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    I cook poorly, I craft obsessively and I love the look of a retro cocktail. When I am feeling guilty about taking time away from my family with my obsessions, I make videos about my guilt as "The Guilty Crafter" or I blog here. Thanks for stopping by!

    Thursday
    Apr102014

    Darice Kids Craft Survey

    (danger Will Robinson:This post is part of a paid campaign with Snap and Darice, but all comments and opinions contained within are my own. #KidsCrafts #Foamies)

     If you're following me on Instagram, you've probably seen me posting a lot of random photos with hastag "SnapConf" this past week. I'm getting ready to attend a big creative blogger conference in Salt Lake City this month called Snap! and I'm trying to participate in as many pre-conference events as I can so I can meet people before I go and not just be a big puddle of social anxiety wallflower mess when I'm there. (Litte known fact: many very outgoing bloggers and social media personalities aren't so outgoing in person or when they're out of their element. #SurpriseNotSurprise). Here's a new one for me, I'm going to promote a Snap! Conference sponsor's survey as part of an affiiate blogger deal. I don't usually do these things because I'm too busy styling weirdo bento lunches or dyeing vintage prom dresses but I thought I'd give this one a whirl. Help a girl out? Here's what you gotta do.

    • This survey is to help craft company Darice (you know them- they make all kinds of cool crafts stuff inluding the awesome mini metal punch I just used on AM NORTHWEST to create wine charms). Complete thssurvey to help determine what kid's crafts will appear in stores this year and provide feedback on packaging.
    • Help out and you could win one of three awesome prizes including: $300 in kid's craft supplies, $100 Visa gift card and $50 Visa gift card.
    • You must take the survey via the link below to win 
    Click here for survey
    Giveaway will end on 4/16/14 at 11:59 EST. Three winners will be randomly chosen.  
    *Winners must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win. Three winners total. One winner will receive a kid's craft basket worth $300+, second winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card, and the third winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. No substitutions. No purchase necessary. This giveaway ends April 16th, 2014 Midnight EST. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email address provided in entry form, by 4/18/14. This giveaway is not sponsored by or associated with Visa. 
    Tuesday
    Apr012014

    Anatomy of an April Fools' Day Lunch, Year 4

    For the past few years, I've blogged about the lunches I pack for my kids on April Fools' Day. I thought I may have outdone myself last year with the pet food containers I very carefully cleaned out and filled with (wrapped!) lunch foods. I giggled about that one all day as I thought of them opening their lunches in front of their friends and teachers.

    This year, we have an unexpected bonus. We're hosting a Japanese exchange student for the week who is not expecting anything. My daughter said there was no way I could pull the same prank I pulled on my husband and son this morning. Can you imagine?! I'd have to dig through his suitcase which *might* be taking things too far.  But lunch? That I can do.  Naturally, I am considering this an educational and cultural lesson.  I even thought of a very American spin on the whole concept- junk food! 

    Now I will be giggling all day thinking of our sweet exchange student opening his lunch. I put a note in his that says "What is April Fools' Day?" hoping he'd have the presence of mind to ask one of his tour chaperones. This is just too good. I've been trying very hard to act normal since he got here but I guess today we are moving on to a new level in our relationship. 

    Really. I am giggling.

    Tuesday
    Mar182014

    1 dress, 3 Looks

    Working for Rit Dye has been going great. I love a totally open-ended product. I've been dyeing like a crazy woman. My latest fun has been this dress project ($14 from Ebay- Call me, Ebay Stories!) where I am planning on using color remover and dye to dye the same dress for different occasions all year long.

    You can read my inaugural Rit Studio blog post about the project HERE. And yes, I really AM wearing this dress around town. I wore the fushcia version to my kiddo's school Valentine's Day party and yesterday, I insisted our whole family headed over to the local Irish pub and pretend we like Irish food and dark beer.* 

    *I actually like shepherd's pie but only because I hope the meat is beef rather than the lamb I suspect it is. And only those few moments before my kids start insisting what I'm eating is actually german shepherd pie and is made of dog. They enjoy eating with an adult who is a pickier eater than they are. Kids are evil.

     

    Thursday
    Mar132014

    DIY Colonial-style Wig Made from Paper

    The most dreaded sentence of parenthood: "Mom, I need a costume...for tomorrow." I can't even imagine not being a crafty mom in these situations. Luckily I usually have the right supplies on hand to whip something out in the time it takes Kiddo1 & Kiddo2 to eat their morning cereal. But for this project, even the most resolutely non-crafty parent can pull it all together in a few minutes.

