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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Another AWARD!

I was so honored with my Leibster Award and now The Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you to Nicky from:


Her work is amazing-she has set the bar very high for us Newbies!
Check this out!
I am loving the burlap!

And her Kitchen Cart inspired me to get one of my own! 

I left mine "shabby" but Nicky has a great tutorial on how to paint these to fit your kitchen colors and restore to almost original!
Nicky, Thank you so much you have inspired me to FLY!

Now I get to share a few things with you!
1. I love to re-arrange and "stage" furniture. I staged my brother's house a few years ago when it was on the market and sold it the next day at the open house!

2. I have a collection of milkglass from my mother that is my heart's desire. I am always thrifting for more unusual pieces to add.

3. I have been married for almost 29 years to the same man...My High School Sweetheart.

4. I have 3 girls that are a Mother's true joy.  Each with their own set of rules in life, I learn from them daily.

5. I have a bichon-frise/poodle mix dog, Ellie.  She is our family's constant companion.  My loyal, licking,lovable joy.

6. I work at the Munroe Meyer Institute in Omaha Nebraska. I work daily with families of children with autism and/or severe behaviors. The most rewarding job I've ever had.

7.And last but not least....I hate laundry. After 51 years, my attitude has never wavered from that fact.

Here are the rules for this award:  (thanks Nicky for letting me steal your rules list!)

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include this award image in your post.

4. Give 7 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 15 other Bloggers for the award.
6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
7. Let other Bloggers know they have been nominated.

My Nominees!

All of these ladies got it goin' on and deserve a few minutes of your time!


 Time to FLY!
Dawn














Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glass Etching...even a caveman can do it!

Recently we hosted my Family Reunion here in Omaha.  My family was in charge of the prizes for our                Lawn Jart/Polish Horseshoes tournament. 
My daughter, her husband and I were brainstorming one evening when my son-in-law made the wild suggestion to etch some bar-ware. Now it wasn't the bar-ware that got us, but the etching...who wanted to figure all of that out? Too hard..

Then he said it. Anthony, the guy we both thought we knew so well, said it. "I know how to etch glass" he said...in his ever so laid back Anthony way.  Abbey and I looked at each other and spouted out "WHAT!!?? You know how to do WHAT???" He had been keeping the secret from us for many seasons.


                                   We could have been creating this for Christmas gifts:
or this for a Bridal Shower:
Or even this beer glass...
Well, maybe not the skull and cross bones, but you get the idea!

After Anthony's "True Confession" Abbey and I were trying not to be bitter, realizing all the DIY gifts he had denied us. INSTEAD we got busy!
We found some inexpensive, but awesome shot glasses at Walmart.
Since all of my cousins are NOT from Husker Nation we thought it appropriate to christen them with a Nebraska "Big N" shot glass! 
Anthony sent us out for contact paper, etching medium, and an exacto knife.
Anthony went to work making a stencil out of contact paper..contact paper! WHO KNEW!!?
He applied it to the shot glass and was ready to cut it out.
With steady hand Abbey cut out the first "Big N"
Following packaging directions, she applied the etching medium.  We used cream so it wouldn't run and would be more forgiving.
After the appropriate time, about 5 minutes, longer for a heavier etch, we rinsed the shot glass with water.
Then it was time to be patient , let it dry and wait for results!
SUCCESS!! 
My how we love our Anthony! He's no caveman, but he sure made the process an easy one. 
Who knew he had so much DIY talent stored up in his Cabela hat.
Here is a great picture of the two of them from the reunion.
The glasses were a hit, as well as the shots that were consumed in toasts to family members lost.
Thanks you two.  It's good to have family. 
Time to Fly!
~Dawn
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An AWARD! I'm So EXCITED!


         Liebster = Dearest

Liebster means "Dearest" in German and this award is a way to to encourage new bloggers.

A huge thank you to Daniela from:
Frugal Ain't Cheap

for giving my blog the Liebster Award!
Everyone can use some encouragement! 
SPREAD THE LOVE!
Once you receive the award, follow these rules:
1-Link back to the giver
2- post the award on your blog
3- pass the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers


Now fly on over and share the excitement! Check out these talented ladies! 
Sunday, July 8, 2012

ABC easy as 123...

