Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Buffet Face Lift


Hello my friends!  Today I have a non-papercrafting project to share with you. Last weekend was a long weekend due to Good Friday.  I decided to work on one of my in home projects while I had three days were Avaleigh would not be visiting us.  

I had an old maple finished buffet, similar to the one below, that matched NOTHING in my dining room.  I purchased it with the intention of painting it - someday.  Well that day arrived!  Friday morning I began on the buffet's face lift!



I used Rust-Oleum's Furniture Transformations kit to redo the buffet.  I love that I did not have to sand down the entire piece.  That save HOURS of work.  

Rust-Oleum has two furniture transformation kits, a light color kit and, the one I used, a dark color kit.  I chose the lagoon blue color (third from the left on the bottom row).  The paint department at Home Depot added the color to the base coat.


The "face lift" was a four step process, with lots of drying time in between.  You begin by applying a Deglosser/ Cleaning agent to the entire surface, scrubbing with a green scrubby.  After rinsing VERY well and hand drying, you have to let the furniture thoroughly dry for at least an hour.

Step two is actually a two step process.  Using a brush or appropriate roller, apply a coat of the base coat with color.  Allow this to dry 2-3 hours.  Then apply a second coat!  Everything I read said it was better to have incomplete coverage on the first coat and keep the coat thin.  A thin second coat then covered all of the surfaces very well.  Allow the second coat to dry 2-3 hours.


Step three is the optional glazing process.  Working in sections, you apply a dark glaze then wipe off the excess.  This ages the pieces and add highlights and darker areas.  You must let the glaze dry for at least 8 hours.  This is where I stopped on Friday evening.  I will tell you that the glaze shows up far too well in the photos.  It is more subtle in real life.  

Of course speaking of the photos, the carpet under the buffet IS NOT streaked with blue paint.  I promise I did use a professional drop cloth.  I think the blue and dark glaze are just an optical illusions caused by the photograph.

Saturday morning I completed the forth step - the clear protective top coat.  I like the top coat.  It is not a heavy gloss, but does give a bit of shine to the piece.  The top coat has to be brushed on then allowed to dry for 12 hours in a dust free, pet free area.  

Late Saturday evening I added the new hardware to the piece, an inexpensive set I found on Amazon.

If you are wondering WHY I completed the project in the dining room it is because the pollen count is FAR TOO HIGH to allow for working in my garage right now.  I would have had green buffet instead of blue!


The face lift process was very easy and I am glad I tried it on the buffet. Next I will be using Rust-Oleum's Cabinet Transformations Kit (which works the same way) and painting the bottom kitchen cabinets a light grey color.   That is next week's project while Avaleigh is off on her Spring Break adventures with her parents!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tulip Wreath Card



Hello my friends!  This week the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog is celebrating spring bulb flowers.  My talented design team sister Melanie selected this weeks challenge.  Melanie has challenged us to use bulb flowers on our projects - tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, irises, etc.  I chose to use these great tulips from the Picturesque.

I created the tulip border by piecing together tulips and leaves.  I added white pen doodles to the leaves and the main tulip leaves and stem hoping the make the card a bit more whimsical.  


I hope each of you had a wonderful weekend.  We enjoyed a long weekend as Doug was off Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We spent Thursday enjoying Avaleigh.  I snapped a few photos of her playing in the back yard.  I gave her a few Easter Eggs and she seemed to think they were for throwing.

Friday and Saturday I painted my buffet - more on that later in the week. And Sunday we celebrated Easter.

We joined our daughter and her family for Easter brunch and then came home for a relaxing afternoon.  Even though it was just the three of us, I still baked a ham, twice baked potatoes, fresh green beans, a fruit platter, and bread.  We finished the meal with cheese cake and fresh strawberries.  We were all happily full.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please do go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the great projects the design team created for this challenge.  Lots of great inspiration!

You only have a few days left to take advantage of the March Specials at Close To My Heart.




That means buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets at regular price and get a third set of equal or lesser value FREE!  The special is good on all of our stamps, even our fabulous $29.95 font stamps!  What a deal!  Which stamps will you choose?

Also available for the month of March only, our Stamp of the Month, Sunshine Birdies.


How sweet are these little birdies?  The just shout SPRING TIME!  The birdies stamp set can be yours for the regular price of $17.95, or with a $50 order you can add the Sunshine Birdies stamp set to your cart at checkout for only $5.00!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Easter Layout


Hello my friends!  This week the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog is celebrating Spring and Easter, sort of a two challenges in one opportunity.  My sweet and talented Design Team sister, Maureen, is hosting this challenge.  Maureen's challenge asks that you create an Easter project or a Spring themed project.  I chose Easter and created this Happy Easter layout.

I used two Cricut cartridges via Design Space to make this layout: Teddy Bear Parade and Easter Magic.   I also used an SVG cut file for the title.  I like that the pages are very colorful but will not distract too much from the photos. 

