Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hanging my Pictures Out to Dry

My newest project! I've been thinking about replicating this project ever
since I saw it on the Maybe Matilda blog.

With the holidays coming, my house has been a whirlwind of activity. Dust is flying, laundry is tumbling, dishes clinking in the sink. My husband has been busy, and the house is looking great. (You didn't think I had been doing all that cleaning, did you?) Along with the house cleaning, we have been finally hanging up some family photos on the walls. Our house is starting to look like someone lives here! 

With all this home beautification going on, I just had to take 20 minutes (that's right, this was quick and easy) to put together a cool photo frame for my home. Rachel posted her project on November 15, and today is December 17. I've been thinking about this idea ever since.

This was my inspiration. Looks great, Rachel!
I absolutely loved this idea. When I stumbled upon the tiny clothes pins at Wal-Mart, I knew it was meant to be. I had a frame. The wonderful folks who sold us our home left some goodies behind, including about 20 large picture frames. I decided to back my clothesline with some fabric from my stash and hang my line a little more slap-dash, but otherwise I pretty well followed Rachel's example. 

Once again, here's what mine looked like:

These are some photos that had been on the fridge or in a drawer in the kitchen, and really deserved to be displayed. I'm really happy with how this turned out. The only thing I would change is the yarn I used for the clothesline-- white or possibly brown twine would work better. This was what I had at hand, though, and if I had waited until I had ALL the supplies I needed, this project would never have gotten done. Did I mention that I'm really happy with this project? ;)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Cookies

I didn't end up using the sugar paper again, but maybe next
time I'll make yellow smiley face cookies :)
I didn't have holiday colored icing, but I managed to draw
some seasonal pictures on the cookies before the tiny people
became insistent that it was cookie time.


After my recent venture into into cake-making, I found myself with some extra decorating supplies. We've been getting the house ready for Christmas, and sudden inspiration struck. Christmas cookies!

I used some refrigerated sugar cookies that have been chillin' in the fridge for a month or so, vanilla frosting from a cake (also from the fridge), and the left over black icing from the humidor cake.

I used "baking cookies" as an excuse to stay in the quiet kitchen while the kids played in the living room with Dad. It was the perfect time for Mama to put the Kindle app on my phone to use. I've been re-reading Pride and Prejudice during the occasional quiet times (waiting for the pizza to be ready, at the doctor's office, baking cookies...)

Anyhow, the kids eagerly awaited these cookies, admired them for a few minutes upon completion, and promptly wolfed them down. This was a pretty easy/quick treat, and I was feeling pretty jolly that night (what with the holidays and a shot of whiskey or two I stole from my husband), so I let each little monkey eat two of these frosted treats before bed. (Don't worry, I sent them to brush teeth afterward--but not before taking some pictures of their grubby little faces!)

Question: What's sweeter than two little two-year-old monkeys?

Answer: Two little two-year-old monkeys covered in frosting!

Merry Christmas :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Keeping my Trees

It took me a week to get to it, but I finally finished the quilted ornaments. That's the good news. The bad news is that I didn't finish enough of them do sell at the craft show, and I didn't finish ANY of the other things I had intended to make. Long story short, things came up, Mama was exhausted, and I just didn't get the work done. I was pretty disappointed, but in the end it was probably for the best. I got to spend the day with my whole family, and today we decorated our tree, and well... I kept the quilted Christmas tree ornaments for myself. I think they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Selling my wares? Maybe next time. This time I will appreciate what I have (even though Thanksgiving is over, I'm still in a thankful mood) and try to plan a little farther ahead for next time. I'm sure there will be a Christmas bazaar next year, right?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Something Steampunk This Way Comes...

After a long day at work, there aren't many things better to come home to than a package in the mail. This particular package contained some awesome handmade Steampunk bullet necklaces, created by fellow crafter and blogger Mieljolie. This isn't a great photo (for some reason photos uploaded from my phone don't look that great on here), but if you go over to All Things Crafty and check out Mieljolie's photos, you'll get a much better idea of how cool these are. Thanks, Mieljolie! :) Maybe someday I'll get super crafty and make a Steampunk outfit to go with these. It's on the bucket list, at least.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

50 Blows

Yet another adventure in amateur cake-making. I have become the de-facto cake baker of the family, despite the fact that I really don't know what I'm doing, I guess I'm just the one willing to lay it all on the line and take the big risks. Remember the topsy-turvy 50 Sucks cake I made for my mother-in-law a few months ago? Well, I made its companion cake for my father-in-law, who was also turning 50: 50 Blows.

