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Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm loving this week. Sorry I've been a bit absent around your blogs, I've been dragging all week. Bleck. But these 5 things help me feel better, check it out:

1. It's Official

A sequel to Anchorman is coming...FINALLY!

2. Skyrim Hoarders

Okay, so you have to have watched "Hoarders" and played Skyrim (or any RPG where you can hoard all of your loot) to really get this but just trust me. It's funny.

3. New Dolls!

Listen, I wasn't into the whole "Monster High" thing but some on...she's PINK.

4. Toot

No special reason for this one. She's just cute. :P

5. Mad Men is Back!

Woo hoo! Mad Men is back, Game of Thrones starts back up this Sunday, life is good...well, TV is good at least. :D

And there you have it, another Friday Night Fab Five for the ages! What were your favorites this week?

I Collect Dead People

Hi everyone!

I subscribed to People magazine for a while. Instead of throwing the issues away I kept them around because back in the day I loved cutting them up to create collages. One day I had finally had enough of the clutter (which doesn't happen as often as it should) and started tossing them out.

As I was going through them, I would see one and think, "Oh that's from when Bette Davis died, I should keep that one" or "Oh look, Gary Coleman. Better keep that one..." They went back on a shelf and I forgot about them. Down the road, sick of the clutter once again, I went back to them and discovered that I had inadvertently created a "dead People" collection.

So now of course, I HAVE to buy any People cover relating to someone's death. Morbid, yes and I can't explain why I feel the need to keep this stack of death any more than I can explain the need to add to it. Some things may be better left in the subconscious...

I always fe…

I'm a Sucker for a Makeover

Hi everyone!

So as you know, I've been working on customizing a Blythe doll which so far has resulted in setting my microwave on fire and clogging my kitchen sink. Well, I discovered another Blythe I had to have that was already customized so I decided to "adopt" her and waited for her to arrive.

Unfortunately she needed a bit of a makeover so I put aside my other work in progress for this girl that needed some TLC.

She was definitely cute but I decided to change her lips, paint her eyelids and do some general fancy-ing. (Yes, that's a word.) Anyhoo, I'm all done and nothing caught on fire, clogged or otherwise got destroyed in the making of this doll! Go me!

Of course, I just had to add glitter to her eye chips and lashes...I have a thing for glitter, did you know that about me?

So, as they say in "Meet the Robinsons" I keep moving forward with new projects and crafty things. This whole Blythe experience (home and personal injury notwithstanding),…

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm lovin' for the week. :D

1. Commentaries

If I love (read: become obsessed with) a TV show or movie, chances are I'll buy it on DVD/Blu-ray. And the first special feature I look for is the commentary. I love listening to creators, actors and other people working on a project to talk about how things came about or even better, how much they themselves love the show/movie. The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Game of Thrones all get my vote for awesome commentary. Like this one from Game of Thrones were some of the kid actors sing along to the theme song.

2. Psych
I'm sure I've mentioned Psych in a Fab Five before but it bears repeating. This is one of the freakin' funniest shows ever. A lot of the comedy reminds me of the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movies where half the funniest lines were delivered under their breath. Plus, lots of geek nods going …

How to Clog Your Kitchen Sink

Hi everyone and welcome to Maggi's Creative Craft Fail Corner where I provide the best tips, tricks and tutorials for failing spectacularly at any craft. Previously I taught you how to set your microwave on fire. In today's lesson, I'm going to show you how to clog your kitchen sink. This is a simple technique that's sure to be a hit with your family and make your smarter friends green with envy.

Step 1

You know, the old adage goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try try again". Well here at Just Add Glitter and Stir, we subscribe to the wisdom of Homer Simpson who said, "Trying is the first step towards failure". So for your first step, learn from your mistake of almost setting your house on fire and try to dye your mohair again, this time follow the instructions and dye it successfully. It's pretty, no?

Step 2

Now we're ready to clog the sink! It's best to start this project right after dinner but before you wash dishes. Thi…

This Was My Morning

So we've been planning on having some fairly significant work done on our house. I bought the house I grew up in years ago and quite frankly, it needs some TLC in a major way. I've been in talks with a company about coming out to do some things and was just waiting to get on the schedule.

Cut to last Wednesday morning, I'm playing with Toot and Zippy when I hear a knock at the door. Lo and behold, the workers are here! And I had no idea they were coming! Hurray? Luckily, I had made time to get dress that morning (complete with bra, thank you very much). So with dogs barking and babies all over the place, I greet my workers and they get down to business outside after plugging in some stuff inside the house.

I get down to business as well, heading off to the bathroom and leaving the door open like I do whenever I'm home alone with the girls. I finish up, wash my hands, head out of the bathroom to discover one of the workers standing in my kitchen unplugging a batter…

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm enjoying for the week...

