Had some time last night to get the stickers test printed on the sticker paper and cut out via the handy dandy cricut.
Yeah, that made it sound easy. It took over an hour. First all the colors were messed up, so we tried aligning the ink cartridges…ha! All we could get was an error at the scanning portion. “Scan test failed”. Multiple times. Finally I said screw it, and we tried cleaning the head of the ink cartridge. That helped a little. Then we cleaned it twice more with alcohol and printed two full sheets of nothing but red. That finally did it, and we were able to create the matte stickers you see above.
I’m not a fan of matte. I think glossy looks far more professional. I should have researched the sticker paper better, but it was cricut brand and on sale at half off and the description said to use the “kiss” setting to cut only the sticker and not the backing paper, which meant cutting it would be easy.
The cricut maker has NO kiss setting that I could find! So after half an hour I finally turned to YouTube who told me to use the sticky note setting. Which worked perfectly, by the way.
But they’re still matte.
So I wondered what would happen if we printed it, then put a layer of clear glass contact paper on it, then cut it? That would make it glossy and protect the design, too. (I love clear contact paper, for future reference. That stuff is great).
So we did that. Needless to say that stickynote setting no longer worked. We tried increasing pressure. Nope. Used the sticker paper preset. Nope. Etc. Etc. It took several tries, but….
See that tiny circle on the right side about halfway up? Yeah. We got it to work.
Who knew that sticker paper and contact paper were that thick? To be fair, this sticker paper is pretty close to cardstock. Way thicker than I expected.
Anyway, so that’s sorted out. Now we have to print them all up, but that’s for another day. Until then, gotta get dinner made.
Have a successful cut kinda day!
We’re on day 4 of the roku remote battery being dead – or so the roku says:
We’re waiting to see how long it keeps working for. It gets lots of use – my dad watches several hours of YouTube a day – so its an interesting experiment.
Here’s a bonus spider and a web that are unrelated.
Back to work.
Have a miracle battery kinda day!
‘Sup? Not a lot that’s newsworthy here. Got the first layer of putty on the desk. Need to sand it and probably touch up a few spots. We did get the picture frames for the LotR paintings though. My mom painted a whole collection of them either before I was born or else when I was very tiny. Though they’re not all pictured here there are the two from the animated Hobbit (pictured below), then there’s the ring poem, Treebeard, then the fellowship, the bad guys, the elves, and…I forget who else. Anyway, as a kid these were always my favorite paintings of hers, which from an artistic point is sad because she has much better ones, but I was a geek even then. In her painting box we found the sketches for these, and the references she used from TV guide for the Hobbit characters. The rest she made up because no one had animated them yet or she hadn’t seen it. (Not sure when these were painted vs when the Return of the King or Lord of the Rings animations were released.)
Anyway, the frames worked well. I wanted something heavy and fancy originally, but given there are eight of them and wall space is tight, I think this is better. The box they shipped in was cray-cray huge, though! When it showed up I had no idea what it could be, ha ha!
So, now we just need to take the crow branch down and get these hung up. Maybe Wednesday. Then I’ll post pics of all of them.
I mentioned pickles in the title. Why? Because when we went to Texas someone introduced me to the world’s tastiest pickles. Which I’m now almost out of. And I can only buy in Texas. What??? I’m going to have pickle withdrawal!! I do have a jar if the chunks left, but they taste the same as the seasalt hamburger chips. Boo!!
Now I need to go eat my Ramen and get to work, but I leave you with a bonus gnome. Isn’t he adorable???
Have a Halloween gnome kinda day!
I’m going to preface this with a you do you warning. If you want to boycott Oreos, you do that. If you want to buy a couple of boxes, you do that, and most importantly respect what other people choose to do.
Now that’s over, you can guess by the following gallery which way I went.
If you count, you’ll see I’m missing two – piplup and squirtle. The two backwards oreos were charmander and sandshrew. I bought 2 boxes – not the packages, but the box with the individually wrapped two packs because that’s what they had. Plus I’m keeping one of the boxes, so score. I did get a mew, but alas they’re only selling for 50$ now, so I think I’ll just eat it. I’ll let you know if a 50$ oreo tastes different than a normal one.
(Seriously, for those not in the know, Google mew oreo sale. Four days ago they were selling for over 1,000$ a pop because Nabisco and Pokemon sold the public on the idea that the mew cookie was the rarest and people are literally collecting them to keep. I read one very long discussion on how to preserve the cookies is blocks of resin, for example. But yeah. 1,000$ for a cookie. Why, oh why do I have a conscience?)
I actually bought those cookies a couple days ago, but haven’t had the time until today to go through them. They’re all safely bagged up now and will be eaten.
Got a lot of boring house cleaning and such done today that’s been put off. Also made peanut butter cookies for our year of cookies thing we’ve got going on.
