Tuesday, May 12, 2015

All Keyed Up: 2.0

Hey remember when I talked about my somewhat questionable eBay purchase turned key holder?  Since the move it just didn't seem to be doing it for me anymore.  So I decided a new face lift was in order, but what to do with it?

First I thought about doing a fun and quirky saying like: 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost...Some are Still Just Looking For Their Keys', or 'Out Running the Zombie Horde Could Come Down to Where You Left Your Keys'.  In the end I thought I would rather do something classier than a zombie themed key holder.  No offense for my zombie loving peeps, but I just couldn't pull the trigger.

My first step was removing the decorative paper that I had decoupaged on the back a few years back.

I just spritzed some water on the back to reactivate the glue so that it would just scrap off.

Slowly but surely it all came off.

Then I decided that I wanted to have a super rad harlequin pattern on the background.

So then I spent the next hour measuring, and taping off the pattern.  It took me an hour because I had help.

Aren't they cut helpers.  Totally worth the extra time added to the project because making memories takes time.

Ok, confession time.  Obviously the zombie theme made it all the way to the mock-up stage before I realized that it wasn't what I really wanted for my house.  I may have a crazy quirky sense of humor, but I just didn't think my home decor could handle it.  So, classy it was.

I carried the whole thing outside to give it a quick shot of silver paint.

I went with Rustoleum in Metallic Bright Silver.

First off lets just all agree to pretend that I'm better with a camera, and able to take a picture without having my toe featured in it.  Someday I'm going to make it though an entire post without my toe making an impromptu appearance somewhere...but I digress. After this step is when my project hit its first hiccup.  While I was allowing it dry out under the sun...in nature, there were apparently two tiny suicidal spiders out there just waiting to ruin my day.  When I went out to check on the drying, apparently two little spiders had landed in the wet paint, and flailed about enough to ruin...everything!

So using my putty knife I scraped off what was remaining of the gummy paint.  Then I let it sit on my counter for well over a week while I made up my mind on how to fix it, or if I wanted to head in a different direction altogether (or if I just wanted to live like an animal and not keep track of my keys anymore).  

In the end I decided I was civilized enough to want to keep track of my keys after all, and wanted to just go with a crisp clean look, and painted the whole thing a nice bright white.  I had a tiny little sample size container of paint that I turned into chalk paint with a little bit of plaster of paris, and after two coats I was in business.  

So...I got a CriCut Explore for Christmas this year because Señor Hotness loves me, and I have used it for a ton of paper style crafts for everything under the sun it seems, but I had yet to use it to do any vinyl cutting.  The youth at church held a MASSIVE garage sale to help raise money for youth camp.  Some awesome person donated some Cricut supplies, and a roll of turquoise vinyl.  So gave myself 2 whole seconds before I absconded with the goods because lets be honest I REALLY wanted it.  Also I didn't abscond with them so much as pay for them.  So now that I was a proud owner of a partial roll of vinyl I thought this would be a good project to cut my teeth on.

So in Cricut Design I found this awesome skeleton key design, and chose it as the background.  

So other than the fact that my kitchen was obviously trashed, and I was working on this project instead of cleaning it (because thats how I roll).  Let me just be honest.  Putting vinyl on free hand it WAY harder than you would think.  Next time I try something big I will most certainly invest in some transfer paper to make the task an easier one.  So after I wrestled that bad boy on there I realized that it was not totally centered on the background.  I tried to talk myself into thinking that it was fine.  So I snapped some pictures, and texted them to my, go to, truth tellers aka my sisters.  

Aren't sisters awesome?  They love me, and they feel absolutely no obligation to sugar coat, ANYTHING. So they agreed that it was looking sort of wonky(technical term), and one sided.  So instead of peeling that beast of a key off of there, and trying to reposition it...again.  It was suggested that I just add a bit of embellishment to try to balance it out.   

I found this cool little corner, and cut it out in my vinyl.  After I placed it I sent it back out to the ladies, and they all agreed that it was the final touch that it needed to look balanced, and well...awesome.

