Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Someone Finds Me Versatile

I am feelin' pretty special right about now! You ask why? Because Anita over at Going A Little Coastal must think my blog is A-OK! She gave me the Versatile Blogger award! You should check out her blog. As the name of her blog indicates it has a great coastal feel to it and she has beautiful pictures. I could take lessons from her on the photography.

Here is how this award works. I tell you 7 things about myself and then pass it on to 15 other versatile bloggers.

Tracy, you and your trinkets and treasures was going to be top of my list but Anita got to you first...so movin on.

1.All my life peoples first perception of me has been that I am prissy. Boy are they wrong. So I like to look nice and I like makeup, but I will get my hands dirty with the best of them. I fish, I used to ride motorcycles, like gardening, and love to build stuff with power tools. ARGH ARGH.

2. I was on my way to work one morning and was at a stop sign on my motorcycle and was hit from behind by a car doing 40 mph. Was blessed that the only major injury was a herniated disk in my neck that had to be fused. It took me out of my career but I lived to craft another day!

3. I owned my own hair salon for 20 years and was blessed that many of my customers had been with me most of that time.

4. My husband and I adopted our son when he was 15 and he is now 27. He is serving in the Navy and we are VERY proud of him!

5. Nothing makes me happier than to make my husband laugh or smile. I still think his smile is dreamy after all these years. We met in 1984, so that would be 26 years. We will celebrate out 24th wedding anniversary June 1st.

6. At one time I had 1600 gallons of salt water in our basement full of salt water fish and corals. That was one of my favorite hobbies but took too much work and money.

7. My husband has always said I missed my calling. I can do imitations of most people. I can even sing like them when a song is on but can't hold a tune on my own.

Here are 15 that I follow and enjoy! In no certain order.

Remodelaholic : There is a lot of diversity to this blog. She gives great details with her projects.
Hennessey House : She is an amazing artist and has just started up her very own Etsy shop. She cracks me up with her no nonsense attitude.
Keepin' Up With The Moody's : This young one has a lot goin' on. She is creative, bubbly and excited about blogging. Check out her tile monogram when you go to see her.
My Dear Trash : There are 2 friends that write this blog. I have been so inspired by the money that Kelly has made by thrifting and then selling on Craislist. A lot can be learned in this blog.
Nine Is Fine : Nobody knows how to find dumpster finds like this chick! When you go to check her out take a peak at her porch decor. Love it!
Funky Junk Interiors : This girl is a survivor. Read her story and then dig through her archives and see what she has done to her home....AMAZING! She is funny to boot...not fair. When you are poking around her site you have to look at her fireplace mantle
Keepin Up With The Moody's : She has not been around Blog Land long but she has been workin' on those refabbing skills for a while. When you are over there poking around, look for the fireplace mantel redo. OMG. It looks seriously old....not fake old but real old. It is hot.
Under The Table And Dreaming : This lady knows how to throw a party and she can even do great DIY projects
A Little Bit Of Bliss : Her blog is full of family and home decor projects. She made the most beautiful farm table...you have to check it out.

Now ladies....I am usually one to follow rules but I can only sit at this computer for so long and this is a long tedious project. Neck just can't take it so I am cutting it short and passing it along. Please visit these ladies blogs. You will find something to inspire you at each one. I sure have.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Found A New Place To Troll

I was out last week running errands and came across a new place to troll for junk treasures! The great thing is it is not another GW. It is a thrift for battered and homeless women. ALL proceeds go to the shelter. No one at the store takes a salary.
Wanna see what I got? Let me tell you it was chock full of goodness!

Let me break it down for ya.....

That is a Pampered Chef Chopper....which is one of my favorite things in my kitchen...for $1.00!
NEVER USED!!! Oh my! I would have knocked someone over if they had gotten between me and that chopper!

I think I am developing a new love for all things wire!

What do you think. All this loot for about 36.00. Can I get a Whoot Whoot or a What What?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Jumped on The Cloche Wagon

Ok... I would give credit for the inspiration but I wouldn't know where to start. I think I must be the last person to transform a cheese dome into a Cloche! I used a brass candle stand and a Goodwill cheese dome. Primed the candle stand and the base to the cheese dome. After I primed I sprayed on 2 coats of ORB. Used a little silicone adhesive. This has to be one of the easiest projects yet. Low effort big pay off!

Eenie meenie miney moe...which one has to go?

