OBC – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

I think for the 1,000th time I’m going to once again say “I HATE THE HOT GLUE GUN”!

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

I spent yesterday assembling the wands as far as I could go with them.  I found a bolt of lace at my local Hobby Lobby in the Clearance Section.  Using my nemesis to attach the lace to the back side of the rosette was an all day affair.

Strings of hot glue webs everywhere, poking in a fresh glue stick for each rosette, and generally having my fingers of both hands sensitive to heat by the end of the day was rewarding to see the pile of wands completed.

Stage one of the wands

Stage one of the wands

I used up the entire bolt of lace with this project so far.  I have six remaining and will need to get more lace.

The bolt of lace I used

The bolt of lace I used

Time to get more lace

Time to get more lace

The back side of the wand needs some work.  I have to work some more with the hot glue gun to add some decorative lace to  hide the band which shows around the back cover.

Desperate need of something

Desperate need of something

I’m wading into unfamiliar territory here.  Using lace, and soon flowers, is definitely in my DIS-comfort zone.  Maybe by the time I get finished with these wands I will be a well seasoned craft person who can bravely tackle anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed your comments and advice yesterday on using intricate dies.  Thank you all for sharing your experience and wisdom.

Do you use the hot glue gun?  Do you have a “Go To” formula for hiding the lace edges?  What do you recommend for making this task a bit easier?  I look forward to your comments and advice.

Leslie

 

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OBC – Trouble With Intricate Dies

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Trouble With Intricate Dies

Recently, I received a package in the mail from Katinah Walker.  In the massive box of wonderful things was a Sizzix die set.

Sizzix die set

Sizzix die set

I have used two of the dies for the “Wands” I am creating.  One is a scalloped circle and the other is a very intricate “doily” die.

Scallop circle die and intricate doily die

Scallop circle die and intricate doily die

I didn’t have much trouble with the scallop circle die.  I cut some DCWV paper to 4 inch squares and ran the die and paper through my Sizzix Big Shot.  It didn’t take long for me to make 26 of these.  The doily die….that is another story that I have video of my many trials in getting the right set up to work well.

For the doily pieces I cut two sheets of Colorbok white textured card stock into three inch square pieces.

Let’s just say that I nearly gave up after struggling to make five of the doily pieces.

Die cut scallop circles and doilies

Die cut scallop circles and doilies

During the time I have been absent, I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on die cutting intricate dies.  Some people use dryer sheets during the cutting to make the dies release, some people use waxed paper.  I’ve also seen videos that strongly urge the viewer to not use either method.

Since I did not own any intricate dies….before Ms. Katinah Walker blessed me with this set….I just only half paid attention to the video instructions.

I don’t own dryer sheets so I attempted to use a paper towel.  FAIL

I changed the position of the die on the cutting plates.  Face up and face down.  FAIL

The die did cut the doily, to be sure.  Releasing the die cut from the die is another story all together.  Then spending a lot of time poking out the holes with a piercing tool was not my idea of an enjoyable process.

Then I read the instructions on the Sizzix packet.

The instructions suggest using waxed paper on the intricate die and run it through the machine three times.

BAM!  Only a little bit of poking with the piercing tool to get the holes open.  That worked so well, I was able to complete all the doily pieces in a couple hours.

The intricate doily die

The intricate doily die

The conclusion of the die cutting day resulted in a three hour nap.  Good grief!

What are your stories or advice in using intricate dies?  I would really like to know so tell me in the comment section below.  I will be having a video up HOPEFULLY by Friday.

Leslie

OBC – Gifts from far and wide

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Gifts From Far and Wide

During this past year, while I have been going through the treatment for breast cancer, my YouTube community has blessed me with gifts of all kinds.  From Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom, and various places here in the United States.

I have been thinking of a way to thank each person who took the time to make things for me and send all kinds of crafting supplies.  I had watched videos on the making of “Pocket Letters” which are made from baseball card sheaths.  I just have not been able to think what I can put in each of the small pockets.

Recently, I received an astoundingly beautiful “Loaded Envelope” from a friend in New York.  Roberta Commeau.

Gifts from New York.  A "Loaded Envelope"

Gifts from New York. A “Loaded Envelope”

This is something that I can do, and I am excited to begin the process.  I need to make 26 of these.  Starting with the “wands”.

I spent the weekend making rosettes from glittered paper I have in my stash.

If you have not tried to make a rosette, and don’t know how to make one, I have some step by step instructions for you.  These rosettes can be any size you would like to make.  Mine are 2 inches by 12 inches.

