I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 283 - Candycane Enable

Daily Kup (How to Clean Up in the Holiday Business)
Two days of peace and quiet have resulted in the restoration of order to what was a cluttered post-holiday household. It is again possible to walk through most rooms without resorting to performing either the limbo or Twister-type motions to move in a straight line. If it didn't move quickly enough, I vacuumed it. Apologies to sleeping cats.

The Reindeer in Spain are Really Quite Insane
My countertops are where unfinished projects go to die. Strike that -- that was the old me. Now projects are often completed. And the leftover pieces remain as clutter on the countertops. Hey, it's an improvement. Continual improvement - that's the goal.

Among this dying clutter on my countertop were several unfinished candycane reindeer left when my kids got bored after the first couple were glued.

For those hyper-organized people out there who want to get a jump on next year's holiday crafts, this is how to make a candycane reindeer:

1. Materials:

Little googly eyes
Small pompoms (nose-sized), red if you want to make Rudolph
Brown chenille stems (These were called pipe cleaners when I was a kid. Now, apparently there are either no pipes or a limited need to clean them.)
White glue, slick or glitter paint, or any adhesive that will bond light materials

2. Add eyes.

Use the adhesive to affix two googly eyes about one inch from the bottom of the short end of the candycane.

Tweezers or little fingers are helpful.

3. Glue nose.

Add a bit of adhesive to one side of a pompom and attach below the eyes almost at the end of the candycane.
It's interesting to experiment with feature placement to obtain different expressions from your reindeer.

4. Cut the chenille stem in half and form antlers at the top of the candycane's curve.

Having already made a small herd of "normal" reindeer, I found some other reindeer from the bad side of the pole.

Charles Manson Reindeer

Justin Bieber Reindeer

Reindeer seeking a transfer to the Easter department

Reindeer after a bad sleigh accident

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