Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Digest

►I was so excited when I found this DIY network site with some of Carol Duvall's old episodes!  I used to watch her show when my now 20 year old son was just 2 and 3 years old and he would call out  in the cutest little 3 year old voice "Maaaooommm!  Cairl Vall is on!!!"  I loved her show!

►I'm always learning....Quatrefoil:  it's a pattern of four leafed shapes.  This post shows great examples and you may say like me...that pattern has a name?

►Have you ever heard of Slam Poetry(me either)  Apparently it started in 1986.  If you worry about this "digital age" and how it's affecting people and relationships, and are are familiar with all the social media terminology, I think you'll like  this slam poetry video.  I know nothing of this artist's other work, but this is worth watching. My daughter showed me this video and, well, wow.  I contemplate our world and technology often...the use of our phones constantly, the social media...   I thought this was really good.  Maybe you will too.

►We made these last night with my 4H club.  The sticky mess was contained, and it was a lot of fun.  Instructions are in the latest Martha Stewart magazine.


►This turtle laid eggs in our backyard this summer.  We flagged the spot and marked the calendar when the little turtles should appear, but sadly none made it.  I did get some video of her laying one of the eggs and then filling back in the hole she dug.  That was pretty fun to watch. 

Have a great weekend!!!




Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Finds: Apartment Coming Together


I mentioned before that my daughter did some projects as she was on the job hunt this summer.  These honeycomb shelves were one of them.  (Or would that be three of them?)

She built them out of pine.  I'm sorry, but I don't have directions for you.  Between the three projects she wanted to build from scratch, she accomplished two and they all involved geometry and learning to use our somewhat middle of the road quality tools to try to accomplish exact measurements.  She really did a good job with what she had to work with!



Because her budget was tight, as in sqeaky tight....she used pine and left over paint that I had.  This is what was left of the Annie Sloan Chalk paint I used on my cabinet in the basement bedroom.  I still need to take pictures down there to show you the finished project.


She scraped the can clean to get enough to cover these. Then she used the black wax I had to give them the finish.  


Minimalistic...which is what she likes.  This was set up after we moved everything in up three flights of stairs so she has tweaked it some more since then.
The three blocks of wood with art prints all came from here.  I love Flor Larios and have many of her art prints and have gifted many. :)

I know you can't see it in the low light photo, but the print washi taped to the wall is one of the prints I won from Kim Klassen.  The print itself is a photo of the original print washi taped to a wall....so it's all very...not sure what the word would be.  My daughter said it was Inceptionesque. I never saw the movie Inception but apparently it was like a story within a story.   The photo of the photo washi taped to the wall is now washi taped on the wall.  Did I lose you?


And then there are these finds...the couch came from the summer kitchen at the farm.  I vacuumed it for about an hour at home before we brought it down. I imagine my inlaws moved it out there some 20 years ago after it served their family for a long time.  It's in seriously good condition considering a family of 9 used it.  Mastercraft...made some good pieces.
The metal cart $4 at a flea market...the glasses $2 at the same flea the weekend before she found this apartment.


Sitting on the bottom shelf...
I bought this for her from a garage sale the same weekend we went to the flea market for $1.  It's a vintage savings jar.


Here with the lock off...you begin to save for a dinner & show, then long weekend, new car, and the final one is a mink!  Sounds like the 1950s doesn't it?  I'm not sure what my daughter will imagine the last one to be, but dinner and show and a new car are definitely on her saving list.


The quilt was a graduation gift to her from my Mom...goes perfectly on the back of the old couch.

Take another peak at those vintage glasses.  If I was one to type *swoon*, I would.


The rocking chair and ottoman (needs to be steamed) came from a friends garage that she was going to donate...came from her son's house...then it went to the baby cave, now they are here!  More on the dresser later, and you've already seen the end table, which I posted about last week.

A lot of very random items and finds came together beautifully for her. 

Linking here with Kim Klassen:

Kim Klassen {dot com}

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Phillippians 4:8 Texture Tuesday


This text is from one of my favorite scriptures.  

When you find yourself wallering around your mind with worries or stewing about a situation...our Lord gives us permission and encourages us to not only trust Him, but that it's okay and desired by Him for you to think of good things.  I find such consolation in that!

The base image is from an empty room in my daughter's apartment. I've come to the conclusion that I like to photograph empty rooms as much as vignettes, actually, maybe more so.

I pray these words come to you when you need them. 


Kim Klassen {dot com}

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Before and After: Side Table


At the end of May, I posted about this neat side table with the very interesting accounting on the back of the drawer.  Be sure to check out that post to see how Pat paid off on his boat.


