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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to make a Shirt Dress

Quote of the Day:

"It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace."

 Author: Christopher Morley







Shirt Dress

The top picture is the picture that my mother sent to me for an idea of a craft. The bottom picture is my version of the same idea. I just a 12 month onesie as my pattern that I cut from a dress shirt that I bought at an area thrift store. Instead of using elastic I used eyelet "fringe". The eyelet around the left side of the dress is around the pocket of the shirt. I was afraid that if I tried to take the pocket off, I'd ruin the shirt. The lower left is the embroidery of a ballerina that I have in my stash of embroidery patterns. I think it came  out pretty good, but that I could also do better. It was the first time I'd used that embroidery software. It's bigger than I thought. I don't think I needed it that big. It is a very good idea and very easy to do. 

Starting Monday December 2nd, this blog will undergo a name change. As the is evolving, it will become known as Gammy's Corner. Gammy is what my grandchildren call me and they are not all Teeny Tots.
Thank you for letting me share...and enjoy your holiday. I'll be back again next week.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Make Candy Bar Headbands

Quote of the Day:

"If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should never grow old."

 Author: James A. Garfield







1 plastic headband, at least 1 inch wide

candy wrappers (enough to cover roughly 12 inches)*
scratch paper
pencil
iron-on vinyl
iron
Sharpie marker
sewing machine
thread
hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

*I highly recommend choosing a paper-based wrapper (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.) as opposed to one that is more plastic and lined with foil (most chocolate bars are wrapped in this kind of wrapper). I used the foil-lined wrappers and as you can see (with the Hershey's and KitKat headbands) they wrinkled when I ironed them. When I looked at the Etsy shop that sells these, I noticed 99.9% of the headbands were NOT made from chocolate wrappers. My mistake! Reese's peanut butter cup wrappers are plastic but do not have foil on the inside so they held up much better under heat. I actually had to redo the KitKat one (you can see in the picture where my niece is wearing it that it's different) and used a King Size KitKat . . . those don't use foil either and worked better. To try to cut back on the wrinkling, I minimized the ironing time (I followed the vinyl instructions which was another mistake!) If anyone has any other suggestions, please comment and let me know!

1. Take your headband and starting with one end, stencil the outline of the headband with a pencil (this will be longer than a regular sheet of paper, so tape 2 sheets together). Leaving a 1/2 inch border around the stencil, cut it out.

2. Carefully open the candy bars. I snipped one end open with scissors and using the flap down the middle, peeled it open. Once the wrappers are completely open, clean (or lick--I don't judge) all the candy remnants out. Using the headband template you just cut out, line up your wrappers until you have enough to cover the entire headband. You may need to cut part of a wrapper off in order to fill the entire template. Make sure the logo is prominent when you make your design.

3. Pull out your iron-on vinyl. Using the paper template, cut out two separate templates (the grid-printed side is paper and you can trace around the template to make cutting it out easier). Peel the paper side off of the vinyl. Place the vinyl "sticky" (it's really not that sticky) side up. Now place your wrappers face down on the vinyl. If you have a brayer, roll it over the wrappers . . . this will help flatten the wrappers out. If not, press the wrappers down with your fingers. The vinyl is very forgiving, so if you need to move a wrapper, you can do so easily. When you're happy with the placement of the wrappers, peel the paper from the second sheet of vinyl and place it on the back of the wrappers. Smooth it out again with a brayer or your fingers.

When you're happy with how it looks, trim the excess wrapper around the edges.

4. Now it's time to iron. Set your iron to NO STEAM and on a medium (wool) setting. Using an old pillowcase or sheet to protect your ironing board, place the vinyl on the board. Cover the wrappers and vinyl with the paper from the two vinyl templates you cut out. Place heated iron on the vinyl for no more than 2 seconds (no, I'm not kidding). Do the same on the other end until the entire piece, wrappers and vinyl, are fused. If they are fused, do NOT iron the back. Only iron the back if you think it needs more heat . . . and only do iron for a second or two at a time or it will crinkle and be ruined.

5. When your vinyl is fused and cooled, line it up with your headband. Just like you did for the template in the beginning, trace the outline of your headband on the back of your vinyl using a Sharpie or permanent marker. Following that outline, carefully cut out your vinyl so it lines up with the headband.

6. This step is optional but adds a nice touch. If you're good with a sewing machine, add a small zigzag stitch to the outside of the vinyl making sure you don't go over the edge. (I would use the trimmings from the vinyl first to see what tension to set your machine.)

7. Final step! Set your glue gun to it's lowest setting. The heat from the glue gun can warp and wrinkle the vinyl, so apply glue to the edges of the headband only to avoid major wrinkles. Snip off any excess vinyl that may be hanging over the edge.

