30 April 2010

Punch Art Fun 1 - Look in the Book - page 20 (part 4)


The last of the Cute Critters today. Sure are a lot of them.

These ones are made with smaller punches, you may not be able to tell, but they are.

3/4" Circle for the head and a 1" Circle for the body. Half hearts for arms and legs.


Needs gold on nose.

Would make him a bit differently, ie. position things differently, but I won't go into that. Went into it two days ago and my conclusions are the same as they were then.


Needs gold on nose. Or black. Whichever.


Needs gold.

Would change inner ears to light brown.


Would rip head off and start again.

Whoa, harsh, but I'm done with spikey ears.

And I don't like his smile, or his eyes - they're shifty like he's going to whack me with that carrot...

You don't like him now either, do you?

Ah, much better.

And he has trimmed whiskers too.


29 April 2010

The mouse story

Hey there,

After talking about that mouse yesterday, I was reminded of a funny story. One of those ones that wasn't funny at the time.

Oh yeah, I've put the pics in to thwart any visual images that you might have while reading the story. And to give you something to enjoy as you read. Photo posts, gotta have photo posts!

The mouse story.

(Clearing throat)

Once upon a time there was a girl (me) who lived in her house and went about her daily chores like the dedicated home owner that she was.


So, I was at home and I was doing stuff like washing and cleaning. By the end of the day I had a headache because of the constant drone of the backhoe close by. You know those machines that move dirt all day? Anyway, I shut the kitchen window to stop the noise, but it seemed louder somehow.


Couldn't figure it out and it went on all night while we were eating dinner etc.

The next morning the droning could still be heard, but I was at a loss about what it was, or where it was coming from.

I ended up ignoring it and went to clean the main bathroom.

As soon as I walked into the bathroom, I knew something wasn't right.

"What's that stuff in the bath?" I looked in and whoa!

I stood back with my hand over my mouth, my eyes darting back and forth.

I leaned forward again and yep, I was right, the entire bath was covered in mouse poo! Oh, yikes! It was all up the sides and just everywhere. So gross.

And the mouse was still there! It was in the bottom of the bath, still alive, but not moving much (thank goodness) except for some rapid breathing.

Poor thing, it was flat on it's back, exhausted. It'd been trying to get out of the bath all night and finally gave up.

Can you see it?

"I can make it, I can make it! Oh, no I can't..." Try again. "I can make it, I can make it....oh, no I can't." What about over here? "I can make it, I can make it....oh, no I can't." I mean, really, how long did it try to get out of there?

In the drought we used some hose to pump the rinse water out onto our grass and I'd left the hose outside all night the night before. On the day of the headache I'd brought it back inside and, unbeknownst to me, brought the mouse in with it. The mouse had crawled out and somehow gotten in the bath, but was unable to get out.

At least I think that's what happened. Doesn't sound very plausible that he'd get in the bath in the first place...

Anyway, I had a mouse and poo to deal with, so I got dealing. The mouse was captured in a takeaway container (he was too tired to put up much of a fight) and the poo got cleaned up. The floor also needed to be cleaned what with the mouse running all over it and all.

I started mopping and you know how it is, I'll just mop this area too. Okay, I'll mop the hall as well. Okay, I'll hop at the top of the stairs too. Alright, I'll just mop everything!

So, I'd made my way out to the kitchen and was mopping near the bank of drawers in the bench. All of a sudden the droning from the day before got louder.

"What is that?"

I pulled open the bottom drawer and "rrrrrrrrrrrrrr!" - the noise was really loud! Turned out that the wheat bag I'd chucked in the drawer two days earlier landed on the call button on our old intercom! Andrew's workshop is downstairs and we'd rigged an intercom so we could talk to each other. It never really worked properly, so we ditched it in the drawer, but left the batteries in it.

That noise went on for two days and I had the mouse to thank that it finally stopped!

So, that's the mouse story.

Epilogue: The mouse got filed under B for bin. Sorry, mousey.

28 April 2010

Punch Art Fun 1 - Look in the Book - page 20 (part 3) which we will entitle "Thwarting the punch art issues" because there's a few below, okay?

Hey there,

How are you today?

Sorry I went missing-in-action yesterday, but I'm back today, and I'm back thwarting issues.

