Tea Cup Bird Feeder:
While cleaning out the basement, I found some old tea cups and saucers. Using this tutorial, I put together a new bird feeder for the backyard!
Golden Snitch Metal Pendant:
I tried my hand at making a pendant for a friend's birthday. As with all crafts I complete, inspiration struck last minute, so it was a challenge finding the supplies I needed. I couldn't find a gold/yellow bead that I liked, so I used gold floral wire I found at the Dollar Store instead. I had the silver wire lying around and it wasn't the ideal gauge, but after a few tries, I got it figured out. I had to make several pendants to get the technique right and to make one where the metal wasn't all chewed up by the pliers. Not too bad for a first try. I really liked the way the wings look with the 28 gauge necklace wire wrapped really tightly around.
Amaterasu from Okami
Another last minute birthday gift, I crocheted an Amaterasu pup in about four hours. It's always super stressful trying to get the amigurumi pieces to line up, but if I do things last minute, it doesn't leave a lot of time to stress about the details as much. I think she turned out pretty cute. :)
In other news:
I tried my hand at baking with Matcha green tea. Several years ago, there was a coffee hut up the street from my work and they made an awesome green tea smoothie. While Geek Trivia was at CoHo, I talked the owner into making me green tea lattes. A few months ago, Starbucks started offering green tea drinks. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! So, I bought a bag of Matcha from Amazon. My first green tea snack were these cookies. They are so good with chocolate frosting!
We celebrated a staff member's graduation. He earned his Master's in Anthropology. While discussing party options with staff, more than one person brought up dinosaurs, even though our university doesn't even offer a paleontology track. I knew our staff member's thesis was on boats, so I glued dinosaurs in boats. It was fun and nobody bothered to question why I was hot gluing dinosaurs in toy boats at the Reference Desk.
Free Comic Book Day was also this month. We gave out over 200 comics, did a bookmark craft that recycled old file folders and damaged comics, and set up a photo booth. The backdrop was a piece of fabric I picked up from IKEA years ago. I think I've figured out the fun but low stress program. :)
I've been advertising for volunteers to deliver materials to patrons. Drumming up interest has been a slow-going process, but I now have 3 drivers. My ideal is 8. I've heard feedback from several people they would be interested in the fall, so I'm going to try and work it out through the summer.
Went to see Captain America: Civil War. It was pretty great, as expected. I felt like a VIP, sitting in the reserved seating area. Here I am being reserved.