Posts Tagged ‘smartass romance’
Did I ever tell you I invented the Clorox Bleach Pen? Well, I did. Not only am I smart, talented and flat-footed, I’m also a brilliant inventor.
It was mostly brought about by necessity, as trying to pour a gallon of bleach onto a striped shirt with ONE TINY SPOT ended up in a huge splash that obliterated half the stripes and yet somehow managed to keep the spot I was aiming for. So I wrote the bleach company and said hey, why don’t you come out with something like a little marker or roll on type of bleach? Lo and behold about a year later? Yup, the bleach pen. I’m taking full credit for it, even if I know it takes an average of two years for any new product to be added to a line.
So, anywhoo, I found this cool tutorial on Pinterest, on how to write on your shirt with a bleach pen. And me, being me, just had to try it.
So, I did. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of the process. =( But, here’s the shirt! The lyrics on it are from Imagine by John Lennon.
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
It got a little blurry in trying to rinse the bleach OUT, but otherwise I was pleased.
So, this time, I’ll take photos AND write instructions – then you can see what happened the SECOND time I tried bleaching a shirt.
First we take our shirt. Mine is a v-neck in ash. I slide a trash bag in between the front and back – otherwise you’ll have words on the front and reverse words on the back. Here I wanted to try a design that would be on the lower right hand side of the front, wrapping to the back.
Think first of what you’re going to write, then grab your bleach pen and go. Don’t put it on too thick, you can use the point of the pen to spread the bleach out a bit. Since I did words the first time, this time I opted for a design. **I’ll also add an addendum that after you rinse your shirt, rinse it again with hydrogen peroxide to stop the bleaching process**
Ok, now let it sit for a bit. 20-30 min for min. I kept waiting, and waiting and waiting. 45 minutes and no visible sign of bleaching. Seriously? I have the only non-bleaching shirt in the world? Finally, I decided to rinse the shirt and see what happened. This is the tricky part. Trying to get the bleach off without bleaching the rest of the shirt. (in this case I doesn’t matter, as my shirt is impervious to bleach) So far, I can say I haven’t found a successful way of doing it, but I call the extraneous bleach spots “character” and everyone seems okay with that. You can try laying yours in the shower and rinsing it, or hit it in the sink with the faucet, or even outside with the garden hose. You’ll have to scrub at it a bit with your fingers, too.
When I finished rinsing, (I’ll explain why the sink is orange in another post) I noticed a very vague, faint pattern. Hard to tell since the shirt had darkened so much with the rinsing. I decided to toss it in the washer and dryer, and see what came out on the other side.
Um. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Not even a light colored outline.
After some research, I read the a cotton and man-made fiber blend will sometimes cause this effect. Something to remember if you ever play with bleach. Something FURTHER to remember if you’re deliberately TRYING to bleach a shirt.
So, of course I immediately made another, because of course, no guts, no glory.
Muuuuch better. =)
So did it work? Mostly. Was it as beautiful as the Pinterest pic? Not even close. Will I wear them in public? You bet.
Hello my wordpress buddies! Life is grand here in Woodchuck Land – the sun is shining, the wind is gentle and Carrie’s got eight, count ’em EIGHT new planters just FULL of petunias right there on her front steps! Suh-weet!
Today, we’re going to add a new type of slideshow to our repertoire – Slidedeck. It’s easy to configure and looks might snazzy in one of your just-got-back-from-vacation posts!
First, go to your dashboard, then go to plugins> add new. Type in slidedeck. There’s only the one! Now click install, and go back to your dashboard. You’ll see a new button on your dashboard titled Smart Slidedeck. Hover over it and choose Add Smart Slidedeck.
I kept most of the settings, just so I could see what they looked like, and play with it from there. I clicked on save, then preview. Well holy cow. Is this just awesome or what???
A cool slideshow featuring five of my most recent posts. That is SO COOL!
I went back in, changed the slider so it would show pictures from my most popular posts and only in a few chosen categories. Then, when I clicked preview, I changed the size of the slideshow and clicked update.
Now I click on the yellow bar at the top of the screen where it says insert your SlideDeck into a post.
This takes me back to the posts page. From there, I choose the post I want the slideshow to appear in, and click on it. Now on the right hand side is this widget, and I choose Insert Slide Deck where I want the sliders to appear. I can change the dimensions here if I so choose, or feature the post I’m posting right now in the slide show.
[SlideDeck id=’2203′ width=’100%’ height=’200px’]
voila, the code is inserted for me, I don’t need to do anything else!
The only thing that reaaaaaally bothers me about slidedeck is that the widget takes over the side panel. So I closed it by clicking the little arrow, and drug it below the publish box. I can drag it even farther down (and will!) later, as it’s something I’ll only use occasionally.
Want to learn some more sidedeck tricks? Check out this website here..
Nothing says easy supper/lunch/occasionally breakfast like a good grilled cheese sandwich. Mine is always made with white bread (99% fat free!) and Velveeta cheese. (Stop making faces Jen, I can see them clear over here!)
So when I found a recipe on Pinterest for a grilled cheese grilled cheese, I of course had to give it a shot.
I assembled my ingredients.
Two slices white bread
Monster slab of Velveeta
Shredded sharp cheddar
That should really be all a girl needs right? Sort of.
First, I tossed the butter in the pan and set it to bubble.
Next came the cheese sandwich. Velveeta safely tucked inside and a few more slabs of butter for when I turned this baby over.
Isn’t that the most adorable frying pan? Just big enough for one. (and it’s ORANGE!)
Next came the all important flipping of the sammy. This required a bit of effort – trying to take a picture while wielding a spatula, so my first side got a wee bit toasted. Still, we’re doing good here.
Now I sprinkle the top with the sharp cheddar and wait for the other side to brown.
Here’s where I ran into difficulties. Between the lifting of the cheese coated sandwich out of the pan and tossing in another pat of butter, I needed one more arm. As you can see, my utensil count increased, as did the stove splatters. I finally accomplished the deed by lifted the dripping, gooey sandwich with the spatula, flinging in a pat of butter I’d speared with a knife and then doing the all important cheese-flip. No cheddar was wasted in this maneuver.
And lookie there. A nice crispy cheese crust on my sandwich – just like they showed on Pinterest! On a roll now, I flipped the entire thing out on my plate and added in some fresh fruit.
For the final picture, I thought – I’ll saw this baby in half, so you guys can see all this wonderful cheese!
Saw being the operative word. Apparently when you get your nice crispy cheese crust, you also get a substance somewhat akin to Kevlar. I sawed, I hacked and whacked and finally resorted to a bare-handed jerking apart. But voila – we have a grilled cheese grilled cheese.
Will I make it again? Probably not. I didn’t care for the cheese crust which tended to stick to my teeth and required more GNAWING than delicious lip licking. (Something Woodie would have enjoyed!)
So there you have it – another “Found it on Pinterest” exposed. =)