Jul 11, 2014

Summer lovin!

Summer is in full bloom and our house has been full of fun, love and plenty of sunshine!!
I have started a few projects, but with having family around for the past 
few weeks, which I LOVE, 
has made me have to make priorities of my time.

Just a little inspiration
I WISH this was at my house!!
There is so so many things I want to accomplish and tackle this summer,
but sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.
So we make choices and fill our time with what is important to us.
My loved ones!

Home made flubber
 We made homemade flubber, and it is awwwesome, (even came out of their clothes when they made "necklaces" out of it!
Elmers glue - (tried $1 store brand, didn't work)
can use Elmer's glitter glue too!!
Water, Borax and food coloring.
I used a tiny frosting cup from our cinnamon rolls as my measurement tool.
Mix equal parts glue with water in a bowl.
Add a few drops of food coloring.
Stir until completely mixed.
separately dissolve 1 tsp of Borax into 1/2 cup warm water,
stir until completely dissolved.
Pour Borax mixture into glue mixture and stir,
Instantly it will start clumping,
THIS is your flubber.
(There will be water left in the bowl.)
We added a few drops of essential lemon oil, cuz the glue and water smelled
yucky at first!

 Here in AZ it has been 108, 109, etc. and yeeees, too HOT to even go outside,
so, what did this G'ma do?
Brought the fun inside! 

What's a little water on the tile anyways!!
Yes, that is a pond piece that "someday" I might actually put in the yard. . . 

I have been working on making a craft room for myself, for the first time in years!
Using what I had, and a trip to $1 store!
More to come on that next week.
Right now it's a guest room.
used shelves I had (mismatched) to put in closet and $1 store bins to store as much as possible
Labels and painting to all match will come last.

Fabric is stored wrapped around comic boards inside my cabinet.
Bathroom shelf brought in and using for sewing supplies
Flower pots from $1 store will be used for markers, pens, paintbrushes, etc.

found this at Goodwill $7, took off front pieces, bought $1 store containers to fit, and will store craft goodies.

These were at $1 store and my daughter uses her for her jewelry.
I will use for household stuff for nails, screws, etc.
and for my sewing stuff I used for safety pins, etc.
The little white ones fit inside that pink container perfect!

This was an old sewing basket my daughter found at Goodwill and my daughter covered it with this adorable fabric for me one Christmas.
I then found one of my old Tupperware containers that fit perfectly as a covered tray on the top lip!

 Oh yeah, does it count that I cut my own hair!?
(I you tube it and give it a try)
That's a project!! 
Just keeping cool,
and it's only hair!!
Cut the hair, trying to stay cool!  
Hope your summer is going great!
Be showing some projects I've stolen a little time doing, next week!

Jun 25, 2014

Shabby to No End upgraded

Sometimes something great can be even better!

Remember this little favorite?
This is an all time favorite - but now time for some frills
Well, I decided to add some more character to it. . .

Way Before:
Ugh! 1999's is calling!

I'm totally loving The Graphics Fairy's Vintage images and typography.

I transferred on using charcoal, then used sharpie pens in ultra fine and fine.
(I started hand painting with paint and a tiny brush,
but honestly, it was very time consuming, difficult,
and I got a better look from the sharpies.
(In the past, I have used paint pens too)
I am REALLY liking it!!
 This version was good . . . 
BEFORE Typography

This coat hook had been my inspiration for the shabby look

Jun 10, 2014

Grand Opening!

I have finally opened an Etsy shop!

Watch for many more items to be added daily!

Very excited to follow my dream and share my passion!


Jun 6, 2014

Organizing Tidbits

Organizing Tidbit

I often forget to post and blog about everyday conquests I make.

With my home feeling more like Grand Central Station,
I have to do as much as possible to keep life organized, cheap, and easy!

Here are a few things I've done to organize:
I used sticky back velcro for the chip clips,
and for heavier bags, I'm going to use those black binder clips that you get at office supply stores, and cup hooks on the inside of the door!

Under sink and trash 

Keep a car air freshener in your kitchen trash

wrapping paper or shelf paper to pretty up plastic storage bins
Working with what you have 
Wine rack as towel holder
Tiny bathroom organized

Baskets for papers, potatoes, etc.

Lots of storage in my laundry closet
Laundry room organized

May 19, 2014

Racing stripe dresser for my g'son!

I literally found this outside a dumpster at an apartment complex I used to live in a couple years ago.
It's been this yucky green the whole time, and my daughter has been using it as is.
I'm giving it to my 5 yr old grandson
and he wants his new bedroom to be primary colors and race car theme.
Here it is so far . . .
 Deciding to give him the hutch part or keep it to put on a table for another use.

But now his mama wants the frame to be black - 
afraid the white will get too dirty with little boy hands!
we are going to use dollar store Hot Wheel look-a-likes for the handles.
So, hopefully by the end of week I'll finish this.
His Mama just gave me the "green light" to do a 
While you were out
on his room next month when they are on vacation!!
I will be chronicling the whole thing, and so excited!
Now off to making a plan - Pinterest here I come!!  
Have a great day and hug someone today!!

May 18, 2014


I bought this at a yard sale almost 4 years ago for $5.
It's part solid wood, particle board, laminated,
pretty beat up . . .
Used home made chalk paint, ooops paint, and a dry brush wash.
(sorry, good camera is broken, resorting to cheap cell phone camera for now, UGH!)
I've been wanting to paint it ever since, but was so indecisive,
Until the other day!

I used my home made chalk paint as my first coat.
Chalk paint recipe
2 coats of a blue-gray from oops paint.
Afterwards I dry brushed on some sage green, as a highlight.

After all was dry,
I dry brushed a white satin acrylic paint all over the entire piece
 (except the brown wood)
For that, I simply used a brown acrylic craft paint wash.

The open shelving and upper frame was painted with a satin bright white, that I squirted a glob of dark blue acrylic craft paint into.
This gave it a very subtle blue hue but stayed white.
 Spray painted all the hardware with Rustoleum's Antique Hammered Pewter paint.


I wasn't sure what I wanted, other than I have been lightening up my house,
love the beach, cottage look,
and just started painting.

I love it!!
I still need to straighten it up with some brackets,
and want to put some bead board on the back.
What do you think?
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