G.F. Ranch

The beginning of His vision

New Chapter

I know I’ve been quiet. I promise I haven’t abandoned you for another few months, it’s just been a bit busy.  I think I said before that Bug is on the Homeschooler’s robotics team. So we have to go into town three times a week for that. Well, we figured since the theme this year is #betthefarm2016, the team decided to visit a farm.  Guess who has animals? Yes, G. F. Ranch will be hosting a group this weekend for a tour. So Bug & I are busy mowing and cleaning. They also decided we should open it up to any kids in the community that would want to come.  Isn’t that great!!! Of course we are excited to show off our robotic kids!!!

I’ve had a couple other things keeping us busy this week too. We helped a sweet lady who just had a baby pack her stuff up for a last minute move. She is always such a blessing to others that it was an honor to be able to bless her and her family. I felt bad that we always arrived later than planned because it took longer to take of something else.

This is where the title comes into play.  I love to craft! I need to craft! But I need something to do with it once it’s done.  The original idea was to do some weekend craft shows but seriously, we don’t have the free time for that. Then I thought about some of the shops in town where you can rent booth space. We have a lot of great shops in town, but there was only one that I could really picture fitting in.  I bit the bullet and contacted the owner. I am officially a vendor at 23 Junk Street in Abilene, Texas.

I took over 50 items into the store already but need to get making some more.  I just finished a creation tonight that I LOVE!

I’m looking forward to Hubby getting home because I have some ideas for things to make for Christmas and I could use his help with the woodworking.  I love that Bug enjoys helping me to craft too, so it can be a family affair.  I am so very excited about this new chapter!

My plans are to start Farm Funnies Friday and the above things are why it didn’t get started yesterday.  So be looking forward to it.



When I get an idea in my head, it is everyones best interest for me to get it done as soon as possible.  In my last post, Putting It In Order, I mentioned my plan on repurposing and decorating some cans to use for organization. Well, I got 3 of them done.  I painted a couple more cans and will decorate them as well, but most likely will use them in the craft room.


There are no rules to doing this.  Honestly, your imagination is your limit.  You can search Pinterest or the web for tons of ideas.  Decoupage, fabric, paint, scrapbook paper….anything you can dream of.  I chose to paint mine and then use burlap, twine, ribbon and a homemade fabric flower to decorate mine.


It will be a process to redecorate the house, but I know I want to go with a Shanty Farmhouse style, so that is what I was going for with the cans.



Putting It In Order

Finally finished the bookcase Hubby & I made to use for homeschooling.  We actually have a classroom.  As a matter of fact, that was the first room I painted when we moved in.  One wall was PINK! Solid pink.  I may be a girl, but loathe the color pink!  But after 2 years of homeschooling in this house, we hardly EVER used the classroom to actually do school work in and figured why force it? So in the past few months I have pretty much taken the room over and am converting it to Momma’s craft room!

Last week in the 1st ‘Official’ Day of School post I showed you the inspiration for the bookcase I wanted to build. The width ended up being a bit smaller than I had originally planned due to our issues of not getting the pieces for the shelves not lining up evenly.  It’s all good though, I still love how it turned out.  And with the new table saw I found last night, in the future, this won’t be a problem.


I first stained it a dark brown (Kona) and then made chalk paint with some gray paint I had and did a quick, sloppy paint job.  I knew I was going to distress it so it made for a stress-free paint job.  When I sanded it, it took it down to the wood and didn’t see much of the stain, so I put a little stain on bare wood and edges, then sanded agin.  When I reached the look I was pleased with I finished it off with a wax paste.


Now I am working on repurposing and decorating some cans to use for organization.  Will keep you updated!




So In Love

There are so many other things I should be doing right now (like cleaning…but at least I have a pot of water on for dinner), but I couldn’t wait to share with you my latest 3 frames that I just LOVE the way they turned out!!!!

Have you ever found a website that you were immediately addicted to, obsessed with, really busy making all the projects?  (Or all the above?)  Well for me, the latest one is Shanty 2 Chic, or as I lovingly refer to them as S2C. Their ideas are so awesome, usually pretty cheap to make and pretty darn easy!

Y’all know the way I roll!  I will send you to the place I find the idea & instructions and just share my feedback and any tricks I learned.  Go here  for this photo & memo display.

Whoa!!!!!  It took me 5 minutes of fighting to insert that hyperlink…but I think I finally found a way around this issue I’ve been having.  I sure hope so!!!

My first suggestion (as S2C also recommends), get a Kreg Jig!  It can be a tad intimidating at first, but once you learn how to use it (I’m still learning but can do very basic stuff with it), you will LOVE it!  I promise!  Now S2C only said glue pieces together and clamp, but I didn’t want to wait long enough for the glue to set; so I used my KJ to connect with one screw in 2 of the boards.

The first time I went to apply the scrapbook paper to the project board, I applied the mod podge to the wood.  My paper buckled very bad!  It it better to apply it to the paper and then apply paper to the board.

I didn’t have ink pads to do the edging so I used some brown chalk wax (Yes!!!  No probs with the hyperlink!!!  Hallelujah!!!) to ‘ink my edges.

I did use the Heirloon White spray paint by Rustoleum. They use it A LOT on S2C, but I can see why.  I went to buy some more last night, but they don’t carry it at Lowe’s and I didn’t feel like going to Home Depot just to get that.  But I will tomorrow because I’m out.  So, so sad!

Here you have it!!!!  I LOVE them!  Did I mention that???