Speaking of the photos...  The photos on this layout are all Internet images. I found that the layout looked better with photos in place but I wanted to use photos from Easter 2016.  Avaleigh was only two and half months old last Easter.  This year she will have much more fun and this layout will be ready for the photos.

I do hope that you find time to join us at Bitten by the Bug this week.  I would love to see your Easter or Spring themed project!

Thank you for stopping by.  I will be back soon with another post - I have two to write.  Today is my birthday and I do plan to eat cake!!  I hope that you have a lovely day.

At Close To My Heart this month:


March is Stampaganza Month at Close To My Heart!  

That means buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets at regular price and get a third set of equal or lesser value FREE!  The special is good on all of our stamps, even our fabulous $29.95 font stamps!  What a deal!  Which stamps will you choose?

Also available for the month of March only, our Stamp of the Month, Sunshine Birdies.


How sweet are these little birdies?  The just shout SPRING TIME!  The birdies stamp set can be yours for the regular price of $17.95, or with a $50 order you can add the Sunshine Birdies stamp set to your cart at checkout for only $5.00!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day Card



Hello my friends!  This week the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog is celebrating the wearing of the green and all things Irish.  St. Patrick's Day is this Wednesday and you know how I like to stretch out a celebration, right?  So we are doing a full week of St. Patrick's Day.

My sweet and talented Design Team sister, Lynn, selected this weeks challenge.  I decided to go with a simple but festive card.  I used three Cricut cartridges (in Design Space) to create my card:  Designer Calendar, Baby Shower, and, of course, St. Patrick's Day.

The Happy St. Patrick's Day cut came from the St. Patty's cartridge.  I used three colors of card stock to cut the layers.  The large shamrock is from Designer Calendar.  And the ribbon and zig-zag circle cut are from Baby Shower. 

I used three scraps of green card stock, two of them prints, to cut the matting.  Now I am asking myself to whom I might send this card!  I honestly do not think I have ever sent a St. Patrick's Day card!


I hope that you take some time and create your own St. Patty's project this week and share it with us at Bitten By The Bug 2.  In the meantime, to look for some awesome inspiration go by the team blog and check out all of the cute projects the Design Team created!

At Close To My Heart this month:


March is Stampaganza Month at Close To My Heart!  

That means buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets at regular price and get a third set of equal or lesser value FREE!  The special is good on all of our stamps, even our fabulous $29.95 font stamps!  What a deal!  Which stamps will you choose?

Also available for the month of March only, our Stamp of the Month, Sunshine Birdies.


How sweet are these little birdies?  The just shout SPRING TIME!  The birdies stamp set can be yours for the regular price of $17.95, or with a $50 order you can add the Sunshine Birdies stamp set to your cart at checkout for only $5.00!






Saturday, March 12, 2016

Project Life / Picture My Life Organization/Storage Solutions




Hello my friends!  Today I would like to share some information with all of the Project Life Scrapper out there.  Many, many of you are looking for storage solutions for your Project Life supplies.  Well I have the perfect solution for you:  The Close To My Heart Medium Organizer!

I have had a lot of Project Lifer's purchase this organizer, often in multiples of two or more, to organize their supplies.  One crafter said: 

"I just recently moved all of my cards into a Close To My Heart medium organizer, and I've got them sorted by color. Love it. I have the SC cards separated from the rest and also sorted by color, just because I like to go to them first when I'm putting a spread together. I sort all of my scrap stuff by color. That system really works for me."

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I do understand why our Close To My Heart Medium Organizers are perfect for the Project Life products.  Below you can see that our organizers (medium and large) have removable/repositionable dividers.  You can arrange the dividers to fit various products and cards.

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Remove the dividers to make a larger space for your larger products. 

(Not my photo)

The photo below shows a beginner Project Lifer, who is able to store everything in one case.  Photos, cards, adhesives and font stamps.

(Not my photo)

There are several ways to sort your products.  Above I showed you an organizer sorted by color, and below you can see two organizers sorted by theme.

 (Not my photo)

(Not my photo)

There are actually THREE organizers in the Close To My Heart line that have the same width and length.  The organizers vary by depth -- or height if you prefer.  The small organizer is ideal for storing washi tap and ribbon spool.  The medium organizer is great for your PL cards.  And the large organizer will hold everything else!

(Not my photo)

You may not realize that Close To My Heart sells a line of cards created for the Project Life scrapper - - the line is called PICTURE MY LIFE.  We have ten sets of Picture My Life cards, a couple of which I have previewed below for you.





I thought I would share a bit of inspiration -- pages created using CTMH's Picture My Life products. 

 A La Carte PML CURRENTLY ON SALE for $2.70

 Charlotte 

  Penelope

  Selfie

 Regatta

Below you will find links to the products in my Close To My Heart on-line store.  Contact me if you should have any questions about any of our Picture My Life (Project Life) and Organization products!

