Hey! Did you guys know it is NOT Tuesday?! I am totally happy that it is Wednesday already (Because that means it is less than a week before we leave on our Disney Cruise!), but I am bummed that I missed Tuesday Tips and Recipes--again! My short people were off school on Monday, and, well, I forgot that yesterday was Tuesday. No worries. I'll share a quick tip today! ;)
For my Valentine's Mantle, I wanted to use a bunch of silver and gold frames. I gathered up what I had, and wanted a few more. However, I did not want to purchase any frames, so I did what any good DIYer would do and I made my own. I already had the frames and the product needed to transform them: Rub 'n Buff in Grecian Gold.
This is ridiculously simple. I squirted a small amount right onto my finger (I find that this is the easiest way to do it, and it washes right off with some soap and water), and rubbed it onto the plastic frame.
My frame was solid black to start with, so I loved the way it looked "antiqued" with just light coverage.
Cool, right?! This is literally a dollar store, plastic frame. With just a small amount of product and effort, it was totally transformed! The Rub 'n Buff comes in several different shades, and it costs about $3.99 per tube. And it goes a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG way. That little amount is all it took for the whole frame.
When you're finished, your husband will likely make some corny "Goldfinger" remarks. Oh, husbands!
I used the Rub 'n Buff on three frames for my V-day mantle, and, naturally, I do not have great pics to share, but here is a blurry one...;)
Such a quick and inexpensive way to transform a frame! And Rub 'n Buff can be used on a variety of materials!
Now for some personal randomness. Last Thursday I hosted my first CAbi party and had some much need "girl time". (I have been to several CAbi shows, but I have never hosted my own, and it was so.much.fun. Before you think I am trying to sell you something--I'M NOT! I'm just stating a fact. CAbi parties with my gal Whitney are fun. Fact stated.) The point of this story is that I didn't even realize how much I needed a girl's night. My husband and I have become much better at setting aside time for regular date nights. We give each other time to focus on our own projects, and we help each other is often as we can. But I still need girl time, and this evening was a HUGE reminder of that. My party started at 6:30pm, and everyone was gone by 1am. WHAT?!?!?! And that's not all. Whitney and I ended up chatting until after 2am, resulting in a 3am bedtime. Again, WHAT?!?!?!?! Even thought I was quite tired, I felt refreshed after having such a great night with some really fantastic ladies!
Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE details? Yes? Well, here is just some more proof. ;)
Setting the welcoming mood for my guests.
I just LOVE candles.
The party was the night before Valentine's Day, so I couldn't help but be a little cheesy with the red, pink, and white decorations!
For the cake banner, I tried to make a little clothesline with the CAbi dress. I didn't get a good pic of it. Surprise, surprise.
And after these photos, I put my phone away for the night and just enjoyed the party!
Now for just a little bit more randomness!
Here is me picking up some of "my crew" after school. I have lots of wonderful things to say about this, but I've already been too wordy, so I'll just show you the happiness!
And, always keeping it real, while I was working on some custom art pieces for a client, a seriously threw these items on the butcher block and said, "Breakfast is ready!". And I wasn't even trying to be funny. Hey, I'm not Super Mom and I just want to make sure no one thinks I am!
And even though it is SO WARM today and all the snow is melting, I think it could be April before some of these piles are totally gone.
Dirty snow. My least favorite part of winter. But dirty snow means it's melting, so bring it on!
One last goody that I shared on my FB page the other day. This is my bible from when I was nine years old. My son has been using it for the last month or so, so I wrote his name in it and it just makes both of us happy to see it!
Have a great day, my friends! Enjoy the Son!