Painting Furniture Adventures

It’s not really a secret to people that know me. I LOVE to paint. I paint walls, paint furniture, paint signs…basically I paint all the things.

Here are some samples of furniture that I have painted:

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As you can see, I have a thing for turquoise obviously. Haha!

So when it came to this next project, I really didn’t know that I was going to feel so completely annoyed with the whole thing. I mean it had occurred to me, but I didn’t think that I would have “painters block” so bad. What is this extremely complicated item that I can’t possibly enjoy painting?

Stools. Three of them. They were black, they could have stayed black, but I wanted to paint them so they wouldn’t be so dark in the space they are going. So I got out the chalk paint and started painting.

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I am painting the bottom white and the top a sea foam color. These are both requiring many coats to cover the chairs, even with chalk paint. Along with the extra coats, it’s just tedious work. Yesterday was a turning point though, and things started to come together.

While I was doing the sanding, I was thinking about all the waxing that had to be done, and it literally made me groan. So, I researched what others had done to seal the paint, other than wax. I know that it’s faux pas to even consider anything other than wax, but, I just wanted to try. After some research I decided to try a clear spray coat. Off I went to our local hardware store and came out with two cans of this:

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I am feeling really good about the decision. I am also curious about how it will hold up over the course of months, and years. Since I already have a distressed look going, for these pieces, I don’t think that it will matter all that much.

After a blog post with so much complaining, sorry about that, I am here to tell you that it was all worth it!! They are complete and the family is rejoicing that I won’t be talking about stool painting any longer. Haha!

Here they are, in their early moments, enjoying their new life in our kitchen!

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Happy crafting…er….painting everyone!!

Cil

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Months, and months, and months…

Seriously, it really has been a very long time since I have posted. I have been inspired to do a bit more blogging by my friend Sophie, over at Sophie Makes Stuff. I like to blog, I like to share, I even suppose there are times that I overshare. haha, but that’s simply me! 🙂

So, what have I been up to all this time away. Too much to really get into, but we have been on vacations, moved to a new house, remodeled our new house, changed my business name, stopped doing photography, started doing photography(again), got a new vehicle, got a new job, and have seriously been busy. I would say that is the shortened version.

Family Vacation!!
Family Vacation!!

This past week I made one of the biggest changes for our family. I started training to be in the food service at our high school. It seems to be the perfect fit, doing things that I already have been doing at home for the past 17 years…cooking, serving, and cleaning. I will work 4 hour shifts, 5 days a week. It will still give me the chance to get crafty at home and keep things straightened up, while giving us some extra income for fun vacations, and more house remodeling. I will also be able to be home and available for the girls when needed.

I am unsure yet, as to how this will affect my businesses and exactly what I will do with them. Recently, I was reading Sophies blog, and she was talking about letting hobbies stay hobbies. So much of that hit home for me, because as much as I love to do all the crafting, once you put it into a business format it becomes work. I am very sure that I will still sell some of my crafts, I mean I better, I have a whole craft room dedicated to it for pete’s sake. However, I won’t feel that constant pressure to produce or I won’t make money. Which has been a stress for me for years. It was  NEVER a stress that my husband put on me, it has always just been self inflicted. He has been completely supportive of me and every little crazy idea that I have had, and I can’t thank him enough for that!

So with all of that being said, I am also now going to try and blog more. Keep it updated. Share the crafty things I do and hopefully inspire others to get crafty themselves.

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for still following this blog that has been quiet for over a year!!

Cil

For the love of chevron

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Since my last post, many have asked me how I did the chevron wall and made it look easy.  Well, that is what I am going to share with you today, and in fact, it is easy.  A bit time consuming, but anyone can do this 🙂

First I did as much research as possible.  That means a lot of googling and Pinteresting (is that even a word? lol)  Anyway, I took a few ideas from HERE and a few ideas from HERE and put them together to create the way that made the most sense to me.  So here we go!

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First, I found a 10″ x 10″ square (I happened to have a piece of corkboard from a previous project that was the perfect size) and a piece of chalk.  You draw the chalk onto the wall by tracing around the square.  This will make your grid.

