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Saturday, August 9, 2014

People Loving People Auction; a unique spin on a yard rake.

Every August in our little town we have an auction. It's called, People Loving People.  The money raised from the auction, goes to feed the surrounding families in our area, on Thanksgiving day.

For the last two years, I have been asked if I would donate a craft that they could sell  at the auction.  However, giving the time frame I never got to participate.  This year I got asked again, and had enough notice to be able to put something together! 

So on my trip to the world largest yard sale (more on that later). I made sure to keep my eyes peeled for any objects that I could buy, in order to make my rake project that I found on Pinterest.  Sure enough, I found a lady who was selling rake heads for $5.00 a piece.  I now wish I had bought them all! Because this beauty, took me less then an hour from start to finish!

It was super easy... 
First, I gathered up all my supplies: 
-a bucket of warm water
-grapevine garland 
-your choice of fake leaves, greenary, flowers, and berries 
-a rake head
-floral wire and floral cutters
-ribbon or fabric to make a bow 


I actually followed the advice of the blog  below.  


She said that she soaked her grapevine garland over night.  I just soaked mine in really hot water for about 5 mins..  My garland was already good and broke in, from being wrapped around my Christmas tree for the last two years. 
After the grapevine was ready to use. I thought I better make a way to hang the rake. I took some floral wire and made a loop, pulling the wire through where the rake head had once attached itself to the rake handle (The tube) .

Next, I started cutting the grapevine to the length I needed it and then began placing it around the rake, and  then through the tube. 
After that, I  fanned my florals ( I had three different bunches)  and arranged them the way I liked.  I managed to stick one of the stems from the bundle, inside the tube. The other two stems, I placed on both sides of the tube and wrapped the remaining floral wire used from making the hanger, twisting the wire together till it felt secure. 
The bow I made, and attached it to the rake w/ more floral wire. 
I can't wait till Monday when I give it to the host of the People Loving People Auction.  Let's hope that it brings in a  lot of bids, so it will feed lots of families this Thanksgiving! 

But for now,I think I will enjoy it on my front door.  So what do you think? I would love to hear your comments! 











Sunday, July 13, 2014

A kids toy, turn bookends

Hey everyone!  I know it has been entirley to long since my last post. Here recently I have been reading lots of blogs and I have really missed all this creative energy! In looking back at some of my old posts, I came across this picture.       
                                   When I bought theses little guys I new what I wanted to do w/ them. I wanted to paint them white and turn them into book ends. I will never forget the day when my friend came over with her three kiddos,  her littlest one was just learning to walk. I had one of the giraffes on the coffee table. I guess the temptation just got the best of the little guy. The next thing I know, the giraffe was flying through the air and landed on the floor!  My friend immediately begin apologizing. I just started laughing!  I knew what she was thinking. She was wondering why hadn't the giraffe broke?  I then told her that I bought the giraffe for a dollar.  It was in the toy section at Walmart.  The white spray paint however made it look high end.  I later asked my bosses husband if he would make me to bookends from some left over pieces of wood. Now my giraffes have a permanent place to live.                                                     
  
 
 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I just shipped my pants this saves my big gas problem...

Hey guys!  The other night my husband brought to my attention this cray Kmart commercial . After I watched it. I just knew I had to share it with you guys...it is so funny! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. So from one twisted mind to another...I hope you don't ship your pants laughing! 



If you liked that one you love this one. I can't wait to share this one with my husband. Haha!


Monday, September 30, 2013

I See You Baby, Checking Out My Drawers!

Over the weekend I got bit...by the paint bug! Awhile back my husband called me and said

Noah- Hey what are you doing?
Me- Nothing. You?
Noah- Jill has a dresser she is giving away. Do you want me to bring it home?
Me- (In my head) Oh Lord, another dresser! What are these people trying to tell me. We have four dressers already.
Me- What does it look like?
Noah- Uh...its brown.
Me- Seriously...How many drawers does it have?
Noah- Four. I'll just bring it home.
Me- Okay!
Me - (In my head) I'm going to kill my husband...at least I will have plenty of drawers to hide all the body parts in!

Noah comes home and to my surprise he brings home a jewel! My frustration has suddenly disappeared. I have now turned into a giddy school girl! Squeal!

Noah then looks at me and says, "I'll take that as a yes?"
You bet your bottom dollar that's a  YES! Get that baby off the truck and into my bedroom! ( I assure you this post will be kept P-G.) 
Isn't she pretty? Hey Crystal! Looks a little like yours? Don'tcha think?

 





 



 
After I finished the blue dresser. I had to find another place to put the dresser that Noah picked up.
I thought the empty spot in my living room would be perfect.
 
I then found this pretty piece on  Pinterest
 
 
 
 
(source unknown) And I copied it!                        
 
I first used a product called Next Liquid Deglosser. I just put a little on a clean dry rag and wiped all of my drawers down.

I got this at Lowe's and I have used this product for many projects. It works great! I love that you use this and not sandpaper.
 
Then I applied a thin quick coat of primer. I used Kilz interior oil base.
 
After drying I used Valspar latex enamel interior/exterior  Gloss White.  (I did 2 coats.) Allow drying time in between each coat.
 
Then I used Minwax WATER based polycrylic. The oil base WILL TURN IT YELLOW! I learned this from the blue dresser! YIKES!
 
