Tales of a Wookie Wife: Fueled by caffeine and good intentions. Feed hairy man. Clean house. Be fabulous. Repeat. You can learn more about me here.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I'm a Chibi!!!!!

So I'm sure the first thing you notice is the super cute chibi me up there!!  *_*

Extremely excited about it, I think its so cute!!  ^_^

Takkunelwood drew it up for me and it is absolutely marvelous, so be sure to check her deviant art page out and show lots of love!

What do you think?

Wookie Wifey (now available in Chibi form!)

Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY Glitter Bottom Heels!

Wow, this month is just flying by.  I checked up on my blog only to realize that I hadn't posted in damn near a week ...Oops.  I have a few projects I've been working on and a few small ones I've completed this month, but most of the interesting stuff is temporarily on hold since we've got a lot of things in the works in the near future.  New place = chaos before and all that.

Here is one small project I've gotten done lately.  I have no idea who to credit for this since it seems everyone and their mother is doing it, so if you're the original shoe-glitter-er, then let me know so I can give you credit!  ^_^

You'll need a cute pair of heels (or, alternatively, an ugly or plain pair you want to be cute in the near future), glitter, some brushes, water, and some sort of adhesive.  I improvised.  The only glues I seem to have in the entire house are hot glue, glue sticks, and Elmer's wood glue.  I must remedy that soon, but since I am about the farthest thing from patient ever and wanted glitter shoes NOW, I used the wood glue. 

Now its pop-quiz time!
Not any pictures of the actual process because it is:
a) easy as hell
b) I had glitter and glue EVERYWHERE
c) I'm just not sure how much more gluey-handed accidents my camera can handle
d) all of the above

If you answered all of the above, then pat yourself on the back or something.

Moving right along...I first coated the bottom arch of the sole (I didn't bother doing the "hey, I'll be walking on that..." part) with a nice, thick coat of wood glue.   While that was still wet, I applied the glitter.  I started off sprinkling, but I was grabbing pinch-fulls and patting them on there so it would be more dense after a few minutes.  Impatient, I tell you.

I used the flaky, splintery glitter.  What is the technical name for that type of glitter?  Is there one?  Who gets to name glitter?  Is that job position available?

Sorry, distracted.  Ok, now after that dries (I gave it half a day), I wanted to attempt to seal it so that glitter wouldn't just be forever left in my wake.  Ok, so it still is, just not from the shoes.  I made a glaze to go over it and I mixed it down about 2/3 glue 1/3 water.  Brush that mixture all over the glittery parts.  If you want more glitter or need to fill in bald patches, then go for it.  You can always let it dry then go over it with another glue wash later.  I did two washes, letting each one dry about 2 or 3 hours between applications.

Once it was done, I let them sit for a day or two to just make sure everything was all good.

I wore them out the other day and THE GLITTER STICKS!!!  :)

Sorry, super happy.  I half expected it to just be all over the place.

So there it is, DIY glitter soles!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Monthly Photo Post - The Truly Random Edition

Its time for another monthly photo post.  This is just a mish-mosh of pictures I've taken that I found stashed in various folders around my computer with descriptions below, so I hope you enjoy!  ^_^  As usual, all these pictures were taken by me so if you want to use any, feel free just please credit me and put a link back to my blog.

I love this picture.  If you look closely you can see the trees that were on top of a neighboring mountain silhouetted in the moon.

Our ground...The cracks are worse now.  Some are over an inch wide.  If they get much bigger we may find Narnia or have our own Journey to the Center of the Earth adventure.  On accident.  While trying to get to the mailbox.

Vines drying to be turned into dreamcatchers.

The creepy banana stickers.  I blogged about these a few months ago and  now my collection has grown and my fridge sports six of these stickers.  I'm in love with them and I have no idea why.  They are delightfully creepy.  I seek them out when I'm at the grocery store buying bananas and I have this crazy idea of the entire freezer door being patterned with them.

Dirt Dobber nest.

Pretty piece of blue glass I found in an old canning shed that had burnt down.

Close-up of a glass paperweight.



I have no recollection at all of taking this picture, however it was obviously taken by me as those are my legs, jeans, and boots...but I'm glad I did because I love it and I have no idea why.

