Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Baby

 photo nIMG_9768_zpsd4ca922a.jpg
The baby of our family hasn't been feeling well this week. The photo above was taken last week when I was on the deck working on a project.
He was keeping me company while getting a mega dose of VitaminD. I think he's hurt his back or one of his legs or a rib. He's hurt something. I wish he could tell me exactly what hurts! I've asked him. No answer. Instead, I've been nursing him back to health by pampering him more than I would have thought possible (for me). He's interfering with my tough gal facade, chipping away at it a little at a time. He's not MY dog after all. He's G-Dub's. Or he was supposed to be until he turned traitor and buddied up with Son2. In the past year or so, he has proven to love me the most for whatever reason. We've always said he's a lady's man. LOL

Since I'm home with them daily, I've been the one nursing him back to health. I went to PetSmart and bought him some Doggy Aspirin and a supplement for joint pain.
He went through something similar last year with a visit to the vet. I decided to take it into my own hands this time around and save some $$.
He's on crate rest which means that if he has to go out, he gets taken out by me. That was fun with it raining yesterday. Blah...

He's feeling better today, but I'm still restricting him from frolics. He thinks he's in jail. He's not too happy with being on restrictions.
 photo IMG_9795_zpsfdeb4afd.jpg

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Agreeing to disagree

...as long as we do it my way.

Is that a little tainted? I suppose so.

G-Dub's favorite spot in the living room is in the recliner. It's a man thing. Beside the recliner is a little table (seen here).
G-Dub gripes every time he decides to have a snack while sitting in the recliner watching tv. "I don't have anything to put my stuff on while watching tv."
He hasn't been impressed with my answers which might have included:
* You shouldn't eat in front of the tv anyway.
* There are two full sized tables in this house where you can eat your food.
* There's also an eating area in the kitchen at the island with bar stools.
* There's a table right beside you! On the LEFT side of the chair.

For whatever reason, my arguments haven't silenced his comments about "needing" a tray table. *rolleyes*
I didn't want one. I can't imagine where we'd put in when he isn't using it.
All I could imagine was those tray table sets that MIL used to have sitting on their little display/holder/carrier thingy in the corner of her living room.
When we were in a thrift shop/antique store recently and he found a set of four on their carrier, I was on pins and needles hoping he wasn't going to buy them!

*Please don't buy them! Please don't buy them! Please don't buy them! Please don't buy them! Please don't buy them! Please don't buy them!*

"We don't really need a whole set of FOUR!" was music to my ears!

Since then, I have run across a couple of singles in another thrift/antique store. The singles were $25 each though. Huh? Seriously?
There goes that spoiled by real thrift store prices mantra of mine.

Fast forward to Tuesday of this week. I had to run to Walmart and right down the street from Walmart is Goodwill.
I hadn't been in there in a while so decided to do a quick walk through. Can you guess what I found with a $2.99 price tag on it?
 photo diytraytable_zps66615af1.jpg
I picked it up and looked at it, then kept right on walking to the other side of the store trying to erase it from my mind.
I browsed through the other furniture pieces and knick-knacks. Five minutes later, the guilt began to settle in.
I walked over and picked it up, paid for it and walked out the door. I'm such a good wife. *rolleyes*

When I showed it to him later, he was a little excited, but agreed that it was pretty ugly.
I told him the only way he could use it was if he let me put my mark on it and did it my way.
I was agreeing to disagree about having a tray table in the way in the living room IF we did it my way.
I wanted to redo it and put my mark on it.