They turned out very big – so big I had to double hash mark them. I wonder why they require the fork marks? Was it a stylistic choice someone made once ans everyone else was like, “oh, great way to differentiate them from other brown colored cookies!” Or if it was just someone who didn’t want to flatten them by hand (you roll them in a ball then squish them with the fork to flatten them). I should google this.
All right, here is the answer from https://www.bakingkneads.com/why-do-peanut-butter-cookies-have-fork-marks/
So now we know. (And if that photo is unreadable, just go to the page and scroll down a bit.)
So, we’ve had a little education, and now it’s time for me to wrap some things up and hit the hay. Tomorrow is Shenandoah’s 150 year celebration but I can’t get anyone interested in going so I guess I’ll skip it. Might have been kind of fun, though. Normally I’d talk Mel and Monica into it, but they have covid so it’s quarantine for them. And they’re both pretty miserable, too.
So, I leave you with some sunset photos.
Have a mew cookie kinda day!
The new fridge arrived.
That’s it wrapped up in all its plastic and padding. The delivery guys had to take the kitchen doors off to get it through, but then we did the installation ourselves.
Well, my uncle and my bro did it. My uncle used to do refrigerators and plumbing and air-conditioning and all that so it’s his wheelhouse.
See how sad and naked it looks? Don’t worry, we filled it.
And more importantly, the magnets are back.
Hubby hates them, but boo hoo.
And now I have to make dinner.
Have a fridge magnet kinda day!
I’m back. I suppose I should have put this in the last blog, but, eh. I didn’t.
As you might know, I’m slowly turning Mom’s old bedroom info a craft type room. It’s going to have my Barbies, some of my craft stuff, the printer, the Cricut, that kind of stuff. I posted pics of the repainted cabinet and dresser earlier. There’s still a china hutch to paint, and then there is the desk.
No, we’re not painting it, in fact I hasn’t planned to do anything to if. The desk belonged to my grandma and grandpa Mutchler, and was one of the few things my grandpa promised I could have that I actually got. Before they owned it, it was from the offices of Lake’s Nursery in Shenandoah. My grandpa worked there, ans got it when they got did of it. It sat in their living room in their house in the country, and when they moved to Shenandoah it sat in their dining room. (Maybe that’s why in my books Jorick has a desk in his dining room.) But I spent a lot of my childhood at it.
Anyway, it’s large, so until now there’s been no room for if. We stored it at my dad’s house, then when we moved here and Dad moved in with us, we put it in the garage. I believe I mentioned what the ungrateful stray cats did to it. But, we had to strip the veneer off the top and will eventually redo it. In the meantime, after I fix a couple spots with wood putty and try that orange pet odor cleaner, I’m going fo just contact paper the top for now. Damn Beasts.
Anyway, so the room was ready for the desk, the desk was cleaned and ready for the room, so we brought it inside only to discover that there was no way it was going to get past the door. No biggie. We took it off the hinges. But, it was 1/2 inch too large to go through the doorframe into the room.
So we had to take the doorframe off, clear down to the plaster. On one side, because the other side we plastered in when we redid the walls in that room. That meant we couldn’t take that side off, which made it basically impossible to get the door frame our. In the end we has to just loosen it and hacksaw through the nails one at a time. It took a long time, but, at last, the desk made it.
I need to work on the top still, but I did get the drawer liner put in.
And that is the saga of the desk so far. I’m going to eventually put my photography light box on it, ans also use it when I use the cricut and the printer, which I need to so soon but first, to get the door all put back. *sigh*
Have a Lake’s desk kinda day!
So the dresser handles arrived and now you get to see it!
Yeah, I forgot to take a before pic of it, but I did of the cabinet:
And then we made cookies, trying to get back to our year of cookies thing. It was Amish Sugar Cookies last week. They’re really good!
They have a really good texture and flavor, so another recipe to save.
More later. Gotta get to work.
Have a cookie kinda day!
Since Mom passed away – actually after we realized she wasn’t ever coming home and going back to normal- we stopped our weekly family game night. We’ve done it here and there, but not as an event like we used to. So, we’re trying to get back to that. (Trying to get back to a lot of things, but I digress.)
Yesterday Dad dug out a couple of his old paper games, Death Maze and Flying Circus. They opted for the airplanes, so that’s what we did.
We never made it past the introductory version of the game, though we did play four rounds of it. Chris (the Germans) won twice by loading the dice, and Dad and I (The Brittish) won twice by stopping the bro from cheating. 😉
We also had some fancy root beer.
It’s vegan and non GMO and what not,but mostly it’s just root beer with sugar instead of syrup, which is always better.
Still waiting on the dresser handles, and have to sand the desktop today. And try to find something to get the smell out. I wonder if baking soda and vinegar would? I know that works on shoes. Damn stray cats.
Speaking of cats, I leave you with two that were once strays but never contributed to the delinquency of my garage.
Have a retro game kinda day