Hot Diggity Dog We’re Back

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Guess what? Chew On This Or That is finally open for business! The store is stocked with ready to ship items. This means, anything that you purchase, will ship within 2 to 3 business days. At this time, I am not accepting custom orders, wrapper changes, or personalizations.

Files Used
Lettering Delights Dear Diary Paper Pack
Lettering Delights - Hot Diggity Dog Graphics Set
Lettering Delights - Hot Diggity Dog Alphabets

Stay Positive

Stay Positive

Today’s thought and goal for the week, “Stay Positive” and do not give up. Life is a testament. It comes with happiness and sorrow, the good with the bad. In life, it is so easy to let negativity in, to doubt and to give up. I want to remind everyone not to give up, stay positive and continue to fight.

I hope these words will inspire you as it has inspires me. Have a great week.

Files Used
Lettering Delights Beautiful Moments - Expressions Graphics Set

How to Make Campfire Centerpieces

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Recently, my Cub Scout Wolves took part in our pack’s Annual Blue and Gold Dinner or Banquet. This year’s theme was Survivors, and it was a huge hit with the cub scouts. Planning a large event like this is a huge task, but lucky for me, my sister is a planner and a great organizer. She put together a cohesive theme that included reference pictures, a time table and a task list. I volunteered to to make the centerpieces, decorations and the props for the photo station.

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For the Blue and Gold Dinner, we needed a total of 20 centerpieces. This meant a lot of toilet paper, paper towel rolls and wrapping paper tubes.

Items Needed

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  • Toilet paper, paper towel rolls and/or empty wrapping paper tubes
  • Acrylic paint in shades of brown and beige
  • Plaster wrap or Plaster cloth (I used Scene O’Rama Plaster Cloth and Art Minds Plaster Cloth
  • Scrap book paper, handmade paper or tissue paper in red, orange and yellow
  • 12 inch card stock or cardboard base
  • Brushes and sponge/foam brushes
  • Hot Glue or any type of paper glue
  • Exacto Knife and scissors

Forming the Campfire Base

Arrange the paper towel rolls, toilet paper tubes and wrapping paper tubes in the shape of a campfire. There is no right way to do this, and of the parents that were helping me, each person had their own way of forming the base.

Steps:
  • Take a paper towel roll and glue it diagonally, ” \ ” on the paper.
  • Take a second paper towel roll and cut it in half. Take one of the pieces and glue it perpendicular to the paper forming a “T”. Then glue the second part to the opposite side and forming an “X”.
  • To form the second layer, you will need 4 toilet paper tubes or rolls.
  • Glue a toilet paper rolls in the space made from the previous step. Glue  one end of the toilet paper roll on the paper towel roll and the other end to the paper base.
  • Add more toilet paper rolls as needed to fill out the base.
  • Please note, if you do not have the desired length, you can piece together paper towel rolls with toilet paper rolls.

Adding Texture to the Base

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  • On a covered surface, cut the plaster cloth into 2 to 3 inch strips and 2 to 3 inch squares.
  • Fill a shallow bowl with an inch of water.
  • Dip a small square into the water, and cover each end of the paper towel and toilet paper rolls. When using the strips and squares, hold firmly to both ends and apply bumpy side up.
  • After the ends are covered, use the strips to cover the rest of the campfire. For best results, measure and cut each strip before it is dipped in water. Allow the base to dry for 6 to 12 hours.

*Please note, the directions provided are from Scene O’Rama Plaster Cloth and Art Minds Plaster Cloth. Please refer to your package of Plaster Cloth for precise directions and curing time.

Painting the Campfire Logs

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Paint each log dark brown and each end medium brown or tan. To give the logs a more realistic look, paint squiggle lines and swirls in light brown or tan.

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To paint the centerpieces, I used acrylic paint that I had on hand. These include the following:

  • Folk Art #462 Burnt Umber and My Studio 72727 Bittersweet for the base
  • My Studio 72724 Golden Brown for the ends
  • Deco Art Tan for swirls and squiggle lines 

Making Campfire Flame

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  • To form the flame red, yellow and orange textured paper were cut into various sized triangles and a toilet paper roll was cut into 2 inch segments.
  •  Take a triangle and fold two edges in and staple to base.
  • Repeat this step until the base is completely covered with red.
  • Next form the same shape with the orange triangle and staple it to the base and on top of the red. Continue this step 2 or 3 more times.
  • Now repeat the above steps for yellow.
  • You can either leave the flames separated as in the above picture or you can glue the tips together as in the first picture.
  • Finally, glue the flame to the centerpiece.

 

Tops Garbage Pail Kids Upcycled Change Purse, Coin Pouch, Zippered Wallet, Vinyl Case

Do you remember Garbage Pail Kid Cards? This is telling my age, but in 1985, I was 6 years old and a huge fan. My sister and I were eager to collect additional cards. For 25 cents, you received outrageous sticker cards and a stick of gum. Recently, I came across two 2014 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Card wrappers and had to upcycle it into a Garbage Pail Kids Card Change Purse.  This change purse is perfect for bringing nostalgic memories of the 80’s to your everyday life. Use this change purse for change, money, credit cards or bus cards. Want more details? Visit Chew On This Or That Etsy Store or drop a comment below
My favorite cards from my childhood were Messy Tessie and Hairy Carrie. Messy Tessie featured a girl with boogies dripping down her nose. It’s similar to that embarrassing sneeze that came out more than expected. Hairy Carrie, feature a hairy cave woman dragging a man by the hair and dragging him back to her cave. Oh the control and dominance. She’s taking control and grabbing what she wants.
What was your favorite Garbage Pail Kids Card? 

Happy Monday

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Happy Monday and President’s Day!!! The kids are home today and its too cold outside to go out, so its time for crafting.

Files Used
Lettering Delights Dear Diary Paper Pack
Lettering Delights Squawk Box Squawks Graphics Set

Shop the latest photo from ChewOnThisOrThat on Etsy

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It’s not too late to order and receive your Personalized Thanksgiving Onesies for Thanksgiving. Order today through Saturday morning and upgrade the shipping to Priority Mail.

Turkey Day Onesies

Holiday Shopping

Turkey Sock /monkey

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving! This means our long to do lists of our daily to dos has just gotten longer. Now we have to prepare for those holiday feasts, cleaning for guest, cooking and don’t forget the SHOPPING. Shopping for gifts, the dinner menus and food, but don’t forget the clothing with the holiday outfits. Let me make this holiday season easier for you by stopping by my etsy store. I have adorable Thanksgiving Bodysuits/Onesies available in stock.

First Thanksgiving Onesie

Everyone is Thankful For Me, long sleeve beige bodysuit/onesie, features a cute turkey wearing a hat. This bodysuit can be further personalized with the child’s name. Everyone is Thankful for Me is available for immediate shipping from my etsy store.

Turkey Onesie

Baby’s First Thanksgiving Turkey Shirt, only one left. This cute brown long sleeve turkey shirt is my favorite. It features the words lil’ gobbler followed by a turkey face. Underneath the face is the child’s name. Visit my Etsy Store to see the back of the onesie which has the turkeys tail feathers.

I'm Stuffed Onesie

Finally, my “I’m Stuffed” Baby’s First Thanksgiving Turkey onesie. This onesie features a turkey on a long sleeve beige onesie with an orange trim. This turkey onesie features the words “I’m Stuffed”, followed by the words “First Thanksgiving”.

Check out my Etsy Store for other great seasonal and holiday items.