Mar 28, 2013

Revamped Watering Can (again)


About a year ago, I shared a simple make over with this watering can

I managed to get the decal off using an acetone based nail polish remover. The remover was old so I don't even think they make nail polish remover with acetone anymore (in the US anyway) but you can buy straight acetone in a can in any paint dept. and you should wear gloves as it's extremely drying to your hands (and very cold too).

After cutting out a label made from chalkboard vinyl on my Cricut, this is what it looked like then. 

watering can
I tried to use a stencil made from contact paper to write the word Fleurs, but I clearly cannot line anything up straight. Thank goodness it's written in chalk so it can be redone (just not any better).

chalkboard labels

And I was quite happy with that little label improvement, but I want to try to sell this, and the nasty looking faux brass accents that had some wear, just wasn't the look I want to offer a customer. I don't mind if the galvanizing looks worn, but not the really shiny fake brass stuff.
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If you look closely at the finished version, I even added some extra accents that weren't in brass before. I did the bottom banding seal of the can. I thought it just made it look more complete with it. I also painted the underside of the watering head instead of just the front. And finally, I taped around the little handle brackets that attach it to the can and spruced those up too.

chalkboard labels
I had smeared the previous chalk word pretty bad, so I tried to freehand over what image was left. I'll try to make it look nicer at sale time.

And in case you're wondering what I used to paint it with. It was Krylon Fusion Hammered Copper spray paint, but I used a brown spray paint primer on the bare metal first and then went over it with the hammered copper paint. You want to be careful with the Hammered paint because it has a bit of a shimmer to it, making runs look even worse, but if you just use short even sprays and don't get too close, it looks amazing when you're done.
 
So here is a Before and After shot of my little watering can.
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What a difference a little spray paint and a label makes, eh? It kind of has a bit of an industrial look to it and I think it would look great in a Fall display. If I had some fresh daffodils blooming right now, I would have filled it with some of those. I can't wait for those to bloom!


This was not a sponsored post, I just used what I had on hand for the spray paint.
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Mar 27, 2013

Craigslist is NOT for the faint of heart!


I'm sure sometimes when you come to read my posts, they may leave the impression of me standing on a soap box (preferably a vintage one) spouting my displeasure with certain misfortunes in my life. Well, brace yourself - here we go again.


As the title implies, this is going to be a rant about Craigslist. Not Craigslist in itself, but the sellers/buyers that you encounter through this site. I guess it's like the Walmart of the internet, you're gonna get all kinds. 

I've bought and sold a bit on CL over the past few years, and typically have not had any problems - until the past 2 weeks. On 2 separate occasions I was the FIRST to reply to TWO separate ads for furniture. The first time was for a set of tables that very closely resembled this table I had done last year. I have regretted selling this table to this day.

French Postage End Table
So imagine my excitement when I came across an entire set for my own home! Long story short, the man sold them out from under me claiming he got his emails mixed up. Really? How do you mix up emails when each one is different and shows a date & time? Yes. I want to call you a few choice names.

The next one gets even better. 

I found 2 oak end tables posted late Sunday evening. $5 each! woo hoo! I know I was the first to call, by phone. Talked to the man & MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK UP for a day & time that HE set up with me for Tues. night (he told me they couldn't do it on Monday). It's a 30 mile drive for me to get to this place. With the price of gas and our time in a pick up truck with 3 little girls, it's not a cheap trip or a joy ride.

So now we're close to the house, but when I call the guy to ask exactly where his house is, he proceeds to tell me that the tables are sold and that "he got confused with all the calls." WTF! How do you get confused when YOU set up the time with the FIRST caller? (ME) I will tell you what, if I didn't have 3 little girls in the back seat of my truck, I would have unloaded on him with words that would have made a sailor blush!! I was H-O-T hot!

Why are these people doing this?? Is someone else telling them that they'll give them more $$ for these items if they sell them to them instead? That would be my guess, but you know what? That's wrong. If YOU set the price and YOU make a deal with someone already, then that item is sold and that's the right thing to do. I don't feel as though I should have to pay for their stupidity. I hope Karma comes back to bite them in @rss! I do believe in Karma. I even ask myself if I'm getting paid back for something I did wrong to someone else. If I did, then I didn't realize it at the time.

The story doesn't end totally bad though. Apparently Karma felt Murphy's Law had had enough fun with me for the time being and decided to step in on my behalf. Bless her heart (I'm assuming Karma is a female, cuz they don't say "paybacks are a b!tch" for nothin'- wink wink)

As we were sitting somewhere near the vicinity of where the person lived that had these $5 tables, we spotted a bunch of junk sitting out by the trash cans there by the road.  There was some good stuff there and my hubby hopped out & proceeded to dig through all the stuff. He has been curb shopping looong before I ever started. He got some speakers, scrap metal and some yard tool we'll try to sell in a garage sale.

