We don't do much (anything) for Thanksgiving, and every year I try to use this long weekend to "clean" and "organize" my house... This year my office got a makeover courtesy of some IKEA storage solutions, which of course needed to be put together...
The answer to this is because one can never have enough angel food cake. True story.
You can never have too much angel food cake, but I do believe you can have too many pans... because as much as I love to bake, it's easier just to buy angel food cake! I don't remember the last time I made one. But then, I also have three pie pans and only make pie once a year... O.o And don't get me started on my cookie cutter collection (but I can use those now!).
yoopidou, that may be the only time anyone has used the term "clean" with my kitchen - it's almost always a mess. We bought this house because of it, and the large island, which is almost always covered in mail and other detritus. It's really my favorite feature of this slightly odd house, and now I don't have to try to work around the hideous tile any more! I just rolled out my first from-scratch pie crust in ten years!!! (Uh, why did I want to be able to do that again...?)
Prompt: November - Mind Team: Textbook Bonus Points: n/a Project Name: Closet Organization Project Link: n/a Brief Description: I am not a neat person, and normally this does not bother me. But every now and then, the house gets so bad that it begins to affect my mental well-being. I get cranky and am just not at all happy. And then it's time to clean it up. One of the major sore points lately (other than my craft room) has been my office, specifically, the closet and the area around it. That closet holds all my costumes, most in bags piled on the floor, and I had some hanging sweater-holder things that weren't cutting it. And then a ton of stuff got dropped on the floor in front of it (especially with the STS and my other swaps all going) and when I needed something, I had to heave everything out all over the place while trying not to step on anything. Not fun. So I went to the evil furniture place and got some organizational stuff (two cube things and three sets of wire baskets) and proceeded to clean my office...
Yes, I am LOVING the fact that I can brush crumbs off the edge into my hand without it all falling in the caulk-crack (I actually had to vacuum my counters before to get up things like spilled sugar) and I really really really LOVE the undermount sink. Why were they not always like that?! It makes so much sense...
This house was so full of ridiculous decorating and DIY projects, it's not even funny, so I fully believe the outlets were just that, white and off-white. The phone jack was some bizarre metal thing. I did manage to take that apart and rewire it, despite the fact that all the instructions just say "match the colors" which doesn't help when what I have coming out of my wall is two sets of blue and blue/white striped wires, not red, yellow, green, and black!
One day my house will be done, and then we'll probably move, and the new owners will say "what were they thinking?" and rip everything out...
Onyxnox and TheMistressT, I hope to see your kitchen renos here soon!
I went with quartz. Most granite was too busy for me (don't love the sparkles), and even though it only needed sealing "once a year and it's really easy", I know the depths of my laziness. Quartz is a hair more expensive than some granite but is completely maintenance free. It's something like "Marengo" from Home Depot - they had 10% off on countertops and installation, so we went with them.
I do love soapstone, I saw Nicole from Rehab Addict use it in a bathroom once, but I think it needs to be oiled, so, again, maintenance.
Yeah, windows came first in our house (they wouldn't stay open without sticks) and we got lucky (if you can call it that) with a hailstorm to get our house painted, or this would have been put off even longer... and it really, really needed it! Houses always need something... :/
Prompt: Big Time Project #2 Team: Textbook Bonus Points: Community, Giver (for two charity events) Project Name: Bellydance pirate zombie Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441911.0 Brief Description: This year we performed at an event called Shimmy for the Cure, a breast cancer benefit. Every year we try to be outrageously funny to help offset some of the heartbreaking stories that get told. Last year we danced to "Gummy Bear", this year it was to a combination of a parody song "We are Pirates" (to the tune of "We Will Rock You") and Jack Sparrow (PotC). Just two weeks later is the Zombie walk for hunger, so the costume got a second chance! Zombie pictures in the project post.
Prompt: Big Time Project #3 Team: Textbook Bonus Points: Community Project Name: Kitchen Tile Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441912.0 Brief Description: I got new countertops, and decided to save some money by doing the tile myself... three sections of tile in my kitchen, and between tiling and grouting it took two weekends and about 15-20 hours...
Prompt: Zap #2 Team: Textbook Bonus Points: N/A Project Name: Pumpkin All The Things buttons Project Link: N/A Brief Description: I've been doing Pumpkin All The Things on my Facebook page, posting one pumpkin or pumpkin spice thing every day between October 1st and Thanksgiving. Products, crafts, beauty products, art, recipes... everything pumpkin! And other people have sent me products, recipes, and craft ideas, so I made them a participation button!
Prompt: Zap #3 Team: Textbook Bonus Points: N/A Project Name: Crochet Keepers Project Link: N/A Brief Description: Two Crochet Keepers made for my STS shop - the hook keeps your active yarn from unraveling, the alphabet bead reminds you what hook you were using!
