Friday, December 28, 2012

Pinterest Fail - Balloon Ice Balls

I saw this on Pinterest originating from Homestead and Survival (the actual link page no longer exists, hmmm) and thought it would be fun to try. It simply says to fill balloons with water and food coloring and put them outside to freeze in the winter. Then you remove the balloon and get pretty colored ice balls for a fun outdoor winter decor. NOT!

I filled one balloon with food coloring (FIRST) and water and set it outside to freeze. Mind you I live in Utah and the weather has been quite wintery this year. We got a lot of snow and cold and after a few days it seemed to have frozen. As you can see in the picture above though, it will have a bubble so I tried to turn it over and POP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only about 1/4 of the water had frozen. I barely touched it and it burst! Red water everywhere and some serious disappointment that this did not work and a big mess. Where do these people live that it froze all the way through!? Okay so AFTER that week it got quite cold and had been below freezing temps for weeks but I have no desire to try again. Besides, it's not often that it gets THAT cold here. Pinterest FAIL!

Back dated to actual time that photo was taken.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Up all night?!

I finished all but the last one of the DIY series by Jennie Bentley. They were good. So now I need the last book of that series too. My list is of last books is building. In the mean time, while browsing the stacks for books with series numbers on them I found this one. The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne

I read a little here and there and then I got about 1/2 way through (on Friday night) when I went to bed at 12AM. I did a little reading before falling asleep as usual and I read, and read, and read until I was done. When I got up to pee one last time and check the clock it was 6AM. WHAT?! I read for 6 hours straight? So not like me. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this book. 

Unfortunately, on Saturday I spaced my trip to the library to get the next book. I just wasn't thinking (probably from lack of sleep) and so I have been without a book all weekend AND holiday. I can't wait to go to the library in the morning for book #2.

Friday, December 21, 2012

No More Puzzle Posts

Since I do so many puzzles I decided to give them a spot on my sidebar called 2013 Jigsaw Puzzles Completed. I'll just add a tally as I complete them. The photos are simply taking up too much space in my files. 

This is the last grouping of puzzles I took a photo of but not the last one I completed in 2012. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Tree 2012

I was on the fence about whether or not to bother with a Christmas Tree this year. I skipped it in PA my first year out there and then found a small tree at a thrift store for $3 the following year so I had no excuses and by then I was feeling a little more at home.

Last week or so I pulled out a few of the items including the tree and it sat here in the living room with nothing but lights on it. I had left them on there when I shoved the tree back in it's box. I prefer a real tree but didn't want to pay for it this time around and FYI, I have just as many needles to clean up from a fake tree.

Tonight I decided to decorate it. I have been using the same ornaments for many years now and I love them. I use very small and even smaller glossy white and red shiny bulbs even when I get my big real tree, lots of white lights, some bead garland, little home made cinnamon gingerbread men, a bell for that angel and a few antique ornaments. I have about 8 of the candy canes that have been in my family quite a while and the small plastic icicles that I believe I found at a thrift store.

Here's a pic of the same tree from last year:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Puzzle Addiction

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Can I just say I LOVE jigsaw puzzles?! These are all Puzzlebug (except the flowers and I didn't much like that one because the pieces weren't chopped apart correctly) and I'll say again that they are my favorite! They're small in size and yet still 500 pieces so you get the full puzzle experience in less time. It's hard to pull myself away and I have a small work table so it's better for me to have a small puzzle or I'd never get anything done!

Yesterday, I let my dad help me and he likes to put the edges together. When I started picking up pieces and reaching past him to put them right where they belong he turned to me and said, "I don't want to do it now." OOPS! Yeah, I'm that good sometimes. Crazy good. On this last puzzle I sorted out the building fronts into color stacks and let him work on all of those.

I'm officially out of small puzzles so I'll be making a trip to the Dollar Tree today to get some more.