Saturday, February 28, 2015

Finishing Up

Well, the quilt I started what seems like eons ago, I finally finished today! It goes to a baby shower for my daughter's friend in May....
It turned out ok...I see a few little things....but overall I am pleased...and guess what? I didn't have to buy a single piece of fabric! So excited about that! I've been really working on not trying to buy more....


I think their little boy will like it...what do you think??
I dutifully labeled it too on the back, but just in case she is looking, I can't show you...but what you probably can't see is the overall "hearts and vines" pattern I free handed on quilting it....I was rather pleased with myself actually...guiding the machine to make hearts and vines all over and then on the border too was pretty good....
Good day, planted and replanted some seedlings....
Helped Hubby fix a couple of gates that needed mending...
Finished this quilt....
Mended an old, old, old sheet that I love...a homspun linen "sheet" that is showing its wear as I use it to cover the bed from the dogs...I went with patching and lots of stitching deciding it was ok to show patches and stitches...they add patina...
Well, now we are off to walk the dogs...
Hope your day was good...
Nancy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Copper Find

I love copper....but not the gleaming prices in the stores....
I have for years been on the lookout for good copper, that can be used, for a good price. So, yesterday, my friend and I were at Goodwill, you know, "treasure hunting" when I spied one...a copper pot with a lid. I lifted the tape holding the lid on expecting to find the inside totally trashed, which is the usual find...but, much to my surprise it didn't look used at all!

Pretty sweet I'd say....
It is a Revere Ware pot! Really fun find....
So, the next challenge was to find copper polish...I didn't have any. So, I looked up on Google what to use....
Know what? They recommend lemon and salt!
Really? Not only cheap but I have it all here!
So, I went out and pulled a lemon off the bush and used some salt...and here is what I got...


Yeah, she still has some old age spots...which I think with time and use might diminish...but the inside is clean and ready to go (its stainless) so now I have my first copper pot, complete with lid! And oh yeah, I will remember she needs pot holders when using....right??
Anyway, time to clean the stove....gonna use lemon and salt there too....
Nancy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Finished Blackboard Message Center...

Well, some of you have asked so here it is!
But first let's recap, in case you missed it....
Here is what I had....
I had an old, beat up tarnished cheap silver plate tray.....which I of course then painted. Don't panic, it wasn't heirloom...and I got it just for this purpose at the Salvation Army for $1.50....
It then became this....
While the paint dried, I put up a Command Hook to hang it on....

Now, here is a story....
I followed the directions, exactly, and while we were watching TV, there was a huge CRASH.
Well, even though I followed the directions, Exactly, the whole thing had fallen. Feeling deflated I was to sum it up frustrated. This wall is on the oven side. The finish is "Thermo-foil" and therefore almost impossible to put a nail into.....perfect for a Command Hook.
So, yesterday, I tried again, with a bigger hook, that takes 5lbs....
Now, certainly, the tray doesn't weigh 5 lbs....however, perhaps the hanging with gravity, maybe something has happened???
Well, I followed the directions all over again...EXACTLY.
I waited 2 hours before hanging....(they recommend 1 hour)
And timidly, I hung it.
TA DA!!
It stays!
I actually expected it to fall during the night....
But it is still there!

I might just have a message that stays forever here...it's kinda cute, and now it isn't a blank wall....
Have a great day...
Nancy

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Craft and an "Oh No!"

Well, Hubby vacuumed the whole house while I did laundry and other little things.
Afterwards, he went to do some work in his office and I got busy with a little crafting....
 This is a silver plated fairly beat up tray, that someone had punched ones in....I bought it at the Salvation Army for about $1.50, specifically to paint and turn it into a chalk board....
Here you can see, I have started painting it.