I was with my bestest buddy Juli at Junkstock '12 in Omaha, and ran across some vintage flashcards.  Now I'm kind of loving the whole numbers thing in decorating lately, and they caught my eye.  I picked up just 1 and brought it home with me, knowing I could think of something to do with it. (I was so stupid conservative and only bought 1, what was I thinking!)

I was at Hobby Lobby and found a small canvas that I thought would fit the flashcard.  I was perusing the store for inspiration when I breezed past the scrap-booking aisle.  I'm no avid scrapbooker, but I have dabbled enough to know that there are some great papers and embellishments that would maybe work.  I snatched a few and headed home to see if I could come up with a plan....

I painted the outside edges of the canvas black, mod podged (Is that a word? If not it is now!) then trimmed a piece of scrapbook paper to the front, to fit the canvas.
On top of that came the flashcard and again mod podged it to the top of the scrapbook paper.  With some antique looking clock embellishments (time, vintage, numbers...you get the idea)
hot glued and layered over that, I came up with some vintage art that I really love, on a very small DIY budget!
It really was ABC, 123 Easy!  Now to get my hands on some more flashcards.....

Time To Fly!
~Dawn
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gossip Green


I know it's just after the 4th of July and I'm talking "Green" but isn't everything going "Green"?  I found this awesome Gossip Bench on Craig's List from a little lady named Thelma, that I really enjoyed getting to know.  She even had me email her the "after" and was thrilled that it turned out
so "darling" (Thelma's words, She's a stitch!) 

Before:

I knew she had a tone of personality in there, I just had to coax it out!  I am in the middle of redecorating my kitchen, on a budget DIY style, so I was anxious to find her for only $15.
Thelma's mother had just passed and this was in her home.  I could tell she was hesitant to give her up, but she herself was downsizing and just did not have the room. I was thrilled to take her off her hands! My new accent color in the Kitchen is Apple Green, a fun fresh change. I removed the cushion and dove in with some Zinsser Cover Stain Spray Primer. 
I sprayed in the wind outside...not a great idea...but managed to get her covered so I could put some paint on. I was so impatient excited to see the color on her! I found some great green spray paint at Menards, waited for the cover stain to dry, (PLEASE follow the dry time directions, it's worth it) and sprayed the first couple strokes. All I could think of was "AWESOME!" I'm so freaking excited!  The Rust-Oleum 2X Coverage in Apple Green/Satin was spot on. I loved the color. 
By the way if you want to invest in a spray can "trigger" I would recommend it, as it was so much easier to use and your fingers did not get as fatigued.  I found mine right in the aisle with the spray paint at Menards (how cleverly marketed!) 
As the paint was drying I recovered the cushion with my trusty electric staple gun.  I used the existing fabric as a template and cut out my fabric that I had found on sale at Joann's Fabrics, for $10 a yard.  It is outdoor fabric, a little pricey normally, but I loved the colors and retro pattern. PLUS the fact that it's durability for a kitchen, was just what I was looking for.
Here she is all dressed up and ready to go....right into my Kitchen!
AFTER:


What do you think?  Well, I would say Thelma is right.  
She IS darling! I hope you feel I did her proud...
Time to Fly!

~Dawn
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Little Dresser That Could...

Well, it is safe to say that I am no longer an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Virgin...  I'm no expert, but certainly no longer a novice. Here is my Craig's List find for $5...in all her chippy goodness.  There were even spiders and that "sweet" just off the farm smell in the drawers.  I love her...so much character...the stories she could tell.

 BEFORE:


 
I left most of the chips intact and just covered over them with paint. Some sanding, but not too much as I didn't want to lose the integrity of the dresser.
Then, here she is after 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White and two coats of  Clear Wax. A little distressing with the sander before the wax dried and Voila'! It was so easy to apply and I loved how fast it dried! 

AFTER:



The knobs are from Hobby Lobby; glass with a distressed red and black wire backing.  Just perfect for my first ASCP experience!  I purchased my paint at our local Nebraska dealer: http://www.keepthepiece.net/http://www.keepthepiece.net/
Diane was awesome! I am so excited to attend a class/workshop in the near future. Like me, she is just starting! So glad you are in Omaha, Diane! 
Yes, Little Dresser I Think You Can...

Time to fly! 

~Dawn

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