Sep 2, 2012 - Craft Projects    1 Comment

Upcycle Banner – Howdy

Spent the day with my two daughters crafting.  I love sharing how to do things when “girls” get together and they always show me something I didn’t know.  Learned a little on typography. 


No. 1 daughter found a bunch of old canvas totes that were going to be tossed.  She knew she could do something with them and grabbed them.



To get the full affect of the banner I needed to make the picture bigger.


I didn’t get pictures of the steps along the way but here is a brief description.

  • She cut open the bag.
  • Cut out the pendants (these are approx 7″ across the top)
  • Cut out stencil for Howdy – used Century Schoolbook for the font (love the Silhouette for this)
  • Used foam daubers and stencil brush and acrylic paint for letters
  • Sewed a brown stitch 1/4″ along all 3 sides (Mom did this)
  • Frayed the edges – used Tim Holtz tonic studio’s fray picker
  • Used large eyelets (she had to color these to match; copic markers + staz-on ink).  She love the Crocodile for punching the holes and setting the eyelet.
  • Inked the fabric buttons
  • Jute to string the banner

Super cute and I can’t wait to make me something very similar.  Good job #1 Daughter.  No. 2 Daughter worked on multiple banners as soon as she sends me a picture I’ll share.


Telephone Bench – Revamp

Back when I was a kid we had one of these telephone benches, we also had a party line (that’s where 2 or more people share the same telephone line) and our phone numbers started with words, like Hickory 6 -1234  instead of all numbers.

I didn’t get a picture before Daughter #2 stripped off the awful paint, but here it is ready for me  to “Sherrify” it.



First up is getting everything sanded, filling holes and repairing anything that needs to be taken care of before you start painting.



Next up is to prime it.  I used Kilz.  This old furniture sometimes has a funky smell and the wood is so dry that the Kilz not only kills the order it also seals off the wood and gets it ready to accept the new paint.  By the way I don’t get paid by Kilz to say this, you just need a good primer.


 I do the full thing, inside, underside, front and back.







It may even take several coats (and light coats) to get it where I want it before I start using the final paint.


From there I let it dry a couple of days and I also sand lightly in between coats.





Now I start painting, I use a HPLV sprayer.  I got mine for about $15 from Good Harbor Freight (again no pay). I have a small pancake compressor and it does pretty good at keeping up.

This color is gorgeous and I start with painting the underneath side first.  It is a Valspar color (sorry, don’t remember) but she took her fabric for the cushion and matched the color.





These steps are the same as painting the primer, light coats, let dry overnight, lightly sand, light coat.  I usually do at the minimum 3 coats and depending on how it looks if it needs more I do more.







I added a little touch of my own for my Daughter.  She loves hounds tooth so I thought I would put a hounds tooth stencil on the bottom of the telephone bench.  You can’t see it when it is setting up, but she knows it’s there and she knows it a special thing from me to her.

I used the bronze glaze to stencil the design.





I finished this piece off by putting on a bronze glaze.  You can see it matched the material she picked out for the seat cushion.

Instead of using polyurethane or acrylic shield  finish the piece I used clear wax and let it dry overnight then buffed it out.




She has this sitting next to an entry window with a cute lamp and she is going to get a retro looking telephone.  So cute!





Aug 4, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Sugar Scrubs and “Pinterest” Connect Group

I have been hosting a “Connect Group” in my home over the last few weeks.  A Connect Group is a version of a home group meeting for our church.

My group was a “Pinterest Group”.  We found various things we wanted to attempt and then meet together, had a short devotion then lots of fun and laughter.

We attempted to make sugar scrubs and they turned out very well.



I found these cute jars at Walmart.  They are 4 oz and will hold a 1/2 cup of your sugar scrub.  They also came with some cute little labels.

I didn’t dress these up too much but the next batch will have all kinds of cuteness!





Here is what you need.

Sugar, light Olive Oil, an essential oil (your choice of scent), bowl, measuring cups, and a spoon.





Measure a 1/2 cup of sugar into the bowl.







Next you’ll need a 1/4 cup Olive Oil.  Then mix the two together.  If it is too wet feeling add more sugar, too dry add more oil.