Here is what I picked out.


Look at all this good stuff we got!! I didn't get any tables, but I did get two of my favorite style of chairs!! YES! One chair has a broken support, but it's fixable and I'll make it into a decorative planter chair, but the other one is in great condition. 



I think the birdcase is home made, but it's still kind of neat and needs a little work too. The basket with the silk plant inside was included. Not sure of what kind of condition it's in yet.
 

I seen an idea on Pinterest that I want to try with this galvanized tub that was sitting there too. It may not turn out as nice as the one I seen, but I want to give it a shot anyway.  Not to mention, you just don't pass up a FREE tub!

This metal mailbox. I LOVE the name on the side! (maybe a little clue that someone was watching out for us with this find) I think I'll keep it there. It's another Pinterest idea I hope to try to make.

 This dirty, grungy dartboard that is in otherwise new condition.

It even came with darts that were new in the package. I may clean it up to resell or gut it and redo it more rustic. The selling it is easier. 

If you look on the seat of one of the chairs, there's a couple of wire hangers with the cardboard tubes. I used to throw these away, but now they have a new purpose for me and I'll be showing what I do with them in the near future.


I just love the back style of these chairs! I want to keep one.
 
I guess sellers/buyers on Craigslist don't have to care how badly they handle their dealings, since there is no accountability on that site, like on Ebay or Etsy.

So, has everybody had at least one bad experience on Craigslist or have I just hit a couple of bad ones in just 2 weeks?
 

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Mar 19, 2013

A Crackle Painted Rolling Pin

I told myself that I was done with this. That I was not going to do this crackle painting thing anymore. And yet, here I am doing even more. What is my problem?

Part of my problem is Pinterest and seeing all the people that are pinning my crackle painted projects with the stars on them. THAT'S what my problem is. Someone had pinned this little number I did last year.
Bread Box
And you know what they put in their comments? They said they would love to see what this design would look like on a rolling pin. Well, that was all I needed to get me going. So, you know I had to make a rolling pin in this design, don't you? 

Oh yes. I did.

Rolling Pin

I keep saying that I'm not doing crackle painting anymore. It's not really a good seller for me, but for some reason, it draws quite a bit of attention without creating a desire to buy it. It's kind of a nuisance to do, with little financial reward. LOL! Maybe I should try selling this stuff on Ebay. It seems to be a hot ticket on there, at least for now.

crackle painted kitchen
 
I still have several rolling pins sitting around waiting to have something done with them. Some are old, some not. I'm getting them done, slowly but surely.
 
I sort of have an interesting story with this one. Ok, maybe it's not all that interesting - to you guys.
Foley utensil
This rolling pin was my first choice to do the crackle paint & star design on. But then I noticed that stamped word "Foley" on the end. I didn't remember seeing it when I bought it. I'm sure it came from either a thrift store or a garage sale for no more than a couple of bucks.

I'm not a rolling pin expert (or any other kind of expert for that matter) so I did a little research on the name. It seems as though it was a well made rolling pin that was produced from the 1920's-1960's before going out of business. It must be a somewhat highly collectible piece because they go for pretty good money (for a rolling pin, that is) on Ebay & Etsy, not to mention the $10+ for shipping! It is quite a heavy rolling pin made from maple wood and the roller portion is larger than normal. It even has ball bearings in the pin mechanism. Mine doesn't even look like it's been used much!

So this little number isn't going to get anything done to it. It's just going to be sold as a vintage collectible, but not for the ridiculous price that they're going for online.

It's been a crazy couple of days around here lately. On a spur of the moment, we drove just over the state line into Michigan last night to look at a smaller enclosed trailer we found for sale. I have to say that unlike campers, those suckers hold their value. I don't understand. They're just an empty box with a couple of doors and a wood floor on 2 wheels. We got a better deal than the asking price and we put some cash down to hold it until we can go get it this weekend. It's going to store my 8 ft. tables and be used to haul my stuff around to the craft shows I do.  I was hoping for a smooth sided one, so I could do my Rustique & Chic logo on the side. However, it has lots of rows of rivets all along the sides. Oh well, I just have to work around that, I guess. 

Oh, and that was after I got up at 5 a.m. to help my 20 year old son make a New York Style cheesecake for a coworker that he lost a bet to (pssst...it was a girl he's kind of sweet on). Mind you, neither he nor I have ever made one of those before. I've eaten plenty, never made any. 

