DIY

Painting Glasses Like a Boss

3-IMG_6052Last year, C. Dolly brought me back a beautiful wineglass from her drunkfest  wine tour. Due to our well documented crow nature, it has managed to fascinate us both for a period of a year. When we decided to do a clam bake, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to put our painting skills to the test with some awesome, one of a kind painted glasses. 

After much googling, youtubing and scratching our nether regions, we decided to take the advice of Martha Stewart, because she is our crafting queen. When in doubt, we always ask, “WWMSD – What Would Martha Stewart Do?” She would encourage us to buy her tried and true product, that’s what!

Martha Stewart, Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint was the answer for our overwhelmed brain. There are so many different options and conflicting advice available on the internet and just as many pros and cons to all of them. We decided that paint rather than pens would give us more of the texture and artistic look we were going for. It was also available in a much wider selection of colours than pens and would give us options to blend colours for different effects. So far we are happy with them and they have stood up to the scratch test, hand washing and the dishwasher in the top rack. 

Supplies:

  • Synthetic paint brushes, variety of sizes
  • Martha Stewart acrylic paint
  • Glasses of your choice, we chose stemless wine glasses and pilsner glasses
  • oven

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry glasses well to remove any film or oil that may be on them from handling
  2. Choose your colour palette and design. You can even tape a simple pattern on the inside of the glass if you’re unsure of your painting skills. If you’re painting something specific like cherry blossoms, or a tree, it would help to have the picture in front of you for reference (blossom count, colours, etc…)
  3. Let paint dry for at least an hour prior to heating in oven. 
  4. Place glasses on tray in cold oven. Heat to 350F and bake for 30 minutes. DO NOT REMOVE! 
  5. Open oven door a crack, and let glasses cool prior to removing. Do not forget about them and turn your oven on in the morning to make sausages for breakfast. If you do, turn the oven off and let the glasses sit in the oven until cold and then find something else to cook. – R.Dolly

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Beaded Lights

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I happened upon some Jesse James Crystal Balls that were on sale at Fabricland. I loved the colors and thought they would be beautiful lit up from within and wondered if I could get them on a string of Christmas mini lights.  I honestly didn’t care if I was going to be able to work my magic and somehow get them over the mini light bulb because they were gorgeous and #crowlife took over all reasoning.

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Once I arrived home, I was trying to figure out how to get those damn crystal balls onto the mini lights. I dreamt about it that night. A co-worker (most likely tired of listening to me whine about the fucking crystal balls) suggested tiny little mini LED lights that she found at a local Home Hardware. They come with their own battery pack attached to one end and let you choose between settings of constant, flashing, and fading. The LED lights were tiny enough to fit through the holes in the crystal balls and I was ecstatic!!! I used a piece of florist wire to secure the bead over the light. In five minutes I had a sparkly #crowlife creation that I was in love with. Lesson learned: Don’t pass over something you fall in love with just because you can’t immediately figure out a way to use it. 

~C. Dolly~

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DIY

Summer Solstice Headband

Materials:

  • High quality fake fur in two different colours
  • 1 piece of felt for your ear base
  • fake flowers and greenery
  • gems
  • hot glue gun
  • Hard plastic headband

Instructions:

Cut out a template for your ears. We used a template to cover the back of the ears in “fur” and also used a different color of “fur” on the front for the inside of the ears. We chose shorter wolf ears, so we didn’t need any wire for shaping. If you choose to make rabbit ears, you will need some wire to glue between the felt and the “fur.” When cutting your template, make sure that one end is slightly longer than the other to account for the ear angling down at the side of the head. Use your template to cut two ears out of the felt *remember to flip the template over when cutting the second ear for a left and right ear. Cut two slits into the felt. The middle tab will fold around the back and the two front tabs will eventually fold around the front to meet at the middle and give the ear some shape.

Position ears onto back of headband. Make sure they are angled the correct way, and fold the middle tab to the back. Hot glue gun in place.

 

Using your template, cut front and back fur pieces for your ears. Remember to flip the template for the second ear so that it’s angled properly. Glue onto the felt. Keep gluing on fur until you have the look you want. Fold over front tabs so they meet in the middle and glue to headband.

