Jan 25, 2015

Touching base . . .

Happy New Year!! 
I know I've kinda fallen off the blog wagon
and I have MISSED you all and all my projects.

Life happens, and it's not a bad thing, 
just having to prioritize and manage my time.

I'm almost finished with my Associates degree, which
has taken me 4+ years to accomplish.

Once it's done, I will have my AA and will have all my pre-req's for nursing completed!

In between all this, I work at my own business doing home care on weekends,
3 generations of family have moved back home with me for a while,
and of course I attempt to create, scavenge and blog!
These are my de-stressers, so I'm not giving them up,
just learning how to manage my time!!

Hope you all stay with me, and follow in my journey,
because I know many of you are wearing multiple hats in life, 
and if I can do this and accomplish even little successes,

I'm planning to revamp my whole blog, re-design, and re-structure my blogging life
come the new year 2015!
I want to spread my wings, share in many more different medias, and just keep moving forward!
I hope you will continue to follow me and PLEASE comment, email or keep in touch!!
Hugs and Smiles,
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Dec 23, 2014

Making memories, and yummy ones at that!

My grandson and I are making goodies today! We finally got a break from school, finals, work and are able to feel like we can enjoy the holidays! 
Hope you all are making memories!!
This next year will be full of changes and goals, 
and I can't wait to have you along my journey!!

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Sep 21, 2014

Publisher vs Photoshop

Learning Photoshop!

I have been revamping a cute little side table, 
and wanted a very nautical feel for the top.

Here's what I came up with:
Via: Publisher
But hey, I'm in college so why not use my training:
 And after a few lessons of Photoshop!

I can't WAIT to show you the finished product;
Here's a sneak peek!

images are copyrighted Theresa Allen, please feel free to use this for your personal or limited resale purpose.  

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Sep 18, 2014

Marbling made Easy!

One of my friends has this gorgeous unique sculpture.

The display stand is basically some sort of pipe and was never finished.

 So, that's where I come in:

She has this beautiful marble and tile work in her entry that I decided use the white marble to coordinate with.

We wanted something pretty but not to take away from the sculpture itself.
So I decided to marble it, but to keep it as subtle as possible.


I used 3 colors of paint.

Brushed each color on in a diagonal direction randomly around the stand.

I did white first, then a tan, then the gray until the stand was completely covered.

All 3 colors are on and is covered
Now you want to blur, blend or soften the lines where each different color meets.

I used a couple different methods, I started with a wet sea sponge, and pounced the line edges. 
This worked great, but took long.

I then took a cheap short bristled brush, wet it slightly, and pounced it over the line edges.
This went faster and I liked it.
Now if you were doing a wall, a rag, sponge or brush used to soften and blend the edges of the different colors will work great - my surface on this stand is textured, like a popcorn ceiling of sort.
A rough texture 
I played with the colors, 
added more of one here, 
softened a little there,
Just whatever I felt needed adjustment.
You really can't mess this up!! 

 Finally, I got it the way I liked it!
Now time for some special effects:
I added a few splatters of my darkest color using a wet toothbrush and running my thumb across the bristles.
I used the actual marble in her foyer as my model for the veining.

To make the veins, I used a very thin artist's paint brush.
rolled it into the whte & grey paint, not really letting it mix, just having both colors on it. 
HERE's the tricky part:
Roll and turn the brush, 
shaking it like a tremor, 
as you drag it down along the surface.

You want your veins to be jagged, some fat, some skinny, joining at places, just random.
If you mess up, cover it up with paint and do it again.
Honest, you can't really mess up.
Nature makes the marble very random.

Then I took a step back, added a few pounces of a particular color where I felt it was missing, took my dry brush and lightly brushed over to make sure all my edges were blurred,

I think it looks a little better now, don't you?

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I had a house where I did this to my moldings in a bathroom, to match the marble around a tub.
Very economical way of bringing in some glamour.

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Sep 16, 2014

DIY Home Spa treatment

I was sick all day yesterday and just flopped around the house, so this morning I decided I deserved a spa treatment!
8 Habits of Extremely Well Rested People

Now don't get too jealous,
You too can have your own home spa treatment!
Google image

 Ok, so maybe I'm sensationalizing a bit about mine.

Uh, you didn't think I would actually show myself in the tub, now did ya?! 
@Theresa Allen

Yup, this is my life!
Practical and Fun
Glamorous don't ya think?

Thank goodness for being able to borrow my stocked grandkid's bubble supply,
and take from my own essential oil resources,
I was able to created my own morning spa soak.

Now I must admit, I do have a stock of Epsom salt, essential oils, candles and even a pumice stone; ballin I know!! (as my kids say)!

I am going to make up some awesome gift baskets for Christmas with my own home made concoctions.

Until I actually perfect them, I've added a link of a search I did from
Pinterest (Dontcha love Pinterest?!)

Enjoy and I would LOVE to know your spa recipes/ideas!!

and from Google

Hugs & Smiles,

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Sep 4, 2014

$25 Guest Bathroom makeover

I kept busy over Labor Day weekend.
First on my list was our guest bathroom which is a hideous greenish brown color!
BEFORE - When we moved it!! 
It is the bathroom my 19 year old daughter uses, 
and she requested a soft gray so she can accent with a teal, purple or whatever excites her.
As my usual frugal self, I went to my ooopps paints, found a blue gray
 (NOT what daughter wanted, very specific of that)
The only things I purchased for this bathroom was the shower curtain for
 $7 and the set of charcoal gray rugs for $9.00,
 I was pretty stoked.
This had the perfect colors for inspiration.

 After mixing in some black, brown and white, I got the perfect color.

Little asian stools used to put your towel while shower across from toliet $5 each from Goodwill

See the pretty rugs?!

 So for about $25, using the paint I had this bathroom looks completely refreshing and elegant.  
Now for more accessories!
 I am leasing, otherwise I would be changing that vanity and mirror !!

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