Wednesday, August 29, 2012

No stealing allowed-Testing


I'm sure many of you have read this week about lots of bloggers having their content stolen by others. It's such a shame and saddening that this goes on. I, myself am a fairly new blogger but I also don't want others to steal my content for them to make a profit. I work very hard on my projects and just as hard on taking photos, editing them to put my name on each photo, writing post and the list goes on and on. Anyone that blogs knows the time involved, so they sure don't want someone else reaping the benefits of their hard work. I don't make money on my blog, (not saying I wouldn't like to some day) my benefits are folks like you that are reading my blog and leaving nice comments.
So what's a girl to do???

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kitchen painted..other projects on the back burner

What started off as going to Lowe's to pick paint chips/samples out for the dining room turned into a paint job for the kitchen instead. We had painted the kitchen a while back a pretty light yellow (Valspar Warm Summer) but on one wall we painted an orange (Valspar Sassy Peach). Well, I do like the yellow but ever since we painted the one wall with the orange color,I've never liked it. In fact, I down right thought it was ugly but we had already purchased the paint and had it on the wall. It was a lot of work with all the cutting in that I just really didn't want to redo that wall even though I had such a dislike for the color.

Here's several of the samples that I picked up for the dining room. 

But, none of them made it to the dining room wall...the orange kitchen wall was screaming louder at me that it needed paint more. So I tried the sample of Sea Lily that I got on the orange wall...did not like it. Don't get me wrong, love the color, it just doesn't match our kitchen at all. I painted just a small section but knew right away that it just clashed with our oak cabinets and stainless steel appliances. I think the Sea Lily will be a great choice for the laundry room though.


Though now I had to paint the wall, couldn't leave it all blotched with paint now could I?  So I decided to go with the same color that we have on the other walls in the kitchen, the Warm Summer. So off to Lowe's again to pick up another gallon of paint.
I did get some help out of a couple of my kiddos. My 20 yr old son dropped by, so I put him to work. My 18 yr. old son helped too...he missed getting his photo as he was off picking up pizza for the family. It's nice to have some young eyes help with the painting, especially the "cutting in" around all the cabinets and ceiling. I was happy to feed them pizza!!


I will still probably paint the dining room, just not this week. And I may even go with the Warm Summer color in there too, since it adjoins the kitchen area. At the moment it's an olive green (Can't find my paint card for the correct name) I like the color but it really clashes with the music room color that you can see right around the corner. I don't know what I was thinking a couple of years ago, every room in our home is a different color. Now a days, I'm not liking the multi-mix so much. I'll share photos of the complete kitchen soon, still have some finishing touches to do.

Another project that we've been thinking about lately is changing out all the tile in the kitchen on the counter-tops. We have 4" white tile with a few accent tiles scattered about. Still a little undecided about what we want, there are so many choices out there. I do want something durable, that won't scratch and also something that can handle hot pots. Though I do know that I don't want white tile again and the grout is getting so tiresome to care for, So no white tile for me anymore!! Earth tones sound nice to me and will go with our cabinets and our stained concrete floors.

Another project in the works is changing out my kitchen island. The new one is built and ready for us to install, the hold up is deciding on what I want on the top. Here are a few of the choices that we're pondering. Solid surface counter tops.
I really like the Aqua~Think it would blend in without everything looking blah!


There are so many things that I want to change and if money were no object, I would have changed everything "like yesterday". Alas, I haven't found that money tree yet, so all in good time.
                                         All in good time

From the Heart,
Jana

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm a ~.NET~now

Whoo hoo! I'm now a .net.

I've been pondering the thought for a while, over the last several months and finally bit the bullet. I purchased my own domain name.


How cool is that?? 
I realize that it's still a long handle to have but I honestly don't want to change my name. The whole point of my blog when I started it and still is, is to make Transformations From the Heart in all that I do around our home. Though I do highly admit that having the blogspot on the end made it ever so difficult to remember for some people. Myself included.

Anyway, just wanted to share my excitement with you all.
Yippee..yippee...yippee 
Doing the happy dance now!!