This is a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock from an old DCWV paper pack.

A 12 x 12 card stock sheet from DCWV

A 12 x 12 card stock sheet from DCWV

Since I am making so many of these rosettes, I can get six from one sheet of paper.  I turned the paper over to expose the blank back side.  Using my Martha Stewart Score Board, score the paper every 1/4 inch.

Score the paper every 1/4 inch

Score the paper every 1/4 inch

Before you cut the paper into strips, MAKE SURE THE SCORE MARKS ARE HORIZONTAL.

Turn the paper so the score marks are horizontal

Turn the paper so the score marks are horizontal

I cut the paper into 2 inch strips.  Using a Martha Stewart Border Punch I then punched one edge of the strip.

Cut the paper into 2 inch strips

Cut the paper into 2 inch strips

Use a border punch for a decorative edge

Use a border punch for a decorative edge

The punched strip

The punched strip

Next step is to make the accordion folds along the strip of paper.

Make the mountain and valley folds on the strip of paper

Make the mountain and valley folds on the strip of paper

Accordion folded strip

Accordion folded strip

Attaching the ends of the strip is the next task.  As you look at the ends together you will notice the ends are matching.  You need to cut away one of the 1/4 inch pieces to make the overlap needed to join the two edges.

Matching edges, you need to cut one away

Matching edges, you need to cut one away

Remove one 1/4 inch strip

Remove one 1/4 inch strip

Now you can join the strip

Now you can join the strip

Add the adhesive of your choice to one strip, then place the other edge over the adhesive and press tightly.  Then set this aside to dry.

Add adhesive to one edge

Add adhesive to one edge

Join the edges and press firmly

Join the edges and press firmly

Set aside to dry

Set aside to dry

I have used a 1 inch circle punch to make pieces to hold the rosette together.  That will be some tricky business.

One inch hole punch

One inch hole punch

Make the fasteners

Make the fasteners

Now comes the tricky part.  These little guys are not always cooperative.  Turn the rosette piece over so the decorative edge is against the table.  Begin pushing inward on the rosette until it starts to lie down.

Keep working the rosette as you go along.  There will be places you will have to do some adjusting until it finally lies flat.

Turn the rosette over on the decorative punched edge

Turn the rosette over on the decorative punched edge

Start pressing inward on the folds

Start pressing inward on the folds

Pressing inward and down will cause the rosette to collapse

Pressing inward and down will cause the rosette to collapse

Sometimes a little adjustment is necessary

Sometimes a little adjustment is necessary

There is your rosette

There is your rosette.

Next challenge will be to turn your rosette over.  It will pop up but don’t worry.  You have already trained it the way it needs to be.  Add glue of your  choice to one of the 1 inch circles and attach to the center of your rosette.  Then put it under something heavy until it dries.

Turn the rosette over

Turn the rosette over

Add adhesive of your choice to a 1 inch circle

Add adhesive of your choice to a 1 inch circle

Press the punched circle into the center of the rosette

Press the punched circle into the center of the rosette

This  is how it will look

This is how it will look

Put the rosette under something to allow it to dry

Put the rosette under something to allow it to dry

This is my finished stash of rosettes ready to be made into “Wands”.  I need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michaels for some paper straws.

As I make these I will show you the process.  For the remainder of creating these “wands” I will be using my dreaded hot glue gun.

Thank you, Roberta, for your inspiration.

Leslie

OBC – Crayons

One Boob Chronicle to focus on Crayons.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

I have not had the strength nor the inclination to be in my craft room the past many weeks.  Even though I have had an idea simmering in my brain for quite some time.

The idea came from a long ago memory, one from around 1963.  My third grade teacher had her class sharpen crayons over waxed paper.  She went around the class room making color suggestions to those of us that were challenged by this idea.  She spent a little extra time with me.  I had a difficult time with the very idea of damaging my set of Crayons.  The fear I would never get another set to replace the one I would be destroying was enough to get the water works going.

My teacher encouraged all of us to have fun with this art project.  Her promise to the class was “You will be amazed how beautiful your art will be!” The first child to finish shaving the Crayons, I remember, was a time of great excitement.  The class was told to come up to the teacher’s desk and form a circle around.  We watched as she folded the wax paper in half, laid the paper on a thick towel, and applied the iron.  I can still hear the gasps from each of us as we heard the sizzle and pop of the melting waxed paper and the trapped bits of Crayons.

