Thursday, September 29, 2011

Doilies, Spiders and Yesterday's Trash

So you have a box some where of Grandma's old doilies.  You think they are pretty, but they just don't work with your current decor...they are just too....well....Grandma!

Not anymore!  

They make perfect spider webs for Halloween decor!
Fred on his doily web

This is our front entry!  Fred on his web and Herman hanging near by.  The cat and the pumpkin are luminaries from Illuminations.  I miss that store, they had the best seasonal decor.
Last weekend my husband dragged out all of our Halloween decor from the attic so we could start decorating. (PS...I still need to finish this project, what you see in the pictures, that's what is complete) Now that my daughter is two and a half, I thought we needed to have a craft project.  Something she could help "make" for our Halloween decorations.  So we (I) decided on spiders.  You know the simple ones you used to make in school with pom poms, pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes.  She WAS thrilled!!!
Don't you just love my says "Candy Bandit"
So we made 6 of these.  She kept 2 and we used 4 to decorate the front entry and the fireplace.  This was only after a few tears were shed because I was taking her "spider friends".  In the end she liked the idea and was OK with only having 2.  Those two now look like they have been "stomped" on with 2 year old love!
So I haven't named these spiders, but this is our mantel in the family room
The ghost are the "yesterday's trash".  These are made from old glass jars.  I can't take credit for this I saw these on Crafts by Amanda and thought they were WAY cute.  I did change it up a bit.  She used acrylic pant....I spray painted.  Much faster!  and I like the coverage better. 

So here is what I did:
1. Choose your glass jars.  I used an old apple sauce jar and 2 gravy jars.  Obvious, but just in case, you need to remove the label.  You might have to use some goo gone to get all the glue off.  Then I cleaned mine with Shaklee's Basic H Degreaser to remove any of the remaining goo gone.  The paint won't stick if you don't.

2. Then I sprayed them with Rustoleum 2X coverage.  Let dry.

3. Then I used a sharpie marker and drew on my face.  I free handed it.

4. Then I painted in my face with basic acrylic paint.  2 coats is what it took to get the opaque look.

Here they are finished!
Fun and Fast!  Oh...did I mention FREE!  I had all supplies on hand with the exception of the supplies to make the spiders.  This I purchased at Hobby Lobby for less than $5.00. Happy creating and Happy (early) Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My new FAVORITE product

About a month ago I was reading through some new blogs and happened across...Three Boys Blog. I really was enjoying Sara's posts.  So I decided to become a "follower".

"Ding", "Ding", "Ding"....CONGRATULATIONS....You are number 1000!
I was so excited....not for me, but for her.  I know this is a HUGE milestone, so I decided to leave a comment and congratulate her on this.  Now, let me preface this....I wasn't "fishing" for a gift, I really was happy for her!  But she decided to "reward" me for being number 1000!  Boy, am I glad she did!  Sara is a distributor for Shaklee products (at the time, I had never heard of them).
She sent me an email offering me several products.  I originally thought I would get the hand creme.  One can never have too much hand creme, right? But after spending some time on her blog she kept referencing a product called "Basic H".

This was one of my options to pick from, so I did a total 360 (getting something to pamper myself, to getting a cleaning product).  That choice was truly the best choice I could have made. This product has changed my life!

Changed my life?  How could a cleaning product change someone's life?  Really?  Well I am about to tell you.

We have black appliances in our kitchen (which I love), but they are like trying to keep a black car NEVER happens....especially with a 2 and a half year old!  There are always finger prints on the front of my fridge and smears across the front of the stove.  And when I do clean them (every other day), they still don't look clean.  They are full of steaks unless I spend some time "waxing on, and waxing off" to remove the steaks. Our stove is a double oven with the glass top.  This oven and I have had a love:hate relationship since we bought it 3 years ago.  Love the double ovens...hate the glass top.  Why...because it's a pain to clean!  Not anymore!!!! 
Basic H comes in a concentrate that you mix in 3 different spray bottles.  One for windows, one for all-purpose and one to degrease.  It's been around for 50 years and it is completely non-toxic, which means it safe to use around my 2 year old (now she can help clean windows, fridges and stoves) and cats.

I also received a "bonus" product called scour off!  Love this one too.  I get to that later.

Basic H glass cleans my fridge BEAUTIFULLY!  It leaves the front streak free without polishing for hours (windex couldn't do that).  Basic H All-purpose is scent free (well the others are too since they come from the same concentrate) and cleans the inside perfectly.  I don't like chemical or flowery smells in the fridge....just doesn't seem right with the food!  Basic H Degreaser ended the Love:Hate relationship with the stove.  I can finally get it clean without streaks or a 15 minute "wax on, wax off" scrub session. For the food that gets a little baked on the stove top....SCOUR OFF!  Two seconds with this and follow up with the Basic H degreaser and you have a stove that is showroom perfect!
 PS-I used the Scour Off in my stainless steal sink, it removed a rust stain that had been in my sink since we moved in (7 years ago).  It cleans our fiber glass tub and shower perfectly!  The only thing that has cleaned these to my standard so far...Mr. Clean Eraser and at $2.00 each (because if you have used them, you know they are really only good for one cleaning) the tub and shower becomes expensive.