I took this at an old cemetery that was just scattered with these little "unknown" stones.  Rumor had it that in the Civil War so many people died in the woods around the area it was taken in that for years and years afterwards someone would just find a body or a skeleton that couldn't be identified and they'd put it in the cemetery with one of these stones.  I don't know if the rumors are true, but it does make for a nice, albeit sad, story and I rather like the picture.

Anyone else love taking pictures of completely random shit?

Don't forget Father's Day tomorrow!  Hug 'em if ya got 'em!  <3


Saturday, June 9, 2012

DIY Ring Case from a Cigar Box

This was a long time in the making.  I got this box forever ago, it was filled with retro rubber stamps that I wanted and I think we paid like $2 for the whole thing.  Ever since then, I've wanted to do something with the box itself because its a pretty neat, old, wooden cigar box.  I didn't paint it or age it, all the paint and aging you see is just how I picked it up.  I've thought of painting it, or maybe decoden, but in the end I just kind of like how perfectly age-worn the old paint job on it is and can't really bring myself to mess with it.

This was its first incarnation.  I'd seen a "make a ring box with a sweater" thing on pinterest and gave it a try.  It worked, but the one I'd seen looked much better.  I couldn't get my sweater lines all straight and pretty, so I wanted to think of something else.

Ignore the messy stove.  I have no idea which kitchen project needs scraping off the stove, but if you cook without making any mess whatsoever then you may not actually be human at all.

Also, the Tony Cacherie's will not be being used in this tutorial.  I'm sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience this may have caused you.

So I pulled all the rings out and dumped them into a wooden saucer and got to work!

First,  I cut a rectangle of foam that would fit inside the box.  You may not have to do this, but my box was pretty deep so I wanted a platform to sort of start with.  I was using 1-inch thick foam.

YAAAY it fits!

Next, I cut another rectangle the first size as the first, then cut it into strips.  I wasn't too worried about them being perfectly uniform as I have some huge, bulky rings and some small ones, so I figured if they weren't all the same size, then all the rings would have a place.  Anywho, once your strips are all cut, take them back out leaving in just the bottom large rectangle.

Now, we just need something to cover that ugly foam with!

Enter:  25-cent thrifted red velvet pants.

I cut a strip off of the pants that left about an inch on either side of the box width-wise and was about 2.5 times as long as the box is length wise.  For clarification, "width-wise" is, to me, on a cigar box, the widest part and length-wise is the shorter part.

Now is where it gets fun.  Pick what end you want to start on and take one of your little foam strippy-things and glue the velvet to one side of it, then glue the bottom of the foam strippy-thing to the large rectangle.

This shot is so you can see just the foam with the velvet glued onto one side of it and the foam part glued to the big foam part.  The excess on the edges, I just tucked in with a butter knife as I went along.

Next, run a bead of hot glue down the crack there where the small strip of foam meets the large piece.  Then, pull the fabric taught and stick it to the glue in the crack.  You should end up with a velvet-covered foam piece.

Take your next piece of foam strip, glue it to the big one as close as you can get it to the first one, then stretch the fabric over that piece and stick it to the pre-glued crevice just like you did the first one.

Repeat that.  A lot.

Once you get going with it, its pretty quick, you can just sort of start accordion-ing that shit together like there's no tomorrow.

Once I got to the end, I smooshed the final foam strip down and ran a bead of hot glue on the inside of the cigar box, tucked the ends in, and when I let it go, it just sort of sprung up to the top and it all just stuck together.  Woot for foam springiness.

Here it is, storing stuff as it should.  ^_^  Still a bit lumpy, I'd really like it to look a bit better, but it is what it is and it definitely works like a charm.  Best ring storage to date, especially since some of my rings are oddly-shaped the foam tends to just conform to whatever I stuff in it.

I love it!  <3

Wookie Wifey

Monday, June 4, 2012

Venison Taco Bowls

This is just a variation on my Taco Bowls!! post from a few months back using ground venison instead of ground beef.

I chopped up a poblano pepper and a few tomatoes...

And added the poblanos to a skillet of ground venison I'd browned, and also added a can of corn.

