Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I have always loved the way it looked and especially how the light changes the colors of the glass as the day goes on. At night when the house is dark and the interior lights are on, it once again changes completely in character.
I took a few lessons in town and loved it so much that I bought all the equipment and started creating some beautiful pieces in my home. This bathroom window above had to be created by making 20 individual panes that were eventually caulked into the window. The wood mullions that you see are permanent so there was no other way to do it.
Now I realize that not everyone has this ability but there are other ways to provide privacy for your windows.
- stick on stained glass
- frosted stick on paper
I found this site and was just amazed at how "real" these stick on Stained Glass windows look and also how reasonably priced they are. Wait until you see what they have. I've been looking for something to provide privacy for my shower doors and this site has exactly what I've been looking for.
Check it out: http://www.instantstainedglass.com/
Guess what? We are getting all our windows replaced in two weeks (yes, I am very excited) but the bathroom tub window is going to have to come out..............bummer. I now have to take all 20 panes out, solder them all together, add some more glass and re-hang this monster. Lucky me!!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Or maybe not…………..
- enamel craft paint
- small paint brush
- permanent marker
Draw out your design with the marker and start painting away.
Last but not least: you can decoupage your lid. I tried one out today for my son's bathroom. I plastered his face right into the center. Needless to say it was worth the work when I saw the look on his face..........he thinks I've lost my mind and does not like the idea that his face is right in the middle. This one was "just for the fun of it".
Now that I know it works, I can make another one that is perhaps a little more tasteful.
I know that he and his friends will enjoy this one, at least until I get around to making a more subdued version.
So you can decorate the lid or tank if you are sick of those fuzzy rugs that cover the lid or that plain white lid that greets you when you enter the bathroom. There are creative options out there to change it up.01 02 12
Thursday, February 21, 2008
You can connect the headboard using L-brackets or you can just rest that headboard behind the bed.
The platform bed is easy to make. How you want to finish it is up to you. You can paint it, add beadboard, hand paint, stencil, decoupage, padding and fabric to the headboard or staining. You can leave the ledge plain, decorate it another way or leave it plain. The headboard could be another size or shape.
I'm not sure of the exact price of the completed bed but I can tell you it wasn't much compared to what it would cost to buy it.01 02 12
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I have a desk with cabinets above it at the end of the kitchen. It dawned on me that I may be able to store some of my dishes over there without causing any inconvenience. It’s located right next to the table so it seemed to be an ideal place to put them.
Here is what is looked like after I completed it.
I’ve seen these plate racks in newer kitchens and I love the way it looks. In my mind it seemed like an easy enough project to do. Two pieces of wood, cut to size and dowels also cut and spaced equally a part to make room for each plate. It wasn’t the easiest project to do especially if you are “math challenged” like I am, but in the end it worked out pretty well.
How I did it:
A bunch of dowels (they come 36” long)
Drill with drill bit the exact size of the dowel diameter
Enough dowels to cut and insert into the pine wood. I ended up cutting 32 dowels long enough to cover the height of my plates plus one inch. I used two dowels (one placed in the front and one in the back) for each plate separator. In the end I had 17 slots.
I clamped the top and bottom pieces of pine wood together. I drilled right through the top to the bottom, but only ½ way through the bottom piece. I marked my drill bit so I wouldn’t go all the way through. I then glued each dowel into the bottom holes. When the glue was all dried I placed the top on and made sure each dowel was in its designated hole.
The unit was built and then installed when it was all primed and painted. If you are good at math, this project is a snap. For me…………..well…….a little more a challenge, but I was happy with the results.
One tip……I made my dowels a little too close to each other and sometimes I have to force a plate into the space. Measure your plates carefully and allow for the contraction and expansion of the wood. Live and learn (from my mistakes).
I installed a little piece of molding along the front of the rack so the plates don’t fall out.
If you have an area in your kitchen where you can build on of these racks I can tell you that it empties out a lot of space in your cabinets for some more “stuff”.
Friday, February 15, 2008
This headboard had a small scratch right in the center so I attached a wood medallion that I hand painted, and glued to the center. I used colors that would match my room.
Pictured below is the headboard all finished and back in the room ready for the next guest.
