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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Curbside Treasure

Im SO excited to be showing you my latest newest project.Its another before and after that didnt cost me a cent as I already had everything on hand.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Around the House~

Well the holidays are fast approaching and another year will soon be passing.I have so much to truly be grateful for this year and at the same time I have suffered Great loss and heartache along the way.One thing I do know for certain is that I'm never alone and God knows and sees and He will get me through whatever life throws at me.I'm so thankful to have met so many sweet and crafty gals while trying to figure out all this blogging stuff.You girls have inspired me and put a new song in my heart (one of wood,paint,and craftiness!)
I'm so inspired and go to bed at night with dreams of many new projects dancing around in my head:) This has been so much fun for me and even my daughter of 13 ooopps  14 next week!, has been helping me learn how to "link up" and other such things.

Ive already got a whole list of projects that I cant wait to share with you and I'm even getting help from one of my NEW blogger friends all the way over in Connecticut,Shes Da BOMB!!!
The Ruby Slippers,"Theres no place like Home" These are so very special from the Land of Oz....................
From my family to yours I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Roadside Rescue "Before and After"

Well I just finished my total freebie roll top secretary desk!I am so happy with the vintage look that I achieved. I got this old broken down desk for free and brought it home and made my own chalk paint in Turquoise, then I went over it with an inky brown watered down acrylic paint.After just winging it and hoping for the best I gave it 2 coats of wax and that's all she wrote!It just makes me smile when I see it:)Now for the "AFTER"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Whimsicle Rug

The other day as I was viewing pinterest I came across a really cool idea by Shannon Berrey. It was a rug made out of the foamy link blocks that our kids use as a rug to play on.For months I have been meaning to buy one of those pricey kitchen chef mats but due to my lack of funds I was thrilled to make this one.

These are so easy to make that its almost ridiculous,you need a package of foam floor blocks,primer acrylic paint and a sealer of your choice.
All you do is prime paint and seal and your good to go!I just was having fun and missing my garden so I put a bit of whimsey on mine.My 13 year old loved it so much that we are going to make a ginormous one for her room{only with a cool design lol}
Have fun creating your foam rug:)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Well I couldn't resist making these treats for my kids to put in their cocoa its tradition around here to make these every year.These are so easy to make and even more fun to eat!
Ingredients:
1)vegetable oil cooking spray
2)2 cups sugar
3)4pkgs unflavored gelatin{1/4 oz each}
4)1 tsp peppermint extract
5)2 large egg whites
6)1tsp red food coloring,1tsp green food coloring
1)coat a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray set aside.In a saucepan put sugar, and corn syrup and 3/4 cups water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly till boiling raise heat to med-high cook for about 15 minutes or till syrup registers 260degrees on a candy thermometer.
2)Meanwhile sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl,let stand to soften 5 minutes.Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water whisking constantly till dissolved.Stir in peppermint extract,set aside.
3)Beat egg whites in a bowl with the whisk attachment until stiff peaks form.Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture with mixer running,gradually add to egg whites.Mix on high speed till very thick 12-15 minutes.
4)Pour mixture into pan working quickly,drop dots of food coloring across surface of marshmallows.Using a toothpick swirl food coloring into marshmallows to get a marbleized look.Let stand at room temp to firm up 3 hours or overnight.Cut into squares.

Waiting for Snow~

Its now the 9th of December up here in the great white north with one exception,no snow yet.This is very odd for this time of the year and try as I might I just cant seem to get in the holiday mood.Oh Ive trimmed the tree and decked the halls and the stockings are all hung on my new homemade mantel with care,but somethings missing....
Even our beloved dog Jack has got his holiday groove on....
You see he really is taking this all quite seriously but hes not fooling me because theres nothing he would like better than to frolic in some fresh white powder!
I'm sure I will be taking all this back after I've shovelled the driveway for the umpteenth time or when the snowplow plows me in with 3 foot of snow at the end of my freshly shovelled driveway and then they drive away snickering.But for now it would be so nice to see a bit of the white stuff blanketing my green leafy lawn and making those outdoor lights twinkle and sparkle as the snow gently falls..........

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Knock-Off Ballards "Iced Pinecone Ornaments"

So as I was perusing the pages of my Ballards Christmas catalog,I was shocked to see these glittery pine cones that they are charging 15 dollars for a set of three! Every year my kids and I go out in the yard and gather pine cones to glitter for our tree so imagine my surprise when i spied these pine cones.

