Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shine bright....Firefly Glitter Jars

Firefly Glitter Jars

Hello everyone and welcome to another entry of What’s Pinning?!

I decided to do this project because it looked so pretty and I thought the kiddies would love to have a night with one of these. The project was fairly easy in that you cut open some glow sticks and empty them into a jar, but be careful because once opened they do contain glass and the fluid is said to be toxic. I kind of strayed from the project a little. All I did was add glitter so it wasn't that much of a change.

Cost of material: (Brought at Michaels)

  • 50ct Glow sticks = $4.99

  • Glitter tube = $1.29 x 2 =

  • Glass Jar = $2.29 x 2 =


Total Project Price: $12.15

Project Difficulty:  Easy

Time Taken: 35 minutes

Overall because of the toxic warning and the glass I would NOT recommend that children assist other than bending and shaking the glow sticks to activate them. Personally I found that the amount of time they stay lit, all the precautions you have to take including wearing gloves, for a few minutes of awesome glow is not worth the price but of course this is my own opinion. I’m not giving up though I love the idea of the whole firefly, fairy jar. In the coming weeks I will be attempting a different version of this project. Can’t wait.

For complete step by step instructions for this project please visit

Thank you for joining me for another project and I hope to see you next week for Crayon Craze week.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Around we go....The Chocolate Carousel

The Chocolate Carousel

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Welcome back to another entry of “What’s pinning” today I chose something from my own personal collection. Yippie…The first time I made this chocolate carousel was back in 2009. I was just starting to dabble into the world of chocolate molding and I must admit the project itself was a little difficult for the beginner, and I’m not talking already done a few beginner I mean very first project beginner. Surprisingly it came out well but it caused enough frustration that I put it down for awhile. After a long while and a lot few more attempts I decided to do a tutorial.  In the spirit of Easter. 

Just a few tips:
  • When I was first learning I thought that a double boiler was the only good method for melting chocolate or at least that’s what I read but I’m here to tell you that using a microwave is ok. I usually melt the chocolate at 30 second intervals so it melts evenly and doesn’t burn. I buy microwave safe tupper ware and wooden spoons.

  • If you plan on painting in details I find it easier to use long thin skewers for hard to reach places especially on this mold

  • Make sure not to get the chocolate wet or it will “seize” up and get lumpy which makes it difficult to work with. In my opinion when this happens it’s best to just start over because getting the chocolate to be workable again is close to impossible.

  • If the chocolate starts to become hard or set just pop it back in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it is completely melted again.

  • After pouring chocolate into the mold place in fridge for 15 minutes, less time is needed when setting the details, approximately 2 minutes for the details but DO make sure to place in fridge after doing each detail so it won’t mix in with the other chocolate… it will look messy. Do not place in fridge for too long because again moisture and chocolate are NOT friends. For more on Chocolate melting and molding check out my step by step tutorial for this project at you can also check out they have great information in their resource section. Although I am not affiliated with them I do have a soft spot for them because it was there that I learned the basics.


Cost Of Materials:
  • Molds = Range from $1.99 to $2.25 @ type in carousel mold in the search bar  (at the time of this posting they were backordered for the top of the carousel which is actually the only mold that cost $2.25 but you can enter your email to be put on a waiting list or do a simple search for carousel mold top on ebay)

  • Wilton candy melts = $2.49 @Micheals craft store

  • Lollipop sticks = $2.49@ Micheals craft store (4 ½ inch ones) they come in packs of 50

  • Tupperware = $5.00 for 12 at my local supermarket

  • Wooden sticks =$1.99 at my local supermarket (optional)

SN: For the molds you will need the top of the carousel, the bottom of the carousel, and the animal mold of your choice…they have bunnies, horses, and zoo animals.

For this project you will need 2 ½ bags of candy melts. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and can change based on whether or not you’re using different color candy melts.

Total Project Price =  $18.70 when ordering the molds online please adjust project price to make room for shipping.
Project Difficulty:  moderate difficulty

Time Taken:       Approximately 5-10 minutes of melting
Approximately 70 minutes to set the chocolate and build the carousel (the building part can be a little tricky)

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                                                The Chocolate Carousel Assembly video





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Magic Time...How To Make a Wand

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                I have found a very interesting project on how to make a wand, I will repin under the What’s Pinning?! Board at so we will all be able to keep up with the projects and recipes that have been done. Our first project was posted by but I found that it had been pinned from Kates escapades, How to make a harry potter wand so a big thank you to them for their step by step instructions. You can find the link for the step by step instructions below or above on my pinterest page. If you were able to find supplies cheaper please let us know.

Cost of material: Brought at Shipping was free for purchses $50.00 or more so I brought other items for those rainy days (Prices may have changed since my purchase)

Ø  Americana 2oz Acrylic Paint = $1.49  a bottle
           (I brought 4 in antique gold, antique teal, light cinnamon, and wedgewood blue)

Ø  Paint brushes 25 pk = $6.49

Ø  Elmers liquid glue 8oz = $3.69

Ø  Hot glue gun (high temp) = $2.69 (brought at Micheals)

Ø  Dowel rods 12”x1/4” 10pk = $1.99

Ø  Rivrside construction paper- assorted = $3.99

Ø  Marbles 150 assorted = $13.74 (brought on ebay)

(I found some really nice stones at Micheals for way cheaper but since I had already brought these I included these in the total cost but they can be found much more cheaper.)

Total Project Price =  $34.08

Project Difficulty:  Moderate difficulty

Time Taken: About 2 Hours each wand with drying times (I let my black base coat dry overnight)
I apologize for the quality of the photos, there will probably be more like these so let me apolgize again in advance :)

Here’s what I found, the original pin states to cut it down to chopstick size but I found that a ¼ inch x 12 inch worked fine without needing to be cut.

I had messed up and left part of a dowel showing so I cut a small square from construction paper and rolled it over that part, it worked pretty well. This project gets messy so be prepared.

The wands painted with black coating.

The finished wands 

My husbands Wand

My son's wand

My Daughter's Wand

My Wand

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Very First entry for What's Pinning?!


Hello Everyone,

                                                      Welcome to What's Pinning?!
When I wrote my Bio I had done so on hubpages as I'm familiar with the site but there is no place to put entries in as I can here. You can find detailed information on who I am as well as what this blog is about at

If you don't have the time to read the full length Bio here is a shortened version. I love pinterest with all its information but it is like a never ending maze of it. Getting lost while looking around is common and repinning only to forget about what's been pinned is as well. I am so guilty of this too. I  wanted a way to connect with other creative souls to share ideas and experiences while at the same time getting some of those pins I've forgotten about done. As I've stated in my hubpage I am not affiliated with or getting paid from Pinterest and aside from the pins I directly post I will always give credit where credit is due. With that said the statements and opinions in this blog are my own based on my own knowledge and experiences. I hope to see you all here again for the first project.