Monday, April 14, 2014

Nailhead Stools

I haven't shared many projects with you lately. To be honest, that's because we haven't finished any of the projects we've been working on! We have 2 projects in the works, and I had to squeeze in these stools and get them done!

Here's a pic of the stools before, in my client's home. 


Last year I re-finished her dining room table, doesn't it look great in her house?!


The goal was to re-finish the stools to go with her new look.


After painting the chairs a pure white flat paint, I distressed them and finished them with a matte water based polyurethane t protect them from wear and tear. 

I used a ruler and pencil to mark the placement for each nailhead.


 I placed the marks for the nailheads 1 inch apart, which left about 1/2" between the nails.


All done! So happy with the results!





I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest project!
This week I'm re-finishing a hutch for a baby's room. A cute green color with lots of fun distressing. Check back soon for pictures!!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Start Writing Your Family History

Hey there! It's been a while since I've posted about family research. I came across this article and wanted to share! I hope this inspires you to write down your findings to share and keep forever.


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We research our ancestors for lots of reasons. For me, it's so they'll be known and remembered—not just by me, but also by my family.

Lots of us genealogists have a goal to write our family history. It's one of the best ways to organize research finds, draw conclusions, and neatly package our family history (instead of delivering it in a pile of records, notes and sources).

But we can't wait until we're "finished" researching to start writing. All genealogists know you never finish researching: There are always more relatives to discover and brick walls in the way. So how do you know when it's time to start writing? Here are eight tipoffs:

1. People are curious. For me, it was when people in my dad's family started asking about my research. I brought my binder of records (this was before I kept most documents digitally) to a family gathering. I promised copies to my aunts, and it occurred to me that I should add some context. Their paternal line was small enough that I could write a simple narrative in a Word document (here's more on that), put it on CDs with PDFs and JPGs of records, and hand them out at Christmas.


2. An important anniversary is coming up. Your parents' Golden wedding anniversary, or a 25th annual family reunion, is a great occasion to put together some form of a family history book. Or consider current events: The upcoming WWI centennial is an opportunity to share the stories of ancestors of that era.

You don't have to write a complete family history—you could undertake one of these smaller, more manageable family history projects. Just give yourself enough time for whatever you plan to do.

3. You've found a story that wants to be told. Maybe your Civil War ancestor's pension record is a windfall of information about his experiences, your father or grandfather told you about surviving the Great Depression, or you strongly identify with your pioneer great-grandmother. My grandfather who died before I was born grew up in an orphanage and put himself through college. These stories hold important lessons.

4. You're at a brick wall. You might think you have to break through the brick wall first, but this is actually one of the best times to start writing. Writing about a research problem will help you analyze what you've found and come up with new ideas. Plus, if you wait until you solve every question, you might never start writing. You might even invoke Murphy's Law of Genealogy: The moment you finish writing your family story, you'll find the record you've been after for years.

5. You solved a brick wall or achieved a research goal. If you finally found your immigrant ancestor's passenger record or identified a mystery photo, celebrate by writing that story and how you solved the problem. It'll help you take stock of your research and figure out your next goal.

6. You need a break. If you're feeling burned out on doing research, or you need to refocus, stop looking for new information. Instead, look through everything you already have and start writing.

7. You feel like you should be writing this stuff down. If you have a nagging feeling that you should be writing about the family history you've learned, there's a reason for it. Obey the voice in your head!

8. You've done some research. You can start writing a story at any point—no need to wait until your family tree is yay big. If you've only gotten to your grandparents, write about them. Or go closer to home and write how your parents met, or how you met your spouse.

In fact, this may be the best way to do it. As you continue researching, connect these smaller stories together and you'll have an ongoing narrative of your family history.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Destination: West Coast

Hey there!
I'm so excited to tell ya'll what I've been up to lately!

All my life anytime someone starts talking about California my first thought is, I've never been there! 

Well thanks to a good friend, that is finally going to change! 

In exchange for dog-sitting services I get a flight out to the San Francisco/Oakland area and a free place to stay! I added a flight for my hubby and with less than a month to plan, we are quickly deciding how we want to spend our time!

Some things we plan on doing/seeing:

1. Monteray Bay


2. Alcatraz


3. Giant Redwoods
Muir Woods National Monument maybe?

 
4. Golden Gate Bridge
(because we can!)


5. Sonoma Wine Country

 
6. Pier 39


7. Point Reyes National Seashore


8. Trolley Ride


 What do you think of my list so far? 
Any suggestions to add? 
Or to remove? 
I know some of these things are very touristy, but hey...we will be tourists!

Coincidentally, this trip will fall over my birthday this year! I can't think of a better way to spend it! I'm so excited to be crossing something off my would-be-a-bucket-list-if-i-had-one list!


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Farmhouse Bistro Set

Some of you may recall the grain sack stools I refinished last year. They actually came with a table that has been sitting in our garage for a while now. We decided to refinish the table and sell the set. 

I finished the table the same way I did the stools. Careless Whisper off white paint with a blue grain sack stripe down the table. 









I hope you liked my latest project! If you're interested in the piece it's for sale! 
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Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Distressed Shutter Boards

Hi there!
I'm Elle from Barefoot and Beautiful!
 My sis, Jenn, asked me to stop by and share with you all a little DIY project I worked on over spring break.


I must admit it was partly Jenn who inspired me to do this project! She is always re-purposing things, creating shelves from old wood, and what not!  Also, I have been inspired to paint things ever since I redid my guest room into an Italian Countryside theme! (Check it out here!)

I had some old saloon shaped shuttered doors I took down as soon as I moved into my new house. That was almost 2 years ago...they have been sitting in my garage since. Yikes!


I FINALLY got inspired to do something with them!
Step 1:  I had Jenn's sweet husband cut off the tops to make them straight.

Step 2:  I sanded down the current cream paint on them and filled any holes from hardware.

Step 3:  Then I used Valspar's Simply Aqua sample size and brushed that on lightly. (Light is key if you want that old worn beach look.)


Step 4: After the aqua dried I lightly sanded it again.


Step 5:  I then used a tea stain glaze mixture I already had on hand.  I believe it was a combination of Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze and Sherwin Williams Duration Acrylic Latex paint in "Well-Bred Brown".  If you want the specific mixing ratio, leave me a comment and I will find out that info for you.  I applied the glaze by using a short thin brush and  dabbing it into the corners and lightly over the edges. I then took a paper towel and rubbed it in a little to get it into the grain and cracks more.


Step 6: Finally I added some hooks(the ones in the picture are just peg board hooks from Lowes, however, I just ordered Grundtal s-hooks from Ikea that will look much nicer, and because they are flat they will be stable in the slats and not prone to turn sideways like the peg board hooks might!).  The mason jar lanterns I got from Hobby Lobby and voila!

I now have the perfect boards to use for decor or organizing in my laundry room!
I can use it as a candle holder, an organizer for coins found in my laundry, clothes pins, keys, plants, etc!  You could even use mini clothes pins to hang pictures on the shutters!





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