Saturday, August 29, 2015

Internet Finds: Mini Calender!

This is my new favorite thing to check daily! It's called miniature calendar and everyday is a new picture. The archive goes back to 2011, which is amazing that they've kept up with it every day for so long.

Check it out here;

Friday, August 28, 2015

Frosted Jewelry

Do you ever start a craft and it lasts you seven years and you honestly think you might never finish it? Yeah...that might have happened with these, but I LOVE how they turned out! I originally saw the idea for these on Epbot, which is probably my favorite blog of all time. She made it look so easy, I thought I could do it in one night...

ha ha ha to that. So first I take a little trip to the store to get clay to make the fake sprinkles. You have to make them instead of using sugar ones so they don't disintegrate. So, while I'm at the store I see a cheap extruder so I pick that up too. I get home only to find the colored clay doesn't go through the extruder without me trying to break my wrists. Undeterred I rolled out thin strips, baked them and then cut them. This took me at least 4 episodes of Mr. Robot to complete, much longer than I think it would have, had the extruder worked. On the plus side I'm caught up on Mr. Robot so that's good? =)

One I had my sprinkles I cut my PVC pipes into pieces and sanded them. Luckily my dad has a nice saw and sander, so I was able to do that in a shorter amount of time. Sanding can be a little tricky getting the edges right on a thin edge. You can change up how thick you want the band to be, I think mine are around two inches or so.

Finally I could get to the fun of decorating! I found this modge podge stuff at Michael's on sale so I decided to try that for the borders instead of using more caulking. It's nice, but it isn't hard like caulk, more sponge like.

to decorate the bracelets I set myself up on a frosting station made of a hanger and two rolls of TP. Very classy! ;) it actually worked pretty well because I hung the hanger up with the bracelets on it to dry overnight.

I think it turned out pretty good! I also bought some brown to make a "fudge-y" looking one soon.

I'm hoping to add some kind of clear coat on the top but I'm not sure what kind will work best, some testing is on the list of to-do! Any suggestions?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Project Runway Fantasy Draft Week 4

So the challenge today is to merge New York’s iconic architecture, with one of fashions iconic designs. It’s also the Mary Kay challenge, which feels weird to me because they use Mary Kay every week and this isn't anything crazy. We'll see...

This fish guy is my episode highlight. Throw a fish on Blake! (Sorry Sharon)

Finally a trip to Mood! Hi Swatch!

Mood is overwhelming. Is there an assistant for every contestant?

Back in the workroom, Blake doesn’t know how to tell time? Lindsay thinks it’s playing dumb, but is it?

Gabby wants to wait for Tim before she starts sewing which seems like a strange thing to do.

Amanda has a breakdownnnnn. When you start sewing only for the judges you fail hard. I dislike 
how shes trying to put down other designers in the process though. Calling Candice mediocre made me want to hit her.

To be honest, my computer took a dump here so I am missing all my thoughts up until Blake. =(

Blake: Tim uses the word “baffled” which has never bode well for any contestant.

Tim says there is great energy in the room, but I feel like half the designers are having a meltdown.

Candice talking about how she likes Kelly made my heart happy.

+ a million for Swap trying to find his models butt crack.

Everything about Jake bothers me.

Can anyone tell me how Lifetime deals with the models? Bravo used to have the designers pick based on their performance and they could switch based on the button bag. 

Edmund's decision to ditch his jumpsuit makes me sad. Jacket and skirt seems boring.

It seems like a lot of designers had trouble picking fabrics at mood, which is worrisome because knowing your fabrics is a 101 basic.

So far I’m not a fan of Swapnil’s dress. Those straps kind of ruined it.

Gabby is having a bad day. Get it together girl.

Edmund's model is so beautiful. I mean they all are but, dang.

Bleeding on your dress probably isn’t good.

I feel like Lindsay would design for TSwift for her everyday looks.

Jake's look, omg, why.

Time for the runway!
Blake – Poor construction, she looks like she has a handle on her back where someone can pick her up.

Kelly - I really liked her idea for a revamped white t-shirt but I don’t know about the rest of the styling.

Joseph - BORRRRRING. You can literally buy that dress now anywhere.

Lindsay – Seems like a weird combo. I think the look needs more editing or a change in colors or patterns.