Like so:

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The next step I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of, but here is an example from Radical Personality, click here.  She likes to put a lot of tape on.  I decided that I didn’t need all of that to know where to go, but to each there own.

Once the tape is on you will be able to see your chevron pattern more clearly.  Now this is the super duper “tricky” part.  Take the background paint and using a paint brush, paint the edges of just the side you are going to paint chevron.  Doing this fills all the little holes that you usually find after you remove painters tape.  Once the background tape is dry, go ahead and paint your chevron color in.  I did two coats, just to be sure I got all the parts.  I like to remove the tape as I go along.  This is a much disputed step, but I do it for two reasons.  #1. I just can’t wait to see it! Ha!  and #2.  It helps to make sure the paint doesn’t peel once it is all dried up.

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Then start removing your tape.

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Then you are all done!  So simple, but yet makes a huge statement.  I recently did this in my basement also:

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I hope that you are able to understand this and get some info from my research.

Happy Crafting!

Cil

Where it all happens

HEY!

It’s been quite some time (about a month) since I have posted.  The reason for that is simple, I have had other things on my mind, and even though there were many times I thought I better post something, I just didn’t give it the time needed!  So let me tell you about my project last month.

MY WORKSPACE!!!

For many years I have had a nice size room where I was able to store all of my yarn, fabric, and other crafty things.  I worked in this room, but I always thought that one day I would do a makeover.  FINALLY it happened and I am so glad that it did!  I wanted something with a lot of color, flair, and enough space for my computer to make it into the space as well – that all happened and now I am going to share it with you through pictures 🙂  I also want to say that I found my inspiration from many different sources, including Pinterest, but mostly I just google searched if I had an idea and wanted confirmation on how to handle it.  So without further ado, here are the pictures of what I now am happy to call my workspace/office!!

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So, I guess that’s it!  It’s fun to reorganize and freshen up a space, but it’s even more fun to USE it!

TIME TO GET SEWING!!

With crafty love,

Cil

Busy, busy, busy

Isn’t that the mantra of life?  I hardly ever come across a person, that when asked, says they have nothing to do.  That at least is the case for me, I am busy.  I am good busy though and enjoying the new year very much!  I had intended on keeping up with this blog, but that has not happened as planned.  I am here now though and ready to show you what I have been up to!

I have started this cute little sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  I am doing the 2014 Once Upon a Time Sampler.  I love it and am so glad that some of my stitchy friends talked me into doing it (they really had to work hard at convincing me….hehe).  I am not very far and still working on January’s pattern.  I hope to get some more stitching in on it while I watch the Olympics!

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Yesterday I spent some time finding recipes for freezer meals.  I tried this in the past, but the recipes I had used required me to cook a lot of the meat before hand, the ones I did yesterday however, did not.  I absolutely love it and would really like to get into a habit of making my meals ahead of time, so that all I would have to do some really busy nights is take out a bag and cook it up or better yet, throw it in the crock pot, like I am going to do today.  I found the cost for this is much less than when I go and get a bunch of random food in smaller quantities.  Being able to buy in bulk, really does save money!  As I get more involved with this, I will share with you my strategies and recipes.  Right now, being a newbie, I better just do some testing first.  It’s going to be tough, but someone has to do it!

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I have started a new crochet project.  I have yet to decide what these little African Flower Motifs are going to end up as, either a pillow or an afghan.  However, either way I am going to love it!  They are so bright and cheery!!  They are also a lot of fun to make and are a quick project when I just have a few minutes here and there.  I think I would like to do a pillow first, if it works out well, then I think I would like to put a few up for sale and see what happens.  I enjoy making them- that much!  I am following this pattern.   I actually enjoy looking through that whole blog, so bright and cheery!

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A work project that I have been doing is this little owl.  A customer of mine wrote and asked if I could make her a pillow out of her Father’s old sweater (he has been passed for some years now).  I of course didn’t say no, I hardly ever do to a sentimental project that I know will be cherished!  This is a picture of all the pieces being laid out.  I had enough of the sweater to make another one as well and will be working on that today.  I will share finished pictures, these are another item that I am enjoying so much I might sell them as well.

