Friday, September 28, 2012

Rubick's Cube Tissue Box Cover

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If you are a fan of Big Bang Theory, I'm sure you have already noticed the awesome Rubick's Cube tissue box that Sheldon and Leonard have in their apartment. Well, I decided that we had to have one for our new 80's Geek Living Room! 

As with the Super Mario Coasters, making a pattern would be more difficult and time consuming for me than the project itself. It's pretty simple though so a detailed pattern shouldn't be necessary. Start by cutting five pieces of plastic canvas to 37 line squares. Assuming that all plastic canvas is the same size, your pieces will be just under 5 1/2". On the fifth piece, cut a hole in the middle that is 13 lines in from every side.

Here is the basic pattern for each color block: 


This is the order that I used for my colors:


Each block takes about a 5' piece of yarn. You can put the colors into whatever order you want but I recommend going off of an actual Rubick's Cube. I just made up colors for one and it wasn't until I had already put it together that I realized some of the blocks weren't technically possible. So I had to rip it all out and start over again because I knew that it would bug me every time I looked at it.


Once you have finished your color blocks, fill in the inside black lines on each panel. Then stitch all of the panels together and all along the bottom edge. I went over all of the sides twice just to make sure that none of the plastic showed through. 

Now just slip it over a square tissue box.

Front View:

Back View:

BAZINGA!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Super Mario Coasters


Continuing with the 80's geek theme that we have going in our living room, I decided that we needed some 8-Bit Super Mario Coasters!


They go along perfectly with our Nintendo Controller Coffee Table. :)

(Left to right: star power, yoshi egg, coin, mole, fire power, green mushroom, ghost, red mushroom, turtle shell, spitting rose, feather flying power, wind up bomb.)

I would take me forever to make patterns for all of these so here is a head on view of them that should make it easy for you to follow. These are made out of perler beads which I am sure most of you played with as kids so I won't do a big tutorial or anything. Even if you aren't familiar with it they come with instructions to help you out. If you want the melted side on top then place the beads exactly as they are shown above. However, if you want the unmelted side on top like I did, you will need to flip it over and do a mirror image. 

If you want a more uniform look or don't want to have to purchase so many different colors, here they are with all gray backgrounds:


These coasters are each 18 pegs wide and tall which makes them about 3 1/2 square inches. You will need the large square pegboard to make this size. To make sure they wouldn't scratch the table, I hot glued some felt onto the back. It seems to work best if you put the hot glue on the felt and then lay the coaster on top. If the hot glue dries too fast and the pieces don't want to attach, you can reactivate the hot glue by laying your coaster on a table with the felt facing up, place a piece of cotton fabric over it and heat with an iron on low heat, moving in circles until they stick together.

You can get perler beads for a good price when you buy them in a large bucket but it can be a pain to sort them and many times you won't have enough of the color that you need. If you are going to do a large Perler project, I recommend getting the 1,000 Piece Packs and buy each color individually. I store them in snack size zip bags and when I am ready to work, I pour each color into it's own cupcake liner.


I also made a little caddy to hold all of my coasters. I made these four panels then put them all together with hot glue:



It holds all twelve on my coasters with room for a few more. :)

Another idea is to make just the power up mushrooms without the colored background. You could use these as coasters as well or attach magnets to the back and stick them on your fridge!


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Orange Creamsicle Fudge


This awesome fudge tastes just like a creamsicle! The orange and white marbled color makes it great for a Halloween treat too. The original recipe said to put it in a 13 x 9" pan but I thought it came out a little thin so next time I will probably use the 9 x 9" pan that I usually put fudge in. Other than that, I love this recipe!

Orange Creamsicle Fudge
adapted from Group Recipes

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
2 cups Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
12oz bag White Chocolate Chips
7oz jar Marshmallow Cream
1 Tablespoon Orange Extract
Red and Yellow Food Coloring

Line a 13 x 9" pan with aluminum foil and spray foil with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cream and butter over medium heat. Stir continuously until the butter melts and sugar dissolves.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue stirring and boil for four minutes.

Remove from heat. Immediately stir in marshmallow cream and white chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Quickly pour about a third of the fudge into a bowl and set aside. 

Add red and yellow food coloring to the remaining mixture until you have a nice orange color. Stir until the orange fudge is evenly colored. Pour orange fudge into the foiled lined pan and spread evenly.

Drop spoonfuls of the white fudge over the top. Drag a knife through the fudge to create swirls. 

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until fudge is set. Pull the fudge out of the pan using the edges of the foil. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1-inch squares. 

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Link Party 78

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! Check out a few of my favorites:

Jewelry Organization @ Healthy Branscoms


Watermark Shirts @ Kristina Grapes



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Friday, September 21, 2012

Dexter Party Part Three


Today is the day! The final installment of my little Dexter Party. It may doesn't even compare to the awesome Amy Lau Dexter Dining Room but I also didn't have a very big space or budget to work with. Most of this was put together using things that I had around the house! I have a few ideas that you could use to make it even better if you have the extra cash though and hopefully this post will be a starting point to inspire you to come up with even more party ideas.


