Friday, March 18, 2011

My New Buddy Cinnamon

I haven't had one of these male fighting bettas around in the long time and figured it was time to adopt another one.....I'm pleased to introduce you to Cinnamon.

In order to make one of these betta aquariums for yourself, all you need are the following items:
{2 liter soda bottle, peace lily, vase, marbles or 'rocks,' water conditioner and of course, a betta fish in your choice of colors}

First, I had to divide the peace lily I had.  Be sure to rinse the roots off very well to get all the dirt off.  You don't want that settling in with your fish.

Next, add some colorful marbles or rocks to the bottom of the vase and then fill it with cool water just so the top of the 2 liter soda bottle skims the water's surface.  Be sure to condition the water with a special solution you can purchase in the fish supplies section of your local pet store, following the instructions on the bottle.  This removes the chlorine and other chemicals that are harmful to your betta.

I punched a hole in the 2 liter bottle with a knife and then cut the top off with my scissors.  You will want to place this upside down in the top of the vase and continue to cut it down until it meets the top of the vase. 

I punched about 5 holes around the 'lid' to allow air to flow.  I forgot to show the hole punch in the initial photo - my bad!

For the next step, you will need to fit the plant's roots through the opening of the 2 liter bottle - be very careful!  You may need to trim the roots a bit if any are too long.

After your water has sat for about 30 minutes, you can add your betta.

Mine is sitting on my kitchen counter where I can see it everytime I'm at the kitchen sink. 
Bettas don't need a lot to can feed a few betta pellets every other day or so.  You will need to change out half of the water every week or 2.  Trim the plant roots as needed.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Busting my Stash for Spring!

I'm going BUST MY STASH from March 22 through April 22!

T-Shirt Diaries is hosting a Spring Stashbust.  The idea is to use up all the existing craft supplies and not making any new craft purchases during this time.  {Really!} 
Skipping the craft stores during this time will likely kill me but maybe I can save a few dollars in the process and come up with some creative ideas to share.

Anyway, click the button to learn more! 

Here are pictures of my stash and I hope to see a smaller amount of it by April 22.  It doesn't look like much but just wait to see my plans for that Coke bottle!

Miscellaneous items...polyfill, paint, styrofoam balls, Walmart bags, and no telling what else!

This is just some of my yarn...can't remember where all the rest of it is......

A drawer of random  'stuff.' 

Come join us and BUST YOUR STASH!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sock Monkey the Ol' Fashioned Way

About once a week, I feel a compulsion to go look at yarn at the local AC Moore, Michael's or Joann's and oftentimes my kids are with me.  My son jokes with me every now and then asking me if I've found the perfect yarn yet.  Well, of course the answer is NO....or else I wouldn't have to go back constantly!

On the last trip, my son was with me and happened to see a Paton's pattern for a sock monkey and asked if I would make one for him.  Never having knitted anything for him, I figured it was high, I've never knitted a stuffed animal before....and learning a new skill is always welcome.  So here is my sock monkey - which I must say came together quite nicely.  And he loved it!

I used Paton 100% wool yarn for this and lightly stuffed with polyfill.  The eyes and nostrils are sewed with yarn.
I added the hat myself (it was not part of the pattern).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sassy Chauffeur

I decided to pursue getting my Commercial Driver's License so I could drive the church bus when needed.  Getting the license was a pretty significant accomplishment if I do say so myself....I'm not a trucker or a mechanic and am having some trouble coming up with a handle...{any ideas out there ?}

Having a sense of humor, I decided I just had to have a chauffeur hat - you know, to make it O-fficial.  I hope the youth girls enjoy it on our trip this weekend!
So, here goes....

I purchased a chauffeur hat from eBay for about $10.  It is a costume hat.  Turns out the real deal is pretty expensive.   I used craft glue and rhinestones.

I applied a drop of craft glue to the back of each rhinestone and then set it in place on the cap working around the brim from the outer edge to the inner edge.

Here are two rows completed.  You can see the glue but it's will dry clear!

Here is the finished hat....for now anyway.  I may always add to it if I want!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sock Solution

I have a new problem.  My son wears the same size and color socks as my husband and I can't tell whose socks are whose.  Fortunately, the solution is quick and simple!

So, here is the pile of socks....they are all the SAME!

I picked a sock to start can see the gold thread I decided to use.  

I turned the sock inside out and started on the inside at one end of the toe seam.
I sewed a stem stitch about 1mm long and finished with a knot and cut the thread.

It is very small in the upper left of the sock but that was the point....something small that I would know to look for but wouldn't bother my son.

So, can you tell which ones belong to my son?  {Hint:  bottom left and top right}