Poof! You're done. It's a pretty fast project once you get the hang of using the vinyl. Those of you who are more versed in headband and hairbow crafting, please give me any tips or pointers!

My nieces LOVED these headbands and went absolutely crazy over them. It also helped that I gave them the candy bar that inspired each of their looks. ; ) You'll see a little Skittles hairbow that I made for my little 2 year old niece . . . that's a whole different tutorial! If you guys are interested in that one, let me know and I'll write it up.

I got these instructions from this blog:

I, for one, just couldn't pull it off. They look great on these girls, but this is not an easy project. If you're really interested in trying this, I'm sure you could special help or advice from the designer. If you do try it and it works, please let me know how you did it. Just leave a comment. 

Starting next week this blog will known as Gammy's Corner. My blog is growing and evolving into something that need a new name. 
Thank you for letting me share.. .and enjoy.


Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Make Ice Cream Bread

Quote of the Day:

"Grammy says I put the twinkle in her eyes"

 Author: Unknown




Ice Cream Bread

You need ice cream that is not sugar free or low fat...just regular full fat ice cream. This one (the top picture) is made with just chocolate but just imagine how awesome a loaf of Ben and Jerry's Rocky Road or Cherry Garcia bread could be. I have made it with Chunky Monkey and it is delicious. I will include that recipe too so you can try it. Go with bold flavors of ice cream such as peanut butter or butter pecan.(I went with Chocolate Chunk) Don’t forget, you can also add extra ingredients into the mix to make it less plain and more flavorful. Experiment and have fun with it!

Ingredients        
1 pint (2 cups) ice cream, softened $
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour $
Preparation
Stir together ice cream and flour, stirring just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Remove from pan, and cool on a wire rack.
Note: Batter may also be divided evenly between 2 greased and floured 5- x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean.

I do suggest experimenting. The bread that I made even with the Chocolate Chunk was not as chocolaty as I would have liked. My husband liked it, but I also thought it was kind of dry. If you try and experiment and come up with something out of this world, I'd love to hear about it. 

Beginning next Monday, I will have a new name for my blog. As it grows and develops and changes, the current name Teeny Tots Treasures does not pertain. It leans more toward being the grandmother that I am. I asked my family to come up with name possibilities and I got great ones. But the one that I'm going to go with is Gammy's Corner. The reason this so great is because, before my breast cancer, I bred Cocker Spaniels. My website was called Cocker Spaniel Corner. My husband and I are known as Gammy and Dach (Dak) These are shortened versions of Grandmother and Grandfather in Welsh. My husband is only the 4th generation to live in the United States. I believe that his family comes from Cardigan, Wales and their name is Davies there, instead of Davis. 

I would also like to share that my sister and her husband who are older than the average adoptive parent, have adopted 3 special needs children. Savannah came from Viet Nam and had a heart murmur. She was one when she came to us. She is now 5 and in kindergarten. Christian is an African-American child who's mother abused drugs and alcohol. I believe that he was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. He is legally blind. He is also 5. Their youngest adoptive child, Marlee, has tubular sclerosis. Between them they also have 4 grown biological children and one grandchild. I don't know where she finds the energy to take on what she and her husband has taken on and I'm so proud of them. Her husband has written a book about their process of adopting. If you are considering adopting or know someone who is, please consider a special needs child. They need love and a forever home too. The link will take you to his book.

Thank you for letting me share and enjoy.




Friday, November 22, 2013

Teddy Bear Race Cars

Quote of the Day:

"Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric."
Author: Pam Brown







Teddy Bear Race Cars

The picture on the top is the picture I used for the idea. I got this off of Facebook. I don't know who to giver credit to for this idea. There were no instructions or recipe to go with this. The bottom is what I made. If you look closely, mine or not quite is nice as the above picture. The teddy bear graham crackers did now slide in as neatly as it appears it did in the first. The same thing with the "steering wheel". The first is the worst. I won't point that one out. I put the rest in the microwave on a saucer for about 8 seconds. It made it easier to slide the bears in but it still doesn't look as neat is theirs. I did add the Santa hat with the little ball on the end. I used the red cake icing and the white cake icing you can buy in the grocery. That way my little bears have a Christmas Theme. Maybe for Valentines Day I could add those sugar hearts to the grill. If any one has any idea to improve the look of these little treats, please let me know.

Thank you for letting me share, and enjoy.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Make a Christmas Memory


Quote of the Day:
A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart
Author Unknown



I don't think I need to tell anyone how to do this. It would make such a cute decoration during the holidays. If you have more than one child or grandchild, you could add them all. It is obvious to me that these are two different feet. I'd love to see the pictures if you try this project. 

