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:

wpid-IMG_20140317_165028.jpgEdit: You might be wondering about the chalk on the wall.  It does come off with a bit of water.  If you find that you are still seeing the lines, go through and paint in those spots with the background color.  I did a little of both.

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

Happy Crafting!

Cil

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New way of thinking

Not too long ago, March 4th, I wrote a post about running.  If you would like to re-read it click here.  I just did and it made me want to tell you what has happened since then!

Since March 4th we have joined the “Y”.  Our intentions are to get healthy.  For me personally that means getting my muscle back.  I have been loosing muscle for years, but it really took a turn for the worse when I had foot surgery last September.  I had to be on crutches for 2 months and didn’t walk very well for at least a month after that.  My legs looked different and my calves felt like jello.  I knew that something had to change, I needed to do something.  So, in January I started walking on the treadmill a little…and then I didn’t.  I just knew it wasn’t the right atmosphere for me.  I had been a personal trainer, which seems like ages ago, but I know that I love the gym.  So after much contemplation, we joined the “Y”.   I love it, I love weights and I knew they had what I needed to get healthy and strong.

We are on that path now, of healthy and strong.  It’s a path that I love.

I am going to Just Run and see what happens

So now to why my March 4th comments are so interesting.  Turns out that for many years, like my whole life, there was at least one thing that I continued to tell myself:  I am not a runner.  So for all those years that is exactly what I believed.  I went along breathing heavy, not making it past 5 minutes on the treadmill, and feeling like there was no way that I could ever “run for my life”.  I usually have a pretty good sense of positive thinking, but with this I just couldn’t use the right words or get my mind straight.  One day this past month I decided to change my way of thinking.  I decided to say that:  I am a runner in training.  I thought that phrase was good enough, but when I was at church last Sunday and I told a friend that IS a runner that I was a runner in training, she laughed and said “You are a runner.  Once you run a little, you are a runner.”  So it got me thinking that I should probably just say that I am a runner.  Admittedly I don’t run fast, however since I have changed my thinking, I have run 17 minutes on the treadmill without stopping, and I did a walk/run 5K in 39 minutes.  I plan on smashing those times and continuing the positive talk in my head.

This weekend I will do my first 5K marathon (with a real live start and finish).  I will walk/run it.  I won’t be the first to cross the finish line, but I will be a winner because I have given myself a chance to “Just do it.”

Until next time…feed your mind, feed your body, and feed your soul with wonderful things!

Cil

P.S. I got the image off Pinterest, but there was no link to where it came from, but I love it!

Balance

Since I will be “going back to work” in about 10 days I decided that I better figure out a way to make a nice transition.  So I have been searching for ways to keep organized and help keep things balanced.  I found THIS post about a rotating goal list. I of course found this while on Pinterest.  I love the ideas that come up there, and have helped me in many ways!  (I am also working on a food planner and workout chart)  With this chart I will write in 6 projects that I want to get done in the days M-F.  If I get more than this done that’s great, but I won’t feel pressure from myself to do more.  This list won’t just be items that I want to sell, but could include things that need to get done around the house.  I suppose it’s a priority list of sorts.  I used to make lists all the time and I loved it, so I think it’s time for the list bandwagon again.

Weekly goal chart
Your goal sheet could have more than 6 spots

 I hope that you all have the balance in your life that you are looking for, and if you don’t maybe this idea could help you too 🙂

Take Care,

Cil

Scratch your Valentine

So, I don’t know about all of you, but I love Pinterest.  It has been so fun finding new ideas and putting some of them into action!  For this project we used ideas from two different places, to create a unique Valentine’s Day card for the kids to give to their friends at school.

I had never thought that there would be a way to make your own scratch off “lottery ticket”, but you can.  I found the how-to on ArtMind.  You can click HERE to go to their site.  I was so excited and knew that I had to use it somehow.  I have businesses and know that I will use it for those also, but wanted to use it in a fun way…and so the valentine card was created.  Both kids thought it would be fun to do and that their friends would like them.  I created the card in my Creative Memories software (storybook creator), printed them off and followed the rest of the directions.

Then of course you have to have some kind of treat to go with, so as we sat around Saturday morning trying to think of something Pioneer Woman came on Food Network.  She is so great and I love following her because she loves life and does things in such a way that makes them simple.  She started a recipe with chocolate cookies.  You can get that recipe HERE.  Of course chocolate and Valentines Day seem to go together, so we decided to go with it!

After a lot of fun and a very messy house at the end of the day, we had some fun Valentine’s cards to pass out to friends!

Scratch off tickets

And there you have it.  If you haven’t found the Pinterest website yet check it out, you may find some new fun projects to do yourself!  You can follow me HERE.

Until next time…Carry on with your crafty self!

Cil