Salt Lake City Tattoo Convention
If you are looking for a different, fun, and bizarre date night or you want some interesting pictures to post on Facebook, or you actually want a tattoo/piercing/accessories…go to a tattoo convention! The people watching is as good as a comic con but a more gritty experience. The tattoo artists who set up in the Salt Lake International Tattoo Convention are among the best in the world. They travel from Oregon, California, even New York. They deserve the label “artist” as much as any painter or poet. Just walking through is an experience, and worth it if you’re really looking to get some work done.
The tattoo convention is not exclusive to ink, piercings are also a huge part of the convention. There are several top rated piercing artists with jewelry, equipment, even a private booth for the more discrete piercings. From a naval rings to, whatever the picture above is, you can have it done.
Don’t just be impressed by the artists, but also the equipment! The picture above are tattoo guns. They are art in and of them selves.
I’ll give you one guess what these are………tattooing needles. It’s enough to plant doubt in my mind about getting one. I guess no pain, no gain.
The interesting thing about the tattoo convention is that it’s not just about getting art, but also about getting it off. Ink Doubt Tattoo Removal is the leading tattoo removal company in Utah and, you guessed it, they are at the convention as well. They can lighten any unwanted tattoo for a cover up or they can remove that tattoo completely! It’s true, I’ve seen it done.
This guy might want to consider talking to them…just sayin’. I’ve teamed up with these talented guys to offer a $50 gift card to use toward tattoo removal. Enter to win simply by following me on Instgram at sharla_thisisdoable or like This is Doable on Facebook March 14, 15, and 16, 2014. Just click the links on the right side of the blog and hit “follow” under my accounts. By liking the Facebook page or following me on Instagram you are automatically entered into the drawing. The winner will be contacted via the medium you followed on Monday, March 17th. You have two chances to win by following both. You won’t regret it, unlike that guy up there.
Yeah, that’s my man on the right. Just living it up. The convention also offers a wide variety of art, clothing, accessories, food, drinks, and more! So, come to the convention and enter to win!
Paint Can Leprechaun Trap
This trap was inspired by our first trap (which failed miserably). Our first trap ever was the classic prop a shoe box up with a stick, put some gold under it, and let the little devil take the bait. Well, in case you didn’t know, leprechauns are magical creatures, and magic translates to strong and crafty. That was the fist year we met Darby O’Gill (our personal leprechaun) who tore right through the box and wrote a taunting note on the little scrap of cardboard he made it through. The kids knew they had to get something stronger to keep him in….their solution? A paint can.
The question was, how do we get him in there? So, with the help of my equally strong and crafty husband, we constructed a long ramp out of cardboard that led to an open bottle teetering on the edge of a platform (the kitchen stool). Inside we put the bait. The idea was to get Darby to step into the open bottle that would then tip and dump him into the paint can. After setting up the camera, we were prepped and ready to roll.
This is what we found the next morning…
Mr. Darby O’Gill trapped!!! But it was just on camera…
He busted a hole right through the side of the metal can! The kids were impressed. This was one magical, strong, and crafty little guy. It didn’t help that he wrote his victory note right on the trap itself!
Oh well, they had some fun and got some chocolate out of it. They went right to work brain storming ideas for the next visit from Darby O’Gill.
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
Sleeping Pills for Leprechauns
This, by far, is one of my favorite leprechaun traps to date. My kids take a natural hebal supplement at night called melatonin. It’s a safe, non addictive, natural sleep aid and its a staple in our house. So, one year they decided the best way to trap a leprechaun was to drug him. Best. Parents. Ever.
Its simple. Get a delicious treat and load that puppy up with a bunch of melatonin (you can find it at any natural foods store or GNC). We used shamrock shaped doughnuts with green frosting (duh) and the kids gleefully stuck about 10 chewable pills in it. The funny story is that our dog at the time, Bullett, found the laced doughnut on the coffee table while a babysitter was at the house and ate it!!!! He weighed about 100 pounds and other than sleeping peacefully seemed to have no adverse side effects. So we had to re-bate the trap. Needless to say, it was a huge success. My husband, who is wildly attractive and artistically gifted, sculpted this sleepy Darby O’Gill (the name of the leprechaun who returns to or house year after year).
We always set up a camera to capture the fun, but you can just leave the doughnut remains, a note and some gold or real coins behind…
<3, Sharla and Darby
Quick Sand Leprechaun Trap
He’s cute, right? His name is Darby O’Gill and he comes to play our game every St. Patrick’s Day. What game, you may ask…..well, the game where my family and I put our heads together and trying and set a trap for him. We’ve got him a couple of times, but he’s strong, smart, and sly (of course). Today’s trap was mostly from the brain of my son. He insisted that quick sand would be sure to trap Darby, make him immobile but not hurt him. Pot of gold, here we come!
This one is pretty simple and easy. Get a bowl and some sand. Add enough water that the sand is saturated, but the water isn’t to the top. I hear leprechauns aren’t very good swimmers, and finding a leprechaun corps on St. Patrick’s Day morning is sure to put a damper on things.
Once the sand is ready you need bait. What does every greedy little leprechaun love? Gold, of course! We always bait our traps with a few Susan B. Anthony coins. The gold and authenticity of the coins is a sure sign you’re going to entice your little pest.
