Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
|French Doors and a Dog|
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Update: This thing is amazing! I am in love, I can't stop gushing about it to anyone who will listen. For one, it came in a super cute Gingher tin and I am a sucker for packaging. For my first project I was cutting upholstery fabric and this thing cut thorugh it like butter, I didn't even have to apply alot of presure. I am very pleased with this purchase.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Here was my simple and homemade Valentines present for Bryant. I definitely need to get a new camera.
|Carrot Cake Truffles and Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies.|
|Heart shaped doilies stitched together with ribbon|
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I have a bit of a fondness for Auctions, I find that most people consider my treasures trash and this leads to great deals for me. We went to our first estate auction a couple of years ago with The Best Neighbors in the World and picked up this table and chairs for a cool $70.
It was love at first sight.
I loved this set from the first time I saw it but bidding on stuff is so exciting it makes you love stuff even more. There is a sticker on the bottom of the chairs that says 'Made in Italy' but that is all I know about this set. I would love to get some history (if it has any).
So the sad part of the story is this part of the chairs.
The seat bottoms are damaged or gone on several of the chairs. Sadly, I've spent the past few years bringing in alternative chairs when people want to eat food at my house but the time has come for a change.
I looked into having them re caned or trying to do it myself but this is cost prohibitive. . .So here is my solution.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Bryant called me one day to tell me he had ripped out some of the carpet in the house. I was pleasantly surprised, we have two dogs and I was getting sick of having to clean the carpet all the time. I didn't take the first picture until he had already ripped out the carpet, cleaned up the floor and stained the concrete the same color as the rest of the kitchen. It looked something like this.
You can see how the color isn't exactly consistent across the floor. I had this great idea to buy a couple of other colors of concrete stain to try to spice it up a little. I was thinking I could get it to look like stone. So we bought this.
You might look at this picture and think that I am crazy. You might be right. I was too traumatized during the process to take pictures. Here is what happened. We bought two cheap sponges for a dollar, they were about 8"x5". I thought this part was actually kind of brilliant. Bryant 'distressed' the sponges with a razor blade so they looked more like a natural (and more expensive) sponge. I started with the red stain and sponged a few sections of the kitchen floor.
I think we knew from the beginning that this was a disaster. It looked like a scene out of Dexter.
I let it dry for about an hour, maybe it will dry darker?
After an hour not much had changed but out of blind optimism and desperation I decided to continue. I can't really defend my actions here, since the first coat of red paint looked bad I decided that I should just sponge the entire floor with the crime scene evidence.
Needless to say, that plan failed. After it dried Bryant and I were both feeling despondent.
I know what will help, lets sponge it all green! Green paint on top of ugly red paint, that's a great plan, it wont look at all like a failed 4th grade Christmas craft. At this point we went to sleep, hoping we would wake up to find this had all been a bad dream. The next morning, there was the floor.
The happy ending is that Bryant painted it all red. It looked amazing.
|Yay Pretty Floors.|
Friday, February 4, 2011
|Jar o curtain parts|
|Measure twice, Cut once|
- Pin- some people are pinners and some aren't. I don't like to pin, but if I'm honest with myself, I'm not good enough to forgo pinning.
|someone should make pins with funner tops.|