Look at the curves on her...she even has nice feet!

Could you find a more simple project?

Linking to these great parties!

UndertheTableandDreaming The DIY Show Off

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Servin' It Up With Cricut

This is gonna be short and sweet. Ha ha...I know you have a hard time believing that, but here we go.

I found these two lil' frames at Goodwill

Painted them, sanded them and threw some Cricut luvin' on them!

Hung them in my kitchen and called it a wrap!
Was that short enough?

Ooh..ohhh. If you are into using a Cricut I got this great software called "Make The Cut"
It allowed me to find a jpg. of the spoon and fork on the web and make the silhouette.

Linkin' to these great parties

Get your craft on Thurs.giveaways

UndertheTableandDreaming The DIY Show Off

On Your Mark....Yard Sale Plotter!

On your mark...get ready.......how? Yard sale plotter! This site is the shiznit! I found way more yard sales with this than anything else. You set your address and it loads them up! You select the ones you want after reading details of sale and print your map and you are off to the race! LOVE IT! The actual name of it is gsalr. Check it out and let me know what you think. Happy hunting!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sharing a Favorite

I wanted to share one of my favorite Blogs with you guys. I saw her link on several link parties and noticed I was seeing her pop up in comments on lots of blogs I follow. I know....great minds think alike.

Her posts contain great photos of her projects and she gives great instructions. Check out this great outdoor lamp she made. How clever!

Check out this sweet birdcage that she put together. I told her I wanted to compliment her by doing one like it and she thought that was a great compliment.

You should check Tracy out at  Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures.
Plan on having plenty of time to poke around and be inspired. 

Thank you Tracy for inspiring and sharing! ;-)

Yay! She Loved It!!!

Well I took my Niece the desk on her birthday and she loved it. It was a hectic day and we didn't get to do pictures. The very next morning was when my Mother in law had her wreck....hence the late update on how she liked the desk. I finished the chair and added the shelf for the PC but didn't get pictures for original post. Everything is now complete and updated. Here are the pictures without further rambling!

Do ya think she looks happy?

Ok....I have posted about this desk twice now. I will cease and desist! I shall move on!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Missing in Action!

I am not one to share much of my personal  life on my blog but just wanted to let you guys know that I will be MIA for a week or two. My Mother-in-law was in a auto accident this past weekend and I will be busy helping out. I will try to view and comment on my fellow bloggers posts but will not have time to do any projects. Keep my family in your prayers. She has a long recovery ahead of her. She is in good spirits and I feel this will have a positive effect on her recovery.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Labor of Love For My Sweet Niece

This is the desk I have been going on about and teased you with yesterday. My Mom got this at a yard sale 10 years ago for $8.00.
I still was not up to doing the clear coat, but I did get the keyboard drawer lined with some cute black and white paper.
I hope my niece loves it as much as I do. If only my brother didn't know I was doing this for her I could keep it....you think....that would be so wrong! OK I will give it to her.
I couldn't get the hubby to help me bring it upstairs to stage it. Argh! That means bad lighting and garage door background. Here is the before and some during pictures.
Shop mascots....my babies
holes filled with wood filler
My sweet hubby cut out the front of the drawer for me...gonna be a keyboard drawer.
All prime up.....
I primed with Gripper primer because the top is Formica. Let me tell you this stuff is thick. I brushed it on and had bad brush strokes on everything. Sand, sand, sand , and sand some more.
Next is the first coat of paint.....brushed on. Look at that! I had to do heavy sanding after the first coat. Drats!!
When I taped up the drawers I used the top of the desk to prop them on.....of course I covered it....I had just primed it the day before. When I was done taping I removed the heavy paper that I had covered the desk top with and  SHRIEK  I had chipped out big chunks of primer. Breath...breath....breath.
Rushed into stripping without taking pictures until I was almost done.
OK...at this point I re-primed and sanded the top. I then decided to throw caution to the wind and pull out the spray gun that beat me down when I tried to use it on another project I am working on. This time the difference is I am using latex and last time I was using latex enamel.
I just luuuuuuve power tools...

It actually worked pretty good.

Here she is all dressed and ready to go.
Bad lighting....it is white.
Lined the drawer with scrap book paper.
This is my first distressed piece. Please tell me what you think.

Linking up to:
Photobucket The DIY Show Off
HookingupwithHoHFurniture Feature Fridays
All Thingz Related DIY Day @ ASPTL http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/