Tuesday Tip Day – Toothpowder for Cleaning Silver

Goodbye nasty cleaning detergents. If you have some gorgeous silver jewelry that’s starting to dull or coins that are tarnished, use toothpowder to brighten ’em up again.

  • Put 4-5 spoons of toothpowder in a bowl.
  • Use an old toothbrush to gently rub the powder against your silver.
  • Do this for a few mins (or leave for 30 mins for more stubborn stains) and gently wipe off using a damp cloth and let dry.
  • You will a notice a difference in the sheen of the silver. Repeat as required.

You can also use toothpaste which is easier to come by. Just use an old brush to rub it over your item and leave for 2-3 hours and rinse off.

 

 

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Quickening Movements with Twins

A friend recently found out she was going to have twins. Boy..was she overwhelmed. But once she got over that, she realized how quickly things changed inside her. She started feeling little fluttery movements a lot sooner than expected. Usually moms do not feel a fetal movement, or quickening as it is apparently called, until 18-20 weeks. But with twins there’s always a higher chance of feeling everything a lot sooner.

A huge difference with twins and singles is how soon they run out of comfortable room in the womb and start feeling squished…kinda like student housing. As their growth progresses, they start moving a lot more and the mom can feel each individual movement. Sometimes moms can tell which twin kicked based on the position, especially if the babies are on different sides versus on top.

And of course sometimes movement can be confused with the mom’s natural body functions, like flatulence. We got a lot of information and knowledge from our visit to her doctor. I had no idea twins would move a lot faster and that you could detect it if you knew their position. Thought it was worth sharing.

via Daily Prompt: Quicken

“Center” and it’s many uses

Center or Centre: a wonderful, versatile 6 letter word that could be used in different contexts to mean different things. This word has been used since the 1400s; a variant of middle english centre; a middle point around which something rotates or revolves.

It can be used as a verb, noun, idiom, in math, sports and places….So many uses.

  • As a verb:
    • to mark the center of;
    • to come to a center;
    • to collect to or around a center;
    • to gather in a cluster.
  • As a noun:
    • a central point around which something rotates;
    • source of action or a problem;
    • a part of a building;
    • an important place or person.
  • Use in maths / science as center of mass, center as in geometry, center of gravity etc.
  • Use in sports as central position in football, center fielder etc.

This word is also used in buildings or places as city center, activity center of a building, central district etc.

 

via Daily Prompt: Center

Weird, Strange but so true

Babies….So cute, so squishy. While we ooh and aah at how cute they are, there are some strange but true facts about babies that are truly fascinating.

Did you know??

  • A 4-5 month old baby in the womb grows a mustache that it eventually eats and digests.
  • Babies have knee caps but those never show up in X-rays.
  • Babies have about 300 bones (way more than adults) which grow and fuse to form 206 bones.
  • A baby can breathe and swallow at the same time until about 7-8 months.  
  • Babies have a lot of taste buds (wayyy more than adults). They have them not only on the tongue, but also on the sides, roof and back of the mouth. 
  • Newborn babies do not actually shed tears. They just scream and squint their eyes but actual tears are produced only after 2-3 weeks of birth.
  • A newborn’s heart beat is about twice the heart rate of an adult.

via Daily Prompt: Baby

Make your own Mardi Gras Mask

With Mardi Gras around the corner, it will be time to pull out the colorful masks and feather bands. Why not go unique and make your own mask? No other will match yours.

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You will need:

  1. Mask of your choice: I chose an eye mask for my first(available at any craft store, link: Michaels Masks)
  2. Acrylic Paint – Metallic gold and bronze
  3. Accents like feathers, flowers, gemstones etc (available at craft stores)
  4. Designed ‘Bling on a roll’ tape from Michaels in gold (Link: Bling On A Roll)
  5. Glitter Glue – Bronze (see link: Michaels Glitter Glue)
  6. Hot Glue Gun
  7. Pencil
  8. Scissors

What you do:

  1. Paint the entire mask with the metallic gold and let dry for 20 mins (you might need to use 1-2 coats).
  2. Use your pencil to draw your design lightly on the mask, over the paint (I went with swirly patterns along the top and sides of the mask.
  3. Color the swirls in with the bronze paint and dry for 20 mins. fullsizerender_1
  4. Use the bronze glitter glue to highlight the swirls covered in bronze paint to highlight and give more of a dimensional look. Let dry for 24 hours (gently touch a corner of the glue to see if it is dry).
  5. Cut the gold bling on a roll to outline the eye cutouts.
  6. Attach yellow, green and purple feathers to one corner of the mask with hot glue (make sure you glue the feathers to the inside of the mask). Let dry.
  7. Add flowers or gemstones with the hot glue to decorate your mask.

And Voila!! Your amazing Mardi Gras mask is ready 🙂

Here’s another one I played with. I used a mask with a stick attached and used a careful blending of metallic blue and silver paints with some designed tape accents and glitter glue. I love how the lips turned out.

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I made this full face one for a friend last year and she loved it (she chose the colors). Perfect for Mardi Gras. I especially love the huge gemstone on top ♥♥

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DIY Harry Potter Series -Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs

The Marauder’s Map Creators are some of the most important people in the HP world. I wanted to make a special ornament just for them but it seemed too easy mod-podging their faces on to ornaments. I decided to go with their animal forms instead.

You need:

  1. One big wood ornament (available at the wood section at any crafting store)
  2. Silhouette cutouts of a wolf, rat, dog and stag
  3. Silhouette cutouts of the names Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs
  4. Mod podge – Gloss
  5. Acrylic Paint – white

Procedure:

  1. Paint the ornament with 2 layers of white paint and let dry.
  2. Put some mod podge to the back of one of the animal cutouts and stick on the ornament.
  3. Repeat for all cutouts. Let dry.
  4. Stick the correct names next to the animal cutouts and let dry.
  5. Add a final layer of mod podge on the ornament and let dry.

Your lovely ornament dedicated to the four Marauders is ready 🙂

I also printed the front of the Marauders Map from google images and cut it using an X-Acto knife to hang along with these ornaments. Just add some floral wire or thread and it’s good to go.

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Tip Tuesday – High Phone Volume without fancy gadgets

This is a wonderful tip that I got from my dad and it’s great.

Amplify your phone’s volume with just a glass.

So simple right?? No need to waste money on fancy and expensive gadgets to hear loud music. Just place your phone inside an empty glass and hear your music blare 🙂

I use this trick to amplify my morning alarm because I can never hear it and invariably end up being late to work.

Glitter, It’s origins and attraction

We all love shiny, sparkly things. They’re eye catching and tend to be noticed a lot. Some research shows that one reason why humans get entranced by the shine of glitter is because it looks like shimmering water and this relates to a very basic instinct in us to always seek out water. We always need to stay hydrated and unconsciously look for a water source, every new place we go.

But what did people use as a sparkle before glitter was invented?

Turns out  they used naturally occurring strips of minerals like mica, copper, galena etc that were used mostly in cosmetics. Even today, you can find mica in eye shadow and lipsticks. According to old stories, glitter was invented by  Henry Ruschmann who took scraps of plastic and mylar and ground them up to create glitter confetti. He later filed patents for glitter and today, thanks to him, we enjoy different types and colors of glitter.

via Daily Prompt: Glitter

DIY Harry Potter Series – Sorting Hat & Remembrall

Back to the HP world 🙂 I made the Sorting Hat (hope I get Gryffindor) and the Remembrall (luckily I remember everything I was supposed to so this is only a decoration).

What you need: 

  1. Small plastic ornament (I Got mine at Hobby Lobby; Hobby Lobby Ornament)
  2. Mini doll witch hat (found in the doll section of Hobby Lobby)
  3. Red transparent ribbon
  4. Gold washi tape
  5. Elmer’s Glue
  6. Acrylic Paint – Metallic Brown, Dark Espresso Brown
  7. Scissors
  8. Hot Glue Gun

What you do?

  • For the Remembrall:
    • Cut the red ribbon into tiny little strips to stuff into the plastic ornament (the ornament comes as 2 halves that you glue together). 
    • Stuff the ribbon into the ornament and glue the ends together.
    • Cut the gold washi tape into a thin strip and use elmer’s glue to stick on to the center of the ornament (where the 2 halves meet).
    • Add some gold ribbon to the loop to hang.      
  • For the Sorting Hat:
    • Use the hot glue gun to draw an X shape on the center of the hat for the eyes and a thick line for the mouth. Draw some zigzag lines along the rim of the hat. Let dry.
    • Paint the entire hat with the dark espresso and let dry for 30 mins. Add 1-2 more layers and let dry.
    • Use the metallic brown to paint details on the eyes and mouth.
    • Cut the rim in a zig-zaggy fashion to make it look old and worn.          

       

DIY Coaster Craft

Want to make your own cute, fun little coasters for your favorite hot drink?? Maybe drink-themed? Or maybe something that has your favorite saying on it??

Read on….. 🙂

I decided to make some coffee and tea themed ones coz those are my favorite beverages.

You will need:

  1. Cork squares (See link: Joann’s Cork Squares)
  2. Rubber Stamps in your theme (I got mine at Hobby Lobby; see link Hobby Lobby Stamps)
  3. Stamp Ink Pads – Black (Make sure you get the Archival ink pad, dries faster and does not smudge; see link Archival Ink Pad)
  4. Acrylic Paint – Black, Beige, Metallic Champagne
  5. Paper, Pencil and Ruler
  6. Mod Podge – Gloss / Matte

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  1. Get your 4 cork squares and design a draft on the paper of your stamps and the layout.
  2. Use the pencil and ruler to draw alternating vertical and horizontal strips to make small squares on the coasters.
  3. Use the beige paint to color in the alternating small squares on one of the squares and do the same with the metallic champagne on another square.
  1. Press the stamp of your choice on the ink pad and apply even pressure. Lift the stamp and gently press it over your square, applying even pressure over the entire stamp.
  2. Let the stamp dry for 6-8 hrs (some stamps will take a long time to dry).
  3. Add fun sayings or quotes with the paint brush and black ink. Let dry.
  4. Cover the entire coaster with a layer of mod podge (I used the gloss).                                                     c2

Your cute little coasters are ready to be used ♥♥♥ and the mod podge will help clean spills easily. Also, the cork coasters will not leave marks on your table. Enjoy!!!

These make cute li’l gifts for friends. Just tie a few home made coasters with cord or twine and gift away.

Fun lil tidbit: Tegestology is the practice of collecting coasters or beermats. If you started collecting them, you would be a Tegestologist……Happy collecting.