Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bigger Than a Bread Box

I just got my hands on this awesome old bread box...


It used to be enamelware but some where along the way someone painted it black... and it was a little rusty. 
(but not in a good way)

So a little sanding with a wire brush, 
and a quick spritz of white spray paint...


Made this a great bread box for the kitchen counter...

The top shelf is for hiding snacks...


and the bottom shelf is for bread.


 A great find and it keeps the clutter on the counter to a minimum!
Susan

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Not Big Enough!

You may remember the bird house I made in July
for One Month to Win It... 


Well the joke by my family, all summer was that "no bird will ever move in because I made the hole too small"... 

And so far, they've been right....
Until today....

I was sitting outside reading a book and I heard this tapping sound... I looked over and saw a woodpecker sitting on the perch banging away at the hole....

And before I laughed myself off my chair 
I took a picture with my phone... 



There he was... trying to make the hole bigger....
Really I swear! 

When he flew away I went over too get a closer look...

See....
He She was doing his her own home improvements!


So I did the only thing I could do... 
I helped her out...
I got out my drill and made the hole bigger for her...


Not perfect but it was the best I could do 
because I was standing on a chair, 
the birdhouse is already mounted to the fence...

So... the jokes over! 
You can move in now Mrs. Woodpecker!
Welcome Home!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hand Painted Light

My oldest daughter Kasey is an artist.  
She came downstairs one morning  
and said "Hey Mom... Look what I drew..."

The rest as they say, was history.....



Kasey's sketch book

and from then on, she was an artist

charcoal on a shopping bag 
"mom's picture" a gift for my 50th 
rooster 
her prom dress 
a commissioned sale
our youngest Kenley 
a commissioned sale
a friend, drawn in pencil
I shouldn't be surprised when she has a great home 
decorating project to share....

This is her lampshade before....


and this is the lampshade with the light on...


Kasey drew the flowers free hand on the inside 
of the lampshade and painted them with an India ink marker.


Here is her kitchen...
Check out that awesome hand painted wall!



close-up of kitchen wall

She got it all from me :)

Kasey (my favorite artist) shares her art here.
Enjoy!



Sunday, August 28, 2011

All Is Well!

The hurricane is over now...


 and this is how I feel!
 
 Homeroad is thankful that we are 
all safe and our home is fine!
 
 Susan


Friday, August 26, 2011

Hello Irene!


Ready or not, here she comes!
 

 Stay safe!

Susan

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gazebo Bunting

I usually put up paper bunting in my gazebo for party decorations... 

I was thinking it would be nice to have some 
I could hang up permanently... 
or at least some that wouldn't get ruined by the weather...


The curtain fabric I fount at Good Will would be perfect....
I just love this fabric! Ballard has the same one!


I cut out triangles from the hemmed edge, 
nothing too perfect, 
rough edges.... just easy and fun!


I sewed the triangles to white stretchy seam binding...
another GW find!


until I had lots and lots and lots of pennants attached...


Then I hung them in my gazebo for a pretty & festive look!
Weather-proof too, at least that is what I was thinking....
But does that count for hurricanes?
Unfortunately Hurricane Irene is headed right for us...!!

The whole gazebo top might have to be taken down this weekend!



But for now anyway it looks great with the white lights and the new candelabra....


and matches all my cushions and pillows!


 Wish us luck this weekend while we prepare for Mother Nature!

Susan

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Painting Blue Mason Jars

I know, I know, it's been done...

As a matter of fact I saw it done by Jen on 
My Greenbrae Cottage

and I saw the great handles by Kierste at
Brown Paper Packages

so I'm combining all the "know how" today...

They are so beautiful that I just had to try it....


So here goes...

I started by making a copper wire hanger for the mason jars...
(I removed the wire before painting)


I used Vitrea glass paint in turquoise blue. I used just a dot of color mixed with about 5 times as much thinner.


I gave the jar a very light coat with a fan brush, 
trying to brush away any streaks.

I baked the jars at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.


When the jars were cool I re-attached
the copper handles...


Note: Streaks are very hard to avoid.
 I tried using a rag to paint the color onto a few jars 
but the results were the same. 

In my opinion, streaks add character.
:)

I think the jars look beautiful!
Thanks for the inspiration and the great tutorials ladies!



Give it a try and have fun! Try purple too!

I also noticed that Jenn at Clean and Scentsible
did the same thing too but she used a rag and her jars have NO streaks and are a beautiful light color!.... 
I'm going to have to try the rag!

Susan



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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Here Is Where I Am....

My summer vacation is almost over...

and now my focus is here....
This is the lovely classroom I've inherited this year...
I'm their new Pre-Kindergarten teacher...
It is a beautiful classroom but I need to make it mine...

First I have to figure out what is what....???


and then I need to organize, re-paint, label 
 (and obsess a little)...

Because in a little over a week....

this lovely room is going to be filled with busy little 
smiling faces  ready for a year of learning and excitement...!!

So if I'm not responding to your comments lately...
this is where I am....

I'm loving it and looking forward to a great Pre-K year!
Susan

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chicken Feeder

A chicken feeder.....?
Really? 
I didn't even know there was such a thing...


I began by adding a board to the back and distressed it with vinegar and steel wool to make it look old...

The chicken feeder itself was almost rusting through...

Not my finest find... 

but I'm going to try and make it work...

How about using it to hold a large collection 
of thin bottles to root my plants...???

Maybe I could stencil a word on the wooden back...??

maybe "please grow"....



Graphics Fairy bottle label...


 I'll stare at it out on my deck for a while...

I could even screw through the wood and hang it on the wall... 
like a shelf maybe?


Until maybe I'll decide to spray the whole thing white,
add holly and candles, 
and use it on my mantel for the holidays....???


Just thinking out loud today...
For now, here it is... my rooting station.

What would you do with it?
Any ideas?

Susan






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