Our teacher told us what Crayons were made of.  Wax and pigment heated and blended then placed in molds to cool.  What she was doing, our teacher said,  with the iron was nearly the same as what the manufacturers did.  Heating and melting the wax and allowing the colors to flow and blend into one another.  When she decreed the project was perfect she handed a window frame, cut from black construction paper, to the child this piece belonged to.  The window frame had school glue run along the back of it, then carefully placed over the waxed paper.

The result was a beautiful “Stained Glass Window”.  She was correct, we were all amazed at how beautiful our art was to be!

Each of us excitedly went back to our seats to make our Stained Glass Window even more beautiful than the others.

Some time in April I went to my local Dollar Tree and purchased Crayons, waxed paper, and a pencil sharpener.  Since the only sharpeners to be had were a multi pack I had to settle for that.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

For the price of $3.00 USD, I now have enough supplies to last for a very long time.

I chose three colors of blue for an “Ombre” effect.  Tearing the paper away to better fit in the sharpener.  As you can see, the Crayons don’t have a color name on them so I had to just go by the colors.

Three colors of blue

Three colors of blue

Piles of shaved Crayons

Piles of shaved Crayons

While shaving the Crayons I plugged in and set my household iron to a cotton setting on a DRY IRON.  No water for steam.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Fold the waxed paper in half and place on a towel to absorb the heat of the iron.

Prepare our surface to melt the Crayon.

Prepare your surface to melt the Crayon.

Press the iron over the waxed paper and allow the heat to melt and blend the colors.  I would suggest you also fold the towel over your project before setting iron on it.  I had blue all over my towel and on the sole plate of my iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Using a die of your choice, I have used a Sizzix thin flourish die.  Make your die cut on a piece of card stock that will be the front of your card.  Place the die in any position you choose, maybe not off the paper.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Oopsy!  The sole plate of my iron had blue Crayon on it.  Made a mess on my card stock.  Good thing there is the other side I can still use.

OOPS!

OOPS!

When you have the desired placement of your die cut over the melted Crayon, use any tool to score or scratch the waxed paper surface around the card stock.

Score around your card stock

Score around your card stock

Cut INSIDE the score lines to hide the waxed paper under the card stock.

Cut inside the score marks

Cut inside the score marks

This is how the back side will look.  Adhere the waxed paper to the card stock.  NOTE:  The tape runner I have did not like to stay stuck down on the waxed paper.  I had to use the cheapy ScoreTape brand to get it to stick.

The back side of your card

The back side of your card

Now you are ready to create your beautiful card.

What would you do?  How could you use this technique?  Let me know how you have used this Crayon technique in your card creations, or scrapbook layouts.

Leslie

 

Modeling career for Joe?

Man!  Time has just flown by me!

Three years ago I was in Phoenix, Arizona a few days after the birth of my twin granddaughters.  Thursday of this week they will be three.

To celebrate this great big event in their life I drug Joe with me to Tuesday Morning and the Dollar Tree to outfit my two princesses properly.  Their aunt, Heidi Jo, has already blessed the girls with jewelry befitting any young lady that wants to play dress up.

Michelle Birdsong, unknowingly, participated in the girls gift as well.  Michelle, from Wilmington, North Carolina sent me a whole bunch of wonderful stuff several months ago.  Among the bounty were some handmade fabric flowers.  Sorry, the photos are really bad!

Pink handmade fabric flower

Pink handmade fabric flower

Purple handmade fabric flower

Purple handmade fabric flower

While at Tuesday Morning with Joe, he protested loudly and vigorously when I selected two different dresses.  It is Joe’s strong opinion that the dresses need to be EXACTLY the same.  Personally, I think it is best to be different.  Maybe the sameness will cut down on any altercations in which dress is who’s.

Here is Joe, modeling the “Pink Ensemble”.

Joe featuring the Pink option

Joe featuring the Pink option

And here is Joe, modeling the “Purple Ensemble”.

Joe with the Purple option

Joe with the Purple option

Each girl gets a pair of heels to go with her special dress.  Of course, a Princess must have a different crown for special events.

The crowns Joe models have a “Wand” attached.  Let’s just hope that the wands get used for loving and kind purposes and not evil doing.  One can always hope anyway.

Happy Birthday my precious Ruth and Pearl.

On a side note, I am beginning to get my strength and energy back.  I am working at getting my craft room sorted so I can resume tutorials for my YouTube channel.  The past month I have been getting my house in order.

June 27th will be one year since I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  I have SURVIVED the chemotherapy and the radiation therapy.  My house has not.  So in order to get my mind and body back to better health I had to alleviate my biggest stress.  Thoroughly clean my house room by room.  It has taken well over a month….which required daily naps of three or more hours to accomplish.  Along with several trips to the Goodwill.

