Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lousy DIY Lava Lamp

Hello all!!
There isn't much else in this world I love more than a lava lamp.
I feel like maybe I say, "There isn't much else in this world I love more than...(insert basically anything in here)." a lot.

It's true, I am a lover of things.
When I like something, I don't just like it, I love it with every fiber of my being. It's a blessing and a curse. Chip hears "This is my favorite thing in the whole entire world!!" like 808 times a day.
 I am totally not exaggerating...

Anyway, Lava Lamps.
Love 'em.
Today we have a pin from Rebecca about a DIY science experiment Lava Lamp! Check it out!

The Original
Psychedelic man.
The Pinstrosity
This kind of looks like my breakfast smoothie...anyone hungry??

Rebecca followed the directions that she got here, and now she will tell us all about her experience:

" boys (4 and 2) and I tried this with:
* An empty, clean peanut butter jar
* Bertolli extra-virgin olive oil (maybe mistake #1: too dark?)
* Two colors of food coloring (mistake #2: they mixed and created purple/brown?)
* And two unbroken, generic denture-cleansing tablets

We filled the jar about 2/3 full of olive oil, then I added drops of green, then blue. They were staying separate and floating down and it was cool to watch! They settled at the bottom, I pumped my kids up to watch, and then I added the denture-cleansing tablets, one followed about 30 seconds later by the other. They did make some small bubbles go throughout the oil and foam at the top, but it was getting increasingly harder to see. The kids thought it was kind of neat. I was sure that once the bubbles stopped and I put the lid on that it would get cooler as we turned the jar over and back a few times. Well, it just got worse, and the picture is the result. Oh well--the kids thought it was neat to watch (probably seeing it turn from dark yellow to nasty puke green), and I didn't lose much in the way of materials or time. Next time, I'll definitely use regular cooking oil (I don't keep any on-hand) and just one color of food coloring!

Hope this helps future attempters or at least brings some chuckles to people!"
I think Rebecca hit the nail on the head as far as this projects issues and how to fix them. I think the color of the EVOO mixed with the dark food colors weren't a good combo. Regular cooking oil, and some lighter food colors would probably do the trick here.
Now I am giving a shout out to our readers...when I opened this e-mail I was thinking of a traditional lava lamp (there is nothing wring with this one, the old school lava lamp was just what came to mind first), so readers has anyone seen a pin on how to DIY an original type of lava lamp? If you have, send them our way! I would LOVE to test it out!
Happy Thursday all!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gluten Free Super-Villain Origins

Hey there Pinstrosipeeps! I've got a Peeps Pinstrosity for you today! I don't know about you, but I like Peeps. I think they are yummy. I've seen so many creative things with Peeps on Pinterest: chocolate dipped Peeps. Peeps Pops. Peeps filled vases. Peeps cake toppers. Peeps in the microwave (that's a fun one). But I'd never seen today's Peep Pin. Behold: The Peep Massacre Cake:

The Original Pin
This is the Peepza Rustica cake. It takes a cake mix and chopped up Peeps. I so want to try this!

Today's submitter, Estelle, decided to make this for her Peeps loving niece for her birthday. She says, "It looked cute. It looked pretty easy. And it looked like precisely the sort of thing my Peeps-loving-birthday-celebrating niece would love. The complication was that my niece is gluten free, so I used a plain old gluten free cake recipe that I had. I used almond flour. And after 20 minutes in the oven, the cake was a boiling, quivering, almost preening mess that looked like this:"

The Pinstrosity

Estelle continues, "Most likely there was an issue with the almond flour, because this caramelized, weeping sludge was not what was intended. As I was lamenting the loss of so many innocently slaughtered Peeps, my boyfriend said, 'That's not even caramelized. That's a super villain's origin story.'"

Hehe, super villain's origin story. I like this guy. 

