Melted Crayon Wall Art: DIY

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One Pinterest project a week, for one entire year. That is the challenge set forth by Just a little Creativity. The girls and I have been pinning crafts, recipes and other nifty things for months now; we just never found the time to actually sit down and attempt to do any of the amazing things we have pinned.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

So with the move looming this coming Monday, we sat down Friday night and decided on a craft to do for their rooms. The girls chose to do the Melted Crayon Wall art that we pinned in the beginning, they wanted to do this on a smaller scale so it would fit better in their new room.

 

We started off by scouring through my canvas stash, don’t ask why I have a “stash” it’s a necessity in this house! When they found two of the smallest canvas’ from my stash they went after 2 boxes of 48 count crayons, the low temp glue guns and wax paper.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

Harmonie started and had almost all of her crayons glued down before I could find the camera to get photos, so I sat down to help Sassy. This is a really simple project to do, and as long as your glue guns don’t get too hot, and you trust your children to use them; this is a project they can do on their own. Sassy spent about 20 minutes picking out colors and rearranging them on the canvas before she was satisfied and let me glue them down. ┬áTo keep a uniform look you will want to line the flat end of the crayons up with the edge of the canvas, we left a *small* space because Sassy wanted to melt from the top too.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

Melted Crayon Wall Art

As you can see, we used 29 crayons

Once your crayons are glued down, you will want to cover your work area in either wax paper or something else that can be easily tossed in the trash; you may not have a lot of splatter but you will have some! you will want to place the canvas so it is propped up against a wall or other surface( we used the dishwasher) and then you get to the fun part, blow drying that little bugger! I started out on high and warm settings on mine, and alternated with low at certain points. You have to experiment a little to see how your hair dryer works with melting the wax.

Sassy took control of the hair dryer and it took about 30 minutes to get the crayons to start melting, so I decided to give her a hand and focused the air on a few crayons at a time instead of back and forth like she was doing. The colors melted at different speeds, not sure why that is; but after I started focusing the heat it seemed to go by pretty quickly. Here is Sassy’s finished product, since Harmonie doesn’t want to share her’s!

Melted Crayon Wall Art

As you can see, the melted crayon wax has some texture to it where the colors met and pooled. It was a very easy project to start us off on our 52 week challenge and I can’t wait to see what we do next!

 Melted Crayon Wall Art

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs #review

TITLE: Iron Kissed
AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs
SERIES: Mercy Thompson #3
PUBLISHER: ACE
DATE: January 2nd,2008
PAGES: 287
ISBN: 9780441015665
SOURCE: bought
PURCHASE: Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3)

Summary from Goodreads:

Iron Kissed by Patricia Brigs

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

My Thoughts:
I can’t say that I was too happy with this one. I will give it a 5/5 because I love the story line and some parts were beyond great for me.
Zee and Uncle Mike call in the debt that Mercy owes them for use of the medallion that she used to kill not one but two vamps in the last book Blood Bound. There is someone killing Fae and Mercy has a great nose in coyote form. So she goes traipsing off with Zee to smell the murder scenes and see if there is a scent that was at all of the murders. She ends up only searching the last and the first two, but soon figures out exactly who it was killing the Fae.
Zee and Uncle Mike go to have a little “chat” with the killer and find that the human is already dead. Zee is picked up on murder and it seems that the Fae are content to let him take the fall. So even after being told to stay out of it by Uncle Mike ( he should really know better), Mercy takes it upon herself to go to the murderer’s home and sniff out what she can. While there she learns a few things and meets a crow ( who you just know is Fae).
Once Mercy figured everything out, I was upset with the path that things went down; though I can understand it. And really PROPS to Mercy for the way she took care of that one!!

The side story of this book is all about Mercy needing to choose between Adam; Alpha of the local pack who has already claimed her as his mate in the pack, and Samuel; first love and werewolf. I really am glad that she made a choice in the end and I am happy with her choice even though I do love them both.
There were a lot of tears on my end in the last few chapters of the book, but it is a great read and I couldn’t put it down!!