Now, the logical thing would be to make this cake with Blow-Pops, right? Well, after tossing a few ideas around, we decided to instead make his a cigar/humidor cake, as he has recently developed a liking for cigars. Here is yet another cake when knowing how to do fondant would have helped, but alas, I have not taken the time to experiment/learn.

This isn't a great picture, but you kind of get the idea:
This cake has a rectangular opening for the "cigars" (chocolate covered pretzel rods with sugar-paper bands). Brown icing for the wood, and matches made out of mini pretzel rods with red candy melt tips. The matches were my favorite touch.

This was kind of a rush job, and I didn't take the time to really photograph it well, but it met my minimum requirements: you could tell what it was supposed to be, and it tasted good. We had several different ideas on what to make the hinges and other hardware from, but were unable to find any of the items in question at the old Wal-Mart. Time was short, so I used what I COULD find--Sugar Sheets sucralose paper. Edible sugar. This stuff was easy to use (just cut out your shapes, moisten the back, and press into place), but kinda pricey. I think it was $2.50 per sheet. Luckily, one sheet was enough.

I must admit, although I'm not really a baker, I have been enjoying the cake experimentation. I was a sculpture major, after all, so I guess I SHOULD enjoy it, but you know how it is, we rarely enjoy those things we SHOULD. Anyhow, just wanted to share with you the latest creation. I hope to be posting more soon, so keep your fingers crossed that I will have the time to do all the things I have planned! Until next time, this is the Cardboard Crafter, signing off.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Quilted Christmas Ornaments

Piecing together some fabric squares with my trusty ol'
sewing machine.

The other day when I was reading through all of my son's school papers, a bright yellow sheet of paper caught my attention. No, not because of the color, but because of the content: my son's school is having a Christmas Craft Bazaar!

I've never tried to sell anything I made, except for the cardboard dollhouses I offered up at my yard sale (which didn't sell...) (**Unless, of course, you count back to when I was 5 and set up a greeting card stand on the front porch of my house. I think I sold 2 whole cards... both to relatives.) It has always been something I wanted to try. And Eli had so much fun selling lemonade at the aforementioned yard sale, that I couldn't help myself; I signed us up for a table.

The problem? We had nothing on hand to sell. So I've been looking for some pretty easy crafts that I can make from items on hand. Today I came across this post from The Sewing Loft. I had already picked out all my red and green fabric, thinking I might make some holiday dresses for a few Barbies I picked up at my local Goodwill for 50 cents each, but my husband suggested that maybe Eli would want to sell something a little less "girly" at his school. (I haven't scrapped the Barbie idea yet, but I do concede that my kid needs a few other things to sell as well.)

These quilted Christmas ornaments looked pretty easy and quick, which are pretty high on my list of "musts" for a craft project these days.
These are my inspiration pieces, thanks to The Sewing Loft.
Eli and I have decided to donate 50% of his proceeds to his
school, and although he doesn't know it yet, he'll get the other
half for his own Christmas shopping (that is, if we can sell anything)
I don't have pinking shears (an oversight one day to be corrected, I'm sure), but I think I have everything else I need.

  • Red, white, and green Christmas fabric
  • Felt
  • Ribbon (substitute red yarn)
  • Sewing machine
  • And my own special touch: silver thread to use for the edging

 <Finished product to be posted when I get done>

I got about halfway done with this project when it became apparent that my girls needed a little more of my attention. C'est la vie. Meet you after nap time to let you know how it goes!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Picture of the Day: Cardboard Cityscape

Super cool cardboard buildings from the Hola Mama Blog.
Thanks, Babs, for sharing this link! As a lover of cardboard, dollhouses, and cardboard dollhouses, I'm sure it is no stretch of the imagination to know that I would love this. And now that my best friend's wedding is over, (Congratulations, Erica!) I have completed all the sewing, projects, and events associated with the festivities, so now is a good time for me to start on Emily Henderson's I'm A Giant! Challenge. (You didn't think I had forgotten, did you?)

I have been collecting items for quite a while to use in my next dollhouse. I have 4-6 diaper boxes for the rooms, craft hinges (because I intend to make the dollhouse close to be a complete house), cardboard tubes, and all kinds of small things. I will build this one in 1/12 scale (1 inch = 12 inches), which is half Barbie/GI Joe size. The only thing I will need is 1/12 scale dolls (although I do have some that are close to the right size, so I might just fake it... we'll see).