I knew the edges and legs would be an easy fix. Sand and paint black. (I used chalkboard paint because I knew it would adhere even without sanding everything sufficiently!) The top was laminate and made me question my sanity. I decided to just coat it with a good primer and paint it as well.
Then, a harlequin pattern popped into my head. I tried to erase the image, but it wouldn't go away. My neighbor even tried to talk me out of it.
No go.
I pulled out the freezer paper again along with my Xacto knife and got to work cutting out a pattern.
 photo diytraytable-2_zps90bd8af7.jpg
*Yes, that's my living room floor carpet you see in the photo.
Yes, I was working on painting this in the living room Friday morning while watching Grey's Anatomy
and Scandal episodes I'd missed the night before. I didn't spill any paint. *WHEW*
I wasn't really careful though because things went wrong.
When I went to pull the template off, I realized that it hadn't adhered well all over.
Not only did paint bleed through, some paint came up with the template/stencil. Ack!
 photo diytraytable-3_zpsccf5b11d.jpg
What a mess! I just got busy scraping the black off the white and filling in some more of the black. I decided not to fill in all of the black though.
I had also noticed that my shapes weren't perfect and that they wouldn't have passed inspection by a geometry teacher or engineer of shapes.
Good thing, they don't have to! It looked a lot better with black paint around the edges and that little bit of cleanup.
I decided to call it good enough and done! Move on to the next step which was a swipe of stain to decrease the starkness of the white primer.
 photo diytraytable-1_zps3a165014.jpg
A coat of wax after that lightened the stain color and made it look like a nice used and worn piece. Perfect for what I was thinking in my head!
 photo diyIMG_9773_zpsb0608bc0.jpg
 photo diyIMG_9772_zps6790c02f.jpg
Another look at the comparision:
 photo diytraytable_zps66615af1.jpg photo diyIMG_9772_zps6790c02f.jpg

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Camp stool redux

I didn't blog much this week because I've been busy! I'll show you one of the things I've been working on this week.

A while back, I was in Goodwill browsing. I noticed a pitiful little camp stool.
It reminded me of a metal one that G-Dub has, but this one had cute potential though it was far from cute in its current state.
I left it there that day. A few weeks later, I was back in there again and the stool was still there. So, I brought it home with me.
 photo diyphoto_zps5a542394.jpg
I'm convinced before photos always look worse than they really are because of the almost forgot to take it, short quick photo that it is.
The stool really was ugly in its current state. The legs were wood and decent, but had a really shiny varnish finish on them. And the fabric had seen better days.

I let it stay like that for several months even though I'd occasionally use it to sit and do something in the garage.
Last week, I finally decided I should redo this sad little stool.
I started by sanding the shiny varnish off and just giving the whole piece a nice rubdown with dark walnut stain.
I found it interesting that the pieces of wood for the stool were different and took the stain so much differently.
Once upon a time, this would have really bothered me. These days, I call it character and keep right on moving along.
 photo diyIMG_9788_zpsa88c4d53.jpg photo diyIMG_9787_zpsc86f294a.jpg
For the seat, I just took some of the burlap fabric that I had leftover from my table runner.
I sort of have that mouse-cookie syndrome I accused my friend, Jill,
of having not too long ago. I can't leave well enough alone.
I cut it double the size and ironed some iron-on-fleece to it to make it thicker and more sturdy (plus softer).
As soon as I finished sewing it together and pressing it after turning it right side out,
I decided that it looked rather boring in its plain burlap sort of way.
I came up to the computer and printed out a large D than transferred that to freezer paper.
From the freezer paper, I made a stencil to use while painting my letter D onto the fabric.
 photo diyIMG_9793_zps3f47c1e1.jpg
Then I started worrying about the bottom portion of the fabric seat hanging down underneath or sagging over time.
So, I changed out the top thread of my machine and stitched around the D to form what from the underside looks like a quilted D.
I did a pretty decent job sewing the top. You have to look closely to even see the thread from my stitching!
 photo diyIMG_9781_zps33d1de3c.jpg
I love how it turned out with a little redux love.

Total cost of the project was only the money spent at Goodwill that day for the stool - $3. Everything else, I already had in my stash.

Here's one last look at the Before and After side by side for comparision:
 photo diyphoto_zps5a542394.jpg photo diyIMG_9793_zps3f47c1e1.jpg

Friday, April 19, 2013

A different kind of beaded bracelet

Several years ago when I was more into scrapbooking, an online friend and I purchased these photo bracelets.
 photo diyIMG_9711_zps4e86aa75.jpg
I had big plans to alter mine with photos and paper crafting supplies. Those big plans never came to be.

I ran across that bracelet a few months back in my junk drawer. Huh? Yeah, not sure how it got there, but I didn't move it to my craft supplies. I just left it.

