Thursday, August 26, 2010

My New Baby Girl

I had my baby girl on 8-11-10.  Isn't she just cute with my juggling clubs.  Have to start her out early!  She was way bigger then I thought she was going to be...9lbs and 2oz and 22 inches long.  She doesn't even fit into some of the cute newborn outfits that I got. Now that I'm getting used to her being here, I hopefully will be able to get back to my crafts!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dear Baby...

Tomorrow I will be induced and I'm so nervous!  My little girl just doesn't want to come out, so I took the time today to write a little letter to our baby today and I'll put it in her scrapbook.  It's a little sad to know that she isn't going to be in my belly anymore, but I got to have her in there a lot longer then a lot of mommies get to have them in their bellies.  I also feel a little empty because I'm not feeling the last part of this pregnancy like I imagined it to be.  I haven't experienced the contractions, the water breaking, and the excited rush to the hospital like I thought I would. I really hope everything will go really smoothly!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Making your own eggs

As much as I love to make my clay eggs, I hate blowing out real eggs so I thought I would try making paper eggs.  I started out with plastic Easter eggs.  My first layer was mostly just water and paper with just a little glue so it wouldn't stick too much to the inside.  Then once it dried I made a second layer with less water and more glue.  I did more and more layers until I got the thickness I liked.  I had tried covering the outside of the egg instead of the inside, but I couldn't get it as smooth as I wanted.
Once it is all dried it really is very easy to pop them out.
You can see that they aren't super smooth, but when you cover them with clay, you can't really tell.
I joined the halves together with some paper and lots of glue. I covered the whole egg with a layer of glue, let it dry, and then it was ready to cover with clay.  When I baked it, I kept my eye on it, but never had any fires. 
Benefits over blown out eggs:
1. It is much easier to get an eye hook into these paper eggs too then a blown out egg. 
2. They don't break as easily
3. Great way to recycle scrap paper you have lying around.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Clay Eggs

One thing I always loved to make are clay eggs.  I think it is because they are so easy to make, even when you are nine months pregnant.  =)
So you want to start off with a hollowed out egg.  If you never have blown out an egg before it is easy.  Just take a needle and poke it on one end then poke a larger hold on the other end.  Then blown in the smaller hole really hard and the yoke should come out.  You can make a paper egg and it will work too (I'll put up how to do that later).  Once you have your egg and it is dry, then you cut think slices from your can and gently press onto the egg.  If you press to hard your egg might break....this happened to me on my purple one.  =(   *sniffles*
Cover your egg and try to get the slices as close to each other as possible.  This will let them distort less later.  The smaller the cane the easier it is to do this, though I like the look of the bigger ones better.  If you have gaps, fill them in with clay.
Then you want to roll it around in your and or on your surface and try to make sure everything is covered and you don't see any egg.  The smoother you get it now, the less sanding you have to do later.  Your cane might distort a bit at this stage. 
Once it is all covered and you have smoothed it out, you want to insert your eye hook.  It is much easier to add it in before you bake it.  Actually, you can put the hook in first and then start adding the canes around it.  This way you can use the hole where you blew out the egg.  I just forget to do this all the time.
Then bake according to your clay's directions.  I like to sand and then glaze to make it all nice and shiny, but I still have to do that part.  Then you can add some string and hang them!