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Monday, November 18, 2013

How to use old Windows


Quote of the Day:
A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold.
 Author: chinese proverb
 


The above picture is just an idea. I actually like it better. The bottom picture is what I did. You can buy the "window" at a craft store. This one has a little sill on it that I could set my flowers.  I bought a poster of a scenery that I liked and attached to my "window". The flowers are in a small watering can. To me this makes the room look a little airier. At a glance it looks like you're really looking out of a window. I have to say that using the old windows for family pictures is also a terrific idea. Some times you can buy old windows like that at thrift stores. Thrift stores really should be a stop on your list when needing materials. I know you can buy the letters at the craft store and then just paint them to match your room.  I love it.

I've been posting every weekday with the crafts that I try. I'm thinking that I will be backing off to three days a week, because I'm going to have trouble to keep up with that pace. I don't necessarily have the time to try a new craft every day. Especially during this season when I will be repeating some of the crafts I have already posted as I will be giving them as Christmas gifts.  I could repost the duplicates so that you can see the differences between each. It could give you ideas of how to do yours. What do you think?

Thank you for letting my share. Enjoy.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Creat a Monogram Photo Wall Hanging.


Quote of the Day:
"Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all!"
 Author: Fanny Fern
 
 
 


 
 
 
Monogram Letter Wall Hanging
 
The picture on the top is the one that gave me the idea. I got it from Pinterest. The one on the bottom is my design. The D stands for our last name and the pictures are of my son and his family. It is my intention to give this to them for Christmas. This was really, really easy to do. I bought my letter at Michael's craft store. It cost me about $3.50. I used my Photo Pro program and added the pictures I chose to use to a collage template in that program. This way I could print more pictures and not waste a bunch of printer paper. I did not use photo paper. I personally am thinking that I should have had a few more larger pictures than I did and I'm not sure I like it in the color. But you can see both and decide for yourself. I bought Mod Podge and put the first coat on the letter and laid my photos on the letter. I didn't think, I just grabbed a picture and put it on. I didn't want to over think it too much. Then I put 5 coats of the Mod Podge on the top. If  you have never used Mod Podge before, it looks white when you first put it on, but as you can see, it dries clear. The final step is to spray it with a sealant. I used the spray that I have for my ceramics. The hanger on the back is the tops of soda cans so that it can be hung on the wall. Does anyone have any suggestions to make mine better or something we could add with it for a wall grouping? Thanks for letting me share and enjoy.
 
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Start a new Thanksgiving Tradition

Quote of the Day:
 
"My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!:
Author: unknown
 
 
 
Table Runner with Hand prints:
 
This is a white table runner that I bought from the Internet, because I couldn't find one available at the area stores. If you are more energetic than I am, you could probably make your own in any color you'd like. I used acrylic paints for my grandsons to make their hand prints because it was easy to wash off their hands. This one is not finished. My granddaughter did not come with her mom the day this was done. I used white acrylic paint and a fine brush to paint their names and the year on their hand prints. I plan to do this every year until the table runner is full and display it at Thanksgiving. If you know anything about paints, you know that acrylics are water-based paints. So I will not be able to wash this at all. I risk losing what I have being washed away. So I will not let the table runner stay on the table when we are eating. Thank you for letting me share with you. Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to make Crayon Christmas Ornaments

Quote of the Day:
 
"It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace."
Author: Christopher Morley
 


 

 
 
There are two kinds of ornaments here to make. You'll notice the clear balls at the top. They already have an iridescent appearance. I bought these at Michael's 10 for 9.99. They are only about 1 1/2 to 2 inches across. Because of the iridescence, when you put the crayon inside and use a blow dryer to melt the crayon, it comes out with the same iridescent look. It's a little less expensive but you can buy the clear balls 8 for 5.00. These do not have the iridescent look and are a little larger. When the color is completely melted, it has a solid color look. I also bought little stickers that the grandsons could put on their ornament. The stick the ornament is hanging from is a chopstick from a local chinese restaurant. I taped the end so that it would not fall off and it protected the boys from burning fingers. That particular blow dryer gets pretty hot when in use. Thank you for letting me share. Enjoy.
 
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to make edible Very Hungry Caterpillars


Quote of the Day:
"If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should never grow old."
 Author: James A. Garfield
 
 
Very Hungry Caterpillars
 
 
The theme for Luke's first birthday was the Very Hungry Caterpillar. In keeping with that theme and want to provide nutritious snacks for the other kids, we made caterpillars from grapes. We put purple grapes on  kabob stick and then the green ones the rest of the way. The whites of the eyes is just drops of icing and the eyes are Hershey's Miniature Chocolate Drops. It was a clever idea and we didn't have any left when the party was over. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy.
 

