Thursday, January 31, 2013

Monogram Block Letters

What's in a name?
My name in block letters...

As we were done making all the cuts for our bed we were making (future post to come)
I had an idea to use the scraps for a project. I grabbed a 1 x 4 board and made six 4" length cuts with the miter saw.


Then on to the orbital sander to round out all the edges



My stack of sanded blocks. . .


First I used a vinegar and steel wool mixture I had to age and color the wood.
Just mix the two ingredients into a glass jar and let it sit for a few hours. This particular one was made months ago and I had no idea what that was going to mean! 
I do think that the type and age of wood plays a part into how it reacts and what color you get.

Brush on this mixture with an old paintbrush or foam brush.

 
Brush on this mixture with an old paintbrush or foam brush.

Watch the wood turn color. . . 


 Brush on the other side. It doesn't have to be even/perfect.


Then get a cup of water along with a light colored paint. I used Valspar's Careless Whisper.
Yes, I did choose the color by it's name. Yes, I have used this sample in many projects. I don't mind buying samples because I use them for so many projects!


Dip your brush in some paint and then the water and randomly brush on the paint on the blocks allowing some of the wood to show through.


Now comes stenciling. . . UGH . . . stenciling is the WORST!
I'm terrible at it! I tried using just a bit of paint but it always bled past the lines looking ugly. I finally used a felt tip marker to trace the outline, then filled it in with paint. Since I wasn't trying so hard to fill out the edges it wasn't hardly bleeding anymore!


Some of the painter's tape pulled up some of the paint but that just added to the rustic look.

Then I grabbed some upholstery nails and put one on each corner of the block.



I actually had every single thing for this project and I didn't have to buy anything new to do it! It doesn't mean it's free - but it sure felt like it! :)

Here's the finished product!








Hope you enjoyed this new idea! If you're interested in one for yourself let me know and I'd be happy to make you one! It's $3 a block/letter. I can change colors and sizes as requested.





Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pinterest Party Blogger Meetup


Sunday was our monthly blogger group meetup. I love this group of girls! We had a Pinterest themed party where we each brought a Pinterest inspired food item. Then we did a Pinterest inspired craft! In my previous post you can see my food item - Cheesecake filled strawberries! They were a hit! 
Unless everyone lied to me to be nice. . . :/
Dang I hope not! 

The craft was so cute and fun! Planned by our fellow blogger Bree @ The Thing About Joy

Here's a look at the stackable bracelet craft and some pics of our time together!












Also, these girls' photography skills are putting me to shame. Me and my camera phone can't keep up! Hope ya'll enjoyed the craft and the pics!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

Today we have a blogger meetup! It is going to be all-things Pinterest. We are all bringing a Pinterest inspired food or drink, then we will make a Pinterest worthy craft! I'm looking forward to this!!

Here's my Pinterest inspired food...
Cheesecake filled strawberries! Yummmm!

I started by cutting off the leafy part and making a flat surface for the strawberry to sit.


Then I cut the strawberries into fourths **not cutting all the way through**

Lined them up nicely in my dish.

Time for the filling!
8 ounces of cream cheese (I used the 1/3 less fat)
4 or more tsp of powdered sugar (to taste)
2 or more tsp of vanilla (to taste)

Mix well with beaters.

Fill it up into a ziplock baggie.



Trim the corner off and you've got yourself a pastry bag!

I used a table knife to hold the strawberry open while I tried to fill it.



Sprinkle on some graham cracker crumbs and you're done!

Refrigerate before serving so filling stays thick!


**Optional topping - drizzle chocolate on top.
**Option filling - store bought cheesecake mix-I just happened to have all the ingredients for the real thing.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

5 Dr. Suess Quotes to Live By


Hmmmm. . .today has been interesting. A project at work has me going through 8,700 monogrammed item stock numbers and matching them with their design code for our new system. *yay* Not!
I got through 17% of it today. . .and they wanted it done tomorrow!

My hubby is sick. Doctor prescribed rest. Ugh! 
Annnnnd . . . . .

My poor little doggie Maverick is terribly sick! Vomiting, Diarrhea with blood...
 SUPER YUCK, I know! 
I freaked out when I saw the blood so we took him to the ER animal hospital. They checked him out real good and ran blood test and all sorts of stuff to make sure everything was ok inside. It pretty much is...he is dehydrated and they gave him lots of injections and some meds.
The bill . . .

$690.34.

OUCH!!!!

Tax return is now partially spoken for! Geeez. It's a major bummer but we love our doggies so much and I was so worried. 

We got home and he's already acting better. Let's see how the night goes . . .


Hope ya'll had a better and cheaper day than me!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pallet Bookcase - Knick Knack Shelf

So I've been MIA lately . . .
Between the holidays, family and friends visiting, and getting sick for almost two weeks...
Blogging just hasn't been high on the priority list.

Even though I haven't been blogging I have been making things! Here's a project I did sometime before the holidays . . .

 How I made this pallet shelf/bookcase after seeing this photo on Pinterest...

pinned here
 I started by making some VERY rough plans on paper. I thought about how big I wanted it overall, then broke down the measurements for the small pieces, and calculated how many boards I would need.
(As you can see my shelf is smaller than the pin, I wanted a short one so I used the design from the top half. You can configure the little cubbies however you like!)


 Me and the hubs got to work pulling apart the pallets. This is hard work! Muscles are appreciated!


After the boards were pulled apart I lined them up seeing what I had to work with.


Then I started placing them where they would go so I could get a vision of how to start.


Using the brad nailer and wood glue I started putting everything together. 
Because these are pallet boards these will not all match up pretty. But that's sort of the point...

I did get hit in the head with my shelf's frame as it wasn't too sturdy in the beginning. Left me a nice battle wound by my eye! I was going to make up stories about how Corey hit me....but considering he was helping me with the pallets I thought that wouldn't be too nice! :)


When it was all said and done I started pulling odds and ends from around the house to fill up the shelf! These salt & pepper shakers are from an earlier post, and the orange starfish were a Christmas gift!


Coral-red cat-tails from Garden Ridge in a vase I got from the dollar store a few years ago.


A vintage camera, candles, and other knick knacks . . .




 What do you think? You love it?! Why thank you!! :)
If you're interested in one of your own, bring me 2 pallets and I'll get working!




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