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So it has been decided. I am making an Etsy shop. I actually already made it but it is at the moment empty. Last night I created my first item, a cat toy. I was excited with how it turned out as I did it all by hand due to lack of space needed for the sewing machine. My excitement however was cut short once my hubby told me that the first one has to be a test subject. o.O Hrumpf... But it was too late so the testing will be left for later today.

What do you think? My camera, though, keeps reflecting off evvvvverrrryyyyyyyything and i cant turn the flash off!


I have been stuck in Laredo, TX on a Flying J truck stop since early Sunday. I have written 19 articles, have had hardly any access to the interwebs, have annoyed most of the staff and am about to go mental.
I really should start submitting the articles to Helium but I cant be bothered one bit so it'll have to wait til I am home.....and til I send out the Xmas cards....and eat some yummy homemade food, and.......... yeah

Clay ornaments yay! The Santa hat

Of all the fun Christmas craft projects you can do for your home I find the small handmade ornaments to be my favorite. The little goodies are so unique and completely yours, they don't look like the standard round shiny ornaments you can find at the store. These are tiny Santa's, comical snowmen, my pet dog, the favorite Christmas cookie, my own one of a kind snowflake, etc. They are a great activity for an individual or a family of ten. And even better, you can store them away and collect more and more each year, even pass some on to your children one day.
While handmade Christmas ornaments are very versatile in the shapes, sizes and materials used for this occasion I have decided to create a small clay Santa hat ornament, if you are curious to find out how just read on!
What you will need to make your own clay Santa Hat Ornament:
- Red Polymer Clay. You can get a block of it for two bucks at Joann's, Michael's or any other crafts store. You will need less than one fourth of the block.
- White Polymer Clay. Same applies as for red.
- A few toothpicks.
- A few sheets of printer paper. You can use other stuff to protect your work surface just make sure none of the color will transfer onto your clay.
- A knife or a crafts razor.
- Some festive string, not too thick.
- Some sort of a stubby screw driver or a different object of a similar shape. You will need this to put the hat on while fluffing the white of it.
How to make your own clay Santa Hat Ornament:
- First set up your work surface, protect it with paper or whatever else you might have decided to use and get your supplies ready.
- Break off a piece of the red Polymer clay, the amount depends on your desired ornament size so be vary of that when deciding how much you will use. Start shaping it into a sloppy cone.
- Once you have the approximate cone shape start working the top end out to shape it like the Santa's hat (photo 1).

- Every once in a while you might need to stop working on your ornament and let the clay set a bit. This depends on a ton of factors like humidity and temperature, but the point is you don't want the clay to become too soft and flimsy or it will be very fragile and a pain in the butt to work with!
- Take a small piece of white Polymer clay and start working it into a ball, this will be the fluffy tip of the hat. Flatten the ball and wrap it around the red tip of the hat.
- Repeat a few times until you get a bulb like shape on the end, once you have the shape apply one more layer of white (photo 2).

- Again, be wary of the clay becoming too soft. If it is OK to work with take a bigger piece of white Polymer clay and roll it out into a snake like shape.
- Apply it in circle around the base of the hat (photo 3) press down slightly so that it sticks to red but don't smush it.

- Now that you have the basic shape of the Santa hat going on grab that screw driver and the toothpick.
- Use the screw driver handle as a head and place the hat on top of it. Now, and do this carefully not to knock it off, scratch up the white around the base with a toothpick (photo 4).

- When you are done it should look something like this: (photo 5).

- Now repeat the process on the ball of white, make sure you are extra careful because the tip is thin and you don't want it all breaking off, (photo 6).

- Once again let the ornament set a bit. You might find this annoying but trust me it will help you as far as flimsiness and stability of it go.
- Take a toothpick and poke a hole at the top of the ornament, the top being where the hat folds. You will make the hole by slowly pushing the toothpick through the clay while spinning it. Have your finger on the other side where it should come out (photo 7), once you feel it poke your finger gently take it out and repeat the same from the other side. What this does is it ensures that you have a nice clean hole (photo 8).

- The pre-baked product will look something like this: (photo 9). You can smooth it out if it looks rough like mines.

- Bake your ornament according to the manufacturers instructions please!
- Once it is baked and cooled you can leave it as is or spray it with lacquer to give it shine, totally up to you.
- All you need to do now is pull the string through and your ornament is all finished!
Wow, it has been a crazy month. I have mostly been in the truck helping run the Chrysler loads. I have gotten onto Helium's Fact Checking team, and I have lost my kitty for a week! Thankfully we got him back last night!
Ah and I am thinking of opening an Etsy shop.
Does anyone know of any worth while places where I could earn money with my articles?
I already know about Helium and I love it. It has helped me get from literally nothing to do with any sort of freelance writing (Start of Feb 09) to having a whole bunch of articles written, 4 of those sold to the Marketplace, 1 sold through stock content as well as another one sold to an unrelated website. That makes for a whooping $900.00 earned through a spare time hobby. Not bad for a starter up online gig eh?
Anyway, I am looking to expand my writing horizons, so any suggestions (other than Associated Content) are very very welcome :).

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Morning ,
How was everyone's weekend? I feel accomplished. My foot hurts although i don't remember hitting it, my finger got a good wack but my beautiful bamboo flooring is finally all done!! The carpet is down and ready to cut, as well as the two rooms being painted. The house was stupidly bought Red Tagged, the tag hasn't come off yet and the deadline to move in is approaching fast! We only have a month left!

P.S. Don't let your guy take fotos.... o.O
Alright, so I already admitted I am horrendous at blogs and journals and whatnots, but whatever. Well I tried making one on wordpress. It looked lovely if i say so myself, I even made a header for it! HOWEVVVVERRRRRRRRRr seems to me wordpress is so constrictive, at least the free account is. None of my HTML in posts shows, and my links go all wonky and weird. So i guess it is back to this. I wonder if it will survive more than a week P.S. my soon to be fallen wordpress blog : Psihomodopop

What have I gotten myself into?

So instead of writing articles to Helium, uploading photos of Charlie for a GSD breeder, sorting out bills, working out or doing anything else I decided to start a blog. Fantabulous idea, no? No! I couldn't keep a diary of any sort for more than 3 days, how in the world am I going to run a blog? Who reads these anyway? I mean one post might be about mushrooms and the other about line-art, while the next one could very easily be a bitchfest about my dog eating another dozen of my hair bands. How do you find a common audience for that?! Alright, time to do some work now.