Thursday, October 27, 2011

Diamonds in the rough

Hello and thank you for stopping by,

  I am going to introduce you to two night stands that I have been working on for an embarrassingly long time. I bought these two night stands at a thrift store back in.....August. They were pretty ugly and stinky,but they had potential. I chose these pieces because they were solid wood, no cheapy fake stuff and I really liked the style. Here are what the little darlings looked like before.

What do you think? A little better huh? Of course anything would be better than what they were before.

I had to degloss and sand both pieces. I then added a light blue primer / paint by Olympic called "Lunar eclipse". After a couple of coats of blue paint,I painted on the decorative artwork. I painted the top and front images with black acrylic paint. I found inspiration for the paintings by searching online for "toile fabric"
After painting, I sanded down the corners and then I applied watered down black acrylic paint to all the sanded areas. After all my paint was dry I applied a couple coats of poly acrylic protective polish all over. To make these look and feel like new I even paint the backs, the bottoms and the all of the drawers inside and out.
I used the original white glass knobs and just replaced the screws inside. I then painted the tops of the screws with black spray paint.

My husband secured all of the loose corners and now we have ourselves two nice little dolls and you would never be able to tell that they had a bad past.
Here some other photos.
Now I am going to do a daring thing and try to sell these on Craigslist!
Wish me luck!
Today I am going to visit these parties.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy little witch

I love Halloween decorations! I am not into scary decorating however,I like "cute and cuddly". I think what I especially love about Halloween decorations are all the colors you can use! 

So anyway, a little history about this.  I was getting ready to hop into bed about three years ago and this idea came to my head of a little witch flying on a cat with a green sky and purple city below. So I found some small canvases at Wal-mart and I painted three of these. They looked cute,but not finished.I have been hanging this picture up by a ribbon all these years so finally this year I decided to get a frame at a thrift store.
I painted the frame and now it looks like a more established decoration.

If in the future I find a more interesting frame with scroll work then I will probably change it,but for now we are happy. 
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.
 I am going to go play over at these parties this week.
Terrific under 10 Tuesdays
Wow us wednesdays
Debbie doos newbie party


Thursday, October 13, 2011

A little Frenchy

  I have not posted anything real "crafty" lately.Not because I don't want to ,but more because these rickety pregnant bones of mine don't always agree with me. I managed to paint this yesterday though and it was really  fun!

Two days ago my friend threw down a little challenge for me ,she wanted me to paint a plastic window that she was having a hard time with. 
This is what it looked like two days ago.

She had painted a high gloss latex paint over the plastic which I think actually helped cover all the swirly plastic designs.But because it was so glossy I went over the whole thing with two coats of primer first.

Then I drew my main shapes on a paper and cut them out. I then used them as sort of a stencil. Have a look. To get the middle stencil I folded my paper and cut it out snowflake style,It made it so much easier.

She wanted a faux , frenchy looking bathroom piece. She showed me a-lot of examples of the colors and styles from the website
There are tons of cool prints on that website!I think I will be visiting there more often for further inspiration.
Anyway I made sure to use a top coat over the whole window since it will be exposed to a-lot of steam in her bathroom.
Lets have another looky and the finished project.
Now she can sit in the loo and pretend she is in Paris.
I am going to go over to these parties today .

Monday, October 10, 2011

We have a winner!

Hello and thank you everyone who participated in my giveaway!
Their were 22 entries and only one winner. The winner gets a free computer software program from My Memories and she is going to have so much fun! Here are some of the pages I put together the other day.
All of these pages elements were free downloads from my memories. Okay blah blah. I visited and one in 22 came up #5!

Congratulations "Average Joes Wife"!  You won! Alright! You are going to love this program,it is awesome! 

For all you other participants do not despair! I will have giveaways in the future and I will keep you informed. If you are interested in the program,you can still get $10 off using my coupon code on the right hand corner of my blog or on my giveaway page here
Thank you everyone ,thank you ,thank you!

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Memories Suite Giveaway! Closed

Hello Hello,

  Boy do I have a treat for all of you followers and friends out there! I am hosting the best giveaway ever! Have you ever heard of my Memories suite? Well I hadn't until about 2 weeks ago and let me tell you I looooove it! Here is a video demo.
The movie is kind of cheesy yes,but it really IS great digital scrapbook software! Every week on the website they post lots of new free downloads,they also have kits you can buy. Like this one
for under $10.00. Isn't this cute! I totally want to get this one! The great thing about kits like this,is that once you have them downloaded ,you have it forever! This pack comes with paper,embellishments,lettering and frames that you can use over and over again. They also have  pre-designed pages that come directly on the software and you can just add your photos right in. Here is an example of some of the free already made pages that I used.
Easy, easy! The pages also allowed me to move the little designs around and change the background paper if I wanted to. There are tons of options you have with this software. You can make photo books,web albums,interactive albums with video,calendars,cards or you can print them out page by page.They also have several different layout sizes so you can put your pages in picture frames or in albums that you already have at home. If you visit the My Memories blog you can find some really cute ideas!
  Here is a page I made on my own.
Here is a pre-designed template below that I added my daughters picture to.
Anyway you get the point,it is pretty awesome!

So lets get down to the nitty gritty. The friendly people at My Memories have given me the opportunity to give one of my follower friends this awesome digital software for free! Do you want to win,do ya,do ya? Well there are several ways to enter: 

                #1 Visit My memories and come back to tell me what your favorite digital paper pack or layout is. (1 Entry)
                  #2 Become a follower of mine and let me know (1 entry)
                 #3 Like my memories on facebook   and come back to let me know.(1 entry)
                  #4 Post this giveaway on your blog .(2 Entries) I will confirm if this shows up on your blog.
                   #5 Follow them on Twitter! /mymemoriessuite    ( 1 Entry)

This giveaway will end on Sunday night October 9th and I will announce the winner next Monday Oct 10th.

*****If you can't wait and you would like to buy the software now visit and type in this coupon code STMMMS75800 to get $10 off the My memories suite 2 software and get an additional $10 off a digital layout kit.******
I am going to join a couple linky parties this week:
Debbie doos newbie party
Anything goes
Weekend wanderer

Thank you and Good luck!