Monday, September 30, 2013

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Who won the So Crafty Quest this Month?

Posted: 30 Sep 2013 09:04 AM PDT

Congratulations to ChocolateLily for creating the winning lens from this month’s So Crafty Club Quest about Halloween.

Stop by  How to make Pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns out of Recycled Drink Mix Container  to say congratulations.  For winning, ChocolateLily will receive a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card.

Here’s the winning lens followed by all of the other GREAT entries we received.  We didn’t get a lot of entries for this quest but all of the ones we got were terrific so, extra special thanks go out to all who participated.  Don’t miss a single one.

How to make Pumpkins and Jack-O'-Lanterns out of Recycled Drink Mix Containers

 How to make Pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns out of Recycled Drink Mix Containers

What’s better than fun fall crafting? Fun fall crafting with recycled materials, of course! This craft uses two recyclable materials you probably have in your recycle bin: empty drink mix containers and gallon jug lids. So, what is so great about using rec…

Creative Halloween Paper Lanterns

 Creative Halloween Paper Lanterns

Need something cool and creative for that Halloween party? This is perfect for teens and preteens. Just add some LCD tea lights and you have the perfect walkway lanterns or window dressings. These lanterns also make great decor for outdoor birthday parties…

The Amigurumi Factory

 The Amigurumi Factory

I’m a girl of many hobbies and multiple passions and when I get the chance to mix something I like with something I do, then the whole thing becomes even better. I consider myself an obsessive collector. I collect pins, dolls, stationery, purses, keychains…

DIY Candy Corn Party Favors And Decorations

 DIY Candy Corn Party Favors And Decorations

Having a Halloween party this year? Have you thought of making your own party favors and decorations? If you enjoy making things I’m sure you’ll have fun with these ideas, I sure did! I love candy corn, and I love creepy things. So I thought why not put th…

Halloween Burlap Door Hanger 2

 Halloween Burlap Door Hanger 2

The uglier the witch the better, when you’re making Halloween crafts. It seems that I like green faced witches, so this burlap witch door hanger has a green face. If you haven’t tried making burlap crafts, this is a great project to do. It isn’t diff…

Let's Make Halloween Gourd Dolls

 Let’s Make Halloween Gourd Dolls

Anyone of any age can create gourd dolls for Halloween, all you need is paint, hot glue, fabric, and the embellishments you desire. These two fellows were inspired by a novel perfect for Halloween reading and the musical (it made sense at the time) and so…

Birch Wreath

 Birch Wreath

I love making wreaths and during the fall I get so inspired from the colors of fall. Over here in Finland we have bright yellow, sparkling orange and flaming red, which are so perfect to decorate a birch wreath for front door. It will not only make people…

Halloween Storytime Crafts

 Halloween Storytime Crafts

Every year you try to make your Halloween story times extra special. Kids love making a craft and showing it to Mom after the program is over. What to make? It needs to be super- simple for the preschoolers. We know your budget for craft supplies is really…

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IMMINENT! “Things That Are Round” Highlight Reel

Posted: 30 Sep 2013 05:45 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 8.42.46 AMThe week our Giant Squids went circular with lenses about things that are round. A bunch also tried out the New Lens Format for this IMMINENT! quest  so please do check these out!

Each lensmaster featured here also got an IMMINENT! raffle ticket.

Only Giant Squids get to participate in the IMMINENT! challenges. Not a Giant Squid yet? Don't miss out on the fun…check out the Giant Squid program right here.

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Women in the Circle1. Women in the Circle

My daughter blessed me with an early birthday present to the September Women of Faith event in Dallas, Texas. (. . . an early birthday present since my birthday is in October. ) My daughter’s mother- in- law, Joyce also joined us for this special treasur…

Have You Ever Gotten A Round Tuit?

2. Have You Ever Gotten A Round Tuit?

Some of us just never seem to get a round tuit. Things would work much smoother in our lives if we could only get a round tuit, but it just never happens. Because of that, we never quite seem to get things done. So if you, like me, want to get on with thin…

What can  Happen When You Get -  A Round TUIT

3. What can Happen When You Get – A Round TUIT

Its not just the little circular piece of wood that I am talking about. But to be honest try and Google A Round TUIT sometime and find out. The image option alone will give you lots to look at. And as you can tell by the main image it worked for me. Its no…

Make Tiny Eyeball Jar Earrings

4. Make Tiny Eyeball Jar Earrings

I’m crazy about tiny things. I have been ever since I can remember and when I saw these little miniature bottles on eBay I was compelled to buy a lot of 50 having absolutely no idea what I would do with them. Fortunately since I made the purchase ideas hav…

Coins- Things That Are Round

5. Coins- Things That Are Round

After a lot of thinking about things that are round, I decided to do a lens about change or coin money,. Money is always a big topic, and while not everyone is a collector, most people have some interest in coins, or have visited the Mint. This lens is a l…

