Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tutorial On Gingham painting and Decoupage

I have received messages from a bunch of you wanting this here goes!

I have really been enjoying the stripes on many pieces of furniture and now I have added the gingham look to what I really enjoy doing. Though I am a newbie at it here is how it all worked for me.

I start out doing the same thing I do to just do normal stripes..I put the first piece of tape on, then the second, then the third...

Then I remove the second strip...which can be used again as you go along to evenly space your stripes. I keep up this process until the whole area is done. 

Follow me so far? Then I paint!

I carefully remove the tape. Something that I learned--to get a more fabric look to your gingham only use one coat of paint. Using 2 coats makes it look more checkered.

I have heard people complain they sometimes remove some of the paint with the tape. This usually never happens to me but I think I was a little anxious with this piece and did not let it dry long enough--I think you should let your base coat dry 24 hours at least--48 hrs even better.

But no worries if you don't--you can fix it.


See that! Not the look I was going for. Take a small brush and 'fix" it.

All better now!

Next you want to do the same process just going the other way.

That is how you get the pretty gingham!

Now to put some adorable photos on your piece...

I can't say enough about Fed Ex! I emailed them the picture I wanted and the size I wanted it to be--even asked them to also do it in reverse image and they did it for me for like $3.80. I think it is just adorable and makes this cabinet so personal.

I am also quite a fan of Mod Podge. I have heard all sorts of things about how you can make it yourself and stuff but you know even a penny pincher like me can afford this product! I think it works great.

I took off the cabinet doors to make it easier and I covered one door at a time with the Mod Podge and the back of the picture with it too. I positioned the picture on the door and then used that blue thing shown (which I found in my kitchen drawer and I am not exactly sure what it is) to use as a way to flattened it out and get any extra Mod Podge out. You will have bubbles if you don't get any excess out. That is the secret really. Smooth it out all real good.

To Mod Podge over the top of the photo I used a new type I hadn't used before. It is called One Coat Super Gloss. It works great!

Wouldn't a changing table with a baby's photo look wonderful done like this?!

Well, Bentley thinks it looks pretty wonderful with him on it as a place to store his clothes.

Now Bentley has his little area in the bedroom he shares with his sisters.

 So I hope this post has been helpful to those of you who were hoping to do these techniques. I have to share this pretty cross I found at Goodwill. I just love it now that I painted it!

Happy Creating! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

French Flower Cart

I just have to show a great example of why I love to paint furniture so much! The last project I just finished is always my favorite...and this is my favorite right now.

This project was actually done for a client. Her Grandmother's tea cart is now updated and looks like a French flower cart to me!

The client who owns this cart said it is perfect..makes me happy!

I have been fighting off some kind of bug. Just feeling achy and tired. In between naps I finished this cart...and it has lifted my spirits at least :)

I am still planning to do my tutorial post on making something similar to Bentley's cabinet--which includes how to do the striping shown here. Stay tuned for that if you love to paint like I do :)

Hope everyone is doing well..and staying well!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Latest Project and Fun Class

Last night I finished a project I have for sale and thought I would share.

My Mother found this at a garage sale for me and it looked like this..

This piece is much newer than the pieces I usually paint but I like how it turned out.

I did a lot of distressing on this one too--I think the distressing brought it to life. I hope there is someone out there who will love this piece :)

Update: I put it on the local Facebook classifieds and it sold within minutes--with a line of people wanting it next if the first person didn't get it. So I guess I found several people that love it :)

Last night Janae and I took such a fun class! It was a Layered Patina advanced painting class. It was taught by my blogging friend Amanda from Girl in Pink. This is the second class Janae and I have taken from her and we enjoy them so much!

It was a great evening and really inspired my creativity. We made canvas' using layers of different favorite protect was fine stone. It was pretty awesome :) 

I just love how old this looks!

We used learned how to use transfer gel and made a adorable little blessings board.

Can't wait to do some projects with these new techniques!

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy News and a Birthday Gift

Life is full of so many ups and downs. I want to thank you all for the comforting comments on the loss of my sister in law. It is still hard to grasp that she is actually gone...and hard to see the look of great loss on the face of my brother in law. I know that all the love that has been shown to our family helps us all get through it. Thank you for your part in that.

Life goes on and we still find things to find joy in. Shortly before Kirsten passed away Janae and Sidney announced their engagement. They have been dating since high school and it was wonderful to find out they were going to make it official. Kirsten called me and told me how excited she was for them..which is a wonderful memory now.

We are planning a cozy garden wedding in our backyard. Our house is small, as is our yard, but we all decided we could make it so pretty and it would be a wonderful place to have a beautiful ceremony! Janae and Sidney's dogs are going to be members of the wedding party--no surprise there! lol We are so looking forward to the big day and I will post many pictures--so it will feel like you were all there :)

Another happy thing is tomorrow is Janae's 25th birthday! Seems like yesterday I was suffering through 42 hours of labor. Janae and I have many plans tomorrow (which include mostly shopping and eating :) ) and so she came over tonight and we had a little early family birthday party. I have been so excited to give her the big gift I made for her. It started out looking like this...

A cabinet I found free on the side of the road not far from our house. I knew that Janae had been wanting a clothes closet for her boy Pom, because the closet in their Pom playroom is already full of the girl Pom clothes.  I knew I could make something cute from this cabinet and I am just tickled with how it turned out.

Isn't it adorable? It was one of those projects that was so much work but so much fun to do.