Monday, November 11, 2013

How to Make Grinch Kabobs

Quote of the Day:
 
 "Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment
 you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and
 prehistoric."
 Author: Pam Brown
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    Grinch Kabobs
     
    I also found this one on the internet. My friends and family are always posting things on facebook that I decide I would like to try. I'm thinking that these might be great appetizers for your Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone is always standing around the kitchen and trying to dip their fingers into what ever is being made. These are great for kids and nutritious also. I used Kabob sticks ( at the top), but I think the swizzle sticks (at the bottom) were the better idea. The "Grinch" is a grape, the white in the hat is a slice of banana , the red is a strawberry and the white at the top to the hat is a mini marshmallow. I had trouble finding the strawberries that most looked like a hat shape. So I ended up cutting to look that way. I'm planning on these for our Thanksgiving dinner. There will be lots of children around and should be a hit. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy.
     

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    How to Use Old Pairs of Jeans

    Quote of the Day:
     
    As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother.
    Prince William
     

    I am almost finished with the Christmas crafts I am making for my granddaughter, Hailey. This jeans critter I made from the legs of the jeans that my brother donated. These were the same jeans that I used to make her purse. I cut down the seam of one side of the legs and then folded it along the other seam and cut out my design for my creature. I also cut out the tear-drop shaped pieces of jeans at the bottom . Out of white material, I cut the tear-drop shape just a little larger. The eyes and nose or made of felt. I used circle templates that I have made for other uses and saved. Those worked here as well. The tan over the eyes is simply the same circle as the eye only cut in half. I laid everything on the front half and stitched them on to the jeans material. The flowers are iron-on flowers. I actually ironed those on first. I stitched the matching back to the front leaving a space open to be able to stuff it. Once stuffed, I finished stitching it. I am working at fraying it a little. That would go along in my mind with the cuts I made on the white material. It probably measures about 12 to 12 1/2 inches tall. I hope that Hailey will like it. Thank you for letting my share and enjoy.


    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Caps for Cancer Patients

    Quote of the Day:
     
    I have a role now that I think becomes me. I am a grandmother.
    Gene Tierney


     
    I wanted to share something that I didn't make. This is a crocheted little cap for a baby that one of my children's friends made for her own newborn that is only about 3 weeks old. I'm going to have to get her to teach me to crochet like that. I only know how to do granny squares. There are so many things that I want to learn to crochet. I love this because I am a Breast Cancer survivor. It is her plan to make more of these in different sizes and take them the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters CHKD here in Norfolk, Va. She will be giving them to the children who have been through chemotherapy. She also plans to donate some to my oncologist's office for the women that have their chemotherapy there. I can say that I have a cap that someone crocheted and donated to my oncologist. I will treasure it always and it was made by someone that would sit and crochet while she was having her treatments. You may not know, but for my treatments, I had to sit for a full five hours. So, she had plenty of time to crochet. If you crochet like this, you may consider donating little caps to chemotherapy patient in your area whether they are children or adults. They will be truly appreciated. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy.
     
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    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    The Hungry Catepillar's First Birthday


    Quote of the Day:
    My mom, Irmelin, taught me the value of life. Her own life was saved by my grandmother during World War II.
    Leonardo DiCaprio
     



     
    We were able to go to Germany to celebrate our grandson, Luke's first birthday. The theme for his birthday was the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. My daughter loves these books for her child and has purchased nearly all that Eric Carle has written. She found the little tie and I made the diaper cover for him. You can see that he has fallen into a sugar coma.  He actually just fell asleep. These pictures were the professional pictures she had done. The chalk board announcement was her idea.
     
    For Luke's actual birthday party they all dressed for the occasion. All the decorations were everything caterpillar. You can pretty much just google your theme and find everything you need. She had it all right down to the cake.
     
    While we were there, we were able to travel to the United Kingdom. Our first stop was in Wales. My husband still has family there. We went to a place called Hey on Wey. It's supposed to be the book capital of the world. You can see the books in the background here. This was on your honor. If you bought a book, put your money in a box.  I got several.
     

     
    Our next stop was in Bath in England. Our daughter is an avid reader of Jane Austin. She just wanted to walk where Jane Austin walked. We really could have spent more time there than we did. This is where we got our fish and chips. They were excellent.
     
     
    Next we went to Stonehenge. It was really neat, but not as awe-inspiring as I expected. There were just so many people there when we went, it was hard to get pictures.
     
