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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Desk Do-Over

I am blessed to live in a neighborhood with several neighbors around who have children close to the ages of my own.  The other day, one of my neighbors bought her daughter a new desk and was trying to give her old one away.  I didn't think we had room, but my daughter wanted it!  She had been doing her homework on her bed and the couch and although it was comfy, it's just not practical.  She begged for us to take it, so I relented.  The only problem?  The desk was white and her furniture is all black.  What to do?  I decided to paint it of course!
The desk consisted of a desk and small hutch with a cork board strip running across the back.  My friends daughter had written on it and so after thinking how to remedy it, I decided to cover it with fabric.  I will show you the before and after pictures.
The only problem I had with this project was the spray paint I initially started out with.  It was spraying like spatter paint and leaked out from the bottom of the nozzle.  All three cans, mind you! I then went back and bought three new cans of a different brand (that didn't quite match) to finish the job...

Before painting the desk.  I have already removed the corkboard, wrapped it with fabric and put it back into place. 
Close up of finished painted desk...
DONE!!! ��

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Frustrated with Google+

Okay, I've spent quite a bit of time now using Google+ with my blog and it has been horrible.  If you use Internet Explorer then you can't see comments, can't comment, much less read comments!  I have taken the Google+ association off!  DONE!  I loved having it all connected, but it's frustrating trying to keep up with comments...Anyone else have trouble with this?  Also, I found out that in order to comment, you have to have a Google+ account.  I do NOT want to force anyone to sign up on something they don't want!!!  Hopefully I can now get back to what I enjoy and sharing thoughts with you!  :)
On a side note, Hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving and now we have to gear head first into Christmas!!  :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Garage Door Gone Wild... I mean Wooden!

After we replaced our all glass front door with a more private, insulated door, my husband said, "All we need to do now is stain the garage door..." I was not expecting that! Our then neighbor at the time had already done hers and it did look nice, but I was nervous about how it would turn out!  You can see her picture here:

I reluctantly asked her how she did it and set about getting started.  First, I washed my door with a scrub brush to get the chalky residue off. I then used a 3" fine-bristled brush to apply Old Masters Gel Stain in Dark Walnut to the door one square at a time.  I painted horizontally to make it follow the wooden grain. I advise you to wait and paint when the sun is not full on the door and when it's not going to rain that day or the next.  Raquel suggested to rub off the excess after painting, but it was not dark enough so I left it as it was painted with the brush.  Here is the before and after picture: 
13 months later and it still looks amazing!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Another Ornament for Christmas

I found some more ornaments in my closet of craft stuff while cleaning this summer.  Obviously my cleaning didn't get very far being so delighted with my new discovery! 
I found a cute clip art a while back of some holly leaves, so I thought about how I could do it inside the ornament.  After a few minutes, I was ready to start. 

After gluing two leaves together, I gently pushed them inside.  I then used a plastic butter knife to keep them lying flat and let them dry.  I then added the third leaf.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Cross

I decided to work on something new and I wanted to be a little abstract this time.  I had it in my mind the phrase "In God all things are possible." Even though I sometimes don't understand why things in life occur, I know there is a reason far beyond my comprehension for it happening. I always in the back of my mind think, trust in Him.
 I used a metallic blues card stock for the cross which seemed to give it an almost cloud like essence with varied shades of blue and yellow quilling strips.  I first layered the card stock pieces for the cross and glued them down.  Next, I cut out the swirls of card stock in the aquamarine blue and metallic blues.  I then glued them down to where they almost flowed from the cross.  On top of the card stock, I then used different techniques of quilling to add the top layers.
 I hope this picture conveys my thought process of His love flowing out to all. Have a nice day!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin Chews

Centrum Flavor Burst Multivitamin Chews: I just tried Centrum® Flavor Burst(TM) 4 FREE! Get $2 off here #centrumflavorburst  I received a free sample courtesy of Smiley360 and it was almost like candy!  It was similar to jellybean but a little more sticky when chewing.

Pros: taste great and so much better flavor than normal vitamins
Cons: not good for people with temperamental dental work.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Children's Mucinex® Multi-Symptom Cold Friends' Mission

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 *I received a free sample courtesy of Smiley360!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

�� Wow! Easter already?!

It seems like this Easter came so quickly and passed just as fast and we were back to school. Over the break, the kids and I went bowling with a neighbor, the movies with two neighbors, and I spring cleaned. As if that wasn't enough, I also cut out and painted 70+ stars for my daughters 8th grade dance. I'm sure you also saw the post of my grout that I sealed as well. Well, finally on Easter Sunday we dyed our eggs! I felt so behind the game! But, here are some pictures of our eggs.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Finally Found a Way to Make My Grout Look Like New!!!

