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January 1, 2013

stick snowflake

Inspired by browsing on Pinterest…. how cute is the craft stick snowflake?!

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  • craft sticks, wood glue, clothes pins, glossy white paint

Connect 3 pairs of sticks together, then glue them to create the center star:

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Let dry.  Meanwhile, glue the “chicken feet” ends together – 6 total trios.

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Connect the diamond pieces all around using fingers & thumbs as vices, & clothes pins.  This part takes patience!

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Glue the trios onto each end point.  Let dry completely, then paint.  Hang with clear wire or strong thread.

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“It’s too early.  I never eat December snowflakes.  I always wait until January.”  ~ Lucy  (Charlie Brown Christmas quotes)

December 1, 2012

ornament wreath

Classy!

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Thrift store frame $1 & mini glass ornaments $2:

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  • paint frame with metallic paint (Folk Art 580 Taupe & 675 Champagne)
  • arrange & decide ornament placement – use 3M super strength adhesive (follow package directions) to glue in place one by one

(side note:  hot glue works….however, if the wreath is in between a south-facing front door & storm door….the heat generated may re-melt the glue…& leave the cute ornaments in a big, broken, gluey heap on the floor)

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  • attach wide velvet loop with thumb tacks on backside, hang on wreath holder
  • make a pretty bow & tape or pin in place

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Let the Christmas Season begin!

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“My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, & not the house to the owner”  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

November 5, 2012

corn door

A cute candy corn freath:

The $3 thrift store frame before:

  • paint one coat primer
  • paint upper white & lower yellow colors
  • use painter’s tape for orange color boundaries
  • remove tape & touch-up

“People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’  Well, no, I was an accountant.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres

October 16, 2012

mr. dresser

From $30 interesting vintage find…

to…’how you doin’?’

  • remove hardware (the lip pulls HAD to GO), remove brass feet covers, wood fill chipped spots, sand, label drawers, clean off all dust
  • paint interior drawers – used interior semi-gloss linen white
  • 2 coats Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Graphite
  • Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax

Lower drawer with paint only, top drawer with paint + wax:

The wax was really frustrating until finally finding the rhythm & method by trial & error.  My method:

  1. lightly sand with SUPER FINE sand paper & wipe dust off
  2. have a bunch of white t-shirt rags handy
  3. cover 3 fingers with rag, dip in wax, work in small areas with progressive plan in mind
  4. circle the wax around like crazy, pressing & spreading even, end with a wipe following the grain

The final finish looks simultaneously fresh & old.  Dresser top:

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then  by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  ~ Vincent Van Gogh

August 22, 2012

meal strategy

A new, fresh way to decide what to have for dinner.  Ask yourself:

“What is going to go rotten first?”

For us yesterday it was the kale = ham n’ greens

Question #2:

“What is the oldest item in the freezer?”

I’m beginning to wonder how long we could be fed off those two questions…

Question #3:

“How can I reinvent _____________ ?”

Example:  left-over chicken meat transformed into pasta salad

Dressing:  dijon mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper with romano sprinkles on top

“Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is.”  ~ P. J. O’Rourke

May 29, 2012

simple switches

The June 2012 issue of House Beautiful is full of great ideas for renewing & creating interiors.

June 2012 cover. housebeautiful.com. #house_beautiful #june_2012 #magazine_cover

Two articles stand out ~ the first starting on page 82 because a Kansas City house was featured!  The second (page 92 – 101) article, by David A. Keeps, interviews interior designer Betsy Burnham who shares solid concepts with regards to spaces…here a few favorite points:

  • pairing colors with neutrals = richer look
  • all rooms need a little black
  • any color resembling bad foundation make-up is wrong!
  • float furniture away from walls
  • all rooms need something old
  • children’s rooms need a grown-up attitude…not Disney murals or team bedsheets…  (please, I’m begging you…don’t do it!)
  • say “no” to  crazily painted floors

The issue is chalk full of fun for interior design junkies!

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

May 25, 2012

flag freath

Looking for a simple, easy, red-white-&-blue wreath?

  • wreath form – foam circle or a frame
  • crepe paper
  • tape

Secure the crepe paper to the back of the frame with tape & wrap around as desired.  Turning at the corners required a couple separate pieces.

A simple painted cookie cutter star, hung with elastic jewelry thread, finishes the piece.

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”  ~ Arthur Ashe

May 4, 2012

master makeover

The master bedroom is a work in progress.  The long turn-around due to… this “frugal minded” & super patient chick who will NOT put just anything in the house!

Here’s the transformation on the wifey side of the room – snore bore matchy dresser before:

After!:

All that for less than $150.  Sold the old dresser on Craig’s List for $150, bought the new for $150, chair $35, mirror $50 Hobby Lobby, lamp $25 Target, dogwood picture (moi) $5 winkflash, frame $25 Kohl’s.  The double frame – $1 thrift shop – actually has b/w family pics but for the blog, scrapbook paper.

Blue painter tape helped in deciding where to hang pictures & mirror.  Originally, a shelf was in the plan, but the balance seemed…off.

Of course, fresh flowers are a must

“Design is the method of putting form & content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”  ~ Paul Rand

April 16, 2012

message wreath

A little welcome greeting…

$3 thrift shop frame, originally stained wood color.  Below, primed with Gliddon’s Gripper:

Next, two coats of Behr’s glossy Cottage White, followed by distressing on some edges.

Thanks to hubbie for cutting 2 1/2 inch chalkboard squares (material left-over from previous projects).  Originally, 5 squares were planned to be used…but they took more space than predicted…  so much for “hello”…

Less is more, right?  Loose leaf rings hold the squares in a dangly row:

A narrow ribbon secures the message within the frame.

Maybe we’ll go with “BOO” in October…”love” in February…or use text lingo any time of year…

February 24, 2012

chair makeover

Think this $7 Goodwill chair has potential?…

Ta-daaaaa!

  • unscrew seat from chair
  • remove layers (3!) of old seat fabric, plus flattened cushion
  • sand & prime chair
  • decide where chair will be in home, dream about color & fabric

The legs & front skirt have a groove…  Decision:  glossy khaki/grey with charcoal in the grooves, steely grey suede cushion fabric

Hard to tell in the picture, but I distressed the top half of the chair on some edges.  The feminine lines work well since it’s on the Mrs. side of the master bedroom.

Part 2 of the master bedroom re-do complete!  Total cost: $35

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