Friday, July 29, 2011

I'll Be Back

Ok, so for any of you who might actually follow my blog for reals (as in, you check in every once in awhile to see what's new) I promise I'll be back soon with some new posts.  I've been quite busy the past couple of weeks helping our church prepare for their VBS, and then helping during the VBS.  Once that was over, we had a lovely little storm roll through and the lightning knocked out our internet for a few days.  Now my kids and I all have congested colds.  SO........hopefully by next week I'll be able to have something new for you. 



I have a whole lotta this coming up in the near future!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lemonade Anyone?

A few months ago I posted this picture as a sneak peek of an upcoming project, BUT..............our printer ran out of ink and I had to put it on the back burner for awhile.

But I'm happy to say we FINALLY got more ink and I was able to finish it. 

I thrifted this tray, probably at Goodwill, for something like 1.99.  I guess I didn't take a "before" of it, but just picture it being that really dark, almost black, ugly wood color.  I spray painted it and sanded it down a bit intending that I would make it sort of a picture collage tray.  My plan was to thrift an 11 x 14 picture frame and use the glass from it in the bottom of the tray to cover/protect the pictures.  But....then I decided  I wanted to do something else to it.

So I went Googling (it's so weird to me that "Google" is now a verb) and after searching pages and pages of images I came across this one and felt that jolt of inspiration.

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 So I re-created it on my computer.

Then waited a couple of months for more ink.

When I finally got it printed off, I used scrapbooking ink to stipple it and inked the edges to give it a more aged look.

Then I used Mod Podge and glued it on.  I suspected that the glue would cause the ink to run, and unfortunately I was right.  When I put the top coat on it was just too moist and gave it a pinkish tinge in places. I salvaged it the best I could, and all in all it's not too terribly noticeable but at this point I'm not going to redo it. 

Can you see our sweet lil' pooch zonked out in the background?  : )

So, not a perfect turnout with the runny ink, but it was kind of fun and a much better look than the orginal 70's brown.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Vintage 4th of July

For this July 4th, I had my hubby help me carry our kitchen table outside into the shade of the large tree in our yard.  I shopped around my house and used what I had.  The only "new" item I used was the checkered tablecloth, $1 at a yard sale last weekend.  Over that I layered a vintage replica flour sack tablecloth that I've had for years.  I confiscated the bench and chairs from the front porch and put them to use here.

The base of the display is a vintage metal cherry themed tray that's usually on a shelf in my kitchen.

The cobalt blue canning jar glasses were a gift from my hubby a few years ago.  I spotted them at an antique store in a nearby town but didn't buy them.  I kept thinking about them though, and a few weeks later he surprised me with them.

The old Sun Crest bottle has a little metal piece in the mouth of it that has a bunch of tiny little holes in the top.  I'm told this was used for sprinkling water on clothing during ironing back in the day.  
The clear canning jar has some red and blue game pieces added to it.

Old Cantrell & Cochran soda can, meaningful to us since our last name is Cantrell.

And here it is with place settings added.

Again, I just used my regular everyday dishes.  Nothing new, nothing fancy.

But I LOVE how it turned out!

How about you?  Did you do anything special for the 4th?

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Saturday, July 2, 2011


Finally, after almost 7 months of living in this house and poor Halie living with her windows looking like this...

I finally got her curtains made.  They make such a huge difference, dontcha think?  They just add to the soft, feminine look of the room and they provide a nice color balance to all the pink and white.

It took me this long because I was hoping the fabric would go on a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby.  Y'all know by now....I'm cheap.  But every time I was there to check it was always 30% off.  So finally I just bit the bullet and used a 40% coupon.  (If you didn't know this already, you can forgo the sale price and use your coupon on the regular price of the item.)

I paid about $12 for the fabric, and I got the ribbon 50% off so I paid $8 for 4 rolls of that.  So, about $10 per curtain.  My sewing skills are beginner level at best, and these certainly wouldn't win any sewing contests, but I'm kinda proud of 'em.  I think they look purdy cute.

I even took the extra step of lining them!  Aren't I so professional?  I just used an old sheet I had in storage.

Once, again, purely for your viewing pleasure....



Now....two more projects and I can consider her room D-O-N-E!

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