Thursday, June 28, 2012

Exciting news~I was featured

I have super exciting news to share, well it's super exciting to me. Yesterday I found out that I was featured at Debbiedoo's for the Newbie Spot Light of the week for my Anthro Inspired coat rack that I posted about. Thank you so, so much Debbie for featuring my blog. It is such an honor!!








I'm sure you've heard of Debbie, she is a fabulous lady that has a linky party every week for newbies, like myself, who have been blogging for less than 6 months or have less than 100 followers. Plus she has so much more about thrifting and crafting. If you haven't been to her blog, please go check it out. You won't be sorry that you did.

On another note~~I know I'm supposed to be consistent in my posting but I have been busy sanding and painting away on another outdoor piece this week, so I don't have really anything to share with you all unless you want to read about all the hot weather we're having and how I'll been watering like crazy just so the grass and all my plants won't die from this extreme heat. 
We've hit over 100 degrees so far everyday this week! One day 104 with a heat index of 110. Whew, it's going to be a hot summer.
Believe me though, out under the metal roof where I was painting at it felt like 120 degrees. Talk about hard to paint in that heat. Paint just wants to gum up right on the brush. I ended up having to stop my painting and clear a spot in the workshop to move my project in there so I could turn on the A/C so that I could continue with my painting. What was I thinking not being in the workshop to start with. :0)

Thanks for letting me ramble, now it time for me to go back to watering and painting. I hope to have my project finished in the next day or so. So stay tuned....

From the Heart,
Jana


Friday, June 22, 2012

Anthro Inspired Splashed Coat Rack

Remember the other day I mentioned that I was working on a project that is so uncharacteristic for me. It's just plain wild but was so much fun to create. I might just need to let my hair down more often and let the wild inner-self come out. Or maybe not...

I had purchase this old brown coat rack at a garage sale for $4.00 sometime ago.
I didn't even need it but I just didn't have the heart to tell the elderly lady that when she asked me "Don't you need this?" So I brought it home and it's been sitting and sitting and sitting for some kind of re-do, I just didn't know what.
Coat Rack Before
Anthro inspired splashed coat rack


 That is until I seen the Anthropologie Splashed Coat Rack last week while browsing their site.


Don't you just love it----well, everything but the price tag of $980.00. I know it's much more sturdier with its vintage grate and it's also from Amsterdam which is cool too. I knew right when I seen it that I just had to do my old wooden $4.00 coat rack something similar. That $980.00 coat rack would be my inspiration.
So the fun began!!

My daughter even got in on the action. So this is a mom/daughter creation.  My hubby and sons just laughed at me every time they would walk by while we were painting and I'd tell them "Don't mess with our $980.00 piece of fine art work"
We began by taken all the screws out of the rack and sanding down all the wood pieces. Then primed it before we started painting. With all the excitement, forgot to get pictures of everything primed before starting the painting.
It took several days to complete due to having to wait for paint to dry and also for three days straight, every time we would get started the heavens would open up and give us a downpour. Maybe it was a sign...who knows.



 Anyhow, here's our finished masterpiece. What do you think??
Now, don't go getting jealous of the artistic ability that went into this fabulous paint job. You know I'm just kidding!! :0) Does it look like the Anthropologie piece~heck no, but ours does have the splashes of colors all over in a funky randomness design. 

(Very difficult to get a decent picture showing the bold colors)
Anthropologie Inspired Splashed Coat Rack

anthropologie inspired coat rack paint


After finishing, we both signed it, then put several coats of clear Polycrylic on to protect.

This was one fun project! It didn't cost me anything except for the $4.00 for the rack, I already had all the paint colors from previous projects.
Now, I know its not worth $980.00 like the Anthro version and probably most folks wouldn't even want it but I wouldn't taken any amount of $$$ for it. It's something that my daughter and I created together, had a awesome time doing and made tons of great memories. You can't put a price tag on that.

