Sunday, August 7, 2016

DIY Chalk Paint

How are you? How has your summer been? I hope
good. Mine hasn't been what I planned but it has been pretty good. Looking back on the past several posts, I notice I had all these things I wanted to accomplish for 2016. Funny haha! Dontcha hate it when you say you want to do something and then you don't or you can't?! I haven't been able to keep up with things this summer so really I'm trying to do a speedy catch up on all my projects now in the month of August, just before school starts back.   
 
 
Woohoo! So has anyone used chalk paint before? Do you like chalk paint? I've concocted my own before, mixing plaster of paris in with a can of latex, and this time I've used a different powder with latex. I'll tell you all about it after I'm finished. I normally don't post pictures of incomplete projects on the internet but this is a work in process and I'm not sure how long it will take really. I'm trying to be very patient and take my time. Sometimes I rush through painting projects to the point I'm not crazy about the result. Hoping to get it right this time. So far I've completed painting the exterior of this cabinet, including the inside and outside of the door. Next I'm going to sand and wax it up baby! I'm looking forward to sharing this after I'm finished. If anyone has any advice on the waxing process, I'd love to hear it! Happy Monday!



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yard Lights

Rise and shine! Yippee - It's hump day! Only one more week of packing lunches for a few months on this end. YEEHAW! This mom is ready for a break! Almost Summer for the kiddos.
 
I'm finished with my regular job until September and currently am working on a nice punch list of things to do while I've got some time to myself. Playing catch up and it's like heaven to be able to catch up on some things without constantly hearing, "Mom, Mommy, I need you, Help, NOW!!!!!" Teehee. It's kinda of a staycation and I've got it planned out. 
 
So today after a morning appointment I've got these new doo-dads to put out around the house. For the past couple of months I've been hard at work doing landscaping. I made a couple of beds in our back yard, planted and raked up 30 bags of leaves and dragged them to the curb. Do you like yard work? I love it because it's a form of exercise for the body and the brain. I find it so therapeutic to be outside doing something. Been trying to turn our yard into a playground for the birds and so far it has been a lot of fun seeing what hangs out in our yard.
 
So I got three packs of new lights at Wal-Mart on sale and can't wait to get them in the yard.
 
 
We used to have some other ones but after years of use they died and got torn up by hail. Do you have yard lights or did you skip that one??? Anyway, more on the yard beautification process later. Hope this note finds everyone doing well HAPPY HuMp DAY!  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Weathered Look Painting Technique

Hi everybody! How are you? It's been awhile! Facebook viewfinder read something like ninety-something days since I've made a post. Yikes! I've been pretty busy the past few months trying to get myself in a routine and adjust to another phase of life really. Every phase is a transition and every transition is different and comes with its own challenges. I really don't like change all that much and lately we've had a lot of changes in our family life. Having said that, things are good on this end. They are looking up now! Hope everyone has been doing well!
 
I have a passion for all things pretty or attractive and all things that go in a home. LOL! Even when I'm away from home visiting relatives, etc. I like to browse home furnishings and d├ęcor. I'm not looking to add anything else to our house but I like to look. I think it's so much fun! Here is a piece I saw in a store while visiting my parents. I kinda liked the paint job. I'm fascinated by painting furniture and took a picture of this so I could remember what it looked like. It appeared to have several different paint colors brushed on and to me it was pretty neat looking. I'm getting ready to paint some furniture myself and am trying to find inspiration. 
 
 

Have you attempted painting furniture in your home? What did you think? What was your process? Hmm!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Get Rid of Toilet Rings

Happy Monday! Hope everybody has a great day! It's early here and I'm trying to start off the week on the right foot. Already been to the gym, worked out, showered and getting ready to cook some breakfast before starting my day.

Wanted to get this quickie tip in for the day! I just have to say I'm more than impressed with this little doo-dad below! We have a home that is on the older end of age. It's not super old but it's older so with that comes some things we have to maintain to keep it looking newer. One of the things that drives us nuts is those dirty looking rings around the toilet bowls. I've tried all kinds of cleaners and finally found something that cleaned the ring but didn't scratch or damage the porcelain. Woohoo!

It's this Pumie Scouring Stick below. It's a soft scouring stick. I say it's soft because it disintegrates while using it. It's not like a hard pumice bar you use on your foot. It definitely did the job and cleared away the ring deposits left on the toilet. Anyway I tried it on one toilet and it made it look brand new!

I was so excited to try it out that I didn't take a before picture but I will take a before and after once I do the next toilet. Can't wait to get all our toilets sparking to share! Who woulda thought!

That's all for now! Until next time!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

House Projects 2016



Long time no see! I'm so sorry. Things are good here. Different phases of life are always new transitions and been going through yet a new one. Hope all is well with you!

To help myself get motivated again, I'm making a punch list of things I want to accomplish around the house. These are the "indoor" things anyway! Here it is as follows:

Finish playroom
-paint wall where light switch plate is
-add wall hangings
-paint white cabinet

Kid's bedroom
-find paint chips at hardware store
-paint room
-reorganize room, wall hanging stuff, rearrange furniture, sell old items

Other kid's room
-paint dresser
-organize closet, toys again
-sell old stuff

Kitchen
-refinish kitchen table
-refinish cabinet in kitchen

Living room
Change out curtains in living room

Bonus room
-add some new wall hangings

Thanks for following along! I'll share my progress as I get going again!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Flu and Potted Plants - Oh Me Oh My

How are you? Long time no see but I'm sure you have been busy on your end. We've been doing things too but really the past couple of weeks have been a bit of a downer trying to recover from the Flu, Bronchitis and Strep. :- ( 
 
Just hoping our household is on the upswing of things now.
 
