December 10, 2014

Christmas ornaments

I wanted to share some Christmas ornaments. I have never seen any like it before. We have been making some of these off and on for years. It all started with my parents. When they first got married they had no money to purchase ornaments, but they did have some craft accessories. They used these accessories to decorate blown out, hollow eggs. The result is fabulous! These have been my favorite ornaments over the years. You can do anything that you can imagine and that you have supplies for. I am planning to make some more this year and experiment with different designs.

December 02, 2014

My son served a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. He served in Bacolod Philippines. One of the baptisms he performed was in a pond and someone took a picture of it. I absolutely loved the picture and decided to attempt to paint it. I wanted to be able to make prints to give to the grandparents for Christmas this year. This is how the painting turned out. .
The following picture is the original.

June 21, 2014

Embracing Your Inner Hotness!!

I recently had the opportunity to review a book by Leta Green titled
 Embracing Your Inner Hotness.
I really have one thing to say
I am sooooo impressed with the book! I have been embracing a lot of the principals she discusses in this book, for a number years. It was nice to see someone else who thinks the same way and has the talent to put into words the kinds of things that can help us become beautiful inside, so it shows on the outside!  This is a must read for every woman, and especially those of us who struggle to overcome what we do to ourselves thru our own negativity and the acceptance of other peoples negativity toward us. This book had me laughing at times and crying at times. Leta courageously shares examples from her own personal life, and I was very touched by her journey toward "hotness".
All I can say is that I am REALLY impressed and highly recommend it! If you choose not to read it, it really is a loss to your own personal journey toward hotness!

March 30, 2014

More pictures of the kitchen project

Here are a few more in the progress, pictures of the kitchen. I guess I should do one big project post, but I can't wait, so here ya go...
I am finding that the best way to do this stain is to use a half of an old rag and put my glove hand inside the rag (wrapped around my fingers) and go for it. That allows me to dip into the stain and spread and wipe until it looks the way I want it to. Remember not to spread too thick of a layer of stain. But less comes off if I spread it with this method and it looks very even and actually goes on darker and more even,  than if I spread it on with a foam brush and wipe it off.
 Here is a before picture and after the 1st coat of stain on the doors. Its amazing to me what a difference just the 1st coat makes

March 28, 2014

A work in progress

I didn't like the way it looked after I primed the bar in preparation for painting it the same color as the top cabinets, so I decided to go dark. This is a picture of a work in progress, but it will give you and idea. I already know I am going to LOVE it!!
Here it is with another coat of stain and the 1st coat on the cabinets in the other part of the kitchen. They look better already!

March 15, 2014

Kitchen project

When we moved in I knew that the kitchen was going to need updated for me to be happy with it. The kitchen, as you can see is 1980's oak. Oak is great, a wonderful wood. But my kitchen felt dated to me, because it was dated! There was a light box around florescent lights (hence the giant square, on the ceiling, that looks like it needs painted) and there WAS  a cabinet over the bar area.
Here is somewhat of a before get the idea.
Well there was a light box where the fan is now. (BTW the fan used to be brass, I spray painted it and switched the glass)
 lightly sanded, 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint. Also I had my husband take his sledge hammer to the top shelf of the middle cabinet. It was just too small of a space to be usable. Now I ought to be able to use it. Yes I repaired the inside of the cabinet!
I made my own chalk paint. I found a color I loved, which is an off white with a grey undertone. I was at Lowes taking paint swatches back and forth between the paint dept. and the cabinet dept. until I found a color I loved.
I also spray painted the original hardware. It works great, so why not??
Today my nephew, Austin, came over to help me with the crown. He works at a cabinet shop and has some skills I do not posses, namely putting up crown. Well the crown I got was to short for the space, so we ran down to Lowes and got another type that was considerably larger. It was wwaaaayyy to big. I didn't like the way it looked. So on to the next possibility. We decided to reuse some of the original molding that had been taken down (it originally had 3 layers). Well that worked like a charm!
 Oh yea, I forgot to tell you that we had to get a nice piece of plywood to cover the unfinished side. Originally it bumped up next to the cabinet that was over the bar. So when we took down that cabinet, we found an unfinished side. So we went and had a piece cut to fit the space and my hubby used his nail gun to tack it in place.  Then I used wood putty to fill any gaps and the nail holes.
After putting up the molding, I finished by caulking next to the ceiling, and wood putty in the spaces where the molding comes together (you can see it if you look too closely) and then I painted the inside of the corner cabinet and put poly on the floor cabinets, so that everything I put there won't chip, wear and ruin my paint job. I figure why bother painting it at all if I am not  going to do it right and just have to re-do my work. Stupid in my book. So I have been sanding, priming, painting and poly'ing everything! Not done yet, and it will take me awhile since I am doing it all by hand on the days I don't work. But I am loving the results and wanted to share them to this point!!

August 24, 2013

A very busy summer....

 We have had a very busy summer, with lots of company. Because of that fact, we have been putting of celebrating our anniversary until this weekend. When I came home from work my wonderful husband, Kerry, was fixing dinner! (Steak, baked potatoes, green salad) I was surprised and happy because then I didn't have to do it, also because he cooks wonderful steak. Then we went to a movie. The movie we went to was Now You See Me, it was fairly good, but left me still wondering about a few of the details. Then we came home. I was tired and ready to head to bed, so I followed Kerry into the bedroom and this is what I found....our very own at home camping trip! I must give kudos to Kerry for being so creative and making our anniversary celebration so special!

June 12, 2013

Just wanted to vent a bit. I have been looking forward to selling plasma and reaping the benefits ($), but alas I think its not to be. I have those wonderful deep veins. The techs had a hard time finding them and feel that they are too small for the large needles that must be used. I guess that I must find another way to come up with some extra cash for my budget. But alas, that is life. And alas those are the veins that heredity gave to me.

June 10, 2013

Just wanted to post a picture of the latest quilt I got back from the Long arm quilter (my mom). Its a quilt I made for Kerry. His favorite color is blue, so that was the color he got. I wanted to experiment with applique, because I love the way it looks. I am pleased with the results. Notice in the squares without applique, how my mom echoed the applique with the thread. I LOVE IT!!

May 28, 2013

Teacher choice at HMQS

Mom and I decided to enter a quilt into HMQS this year, for the fun of it. We decided to do it because sometimes its fun to share your work and because this particular quilt had some amazing longarm work done on it. Mom had requested a quilt with large open spaces so she could try some quilting on that type of quilt as most of the time what she quilts has much smaller block area.  So here are the results.......which we won a teachers choice award for. What makes this special is that HMQS is a national show. So at my level of quilting (amateur), I don't expect to win a ribbon. I always hope for the possibility of course, but never really think it will happen. It is always a neat surprise to walk down the isle where your quilt is hanging, and realize there is a ribbon on it! Thank you to the teacher who loved our beautiful quilt !!!!!