      
 Small                                       Medium                                             Large      




As with the Regatta, Penelope, and Charlotte pages above, you can also use our Workshop Your Way kits to create your own cards to fit your theme. Charlotte is perfect if you want a very feminine look.  I really like these kits and you will find that you can cut tons of cards/matting from a single kit.

I do hope that this post has been helpful to anyone who is involved in Project Life scrapping.  I know you will love our great organization products and great paper products and that they will help you keep your PL/Picture My Life supplies organized and help you create beautiful pages.



Also happening at Close To My Heart this month:


March is Stampaganza Month at Close To My Heart!  

That means buy any two My Acrylix stamp sets at regular price and get a third set of equal or lesser value FREE!  The special is good on all of our stamps, even our fabulous $29.95 font stamps!  What a deal!  Which stamps will you choose?

Also available for the month of March only, our Stamp of the Month, Sunshine Birdies.


How sweet are these little birdies?  The just shout SPRING TIME!  The birdies stamp set can be yours for the regular price of $17.95, or with a $50 order you can add the Sunshine Birdies stamp set to your cart at checkout for only $5.00!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Planner Fun with Audrey


Hello my friends!  Today I have an out of the ordinary project to share with you - my day planner.  I rely heavily on my day planner these days because with my mom, the baby, and my own stuff, I have a lot to remember.  I use the Calendar feature in Outlook, but I also like to write down lists of what I need/hope to accomplish.  The day planner is a perfect place for my dated notes to self.


I am using the same binder that I used last year, an on sale binder I purchased at Kikki-k.  This year I ordered plain, unadorned refill calendar pages.  I wanted to create my own "Susan-ized" theme, though I find that I am not a doodler with my planner.  Kudos to those of you who are, I think the doodled planners are darling.   


I planned my theme by starting a Pinterest Board tilted Planner Ideas Originally I thought I might use Vogue Magazine covers as monthly dividers. However, as I pinned my plans changed and I decide to go with an Audrey Hepburn theme.  Each of my monthly and tab divider pages feature Audrey Hepburn on various magazine covers.  There is just something about Audrey Hepburn:  her smile is so infectious, she is so elegant, and she looks so kind.


I did make one variation on the magazine cover theme:  Audrey pop art.  I found several images of pop art featuring Audrey and I saved those also. 


To print my divider pages, I opened Microsoft Power Point and sized my slides to match the size of the plain dividers included in the Kikki-K set.  I inserted an image into each slide and printed the slides onto white 8.5 x 11 inch card stock.  I used my paper trimmer to cut the dividers out, leaving a tab in the side of each divider.


I used clear labels and printed the month names and other divider names: BWTC (Busy with the Cricky), BBTB2 (Bitten by the Bug 2), Home, Projects,  and Etc.  The labels were affixed to the tabs and trimmed.


My planner is more than a reminder of doctor appointments, meetings, etc. It is a true organization tool.  I included sections on my blogs, my in-home projects (including the areas I plan to work on after the kitchen redecorating project completes), and other projects. 

  

On the monthly view calendars, I keep a general cleaning schedule - what I want to do in addition to basic vacuuming, dusting, etc.   At the beginning of each month I also included printables from Jenn's blog, Clean and Scentsible.  Jenn has a household organization program that I am following (with some slight "Susan-ized" changes).


This is a link to Jenn's Organization Diet post.  She gives you the overview and there are links to the printables.


In addition to regular cleaning, this program has you deep cleaning one area of your home each month - well unless you have multiples of the same room, then you have to do extra duty.  For example we have three full bathrooms so the list above is for all three of my bathrooms. 


I took Jenn's Master Bedroom deep cleaning list and switched its place in the line up as I want to focus on that area earlier rather than later.  I also removed the "Outside" month - prepping your garden, etc. - as Doug covers those areas, and added in a whole new section:  Craft Room Deep Clean!  I could probably schedule more than one month of deep cleaning in there!!


I have one more printable inserted into every week - a menu planner and a food journal/workout sheet.  I have been trying to eat healthier, reduce my weight, and exercise more.  I did really well with this last year from July until Christmas, but I have struggled greatly this year.  While I have not regained any of the 40 pounds I have lost, I am no where near my goal and have found that I need more structure and organization in this area as well.  I have also discovered that my biggest issue is not making wise choices (I rarely make bad food choices now), but rather it is portion control.  The meal planner and food journal should help me address this.


The photo above is watermarked because I found both forms on Pinterest. One of the forms has a statement asking that the form not be distributed. There are a ton of similar forms on Pinterest, I just happened to like these two best for meeting my needs.

Below you can see how the dividers line up.


Thanks for stopping by today.  I know this is not my typical blog post, but I hope that you found it informative and useful.  I do find that using the planner helps keep me organized.