Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Super Seahorse

I found two metal Super Seahorse emblems off of a old Johnson boat motor.. I believe they are from the 1940's..very vintage.. I think they originally were silver..but had this blue paint on them.  I had the perfect place for one.. in the bathroom I just did the mosaic on.. Real close to the seahorse mosaic.  Perfect !

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

VW Love

We traded in our 2004 red vw convertible in 2012 for the new Murano convertible... and  we  learned how much we missed the old bug.. It had sentimental value.. since it was a surprise 30th wedding gift from my sweet Hubby..and every time we saw a VW convert...we kinda felt a pain in our last month we bought a new 2013 Vw , Yellow this time. LOVE is so much nicer than the 2004 we are happy about that..We kept the Murano, it is so nice for the long road trips.. the bug is great scooting to town. And all the yellow just puts some sunshine in your mood. We are so happy to have a bug back in  our heart...and she is fun.. we call her Mellow Yellow. Since the Murano color is called Carribean Pearl, we just call her Pearl. We just know if you want some fun in your life.. get a convertible.. and hit the road.. Key West is a great long red buggy, you made us some wonderful memories ...oh, and Don's first car, a 1959 VW.. The bug that started my BUG LOVE !

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Denim & pearls

Love the look of a denim jacket over a dress or with a tee.. dress it up, go casual.. I had a new Bill Blass Denim jacket that I never wore. Then suddenly I started seeing denim vests and jackets all over the place.. I took that  jacket out of the closet, and I bleached it, washed it, put some sand paper to it, to age it.. even  to a razor blade to make some holes.. It looks well worn and comfy.. THEN to take it up a notch.. I sewed pearls on the lapels and the  pocket flaps.. during my "aging" process some how a button came off the pocket. But I added a  cute little pin over the  pocket and  no one notices the button is gone.. I found me a denim vest online this week.. can't wait for it to arrive, so I can sew some more pearls.. I have some sundresses to wear with it this spring and summer.

Bathroom Mosaic

While at the beach for the month of Jan.  I had way too much time to I sat on the beach and gazed at the ocean... SO I thought.. I really should  mosaic the bathtub/shower surround.. It won't  take that long..So I started buy 12"x12" sheets of glass in beachy color.. Then I had to make some notes of what designs to put on the wall for a pattern..OF course it will be beach theme. Fast forward to  Feb  when we got home, and I started buying more glass.  One day it hit me..THIS Is going to take a long time.. maybe I do not want to tackle this...but the guilt of all the money I already spent on all the glass.. I refused to chicken out. So back to the project...
I got my pattern ideas. Don prepped the walls..I primed the wall area, and cut, nipped and tumbled glass.. mannny manny sheets of glass. I didn't keep track but I  will guess close to 30 sheets. Then I had to use a projector to enlarge the patterns onto the wall, traced them off.. and Feb. 14 I started gluing 1/2 round glass marbles to the  walls..Then when I  did enough of those to suit me..I started  doing the pattern fill in. Here are pix of  the progress.. JUST counting glass prep, patterns, and gluing and grouting and sealing the walls... it took 132 hours. This doesn't count the wallpapering of the ceiling with anaglyta paper, painted it white, then I wanted it to look like  old tin ceiling, so I used some dry brushing of  rub n buff..  hated it.. soo then I decided to cover the entire thing with rub n buff.. It was soo silver..looked like tin..but NOT a beachy I had to re-prime it and repaint it white. I revamped the  ceiling fan/light, painted it, and added shells, also used a glitter technique to  cover the faucets, and knobs in thick glitter that does not come off. No shedding.. also we did not count the time of taking out the old tile floor, and floor trim, re sanding and repainting the trim and Don putting down a new laminate floor, etc.. It was an entire redo...I reallly was tired of that room ..but love it. I sat on a 5 gal bucket to  get to some areas, and other areas, Don had built me a platform that rested over the jacuzzi tub. It was still a long backbreaking process..and I would NOT to it again.. SO I will enjoy it as long as we live in our house. I was totally finished by March 31 ! ....and on to my next project !