Garden Tips From the Micro Farm:  Growing Pumpkins

6. Garden Tips From the Micro Farm: Growing Pumpkins

At the close of a long hot summer, the appearance of the pumpkin heralds the welcome arrival of autumn. The classic symbol of fall appears everywhere, from Jack- O- Lanterns on porches to pumpkin specialties on restaurant menus. More than just the emblem o…

Cheese & Garlic Bread Ring with fruity salad

7. Cheese & Garlic Bread Ring with fruity salad

This completely yummy garlic cheese bread takes only a few minutes to prepare. Once it’s baking in the oven, help yourself to a glass of wine and enjoy those delicious aromas as the bread bakes. This meat free recipe uses one of my favorite ‘emergency’ foo…

China Dinnerware

8. China Dinnerware

For a bride to be choosing a china pattern and style can be quite fun. When I chose mine I took it quite seriously as I wanted a pattern that I not only loved, but one that I knew I would never tire of. After going to several stores, (this was back in the…

How To Pickle Onions Ready For Christmas

9. How To Pickle Onions Ready For Christmas

Pickled onions are delicious, and make a great, affordable foodie Christmas gift. They do take a couple of days to prepare but the actual hands- on time is really short. The difference between home made pickled onions and store bought is huge. For some rea…

pop tab jewelry

10. pop tab jewelry

My daughter came home from high school a few days ago very excited about making pop tab jewelry for a fundraiser at school. It only took a short car ride home to realize that this was a project that I definitely could stand behind. Using recycled materials…

Stonehenge: Tour of A World Heritage Site

11. Stonehenge: Tour of A World Heritage Site

Having made regular trips to southern England in the last number of years, 2013 was a milestone for the family as the last of our three children graduated from university. Another different sort of milestone for me was soon to be uncovered – to see Stonehe…

Converting a Bracelet Clasp

12. Converting a Bracelet Clasp

Let’s face it! Even when our hands are young and nimble, bracelets clasps can be difficult to work. Add a few years, and many women struggle with things like arthritis, failing eyesight, and other health issues that can make a seemingly simple task like pu…

Close Encounters of the Round-about Kind

13. Close Encounters of the Round-about Kind

Ah, round- abouts (or roundabouts, either is correct). Those little traffic circles that dot English cities and the countryside (as well as elsewhere in the world, but definitely not California, where I learned to drive). Prior to my first trip to England…

Ten Round Things For Halloween

14. Ten Round Things For Halloween

This week’s challenge was for a lens on something round and as we are so close to October I thought I’d sneak in one more Halloween lens before the month starts. There are after all, so very many round things for Halloween. Well, roundish. Let me preface t…

Strawberry Guavas - Sweet, Tangy and Good for You

15. Strawberry Guavas – Sweet, Tangy and Good for You

A few weeks ago, our strawberry guava trees were covered in hundreds of fruits, and we were struggling to eat them all. So, I did what any resourceful modern cook would do: I preserved them. In this case I decided to make fruit leather in my dehydrator, an…

Evelyn Glennie's Loch Ness Monster Drum Pad

16. Evelyn Glennie’s Loch Ness Monster Drum Pad

Evelyn Glennie’s Loch Ness Monster Drum Pad. It was created by the company Babes Wood in Oxfordshire, U. K. Dame Evelyn Glennie is a prominent touring percussionist from Scotland. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has recorded numerous albums…

An All Round Lesson Plan On Circles

17. An All Round Lesson Plan On Circles

Circles are everywhere and this lesson plan teaches children how they can find them in their wonderful world, how they are different from other shapes and why. By definition, circles tend to have momentum and go round and round. Without edges, there is lit…

Is There A Secret Tunnel Under Those Manhole Covers

18. Is There A Secret Tunnel Under Those Manhole Covers

Okay first let me say that this topic may or may not be all that interesting to some, after all who really gives any thought to the manhole. But since I work in the construction industry I decided what the heck let’s write about them and share the little i…

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19. Japanese Jumbo Whiskey Ice Balls

Recently, I wrote Serve Brain- tinis at your Halloween Party which features a cool brain- shaped ice cube tray. I guess it came to mind when I read Squidoo’s Imminent writing challenge this week: things that are round. Or maybe it was the hot flashes. Ice…

Dianne Reeves CD Christmas Time Is Here

20. Dianne Reeves CD Christmas Time Is Here

Dianne Reeves, an American award- winning Jazz singer, shines on this Christmas album. Released in 2004, this CD quickly became my favorite Christmas album of all time. I have a collection of more than 80 Christmas records; hers is at the top of my list an…

Reflections of Sol on Sunflowers Glass Cutting Boards and More for your Home and Kitchen

21. Reflections of Sol on Sunflowers Glass Cutting Boards and More for your Home and Kitchen

If you love sunflowers as much as I do I would be willing to bet you have items that reflect their beauty throughout your home and kitchen like I do. Sunflowers are pure sweet sunshine to me and I have a whole lot of Sol spread throughout my home. One of m…

I LOVE My Squishable Worrible Round Plush Monster!

