Etched plates.

I’ve been having myself an etching party around here.  I’ve admitted this before…I tend to collect (hoard) things when I find something I like.  Well, I had so much fun doing  my etched plate project yesterday, why not etch everything in my house today?


I love giving gifts (getting gifts ain’t too shabby either).  Who would balk at getting a dozen cookies on a paper plate? No one.  But talk about stepping up your  cookie game when you give a treat on a personalized plate where both the cookies and the plate are the gift.
Huh! Huh!
(I’m fearing this is starting to sound corny because it’s late and I’m deliriously tired and I’m trying to submit this before midnight to the Cricut Design Star Challenge).
Go team 7!

I picked up this clear glass plates and the thrift store for $1.00 each.  Then I decided to deck them out with a holiday motif using my Cricut Explore.


Check out full tutorial on my last post.


Photographing a clear, etched plate is really tricky.  I tried about 10 different ways to photograph them but I just couldn’t get the design to show up.  I finally figured that just holding them up outside in full light against a contrasting background worked best.  Where’s a hand model when you need one?


My little squirrel friend looked like he went through war to get this acorn.  Here’s what not to do: Don’t stick the vinyl decal on your surface then peel if off to readjust and then reapply.   As you can see it doesn’t adhere to the surface very well the second time around.  I also used a sub-par etching paste that was old and dry.  Cutting corners doesn’t pay.  Sorry little guy.

Check out the Cricut Explore.  It rocks.  You can etch lots of cool stuff.
Ok, off to bed. Peace out.

P.S. I made it to the Cricut Design Star finals! Please oh please with a cherry on top would you mind clicking over here and voting for my Etched Plate project!?

Thanks a million!

New / old front house lights.

Happy new year, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and all the rest…
Has it really been since Christmas that I last posted?
Well, it was a good little break.
Kids were home from school for the past 2 weeks and we spent some good old quality family time together doing a little playing, a little traveling, sharing a nasty cold, a little arguing, a little getting on each other’s nerves…just normal family stuff.
But now it’s back to normal life. We’ve been making some fun progress on the house that I can’t wait to share with you.

First up, I FINALLY switched out the 35 year old broken lanterns in the front of our house.  I haven’t been able to make a decision about outdoor lights for the past 2 + years so we’ve just left up the ugly ones.  Nothing like a hosting a holiday party to make you jump in to action.  Keeping up appearances at its finest.


In our Arizona house I put up this red outdoor barn light in our bathroom from Barn Light Electric .  When we moved I took it with me.


I liked the light so much that I purchasedan identical one in gray for my backyard patio but we moved before I could install it.
I totally forgot about them until I found them in the shed last month (a common problem of hoarders like myself I suspect).


The temperature reached the high 40’s-low 50’s one day last month (not ideal conditions for spray paint) but I decided to press my luck and attempt spraying them anyway.
I first gave them a quick scuff-up with some sand paper.
Next I spray-primed them and let them sit for a few hours.
Ideally, I find it best to let them “cure” for about 24 hours before applying paint but I was in a hurry as a storm was coming.


I sprayed them a glossy black and oooo-la-laaa did they look purdy!
Until Mother Nature decided to toy with me…


Big drops of water began to fall from the sky (insert panic and naughty words).
I quickly rigged a make-shift tent out of saw horses, umbrellas and clamps…disaster averted.



(How do you like all that saw dust on the garage door windows)?

Here’s how far the house exterior has come…



Not the best shot being in the dreary cold of winter when everything is dead but still leaps and bounds than what it was.
See our diy garage makeover tutorial here.
See more of our exterior makeover here.


More projects on the horizon!

New house numbers project and a giveaway!

This week I’ve teamed up with Proctor & Gamble and The Home Depot to bring you a new project and giveaway opportunity.  At the first sign of 50 degree weather this year I wasted no time and headed outside to get a jump start on quite a few home projects that have been on my mind all winter.  The first was my garage door makeover where I painted trim and glued it up, then I cut some more trim and painted it up to make a frame for my magnetic board, and today I’m showing off my new house numbers project.

Modern, my house is not but if I had my druthers it would be.  To fix that I gave it a little hit of modern with my new house numbers.

PicMonkey Collage1

To tackle this project I picked up some (free) paint stir sticks at Home Depot and cut them down to size.  Next I stained them and glued them on to a board that I spray painted (to blend in with the white pillar it would lean against).  Then I added my house numbers that I found from Design Within Reach and there you have it!





To see more check out this video I did on Studio 5.

Thumbs up?   So what does this and all the projects I just mentioned have in common? Sweat, work, mess and paint. The Home Depot and P&G want you to get you ready for your spring painting projects. They’re giving away a Swiffer Sweeper, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original and a $25. gift card to The Home Depot.   Blank Doc for Picmonkey   Now I’ll be honest, this ain’t no ipad like I’ve given away in the past but seriously, I use these items daily and several times a day at that.  I would be lost (or have a much dirtier home) without them.  Plus they are in my arsenal when I do any painting project.  The Swiffer Sweeper is SO much better than a broom because it traps those tiny pieces of dirt that usually get left behind making my floors much cleaner.  And the Magic Eraser…the are heaven sent! I used to use really heavy, toxic cleaners on my shower surfaces, oven, stove, etc. but the Magic Eraser has replaced all of those.  The other thing that is so blessed about this Eraser sponge…remember when I posted about the red stool that has left marks all over my counters from being rammed so many times?   PicMonkey Collage   I tried soap, cleaning chemicals, finger nail polish remover and nothing worked,  Then I tried the Magic Eraser and it took it right off! Even on marks 6 months old, no problem!  “Magic” is an understatement.  It’s also great for any little paint splatters.

You can find all of your painting supplies, including the Swiffer Sweeper and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, at The Home Depot near you. Be sure to visit for more painting and DIY tips.



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