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Macgyver had a slab of wood from a tree and I suggested he turn it into a temporary shelf for my birds.  I wanted them closer to the wood stove and on an inside wall.  Living in an old school made of brick and concrete, the outside walls tend to be much colder than the inside walls.  At least for now, until we cover them, but that will take time.

The wall next to the wood burner is the perfect spot and it is in the corner. Bonus for the birds, this spot also gets a ton of natural light.

The wall next to the wood burner is the perfect spot and it is in the corner. Bonus for the birds, this spot also gets a ton of natural light.

Macgyver cutting the shelf so it is flush to the wall. He better do a good job, Orthos is supervising the job.

Macgyver cutting the shelf so it is flush to the wall. He better do a good job, Orthos is supervising the job.

The shelf is roughly a three inch thick slab, so long heavy selfving brackets will have to be used. I'll have to paint them later once I have some spray paint.

The shelf is roughly a three-inch thick slab, so long heavy shelving brackets will have to be used. I’ll have to paint them later once I have some spray paint.

1 doggie supervisor, 1 macgyver, 1 heavy wood slab & 4 brackets later ... and the birds have a new home.

1 doggie supervisor, 1 Macgyver, 1 heavy wood slab & 4 brackets later … and the birds have a new home.

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Everyday dose of Reality

I am not completely sure how the challenge came up other than Isabelle’s best friend, Breanna yelled, “LET’S DO IT”!  I will say Isabelle was not thrilled at all, but she trudged behind her friend into the kitchen where I was at.  Breanna bounced up and down in the kitchen as I got stuff ready for them.

Isabelle telling me it was Breanna's idea.

Isabelle telling me it was Breanna’s idea.

See how happy they both look?

See how happy they both look?

Enter the manchild.  He then said he could beat them both. You have to love Breanna's face.

Enter the manchild. He then said he could beat them both. You have to love Breanna’s face.

As it turned out after the girls were done, the manchild did beat them.  The kid pulled off 9 minutes & 47 seconds.

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Projects & Recipes

I am always in search of different slipper patterns to try out.  Why?  Well since I live in North Minnesota, 6 months of the year is cold or winter and slippers are a must.  More of a life’s blood for me, my feet turn to blocks of ice pretty darn quick and I don’t really see that slowing down with age.  By nature I am a crochet person, not a knitting.  Although I do have myself one of those handy-dandy knitting machines, in case I want to test out new swear words.

The other day while combing the internet for something new, I decided to combine a few patterns I already had.  To my surprise my self creation already existed …shocker that others have a brain like mine.  Quite scary to be honest.  Some people call these Norwegian slippers but since I am sitting in Minnesota and not Norway… Here are my Minnesotan slippers. I look step by step pictures with my crappy camera and will now attempt to explain how to do these buggers.  They are really easy to make, it’s all in the folding and stitching at the end that can make or break these slippers.  I will also tell you these slippers can be made with fabric and not just by knitting or crochet 😉

I have no clue on sizes on these, it is going to be pretty much trial and error. I have boats for feet, size 11 in women's and these fit me fine.  I did 4 inch by 4 inch double crochet squares. Two strips, one with 5 and one with 3 squares. I picked for you contrasting colors and horrid stitching so you could see what I was doing. Once you have your 2 strips get ready to slip stitch.

I have no clue on sizes on these, it is going to be pretty much trial and error. I have boats for feet, size 11 in women’s and these fit me fine. I did 4 inch by 4 inch double crochet squares. Two strips, one with 5 and one with 3 squares. I picked for you contrasting colors and horrid stitching so you could see what I was doing. Once you have your 2 strips get ready to slip stitch.

Lay your short strip at the top of your long strip and stitch together.  Yep, you have made a giant "L", flashback of Seasame Street.

Lay your short strip at the top of your long strip and stitch together. Yep, you have made a giant “L”, flashback of Sesame Street.

Take your newly made "L" and turn it like so.

Take your newly made “L” and turn it like so.

Now bring the long tail in 3.5 squares.

Now bring the long tail in 3.5 squares.

Take the short side and fold it over to meet the other side flush.

Take the short side and fold it over to meet the other side flush.

Run a slip stitch from the top left corner along the top and down the center.  This will attach the 2 tails together.  You will have 1 square left over, don't worry, you will be using it.

Run a slip stitch from the top left corner along the top and down the center. This will attach the 2 tails together. You will have 1 square left over, don’t worry, you will be using it.

Flip the whole thing over.

Flip the whole thing over.

