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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Don't Want To Know


"So, what exactly is going on over there?" Max asks Sierra in a low voice, gesturing towards their couch. "This is the third night he's slept on the couch."

It was early in the morning and they're having quick cups of cocoa (and sharing a bagel) before both heading off to work.


Sierra sighs. "Honestly, I don't know and don't think I want to."


Both women look over at the sleeping figure on the couch.

Something is up with Zoe and Aiden and this time it's serious enough for Aiden to take up residency on the couch.


Aiden isn't sleeping. He can hear everything Sierra and Max are saying. He's a wreck and hasn't been able to ear or sleep for the past couple of days.

He hadn't gotten kicked out on the couch, he'd gone there willingly, devastated from Zoe rejecting his marriage proposal. He knows eventually he'll have to face her, but for now, the couch is his friend.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Hook Me Up


It's after the new year and school is back in session. Nikita is one her way to the library to meet Leah for a study session.

Kyrie, being his usual annoying self, is following her even though his next class is on the opposite end of the campus.


"C'mon, Nikkie, hook me up. Ya girl is fine."

Nikita rolls her eyes.

"She has a boyfriend, Kyrie."

Kyrie shrugs his shoulders. "What's that gotta do with me?"


Nikita looks at her cousin with irritation.

"Kyrie, I'm not encouraging your foolishness. Not only is Leah my roommate, but she's a really nice person. You need to find someone else to play games with--or better yet, leave the ladies alone and focus on your edumacation."


Nikita takes a closer look at Kyrie.

"Umm, where are your books?"

Kyrie got into college by the skin of his teeth and Nikita knows her uncle will kill him if he flunks out.

Kyrie brushes Nikita off. 

"Dang, Nikita. Why you always gotta be so negative?"


With that, Kyrie leaves Nikita and heads off in the direction of his class.

Nikita walks on, happy that she didn't tell him she was meeting Leah otherwise she never would've gotten rid of him.

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Rules, Rules, Rules


Rocky, feeling unusually festive, decided to trade in her usual uniform of jeans and a tee shirt for something short and skimpy. She was pushing forty but took good care of herself and could easily pass for someone in their early thirties. The Boss had taken a couple days off for the holidays so one again she was in charge of the club.

She was hanging out at the bar when she felt someone grab her backside and give it a squeeze.

What the hell?!


She spun around ready to slap someone into next week when she saw, Carter, one of the newer bouncers, looking at her with a satisfied grin on his face.

Rocky narrowed her eyes.

Little prick!

He knew her rules. Their relationship was supposed to be strictly professional in public. There was no way she wanted anyone at the club to know she was screwing a kid that was almost young enough to be her son. Okay, that was an exaggeration. She wasn't that damn old yet and Carter was twenty five, perfectly legal.


Rocky grabbed his arm and started squeezing, digging into his flesh with her short nails.

Through gritted teeth, not even looking in his direction, she growled at him. "You know the rules."

She could hear amusement in his deep voice. "Maybe I'm tired of your rules, Rocky. You can't be the only player in this little game we're playing."


A few minutes later in the fourth floor office of her boss...Rocky "punished" Carter for breaking her rules and he didn't seem to mind at all.

She just had to remember to erase the closed circuit footage of her and Carter when they were finished. Because she was certain The Boss wouldn't approve of her using his office for her extracurricular activities.

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The More The Merrier


While Zoe and Aiden had a very awkward Christmas, Leah was enjoyed herself with her college roommates Hanna and Nikita. None of the girls went home for Christmas so they instead they decided to spend the holiday together. They spent Christmas morning listening to holiday music while stuffing their faces with sugar cookies from a nearby bakery.


All of a sudden there was a knock on their dorm door.

"Who's that?" Hanna asked. No one was expecting visitors.

"I don't know." Leah said, taking a sip of her hot chocolate. She definitely wasn't expecting anyone. Her mother was working on Christmas at the hotel and her boyfriend Sebastian was spending Christmas with his grandparents in Florida.

