Crafty Stuffs and Occasional Ranting

Family

Thanks for popping back in. I am a terrible blogger in that I am so sporadic at it. I do have a request though, for anyone in this whole big world who might see this- Please share the link below. This is my beautiful daughter in law, my youngest sons wife, who is 33 years old and has brain cancer. These last few years have been crazy hard for them, for our family, and she needs all the love and prayers and support she can get. And any donations to help with medical expenses. We have done everything we can to keep things going and now I’m reaching out to anyone who may still follow my blog, please help by sharing with anyone you can, and ask them to share as well. They have 3 little boys to take care of as well, and I’ve shared with and written letters to everyone I can think of, (including Ellen DeGeneres!) and haven’t gotten much traction or any response. The few donations they’ve gotten have been from friends mostly, and our family is small, as well as our family’s friends. Please, if you can, anything will help. And I’ll do my best to pop in and keep you posted. I regularly update the Gofundme though. That’s me who set it up for them, and every penny goes to them, aside from the charges Gofundme keeps. Thanks in advance, sharing is the most important thing we can do, the more people who are able to see it, the more people will have the opportunity to help them. Thanks my blogging buddies :)  http://www.gofundme.com/l0bol0

missy n boys

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HA! I beat everyone in the procrastination category this time!!!

Actually, my oldest daughter had a baby last September (On my hubbys birthday :D ) our  first grandchild, so you can imagine the busy busy life we have now :) I get to watch the lil shaver 3 days a week while his mommy and daddy work, and in the meantime, we recently moved from an 800 sq ft house to a 2000 sq ft  120 year old solid beautiful house. 4 Bedrooms too! (Did I mention this is the first house I have ever lived in in my entire life that has two bathrooms? Hallelujah!!)

I am so excited to be here and so much happier with all this space now, so of course I’ve been busy crafting and painting and redoing and decorating and then just sleeping like the dead at night! A nice change from my usual insomnia for sure. And I’ll be sharing stories of the possible hauntings? and treasures we have found so far. There are so many nooks and crannies in this house, and it’s so old it’s like a treasure hunt!

In the snippets of time that I get to surf the interwebz, I have been looking for ideas for those three spare bedrooms upstairs (Since all my young-uns grew up and moved away and I can do whatever I want with them!!! still dreaming…) but it seems like the only thing anyone ever suggests are:

 

1. Reading room / Library  (um no. I have some old books but mostly all my reading goes on my Kindle Fire)

2. Guest room (actually have one of them set up for my sis when she comes to stay, but that still leaves two)

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workin on the shabby chic

 

 

3. Craft room ( I immediately claimed the sunroom in the front of the house for that even before we made an offer on the house :D)

That’s my new mosaic mirror in progress on the table, which will most likely be a giveaway :)

(MY OWN CRAFT ROOM!!!!! still dreaming still dreaming brain just exploded again)

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4. Spa Room.  (puhLEEZE!)

5. Home Gym.  (I’ll be rolling on the floor in fits and gales of laughter if anyone needs me)

6. Private Bar. (that’s on the lower floor. Don’t be skeerd  Help yourself :)

7. Music room.  (that’s wherever my iphone and ear-buds are)

8. Contemplation room.  (That’s the Shower.)

9. Home office. (Well I do plan to spend time up there writing my novel, but my laptop needs a battery and the main writing computer is on the main floor and the sun got in my eyes and my dog ate my homework. )

10. Closet.  ( I currently have 7 closets. so no. And oh my God they all have lights in them so you can actually SEE what’s in them!!)

 

So here’s my question. What’s the most unusual or useful or even fun idea you can think of for a spare room or two? And don’t be shy, the more outrageous the better (but I draw the line at sex dungeon haha)

Here are a few pics of the first room I want to get started on. And the sun sets through the windows of this room and its pretty bright and beautiful. I just pulled the wallpaper off the walls in here and haven’t painted.

This room is a little over 12×13 1/2

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I’ll post pics of the second room later on because its chipping paint bad and the paint is yellow. And I don’t mean a nice sunshiny yellow either.  I mean the other yellow. This one is a little over 10×12

 

Meanwhile, I will get back into the swing of things and start posting my DIYs that have kept paint under my fingernails and a slightly sore back :)

I’m planning some giveaways soon and I will keep you posted on those too.

Happy crafting!

‘I’ll Be Bock…’

Howdy Friends!!