Prompt: Zap #4 Team: Textbook Bonus Points: N/A Project Name: Nightmare Before Christmas buttons Project Link: N/A Brief Description: A trio of NbC buttons!
Prompt: October - ManBearPig Team: Textbook Bonus Points: N/A Project Name: Monster drawing Project Link: N/A Brief Description: I did this for a Halloween art swap with a friend!
Prompt: November - Touch Team: Textbook Bonus Points: N/A Project Name: A soft pumpkin fleece hat! Project Link: N/A Brief Description: Soft and squishy, this hat will feel very comfy and hopefully made my bellydance teacher feel special, as it was a birthday present for her and a way she got to be part of Pumpkin All The Things. I'M GRATEFUL for her and her teaching!
Prompt: November - Sound Team: Textbook Bonus Points: N/A Project Name: Chicken Hat Project Link: N/A Brief Description: CLUCK CLUCK CLUCK! It's hard not to sound like a chicken when you have this hat on, because it's so fun (it can also be yours, it's a raffle prize!). Cluck your way around town in style!
It's not completely completely done, I'm not moved back into my kitchen, but it's as close as it's going to get for awhile and this is a Nerd Games projects (if you're not part of the Nerd Games, you should be! It's over on the Miscellaneous Board and a new season is about to start!). This is the finished tile (because I like the thumbnail to be the pretty picture!):
And this is what it started as:
Never, ever ever tile your countertops, it's the most ridiculous thing ever (we bought the house that way, always intending to get new countertops, but had to save money and other projects, like the basement walls cracking and leaking water, ended up coming first). Why? Because caulk shrinks and it is IMPOSSIBLE to keep it clean:
Gross, I know, and I even cleaned it, but even with a toothbrush and cleanser, that stuff is impossible to keep clean. And there's no rolling out dough, for germ reasons and because it's not a smooth surface.
I had a friend do the demo, and we discovered they just laid the tile over the existing laminate countertop:
I was so happy to see it go!
Once we'd gotten the countertops, it was time to pick the tile...
I thought I liked it, but was questioning myself before I grouted it...
But I think once the white grout was in, I'm good with it.
I used a wet tile saw to cut about a million little pieces to fill in the edges of the tile sheets and to work around the outlets, it's my new favorite tool! It took me two weekends and about 15-20 hours to do the tile, I still need to switch out some of the outlets (which were inexplicably off-white, but I'm putting it off because I already shocked myself once) and do a little more caulking, then paint the kitchen (it originally had a boarder at the top, I primed the wall when I took it down but never painted, so the whole kitchen needs it). I also painted inside the lower cabinets and still need to sort through all my kitchenware and whatnot (I had two angel food cake pans - WHY?!) and put it all back. So lots of work still left to do, but I'm pretty proud of how far I've already come!
This year we performed at an event called Shimmy for the Cure, a breast cancer benefit. Every year we try to be outrageously funny to help offset some of the heartbreaking stories that get told. Last year we danced to "Gummy Bear", this year it was to a combination of a parody song "We are Pirates" (to the tune of "We Will Rock You") and Jack Sparrow (PotC).
Just two weeks later is the Zombie walk for hunger, so the costume got a second chance! Most of the good pictures are from the zombie walk (the professional pics from SftC haven't been posted yet), so I'm leading off with that!
I also put this costume together in two days, which included: covering and decorating the bra, making the vest and bustle, and making the hip wrap. Hat, jewelry, pants and boots were purchased, and while I made the lace shrug, that was awhile ago for a different costume.
This is me not-zombified, the best pic I could find was with my Little Visitor:
And one of the girls took a B&W photo during the performance:
And one more from the zombie walk, chillin' after the walk...
I love it when costumes get multiple uses! I also wore it with a skirt I'd previously make (black and red) that happened to match to the RenFest and bellydance class on Halloween. And I've gotten my entire troupe addicted to bustles.
Well, thank you guys! We are a dedicated team, that's for sure!
I have some more projects to post, but I need to finish a few things and get some pictures. I'm in the middle of cleaning (part of that is going to fulfill a prompt!) and then I have to put together some posts. And one thing will have to wait until Monday (I'm gonna do the random acts one with more Operation Beautiful cards, I'll do it over lunch at work).
And maybe next round I'll get my research projects done...
I'd love a chance to be a team captain, but only if there is an opening. I don't want to take someone's spot.
Go Team Textbook!
If you would like to take a turn at being Team Textbook's captain, feel free! I'm not the most attentive/on top of things captain as it is, but no one else wanted it at the time and I couldn't let Team Textbook founder!