Wednesday, July 31, 2013

GASP! A Post About Jewelry! For A Change...

So I got this idea just as I was getting ready to drift off to dream land the other night. I hopped out of bed, carefully, because it's a loft and I don't want to break anything...gone 32 years without a broken bone, thank you very much! So, the idea I had was to make initial charms/pendants out of polymer clay. I was thinking about this over the last day or so. Trying to figure out just how to do this. Stamps? Cookie cutters? And then it came to me...sort of. I have an alphabet mold in my stash so maybe I could use that. This morning after breakfast, etc, I headed down into my studio. I grabbed that mold and some scrap clay and with my new BSB CD cranking, I got to work. I conditioned the scrap clay and used pieces and made molds of each letter. Then I baked them. I'm going to try using them as stamps and then I might try some paint or alcohol ink on them...who knows. But here's a picture of the stamps I made...

I hope you can see the letters ok. Guess maybe the clay is darker than I thought. Anyway, we'll see how they turn out. I need to make sure there are no fingerprints on the letters because I don't want them transferring to the pieces I make! I'll try to do another post when I start working with these to make charms/pendants.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Holding Myself Accountable

Today is July 22, 2013 and I want to start this in order to hold myself accountable and chart the results of what I'm doing. I want to whiten my teeth, but I've always been a bit on the lazy side when it comes to actually brushing my teeth every day. I think this way I'll be more accountable and others can see the progress I'm making as well. My teeth are no where near perfect and I know that, but I still want them to be healthier. So, I've taken a picture after brushing my teeth after dinner. The plan is to take a picture every morning after today and post a small update over the next 30 days to see if I see a noticeable difference. I don't know how good this first picture is, but it's all I could get using my phone.

The toothpaste I'm using is a homemade recipe I found while searching online over the past few days. Here's the recipe I'll be using:

- 840 mg Activated Charcoal.
- 1 tsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 T Baking soda
1. Mix together the activated charcoal and baking soda. 
2. Add the 40 drops of peppermint essential oil. 
3. Pour in the melted coconut oil. 
4. Mix well. It should be a thick paste. 

Day 2, July 23, 2013. Don't have much time, but if I don't do this now I'll forget. I brushed my teeth after eating breakfast and I also rinsed with peroxide before brushing. It helps to remove germs, plaque, etc and the bubbles feel really cool, LOL. However, if you have any kind of sores in your mouth it will sting a bit. I had cereal this morning and it had scraped on the roof of my mouth so it stung, but it wasn't too bad and after about a minute I rinsed with water and brushed. I'm not going to show you what it will look like while brushing because it looks like black ink exploded inside my mouth! LOL But it all rinses out, so no worries. Anyway, here is today's picture. While we can't see a difference from yesterday, at least this way I'm doing what I need to do...holding myself accountable. :-)

Have a good day everyone and I'll see you tomorrow!

7/24/2013 - A little late today, but at least I'm here!! Can't tell if there's any difference yet, but maybe in a week or so I can look back at the first picture and see an improvement.

7/25/2013 - Late, late late!! I'm up to my eyeballs in jewelry stuff today! But here's today's picture!

7/26/2013 - Late again, but I'm still keeping up with this pretty good so far! Been kind of meh today, but I'm pushing forward. Anywhere, here's today's picture.

7/27/2013 - Took photo this morning as I was getting ready, but was rushed out the door, so I didn't get back to my laptop til now. Unfortunately, I can't use the Blogger app on my phone or tablet to upload pictures. Here's today's picture.

7/29/2013 - Realized I didn't post yesterday's picture. Was so busy that I just ran out of time. Here it is and shortly I'll post today's picture as well.

7/29/2013 - Here's today's picture. Just to clarify real quick...I'm not doing this because I want my teeth to be all white and perfect. I know that's not going to happen. I just want to keep track of this and share my progress with my friends and also help to hold myself accountable so I actually keep up with this. So, without further ado...

7/30/2013 - Hey look! It's not noon yet and here I am posting today's picture! Go me! Anyway, errands to run today, so here it is. 

Seeing a difference yet?? Maybe a little, but it's only been like a week so far. Until tomorrow!

7/31/2013 - Yeah yeah, I know, I'm late again! I swear I have a good reason!! I was working in my clay studio this morning! I wanted to get something done before I had to go out this afternoon.'s today's picture for you.

8/1/2013 - Happy August!! Gotta make this quick. Must go grocery shopping so we don't starve! Lol Here's today's picture.

8/2/2013 - Late again, but at least I'm posting every day. First weekend of August...any big plans? None for me except a friend's son's birthday party tomorrow. Well, there's nothing else to talk about, so here's the picture. I really don't see much difference yet. Hopefully soon.

8/3/2013 - Yes, I know, it's very late. But at least I'm here! Today was not my day. I didn't go to the birthday party I was supposed to go to. I was home all day feeling crummy because my stomach was upset. It wasn't until just a few hours ago that I started to feel better and was actually able to eat something. I'm posting this picture and going to bed.

8/4/2013 - I know, I'm awful, lol. The weekends tend to be busy for me, so remembering to post is an issue. But, here is today's picture before I go to bed. Maybe I'll start posting them at night instead. Something to think about.

8/5/2013 - Well, it's decided. I'm going to change to doing my posts at night. Seems my day gets away from me and before I know it I'm getting ready for bed. Tonight I had the goal of getting to bed a little early because I'm going out with my mom for a bit in the morning. But here it is almost 11 pm and I'm still up. Oh well, just another excuse to have some coffee in the morning! Well, here is today's picture and I'll see you tomorrow.

8/6/2013 - Today has been busy...running errands with mom. Tired and have somewhere to go tomorrow. I'll share more tomorrow. For now, here is today's picture. I'm going to bed.

8/7/2013 - Good news! I got a new job that I'm starting this week! Woo hoo! Anyway, here is today's picture. Time for bed.

8/8/2013 - Going to be going to bed soon. I'm now a contractor for a pet sitting company, mainly caring for felines. I'm looking forward to it and I start my first job tomorrow and I have another starting next week! :-D Anyway, here's today's picture.

8/11/2013 - Ok, so I've missed 2 days. Nobody's perfect, right? Things happen, let's move on. This new job is really taking it out of me. It's an adjustment, but so far, so good. I'll get my first check next week. :-) Anyway, it's late so here's today's picture so I can get to bed.

8/12/2013 - Didn't forget tonight!! Tired and not much to say. Here's today's picture.

8/13/2013 - I was all ready to get into bed when I realized I hadn't done my post for today. So I turned my computer back on and here I am. Lots to do tomorrow and it's late so I'm going to make it quick. Here it is.

8/21/2013 - Alright, I'm calling it. It's been over a week and I haven't posted anything here. Does that mean I haven't been brushing my teeth? Certainly not! But, I've been forgetful, so I'm just going to end this experiment and say that while I have noticed a difference, there hasn't been that big of one. I have the pleasure (NOT!) of going to the dentist next Tuesday where I'm be lectured on the state of my teeth. Mostly that I need braces and should have gotten them when I was younger. Well, I can't afford them now and my parents didn't do it then, so poo. Not much I can do about it. I don't even have dental insurance. My parents are paying for the cleaning out of their pocket. At least they have dental insurance. Maybe I should look into it, hmmmm. Anyway, it's been fun and hopefully I'll have another post about something soon.