Thursday, February 25, 2021

Remember Back When I had a splash page?

Hello and welcome to Do Try This at Home!

If you came here looking for teacher resources or digital scrapbooking supplies, please visit my TPT store here.

If you are looking for reprints try here.

If you are looking for the Bayou Brew on 90.1 KPFT Houston, look on Facebook here.  

If you came for the beer bottle cap table it's right here

If you're just here to browse and don't care about any of that stuff, here's a blurry picture of my late cat playing the guitar. Yes, he played with his teeth just like Jimmy Hendrix.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Snowmaggedon and Some Free Stuff

 Hello Blogsilvania!  

We had horribleness here in Houston, otherwise known as no electricity or water for three days in freezing cold temperatures - in the teens even.

We bundled up good though and enjoyed it as best we could while trying to survive in below freezing temperatures without running water.

I have a free shabbat coloring sheet up in my store. I first made it with an extremely ugly challah, but I have since made the challah over again and although it is not the best challah ever drawn, it is looking much less clunky now. Download it for free by clicking the preview image:

I also have a couple of new free stuff up on pixelscrapper if you want a hedgehog or bird:

And last but not least, just because way back when this blog started out it used to be for silly signs, here's Jesus's opinion on masks. Apparently:


Monday, February 08, 2021

Bernie and the worksheets

 Hello all three people who actually check this blog!

I know you're out there so I might as well update.

Here's a picture of me in the KPFT 90.1 Houston studio with Bernie, because apparently I STILL am not tired of the Bernie memes:

For real though, Seth Walker joined me on Bayou Brew on Friday, February 5th so if you're interested, that archive will be available for two weeks.  You can click on the picture to reach the archives. Because. I couldn't figure out how to get the picture to be un-clickable unless I dive into the code and stuff, so why not take it easy?

I've got a bunch of new stuff in my TPT store, including this free Purim cut and paste activity. Click here or on the preview to download it.

Plus a bunch of other Purim stuff here

My valentine article is up on Western New York Family and San Diego Family. You can see the Western New York one here.

In between all that we are trying to get our home back in order from the massive flood back in June and I am making a go at homeschooling this kid. Her room is coming along:

Of course Bernie had to come visit. Because isn't that the way these days?

The bedrooms and one bathroom are coming along very nicely. The kitchen still has little odds and ends to finish up. But the main bathroom still needs a bit of work.

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, January 29, 2021

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!


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