So at the end of the day I have this super awesome key holder with an awesome classy feel that I spent less than $5.00 on, everything, for it.  I can't wait to get it hung on the wall.  So the lesson I learned from this project is to not be afraid to change directions in the middle of a project because the end result could be cooler than your original vision could have ever been. 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Highlighting The Imperfections

You know how sometimes you stumble onto something truly brilliant by mistake?  I like to think thats how penicillin came to be.  Then there are those other times when an event happens that highlights just how very much of a failure you truly are?  Like when you start singing a classic Bon Jovi song at your 10 year old only for her to look at you with a blank expression.  Then you realize that you have been a colossal failure as a mother because your kid hasn't a clue what an 80s hair band is, let alone one as awesome as Bon Jovi, but I digress.

Not the best picture, but until we get our internet issue or lack thereof figured out I am stuck with cell phone pictures as they don't use as much data to upload.  Sorry peeps.

This is how I stubbled on how to highlight these insanely cool imperfections on a pair of thrift store plates destined to be part of a plate wall.

Okay so remember when I found a Goodwill Superstore in Tyler Texas?  Well while I was there I found several plates that I thought might make a good addition to an eventual plate wall.  I got varying shapes, and colors.  Several I got had a fun shape and texture, but an ugly color or none at all.

During that trip I bought two matching Mikasa basket weave plates that were kind of blah, but at a $1.25 a pop I thought I could dress them up with some paint or something (I didn't really have a solid idea though).  Fast forward almost a year and one out of state move later, and there they sat, still looking blah in my closet with all my other plates.  

So still at a loss of what to do with some of these plates I turned to pinterest for DIY plate projects, and came across a plethora of people talking about how easy it is to transform your plates using simple sharpie markers, and then baking them to set the color permanently.

Can you feel it?  My over confidence in an ability that I don't have, and a talent that I have never taken the time to develop.  I mean how hard could it be to free hand a cutesy pattern on there, and then bake it into permanence?  Then when people come visit they can Ooh and Aah over my free handing awesomeness, right?

Um, not so much.  Sadly I spent far too long trying to salvage this super sad excuse, but in the end I decided to take some rubbing alcohol to wipe it off.  By the way did you know that you can remove sharpie marker off of a smooth surface with rubbing alcohol?  Yeah me either.  If only that worked when a certain 4 year old I know decided to leave a partial autograph on the back of one of my car seats.... and her little sisters skin.  Again I digress.

Then I had my own personal penicillin moment (only not nearly as life altering though). It wasn't until I tried to remove all the ugly child like drawings that I really noticed the webwork of tiny cracks all over the base that had been highlighted when the marker had seeped in.  I really loved it though. It really reminded me how when I refinish a piece of furniture I like to play up the imperfections as that gives the piece more character, and a sense of history. 

So then I though holy heck I need to do this to the other plate.

This one had this really awesome almost spiral patterned to the cracks that was pretty rad looking. So then I just needed to figure out how to do on purpose what had been a mistake before.

I started by taking my teal sharpie and liberally applying it to the middle of the plate, and then letting it sit for about 10 minutes.

Then I put a small bit of rubbing alcohol on the surface, and started to spread the marker stain.

I waited an additional 10 minutes allowing the thinned out marker stain to really soak in.

Then after another bit of alcohol I rubbed the thinned marker stain around a bit more.  Removing even more of the excess marker.

Then it was time to clean it off as best I could.

Then what I was left with was a super awesome looking natural cracked surface.  

Then I thought why not leave a wash of color in the basket weave.  So then I scribbled on the area with my sharpie.

Then using the alcohol I removed as much marker as I possibly could.  Leaving behind a faint wash of color that really tied in with the newly hightlighted cracks.

So after having to face the brutal truth that I don't have a future in free hand art I was able to really highlight the awesome cracks spiderwebbing the surface of a few thrift store finds that should act as a super cool addition to my future plate wall.

From now on I think that I'll be remembering that sometimes mistakes can lead me to some truly awesome discoveries, and that sometimes a piece doesn't truly find its beauty until we highlight what might at first peek look like an imperfection.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Confessions of a Lazy Blogger...

