Monday, April 24, 2017

The Red Chandelier

I know... a lot of my posts begin with, "a friend gave me this ...", and this post is no different. 
A friend gave me this old brass chandelier...
I took all the wiring and other parts out until I was just left with nothing but brass.
Then I gave it 2 coats of Dixie Belle paint in the color Barn Red.

 I went over it with Dixie Belle's black glaze.
I put battery operated candles where the light bulbs used to go & I used a rope to hang it from the ceiling of my front porch.
It goes perfectly with my other red accents.
And, if and when my accent color changes, I'll just paint the chandelier again with one of Dixie Belle's other beautiful colors!


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Farmhouse Table #Two


Just over 2 years ago, I shared my farmhouse table that my son, John, made for me. He's an architect, so you can tell him what you want and he has the vision (and ability) to make it happen. Here is mine...
 You can read about it HERE.

I love my table! My son, however, did not love building it and said he'd never build another one. And, I don't know why, because he makes it look so easy!
Now let's fast forward 2 years...
My friend, Christine, bought a new house with a huge dining room. She had been shopping for a large table, but couldn't find exactly what she wanted. So, she called to see if John would build her one. Well, I guess table building is kind of like childbirth. You forget just how painful it is and are willing to do it again after a little time passes. 
She gave him a picture of something she liked and he made it happen.
The top has beautiful wide planks...
He stained the top with Dixie Belle Gel Stain in the color Espresso.
The base is made entirely out of 2 x 4's. Once the three bases were made, he stained them with the Espresso gel stain.
Of course, I couldn't keep my hands out of it, so I painted over the stained base with Dixie Belle paint in the color Drop Cloth. Then we distressed the base with sandpaper.


The table is 9' x 4' and John didn't want to attach the top until the table was in place to make it easier to get it into the house. It's so big that we delivered it in 2 trucks. Luckily we have two trucks and could just make one trip.


The table easily seats 12 people.

Farmhouse table #2 looks beautiful in Christine's new home...


Once again, John says he'll never build another one. But, I want one for my screened porch, so I'll give him a little time to forget the pain and then I'll have the perfect table for my porch.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Canvas Factory Giveaway


Gone are the days of taking our film to be developed and waiting patiently for our photos to be ready for pick up. Now, in the days of instant gratification, all of our pictures are at our fingertips. But, there's something wonderful about having a hard copy of those cherished pictures.
One of my favorite pictures was taken this past Christmas, by my son, using his drone. Every year, on the Sunday before Christmas, my mother's side of the family comes to my house for a Christmas celebration. It is a tradition that started during World War II when my mom's brothers were all away at war, and my mother and my aunts brought everyone together for a party. I made a promise to my mother that the tradition would continue even after she was gone...and it has. This past Christmas we had 69 family members at my house and it was a wonderful day!
So, when the Canvas Factory contacted me about receiving a canvas and hosting a giveaway, I knew the exact picture I wanted on canvas!
There's something so special about having our favorite memories on the wall to see at all times and share with others. It's much nicer than having to scroll through your phone or visit the cloud to find a picture!
It was very easy to order from Canvas Factory. I simply uploaded the photo that I wanted and picked the size canvas. Mine is 16 x 20. You can even pick how you want the sides of the canvas. You can have the sides black, but I chose to wrap the picture around the sides...
Bring your memories to life and enjoy them everyday!
To win a free canvas from Canvas Factory, simply leave a comment below. Giveaway ends Sunday, April 9 at midnight.
Giveaway for US and Canada residents only.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Nesting

Back before Christmas, my friend, Bebe, created winter scenes in a couple of old gumball machines. They were adorable! So when I saw this metal gumball machine at a thrift store, I bought it thinking I would save it for next Christmas.
But, I decided, why wait for Christmas? 
I wasn't in love with the lime green, so I painted the green metal with Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Paint in the color Vintage Duck Egg. 
Dixie Belle paint will adhere to any surface with no prep work! They advertise it as being easy peasy, and they're right!

After 2 coats of paint, I opened up the gumball machine and placed a nest inside that I made using straw packing materials. Then I placed 3 faux eggs into the nest. After all, it is officially Spring and the birds are busy building their nests



I'm going to enjoy my gumball nesting machine through summer. And, just maybe, I'll change it up for Christmas when the time comes.



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If you're ever in the cute little town of Senoia, Georgia, go visit my friend, Bebe at her store, The Good Junk Company!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tree Of Life

Create a meaningful work of art that represents the growth of your family with this metal tree of life.Use different color beads to represent the birthstone of family members.

Supplies:
6 inch brass ring
20 gauge brass wire
Beads
Jewelry Pliers
Ruler

Cut the wire so that you are left with 36 pieces that are approximately 10 inches long. If your jewelry pliers do not have wire cutters, scissors will cut the 20 gauge wire.

Place the wire pieces together. Measure up 1 ½ inches from the bottom and begin wrapping the bundle of wire with a shorter piece of wire until you have wrapped 1 inch of the bundle. 

Wrap the 1 ½ inch pieces of wire around the ring to form the roots of the tree. Leave some of the wire unattached to represent deep roots.


For the branches, twist together 2 and 3 pieces of wire. Create bends in the wire so that the branches aren’t straight. Add beads to represent family members. Separate the wires as the branches get closer to the ring. Wrap the branches around the ring twice to secure.




Once all the branches are formed and attached, cut the excess wire at the back side of the ring. Use the pliers to flatten the wire.

Mother's Day will be here before we know it, and this project will make a beautiful and meaningful gift for any mother or grandmother. 

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