And that was it. Empty space. Be gone! What do you think?
 
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Hate You...I Love you!


Every little thing about this dresser has been awful!  Even writing the post about it has been a pain in the WAZOO. It took 2 days to get the pictures up, and they're still wrong!! I hopefully will tell you about the process...but for now I am letting the pictures do the talking. I am so over this post already! If you have any questions about the primer, paint, top coat, or drawer liner please ask. Otherwise you may never know. Because I just may throw this stupid computer and the dresser out the door. Okay maybe not the dresser, because it's finally finished. BUT the computer I'm still debating! GROWL! I hope you enjoy the eye candy.










Monday, September 9, 2013

I have a CRUSH on you!

Hey guys! I've got great news...I'm finished with the bloody dresser  and I am completely convinced that this is the dresser from H-E-double hockey sticks! But she gorgeous. I don't have pictures yet. It's still drying.
 I wanted to share with you my "inspirational photo". I must confess. I have a little crush, on this bedroom. Doesn't this bed just make you want to take a flying leap. Just so you can land smack in the middle of all its goodness! No? Just me? I know my room want look like this, but hey a girl can dream!
I just love all of the colors in this room. I must find some monogram pillows like these. And who new that leopard print bench would go so well in this room?
 
 
My paint color for my dresser came from the blue in this pillow.  


                                 I hate to run, but I have a bedroom calling my name. Ciao!

Friday, September 6, 2013

A hundred years ago...and the blue turned yellow!

Back a hundred years ago I asked for your help. I asked for you to vote on what color I should paint a dresser. This dresser. It was a wreck! I sanded her down and then used it for I don't know, about a zillion other projects. I got white spray paint all over it and had to sand it again.



Next came primer. Then paint. Then I tried to seal it...and then it turned YELLOW. I hate to say this, but I going to. I was PISSED! (sorry mom) But I was! Needless to say, surprise, surprise, this project still isn't done. I ended up with a sinus infection, that lasted for three weeks. My husband said I had inhaled to many fumes.


Here it is all pretty and blue.



These handles I spray painted gold. I just love how they look!

I hope to finish this project this weekend. But who am I kidding...it could be next year! Wish me Luck!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Living Room


Okay so lamp in the picture was free (Thanks Jenn). The rug was $60.00 from Overstock.com. The brass coffee table I think it was $40.00. Mirror on the wall T.J. Max $25.00.
 
 
Mirror on the table was $5.00 from Goodwill. The candle was a Christmas gift (Thanks Amanda). 



 


Frames came from Target prices vary. Art work free. Dog $5.00 came from Ross.
Well  I hope you enjoyed the living room it is still a work in progress. The B was from Hobby Lobby it was around $1.49.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Brand Spankin New!

Hey guys! So awhile back I had been looking for a cain back barrel chair. After about a month of searching I found one for $70.00 at an antique store . I was not at all happy about the price, but it said FIRM. What's a girl to do? Well, this girl sucked it up...and shelled out the $70.00 bucks they were asking for. The chair was in really good condition, but it smelled a little funny. It had a sweet, smokey smell to it. I know, weird right? I took the chair apart gave it a good cleaning, and a shot of primer. Then a couple coats of white spray paint. The fabric used to redo the cushions was a curtain panel that I bought from Lowe's. I think the coast was around $22.00 . The left over fabric I may use to make a few throw pillows (for the couch). All in all, I really love this chair. BUT it was an expensive project. So what do you think? I promise to have a few pictures of my living room tomorrow...I PROMISE!

Before


Progress


After

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What do 3 gals have in common? They all have their very own blue Macaw!

Today when I arrived home I opened the screen door and almost tripped over my new RUG! Yes! One rug down (no pun intended). The other one...well who knows, where its at? Oh what a glorious day! So what did I do?  I started singing and dancing, of course. "I'm so excited! I got my new rug!I'm so excited". Like it? I call it, "I'm so excited, I got my new rug song". Very catchy don't you think? I have to say, the green in the rug. And the green in the curtains, didn't match. But they still work. I can't believe how fast it came. I wonder where the other one is? Oh well! Maybe I will be surprised AGAIN, tomorrow. I also won my EBay bid.

My friend, Crystal, from 29 Rue House (link below). Has a beautiful home. And in her beautiful home. Lives a parrot vase, that I absolutely had to have! So I went on EBay and won my very own set. That's right I have 2! I am going to name them Rocco, and Rio. However, one of my little guys will be flying the coop. I have another special friend in blog land. Her name is Mary. You can find her over at  Lip Gloss and Flats. And I am going to give Rio to her! Surprise Mary! I hope you like him! If you don't care send your address to me at poptarts03@yahoo.com and I will make sure you get him A.S.A.P. He just has to make it to my house first, and hopefully in one piece!
I have to say thank you to all my readers! But I have to give these two girls a very special shout out! I am so glad to have met you both! My sisters from other misters! You two are awesome! And to all you others out there. If your not reading their blogs...well shame on you! Because they're fabulous and your missing out!

Tomorrow I hope to shoot a lot of pictures of my living room! Hey, a girl has to show off her new RUG! I hope you guys have a great week! See you soon!☺

 29 Rue House