Sunday, July 31, 2011

How Pintresting!

my nose has been in a book for so long
that I actually had no idea what this 
was until a friend sent me an invite.
Now that I have time to play,
can we say addicted?

It's a great way to organize things
that you want to try and see what 
other people have found.

Take a look at what I found this week...

Lemon Crinkle Cookies
I made these for a potluck last week
and now everyone is begging for the recipe.

And how about 
this great craft idea,
Bleach Pen Doodle Shirt
This clever crafter actually drew this 
on a shirt with a bleach pen!
I wish I had that much artistic

Also a wonderful
place to find all sorts of neat

Do you Pin?
If you do not and would like to
leave me a comment and I will send you 
an invite.

Follow Me on Pinterest

and lets share!

Happy Pinning!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Product Review: Magic Glos

I decided to try a new product for sealing pendants as I have not been thrilled with any of the water based glazes.
I have tried Crystal Effect and Diamond Glaze.
Neither hardens the way I want it to and neither should
be exposed to water...because they melt!

So I did some research and went with a more expensive product 

This is a one step resin that is often used to seal polymer
clay jewelry. It is non-toxic and claims to be water proof.
At $9.99 for 1 oz bottle it is significantly more expensive
than the glazes I have been working with previously. But I 
think I would like a nice hard back seal on my glass pendants.
So I bought a bottle and tried it out.

The liquid is much thinner than Crystal Effects, it flowed quite nicely from the bottle onto the pendant. To achieve the hardened 
state you need to "cure" the whole piece in UV light. Here in 
Phoenix that meant the pendant went sun bathing for about 15 minutes.

The pendant did come out with a nice smooth, hard  flat back.
I like the finished results much better than with Crystal Effects.
I did notice the Magic Glos did sink into the paper more and 
made the white paper I used more transparent.

So here is my break down for 
Magic Glos

  • The bottle has an easy to use applicator top
  • The product did not become sticky, thicker or tacky when I was working with it. Which meant I could take my time and get a nice even coat on the pendant.
  • It only takes about 15 minutes in direct sunlight for it to harden. The product info says to give it about 20-30 is using a UV light bulb.
  • After curing the surface is very hard and smooth much like epoxy. I did not test it but it looks way more durable them the water based glazes.
  • No nasty odor, this product is darn near odorless and non toxic so no worrying about the cat!

  • The product is thin and tended to pull away from the edges of my glass pieces. I had to use a toothpick to help nudge some of it to the edges.
  • You have to use A LOT of this stuff to cover a pendant so this bottle is not going to go that far.
  • It does sink into your paper so you have two choices. Let it sink in and get a more translucent look like my pendant above OR put a protective coating on your paper. Fair warning here I tried that with another pendant by brushing some watered down Diamond Glaze onto the paper. I apparently did not get a nice even coat and when I applied the Magic Glos it sank into the not so well protected areas and my pendant looked grease stained in the end. Thankfully the Mr. was able to salvage the glass for me.
  • If you do not get a nice even seal you can get your finger under an edge and pry the entire piece of cured resin off the pendant. So remember this is NOT indestructible.
  • This stuff is pricey and hard to find. Micheals does not carry it, Joann's only carries it online. At $9.99 a bottle plus shipping it becomes very expensive. I was able to find it at the local Hobby Lobby in the jewelry aisle. But if you are going to use this for items you intend to sell be aware this could bump the price of your finished good considerably.
With all that said I will continue to use Magic Glos for my
glass pendants but I think I will be keeping a sharp eye out
for some coupons at my local Hobby Lobby.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Etsy Shop Review: Sun and Moon Craft Kits

I'm Back!
Hello again dear readers!
I have great news,
I passed my finals!

Which means I'm 
This gal is going to be a real nurse soon!

Even better I have found the most 
wonderful supplier on Etsy.

If it is high quality glass 
and jewelry findings you are
seeking you must stop by.

Take a look at how beautiful 
this glass is!

I purchased 1 inch squares,
All the glass is high 
quality with no nicks or 
scratches and zero image warping.

The domes magnify images beautifully.
The 1 inch squares a perfectly flat 
and have lovely rounded corners.
The puffy squares are gorgeous! 
They give my pendants such a
distinctive look.

Sun and Moon also makes their own
glaze and cleverly sell small 
"sample size" tubes

It is thinner than the Crystal Effects
that I have been working with, but 
goes on super smooth and dries with a 
glass like finish that is way stronger.
It's absolutely perfect for adhering paper
to the glass.

I also found these bails

Silver plated and the perfect size
for scrabble tiles.

Not only were the prices great
but Gina, the shop's owner, was more
than happy to accommodate a custom order
for items in amounts not for sale on the
shop. She was really fast at getting back
to me and the order shipped out the next day!