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And Finally, if you have been following my blog, you have seen some of my progress on this afghan.  Well, I was nervous about not finishing it, so I worked it up fast, so I didn’t have time to get bored! Hahaha!  Now it is one of my favorite snuggle blankets that we have in our house (and we kind of have a lot!)  I think I will be making another one like this in the future, but I would not sell them, as it takes too much time for me to do that.  Perhaps though, Christmas presents?

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So I guess that is all I have for you today.  I hope that you all find something with beautiful color to work with today, there are SO MANY things that could be!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

From the home office

This morning I realized that it had been many days since my last post, but I always wanted to have good pictures to put on here and daylight was the only time to take those pics.  The days got away from me and it was sunset before I knew it.  So, that brings us to today.

I have been busy working on many projects, some of which you will see in the picture collage below.

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The ripple afghan is coming along, just as it was last week.  I think I will finish it either over the weekend or early next week.  I have the “middle” rainbows done and now I can work on the last 3 colors for on the other side.  I’m loving it so much!  It makes me happy when the skies are gray.  Which they actually have been for a few days due to blizzards and snow.

The cross stitch is one of the four Christmas stockings that I want to do over the next year.  I would love to have them all done for me to use next Christmas.  I know that this is a lofty “dream”, but I know I could if I didn’t have anything else to do.  The fact is though, I have a lot of other things I could be doing and want to do!  In fact that leads us the item below:

IMG_9742These are the fabrics that I would like to use to make a crochet hook organizer.  I have been thinking about doing this for years!  I found a pattern that I am really excited about by Dots or Stripes.  I will be giving it a try next week!  I can’t decide between the butterflies and the chevron or the filigree pink and the chevron.  At least I have the weekend to decide.

Beyond all of this I have been working on a few other projects.  One is taking a vintage quilt and putting new batting in a requilting it.  It’s going well so far.  I have it all a part and think I have a plan to put it back together as close to the original as I can.

The other project is a more personal one.  This week I found out that my step mom and friend has stage 1 breast cancer.  With early detection and some wonderful Doctors things are very positive and we are all grateful for that!  I wanted to do something special for her, so I will be crocheting a row on an afghan for her until the day she calls and tells me that she is cancer free and treatment is over.  I am hoping for more of kids size blanket than adult, but know that it is all in God’s hands, and with that I find peace.

I hope that this finds you all healthy and enjoying the life around you,

In peace and craft love,

Cil

Getting Crafty

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After starting my 365 day challenge of an item made per day to sell, I quickly figured out why that isn’t going to be exactly what I need to do.  Why?  Because it’s impractical.  Basically because I don’t need 365 items to sell, but also it takes away from the creativity of my products.  Some items just take more than a day to make, and I want to be able to do those items as well.  So my new “goal” as I like to call them, is to do something creative every day.  Fill some of my time with doing something that makes my heart and crafty fingers happy.

That brings me to what I have been doing that has made me very happy over the last week.  The new afghan that I have been working on!  Now I want to preface this, by saying, for the most part I don’t finish afghans.  Not because I don’t like them, but because I lose interest.  It’s unfortunate, and up until a few months ago, I had the proof of it.  Notice I said “had”, that’s because I literally through out about 5 afghans that were a quarter of the way completed.  It was kinda sad, but also helped me to move past them.  Anyways, enter Instagram.  I had downloaded it to my phone over a year ago, but never really used it.  Recently, my Dad had told me that might begin using it , and I thought….heck, I could give it a try.  This time instead of just posting a picture, I started exploring others with my same interest and found tons of ideas and amazing crafters just like myself.  I came across an afghan that screamed at me, it was jumping up and down… “make me, make me”.  I liked the pattern, so I got started, using yarn that has built up in my stash.  Now I can’t put it down.  So I thought I would share with you what I will be working on more today and in the future have a completed project of.

I hope that something that inspires you falls into your lap, but if it doesn’t, go looking for it.  It’s out there for you to find!!

In health and craft love,

Cil

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