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Time Flies

I can’t even tell you where half of today has gone!?!?!?!  I remember beginning to think about having lunch at about 11:57 this morning and actually eating at 4:22 this afternoon.  No, I wasn’t abducted, but do you have those moments when you feel like you lost a big chunk of time?  I guess that’s what I get for jumping around between different projects today.


Here’s one that I completed today.  I made the flower.  Although I think I am going to try to put a middle layer on the flower somehow.  Just seems too much blank space?  I don’t know?  I am my worst critic.  I’m not a huge fan of purple, but I think it’s cute.  I have a very girly side to me, but it does not include pink or purple.  Not sure why I hate pink, but I burnt myself out on purple when I was about 9 or 10.

It was almost time for school to start and my cousin had sent me a letter telling me about her new purple school wardrobe.  I told my mom I wanted all purple clothes when we go school shopping, but she said no.  Ha!  I won, I guess you could say.  Or purple just happened to be the biggest craze for fashion that year.  I had everything purple, including my sneakers.  I swear to you, I did not were anything purple again until I was in my late 20’s.  And even since that point, purple clothes are few and far between.b36590ab422fffbf03cc9df66adcd0ed

Christmas 2011, Bug was 7, he wanted to buy this shirt for me for Christmas.  He said, “mom, I know you don’t like purple but this saying fits you perfectly.  Will you wear it?  For me! Please!”  I couldn’t say no to that and I wore it proudly for many years!  People would stop me so they could read it.  I would just smile because those are the reasons my Hubby is a rich man!

i wish I could hang out here and catch y’all up on so much, but the house won’t clean itself (trust me!  I have been waiting for it to happen!) and crafts won’t finish themselves.

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Forced to Clean

I like having a clean house, but can’t particularly say I like to clean.  I guess I don’t mind cleaning except for 1) It takes time away from crafting! 2) Finding motivation is difficult when it comes to cleaning 3) I don’t like anyone here when I clean. When you home school & live out in the country…needless to say I don’t get much time without Bug home.  And when I do, I like to enjoy it by crafting without guilt or interruption.

But Hubby comes home in 5 days so it’s really time to get things in order for his arrival.  So I forced myself to clean today.  Although the main areas need some TLC, I started in the Bunk Room.  That is the old master bedroom with bathroom we will use for the boys when we start foster care again. It’s kind of become a storage room and when Mak (my great-niece) came to spend a week with Auntie, she and Bug played and slept in there since there is a bunk bed. And I have some craft projects in there too.  It was just getting out of hand!

I also took pictures of the boards I stained last night that I talked about in Exploring Stains (Ughhh, took a bit but got the link).  The boards are in reverse order as I had them listed in the post. Not the best picture of the white, it doesn’t look like white paint.  Do you see the Weathered Gray and Gunstock?  Think those are my favorites!



I took a picture of the hooks I straightened out.  The smaller ones come in a pack of 25 but the ornate ones came in a pack of 8.  I actually ruined one of those by unraveling the wrong end.  It was late last night & I was tired.

I’ve also been trying to make a DIY stain (inspired by S2C) , but I think it’s going to take some time.  User error probably; maybe added to much vinegar?  But you soak steel wool and vinegar.  She also adds instant coffee to hers.  I personally HATE coffee!  And hubby doesn’t do instant, so I’ll pick up a cheap jar of it.

This is after 3 days.  I did have the lid on until today.  It kept building up pressure (Chemistry lesson! Chemical reaction, LOL). So I took the lid off today to see if some O2 will help it progress faster.  I’ll keep you updated.

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I’m SAW Excited!

HAHAHA!  I crack myself up!  But I found a new saw that I told Hubby ‘we NEED!’  So glad he loves and wants it too!  He always brags to others that I LOVE power tools!  It’s one of the many things he loves about me. But thanks to the gals at S2C, I learned about this amazing 12 inch SLIDING miter saw by Ryobi.  They may have been out for a while, but the concept is new and exciting to me!


Isn’t she just beautiful!!!  See, I didn’t pay attention to how Hubby changed the saw blade on the table saw. And the blade on it is meant for thinner pieces of wood.  And our miter saw isn’t big enough to handle 2×10 or larger. And I have a few projects that I need to cut 2×10’s and 2×12’s.  Have I mentioned I am impatient and don’t like waiting.  Not to mention hubby is on a 4-week work schedule now AND working an extra week overtime.  So even though I have a lot of boards at home awaiting to be cut, I cheated a little and bought another board and just had them cut it Lowe’s.

Do you remember in one of my last post that I mentioned I was opinionated?  That just popped in my head because I started to recall some of the thoughts going through my head while the guy was cutting my wood.   Not bad things and the guy was super helpful and nice.  I appreciated his service.  My cuts didn’t need to be perfect, so I kept my mouth shut, but he marked all the cuts straight out.  I needed 14″ boards and there were 6 cuts.  When you need to be true to measurement, you need to measure out after each cut.  You lose wood from the kurf (what the blade cuts away).  And that measurement can vary between types of blades as well. even at 1/8th of an inch kurf, by the 6th cut, the board can be down to 13 1/4″ rather than 14″.

My other thought was ‘the cut won’t splinter as badly if you slow down the cut’.  Again I didn’t say anything because I have to get after myself about the same thing.  lol.  Between that and a sharp blade (which I’m sure he has no control over), you will get a much smoother cut.

Anyhow, I just wanted to share this awesome tool that is on my Christmas list and share a couple of tips with you!

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