Bless me Bloglandia for I have sinned.  It has been over a month since I last blogged, and if we're being honest my few posts since the move have been sorely lacking.  Our internet issues are still very much, well, an issue.  We opted to go with the crazy slow "high speed" internet that was the best offered in our area.  Well, peeps, its not even fast enough to support WiFi.  Who knew that internet would be so important to a blogger.  It boggles the mind.

The other reason I have been MIA is that my projects have been very much subject to the weather. Fun fact: Louisiana gets a LOT of rain.  Shocking I know, but with the rain and tons of humidity most of my projects have ground to a halt.  I have a few ugly pieces of furniture that are desperately needing a good overhaul, but not being sure how the crazy high level of moisture in the air will affect them has me being caution.  

Other than that we have been house hunting because who loves renting?  Not me.  Also Destructo Girl broke our dishwasher so the amount of dishes that the older girls and I have had to do it staggering, and then we have to do it all over again the next day.  Talk about first world problems.  The amount of dishes generated by a family of seven is no joke, and, believe me, I've tried to joke about it.

All of that being said spring is upon us, and I sense a few awesome projects in my near future.  So stay tuned for new developments...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Welcome the the Woods Wednesday Link Party ~ 1

So here's what I've been talking about on the blog

The Incomparable Señor Hotness...the world's most awesome girl dad!

Also this super cute Beehive Sign!

Now on to the party!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

You Know You're a Girl Dad When...

Not every dad is cut out to be a girl dad.  It takes a special guy to be the lone source of testosterone in a sea of estrogen.  So I thought I would compile things that might clue you in to whether a guy is a dad to just ladies.

Just a heads up.  Little girls are all about accessorizing, and Daddy is not immune.

Ladies and Gents, this is what I call the money shot.

Sometimes girl dad's are accessorized so much and so often that they don't even realize that they've been wearing a pipe cleaner tiara for the better part of an hour.

Sorry for the blurry picture, but girl dad's are accustomed to not only sitting under a pile of girls but also all of their trappings.

A girl dad has to get in exercise when he can...even if that means he had to go in his overalls...to play basketball.

A girl dad has grace under pressure (a.k.a. he can continue to strike a pose for the camera even when there is a meltdown times three happening on his lap).

A girl dad knows that when help presents itself in the form of a pantless 3 year old...you take what you can get.

A girl dad knows better than to say no to kisses.

A girl dad quickly learns that he is the most comfy couch/mattress/seat around.

A girl dad is great at holding small hands.

A girl dad is a crack shot...because he has to be.  Watch out boys.  This dad means business!

A girl dad is the best to ride carnival rides with.

Careful guys, if your friend is a dad to a small female horde he will often allow you to also be treated as a girl dad too.

Summer walks often start out fun, but end with a girl dad making the trip home pack mule style.

A girl dad's assistant can sometimes take the form of an adorable two year old with a summertime aversion to clothes.

A girl dad will submit to having a fake mustache drawn on if it makes his ladies happy.

A girl dad usually has at least one girl with him...even when doing something manly like buying lumber.

If a girl dad is presented with the opportunity to combine two of his favorites he will.  In this case it is guns, and his awesome ladies.

No matter how busy he might be a girl dad will submit to cuddles at any time.

Even a girl dad has to participate if his ladies have decreed that it is "wear a headband" day.

A ride on Daddy's back is better than any horse ride...ever.

If a girl dad crafts it is probably going to involve guns, and how to conceal them.

A girl dad with so many awesome girls has every reason to smile big.

A girl mom has to quickly learn that there is no greater danger than trying to come between a girl and her daddy.

Little girls always want to be like their dad.  Even when that means they have big shoes to fill.

A girl dad will submit to having to wear a floppy straw hat if...

it makes a girl smile with this much happiness.

At the end of they day you know you could be girl dad if your teenage desire to be the ultimate ladies man has been realized now that you are the father of a small female horde.

Thank you Señor Hotness for being the most wonderfully awesometastically coolest daddy our ladies could ever hope to have.