Tuesday, August 26, 2014

National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day 
To our sweet girl, 
And to all those sweet pet doggies out there that are just like one of the family.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sticky Situation

I literally found myself in a sticky situation and had no idea how to get, well, unstuck so where did I go to for help? Pinterest, of course.

Allow me to explain...

There's this galvanize box my hubby brought back from work a couple of years ago that someone was going to throw out. It's a really nice looking box but the only problem was that it had some product stickers/labels that covered the entire area of both front and back which just needed to go. Well as you can imagine when I ripped the labels off I was left with this...
Here's a closer look.
A BIG sticky mess. Usually I solve this problem with hot water and some soaking time, which by the way works very well for glass. But this is galvanize metal and I didn't think soaking it in water would be such a good idea. So I did a little Pinterest research on the subject and one possible solution that came up was this...
Peanut butter? Yes, peanut butter. Can you believe it? So I figured, I have some in the refrigerator...Yes, we keep our peanut butter in the fridge. Believe me you wouldn't be the first to tell me that was weird. Hee, Hee, Hee....Anyhoo, I thought I would give it a try.
I spread a fair amount all over the front and back and let it sit over night. The next day I took an old towel and wiped, removing all the residue a little bit at a time. However, it did take a bit longer and a bit more elbow grease than I would have liked. Only being able to handle one side the first day I decided to leave the other side for the next day. And I am so glad I did because this time the cleaning went a lot easier and faster. I guess the extra day with the peanut butter really helped :-)
One thing I forgot to mention was that I had taken the labels off a couple of years back when I first got the box and that it sat in my garage until I could find the time and an easy way to remove the residue. BIG mistake. The residue only seamed to have baked on? ( It's the only way I can describe it.) I guess it dried up over time and was probably what made it a little harder to remove. But a bit more time with the peanut butter facial seemed to do the trick.  I guess the amount of time you'll need the peanut butter to sit depends on the toughness of the residue....But it worked and I absolutely love the results. I will have to share in another post what I did with my brand new box. Stay tune :-)

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit with me.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sweet find on a very hot day.

It's official...I AM NOT A SUMMER PERSON. Heat just renders me useless. No inspiration, no creativity, no desire for ANYTHING...Well, maybe just to sit in front of the fan. Hee, hee, hee.

So today as I sit in front of my fan trying to think of something, anything to do so that I don't go crazy I decide to look through my iPad and iPhone pics and organize them...And look what I came across...
Back in November my brother in-law-brother, Julio married his very beautiful fiancĂ©e, Traci. I was so excited because they asked me if I would agree to create their cake topper. Of course immediately I said yes. Back then I was sworn to secrecy, so I couldn't show it to anyone until after the wedding. And if I recall correctly I promised you all that as soon as I could I would share....Well, here we are 8 months later...Better late than never? :-) I think it turned out so cute.
This is it on the cake. Needless to say I was totally ecstatic for being bestowed such a sweet honor.

And this is the happy couple on their special day.
 (Picture courtesy of their FB and taken by More Than Words Photography.)

Thank you all for stopping by.
Stay cool everyone and stay creative.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Vignette and Old Transformation

As I was working on a new vignette for one of my living room's side tables I realize I had never posted about one of my most favorite thrift store finds transformations...
This is the vignette I was working on.
Here's a closer look...I love adding anything bird related to my vignettes. Love the sweet little nest.
And this is the after of my thrift store transformation...It's a vintage, broken, balance scale transformed into a lamp. When I found this piece it was missing the two balance plates (not sure that's what they're called) the arms and top part that held them in place.
At first I wasn't going to pick it up, even though it was only a couple of dollars but, Hubby thought it was too pretty to pass up. Plus, he had faith that I would eventually come up with a good use for it so he convinced me to get it. I figured it was probably worth taking for a couple of bucks even if it was only for the beautiful prisms...Well, after some brain storming a light bulb went off...Hee, hee, hee, pun intended...And after a bit of cleaning some paint and some wiring I had a brand new lamp...And now it's my most favorite lamp I own. Needless to say,  I was very happy Hubby convinced me to pick it up.
Since I transformed this thrift store find before my blogging days I have no before pictures to share but below is a picture I found on Google of what it would have looked like at one point in time.

As always, I'm thrilled you stopped by for a visit.
Wishing you all a beautifully creative day.

Hugs and Kisses,