I'm getting a little excited about this project, just thinking about it! Will any of you be joining me? Please post your pictures on my Facebook page and share any links that may be inspirational! When I am finished with it (if it's done in time), this will be a Christmas gift for my daughters.  Anyone else have the same plan? There's nothing better than a homemade gift. And even though there's a good chance they will tear it up within 5 minutes, that's okay--they'll at least get some play time, and that will give me a reason to make another one! ;)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sew Elegant Sashes

I started this post yesterday evening and was about halfway done, when inexplicably my computer got turned off and nothing I had written was saved. I hate that. So I'm just going to sum up what I had written last night. Below are some pictures of my current project in progress. (These are pinned together, in the process of sewing.)

These are sashes for the bridesmaid dresses at my friend's wedding. Recognize the fabric? Well, you've seen it before, it's the spare fabric from the table rounds. Long story short, the original plan for these sashes fell through--first because of money, then because the new sashes I ordered were quite a bit smaller than I thought, so they became the bows for these Plan C sashes.
Here's a front view of the sash on the black dress on my
dress form. The dress is strapless, all that stuff you see above
the neckline is just dress form modifications.
Plan B sashes will be used as bows.
Long and lean bows. We're going for something elegant here.
The sash narrows as it gets near the clasp in the back.
So, there you have it. These sashes are basically like the sashes in my pillow case dresses with a hook and eye closure and a bow sewn on the back. I think they will look really sharp and elegant, though. And hopefully, the rest of the girls agree ;)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Organization, O How You Elude Me

This shelving has been with me since three moves ago when
I rescued it from the curb after my neighbor discarded it.
Silly neighbor, there is a ton of potential in these shelves!
I have a dream. I have a dream of a house where there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. I have a dream where I can walk through the living room without tripping over toys. I have a dream where I can eat at my kitchen table without causing an avalanche of kindergarten worksheets and drawings. And I have a dream of an organized sewing room where I can find everything I need to get the job done in 5 seconds flat.

"Dream on, sister," you may be thinking. You clearly must remember the shape my sewing room was in last time I dreamed of cleaning it up... Well, it's not in much better shape now, but there is potential for improvement. Yes, folks, I have acquired additional storage space. Not just any storage space, but open shelving where I can stack up my fabric and still see it. Shelving separated in square units that are perfect for putting baskets and boxes of notions and accessories inside. Shelving which will get a goodly amount of crap of my floor.

Now you may be wondering why these shelves are not actually IN the sewing room, as pictured above... Well, the problem is that there was too much crap on the floor for these to actually fit in the room. It's one of those situations where I have to clean up before I can clean up. (Usually I have to MESS things up before I can clean up and reorganize, so this is a little foreign to me.) Or at least I have to shift the piles around so that there is a path to the back wall. Well, that's doable. Once the shelves are in place, however, the real challenge begins: organization. I need to take stock of what I have on hand and arrange it in such a way that it makes sense and I can find what I have. Now THIS might call for a mess: pulling all the fabric back off the shelves and rearranging it by color or fabric type or whatever. I still have tons of stuff in boxes and bags that I never have unpacked because I had nowhere to put it. Gosh, just thinking about the job ahead has me exhausted.

But let's focus on the positives: I DO finally have storage, and I have lots of WONDERFUL things with which to craft. Organization, you may have eluded me this go round, but I've got your number and soon I will take the time to put SOMETHING in my house into order, even if the little whirlwinds I call children will soon blow through and undo all of my progress. C'est la vie. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rockin' the Rainbow

Today was a productive day. I got up and watched Project Runway, made cinnamon rolls, put the kids in the bath tub, washed a load of dishes, threw in a load of laundry, and then it was costume time. Trick-or-Treat isn't until Monday in our neighborhood, but today was my son's Fall Festival at his school, and in addition to games, cotton candy, nachos, and prizes, this party featured a costume contest.

Usually I spend a lot of time working on costumes for the kids, but this year I haven't had the time to spend, so we just threw some costumes together from what we had on hand. (Don't feel sorry for my poor kids who didn't even get to pick out new costumes for Halloween, our costume collection is extensive. I promise you, they are not deprived.)

