Monday, June 30, 2014

11th Doctor Crocheted Tweed Scarf, Bowtie, and Fez

Hi all! Lorene from just Lu back again with another fun Doctor Who tutorial for you!

Bowties are cool, and what’s cuter than a baby 11th doctor! The bowtie is removable, so you can easily adjust the scarf to wear yourself, too, for a little bit of understated Whovian cosplay style... if there is such a thing.

How to Make a Mini 11th Doctor Cosplay Scarf and Bowtie

  • yarn in 4 colors: red, brown, tan, cream
  • crochet hooks: a smaller size like G, and then a jumbo size that will hold 4 strands of yarn
  • two large buttons, clear or red/brown to match the yarn
  • large needle

Make the Bowtie
Using the red yarn and smaller crochet hook, crochet a rectangle about 6 inches by 3 inches (for an oversized baby bowtie or an average sized adult bowtie). Start with a chain foundation to the correct width, and then make rows of single crochet to the desired height. Tie off the crochet, and then pinch the rectangle in the middle and wrap it with yarn to form the knot of the bowtie.

Using extra yarn and the large needle, attach the button loosely to the back of the bowtie. The button has to be loose enough to button through one layer of the scarf, which will be about half an inch thick or more, depending on the thickness of the yarn you are using.

Make the Tweed Scarflet
Using 4 strands of yarn (I used 2 of the darker brown, 1 tan, 1 cream) and the jumbo crochet hook, chain a foundation row to the length that you want the scarflet. Mine is about 30 inches long, give or take. Then crochet single crochet rows to the width that you want -- mine was about 5 inches, 4-5 rows. Tie off the ends and attach the second button a few inches from the end, so that you can use it to secure the scarf around your neck.

Make the Fez
You can’t be the 11th doctor without a fez! I winged this one and didn’t write down the pattern, but you can check out this free pattern or this one to make one of your own.

Happy creating,

Lu (or Lorene if you prefer) is the mom of 3 kids and wife of a singing and dancing elementary teacher. She happily shows up here at Housewife Eclectic whenever Debra allows, and occasionally blogs on whatever topic comes up over at her blog, just Lu, when she has time in between projects and her awesome job as a virtual assistant. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meeting Martha Stewart

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation with this post for the Macy’s Martha Stewart event. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

Have you ever had a moment in your life that felt surreal? A moment that didn't seem like it could be true, even though it was? That was what meeting Martha Stewart was like for me. I have seen her so many times, on the covers of books, on TV, on art supplies, on kitchen utensils. She is everywhere. So when she stepped out at her Salt Lake City Macy's book signing last week, I did a double take. I absolutely couldn't believe she was just a couple of feet away from me. 

I am grateful for Martha and all she has done for crafting and creating. Homemade used to be something to look down on and now it is trendy and cool to create and cook. I think Martha Stewart has had a lot to do with that, so when I knew she was coming to town to sign copies of her new book, Martha's American Food, I just had to go meet her. 

Vanessa, from Our Thrifty Ideas, and I headed up to the City Creek Macy's to meet one of the biggest names in DIY. Martha was absolutely so sweet to me and my baby. She asked how old my baby is and commented on how little she is for her age. She told me she couldn't believe we were already out and she was genuinely pleased one of Hailey's first big outings was meeting her. Martha was absolutely delightful and she could not have been sweeter to my little one. It made bringing her so much fun.

After the signing, we headed upstairs to check out all of the current Martha Stewart kitchen products. I am absolutely in love with the little cake dome on the right and so many of the other gadgets.

Meeting Martha was absolutely a dream come true for me and maybe one day a dream of my little one's. After all, how many two-month-olds can say they have met Martha Stewart?
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Frozen, Doctor Who and 4th of July

Can you believe it is almost July?! We are excited to start another party too! Debra from Housewife Eclectic will be sharing her favorites this week. You're-Invited  
Housewife Eclectic has had a bit of everything in the last month, from Frozen to recipes and a little bit of Britain and Doctor Who thrown in for good measure.

