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What I’ve enjoyed on the Internet this past week…


It’s obvious I’m really getting into this Challenge, as my projects keep getting more involved. My “thing” number twenty-six, a fabric wreath, was more messy than the burlap wreath and more time-consuming than the Peeps bunting. I followed Moda Bakeshop’s tutorial and used the Harmony honey bun by Jan Patek.

It took one evening to cut all the strips and three more to do the tying. For such a simple concept, it takes quite a lot of time to create! I love how it turned out, though. Very shabby chic. While the honey bun offers ready-made consistency in the size and colors of the fabric strips, this project could easily be done with mismatching scrap fabrics and ribbon for a fun eco-chic wreath.

My mom and sister (Erin) are working on fabric wreaths of their own. I’m excited to see how theirs turn out, and hopefully I can share them here, too.

My elementary school would do these themed events once a year when each grade level would learn all about the culture of a country.  I can’t recall if it was one day or full week, but students could dress up in ethnic outfits and we’d sample food from that country and listen to its music.  In second grade, we learned about Japan, and one of the activities was origami.  I loved it and I asked my parents for origami books and paper.  I recall making many origami boxes and little paper cups that actually held water. But the crane eluded me.  I could never quite fold it right.  And eventually, the seven-year-old me gave up and moved on to a different hobby.

For “thing” number twenty-five, I decided to take on the crane.  Dum-dum-da-dummmmmmm.  I raided my little sister Lindsey’s supply of origami stuff (the same sister who has pastry supplies—she’s a Reinaissance woman), and among her things, I believe I found my old origami book.  And on my lunch break today at Taco Bell—because who doesn’t think origami goes well with Mexican food?—I set to folding a little bird.  I quickly learned that my seven-year-old brain was no match for this book.  It is the most poorly written instruction manual I’ve ever read!  It alternates between illustrations and photos, and they’re taken from different perspectives—sometimes from the origami-folder’s perspective, sometimes the opposite direction.  And the fragmented style of the captions is nearly impossible to follow.  I stumbled through with many a quizzical look and furrowed brow, but after a mere 10 minutes, I had a damn-near perfect crane.  Oh yeah.  Crane: conquered.

My longtime roommate and good friend, Kristin, introduced me to Noises Off many years ago. The movie—starring Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, and Nicollette Sheridan—quickly became one of my favorites.  Originally a British play, the comedy is about a traveling theater troupe that’s falling apart, due to inter-cast romances and bizarre professional quirks.  You see them perform the same act of a play three times—each getting progressively worse as they continue on their tour.  It is absolutely hilarious.  And filled with so many great lines.  I think I quote this movie once a day.

Anyway, for “thing” number twenty-four, I went to see the theater production of Noises Off by Walnut Creek’s Center Rep (pictured above).  It was fantastic—definitely on par with the film and much better than the other two theater productions I’ve seen in recent years.  Plus, their set (which must rotate, as act two is the backstage view of the play) is exquisite.  If you’re in the Bay Area, check it out.  And if not, put Noises Off in your Netflix queue

“Lucky I can’t see far with this leg!”

As a treat to share with family for Easter, I did a little cupcake decorating for “thing” number twenty-three.  I got the idea to use Starbursts as fondant-like accents from Lisa Leonard’s blog.  You just spray a plate with Pam, arrange several unwrapped Starbursts, and zap it all in the microwave for 10 seconds.  The candy becomes soft enough to flatten and cut with cookie cutters.  I used a small flower-shaped fondant cutter (which I stole from my little sister’s pastry-chef stash… hehehe… thanks Lindsey!)  Cute, no?

I’ve been meaning to redesign my blog header. While I like the current one, it’s a little too light and cutesy. At the same time, I’ve been wanting to personalize and broaden the content a little more. Ultimately, I’d like this to be more of a personal blog that covers my life and a variety of topics but with a heavy emphasis on creativity.  Setting that tone in the header is important to me.

So, for “thing” number twenty-two, I gave it a shot. From the get-go, I felt “LeeAnne’s Life” would be too cliché and cheesy, but I thought it might work with a bunch of rambling text between the words describing my life.  But… it’s still feeling cliché and cheesy to me.  I’m going to have to come up with something better.  The design, however, I’m digging.  For all the paper and embellishments, I used the “Clementine” digital kit from Shabby Princess, which is my favorite digi-scrapbooking purchase to date.  The fonts are Jot (for “Art. Faith. Love.”), a Friday freebie from Creating Keepsakes, and Monique (the rambling text), from ScrapGirls.

So, first attempt complete.  Now, back to the drawing board.

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What I’ve enjoyed on the Internet this past week…

  • This video of photographer Sharon Montrose (above), who takes portraits of wild animals. About 3 minutes in, she meets a three-month-old baby giraffe. Ahhhh, I love giraffes!
  • This other video of Ellen DeGeneres and two Harry Potter fans getting a preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the highly anticipated new addition to Universal Studios Orlando. Favorite quote: “I’m picking up the pollution in the sky on my Swiffer.”
  • The U.S. Census fortune cookiereally?
  • A salon that does no color and no cuts—only blow-outs. Meet DryBar.