Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's the difference between "Fail" and "Epic Fail"?

Is it the size of the error, or the size of the project?

epic fail
noun Slang.
1. a spectacularly embarrassing or humorous mistake, humiliating situation, etc., that is subject to ridicule and given a greatly exaggerated importance.

This is why I ask - started out like most of my other projects - in need of some TLC;

But a white table is kind of boring - I wanted to amp this up a bit…

I thought I'd try creating a stencil with adhesive vinyl cut from my Silhouette…

First mistake - there aren't sheets big enough to cover the entire table-top, so I had to piece a few together.

Okay, so I missed a small area, but I can paint that by hand afterwards - shouldn't be too difficult.

Loving the coral colour!

Looks not too bad?

From my second storey landing.

Anything closer and you see this:

So would this be considered a "fail" because it's a small table, or would it be considered an "Epic fail" because it took me almost an hour just to peel off each individual sticker and it still looks atrocious?

Easy enough fix with a light sanding - but I had to show one of my "learned the hard way" posts.

Oh, and in case you were hoping to learn something while you were here…

Here's how to keep cellophane/cling wrap/ saran wrap from sticking to icing…

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  Have a great one!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Daily Glam

I am so excited to share this!

You have no idea how hard it has been to keep it quiet - but I can finally share my deep, dark secret…

I have partnered with Jen and Rita of Pink Ink and Ang of Visions Graphic Artistry to bring you….

(imaginary drumroll and edge-of-your-seat anticipation)

Daily Glam!

It is a styling blog - meaning, if you have little or no sense of style, or if you want to ramp up your style with the aid of professional stylists - this is the place for you!

No, don't worry - I'm not providing any fashion advice - I'm the back-office chick that makes sure the blog is working and that subscriptions are being sent.

The Pink Ink Diva's have come up with a wardrobe capsule -"Glam-capsule" - of approximately 16 articles of clothing, shoes and accessories.
Each day you will receive an email outlining how to style these pieces to create 21 different looks!

How it works:

  • On August 1st you will receive an e-mail with a "shopping list" of items you need to participate in the Glam-capsule.

Shop your closet first!  Many of the items are 'staples' in that you may already have them in your closet, and if you don't, they are wardrobe essentials that will see you well beyond this month's styles.

If there are pieces you need - you can work it within your budget.  It isn't necessary to buy exactly what we show you online.  What you are looking for are certain elements that flatter your body type - and those elements can be found in any store from Goodwill to Gucci.
Heck, shop your sister's closet!

  • You will have 10 days to get your Glam-capsule together.
  • On August 9th at 7pm EST your first outfit will be e-mailed out to you.  
  • You will receive one outfit per day ending with the August 30th e-mail.

That's it?

Not by a long shot!

The difference between this style-capsule and any others is:

1.  The price.  Fashion capsules created by professional stylists can run into thousands of dollars to subscribe to.
This one is $25 Cdn.

2.  Other fashion capsules provide you with one outfit and assume that you are a size 2 and will look fabulous in it.
Not here.  Jen & Rita have created looks for everyday, but with alterations to accentuate the best features in YOUR body type.  
This is not a one-size fits-all circus.
We want you to feel fabulous and look fabulous in your body.  

3.  There will be an invite-only Facebook page where we encourage you to post selfies!  Yes, these are selfies that people actually want to see, because these will be interpretations of the outfits that you have created.
Take the accessories to the next level, change colours etc.  Make these your own.  

4.  The styles provided will be appropriate for work AND for play.  No shorts and t-shirts here.  The looks are elegant and edgy while still being comfortable.
MOMPRENEURS - this is how you want to dress to make the right impression!

Do I sound excited about this?

These ladies have some serious talent and we can all benefit from it at an unheard of price.

Check out the Daily Glam blog this week for some sneak peeks at what's to come.

and SUBSCRIBE to get August's Glam-capsule!

Subscription opportunity closes on August 9th and won't be available again until the release of September's capsule.


Last chance to enter the Giveaway - winners will be drawn tonight!

Have a great one!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cleaning Silver

I had a request from my cousin to show a tutorial on how to clean silver.
The request came a few weeks ago, and I've been putting it off because 
1. I don't have very much silver to clean and 
2. I really don't like cleaning


cleaning posts on this blog get astronomical reception, so I guess I'd better bite the bullet.

Perhaps you've heard of the baking soda and tin foil method of cleaning silver?

I can verify that it really does work!

My dirty stuff consists of my wedding cake knife and server, silver teacups that my girls received when they were born and my Grandmother's tea set.