I have several more doctor visits in the coming weeks.  Joe will be home with me so I can harass him into being oddly featured in my blog posts and upcoming YouTube videos.  Isn’t he just so very lucky?  😀

 

 

 

OBC – May 15 to 21, 2017

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE for the Week of May 15 to 21, 2017.  A recap of events in my attempt to get back to normal.  Frustration level….about a 15!  You will get a closer look at the daily activities for that week.

May 15 to 21, 2017

May 15 to 21, 2017

I bought this planner last August…..using it faithfully – NOPE!  I haven’t found a planner that would incorporate all of my “stuff”.

This is the MAMBI Happy Planner – 8-1/2 x 11 – not sure what the fancy name for it is.  The “Classic” is a half sheet size and too small for my liking.  There are TONS and TONS of videos on YouTube that are “PWM” or Plan With Me featuring the various sizes of Happy Planners.  Everyone is in love with their stickers!  The weekly layouts are beautiful BUT how do they find what they did that week when all the boxes are filled with STICKERS?!  I prefer white space so I can see what I have done….or have not done.

The weekly layout of the Happy Planner is supposed to be used for morning, afternoon, and evening events for a growing family.  I use mine for medical appointments in the top area, household events and personal information in the center area, and Joe’s whereabouts in the bottom section.

Last week in the “Flylady” cleaning schedule was Zone 3 – The Main Bathroom and One Other Room.

My energy levels are pretty darn high in the mornings.  By one in the afternoon I begin to flag.  I’m usually found napping for two to four hours around 2 p.m.  The rest of the evening my mental state is one of being uninterested in ANYTHING and I feel like the day has just got away from me.  I don’t get depressed, I just feel really frustrated that I have a window of about three hours that I can really get things done.  So I have learned how to take advantage of the time I do have.

One thing I depend on is my $20 garage sale find.  My Roombi.  And I also rely heavily on my $49 purchase in July 2014 of a Shark Steam Mop.

Roombi and Shark Steam Mop

Roombi and Shark Steam Mop

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week were a total BUST!  Monday I slept most of the day and I had a 4 hour nap on Tuesday.  Wednesday Joe had an odd demand from his Coldiron Dispatcher.  He was to pick up two trucks in Oklahoma City but was told NOT to tell each place he was getting more than one truck.  Weird!

I drove Joe to a Bruckner’s Mack & Volvo dealership to get his first truck.  We drove that back home to be parked on a street near where we live.  We then went to the Hobby Lobby Warehouse to get his second truck.  On the way out of the Hobby Lobby place, Joe had to turn in his Visitor’s Badge.  While in the guard shack he told them to let me out behind him.  If they lowered the guard arm on me then he would have to come back with chains to get me out.  According to Joe the men inside the guard shack looked at him as though he was about to blow the place up.  Joe said if I were left to my own devices at their facility, I would have the car packed to the gills with goods.  That resulted in much raucous laughter from the men.

Needless to say, the guard arm was raised so I could get out.  Bummer!

Joe’s two trucks were parked on a street near where we live.  He would hook them up together on Wednesday and prepare to leave for New Jersey on Thursday.

May 15 to 17, 2017

May 15 to 17, 2017

As you can see, the “To-Do” boxes were not checked off for those days.  I did get 2 hours of paperwork done on one day, and cleaned the toilets all three days.  That was the total extent of my activities in that time period.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I had better luck at getting things done on my To-Do list.

May 18 to 21, 2017

May 18 to 21, 2017

You will see an orange circle around one event on Thursday – Scrub Joe’s Tub.

NOTE TO SELF:  DO NOT use Comet Cleanser while my chest is bare, except for a liberal coating of Silvadene cream, and the shirt I “borrowed” from Joe was wide open.  Comet Cleanser is a powder cleaner.  The fine dust flies out everywhere.

While I was cleaning Joe’s tub I could not figure out why my chest was burning.  Dumb A$$!

I continued working on Joe’s tub until I had it cleaned and thoroughly rinsed.  Then I hurried to the big bathroom and took a shower.  That felt so much better….until I put Joe’s shirt back on.  Dumb A$$!!  There was still Comet Cleanser powder on Joe’s shirt.

So, Thursday I was able to get in 2 hours of paperwork, clean the toilets, scrub Joe’s tub, and update the big wall calendar I have hung in the kitchen for Joe to know what is going on.  Friday and Saturday I was able to get the rest of the work done for both bathrooms.

