Saturday, July 30, 2011

Busy busy

I've been busy prettying up our new space and I have to say that I'm really liking how it is turning out! We grabbed this coffee table from craigslist for pretty cheap. I knew I wanted to change it, but it took me a few days of staring at it to decide.

I gave it a coat of bonding primer which I used because I didn't want to sand it. I'm big into instant gratification not so much into prep. I know this is a bad habit, I'm working on it!

Then I gave it a couple coats of a creamy beige paint. Next step was to grab my copy of the graphic I found at graphics fairy and my newly acquired bottle of citrasolv and went to work transferring the image.

This was my first time using this transfer method. It didn't come out as well as I had hoped, but my husband pointed out that it shouldn't be perfect if I am going for a distressed look. Thanks honey, that made me feel better!

Last step was a spray sealer and there it is! I know the pics are horrible, i dig out my digital camera this week and stop using my phone. :)

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Domestically Speaking

Sunday, July 17, 2011

well, i was left to my own devices today. the hubby headed to work and i pulled my sewing machine outta the basement. i've been anxious to practice making ruffles. i see lots of cute things in blogland with ruffles and i didn't know how to make them. so, after searching for tips, i tried it out.

now, this is made from a pillow case which turned out to be the perfect width. i really think its cute and i may make a set and decorate with something cute at graphics fairy. i had to try a few times to make the ruffle work, but it came out fairly decent.

when/if i decide to make a set i think i'll use drop cloth. i really like the color of the drop cloths and they are pretty cheap to use. i'll also use pins (couldn't find my sewing box because we just moved) and make sure it is better tailored to the chair.

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quick project

I love going to yard sales! This saturday turned out a pretty good haul. I got some stuff for my shabby chic upstairs and my prim downstairs. I also found some mason jars, which i love. two of the jars had screw on plastic lids which i hadn't seen before.

when i got home i ran to the storage closet and grabbed a bottle of hand soap and took the pump out of it. i used a drill to make a hole in the middle of the plastic lid then pushed the soap pump thru the hole and screwed the cap onto the glass jar.

i love it!

Friday, July 15, 2011

finally home

I'm finally home and unpacking; such a job! i just want to get everything where it needs to be so i can get to the fun stuff...making new curtains for the livingroom, making a rag rug for the kitchen, building some cool pallet shelves for my cookbooks, build a canopy toddler bed for the babes...the list goes on.
i can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blurry eyed

It's 2:27am Wednesday morning and we are on a deserted highway headed to Buffalo. I thought I would be home this week but slight hiccup in that plan. We moved into our new apt last weekend and I'm excited to get going on some long awaited projects that will just have to wait a few more days. I have lots of furniture painting to do and curtain making. I can't wait to set up my sewing machine. I found some terrific inspiration out here in blogland and am anxious to try some ideas out. For now, I just want my pillow and blankie!

Monday, July 4, 2011


well, nothing really changes. in my world, that means that everything has changed! I'm still traveling the countryside with my hubby, but we have decided to get the trip short by a couple months. My plan was to stay out with him until September when I go back to school, but I'm home sick!

anyway, we also haven't taken our Ireland trip yet. we are thinking about the week of thanksgiving. we'll see how it goes.

Even if my legs haven't been moving a whole lot, I've been keeping my mind very busy these past several weeks. I starting writing a novel. I am very excited to see it through (hopefully this year). My latest creative brainstorm is that I want to build furniture! I intend to start after hubby and I replace his shop tools that were stolen :(

so...on to the next big thing :)