Fold the bottom side in so that you get your points of the squares to meet.  See the 2 pink squares? Slip stitch from the points down to the bottom right corner of the gray & pink.  Stick with me and yes when you're donw you can have a glass of wine.

Fold the bottom side in so that you get your points of the squares to meet. See the 2 pink squares? Slip stitch from the points down to the bottom right corner of the gray & pink. Stick with me and yes when you’re done you can have a glass of wine.

All stitched, let's move on.

All stitched, let’s move on.

On the left you have half of a black square that will be a flap for the finished slipper.  The right side will now be folded in on itself.  Your gray square will need to be folded down to the edge of the black below it and your top black square will then run along side of your bottom right, pink edge.

On the left you have half of a black square that will be a flap for the finished slipper. The right side will now be folded in on itself. Your gray square will need to be folded down to the edge of the black below it and your top black square will then run along side of your bottom right, pink edge.

Like this.  Run a stitch from the corner of the matched up gray all the way down the side.  Starting from this left corner you should have gray laid on black and a black laid on a pink edge.  Run your stitch down both.  Doing this will creat the second flap to the slipper.

Like this. Run a stitch from the corner of the matched up gray all the way down the side. Starting from this left corner you should have gray laid on black and a black laid on a pink edge. Run your stitch down both. Doing this will creat the second flap to the slipper.

This is a bottom view for whatever reason :)

This is a bottom view for whatever reason 🙂

Running the stitch and a side view of what I am doing.

Running the stitch and a side view of what I am doing.

The last black square that you will stitch to the bottom right pink edge to make your flap or cuff.

The last black square that you will stitch to the bottom right pink edge to make your flap or cuff.

See, would I guide you wrong?  Once you try it, this becomes much easier.

See, would I guide you wrong? Once you try it, this becomes much easier.

So here is 1 slipper, but you're going to need 2.  Well unless you have 1 foot or 3.

So here is 1 slipper, but you’re going to need 2. Well unless you have 1 foot or 3.

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Once you are done, turn them sinde out and you are done.

Once you are done, turn them inside out and you are done.

Now if you use a wool yarn you can felt them too.  Wet them down with some warm water, lather with a little dish soap and toss in the washing machine for a cycle or two.  Then let them air dry.

Now if you use a wool yarn you can felt them too. Wet them down with some warm water, lather with a little dish soap and toss in the washing machine for a cycle or two. Then let them air dry.

I made another pair out of an old mens wool blazer I had in my craft tote.  I did mark out the size of the squares on the strip of fabric, just so I didn't twist my brain completely.  Have fun and keep warm!

I made another pair out of an old mens wool blazer I had in my craft tote. I did mark out the size of the squares on the strip of fabric, just so I didn’t twist my brain completely. Have fun and keep warm!

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Everyday dose of Reality

What could be better than a game of Twister with a tribe of kids?  New Twister on Christmas with a tribe of kids!  After the carnage of gift opening and the feast was over, the game was pulled out.  We tossed out the Twister floor mat and watched the kids and Macgyver twist, turn and fall into a knotted ball.  Fun was had by everyone, including my mother-in-law who was calling out instructions.  I don’t think I have laughed that hard in a while.  Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.

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Everyday dose of Reality

The snow is done falling and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas up her in the north woods of Minnesota.

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Projects & Recipes

School bathrooms are not the best looking bathrooms, but since this is our home the bathrooms are getting a “do-over”.  I have started working on my office bathroom, which used to be the nurses office.  The bathroom is tiny and also includes all the lovely electrical conduit piping, as well as, a fire alarm.  How does one go about pulling the eye from those items?  Give the eye something else to look at.

Very unattractive school nurses bathroom.

Slightly more attractive. Still need to change out the toilet, remove the feminine napkin box, put in a new type of flooring and I can not tell you WHAT A PAIN IN THE BUTT the toilet paper holder it.

 

The kids and I took turns making polka dots, or as Nina aka Minnie Mouse likes to call them, Bubbles. When you have kids helping you paint, you can not expect perfection. Personally I think it is the flaws that make it fun.

We did 2 of the walls, from floor to ceiling. This room was fun getting a ladder into and around the toilet so the top of the walls could be reached.

The ceilings in the school, except for the gym, are 10 feet. Maybe, that is why Nina says the dots are bubbles, she feels like she is in a fish tank.

After all the polka dots were done, the kids agreed some of them needed a little bling. Enter the glitter fairy. We think it looks cute, well for a bathroom anyway.

 

 

 

 

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