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans

 I  saw some jeans over at crushpartyblog spot  a few years back...go see them on her blog.

Fell in love.. and tried to come up with my own pair..using her ideas.. Oh her jeans are the MOST fab pair.. SO after  grabbing her ideas ..I bought a new pair of mens jeans.. a tad bigger than me... since the idea of boyfriend jeans is to  steal them from your at the rate I am going I am going to need a bigger boyfriend.. Yikes.. so took the jeans and washed them many times in some bleachy water,,then cut me some holes and let them fray out, used sandpaper to wear them some more.. I had to get me some holes to patch and fast... then picked out some fabrics I loved.. some even had words printed on i used it too. I used  iron on fusing to put on the fabric and jeans.. lots of  fun colors of embroidery floss, some left over fabric from my wedding dress I cut up years ago to make stuff with.. hey.. I was never going to wear that reuse it.  and I get to see bits of it at a time..I have made several projects from it..and it's not all hidden in a box. Plus it was a hand made by my Mom, in the 70"s for very little money.. so even better.. soo memories I can see all the time.     Anyway I used the lace on the back pocked and the two little flowers are made of the bodice lining, singed over a candle to shrink it up.. fun stuff.. hot care full making those flowers..added our  initials and year we  married... Some seed pearls, some silk ribbon floss.. some patches.. The heart patch  with the  grommet hole was a hang tag off a top I bought. There is a Tiffany & Co. patch I love.. it came from a friend that worked in New York Tiffanys. I can add new patches as I wear  hole in these.. So grab u some old jeans.. hmm maybe at the used  clothing rack ?? and get you some comfy fun boyfriend jeans of your own ! So here are some pix..

Craft studio refreshed !

I had to repaint the craft studio.. I didn't realize how long it has been since I painted it pink.. But many nail holes later..and no touch up paint to match.. So just gave it a whole fresh coat of pink. Then decided to paint the hutch in pink and white. It was a little on the Pepto pink on he hutch color, since it was the next color darker than the wall color.. I tamed it down by dry brushing white over the pink areas. I decided to get rid of the table skirt and let the file drawers show..and added black and white damask style wrapping paper, i did it the easy way and just double stick taped the paper on.. I tried decoupage, it was just a wrinkly sticky mess.. I did decoupage my sewing machine case, and the trash can.  I double stick taped the  damask paper to the back of the hutch also, since it is bead board backed , I  knew one day would come and I would want to change it up again. I also used some of the damask paper to cover a shoe box, and I was able to hide my electric outlet plus in it. I tried setting up a "candy station" that seems to be the rage..where u use pretty containers to display your supplies.. I don't like how it looks.. I do mosaics, but not every it seemed odd to have the glass bits on display, and  just tend to put my supplies away, that's why I have the pretty mosaic and painted dresser and my closet.. SO I will redo the contents of the hutch at some point. I think I will display my old silver tea sets, and silver ware, etc. and maybe some of the milk glass will stay.  I hung up some  white lights over the window so  it will be all lit up on the gloomy winter days when we don't have a peep of sun, and the grey goes forever.. I think the lights will be a cheerful thing.  I also repainted the work table top, while it was wet I sprinkled  prism glitter all over it..LOVE that.There is a photo of me on the wall, I am sitting on my dads Buick.. I will always love cars ! There is also a pix of  my dress form, with the green dress.. I put lights on it so i could plug it in and the skirt part lights up.. I think I need brighter lights than the rope lights.
Dear Robin from CandyCreekblogspot was here this summer and brought me some great Breakfast at Tiffanys note pads, etc. She's a doll !
 I got 3 mosaic's almost finished this week, and cleaned up in the room, so I can sew a few things..trying some clothing revamps, adding some lace on some things. Tomorrow I paint the living room.. THAT is calling to me.. I want the fresh coat of paint in the  Tiffany box blue in that room..yes, that color is taking over the house. I love  love it..and it makes me feel happy and calm, all at the same time.