Too Hot For Cooking!
Shit, it’s hot here today. Well, at least to me–90 degrees right now. This is the extent of my cooking for the day, since I’m a total sweaty grouch:
Tempeh Bacon & Avocado on Cracked Wheat Sourdough Toast.
Since it’s too warm to do much else, I’ve been crafting away. If you haven’t heard of Perler beads, they’re basically these little plastic beads that come in all colors, which are made for kiddy crafters. When I worked at a preschool for six years, the kids and I had tons of fun with these things.
Well, adults can use them too, and thanks to talented & creative people (not me!), there’s been a whole “movement” of Mario & other pixelated projects floating around the ‘net. All you have to do is search for “mario pixels” or some such thing, and you’ll get tons of graphics which can be used to make Perler projects. What got me into these things again was finding a big tub of them at Goodwill for $2.99, so yesterday I went to the craft store to buy the grid.
Once the beads are in place on the plastic grid sheet, you cover them with parchment, then iron them until they are permanently fused together. These are the six coasters I’ve made so far:
I’ve made Mario cross-stitches as gifts for friends, and still have my original NES, but these are a new way to incorporate old-school Nintendo graphics into my (almost 29-year-old) life. I think they’d make easy presents for any nostalgic twenty-something person.