My Rating:

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs #Review

TITLE: Blood Bound
AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs
SERIES: Mercy Thompson #2
PUBLISHER: ACE
DATE: January 30th,2007
PAGES: 292
ISBN: 9780441014736
SOURCE: bought
PURCHASE: Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2)

Summary from Goodreads:

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

My Thoughts:

While I wasn’t expecting a whole heck of a lot of drama in the second book in this series. I was hoping for a little more towards the end.
Mercy, gets a call from her vamp “friend” Stephan to accompany him on a little field trip. He calls her because she can shift into coyote form and most magic works differently on her than others. So her a Stephan make a trip to visit another vampire whom has not asked for permission to be in the area. While there it is not a great time for Mercy or Stephan because it turns out that the vamp in question is a sorcerer and has semi control of a demon.
The Sorcerer vamp be-spells Stephan and makes him believe that he is the one that killed the maid in the room. Mercy is in a harness and leash and can not escape and ends up getting hurt by the demon ridden vamp.
Eventually Mercy is called to the Seethe by the vamp mistress and ends up sitting in a magical chair that with the help of Wulfe can tell truth from a lie. After the mistress hears what really happens she allows Stephan to hunt this sorcerer vamp and Stephan takes two wolves from Adam’s pack, Warren and Ben.
Ben and Stephan are captured by the Sorcerer vamp and Warren is badly wounded. Of course you know that Mercy is ticked and wants to hunt him, so when the vamp mistress asks for her help and gives her use of Andre ( vamp mistress’s left hand man), Mercy has no problem accepting the “challenge”.
Zee and Uncle Mike give Mercy a vamp killing kit that includes a medallion that will cause the vamp it is used on to go up in flames once Mercy speaks it’s name.
After a little research on her own and the fact that she can see ghosts, Mercy figures out the vicinity that the sorcerer vamp is in and then it occurs to her that someone had to make this vamp and she comes to the conclusion that it was Andre.
I won’t spoil the entire book, but in the end almost all is well and Mercy does something that in the long run could cost her her life.

My Rating:

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs #Review

TITLE: Moon Called
AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs
SERIES: Mercy Thompson #1
PUBLISHER: ACE
DATE: January 31st,2006
PAGES: 304
ISBN: 9780441013814
SOURCE: bought
PURCHASE: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)

Summary from Goodreads:
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself–she’s a shape-shifter.

My Thoughts:

The first time I picked up this book in 2009, I wasn’t expecting to love it so much. I grabbed it on a recommendation from an ex boyfriend, and wasn’t too sure that I would like it as much as he raved that I would.

I can say 3 years later that I love it now just as much as I did the first time I read it. Mercy is a great heroine. She goes against the grain of everything that you normally see with female lead characters and it really works in these books. She never really is the damsel in distress that you except her to be, even when she  is hunting down murders and kidnappers.

I love how the supporting characters are introduced, and how they only add to my love of the series. Jesse is a great addition to the book even though she is human. The tension between Adam and Mercy is great and you can almost feel what she feels around him.

My Rating:

2012 Patricia Briggs Werewolf Challenge

2012 Patricia Briggs Werewolf Challenge

Welcome to the 2012 Patricia Briggs Werewolf Challenge hosted by Darlene’s Book Nook!

The books in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs are:

  • Moon Called
  • Blood Bound
  • Iron Kissed
  • Bone Crossed
  • Silver Borne
  • River Marked
  • Frost Burned (expected publication: Spring 2013)

The books in the sister series, Alpha & Omega, by Patricia Briggs are:

  • Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf (originally published in the ‘On the Prowl’ anthology by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny)
  • Cry Wolf
  • Hunting Ground
  • Fair Game

Here are the challenge details:

1. This challenge will run from April 10, 2012 to April 9, 2013.

2. You can join the challenge at any time. All books read during the challenge period count for the challenge, regardless of when you sign up.

3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.

4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.

5. All formats of books are acceptable: Bound copies, e-books, and audiobooks (unabridged only).

6. There are three levels for the challenge:

a. One Paw In: Read 1-3 werewolf books.
b. Running With The Pack: Read 4-7 werewolf books.
c. Alpha: Read 8-11 werewolf books.

7. When you write your sign-up post, you must choose your level. You can go up, but you cannot go down!

8. There will be a link-up for your reviews, which will be posted on THIS page.

9. There will be a link for your wrap-up post at the end of the challenge, which will be posted on THIS page.

10. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky below! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.

11. Grab the challenge button and post it in your sidebar.

 

I have previously read all but one of Patricia Briggs’ books, and since I have not previously reviewed them I will do that this time!!
I am going for Alpha (Read 8-11 werewolf books)┬ásince I know I can devour these books quickly!! I’ll kep track of my progress below.

1: Moon Called re-read/new review (7/20) 5/5
2: Blood Bound re-read/new review (7/22) 5/5
3: Iron Kissed re-read/new review (7/24) 5/5
4: Bone Crossed re/read/new review (7/25) 4/5
5: Silver Borne re-read/new review (7/27) 5/5
6: River Marked  (7/29) 4/5
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