9/23/19

New-to-Me Foods

I've been working hard to build out my Fun with Food page. It's already home to Edible Crafts, Recipes from United States History, and Family Cooking Competitions. Now I've completed the fourth category:


There, you'll find all sorts of interesting foods I've tried for the first time (chicken hearts, miracle berries, and dried lily bulbs, for example) along with taste tests and eating challenges. Check out what I've tried and add to your own culinary bucket list. And if there's something else you think I should try, please let me know!

9/20/19

Barcelona

Here's the next page from our April adventures in Europe:

Barcelona (affiliate link)

As always, the first step in making the page was narrowing down which photos to use. It was raining when we were in Barcelona, so we took significantly fewer photos than in other cities. That should have made it easier, but it was actually the opposite. I struggled to find pictures to represent the breadth of what we did. I finally narrowed it down to these nine. I chose yellow and red for this layout to reflect the colors of both the Spanish and Catalonian flags. I had to use tiny writing to fit everything I wanted to say into the two small journaling blocks, but I managed!

9/19/19

Rainbow Name Art Ornament

I've made another name art project.


Yes, I know I already have a lot of name art projects. What can I say? I love name art. Someday, years from now....


Anyway, here's the tutorial. I made mine as a rainbow ornament, but obviously you can use whatever colors you'd like. Affiliate links below.

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Rainbow Name Art Ornament


Materials:



Steps: 


Trace a circular object once on white cardstock and then twice on black cardstock. The size doesn't matter that much - use a saucer or a roll of masking tape or whatever else is handy. 

Use the pencil to lightly write the middle letter of your name in the center of the circle. (For Cindy, that's the N.) It should extend all the way from the top to the bottom. If your name has an even number of letters, write the two middle letters centered in the circle. (For example, Trevor would center EV where I've written N.)


Working toward the right, lightly sketch the additional letters of your name. Each letter should touch the next letter. The last letter should touch as much of the right-side curve as possible. Sketch lightly, as it's hard to get it right on the first try and you'll likely need to erase.

Go back to the center and work toward the left, adding the first letters of your name. Again, each letter should touch the next letter. The first letter of your name should touch as much of the left-side curve as possible. 

When you are happy with your name, trace it with the Sharpie.  


Erase the pencil lines, then use the microtip scissors to cut out your name. 


Color in the letters with the colored pencils. You can use whatever colors you want, but I made a 5-color rainbow from left to right. Work slowly, being careful not to wrinkle or rip your name. I colored mine directly on the table pads you see in the photo because I wanted the texture to show up. I assumed (correctly) that the texture would distract from imperfections better than if the color were uniform. 

Cut out the two black circles and glue the name to one of the circles.  

Cut foot-long lengths of embroidery floss in colors that match your name. Use an overhand knot to tie them together at one end. Twist the colors together very tightly, then knot the other end. Some of the twisting will undo itself. Tape the two ends to the back of the black circle with the name, then use glue to sandwich the other black circle over it to help secure it in place. Everything should line up perfectly, but if it doesn't, just trim a little until you're happy. 


Enjoy your name art ornament!

9/18/19

... that one coworker who...

Steve and I both work from home, but Steve is not the one I refer to when I mention my coworker. My coworker weighs 6 pounds and sits under my chair almost every workday. He answers to Trouble... when he chooses to answer, that is. 

... that one coworker who... (affiliate link)

I've been known to complain about my coworker snatching my papers, sneaking into the craft room, or gooing on the hem of my jeans while I'm trying to get things done. When I took the picture of my coworker sitting innocently under my chair, I knew I wanted to make a page about how we all have that one coworker. I started brainstorming all the wacky things my coworker does and laughed the whole time I was doing the journaling for this page. Silly Trouble! 

9/17/19

Prosopagnosia (Face Blindness)

Well, that was interesting:



Steve sent me a fascinating article about prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. I've always wondered if, along with my aphantasia, there is something wrong with my ability to recognize people. I joke that I would be the worst-ever person to witness a crime, because I honestly wouldn't have any information to provide to a sketch artist. I used to spend a ridiculous amount of time studying my students' photos during the first few days of school in hopes of recognizing them if they wore a different color shirt to school, or talked to me from somewhere other than the desk I'd assigned them. For whatever reason, my brain wants to associate people with the color of their clothing or the location where I met them instead of anything actually useful, like facial features. I am notorious for not being able to tell movie characters apart, which I think may go a long way in explaining why I don't really enjoy movies. I spend the whole time confused because I don't know who is who. I am also notorious for not recognizing people I know if they're in an unusual setting or wearing sunglasses or something. One of my most embarrassing moments of all time was during a trip with Steve celebrating our first anniversary. We were about two hours away from home, visiting a state park, when someone who obviously knew me said hello and started chatting. He was tall and wearing sunglasses. I had no idea who he was. Instead of following normal social conventions and guiding the conversation so I could figure out who it was, I actually asked. It was my boss. The principal of the school where I taught, a man I'd seen multiple times a day for 9 years. Embarrassing, to say the least. I babbled about never seeing him in sunglasses and wait - you're wearing a hat, too! That's why I didn't recognize you! You never wear hats!

People always joke about how no one ever guessed that Clark Kent was Superman. He probably would have had me fooled.

Anyway, my score of 61% put me a hair above the diagnosis point for prosopagnosia, which sounds about right. I don't have problems finding my friends amongst other people, nor do I unintentionally snub friends regularly (at least, not that I know of...) But I'm definitely below average when it comes to recognizing people.

If you have 20 minutes, take the Cambridge Face Memory Test and let me know in the comments how you do!