Life By The Seat Of My Pants

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I am in Halloween costume HELL! I don’t know if you have been following the drama with me on Facebook or not, but this year’s Halloween costumes are are by FAR the biggest, stupidest, most elaborate fucking things I have EVER undertaken!!!! Every single day I ask myself : “WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING???!!!!”

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I am now on my FIFTH attempt at making thse damn costumes, and it’s not looking good. I have tried four other techniques and all of them were utter disasters. I have decided to try and carve the base for our masks our of styrofoam and this fucking Styrofoam has become the BANE of my existence!!!!!!!

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I am working with 4 inch thick pieces of styrofoam and I have FOUR pieces of it glued together. I have been hacking away at it with a kitchen knife because the $20 piece of shit Styro Cutter Plus I bought from Michael’s SUCKS ASS!!! I broke down yesterday and bought a Hot Knife from Harbor Freight and I am praying to the Halloween Gods that it does the job. If not, I SWEAR we are going as ghosts!!!!!

*End rant*

~~~One quick note before we get to Thrift Shop Thursday – I have noticed that some of my blog posts have the WRONG video content and I have no idea why. If you go to an older blog post and the video does not match the project, you can always find the correct video on my YouTube Channel. I apologize for any confusion and I will be working on getting it corrected. ~~~
On to happier news – the thrift store has FINALLY put out Halloween decorations and I am sooo excited! I went a little crazy this week and bought several items for my collection of Halloween goodies. Come along with my on my trip to the Thrift Store and see what I got 😀


Come look at the goodies I got from the thrift store this week! Plus I show you the finished project from last Mixed MEdieology Monday and tell you more about the products I used to make my sweater pumpkin.

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Stay tuned for the bloopers at the end 😉

OK, so, you know how much I love Pinterest, right?

I am always inspired by things I see on there and am getting more and more addicted every day. I have started following more boards and more people and I am seeing sooooo many brilliant ideas!

One of those ideas was a change purse I saw several months ago and I have been searching for a change purse of my own to alter every since. The original photo was of a vintage coin purse and when you opened it up, it had this full set of top and bottom teeth hiding inside and it looked AWESOME!!!! The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted to make one of my own.

Every time I went to any thrift store or yard sale, I was on the look out for a change purse with just the right shape for the mouth. I finally found one on the last episode of Thrift Shop Thursday and I was sooooo excited! I had this vision of a creepy maw hidden in the depths of an unassuming coin purse and I had every intention of using it to really carry my money in. I just KNEW it would be awesome and that it would spark endless conversations! What I ended up with was something QUITE different.

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*Que old timey horn blower – whah whah whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh* ;P

You can view the full video tutorial below.

While this is still totally cute, it is soooooo not what I had envisioned. I wanted creepy, dripping, vicious, scary-ass-clown-from-IT-teeth…….. instead, I ended up with chunky, funny, Cousin-Eddie-from-the-backwoods-Bucky-Bunny-teeth. And let me tell you why……..

*Normally* when I start a project, I lose myself in it. I can spend hours or even DAYS on one project and I make sure every little detail is perfect before moving on.  (Have I ever told you that I am a perfectionist who is still trying to be ok with her inner messy?????) However, I currently do not have the time I need to devote to any project that I want spectacular results from. My mother in law is visiting for a month, Christopher is out of school, it was 4th of July week  AND my husband had the whole week off work.


So anyway, I went into my studio with these grand plans for making these freakishly fabulous teeth and sticking them into this sweet, innocent little change purse. As soon as I started shaping the clay it began…

“Ma, where’s this?”

“Babe, blah, blah. blah”

“Ma, can I do so-and-so?”

“Babe, we need blankity blank”

“Edie, can you help me with this thing here?”

You get the picture.

Needless to say, within an hour, I just wanted to get these damn teeth made and stuck into the damn purse. I won’t even go into the details of how the top and bottom jaw would not fit together properly no matter what I did or how the bottom jaw broke completely the fuck in half! I mean seriously, how is it that all of our teeth can fit in our mouth and it still closes?????