Chocolate strawberry cheesecake
The winner wanted chocolate covered strawberries on top. I have to say that Walmart carries some dipping stuff called Chocolate Lava, or something like that, and it is very good on the strawberries!! Oh my!

No, I didn't get any of the cheesecake, but the reviews were off the charts, I guess. He decided he wanted to make a Vanilla Wafer crumb crust instead of the standard graham cracker crust for his. I guess that got him some bonus points with the winner. ;) We used the crustless cheesecake recipe I found on Pinterest (is there anywhere else to look?) The crustless cheesecake recipe can be found on What2Cook.net. I plan on making one for us when I get a 10" spring form pan. My largest one is 9" and it ain't gonna cut it with this recipe. It definitely needs a 10" pan. I also have to wait until after Alan has his bi-annual blood work done. I'll give my take on how it good it is after that.





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Mar 15, 2013

Distressing Shutters


Some of you may know that I am trying to start up a little business from my home. I even went so far as to start a Facebook page to showcase & sell my wares. It's been a little slow going, but I'm seriously working on stuff. 

So far, I have only sold one item from the Rustique & Chic page, but I've only just announced it about 2 weeks ago.  I have so many more pictures to take of stuff, but everything is packed up at the moment and I have a craft show in a few weeks, so being basically lazy (I know, laziness is not a strong point when you're trying to start a business) I don't want to go digging through stuff and unpacking only to put it back and unpack it again for the show set-up. I'm also working on some new stuff to add to what I already have. I will be posting those to my shop and writing posts for this blog in early April. So watch for those!

The item(s) that sold was this set of 3 shutters
painted shutters with wreath
The customer who bought these was only getting the shutters, because the wreath was not included, but it sure does look purdy on there, don't it? She has plans to hang a moss covered "R" from them instead. 

The shutters started out as the standard dark honey varnished variety. The customer liked these because they reminded her of some she had seen on Miss Mustard Seed's blog. Hmmm...there's that name again, she has a huge influence on style right now.

Did you notice that darling watering can too? 

Just in case you missed it, here's a close-up.

Antique Watering Can


I can honestly say that I've never seen one like it before. I don't know if you can tell that it has 2 handles. There's the large one at the top that's moveable, but there's another smaller one at the bottom that's stationary, although it's kind of hard to see in this picture.  

Cool! Right? 

I freshly picked those pussywillows from my local Dollar Tree store. hee hee, yes. they're fake. They just remind me of spring & I had to have them. I don't have any that grow naturally in my gardens, so I have to resort to fake ones, which are much more dependable anyway. 

Vintage Shutters

I'm just plugging away at these projects that are overwhelming my home and hopefully creating things that people want to buy. After completing these 3 shutters, I'm down to having only 2 unfinished ones left. Too bad it doesn't make a dent in how full my rooms are.


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This project was Featured at Rustic Restorations for having the most clicks! Woo Hoo!



AND, these were also featured at Rustic Pig Designs!


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Mar 13, 2013

Brooke's Florida School Project


This past week, my daughter Brooke, had to do a presentation on one of the states in the USA. She chose "The Sunshine State" of Florida. 

I guess if you're gonna have to a project like this to do in March, it might as well be some place sunny & warm!

The Sunshine State

At first, I was going to use my Cricut to cut out the state of Florida using the "50 States" Cricut cartridge. It's a great cartridge for this kind of thing & the very reason I got it in the first place. But Brooke wanted a really large state cut out. To be honest with ya, I was not all that comfortable trying to cut the state into two pieces with my Cricut. So, I relied on my Silhouette Cameo to do it for me using their Designer Studio. It made very quick work with no guess work needed on my part.


You can clearly see the seam where I had to piece this together, but that was my own sloppiness. This cutting technique is easy when you use the knife tool in the Designer Studio program. That program is extra (like $50?) but it's well worth it if you like being a little more creative with your designs. Luckily, mine was free as part of a Christmas promotion.

The poster is really pretty simple in design, but it's how my daughter wanted to do it, which probably makes it easy for her and the rest of the 3rd grade class to absorb

We put everything on a piece of white foam board that we purchased at Dollar Tree for $1. The colored poster board we used for the blue and the yellow is less than a dollar! (I think it was 69 cents - white is 50 cents) And this poster board cuts on the Cameo like a dream!

Poster of Florida
I thought it was cute that she wanted the sun at the bottom corner to look like the "Cutie Mark" on Celestia from the My Little Pony cartoons. 

The font that was used for the Florida title is called "Upper East Side". If you click on the font name, it will take you to Dafont.com, where you can download it for free!