"I'll see." Nikita said, getting up. She was the closest to the door.


Nikita opened the door and let out a big groan. 

Leah and Hanna tried to see who was at the door. 

Nikita turned around towards them, a slim smiling guy at her side.

"Ladies," She said with an annoyed look on her face. "This is my cousin, Kyrie." 


Kyrie seemed oblivious to Nikita's irritation.

Leah and Hanna waved hi to Kyrie and introduced themselves.

"Would you like to join us?" Hanna asked. They had plenty of cookies to share.

"Don't mind it I do." Kyrie said with a sly smile, sitting down on the bed.


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Merry Christmas?

New Year, New Stories...

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things with my blog. 
I deleted last years stories and am starting fresh with old and new characters.

If you didn't read last years stories, that's okay. Not that much
happened and if there's anything that needs to be explained in 
upcoming posts I'll be sure to include the info within the story.

So, the next couple posts are catching up with how a couple
 of my little plastic people spent their holiday. 

After these posts, I'll be back to posting as usual.



Zoe and Aiden had the apartment to themselves because Sierra (Zoe's sister) and Max (Sierra's girlfriend) spent Christmas with Max's family. The previous year Sierra and Max had flown out to California to spend the holidays with Sierra's family.

Zoe slept in while Aiden, unable to sleep, woke up early and made Zoe breakfast in bed. They'd exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve and had no plans for Christmas Day except to laze around and watch holiday movies.

After breakfast, they settled on the couch and were watching Zoe's favorite Christmas movie when all of a sudden Aiden pulled a small wrapped box from behind his back.


"What's this?" Zoe asked surprised as Aiden handed her the present. The box was so light it felt empty.

Aiden had a weird look on his face that Zoe couldn't read. She had no idea what could be in the box because Aiden had already gotten her everything that was on her Christmas list.

"Open it." Aiden said, looking a little pale.

Zoe began to get a sick feeling in her stomach. The things this lightweight were usually jewelry.


Zoe slowly opened the box to find a sparkling princess cut diamond ring. She looked at Aiden with wide eyes, her mouth hanging open.

No, no, no.

"Aiden?" She asked, uncertainly.


All of a sudden Aiden got off of the couch and got down on one knee.

"Zoe Alaina Price, I have loved you from the first moment I saw you. In the short time we've been together we've been through a lot...I can't think of anyone else I want to spend the rest of my life with...will you marry me?" 

Zoe was speechless and struggled to find words.

Aiden looked like he was going to pass out.


"Aiden," Zoe said getting up from the couch and handing him the ring. "I, I cant..."

Aiden was devastated. He'd threw himself back on the couch and covered his face with his hands.

What had he did wrong? Things had been going so good with him and Zoe lately. Aiden had thought that this was the perfect time to take their relationship to the next level. Apparently he'd been wrong.


In the safety of their bedroom, Zoe leaned against the wall, reeling from Aiden's proposal.

What the hell was Aiden thinking?

She loved him, but there was no way she was ready to be tied down with a husband this early in her life.

She sighed. 

Hell, they'd never even talked about marriage in the two years they'd been dating.

She hoped he'd kept the receipt for the ring because he was gonna need it.




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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tutorial: Stools



I've been making these little stools for awhile and thought I'd do a tutorial on them. They're quick and easy to make and can be used in your dioramas as bar stools, plant stands, or just decoration.




Materials needed:

wood circles
wood dowels
skinny sticks
pencil
scissors
glue gun and glue sticks
nail file
tweezers
acrylic paint of your choice
paint brush



The first thing you need to do is take a skinny stick and cut it into four equal sections. 


Gently sand the edges of the sections with a nail file and then lay them out on the circle to make sure they fit and don't hang over the sides.


Next you are going to hot glue the skinny sticks into a square shape. This box is going to support the stool's legs.


Don't worry about any excess glue because it'll get cleaned up later.


