Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baking Pan Pedestal

I love the look of old baking pans...
The old aluminum reminds me of galvanized steel...

The buckle on this one is pretty cool too...

Since I inspired Laurel from
with my really big 

I decided to be inspired by her 
Right back at ya Laurel!

I started with an angel food cake pan on top,
and added a finial from an old lamp...
The finial I attached with E2000...

I used a metal pole for the shaft which screwed 
into the inside of the finial...
I used screws to attach all the pieces so it is very solid.

The metal "basket" on the bottom used to hold a glass dish.

I painted the finial, the shaft and the base black so they match.

All together I created a pedestal tower for
chips, plants, crafts, or whatever...

I'm thinking I will use it outside for plants...

Thanks for the inspiration Laurel!


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Monday, May 28, 2012

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Imperfect Flag Tray

This patriotic project started out well...
with a tray, an idea and some paint...

This bead board tray was perfect for the flag project I had in mind.
The spacing was great, the finish was great, and the large size was great too...

I painted on the stripes and then the blue field...
everything was perfect...

I was thinking about how I was going to do the stars when my husband, who normally isn't very crafty, had a great idea... I should make a star stencil with 10 stars in a row since there are 5 rows in the blue field... Wow Jim!  
Great idea!!!

So I did...

I used Shrinky Dink plastic and cut it the width of the stripes on the tray... I used a star hole punch to make a star every 1/2"... 
that's 10.

Using spray adhesive and a stencil brush I stenciled a row, then moved on to the next until I had all 50 beautiful stars...

Perfect right?

until I put on the Polycrylic finish to protect it...

The red came out fine, the white came out fine, 
the stars came out fine.... but the blue....
it came off, it just slid when I brushed on the Polycrylic!
The funny thing is that the stars stayed put....

 I don't know why... 
It was dry and it had 2 coats just like the other colors...

What should I do? Start again? 

I decided that it was fine just the way it was and if anyone 
asked I would just say I meant for it to look like this...

Artistic and Rustic right?

So here's to all the imperfectly perfect projects!
Some of them were just meant to be that way...

After all, nobody's perfect.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lost Sock Basket

When my children were young I used
this now antique basket for their winter mittens...

It was a basket my family used for picnics when 
I was a little girl...

I painted The Three Little Kittens story around 
the handles and across the top many years ago...

Now I use it in my laundry room for lost socks...

Just a treasure of my own, not found at a thrift store, 
garage sale or on the side-of-the road, 
that has become legitimately antiqued over time.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

If you know me you know that I don't like to cook...

I sure do like to bake!
and here is the only thing better 
 than Banana Bread...

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

3-4 ripe bananas mashed
1/3 c. melted butter or margarine
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 egg

Mash the bananas, add the melted butter
Beat in egg, add vanilla
Mix well. 
Add the sugar, salt, and the baking soda
Mix in the flour
Add 3/4 c. chocolate chips
(I use a mixture of mini and regular chips)

Pour into a loaf pan

Bake for 60 minutes
at 350 degrees

Let cool and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream...

Hey, what's a few more calories??




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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Free Garden Bench

Using leftover futon wood from the Farmhouse Bench project, 
plus 2 oak posts I found while walking one night....
(and let me tell you they were not easy to carry a mile back home!)

I created another bench, 
this time it is for the space out by the 
fire pit 
(otherwise known as the teen's area...)

I started with the futon wood, it was all pretty much cut 
to the size I needed for a 6 foot bench. 
I added additional slats in between the existing ones 
to create the top and the sides,
 then cut the post legs to 15", a good size for a lower bench.

I changed the color of the raw wood by painting the whole thing with a vinegar and steel wool concoction that
I keep fermenting in the garage...

It creates a great old, aged color!

And here's the free garden bench!

A great bench to move to anyplace it's needed.

And a big thanks to all my neighbors for the side-of-the-road finds,
you seem to have no idea what you are throwing out! 

Futon wood
vinegar/steel wool solution

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