Creativi-bee: Marbled Clay Coasters

I love to entertain.  I really don’t get to do it enough because…

A) no time
B) no space
C) no time

But when I can, I really enjoy it!  I love putting together themed parties and decorating my space to suit the occasion.  Even if there’s no theme, it’s always a blast eating and drinking with those you love.

So the other day, while indulging in Avalanche Sharks (yes, it’s a real movie), I got an idea for some colorful and fun coasters that would add style to any get-together…PLUS, it’s a great clay buster if you’re looking for a project to use up all those random clay pieces from other projects.

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These Marbled Clay Coasters are awesome!  They’re super colorful and durable and I just love how they turned out.  They also make great gift ideas for that special hostess with the mostess (Christmas is 4 MONTHS AWAY, PEOPLE!!)

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Marbled Clay Coasters

Materials:

  • Various pieces of crafting clay (I used an assortment of Sculpey clay…this much clay gave me 4 coasters)
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  • Clay rolling pin
  • Large circular item to cut out coasters (large drinking glasses, biscuit cutters, or small bowls work well…just make sure they’re slightly larger than a drinking glass – I used the lid for a large candle)
  • Sand paper (optional)
  • Felt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Work the clay pieces individually in your hands until soft and pliable.  Keep in mind that dark clay might stain your skin, so I suggest starting with the light colored clay first, then work the darker colored clays.
  2. Roll clay into logs.  It doesn’t really matter how long or fat the logs are here…just eye ball it and try to keep it somewhat equal.  Here were my logs, with a pen for reference (these logs gave me 2 coasters, then I did the same with the clay on the left for 2 more).
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  3. Gather logs together and twist once.
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  4. Fold logs in half and twist again.
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  5. Gather clay into a ball and work for only a few seconds, as you don’t want the colors to bleed too much.
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  6. Roll out the ball to reveal the neat marbling effect!  Don’t like the look?  Turn your clay over, it’ll look different on the other side!
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  7. Cut out your coasters and transfer to baking sheet (I have a sheet I use specifically for clay, but you can use a regular baking sheet covered with aluminum foil).
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  8. To cut more coasters, you can add more clay to your already marbled clay or start fresh.  Just remember not to work the clay too much or else you’ll just end up with nasty poo brown clay.
  9. Bake your coasters following the instructions on your clay.
  10. Let cool and enjoy!
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  11. If you want, you can sand the edges using sand paper or glue felt to the bottom of the coaster, but neither is necessary.

Here’s a closeup of some of the coasters I made…I clearly had way too much fun here!

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Reci-bee: Starry Night Pound Cake Bites

As a baker, crafter, and creative brain, I have a tendency to collect more than I need. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I was a HOARDER (though my husband may disagree with me!), but I certainly do have a lot of…stuff. And one thing I find myself collecting, for some absurd reason, is sprinkles.

Do I use a ton of sprinkles? No. Not even a little bit. But if I’m walking through Target or Michaels and there are some cute bunny-shaped sprinkles on sale, how do I say no?

So the other day as I was going through my strange sprinkle collection, I came upon this assortment of Easter sprinkles that I used for a project a while back. I only had a few of each kind, so to save space, I just dumped them all together to create one epic sprinkle mix…and then I got an idea.

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All the textures and colors blended together so perfectly and looked like a lovely starry night sky…so I decided to put this new sprinkle mix to use!

These little bites were literally the result of me going through my cabinets and fridge to find a way to use my new sprinkle assortment. I used a light blue Candy Melts candy to help create the illusion of a night sky, and I just love how these little bites turned out!

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For the cake, I used a Sarah Lee pound cake from my freezer, but you could really use whatever cake you’d like. However, keep in mind that a pound cake is sturdy and heavy, which stands up well to the weight of the candy and sprinkles.

Literally great for any occasion (as long as you have sprinkles for it!), these little Wish Upon a Star Pound Cake Bites were a super fun, fast, and budget friendly project! Best of all, now I have a little more space in my decoration box for more sprinkles!

 

Wish Upon a Star Pound Cake Bites

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite pound cake recipe (you can also use a frozen pound cake if you’d like)
  • Small round biscuit cutter (mine was about 1 in.)
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • One bag Blue Candy Melts candy
  • Disposable decorating bag or Ziploc bag
  • Large yellow star sprinkles

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Directions:

  1. Prepare your pound cake recipe. Bake and cool cake following recipe instructions.
  2. Slice your pound cake into 1 in. slices.
  3. Using your cutter, cut out as many round shapes as you can from each slice.  Using the Sarah Lee cake, I got 2 circles from each slice.
  4. Dump assorted sprinkles on a parchment-lined baking sheet (make sure your sheet has a rim so sprinkles don’t go everywhere!). Set aside.
  5. Melt your candy in a bowl following package instructions.
  6. Transfer melted candy to decorating bag and pipe candy on top of your pound cake pieces. Carefully dip candy side into sprinkle assortment.  Don’t push too hard because then the melted candy will ooze off your cake bite.  Just a light dip into the sprinkle mixture will work.  Transfer to cooling rack.
  7. Once all your cake bites are dipped, use the leftover melted candy to pipe small dot on top of each cake bite. Place large yellow star on top of dot.
  8. Place bites in freezer for 5 minutes to set candy.