The two little wrought iron side tables were purchased for $10.00 each at Ross Dress For Less where you can sometimes find some very interesting and inexpensive items.and yes..........I know that the bed is not centered. I was in a hurry to take the picture! This bed usually has a bunch of pillows on it too but I removed them so you could see the headboard better.
As I have mentioned before, work with what you have. If something doesn't match, paint it. If it's too big, try making it to fit.....if you can. Be open minded when it comes to decorating because there is so much you can do.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I always hot glue a Styrofoam block or cone into the bottom of the container first. For this simple project have the following together:
1. Hot glue gun
2. Styrofoam block or cone
4. all your flowers and greenery
5. wire cutters
Next I select my main flowers, cut the to size (I vary it, tall, medium and short) and stick them into the Styrofoam as pictured below.
With the addition of moss along the bottom you won’t see any of the Styrofoam.
Pictured below is another one I put together for my dining room.
None of these arrangements will cost a lot of money to put together, especially if you have a coupon or buy when the stores put silk flowers on sale. I happened to purchase all of these flowers at Michaels Craft Store. They were having a big sale on their silk flowers so I took advantage. Don’t think you have to have formal training to put these arrangements together……….you don’t. You can do this!!!
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Monday, February 11, 2008
- Cold Water-This is a men's fragrance. It doesn't make your house smell like a bunch of business men walking around either. This one I really love. It is very strong (so I now use less in my mix) and smells very clean.
- Cucumber Melon-Love this too. Very strong scent of melon and you really can make out the smell as soon as you enter the house.
- Coconut Lemongrass-Reminds me of the beach and that's what is smells like. A heavy scent in the effusion lamp and somewhat overwhelming at first. If you like the smell of coconut, you will love this one.
- Gardenia-I hated this one and I'll tell you why- I don't like the smell of Gardenia and I didn't realize it until I burned the scent. Very, very strong. If you like Gardenia, you will love this scent.
- Grass Stain-fresh and clean. Very nice, but not my favorite.
- Herbal Essence-Smells just like the shampoo and this is one of my favorites. Very floral. Love it!!!
- Kumquat- I can't believe they can make a scent like this! Very nice and smells a little like candy.
- Energy-Citrus scent of Grapefruit, Lemon Lime with some Cucumber and Jasmine. This one is also great.
- Pearberry-smells very floral to me and I love this one as well. Not real strong so don't dilute.
- Lychee Red Tea-My favorite!! Smells like a rasberry iced tea blend. Fruity and exotic. I just orderd some more along with some new ones to try out.
My two very favorites out of this bunch: Cold Water and Lychee Red Tea!
That's all I tried over the past month and just wanted to share with you how I felt about them. I have finally come up with a great way to store all my potions. I occasionally purchase the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol in the small bottles (16 oz) and pour about 1 inch out. I mix it up in these bottles and label them for future use. I have in the past purchased the larger bottle of alcohol, but now I have stocked up on the smaller ones. It's real easy and they are just the right size (16 oz).
I have also found a new kind of lighter that does a superior job of heating up your stone when it get "stubborn" and won't light. This lighters are called "wind free" and I 've found them in Walmart. They are the long Barbeque lighters. If you can imagine, their flame looks like a mini torch. It heats up that stone and makes it red hot!
If you have a stone that will not light, try the wind free type lighter and just hold it on that stone for three minutes. You will have yourself a very, red hot stone.
Check out http://www.brambleberry.com/ for a complete list of fragrances and essential oils that you can order. Their descriptions are much more appealing then mine and they have a large selection to choose from.
If you have tried a scent and enjoyed it please post a comment and let us know what you thought. In the mean time I'm working on several projects that you will see in future projects. A mosaic table, stenciling a border in a room and creating something out of an old window. Please check back..........
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Last week some of you helped Tiffany with her floor plan and some decorating ideas. This week we can help Pam. Here is her email:
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008
To the right are corners used just for decoration. They just add a little "extra" to the door opening.
Take a look around and see if any of these decorative corners could be used in your home.01 02 12
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
- It's inexpensive
- It's easy
- It's not as work intensive: no priming, sanding or stripping
- It hides damages, scratches and dent
It gives you the ability to specifically match items to your decor
Total Cost: $3.00 (I happened to have an endless supply of tissue and Mod Podge).
- Cut your tissue into small squares
- Apply Mod Modge to a small area of your piece and then apply the squares
- Apply more mod podge on your squares to smooth the tissue out