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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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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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