In addition to what's shown above I also
bought some mini dog tags and resin drops for both scrabble tiles and the dog tags
And some of the strongest little magnets
have ever seen, my scissors stuck to the
envelope when I was trying to cut it open!

Sun and Moon also carries chains, pendant trays 
and a number of hard to find shapes and sizes 
of glass for pendants. 

I made a pendant for a friends birthday and now I have several orders for large quantities,
so it looks like Gina will be hearing from me 

*These opinions are my own and have not be solicited, I have not been compensated for these opinions. I just really like sharing what I think!*

Stalk Hop Friday

Friday, July 22, 2011

Another Giveaway!

dear readers!

Final exam is on Monday

To thank you for hanging in there
during this MIA period
I have another giveaway 
lined up for you.

Do you remember

She just reached 500 followers!
And she has five great giveaways,
including one from yours truly!

Head on over and enter
for a chance to win
any accessory from 
my store

Like this new necklace

Monday, July 18, 2011

Made With Love Giveaway at The Reynolds Mom

Just because I'm MIA
doesn't mean I don't
have wonderful things 
lined up for you 
dear readers!

Head over to 

Three blogs are hosting
review and giveaways for 
the next week.

If any of you have been eyeing
anything in my Etsy shop
this is the giveaway for you!

is giving away the winners
choice of any one item, 
excluding purses.

So go check out the giveaway 
and enter all the others as well!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A little humor

I think I had this question 
on last weeks 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Freebie Friday!

Lana is the creative genius of 

She makes these 
pieces all by hand.
How is that for talent?
On top of it she is
super sweet.

Proof of this is that she is 
giving one lucky winner a 
$30.00 gift certificate
to her shop.

To enter head over to her blog

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I apologize 
for the complete
lack of any posting lately.

It's coming down to crunch time 
and I have been hitting the books.
The Mr. says the most he's seen of
me lately is the top of my head 
over a book or laptop.

I wish I could say that I look
this calm and collected right now.
Unfortunately this is closer to the 

This little diagram may help 
you understand...

Property of Cafe Press

Or how about this one?
Image property of Cafe Press

This about sums it up!
Image property of Zazzle
Wish me luck,
I'm 13 days,
1 Neuro Test,
1 HESI Test,
1 Final Exam
away from 

See you after then!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What the?

Blogger seriously
is getting under my skin.

We all put up with the
several days without 
being able to sign in.

We all put up with loosing 
large chunks of our blogs

Now certain gadgets are misbehaving.
I don't think I'm the only one 
who has noticed
but the 
HTML/Javascript gadget refuses to 
It will not save no matter what I do.

If anyone has a solution to the problem
leave me a comment!

If you are experiencing the same
problem please post on the
"Help Forum"
with this as your header.
"Not letting me put any HTML/Javascript widgets"

if there are enough of these
threads someone will fix the issue.

why on earth 
does Blogger not have 
"Report Issue Here" 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Freedom Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all 
who joined in on 

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2011-07-08 14:34:35 UTC

The winner is...
June M.


You have 48 hours to 
claim your book.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th Barbecue!

The Mr and I 
a good burger.

we fired up the grill
this 4th weekend and made 
some of the biggest ones
I've seen.

This is what they looked like right
off the grill.
I think they were about 1/2 pound

I will tell you Mr.C makes an amazing
burger and this one was to die for!

I couldn't wait for the camera,
I had to take a bite!

Want the recipe?
Here ya go!

Mr. C's Awesome Angus Burgers
1 pound Angus Ground Beef
(This is a must! No subbing for regular!)

1 head of roasted garlic 
(If you don't know how to do this I've provided instructions below)

1 - 2 Tablespoons of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce (again don't sub!)

Your favorite BBQ Sauce

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, use your fingers to mash the garlic into the meat and distribute it well. 

Divide into 2 patties roughly 1/2 inch thick and bigger than your bun.(the burger will shrink during grilling)

Brush with BBQ Sauce and grill to your preferred level of done. 
Mr.C suggests no more than medium well. 

Grill these guys to your taste
and maybe add some hot dogs!

I know most recipes insist on adding bread
to keep the burger from drying out. 
But I swear these were the juiciest
burgers I have ever had.

Oh yes...
and for the 
Roasted Garlic.

1. Drizzle entire head of garlic with olive oil 
(yes leave the skin on)

2. Wrap the garlic in aluminium foil

3. Put on the grill or in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes or 
until the garlic is golden and soft.

4. Allow to cool and remove garlic from skins

Roasted garlic will keep in a container in the fridge for weeks without going off. I usually do up 2-3 heads and store what I don't use for later.

Hope everyone has a great 
July 4th!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekend Prettiness

I hope everyone is having 
a great 
July 4th weekend.

 I decided to take a 
holiday from studying
and play
I learned how to 
make a new 
kanzashi petal. 
These ones are so easy!
I made two sets!

What has everyone else been up to?