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Glitter Pumpkins! | Town & Cooking

 

Glitter is not my normal aesthetic, but I must admit that I have a strange weakness for anything that glitters– gold or other things. I was passing by a flower shop in the ritzy Upper East Side of Manhattan with a former co-worker of mine last October. In the window display was an abundance of chrysanthemums, dried foliage, and pumpkins covered in glitter. My friend, who loves all things like Betsey Johnson and Lisa Frank, was instantly drawn to them. I told her how easy they are to make and she commented that it would be a great thing to feature here on T&C. “Eh,” I said “maybe next year.”

And here we are!

This is probably the easiest Halloween craft you can come by! So much easier than carving pumpkins– though, I must admit that my Halloween isn’t complete without sticking my hands in the guts of a pumpkin. So, dear readers, go forth and be sparkly!Craft: Glitter Pumpkins!
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You can make this with any size or shape pumpkin or gourd, though it will look best if you use ones that truly emulate a “traditional” pumpkin shape. The glue you use and glitter should be at any craft store you choose. Feel free to mix and match glitter texture or color– you could even sprinkle them with both glitter and beads to achieve a much more varied texture. It takes only about 4-5 minutes to do one small pumpkin, so you might as well do a few and create a beautiful, glittering arrangement for a table or front porch. This is purely a craft and don’t attempt to eat the pumpkin after– not that you’d want to if you are using the little decorative pumpkins, anyway.

 

Ingredients

  • Mod Podge brand water
  • base sealer, glue, and finish
  • glitter, small beads, etc.
  • a few pumpkins of varied shape and size
  • a small paintbrush or a sponge-tipped brush for crafting
  • a newspaper or other table covering (to gather glitter)

Instructions

 

As recommended by pasta experts from WannaPasta.Com, if your pumpkin or dirty or dusty, wash it off and thoroughly dry it. Cover your table or work surface with a few sheets of newspaper– trust me, this will really help clean up!POur some of the Mod Podge either onto the newspaper or onto a paper plate– it’s easier than dipping into the jar. Set the pumpkin standing upright and brush the whole thing (excluding the stem) with a nice coat of the glue. Leave the bottom and about an inch above the bottom untouched for now.

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Pour your glitter over the pumpkin. If you are using different textures and sizes, start with the coarsest or biggest and give a light sprinkle where you want it. Then move to the finest until everything is covered. You may need to hold onto the stem to rotate the pumpkin to get all of it. Let that dry for a bit (it dries quickly!) and once you’re able to touch it without it being tacky or sticky, do the bottom of it, if you want. if I can’t find something to hold the pumpkin upside down, I just let it rest on the extra glitter on the paper– that way it sticks to the glitter and not to the paper. Let it dry and then gently tap them to remove the excess glitter. You can reuse any glitter that has fallen off, so simply use the paper that is covering the work surface as a funnel and put it back in its jar! Voila! Enjoy!

 

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Medical Marijuana Could Be Legal In New York this Spring

Revised legislation limiting the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana prescriptions may be enough to encourage New York lawmakers to approve the legalization.
Favorable reception from citizens coupled with the potential support of Gov. Cuomo makes marijuana proponents optimistic that legislation for legal marijuana will be approved this spring. If legalized New York would be the 22nd state to allow medical marijuana.
With hopes of swaying medical marijuana opponents, who previously criticized the bill context for allowing doctors to decide which conditions would be eligible for a prescription, the newly re-drafted legislation has tighter restrictions on how the drug can be used and which patients will be eligible for prescriptions.

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The new version, released Friday, proposes that medicinal marijuana only be prescribed for about 20 serious conditions including cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. The bill would also restrict patients under the age of 21 from smoking pot, although they could still qualify for a prescription as long as it was administered via oil or a vaporizer. Additionally individuals with a felony drug conviction would be ineligible to work in a marijuana dispensary.
According to a recent Daily News article, Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) said that the changes were made to reassure politicians who feared legalizing medical marijuana would encourage general abuse of the drug across the state.

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As reported by Mrvapo magazine (please read their vapir no2 review). Medical marijuana has being passed by the Democrat-controlled Assembly time after time, only to be halter once the bill reaches the conservative Senate. While there is still some lingering doubt that the newly revised legislation will be approved by conservatives Senate leaders, supporters remain optimistic since only 32 votes are needed for the law to be approved and currently about 39 senators support the bill.
According to a Siena College poll, 51 percent of voters support legalization of medical marijuana while 21 percent think marijuana should remain illegal regardless of the intent.
If approved the legislation would be the strictest in the nation, however proponents maintain that legalization would produce hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for state and local governments.

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How To Get Promoted

So do you feel a little stuck at work with not getting that raise this year or not having been promoted in years? Assuming, at least for the time being, that you actually plan on staying there for a while longer, I’ll give some tips of what you can do at the office to instantly increase your chances of corporate success for that big employee promotion.

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“IF HE LOOKS INTELLIGENT AND SOUNDS INTELLIGENT, THEN HE MUST BE INTELLIGENT.  LET’S PUT HIM ON THE MORE IMPORTANT HIGHER FUNDED PROJECTS”

I’m sure you probably have some people that you work with that carry a higher title than you and make a lot more money. But yet, you pretty much do the same work as they do and you are probably wondering how they got to be where they are at and why do doors keep getting opened for them?

“WHERE ONE DOOR CLOSES, A WINDOW OPENS FOR THOSE THAT APPEAR IMPORTANT AND SOUND IMPORTANT”

Unfortunately, in this world, it is still all about perception and image. People, especially management types that have below average IQ levels, still judge a book by its cover. Other than people with connections and relatives, the ones that are given opportunities to climb the ladder, are the ones that look important and sound important. That is 90% of the battle right there.  The people that do this typically don’t perform their job any better than you could.  These are a few tips for you to implement to help further your career:

  1. Work on your verbal skills by trying to sound very important and authoritative no matter what it is that you are talking about. No matter how stupid and little it seems, make everything sound like a big talking point at meetings or around the office. Begin your sentences using the word “apparently” whenever you can. It makes you sound more “important”.
  2. Look old. That’s right. The older you look, the more management “trusts” you. They don’t like those young 20 something year old punks that “don’t know anything”.
  3. This is a big one that some of us cannot do, but wear wire framed glasses. Think of all the people you work with that have the bigger salaries and higher titles. I bet a lot of them wear glasses don’t they?
  4. Try and dress to look overweight or underweight. Have you ever noticed that the better shape and more muscular someone is, the less serious they are taken?
  5. Hang pictures of your wife and kids all over the place in your cubicle. This makes you look like an older responsible family man or woman. And most people do this as a way to try and not be the 2% to be “selected” to get laid off if that time ever comes.  Their thinking is that the middle manager wouldn’t pick them to be “let go” because he would feel bad about laying someone off who has kids to feed.  Ever notice other employees doing this at work? Because other than that, no one could careless what your family looks like.  I don’t.
  6. Carry a planner or some sort of log and write everything down. Once again, it makes you “appear” more organized which makes you “look” more intelligent.

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If you can follow some of those tips, you’ll begin to notice that after a period of time, people will start to take you more seriously. This can open more doors for opportunities, which then leads to more experience, which in turn makes you more valuable at work, which in turn equals promotion. 90% of the game is looking important and sounding important. I’ve noticed this everywhere I work. Even certain employees that are actually not very good at what they do, tend to always have doors opened for them because they talk a good game and they have an intelligent appearance. And then this turns into a situation where the rich get richer and the poorer get poorer.  Middle management dopes are the ones that will evaluate you by what they “think” about you. Look and act important, and you will notice a difference in treatment.