Monday, April 30, 2012

Well, THAT Didn't Work.

Remember how I used this stuff 
 to repair the leg of
 this chair?
Massive fail. 
If you've already tried it, I sincerely apologize. The last thing I want to do is steer anyone wrong here. It would probably work on parts that don't bear any weight. But it was obviously the wrong thing to use for the leg. My husband thinks he can build a whole new leg. I hope so. I don't know what else to do. 
Also, I had my days wrong. I said I was doing something different today~it's tomorrow. 
Yeah. It's been like that lately. 

I almost wished you a happy May Day. 
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Aging Galvanized Metal

I've been lucky enough to find some great old galvanized washtubs and buckets at estate sales. But they're few and far between.
I have some new pieces that are new, but I don't like the new looks so much.
Like this flower planter. I can't remember what I planned to use it for, but it's just been sitting around. I've had a few people write and tell me it's easy to age galvanized metal, and so I decided to take their advice and try an experiment with
 Clorox bleach. Although, any chlorine bleach would work. 
 I just put it in a spray bottle 
and sprayed it a few times outside.
(I'm not thrilled with the streaks I got from the bleach running down the sides and from wiping the inside. I'm wondering if the gel stuff would work better.) But it did work!

There's a white crust that doesn't wash off. Especially on the bottom where there weren't as many streaks. 
Have any of you tried this before? Do you have any tips for me?

Have a good weekend! Be sure to tune in Monday. I'm doing something a little different. 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Character Flaw, Or Sport?

I like to make fun of pricey catalogs and stores. It's a sport. Or a character flaw. You can decide. But it always amazes me what people will buy from these places. 

$49 on Ebay (sale ended)
Wouldn't you rather buy the one above

$123 from Restoration Hardware
rather than this one?

$39 from Etsy
Or this gear
Rather than this one?
$36 from Etsy
Or this birdhouse
$160 from Anthropologie
instead of this one?

$9.99 from Pottery Barn

But I do have to admit,(partly because I've mocked them so much in the past, but mostly because it's true) the price for those crates is pretty dang decent!
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Don't Ruin Good Rust

After the funeral, we went to see my younger brother and he had a bunch of these old milk crates. He told me to pick one out and I could have it. I picked the rustiest one with a name plate.
He asked me if I was going to sandblast it and paint it.  
 I told him you don't ruin perfectly good rust. 
 I found more railroad nails.
 I don't know why I like these so much, but I do. I like how old they are, I guess. 1912. Someone told me that these were made for around 80 years, starting with 1900. Maybe I'll go for a full set. :)
 This pencil sharpener is also from my brother. (Who is actually an aficionado of good junk. I don't really think he would have sandblasted that crate and painted it, either.) 
I like the sticker on this one. 
I also found some blue glass jars, but you've all seen those before. 
Tiny towns in Colorado have great prices on those, though!

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

The 6 Best Things

Thank you so much for all of your kindness. My aunt's funeral was very positive and very uplifting. I'm glad I could go with my parents. It was a sad occasion, but there were still some bright moments. Here are a few of them in no particular order.
  1. Talking and laughing with my mom as we followed my dad and his cousin down the road.
  2. Driving with my dad in the front seat. He had some pistachios, so he'd shell one for himself, then shell one for me and hand it to me. 
  3. Being with cousins I haven't seen in a long time.
  4. Seeing old family photos that I haven't ever seen before, and hearing the stories behind them.
  5. Spending time with my brothers, my sister in law and my niece. I sure love them. 
  6. Talking with my aunt I still have on my dad's side of the family, and having her say "I wish we were neighbors!" I wish we were, too. 
I did find some fun junk. 
(I know. Even on a road trip for a funeral!)
I was just too wiped out when I got home to take any pictures. I'll show you tomorrow.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Will Be Open

I'm saddened to say, my Dad's younger sister passed away after a 6 year fight with ovarian cancer. I'm going to drive to Colorado with my parents for the funeral. 
I'll see you next week.

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P.S. Someone asked for the paint color in our living room~I'll post that next week when I get back home. It was a custom mix and I'll have to ask the paint store. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wire Art

I don't think I'd have the patience to make something like these.
But I love them all!


I did try making my own birdcage once. It was a disaster, and looked nothing like this adorable cuckoo clock. 


In fact, it turned out to be one of those many, many (oh, so many!) projects that never turn out to be blogworthy.

But these~I <3 them. :)
What do you think? Would you hang any of them up in your house?
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Monday, April 16, 2012


I took a black and white photography class once. I learned how to develop film and print photos in the class.
 Somehow, I lost my whole portfolio from that class, including the negatives.
 So all I have are three mounted photographs. 
(I like the one of the door the most. I think it represents my life back at that time. It was an open door~I could walk though it and go in any direction I wanted.) 
 Our only assignment in the class was to photograph light. Simple, right?
 It was surprisingly difficult.
 To focus on the light hitting the object, and not the object itself. 
I'm often frustrated by my photography,
 but when I focus on trying to catch the light
 those are the pictures that I end up liking the most.
 I don't have much technical knowledge to give anyone regarding photography.
Just what I learned in that one class.
Try to photograph the light.

Thanks for reading!
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

When most of your kids are in college, the Easter eggs are going to look 
less like Easter Eggs 
and more like a cartoon you might see on No bunnies, no flower stickers, no pastel stripes. Just cranky guys with curly hair and a sleepy Amish dude.
 I'm not a huge egg fan, but I do like deviled eggs. This is a really fast and really good recipe involving
Ranch Dressing. 
(Actually, it's so simple I don't know if you can call it a recipe.)
So once you've cut your eggs in half and scooped out the yolk, start blending them up. I use a pastry cutter. Add enough dressing to make a paste the consistency of tooth paste.
 Add a few slices of crumbled up crisp bacon and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
If you don't have a pastry bag, just snip the end off of a ziplock bag and use it. Make the hole a little on the larger side so that bacon won't clog up the works. Fill the egg whites.
 Garnish with fresh snipped chives in you want. 
(you want)

I want to thank everyone for being so nice about my last post. I so appreciate all your comments! 
I finally found my big girl panties and am now wearing them. Hopefully, I'll be good for the rest of campaign season.

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