Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Move it, Football Head!

Hello all,

Hope your week is going well. If not, hopefully this week's craft will lighten your spirits, conjuring up the golden days of yore. As you may or may not know, I am a TV addict. Step 1 is admitting your problem, so I'm halfway to recovery. Step 2 involves digging deep, searching for the source of the problem. I thought I could accomplish this by creating TV-themed crafts. Let's see if it helps or heightens my TV addiction...

Another thing you may or may not know about me is that I'm really into polymer clay. You kids may remember it as "Fimo" but today there are tons of different brands. 
My current collection

In trying to figure out what kind of TV-themed craft to construct out of polymer clay, I was instantly hit with an idea --- Hey Arnold! I loved this show as a kid and loved the protagonist and his football-shaped head even more. 

Without further ado, here is Arnold in all his shining football-y glory:

Pretty good, if I do say so myself. I'm actually shocked it turned out so well, but from this photo the Arnold figure looks like it could be put into a claymation video.

Here are some photos sculpture making process.

First I set aside all the necessary Fimo colours I needed to create Arnold. 

Then I started working on the face and hair; they are Arnold's most distinctive features.

Plus his teeny tiny ball cap.

I actually spent way tooooo much time on his face. Like, using-tweezers-to-make-his-eyelids-perfect kind of time. It's not 100% perfect, but I'm still happy.

Now onto the body....

The final result (before putting it in the oven). I was so scared something bad would happen to it in the oven (like it would get burned to a crisp or explode to pieces) that I took a photo of it on the cookie sheet to prove its existence.

Post-oven Arnold!!

Here's Arnold in front of some floral printed item. I thought this could be his e-harmony profile picture...very suave.

That's it for this week's hump day craft! I am going to try and do another couple of TV crafts. Any ideas???


The Badgererer

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Be a good scout - drink a cuppa day


Did I tell you guys how I'm the newest spokesgirlie for Florida oranges?? I've always been a big supporter of orange juice and all vitamin C-rich foods/beverages in general. Well, I couldn't pass up the offer to be photographed as the cover star for the new oj ad campaign.

How's my smizing?
I'm a big fan of club soda and oj; it's especially refreshing after a long workout. Be sure to get some vitamin C in your diet, so you don't get a nasty case of scurvy. And end up like this:

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Introducing a new midweek feature...

Guys, meet the new weekly feature to the blog. It's called "Craft my" 

So many Girl Scout badges are craft-related and this feature seemed like the perfect fit for lazy me to tackle some badges. Plus I thought we could all use a little creative inspiration to get us (me) through the week. 

But first off, I have to confess. I only figured out the meaning of "hump day" about two months ago. For the longest time whenever I heard the term, I assumed it was an allusion to being horny. I never understood why people were horny on Wednesdays, but I just shrugged it off. One day it finally dawned on me that on Wednesday people were over the hump towards reaching the weekend. Pathetic, right?

Anyways, this week's craft-acular craft is all about recycling found objects and DIY mod podge. I found this bandaid case that looked like a cute container that could store all sorts of trinkets. So I decided to gussy it up.

Here's what I started with:

Just a simple little case for bandaids. But let's jazz this guy up. Here's what you need:

  • White glue
  • A jar of sorts
  • Some collage paper
  • Old cards
First let's make the mod podge. It's super easy. Pour some glue into a jar. Clean out the jar before adding the glue so it doesn't have a crazy weird smell. Olive-like perhaps...

Try not to spill on the floor, which I somehow managed to do (not pictured though). 

Then add equal parts water. 

And finally, shake it up!!! Shake it like a polaroid camera (as my aunt used to say circa "Hey Ya").

Okay now onto the case itself. Cut up your cards, papers and whatever else you want to decorate your case with. Now get a paintbrush and apply the podge to the case. Then stick your paper on the case and place some more mod podge on top. Just a thin even layer as you don't want the case to look all thick and goopy.

Finally let that sucker dry. And voila, here is the final product....

the front.
and the back.