All you need to make these spectacular beauties are,1} Pine cones 2} glitter any color 3} craft wire 4}Any kind of white glue 5}A Glue gun 6}sea glass you can find it at any craft store cheap! 7} ribbon or twine  and a hammer to smash the sea glass:)
Sorry its so blurry but this is the sea glass they have many colors.All we did was to wrap the wire around the top of the pine cone and twist.Next we put the sea glass in a sock and smashed it.Now all that's left to do do is glue and glitter and add some twine or ribbon to the top now watch these babies SPARKLE!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My "FIRST" Link Up

I am so very thrilled as today I got some feedback on my very first link up. I worked so hard trying to be unique and crafty all at the same time with my Crib Bench and someone actually liked it! Whoo-hoo I am on cloud nine.You know a little praise goes a LONG way when your a struggling newbie lol.I had to have my 13 year old help me to link up but i still need to learn how to link back? UGH! I was reading a post on what not to do with your blog last night and I think I have done probably everything that your not suppose to do on my new blog .So please continue to be patient with me as I am working on it {with the help of my reluctant teenager}I have to literally promise  the world to get her to spend 10 minutes with this ol computer illiterate gal!
Any whoo, I'm excited to bring you my next project, a Christmas one indeed so come back soon and leave me some chit-chat PLEASE? It makes my day for sure.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crib Bench

Well as I was clearing out the basement I came across my sons old crib,by the way hes now 8.I thought to myself this is a pretty cool looking headboard so what could I do with it? Then it hit me "A BENCH". So I got some old wood and a saw and just winged it and my family were flabbergasted when they came home to see my work in action!

Yes I built it in my living room!Didn't have any plans I just measured and cut.There also was alot of drilling going on.Did I mention the nails too? When "finally" I was done with all the building of this massive bench and ready to paint! YEAH!!! I made my own chalk paint and once again I winged it with that as well but I loved the rustic black finish. OK are you ready? Without further Ado.... My finished Crib Bench!Please let me know what you think! Thanks, Deidre~

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Spiced Ball Jar Candles

Well today it was cold and gloomy outside so I wanted to "warm" up the house a bit with some nice scents.I got to thinking I should just do a simple {and I do mean simple} craft that anyone can do.Ive been making these mini ball jar clove and cinnamon candles for years I think you'll like them.

First you'll need: 22 gauge craft wire
wire cutters small Ball jars
whole cloves
cinnamon sticks
small pine cones,small candles such as tea lights or round ball candles.All you do is take your wire and wrap it twice around the rim of the jar and twist it off then cut it.You'll want to bend the wire ends in so as not to get scratched.Next take one or two cinnamon sticks and wrap the wire again twice around twist then add a small pine cone and wrap the wire around that as well.Now cut the wire but add an inch or so to attach to the wire on the jar,twist the wire and cut! You could use jute or twine as well but I kept it simple here. Al l that's left to do is pour some cloves in your jar set your candle in and light and enjoy falls aromas!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Backsplash Makeover

Today's Manic project will be my Hideous 70s Tan Mushroom back splash!You see when we moved in here the cupboards were all shaker pine and they hung them LOW and put in a soffit to boot! Now visualize I left my old house with a HUGE kitchen with center island with the sink in it and pine plank floors and a wood stove and LOTS of cupboards.But due to our situation we moved from the country to the burbs and sacrificed the kitchen for big rooms and more importantly "more bathrooms".We built a center island that's on rollers{casters} and we even built an eat in homework bar because the only counter space that we had is what you see.


I found this color combination at BHG and my husband actually likes it as the lower color hides a multitude of sins! Sooooooooooo today Id had enough and started priming the old mushroom back splash white.Photos will follow as I cant find my camera charger at the moment?Don't you just hate when that happens:)So far I'm liking it alot and its such a BIG difference in such a little space.Please stay tuned to see the after pics as I turn the house upside down to find that charger!

Found it!!! Well this is just the primer and what a HUGE difference!I will keep you posted and cant wait till the big reveal! Stay tuned:)

So Simple Bird Bath/Feeders

This easy project is so mch fun to do and will look great in your garden! this is the Bird bath/feeder  topper made completely out of cement and washed with acrylic paint.All you do is get a leaf of your choice mine is a rhubarb leaf. Go to your Home depot store and get a bag of Quickrete cement a bag of sand and a porch footer cardbord tube. To start choose a nice leaf,hostas work well,put some plastic down then dump the sand in a pile put your leaf upside down on the mound creating a bowl like affect.Now mix the cement and water to the consistency of brownie batter,cover the leaf out to the edges but thicker in the middle,being sure not to get the edges to thin. If this is just going to be a feeder that sits on the ground then flatten the bottom by tapping it with something flat {I used the bottom of a plastic bowl}If you are going to make the cement footer to stand it on then you will need to cut a collar about 3inches wide from your footer tube and stick it into your leaf cement  in the center just after you cover the leaf with cement.Build it up around the base of the collar ..      Cover with saran wrap and let dry overnite.Carefully turn your cement leaf over and peel the leaf out {this should be done very carefully}Now your ready to wash it with some paint!I just mix acrylic paint with water and go to town!
The Footer Base- depending on how tall you want your bird bath/feeder to be cut the tube that tall.Make sure to put saran wrap under the tube on a flat surface.Now mix another bag of Quickrete and fill the tube,let it sit over night to dry completely. Now you just need to find the perfect spot to put it!:)Your fine feathered friend will thank you!
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