Casey Kay B

Things I do and things I like

Happy Easter Eve!

Which snuck up on me like a ninja. Seriously, until last week I wasn’t aware that Easter is tomorrow. Maybe I do miss out on things by not watching broadcast TV. Except I was watching TV last week and didn’t see anything about it…

But, I’m rambling. What I’m really here to say is, “Happy Easter-is-tomorrow, fellow procrastinators!” That’s right, I spent all afternoon making Easter surprises for the boys because that is how on top of it I am. And because I know there have to be at least a few people out there in the same boat, here is a quick tutorial of what I did today. Well, quick if you actually have the right supplies on hand.

Do yourself a favor and start by clicking that image to download the template for all of the pieces of the egg and chick. That will save you a lot of time. If you want to also cut out the name of the recipient to glue on, the font used is American Typewriter set in bold at 72pt.

Now, gather some paper in the colors you want to use. You know, pick one color for the eggshell, one for the stripes, one for the dots (which I used as eyes because putting the double stick tape on each one was going to be really annoying to use them as shell decoration), one for the letters, yellow for the chick’s body, and orange for the beak. You will also want glue of some sort, but double stick tape will work in a pinch. And don’t forget the scissors or X-acto knife.

As you can see, I didn’t have colored paper on hand. I made some instead using some Strathmore Mixed Media Paper in the 6×8 size and my Prismacolor markers. It took a few coats, but I came up with these:

Now it’s time to cut out all of the pieces using whichever color you choose. Note: The beak pieces, wings, and chick body need to be cut out for each side but were not included twice on the printout. Sorry. Also, the print out makes one set of pieces, but the pictures show it doubled since I was making two at a time.

Working from the inside out, first glue the beak pieces together to make two double-sided triangles. Set them like a slightly open beak inside the body pieces and glue the body pieces together. Next, set the chick in the top opening of the egg and glue the egg together. Decorate the egg with the zigzags and dots, then attach the wing to the body overlapping the egg. Finally, put the letters on the front, add an eye to the chick, and you are finished!

See how easy that is? The most time-consuming part (assuming you are using pre-colored paper) is cutting out all the pieces. If you choose to make one, leave me a link in the comments. I’d love to see them.

Happy Easter, Everyone!

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Sort of Spring Cleaning

Not that it is sort of spring, at least not here. I know there are other places that are still going through the 90 &8457; days followed by freezing temperatures the next day. But it is fully spring here, so that is not why this is only sort of spring cleaning.

More like I have never actually been bothered to clean things out in the spring. Ok, I don’t do much cleaning very often anyway, but you already knew that. I do get bitten by the clean up bug about random things occasionally, though.

Take my closet, for example. I’ve been trying to find the best way to keep up with my “clean out the closet every three months” goal. I had been using pictures taken “almost” every day (read: once a week when it was time for laundry), but that was getting to be too much of a hassle and taking up a lot of space in my pictures folder.

Enter the spreadsheet. Or, should I say, spreadsheets. I created a file in numbers for all my clothes, divided it into worksheets for each main category (shirts, pants, shoes, etc.), and created tables for each sub-category on each worksheet. Yesterday I even (finally) came up with the brilliant idea to add a count row at the bottom. For those looking to do the same thing, using checkboxes to keep track of each piece of clothing being worn, use the formula =COUNTIF(b3:b7, TRUE) in each count box. Of course, be sure to use the actual cells that create the boundaries for what you want to count in place of b3 and b7.

The other thing I started cleaning up is what I call my “yarn leftovers”. Those are the bits and pieces you have left over after completing a project. I have decided to wind my significant leftovers into hanks and label them with a tag tied on by some “waste yarn” (leftovers that are under 1 gram, usually used for tying things or making a provisional cast on). I even created nice labels with a little leftover container on them that you can download if you want to have a label for your own yarn. It includes space for yarn name, color, weight, and length. You don’t have to tie it to the yarn, either. You could safety pin it to a ball of yarn, stick it in the plastic bag or tape it to a plastic box, or any other way you like to store your yarn.

Click here to download the labels in a single PDF sheet.

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Real Fun in Rio (2)

Last night we went in a very large group to see an opening night screening of the hilarious new movie “Rio 2″. This particular group went to see the movie to honor the writer, Don Rhymer, who happens to be the late husband of a family friend. There weren’t any actual children in our group. And the theater was roaring with laughter through the entire film.

Basic movie synopsis: Blu and Jewel, the rare blue macaws we met in the first movie, now have a family, and there might be more of these rare birds in the Amazon Rainforest. When their human handlers appear to be in trouble searching for these birds, the family (and their hip hop friends) head out in search of them and find more family than they knew existed. Also, Nigel finds them and still has a score to settle with Blu. But wouldn’t you if you had been rightly defeated by someone and it had left you the flightless star of a street market “oddities” tent?

Obviously, another Rio movie set in Brazil with vocal talent the likes of will.i.am and Jaime Foxx has an incredibly high energy soundtrack. With some hilarious songs as well. Like I said, a theater full of teens and adults was rolling with laughter the entire time.

You don’t need the kids as an excuse to go see this movie. Although, it would make a good family movie event, too. The adults wouldn’t be bored to sleep by the plot or humor, and the kids will love the bright colors, fun music, and physical humor. Everyone should definitely go out and see this movie. You don’t even need to have seen the original movie, this story works well on its own.

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