After two coats of French Linen, I then found our old Chalkboard Paint for the center....
When it's dry, I will hang it with some ribbon and we will have a little message board!!
But, seriously, let's talk about the "Oh NO!"....we all have them....
While I was painting I heard Hubby yelling...."Belle threw up!" and then she did it again! On the rug, in the bedroom. Now, I don't like to talk about gross stuff, however, we all get things like this....
What to do when the dog barfs (this is a Big Dog and it was a lot.....) on the rug (glad it wasn't the new floor....)
Well, we lifted the bed off the rug, and both of us pulled it outside (gagging I might add) and Hubby washed it off with the hose and then we poured Folex on and hosed more....
Then, we draped it over the two boxes out front to drip a bit....
Of course, then the clouds moved in and it was going to rain, so we were worried about what to do now....
Then, Hubby had a great idea which may well save the rug and get it back into service...he got the shop vac out (it is Wet/Dry) and we moved it into the garage to lie flat and vacuumed it....almost like a carpet service! It pulled a huge amount of water out of the rug!

So, the "oh no" is a lesson in emergency service for our rugs...and floor if needed....
Now, that was gross, but I wanted to share with you because I thought it might come in handy for others out there....things happen...
Hope you had a great weekend....
Nancy

Friday, February 20, 2015

Adventures in bottle cutting, sanding and candle-making

Let's start with the obvious. Saving and washing wine bottles, glass soda bottles etc...they need to be clean and dry...
My new bottle dryer came from online, and it actually is a smaller footprint than the big one I have...and it works!
Then the next obvious, for bottle cutting and sanding, you MUST have gloves, safety glasses and I find a container to catch all the dust and bits and pieces of glass the sandpaper takes off, a real plus!
 These are nitrile gardening gloves from Ace, and they work very nicely for this...a good secure grip and protection from glass...
 I actually wear my regular readers and the safety glasses....stuff can fly and safety glass keep it away from your eyes....sanding anything this is a good idea....
 I ordered bottle cutting sand papers that come in 5 different grits...you are supposed to use all of them...let me tell you now...this is not a quick job and care must be used doing this...afterall, this is glass we are sanding....
Hubby took a picture of me....yes, I am sitting at the dining table with that plastic container that catches almost all the grit and glass while doing this....

Here are the five glass "cups" I created by cutting the bottles, bottoms get made into candles and the tops become "hurricanes".....
I then melted soy wax that comes all flaked and easy to melt....for my first time melting wax I thought this the easy way to go....I did buy a pourer container that you melt it in and then pour....it really did make pouring easier and was worth the extra $$ from Michael's. (It you find one at a thrift store...grab it...it would be much cheaper.)
Then, I poured to fill.....after setting up the wicks...
 This is the container I got set inside a bigger pot of water to melt...sort of a double boiler...much safer way to go....
This shows the wick and the holder I got...and the newly poured wax....
Now, I understand why people recommend the wax adhesive that I didn't buy....with the bottom of a wine bottle, it is raised like a hill inside...that adhesive would help hold the wick in place while the wax dries....oh, well, it's the first time for me and there were no directions at the store or on the box or where you get supplies...so take it from me, get the wax adhesives to hold the bottom of the wick in this type of candle....flat bottoms aren't such a big deal......
and here they are 1 hour later.....


When they are fully dry I will trim the wicks...and voila! Candles!
Hope you try it out....
Nancy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Baby Quilt

I cannot believe where the time has gone.
It seems somehow my weeks have vanished in whirl of activity....not entirely bad, just busy....but somehow never quite the way I had planned it. Ever have times like that? Where you plan your day and it gets waylaid? Yeah....like that.  But all in all a good thing, afterall, I could be alone, sick or forgotten...right?
Well, one day this last week, I planned to finish the baby quilt that I had started and I did! Well, I still have binding to do, but that shouldn't take too long....
Anyway, if you remember, I started it well, before Christmas I believe and then it sat while I figured what to do with what I had.