Well my post is pretty random but I'm kind of an "all over the place" kind of thinker most of the time anyway so here goes...
 
I'm really not that great of a gardener. I try though, really I do! As far as in the flowers and plants area, I'd say I'm pretty minimalistic. We'll call it that since I just don't have a very green thumb! So mainly the flowers you see in my yard are in pots. Yes potted plants. Yee Haw.
 
I bought a couple of beautiful large metal planters a while back and planted them full of soil and flowers and honestly they did horribly. The rain and weather drowned what I had planted even with rocks placed in the bottom of the pots. So here's what I did next after emptying everything out - I got out my electric drill and randomly drilled holes in the bottom so water will escape.  
 
 
outside of pot where I drilled. Wear your safety glasses!
 
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This is the inside of the pot if you couldn't tell. :)
 
I imagine it will help the next plant I put in it. I sure hope so anyway. I don't know that this little post will help you but thought I'd share anyway. Drilling is an easy task. Let's hope it works. Thanks for reading if anyone did.
 
Okay now go get that flu shot if you haven't already! You definitely do not want the flu. There is my real tip of the day. Hope all is well. Over and Out!  
 
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bleached Blinds

Not sure what the deal is with Blogger right now but I can't get my pix to upload. I reduced size and still nada so I'm posting with no pictures again. Oh well. It's not like I'm not trying. I'll figure it out just not today because I've got too much to finish up on! Happy Hump Day!

How do you clean your blinds in your house??? Bleaching blinds has been a pretty big activity the past couple of weeks here. I've cleaned them before using dusters, wash cloths, dusting gloves, etc. and it's just not cutting it. The changing of our air filters should help a lot with the amount of dust in our house but the blinds gunk got to me.

Finally thought I had to do more! We've got those two inch faux wood blinds and they are a little heavy but very easy to get down and maneuver. They are just awkward. Remember you're building muscle too! lol. So I started with the downstairs blinds, usually two sets a day, soaking them in the bath tub with warm water with a little bleach. They soak for an hour or so(you don't need a lot of water because the blinds do float) and then I scrub, rinse and pull them out of the tub, carefully placing them in a big Rubbermaid storage tub and carry them downstairs to lay them outside either on the patio table or driveway to dry. I cut the wooden pulls off and clean them separately before submerging them in the tub to be able to bleach the strings too. After I hang the blinds back up is when I re-knot the pulls. Super easy peasy! The people who lived here before us had a dog who chewed a lot of the pulls so I ordered a small bag to replace some. Yippie!

It's time consuming but worth it! Over time they just get so disgusting! Nice and new is how they look now! Makes looking out the windows way more pleasant!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tree and Stump Removal Oh My!

I'm so excited! The kids are back in school - my youngest just started Kindergarten so I'm catching up on all the outstanding projects we have at home! The past couple of weeks I cut down two trees and dug out four, count them, FOUR tree stumps all by myself! ROAR!!! haha.

I'm still excited. I had called around to various tree stump removal companies and no one called me back! Better for me because I did it by myself and saved my family a lot of dough! I would post the pictures of a couple stumps and the area I'm working on but I'm having trouble uploading pix this morning. It's not too bad uprooting smaller sized stumps but it takes dedication, strength and the mindset. Oh and lots of breaks!!!! The roots systems on some of them were tough. I've uprooted bushes before but these were a good bit harder. It took me three days to uproot four total and an hour per the first two stumps and then about fifteen minutes on one stump and two hours for the last stump. Lots of water breaks are needed though!

I've got a very loooong to do list so I'm getting to it. Lots of things to work on inside this week. I'll be sharing some of those projects too! Can't wait! Hope everybody is good!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Little Alarming!

Um several years ago someone I know had a fire in their home and it caused quite a bit of damage. After that everyone in our family got Fire Extinguishers as Christmas gifts! Was probably one of the smartest gift ideas because it is something everyone should have, just in case. So if you're ever looking for a practical gift, this is a good one! It was received well by everyone I gave one to!
 
My point of this post though is --- I've had this extinguisher for years. I have another one too but in my last kitchen "clean out" I realized that the gauge on it showed that it was empty, which was pretty alarming! It was no good to us if we needed it. I do not want to take that chance EVER! It went to the nearest recycling center so it could be disposed of but as a friendly reminder, maybe check your fire extinguishers to see if they are still good. Always best to be safe! Hope all is well!
 
 
 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Organizing Photos

How are things going? It's been HOT here. As far as stuff around the house I've got a big project going on and will probably continue all summer long. I'm working to reorganize all of our printed photos! I've saved up and used coupons to purchase plenty of photo albums so that isn't a concern and I can dig in and organize! 
 
photo albums oh my!
 
I love going through photo albums that belong to my parents and grandparents, and truthfully this project needs to be done for my kids. I want my kids to have photos they can see and remember things by. I've got boatloads of digital images but we have boxes full of printed photos as well. Going through everything and coordinating time lines and subjects for the albums has been challenging but I am starting to see the light!
 
Table covered in photos!
I've got photo albums of each child, one of our beloved cat, several family ones that include pictures of events and things with my husband's family and mine and wedding albums and albums of just my husband and me. Plus I've got some throwback photo albums that have sticky pages with clear view covers you lift up and replace to hold photos. I'm using those for pictures I can cut out and place in a collage sort of way. Oh the creative juices are flowing and it's keeping me busy!