Now, I'm not sure if you're aware, but I don't always show you my up-to-the-minute-stuff. I do this for a few reasons, the main one being that I can't pass up an opportunity to share something and then use to it teach something too.

So, today the sharing part is...Cute Critters from page 20 of Punch Art Fun for Everyone.

And the teaching part is...Don't worry, your skills will improve.

As with all crafts and skills and whatever, you get better as you go along. These cards were made...what?....like 7, 8, 9 years ago? My skills have improved. My choices have improved. What a good thing.

Let me walk you through a little tutorial of how I'd fix these creatures below. I'm not going to talk about how I'd change the cards, just the creatures.

What I'd do to make this guy better:

~ Use stars for ears.

~ Glue his head up further, so he doesn't look as squashed.

~ Glue his arms higher.

~ Put the legs closer together.

~ Draw vertical lines for eyes (little ones, not huge ones).

~ Put a reflection mark (comma) on his nose.

~ Trim those whiskers!

What I'd do to make the mouse better:

~ Nothing.

~ (Sometimes your skills don't need improving. Sometimes you just get it right and things work out. Who cares whether it's you or serendipity, give yourself a pat on the back and a good on ya, girl, put your card up to admire and go attack your next project with gusto!)

Ah, here are some kitty cats with stars for ears.

So much softer.

So much nicer.

So much better.

These kitties also have reflection marks on their noses and much nicer eyes.

Their whiskers are still fairly erratic though. I'd tame them a bit.

(This card was probably made 4 or 5 years ago. Funny how I can track when things were made according to my skill level at the time. I'll bet you can do the same)

Oh my, what's with the eyes?

What I'd do to fix this guy:

~ Down-size those eyes!

~ I'd probably do the gold pen in black now. Gold for that type of thing is still an option, I've just taken it off the table for a while. And haven't really put it back on.

What I'd do to fix this guy:

~ Raise the left ear up a bit, so it's at about 10 o'clock.

~ Re-do those eyes. Vertical lines are way better.

~ Put a gold reflection mark on his nose (gold's always on the table for reflection marks on black noses).

~ Re-do his smile. Needs to be bigger. He's a punch art dog, afterall, and punch art dogs need to be happy.

~ Put light brown in his ears.

~ Look around the joint and see if there's a bone punch for his bowl. And then change the saying. And then leave the bone because of the domino effect...

Summary of today:

It's good that our skills change and improve over the years.

It's good that we don't intentionally change and improve, we just do.

Cats with spikey ears are not good.

Mice aren't fun.

Dogs don't eat lunch anyway.


23 April 2010

Punch Art Fun 1 - Look in the Book - page 20 (part 2)

Hello and Happy Friday to you,

More Cute Critters from page 20 of Punch Art Fun for everyone today.

There are lots of critters on that there page.

Heads, heads with bodies attached (good!) and a couple of butterflies.

I really am all about options and showing how you can use different punches to make the same thing. Plus, over time, new punches come out and the options get better.

For example, this bunny has half hearts (hearts cut in half) for the ears.

They're very pointy, to say the least.

This bunny has Sakura-As for the ears.

They're the ones that kinda look like fish. I use them for strawberries too.

Don't think it's available over here anymore. It happens.

This bunny has hearts cut in half too.

I like having the rounded bit at the top. You?

I've also used tear drops as ears (the legs of the bear from yesterday). They work well, but the punch I had was temperamental, so I flicked it in the end (into the back of the drawer, not the bin).

As is true in life, and in craft, sometimes you have to let things go of old things for new things to come.

Say hello to a new punch idea for ears...the fish symbol.

I've not had a chance to make a bunny using it, but I really want to. Perfect, don't you think?

Thank you, Mr Sullivan.

Other cute critters following...let's see what we have.

Cute doggie with half hearts for ears, arms and legs.

Got hearts?

Cute kitty (love his pose) with very interesting ears again.

Very pointy.

Very spikey.

Stars are better for cat ears. Card with example following soon or check out page 20 in the book - stars are used for the cats there.

Cute froggie with big eyes.

Circles and half hearts for legs.

Again, got hearts? Most of you do, I'll bet. Isn't nice when you see an idea and you already have the stuff to make it? Love that.

The face is repunched. That is, punched twice.

Repunching is explained on page 3 of Punch Art Fun for everyone, but to explain quickly it's simply punching the shape once (a circle in this case) and then putting the punch piece back into the punch and snipping a bit off (I snipped a crescent off to leave the football shape).