22. I LOVE My Squishable Worrible Round Plush Monster!

I am so in love with my Squishable Worrible round pillow monster that I decided to create this special page just for him! First of all, yes, he is a monster! But he is not your ‘regular’ monster you see. He doesn’t scare people and he is not a mean monster…

Bring Lost Dogs Home with Customized Collars

23. Bring Lost Dogs Home with Customized Collars

Do you worry what will happen if your dog gets lost? Will any kind soul squint at his faded ID tag, or take him to a vet to be scanned for a microchip? I worry about that, too. But one day I saw a dog with a striking collar embroidered with his name- Frank…

The Most Perfect Shape

24. The Most Perfect Shape

Those cavemen so many, many, years ago, just didn’t know what they unleashed when they finally came upon the shape that would make their world go round! It has become the one shape that continues to make our would go round too! Just think of where we would…

Circle of Friends

25. Circle of Friends

Remember the 1989 film Steel Magnolias? The movie tells the story of a group of women who on the surface appear to be as delicate as magnolias but when tragedy strikes their inner strength is as strong as steel. This circle of friends celebrates the good a…

Add Beauty To Your Garden With Gazing Globes

26. Add Beauty To Your Garden With Gazing Globes

A Gazing Globe is also known as a Gazing Ball and it is a great piece of decoration for the garden or balcony. As it is in the round shape, it does bring elegance to any garden. It is a mirror- like ball and you can have it in glass, ceramic and stainless…

Screwing is Easy with my Black and Decker Pivot

27. Screwing is Easy with my Black and Decker Pivot

My Pivot Cordless Screwdriver is like a trusted old employee that’s been working with me for 7 years of work in my art studio. It makes driving screws, and drilling pilot holes, a breeze. I replaced my stick model electric screwdriver with the Pivot and ne…

Spirit Essences, Aromatherapy For Pets

28. Spirit Essences, Aromatherapy For Pets

Aromatherapy For Pets? Surprising effectiveness in a little round bottle, Spirit Essences, a group of pet remedies, based on aromatherapy and devised by Jackson Galaxy and Dr. Jean Hofve, are more far- reaching in their applications than what we’re used to…

Get Baked! E.L.F baked palette review

29. Get Baked! E.L.F baked palette review

Lets get baked! No, not that kind of baked. We aren’t moving to Colorado for the weed, I promise. I’m talking about baked makeup. It’s a form of makeup that starts out as a liquid and is actually baked into a powder form, usually having a marbled look to t…

Round and Round and Round

30. Round and Round and Round

Round and round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. We all remember THAT line. So I decided to write a lens, and in order to do so, I needed a Round Tuit. A Round Tuit is something you get when you get a round tuit. :) And I just got around to it,…

It All Comes Full Circle!

31. It All Comes Full Circle!

When someone mentions life cycle most of us immediately think back to science class and learning about how caterpillars turn into butterflies or how small herbivores eat plants and are eaten by carnivores that are eaten by larger carnivores that are someti…

The 10 Greatest Heroes of the Lord of the Rings and What makes them So

32. The 10 Greatest Heroes of the Lord of the Rings and What makes them So

There are many heroes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, today however I would like to focus on the ten main ones. The 10 that I believe most deserve the title of either hero or heroine. Why as well as what makes them so you shall see as you read below and…

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy~Three of the Most Amazing Movies Ever Made

33. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy~Three of the Most Amazing Movies Ever Made

A few weeks ago I sat down with my family and watched for the first time three of the most amazing and exciting films ever made. I’m talking about the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy. I did not know the story and had never read the books before so they we…

Josh Simpson Planets - A Tribute to an Artist

34. Josh Simpson Planets – A Tribute to an Artist

I was introduced to a planet collection of Josh Simpson’s over twenty years ago. I was immediately enthralled with these little balls of amazing artistry, creativity and imagination. Each one is fictional, whimsical, and unique. No two are alike, and they…

Horse Farriers

35. Horse Farriers

Every six to eight weeks, a horse needs to get their hooves trimmed up just like we need to get our nails trimmed. The bottom of a horse’s foot is round with a soft pad in the center called a frog. The frog absorbs the pressure of the ground and keeps the…

Captured Free Energy In The Round

36. Captured Free Energy In The Round

Is there such a thing as free energy? I suppose it is all in how you look at it. We get free energy from the sun if you don’t count the effort and expense of building a device to collect that energy. Now building such a device using cheap or recycled mater…

Pinball Machines

37. Pinball Machines

It was the early 80′s, I wasn’t even a teenager yet, but I was already an addict. The minute I got my allowance, I was going to get my fix. When my parents sent me to the corner store to go buy some milk, I would hope they would forget to ask for their cha…

Lens of the Day: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Activities for Fun

Posted: 30 Sep 2013 03:51 AM PDT

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Lens of the Day: Grocery Budgeting for Two: Under $25 a Week

Posted: 29 Sep 2013 05:33 AM PDT