    Kiddo2 has a speech this week about a colonial loyalist (is that an oxymoron?). With no notice, I simply cut several 3" strips of paper from a few sheets of computer paper and taped them on to a hotel shower cap (that part was Kiddo2's idea). To curl the strips, I wound the ends of the paper around a thick marker. The bow is cut from black craft paper.

    I might get into this paper wig making thing. No one loves a crazy wig more than I do!

    Tuesday
    Mar042014

    I am Newsworthy. Kinda.

    This past Friday, I received a phone call from the producer of a local morning news show here in Portland asking if I would be interested in coming on and doing a craft segment. Um, YES! I love adding weird life experience to my "done-that" list. "Great!" she said, "See you Tuesday!" Wait. Did she just say Tuesday? THIS Tuesday?!

    [Scramble, scramble, minor freak-out...]

    And then, just like that, I'm in the green room with one of my first Portland-area friends (thanks for coming, Kim!). I was decked out in a retro cocktail dress while gearing myself up to crank up the kooky. And then we met the other 3 guests of the day: The elegant and spiritual Germaine Parra, author of "Searching for the Caravan: A Reconciliation with Love, Science and Divinity," the warm and charming Mantu Joshi whose book " The Resilient Parent: Everday Wisdom for Life with Your Exceptional Child" was written in his limited spare time as he stays home to raise his family's 3 small children. And then there was the high-energy duo of Lisa Cohn and her little boy Michael who have co-authored a children's book about how to deal with the loss of a pet ("Bash and Lucy"). Michael is 5. FIVE. So yeah.

    Oh, and me? I made a bottle cap to hang off of some booze. (See the picture below to put that into perspective). Naturally I started humming this tune and dialed myself back at bit on the kooky factor. But still. Good times. I loved the experience and what wonderful people to hang out with on a random Tuesday morning in my new hometown. Afterwards, Kim and I went to breakfast and then did a little shopping at Goodwill with me still wearing my retro cocktail dress and sparkly tights- no one so much as batted an eye. I love this town.

    Oh- and you can catch my segment online here (and yes, my hair was crazy. I haven't found a hairstylist here that can take me at a moment's notice. See also: humidity.):

    Guests' projects, in clockwise order, starting at the top left: spiritual, caring and helpful, moving and inspirational. And my booze charm. Nice.

    Monday
    Mar032014

    How to Decorate Free Slippers

    If you're having a really good (fancy) vacation, someone, at some point, is going to give you free, white slippers. You might get a pair while you're luxuriating at a spa, you might find some waiting in your swanky hotel or you might be given a less fluffy pair after you've gotten a fancy pedicure. Or maybe you just buy yourself a clearance rack pair of white slippers at Macys and pretend that you've been on a fancy vacation (guilty). The common theme is, they're always white. *Yawn.*

    Check out how I jazzed up the pair of plain white slippers I received while I was out of town earlier this week. I do work for Rit Dye so you know I can't be content with just plain, old white, right? It's as easy as using a cosmetic sponge to color the slippers in any hue that you like. The only crafty curve-ball I added to this project was using Elmer's blue gel glue to act as a resist to the dye. Put the glue wherever you don't want dye and they sky is the limit on design options. I went for my go-to fave: polka dots.

    P.S. You can always peek at more of my Rit Dye work via my Rit Studio at: http://www.ritstudio.com/author/angeladaniels/

    P.P.S. You can buy Rit Dye in a variety of colors and the Elmer's gel glue at your local Walmart, Michaels or Joann Stores.

     

    Friday
    Feb212014

    Lessons I've Learned being the Mom of a Teenager

    Today it's official. I am the mom of the dreaded genus of human beings: the Teenager. So far, I'm about 2 hours into this experience and, despite all the alarming articles I've read on the HuffPost and over at BlogHer.com, it's been really great. So great in fact, that I've only learned one big lesson so far. And I'd like to share that with you so here it is:

    Be very specific when you order a cake from an ice cream shop you haven't patronized previously. You may have gotten the EXACT same cake for the past few years for your kiddo- the only consistent thing he requests every year for his birthday- at your local shop but if you move (or even if you're on the other side of town on a lark): ask to see that book of cake examples. Point specifically to what you want. If you want, hypothetically, a cake with ice cream cones on top, don't assume they know what you mean. Just because you don't use the word "clown" or you are too new in your relationship to the cashier at the new Baskin Robbins to have shared your fear of dolls (and by natural extention, their close cousins - clowns), don't assume this shop isn't clown-centric.