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42 Inspiring Quotes from Literature

Oftentimes books do so much more than help us pass the time.  They inspire, they motivate, they help us look at the world in a different way.  Books take us on adventures, break our hearts, make us laugh, and make us mad.  They creep and crawl into our conscious, become the mantras for how we live our lives, and hold within their covers the characters that we love, mourn, hate, and admire.

In my day I’ve read a lot of books…A LOT.  A live-long obsession with reading and a degree in literature have opened my world to a whole plethora of reading materials.  Take a look at my bookshelves and you’ll see everything from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Crime and Punishment.  I have books on the history of pirates, novels written by local Native American authors, and even signed copies of some rare first editions.  I love reading and love being transported into a world all my own.  Every time I pick up a new book, I create a new world in my mind and I almost always learn something along the way.

As I’ve moved my way from story to story, I’ve collected quotes that have stuck out to me, that mean something to me or that have taught me something about life.  While this is by no means a full list, here are a few inspiring quotes I’ve stumbled upon during my 30+ years of being a book nerd.🙂

Books and Literature

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.
–To Kill a Mockingbird


–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’
–God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.
–A Wrinkle in Time


–Gone with the Wind

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
–Alice in Wonderland

Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering?
Life, which you look for, you will never find.
For when the gods created man, they let
death be his share, and life
withheld in their own hands.
Gilgamesh, fill your belly,
Day and night make merry,
let days be full of joy,
dance and make music day and night.
And wear fresh clothes,
And wash your head and bathe.
Look at the child that is holding your hand,
And let your wife delight in your embrace.
These things alone are the concern of men.
–The Epic of Gilgamesh

 Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
–The Painted Drum


–The Little Prince

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
–Worstward Ho

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
–Foundation

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
–As You Like It

Things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
–Life of Pi


–Les Miserables

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
–A Game of Thrones

Wanna fly, you gotta give up the shit that weighs you down.
–Song of Solomon

Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.
–Tuck Everlasting


–The Princess Bride

People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.
–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
–To Kill a Mockingbird


–The Fellowship of the Ring

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
–The Catcher in the Rye

Without love, we become savage.
–Lord of the Flies

Write it all down.
–Harriet the Spy

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
–The Last Lecture


–The Alchemist

Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.
–The Catcher in the Rye

You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.
–The Phantom Tollbooth

I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.
–A Wrinkle in Time


–Alice in Wonderland

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
–Peter Pan

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.
–The House at Pooh Corner


–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?
–Mary Poppins

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.
–Charlotte’s Web

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
–The Minpins


–The Magician’s Nephew

Keep all your promises, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and always look after those less fortunate than yourself, and you’ll do well in the world.
–The Dragon of Lonely Island

There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.
–The Tale of Despereaux

You can’t pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing.
–Tuck Everlasting

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
–The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

How long is forever?  Sometimes, just one second.
–Alice in Wonderland

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16 A+ Back-to-School Movies

It’s been a few years now since I have had to worry about back to school time, but there’s no denying that around the end of August, I still feel that little pang of happy anxiety…the fear and excitement of starting a new school year filled with new people, new opportunities, and new SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

I was in the small percentile of nerdy girls who actually looked forward to the start of school. Since I was in band for the majority of my educational career, I met a lot of my high school and college classmates a few weeks before the start of classes. I looked forward to shopping for school supplies and shopping for college text books was always a fun (albeit expensive!) adventure.

Though I don’t have to worry about collecting my school planner and trying to remember my locker combination anymore, I still do love watching other people go through it! Therefore, I’ve collected my top 16 back to school movies, sure to get you in the S-P-I-R-I-T!

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Grease (1978)
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A definite guilty pleasure, Grease holds a spot up there as one of my favorite back-to-school movies. For extra credit, check out Grease 2, where you’ll learn helpful songs that teach you about the months of the year and how plants reproduce. All helpful information.

 

Animal House (1978)
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The Breakfast Club (1985)
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One of my favorite movies of all time, The Breakfast Club is the ultimate high school movie. With a character to represent every high school cliché, this classic 80’s film teaches us all that, at the end of the day, the labels we strive for never really matter.