What else do we have here?

Oh, another cute, and fat, bear.

When you make bears you can make them fat or thin. To make thinner bears, don't push the head down as far, or the arms/legs in as far.

He really is cute, but he looks like he's got hands only, and no arms. Poor fella.

I will attempt to elongate you the next time I make you, okay, mate?

That's all for today - thanks for stopping by to visit! I really appreciate it.

Enjoy your weekend!

22 April 2010

Punch Art Fun - Look in the Book - page 20

Hi fellow crafters,

I'm on page 20 for the Look in the Book today. It's the Cute Critters page. Today I'm just looking at bears because they're cute and they deserve a post of their own.

I'll get back to the other critters soon, but for today, it's the bears. Have any of you out there made bears?

I've made these types.

The paper types.

They're just circles - so easy. Reason 978 to have circles in your punch stash - so you can make bears.

I used pink in the inner ears, but you can also use brown. Looks nice.

My mum's made these types of bears.

The furry types that require thread and sewing and thread/sewing know-how. My mum has a lot of that.

Bears were probably stepping stone number 26 in her creative endeavours.

Mum's always said one craft leads to another. Very true.

And the skills you learn in one craft can be applied to another. Also true.

And the skills you learn in one craft give you the confidence and the ability to move onto another craft. Also true.

My mother speaks a lot of truth, it's true.

My sister and I used to wear that brooch when we were little.

Kinda looks 70's, doesn't it?

My favourite - Mr and Mrs Gustafus.

Or, Mr and Mrs Clark.


So cute.

You don't need fine motor skills for a project like this, you need micro ones!

And he's jointed, ie. his legs move.

You're amazing, Mum.

I'd be flat out like a lizard drinking if I made all those bears too!

Have a great day out there all you creative girls!

21 April 2010

The dollhouse

Hello again,

Here's the extra photos of my most fab dollhouse.

So fun to look at from the what-were-the-adults-around-that-time-thinking-of-with-curtain/sofa-patterns-like-that? Golly. Hurts the eyes.

Here I am at 8.

Actually not quite, I was born late at night, so I was still 7 and ninety-nine hundredths. This was probably taken before my birthday dinner - I look a little made up for early morning.

Get a load of the wallpaper, the fluffy carpet and lino, the macrame plant hangers, the bean bags and what is that orange thing hanging at the front? No idea.

And that pink toilet actually flushed - yes, it would squirt water at you. Loved that, it was so tech.

Here's my brother and I. Look how cute he is. A cute rascal. Five split heads (no stitches) before he was 8. Gave Mum heart palpitations often.

Moving onto the house - note the updated features from the first photo:
  • Yellow fridge complete with food and bottles. Thanks, Grandma (and Grandpa), how'd you know?
  • A hammock that seems awfully high off the ground for a Barbie.
  • A porch swing.
  • Do I see plants?

And my personal favourite, the lift. It's that pink box near my right elbow. So funny. There it is, there's the lift. I made my Barbies use it too.

Wish I had some more photos of all this!

I mentioned that Grandpa was into photography - he took these ones below. I love having them and it proves taking photos of not just us, but our surroundings, is a good thing.

In the photos above, my dollhouse was in the rumpus room. Later we all got our own rooms - oh, yeah.

Mum made the pink curtains and did the wallpapering. Either Mum or Grandma made that rug on my bed.

Surrounded by craftiness, we were.

Here's another shot Grandpa took when I was a few years older. Note the car - I still have that car, it's in the spare room cupboard. I have all this stuff somewhere. I still have the house too.

Other new additions:
  • Dining room furniture. That came with cutlery and crockery too - so small. I used blue-tac to keep it all on the table after our cat chased a mouse in there!
  • A spa bath. Nice touch.

Actually, I might've been coming to the end of my Barbie years - a lot of the stuff seems to have been packed away.

Here it is unpacked again many (20 or more) years later.

I spotted my Barbie boxes under the house and brought everything up to wash and see again. I washed all the clothes and hung them on an airer to dry. It was a blast from the past to see all those favourite things - I loved them as a kid, so much, and enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

The two brown things are a sink and a washing machine, I think. And that rocking chair rocked too.