    On the plus side, this will be a good footnote in my kiddo's future memoir. Classy, pratically sophisticated cake from ages 1-12, scary/infantile cake for year 13. At least it tastes the same. Except for the eyes. Don't eat ice cream clown eyes. They're terrible.

    Saturday
    Dec212013

    Custom Dyed Buttons/ I'm a Ritster

    It's a few days before Christmas which means it's the most natural time in the world for me to start crafting. Anything to avoid holiday cooking, cleaning and gift wrapping. It happens every year. This week I was particularly inspired to craft because I just got back from learning some techniques to working with Rit Dye as part of my new relationship with Rit as their "DYE-signer Network Curator" (and yes, they let me invent my own title, wasn't that nice?). More on that later, back to procrastination...

    Here's how this project happened- I was on my way back from an appointment and was racing against the clock to get home and participate in a conference call. Holiday traffic, being what it is, conspired to get me stuck in the car for my conference call- RIGHT next to my favorite local thrift store. So, yes, I have more important things to do but it did really seems as though it was fate to run into the thrift store when my call was over. And that's where I found this super lovely Elevenses jacket. I know the brand from my many dream shopping trips through Anthropologie so I scooped it up and raced to the checkstand. It was missing a few buttons but other than that, it's in excellent shape so I figured I'd buy new buttons on the way home (procrastinating even more, see how I am?).

    At the fabric store, I'm sure they thought I was shoplifting. I stayed in the button aisle for at least 1/2 hour. I put buttons all over my jacket, took photos, uploaded the best photo to Facebook to ask my online friends their opinion. I eventually decided that some big wood buttons were sort of okay but they only had 2 and I needed 5. Ugh. But then it dawned on me- DYE my own with all the dye I got this week at training! DUH! (and shout out to my fave buttons- Blumenhthal Lansing- I bought a few cards of their natual wood buttons but they've send me buttons in the past and they are the nicest people).

    So that's what you see here. Quickly dyed buttons (directions in my Rit Studio if you want the specs- it's crazy how little there is to do to dye wood well), new-to-me jacket and a WHOLE lot of holiday chores left undone while I look around the house for other things to dye. Tis the season!

    Monday
    Nov042013

    Mad Men Retro Cocktail Party Menu

    As I continue to adjust to life in a new city, I have tried to make good on my vow to throw myself into social activities to make friends. Don't misunderstand me, there's a reason I spend so much of my time on Facebook and writing blog posts. Don't tell anyone but I'm a little bit shy- don't let all the crazy photos here fool you, I have to work at being social until I feel really comfortable with a group of people. So when my kiddo's elementary school announced they would be selling tickets to their annual fall dinner/auction fundraiser, I promised myself I would go. When I heard the event was going to be Mad Men themed, I WANTED to go. A retro themed party where attendees are encouraged to wear 60's era clothing? Yes please.

    On the day the tickets went on sale, I stayed home. I figured I'd pick up a pair the next day. I still hadn't broken the news to Mr. Angela Daniels that there was a vintage smoking jacket and ascot in his future AND I was planning on making him be charming for a whole evening filled with strangers and awkard first-time meetings. Then I got the email that the event had sold out. SOLD OUT. First day. I was relieved/disappointed. But there was nothing else for me to do but to follow-through on my second vow of living in this new city- volunteering as a way to meet people. In keeping with that spirit, I created this for the event:

    The organizers chose the drinks and found the photos and I created the menu, adding in the ingredients for each retro cocktail. Pretty darn cute, I think. Notice the Sterling Cooper logo at the bottom? And you know what? I created the whole thing on my computer at home and didn't meet a single person as I worked via email on revisions with the party organizers. The road to Hell and all that...

    Anyway, to make up for missing this fun party, I'm thinking of recreating it myself one of these days and I thought someone out there might be planning their own Mad Men cocktail party so I thought I'd share the menu to save you some time. You can find the 4x6 printable version here. And when you're making out your invitations, maybe consider a secretly shy blogger. We're pretty fun in person- once we take that first step. Cheers.

    Wednesday
    Sep042013

    Printable Flamingo Friday Flyer

    After posting here and here about my successful attempts at bringing Flamingo Fridays to my old neighborhood and now to my new one, I've had a lot of people ask if they can have a copy of the flyer I created. Mine had our names, the date of the event and our address on it but I have modified my original flyer a bit so that you can simply print it off and deliver to your neighbors. Community mailboxes are a great place to let everyone know about Flamingo Fridays too. Just click the link below, choose "Printable Flamingo Friday Flyer" and print:

    Printable Flamingo Friday Flyer