Friday, January 31, 2020

Beer Bottle Cap Table: A How Not to Guide

This is by far my most popular post, despite the fact that everyone who gets here via Google apparently searches for kids in handcuffs. I don't handcuff my kids, ok? Nor do I own any handcuffs. So look somewhere else for that kind of thing!

Meanwhile, here is my "how not to guide" for making a fantabulous beer bottle cap table. Also, please come like my Facebook Page Bayou Brew on KPFT. I have approximately 700 friends on  Facebook and maybe six of them like my page. That's not one in six. I mean six.

And now on to the instructions:


Since every middle age suburban mother is in dire need of a piece of furniture inspired by a college dorm room, I decided to try my hand at a beer bottle cap table.  When I had a newborn baby.  And three other kids.  And then I wrote this post.

But because "baby brain" is in fact a very real and acute condition, I totally and completely forgot to take the pictures, much less publish the post.  Until a mere two years later.

How do I get one of these wonderful contraptions for my OWN home or dorm room, you ask?  It's not even as hard as it looks:

1) Choose an optimum time to begin. In this case, I decided that when my baby was a couple weeks old would be wonderful because obviously...who doesn't start projects involving resin when they have a newborn?  Particularly when they've never once used resin...ever.

2) Have friends bring you bottle caps from near and far, including but not limited to Canada, Germany, and Israel.  Or buy them from Etsy.  Or collect them at gas station parking lots.  Or some combination of the three.

3) Or drink all the beer and save the caps.  That would work too.  Although you might need to adjust the size of the table, so you can make sure and finish the table before your liver gives out.

4) Arrange bottle caps at your leisure.  UNTIL baby begins to crawl, at which time baby notices the irresistible lure of these fine choking hazards and constantly throws the carefully laid pattern into total disarray.

5) Frantically glue down bottle caps the moment baby has begun her nap. Start with superglue, as per Pinterest instructions, but realize that the task will take decades at minimum. Switch to hot glue after gluing fingers to several surfaces and reading about a two year old who super glued her eyes shut.

6) Tape edges of table. Realize that unlike the table in the pinterest instructions, top of table is not sealed to the bottom. Seal using duct tape.

7) Scan comment section of instructions for advice. Read that original instructions were stolen. Ask around for more instructions.

8) Mix and pour resin. Quickly realize that duct tape is a completely inadequate adhesive for the table underside. Take stepdaughter up on her offer to buy more resin while watching resin pour out the bottom.

9) Attempt to remove tape and extra resin with pliers, scissors, and knives.  Fail miserably.  Put table in living room anyway.  Because do you really need to be as delicate as all that if you're going to end up with the college dorm room look?

My apologies to the original post where I saw this two years ago.  Sort of.  The fact of it is, the entire post was stolen from another website and would never have worked anyway, even if I had followed the instructions.  Wood and metal can barely contain resin.  Duct tape did NOT contain it.  So I doubt very much that painter's tape and tin foil in the post I saw would have held it in.

I do have a couple of very real instructions if you do choose to try this at home:

1) Buy extra resin, in case yours runs all over the place like mine did.

2) Don't worry about what adhesive you use for putting the bottle caps on.  I can NOT tell which were done with super glue and which were done with hot glue.  All the super glue did was cause me tons of anxiety due to my newfound irrational fear of getting that stuff in my eye.

Happy decorating!

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hello internet! I imagine that you have come here looking for a picture of me petting a dolphin. But I had bad hair on this adventure and instead here is a picture of a dolphin jumping over various members of my family plus some guy named...Scott?  Travis? Something like that.

I'm still in the picture, but my hair plays a less prominent role.

Those few people who didn't come here to see a picture of me with a dolphin probably came here from Pixelscrapper for the free download. Ok, maybe most people are visiting for the free download. After all, it's a new month!

This month's theme was called Bohemian Rhapsody. I'm not sure what a Bohemian Rhapsody is except for a Queen song, so I just went with music.

This is available FREE for the month of August 2019 by clicking here or on the preview. I'm pretty happy with the guitar playing cat EVEN if my seven year old thinks it doesn't look like a cat at all and even though I should have made him or her playing an electric guitar.

I'm not really sure what type of events or special moments people will scrapbook with a guitar playing cat, but please enjoy!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Winter in the Tropics

Hello people! Over at Pixelscrapper the theme for the month is Winter in the Tropics. I guess that means it must be winter in the tropics. When I search for where exactly the tropics are, I get a Houston I'm thinking Google misunderstood my question.

In any case, I went with this. I'm hoping it's close enough:

This free download has expired and will be available on Etsy soon.

If you want to see the rest of the wonderful offerings for this month's blog train, just click here. All are free for at least the month of July!

And since you asked, here's a picture of my kid:

She is having a fantastic summer filled with art projects and as many of the Rainbow Magic Fairy books as I can possibly stomach. 

Hope your summer is going well too! Or winter if you're in the tropics. Although I remain confused about that since the tropics...well...let's not make me look any more ignorant than I have already professed to be. Happy scrapping folks!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lots and Lots'a Matzah - a Passover / Pesach scrapbooking kit

New scrapbooking kit for the Pixel Scrapper blog train. This month's theme was "Storytelling." I had been wanting to make a Passover kit for awhile and figured this was the perfect chance. Because what  is Passover if not storytelling? Free download has expired but this awesome kit is still available on Etsy by clicking HERE or on the preview picture.

This brad to go with it is free for always with an account on Pixel Scrapper (click here or on the photo).

Hopefully anyone who sees this is behind in Passover scrapbooking and can use these! If not there is always next year!


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