Sunday, February 21, 2010
I decided to make one. I had a $2 dishtowel from Craft Wholesale, painters tape, and craft paint.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
As I said before; Besides being a cluttered mess, this desk was falling apart and I disliked it immensely.
I decided to build a sawhorse style desk. After browsing the internet for some sawhorse plans I liked, I happened on Ana at Knock off Wood. She is a girl after my own heart! Using her sawhorse plans and the desk top from the old desk, and sanding and finishing it with good old Polyshades American Chestnut, I'm very happy with it. It blended the raw wood of the base and the oak top, nicely. And it matches the old chair well. The room has a fresher, more airy feel now. Stay tuned for more installments!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Pink flannel with red valentines and cupids?
I bet it wasn't these!
Some simple plain muffin batter, in this little silicone pan from Target's $ bins.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This next one is not a new book. I've read several of Anne Tyler's books, and I think it was my favorite.
Maybe I identified with the klutsy, meddling Mom? I disturbed Jim alot, because I was cracking up. This woman mourned the loss of the childhood of her children as the youngest was heading to college. She wanted so very much for her son's marriage woes to be ironed out. She wanted her own marriage to be young and vibrant again. The more SHE tried to "make" things happen....the worse everything was...surprise, surprise.
One of those empty nest/older coming of "AGE" sort of stories.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We had planned on going to a movie afterward, but changed our mind and went to Target shopping together instead. We had a fun time buying out the store....right Kate? And I can sleep easier tonight knowing I have Kate's birthday present bought already....sure hope she likes it! ;)
I loved hearing my girls teasing and chatting with each other.
We have the loveliest chauffeur, in Sarah. I always con her into driving, because even though I'm decent at it, I don't like driving. She is always gracious and obliging. She may have felt she was a bit too gracious and obliging today though......she left a candy dish of the most deee-LISH valentine jelly beans out on her bar, and I'm not sure she has any left now. We all loved them! Oops, forgot to ask where she got them. ???
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
After seeing Kim's (at Twice Remembered) magnetic scrabble board project for her studio, I really wanted to make one. She always has cute ideas! Jim and I went "antiquing" a couple of weekends ago. We left the first shop without buying anything. I turned around to say something to him as we were leaving, and my eyes lit up. There it was... big as life; a sign.... "Dictionaries 1/2 off today"! We went back in and found one that was perfect. Old enough to be interesting, not so old as to make me feel guilty about tearing it's poor little pages out.
Instead of building a frame to fit the metal sheeting, I opted to use an old picture frame that had been Jim's grandmother's. The glass had gotten broken and damaged the picture beyond repair.
For the backing, I used a piece of scrap luan from the shop, and liquid nailed the metal sheet to it, after cutting them both the size to fit in the frame.
Then did the modpodging of dictionary sheets to the metal and finished it off with clear satin spray (3 coats) It has sheets with family initials, and bees and hives, and "King's English" and "faith", and "type". Favorite things, or just for fun......
As Kim suggested, we got the rare earth magnets off of EBay, and super glued them to the 100 pk. Scrabble letters that I had in my craft stash. Wish I could remember where I got the letters......
Folks, I gotta tell ya.....these magnets are AWESOME!
I liked to have never gotten them out of our mailbox! (Just kidding)
Seriously, they are like nothing you can get at the craft store, home depot, etc.
They have got some power!
It's such a fun project, but where to put it? We have a house made up of windows and doors.
There is actually very little wall space.
There is a corner in our kitchen, near the coffee-maker, where the girls always seem to congregate when we have family gatherings. I thought it would be fun to put it there.
If that doesn't work out, it may go in the library, as a memo board above my desk.
Just seems more interactive this way.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Our February project is kitchen repairs.
First on the list was replacing the defunct leaky faucet.
The goal: No more towel underneath, to catch the drips, welcoming mold etc.
I had been checking out faucets for several months, and actually wanted one with cross handles, but couldn't come up with one in our budget range.
Our old faucet was a gooseneck style, and I liked it pretty well, but at canning time I always wished it was even a tad higher.
I'm still puttering away at the library project. January has come and gone, and I'm not finished.