The girls were "pincesses," and Eli was Captain Jack Sparrow's dead brother, although the teachers at school though he was a dead ringer for Paul Revere with his tricorn hat and colonial jacket. And while the kids were super cute (Eli even won the costume contest), I'm not writing this post to brag on how super awesome my kids are (although I think they're pretty great). And I'm not bragging on my costume-making skills either. No sirree, I really just wanted to share what I consider my biggest accomplishment of the day: putting on my fake eyelashes straight. Don't laugh, this is a big thing for me.

I don't know if you've ever tried to wear fake eyelashes, but I have, many times, only to give up in frustration after I get them on crooked and readjust them so many times they no longer want to stick. And don't even get me started on my inability to put on eyeliner... But I digress. For a costume lover like myself, my eyelash handicap is just tragic. But not today. Today I got to mark "Wear awesome rainbow-colored and gold sparkle fake eyelashes" off my bucket list. (Don't make fun of my bucket list--to each his own, right?)

The girls and I all had brightly painted eye makeup, and Mr. Jack Sparrow's Dead Brother had spooky black and red around his eyes. We were stylin'. In fact, even though I cleaned the grease paint off my kids a couple hours ago, I am STILL rocking my Halloween look. That's right.

What are your Halloween plans? What costume are you most particularly proud of? Share!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

From Kitsch to Kitchen

 Sometimes when I stroll around the store, I find myself meandering over in the direction of the clearance aisle. Most days I sift through the unsold, marked-down items only to find a bunch of junk that no one needs and even fewer want. Occasionally I strike the jackpot. Sometimes it takes a little imagination to see the potential in these things, but hey, that's my specialty.
Summertime luau beach chair inspired candle holder. A little too kitschy for
my taste. This item will never grace the top of my table... but, it's kinda perfect
to go around a table of a different sort.
 I found these candle holders on clearance, marked down to $0.75 each from $2.00. They came in three colors: blue, yellow, and pink. Unfortunately, there weren't four of any given color, so we couldn't buy a matching set. My kid has decided that pink, once his favorite color, is for girls, so we picked up two blue and two yellow. These are the perfect scale for his G.I. Joes. And they just happen to have a table that needs some chairs.
We recently built a chair with a hole in the middle (otherwise known as a toilet)
for the G.I. Joe house, so we didn't need any more holy chairs. No problem--
this is an easy fix. 
 I traced out a pattern for the seat cushion on a piece of paper, cut it out, and then traced four more on cardboard (of course). As you can see, this solves the hole problem. At this point, I asked my son if he wanted to cover these in cloth or paint them. He chose paint, but the fabric would have been pretty simple as well.

Ta-da! Presto chango, from floral toilet to garden party chair.

Eli chose red for the seat cushions. Not the color I would
have chosen, but it's his G.I. Joe house, so whatever color
pleases him is okay with me. I think he was concerned with
choosing a color that would hide blood stains....
 This is the part that I let my son take care of. Although I don't quite trust him with sharp scissors yet, there's not too much he can hurt in my sewing room with the paint brush and red acrylic paint... I mean, what's he going to do, ruin my PINK carpet by painting it a different color? You may as well know, I HATE pink, so a few splashes of red might be an improvement.
Well, whaddaya know... the red seats match the red "mosaic tiles" on the top
of the table perfectly!
Barbie seems pretty comfortable in these flowery chairs. Not sure how "manly" they are, but they are sturdy and a proper fit, and maybe now that the Joes have some dining furniture, Barbie will visit more often. And hopefully if an epic battle breaks out around the dinner table, as these things do, no bloodstains will show up on the seat cushions. After all, this furniture belongs to a bunch of men, what do you want to bet non of them carry around Tide To-Go?


So, in typical Cardboard Crafter fashion, I squirted out WAAAAYYYY too much red acrylic paint into my "palette" (read: egg carton). No problem--no reason to let that paint go to waste. I had a grouping of canvases that I had haphazardly painted a few years ago to add some color to my chalk-white apartment walls. Well, these paintings achieved the minimum desired result: they added some color to the walls. They weren't great paintings. They weren't even that good.

So I set these out on the floor in front of my 5-year old and told him to have at it. Along the way, I added a few more colors to his palette: gold, yellow, green, and more red. I encouraged him to paint the three canvases as if it was just one long picture. I suggested he cover up as much of the original painting as he could. I coached him to mix paints and experiment.