So what would have normally taken me several hours to complete, still took me several hours to complete, but I wasn’t actually working on the project for all of those hours.

And there you have it. I have already decided that I am going to pull these teeth back out and redo the ENTIRE thing….. in SEPTEMBER ….. when SCHOOL is back in session and my house is empty during the day!!!!

End Rant.

I will be back on Thursday with a brand new episode of Thrift Shop Thursday! Please like, subscribe and share!!!!

Wanna know what I got at the thrift store this week???? Watch and seeeeee 😀

Happy Earth Day!!!!!!

I try to be as kind to the Earth as I can every day, which is one of the reasons I love upcycling and repurposing items in my art. Not only is today Earth Day, but it is Mixed MEdieology Monday, which means I get to share one of those art projects with you 😀

This weeks project is an upcycled bracelet. I found a bag of plastic bracelets at the thrift store this week and I flipped one of them to create a beautiful, one of a kind accessory.


I covered the bracelet in book pages that had been colored with Distress Inks. While that was drying, I added alcohol inks to an old piece of broken costume jewelery and filled the center with glitter. The quote ‘Sparkle Forever’ just happened to be on the book page I used, so I knew it was meant to be the focal point of the piece. I laid a quote on top of the glitter and sealed it with Glossy Accents. There were a few spots of the original pink bracelet that did not get covered with the book pages, so I added a bit of glitter to those areas as well. Finally, I attached the charm to the bracelet with E-6000.

I wore this bracelet when I went out yesterday and I got several compliments on it. I see more of these in my future 🙂

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I will see you on Thursday with more thrift store finds!

I know, I know, It’s not Thursday. Trust me…. I know 😦

This has been one hell of a week, but I have persevered and I am ready to move on! But that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to vent a little bit here.

First of all, I completely lost an entire day because I was sick. Not ‘sick, sick’ but still sick. I woke up Wednesday morning to the room spinning! I had never experienced that kind of dizziness before, but the shit in my house  was LITERALLY spinning around the room. I somehow managed to drive my son (20 minutes) to school and then (20 minutes) home again before my husband came home from work to take me to the doctor. It ended up being this sinus/ear tube issue causing the dizziness and I was down for the count for two days.

Once I felt well enough to finish editing the video for this weeks episode, it was one computer issue after another. I won’t go into the hellish details, but it involved multiple failures, a trip to Walmart, two melt downs, a re-record and an hour and a half on the phone with Apple to resolve my issue. All is well now, but from now on, the FIRST thing I am going to do (in the future) when something doesn’t work properly is a system update and restart of my Mac. Infuriating friggin’ machinery.

Alrighty! Enough of that. On to this weeks episode 😀

I found an awesome bag of goodies this week and there was even a surprise in the bag ‘o goodies that took me back to a very happy childhood memory.

I also announce the winner of my giveaway AAAAAAAND tell you about my NEXT giveaway and how YOU can WIN!

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See you on Mixed MEdieology Monday.


Hello and welcome to the second installment of Thrift Shop Thursday! My name is Edie and I will be your tour guide today 🙂

Since I plan on doing a thrift store trip every week, I wanted you to be able to see my whole store and get a feeling of how it is set up. That way when you see me speeding through the store like a maniac, your eyes will hopefully be able to keep up a little better LOL!

This weeks trip is a nice, regular paced, tour of the entire store and the items that I find along the way. You will notice I have a few “SQUIRREL!” moments while in the thrift store, and yes, I AM like that all the time. Ask anyone who knows me.  I am *easily* distracted. If you are unfamiliar with ‘squirrel’ moments, you can see what I mean by watching this clip 🙂

Alrighty then, on to this week’s Thrift Shop Thursday video!!!!!!

I hope you enjoy this series of videos.  I am still learning how to pace it so that the video is not jumping all over the place and making you dizzy. I think next time, I may take my tripod and out it in the buggy instead of carrying the camcorder in my hand the whole time.

Don’t forget to come back on Mixed MEdieology Monday to see what I made using the items I got on this episode of Thrift Shop Thursday.

If you enjoy these trips and my videos, you can subscribe to me on YouTube and follow my blog 🙂

I would love to hear what you have to say, so leave me a comment or ask me a question down below.

See you next time.

Big hugs!!!