Ashely – the details look interesting, but it’s kind of boring.

Laurie – that’s a lot going on

Jake - “a look that’s not for everyone”, a look for hookers, Jake?

Amanda – she looks a little preggo, and sad.

Swap – weird fit, I think the neck should have been a halter and that would have eliminated those straps.

Merline - hmmmm, I don’t know what to think. I need to see the details of the coat.

Gabrielle – bad dress, cute, but somewhat predictable, coat

Candice - I wish she would have kept the coat on! Love the coat

Edmund – interesting, but weird keyhole cutout.

I am VERY interested/confused by this round of safe people!  I agree with Laurie, who’s left in the top and bottom!

I’m SO surprised that Blake is on the top. I like the front, but the back seems strange, especially under her bum.

I still hate those straps Swap.

Lindsay’s person has a split personality, she’s going

A smidgen of pink that no one ever saw. I agree with the judges, it seems weird and sad Gabby. I’m sorry. There’s the mumsy word again! I need a counter for that word….

Amanda, three in the bottom! Dang.  Another bad “M” word, not a maternity challenge.

Candice I love you! I hate that Amanda tried to call her out before, she’s human - she can be strong  or sad or fierce or whatever she wants!

Omg Gabrielle’s dress in Close Looks, that back is a mess!

My picks – Candice to win, Gabrielle to go home.
Sharon- is out of town! So her picks will be tabulated in next week.

Winner – Blake.
Auf Wiedersehen – Gabrielle

Team Fun Nut:
Amanda -5
Candice +5
Lindsey – 5
Net +5, plus picked correct loser, +1

Team Gunn:
Amanda -5
Blake + 5, + 10
Candice + 5
Gabrielle – 5 - 10
Net: 0, pending picks

Team Fun Nut: E1 0, E2 -10, E3 27, E4 6 = 23 points

Team G: E1 0, E2 5, E3 11, E4 0 = 16 points

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Jams 8/23/15

The song stuck in my head this week is called Recovery by Frank Turner. It has some of those lines I just immediately connected to.

 "Yeah, cause broken people can get better if they really want to/
Or at least that's what I have to tell myself if I am hoping to survive!"

This is also a total earworm, I was yelling "F that" for a while....this is an ultimate motivation song! Love it!
Anything - Hedley

Hope your weekend was epic!
- Maggie

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Project Runway Fantasy Draft Week 3 & Catch-up

via X

Runway is one of my favorite shows, and I've loved it ever since the first season aired on Bravo. This year me and my good pal Sharon decided to do a PR draft game. We're playing it pretty loose, changing up the rules whenever we want but I decided to post it here in case anyone else is watching this season. 

Here are me and Sharon's Rulebook:

1.) Contestant in top three +5
2,) Contestant in bottom -5
3,) Contestant wins +10
4.) When Miao Miao speaks, +10 each (moot point but we love Miao Miao! =) )
5.) To switch a player, you have to trade two for them
6.) Tim says he's impressed or wow'ed +1
7.) Models ya ya is exposed -4
8.) Saved by Tim Gunn +10

My team is Team Fun Nut (in honor of Haniamo who I neglected to pick):

Sharon's teams name is pending still, too many Gunn puns :)

We let each other pick 6 designers, with the stipulation that we had to narrow it down to once the cast got cut to the top 6. 

At the start of episode 3 our teams stood at:
Team Fun Nut

Team G

Live Recap Episode 3:
Team challenge here we come! The opening recap is making us sad at both our loss of David. Really wish he could have stepped up or kept his original design. 

This ship is awesome, but they should have dressed Tim in a sailor hat or something. Sharon agrees he would have been adorable. Now we're picturing Miao Miao in a sailor hat too....what a fun nut.

Kelly looks so much better without that top knot hairdo. I've been waiting to see what her hair looks like down.

Button bag of doom!

Uh oh, Sharon has Amanda and Gabby, so we're hoping they don't sink together!
Annnnd there is Ashley and Candice for me, fingers crossed for a super team combo bonus.

Lindsay and Jake glasses!

Laurie and Swapnil pick India...surprise surprise.

I'm soooo not team Blake and Sharon is. He just needs to take it down a notch to me. Show me how fabulous you are instead of proclaiming it all the time.

