Showing posts from January, 2018

Not Quite What I Planned...

Today's post is a bit different, due to plans changing.  I had a wonderful project to share and wasn't quite done with the post when I turned the wrong way.  I pulled a muscle in my back and it hurts to take a deep breath and move.  So, here I am with my muscle relaxers, an ice pack, and ibuprofen...not quite what I planned.   I promise to be back next week, but in the meantime, allow me to tell you how touched I am by everyone who stops by.  This blog was started three years ago to tell the story of our little house and so much has happened since, painting, projects...the list goes on and on.  The most exciting thing was that people actually read the posts and left me comments!  How about that? I know I'll never be famous with thousands of followers, but I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate every pin, share, and comment.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart! That being said, I need another ice pack...see you all again soon! Ann

The Flag Story

I have to be honest, this is a project that was 2 years in the making.  When we went to visit the kids for the 2016 holidays, my daughter's boyfriend showed me this flag (to be).  It's approximately 3' x 4' and he wanted a distressed, antique look; he asked me for my thoughts.  I got him started by painting the field of blue, but this was his project and I didn't want to 'take over'.  Well, it sat for a year until we returned for the 2017 holidays...the project was now mine and my daughter's to complete! It was built by a friend with 13 pieces of pine.  Perfect for the 13 stripes on a flag.  We got started by taping: We started with the white stripes.  The first step was dry-brushing the edges to prevent bleed-through.  Each stripe ended up with 3 coats of white craft paint. The white stripes were then taped, and the red stripes were applied using the same technique.   The painting was done! Next came the distressing and my daught

A Mermaid 'Tail'

How's your week been?  It's been pretty cold here and we've had some snow - a bit of an adjustment after spending 6 weeks in the desert!   In addition to getting home and back into a routine, my brand-new laptop needed some attention. It's been randomly shutting itself off and generally being a nuisance.  So, I contacted the support line and after 2 hours, it was supposed to be fixed...until the next day when it shut itself off again!  Back to tech support for another hour and then the decision to re-image the computer and bring it back to 'factory'.  Did I mention it's a brand-new laptop ???  Three hours later, it was done and then I had to spend time putting it back the way I needed it.  There's still more to do, but, I had enough to get this post written - fingers crossed that this is the end of my technology troubles!! So I guess I'll be like a mermaid and 'roll with the tide', since there isn't much else I can do!   This

The Alohomora Key Rack

Happy New Year and welcome back!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  We spent the holidays in the southwest with our children and the grand dogs.  In between two Thanksgivings (yes, two!), Christmas, the New Year, and lots of cooking, baking, dinners, visits, and laughter, my daughter and I managed to find some time for projects.   She's a huge Harry Potter Fan and was inspired by a key rack on Pinterest.  She sent me the picture and asked if I had a piece of wood and any old keys. After finding a pine board and some antique keys in my stash of goodies, it was time to help her 'make it her own'.  Let's get started... First, the board was sanded and given 3 coats of black acrylic paint.  After that dried, the edges were taped (by 'eye') and the center was painted with 3 coats of white craft paint.    The paint dry over-night, and everything was distressed with 220-grit sandpaper. Using a Harry Potter font found on-line, we spelled out & s