Yes, as it turns out, I’m still kickin ^.^

Unfortunately, I have been so busy (I know that’s a lame excuse) that I haven’t blogged in a LONG time! I will be back within the week with an update to all my pretties, so hang in there with me! (Incidentally, I HAVE been reading your posts ;)

In lieu of a new post this week, I’m sharing one of my favorites again with you :) See you all soon!

Well, I’ll bet you didn’t think I would be back, but here I am!! :D

Crazy, busy summers are the best! I traveled! I stayed home! I painted things that will shock and upset some people!! I glued stuff together that has no business being glued together! I ripped materials and sewed them and crocheted them back together!!

But let’s start with my absolute faves of my summer…

This absolutely beautiful antique dresser popped into our local thrift store, along with the completely intact (no chips or cracks) mirror which needed a touch of glue, but was otherwise perfect, and I about flipped! It’s exactly what I have been looking for to complete the master bedroom, which I have been working on for over 2 years. This is the one that will cause some to freak out, but yes, I painted it! (Don’t hate me!)

These are the before pics

  

The hardware on this beauty was amazing, so intricate and detailed, and completely intact as well. I am still in awe!

I took all the hardware off, except for the locking mechanisms, because I was afraid I would somehow ruin them if I removed them. They actually still lock with a key, so why ruin a good thing, right?

After some careful scrubbing with a mild detergent, I was  able to get them clean and back to their  brass patina. I am sure they’re not brass, but they shore are purty LOL

   

I went for a light buttery yellow, and as I was painting, it looked almost white, but as it dried, it got a bit darker. I’m glad I didn’t buy a shade darker!

And, after!!

   

Buttery yellow, minty green and pastel pinks! Heaven! Don’t you just love it?  (That is my smexy hubby there in his military pic, and a wedding photo of us on the beach, along with some of my treasured vintage finds :)

The best part was I had a dresser already in there, but never got around to painting it. It was brown, and I got so carried away when I started painting the antique dresser, that I moved right along to this one without taking before pics of it :/

But isn’t it amazing?   (What is it with me and yellow suddenly?)

Next,  what I thought would be a few days project turned out to be something I simply could not bring myself to alter in any way- so I just cleaned the fabric and wood put it in the living room.  Not a single tack missing, and it’s solid as a rock! It’s my daughters favorite chair now. How lucky was I to find this beauty for $30.00??

   

Everyone who knows me knows that I am not afraid to paint anything. At all. Ever.

But this? It should not be painted, It should not be recovered. It should simply be enjoyed, just the way it is.

Again, that buttery yellow, and the fabric was intact, save for the arm rests, which have some wear, but I just can’t do anything to it.

Well, the house is still a work in progress, and I’m still trying to build up the courage to sew a slipcover for the sofa, but maybe that will be a winter project.

And I did throw down the big rag rug I have been working on, but I think I will pick it up from time to time when the material becomes available and work on making it larger.

I tossed my flip flops on there to give you an idea of the size.

How did you spend your summer? Now that the kids have gone back to school, will you have more time for creating? Happy Homemaking!

Crazy Busy Summer and Winter!

Well, I’ll bet you didn’t think I would be back, but here I am!! :D

Crazy, busy summers are the best! I traveled! I stayed home! I painted things that will shock and upset some people!! I glued stuff together that has no business being glued together! I ripped materials and sewed them and crocheted them back together!!

But let’s start with my absolute faves of my summer…

This absolutely beautiful antique dresser popped into our local thrift store, along with the completely intact (no chips or cracks) mirror which needed a touch of glue, but was otherwise perfect, and I about flipped! It’s exactly what I have been looking for to complete the master bedroom, which I have been working on for over 2 years. This is the one that will cause some to freak out, but yes, I painted it! (Don’t hate me!)

These are the before pics

  

The hardware on this beauty was amazing, so intricate and detailed, and completely intact as well. I am still in awe!

I took all the hardware off, except for the locking mechanisms, because I was afraid I would somehow ruin them if I removed them. They actually still lock with a key, so why ruin a good thing, right?

After some careful scrubbing with a mild detergent, I was  able to get them clean and back to their  brass patina. I am sure they’re not brass, but they shore are purty LOL

   

I went for a light buttery yellow, and as I was painting, it looked almost white, but as it dried, it got a bit darker. I’m glad I didn’t buy a shade darker!

And, after!!

   

Buttery yellow, minty green and pastel pinks! Heaven! Don’t you just love it?  (That is my smexy hubby there in his military pic, and a wedding photo of us on the beach, along with some of my treasured vintage finds :)

The best part was I had a dresser already in there, but never got around to painting it. It was brown, and I got so carried away when I started painting the antique dresser, that I moved right along to this one without taking before pics of it :/

But isn’t it amazing?   (What is it with me and yellow suddenly?)