Here's the car in my cupboard and that's Andrew's Soccer Croquet. I have no idea about that because I'm not Andrew and I'm not a boy. He got quite excited about it when he saw it, so I guess it's pretty cool to him.

Toys from way back when. Talk about memories.

And thanks for giving me some through your photos, Grandpa. Love you.

Okay, ladies, have a great day, won't you?

Got some treasures lying around that you'd like to revisit? I might go on a scout around to see if I can find my Barbie box. I've really no idea where it is.

Bye now!

19 April 2010


Hello again,

I thought I'd stay on the Creative Family theme (as per my post label) for a bit. Really want to talk about this from the history perspective, the documenting perspective, the crafty-for-the-blog perspective and for just the perspective, maybe.

This is Grandpa, my mum's dad.

You know, I've had these stories and photos in mind to do for a while and I knew the right time would come.

Turns out this week is the week, and it wasn't really planned this way as I just went with the flow, but it coincides with a big week of rememberance for Grandpa in our family.

You see, it was this week two years ago that we lost him.

This week, too, is his birthday.

This week, too, is his wedding anniversary.

Three big dates, all in one week.


Grandpa was a good man, a creative man and he had a strong heart, that's for sure. And a strong spirit.

I asked Mum to tell me some of the things he made/did over the years.

Here's his extensive, but not exhaustive, list.

Things he did:

  • Woodturning

  • His first job was a cobbler and shoe repairer. He used to fix Mum's stilletos for her.

  • He also fixed cars and did other mechanic stuff.

  • Picture framing

  • Photography

  • He also loved technology and was always interested in the high tech stuff.

He made:

  • Furniture - stools, shelves, cupboards

  • Toys for the kids like petrol stations and garages for their cars.

  • Boxes - box for Mum to put all her icing stuff in, shoe cleaning box, any type of box actually.

  • A wooden clothes trolley for the laundry.

  • A wooden mat you stand on in the bathroom.

  • A silky oak lectern for the church.

  • A cork board for my room when I was about 12 or so.

  • A Barbie house for my sister too.

He built:

  • A house extension - bedroom, bathroom etc.

Isn't all that amazing?

He was a cabinet maker my trade, but didn't have the qualifications. He went to war instead. Amazing again, esp. with Anzac Day coming up. Another connection, this is definitely the right week.

This is what he made for me. Just for me.

(If it looks a little familiar, I posted this picture in December as a part of a quiz I did and mentioned my grandfather made it)

I loved Barbies as a girl and used to play for hours. I built my own Barbie house out of cardboard boxes, but they kept falling down. You can see my sorry cardboard house in the left of the photo.

Mum asked Grandpa to make a house for me for my 8th birthday - oh, it was so fab. Look at it - better than any in the shops.

The Barbies wouldn't fit in the top level, so he had to cut a hole in the ceiling up there. Funny. And I love the red roof, always have.

Mum wallpapered the walls and made all the furniture out of hairspray lids and boxes. She also made me tonnes of Barbie dolls clothes. Again, way better than any in the shops. She even made a crochet handbag and used a small chain necklace as the strap.

I've got other pics of the house I'm going to post soon, but in the meantime just wanted to honour my grandfather today. His love, faithfulness and goodness have, and always will be, a blessing in our family.

Love you, Grandpa, from me to you, always.


This is Grandma.

She is the crochet queen.

Like, the queen.

You may have a crochet queen in your family too. If so, they can be crochet queens together. They all deserve the title for all the quick stitching they've done in their lives, yes?

Wow, look at this tablecloth she made...amazing.

It lives at my mum's house now...and just so you know, we don't eat off it. If we did, it'd have plastic on it. But, no plastic (thank goodness), so no eat.

Like I said on Friday, I used to set the table for family dinners and in my ignorance I didn't know there was a front and back to crochet. Grandma soon put me right on that score and turned the doily I used up the right way.

Look at this beautiful rug? Isn't it pretty?

Besides the once-in-a-lifetime tablecloth, she also made billions-in-a-lifetime blankets. Or rugs as she called them.

She made hundreds, I reckon. Hundreds.

I have at least 6 here at the moment. Probably more. I've made a few rugs in my time too, so we're covered for rugs over here.

My rugs are pretty much triple stitches, or just single stitches, not these fancy ones. Honestly, Grandma's made so many different types of rugs over the years she could've written a book.

