Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Little Zorro drawing his "inner editor." He's working on the workbook for the NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program while Mom tackles her big pile o' homework.

The National Novel Writing Month Website is here:

And the Young Writer's Program Page is here:

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These will become headbands for Naruto Halloween costumes- the kids made them.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Zorro studying his color theory! (which basically means mixing together different colors of clay and seeing what happens.)

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Five rows down, three more to go! Our backyard patio project. (With bonus kitty cat action! That's Edward Scissorpaws struttin' his stuff.)

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Zorro practicing his pillow balancing abilities!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Tomato of the Season!

Picked our first tomato!
Testing out our new phones and mobile posting to our blog!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cue the spooky music!

I noticed a couple of skeletons and other assorted spooky things in stores the last time we were out and about, and realized that YAY! Halloween is only two and a half months away.

Not that I really need an excuse to do something creepy and zombie inspired, so without further ado:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Take me to Paris...

Plaster of Paris, that is:

We used some beach pail/sand castle molds I picked up at the dollar store, and used them as molds to make castles. My oh so fancy mold-release? Cooking spray that we also picked up at the dollar store.

We'll wait 24 hours for them to completely dry, and then paint and decorate them. (I'm leaning toward a haunted castle look for mine. It's only like two and a half months 'til Halloween, y'know!) We added a squirt of blue tempera paint to the last of the plaster, and put them in little foil stars to make some sidewalk chalk:

And here's some sidewalk chalk work from Bannanarama, whose current obsession with anime has led her to begin learning some of the Japanese language:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Get down, get down!

The boys and Grandma, playing Raving Rabbids at Great Grandma's house.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happiness is...

Brightly colored polymer clay and lots of tools!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Taking a walk along the river is a sanity saver for me, and sometimes, I get a nice photograph as well:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pocatello Saturday Market

This video is from my first Saturday at the Market!

Thanks to Rich Brewer of Digital Junkets for shooting and editing! You can check out his other videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/escalus84

Friday, July 3, 2009

Road Trip!

Last Saturday we headed out to Grace for the "Good Ole' Days" tractor show. We've been doing this since the very first year it was held, it's become a fun family tradition.

Since Glenn couldn't make it this year =(, Bannanarama helped me with the facepainting (and did a wonderful job, I might add.) Here she is with her cousin Miss Pickle, who got a butterfly painted on her arm.

We stopped at the Flying J on the way home for dinner, and had some yummy chicken fried steak. Here's us girls:


I've been revamping my art/craft space, and went looking for a new chair today. I found this one at a local thrift store. It was boring and brown - but I made it into the Purple Chair of Awesomeness instead. (Have I mentioned that I may love spray paint just a little too much?)

I also went to a local discount store looking for some ice cube trays, since our fridge's ice cube maker is on the fritz and I can not survive the summer without a big ole glass of ice in my hot little hands! Well, while I was there I found a reasonable priced convection oven! Woohoo! They are ideal for curing polymer clay, since the fan means that the air is circulated throughout the oven and it stays a nice steady, even temperature without hot spots. (Those can lead to scorched and burned clay)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bicycle time!

One of the clearest signs of summer's approach:

Glenn and Zorro working on his bike together!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A basket of beads (and buttons!)

Basket of Beads and Buttons!

A basket of handmade beads and buttons!  These still need a bit of cleaning to remove the dust left from sanding, and a trip to the buffer.  Then - they will be ready for their close-up!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


We spent an evening studying triboluminescence. That sounds much more impressive than, "We spent an evening smashing Wint-O-Green Lifesavers, now doesn't it? Many people are familiar with the effect that biting down on a Wint-o-green Lifesaver in the dark will produce blue-ish sparks, and we found a very good explanation at How Stuff Works. To be enlightened,Click here!

We were using individually packaged Lifesavers from a big bag, rather than ones from a roll. The cool thing about this is that you can throw them on a hard surface in a dark room still in the wrapper and get a blue flash. AND you can do it over and over again until your candy is a pile of powder, or the wrapper gives out - whichever comes first.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Word is Evil!

Bannanarama wrote this, we thought it was pretty amusing:

Disclamer:microsoft word cannot talk,and if it could it would be very polite

Written in microsoft word

Hello microsoft word!
What do you want?
I want to type!
Because I feel like it!

Pyon pyon
Hmm hmm
Yeah yeah
Howa howa
Kira kira
Yeah yeah
Tamagoa nani edo
Yeah yeah yeah!

Hey,that wasn't typeing!
What do you mean?
All you did was write down the words to a song!
I thought you were going to write a story!
Oh fine!

It was a dark and stormy night
A brown cat lay by the fire,and thought about how it’s evil word program wouldn't let it write what it wanted to…
What,all I did was write a story.
Oh just go play with firefox!
Good idea!
I’m so very lonely….

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hockey Road Trip!

On the road to Utah for some hockey! The kiddos played two games, lost the first one, won the second one. The rink was smaller than they were used to, and it took some time to adjust.

And our little goalie Zorro got a shut-out (that's 'allowed no goals' for you non-hockey folks!)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cosmic Encounter!

One of our favorite games! Essentially a card game of "war" (highest card wins) with "alien powers" that turn the game into something with a distinctly Calvinball feel. (Oh, you think you win? Actually my alien power makes the lower card win. etc.)

Zorro must be doing well:

Bannanarama looks less pleased:

Friday, April 24, 2009

Earth Day 2009

Hooray! for
Laundry dried in the sunshine:
(check out Project Laundry List)

and Pocatello's brand new curbside recycling program:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sprucing up the website a bit

Check out the recently updated DancinJules Creations!

I've found two websites that I really enjoy working with, one is Picnik.com which allows you to edit photos online, as well as pull photos from your flickr, facebook, photobucket, etc. accounts. It has some tools for creating photo collages and such, it's what I used to create the collage above.

