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Making My Own Pendants

As I wrote last time, one of the birthday gifts I bought myself with my birthday money was a kit to make my own glass pendant necklaces. I promised to post when I was done, so here’s how it went!

I bought the kit from LilyDSCraftSupplies on Etsy and followed their online tutorial.

I first made a template using PowerPoint (I know, I know…I’m sure there are better programs, but this was easy) of the shapes of each pendant using the given measurements.

Then I chose my images and fit them into the templates and printed them on matte photo paper.

Their tutorial used the following steps:

  1. Seal the images with a micro-glaze (this took me a while to track down, and cost ~$15)
  2. Glue the glass carbochons on the images
  3. While waiting for this to dry, seal the pendant trays with their glue
  4. Cut the glass/image out
  5. File any jagged paper edges with a nail file
  6. Seal the backs of the images (now attached to the glass) with their glue
  7. Glue the glass/image inside the tray.

I ran into several problems with the method:  a) not using enough glue so the corners of the images would come away from the glass, b) moving the glass around too much when bonding to the image, causing some images to rip, and c) some images would start pulling away from the glass when I was cutting with an exacto knife.

So, after going through one of the sets of glass carbochons, I re-did two pendants as above and then went a different direction. Instead, I:

  1. Sealed the images after printing.
  2. Cut the images out.
  3. Sealed the pendant trays.
  4. Seal the back of the images.
  5. Glued the images into the trays.
  6. Glued the glass on top of the images.

I ended up with a range of success, which is probably par for the course on early attempts. Here are the finished products:

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Though they’re not perfect, most are pretty good (the rectangle and circle at the right are the worst end product and probably not wearable). Considering I was looking at these types of necklaces on Etsy for $15-30 a piece, I think this was worth the expense (about $40 total) and time (perhaps a couple hours total?).

One huge benefit of doing it myself is being able to choose the images, so I’d be happy to try these again in the future for myself or even as gifts for others.

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Hair Poll!

Well, it’s been over 1.5 years since my stroke (and therefore since my head was shaved down to the scalp). I’ve seen my hair at all kinds of lengths, and am now ready to settle on my next style. I’m torn between two choices, so I’d love the opinion of my readers (if you’re still out there!).

So, here’s what I’m trying to choose between:

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Choice #1: Pixie Cut

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Choice #2: Sleek Bob

Vote here!

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This morning, I was talking to Evan about just the two of us going to the store so he could pick a gift for DH for Christmas.

He immediately knew what he wanted to get! A leaf blower, of course! (DH wanted one in the late stages of fall when he was totally over raking the leaves).

Evan and I then had the discussion about lack of money this year due to DH being the only one who is working and therefore making money. He’s actually pretty good about it and often reminds DH and I of the fact when we talk about wanting to buy things that we might not necessarily need (I might often talk about getting a Corvette, for example).

Then, he turned to me and said, “I can make money!”

Intrigued, I asked him how. He began to explain something — to be honest, I wasn’t listening all that closely because Carter was throwing his breakfast all over the floor and squealing in delight.

When I tuned back into Evan, he was talking about how they glue it together then colour it. Huh? I had to ask him to repeat the story because I had forgotten what we had been talking about.

So, he went over the process how they “make money” at school by cutting pictures out, gluing them together, and colour them.

It finally dawned on me that after all this time of telling him that DH goes to work to make money, he thought that was completely LITERAL and that DH sits there and MAKES money! LOL!

Nothing like a 4-year-old brain to show why the English language is so confusing for others to learn!

Point Pelee

We took our first vacation as a family of four in mid-July! We rented a cottage near Point Pelee (southernmost tip of Canada) and had a blast!

The cottage had it’s own private beach so we did a lot of rock hunting/throwing.

We showed the boys how to light a fire and how to make s’mores.

We saw the “supermoon” (I hope that term dies soon).

We played inside and watched movies if it was raining.

We went to Point Pelee park.

We tried our hand at geocaching (something we all really liked!)

We took a ferry over to Pelee Island and went for a family bike ride.

And otherwise just hung out and enjoyed our time together as a family of four!

Up A Tree

There is a new cat in the neighbourhood (from a couple houses down, we found out). It’s black, very young, and super friendly! So friendly, it has tried to come into our house on a number of occasions. Our male cat, Isaac, who is a big and old boy, considers himself the alpha around these parts. He does not like this new one poking about, but he’s pretty calm about the whole thing, as long as he asserts his dominance once in a while.

It’s (Evan called him “the new Isaac”) a very adventurous cat. The other day it decided to chase a bird, who was perched in the highest branches of one of our trees in the backyard.

That silly bird thought it was safe that high up.

After some coaxing, and a few scrambles to not fall to his death, he made his way down low enough that I could grab him as he was dangling from a not-so-stable branch by his claws.

At least it made for some good entertainment for the kids (even though I practically had a heart attack, thinking I was going to have to clean up cat guts from the lawn if he did fall).

End of Summer

Well, it’s the Monday of Labour Day weekend – what I always consider the last weekend of summer. So, looking back at our summer bucket list, how did we do?
– Plant a garden – Yup! Though not many things grew very well. A green-thumb, I am not. But, we’ll try again next year.
– Get deck built – Yes! This was done in May, and we’re very happy with it. 
– Furniture, planters, and flowers for deck – Partial check. We got a patio set, but are waiting until next year to do planter and such. 

– Paint and decorate Jelly Bean’s room – check!
– Thomas the Train event – nope. Decided it was too expensive.
– Vacation at a lake with the ILs – yup.

– Swimming at the local pool – yes! We went to the public pool once, and got invited to friend’s homes with pools a couple times. He really enjoyed it, and I wish we could do this more often.
– Pick strawberries – yes, and blueberries too!
– Chalk-board wall in kitchen – no, but it’s on our to-do list.
– Garage sale – yes! We did okay, and we ended up selling more online afterward. 
– Beach visits – yes! We went to the beach twice this summer, and Evan loved it!
– Visit 5 new playgrounds – yes!
– Farmer’s market – not specifically, but we did buy produce from local fruit/veggie stands, so I’ll say yes.
 
– Local festivals – Yup! We hit up a few of them, and will do another today.
 
– Fly a kite – didn’t do this. Maybe in the fall!
– Go for bike rides – we tried a couple times, but Evan is still a bit young for this. 
– Finish knitting Jelly Bean’s blanket- not yet. I’m about 60% done. It might end up becoming a Christmas present at this rate :S
What were the highlights of your summer?

2013 Summer Bucket List

Not sure what it is about the summer – I guess from being cooped up inside for months on end in the winter, and dreaming of having warm enough weather to do stuff –  but there are always tons of things I want to make sure we do. Inspired by MJ’s post at her blog, Living the Dream, here is our family bucket list for this summer (we did one a couple years ago too):
– Plant a garden
– Get deck built
– Furniture, planters, and flowers for deck
– Paint and decorate Jelly Bean’s room
– Thomas the Train event
– Vacation at a lake with the ILs
– Swimming at the local pool
– Pick strawberries
– Chalk-board wall in kitchen (again, inspired by MJ’s post)
– Garage sale
– Beach visits
– Visit 5 new playgrounds
– Farmer’s market
– Local festivals
– Fly a kite
– Go for bike rides
– Finish knitting Jelly Bean’s blanket
What are your must-do’s or hope-to-do’s this summer?

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