Cute, huh? My cowboy-owl-octopus case is complete. The edges flaked off a bit, but I like how it gives the case a weathered look. I am currently using this to house my bobby pins, but feel free to store mints, paper clips, small jewellery or even bandaids. 

And now you have extra homemade mod podge to use for other collage adventures. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you next week with another hump day craft!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The Badgererer's Materialistic Obsessions: Nail Art!

I haven't completed a badge in sometime. This is mostly due to a creative rut I've been experiencing for the past few months. I haven't felt like doing anything other than biking, gyming, eating and watching bad TV (i.e. shows intended for tweens). Despite this feeling of ennui, I decided to write a post on my most favourite materialistic obsessions right now - NAIL ART.

You may scoff at the originality of my interest (which girl with an Instagram account doesn't love nail art??), but I enjoy it immensely. I have tried to tackle nail art myself and the best I can do is a sparkle gradient.

Nail art, nails, manicure, nail time
It's okay. Nothing spectacular. But I did have to combine two glitter polishes
I completed this look using Butter London's Muggins, Henley Regatta and Rosie Lee. I am impressed I didn't make a huge mess trying to combine polishes, unlike my last madcap nail art experiment in which I spilled some white polish on a coffee table. Oh well, it added some panache to an otherwise drab piece of furniture. 

I may lack the technical skills to create fabulous nail art, but I have tried my hand at a variety of nail trends like:
There is no photographic proof of these accomplishments, but let's just say the last one ended quite horribly. After these failed attempts I decided to outsource my nail designs. 

Enter Pinky's Nails.

Self-described as "Toronto's first professional nail art studio," Pinky's opened a couple months ago. Their Instagram account is awe-inspiring; it's like nail art porn. Studded nails, leopard print and floral motifs are only a few of the amazing designs available.

I visited Pinky's with some friends and was paired with Allison. I told her how I envisioned evil eyes and pyramids on my nails. She took those ideas and ran with them. I couldn't have imagined the designs she created.

Here are the final results:

Aztec, evil eye, pyramid, glitter, nail design, nail art

Nail art, nail design, aztec, glitter, evil eye, pyramid

Aztec, evil eye, pyramid, glitter, nail design, nail art

Or you can view it as a triptych: 

Nail art, nails, aztec, evil eye, pyramid

I can't stop staring at my nails. I constantly glance down at them in public like some vain girl who covertly uses a window reflection to check herself out. Needless to say, my wildest nail art dreams have been realized. Thank you Allison/Pinky's Nails!

Despite having found a place that can make my nail designs come to life, I will continually try to work at this skill in hopes that one day I can proudly display my work on HelloGiggles or Burgers and Nails.

In the meantime, I will just have to make appointments at Pinky's every two weeks...what nail designs should I get next time?

Monday, 25 June 2012

Ride on...

It's been two weeks since the Princess Margaret Ride to Conquer Cancer but I needed time to decompress, or procrastinate, whichever you prefer. All I can say is that it was pretty much the best.

My team raised $107, 217.01 (I love that someone added one cent to a donation) and 4,852 participants raised $18.1 million towards cancer research. Incredible, huh?!

After all the excitement, I wanted to hand out awards to the most noteworthy things and people from the ride.

The award for most impressive rider and most likely to have the worst groinal pains goes to...

The guy on the unicycle.

Some guy rode 200 km on a UNICYCLE. I can't imagine how he felt after the two days.

I managed to find a YouTube clip of the unicyclist on the ride, so you can experience his impressive cycling for yourself.

The award for most unique snack goes to...

Unknown, radioactive dessert.

I opened up my lunch on the second day to find this delightful creature (pictured below). It was neon orange with pink and white splotches. While most people scoffed at this odd-looking dessert, I excitedly took a bite. I never turn down anything with sugar and its unnatural colouring only made me more interested. The radioactive dessert was absolutely sublime. It tasted like a cross between Swedish berries and the outside of a Twinkie. This treat definitely brightened my day.

weird dessert
The radioactive dessert in all its glory.

A sweaty rider enjoying this delicious snack.

The next award is for the most animated face from the 2012 Ride to Conquer Cancer. It goes to... 

