February 25, 2014

Sharpies on Ceramics, Part II: GOOD NEWS!

Last year, I blogged about my experience using Sharpies to decorate mugs and other ceramics. I used a series of Sharpie and other brand permanent markers and none of them worked well enough for me to spend any amount of time and effort on something useful for me or as a gift. I had previous experience with some other products designed for ceramics, and wanted to see what else was available. I’ve got some excellent results to report!

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January 13, 2018

Baby Shower for the Baby Wild Thing!

I’m going to be a grandma! My daughter is expecting a baby boy in late March. We are all thrilled and excited!

Of course, the new mom-to-be needs a baby shower. She selected a storybook theme with the focus on the book Where the Wild Things Are. Her best friend, S, and I were determined to make this a perfect shower for her, since she tends to spend an inordinate amount of time making showers or parties perfect for other people.

Where the Wild Things Are is a great story where Max goes to his room and imagines that it turns into a jungle, then he sails away to a far away land where there are wild things. You can’t have a party about Wild Things without the jungle, so we turned the dining room into a jungle. This is where many of the activities would take place. Continue reading

November 1, 2017

Bottle Cap Pins

2017-10-26 10.16.34Once I finally got the Bottle Cap Jewelry to look the way I wanted, I was ready to make the Bottle Cap Pins for the Grandmas and Great Grandmas to be at my nieces baby shower.

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October 24, 2017

Bottle Cap Jewelry

I’m going to be a great aunt! My sister-in-law’s daughter is going to have a baby soon! And that means a baby shower! And that means CRAFTS! YAY! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to be crafty, and I’ve missed it.

Of course, the first step for any baby shower is to peruse Pinterest and find 7,289 ideas that are an absolute must-do. Then you realize that you have a limited time to do this shower, and you narrow your list down to a dozen or so “I’ll see if I can pull this off.” Fortunately, I’m the accomplice, and my sister-in-law is doing the hard work. I get the fun stuff!

One of the things my SIL posted was these nice little ribbons that have a bottle cap that proclaims “Grandma to Be.” She actually had several of them, so I think she really wants one. I decided to make them for both Grandmas-to-be and the two Great-Grandmas-to-be as a surprise.

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July 9, 2017


It’s my new smoker! Apologies for the terrible pictures, but when you get busy playing with a new toy, well, pictures just aren’t in the cards. And I really didn’t think that I’d want to tell the whole world how good this is!

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May 3, 2017

Puppies and Peanut Butter

Regardless of how old your puppy is, you likely need peanut butter. For example, my nearly 16 year old “puppy,” Sky, needs twice-daily meds. For years, I’ve been transferring peanut butter to a small resealable container and using a mini Milkbone to scoop up a tiny bit of peanut butter. The pill is smooshed into the peanut butter, where the willing little guy will happily gulp it down. This works great when the container is really full, but by the time it gets down to the bottom, it looks gross and I invariably get my fingers in the peanut butter smeared on the edges. Continue reading

January 12, 2017

Why Sealants and Ceramics are not like Hook and Loop Tape

I’m really stunned that my posts on Sharpies on Ceramics are so popular! Thanks for reading them, and thank you so much for all your comments!

The most common question, by far, is using a sealant on their project. Most people are hoping that there’s some sort of sealant that will allow them to use the inexpensive and ubiquitous Sharpies to make a dishwasher-safe ceramic or glass project. Sorry, it just isn’t going to work! I really wish I could make it work for you, but it just won’t. (See my post on Mod Podge on ceramics, for example.)

Why? There are very few general-purpose products that will stick to ceramic or glass surface. If Sharpies won’t stick, then sealants won’t stick, either. Why? It’s a non-porous surface.  Continue reading

November 29, 2015

How to Make a Festive Paper-Cut Ornament

Doesn’t this look gorgeous? I’d like to try this. Maybe soon.

October 31, 2015

Cleaning Spilled Laundry Detergent

It’s been a very busy last few weeks, as my Mom passed away quite suddenly and I’m trying to find her will in and amongst her vast files (I think she has every check and financial statement dating back to her marriage to Dad 60 years ago). Needless to say, it’s been a hard, emotional few weeks.

My daughter was visiting us from across the state, because her husband had two job interviews that day. Being a Wednesday, the guys left to do their work or interview thing, while she and I decide what we’ll do to take my mind off my Mom’s passing and the mountain of work to settle her estate (both financially and dealing with her many possessions). I tossed in a load of laundry, and we turned on the TV. Continue reading

October 7, 2015

Sharpies on Ceramics, Part IV

2015-10-06 17.39.28I’ve had a lot of interest on the first three parts of my series on Sharpies on Ceramics.The original project that makes the Pinterest rounds says that all one needs to do is to draw on a ceramic or glass piece with Sharpies, bake at 350F for 30 minutes, let cool, and voilà, you have a dishwasher-safe item destined to become an heirloom. Well, my experiment that I documented in  Part I pretty much says that regular Sharpies won’t work, and Part II notes that while oil-based and metallic Sharpies will work for some lighter-duty applications, there are several products out there that will work much better than Sharpies. Part III builds on Part II by running the test piece through the dishwasher 10 times.

I’ve received comments (on the blog page, by email, and in person) that regular Sharpies really will work. I’m just not doing it right because I just didn’t trace over it twice. Or that I need to seal it. That’s fine, but that’s not what the original directions said. I tried the trace over it twice thing in Part II, and while it does work better, it still isn’t good enough to last through several handwashings, let alone go through the dishwasher.

This time, I’m testing sealing it. It’s supposed to solve everything.

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September 29, 2014

Influencing Others

Social media has changed life.

I’m watching an interview of Karen Gillan and John Cho, stars of the new ABC series, Selfie, premiering tomorrow night. It’s a modern day My Fair Lady, in that Henry (John Cho) tries to get Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) to be a more refined, un-plugged lady. Karen Gillan says she can relate to her character, in that she can spend hours on Facebook looking at pictures of people she doesn’t even know! John Cho says he can relate to his character, in that he’s not all that into spending hours online.

Me? I’m somewhere in between. I absolutely enjoy seeing pictures and updates on the lives of my friends from various points in my life. I love that I can keep in touch with my high school and college friends, friends from various cities I’ve lived in, neighbors, extended family, and other people I might only know online as a friend of a friend. I like seeing their babies grow up. I love grand-baby pictures. I love seeing their hobbies, favorite restaurants, silly pet antics, the fun vacations, and glimpses into their life, whether the glimpses are life’s milestones or mundane daily activities.

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