Wednesday, July 28, 2010

~* Whatcha workin' on Wednesday *~

This was my coffee table before. It has endured years of kids, trucks, spills, moves, etc. I re-did it a few years ago, stripped it down, took it apart and sanded it down. It is a really heavy duty piece. Nicely made. Large piece. But it is too big for my family room now and doesn't really fit with my decorating style.
This is the table/bench I was talking about the other day that I got with my girlfriend when she took my on a curb alert she read about. I liked it right away. It had good bones. I saw it in my living room and knew it would be right with a little TLC. So today I tackled the TLC.
And here it is after... I LOVE IT! I just knew it was a keeper. It was nicely made as well and the wood was in nice shape. The corners are cut and routered nice and pretty and someone took some real time to put this together and even plugged the screw holes with wood buttons. So I painted it with the same kind of love and care and then sanded the hard edges (the top has a soft round edge so it didn't look right when I tried to distress it!) and it came out soooooo perfect! I have more room to walk around the room and a piece that fits in more with the decor of the room. I will use my other table in my downstairs family room when we finish renovating that room. But for now I will just look at this table and admire the work!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

~* a thirift store find *~

I had this picture hanging in my kitchen... ah, not bad, but not really a good fit. I have been changing things out lately and getting rid of things that don't really fit in or that I don't really love. Why have something hanging around that you see everyday that you don't love.
So today while I was out running errands I stopped by the thrift store and found this little beauty. I put it in the cart and thought....maybe! I also had a coupon- $5 off a $10, if the price is right? The more I looked at it the more I like it. I did get a couple more things that I will share with you another day. So here it is hanging in it's final resting place. I am so glad I changed the pictures out, I love this one so much more!
Have a great day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

~*It's done *~

Can you tell what that is there in the center bottle? It's pure vanilla extract. Homemade no less. And it is soooo good. And so easy to make. I started making my own a few years ago, I found the recipe somewhere and thought it should be so much cheaper than buying it... and it is. And so much better. And look at the size of that bottle. Plus there is more left in the bottle I made it in. When this bottle starts to get low I make another batch. It has to sit for 6 months at the least so you can't just whip this up. But it is so well worth the wait. All you need is 6-8 vanilla beans, brandy (you can use vodka too, but I prefer the brandy, it is much richer and deeper in flavor) and a clean bottle. Pour the brandy in the bottle, make slits down the length of the vanilla bean and put them in the bottle of the brandy, put the cover on the bottle. Now put it in the back of a cupboard, swirling it around occasionally for at least 6 months. DO NOT REMOVE THE LID! After 6 months you will have the best pure vanilla extract you have ever tasted. You will want to bake cookies, cakes, etc. just so you can use it. Last Christmas I gave small bottles of this in some gift bags with my homemade jams. I keep the used beans in the bottle I have going, and use new beans in my new batch. It just enhances the flavor. Now, go make your own and stop buying that expensive stuff in the stores!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

~* an update for today's post *~

Ok, here is the final outcome! Leslie guessed it right.... I made a little table bench. Dan had all this as scrap wood down in the basement. I didn't have to cut the top at all, the legs were almost the right length and I hand cut the shape into them. I painted it FolkArt Licorice (my favorite Black!) distressed it and put a couple coats of flat poly.
It is still a little tacky as the a/c was out for a while today as we lost power in part of our house. I know- weird. We had a down wire and lost power to only part of the house for a few hours. And if that weren't bad enough, Krista hurt herself at work today so I spent a couple hours bringing her to the clinic and pharmacy to take care of that. That is just some of the reasons why I am posting my finished product so late!
But on a brighter note I went with my girlfriend to a curb alert (when someone posts on Craigslist that they have a bunch of stuff on the curb and it is there for the taking) that she wanted to go check out. I got a bench that I want to refinsh and use as a coffee table and a bentwood rocking chair to redo. Not a bad take, considering she got nothing!
Ok, it's late and I am beat!
Have a great night!