Time to get a new party started! Link up your projects for a chance to be featured next week!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easy Patriotic Baby Bows

The supplies used in this tutorial are courtesy of the Ribbon Retreat. 
The Fourth of July is easily my favorite holiday. Barbecues, parades, fireworks and family. The best combination I can think of. I usually dress my kids up in full patriotic colors for the holiday and with a new baby, I knew I needed some new baby bows in red, white and blue.

These bows are easy to make, and they stay put. They will stay in my newborn's fine hair and they still look great clipped into the pony tail of my 5-year-old.

 You will need: 

 You can use any combination of ribbon colors for these bows. Try using one red, one white and one blue, or two blue polka dots strands and one white. There are a ton of cute possibilities that are very patriotic. With whatever colors you decide, cut 3 4-inch strips of ribbon and fray check all of the ribbon ends.
 Tie a knot in the middle of the ribbon you want to be the center of the bow.
 Loop the other two pieces into circles, slightly overlapping the ends. Hot glue them together.
 Squish the loops in the center, secure with a little dab of hot glue.
 Take the two squished circles and overlap into a small X. Hot glue them together. Wrap the knotted piece of ribbon around the ribbon x and hot glue in the back.
 Cover an alligator clip with ribbon.
 Hot glue the bow to the top of the clip and add a silly grip to the inside top of the clip. These grips are so fantastic they will hold bows in my 5 week-old's hair just fine.
I absolutely can't wait to dress my newborn up for her first Fourth of July and these bows are perfect finishing touch!
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Divded (Dualed #2) and Dangerous Dream, A Beautiful Creatures Story

West Grayer will never have to kill again. She has defeated her alternate, a genetic twin that everyone in Kersch faces in a battle to the death. She is no longer an assassin and she should be able to move forward with her life, but The Board has other plans for her. Promising her that her children will never have to kill their alts, West agrees to strike against three more targets, but will The Board just let her walk away when she is done?

Divided, addressed a lot of the frustrations I had with Dualed. I wanted more background and history on the world that West Grayer was living in and we finally got that with this book. I love that West is a strong, independent character, but it also drove me a little crazy. I had trouble always understanding her motivation and I wanted to yell at her to communicate with the people around her. It is usually her unwillingness to let other people in that gets her in so much trouble in the first place. '

I felt like the action was very well written. It was intense and gripping. Some of the scenes were really clever, something I hadn't seen a variation of before. I loved that West wasn't invulnerable, but was still a strong contender.

I also feel like the romance was better in this book. I really like that Chord and West have their issues and opportunities to work them out. I feel in so many books everything little thing seems to be a deal breaker for the main relationship, just to drag out the drama more. I don't feel that way with them at all, they seem more real and can I just say thank heavens for books without love triangles?

Overall, Divided and Dualed aren't my favorite dystopian books I have ever read, but I was engaged enough that I will definitely pick up the next book.

Link is one quarter incubus setting out to make in big in New York City, Ridley is a siren who uses her powers to entrap people and get them to go what she wants. They were made for each other and a whole lot of trouble. 

Dangerous Creatures is a sort of bridge between the four books Caster Chronicles and the new spin off series featuring two of the side characters from the original series. I have to admit, I usually read spin off books just because I loved the original series, not this time. Ridley and Link were my absolute favorite characters in the first series. I liked Ethan and Lena and their story compelled me to read all four books, but it was the side story of Ridley and Link that really brought them to life.

Dangerous Creatures is the perfect short transition between the two. It starts off familiar with Ethan narrating the story in Gatlin, before it moves forward with Link and then Ridley each narrating portions. It is just enough to remind you how much you like these characters even though they are "bad," and leaving you wanting more. I think I am going to like this series more than the first!
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Monday, June 23, 2014

4th of July Kool-Aid Fruit Drink Popcorn

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In our house, the 4th of July and candied popcorn go hand in hand. There is nothing like eating crunchy, fun popcorn at a BBQ or while watching a parade. It is one of my family's favorite treats and making it is actually really easy to make at home. All you need it some plain popcorn, some powdered Kool-Aid Fruit Drink packets and a little sugar and corn syrup. This popcorn recipe mixes up in less than an hour, requires minimal baking skills and it goes perfectly with Kool-Aid's new 96 oz Ready-To-Drink bottles.
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 You will need: 

