Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fan's Choice $350 AMAZON GC GIVEAWAY Gift Card

Welcome to the Fan's Choice $350 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
Hosted by ~ All About Parents
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This giveaway will run from November 3rd - November 17th 4:00am
Deb asked her fan's what was the next giveaway they wanted. Gift cards or money was the number one thing. So Deb from All About Parents made it happen!
There's alot of amazing bloggers joining in on this giveaway! Make sure you show them some extra special love!
This should cover some Christmas presents or what ever else you want or need!
I hope everyone has fun and good luck!

Disclosure: Deb from All About Parents is sponsoring this giveaway herself , If you should have any questions about this giveaway please feel free to ask. In no way is this giveaway associated with Amazon, Facebook or any other social media site you might see it on. Thanks for participating!

Paint Brush Set By Brush Artistry Review: The best brushes I have ever used!

I'm thrilled to be writing a product review about the Paint Brush Set by Brush Artistry. These are 36 high quality, long wooden handle paint brushes featuring synthetic, hog and pony hair bristles.  They can be used with watercolor, acrylic, 
oils and other paint media.  They are ideal for beginners and experienced artists. 

These 12-inch long wooden handles are color-coded for ease of selection.  I used three white handle brushes and one green handle brush for my first watercolor painting.

The brush I used in the next photo had a tuft that was round at the tip.  Several of the brushes in the entire set have the same tuft.  It was easy to use this brush and I used the yellow watercolor and dabbed at the paper.

The brush I used next had a tuft that was flat at the tip.  This allowed me to make a different stroke in red and I used a short stroke with the brush.

I then switched brushes and used a brush that had a tuff with a round tip.  I pushed the brush into the paper with the blue paint and continued doing this all over the paper as with the other strokes of the brush.

I used the first brush again, once it was cleaned in water.  I noticed how easily it was cleaned and it took in the green paint and I made dabs with that paint all over the paper. 

Since I had used up most of the space on the paper I decided to stop there and save this as my first watercolor painting.

Some of these brushes would be great with nail art as well.  This would be with the broader strokes covering most of the nail as nail art brushes are smaller and more precise.  

I just love these brushes and I intend on sharing them with my friends when they come over this week.  I'm going to work on more paintings and try other strokes and see how to use them.  

The case is cloth and is durable and has small pockets for each brush on the inside, as the flap covers the brushes and then this can be rolled and tied shut.

I would recommend these brushes to anyone of the age to appreciate brush care as these can be used by the beginner through the experienced.  This is a set that you will use for a long time.

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Disclosure:  I was provided with this free product in exchange for my honest review.  I only share those products on my blog which I find are appropriate for my readers.

Nov. 2 (30 Day Challenge) What to do with those pumpkins!

John with his carved pumpkin 

                  How to Preserve a Carved Pumpkin

With Halloween having just passed and pumpkins piled up in bins in every grocery store, are you looking forward to carving a jack ‘o lantern? Some people wait until after Halloween to carve their pumpkin, finding that they want it to last until Thanksgiving for the decorations of Fall.  It’s a favorite holiday activity that’s just as much fun as an adult as it was as a kid. 

A good many of people know Clorox® Regular-Bleach can be used to help cut flowers stay beautiful longer, but may not know that the same bleach solution can also help keep a jack ‘o lantern from getting fuzzy mold and black mildew inside. It’s super easy, and (spoiler alert) fun to watch the pumpkins float! If you’d like to try this, here’s how! 

Materials Needed
—Clorox® Regular-Bleach
—1 clean 5 gallon bucket
—1 quart measuring cup
—Measuring spoons
—A pumpkin
—Sharp knife and a spoon (tools for cleaning and carving)
—Paper towels 

1. First you will cut the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Try to remove as much of the stringy fibers on the inside of the pumpkin by scraping them away with the spoon. Be sure to clean the underside of the pumpkin top, too.
2. Next you will rinse the pumpkin inside and out with water.
3. Cut the desired face or design into the pumpkin.
4. Measure 3 gallons of water into the 5 gallon bucket.
5. Add 3 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the water in the bucket, and use the measuring spoons to stir the bleach solution.
6. Then you will immerse the pumpkin in the bleach solution. Since the pumpkin floats, you will need to stir it around to make sure all surfaces contact the bleach solution for a full two minutes. And don’t forget the top!
7. Remove the pumpkin from the bleach soaking solution, and let it air dry on a few paper towels.
8. Easy clean-up — just pour the bleach soaking solution down the drain. 

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This also works well with mini-pumpkins — I like using them to hold tea lights. You can trace the outline of a tea light on the top of the pumpkin, and then cut around it. The top pops off, and then you can clean out the inside and soak it in the bleach solution as described above. Finally, just pop in the tea light (without the tin around it)! If you will be using these to set a festive table for a Halloween Party, or for a Thanksgiving table with no worries about prepping them early!

activities using mini pumpkins for children and adults

Glitter Pumpkins 

gift of project
"One of the items I was most excited to receive was the Fall & Halloween Stickles Glitter Glue Set. We had some mini-pumpkins at home that were just begging for little sparkle, and I knew the glitter glue would be the perfect way to add some pizzazz!"

gift of project
"The kids practically squealed with delight when I pulled out the glitter glue, and their creations were dazzling."

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