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Using fake flower bunches from the dollar store, pull the flowers off of the stems and separate into layers. Glue them back together and put a gem in for the centre. Place flowers and leaves onto the headband until you have the look you want. – R.Dolly

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A Tutu for Dolly

1-IMG_6038Dollies love tutus and Dolly the pug is no exception. Since I knew that Dolly didn’t want to be left out on the celebrations, I made her a tutu of her very own. Imagine sizing a tutu to a barrel. It is a pretty difficult design. I almost feel like she might need suspenders 😦 Anyway, I didn’t want her tummy to be rubbed by rough tulle or elastic, so I decided to make her tutu exactly the way I make mine. Because, let’s face it, Pugs deserve nothing but the best! If you’re interested in the people version, I have added the youtube tutorial video (part 1 and part 2) by Anjou below.

Materials

  • 1 scratch piece of fabric that will circle the subjects ‘waist’
  • 4 lengths of tulle, roughly 5″ wide, depending on length you want for the skirt, and 3 to 4 times the length of the scratch piece of fabric
  • Wide satin ribbon

Instructions

Starting at the bottom of the scratch piece of fabric, you are going to fold or pleat your tulle. You can pin it if you want, but I prefer to just fold as I’m sewing. If it helps you to make sure you don’t over pleat and run out of tulle, you can start at the centre like I do and then flip it around and work towards the other edge. 

 

For the second row of tulle, flip it around so that the length is towards the top of the scratch piece of fabric. This will help add fullness to to tutu when you flip it back over the first layer of tulle.

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Alternate each tulle layer in this way until you have used all four pieces of tulle.  I like to fold over my scratch piece of fabric, folding the tulle inside, and sew it together, making it easier for the next step.  I also think it makes it look a little fluffier.

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Cover your scratch fabric with wide ribbon. If you don’t have any at the moment (like me), you can use a piece of satin fabric in the colour of your choice. I folded it over the scratch fabric and sewed in a shorter piece of ribbon on the ends to tie the tutu on.

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You and your furry friend of choice are now party ready! Enjoy the festivities. – R. Dolly

DIY

Masterbaster Grill

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There’s not a single food that is more amazing than steak cooked over an open fire. Pair it with a baked potato with all the toppings, fresh corn on the cobb, caesar salad and a glass of wine or a cooler. That’s my favorite meal of all time. Trying out different marinades and sauces to baste the meat with is always a fun experiment in flavor.

My grandpa made a really cool grill that was portable, adjustable, easy to clean and would swing away from the fire so that you could flip your food without singing any arm hair. Derek has lost his arm hair a few times while using the barbeque. I would smell that wonderful, enticing aroma of burning human hair and know that barbeque season had officially begun. He’d walk in with the cooked food acting all nonchalant like nothing had happened and I’d just walk up to him and rub his newly de-furred forearm and smile. This is why I love my husband. He never ceases to amaze me with being so unaware of my deductive reasoning skills after being together for so many years.

My brother has made a few of these grills before so I had him create one for us. We purchased the supplies and voila!

**You MUST purchase your barbeque replacement grill BEFORE you create this little beauty. The frame HAS to be made to fit the grill. Three bold words in that sentence which means pay-a-fucking-ttention.

Cost per Grill: $30 CAD + supplies (I lucked out because my husband works on vehicles, builds shit every weekend and is also #crowlife so we had everything except for the grill, which I purchased at Canadian Tire. Make sure you purchase an actual barbeque replacement grill.

Supplies

  • Grill – $30 – Canadian Tire
  • 1″ angle iron
  • 1″ flat bar
  • 2 steel tubes that will fit over the shaft
  • 2 bolts
  • 2 chain link spacers
  • Solid steel shaft with the bottom inch lathed to almost a point so that it’s easier to pound into the ground
  • 1/4″ wide by 1″ long piece of steel

