Friday, May 20, 2011

Back to the old blog!

Hey G. S.  --

I guess since Paper Moon is the name of a chain of gentleman's clubs in the south? I am going back to my old blog name I heart ukulele.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Star Wars Day

When I came home from work today, V and Dave told me that today is Star Wars day because it is the day you can say "May the Fourth be with you."  V make some droid drawings after dinner.

Peep Town

V made some Peepalicious cupcakes for Easter!  They look great, but I had some of my MIL's cheescake!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Salt Dough Critters (aka 'Crackle my NaCl' according to Dave)

I recently bought a book at Goodwill called Creative Dough Crafts, by Brigitte Casagranda.  It has this recipe for salt dough.  I've wanted to try making stuff out of salt dough since the 80s when I saw Christmas ornaments a friend and her mom made.  I like how it is made out of three cheap ingredients:  Flour, salt and water. 

Salt dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt (non-iodized is easier to work with, according to my book)
1 cup cold water (or less)
I put in 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt and mixed it together.
Make a hollow in the middle and added almost one cup of water.
Mixed it up and added a little more water.
Squeezed it.  It seemed like the right consistency to me.  If you make pie dough I think this will be really easy for you.
Here's when i took out the dough, squeezed it together and kneaded it.  The book says this:

Sift flour over a working surface and work the dough ball until it's a smooth ball with no lumps.  If the dough crumbles, add water.  If it's sticky, add flour. 

(I hadn't read that part yet, so that's why there's no flour on my table.)
Dough ball.  It's all ready to mold!
It's best to make stuff with it the same day.  If you're not gonna work with it right away, wrap it up and store it somewhere kinda cool, but not the fridge.
V made a huge Agent P head.
Dave made a Angry Birds pig. 
I made Perry the Platypus.  I took paperclips, cut them with a wire cutter, and stuck them in the top of the "sculpture" to make a little hanger.  V could hang them up on her wall after they're done.

Form the dough right on some foil so you can move it to the baking tray with ease.  I baked these in a 225 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for an hour with the door slightly open.  This is to let the humidity escape.  Then I closed the door and baked another hour at the same temp. 

To test if they're done, tap with your finger.  It should sound like hardened clay, rather than a dull thud. I thought the huge Perry head was baked all the way,  but unfortunately when we pulled off the foil the next day, I found out it wasn't all the way done.  I think we need to keep them to a smaller size.

We made these things last week, and we were able to paint them after dinner tonight.
We used watercolor paint on um.  I used a Sharpie for the eyes, nostrils and ears.
I took them outside and sprayed them real good with the only varnish I had.  I think they need a different varnish and I'm going to have to experiment with that.  Anyway, after that's all dry they're ready to hang up.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thursday Night Art Class

We went to a drop-in art class through our city.  V drew up a design for our sculpture and then we made it out of wire and pipe cleaners!  Pardon, chenille stems. Can't forget the googly eyes!

Tears of Joy Puppet Theater

We had a super fun time going to downtown Portland with friends to see a puppet show by Tears of Joy Puppet Theater. 
So happy in a sculpture/chair at the theater!

These pics were from the question time after the puppet show.

Then we went and had a delicious lunch at Habibi.  I've got to get back there soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Stuff for Me!

Today I'm psyched I have some new goodies on the way from my sister-in-law who has a new business.  She makes some way cute stuff out of yarn and pure talent! Here's a pic of her and her daughter.

This is a link to her new blog.  I love the face you're making back there, niece!