This cranky weirdo.

I'm not sure what was wrong with her, but it may have to do with the fact that the first day was rainy, cold and grimey. Or that she had just returned from a particularly popular Porta Potty. Either way, this face is a jem (unbiased opinion, of course).

There were a lot of colourful people cheering me on during the ride. And many beautiful sights to see. 
<Insert witty award show banter here>
The best roadside attraction goes to...

The corn-shaped mailbox.

corn mailbox  

It was a tough call between this awesomely-shaped mailbox and the man playing the saxophone offering free kittens. They were both entertaining but the former made me stop my speedy ride to take a picture. And the kitten saxophonist scared me a bit.

Lastly, a big shout-out goes to the winner of the best post-ride reward. The award goes to...

A glass of champers. 

No celebration is complete with uncorking a bottle of champagne/prosecco. I subtly hinted to my team every hour that someone should get bubbly for the finish line. To my "surprise," someone handed me a glass (or more accurately, a plastic cup) with celebratory champers. 

glass of champers
1 glass of champagne after 200 km = priceless

Another priceless experience was crossing the finish line knowing how much my team and the other riders have made a difference to cancer research.

Here is a final photo to leave you with. A perfectly framed photograph my dad took of me at the finish line.

bike ride

Comment if you liked this awards segment or thought there were upsets in any of the categories...

Friday, 8 June 2012

Victory is Mine!

Guys, my 200 km bike ride is in less than 24 hours away!! Here's hoping the weather is on my side and it doesn't turn into a tropical downpour. In the spirit of the ride, here is a (slightly doctored) photo of me post-ride last Saturday. 

I have a feeling I won't be able to jump like this, let alone move after the weekend. Wish me luck!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Double Badge

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…or perhaps just one.

I’m back! I know I’ve been behaving like a neglectful high school boyfriend, but I got a little sidetracked wading through the rapid waters of real life. I'm here now, so let’s just enjoy the reunion.

It’s a Badgererer 2-4-1 deal today, as I’m merging two badges together – the Staying Fit badge and the Philanthropy Fun Badge. I’m a big fan of being active, mostly because it excuses me to eat lots of candy. And as you know from prior posts, I love to cycle. The beauty of philanthropic work goes without saying. Well, let me just say this: IT’S AWESOME!

Next week, I'll be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital. Along with a couple thousand closest friends, I'll be riding 200 km to Niagara Falls. The funds that are raised will support breakthrough research and discovery of new cancer therapies. Needless to say, this cause is also awesome.

This is my third year doing the ride and it is by far the highlight of my year – physically, mentally and emotionally. My team, “Team Suck-it-up,” which comprises of my mom, dad and some family friends has raised over $98,000. We are over the moon about this and if you want to donate or learn more about the cause, check out my personal page.

But back to the badges…

Weekends, which are usually reserved for bonding time between my best friend, the TV, and me, have become training sessions. I rode 50 km this Saturday despite the unseasonably cold weather and my utter lack of motivation.

Nothing says "serious biker" quite like a Sears Portrait Studio pose in full bike gear.
My mom picked me up at 8:30 am and I spent 30 minutes trying to convince her our time would be better spent going out for a large brunch. I even threw in the impending apocalypse excuse to try and sway her from riding.

The temperature was a balmy 13 degrees and the large gusts of wind made for a delightfully easy ride.

After about 20 km, we finally arrived at Tommy Thompson Park, home to my favourite hotdog vendor. But she wasn't there due to the crummy weather and I was without some celebratory street meat. Thankfully my mom and her friend brought lots of snacks.

This is what happens after you carb-load like a demon.

At one point I took off my jacket only to discover a spider-bee hybrid on my shoulder. I was pretty horrified by this mutant being. I'm not sure how long it was there, but hopefully he enjoyed the ride.

Here is an anatomical drawing of the spider-bee and his prey:

Unbiased drawings, of course.
Despite the awful weather, weird bug attack and lack of street meat, the ride was still enjoyable. Here's hoping everything runs smoothly next week for the big 200 km ride.

Wish me luck, Internet friends!