From the Heart,
Jana
 

How to create a Designer Frosted Vase the easy way


I love having fresh cut flowers in vases sitting around our home, so while at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago I found 6 vases for only .99 cents each. I scarfed them up and put them in my buggy. I knew I wanted to transform each one to make them a little prettier. After I left Goodwill, I went by Michaels to pick up some Krylon Frosted Glass spray.(Among other things~Can you ever get out of that store with just one item?)
First~I cleaned the vase with warm soapy water then wiped the outside with alcohol to make sure it was good and clean. I was going to just frost the vase but then decided to add my own little design to it.
After cleaning, I stuck little round stickers in a random pattern and then stretched a couple of rubber bands over the vase like in the photo below. I also added some masking tape to the top inside edge, I didn't want the spray/frosted look to be on the inside of my vase.
frosted vase

Some people have fancy smancy paint booths~I have a cardboard box and a drop cloth. I also stuck some paper in the vase just to insure that spray didn't go inside the vase.  Next just spray your item in nice sweeping motions. I gave my vase 3 coats...drying between each coat.
krylon frosted spray vase
Let dry for about an hour, then peel the stickers off and cut the rubber band loose. Fill the vase with water and your favorite flowers. I picked some of our Don Juan Roses for mine.
Krylon Frosted Sprayed Vase

It's a little hard to see the detail in the above photo, so here's a close-up of the vase.
Frosted Krylon Vase
I really enjoyed doing this quick and simple project. Goes to show you don't have to spend hours and hours on every project to create something beautiful. Grab yourself a vase and some Krylon Frosted Spray and make something unique for your home. 
Note:After I took the photos I put some food coloring in my vase and it really makes the clear sections pop with color. (An after thought....again... so no photo showing it)

Frosted vase

I really like how this turned out...What do you think? Are you going to make one for yourself??

From the Heart,
Jana

Parties that I like to join throughout the week:
Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Mop it up Monday
Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, A Stroll thru Life, Not Just a Housewife
 Tweak It Tuesday
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,  One Artsy Mama
 Live Laugh Linky Thursday
Friday: Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Wrap Up, Miss Mustardseed, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and NonsenseCommon Ground Shine on Fridays   
Sat: Funky Junk Interiors, It's Overflowing  Southern Hospitality 
Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,Under the Table and Dreaming
Plus a few others~
Embracing Change
Make it Great Monday 
Make It Pretty Monday
Bouquet of Talent


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's a Dirty Job.....

                                                           .....But someones got to do it

It's not a pretty subject and certainly one that's probably not common in the DIY, Crafty and Home Decor blogging world.  Septic Tanks. Yep, that's right. It's one of those things that has to be done regularly, at least every couple of years. Some states have laws as to how often you have to have your septic tank cleaned. It depends on the size of the tanks and also the number of people in your household. For us it's about every 2 years. We have a Conventional System, we're in the country so are not required to have an Aerobic System.  Below is a chart for the area that we live in.


Household size (number of people)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+
Tank Size (gallons) Duration (in years) Between Pumpings or Inspections
1,750 19.1 14.2 12.6 1.8 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.4
1,000 12.4 15.9 13.7 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.0 0.8
1,250 15.6 17.5 14.8 3.4 2.6 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.2
1,500 18.9 19.1 15.9 4.2 3.3 2.6 2.1 1.8 1.5
1,750 22.1 10.7 16.9 5.0 3.9 3.1 2.6 2.2 1.9
2,000 25.4 12.4 18.1 5.9 4.5 3.7 3.1 2.6 2.2
2,250 28.6 14.0 19.1 6.7 5.2 4.2 3.5 3.0 2.6
2,500 31.9 15.6 10.2 7.5 5.9 4.8 4.0 3.5 3.0
Above table provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

This is not a DIY post, not even by a long shot. This is something that we hire someone to do. We called up one of our local Septic Tank Maintenance Services and the friendly guy came out to do the job.

Love the name on the side "The Dominator"
Friendly Guy
Yes...He is wearing gloves

It's a job to take seriously, you certainly want it done properly and cleaned well each time that you have your septic tanks pumped out.

So here's my little reminder not to forget to have that dreaded chore taken care of. That's one item we can mark off our list of maintenance to be done until 2 more years.

From the Heart,
Jana



Friday, August 17, 2012

DIY Chair Shabby Chic style

Remember the three chairs that I purchased a couple of weeks ago? Well, I got the second one finished and I love the new look. I've mentioned it a couple of times that one day I'm going to have a Shabby Chic decorated spare bedroom filled with whites, pinks and light green tones. Whenever that day comes I think this chair will go in there nicely or I may just make a set of chairs to go in the small casual eating area near the kitchen.

DIY Shabby chair
It started like any other chair just screaming to be all prettied up. Below is one of the 3 chairs that I got a couple of weeks ago.

It got a good sanding then primed and lightly sanded again.

Next I hand painted it in white and added splashes of pink and green and blended the colors to give it a chic coloring, then I did the spindles and legs in a gold wash to give it a shabby look.
After the paint was dry I applied water-slide transfers in different Rose patterns that I like on the top back and on the seating area. When all was completely dry I gave it a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic for a high shine and also to protect the surfaces.
 Finished Shabby Chic Chair
DIY Shabby Chic chair
Top of the back

Pretty Rose in one of the corners
Seat with lots of little Roses
This one shows more of a pink cast on the back. I wanted to get close for you to see the detail of the gorgeous rose.
Sitting Pretty!
DIY Shabby Chic Chair


I think the chair looks much better now and would go perfect around one of these indoor bistro tables. The hard part is picking the perfect one! 
I really like this one, I think it would go great with two shabby chic chairs~what do you think?