From the Heart,
Jana

Parties that I will be sharing with:

Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Etcetorize
Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, A Stroll thru Life, 
Wednesday: Wow Us Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, DIY by Design,
No Minimalist Here, Primp Your Stuff, Penny Pinching Party, Under $100 Linky Party,  
House of Hepworths,
Thursday: Transformation Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Blog Stalking Thursday, Carolyns Homework,  
Friday: Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Wrap Up, Miss Mustardseed, It's Overflowing, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and Nonsense2805 Potpourri Friday
Sat: Funky Junk Interiors
Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,

Monday, June 18, 2012

Browsing at an Antique Shop

Today I was able to browse around in one of the local antique shops in a nearby town, while there I took a few photos to share. They're taken with my iPhone so quality may not be so great.


I love the tall columns in the back on either side of the window frames, don't you? I'm really giving these some thought. They would look good in the corners of our dining room.

 These quart milk jars and holder where a good buy at $65.00.


A darling little child's antique chair for $25.00

I didn't find too many items that I just couldn't live without today. I know my husband was breathing a sigh of relief about that.  I did pick up an old telephone plus a few other items and my husband picked up a few manly things that caught his eye. I could spend hours just looking around at all the items and imaging the history behind many of the things. Which we did and it was so much fun. I enjoy going to this particular antique shop because every time I go things are different and so many new/old items to see.

I hope you enjoyed your stroll with me.

From the Heart,
Jana


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happenings.....

Just in case your wondering, no I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.
I've been busy with a couple more projects. I finally started redoing one of the old window frames that I've had for sometime and I also have one more piece of outdoor furniture to redo to match the Adirondack chairs that is in progress.

Though a couple of days ago, I changed gears..
I've been working on a new project that is so unlike me. It's a Anthropologie inspired funky piece and I'm having such a fun time with creating it. I can hardly wait to share it with everyone. Hope to unveil it sometime next week.



My hubby says I'm like a ping pong ball, bouncing from one project to the next. My mind is constantly thinking of every project that I want to get done. I'm sure all you other crafty ladies are like that, right?? 

Hope you all have a fabulous day with your husbands and dads on this Fathers Day!

From the Heart,
Jana





 


Monday, June 11, 2012

DIY Wine Crate Makeover

I'm sure you've seen the old Wine Crates floating around blog land. There are so many wonderful projects to do with them. Well, I decided that I wanted to do something simple. I have 4 of them but didn't want to make any kind of furniture since I really don't need any more in my home. If you seen my home you would certainly agree with me. :0)
So I decided that I would make a simple crate to go onto a table. Maybe to hold a plant, or maybe to put in the bathroom for a towel holder or I might even place it on the living room table just to hold DIY magazines. Who knows~I'm sure I'll find the perfect spot for it.

Wine Crate DIY

You can pick these up for cheap and sometimes free. I got mine free, you can't beat free now can you?

I took the paper label off the end, sanded the crate down with 240 grit sandpaper. I didn't want to stain the wood as I like the color that it is, so I used Minwax Sanding Sealer. 

Minwax Sanding Sealer

Sanding Sealer will darken the wood just a tad. Then I let it dry for a couple of hours then lightly rub it with 000 steel wool. What you are doing is knocking down the fine little wood fibers the will raise up. (Be sure to blow and wipe down your project very good before you use the Sanding Sealer, then again after you've used to steel wool). After that, I put another coat of Sanding Sealer on, let dry again for a couple of hours then rubbed with the 000 steel wool again. It makes the wood super smooth. I used this technique on the oak kitchen cabinet in our kitchen years ago and it really looks nice. The more times use do the technique, the smoother and shinier your wood will become.
Lastly, I added handles for it that I purchased at Lowe's.


Fairly simple and inexpensive project to do. I really like how it turned out. What do you think?? 

From the Heart,
Jana

Places that I'll be partying at:


Home Stories A2Z




homework
button
DIY Show Off
It's OVerflowing
TDC Before and After
shabby creek cottage

Sunday, June 10, 2012

One Project Closer's~Supporting Habitat for Humanity

Supporting Habitat for Humanity



Yesterday while checking my comments sections I was surprised, ecstatic and honored to see a comment by Jocie of One Project Closer comment on our Spa/Bar-B-Q renovations that we have been doing here, here and here and mentioned that she would like it if I entered our project on their site for the Before and After competition to support Habitat for Humanity. I was thrilled to say that I'd love to enter.