The other is Weebly.com which is a website building site. Now, I have used things like Tripod or Geocities in the past and never really been happy with the limitations (or all the ads that end up on your site,) but so far I'm enjoying using this one. I'm no HTML genius, but having the option to add custom bits of HTML here and there on the site are really nice. They have an option to upgrade, but so far I've been content with the free version. (And aside from a "get your own Weebly Page" button at the bottom of my site, there's no advertising on it.)

We are a very busy family, and I like the portability that being able to edit photos and websites online provides. (We don't have a laptop, but I have high hopes of getting a small netbook within the next few weeks)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Earth Hour Bunny

earth hour bunny
Originally uploaded by dancinjules

Created this little bunny by candlelight during Earth Hour, 2009!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mmm...What 's that delicious smell?

She worked, and she slaved:

To bring us:


(And these were totally from scratch brownies - no store bought mix going on here!)

Monday, March 23, 2009


So, my lovely purple hair has faded to a washed out pink color. And I want to re-dye it, but I don't know what color. So, solve my dilemma and vote in my poll over there on the right-->

Elko Hockey Tourney!

The kids had a blast at this tournament - we appreciate the Elko Roller Hockey Association for hosting, they have a great group of parents and players!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Slideshow fun...

So, I finally played around with the program that came with my camera - it's kind of fun, and although it doesn't give you a lot of control, you can create a fun little slide show with it fairly easily. I apologize in advance for the cheesy techno theme music - it was what came with the program.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Cutest Blog on the Block!

Well, no, I'm not claiming that honor - but this is the website responsible for the cute background that I'm sporting on my blog now:

The Cutest Blog on the Block

If you want a snazzy background for your blog (and don't have the necessary know-how to create one yourself,) I recommend taking a look through this site's backgrounds. They have a wide variety of backgrounds offered for free, it's super-simple to install them on your page, AND they have step-by-step instructions to get that coveted three column blog layout in their "Blog Secrets" section. They also offer customized designs for reasonable prices if you are looking for something unique.

(And no, I'm not on their payroll, I just thought I would give them a mention since I was pleased with the service! :))

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Yay! Polymer Cafe! (and guess what I found...)

Woohoo! My very first issue of the Polymer Cafe Magazine! You can read my review at Craft Gossip here. (And why, yes, yes I did just find the black and white setting on my camera, why do you ask?)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Aaargh! (self portrait Thursday)

Originally uploaded by dancinjules

It was just one of those days today, the sort that make you want to pull your hair and pout.

Luckily, I got to go out to dinner with my kids and in-laws, along with my cutie pie of a three year old niece. She was a fantastic cure for the grumpy mood!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Square Root Day!

March 3, 2009.

Hey! That means it's Square Root Day! A good reason to make a meal featuring root vegetables (cut into squares, of course,) enjoy a root beer float, play tic tac toe, or bake a square cake!

We went with simple, and made Rice Crispy squares decorated with the square root symbol:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happiness is....

A new box of clay with lots of colors!

I actually order a lot of my clay in bulk - in the one pound blocks, but every once in a while (with a JoAnn's coupon in hand,) it's fun to get a box that has a smorgasboard of colors, take it out, and then just sit down and play! This box was destined for cane making, here are some of the results:

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Who's that dropping the puck?

Who's that dropping the puck for the faceoff?

It's Bannanarama, making her debut as a roller hockey ref!

Our refs are mostly parent volunteers, but they decided to let the girls have a shot at reffing the youngest kids' game:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Rockin' Hockey Girls

Okay, there's a couple of rockin' hockey guys on the team as well, here they are:

This was Bannanarama's team - they played the entire tournament together, and if you count very closely (and know anything about roller hockey) you will realize that they played the entire tournament with only one sub. (Player to rotate out and in from the bench) Woohoo, endurance! They received silver - and even though they lost, their last game was an EXCELLENT one. We were playing a team from Elko - the parents were all very nice, and the kids had great fun playing each other. That is youth hockey at its best.


Zorro, all decked out in his goalie gear! (This was for a tournament that was back in February, but what with I-Move Dance Performances and my new blogging responsibilities, it's been a while since I've gotten things written over here! Giving love to the sadly neglected family blog right now! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ArtFire Rapid Cart - How cool is that!?

A cool new tool they rolled out for us at ArtFire today - you can now easily buy items from my ArtFire shop right from my blog. Lookie!

This will normally live right over on the right column of my blog.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Road Trip!

On Sunday morning, we headed out for a trek to Utah to watch the Grizzlies and Steelheads do battle upon the ice! On our way there, we were treated to the rockin' sounds of the new band "Cheese for Dinner:"

Auntie Arika and Uncle Chris with the "Birthday Princess" These are college friends of ours who remember back when Bannanarama was a wee little thing.

The crew at "Crazy Jim's" buffet. I ate something with tentacles (Octopus? Squid? who knows?) Glenn had Questionable Sushi, and Arika and I tried the "rice crispy things that were made with fruity pebbles and fruit loops instead of rice crispies" I discovered that I can't eat something that looks back at me (the shrimp still had eyes attached) and all in all, it was a very...interesting dining experience.

Yay! after several wrong turns, we found the rink!

It's hockey time!

oops! We had to wait while they fixed the boards - that really *was* a hard hit, I guess!


Zorro with the Utah Grizzlies mascot, Grizzbee

Grizzbee pestering Bannanarama.

He shoots, He scores! The Steelheads celebrating their overtime win:

We headed for home, but ended up having an unplanned slumber party in Brigham City:

Because the weather got horrible and the roads really bad around about Ogden. In the morning, there was lots of snow!

Finally, a bit of sun:

And headed home: