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So, there was a lot of trial and error in the first attempts at mercury glass, so I thought I would include it all here for your convenience.

First:

The finish is very different depending on your layers: If you paint a color and then do the MC effect, the finish is very matte and not as satisfactorily mirrored.

The finish is very different depending on your layers: If you paint a color and then do the MC effect, the finish is very matte and not as satisfactorily mirrored (on the right) as opposed to color on the inside and MC finish on the outside (on the left).

Second:

Heavier spraying with the vinegar water result in larger imperfections.

Heavier spraying with the vinegar water results in larger imperfections, even some running lines. Which is great, just depends on how you like your MC to look.

Third:

Firmer dabbing and pressing results in more open space in your mirrored finish. Also a dark color mist, like black in this shot really makes the MC effect pop. The left has black spray inside and right has none.

Firmer dabbing and pressing results in more open space in your mirrored finish. Also a dark color mist, like the black used in this shot, really makes the MC effect pop. The left has black spray inside and right has none.

Lastly

Don't let your mom be the photographer, especially if you are going to spray the paint in your own face.

Don’t let your mom be the photographer, especially if you are going to spray the paint in your own face.

Here is another great method for DIY Mercury Glass from HGTV using silver leaf & gold leaf with leaf adhesive.

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Oh how I love a good thrifted upcycle project day! Especially when it’s a day in Texas with my momma! We ate breakfast at 7 Mile Cafe, in Denton, my favorite and then headed to a few thrift stores, The Dime Store, which is a handmade store my sweet friend opened a few weeks ago (more on that  later) and then spent the afternoon out on the green grass of my parents yard crafting our hearts out in true mother-daughter fashion. The result? Gorgeous, original and most importantly, low-cost mercury glass!

Supplies: looking glass spray paint, a color spray if you so desire, a spray bottle of vinegar water solution ( parts to parts) and damp paper towels for dabbing.

Supplies: looking glass spray paint, a color spray if you so desire, a spray bottle of vinegar water solution ( half and half) and damp paper towels for dabbing.

Spray the inside with your color (if you want colored mercury glass)

Spray the inside with your color (if you want colored mercury glass)

Spray liberally with Vinegar water solution

Spray the outside of the glass liberally with Vinegar water solution

Spray (ove the vinegar water) with Looking Glass Spray paint

Spray (over the vinegar water) with Looking Glass Spray paint

Dab with a paper towel to expose the glorious imperfections of mercury glass!

Let it set for just a few seconds, then dab with a paper towel to expose the glorious imperfections of mercury glass!

DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jar

DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jar! You can make the imperfections as large or small as you wish, with streaking, big flecks or whatever your heart desires…more on that in the Tips and Tricks post…

You can make Mercury Glass out of any thing your lil heart desires-that's half the fun! We just decided to practice on Mason Jars because we always have an abundance on hand. This was $1.00 at the thrift store and makes an adorable votive holder.

You can make Mercury Glass out of any thing your lil heart desires-that’s half the fun! We just decided to practice on Mason Jars because we always have an abundance on hand. This was $1.00 at the thrift store and makes an adorable votive holder.

So fun! To keep this post from being too painfully long I am making an additional Post called Tips and Tricks on DIY Mercury Glass where I will give you the ins and outs that I wish I knew before we started. Enjoy your creating today!

Succulent Planter

Apr
2013
23

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The planter is finally planted!

Layer first with gravel or hydropon, then position plants & fill in with succulent soil.

Layer first with gravel or hydropon, then position plants & fill in with succulent soil.

Position the plants first, breaking up colors and textures and then filling in with dirt.

Position the plants first, breaking up colors and textures and then filling in with dirt.

 

"the shop" (which is all my fixins in a jars in a cute old crate)

“the shop” (which is all my fixins in a jars in a cute old crate)

Red moss picks up the touches of color on the succulents.

Red moss picks up the touches of color on the succulents.

Cover the soil in sand for asthetics and then a touch of gravel or moss to hold in moisture and give it texture.

Cover the soil in sand for aesthetics and then a touch of gravel or moss to hold in moisture and give it texture.

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It’s so pretty! Makes me happy every time I look at it.

Finished planter sitting happily in the South window.

Finished planter sitting happily in the South window.

 

Amigo!