Then, I drained a can of black beans and rinsed them.

And added them and the tomatoes to the mix and seasoned it with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, sea salt, cumin, cilantro and black pepper (all to taste, just add a little at a time, start with about 1/2 tsp of each and go from there).

Close-up shot of all that goodness!

Stir in some cheese until it looks all gooey and gross and you're ready to go!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects - Review

**Note:  I received these in my Voxbox from Influenster to review, so I didn't pay for them, but the review is my 100% honest opinion.

This is what it says on their box:  (Link to website here, my comments in pink and a full review with lots of pictures below.)

  • No dry time - This was my very favorite thing about these.  I could pee right after I got done with my nails!!! <3
  • Lasts up to 10 days - I really think mine would have had it not been for a terrible kitchen faux pas - but even with the abuse I put my nails through, yard work, dishes, etc., they looked great after 6 days. 
  • Removes easily with nail polish remover - Yup.
  • 40 must-have styles - I want to try "Bling it On" and "Girl Power" SO BAD now.

First off, I really had my doubts about these things.  I was okay to try them, but I didn't expect to like them at all.

My meager excitement was further dampened by the zebra print.  Not really my thing.  "Oh well", I told myself, "they're free, so it can't hurt".

This is before I buffed my nails or anything...We'd been doing some work outside, so they looked...eew.  Sorry.  And I have no idea why it looks like I use sunless tanner in this picture, because, as I'm sure you can tell by the pasty-white leg in the background, I don't.

I noticed this on the side of the box...That did make me happy.

Precise, clear instructions...cool!

This is what they look like when you get them peeled off the backings.

No picture of just the first finger (and, yes, the pinkie nail is crooked, it broke off pretty low doing aforementioned yard work - also my turmeric-stained index finger from making a home-made paste for an insect bite for the Wookie), this is the first time I remembered to take a picture after marveling at how odd these things were off of the backing because between the two photos I was grumbling and cursing my ass off.

HOWEVER:  After the first two, things started to go quickly and easily.  The first two were frustrating, but stick to it, because once you get the hang of it, these things are soooo easy to put on.  In fact, I felt kind of stupid for grumbling about the first two so much.

Here's what they look like once you get them pressed onto the nail.

Yes, I know I need new nail clippers in the worst way.

Here's a picture of half-way through buffing the excess off.

And done!  I put a bit of silver glitter on the ring finger on my left hand, so that's why it looks blurry!

...And the other hand.  You can see here that I wasn't too good at stretching a few of them because I'm right-handed, so this one was a bit tough...But unless you were looking at my hand from exactly this angle, you couldn't tell.

So, here's some pictures of how they held up through the week, and I'll give you my final take on them at the bottom!! :)

***Day 3, picture forgotten - oops!

Here, at the end of day 4, they were just starting to chip, but it didn't look bad because of the pattern.  The pattern I originally didn't like that I ended up really, really liking a lot.

Day 5, still, looking pretty good...

End of day 6...I took them off at this point, but they could have probably hung in there for a few more days were it not for my clumsiness.  They still looked pretty-much like Day 5 until I had a kitchen fumble that resulted in me smacking my hand on a drawer-pull, breaking my middle nail pretty badly and tearing up the sticky-thing on it in the process...So it bugged me and I ended up removing them.

My overall verdict is:  These things are REALLY cool.  Way better than I expected them to be.  I expected some sort of decal-thing that would wear off in the first day, but what I got was a spiffy-looking printed manicure that lasted for quite a while.  I really want to try these on some fake nails since mine are so short, I think a pattern like this would be awesome on fake nails.

These came in  a box containing 16, which I thought was cool because I saved my extras to do accent nails or some such thing with, so I'll get to play around with them a bit more.

They retail for $9.99, which considering that they last so much longer than nail polish and could be applied to fake nails so you could get lots of uses out of them, I'd say is pretty good.  I couldn't afford to buy these EVERY time I do my nails, but for special occasions where I don't want to risk ruining nail art by dinging one on a door frame, or to buy a box to use for accent nails for nail art - hell yes.

Like.  Want.

Wookie Wifey