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

FINALLY complete!

When I think back on the last two years, and what I have been up to. I wonder how it could possibly take so much time to finish a project. Did I really not have 20 minutes to spare? Why 20 minutes? Because that is exactly the amount of time it took me to put the back together so that my quilt would be ready for “quilting”.

Let’s remember how it all started. One week back in 2011 I decided that I would do “weekend warrior” segments on an old blog.  Here is an excerpt from my first post there:

“I will be using a mix of blues, pinks, and greys. I hope to finish the top in 3 weekends or less.”

Original inspiration from magazine
Original inspiration from magazine

So, I thought I would finish this quilt top in 3 weeks.  If that had been the case, then 3 weeks and 20 minutes later my quilt would be headed to the quilters.  Hmmmm…so how did we get to two years?

Well the second weekend I worked on sewing it all together.  So I got the cut parts ready and made some blocks, here is an excerpt about how that went:

“Quilting is definitely an art. For those that are experts at this, I tip my hat! Understanding why something doesn’t square up and how to fix it, is something to be learned. I spent the majority of day 2 creating 6 blocks that are not perfectly lined up and decided I needed to take a “first lesson” if you will, in quilting. So this morning(Day 3) I took some time to teach myself some new lessons. It was a good lesson and I learned much!”

All of my parts cut and ready for sewing
All of my parts cut and ready for sewing
My unperfect blocks
My unperfect blocks

I never did take it out.  I am glad I didn’t.  Now with the finished project you never would know.  That is a good lesson for me to remember.  Quilting can be forgiving if you aren’t going to enter it into a fair.  Had I not thought about this problem so much, I probably would have finished the squares that weekend and would have been ready to piece together the remainder of the quilt the next weekend.  Instead, I got discouraged.  I put it away, promising I would get it out in a few weeks.

A few weeks turned to into about a year.  A year later I spent some hours finishing the top, it felt like such an accomplishment!  Here is a picture of the quilt top.

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Sorry for the poor picture quality

So now you say, you only have 20 minutes left right?  Well, no.  Actually, it has now been more than a year later (by about 4 months).  I finally made a list and completing this quilt was on it.  Not knowing it was only going to take me 20 minutes more, I drug my feet a little.  Finally, this past week I said, let’s do this.  So I started sewing the two pieces together and called the quilter.  20 minutes.  All I do when I think of this now is shake my head.  20 minutes.  That was all that it took, to take a project from almost done to complete.

Finished quilt:

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Queen size quilt

I can honestly say that I am in love with it.  Probably because of the time it took to complete, but also for the original reason.  The design and fabric.  What’s really comical about this is that I have been collecting ideas from magazines for my next quilt project, for two years.  Which of course I already have chosen and can’t wait to get started on.

It will probably just take me 20 minutes to get things organized and get started….

Sugar Drug

I have goals with health and fitness.  I have had them for a long time.  I dream of strong, defined muscles.  Sometimes I even dream of being in a fitness competition.  I actually think I could do it.  I really do.  Until the drug hits….sugar.

I know many of you reading this don’t think twice about many every day foods, but I do.  I have now for about 10 years.  I am knowledgeable about almost every thing I put in my mouth.  I can tell you what it will do to me, how I will feel, and exactly how it will affect my fitness goals.  Good or bad every food (or non food in some cases) that goes in changes how your body responds to the day.

Many foods turn to sugar once they get to work in your body, so the chips that I just ate, although they tasted good, I know will change to sugar.  Or that root beer that I just had, although my favorite ever and made with sugar and not HFCS, is all sugar and the body didn’t have to work as hard to know that.  It’s like candy in a glass.

So why do I write this?  I’m not sure.  Mostly I guess just to say I hate sugar.  It is one of THE MOST POWERFUL DRUGS that we have at our finger tips and it doesn’t make me feel good.  I feel tired, bloated, and I lose ambition.  Now I will spend the next few days drinking tons of water and eating veggies and chicken to help my body adjust back to feeling good and having more energy.

As for this post, it was just a small part of what my day is, and I will pick myself up.  I will get my workout in today and enjoy the beautiful sunshine that has been given to us!

Keep running the race that is set before you with endurance.  Hebrews 12:1

Take care of you (I will take my own advice), there’s only one of you!

Cil

June 1, 2012 / Game changer

Since my last post was early May, I figured I at least better write something now that it is June!  Where have I been?  What have I been up to?

The answer to that is simple: living.  Mostly I have been busy with family life, getting things in order for summer vacation, preparing for the children to be home, getting my health back, crocheting, photography, and whatever came up on the calendar (and there was a lot!).

Yesterday I was trying to think about what to write about, after some brain storming, I figured it out: 

The Game Changer

There are many things that have happened in my life that have been out of my control, things that the Lord gave me to deal with.  Some I am very thankful for, some I wonder why?  He has given me also the ability to make decisions…choices.

There have been three times in my life where I took the way things were and changed my way of thinking and followed a different path.  They were game changers.  I very literally can remember the words I said out loud, where I was when those decisions were made, and how it changed things.  I am at a point where I am having this feeling again, right now, and I hope that one day when I look back, I will remember this time as the fourth game changer.  For now it’s a waiting game to see if it indeed is a game changer or not. 

It doesn’t matter much to anyone else what these things have been, but I wonder if you have had these moments.  I am not talking about the daily decisions, the chocolate or no chocolate (we all know the answer to that anyway- yes chocolate), but something that was in your control and you changed the path?  How did it make you feel?

 

I guess that is all for now.  Think about your game changers – if you have had any yet.  If you haven’t then think about what you can change or your paths and decide if you perhaps can make a game day decision…something that will change everything…

 

I am not too sure that any of this made sense to anyone other than me, but I thought I would share anyway 🙂  Have a wonderful June!!

 

Cil