Saturday, August 25, 2007

BACK TO SCHOOL DISPLAY--September


More ladder fun. The only thing I really made was the fake slate. I had a chunk of wood in the garage from the remodel and painted it black & added the fake chalking. Rhett questioned the progression of info. Kids don't go from ABC to physics, but that was part of my plan. The chalk stick is a pencil painted white...maybe that is totally obvious. The rest are items I had around the house, the flag, jailer's keys, and apples didn't change from the 4th of July display.

FARM WINDOW PHOTO FRAME




Here is the finished photo frame. I was able to print photos from our trip to Italy in 6"x6" from winkflash.com. I attached them with electrical tape from the back so it gave an additional black edge.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

KITCHEN CHAOS

This big project began with my Mom giving me these awesome bowls in the Spring. They are bright colors and this special plastic. My favorite feature is they have a rubber rim on the bottom so when you use a hand mixer, they stick to the surface and don't spin around. Anyway, I didn't have anywhere to store them, so they've been sitting out on the counter basically.


Also earlier this spring, my little sister Nette made me this paperclip chain out of twine and ribbon. I found the huge paperclips recently at Wal-Mart--15 paperclips for $1. So I had that pinned directly against this wall above our stove with recipes, postcards, and photos clipped on.


After the bathroom remodel we have a lot of wood scraps around and I schemed a solution to these problems. I cut out all the wood to make a shelf and Rhett helped me screw it together. I painted my little message on it and it serves as storage for my beloved mixing bowls, and displays Nette's photo ribbon.
To go above the bowls, I thought it would be cool to have photographs of brightly colored fruit to coordinate with the bowls. I chose to display the green, orange and blue bowls and so took photos of green apples, tangerines, and blueberries. the blueberries I took at home but the rest I didn't purchase.






I planned it out and took my camera with me to work and I got off a little after 6am and hurried to HyVee and was casually wandering around the produce section. I felt like I had to sneak my photos, pretending to look for ripe fruit and then began snap, snap, snapping away with my camera. A look over the shoulder and another round, rearranging the fruit until I was satisfied and moving on to the next color. Maybe they wouldn't care, but in high school I got reprimanded for filming in a grocery store, so I guess in my mind photography in a store would also be what they described in high school as "illegal".
I really would have liked to use square metal tart pans with the crimped edges as "frames" for my photos, but they were expensive--they were actual pans, so instead I used cardboard casserole dishes for $2 and I think it still shows the fact I used a kitchen item as a frame, even though it is definitely low budget.

Anyway, it all came together and I really like it. It was an inexpensive project:

wood shelf- free

paint--already had it
Pan frames-- $2
Print 3 square photos-- $6
So for $8 bucks I have a new wall. I am detailing the costs because recently Rhett helped me realize I have a "project problem". The addiction most likely won't be suppressed, he just requests future projects will pack well for when we move. I did point out the money I make by painting and selling signs goes to fund my future projects. He just laughs and he really doesn't care, it is me justifying my project fund in our budget by making sure it is self sustaining and that I sell enough signs to fund my next idea.

HALLIE'S PRINTS


For a baby shower gift, I painted a sign for a friend. I gave it without the sealant on it and with the option to add foot/ hand prints when she had her baby. She wanted the prints so we tortured sweet little Hallie for an afternoon and got her 1-month-old prints on the sign. I thought turned out cute, seeing the tiny prints made Rhett baby hungry for a little daughter...and me too.

Friday, August 10, 2007

FARM WINDOW MENU

We remodeled the bathroom this summer and I kept the two sections of a gross rotting window. I didn't know what to with the bottom pane but finally decided to make it a menu board for the kitchen. I used this sweet crackle media you paint on before the last coat, and I like it a lot. I bought 2 bottles when I was home for the summer, and am hoping it will last until I get another opportunity to get out of Kirksville to a craft store.
This idea wasn't original, but came from a friend, Melody A. who had one in her kitchen, made with an old window also. So thanks for the idea, and hopefully this will help me plan meals ahead rather than last minute mac-n-cheese nights.

My main problem with making meals is the time commitment. I really enjoy cooking, but I usually have too much to do before I go to work at 6:00 pm to make something big and great, and so usually it's on the days off that I have time to cook, and with the summer heat I have trouble thinking of new things besides salads and pasta--we eat A LOT of pasta, and it heats up the kitchen terribly. I need to really sit down once a week and plan a menu, looking to see what ingredients I have and use them up. Also, I collect recipes (Kirksville has a lot of recipe swapping going on) but rarely use them, and just stick to the usual things that come to mind when I'm staring into the pantry, will no plans of what to make. I think if I take time to actually plan, it will work out better and Rhett will be happy we won't have to replenish our Top Ramen stock....as often. :)

Close up of the crackle

Thursday, August 9, 2007

HAND-PAINTED SIGNS

Last summer I tried to sell signs at the Farmer's Market and Red Barn Festival here in Kirksville, but now it is just a hobby. I found I wasn't the best entrepreneur. It's all painted free hand, which explains the imperfections in you look closely. Family Sign Mix of different ones Patriotic
For a child's room Family SignNursery--used actual foot/hand prints of the babies Name Plates to go above cribs in nursery to match fabric and furniture

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

ALTERING SCRUBS

A friend at work has 4 pairs of pants she needed altered, basically replacing the waistband with more elastic. It is a quick, easy project and made me think of Lynette, my little sister who works as a tailor. I have a feeling she could give me some constructive critisism on the job, but it is turning out OK. My co-worker was saying it's hard to find pants pants that fit on her butt, because the waist is too tight, but I have the opposite problem. My booty is too big and if the pants can make it around the rump, the waist is like wearing garbage-bags-pants. Someone once recommended getting low rise that would have a waist meant for my hips, but then an even bigger problem is created....crackage!! I need to figure out where J.Lo buys jeans...but then again I couldn't afford them anyway.

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