Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Seasonal transitions. FREE PRINTABLE!

I usually can't wait for Fall, but this year, with a new pool, I just want Summer to last forever!  While out visiting businesses this week with one of my reps, EVERYONE was either decorated , or stocked for us to buy their wares to decorate, for Fall and I cringed just a little with every step into a store.

Sadly, with Labor Day (literally) right around the corner, Summer is ending. I just keep thinking of the positives...  Football, gorgeous landscapes, hoodies, campfires, and less traffic around Lancaster County!

One fantastic thing about late August/early September is that my beloved Farmers Market is loaded with all kinds of goodness.  You get the last of the Summer crops and the Fall veggies are just starting to be harvested along with pumpkin breads and apple pies. With all of the choices, it's tough not to buy it all!

To keep myself in check, I have to take a list, so I wanted to share these free Farmers Market printables with all of you!  Hopefully, you also have some wonderful markets, but if you don't, this could work for the regular old grocery store too.


See you at Market!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Grey Washing a Wood Cabinet with NO Sanding!

A while back, I shared my bathroom makeover, and I promised to do a quick update on how I took the built-in from this: this:

With ZERO sanding!
It's really very simple, and quite fun.  After I'd removed the doors and light fixture and taped everything off, I slapped on some bonding primer with a 1 1/2" brush.  And when I say slapped on, I mean, messy.  Not trying to be neat at all. Husband looking scared. Slapped. It. On.

Ignore those spooky black ghosts of the old light fixture on the ceiling.  They met their maker.  Or got wiped, or something.

I did the same thing with the doors in my trusty paint booth (garage).  One coat.  The only time I was even remotely careful with the whole deal was when I was making sure I went with the grain.  

As part of the overall update, the plastic shower curtain liner I was replacing with a fabric one became the 
perfect work space. 

Once the one and only coat of bonding primer dried, I used a sponge brush to add some antiquing (read: black) glaze and old rags to wipe it down to get the desired look.  I love working with glaze because you can apply and remove as little or as much as you'd like, and no matter what, it always brings out the wood grain.  
By the time I got to this stage, I was soooo over painting, waiting to dry, and trying to have patience that I didn't get any photos.  But, once THAT part was dry, I used a brush to seal it all up with some Minwax Polycrylic, waited one more time for it to dry, and ended up with THIS!

See that wood grain?  Here's a little close-up from the original reveal post:

For the record, it's been about 3 months, and even with water splashing and pretty regular wipe downs, this is holding up just fine!

What have you transformed with no sanding, a little bit of paint and some glaze?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy National Dog Day!

My pups are my babies.  So happy they have a day just for them!  

Especially when it's the day after Mati decided to try the pool out... didn't like it... then rolled around in the dirt - bare dirt under the new deck - for 20 minutes to "dry off."  

Yep, she got her first hose bath after that trick!  Sorry it was so cold little girl!

Or how about Buster... doesn't want to eat HIS food, but I get a plate going on, he's all about it.

I love them, though, and wouldn't have them any other way!  

Share your best Dog-Being-a-Dog story!  One-Two-Three - GO!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's all a bit puzzling.

When was the last time you sat down and put a puzzle together?  It's been a good 30 years or so for me! When I was a kid, we used to do puzzles at my Grandmother's house.  It was nothing to work on the same puzzle little bits at a time with each visit.

When my family came up to visit a couple of weeks ago, my mom and I went to an Amish General Store just to check it out. They had a whole wall of shelves full of puzzles (among many, many other things), so I thought it would be a great idea to pick one up to complete together while everyone was visiting.  Because none of us have a ton of patience, I got one that had just 300 pieces.  Still, I had visions of evenings spent putting together the pieces, not forcing one, because as Grandmother always taught us, if you have to force it, it doesn't fit!  Little did I know, it would become a race for my brother and his girlfriend, and we'd have the thing done in less than two hours.

This is the brother thinking to himself "I won..."  with his beautiful lady who owns GillyLynn (beautiful handmade accessories) and The Brass Giraffe (fun vintage style) and she just started a new blog with all of her own fashion, health, and vintage randomness and more - Wise Brunette - check them all out, and my Mom hiding behind a PicMonkey bunny, because I know how she is about pictures, even though she's always beautiful!

We used a flip chart I had from a meeting I held for work to put the whole thing together, because I knew someday, I wanted to frame this little work of art/competition piece, and I picked up a frame yesterday to do just that!

Before I started, I did take the cardboard backing from the frame and flipped the whole thing over since I knew I wanted to glue on the backside.  I gathered up my supplies - a little Mod Podge, a sponge brush, and a paper plate and took everything back to the kitchen table for a nice, flat, even work space.

I brushed 2 coats of the Mod Podge onto the back of the puzzle, and then came the most difficult part (for me) - waiting for it to dry.

What's that saying about watching paint, or in this case, glue, dry?

Once it was dry, and I could pick the whole thing up by a corner, I set it in the frame, and the picture at the top of the post was the finished product!  

I have no idea where this thing might end up, but I'm thinking once the brother and his lady find a house, it might be theirs since it was such a challenge between the two of them!

Have some good old-fashioned family fun and pick up a puzzle next time you see one!

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