  • 10 cups of plain popcorn (a little less than 1/2 cup unpopped) 
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 package of Kool-Aid (For red, you need Cherry and for blue you need Mixed Berry)
  • cooking spray

Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and then measure out 10 cups of popped popcorn into it. Set aside. Mix the corn syrup, sugar and Kool-Aid powder in a sauce pan until smooth. Bring to a boil and then stir constantly over medium heat for five minutes. 
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 Remove the mixture from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the baking soda in until the mixture expands.
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 Add the mixture to the popcorn and stir quickly to cover the popcorn. The mixture tends to settle at the bottom of the bowl, so make sure you stir from the bottom to avoid large pools. Add the popcorn to a glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 225 to help dry out the popcorn. Remove from the baking dish immediately and place on parchment paper to cool.
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 Tips for making the popcorn: 

  • The baking soda lightens the color of whatever Kool-Aid package you use, so you need something darker to start with. Watermelon or Strawberry Kool-Aid will give you pink popcorn, not red, but they are really delicious. 
  • Clean your pots and bowls immediately after use, or at least soak them in hot water immediately. 
  • If you end up with mixture stuck in your sauce pan, fill with water and boil on the stove until the mixture dissolves. 
  • For white popcorn, don't add the Kool-Aid to the mixture. 
  • Use a sturdy spoon or spatula.
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This 4th of July, Kool-Aid is celebrating their new  96 oz Ready-To-Drink bottles which are perfect for bringing to your celebration, no preparation needed. Find the bottles near the fruit juices in your local Walmart.  If you live in South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama or Tennessee, you could have the chance to meet professional fisherman Jim Dillard as he comes to your local Walmart to promote the new Kool-Aid bottles with giveaways, t-shirts and activities!  Look for your store below: 

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Friday May 30th 5-7pm:
13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm:
3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 6-8pm:
517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm:
1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm:
1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 6-8pm:
809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

I am going to send my nephews, who live in South Carolina to their local Walmart to join in the fun this summer. How are you going to #KoolOff with Kool-Aid this 4th of July?
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Friday, June 20, 2014

11 4th of July Party Ideas

Part of what makes the 4th of July my favorite holiday, is the huge 4th of July party we have every year. As it gets closer to the holiday, I am brain storming centerpieces and other fun things for the party. Here are some of my favorites. 
 DIY Patriotic Luminaries by  For the Love of.
 4th of July Tablescape by Uncommon Designs Online.
 4th of July DIY streamers from Studio DIY.
 DIY Patriotic Starbursts by Hostess with the Mostess.
 Patriotic Centerpieces by Heritage School House.
 Printable Patriotic Photo Booth Props by Fox Hollow Cottage.
 Uses for Red, White and Blue Bandannas by Two Shades of Pink
 Dollar Decorating Ideas by Living Locurto.
 July 4th Layered Drinks by In Katrina's Kitchen.
 Red, White and Blue Mason Jars by It Started With Paint/
Stars and Stripes Flower Pot by Lolly Jane. This would make a great centerpiece! 

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

July Subway Art and Scrabble Wall Tiles

Are you having a great summer? We sure are! We are excited to start another party too! Holly from Bits of Everything will be sharing her favorites this week. You're-Invited  
Bits of Everything has some fun ideas for your 4th of July holiday. Start planning some fun now! Make some quick holiday treats, buy some glow sticks to entertain the kids before the fireworks, and print some holiday subway art. Now, you are ready for the holiday!
Look at these fun things that were linked up last week. I love seeing what everyone is up to!
Summer screen time chart (I so need this!) Scrabble wall (love scrabble!) and Mango Avocado Smoothie (two of my husbands favorite things!)
Time to get a new party started! Link up your projects for a chance to be featured next week!
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