Jerry hung the closet rod on the inside for me. I am sure it will be full of clothes shortly. Yes, these dogs have way more clothes than I do! For those of you interested in how I did this I am planning to do a post soon of both how to do the gingham painting technique and adding the photos to the furniture. Stay tuned!

I also painted a frame for Janae with a recent photo of all her Pom babies.

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the beginning of Fall--or whatever season you are experiencing in your part of this world.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sad Times for our Family

It has been a long time since my last blog post. Many of you know my sister in law has been fighting cancer. A couple weeks ago she lost her fight. It has been a huge shock to all of us..she always had such a good attitude and would say, "I've got this" when asked about her cancer. We didn't think we would lose her.
 She was 33 and had 3 children. I call her my sister in law but my husband's brother and her were only engaged..and the wedding was planned for this August. My last text messages from her were showing me her wedding dress and saying how excited she was for the wedding. She was so happy.

The picture below of Kirsten and her daughter was taken the weekend before she died.

She looked so happy and healthy. Shortly after this photo was taken she picked up an infection. Her body wasn't able to fight the infection and she died within hours. Her youngest, Jaxon, was staying with me at the time.

The kids are taking it as well as can be expected. I don't think the youngest, Jaxon, really understands what is going on. He just knows everyone is crying and he doesn't know where Mommy is.

My daughter Chantel turned 16 on the 1st of September. Though it was something to celebrate we so wished Kirsten would have been there. Who knows...maybe she was?

So we are all trying to get back to normal life. My projects are piling up all over the house and I so need to get painting. I know that Kirsten would not want me to sit and grieve and worry about the kids and not get things done so I need to get it together and get back to life.

That is what Kirsten would want for all of us.

Kirsten will always live in our hearts.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Porch Swing Cover and Cucumbers

Sewing is not my favorite thing. I am such a perfectionist and I tend to tense up when I am sewing. I wish I could learn to loosen up a bit. One thing I love about sewing though is how my projects turn out.

My Mother mentioned about a month ago she needed some kind of cover for her porch swing and she wasn't kidding.

Her cute swing was not looking very stylish.

I knew her birthday was coming and so I told her let me take care of this for your birthday! As some of you can probably relate it is so hard to know what to get your parents for their birthday. Younger people have so many things they need, but the older you get the more you have everything you need! But Mom definitely needed a swing cover.

So the last week or so I went to work on it. I was lucky to find the yellow fabric with strawberries and flowers on it at Goodwill. It was perfect for Mom! I went to JoAnn's and got a coordinating gingham because I thought a bit of a country look would be what my Mom would like. My Mom is always finding me things at garage sales and so I already had the stuffing and the lace that she had previously given me.
 I spent about 10 hours working on it (complaining to myself or anybody who would listen that I hate to hand ruffle and my ruffler attachment is broken). I was worried it wouldn't fit right and hoping that I had measured right...and then I took it to Mom's today and all that work was worth it.

It turned out just like I had envisioned and my Mom loved it. My Dad loved it too. So it makes all the effort very worth it.

So now my Mom has a pretty place to sit on her porch and have an afternoon beverage while she enjoys her pretty flowers.

Now I want a porch swing! lol

On my last post I mentioned a cucumber salad I have been enjoying and several people have asked for the recipe--so here it is...the original recipe calls for a little more sour cream but this is how I make it.

I take 3 cucumbers and peel and slice them up. In a bowl I put 1.5 teaspoons salt (the recipe calls for 3 but I don't like that much salt) and 1/4 cup vinegar. Let the cucumbers soak in the salt and vinegar for 30 minutes and then drain.

Mix together 1 cup sour cream, 4 Tablespoons sniped chives and 3/4 teaspoon dill. Pour this mixture over the cucumbers and chill for at least 30 minutes.

It is really quite yummy. My daughter Janae really likes it and is always asking me to make here you go you can make it! :)

I have been trying to eat more healthy. It is so much easier in the summer when so many good things are being brought in everyday from the garden. The more I read about cucumbers the more I have decided I am going to make sure I eat them everyday! I now keep a bowl of cut up cucumbers in the refrigerator in water and whenever I feel like a snack I grab some cucumbers. So much better than grabbing some Cheeto's--and when they are already cut up it just makes making a good food choice easier.

So I will end this post with some information about cucumbers found on the internet. 

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to eat cucumbers!

Here is a short list of the impressive health benefits that a cucumber carries:
  • Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!
  • Fights heat, both inside and out. Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.
  • Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Lavishes you with vitamins. A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach.
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. That’s why cucumber-based treatments abound in spas.
  • Aids in weight loss. Enjoy cucumbers in your salads and soups. My favorite snack? Crunchy cucumber sticks with creamy low-fat yogurt dip.
  • Revives the eyes. Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clich├ęd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Cuts cancer. Cut down your risk of several cancers by including cucumber in your diet. Several studies show its cancer-fighting potential.
  • Stabilizes blood pressure. Patients of blood pressure, both high and low, often find that eating cucumber brings relief.
  • Refreshes the mouth. Cucumber juice refreshes and heals diseased gums, leaving your mouth smelling good.
  • Helps digestion. Chewing cucumber gives the jaws a good workout, and the fiber in it is great for digestion.
  • Smooths hair and nails. Silica, the wonder mineral in cucumber makes your hair and nails stronger and shinier.
  • Soothes muscle and joint pain. All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain.
  • Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
  • Good for diabetics. Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
  • Reduces cholesterol. A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.