Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last Gasp of Summer

Fall has officially arrived, but I picked this hydrangea the other day, right before I started decorating the front porch with mums!

This is not going to be my typical post since I've had major computer issues for the past several days.  My laptop decided it would be fun to freeze every page I tried to load.  Fortunately, I have tech-savvy husband who got right to work on it.  Long story short, he had to take it back to 'factory'. 
I saved most of the important stuff on the cloud, and was able to save a lot more before the computer was wiped.  Now, I'm in the process of getting everything back to the way I like it. 
My biggest issue is getting Pinterest to load properly.  It started right before things started to freeze and it still isn't right.  Whenever I open it,  the page starts to load, but as I scroll down, the pins start to form a single line down the right side.  It's so frustrating!  Is anyone else having issues?
Give me a few days,  and everything should be back to normal.  In the meantime, enjoy the 'Last Gasp of Summer' hydrangea.
Thanks for stopping by and listening  to my technology issues.
Have a great week!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Here, Kitty, Kitty....

The jigsaw has been getting a workout.  Last week I shared the Pallet Pumpkins and this week, it's Black Cats!
I love Fall and I'm not really into scary Halloween decorations, so these little cuties are right up my alley.  I had the wood sitting in a pile, so, the first thing I did was draw myself a pattern.
As you can see, I thought the bottom should be a little broader, so I had to add pieces to the original pattern.  After that was done, I placed it on a piece of wood and traced it with a marker.
Out came the clamp and the jigsaw.
Once the cat was completely cut out, everything was sanded and it looked like this:
Now, came the easy part: paint, distress, embellish.  As you can see from the first picture, I made 3 different sizes and dressed up some wtih raffia and others with tulle ribbon.  I can't decide which is cuter!
Which one do you like better?

I'm really enjoying my jigsaw and before you know it, I'll be sharing some Christmas projects.  I know, it's only September, but, before you know it, the holidays will be here!

Thanks for stopping by and, as always,  I hope you'll leave a comment, share, and pin.  Have a wonderful week and I can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pumpkin Time!

It's September and that means Fall is here or just around the corner. Since I still have a good bit of pallet wood to play with,  I decided pumpkins were next on the list.  I layed down 4 pieces of wood and was able to fit 3 pumpkins on them.
I don't have a tutorial this time, since the pattern came from 
Her Tool Belt.  - Great Site!
I made a few minor changes from the one on Amy's blog.  First, I didn't cut out leaves.  I don't have a scroll saw and I like my fingers!  I wired each piece together from the front to the back so the wire is smooth on the front.  She used a paint layering technique, I just used orange paint, distressed the pieces, and rubbed a little dark stain over them.
A couple of leaves from an old garland were glued on and a raffia bow was tied around the stem.  Pumpkins complete!
Now, if you take a close look at the center pumpkin, you'll see that I painted and distressed it, no stain.  I like variety!
Let's not forget, they came from this:

This is an easy project that is definitely putting me in the mood for Fall.  How about you?  What are you working on?

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Wicker Telephone Table & My Husband Is A Decorator

I saw this telephone table on a fb yard sale site.  The sale was starting the next morning at 9:00 and someone had already asked about it (even though the post said, "No questions, just show up").  I figured this person would be an early bird, so I moved on.
The next morning found me still thinking about it.  It was already past 8:30 and it was a half-hour drive to this yard sale. We hopped in the car. I figured if it was meant to be, it would still be there and, if I didn't go, I'd be kicking myself.  

We got there about 9:15 and it was still all of its pink-sparkly glory!
Even the fabric on the cushion was sparkly.  Yikes!

I practically ran over to it (my husband told me to slow down!)
and snapped it up for $30.  It's 2-pieces, so it slid easily into our car.  I was doing the Happy Dance!  Here's a look from another angle:

Those pink sparkles were not my style, so I grabbed a few cans of Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint and got to work.  

Now, here's a little tip for spray painting...get one of these:
It fits right on your spray can and saves you from finger cramps and painting your finger.  It's a lifesaver!

The process of painting wicker can be tricky. Since there are so many nooks and crannies, you have to keep flipping the pieces over and spraying from all angles.

Soon (after a few cans of paint) the pink sparkles were gone, and the beautiful blue emerged.
The final step was to find some fabric and recover the seat cushion. Before I could do that, my husband took the cover off the old bench that was on our side porch, wrapped it around the cushion, and put it in place.
Yes, my husband is a decorator - wink, wink!

I'm not sure that will be the permanent cover, but it works for now.This little bench fits right in on our cozy side porch and it's a perfect spot to sit for a while, or to put on/take off your shoes.

It's September already and it's time to work on those fall projects, but I just couldn't wait to share this with you.

Wishing you a wonderful week and commenting, sharing, & pinning are always appreciated!

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