Some years we catch him and he gets away, others he’s just too crafty. Either way he always leaves a taunting note behind. And, of course chocolate coins. if we did a good enough job trapping him there may be some real gold coins as well (remember the Susan B’s).
Lastly, we always set up a camera to capture the great escape. He really had a time with this one…
But some how he managed to get out, again!
Good luck with your trap, and have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
Fly Paper Leprechaun Trap Tutorial
In my opinion, St. Patricks Day is one of the most highly under rated holidays. It is dedicated to green beer and pre-pubesent teens looking to annoy each other with pinches. It can be so much more! Matt, my better half, loves to make everything magical from coming home with unexpected surprises to creating family traditions that are out-of-the-norm and that is where our annual leprechaun trap comes in. One year he suggested to try and trap a leprechaun and when the little devil escaped and left a taunting note behind with chocolate coins, the kids upped the anti. If they get chocolate for catching him but he escapes, just think of the bounty if they could actually keep him pinned. He signed his name “Darby O’Gill” and he returns every year to accept the challenge.
This is a state-of-the-art idea that the whole family worked on. Fly paper to make him stick, gold packaging ribbon to attract him and gold coins, of course, to lure him to the middle (gold $1 coins work nicely). It’s not about catching him, its about building magic, fun, and tradition.
Here’s what cha gotta get:
- 1 piece poster board
- Fly paper (I got mine at Home Depot)
- Gold packaging ribbon
- Gold coins
- Markers and crayons to decorate
- Mini leprechaun figure…keep him to use from year to year
How to pull if off:
- Set the trap. We cut the strips of fly paper and made a circle (I guess it’s actually a hexagon) in the middle of the poster board. Then we decorated with crayons, markers, and instructions on just where Darby show walk (not at all suspicious). We used the gold packaging ribbon, add the gold coins in the middle to dazzle him into the trap.
- Now here’s the fun part, making it believable. We set up a photo trap (just for appearances) to catch the action. Use your little figure to pose the pictures. We left little foot prints on the fly paper using ash from the fire place or you could use an ink pad. We even left a few mini clothes props stuck to the fly paper, as if he couldn’t free them so he left them behind to get away.
- Last, we left two mini pots of gold (again chocolate and gold dollars) in mini cauldrons and a note from Darby explaining his big escape. The next morning the kids get a special treat and the magic and fun of seeing the pictures.
It’s easy, fun, and worth it. St. Patricks Day is now one of my kid’s favorite holidays. We brain storm for weeks about our trap for the year and reminisce about the ones we’ve done in the past. Good luck, those leprechauns are crafty and strong!
Happy St. Patricks Day!
Bird Nest Tutorial
I’m not gonna lie, this is not a fast project, but it’s worth it! Really, look at how cute this turned out. It’s the quintessential Spring decoration. And it costs less than $10 to make. A little chicken wire, a little raffia a few cute eggs and a whole lot of twigs, all from Crafts at Joann.com (ok, not the twigs). So pop in your favorite chick flick, get comfy and ring in Spring!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A boat load of small twigs. I sent my kids out on a hunt and they just gathered what they found on the ground. Keep in mind, the more flexible, the better.
- Chicken wire – 18″x18″ square…approximately.
- Hot glue and gun…lots of it.
- 1 package raffia (my husband not-so-affectionately calls raffia hay…he’s not really a fan, but you can’t argue with the results!)
Whatcha Gotta Do:
- First you need a form to glue your twigs to. I like chicken wire because it’s cheap, easy to work with, and frankly I had some on hand. Cut a strip off about 18″ wide using wire cutters. Fold your strip in half so it’s a square. Place it on the ground and use one hand to hold down the center and the other to start bending the sides up. Fold the pointy corners down inside the bowl and just work it until you have a reasonably round or oval bowl shape. If you’ve spent any time on this blog you know the instruction I’m going to give next; don’t feel like it has to be perfect! You’re going to cover it with glue and twigs, you just need a base to start with.
- Now start glueing. There is no rhyme or reason to this part. Just glue…
and glue until…
the chicken wire is covered on the outside and top.
I didn’t bother glueing twigs to the bottom because you want a flat base for it to sit and you are going to use raffia to cover it…and, frankly, I was sick of glueing.
- Here’s a picture of what my raffia looked like when I pulled it out of the package. I almost never buy it so I’m not sure if it comes any other way, but you want a package that is tied together, not a big tangled mess (unless you want the inside of your bird nest to look that way, which if you do, no judgment).
Pull off a few strands and simply wind them around you fingers and then lay them in the nest. Then help it unravel so it fills to the walls. Do this several times until you get enough coverage in the nest to cover the wire.
- To finish the inside of the nest, tie a knot in a few strands of the raffia and make a very small circle using only two fingers the same way you made the bigger ones. Leave about 5″ of the end out and wrap it through the hole in the center and around the outside 3 or 4 times to keep the circle bundled. Secure the ends on the back with, you guessed it, hot glue.
Place your mini circle in the middle and, TA DA…
The word you’re looking for is “ADORABLE!”
- The final step is for those of us who didn’t quite go low enough with the twigs (did I mention I was sick of glueing?). I needed to cover a bit of wire right at the base on the outside so I just wound some raffia around the bottom a few times and (shutter) glued.
It’s barely noticeable down there. Add some cute eggs and there you have it!