To start with, I made a yarn blood splatter stand like Dexter uses during his day job as a blood splatter analyst. I also took some black garbage bags which he uses to dispose of the bodies and filled them with blankets.


Then I set up a gruesome little buffet area mixing elements from his day job as a blood splatter analyst and his alter ego the serial killer.


In Dexter's office he has some framed blood splatter prints so I decided to make a few of my own. For the blood I filled a small container with some red acrylic paint then added some brown acrylic paint to darken it. Once I got it to a shade that I liked, I mixed in some water so that it would splatter better. I took this mixture outside, put a bunch on my paintbrush and started flinging it onto thick white scrapbook paper. I did a combination of just flinging the brush at the paper to get big drops and running my finger over the brush to   get a fine spray. Then I cut strips of black paper and glued it on to make a frame. To make this look even better you could buy some square black frames that they make for record covers.

Or, if you want to go with more of the nighttime serial killer theme, you could grab some painters plastic from the hardware store. Then just splatter it with the blood paint mixture and hang it up. Find a few head shots of people and hang them on the plastic to portray the victims of the serial killer that he has caught.


I talked about my blood slide box yesterday. You could also lean the cover to a window air conditioner vent against the wall since that is where he keeps his trophy blood slide box.


To make these blood rimmed martini glasses, I took the leftover blood red gel icing and applied it to the rim of the glasses with the paintbrush. You don't want to use the red gel straight out of the tube because it is too thick and you won't be able to get the drips. Either my mixture was a bit too runny or I got overzealous and used too much of it because some of the drips continued all the way down the stem of the glass so you might want to watch that. You will also want to include straws for these drinks because the icing might get a little sticky when you try to drink out of the glass.


Yesterday I talked about Dexter's killing kit and the more expensive options if you want to put together a more accurate kit. This one only cost me $13 compared to $700 though so I can't complain. :)


For the food, I went with some delightfully gruesome Blood Splatter Cupcakes. You could also add some Blood Slide Suckers, Puff Pastry Intestines, Plasma ShootersCured Epidermis, or Adam's Ribs. Or you could go with a menu made up of only red foods which would give you tons of possibilities. You should also check out this Vampire Dinner Party which has a great menu idea complete with a few blood splatters. It also has some great inspiration if you want to go with a dark black and red theme instead of the white and red like I did.


I covered my buffet ( okay technically it is my dresser since I didn't have anywhere else to set this all up. Lol!) with some white curtains that I had laying around but a cheap white tablecloth would work just as well. Then I covered the top with a few sheets of plastic wrap like Dexter uses to tie his victims to the table. 


When our actual Halloween party rolls around, the cupcakes and martinis will be in the kitchen with the rest of the food so I am going to have some gaps to fill. I thought about getting a severed hand from the dollar store and painting each of the finger nails a different color like the Ice Truck Killer did in season one. I'm not sure yet what else I am going to do though.

If anyone else has ideas to help other people trying to plan a Dexter party, leave them in the comments section. I will keep a running list at the bottom of this post with all of the additional suggestions!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dexter Party Part Two

Welcome to part two of my three part Dexter Party! Today I am talking about a few of the decor items that I put together. Check back tomorrow to see all of the finishing touches and ideas for even more possible additions that you could use at your own party.


At Dexter's day job as a Blood Splatter Analyst, he often uses yarn to show the path of the blood spray. To make mine, I dug out my husband's old music stand and just removed the top part that actually holds the sheet music. Then I cut a bunch of 3' strands of red yarn and taped one of the ends together to make it easier to feed them all through the little hole in the top of the stand. I tied off that end then pulled the loose ends over to the wall and attached them with little pieces of tape. You can see a pic of Dexter using his here.

If you or one of your kids ever played an instrument, chances are you already have a music stand laying around your house. If not, you can find them at most garage sales for less than a buck.



At his night job as a serial killer killing serial killers (now that's a morbid tongue twister) he has a kit with a bunch of different knives and other instruments needed to complete his murder. If you want to make a more accurate replica check out this awesome post. They went step by step through every item in his kit and gave a description of each one along with a link to where you can purchase a similar item. The total estimated cost for the replica is about $700 though and I was trying to put this together as cheaply as possible.

For the case I grabbed some black scrap fabric, laid my kit on top and cut it to about the finished size that I needed plus 5" on the height. Then I hemmed up the sides, folded the bottom up a few inches and sewed it on the sides to create a pocket. After that I marked where all of the items would be and sewed a line up that part of the pocket to hold each item in place. 