They all love the one with the roses on it, she said the other day. "They" are the people at her Tuesday morning craft group. She's been going for years (like 50 probably) and has taught hundreds of ladies to crochet. She still goes to the group, but doesn't teach much anymore because she can't see well. But she still takes the rugs and gives out patterns.

That's Grandma for ya.

And what about this one?

Again, a completely different style. Amazing.

Can you see where my mother gets it from? That creative gene and the gotta-make-something gene?

Now, I don't have a photo of these, but the other thing my Grandma has made hundreds (probably thousands) of is....can you guess?.....fridge towels!

You know those hand towels that are a tea towel cut in half with a crochet top, so you can hang it on your fridge or door handle? I'm not sure how long it used to take for her to make one, but it was quick. Very quick. And she used to watch TV at the same time and not her hands. Did your Grandma do that?

I remember watching her once and being amazed at how she could crochet without looking. I tried to do it, but only managed a few stitches before I had to check. It's not easy, but it's the mark of a crochet queen, for sure.

I found these while looking for a photo of Grandma for this post. Had to share them, isn't she gorgeous?

We all see my cousins in this photo.

This one's my favourite. I love the get up - particularly the shoes!

Okay, talk soon!

16 April 2010

My grandparents

These wonderful people are my grandparents.

I love this photo.

I love these people.

Only Grandma is with us now (on right), but I was a real lucky duck to have all of them in my life until I was 18. Isn't that wonderful?

I showed you the crocheted strawberries my mum made and mentioned I come from a long line of creative people. I'm not sure how long the line is, but I'll bet it's long. People had to be creative back in the day anyway, didn't they?

My grandparents certainly were. It's amazing, really. I've got some stories and bits and pieces that I'm going to share on them another time soon. For now though, here's a few memories/snippets etc about the photo above:

~ Pappa and Gran (Dad's parents) are on the left and Grandpa and Grandma (Mum's) are on the right.

~ I love that they have their own grandparent names.

~ I bet this photo was taken at my sister's birthday dinner. Jumpers and strawberries = August.

~ That's the family cake.

The cake is a sponge with jam, cream and strawberries. It's what we all had...for every birthday...for the whole of our lives...

Mum's coughing and spluttering right now because she remembers full well all the novelty cakes she made us - I particularly remember the house with the chocolate freckles roof for my 8th birthday - but what I didn't finish saying was ...we had the strawberry sponge for the whole of our lives after the novelty cakes were over.

And they were over at about age 8.

I think.

Must've been the house with the chocolate freckles.

Must've collasped (summer birthday; no air con) and Mum said no more to the novelty cake and yes to the store bought.

Am I right about that, Mum? I don't know really, I'm just making it up.

Back to photo observations:

~ I used to set the table for family dinners and finish with a flower in the middle when I was feeling creative.

~ Mum likes to upgrade her cutlery, plates, placemats and stuff like that. She got these black little numbers from her mother for a couple of birthdays and a Christmas.

Here, Claire, I got you some coasters. Thanks, Mum, how'd you know?

Here, Claire, I got you some placemats. Thanks, Mum, how'd you know?

Here, Claire, I got you some more placemats. Thanks, Mum, how'd you know?

You know what mothers are like. They just know.

(Because you told 'em)

Anyway... :o)

~ Granny and Pappa were the more old-fashioned ones.

They drove an old style Rover, didn't have a microwave, had salted peanuts and boiled lollies as treats, drank tea out of pretty china cups and had huge cutlery that tasted tinny. I couldn't fit the spoons in my mouth...

If Pappa and I were walking down the street, he'd walk on the road side. On purpose. Because he was a gentleman.

~ Grandma and Grandpa were mod.

They had the microwave, a second fridge, a record player, a TV in the room we stayed in when we were on holidays, an Atari (Grandpa bought for the grandkids), 2 hand-held computer games (again, for us. So he said), tape players, a video player with remote control, jelly beans, chocolate frogs and potato chips (Grandma called them potato flakes).

And they all gave great presents too! Grandparents usually do, don't they?

Thanks, Grandma, how'd you know?

Well, darling, I just knew.

15 April 2010

Punch Art Fun 1 - Look in the Book - page 19

Hi there fellow crafting people,

My question to you on this 'it's-not-quite-gorgeous-but-wait-'til-May' autumn day is...got some balloons to go with those circles?