Well, as soon as my daughter came home, she claimed it, and among many other projects, refinished it this summer in the hopes of having an apartment...and job...soon.  


Thankfully, both happened!  And, this table is perfect in her apartment which is in a historically restored apartment building.  She stripped it and stained it with a fairly dark stain. Then she applied a few coats of polycrylic.  The accounting is still untouched on the back of the drawer. :)


She found a knob on clearance at Anthropology and that gave this piece a bit of a modern vibe which brings it in line with her style.


Here it sits on move in day.  I will be sharing more of her apartment and her summer projects as I get a chance.  See that neat book shelf there?  That was one of them.

Linking here:

My Salvaged Treasures

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Prints and A Way to Hang Them


A few weeks ago I found some neat prints to purchase from the Caravan Shoppe.  I've posted here before about some other downloads I've purchased and my experience with them.  They sure have some cute work.


This one is currently hanging in my basement, but may find a new home.  The lighting is low down there and there is no sun today so the pictures are a bit grainy.


How to go about printing and hanging...always something to think about.  I took the files over to the UPS store on a jump drive.  The store in Columbus near us is VERY helpful!  I had the posters printed smaller than the large size they come in (36"x48") for two reasons: to reduce cost of the printing and I really didn't want a huge poster. 
Mine is about 17" x 24".  Which then leads to how to hang it?  It won't fit in standard poster frames...


I stumbled upon this while my girls were looking for Frozen posters at Walmart.  Any body else have kids that are CRAZY about that movie?!  The poster hanger consists of two plastic pieces to hang on the top and bottom of the poster and a little clear tab that sticks on the top to hang it from.  You just slide the poster in....well....not exactly. The pieces are waaaayyyyy too tight to slide these in without tearing them.  And, they are too long.


So, I measured and cut them to size with my Dremmel, using the cutting wheels that came with it.  That went pretty well.  Then I used all those annoying cards you accumulate in your wallet to slide on to the piece to widen it slightly so I could slide the poster on to it.


Moving about 1/2" to 1" at a time I slid the plastic frame pieces on.



This one will be hanging in my 14 y/o daughter's room.   She's pretty happy with it.  Obviously, she's an avid reader.

These posters cost about $10 to print at the UPS store.  You can get them printed for less if you choose blueprints at a place like Staples, but they would be on very light weight paper.  I love the weight of these I had done; a little heavier than posters you buy in a store. The poster hangers were $3 each. 

I also picked up this free print the day I shopped at the Caravan Shoppe.  It was printed just on cardstock at the UPS store for about 38 cents.  I don't have a picture of it as I sent it with one of my girls.


And, then I picked up this one.  It makes me smile and is a good reminder when my mental list and expectations get too big and long!  


Anyone else have that problem?!

Friday Finds with Kim Klassen


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Texture Tuesday: Fresh :: Local

We do garden, but our fresh grocery list still need supplementing.  We made a few trips to the small Farmer's Market here in town before our garden kicked in and I hope to get there again now this fall. 

Our garden is sooooo full of weeds you would never know that there is produce hiding in there!

After our first visit we snapped a few pictures of the sugar snap peas we picked up before we devoured them within minutes of getting home.

I just wanted to give a plug to fresh and local wherever you are!

“Texture

I used Kim's texture "2810" desaturated on the above image.  It's one of my favorite textures of hers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Woodland Fairy Garden


One of my daughter's 4-H projects this year was to create a fairy garden.


This has become a pretty popular project according to all the fairy gardens you can see online and all the entries we've seen at the two fairs we attended.  The state fair last year had quite a few entries also.


The pot could only be 12 inches in diameter so that kept the garden fairly small.  


The kids could buy accessories for the garden so I figured it was okay then if her sisters and I helped her make accessories. 


 A board cut to the shape of a house was simply "shingled" with pieces from a pine cone.  Hot glue was used instead of nails....


Cut up twigs made the little fence. Moss cut to the shape of a hobbit door was glued onto the cottage with a pebble used as a knob.


A milkweed pod and branch were used for the hanging swing.


The little fairy was fashioned from the inside of the pine cone that was deconstructed for the cottage roof shingles and then a tiny acorn from the tree in our front yard became her head.  Along with a little dried sphagnum moss for her hair and she was done.


The wreath was made from the wire vine planted in the little garden and the path are dark rocks selected from our lane.

She received a blue ribbon for her garden as the plants should have all been houseplants...so it goes.  It's been growing now inside for weeks so we will see if it lasts through the winter.

Wouldn't it be fun to make a large one for your outside garden?  This one was certainly economical using almost all found nature items for the accessories!

I'm linking up today with Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest.


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