Habitat for Humanity is such a great program and reading OPC site lets you know that it is dear to their hearts. The Before and After series is an event that they have done for the past 4 years to help support the cause. I am only too thrilled to join in on such an awesome opportunity. 

Here is a little tid bit taken from OPC's site about the Before and After series.

How it Works
If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basics: you submit pictures and a story from a home improvement project you worked (no contracted jobs) sometime over the past year. Every week of the summer (June 20 – September 21), a winner is selected and their story is published online. Each winner gets a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon, and we make a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in their honor! At the end of the Summer, the best submission, as voted on by readers, wins a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.


 If you would like to read more about what One Project Closer~Before and After series is all about go to their site here

From the Heart,
Jana



Friday, June 8, 2012

Sprucing up the backyard with planters

In all my excitement yesterday, I didn't show you one last planter pot that I purchased this week.
Isn't it gorgeous! It's a hand painted and hand thrown pot. I love all the detail on this one. Not sure where I'm going to place this planter, inside or out. Though it will probably be in the house somewhere.

Here's one side
hand painted oblong planter pot
 Here is the opposite side. I put some Pony Tail Palms in to see how they would look.
Remember my planters that reminded me of pineapples that I posted about yesterday? Well guess what I planted in them?? Yep, some Pineapple plants. I've had these pineapple plants in my greenhouse growing for the past 6-8 months and it was time for them to find a new home. When I seen the pots, I knew at that very instant that I had to have them just for my pineapple plants. I think they fit just perfect.


In all, I planted up 4 Pineapple plants. I still have 2 in the greenhouse but they're not quite ready to make the move outdoors. Here are the ones that I did sitting around the pool.
Ignore the concrete planter with the Asparagus fern, think I will be moving it to another location.
Here are the other two placed on the opposite side.
What do you think about the Kimberly Queen fern in the hand painted pot? I didn't seem to get a good picture of it due to lighting. Sure wish I were a better photographer, that is for sure.
 I had fun showing you some of my new pots. Now it's time for me to get back outside sprucing up the backyard and planting more plants into my new pots.

From the Heart,
Jana
 



Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm a Pot Addict so my family says

There, I said it. It's official that I am a pot addict. It started off innocently enough, first it was small pots then I moved on up to medium sized ones, now it's the big, giganormous ones. My daughter has told me several times this week that I am addicted to pots. It seems that every where we go that I'm on the lookout for new ones.
You see, I needed some larger pots for 4 Palm trees that my hubby bought for me as a surprise a couple of weeks ago. Now, finding large pots is a very hard thing to do I've found out. Lowe's nor Home Depot had any large enough for the new plants. Well, I do take that back, Lowe's had one that was on the larger side for $187.00 (ouch) that wasn't as large as the ones that I got.

While we were out of town this last weekend I found two of the large planters. But we were only able to carry two in the back of the truck, that's how big they are. So yesterday we made a 260 mile round trip back with the trailer behind my hubby's truck to pick up more planters for my addiction.

Here are some pictures of a few of my new planters.

These 3 pots were the only ones that I got at Lowes. Not pictured is a 4th one.
Love the Pineapple design of these. I'll show you tomorrow what I planted in them earlier today.
These are nice large green ones. I think I'll plant 2 of the Palms in them.
This brown one is huge!!
I've already planted one of the palm trees in this one below. One of the 2 that fit on the first trip.
Another Palm went into this one. Here's the second one that fit.
I love the detail of this hand painted planter. I'll show you what I put into this one tomorrow too.
At the moment I think I'm cured of needing any more pots. The hard work has begun~filling them all up with new plants.

Please tell me there are more people out there like me because my husband swears that I'm the only one that could be so obsessed, addicted or whatever you want to call it over pots.

Really though, don't you just love them all??

From the Heart,
Jana