Crafts

Pool Noodle Wreath

All you need is a noodle, tape, hanger and some decorations. Cut the noodle to the size you want. Cut the hanger and insert each end, tape it off. Then it’s up to you how you decorate it. I did a quick job on this one.

 

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New Bathroom

We have lived in our condo for 11 years. In this time we have only washed the carpets. It didn’t need paint at first. Now it shows that it’s looking old in here. So the reno’s have started. It’s going to be a slow process, but worth it. The first project was the bathroom. It needed some updating. Amazing what some paint and new fixtures can do to a room. We still need to do the flooring but that will have to wait.

This is before….I really hated the lighting. The colour on the walls is like someone had stained them from years of smoking.

 

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And now after… still need to attach the toilet roller holder. No more towel bar, only hooks.

 

 

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Mr Fish has his place.

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I added a few friends to my tiny fountain.

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I am very happy with the results. Turned out perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redo Cabinet

I had this old cabinet that we were using in the bathroom for our towels. I decided it needed a redo.

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I didn’t want to sand it. I found out about chalk paint. I wiped it clean and gave it a quick sanding. Basically I rubbed sandpaper over it for all of 5 minutes. Then I mixed up my chalk paint at started. It took 2 coats but I liked how it turned out.

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Chalk Paint is very easy to make. 2 tbs Plaster of Paris mixed with 1/2 cup water. Then add it to 1 cup of the paint you are going to use. Its that easy. You can also look it up yourself. There are many recipes and lots of ideas out there.

 

 

 

Reversable Jean Bag

I have been looking at all my old jeans that I just didn’t want to throw out and I decided that there had to be something I could make with them. Off to google I went! Wow, I didn’t know that there were so many things I could make. I took some old wide legged jeans and started pulling them apart. The leftover parts will go to an different project.

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Once that was done I found some fabric and took the pockets off some old cargo pants.

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Next I measured and measured and figured out my pattern. Once that was done it was all about the cut, cut, snip, snip, sew, sew. Oops, redo, sew, sew….

And this is what I came up with.

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I think I did pretty good. It’s not prefect but I do like it. The pockets are just the right size for my phone. I think I will try to back another one but a bit smaller and not so wide.

Redo on Flip flops

I had some old flip-flops and decided to try to change them. I cut the plastic parts away.

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I then cut some slits on the sides. put some glue (E-6000) in the slit and then pushed the elastic band in with a flathead screwdriver. Put some clamps on and waited over night for it to dry.

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It’s that simple! Just figure out where you want to have the straps and cut more slits on the sides and clamp and dry.

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What you need:

  • Flip flops
  • glue I use E-6000
  • fabric or elastic
  • clamps

I have started on my next ones…

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Trying, Starting, Doing

Starting

I have been busy making jewellery. I would like to try to start-up a tiny business and possibly sell some of my items. I am finding it a bit frustrating. I have created a blog and it’s almost ready. Just a few details to iron out. I know that I could just go on Etsy.com or Artfire.com, but they all cost money, something I don’t have much of. Oh well, I will just keep making stuff and hope that people will want to buy some items.

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Trying

Things have changed lately. There have been some family issues that needed to be talked about and for the most part they are dealt with. For me, I don’t think they will ever be done. So many things have been brought to the surface again. With time they will sink to the bottom of my mind once more. This time I plan to anchor them for good.

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Doing

With all my health problems I am finally getting a bit better. I still need to get scoped in September. Which I am hoping will let me know if there is anything seriously wrong. In the mean time I am going on the assumption that I have IBS which it connected to my IC. And here is the weird part, Since the tummy problems started last July, my IC has calmed down. I have had about 6 flare ups this past year. Very odd! I do have small 24 hour flare ups when I get stressed, but I can keep them under control. I’m watching what I eat and drink. It’s been since February since I have had any type of carbonated drinks. I’ve cut back on the fake sugars and no more multi-grains or dairy. Fruits and veggies are my friends. I would give up meat but I still like a bit of bbq chicken now and then.