Then, about a month ago, I saw this on Pinterest: Seed Bead Statement Necklace. I immediately thought of that bracelet when I saw and pinned the necklace. A few nights ago in my "Ignore the Need to Be Organizing for Packers" mode, I distracted myself with a craft project. I didn't have any tiny seed beads, but I had some larger beads that I knew would probably work. I pulled my supplies which included my ancient bottle of Glossy Accents.
 photo diyIMG_9725_zps67b205f5.jpg
 photo diyIMG_9724_zpsbdf564d6.jpg
Tiny beads and long fingernails don't work well together. I finally gave up on placing the beads just so and started
dropping them by the small handful and hoping for the best. I rearranged them a bit from there.
 photo diyIMG_9727_zps57e4987a.jpg
Can you see the very first one on the left? I knew I would need to remove one frame because I have such small wrists. So, I used some silver microbeads to fill in the spaces between the other beads. When it dried, I decided I didn't like that look. I went with regular beads for the other frames.
 photo diyIMG_9729_zps649c3bf0.jpg
Here you can see some of where I put the glossy accents on top for a final secure coat and glaze. I had put one layer of Glossy Accents on the silver frame, then dropped the beads on and added another layer. I had to be really careful and catch the overflow drips with a napkin while it dried.
 photo diyIMG9720_zps97b3706e.jpg
This morning, I was questioning the whole project trying to decide if it looked too juvenile for me.
 photo diyIMG_9760_zpsfeafc74c.jpg
Then, I put it on my arm that looks its age.
Allow me to get sidetracked for a minute. G-Dub made a comment the other day about my hands looking old. Yeah, I know! I've been scratching them which is what I do when I get anxious about stuff. Plus, it's spring and winter is always rough on my skin. I told him I had a reason for them to look so bad, first reason was I'd had them all my life! LOL Sometimes he thinks my humor is funny. Sometimes he thinks I'm certifiable.

Anyway, I decided the young looking bracelet (not necessarily juvenile) was a perfect match for my forty-something year old arms.
 photo diyIMG_9753_zps901c5c5e.jpg

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Diamond - After its dose of TLC

Yesterday, I showed you my $5 diamond in the rough find from a Saturday yard sale. Read more about it here. You probably cringed when you saw the photo:
Since I've been anxious to have a project and not eager enough to take on the china cabinet overhaul, I got right to work on this little project.

There was a molding piece on the top where you could tell by the straight edge on the left side it had been cut apart and didn't match up with the curved cut of the right side. I decided that was an easy solution - just remove it. Two screws removed and it was done.

I then sanded the entire piece lightly to remove whatever sheen was left. (There wasn't much! This piece had been well loved or either really neglected!) I glued some of the peeling veneer back into place. I filled in the places where there was missing veneer with wood putty which was later sanded. Then, it was ready to paint. I used the leftover gray paint from my bathroom cabinet, Beauty. It's Home Depot's Behr paint in Rhino.
 photo diyIMG_9696_zps924e59cb.jpg
I left the top alone and stained it with dark walnut stain.
 photo diyIMG_9704_zps183d745b.jpg photo diyIMG_9705_zps2464130d.jpg
When I finished painting, I wiped the entire piece down in the walnut stain and then immediately wiped it off with a clean cloth. In the end, I sealed the entire piece with finishing wax. Even her beautiful legs got a little distressing to bring out the details.
 photo diyIMG_9694_zps9933564f.jpg photo diyIMG_9692_zps35e6f194.jpg/></center><center><img src=
 photo diyIMG_9702_zps5bbefbb9.jpg
I'm thrilled with the result! I'm so glad my vision for the piece came together as it did in my head.

Here's one more look comparing her before and after.
 photo diybeforeafterchest_zpsde327ce6.jpg

Linking up to the Parties @ Domestically Speaking, A Bowl Full of Lemons

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Diamond in the {Really, Very} Rough!

Once upon a time, I had a great aunt who had an antique dressing table/dresser. You know that kind that has the big round mirror in the center with a set of drawers on each side? I used to think I wanted one of those, but it never came to be. All is well in that regard as my tastes have changed since then. Not too long ago on Pinterest, I saw where someone had cut one apart making end tables or bedside tables. I thought that was a neat idea, so I filed it away for another day.

