Hey there! I am beyond blessed to be the wife of Mark Andrew and the stay-at-home-mommy of Quinn and Morgan! I love to decorate, create things, and generally make life more beautiful! Come join me, and let's see what we can make today!

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DIY Patina

I just LOVE an old piece that has a yummy patina.  You should probably know that I lump most all types of aging/weathering into the "patina" category.  For example, you might see an old railroad spike and think it is all dirty and rusty, but I see it and think, what a fantastic patina!  Might be a stretch for the word, but I like it!

Anyhow, I really like old, metal buckets, and I LOVE when they are all worn and "patina-ed".  What I don't like is that they can be incredibly heavy and I cannot buy them any day of the week since they aren't sold in stores. What I can find everyday are very light weight, and very shiny, galvanized metal buckets. 

Some time ago (almostayearbutwhoiscounting) I picked up these buckets at GoodWill for $0.99 each.  I decided I would try a few techniques and see if I could make them look old and delicious.

I have seen a number of different ways (on Pinterest, of course!) to age a new bucket.  I have tried several of them, but haven't really achieved the look I was going for.  I have seen a couple of bloggers use the Sophisticated Finishes with great results, but I was too cheap to pay the $9.99 for a 4oz bottle.  I decided that I would first try what I had on hand and see what I could end up with.

First, I painted a section of the bucket a floral green, using a sponge brush.

Then, using the same sponge brush, I mixed a little bit of white paint into the green.  This softend the green a bit and helped hide the pattern on the bucket.

Next, using a small paint brush, I randomly brushed some horizontal black stripes on the bucket.

Then I used the sponge brush again to blend in the black paint, making horizontal sweeping motions.

Then I just repeated those step all around the bucket.

For this little gal, I just used a small paint brush and "swirled" some white paint on the bucket.  

I let it dry for about a minute, and then a took a dry paper towel and buffed the bucket. I forgot to take a picture for this post, but I will show it to you at the end of the week when I show you my spring mantle! ;)

I decided to add some embellishments to one of the pieces, so I gathered up some scraps.  I did not take pics of this process because 1) it would be boring, 2) I forgot that some people might not find it boring and did I didn't even bother with pics, and 3) everyone is going to have different stuff, so I didn't want anyone to get stuck on using the same stuff I used.  Use what you got, folks!  Anyhow, I hot glued a scrap of burlap to the front of the bucket.  Then I clipped the tabs off of some mini brads, and I hot glued the heads onto the burlap.  Then I stuck (literally) a scrap of black vinyl (leftover from a project on my Cricut) right onto the burlap.  I brushed a very small amount chalkboard paint onto the vinyl so that I could use chalk on it.  I like how the burlap pattern shows through the "chalkboard".  

Two of these buckets have a very strong patina/very green finish, which is PERFECT for the spring mantle I have been working on!  The one bucket has a more oxidized zinc feel to it, which is fantastic!  I am sure I will play around with more of these and keep working on different finishes.  Have you tried creating your own patina?  What worked (or didn't!) for you?!  I'd love to know!  

Hope your week is off to a lovely start!  Enjoy the Son!

P.S. The Creating with the Stars Contest kicked off this week, and the contestants came up with some seriously uh-mazing projects!  Check them out and vote for your favorite!



Tuesday Tips and Recipes #3

Hi.  It's not Tuesday.  I know.  It's kinda perfect though, because this weeks tip is simply "Extend Grace".

Tuesday is the day I picked for TTR because it is the day that I usually have a couple of free hours to put a post together.  (That and I like the alliteration!;) Anyhow, yesterday's post was going to be a yummy banana bread recipe, but we devoured the bread before I took any pics, and then school was canceled for a snow day, so my free time was no longer free.  I was stressing for a bit because I wanted to put a post up, but then I was like, "What am I stressed about?! I have a sponsor free blog, so I am not accountable to anyone for when I do/don't post anything!"  