The font that was used for "The Sunshine State" is called "Walt". I'm not sure where I got that exact font, but Dafont.com has one almost identical called "Waltograph."


Brooke said that everyone was fascinated with her poster and swarmed all around to get a better look at it. And here I thought it was very plain & simple. 

I guess that just goes to show that the best projects are the ones that are "Simple with a 'Wow!' factor."

Now that this is all done, I'm going to cover the backside of the foam board with fabric and use it as a back drop for taking pictures of my projects.

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Mar 6, 2013

An Award


I don't usually accept the blogger awards - even though I'm extremely flattered that anyone finds my blog worthy of one!  Jamie, over at Better With Age chose me for this one! Awww, thanks Jamie!

Since I had a little time this morning, I decided to fit this one in - just this once. We have about 8 or so inches of snow outside, so the kids are home from school today.

First, I'm supposed to list 11 random things about myself
So, here we go! (trust me, it's not really that interesting)

1. My husband and I originally met back in 1985 and he asked me out on a date, but I turned him down. I was interested in someone else at the time (that never panned out). 

Then, after being divorced from my first husband for some time back in 1999, my friend was trying to set me up on a blind date. It ended up being this same guy! He was literally a friend of a friend of her step-daughter, so she had no clue that there was a past connection between us. She was freaking out when I told her the story. We believe it is fate. I don't know if this is a stretch or not, but before reconnecting with him, I had went to a medium and she told me that I would be reconnected with a past love. I don't really consider him a past love, but that possibility was there. Like I said, it's kind of a stretch.

2. As I mentioned in the previous line. I do believe in mediums, not all, but I do think there's some kind of gift some have. It may not always be 100% right on, but sometimes, if you give it time & thought, they might be more right than you realize. Some people say you're just grasping for vague information & that can be the case, but I've had some pretty specific stuff told to me as well, that was not public knowledge & it was when the whole internet age was still in the baby stages.

3.  I also believe in ghosts. I've had my own personal encounters with some kind of spirit(s) that lived in the house I grew up in. I have never seen one in the house, but my husband claims to have seen one there, and he WAS a non-believer until then. I've had other experiences at other places also, so I don't know if they follow you or if I'm just a good channel for them. I didn't have any experiences when I lived in the house with my first husband, so it can't always be "just my imagination."

4. I've been pretty crafty since I was a kid. I used to sew my own Barbie clothes and accessories by hand, since I wasn't allowed to use my mom's sewing machine.

5. I LOVE flowers and flower gardens! I keep adding to my own gardens every year and yet I still don't have enough. When we first moved here, there was not much for gardens and everything was overgrown with brambles, briars, weeds and trash. When we moved in, there was even a pile of concrete & old car seats left behind by ALL the previous owners.

6. My husband and I always felt that his deceased mother's spirit intended on us having this house. We would have never been able to afford it without the inheritance from her passing. Why would I think she wanted us to have this particular house?

Clue 1-She was a lover of hummingbirds. She collected all kinds of humming bird decor.  If you look at the center of the window on the front door of our house, it has a humming bird etched in the oval window design. 

Clue 2-The hall bath has a unique linoleum floor design in it. We inherited a throw rug from my MIL that matches it perfectly in design & color. She never used it in her own house though & didn't have this linoleum either.



Clue 3-The upstairs bath has the same linoleum design, but in blue. Would you believe we she also had the same rug in blue? Yes. Coincidence? maybe. If it were just one bathroom rug, I'd say it was, but with 2? And the blue rug would also match the floor in the master bathroom. There are a few other things that I can't think of at the moment.

7.  My blog actually started out as a scrapbooking/paper craft blog way back in 2006, only because I was on a design team for a local scrapbook store and they wanted us to have a blog to help promote our projects that used their product. That's how I got the title for the blog, meaning under a pile of scrapbook paper/crap, but it has since evolved into different kinds of scrap & junk with some paper crafting thrown in every once in a while. I've only been putting my blog "out there" for just a little over a year now, so that's why it's still not that big. I kept it kind of private, like a diary, all that time.

8. I have 2 children that are 11 years apart. My oldest is my son from my first marriage, and he's 20. Then I have a daughter with my current hubby, and she's 9. He's the good "big brother" and they get along pretty good. He will eat just about anything and my daughter is the pickiest of picky eaters.

9. I only have one sibling and it's my sister Michelle. She's only 14 months older than me, but she has Down's Syndrome, so it's always been like I was the big sister taking care of her, and I still do. My mother suffers from mental illness, and that has been a struggle for our entire family. My parents have been divorced for years, so the responsibilities of finding care for my mom & my sister have been left up to me. They don't live with me, so that's a bonus. My sister lives in a group home with 3 other ladies and she wouldn't have it any other way. However, there may come a day in the somewhat near future, that will change. 