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
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Back to School (1986)
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To help get his son on the straight and narrow, Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) heads off to college. In true Dangerfield fashion, hilarity ensues, and the film ends with an ironic message from Dangerfield on how to deal with life’s challenges.

 

Dead Poets Society (1989)
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If you’ve been lucky enough to have a teacher or professor like John Keating, you best count your blessings. A testament to the importance of language and words, Dead Poets Society is a beautiful film that should be on the syllabus for any student, no matter what their discipline.

 

Kindergarten Cop (1990)
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Clueless (1995)
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A true time capsule of 90’s culture, Clueless is a joy for those who were products of the time. Based on Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless is a feel-good film that may look trashy on the outside, but has a heart of gold.

 

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1997)
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I can honestly say that some of the best high school and college memories I have are of my time in band. The arts are ESSENTIAL to a well-rounded and productive education, and Mr. Holland’s Opus is a sweet dedication to those who continue to fight so hard to keep the arts active in their school districts.

 

Rushmore (1998)
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It’s a little romantic, a little heartbreaking, a little sad, and a whole lot of funny. Another one of my all-time fave’s, Rushmore is a whimsical and wonderful story of a small prep school and the boy who just couldn’t let it go. Filled with familiar tales of awkward friendships and unrequited love, Rushmore will have you smiling from start to finish.

 

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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In all honesty, here are the two best things about this film:

  • Heath Ledger
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Aaaand that’s about it.

 

Election (1999)
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We all know her…the pushy, smart, show-off who overtook the school walls with “Vote for Me” posters. She was on the ballot for Class President, Homecoming Queen, Prom Queen, and graduated valedictorian. Every school has one, and in Election, Reese Witherspoon captures her so perfectly. Her relationship with her teacher (Matthew Broderick) alone makes this one a must-see before school starts.

 

Remember the Titans (2000)
football team training american football remember the titansThe ultimate in feel-good movies, Remember the Titans will attack your emotional core. Denzel Washington shines as a football coach who has to battle racism, failing students, and a school system that is working against him. Despite all odds, the love and dedication he shows his team make this a heart-warming film that anyone will enjoy.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
harry potter diagon alleyLet’s be honest, when Harry and Hagrid go to Diagon Alley to shop for his school supplies, you can’t help but just squeal with glee! Harry’s introduction into Hogwarts and the wizarding world rings familiar with those going to high school or college for the first time. Meeting new friends, getting used to new professors, and navigating a new landscape are stressors for any student, but Harry and his friends show us that just sharing some jelly beans can go a long way in establishing life-long connections.

 

School Ties (2001)
https://danhairfield.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/screen-shot-2012-04-22-at-4-03-02-pm.png?w=526&h=329A hidden gem in the back-to-school movie line-up, School Ties stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O’Donnell, and Anthony Rapp. Taking place in a private all-boys school, School Ties covers touchy topics such as racism, bigotry, and prejudice and pushes the door wide open on the difficulties students face from their parents and their environment.

 

Mean Girls (2004)
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The cool girls may not be as cool as you think, and Mean Girls sheds light on what makes the Regina’s of the world tick. HINT: Be weary of those girls with wacko moms…

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Creativi-bee: 8 Wizard of Oz Craft Ideas

A few days ago we talked about some fun Wizard of Oz food ideas for a movie night or viewing party, and here are eight more fun Wizard of Oz themed craft ideas, fun for decorating or creating your own themed Halloween costumes!

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8 Wizard of Oz Craft Ideas

Use hemp and colored ribbon to make this Over the Rainbow Cuff.  With all the colors of the rainbow, this fun accessory could compliment almost any outfit!

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This sweet Plush Tin Man has a heart big enough to hold all the love in the world!

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Keep your place in The Wizard of Oz book with this cute Bad Witch Bookmark.

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Fun for Wizard of Oz viewing parties and Halloween parties, this cute Candy Corn Scarecrow makes a fun party favor or table decoration!

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Are you a good witch or a bad witch?  If you’re a good witch, you’re sure to love this Glamorous Glinda Crown…and remember, that’s GA-linda…with a GA!  #Wicked

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Are you getting sleepy after browsing all these projects?  Lay your weary head in this field of Paper Poppy Flowers.  I promise, no monkeys will attack you!

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Lead the way to your Wizard of Oz party with this fun Yellow Brick Road path.  Made using yellow paint and a sponge, this project can be completed on paper, fabric, or right on your sidewalk!

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We all know there’s no place like home…and it’s certain that there are no slippers like these Sparkling Red Ruby Slippers, either!  Make your own glittery shoes with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

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The Bees Knees: Never What We Seem…

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August 16, 2016 · 9:23 am