Next you can add your essential oil (about 7-8 drops).  I used what I had on hand which was Orange Ginger Fragrance Oil.   I’m calling mine and using it strictly for a hand scrub.  I’m thinking if you got massage oil you could probably use it anywhere on your body without any concerns.

But you never know so you should test to see if you are allergic the oil you are putting into the sugar scrub.   You could probably use the essential oils that are used to add a fragrance to soap.  Since it is made for homemade soap it would be safe for your skin. 

You could also add some food coloring to give it some color.


I also made a Coffee-Mocha Sugar scrub (1/2 sugar, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup ground coffee, 2 Tbsp of Cocoa, 1 tsp of vanilla). So yummy smelling!  My BFF love coffee so it was a special gift to her (yes, I spared no expense I used Starbucks Coffee, her favorite).


It’s the dark jar with the chalkboard lid.



So, I just took a sanding block, sanded the lid, then sprayed it with chalkboard paint…..cuteness!  You can write a message or the person’s name or the name of the sugar scrub.

This was such an easy “Pinterest” idea and the sugar scrub does a wonderful job of exfoliating and the olive oil feels great.

Be careful if you use it in the shower the olive oil will make the surface slippery.


Have fun and let me know how your sugar scrub comes out.




Jul 28, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have researched and loved the look of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  Finally, broke down and bought some over a year ago.

So, I decided I would first do a test of the paint before I started painting my hall bathroom’s cabinets.  Yes, you read correctly.




I bought a picture frame at M’s and tried out the technique on it to see if I would like the results.  This is a collage of the steps.




The printable art I found free on a website, unfortunately I can’t find the name of the website or person who so graciously provided the free art.  Usually, I capture that information so I am sure to provide a link back and give them full credit.  I apologize I am not able to do that.  I have looked for 2 hours and still can’t seem to figure out what blog I was on or linked to it through another blog.

I love how it turned out and I’m ready to start painting my hall bathroom cabinets.  Probably wait until it gets cooler here, although I don’t know what difference that would make since I would be in air conditioned house.


Jul 9, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Chalkboard Tray

This is nothing new; however, I thought I would give putting chalkboard paint on a silver tray.

I found this tray at a flea market on our recent trip to Austin.

$2 I like the price for what I’m about to do with it.




First I took a sanding block and sanded the surface of the tray to scratch it up.  This gives the surface “tooth” to hold the paint.


Second I took painters tape and taped off the parts I didn’t want the paint to get on.  I will tell you this is my second attempt at doing this and because this tray has “fancy” designs on it, it took a little extra effort.






It not only had pointed areas, it had the design of a shell.







I like to use the spray Chalkboard Paint instead of the type you have to paint on.  It’s quicker and less time consuming.  Three thin coats will do it.







Now you carefully take off the painters tape.

If there are areas that need to be cleaned up I just used my exacto knife and scrapped off the Chalkboard paint to give it a finished look.





This is an important step, you need to take chalk and rub it all over the Chalkboard paint to prep the surface.

Then clean it off and you are ready to write your own message.






Yep, our church has Connect Groups and I’m hosting one of the groups that are just for fun!  We are calling it the Pinterest Group and this is our first project.


Hmm, looks like I need to correct spelling on the tray!







Jul 7, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Banner – Sherrification!

Ok, I know it has been a long time since I posted anything.  I’ve been a little busy and just a soon as my #2 Daughter gets the seat cover on our latest project, I will have an entire post to share.


Here is a little project.  My #1 Daughter made a banner for July 4th.  Click on the image and make it bigger so you can see all of cuteness.


My daughters have come up with this phase “Sherrification”!  That is when they get a project so far and then can’t think of what else to do to it to make it cute and they bring it to the “Woman Cave” and we finish playing with it until it has had some Sherrification.



We made the rosettes, glued the letters into place…they spell “Liberty”, and she was about to leave when I grabbed the tinsel and wrapped it around the rosette.   It made it look like sparklers were going off behind them.  Now that is cute! Then she picked-up 1776 ribbon at M’s to finish it off…… perfect!



May 30, 2012 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Patriotic Dress Up

Thought I would show you a quick way to add a little Patriotic dressing and cheer to your office or home.

Here is what I used.  

3-spools of ribbon – Hobby Lobby 1/2 off

A ruffler – thanks Amber

Glue gun and a basket I had laying around.