Now you have to decide how long you'd like the stool's legs to be. The package of dowels I bought are about 4 inches long which ends up being a good size for a stool for a 12 inch doll. You can cut the dowels to any length you'd like though.


Okay, so now is the only tricky part. To get all of the stool's legs to stand at the same angle you have to hot glue each leg in right after the other and quickly flip the stool over to position the legs into place before the hot glue hardens. 

The first thing I do is drop a dot of hot glue in the boxes's corner and press the dowel into it at a slight angle making sure the dowel rests in the boxes's corner. I hold the dowel there for a couple seconds until it can stand by itself and then I move on to the next one until I've done all four. Once I've done all four I turn it over and position all the legs so they're evenly spaced out.



Perfect!


To secure the legs in place I go back in and add hot glue over the dowels and along the sides of the box. 


I used too much but no one is going to see underneath the stool.


When the hot glue hardens use a pair of tweezers to scrape off any excess glue that may be on the legs or on the outside of the box. I'm using a polymer clay needle tool but sharp tweezers work just as well.


The only thing left to do is paint the stools. I decided to paint this trio of stools bright blue shades. Instead of using the Apple Barrel matte finish paints I usually use, I used their Outdoor Indoor Gloss finish paints. The color payoff is great and they're quick drying just like the matte paints are. 

I hope this tutorial was helpful. Until next time! 

Left to right: Bahama Blue, Real Blue, and Turquiose

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Tutorial: Liquor Cabinet




Okay, so I finally put together the tutorial for the liquor cabinet I talked about previously. 

I do have to do a disclaimer though because it wasn't until after I posted the sneak peek I thought it might be misleading. I said that the liquor cabinet would only cost around $3.00 to make and that is true--if you already have all of the supplies on hand and are only buying the pencil boxes and candle cups. If you're starting entirely from scratch it will cost more. Having been a crafter for ions I've got tons of this and that in terms of craft materials so I only had to purchase the pencil boxes and candle cups. 

So with that being said, on with the tutorial!




Materials needed:

2 wooden pencil boxes (You can find them @ AC Moore for $1.00 each)
4 candle cups (You can find them @ AC Moore for $1.29)
pencil
hand mitre saw
nail file
glue gun and glue sticks
brown acrylic paint (optional because you can use whatever color you like)
matte Mod Podge (optional)
paintbrush
gold acrylic paint (optional)
scrapbook paper or cork sheet (optional)



The first thing you want to do is find the middle point on the pencil box's sliding door and mark it with the pencil.  


Next, using the hand mitre saw cut on the marked line.


Do that to both boxes and then smooth the rough edges with the nail file. I kept the extra pieces that I cut off the pencil box's door to use later for another project. I think they'll make good wooden signs. You can keep them or toss them.



Now time to paint!

Truthfully, you can use whatever color paint you want to, but I like the idea of stained wood for liquor cabinets so that's what I did. It's really easy to make your own "wood stain finish" using acrylic paint and Mod Podge.

For the first cabinet I made I used a medium brown color that gave the wood a chestnut colored stain. I liked it, but wanted to try a darker brown for the second cabinet. 


So I used a deep dark brown for a rich walnut colored stain. My "recipe" for the wood stain was roughly one part paint to two parts Modge Podge. I prefer using matte Modge Podge because I find the glossy version still feels slightly tacky even when it's dry and attracts dust. 

Once both boxes are painted, set them aside to dry, and paint the candle cups which are going to be the legs of the cabinet. I painted mine gold but you could also paint them with the "wood stain".

Assembling the cabinet is easy. Just hot glue one of the boxes on top of the other and then glue the legs on.


Here are both of the cabinets side by side.

At this point you're basically done, but there is one more thing you can do if you want.



You can add extra detail with scrapbook paper or a piece of adhesive backed cork.


You can find the cork in the scrapbook paper section usually with the textured papers.



Now your girls and guys are ready to entertain.

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