From the Heart,
Jana

Parties that I like to link to sometimes:
Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Mop it up Monday
Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, A Stroll thru Life, Not Just a Housewife
 Tweak It Tuesday
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,  One Artsy Mama
Friday: Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Wrap Up, Miss Mustardseed, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and NonsenseCommon Ground Shine on Fridays   
Sat: Funky Junk Interiors, It's Overflowing  Southern Hospitality 
Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,Under the Table and Dreaming
Plus a few others~
Embracing Change
Make it Great Monday 
Make It Pretty Monday

 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sweet Hand Painted Yellow Chair

This little chair and I have had a love-hate relationship this week. It started out with a different vision in mind, I seen the finished piece in my head, got all my supplies and went to work. Then I ended up starting over.

hand painted flower yellow chair


 You see, I've never mod-podged a piece of furniture before. (and still haven't.) Thought it wouldn't be difficult at all to do~boy was I wrong. I had the cutest little napkins picked out, separated them all and the edges cut off and went to attaching them to the chair. The more I worked...the worse the chair looked. As I was taken a little break and sitting back looking at my monstrosity, my daughter walked up and asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was trying to make up my mind as to if I should just pull off all the napkin pieces and just paint the chair. She looked at the chair and asked "Are you going for the old leather look"?  Yes, that is how bad it looked, all wrinkled up. So I went to pulling all the little pieces of napkins off. Gosh, they sure do stick in the Mod-Podge fairly quickly and dry. I knew I'd better get it all off or I would have to sand the thing and start completely over.

Long story short~I sanded and primed then I ended up painting the chair with Valspar Gold Abundance and then hand painting little flowers, vines & leaves across the top edge. I think it turned out pretty cute in the end. Looks a little old fashioned to me.

Here's what the chair started as
Finished chair
Hand-painted flowers, vines and leaves




Maybe I'll try to tackle another Mod-Podge project again but it will be something super simple for me without any curves. My hat is off to all the Mod-Podge Queens out there.


From the Heart,
Jana


 Parties that I like to link to sometimes:
Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Mop it up Monday
Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, A Stroll thru Life, Not Just a Housewife
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, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and NonsenseCommon Ground Shine on Fridays   
Sat: Funky Junk Interiors, It's Overflowing  Southern Hospitality 
Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,Under the Table and Dreaming
Embracing Change
Make it Great Monday 
Make It Pretty Monday
One Artsy Mama

Sweet Sunday~Don Juan Roses

Yesterday was a hot day though I did pick a couple of my Don Juan roses, they are my favorite rose. I've had a Don Juan for as long as I can remember. The fragrance is so soft and sweet. We have a large Don Juan rose bush just as you enter our backyard so that is the first smell that you encounter when you enter. I also picked one lime from our bush.

The Ball jar I purchased last week at an Antique shop, I actually scored 5 of them. Yes, I was a happy camper and couldn't grab them up quick enough and place them on the counter to buy.

Don Juan Rose
I've been trying to learn how to use my camera more that on just the "Auto" setting, so I've been snapping pictures left and right of just about any setting inside the house and out. Really trying to be a better photographer~I use that term lightly.

Anyhow, after I uploaded the photo to  Picmonkey, then playing around that site, here's what I came up with on the second picture. Learn something new everyday!
I really like the contrast of leaving the rose petals and the lime their original color, then tracing over the word "Ball". Never taken the time to play around with changing pictures up~this could be fun.(Time consuming though) 



Hope you have a beautiful & sweet Sunday

From the Heart,
Jana

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Electrical failure equals happy chickens

Don't you just hate it when an electrical appliance goes out, especially when you're not prepared for that to happen. I guess you're never prepared but still a little warning would be great. Like some kind of button on the appliance that pops out and says "Warning~May be shutting down soon so get ready"



This week one of our up-right deep freezers decided it was time to bite the dust. First it was the ice cream, it was very soft but since the ice cream was just purchased, I thought maybe someone just didn't shut the door good, all our other items were frozen rock solid. 
Then the next day, other items were getting a little soft and by the third day it was like we had a refrigerator instead of a freezer. Needless to say, I was going through picking out items that would fit into one of our other freezers (which by the way are too full to add anything else). We lost a lot of meat and all of our peas and corn that we grew. The picture you see is just 1 of the 6 bucket loads that we gave to our chickens of the fresh home grown veggies. Yes....sad that so much work is down the drain. Tilling,planting,watering,picking,shelling,shucking,blanching and bagging in seal-a-meal bags, not to count the electrical cost involved in keeping those babies Frozen. At least I have happy chickens this week!!