I sent the ribbon through the ruffler and then starting at the bottom of the basket started hot gluing the ribbon.

Not to precise, once a plant is in it no one will notice if you are off a little.





We are having a decorating contest at the office where I work and I’m dressing up my closet plant and adding a little Red, White and Blue!


So simple yet so cute.


Finished Master Bath Roman Faucets

Absolutely sometimes the thing you dread the most turns out to be a non-event.

We finally finished the new Roman Faucets on the tub and also replaced the drain and vent cover.

Here is what I learned:  you need to measure the distance between the faucet and the wall to be sure the handle can turn.

Not exactly the way they should turn but they work .


We had to pull the front off of the garden tub and was worried it would break.  To our surprise it was very flexible.  We were able to pull a little away and then install the new faucets.

We had help with this, one of our best friends (Joel Orr) helped us remove the old rusted faucets and sweated on some female connectors.  We would have put on ball valves but we didn’t think we could get the front of the tub back on.

Guess what, when you buy these kinds of faucets they don’t give you all the supply lines.  We had to buy two more to connect the faucets to the water.


Now we got that done, we had to wait until some of the junk under the tub dried out so we could vacuum it up.  We had a little ant problem.






Next it was left up to me to change out the drain and the air vent cover.  The items I used are some plumbers putty, a nifty tool to take the drain cover out, a screw driver to give me additional leverage on the nifty tool, base board to put back in place when I get the front of the tub back in place and some caulk to seal the front of the tub and finish off the base board.




This was so easy; place the tool in the drain and the screwdriver in the top and start turning.  Remember lefty loosey.


Once it is out clean out the old plumbers putt.




Take some new plumbers putty roll it out in a snake shape and then put it on the drain in a circle.

Too much and you have it squeezing out from underneath your new drain cover.  No biggie, just clean it up.





Now, the thing you need to be aware of is that not all drain covers are created equal.  The one I originally bought with the faucets did not work, it was too large.  Quick trip to Lowe’s and a helpful guy, showed me what I needed and this one has a housing that can be taken off to show the smaller cover.




Start screwing the drain cover in and insert the nifty tool, this time righty tighty.

Once that is secure you can put in the drain stopper that goes with the drain cover.

Be sure and run some water in the tub to make sure it holds water, open the drain and make sure it drains properly.




The air vent cover was really simple just unscrew the old one replace the new one.  I was lucky the pipe that allows air so the drain works properly was secure in place.  If you have a loose one be careful when you pull off the cover and do not let the tube drop back or to the side.  It is really difficult to get it back in the right place.


There you have it the Master Bath faucets are all installed.  I just have to finish the access hole we cut in the wall in my closet and the project of replacing our faucets are almost complete.  I still need to get the shower faucets updated in both bathrooms but right now they can wait.  

They won’t wait for long because that kind of stuff drives me crazy.



For the Love of Mercury Glass

I know it has been way too long since I posted something.  Life has a way of getting really busy fast.


Last weekend the girls and I spent a weekend in Austin.  Just let me say Austin runs on its own theme and time schedule.  Very different from Dallas.

I found some Mercury Glass pulls and of course I needed them …..ok more like wanted them.



I think they make a lovely addition to my chest.  Excuse the mess around the chest, that is my project for the day is to clean up my craft room.


I’ve got Granddaughter’s B-day invites to make, birthday cards and Mother’s Day cards to make.

Oh yeah, I’m throwing in a facial too.

Apr 28, 2012 - Family & Friends    No Comments

Dallas Museum – Quality Time with Daughter #2

I don’t always get a chance to get away to a Museum.







Daughter #2 and I took an afternoon and had lunch and then an afternoon at the Dallas Museum to see the paintings from the 20’s.  We rode in style in her Infinity G37…beautiful car.


I was expecting to see pictures of flappers and the prohibition but it was more about the industrial age and the change in the world between the strength of men and the machine.



Then as we were leaving I found the perfect element to get a quick picture.  She made me feel like #1 for the day!  Thank you Amber for a great lunch and  TXU for the free tickets and parking.  I so enjoy spending time with you.


This was the #1 (parking level we were on).  One of the things that was prominent in the 1920 paintings is the models would hold their face as to draw attention to the face.  I think I nailed it!