Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Classic Cartoons - You And Me And He And She

....and we are glad because...

Why?  Because, because, because
there is a Santa Claus!

Professor Grampy is the genius of geniuses.  The toys he makes out of junk are better than real toys.  I want that coffee pot train!


Classic Cartoons - I Don't Have To Worry, I Don't Have To Care....

One of my favorite old cartoons.  I think it fits Halloween better, but it's on one of my Christmas DVD's.

How awesome is Jack Frost in this cartoon?  He paints castles on your windows and can turn ice into stick candy!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dodecahedron!

Click HERE for a blank dodecahedron you can decorate yourself.

Here's one I made in Photoshop that you can cut out and build, if you like.  Click the image for the full-size version:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Papercraft House

Click HERE for a paper house template you can print out, decorate, and build.

And here's one I modified and decorated in Photoshop that you can print out and assemble if you like.  (Click for the big version):

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

101 Songs - So Weak....From The Heartbreak.....

Another Muppet song that tears your heart straight out of your chest and kicks it all over the room.

Gonzo - "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday"


101 Songs - Arg, My Heart!! The Pain In My Heart!!!

Who remembers "Follow That Bird"?  Am I super old?  My siblings and I used to have it on tape as kids and watched it numerous times.  Big Bird gets placed with a family of dodos by a bird social worker who thinks he should live with other birds, but as he settles in with the dodos, he quickly finds out that they're batshit insane, and runs away back to Sesame Street.  He gets caught by a pair of circus owners, and they paint him blue, put him in a cage, and make him sing for the audience.

During this part of the movie, where Big Bird sings this song, I used to leave the room and watch it by myself from the hallway, because I didn't want my siblings to see me sobbing like a weeniemobile.  Seriously....I still can't listen to this song without tearing up.  I really wish YouTube had the actual clip from the movie, because it's way WAY worse than just listening to the song, which is bad enough.  If you're having a day where you really feel like wallowing in your miseries, just play this song on a loop and cry til you wither up and blow away.

Big Bird - "I'm So Blue"

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A TARDIS Scarf!!

Been sick in bed for days....still sick in bed....I needed something different to keep my brain occupied, so I thought I'd try my hand at yarn stitching.


It's not beautiful, but it looks pretty TARDIS-y, right?

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Friday, November 18, 2011

An Easy Skull Ornament


You'll need:

A blank cardboard Christmas ornament (easily found at Michael's, but I'm sure they have them in other places, as well)

Sharpie markers in black, silver, and gold

Skull pictures

Craft glue (like Elmer's Extra Strength Craft Bond glue sticks)

Scissors


All you have to do is:

Use the Sharpies to paint the ornament

Print out some small skull pictures

Cut the skull pictures out and glue them onto the ornament


Perfect for your Goth Christmas tree!

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"YAYYY!!!!" Would Be An Understatement

The trailer for this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special!!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another Christmas-y Tarot Card!

This one seemed like a no-brainer.  Krampus!



Krampus comes from Alpine countries in Europe. He's a friend of St. Nicholas, who is not quite the same as Santa Claus.  St. Nicholas only deals with the good children, leaving the naughty ones to the Krampus, who either kidnaps them or beats them with a switch.  Here's an awesome video of the Krampus Run in a northern Italian town:




...and a link to http://www.krampus.com/.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Christmas-y Tarot Card

The need for a Christmas-y graphic to jazz up next month's Tarot Day sign prompted me to make this in Photoshop.  It came out so nice, I might make a few more.

Stay tuned....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

She Awoke On All Hallow's Eve

This morning, I found a find:  a playing card deck called "Scottish Legends" that has gorgeous artwork and awesome stories.  Here are the best four from the deck:


Gawain of Orkney


Red Cap


The Queen of Elfland
Click here for the story of Thomas The Rhymer and The Queen of Elfland.


The Cailleach Bheur
Click here for the story of the Cailleach Bheur.

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Classic Cartoons - He Can Dance, Sing A Tune, Play A Flute!

Another little show that we used to watch very early Sunday mornings on Canadian TV.  I'm actually more familiar with this version of Pinocchio than Disney's.


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Budget Christmas Presents

I know I'm far from the only one feeling the pinch this Christmas season.  So here's one idea for a homemade gift.

And to the people reading this who are on my Christmas list:  This item here is not necessarily going to be a surprise-ruiner.  I have other tricks up my sleeve this year....


You can make your own ring and decorate the box to put it in for a fairly small amount of money.  And if you're a crafter who already has seed beads and beading thread and decorative trim in your arsenal, this idea will cost you almost nothing.



Beaded rings really are easy to make.  They're a beginner-level project.  Here's a link to instructions with pictures and all, for a simple ring, like the one pictured above, but with more focal beads:

Free Beaded Ring Pattern!

You can get seed beads, beading needles, and beading thread from someplace like JoAnn Fabrics for less than $15, and once you have all that, it'll go really far.  I have seed beads I bought years ago that I'm still trying to use up.  To say you could make a pile of rings with these materials would be an understatement.

The box is the funner part.  ("Funner"?  "More fun"?  You know what I mean....)  You can get little paperboard gift boxes at Michael's for 97 cents.  Paint it with Sharpie markers, and decorate it however you like.  For the one pictured here, I printed out the Santa image, and glued both that and metallic trim onto the box with craft glue.

Very simple, but so pretty!  The only thing that could raise an issue is how to make the ring the right size for the recipient without tipping them off by having to measure their finger.  Here's a link to a ring size guide:

Swanky Ring Size Guide!

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Inexpensive Sparklies!

When it comes to sparklies, I am basically Jeremy the crow from The Secret of NIMH:




That's why I love the Christmas season in the stores, because there are sparklies all over the place.  And the best part is, you can get them cheap, if you look.  Shopping Day this week was the day after Halloween, so it was a double whammy of awesomesauce:  Halloween clearance AND inexpensive Christmas sparklies!

First the Halloween clearance:


Speaking of Jeremy the crow.....  I've been wanting one of these for awhile, but I was never comfortable spending the $15 or so that they cost, until this past Tuesday, when I found one in the clearance bin for $1.95!  WOO!



This one's a little beat-up.  There's a small chunk missing on the right side, and the little thingy that goes on the top so you can hang it is gone, as well.  But you can't go wrong for a dollar, and I think it still looks pretty good.


Now for the sparklies!!  Nothing here cost more than about $2.50, and a bunch of them were less than 2 dollars.


Walmart has a bad habit of putting out entire Christmas-themed aisles full of flat shapes coated double-thick in crusty, flaky, pastel-colored glitter.  But amongst all that, you can find some really neat things, like this....neat thing....above.  What would you call it?  A "starburst"?  Anyway, if you don't want to keep it the way it is, you can dismantle it, and have a big pile of glass drops you can use for all kinds of projects.



My apologies for the fact that the star is kind of hard to see in this picture.  I love my curtains, but I'm discovering that they make a horrible backdrop for photographs.  Anyway!  I think this one is my favorite of all the things I found this week.  So spindly-delicate, so sparkly, so girly....I feel a squee coming on....




These were part of a "make your own tiny chandelier" kit.  Unfortunately, I don't think the instructions were very well thought out, because I had to do a generous amount of tweaking with my needle-nose pliers.  Those curlicue wires that hold up the hangy bits are nearly impossible to get to stay put.  They want to flop over and hang loose no matter what you do.  So, the ones pictured here don't look exactly like the photo on the package, but oh well.  Still pretty.



Not a sparkly, but just as fantastic.  I found this, plus a handful of other styles of large metal keys in the dollar bin at Michael's.  Yay!!

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