The original painting was a landscape with green water,
a red sky, and glitter gold sun with blue glitter grass. Color,
yes. Good taste? No.
After about 15 or 20 minutes, my kid ran out of paint. He was satisfied with his progress, so we called it done. This is the result:

Afterward I explained the concept of abstract art vs. realism. I'm pretty sure he
tuned me out about halfway through. His main concern was that he had done
a good job and the painting looked better than what Mommy had done. Yes,
kid, ya done good.
My plan is to hang these up in the living room. However, I'm still waiting on the final verdict from my husband on this. (When we moved into the house, we split it up: he got some rooms, I got the rest. We don't work together well, so we just divided it up, and the living room is his.) If it doesn't go in the living room, I might hang it up in the kitchen, which is MY room. We'll see. I'll post pics once they're up. (And if that's the case, then this project ALSO goes from Kitsch to Kitchen :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Better pic of the Witch Hat Cookies

Bride of Frankenstein Bridal Shower

It occurs to me, I got pictures of just about everything except the bride-to-be. Hopefully, she'll forgive me. I can't really take credit for this party, because I'd say at least 75% of it was done by the bride's mother and sister, but as the Shake 'N' Bake girl used to say, "I hay-elped." One of my favorite touches was the witches' hat cookies, a la Rachel. Easy peasy, and high-impact for low cost and time spent. My favorite type of project. Check out the pictures that I did take below:

My witches' hat cookies above.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Emily Henderson's I'm a GIANT Challenge!

If you've followed this blog for very long, you may be aware of my passion for miniatures. I don't know what it is about small things, but the absolutely capture my imagination. I have been planning another dollhouse in my head for a while, one that has a hinge in the middle so that it can close and no longer has an open side. I have cardboard tubes for columns. I have accessories. I have the boxes, because you know I'm going to make this bad boy out of cardboard. I just don't have an official start date... Well, that may be changing soon.

My sister came across this link on stylist Emily Henderson's blog. Apparently, Ms. Henderson shares my passion for the tiny, for she is proposing a dollhouse design challenge, anything goes. She's got a few other bloggers linked up for the challenge, but it is open to everyone. Projects must be completed by December 15. Check it out, it sounds like fun!

So here's my plan: when I get a few other items tied up (I have a couple more things that I need to do for my BFF's wedding and bridal shower), I'm going to go ahead and start on this dollhouse. That should give me about a month before the end of Emily Henderson's challenge to get to work. In the meantime, I will be collecting supplies.

Why don't you join me? I know many of you are crafty, creative people. With Christmas coming up, there will be a lot more items in the stores to use, what with tiny ornaments and little Christmas house accessories lining the shelves. Show me what you've got! You can either do this challenge formally or informally, post pictures on my Facebook page or put a link to your blog post in the comments below. Let's do this together, it will be so much fun :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Table Rounds: Check!!!

A few weeks ago I posted a preview of my crafting plan for the weekend. It was my intention to spend the three day weekend I had ahead of me being very productive, starting with sewing some table rounds for my best friend's upcoming wedding. Fate intervened, however, and I was unable to work on the project when I had intended. Serves me right for making plans, huh?

Anyhow, I finally did it. It took me about a month, but I can finally check this off the To-Do list. And the bride-to-be can check it off her list too. Here's how I did it:

For uniformity, I decided to make a cardboard pattern to trace around. I
used a piece of yarn, a large needle, and a marker to make the circle, measuring
in 10 inches from the side and up 10 inches from the bottom to find the
middle of my 20 inch circle. 

I tied the string around the marker and anchored it in the center with the needle,
making a makeshift compass with which to draw the circle.


I couldn't find my box-cutters, so I used these Fiskars shears to cut the
cardboard pattern out.

Here's the fabric. I believe she ordered it from As I recall, it was
7 yards by 54 inches, or something like that. I did the math months ago when
we first discussed this project.

I traced around the cardboard circle with a non-permanent marker on the
back side of the fabric. I could fit two circles wide on here.

And cut. I cut out 20 of these bad boys. These scissors, which don't have
handles that loop around my fingers, were much more comfortable for cutting
so much fabric. With normal scissors, I would probably have gotten blisters,
but these were no problem to use.

20 fabric circles.

