Monday, July 27, 2015

~a French chair before and after~{mms paint}

This chair started out with great bones, but not really the finish I wanted.
I bought it off a friend for $11.00 and tried my hand at Miss Mustard Seed paint that 
The Ironstone Nest sent to me.

First I took off the seat and covered the vinyl in cotton with a linen burlap stripe down the middle.
Then I painted the whole thing first with grain sack, then with marzipan.
I finished off with finishing wax and a bit of dark wax after sanding.

This is my inspiration photo and my before picture:

 And here it is all finished!

 The paint was super easy to use once I got the hang of it and it gave the overall finish a really smooth feel and look. I love it!

I cannot wait to find more things to paint.
Have you used Miss Mustard Seed paint before?


Friday, July 24, 2015

~vintage oil painting diy w/o lifting a brush~

If you love the look of vintage oil paintings but don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars, I am going to show you how to make them for around $5.00.
You will need to pick up canvas' in the size you are after. They can be no bigger than 8x10 for this particular project though.
Any canvas will work, stretched canvas or flat.
I will show you how to do both.

You will need card stock and white tissue paper.
Trace a piece of regular sized card stock onto the tissue paper and cut out.
You can cut out about 20 sheets at a time and they don't need to be perfect.

You will be running the tissue paper through your printer.
The reason you need the card stock is because the tissue paper alone will not feed through the printer.
Using scotch tape, tape the tissue onto the card stock around the edges, just enough so it won't get caught up while printing.

You need to find a vintage image you like.
Most oil portraits are vintage, but double check that they are, because then there won't be a copyright on them. 
Copy the image to a word document and adjust it to the size of your canvas. 
Place your paper in your printer, tissue side down and print the image.
It may be a little wet for a few minutes, so give it a chance to dry before proceeding. 

Once dry, using a paper cutter or scissors, trim off the excess papers. 
You will be left with just your tissue paper thin sheet with the image printed on.

Cover your canvas with a thin coat of matte modge podge.
Working very carefully and with dry hands, place your tissue paper on and smooth out any bubbles.
If the tissue tears or creases, that is ok, as it just adds to the vintage look you are after.

Once on, go over the top of the whole piece to seal it in and then let dry.
This is why you are using matte modge podge, not glossy.

When completely dry you can add a stain or dark wax to the edges, even smudging it on the top of the "painting" if you wish.
You can hang them as is, or frame them and hang!

I made 2 wood frames for a couple of mine and left the other two unframed.

Here are the two that are not framed.
I love how they turned out and I can't wait to make more!
You can also do this with family photos if you prefer more personal art pieces.

And in case you want to make the same ones I did, 
{minus the handsome fellow, can't seem to find him anymore}
You can right click on any image below and add it to a word document and print out.
I found these by googling 
"vintage oil paintings and portraits"

If you make them be sure to email me or tag me on instagram, I'd love to see! 


Thursday, July 23, 2015

~giant jenga diy with industrial storage~{thrifty Thursday}

I am sort of in love with how this project turned out.

The first thing you will need to do is cut your eight 2x4's into 10.5" sections.
You will need 54 total.

You will then need to sand each piece down and when you are done you will feel like your arm is going to fall off, but I promise, 
it won't.

You can stain them all the same color, or do what I did and use three different colors for interest.
Divide them up into 3 sets of 18 and get staining!

While your stain is drying you can move onto making the storage cart.

Cut two pieces of plywood at 17" x 17" each and stain them.
{I used the "ash" color for mine}
When dry, add casters to the bottom of one, securing with screws.

Next you are going to make 4 side pieces out of pipe.

Start with a flange, then a 12" pipe followed by a coupling, followed by another 12" pipe followed by another coupling, and then a 2" nipple, finishing it off with another floor flange.
Do this process four times. 
Use your level to make sure each piece is the same height.

Then one by one screw them onto the corners of the bottom piece that has the casters on it.
Place your other 17"x17" on the ground and flip this bottom piece with the pipes upside down on top and screw the other four flanges into the top.

 When done, flip the whole thing right side up and add your handle to the top.
The handle consists of 2 floor flanges, a 2" nipple, 2 elbows, and 2 black closed steel nipples.

You now have your cart to carry the game pieces in, and it should look like this:

You can actually play the game in this case, or you can take them out or just use it for storing the pieces. Either way, the finished product is really pretty and fun too!

Let the games begin!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

~blueberry picking & crumble recipe~

When life hands you blueberries, you make blueberry crumble.
The kids and I went picking the other day.
Everyone in the family loves fresh blueberries and I love to pick a lot to freeze for the winter.

The recipe I used below is from Martha Stewart.



  • 6 cups (3 pints) blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or chopped nuts, such as almonds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make the filling: Mix blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Make the topping: Stir together flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer until pale and fluffy. Stir dry ingredients into butter. Using your hands, squeeze topping pieces together into clumps.
  3. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling. Bake until bubbling in center and brown on top, about 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 30 minutes before serving.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

~classic woods prints special~

I sent these photos to Classic Wood Prints a couple days ago and they turned them into masterpieces printing them directly onto wood! The wood grain is absolutely amazing, and really makes it a unique piece of art. They are offering all my followers 35% off for the next 3 days, so now is the time to get your very own wood print!
Just enter the promotion code:
at checkout.

This first one I took right here at Crystal Lake.
I love how you can see the wood grain through the ink!

This photo I took in Maui Hawaii in Hana.
We drove this old bumpy dirt road on our way back to our hotel and it was covered with hundreds of cows.
Naturally I made my husband pull over so I could get a dozen shots of them….


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