~* a little sneak peak *~

Just a little look at what I am working on for tomorrow's (oops today's) Whacha' Workin' On Wednesday. Can you guess what it is? I have to let the glue dry overnight so it's a good time to post the before pics while it dries. See you later.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

~* just hanging around *~

This is the wall between my pantry and bathroom doors. It is also between the kitchen sink on the other side. Not a wide walk way. When we first moved here I hung this Amish girl peg shelf there. I really didn't know what else I could do with the space. But remember this post about my chopping bowl rack? Well, when I got it I thought I would hang it here, but it was too wide and we would have been hitting our heads on it everytime we tried to walk by, so it went somewhere else. But whenever I walked by this wall I knew there was something else that could go here. So I went back to Firecrackerkid Primitives and took a look around. I wanted something to do with all my rolling pins. A lot of you have put them in a big crock, but I don't have a lot of counter space so I knew that idea was out for me. When I saw their rolling pin rack I thought that was a great idea. I did check around the internet to make sure this style and price was what I wanted.
In the end the design and price could not be beat. I am so much happier with my wall now. And my rolling pins are all in the same place instead of 3 different drawers. I do use them all, so having them all together is really nice now. And on top I have a jar of my pie beads and my pie bird. So the Amish girl peg rack will go in the box for the Goodwill.... unless any of you would like her?

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

~* a quick makeover *~

I noticed the other day while doing my clock over that my spice rack was looking a bit messy. I really wasn't happy with my spice jars and it was just not looking right. My husband made me this rack many many years ago and I have moved it several times trying to get it to look just right. So I had these smaller jars that I had gotten at a local shop that I thought would do a better job.
I like this look much better. The jars fit nicer on the rack and they look a lot neater. I made some labels for the lids with my Brother label maker. I am still thinking about painting the rack itself black. I think that may look better than the current stained shade. What do you think?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

~ *turning old into new *~

Like I said before we have been having a heat wave. It has been so hot out, it has actually been in the 100's. It rained last night and today, though, but it only added to the stickyness. So today it was wet and sticky and hot. I decided to do a project inside to take my mind off the fact that it was just so miserable out.
I had this clock that my Aunt and Uncle gave me years ago. It was perfect for my country kitchen then. Blue with geese. But for the last few years it has been hanging in the basement laundry room, with a dead battery. Recently my clock died and I replaced it with this one- temporarily. So today I decided to make the big step and paint it. It was a little more work that I expected, since the whole front was a paper insert and not painted on as I initially thought. I found a printable clock face online, and printed in on this "bark" paper that I actually have a few pads of. A couple coats of Color Traditions "Red Iron Oxide" paint, then I sanded and distressed it. I glued the clock face on and Mod Podged the front and replaced the hands and VOILA- my "new" kitchen clock. As you can see from the time difference it took several hours to complete, even inside with the A/C because it is so humid and sticky and I wanted the paint and the Mod Podge to dry completely.
I actually love the way it looks in my kitchen compared to the blue clock and I am so glad I did it.
It was a great rainy day project to do and for only the cost of the paint, the clock face and the paper I have a whole "new" clock out of my old one!
Have a great day!

Friday, July 09, 2010

~* a quick change out *~

A few years ago I made these curtains above. They weren't lined and I put them together really quickly, but I loved them and they did the job of covering the windows. I had off white curtains there before and I wasn't really happy with those at all. We hadn't replaced our windows yet, and all that was there really was a pane of glass. Well, the fading was horrible and there was hardly any color left in them. So today I replaced them with these curtains I had.
They are not my final choice for what I want in here, but they make a big difference already in the look. I would really like to put some prairie curtains in here. I am also thinking of putting up some wallpaper, maybe doing the half wall thing. The room is not that large, although I have the hutch and dining table in there. I just think maybe it will help make the room look larger. Of course since this room is pretty much finished and we can use it without any hassles I will just have to wait until we finish renovating some of the other rooms that are completely torn apart right now. Patience....
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

~* I know, I know I'm a bad blogger *~

I know I have been a bad blogger and away from my blog for so long.... I can't tell you how busy I have been. Between my committees, commissions, gardens, and now I am the president of the New London Irish Parade, on the committee for my 30 year high school reunion and am planning mine and Dan's 20 year Anniversary party. Whew. I really am so down out busy! I am not complaining though, I enjoy being busy. I really do. But it keeps me from visiting all your blogs, and I love that, too. I did take some time tonight to try and read all your blogs and all that I missed. Bloglines said I had 1,300+ updates. Yeah, I missed some posts!
We are in the midst of a heatwave here in Connecticut, and it is a doozy! I cannot keep the water level in the pool up to the skimmer level. I have to keep adding water. It is so hot I have to clean it every day to fight off the algae that grows from the sun and heat. Our local beach has had record number visitors!
Well, I have to get to bed now, I am exhausted and I have to start all over again tomorrow! Hope I can catch up with you all again soon!
Have a great day!