But first an announcement! June Marie, the painter of the pins from Oh, To Be a Child Again loved the project and wanted me to let y'all know that she does offer these sweet painted pins for sale! She charges $2.50 for 3 and $4.50 for 5 plus shipping so if you're interested, shoot me an e-mail and I'll get you where you need to be. :)

1. Wordament

Oh geez, I need another addictive game on my phone like a hole in the head but Wordament is F.U.N. A lot like Boggle where you find words but then you see your score against everyone playing around the Internet. Loads of fun! (Plus, it is F-R-E-E!)

2. Anchorman

Every time I see this movie, it just gets funnier and funnier. My favorite Will Ferrell movie ever. Sidenote: Will Ferrell was in Charlotte when he filmed, "Talladega Nights" and I saw him walk right by the office I was working in at the time. …

Create a Wall Hanging

Hi everyone!

Got a new project for you today that I did for Gauche Alchemy and it all started with a another thrift store find and Julie's background technique:

Following Julie's steps, I first created my background, I left the sewing pattern on there - accidentally because I apparently can't follow directions, lol (I did add some gel medium and glitter because...well, it's glitter.)  I let that dry and it turned out dark brown which was great but I really wanted to add some more colors to it.  I decided to sleep on it and in bed, my mind starting to think about all of the creative possibilities (yes, I even dream about making stuff, lol) which kept me awake so at about 1:00AM I said, "Screw it" and got back up to finish this wall hanging...and here it is:

I've been wanting to do something like this with Gauche Alchemy's Mixed Media Color Kits for a long time now. I've always pictured doing a rainbow or some sort of colorful something. For this …

Oh to Be a Child Again!

Hi everyone!

I've got a new canvas project to show you and it all started with these darling painted pins:

I wish I had thought of painting pins like this! They came to me from the talented June Marie and as soon as I saw these sweet girls I was inspired to create a project around them:

I started with this canvas picture I got at a thrift store for 80 cents. I'm telling you: go to thrift stores and raid their picture sections! It's a great way to stock up on canvases and the like to alter later. :D

I then covered it in Gesso:

And Mod Podged a sheet of scrapbook paper on top. I picked this pattern because I thought it complimented the pins nicely:

As soon as I saw June Marie's pins, I thought of this piece of stationary that I've been holding on to for what seems like forever. (It came from one of Gauche Alchemy's ACME Kits.) My thought was to adhere it to the background using beeswax.

Unfortunately, it didn't get as transparent as I wanted it to be so …

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm digging this week. Here we go!

1. How To Video: Hair Chalking

So okay, I JUST bought chalk pastels last week for my Blythe doll (and projects on general) then I come across this tutorial by Kandee Johnson showing how to use them to color your hair. Love!

2. The Rock-afire Explosion

The Rock-afire Explosion was the animatronic band that played in Showbiz Pizza Place, a kids pizza restaurant that I LOVED going to when I was a kid in the 80s (most of them were later turned into Chuck E. Cheese's). You have no idea how many birthday parties I went to at Showbiz and one of my favorite things was watching The Rock-afire Explosion band. Flipping through Netflix the other night, I discovered a documentary on the band...AWESOME.

3. Clorox Poops

We're in the midst of potty training Toot and it is not going well. When I saw this commercial, I laughed out loud, then I felt her pain...then I was praying …

How to Set Your Microwave on Fire

Hi everyone and welcome to Maggi's Creative Craft Fail Corner where I provide the best tips, tricks and tutorials for failing spectacularly at any craft. Today I'm going to show you how to set your microwave on fire. This technique is sure to be a big splash at your next creative event. Be the envy of all of your friends!

Step 1

Buy a Blythe doll. They're expensive, hard to find in the US and most of the time you have to pay enormous shipping fees to get them from Asia. Then, think to yourself, "How can I spend the maximum amount of money for minimum result?" Reroot her hair with dyed mohair like you've seen other people do on Flickr! YOU CAN'T LOSE!

Step 2

Go online and start looking for mohair. Wow, mohair that's already been cleaned, combed and dyed gorgeous colors are expensive, aren't they? I know! Find a site that sells raw mohair, right off the goat and dye it yourself! You pay a fraction of the cost for 100 times the work! Then…

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I love this week! Wait, it's March??? 3 months into 2012 already, that's crazy! Anyhoo, on to the Five!

1. Being Elmo

Being Elmo is a documentary about Kevin Clash (the voice and puppeteer for Elmo) and his rise in the world of puppetry. I found this documentary extremely interesting as I had no idea how early in life Kevin Clash started making his own puppets. At a young age he was already working on shows like "Captain Kangaroo" and even worked on "Labyrinth". Check it out, it's now available to stream on Netflix.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock Holmes, voice of Smaug in The Hobbit, in new Star Trek movie, possible role on Doctor Who (which if it turns out to be true, that along with The Hobbit and Star Trek will officially make him a king among geeks everywhere), best name in the history of names. Isn't he dreamy? *sigh* I just really wanted to show his picture a…