For the killing tools I found a three piece knife set at the grocery store for $13. You could probably also find a set at a thrift store and spray paint the handles silver if they aren't already. The syringe we had picked up at a surplus store for about a buck. The scissors are supposed to be stainless steel poultry shears but I didn't have any and I figured you would only see the handle anyway so I used my fabric scissors. To complete the kit I grabbed a small hand saw from the garage.


A couple of years ago we picked up this specimen slide box at a church garage sale for only 50 cents! You can find one pretty cheap on Amazon as well. This one wasn't exactly like Dexter's trophy box but it had the sides with the cut outs for the slides so it was a good starting point. 


Dexter's trophy blood slide box is a wooden box with a single row of slides and hinges on the top instead of the sides so it took quite a bit of reworking. The top and bottom of the old box was made of cardboard so I found some scrap pieces of wood that were about the right size. For the sides of the box I just ripped out the wood from the old box, removed the black paper that was covering it and cut it down to size. Then I glued the sides in place and stained all of it dark walnut. Then I re-positioned the hinge on the back of the box. I used the left and right slide holders and sanded down the slots so that they would fit two slides pressed together.

I found the slides at the surplus store for around $5. The blood drops are acrylic paint. It dried up a bit and pulled to one side so it may have turned out better with some of the fake blood that you can find in the costume section. 

You can find photos of a more accurate reproduction here. That page is a couple of years old and when I checked out the store that they said would be selling it there wasn't anything there so I guess they don't carry it anymore. It was selling for almost $200 though and I doubt many people would have that much money to spend on a prop anyway. That link has some good photos to go off of though. Or you could pick up this Dexter Coaster Set that is only $20 and looks pretty cool.

That's all I have for you today. Check back tomorrow for the final installment of our Dexter party!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dexter Party Part One: Blood Splatter Cupcakes


I'm sure all of the Dexter fans out there are excited about the Season 7 premiere coming up in less than two weeks! Unfortunately we don't get Showtime so we only get to watch it if we buy in on dvd or wait for it to come on instant Netflix. As a result we haven't even seen seasons 5 and 6 yet. :( We love what we have seen so far though!

Awhile back a friend of ours said that we should throw a Dexter party since she is a huge fan too. The timing was never right though and we didn't have the opportunity or money to have one before we moved. However I decided to make one of our rooms Dexter themed for our upcoming Halloween Bash and this week I put together a little "party" in there. Hopefully this will be a good jumping off point for her and any other fans to get ideas for their own party.

For those who have never heard of Dexter here is a little synopsis - it is a tv show about a serial killer named Dexter Morgan. He doesn't kill just anybody though, he only kills other serial killers who have managed to escape punishment. He tracks them down, finds evidence to confirm their crimes and makes them look at photos of their victims before he kills them. During the day he works for the police department as a blood splatter analyst. 

Now that we are all caught up, here is part one of my three part Dexter Party Series. First up are some blood splatter cupcakes:


Supplies:
Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
Red Cupcake Liners
White Frosting
Red Gel Frosting
Warm Water
NEW toothbrush or small paint brush

1. Bake your cupcakes according to package directions in red cupcake liners. I used foil and I really think that red would have looked better. Once they are cool, top with white frosting.

2. In a small container, squirt some of the red gel frosting. Mix in some of the red icing color. Continue adding either more of the gel or the color until you get it the darkness that you like. You will want your mixture to be the consistency of ketchup. If it is too thick, mix in just a few drops of warm water at a time until you reach the right thickness. You don't need to make too much of this mixture because a little goes a long way.

3. Place your cupcakes in a pan or onto waxed paper to protect your working surface. Dip your brush in the red icing mixture making sure that it is really saturated. The more "blood" that is on your brush, the bigger the splatters will be. Use your finger to quickly pull the bristles back so that you get a nice spray on the cupcakes. Continue until you are satisfied with the coverage on your cupcakes.

4. Now try to find someone daring enough to eat them. Creepy looking Halloween food doesn't bother me at all but it is surprising how many people won't try something even after you tell them that it is a normal food that is just made to look weird.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Link Party 77

I hope everyone's week has gotten off to a great start! Right now it is time for another link party. Here are a few of my favorites from last week:


Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna Roll Ups by Once A Mom Always A Cook
It is never a good idea to look at blogs while you are hungry. Seriously, this picture is making my tummy growl.


DIY Play Kitchen by Momma Chelle
Can you believe this started out as a small thrift store bookcase?! I wish my son was still into pretend cooking because I really want to make one of these.


Felt Finger Puppets by Do Small Things With Love
This post has 17 different finger puppet ideas. Adorable!


Is anyone else super excited that Halloween projects are starting to pop up around blogland? I can't wait to start working on some new props for this year's party!

Travel Lego Box by Cherished Bliss
This is one of those things that is so simple it makes you wonder why you never thought of it before. I mean, it not only stores the Legos but it serves as a play space too. Genius!

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