This is what I showed you before Christmas.....and what I had after I stitched it together was a small, small quilt top with well no pizazz.
Then, the other day I had the inspiration I wanted. The quilt is for my daughter's friend who is expecting a boy in June...she has a couple of dogs and a cat. So, why not an applique cats and dogs?? Ah ha!
So, those little half squares became this...


As you can see I appliqued the cat and dog squares on a 6" square, so I made a three stripe border that meets the squares...and then....I used a hearts and vines all over free motion quilting pattern, all done by machine, but by my own hand guiding....they are irregular but it turned out pretty adorable...



Here is the backing so you can see the all over pattern.
It is now 38" x 40", so it is a decent size for little babies.....
Now, I will do binding...which will be done in the same fabric as the backing....
Have a great day...
Nancy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!! I wish you a great one!
Over the years it has become hard to surprise Hubby.....
Today I did a "fancy" breakfast for him....pancakes, he gets those fairly often, but today I did something different. I saw something in passing on Pinterest a while ago and filed it away in the brain. Then, while I was working in the laundry room something fell to the floor...a heart shaped cookie cutter. Oh yeah!
The rest is history as they say.....
I first made candied bacon....by putting spices and brown sugar on each strip of bacon and then cooking it in the oven at 400 degrees until crispy.
Then.....
out came the cookie cutter....

I rubbed it very well with coconut oil....
And when the pan was good and hot....

I made heart shaped pancakes...one at a time for Hubby....
He said that they were great! Surprise!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Nancy

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The bathroom

Our house was built in 1959. Almost everything has been changed...the kitchen, the master bath, the floors...wallpaper was removed and the house has been many colors, the doors were changed, windows...you get the idea.
Except the "guest" bathroom....
It just isn't in the cards, nor does it really need it.
We did change the toilet...that had to be done....
But, we just haven't done this bathroom....
It has been many colors in its life...while we have had it, it has been white and for the last 10 or so it is "tea & cream". The vanity however that is a different story.
For the last 5+ it has been "Wenge" a very dark chocolate color and it was great, until this week. I couldn't take it anymore. It felt dark and since I use this bathroom as mine the most, I just wanted to change it.
So, I painted and finally here is the vanity.
Ah...
The pictures aren't very good, its hard to take in such a small space....
 Yes, the sink is a beige with a tinge of pink (trust me it isn't the pink that many were...) and in the mirror you can see the drapery I have covering the tub/shower which is also beige....
 I added an applique just to give it panache....and look a touch more French....
The tile is a brown and cream color, so the new "cocoa" works...as brown/gray tones work well in here...
We left the mirror the dark brown color it came with...
I spray painted the knobs to be oil rubbed bronze...
The faucet is only about a year or so old, and no, I'm not gonna change it, even though oil rubbed bronze might look better...We just don't want to spend anymore...we just finished putting in all the wood floors in the other rooms...so that is where $$ went.
However...it freshens the room a great deal, just to paint. Makes it feel a tad bigger...and since I'm the main one who uses it...I like it.
Total cost for a "new" old bathroom....applique $11, additional ASCP "cocoa" $14=$25, not a bad "remodel".
Have a great weekend.
Nancy

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

All Because I painted one cabinet...

I wanted a change. It was dark in the bathroom, everything in the dark brown that was popular a few years back. All I wanted was to paint the chair.



I liked it so well, in its Cocoa (annie sloan chalk paint) that I painted the cabinet over the toilet...
It is still drying in this picture...but, I liked it so well, I painted the little shelf....
Then, I hung a little wall art over the light....and then I changed the lampshade...
From this to....

this.....(forgive the dental waterpik and lotion...)
So, by 5 o'clock, my day was done as was my body....
So...tomorrow I'm thinking about painting the vanity...maybe. I might wait. Hubby was sweet and said he thought the mirror should stay dark brown, for contrast. I'm thinking that maybe the vanity and the mirror might stay dark brown....maybe not...I'll pause for now and see...often it's better to wait and see...
Nancy