Adapting any recipe with gluten to one without is tricky. Some work great, other don't. It makes me think of this video:

I don't have any experience cooking gluten free, but I've watched friends and family members go gluten free and adapting recipes looks frustrating. To go gluten free with this recipe I'd probably buy a gluten free cake mix rather than making my own cake from scratch; too many variables in a gluten free scratch cake. That's just me being a scaredy cat though. If you're gluten-free-inexperienced or a seasoned gluten-free chef and you want to try a cake from scratch, go for it!

Now, I think I'll go find some Peeps to snack on.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Straight From the Brain Creativity! DIY Picture Stand

One of my favorite things in the whole world is being able to create something out of your very own brain.
 Now, this thing may exist in some other place, but if you have never seen it, or heard of it, and this idea just came to you, then you and that other shiny human being on the other side of the planet have had a Creative Straight From the Brain Twin Moment!
Today's post is from Jennifer and I was just floored when I opened it up and took a look.
 Like, "How did I NEVER IN MY LIFE THINK OF THIS! IT'S SO EASY!!!!" floored.
Check it out!
"I had made coasters at a recent Mom's Nurturing Moms night at church and since we don't really use coasters here, I wanted some way to display them. I'm cheap and couldn't bring myself to spend $20 for one coaster (especially when I needed 4 of them) and Wal-Mart had coasters but never the same amount in the same color......they were a bit cheaper at $5 a piece but I still didn't really like them. Sooooo, I had a wonderful brainstorm laying in bed one night and got to working on it a few days later. "
Cute Modge-Podged Scrapbook Paper + Coaster Creation from Jennifer's Moms Nurturing Moms night.
Now for her Ah-Mazing Idea...
These stands are made out of Drum Roll Please...Toilet Paper Rolls.
Ah-Mazing right!!
I will let you all read her blog about this project which you can find HERE to get the full details, but here is the gist of the project in pictures!

Here she is tracing the outline of her stand (both sides) on the back of her scrapbook paper.

Then she modge-podged the paper to the rolls, let it dry and ta-da!

"This was my first creation straight from my own brain and I'm pretty pleased with how well they turned out. I have to say that y'alls blog was my inspiration. Seeing y'all and so many people willing to forge ahead, even if the outcome was less than desirable, made me want to try new things. I've always been a bit of a perfectionist and when my creations don't look the same in real life as they did in my brain, I tend to get discouraged. Not anymore. I have a LOT more creations budding in my brain, just waiting for the right material and the time. "
Uhm I love this. I am always begging my siblings to send me their little one's art creations and these would be PERFECT to display them (my fridge gets crowded quickly lol). Jennifer does mention on her blog that they aren't super sturdy, so I wouldn't try displaying a decorative dinner plate or anything similar on them. However, these are a perfect solution for small things like this, and you can customize them with any scrapbook paper imaginable! I was thinking some of the textured paper would be really cool, or perhaps the metallic paper?? The sky is the limit here!
Thanks for your Straight From the Brain Creative Moment Jennifer! I love it!
Happy Tuesday all!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A little Mix it up Monday for Everyone

A little something for everyone today:

For superhero movie junkies:

For those with a twisted sense of humor:
For those who appreciate clothes with tips:
For those who have homework:

For P&P addicts:

For those who need a smile:
For those who need to separate eggs, hehehe:
For those who just want to be a Disney Princess:

Happy Monday everyone! Bust a Move and make today Awesome!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Surprise: I am plant killer.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you're having a lovely holiday weekend!

I thought I'd write a quick entry to let you know how my pin-progress "gardening" was going.... you remember, from this post. Well, for the first few weeks, I was really impressed with myself.

But... alas, my black thumb showed its true colors.  What can I say? I'm a confessed plant murderer. My best of intentions to get these poor plants into soil didn't pay off quick enough. Lettuce? Pretty much going in the trash.

Green onion? Going to try to save it... who knows.
This photo makes it look better than it actually is.
However, my forgetfulness has paid off in other areas.

Guess who forgot about these two onions and now they're growing? My next victims, I fear.

No matter, today is not the day that I will worry about such things. We've had a lovely and relaxing day. I hope that you're doing the same, and spending it with people who you love.
Hippity-hop-fully yours,


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