Directions

  1. Cut your 1″ angle iron to size. Make the shorter side edges 1/4″ longer than size of the grill to create a lip on the front side. The back piece is also cut from angle iron and when the back piece and 2 side pieces are welded together, they should fit the grill perfectly with no wiggle room.img_2639
  2. Cut the 1″ flat bar for the front piece to length and weld to the side pieces of angle iron to complete the frame.
  3. Put the grill in the frame and mark the edge of the grill on the front piece.
  4. Weld the thin piece of steel onto the middle of the flat bar where you’ve marked the grill edge. This is to hold the grill in place while you’re cooking to prevent the grill and all your delicious food from sliding off into the fire like a sacrifice to the camping gods. *If you’re tenting, they won’t give a fuck anyways because you are temporarily residing in the house of the devil*img_2636
  5. Weld each bolt onto one of the chain link spacers. This will create your set screw.img_2635
  6. Weld one of the tubes onto the centre of the backside of the frame and insert one of the set screws.img_2632
  7. Slide the remaining tube over the shaft and use your set screw to tighten the tube to set the grill at the height you need for whatever food you’re planning to cook. Make sure it’s tight!!!
  8. Slide the tube attached to the grill and frame over the shaft. Have your set screw loosely fastened in this tube. This allows you to swing the grill away from the fire to turn your food and then swing it back over the fire to resume cooking.img_2596
  9. When you’re heading home, just remove the grill and frame from the shaft. Remove the grill from the frame to clean and pack everything away.

Remember!!! It’s not the size of your grill…it’s the way you swing it!! ~C.Dollymasterbaster

 

DIY

Portable Hiking Grill

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If you’re hiking somewhere fairly barren and rocky or if you have a romantic dinner planned in the middle of nowhere, either because you love someone or you just want to get some, check out this light and compact grill. Just make sure you’re going to be able to find enough wood to start the fire for both cooking and getting some.

 

 

 

 

Supplies:

  • 1 – 12″ length – 3/4″ diameter copper tube
  • 1 – 12″ length – 5/8″ diameter copper tube
  • 2 Copper Tube Caps (size that will fit the larger diameter pipe)
  • 11 stainless steel bicycle spokes
  • 2 spoke ends

Directions:

  1. Mark the copper tubes at 1″ intervals.09-IMG_5900
  2. Secure the copper tube in a vise and use a 3/32″ drill bit. Without drilling through both sides of the tube, drill a hole into the marked side of the tube. Once you have drilled the holes, secure the tube again and on the hole at each end only, drill completely through to the other side. Make sure it is straighter than a sad curvy penis, like our first try was.10-IMG_5903
  3. Use wire cutters and cut off the bent flared tip of the bike spoke.J-bend-silver-spoke
  4. Use pliers to bend that same end of the wire in a 90 degree angle 1/2″ from the end.img_2637
  5. Screw the 2 spoke ends onto 2 spokes and set aside. Use the wire cutters and cut the threads off of the remaining 9 spokes.img_2628-1.jpg
  6. Leaving the 2 end holes empty, take the 9 spokes and insert the bent end into the holes in the 5/8″ tube.img_2656
  7. Remove the spoke ends from the 2 remaining spokes and insert the bent ends into the holes at each end and lift the tube and roll slightly downward so that you can rotate the spokes 45 degrees so they will lock into place.img_2659
  8. Take the second tube and feed all the straight spokes into the holes. Only the 2 end spokes with the threads will be sticking out the other side of the tube.
  9. Thread the spoke ends onto the 2 end spokes to stabilize the grill.img_2663
  10. Put the copper tube cap ends on the 5/8″ tube.

To collapse: (The grill, not you)

  1. Remove one copper tube cap end and the 2 spoke ends.
  2. Remove the spokes from both tubes and screw the 2 spoke ends back onto the end spokes.
  3. Slide the spokes into the small tube so that the bent ends catch on the top edge.img_2655
  4. Slide the small tube into the larger tube and seal it closed with the copper tube end. ~ C.Dolly

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Tasteful? Tank Tops

 

Whether you want to tell the world you’re classy, trashy, or sassy, what better way than to spell it out in bright fluorescent letters on your chest? We had so much fun finding hilarious sayings to emblazon our shirts with that we were falling off our chairs laughing. I don’t know if that’s because they are honestly funny or if it’s because we drank too much jungle juice. 

The original plan was to use bleach pens, but they were next to impossible to find. We tried a trial run the week before and made our own recipe for bleach gel with mixed results (there were still a few lumps in it so it didn’t make a very fine line).  Totally operator error and I’m sure if you put more effort into it than we did, it will turn out great.  We ended up using Tulip brand dimensional fabric paint. They were pretty mess free and we didn’t have to worry so much about guests ruining their clothes. Everyone brought their own tank tops and I think that they all turned out great – R.Dolly