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January 8, 2013

All Is Quiet on New Years Day...till 8:30 pm Anyway

New Years Eve and Day were pretty quiet.  We got up early on the 31st because we had to do an errand about an hour away to help out a friend.  It went smoothly and we were home by about 12:30, including having grocery shopped.  The rest of the day and night was devoted to lounging around and watching TV.  Since I had a late cup of coffee and Russell took a two hour nap at one point, I thought we'd both be able to make it till midnight to watch the ball drop and kiss in the new year.  By 11 pm we were both ready for bed! It's so hard to believe that there was a time when I could easily make it till well after midnight on NYE.  All those years of Dead shows in Oakland that ended after 2:00 a.m., then the drive all the way back to the Richmond District San Francisco, then a burger at the 24 Hour Video Cafe down at the corner and finally going to bed at 4:00 a.m.  Those days are so clearly over! 

We got up around 8 on New Years Day.  It was sooo cold out.  I had to run out to the store to get some diesel fuel treatment for the tractor, because he was going out that night, but I was home by 11.  Decided I might as well do a couple of crafts.  

First up were these little fridge magnets.  You just use a clear drying glue to stick pretty paper, pattern side up, to the bottom of clear glass blobs.  Then glue a magnet to the back of the paper.  Viola!  I would prefer to find a larger size blob though as the ones I have were so small that it was hard to find patterns to fit.

This was done with the bottom of a plastic pop bottle.  I guess you are supposed to dip the bottom in the paint before stamping, but I painted the paint onto the bottom before stamping and that may have caused the build up on the petal edges and lack of paint in the centers.  I'm glad I tried it; it works....would be an easy and fun craft for kids, but I won't repeat this particular craft.  

This is kind of a funky craft.  You just take clothespins and clip them to an empty and washed medium-size tuna can (the 4-pack size). I didn't want the grey can to show in the gaps so I adhered a rainbow ribbon with peace sign designs around the outside.  The cans take 20 pins.  I painted them in the colours of the rainbow and added multicolour glitter paint to them too.  Put a glass votive cup in the center. 

Better view of the ribbon.

And a beach themed project.  I coated the outside of the can with mod podge then rolled it in sand. Once that dried, I painted a layer of mod podge over the sand to keep it from flaking, then added shells & glass to the pins.

I've been very influenced by the beach and ocean lately.  Can't imagine why.... ;-)

We went to Dunkin Donuts to get  his coffee for the trip, a little after 8.  I went to the drive-thru, operated my drivers side window and the glass goes, 'ka-THUNK'.  Fell right out of the track and was sticking inside.  Greeeeeeat.  15* and my window is broken.  Finished the coffee order and went back to the truck where my amazing hubby got the window back in place and in the closed/up position.  I drove home thinking, 'This is sooooo not the way 2013 was supposed to start...not with an unexpected car repair'.  And 'Taking that 100k picture really bit me in the ass'.  The following day I had to take it to the glass place in Sandwich to see what they had to say.  The guy popped the whole window out and said that the glue had finally dried up, but then he discovered that the regulator was also broken.  Figures.  It went from needing some glue to needing a part that was, of course, going to take a week to get. He got the window back in and closed, and taped the whole thing shut with black tape.  At least the entire cost including labour isn't near as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Finally, here's one more quick crafty I did on the 3rd.  Double stick tape and glitter on a candle.  This is a very messy project and doing it on a dry, cold day increased the static electricity factor tenfold.  I ended up coating the glitter/tape with mod podge, which cut way, way down on the flaking.  Then I used a dry paintbrush to sweep the stray bits off the candle.


  1. Cool crafts! I am always amazed at how you bring your imagination to life.


  2. Anonymous12:34 PM

    Interesting start to 2013 love!

  3. Oh, lease can they do a reasonable repair on my car. I have a horrible feeling the linkage is going thanks to having to drive over so many sleeping policemen (British English for road humps - do you have those? They are supposed to slow cars down in residential areas, but instead jolt your car to death)

  4. really like the candle!

  5. hi, Jojo! :) your post new year days are fabulous! judging by the cute DIY projects you created:)
    love the glittery accent of both!
    have a nice day ahead!

  6. Hi JoJo! Really love the magnets. Your imagination is pretty amazing. So glad that he was able to fix your window before he left. Would hate to think of you driving around in 15 degree cold with your window down!

  7. You are definitely the Queen of Crafts! And don't feel bad . . . I haven't stayed up til midnight on New Years Eve in a zillion years! I should just celebrate New Years' Eve when the east coast does!

  8. Wish I knew about some of these neat crafts back when I had a group of over 30 girl scouts, all between the ages of 11 and 12. :)

    The fridge magnets are cute. About getting some of those blobs in a larger size - have you tried making your own blobs using doming resin ? I've not tried the stuff but I've seen jewelry made with it and it does make a nice dome. Many use it in making cabochon like pendants and rings.

  9. You have the best crafts in all the land! I, of course, love the beach themed one. UGH - the regulator, I had a car do that to me right after I bought it and thought, no worries, my extended warranty will cover it. Nope. What? Seriously? Yeah, seriously. Grrrr! Sorry about the repair!

  10. Great craft ideas! The glitter candle is very pretty. Hopefully you car will be fix quickly.
    Everyday Inspired

  11. 24 Hour Video Cafe was near my daughter's apartment... Gone as of about a year or so ago.
    It was a fun, funky place!