Easter Piñata

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I wanted to do something different. Something other than the traditional Easter egg hunt. Then an idea came to me, why not a piñata? Knowing my son, he’d enjoy whacking it to pieces. So I began to construct…

…The Egg Piñata!!

First, a game plan and then supplies. I looked up other piñatas and got ideas. I didn’t want to use crepe paper nor did I want to do a easy decorating technique. Apparently, I like things long and complicated. Now that I focused on a design, it was time to get the supplies. Everything I used was either free or cheap.

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Thank you Dollar Tree!! Everything $1! I got the balloons, tissue paper, and candy there. I got the glue and paint from Wal-Mart. The paper I used to I got in the mail, sales paper. I used flour and water to make the paste.

Time to start crafting!

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First, I blew up the balloon to the desired size. I found out too late that it was too big. I covered it with the ripped up sales paper and paste. I did several layers to make sure that the piñata didn’t collapse once I popped the balloon. I also found out that I put on too many layers. My son couldn’t break through. That was an amusing learning experience.

IMG_1919Next, the base coat. I chose white since I didn’t want to buy different shades of paint and I want to keep it light and springy.

I cut open a small flap near the top and filled the egg with candy. Next, was the decorations! This was the hardest and longest part of the egg’s creation. Man, it was long. It took me a day and a half for each color. Well, minus blue. Blue only took a day. Why so long? Because I’m the mother of a two year old and the technique I used took some effort. I cut up the tissue paper into 1 to 1 1/2 inch squares, twisted it around a pencil (then eventually popsicle stick) and glued them on.

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AFI’s Goal Update – Goodfellas

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I liked this movie. It was a good movie. I really liked Robert De Niro’s character. I didn’t like Joe Pesci’s character because he was crazy hostile for no reason. Napoleon complex or anger issues? Who knows. I like how the story was told and I didn’t mind Ray Liotta’s character until he got stupid. He made all these dumb mistakes and just ruined his ideal life. There were times I wanted to slap Karen. Her attitude was a bit obnoxious. Oh, and they had a moment where she had a self narration and then they stopped. What’s up with that? I thought it would’ve been nice to hear her thoughts on certain situations especially with her lively attitude. I will give this one 4.5 stars.

Watched: 29/50

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AFI’s Goal Update – Duck Soup

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The Marx Brothers. Good for one liners and physical comedy. Duck Soup reminds me of a cartoon. In fact, I remember Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck dressing up as them a few times. This is a 2 star movie for me because I could have done without the random singing. Plus, the ending seemed rushed and was a bit confusing. They were just outside! How did they get inside all of a sudden?! And someone explain the title to me!

Watched: 28/50

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AFI’s Goal Update – Vertigo

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Well, this isn’t my favorite Hitchcock creation. Though, it was entertaining. I felt sorry for the main guy. Agoraphobia is not a fear I want to have. I just didn’t care for what led up to the ending and how it ended. He lost it for obvious reasons and the ending was a bit, silly. I hardly ever talk at the screen but I found myself saying, “really?!” aloud to the tv. I give this movie 3 stars.

Watched: 27/50

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AFI’s Goal Update – Sunset BLVD

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This is my second film noir movie. And I must say it was more interesting to me than Double Indemnity. The main female character was far more interesting because she was a bit mentally unstable. One of my favorite parts was her impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. I felt kinda bad for the main guy at some point. It seemed like he kind of settled in his prison, accepted his unhappy fate. I’m sure most of us have been in those kind of relationships before. There was no fast talking or the use of the word “dame” in this movie which was a plus. However, it stuck to the classic “show you the end and then recap with narration” formula. Netflix thought I’d give it 5 stars. They overshot it by one star, I’m giving it 4.

Watched: 26/50

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AFI’s Goal Update – Double Indemnity

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Well, I just watched my first and probably only film noir movie. It was interesting and fit the stereotype that I had in my mind. The fast talking, the word play, the narrating, the use of the word “dame”, femme fatale, dark and shadowy, and of course the detective type character that moves the plot along with his questions. Oh, and the murder. Can’t forget the murder. I got a bit bored in the middle and wondered how long the movie was but it wasn’t boring enough for me to quit watching. I’ll give it 3 stars.

Watched: 25/50 (HALF WAY!!!)

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