I wanted to post something for my readers, but a lot of you are moms too, so you get where I am coming from. I decided that the best thing I could do yesterday was hang out with my kiddos and just enjoy the unexpected blessing of a free day with them.  We watched a movie, played Legos and LalaLoopsy, drew pictures, and talked--A LOT!  The kids played out in the snow with some of the neighbors.  I, unfortunately, am still healing from my knee injury and am unstable in the snow, so I was on hot cocoa duty.  It was a lovely day, but if I had not extended grace to myself, I would have missed it.

Do yourself a favor and extend some grace to yourself.  Because, honestly, if Tuesday's tip comes on Wednesday morning, it really not a big deal! ;)

Enjoy the Son!



Tuesday Tips and Recipes #2

My family enjoys Greek yougurt and granola for breakfast.  One day my husband decided we should make our own granola.  After tweaking the recipe for the last six months, we have come up with a winner, and I want to share it with you!  

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Surgery is off the table!

Did you know surgery was ever ON the table?!  Well, briefly, it was.  I have mentioned a few times that I hurt my knee on vacation (five weeks ago), and it is healing very slowly.  The x-rays showed no breaks or fractures.  Last week, I had an MRI since I had a lot of popping and catching in my knee that made them think the meniscus could be torn.  However, it is not torn, PRAISE GOD!  If it was torn, I was looking at surgery.  Since it is in tact, surgery is off the table.  It is still swollen and bruised and very sore, but the PT is helping tremendously.  Here is a pic of Mo and me when I was getting iced after a session last week.  

She HAD to bring her doctor LalaLoopsy.  Anyone else have a kiddo that is into these?  We don't even have the channel that the show is on, but she sure knows about them and apparently loves them!

Anyhow, I, as always, have soooooooo many things that I want to share with you, but I am short on time right now since everything takes me about 10 times as long as usual.  However, I am trying to really take the time and slow down and enjoy this rather than be cranky and frustrated with my slowness.  (My family would tell you that I am trying hard, but crankiness and frustration win out often...;)  AND, I have a number of tutuorials that I have been working on, and I accidentally deleted the photos from my iPhone.  I thought I imported them, but, oops!

All that to say, even though I have not posted anything fun for awhile, I am always working on something--and right now I am working four smaller projects, one medium-ish project, and one super-humongous-gianormous-so-excited-about-it-I-can-hardly-stand-it project!  You will be seeing some of those soon!

AAAAAAAND, the contestants for Creating With The Stars are going to be announced on Friday! I submitted my entry, and I would LOVE to be a contestant, but there are 361 total entries, and only 12 will be chosen. But I have a chance, right?!  Hop on over to East Coast Creative and check out the entires--you will LOVE them! My project is #24.

Enjoy the Son today!


Tuesday Tips and Recipes #1

This is going to be the first installment (hopefully of many!) of Tuesday Tips and Recipes (TTR). For about a year now, I have been wanting to share some tips and recipes with you, but I felt there were a couple of obstacles. First, I am not a great a cook.  I'm not terrible, but my husband is a waaaaaaaaaay better cook than I am!  So, first obstacle, who wants to try a recipe from someone who isn't a good cook?  Second obstacle, I usually just post DIY projects, and I didn't know how to add anything else in.

Well, obstacles, be gone! I am not the best cook, but I do try.  I figure that will make the recipes I post even more legit, because if I can do it, anyone can! ;) And as for the format concerns, it's my blog and I can post whatever I want, right?  So, I have decided that each Tuesday I will post a recipe or a tip that I want to share with you!

TTR #1: Prolong the life of your fresh herbs by putting them in water.


I love fresh herbs, but I hate that they don't last very long.  My husband, resident chef, said he heard that if you cut the ends and put the herbs in water, much like you would for fresh flowers, they would last longer. So I gave it a try.  Folks.  I am not kidding, the parsley in this pic is more than four weeks old!  I know it is starting to look a little droopy, but it is more than a month old!  Crazy!  The cilantro was going on two weeks, and it was still perfect!  I have been doing this for a couple of months now, and it is fantastic! Not only do the herbs stay fresh longer, but the refridgerator looks so fancy inside! ;)

I'm off for an MRI soon.  Remember that bruised knee I got on vacation last month?  Yeah, it's having problems and the meniscus might be torn--pray for me!

I'll talk with you soon!  Enjoy the Son today!