Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bring faded plastic fenders back to black

We bought an old 97 jeep cherokee sport from a friend this week and are fixing it up for College Man. It doesn't need a whole lot done. We changed the spark plugs, put in a new valve cover gasket, cleaned it up, and are about to put a couple of new tires on it. The spark plugs were really all that was needed to get the sputter out. We wanted to put on a new fuel filter but it is inside the tank of this particular model. Since the spark plugs cleared up the sputter, we'll wait a bit longer and replace the filter and fuel pump all at once.

A cool thing I learned from a youtube video was how to get the sun-bleached fenders and other faded plastics back to black... take a heat gun to them.

This is how it turned out on ours. Took about an hour and a half for all fender flares and bumpers.

And BONUS! Check out how bleepinjeep did some cool DIY bushwhacker fenders for cheap in this video. We're gonna do it!

As for heat guns...

I borrowed my dad's but some time before I start pulling up the ugly old linoleum in my laundry room, I'll get my own. This Wagner had the best reviews and was about middle of the price range, $22 bucks on Amazon (the range for heat gun prices was $15 to $30).

No matter where I wind up buying what I'm looking for, I usually check Amazon reviews first. Those people are brutally honest. (Plus, I learned something about fixing the xbox 360 Red Ring of Death in J. Hagen's review... awesome.)

2 heat settings, weighs under 2 lbs. Over 450 amazon reviewers liked it. Sounds good to me.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Jennifer" Quilt Pattern, a.k.a Cajun Hopscotch :)

Pam P. demonstrated how this quilt goes together. SOOO much simpler than how I thought.

This is the quilt that posted on their facebook page, and said "From our reader, Becky."

Here's the one block Pam P. showed us that makes this quilt. It's made of half-square triangles. See it?...

Here is the one block...

Like I said earlier, we've got those half-square triangles licked; click here for how to make them quick and easy. Basically, for this one, you're going to make a million of them that are half white and half colorful scraps. Maybe a bazillion; depends. Then sew them together like the block above.

From there you could go bigger blocks or rows. Whatever floats your boat. I'll probably do rows.

One more look at the whole thing...

Thanks Becky, Pam, and 24Blocks! Can't wait to make my own!

PS...Several readers listed the book that the Jennifer quilt pattern is in, "3 Times the Charm". It's available on Amazon. (I bought it just now; looks like it has a bunch of sweet quick ones).

PPS...They named all their quilts girl's names. I like names like Drunkards Path and Arkansas Crossroads. A Google search shows plenty of people making this particular half square triangle quilt but nobody seems to know a traditional name for it. How 'bout Cajun Hopscotch. Why Cajun, I don't know. Just sounds cool; and the quilt is kind of hard to understand at first.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Favicon for GoDaddy Website Builder v7, workaround

After searching for an hour for instructions to add a favicon to my books website with Godaddy's Website Builder version 7, I discovered a long list of complaints that favicons are not supported in v7.

Here is a workaround that will get you two out of three. My favicon shows up in the browser tab and on the favorites bar but not in the address bar. See it here.

1. Design your icon and download it. I used

2. Insert the image on one of your pages, just like adding any other image on Website Builder. Or upload to a host site like picasa or photobucket. I happened to have a photo credits page so that's where I put mine. It's so tiny, you could stick it in a bottom corner of any page on your site and it would probably go unnoticed.

3. Save and publish (if you added it to your web site).

4. Open up notepad or wordpad and paste this code there (we'll come back to it in a few seconds):

link rel="icon"

(Thanks to Michael's comment below,
we now have a much simpler code to work with.
Thank you Michael!)

5. In your browser, go to your site to the page where your favicon is stashed (not within the website builder; just visit your site). Or, if you uploaded to a host site, go there.

6. Right click on the favicon image, click "Copy image URL"

7. Go back to the code you pasted in notepad. In the line that says href="" , highlight the text between the quotations marks, right click and click paste. A long line of url text will replace the previous url. Make sure you still have the quotation marks.

8. Now copy your entire new code.

9. Log back into website builder.

10. Click the "manage site" button (just to the right of the green Publish button), choose "site settings", click the "general settings" tab.

11. Paste the code into an empty line in the black box under the HEAD section.

12. Click OK, save, publish.

CHROME: When you're finished, visit your page and hit F5 to refresh. Your browser is storing your previous version and will not show you your updated version until you refresh. New visitors to your page will see the new favicon but you will not unless you hit F5 to refresh. (Did I say refresh enough? Oh, there it was one more time). I use Chrome, by the way; this works.

NOTE: You can also use a 16x16 gif image. I did this because I wanted to edit my downloaded icon design a little further in GIMP (similar to photoshop but free software). Make sure your transparent parts stay transparent by pasting into a new layer and disabling the background layer before you save. You'll alter the code above by telling it you're using a gif file instead of an ico file: change... type="image/ico" type="image/gif".

Oh wow! I never noticed until now that we can change our blogger favicon from the orange and white B. It's a widget on the Layout page in the upper left corner titled (drum roll please)... Favicon.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

First step toward a children's book app

My very first animated .gif !

I've been kind of watching illustrator Will Terry's progress on creating children's book apps. Also looking around a tiny bit on Google's app creator. Tonight I searched "animation software" and discovered that the illustration software I've been using all along, GIMP, can do animated .gifs. So I watched this short tutorial on YouTube...

... and then created the swimming fish up there.

I have a long way to go toward a children's book app but I'm gonna get there.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

50 Pounds of Dimes vs. 50 Pounds of Quarters

Which would you rather have... 50 pounds of quarters or 50 pounds of dimes? Which is worth more?

I would think dimes have more worth per ounce so that would have been my pick. Ten cents packed into those thin little things. But I was wrong. I weighed 1 pound of each...

1 lb. Nickels = $4.60

1 lb. Dimes = $20.20

1 lb. Quarters = $20.50


50 lbs. Nickels = $230

50 lbs. Dimes = $1,010

50 lbs. Quarters = $1,025

Not much difference between the dimes and the quarters. Supposedly, the silver content should decide their worth but our coins haven't had any silver in them since 1964.

Every once in a while someone will tell me I have too much time on my hands. Those are usually the people who suffer from a deplorable lack of curiosity.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Driver/Occupant Armed window decal, sticker

Car window decal I designed with the women in my family in mind. Message is short and sweet. Maybe avoid a confrontation all-together if the bad guy knows who's armed. Two decals on an 11x3 vinyl bumper sticker.

driver occupant armed window decal sticker

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Painted Guitar

Had an old guitar that College Man's grandfather gave to me for painting on a long time ago. The neck has a crack where it attaches to the body at the back.

I sanded the gloss off of it with 220 and wiped it down with a damp sponge. Used regular ole craft paint on it. Still needs a clear coat.

The silver part is my son, College Man's style. I browsed his facebook photos till I found one of his sharpee designs that I thought I could mimic. Mine isn't executed nearly as well as his. The blue part has the lyrics to Desperado painted in darker blue. The sides are a gorgeous turquoise.

Finally. A plan comes together...
Shoes: goodwill, 3 years ago.Hat: ebay, 4 years ago.Chair: garage sale, 1 year ago.Painted the guitar: last night.Goose neck lamp: bedroom, just now.

Sure needs some John Lee Hooker star stocks though.

All in one so I can pin it...