OK....I know I sound like an infomercial (so I am going to stop here), but you have GOT to try this stuff!  I PROMISE you won't be disappointed.  Now go check out Sara's site and order some for your self!  You will LOVE IT!

PSS--When I got it in the mail, I had an extra 20 min before I could pick up my daughter from school.  I was late picking her up because I was having so much fun cleaning!  Sick... I know.

I also called my husband on the way home that day to share with him what Sara had sent me...when I told him...his response...."OH NO! Not Basic H....I thought I was rid of that stuff!  Growing up it was Basic H this, Basic H that"  Turns out my mother-in-law used it when he was a kid.  It has been around for 50 years!  Now you know it's good!

Oh yeah...he is still hearing..."Basic H this, and Basic H that"!  Happy Cleaning! Kellie
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A "Free" Buffet!!!

Two weekends ago we had our neighborhood garage sale. My husband and I did a bit of shopping. We didn't purchase a thing for the booth, but we did find a really cool lawyers bookshelf for Mr. T and a "dancing princess" dress for my daughter.  She was soooo happy!  Her favorite movie right now is "The 12 Dancing Princess".  It was a Barbie ballet dress-up dress, but she calls it her "dancing princess" dress.  Nothing beats watching a 2 and a half year old twirl in circles!

The Monday after garage sale weekend, I was heading home after picking up my daughter from school and found this little gem in the driveway of the SAME house we bought the bookshelf from with a big "FREE" sign on it!
Oops...I had already taken the hardware off.  It was big, bold and brass!
How did I miss this in the sale?  Oh well...FREE is better, right?  I immediately sent Mr. T a text and told him he had to pick it up on his way home from work.  He has the SUV....I have a 2 door coupe....not to conducive for picking up furniture.  I had ants in my pants hoping no one else would grab it!

It was a little rough and not solid wood, but for FREE....who cares.  It still had good lines and could be cute...right?
I sanded the heck out of the top to smooth out all the water damage, and then primed it!  I decided a light gray would be something different!  So I painted it with some "OOPS" paint from Lowes that I had on hand.  Then I antiqued it with Valspar antiquing glaze (had this on hand too) and waxed it with Minwax dark brown.
I actually wished I had a place to put this in my home.  I really liked it when it was done. place to put it, meant it would be taken to the booth for someone else to enjoy!  It lasted a little less than 24 hours.  Guess I won't even have time to think about what I could get rid of to move it home. (sob)

Remember, I forgot to get before pics of the hardware, but trust me it they were big, bold and brass! I painted them with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze....which I love, but it was just too flat for me.  So I lightly sanded the edges of the hardware to reveal some of the original brass, then waxed them as well.  I LOVED the finished result.  It almost had the manufactured "oil rubbed bronze" appearance.  I loved it so much...I may attempt to paint all our brass paddle handle door knobs (love the handles, hate the color) in our house.  So what do you think of the sanding and the end result?
So here is the final reveal, in our booth.  I didn't get any "real" staged shots because I simply didn't have time!  I still think the pics turned out great, even though they look a little washed out due to the florescent lighting.
PS- the cutting boards are handmade by my dad!  More info can be found at, This is still under construction since he is just getting going.  I love the fact that I can have them available in our booth space!
Before I go, I said I would share a pic of my daughter and her new kitten, Aurora (named after Sleeping Beauty) you see a theme here?  Dancing Princesses and Disney Princesses.
Ciao for now! Kellie

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Oh My Gosh it's almost October!

I'm not really sure where my summer has gone!  It seems like June 4th hit (the day of the Preeclampsia Promise Walk) and summer took off in a sprint and I am still jogging to cool down!  We have been UNBELIEVABLY busy this summer.  Too busy! We were out of town 10 of the weekends this summer and if we weren't out of town, we had out of town guests.

I have been behind on everything the last month and I am finally starting to dig out and slow down.  It has been over a month since I posted anything and sadly to haven't missed hardly an projects!  I have been so busy catching up on house cleaning,working my other FT/PT job as a marketing manager, errands, yard work (more Mr. T than me) and getting our daughter back in the routine of school, that I just haven't had that much time for anything else.  I did however manage to get a small end table completed and up to the booth 2 weeks ago!  I am currently working on a buffet and dresser. I hope to have them done by this weekend. So for now here are some pics of the night stand and I hope to have more to share soon! I call it my "Wordy Night Stand".
The top has been painted in chalk board paint.
If you look closely, the draw front and the shelves have subtle writing on them....words of love!

I started out with the entire drawer front covered in the type set.  Then I decided I didn't like it.  So I painted over it.  However, when I started to sand and distress the type set started showing through.  I liked the randomness of this and decided to add it to the shelves too.  Not too shabby for a mistake!  What do you think?

If you noticed the chair in the pic....I got 4 of these babies at the goodwill for $20.00 (unfortunately at the beginning of summer).  I plan to refinish them and use them in my kitchen. Now if only I could get an extra 5 hours a day to get everything done that I would like to get done! 
On a personal note to add to our chaotic summer, we got a new kitten over Labor Day weekend...she is SOOO cute, can't wait to share pics. Thank you Dad for bringing her to us, because one more trip away from home might have put me in the psych ward. And we moved my daughter to her "big girl" bed last weekend.  This went BEAUTIFULLY!  She loves it and stays in it!  God is good!
Ciao for now! Kellie