Apr
2013
19

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i have been desperately wanting a shop dog for the longest time, researching breeds, stalking adoption sites and daydreaming about names until I finally convinced the hubs that I AM FOR REAL. So last weekend we were at an adoption down the hill and I fell in love. Yes, it’s true. Puppy love at first site is real folks. He is a red heeler lab mix, rescue with his 6 sibling pups from a dusty New Mexico farm. We sat on the floor at the adoption holding him, getting to know him & letting him get to know the littles. He just lounged in our laps, belly up with a noisy yawn here & there. A little love indeed. So we brought him home with a new kennel, toys, an adorable argyle color and a down coat with a hood for snow protection of course! (Now I know what you’re thinking here: “wait, a shop dog? do you have a shop?” No, the answer to that is no. But I thought if I had a shop dog, I’d be one step closer to having a shop, right?! :)  )

So, it took us a few days to come up with his name. The littles wanted him to be called Wild, Peppermint, Nipper (which sounded like “Nipple” coming out of lil man’s mouth), Dynaco, Muffin & Lickety to name just a few. Needless to say I had to trump them all since he is my shop dog. I told Hubs I wanted to name him “Amigo” and he loved it-it’s a perfect fit!  Once we started calling him Amigo I started getting this little tune in my head and realized it was a faded Sesame Street memory from yesteryear. I asked hub if he new of it & sang it for him. He just laughed. So I googled it, of course, and had my proof in minutes! I’m not crazy! So, I introduce to you…Amigo and his namesake song:

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Blog Blocked

Apr
2013
18

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Well I’ve been blog blocked. That’s kinda like being cock blocked, if you know what I mean. (Forgive my tackiness!) Someone who will remain unnamed has absconded with my real camera, leaving me with the point and shoot, which I’m not above using by any means. The problem here is that my computer doesn’t fit the memory card type that the dino cam uses, I can’t find the cord that goes with it because it hadn’t been used in ages. I have pics I need loaded to make posts and today was going to be my blog work day. Pooh!  This person who will remain nameless must be punished! Just letting you know why I’m some what absent from the blog at the moment. I will make a post about my new lil love though!!! Stay tuned!

Fence Wood Planter

Apr
2013
16

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Hubs made me a fantastic set of 3 planters out of a pile of old fence wood that a neighbor gave us for fire wood. But who could burn such gorgeous old wood?! Not us, no way! There are about 10 different projects coming out of that heap. Hubs worked diligently in the barn for hours on end, come snow, snow or well, snow.  The result was this gorgeous planter that I had been dreaming of for many seasons…

Fence wood planter

Fence wood planter

Such a great design from hubby, removeble planter boxes makes watering easier and makes the planter easier to move out to the deck in the summer.

Such a great design from hubby, removable planter boxes makes watering easier and makes the planter easier to move out to the deck in the summer.

Great home for my planter under the south facing window.

Great home for my planter, under the south facing window.

Post on the planter once it was planted to follow later this week…it’s a beauty!

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No darkness is so dark to win over the light, no hindrance has the worth to face a soul bright.

Man, how can we do anything that seems every day or ordinary on a day like today? As I sat and watched the breaking news i couldn’t help but think about where I was on 9/11 when I heard the news of the attacks. As the news coverage ran, I kept anticipating what would happen next, was this a single attack or where more coming? Lil man was asking me “is this happening in Colorado momma?” Trying to explain the smoke and the people laying on the ground to a 4 year old was overwhelming. Is this the place my children will grow up in? The reality of their world? It’s so shockingly different than my childhood world. It makes me so sad. I remember a wise friend once told me that my children don’t have the knowledge of my childhood and they aren’t comparing their experiences growing up to my own to see how they stack up. I have to remind myself this is true. And they can think that their childhood was amazing if I can give them the space to do so.  No more riding your bike to the sweet shop on the corner to spend 2 quarters on rock candy. That was one of my most treasured occurrences. This world will be different, but will it still be grand, in the ways that childhood is supposed to be? I sure hope so. I will do everything in my power to ensure that it is so, for my sweet babies.

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(Yes, thrifted, not thrifty…I think it’s a better description of the projects I spotlight here on Thursdays. Sorry to switch it up on you, if you don’t like change!)

This week my mantra is waste not, want not. So in keeping with that I decided to finally use what I refer to as “my scraps.” For some this would mean fabric, but around here it means left over plant odds and ends. I never throw away a succulent leaf, or stem that breaks off or half of a plant that I don’t use in a planting. I keep a little pot tray with some soil that I just tuck these scraps into to keep them happy and alive. Then, when I need one little filler or I have enough scraps, I use them, at no extra cost-which I love!