Oh and a bracelet my Dad received from his high school sweetheart.
Lots of little grooves in there for the tarnish to settle in.

You can do this in your kitchen sink if you like, but I didn't have that much to clean, so I just lined a large pot with tinfoil.

Add in 1 cup baking soda,

and the items themselves, (some people add 1tsp of salt, but mine worked without it)

Then pour boiling hot water over top.

The blur in the photos is the water moving - it bubbled like crazy at first and then slowed.

Look at how filthy the water is already?!

Let it sit and bubble away for a half hour.

That black gunk below came out of the groove in my knife handle.
Disgusting, and yet so gratifying to watch.

After a half hour, remove and rinse with water.

Look - every little nook and cranny was cleaned!

I think my cake server needs one more round, but overall the results are pretty stunning.

Minimal effort with exceptional results - you can't say that about Silvo.

Why this works:

When silver tarnishes, it combines with sulfur and forms silver sulfide (Ag2S). Silver sulfide is black. When a thin coating of silver sulfide forms on the surface of silver, it darkens the silver. The silver can be returned to its former luster by removing the silver sulfide coating from the surface.
"There are two ways to remove the coating of silver sulfide. One way is to remove the silver sulfide from the surface using a polish, and rubbing the tarnish off to produce a luster. However, this method also removes some of the silver in the process. The other method is to reverse the chemical reaction and reduce silver sulfide back into silver. This method leaves the silver intact…"

Which reminds me - this method works, but it doesn't smell the best.  Some of that sulfur smell releases during the cleaning.


This one's for you Norma!

Have a great one!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Headrest iPad Holder DIY

Last week we were on a road trip up to a friend's cottage about 2.5 hours away.

The girls are always good in the car and other than the occasional pit-stop for a potty break, they happily entertain themselves by playing or watching their iPads. 

little did we know that this time we were bringing them home ill.
Madison had a fever the day before we left, but it seemed to pass and she was in good spirits.  Chloe didn't complain about anything at all - until she emptied on the way home.

Thank goodness she warned us and we were able to pull over - I think part of the problem was this Hand, foot and mouth virus and the other part was looking down at her iPad in her lap.

I know I can't drive and look down without feeling ill.

I found this tutorial on Pinterest and decided to whip a couple up ready for our next adventure.

You will need:

  • thick elastic - the tutorial suggests 1" width. (2.5cm)
  • a thinner elastic - again the tutorial suggests 1/4" (0.6cm)
  • a fat quarter of fabric and
  • stiff cardboard.  If you use cereal box cardboard, you will need about 3 layers of it.

Some of these photos may be a bit misleading - I didn't have 1" elastic or 1/4", so I used what I had on hand.
Also, I made one for each girl, so some photos will show more pieces than you need for a single one.


Cut your cardboard down to 9 1/2" by 7"  (24cm by 17.75cm) - you'll need 1 piece.
Cut your thicker elastic to 15" long (38cm) - 1 piece
Cut your thinner elastic to 3" long (7.6cm) - you'll need 2 pieces

Cut two pieces of fabric at 10" by 8" (25.4cm by 20.3cm)
Cut two smaller pieces at 3 1/2" square (~9cm)

Fold your two small squares in half as below, then press.

Right sides facing up on both the large piece and the triangles, sew along the edges in the bottom corners of the larger fabric.

Mark 2" (5.1cm) in from the top corner and down from the same corner - see circles in the photo.

Sew the thinner elastic pieces to the top corners, lining up with the marks you just made.
Sew across the elastic (where the arrows are).

Find the centre of the large piece of fabric (on the 8" side) and sew the wider elastic in place on both sides. (where arrows are).  This is going to carry the weight so be sure to reinforce the stitches.

Place remaining piece of fabric over top of what you've just sewn - right sides together - and sew around the outer edge on three sides.
Leave the bottom edge open.

Turn right side out and press.

Fold under a 1/4" hem and press into place.

Stuff the cardboard into the sleeve you've just created.
It should be a perfect fit, with a little extra at the bottom for the final seam.

Sew across the pressed seam with the sewing machine, or for a cleaner finish, by hand to close the pocket up.

Insert your iPad into the corner pockets and pull top elastics over.
Wrap the large elastic around your headrest and you're ready to go!

Thank you Infarrantly Creative!

 When you're not on a road trip, the cardboard piece can just hang in the car - it's not in the way and it will be readily available when you hit the road again!

P.S.  You may have noticed my strawberry manicure above? There's still time to win your own set of Jamberry nails - enter now!

Have a great one!

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