Saturday, August 28, 2010

Stephanie's Silhouette Giveaway

Stephanie Lynn over at Under the Table and Dreaming is giving away a Silhouette Gift package worth over $300. If you would like, stop by and check out what she has been up to with her Sihouette machine.


The Guild Consignment Shop

We went to The Guild Shop this morning to see what finds we could find.

I fell in love at first sight with this beauty.

But alas, at $39 I just couldn't.

We did leave with a few things though.





6 knobs for $3.00


Grand Total: $26.00 + tax

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The teapot with the candlestick... and a creamer

So I actually got to start my new hobby! 

I have been itching to do something like this since I saw Layla's post about what she did with her thrift store finds. Here's what she did:

Makes you wanna paint everything white, right?
Ever since I saw this post and told Michael I would like to do that, anything I find in a store that I like, he sneeringly asks if I'm going to pain it white. Doesn't matter if it's a vase, pair of shoes, a glass jar, flowers, a book, or a pillow... He's sooo funny...

So I found a couple of things at a Goodwill in Corpus Christi on our trip. I primed them with Kilz spray primer and then used Rust-Oleum Lacqure spray to make them shiny.

This creamer was only $0.65

I loved the "beading" around the rim. Didn't love the flowers so much.
Here's how it turned out.

Here is the teapot I found for $2.99. It actually looked pretty good, but we don't have anything else that's hunter green.

Sorry for the blurriness. When I used the flash, it looked like this.
I really wish it had looked like this! I wouldn't have painted it!
Maybe I shouldn't have painted it anyway... it didn't turn out how I imagined.

In the picture it doesn't look too bad, but believe me I wish it looked this good.
I think the Kilz primer was too thick and I didn't have enough patience to wait for it to COMPLETELY dry. It was dry to the touch but not enough for a second coat.  It got stuck to the trash bag I put it on--see the bad spot on the bottom?

I also thought it would look good to distress it a little...then it just looked like I took a perfectly good green teapot and painted it white and chipped the edges. The clear coat didn't go on very smooth either. It was difficult to hit the inside of the handle without spraying too much on the rest. It turned into a big mess. LAYLA?!

Here are some candle holders that Michael was sick of looking at and was going to throw them away.

I think these turned out pretty good.

So a decent creamer, cute candle holders, and a teapot that went into a plastic bad and into a box only to be seen again when I get a brilliant idea.

Some things I learned was when they say to keep the spray can moving, you need to listen. When they say for best results the humidity needs to be less than 70%, they are serious. (but if I waited for that to happen...well, nothing would get done) The instructions say to let the paint completely dry before applying a second coat for best results, and they know what they are talking about.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Beaux's First Vacation

This is Beaux. I wanted to tell my side of the story of our "lovely vacation". When they first told me we were going on vacation they said  it would be great. Naps, food, swimming, sunning. That all sounded fabulous.
They lied.

So, after they loaded everything in the car and squeezed me in, they stop at this place.

They did not bring me back bacon when I specifically asked for it. Lies.

The air conditioner. It was so cold.

They were so amazed by the simpliest things. It's a tree.

Clean bathrooms. Seriously people. All you need is a patch of grass.

And wind mills. Or turbines? I don't care.

See my excitement?...

They took me here for a picnic and swimming.

Picnics. Much better in theory. It's hot outside. And the wind blows. And they tie you to a table.

They enjoyed it though.

Then we finally got to the beach. It was crazy!
She walked me out there, it was nice at first, but then the water attacks you!

Then when they finally decide to pick you up to save you from the attacking salty water, the wind blows and it's cold. 

They didn't even want to share the towel.

And you have to watch out for these guys. They can carry you away.

After the whole beach experience, this is where I wanted to go.

But this is where they took me. A giant sand castle.

Then guess what. Our hotel was on another beach.

Really? This is your idea of a good time?

Actually, in the morning it's not so bad. The water doesn't knock you around as much.

While sight-seeing, we found this.

Hu-dat say gonna beat dem Saints?

Second day at the beach, I discovered something.  They didn't tell me I could dig!

It was great!
...Until you suck too much sand up your nose

Sticks! There were sticks!

But some of them have ants on them and they bite your nose.

They told me we were moving here.

This is the view.

I'm thinking about running away. Can I come live with you?

She wanted this door. I wanted to go in. I know I saw a central air unit.

After this long, drawn out weekend, I needed a nap.

One thing is for sure. Next time they say "vacation", I'll stay home.