Next,  what I thought would be a few days project turned out to be something I simply could not bring myself to alter in any way- so I just cleaned the fabric and wood put it in the living room.  Not a single tack missing, and it’s solid as a rock! It’s my daughters favorite chair now. How lucky was I to find this beauty for $30.00??

   

Everyone who knows me knows that I am not afraid to paint anything. At all. Ever.

But this? It should not be painted, It should not be recovered. It should simply be enjoyed, just the way it is.

Again, that buttery yellow, and the fabric was intact, save for the arm rests, which have some wear, but I just can’t do anything to it.

Well, the house is still a work in progress, and I’m still trying to build up the courage to sew a slipcover for the sofa, but maybe that will be a winter project.

And I did throw down the big rag rug I have been working on, but I think I will pick it up from time to time when the material becomes available and work on making it larger.

I tossed my flip flops on there to give you an idea of the size.

How did you spend your summer? Now that the kids have gone back to school, will you have more time for creating? Happy Homemaking!

Procrastination

 I actually thought with a title like that, I should just write that I would be back later to finish my post.  But now that I am done laughing about it in my head, it’s not funny anymore.

I am having a pretty good time right now procrastinating though.  I have at least 10 things I could be doing, should be doing, and not doing.  So am I doing one of them then?  See how I can turn that around (in my own head) to doing something anyway?

Putting things off just because I don’t feel like doing them doesn’t feel right to me though.  It makes me feel guilty, and lazy, and I know I am better than that.

Procrastination with good excuses is completely justified however.  Its a whole different ballgame if you can come up with creative, yet legitimate reasons why you aren’t doing something(s).  It’s an art form.   And I believe I have perfected it.  For example, at this moment, I know that

1. I should  clean out my car and vacuum it. (meh, its too cold outside. And windy. Besides, I’m not dressed yet.)

2. I should work on some of my projects around here that have been begging for my attention for months.  (but I haven’t decided what to do with them, what color to paint them, what uses I’m going to have for them, etc. (see below.)

    

  

3. I should take a shower and get dressed.  (but  I’m comfortable in my jammies and big fluffy robe. Besides, it’s Sunday. And I haven’t finished my never empty cup of coffee.  If  you always add more when theres a sip left in the cup, you never need fear that you’ve finished your coffee.  As an added bonus, you can always make another pot.)

4. I should go through the boxes in the garage and haul out a few more projects.  (but my car is in the way, and I have recycled the ‘its too cold outside’ excuse for use in this instance also.  Besides, I’m not dressed yet because I haven’t finished my coffee.

5. I could be crocheting up a new rag rug.  (no, no I can’t do that, wrong colors of fabric strips, not enough fabrics, need more fabrics.)

which leads us to…..

6. I should shop for more fabrics. (see #3 and 4 for recycling procrastination excuse  ideas.)

7. I should vacuum a couple of rooms.  (but the vacuum is stored in the closet which is directly behind the doggie bed Jack is sleeping on.  I don’t want to disturb him.  After all, it’s Sunday.

8.

Well, now I feel tired from all this thinking, so I will list more excuses in a later post.

Right now I’m going to take a nap.

So all the glory and frozeness  (yes I made that word up) is back in mid Michigan!! Yay me!! It snowed all day, so we have about 5 inches of snow, and now the wind is picking up. I’m sitting with a window on my right, which means my right hand is frozen because it sits on the mouse. I have heard for some time that this has been a relatively mild winter, news keeps going on and on about it and I think Hey!! Get off of it, it’s about time it was mild, look at the freakin price of heating fuel! I can’t say it pains me that for one year they might have had to cancel some ‘Ride Around On The Frozen Lake’ event, or that snowmobile sales are down. I don’t ride around on frozen lakes, nor do I snowmobile. And when’s the last time any of the people who do cared about my heating bill? Meh, that’s what I thought, so there.

Anyway, I am back to heat cranking, but hopefully it won’t last. I think I deserve to save a few bucks this year on propane! They’re already getting enough out of me just trying to drive my car. And it’s an election year….I’m sure you are all as excited about it as I am…Not!! (excuse me)

I have used the time somewhat constructively however, by thrift store shopping and finding some pretty sweet vintage pieces! I also finally finished up a few rag rugs, and the big kicker? I actually started my Etsy Store!! Yeah, I know, I have been a slacker, but the boredom of winter finally kicked in, and I feel somewhat accomplished anyway.