Merline and Joe,...this is going to be a shit storm.  Joe can't even say her name correctly, he keeps saying MAR-len. But now I'm questioning how to really say her name.

This food is making me hungry. Thank god Sharon provided the snacks tonight which included a bag of Ghiradeli chocolates as big as my head! 

Sharon is constantly wishing she had picked Edmund, but she picked Blake instead. We'll see how that plays out.

But not too India Swappy!

Sharon admires Joe for being upfront about him being sometimes annoyed by Merline and asking her to play it chill. Agree. 

Tim appears!

Why don't they get to GO to mood, not just shop the closet?

Jake is such a negative nancy. I hate when people aren't open on PR, AND being condescending! I hate when people use endearments! 

Poor Edmund, I thought he and Miao Miao would be ok but they really do have different styles. Miao Miao explodes!!!!

New song "Trust my gut, trust my gut". I totally agree with Candice! Abandon Challenge tame Marline. 

Miao is not excited that Tim is siding with Edmund. 

Mumsy Joe & Merline. Unleash the Merline!! 

Classic Tim: You've just found the secret sauce!

I would sooner die too, Jake. 
Let’s play where’s the crotch! Poor Ashley. 

Why can't designers respect each other? You're on Project Runway! Step it up!

Well this is awkward Miao Miao. Stop riding your mannequin. 

This is a painful challenge. 

Jake you gave up forever ago. Lindsay is trying to make it work.

OH SNAP. Edmund making a second suit! Miao goes into the bathroom! To her point, Edmund has immunity, if they are in the bottom and she’s facing going home, she probably wants to be the one to back it up. 

I teared up at Laurie tearing up at the guest judge! Cuteness! 

Ashley and Candice – cute but weird fit. Those pants…hmm…
Swap and Laurie – Those pants are a little baggy butt
Jake and Lindsay -  great colors but a lot is going on.
Joe and Merline – boring. How does it say St. Petersburg? Sharon says she looks like Meryl Streep.
Miao and Edmund – that middles a mess, it’s a lot. Sharon disagrees. 
Amanda and Gabby -  like. Fresh. Fit a little strange but mostly yes. 
Blake and  Kelly – Beautiful. Love love. Sharon 

Can't believe Blake & Kelly are only safe!

These full house movie commercials are killing me.

Ashley & Candice – We love each other so can we both win?
Laurie & Swapnil – Laurie is soooo happy the guest judge stood up for her pants.
Jake & Lindsay - Akkwardd Jake and Lindsay. Love Zac’s face during their who did what speech. 

Edmund & Hanmiao – sad face on everything. 
Merline & Joe – Joe trying to throw Merline under the bus is upsetting. I’m very surprised that Merline isn’t saying immediately he needs to go home. 
Gabrielle & Amanda – Thanks Nina for the Side Mullet.

I think: Ashley & Candice top, Miao goes home
Sharon’s Pick: Laurie & Swap top, Miao goes home. 

Won: Candice & Ashley! Surprise two winners
Adios: Hanmiao =( =( 

Very sad to see her go. I will miss my fun nut. 

Points for the episode:

Fun Nut:
Amanda= -5
Ashley = +5, +10
Candice = +5, +10
Merline = -5, 
Lindsey= +5
+2 for picks
27 points

Team G
Amanda= -5
Candice = +5, +10
Gabrielle= -5
Laurie= +5
+1 for picks
11 points

standings (non inclusive of episode one, because we wanted to see their first show)
Team Fun Nut: E1 - 0, E2- -10, E3 - 27 = 17 points
Team G: E1 - 0, E2 - 5, E3 - 11 = 16 points

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jams of the Weekend 8/16/2015

This week I've had some random songs stuck in my head, and found some awesome new songs too.

I always have a Nicki Minaj song stuck in my head, and this week it was "Bed of Lies". I'm obsessed with Skylar Grey's voice, her songs are dark but her voice is light. You can ask my co-workers, I was singing this all week. "So call me, when you're not so busy just thinking of yourself"

I figured out this week that Spotify has a recommended for you section and weekly pics, so digging through those I found these three gems.

 Never Ending Circles - Chvrches

I Love You More Than You Think - Rizzle Kicks

Beach - Will Joseph Cook

Hope you enjoy and have a great rest of what's left of the weekend! =)

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