     
    Our last stop was the White Cliffs of Dover. All I wanted to do was see the cliffs. There's probably a lot in Dover we could've seen. We saw the white cliffs from the fairy that we took across the English Channel. We took the Chunnel over. I have taught me students for years that they are white because of the remains of a small organism. Now I can say I've seen them and I was impressed.
     
     
    While we were there, Luke began walking on a regular basis. He loved the freedom that gave him. He walked everywhere. Below is a link to watch his trip at Stonehenge
     
     
     
     
     

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Homemade Candles in short Mason Jars


    Quote of the Day:
    I remember a specific moment, watching my grandmother hang the clothes on the line, and her saying to me, 'you are going to have to learn to do this,' and me being in that space of awareness and knowing that my life would not be the same as my grandmother's life.
    Oprah Winfrey
     

     
     
     Making candles is way too easy. I know I keep saying that, but it is. This whole evolution only took the time it takes to melt the paraffin or candle wax. You can buy candle wax at any craft store as well as wicks and scents you can use to make the candles smell good. The wax I bought came in a 4X4 brick. I cut off only about 1/4 of it to use. Melt the wax in a double boiler and then pour into the mason jar. This mason jar is only about 2 inches tall and came in a box of 4.  I bought them at a Roses store. You can get them at K-Mart and Walmart and Target as well. I don't think I paid $10 for the box. I put two droppers full of vanilla essence in the jar and then poured the melted wax in . The white one had no color added to it. I used a red crayon to provide the red color of the other candle. You'll see that the wicks are very tall. I cut them down a more appropriate size and was able to put the lids back on the jars. These are not my first attempt. In the first candle, I only put 1 dropper full of vanilla and you could not smell it. I also tried to color it with the drops I bought while at Michaels Craft Store. I mistakenly bought coloring for soaps which was sold on the same aisle. Be careful what you are buying in case this should happen to you.  Thank you for letting me share and enjoy.
     
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    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Home-made Lip Gloss

    Quote of the Day:
    I'm a grandmother, and a mighty proud one.
    Sara Paretsky
     
    This is a very easy home made recipe to do. I am giving this to my granddaughter in her Christmas stocking. She'll get one of the purple containers as that is her favorite color. These containers are the little Tupperware pill box containers. I ordered 5 of them off of Ebay. This recipe was easy to follow and I love it myself. I had a dermatologist tell me to stop using chapstick.  I went to see him because there was a rash all around my mouth. Turns out that I lick my lips and the chapstick sealed in the digestive juices from inside my mouth and caused the rash. He said the reason for this is that chapstick is made with wax. He told me to use those balms that have petroleum jelly in them.  You'll notice that this does have petroleum jelly. Now, I have to throw in another disclaimer...my sister-in-law read that petroleum jelly was not good for you either. So you have to make your own choices.
     
    I got this recipe off of the internet and it takes not time at all to make. I have it on my Pintrest site. There were other flavors. So if you don't like vanilla, you could probably go to Pintrest and search for other flavor recipes. 

    Vanilla Lip Gloss Craft Recipe

    1 Tablespoon Petroleum Jelly

    • 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel

    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Coconut Oil

    • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

     Heat ingredients together in a double-boiler and pour into jars. Cool and seal.
    Let me know how yours comes out and enjoy your day.
     
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    Friday, November 1, 2013

    My Grandchildren's Costumes


    Quote of the Day:
    I've been a godmother loads of times, but being a grandmother is better than anything.
    Vivien Leigh
     
     
    I'm not really a big fan of Halloween. But my children love dressing up their children and my grandchildren are really excited about going out and Trick or Treating.
    I'm not really sure what Hailey is supposed to be. I don't think this is the whole costume she'll be wearing. They came over on the 30th to stay with us while our own "trick or treat", our son, and his wife went out to celebrate his birthday.
     
    This is Evan Michael. There is no mouth in that mask so I don't see how he can breath with that thing on. But he is ready for the night.
     
     
    Jacob is so excited to be Superman. This is a combination between Clark Kent and Superman. He starts out as Clark and ends up Superman. He just can't wait to dress and go.
    Luke is our little Minion. I need to learn to crochet like that. This lady that crochets for my daughter is very good. This is the first year that Luke can really go Trick or Treating. He was only about 2 months last year. They Trick or Treated early in Germany and as you can see below, he figured it out. He's like, "Hey they're throwing stuff in there! Let's see what we've got?" Emily said she had to start carrying the basket because he was more interested in what was in it than moving on.
     
     
    You can still vote for Evan Michael. Thank you and Happy Halloween