The plus side to all of this is that now I have room for my husband to build me a tall shelf where the freezer was to house some of my many kitchen items that don't get used that often. My husband said he just didn't know what to do without having another "Honey-do" project, somehow I think he was kidding with me. Still, can hardly wait for my new handy dandy shelf.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

From the Heart,
Jana



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Antique Gramophone~Music To Our Ears

Antique shopping has become one that my husband and I enjoy so while we were shopping at an Antique Shop last week, my hubby seen an Antique Wind-up Gramophone and said he wanted it and that he was getting it. I could truly see the excitement that he had for this item. So that's what came home with us.
Isn't it a beauty!

The doors in front open up to where the speakers are (yes, I should have taken a picture~Just thought about it this second).
It came with a couple of records though my husband seen a box a Willy Nelson records that he purchased too. Hey, Willie and Antique Gramophones go together~don't they??  :0)
 You wind this handle to make the turn-table spin and play.
My children think it is too cool!!
No cords~No electricity 

The paperwork that we got when we purchased the Wind-Up Gramophone shows that it was purchased from the hotel below in December 2006. We purchased it last week. I love to investigate an item if we can after we make a purchase to learn some of its history. It's also nice to imagine what all the antique item has gone through over the coarse of its life. Like, I wonder who sat here, or touched this, or listened to this or who used this like I did when we got the Antique Bed Warmer .That's so much fun for me to think about the history of each item.

Here are a few pictures of the hotel that the gramophone came from.

Fairfield Hotel, 83, The Promenade, Southport, Lancashire England

Entry Hall
Warm Welcome
Conservatory
Looks like a nice relaxing place to be.
Dining Hall
Love the window treatment
One of the Bedrooms
Love the window treatment in this room too, 
pure Victorian elegance.

Our new/old wind up Gramophone works like a charm. My husband will wind it up, set the needle in place and then the listening begins. Oh, how neat. We haven't tried Willie yet, should see if he plays too.
Love our new purchase. Now I just need to find a place in the music room for it.

From the Heart,
Jana

I'll be linking up at these great parties:
Common Ground  Vintage Inspiration
Southern Hospitality 
Wow Us Wednesday 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Thrifty Garage sale finds

Good Monday morning, 
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

I was able to get in a little garage sale time, didn't find a whole lot but was excited when I came across one sale that had 3 matching maple chairs and all of them are in great condition! I didn't know exactly what I wound do with them but I knew that I didn't want to pass them up. The asking price was $10.00 per chair but I ended up bargaining my way down to $20.00 for ALL 3 of them. I call that a deal and a half. :0) I was a happy camper loading them into the back of the truck to bring home.

I've been redoing one of the chairs this weekend and can hardly wait to show it to you soon.

maple chairs
 Up close to show how great the chairs look!
maple chairs

Also, I got these super cute Chicken/Rooster hanging plates at the same sale for $1.00 each. They are in perfect condition, still have the original price sticker on the back of $14.99 each.   They will be proudly hung in my kitchen.
chicken plate

Aren't they adorable?
rooster plate
Also, my husband and I went to a couple of Antique shops. Got some great items!! Will share them with you sometime this week after I take some pictures.
Was you able to get any thrifty shopping done this weekend? 
Did you find some great bargains??


From the Heart,
Jana

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome to a new month




Is it really August 1st already? 
What happened to July?
 This year has just been flying by and while I think back to the last seven months of the year, I'm reminded that I should just enjoy each and every day to the fullest. Can we get everything that we want to do done~I know I can't but I'm sure having fun trying! No, not every thing on my huge to do list will be accomplished this year, since the list just seems to be growing and growing. What would life be if we didn't have something to look forward to?
Some days I wish that I had a clone, that way I could just have fun coming up with new projects and working on them while my other self cleaned the house and cooked the meals. Now that would be a dream wouldn't it? It would be double the fun!

Here's some news for you~
This month I've signed up for Tweeter, Pinterest, Hometalk and now Facebook. Who would have thought? Not me for sure. Feel free to come find me because I'm just learning the ropes and don't know how to add all the little buttons to my blog yet. I'm working on learning all this new stuff. I've found some awesome new blogging friends that mean so much to me. That's what makes blogging fun and yet personal.

I'd better get back to crafting or building or cleaning or cooking or gardening or enjoying my family. I'm blessed that I'm able to pick from that list and have fun doing whatever I choose.

Hope you have fun and joyful new month and new day! ~Live it to the fullest~

From the Heart,
Jana