Next step: finishing the edges. I just ran the circles all through the serger.
The table rounds we saw on Etsy had black serged edges, but I used white

This is not the table arrangement my friend will be using, but I thought it was
a nice way to show off my handiwork :) All they need now is a little ironing.
I may have to outsource that job, since I don't currently own an ironing
It feels pretty good to have finally gotten this done. I have had the supplies I needed to complete this project for months, but had been putting it off in favor of other projects. When I finally decided I was going to get this done, I was incapacitated by a terrible headache for what felt like forever. So I consider this a win. What's next on the To-Do list? I'm not telling, I don't want to jinx myself again ;)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dragonflies in Pink

Happy little dragonfly on the happy little wall :)
The plan was that I would decorate my girls' room in a "Fairytale Forest" theme. So far, it's all bugs and flowers, but I figure even a fairly forest has bugs in it, right? (I know around here, any time you step off the porch the mosquitoes start swarming, one doesn't even have to venture into the forest.)

Speaking of bugs, I found this super cute knick-knack shelf today at a secondhand shop, and I couldn't pass it up. And get this--it was only $3! I don't know if the girls are really old enough to appreciate a "theme" but they did seem to love this piece as much as I did (read: they kept trying to play with it as we walked around the store), so it eases the guilt a little about spending cash on non-essentials.

And sometimes I fear that although I'm decorating their room, I'm doing it mostly for me. Having items that I know they love too in the room also assuages that guilt. Yeah, I guess I'm just a bundle of guilt, but that's motherhood, I guess.

If I stop to think about it, I always worry if I'm doing things right... is this the right food to make my kids healthy? does the educational value of this TV show outweigh the fact that it's a sedentary occupation? do I listen enough to my kids? am I too tough on them? There are always questions. But looking up and seeing this little guy smiling down at me helps me to take a breath and realize that everything is going to be okay. And seeing my tiny girls laughing and smiling up at their new silly bug is priceless. So, yeah. Good purchase.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sorry It's Been So Long!

It's been a while since I've posted, and no one is more upset about that than I am. For the last week and a half, I've accomplished pretty much nil when it comes to crafting (or just about anything else). It's not that I've suddenly become incredibly lazy, or even that I've been that busy. In fact, I've had tons of time since last weekend was a holiday and I only actually went to work two days this past week. The problem is that I've been feeling like a steaming pile of crap. Uh-oh, that's right... I whipped out one of them 4-letter-words: crap.

Today has been migraine day 11. Don't worry, folks, I have been to the doctor. I'm on top of this. I'm taking my drugs and going to get my head scanned. I'm a compliant patient. Only I'm not feeling better yet, and have not been able to do the craft I planned for last weekend yet. I've been exhausted and nauseous and had a dull to sharp pain from my temple to my neck. I'm starting to get sick of this whole being sick thing...

Anyhow, not trying to throw a pity party for myself, just wanted to let you folks know I haven't forgotten you, I've just been indisposed. Hopefully, I'll be back on my feet soon and we'll have some fun creating awesome things together! In the meantime, if you want to share some of the crafty things you have been doing, please feel free to post it on my Facebook page. I'd love to hear what you are doing, and maybe you can inspire each other until I'm back on my feet again :) 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dollhouse Furniture Improv

You never know where you'll find something that will be perfect for your dollhouse. Key chains, small toys, food wrappers, candy dispensers.... That's right, candy dispensers. Today as we strolled along the aisles at the local Foodland, what did mine eyes happen to land upon, but a candy display... Suckers, gum, gummy worms, and sour apple toilet candy. That's right, you didn't misread.

Sour power! Two plunger suckers that dip into sour power stored inside the
toilet bowl. This was one of those situations where I bought this for my kid,
but it was really for me ;)

This is not the right scale for the GI Joes (1/6), but will work for my other
dollhouses (1/12).

Appropriately, my son shared his candy with his potty-mouthed daddy.
(Sorry, Dear, the pun was too tempting...)

The deal was I would buy the candy for my kid to eat if I got the toilet when
he was done with it. So, as promised, he handed it over. I peeled off all the
stickers, and voila! Lime green toilet for my dollhouse.

If only we had found one a little bigger, it would have matched the green
and white polka dot sink in the GI Joe house.
I have plans to build another 1/12 scale dollhouse (strictly for my own pleasure), and I think this will be a nice piece for it. I wonder if I should try to paint it white? Perhaps white spray paint, or the good ol' white nail polish again? We'll see. Just another project on the back burner, but someday my friends I will tackle it.