Saturday, July 28, 2012

Painting with glue

So,I am still working on my organizer from the upcycled baking pan which you can see here. I saw on Pinterest someone  painted their candlestick with glue and wanted to try it to see if it works.

Here is what I used:

  • Elmers white craft glue (Glue-all)
  • Green food coloring

I poured a small bit of glue in a cup(see photo below on how much/little glue I used) and put a few drops of the coloring.Then I started to paint on it. It looked messy and uneven. There were some blobs forming on the candlestick so I had to keep touching up with the glue paint. We left and went to church and by the time I came back, it was too late to see the actual effect. The next morning  when I woke up, I saw it really did work! The candlestick did have a see through painted look!
Now,please note that I have not wet it since but I am sure that this is for decorative use only since the "paint" may come off. Maybe some kind of sealer will hold the "paint".
And I am still working on this organizer and will be blogging in the near future about this project.

Organizer from an old baking pan

I hate to throw away stuff and maybe that is why I have so much junk around me.I always feel that there is a use for them.I have a round baking pan that was starting to show rust and wanted to upcycle it,so I took a  used candlestick.You can get them at the dollar store or maybe at yardsales and flea markets.I was trying to figure out how to get rid of the rust and concluded that hey, maybe sandpaper would work.It did.

Next, I Mod Podged a picture onto the inside of the pan where I had smoothened with sandpaper. The only thing I did not like was there was a few ripples after Mod Podge-ing. I still have to get the hang of doing it right but you get the idea.
To glue the pan to the candlestick, I used Elmer's household cement. I will post more on the organizer as I work on it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Another FREE Kindle book on organization

I was thrilled to find this Kindle book on Amazon's free list. It is called "How to Declutter your home and co-ordinate your life fast."If you get to read this on time,you will be one of the lucky ones especially since a lot of the free books are free only for a limited time,so I hope that you did not check it out too late.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mod Podge bookshelf

I had this old bookshelf that I used to keep my cookbooks in and decided to give it a makeover since my hubby wanted all those old magazines that I have out of the house.I hate to part with them and took a deep breath and cleared them away and decided to keep something from them.Most of the magazines were from Better Homes and I love the outdoor look so I started cutting pages and using the Mod Podge after cleaning out the shelf. The sad part is that no matter what I did, there were still some ripples.I am not finished with  the shelf yet.I still have to add to it.Hopefully, it will be soon and I can post some pics on it.

Broken pieces

I was cleaning the hutch out this week to put my "new" dishes that we got at an auction sale.Alas, while trying to clean the shelves with some vinegar, the top shelf slipped and fell onto the bottom glass shelf and both broke! I really wished that did not happen.Now, I have to wait and see if we can get a replacement.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Crayon roll and case from pillow case scraps

As I had left over pieces of fabric from the baby pillowcase( Baby pillowcase from a king size pillowcase) I made this week from a king size pillowcase, I decided to go ahead and make a crayon roll and matching case for my little niece.
I just eyeball everything and sew from there.
So very simple and save money on fabric too. To top it off,I still have a small piece of fabric from the orginal pillowcase.I wonder what to do next! Hmmm....

  A peek from last September: Crayon organizer

Friday, July 6, 2012

A scary storm

It is 9:58 am here at the moment and I am so thankful that we finally got our power and water back but most of all, I am thankful that we are safe.It all started out yesterday evening when I told my little one to let's take a walk.I asked hubby to join us and my daughter was having problems with her bike so we got delayed a few minutes.After having record heat this past week, it felt good that it was not so hot yesterday evening.I remember seeing a thunderstorm warning a couple counties from where we were and told my husband and he said it would not head our side.As we started walking, we noticed the sky was starting to get dark and the winds started picking up. It got breezier and breezier with lots of leaves flying through the air.We were a few hundred yards away when the wind was picking up speed and I told my daughter to turn around and head back to the house. We live in the country so either side of the road were trees.Pinecones started falling from the trees.I started to run while my daughter was pedalling to hurry home.My hubby joined us in the race.It was not too serious at first but when I heard all the howling and snapping of trees,I started to be scared because thoughts of trees falling on us kept swirling through my mind.I started to slow down and through gasps,I told my husband to keep an eye on our girl.I wanted her to be safe. My lungs were burning.I was having an asthma attack and my rescue inhaler was at home. I saw my daughter turned into the driveway and felt relieved that she was away from the trees. My hubby asked me if I was okay and told him no and that I wanted my Ventolin. I had to say it twice before he realised that I was having an attack.He rushed inside and brought my purse for me. I had to drop on the steps and take it. I thought I was going to pass out but thank God that I was able to breathe properly again. The wind kept on for a long while.Our neighbor next door had a tree fell.The power went out and we did not have any water until it was almost midnight. That experience being in the middle of that awful wind with the pine trees bowing dangerously low and snapping sound with leaves and pinecones pelting at us is one that I will always remember.All I could think of was the safety of my child while praying.God is so good to us.I thank Him for His many blessings!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A little productive today

Well,after making some heart shaped blueberry muffins for breakfast,I was able to do some laundry,check through emails,cook some baked fish, grits and fried squash (which was picked fresh from the garden minutes before), I was finally able to get down on some sewing. I took an ordinary pillowcase and converted it to a baby pillowcase and added a pink ribbon trim.
I made these blueberry muffins from the Martha White muffin mix and heart shaped silicone baking molds.

I was going through my inspirational projects sheets that you get free from craft stores and decided to hang them on a piece of yarn so that they can stare me in the face as a reminder of all what I need to get accomplished. I just strung them on and some I attached with clothes pins so that they would be easy to remove if they have a pattern on it or if they are of priority to make.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th July!

I just want to wish you all a very Happy 4th July! I hope you are all having fun and staying safe.We are heading to our church in a little while for a gathering and then an early mid-week service.I finished made my "Oreos Rice Krispies" treat along with some molasses cookies and will be taking these with me.Talk to you all soon :)
Here is the link to the Rice Krispies treat recipe Oreos Rice Krispies
The Molasses cookies was from a pre-packaged cookie mix by Betty Crocker.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Felt in a basket

I am re-organizing my office-again! This was never planned this morning when I got up in my "worky" mood.I was planning to clear some stuff and start to get back into my sewing.Well,I started moving things around and the next thing I knew,I was re-organizing..ugh! I folded my felt sheets that I had and put them in this basket. That way, I can keep count on my colors and when I may need to stock up.

With that being said, my poor bookshelf fell apart-from being moved around the house so many times. I remember paying $20 plus tax for it.I am kinda hoping that hubby will work some magic and get it back together again but my gut instinct says that I might as well call it "Humpty Dumpty".