You know that circles are the best punches to have, right?

Yep, good.

Well, balloons are fab too.

Case and point.

Balloons can be used as, of course, balloons.

Now, who doesn't have birthday cards to make? And the quintessential shape for that (besides, well...besides nothing, actually) is the balloon.

So, balloons on birthday cards - check.

And then we move onto balloons and flowers.

Below they've been used as the petals.

They've also been known to be used as the leaves and even the pot.

Balloons make good pots. Just snip 'em at the top and bottom and a pot you have.

So, balloons when thinking flora - check.

Moving onto fauna.

Did you know there are sub-categories of fauna called megafauna, microfauna (earthworms) and macrofauna (organisms) for example? Me either.

Avifauna is actually bird fauna, which is what we're talking about now.

Moving onto avifauna...it's amazing what a google search will tell ya.

All I'm saying is - balloons make good chooks.

(And good chooks make good eggs. Our chooks do. Good for them)

So, balloons when thinking avifauna - check.

What about avifauna accessories?

Not sure if you'd call an egg an accessory, but it is in the arty "what can I put with this chick on this card?" kind of way.

The purple egg above was a balloon to start with and it ended up as an egg. Eventually Carl came out with an egg punch that size, but the balloon was a good option for years.

So, balloons when thinking chicks, eggs and accessories - check.

Ah, and here we are (finally) at the crux of page 19 in Punch Art Fun for everyone - balloons are great when making Insects and Bugs.

I turned before to page 19 to get ready to write this post and those happy butterflies and especially the bee (that looks like he's saying 'hi') made me smile.

They always do that.

If you haven't already, turn to page 19 and see if that bee right in the middle doesn't make you smile too.

He's just so gorgeous - love him.

(He's got balloons for wings too)

Here's one of the happy butterflies.

He's changed his colours for this card, but he's happy about it.

Note the balloons - they're all over the place. As wings, as the inside of the wings, as the body parts.


Balloons...great punches, hey?

They make great fly bodies too.

Now, I don't know if you'd have much occasion to make flies from punch art, but if you do, you'll have the punches to make them if you have some balloons.

Flies are a popular resident here in Australia. Knowing how to make them is not essential, but knowing how to swat them is. They're not bad in the city (unless you've got a dog that poops all over the yard), but in the country you need a good swatting style, and in the outback...well, you have to bring out the big guns like corks hanging from your hat.

Then there's the really big guns...mesh from your hat. Stops them dead. Well, not dead, but stops them from getting up your nose, and in your mouth. Ever swallowed a fly? Not pleasant. Ever sniffed up a fly? I haven't, but I'm sure someone has!

Oh yeah, don't forget the Aeroguard and have avagoodweekend.

Last point of the day - just as you have circles in all sizes known to man and dog, it's good to have balloons in all sizes known to woman and bee too.

Look at those little ones up there. Little balloons with even littler circles. Gotta pull out the fine motor skills to make these and not have any glue showing. That's a challenge in itself, isn't it? :o)

When starting out with punch art, a clear liquid glue that takes a little longer to dry is a good option. It gives you time to move things and adjust them. As you progress in your skill and confidence, moving onto a quick, fast-drying, white glue is good.

This is the one I use (if it's on my desk, and it's not at the moment, so I'm using anything I can get my hands on). I get it from Big W.

I like it because it dries fast, which means I can work quickly and things stay where I put them.

The trick with any glue is not to over apply. Too much and things buckle, move around, take too long to dry and all that jazz. Just a little and it sticks more quickly and you can move on. You can always put a bit more on if you didn't put enough there to begin with. Much easier than taking some off :o)

Okay, hopefully this is the last point for the day - above are some good sticky helpers.

The yellow one with the blue name is called the Quick Stik (from QuicKutz) - it has a sticky substance on the end that the punch art bits stick to. The other is the Jewel Picker (for beading, I think) from Marvy. The red tip is the sticky part and you can wash it with soapy water if it loses it's stickiness. They're great tools.

And these. A pair of these is good too. They're hockey stick tweezers. You may not need them as much if you have a sticky helper, but they're still good to have around.

Some people are sticky helper people and some people are tweezer people. I'm both for different applications. It depends if I've just cut my nails too.

Summary of today: Balloon punches = good.