't get that from me or Jay. 

All in all it went well.  The curtain got raised a bit too early, and he didn't have his place in his book or have his amplifier set up.  He played it cool and everyone thought the delay was an intentional part of the act.  I was a proud momma as he performed Greensleeves.


Have a happy week!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lemon Frosted Pound Cake

March is here, and I insist that spring is around the corner.  In the spring, my taste buds change a little.  I think of lighter food and that applies to baked goods too.  I love citrus based baked goods, they are so refreshing.

So here's a simple lemon frosted pound cake just for YOU!  It is similar to that famous coffee house that sells pound cake for $3.00 per slice.  My pound cake is more economical and you know exactly was is in it :)

recipe (8 slices)

1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1/3 c. fresh lemon juice  (2 to 3 lemons, depending on size)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract

frosting

1 c. powder sugar
2 tbsp. whole milk
1/2 tsp. lemon extract

In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.  In a medium bowl, mix eggs, sugar, extracts and lemon juice until smooth.  Add wet to dry ingredients, mix well.  Add oil and mix until smooth. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour batter into a grease 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool.  Once cooled remove from pan and prepare icing.  Frost the top of the cake and allow to set up.  Slice in 8 slices.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

New Portable Hobby

I love to craft, cook, and bake.  Unfortunately all the crafting and most of my baking items are 300 miles away, settled in our new house.  So I had to find a  new, more portable hobby. 

On my last visit home, Amy taught me a basic scarf.  It's not a true knitted scarf, but one of those ruffled scarves made from a crocheted type yarn.  She literally taught me in one afternoon.  Since then I have made four more.  I will be gifting these scarves to friends and family over the course of the year.

My next project to learn, is a dish cloth.  This requires true knitting technique.  I am eager to learn and super excited to have a portable hobby.  My boys even wanted in on the action, and this evening played with knitting needles and scrap yarn.  Brandon made everything, from socks to mittens (in his mind anyway).


Monday, February 25, 2013

Fine Dining

Can I get an Oh Yeah?  That is a phrase my little one loves from Kindergarten.  That is also how I felt after unpacking most of the new house this week.

Yes, I did unpack everything except for the basement.  That is a work in progress.  After unpacking, I felt I deserved a reward.  So, I went furniture shopping for the dining room table. 

The shopping didn't take long.  I went in to the store wanting something a bit traditional, but not too traditional.  Make sense?  I found it right away.  I decided on a Mission Style set, that fits the traditional aspect.  The non-traditional part is, the table is square and counter height.

The square table was a no-brainer.  My dining room is not very big, 11 feet by 11 feet.  So, to put a traditional rectangular table in there wouldn't make sense.  I would have limited seating options.  When I started measuring, seating six would be OK, but still a bit tight.  Using the square table, we can seat eight very comfortably, and the table itself is large.  This allows for plenty of room when dining formally or casually.

I also decided on just the table and chairs for the room.  I probably could have squeezed a hutch or server in there, but it may be cramped.  I have plenty of storage elsewhere in the house, so for now we just have the table and chairs. 

I sorted through my pictures and paintings, and decided on a floral, orange theme.  I hung a photograph of a poppy from my old garden, along with a painting I had of poppies.  My dad expertly hung the curtain rods, and simple chenille curtains finish the space.

The result: simple yet elegant, traditional but not "too" traditional :)