10. I sometimes think I'm ADD and I joke about it on here from time to time, but I do think there's some truth to that. I also feel it has gotten worse as I've gotten older. Maybe it's the times we live in that contribute to it, but I recall things from my childhood that lead me to believe that's not all of it. I think that's why I do so many different kinds of crafting. Once I complete something, then I'm over it and want a new kind of challenge, but I jump from project to project before finishing the last. I can't count how many projects I have started at this moment waiting for me to finish them. I do eventually, but I also will start many more before doing so. It's a vicious cycle.

11. I think I've only casually mentioned on here in the past, that I have been seriously thinking about opening up a shop on our property to sell the things I make, especially the bigger items, like furniture. I have already started a Facebook selling page that I have not yet promoted. But that will be posted on here soon. If you want to have a look, check out Rustique & Chic. And if you really like it, then, well, click the Like button. hee hee!

Next, I was given a list of 11 questions by Jamie to answer.

1.  What do you do other than blog?  {you mean you do something else? LOL}  Work outside the home?  Stay at home mom?  Empty nester?  Would love to hear about your lives a little bit.

 I used to do administrative duties in different engineering and quality departments of the automotive industry before getting married (I was NOT an engineer though).  Now, I am a stay-at-home-mom/wife (aka slacker) but I do a lot of repurposing of junk and furniture and have been contemplating opening my own shop to sell what I make.




2.  If you had an entire day all to yourself {no husband or kids}, what would you do?

I pretty much have that already until 4:00. I usually bum around online, work on designs in my Silhouette Designer Studio and recreate stuff and talk with a friend for a few hours at least once a week.

3.  What is your favorite guilty pleasure?  Could be a snack, TV show, etc. 

Wasting time online for hours every day. Really more than I should. Another thing might be going to thrift stores in the winter and garage sales when the weather is more suitable. My home reflects that pleasure by looking the like the beginning stages of needing a hoarding show intervention - minus the trash, well, it might look like trash to SOME.

4.  What is your favorite room in your house and why?

I would have to say the Master Bedroom, because it's the only room that is the closest to being updated of all the rooms in our home. We painted it and put in new carpet 5 years ago, along with new furniture and curtains. We just put in a new window, so it's back to being in a bit of mess again.

5.  Do you like wine?  Or chocolate?  Both?  If the answer is no to any of these questions then we can't be friends {kidding, kinda}.

Wine - no (my hubby's raspberry martinis-yes!), but I do like darker chocolate, but in moderation since it gives me heartburn something fierce!

6.  What is your favorite all-time movie?

That's a tough one, since we're not really movie goers or watchers. Oddly enough, the Disney movie Toy Story might be one of my favorites.  For many years it was the 1980's movie The Outsiders. I was in love with Ralph Macchio!

7.  What is your favorite all-time book you've read?

I'm not much of a book reader either ( I know, what DO I do?), but I like non-fiction, autobiographies and true ghost stories.

8.  Where did you grow up?  Where do you live now?

I grew up in a tiny, tiny little town of about 800 people in north central Indiana, USA, which is just south of South Bend, the home of Notre Dame University. 

Now, I only live 20 minutes south of where I grew up, in my husband's home town. We've lived in our current house for just over 10 years. 

9.  What kind of personality or what type of person are you?  {introvert? extrovert? hoarder? organizational queen?}

I am more of an introvert that still loves the spotlight! Does that even make sense? LOL! I've also become a new found hoarder with the onset of blogging and repurposing items, so that leaves out organization queen. This has just come about in the past year, seriously. My husband was the only hoarder before that. I have been working on the organization part, but it's a huge undertaking.

10. Describe a little bit about your dream home.

We are in the process of creating our dream home with the one we already live in, but it doesn't have a basement & I would love to have a huge, full basement for me to keep my projects and craft space in, out of sight from the public eye. My home would also be updated with new floors and carpet and doors.

11. Who is your favorite interior designer or decorator or blogger?

I think that Miss Mustard Seed's style is closest to what I'd love to do in my home, but my house doesn't lend itself to that style so much, and my husband wouldn't go for that either. He's more of a wood & earthtone kind of style and I'm more shabby whites & neutrals, but we both love rustic! I'm slowly convincing him how we can make both work.

I'm supposed to pass this on to 11 other bloggers, but this is the part I'm going to be a party pooper about and not do. I know that new bloggers like the recognition, but finding enough bloggers is the longest process of these awards, so if you don't mind, I'm going to skip it. Besides, I have to help my daughter make a poster for a project due on Friday.


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