So these little pots were $0.99 each, on half-off day, for a whopping total of $1.50(ish)! And with the use of scraps, this trio cost me next to nothing.

Mobile planting set up: Yellow bucket is hydropon, metal bucket is succulent soil.

Mobile planting set up: Yellow bucket is hydropon, metal bucket is succulent soil and a cork square that I use to protect my kitchen surfaces.

This is what I focus on  when I'm playing in the dirt.

This is what I focus on when I’m playing in the dirt.

My thrifted jars and my odds and ends...

My thrifted jars and my scraps…

New homes for everyone!

New homes for everyone!

A sick zebra aloe I'm trying to revive and a straggler from a past planting that died out.

A sick zebra aloe I’m trying to revive and a straggler from a past planting that died out.

Gorgeous! I cannot identify this juicy little guy, so comment if you know what it is!

Gorgeous! I cannot identify this juicy little guy, so comment if you know what it is!

Happy little trio, total cost with soil and fixings approx. $3.00!

Happy little trio, total cost with soil and fixings approx. $3.00!

In being mindful and taking the extra minute to save things I might usually pitch in a hurry, I’m able to make my supplies go so much further. Remember, waste not want not!

Tips: To water these little guys, move very slowly and use a turkey baster to control the water flow. It will take a little less than one turkey baster full (yes that’s the technical unit) of water per jar in Colorado and even less in more humid climates. It’s always better to under water succulents, than to over water them. Remember they are dessert plants and nearly indestructible so don’t be scared! Succs love bright light, preferably South facing windows. Less light, such as a west, east or north facing window means even less water. 

Owl Always Love You

Apr
2013
09

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Cheesy? Yes, but true…owls have always had my heart, ever since I was lil girl. It takes all my will power not to snatch up every little adorable owlet I see (which is everywhere, since they are so popular!). I was in Longmont today for some work meetings and finished early, so I jetted over to the Front Range Flea Market to see what was shakin’. Lots of great finds there including an amaaaaaaazing green industrial metal work bench that I’m dying to have for my work space. I’m sure my hubs was grateful I walked out of there with only a sweet lil owl vase for $14 and not the $400 desk! Then at the grocery store I had to grab some blooms to make it official (and to cheer my heart since snowmaggedon is on it’s way, while my lil sis is busy planting spring gardens in Texas! <sob>)…so I snagged the most gorgeous daisies ($5.99) and carns ($3.99) and I’m not usually a carny. Haha get it? Bad joke. A few snippets from my indoor gardens and Ms. Owl has been transformed into Ms. Chiquita Banana Owl, with her dazzling head piece! For a total of $24.00 I have this punch of class and color, with blooms left over for the bathroom, the coffee table and my bedside table. Now that’s happy.

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May I introduce to you, Ms. Chiquita Banana Owl...

May I introduce to you, Ms. Chiquita Banana Owl…

The colors in these carnations just sing of spring to me!

The colors in these carnations just sing of spring to me!

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She’s classy and sassy, just the right combo to help me spruce up my spring time mantle…post on that to come soon. Unless I am snowed in for the week!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love embroidering. But I haven’t done a stitch since I was 12 probably. Honesty it’s a bit of a struggle to sit still for that long with out falling asleep! So I re-purposed them into something fun, new and cheap that I’m using in the Thrifty Upcycle Redo of Lil Miss’ room. Here’s a quick and easy how to on the ones I made, but don’t limit yourself. They are too easy to do and the possibilities are endless!

Materials needed: Hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, yarn of choice and various shaped and sized hoops.

Materials needed: Hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, scissors, yarn of choice and various shaped and sized hoops.

I use hot glue to save me the stress of slipping yarn, or the whole thing coming unraveled when it gets knocked off the wall by a stray soccer ball!

I use hot glue to save me the stress of slipping yarn, or the whole thing coming unraveled when it gets knocked off the wall by a stray soccer ball!

You could wrap the yarn around the inner hoop and then place the outer hoop over it, but either way looks great, just depends on your pref.

You could wrap the yarn around the inner hoop and then place the outer hoop over it, but either way looks great, just depends on your pref.

Good colors and a nice heavy yarn make them even more fun!

Good colors and a nice heavy yarn make them even more fun!

Mixing up the spacing of the yarn and the shape and size of the hoops give the grouping more visual appeal.

Mixing up the spacing of the yarn and the shape and size of the hoops give the grouping more visual appeal.