Okay! As I was surfing Pinterest the other day I came across a blurb about cleaning grout. For the Floridians here that have a lot if tile it seems like there is a constant battle of keeping our grout clean. I have been known to either let it go( which doesn't make me or the hubby happy), pay a lot of money to clean it ( and be dirty from two kids and two dogs a day later), or be on my hands and knees for a week scrubbing to be dirty again by the time I finish an area! Well, after checking out many reviews I decided to try this stuff called Polyblend Grout Renew. I found it at my local Home Depot and it comes in many colors. For mine I tried Antique White. I'll be honest... When I started it was such a drastic change it looked like I was just painting over it, but as I finished, it looked amazing! It was like a brand new floor! Here are some pictures of the process. See for yourself and I quote my daughters reaction.."so when are you going to do the rest of the house?!?"

Here is a video to show how I applied it....

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Going Green for St. Patty's Day!

Well, my pinky finger was released from the dr. and therapy last week. It seemed like a long time for it to heal! I guess that's how it goes when you get older.��
I've ventured slowly back into quilling and thought I would make another card using shades of greens. Here it is and also a look at my pinky since I broke it the day after Christmas.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream

I was given the chance to try L'Oréal's Paris Magic BB Cream.  I was thrilled, because I am always on the lookout for a light makeup that won't trigger my acne.  I am in my (ahem.....) forties and have to deal with acne.  If I wear very heavy makeup it covers it, but often times makes it worse because here in Florida it is frequently hot and humid.   If I wear lighter makeup, it's like putting up a sign....OOH SPOTS and REDNESS.  It just doesn't camouflage it.  Well, SheSpeaks picked me to sample it!  
I washed my face with my usual acne cleanser and then followed the directions by putting it on lightly with my fingers.  I wanted to see what the cream did because the self-adjusting beads were supposed to blend into my skin tone.  After applying it, my skin felt much softer and it does help moisturize my dried out skin due to the acne medication.  However, it did not cover up my acne as much as I wanted.  I did let my daughter try it and it made her skin look so much smoother and even toned.  Needless to say, she took it over and has been wearing it daily!  
I thoroughly recommend it for general use especially if you don't have acne or severe sun spots.  It makes your face feel young and supple!  It did even out my daughters skin tone and it made her look like she was wearing a light makeup that was natural and not caked on!

Disclaimer:  I was provided a sample of this through Loreal and SheSpeaks, but it is of my opinions that this review is based and I was not paid.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Quilling on hold!!

Who knew that you could break a pinky finger and have this much of an ordeal? I was trying to catch my neighbors dog when it got loose and I grabbed its collar. I thought I just broke a nail until I realized it was actually my finger! Needless to say, quilling will be on hold for a while! Hope everyone else's New Year is off to a better start! :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

♫ ♪ Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree ♪♫

Here you can see how the paper is crimped...

So all these images keep coming to mind on what kind of quilling-inside-an-ornament I can fathom up now.  Hmmmm.....done this, what about this kind of thing!  Well, I'm having a lot of fun trying out different projects and seeing what and how I can fit things inside those tiny little openings on the DIY ornaments.  This time I was thinking hard about a Christmas tree and how I could put it together inside the ornament and how I could decorate it.  Well, here are some pictures of my thought process and how it came about.  Sincere thanks again to Charlotte Canup of The Art of Quilling of whom I purchased the pattern to make a snowflake inside an ornament.  She inspired me to go crazy with the desire to see what else I could try!

Here I am rolling it with the quilling tool.
Here I've shaped them into squares...
It really is put together inside this flat plastic ornament!!! This is not made with an ornament that is made of two halves...


So here is my Christmas tree....I even added artificial snow for the ground! Now if I can only settle down and finish my Christmas shopping  :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Special ornaments for Special People

Sometimes you wonder how people manage to keep going through adversity. So many people have endured so much in these last few weeks and some in their lifetime! I can only imagine that it is faith, family, and hope that drives them to keep going. If you don't have these things then life can get you down. Every day I thank God for my family, friends, and the opportunity to take in another day. Yesterday I stupidly locked my keys and phone in the truck as I filled up with gas. I kept thinking how stupid it was and how could I have done that? Then I also thought that it was so trivial compared to what others have to face on a daily basis. In honor of those who have dealt with breast cancer, I wanted to make them something special to remind them that they are here for another Christmas and they are very much loved! So here is an ornament to be placed on their tree to remind them of the hope of things to come. I used a plastic round ornament and carefully pushed the quilled ribbon inside. I did not put this together inside the ornament in small sections with tweezers like I did with some of the other ornaments.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's that time of the year....

Here are some pictures of my latest Christmas cards that I've been working on. No matter how hard I try seems like I never can get everything together for Christmas time. I really wanted to have personalized Christmas ornaments and cards for everyone but I just didn't have time...I think this summer while the kids are out of school I will try to get a lot of Christmas done in July!