Friday, 26 July 2013

Painting Don'ts

Life is full of don'ts: 

Don't pick your nose.

Don't use your sister's hair as a paintbrush.

Don't eat that gum off the sidewalk.

We've heard them all.  Well, most of them...  

When it comes to painting furniture, there are plenty of other don'ts that I had no idea about.  I wish that someone had told me these don'ts before I started my most recent project.  It would have saved me a lot of time and frustration.  Experience is a pretty brutal teacher.

So, to save you the heart ache and hair pulling, I have compiled a list of don'ts for you to keep in mind.  
These will probably reveal my relative inexperience when it come to re-painting furniture, but you gotta start somewhere.  Right?

-  Don't don't prep your surface for painting (did you get that?).  Always strip and sand if you want it to look good!

-  Don't sand everything by hand.  It is possible to do it this way, but very tedious.  My new favorite toy is my hand sander.  Without that baby, my hands would be very hot and tired right now.

-  Don't think that you have to get every itty bitty piece of old paint and finish off of your project before you paint.  (Unless you are planning on using a stain instead of a paint... In that case, sand away my friend!)   

-  Don't paint at night in your dim garage.  It's impossible to see how even the paint is going on.

-  Don't paint at night when all the bugs come out and fly into your paint and all over your freshly painted project.  Nasty!  And such a pain.

-  Don't use cheap brushes to paint large surfaces, use a roller.  But...

-  Don't buy the first roller you see and think that all rollers are the same.  Each roller leaves a different finish.

-  Don't paint outside when it is a bajillion degrees.

-  Don't paint outside when it's humid.   Humidity effects the way that the paint dries and adheres to the wood.

-  Don't paint outside when it is both humid and hot.  Eww!  For that matter, don't go outside at all when it's like that.

-  Don't think that you are good enough to freehand straight edges.  Tape can be your best friend.

-  Don't be a perfectionist (like me).  Things take ten times longer.

-  Don't have a ridiculously adorable daughter that wants to "help" you all the time.  Well, actually this one shouldn't really be a don't, because it's important to have those kiddos.  Just make sure that you have the patience and the time to do a project with a little "helper".

Phew!  Can you tell that this project was quite an adventure for me?  I hope that you are able to learn from my many, many mistakes and not make the same mistakes yourself.    

Even with all of the sanding and re-doing, the entire project cost me less than $20, and that includes new drawer handles.  Not too shabby!! 

from drab
to fab!!

 The drawers were my favorite part, so of course I had to include a close up.  :-)  I Mod Podged regular scrapbook paper onto each drawer.  It added such a nice special touch!  I may or may not be in love with these... even with all the painting drama.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Printable Bathroom Owls

I created these Bathroom Owls for Cassi at My Newfangledness.  Not only is she my sister-in-law, but she is a super talented seamstress, and crafter extraordinaire!  You should check out her blog.  She's pretty awesome!

So, we all have her to thank for this design!  It's one of the most popular items in the shop.  

I get a lot of requests to change the colors, because lets be honest, how many people have those exact colors in their bathroom decor.  Am I right?  I even had someone send me pictures of some of their decor items, and asked if I would make the owls to match.  Such an ingenious idea!  Here are the altered owls with the decor to match.  (I think I may like them more than the originals... sorry Cassi.)    

Any printable can be created to perfectly match the decor in whatever room you are decorating.  Just send me a picture, and I will create the printable art to match!  It's that easy!

You can find the printable bathroom owls here in the shop today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Baby in a Bowl

I have a project in the works, but it takes so dang long to complete projects when you work on them outside and you feel like you are in an oven.  Where I live it gets HOT!!!  Like over 110 degrees hot.  So I try not to spend any unnecessary time outside (wouldn't you?!).  Most of the time I get my work done at night, but some days I am so exhausted from chasing my daughter around that I just don't want to sand furniture.  That isn't my favorite way to wind down at night :).  So, long story short, this project is taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r!  

While we wait, I wanted to share a quick picture with you all.  This is my little muchkin.  She has got to have one of the goofiest personalities, ever!  I quickly snapped this picture one day while she was watching tv.  Sometimes you just need to watch tv in only a diaper, and in a bowl...  At least she sees it that way.  I prefer the couch.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My mom is pretty much the best cook in the world.  I know a lot of people say that about their moms, but seriously, Mama Puddle is THE best!  No matter how hard I try, my food never tastes as good as hers.   Even if I follow her recipe exactly, it just doesn't taste the same.  So, in some instances I have stopped trying to recreate her recipe, and use one of my own.  Exhibit A: this cookie recipe.  I feel like I am betraying my mom by even using something else, but I know I will never be as good as her in the kitchen.  This chocolate chip cookie recipe is pretty dang close to the deliciousness that comes out of Mama Puddle's kitchen, without actually coming out of her kitchen.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my husband do.  We always make a huge batch, then roll any leftover dough in wax paper, and store it in the freezer.  When we are craving something sweet (which happens quite often) we can cut off as many cookies as we want to eat and just bake those few.  It's awesome!  I looooove fresh baked cookies, and a nice refreshing glass of milk.  Mmmmm...  What's your favorite go-to dessert?


1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

How to:

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.

3.  In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

4.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients

5.  Stir in chocolate chips

6.  Spoon about golf ball sized balls of dough, 2 inches apart, on a un-greased baking sheet.

7.  Bake for 20-22 minutes until a couple of cookies start to show slight browning around the edges.

8.  Let cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes.  Eat while still warm for a party in your mouth!  :)

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