This really sucks!  Before my breast cancer I would have had both of the bathrooms fully cleaned in one day.  Hey, the work is done – even though it took the whole week to do it.  I’m still very happy that I was able to complete my Zone 3 project.  YAY!

CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.  Even if it seems to take forever to do the smallest task.  Having the job done will give you a boost of confidence and put a giant smile on your face.

Woo Hoo!  Two blog posts in as many days!  I’m on a role here!

Leslie

OBC – May 22, 2017

Welcome to the third installment of  ONE BOOB CHRONICLE.

Two weeks ago (seems longer than that!), I was given a prescription for Silver Sulfadiazine – otherwise known as Silvadene – to put on the “Skin Tears”.  The prescription was for a 50 Gram bottle, with two refills.  I had used the stuff a few times on the “skin tears” with a thin coating as I had been told.

All through my Radiation treatments I had no problems with my skin being affected.  It turned brown and slightly red by the start of the fifth week.  Wednesday of the fifth week was when things went south and I needed to use the cream.

On my seventh week of Radiation treatments, the week of just my scar being treated, my chest began to really show the effects.  As I had shown in my last post.

Thursday of my seventh and final week, I came home in dire need of Joe’s help getting the raging fire put out on my chest.  I walked in the door and didn’t even consider what he was in the middle of, which was a phone conversation with one of his sons.  “I need  your help!” is how I greeted him once in the door.

I grabbed the container of Silvadene and headed for the bathroom.  I stripped off my shirt on the way back, with Joe following behind me.  “What can I do?  What do you need me to do?” were his questions lobbed to me.  “Wash your hands” is what I told  him.  Once he had that task done I told him to put the cream on every inch that was RED!

Joe did as I told him to do….except he “Frosted The Cake”.  That 50 Gram pot of Silvadene was emptied in no time flat.  Once the “Fire” was out and I could think clearly I had to call for a refill.

I was not looking forward to the following day and my last Radiation treatment.

On the way home on Friday, we stopped at our pharmacy to get the Silvadene.  Joe “Frosted the Cake” again, using most of the pot’s contents.  There would not be enough for the weekend at this rate.  I called on Saturday to get the last refill and was told that I could not have it until WEDNESDAY!  I could pay for it out right and get it immediately.  I thought the stuff would be about $100 so I declined.  I did end up getting the final refill on Monday.  The cost was $18.99 USD.

Tuesday, May 16th, I called the Radiation doctor’s office to request another refill.  After a few questions about how we had gone through the entire supply in just a few days, I had to tell the doctor that I was getting increasingly  more “skin tears” and a lot of wound weeping was going on.  So that doctor “Hooked Me Up!”

Three original 50 Gram post and the NEW prescription

Three original 50 Gram pots and the NEW prescription

The original three pots, in the photo, are totally EMPTY.  Gone in a mere five days.

My skin looks TONS better.  It still hurts in places.  You can see the changes and healing done in those five days of Joe’s ministrations.  LOL! 😀

Healing is underway

Healing is underway

I have been very diligent in taking a shower every morning to clean off the nights yucky stuff.  Joe would slather on the cream….giving me a “Crumb Coat” this time.

Mid afternoon I give the area a good cleaning with a cleanser I was given at the start of my Radiation treatments.  Cleanse the area of all yucky stuff and Joe would reapply the cream.

At night, I would take a second shower and then go to Joe for the “Wrap” treatment.  A “Crumb Coat” of cream…..

Layer of Silvadene applied to the red area

Layer of Silvadene applied to the red area.

Joe then, delicately, placed a couple of gauze squares over the creamed area….

Gauze applied to the creamed area

Gauze applied to the creamed area

Finally, he would wrap  me in a roll of gauze, taping the layers together as he went….

Rolled gauze to hold everything in place for the night.

Rolled gauze to hold everything in place for the night.

Put on a loose t-shirt to keep the gauze wrap in place as I slept.  Through Joe’s ministrations I am healing well.  I still have some areas that are tender and oozing.  I see my surgeon on Tuesday, May 23rd (tomorrow), to see how everything is going with me.

So, “Frosting the Cake” may not have been the right thing to do but it WAS the right thing to do at the time.  LOL 😀

I will have another post for you tomorrow.  My week of cleaning two bathrooms in Zone 3 of Flylady.  This week is the Master Bedroom.  That room is a HIDEOUS mess!!

Thank you ALL for your encouragement, love, support, prayers and friendship.  I appreciate everyone of you.

Leslie

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