Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 3, 2017

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion

Not gonna lie, March really sucked weather-wise except for a handful of precious days.  We had a hell of a howler on the last day of the month.  Roads were flooded, creeks over their banks, etc. Pretty sunsets from time to time.  



Of course we lost that hour switching over to Daylight Savings Time which I have always hated.  Standard time is real time.  People are always kvetching about how early it gets dark.  It's only a period of time of like 60 days tops.  If that.  The light already starts coming back by mid January.

So my peace embroidery has taken over the craft table.  What a mess.  

The floss situation on the other craft table got completely out of control.  I spent some time trying to get it somewhat organized and discovered that I have A LOT of duplicate skeins.  So I made this meme to remind myself to look at what I have before trotting off to the store to get more.

Now I can start stitching again and only pull out ONE skein per colour.  That will keep it under better control.

Started this diamond painting.  It's OK.  It was only $5.  It came in a very flimsy package unlike the more expensive kits.  The plastic sheet over the adhesive surface was ripped and the adhesive is so-so.  If this one is going to be displayed, it will have to be framed for sure.  The other thing is that it's only the peacock design that gets the tiles.  The background is preprinted already.  Finally, the tiles are round, not square. They fit together better than I thought, but I prefer square.  It's going fast though.  At this point I'd put in about an hour at a time over 3 days.

And of course I made my hubby's fave pineapple upside down cake for his birthday.  He loved it.  As did I.  Last year I did it as a bundt but it seems too dry that way so I went back to the 9x9 cake pan.  We don't like cherries so I don't use them.

I finally had a rainy, pajama day where all I did was do some crafts and a few chores.  Besides working on the diamond painting, I did this saturn Makit Bakit kit.  It only came with red, yellow and glow in the dark but I dipped into my stash for the other colours.  This project went sideways the first day I worked on it.  I was nearly done when my arm hit the pan and sent everything cattywampus.  I had to back away till the next day when I started over, carefully putting the crystals back practically one at a time.


I ended up having to bake this THREE times.  I had to fill in spaces with more beads and remelt it. Then I found that I skipped a dark green section and had to put it back in the oven again to fill it in.  I guess all the extra work paid off cause I love how it came out.

I got a ton filled in on the peace sign, now that I can actually locate the floss I need. 

It's really going fast now!!

I really hope we start getting some warm temps soon.  

14 comments:

  1. No real lions/lambs here in March either, more like a confused monkey. (Very pesky) You had some colorful skies.
    Your Peace embroidery is coming right along, gorgeous! I was unaware of make it/bake it, is something new? It's pretty. The tile work looks hard - I would have to use a tweezers, but doubtful I could hang onto that either. Pretty project!
    The cake looks delicious, good for a special day. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Makit Bakit has been around since the mid 70s. I remember doing my first one at a friend's house in the 3rd grade. The peacock tiles are set with a pointed plastic stylus that you dip into this sticky stuff, and then touch the sticky point to the tile to bring it into place on the design. It goes so fast.

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  2. I thought of you when I heard about more snow. Yowza. I won't brag too much about wearing shorts. But if your weather gets too nice you won't finish your crafts. Love the stained glass.

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    1. I am hoping we are done with the snow now. When the weather gets too hot I stay indoor and do crafts anyway.

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  3. I can't wait to see that peace sign finished! I LOVE it! I'm about ready to get busy with some major Cricut crafting and starting baby stuff for my newest. :) So excited. Thanks again for the Skype tip. Really a life saver Joanne. Muah! <3

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm glad I could pass that idea on! I'm excited to finish the peace sign too. Things have been so busy since last week so that it's hard to get back to it.

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  4. I love the peacock! there are free roaming peacocks in my parent's neighborhood in Orlando. they were there before the houses. the babies are so cute! my parents will really miss them when they move up here to NC.
    I just made my first pineapple upside down cake for this past Christmas. It's now one of our favorites! I also love a pig pickin' cake with pineapple. yum!
    happy week to you & yours,
    Marie

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    1. Thanks Marie! I am such a sucker for peacock anything. Those colours together are my fave.

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  5. Funny, our March came in like a lamb and went out the same way. What a lot of projects you have on the go. Would drive me batty I think.

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    1. I can't get enough. I have to craft/stitch. It's a compulsion.

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  6. So much good stuff in your post. Pretty sunsets, funny comic, amazing progress on the peace sign and you made me so hungry. Yummy! Oh ya, the saturn turned out amazing! All that different oven time was well worth it!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz! For some reason I don't have as much time to do my crafts....seems I'm always running these days. I don't know how I managed when I worked full time.

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  7. Sending warm, springy thoughts your way, JoJo.
    I can't decide which looks prettier - the peacock or the pineapple upside down cake. I'll call it a tie, even though I'm sure the cake is no longer.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! We need warm thoughts. I really think we're gonna go from 40 to 90 with no spring.

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