Monday, 4 November 2013

Burlap curtains

Got my burlap from Home depot 11.00 a roll of 40" by 30'  so lots and way way way cheaper then any Fabric store. 

Made my hem along the top and added some "lace" just to make it softer and pretty.
total time for the four panels was about 2 hours - super easy, super cheap!  which is what this mama loves.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Thrift store treasures

Went on a Thrift Store shopping spree a week ago and I made a few finds
but my favorite ones were these awesome lamps I found!  I was super excited to bring them home and got even better I found out the bottoms light up so neat.....

I need to replace the shades but meh' no biggy right???

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Up-cycle farm table

I wanted to make a new top for this table since the day we bought it - just never got around to it until NOW and only cause for some reason the leg fell off - I know so mysterious!!!

So here is before

And this is after still need to put some braces under it to keep the legs sturdier and I need to add a couple for coats of varnish - Also going to eliminate some of the chairs and put bench seating under the window - when I find time to paint the bench I have.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

One Jar at a time Dill Pickles!

Recipe was given to my mom from a neighbor some twenty years ago and it has been used ever since!
NO BRINE, NO Soaking for x amount of hours and its perfect for the gardener that only gets to pick a few jars at a time worth of pickles or even if you are like me and you go and purchase your 30lbs worth of pickles...............This recipe also is great to let the kids help with the preserving.

I try to use 1 liter Jars wide mouth are easiest to use unless you have someone with little hands helping you to put the pickling cukes in

In Each jar place
1 Tbsp of pickling/course salt
1/2 cup of vinegar
pinch of Alum (keeps the pickles crunchy)
1 clove of garlic
1 head of dill
pickling cukes
top with cold water.
seal in a hot water bath

as you can see by the pictures I have sliced and diced some of the larger of the pickling cucs for a quick grab for hamburgers and snacking.
I am not sure on the times for sealing but I think I usually add water to cover the jars once I place them into the canner and then bring the water back up to a boil and let it boil for a bout 10 minutes -

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

I have not totally forgotten my blog but with it being summer and having company I just havent had any real projects on the go........I have been doing some quading and just hanging at the house and the creek
hopefully once things slow down again in september I will have time to do some more projects around the house.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Chalkboard fridge

I seen it on one of the shows my kids watch and thought "I WANT THAT"  so I did that.

Chalkboard paint while expensive goes a long ways.  I bought the little jar $22 and it took less then a quarter to do the fridge 3 coats.  First step was to wash the fridge door very well then sand it with some steel wool or very ruff sand paper -  some tutorials will recommend priming with the magnetic paint first I didnt and the magnets still stick. .  Then paint it......wait for it to dry for ruffly 4 hours repaint, and then one more coat!  I let mine sit for 3 days like it says to before I "cured" it with chalk and now my kids are having a great time writing on it.  May still paint the handle and the bottom part one day.



Monday, 22 April 2013

Meet Sherman

Finally did what I had originally wanted to do all along with my mirror and mason jars!   put fishies up on my wall sooooo - Meet Sherman!!!  - I need to get another Jar so I can put another fish on the other side.

my bucket light

Well just to add some fun and color I made this light for the Dining area.   Once again I means Hubby cause I dont do electrical.
So here is my bucket light - it might be tweaked and centered better some other day!  And yep that is a Burlap window treatment on the windows thanks to a friend at work who kept me the burlap bags.(Thanks Paige!!!)

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Cheese Grater Lights

Yep thats right! I did it... and by I, I mean hubby did all the wiring and alot of the other stuff but it was my idea ;)
I started out with all these bits and pieces

Did a little of this and a little of that and I ended up with this

 Soon ....soon my kitchen will be all finished its going at a rate of about 2 projects per weekend right now which is getting the honey-do list down quite nicely.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Kitchen stuff

I am sure by the end there will be oodles of kitchen posts cause this is going to be a long process.
Here is another wall "almost" finished needs some trim but I figured I would get all that done in one day

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

New Kitchen

Where have I been for over a month?
Well between all the holiday celebrations - getting back into some kind of routine - I have been working hard on our kitchen
Last year at around this time I found a set of knotty pine cabinets for my house - since then we have been planning, tearing out walls and cabinets, putting in walls and cabinets,  taking a break and then going at the whole project again so............
A LOT of work later and hubby finally deciding that yes I get control over decorating/designing decisions
Here it is............
We still have a long ways to go such as flooring, some finishing work, light fixtures and all that good stuff  but I have been working very hard the last few weeks on getting some of this done so I decided I would share it with you

One of the things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about my kitchen is my backsplash and it was a fight to get it but..... soooo worth it!!!