So there you have it! That’s what’s been going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wire Rings

Mom’s 75th Birthday

I finally have a day to relax. I have been so busy this week. My sister and I and with some help from the other women in the family planned a 75th birthday party for our Mom. It was quite a task. There was food to bake and cook. There was the setting up of the amenities room at my sister’s condo complex. There was the invitations that were made by my sister and her daughter. There was the gift. Which took us a couple weeks to all agree on. Then there was the fact that we didn’t want Mom to find out any of the details. We did have to let her know that we were planning a family dinner.

So, Last week I took on a project that I thought would be easy. Well, it was easy but very time consuming. I was going through my google reader and checking on some of the craft bloggers I read daily, and I saw something that I thought would make a great party favor for all the women that came to the birthday lunch we had planned.

I was on the Coterie Blog and saw this post and loved the idea. So I made a list of all I would need and headed out to get the supplies. Instead of Banana bread I did cake mixes. My list was simple.

  • 35 4 inch pots
  • 8 cake mixes
  • ribbons
  • sparkly things

Sounds easy right? Not so! I had to find the pots. Gregg came with me and we went to Wal-Mart and found 16 there. Then it was over to Home Depot, they had none. Then we drove to Rona and got all we needed. After that it was off to the Dollar store for ribbons and decorations. And finally to Save-on Foods to get the cake mixes and eggs and oil and powdered sugar.

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I started with washing all the pots. I ran them through the dishwasher. The next morning I decided that I would white-wash them all. I found some white paint and watered it down and gave them all one coat. They dried and got another coat. That took up most of the day. At about 3pm I started with the decorations. I finished 27 pots by 7pm.

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The next day I started with the baking. I did a test run to see how many pots I would need per cake mix. 4 pots worked well. The baking went pretty good. I only messed up on one pot. Each set of 4 pots baked at 350 c for 35 minutes. Then I pulled them out and put in the next 4pots. While those were baking I removed the cakes out of the pots and let them cool. I washed the 4 pots and started over.

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I then took the cooled cakes and put them into the decorated pots and labels them on the bottom so I knew what flavor it was. I kept rotating between the 2 batches of 4 pots I was using to bake with. All together it took me 6 hours to finish all the baking.

I took a break, had some dinner and a shower. I then started on the icing. That took another 2 hours to do. Then I realized I still needed to get a layered salad ready for the party. I thought my night would never end!

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I finally finished them all. 32 pots decorated and ready to go. In the end it was all worth it. Everyone loved their potted cakes.

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There was a ton of yummy foods to eat. My sister made 2 different fruit punches. We ordered a birthday cake from my Niece’s friend that makes special cakes. We got her to put a big ring on top with all of us 5 kid’s birth stones. Mom didn’t really see the cake until we pointed it out after she has opened the box with the gold family ring we got her as her present. She was so happy I thought she might even cry.

At about 3pm almost all the ladies had left. Then the family started to show up for the BBQ. We all relaxed and a good time as a family. We all laughed and enjoyed the rest of Mom’s day.

Today is her actual birthday. So I called her to wish her a happy day. She is having some friends over for coffee and to eat some more of that yummy cake.

It’s True!

Yes! It really did happen. Our neighbors below us are gone. There is no more Dippy! Woohooo! There has been a lot of work going on down there but its empty. Not sure if they are selling or if some other family member will be moving in. As long as the new people dont smoke and if they have a dog, they clean up after him and keep him quiet, I’ll be very happy.

It has been very peaceful around here this past month. So nice not smelling dog shit and pot smoke. I love my home again. I’m getting excited about using my sundeck this summer. This weekend is our turn to clean our deck. Every year each floor gets to clean their decks. We get the pressure washer out and clean winter off. Its surprising how dirty everything can get.

Once its clean and dry I can put out all my lights and patio stuff. Maybe have people over for bbq’s this year. Would be nice. We didnt have anyone over for dinners last summer because of the dog shit smell. But now we can 🙂

Anyways, I am starting a few new craft projects. I have set up my sewing machine and rearranged the eating area so I have more room to work in there. Since Gregg and I hardly ever use the kitchen table its no big deal if  I use it for my crafts. We usually end up eating in the living room and watching TV.

I will post pics of my projects as I do them. Off I go!

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