Earthworm Living


Don’t Store Plasti Dip Like This
June 29, 2013, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Crafts

Don’t Store Plasti Dip Like This

Plasti Dip is great stuff. If you don’t know what I’m talking about it’s that rubbery coating you might find on the handles of pliers. It comes in cans and you can added your own rubber coating to whatever needs it.

I got some Plasti Dip that you can tint different colors, but that means that if you have extra you will be tempted to save it for another occasion. I tinted some black last summer and then put it in an empty plastic paint pot. It seemed like a logical place and a decently good idea.

Earlier today I went to the drawer where that little paint pot of plasti dip is being kept because I have a new project for it. I was really surprised at how the plasti dip damaged the plastic paint pot. We assume that the wet plasti dip acted like a solvent dissolving the container. It’s so weird looking.

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I don’t know what would be the best way to store it once you’ve mixed up some, but I do now know how NOT to store it.

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Make a Childs Hat on the Knitting Loom
March 7, 2013, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Crafts, knitting

Make a Childs Hat on the Knitting Loom

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I got a set of round knitting looms recently and was working on making a leg warmer for my broken ankle that can’t tolerate many sock styles, yet. by the time i got several inches in I realized a few things: this yarn wasn’t quite right for a legwarmer, my kids were making knitting requests, and this was going to be the right size for a kid’s winter hat.

Ok, direction change. Now it’s a kid’s hat and I have just enough wool yarn to finish it.

I used some bulky (thicker than worsted weight) wool yarn and a Knitpicks knitting loom (guess the size from the picture if you want. it’s on top of a 1″x1′ grid.)

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It only took a few hours of work and voila! a wool hat for the winter. The kids fight over it now…and everyone is asking for their own. 🙂



Slim Sock Choices
February 24, 2013, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Crafts, knitting

Slim Sock Choices

And by “slim” I mean it both as the size and as the variety of selection. My broken ankle doesn’t like most of the socks I own. I say most, but I really mean all. They are all too tight. Even the annoyingly loose pair that I used to hate because they were too annoyingly loose. Waaaaay too tight. I thought there would be a decent selection of socks since it is still February. No. I thought I could maybe get some loose leg-warmers since I’ve seen them around the past couple years. No. Nothing suitable in women’s, girls’ men’s, boys, or the athletic sections.

So what is a girl to do? I guess what I wanted might be findable on the internet or at another store in town, but I’m on crutches and I also like to feel something like this before spending my money. So I decided to knit a big loose leg-warmer on my round knitting loom. Problem solved!



Painted Wooden Barn
December 16, 2012, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Crafts, painting

Painted Wooden Barn

I  got this cool wooden barn for my son at Tuesday Morning last month thinking that it would match up well with the little dollhouses I got the girls. Technically it’s for the kid to paint themselves, but that’s not why I wanted him to have it. I want it to be a non-frustrating, ready to go toy for his imaginary town.

So I decided to paint it myself. If he painted it, it would look like some bad pop art or cubism, and I don’t think he’d enjoy it as much after that…because it wouldn’t look like a traditional barn. So I got out my paints and brushes and spent all morning paining this barn. I think it turned out great! I hope he loves it! I did some nice blending that I think Bob Ross would be proud of! LOL!

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Homemade Wooden Toadstools
December 15, 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Crafts, painting

Homemade Wooden Toadstools

I made these adorable toadstools for the kids. I got some wooden drawer pulls from the wood craft section of Hobby Lobby and painted them to look like toadstools.

I have visions of fairies and tiny babies and all sorts of creatures using these toadstools in the course of play. I was afraid I would end up with mostly girly colored toadstools and tried to not do too many, but after they were all done I think I ended up with 60% neutral when only 33% of my kids are not girls. LOL! Oh well!

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Homemade Wooden Dollhouse Cupcakes
December 8, 2012, 6:16 pm
Filed under: Crafts, painting

Homemade Wooden Dollhouse Cupcakes

I made these adorable tiny cupcakes using the wooden caps that are used on furniture. I got 2 bags of caps from the wood craft section of Hobby Lobby. They were so fast and easy to make and a little addictive!

I made a few different varieties mixing the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry “cakes” with pink, purple, cream, and brown “icing”. To top it off, literally, I used the tip of a wire to give the cupcakes multicolored sprinkles. Oh how I hope the kids like them as much as I do!

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Shoe Rehabilitation
October 15, 2012, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Crafts, embellishing, rehabilitate

Shoe Rehabilitation

My daughter has these slip on shoes that she really likes, but they are coated with hot pink glittery stuff. After being worn by a kid for a while the glittery stuff is coming off in places and leaving behind white spots that used to be hot pink.

After they got bad enough I decided I couldn’t ignore it anymore and needed to do a little rehab on them to help them hang in a little longer without embarrassing anyone too much. So I got my sharpie that was the same color as the shoes and started coloring the white spots.

Before:

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After :

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Of course I still need to cut off the dangly threads before we can call these shoes REALLY rehabilitated, but the white spots are gone. I suppose I could’ve added more glitter to the sharpie spots, but these shoes didn’t have much more time in them before they were outgrown.




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