Some new rag rugs:

  

My livingroom looked like a textile mill for a couple of months, strips of fabric everywhere, snipped pieces all over the carpet, (although I did try to vacuum every day) and a thick layer of fabric dust from ripping materials in there. A few weeks of cleaning up my messes  and I realized it would probably be less work later to rip them and clean the stray threads off of them on the back deck, even though 40 degrees isn’t conducive to that job for any length of time. But it was still a mess in there.

 

Some very pretty finds from thrift stores inspired me to take Etsy-Pinterest worthy pics…what do you think? (these things are in my Etsy store by the way, I gave up on the gluttonous eBay with all their charges)

 

I am excited to go back and find more yum yums!!

I am also excited about spring, longer days, warmer nights, bonfires, family…..sighhh…oh, and shopping when it’s WARM, and stores that don’t pull in their sidewalks at 6:00. Jeez, 2 days ago we were headed into a thrift store 14 minutes before they closed, and they literally flipped the sign over and locked the door. That’s one of my biggest peeves too! Look, it’s cool with me if you’re open from 10 am until 4:16 pm,but don’t write 4:30pm on  the damn door! Annoying. Oh well, I would have let the air out of the guys tires, but he jumped in his car and drove off. Wouldn’t have been worth the chase.

What’s it like in your neck of the woods? Do the shops keep long hours in the wintertime where it’s warm?

Stop by my Etsy store!   http://www.etsy.com/shop/saurerpickles

Sweet Pics and Pinterest

I just created a new Pinterest account this week, and I am in love with that site!! I don’t know why I waited so long!

(this is one of my pics :D )

I started of course, by feasting my eyes on the most beautiful pictures of all things Shabby Chic. I have Google image searched a lot of things before, but nothing like the ones I found there. It’s so obvious that the pictures  people pin are not so much staged for selling, but pictures of things they truly love. Furniture arrangements, flowers, frames, jars, milk glass, and everything from soup to nuts to decorate. There are a thousand other things that are close to peoples hearts, like celebrities, food, clothes and fashion, and all of the wonderful pictures lead you back to the original photographer or blog page of the author. I know this will be a favorite place for me to be for a long time because there is so much to see, and so many new things to look at every day!

As I went through some of my own beloved pictures to share with the Pinterest community, I ran across a few nice ones I want to share with my readers, though they don’t necessarily belong on Pinterest.

A couple of years ago, my nephew asked me to make him a costume for Halloween. I made all of my own kids costumes (all 4 of them!) for Halloween, and I think they were pretty happy with them if they were able to decide in time what they wanted to ‘be’ , so I would have time to sew them.

My nephew, Little Johnny, (I say ‘Little Johnny ‘ because we still call him that, although he’s almost 6 feet tall now!) asked for a ‘Link’ costume, from the ‘Legend of Zelda’ video games. I have been a huge fan of Link (and so has he, as well as my youngest son, it’s kind of a family thing, and they had a lot of catching up to do!) since the first games came out 25 years ago. I haven’t missed buying and playing all of them. In fact, I am currently at the final ‘boss’ in Skyward Sword. I could be finished now, but I want to keep goofing around looking for heart containers and bottles. If you’re a gamer, you know what I mean. But I’ll get him.

Here’s how his costume turned out.

And heres front and back of a happy camper!

            

He did find a sword, but that I made that shield from cardboard, tape and aluminum foil. The buckles on the front are also made of cardboard and aluminum foil. Link has worn many colored costumes, but this particular green and brown one is the most recognizable of all of them. The materials and other items I used for this project cost me less than $10.00.

I wish I could share this pattern with you, but the truth is that, although I used patterns to make loads of baby and toddler clothes for my kids, (and if you’ve read any of my previous posts then you know) I have no patience for patterns. I have pretty much done  what I call ‘Freestyle Sewing ‘ for about 10 years now. I measure the subject, inseams, waist, hip, arm length etc. And I go by those to make sure it fits. It is actually possible to make very well done sewing projects from your own measurements. I have to believe that, because I know there were a lot of people running around with clothes on before you went shopping for them, and before patterns were so widely available. And again, I’m cheap. If I can do something on my own, why would I pay for a pattern for something I will probably only make once?

So challenge yourself and try a ‘Freestyle Sewing’ project. What’s the worst that could happen, right?

See you next time friends, and keep creating! You never know when you’ll get a million dollar idea!!