Saturday, I was on my way to Lowe's and saw a yard sale on the side of the busy highway. I wouldn't normally stop on a busy highway, but G-Dub was driving and said, why not? When scanning the yard filled with various furniture pieces and lots of junk, my eyes landed on this beauty.
 photo diyIMG_9657_zpsc39f65c1.jpg
 photo diyIMG_9655_zps1e71f02e.jpg
You don't think it's beautiful in its chipped veneer, dirty, grimy, and needs a whole lot of Tender Loving Care state?
 photo diyIMG_9658_zps3caa91a7.jpg
I knew immediately that it was my filed away set of drawers from a cut apart vanity. I said it aloud as the guy was telling me the story behind it. He said yes it was. He said that they (family? fellow yard sale hosts?) cleaned out houses and had found this being used as a night stand. I said, "How much?" He said, "Five dollars." I said, "I'll take it!"

I spent time this weekend giving it a new fresh look and am finished. I wish I'd left the drawer pulls in their aged state because now they are shiny brass colored after I cleaned them. Not sure I like them. Since I need to "stage it" for photos, I'm going to make you wait on the after photos. In the meantime, revel in the beauty of the before photos.
 photo diyIMG_9657_zpsc39f65c1.jpg
Stay tuned...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NYC - Brooklyn Bridge

 photo IMG_8463_zps36b835e2.jpg
Last year during Spring Break, we took a Water Taxi ride and viewed the Brooklyn Bridge from the water. I've taken that water taxi ride three different times.
The time my sister was with me, I asked her if she wanted to get off on that stop and walk across the bridge. She said no when she found out how long the distance was. It is about three miles across the bridge. Compare those miles to how long we'd already walked through the city. We figured it up later, we walked almost ten miles that day!

Walking across the bridge wasn't really on my things to do list, but when G-Dub asked what I would like to do during our recent visit to NYC, the Brooklyn Bridge walkway came into the discussion. We were going to be so very close during our walk through Chinatown. So, why not?
 photo nyIMG_9387_zpsb7501bd3.jpg
In order to convince my guys though, I had to say we won't go all the way across! As our luck would have it, they were doing construction on part of the walkway and some of the views were blocked. Blah... The normal entrance was blocked off so we had to go around a shady corner and up a dark corridor.
The colorful sign was our promise that we were in the right place.
 photo nyIMG_9388_zpsafff1de9.jpg

 photo nyIMG_9394_zpsec9321b3.jpg
See what I mean about construction blocking the views?
 photo nyIMG_9400_zps40a8ba07.jpg
We walked out to the first tower or whatever you call it - to the point where the construction was no more. (The point you see in my first photo above.)
 photo nyIMG_9417r_zpsa383132a.jpg
 photo nyIMG_9404r_zpsb01f605b.jpg
Just like everywhere else in the city, there were tons of people!
 photo nyIMG_9408_zps124a62df.jpg
All of those people made for taking photos interesting. This photo bomber apparently didn't want to completely bomb the photo, so he smiled for the camera!
 photo nyIMG_9403_zps4561ea0d.jpg
 photo nyIMG_9415_zpse57181e7.jpg
The Brooklyn Bridge is definitely a landmark! It's been around for a long time making history and starring in movies.
I'm glad we made the up close and personal visit and partial walk across!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Chocolate Cannoli via Cake Boss Cafe

Son2 shares my sweet tooth. I could live without cakes and pastries, just going for candy and chocolate. He loves it all!
So, when we noticed that Cake Boss Cafe was open at PABT where we always exit the bus and hit the streets, we decided to stop in for a treat.
 photo nyIMG_9463_zps2c7353f1.jpg

Though Buddy wasn't there in person, the boys were still able to get a photo with him.
"My Buddy", the song from that old commercial was stuck in my head after this. lol
 photo nyIMG_9466_zps3e831e85.jpg photo nyIMG_9465r_zpsa75785e4.jpg

There were plenty of things to choose from in the taste-bud-tempting display cases. The boys opted for a chocolate cannoli because cannolis are a thing around the Italian folks in this area. We've never had one, so they decided this was the perfect time to try one. And while trying a cannoli, why not choose a chocolate?
 photo nyIMG_9459r_zps9d6f50dc.jpg
They were delicious, eye crossing goodness!
 photo nyIMG_9457r_zps147b163e.jpg