Tuesday

Sliding door cover up

Since I'm renting my house, I really didn't want to take down the vertical blinds on my patio door, but I did want to add some texture and pretty them up.
AFTER
BEFORE
The trick was to be able to mount the new rod far enough away from the wall/blinds so when they are opened, the curtains could still be pulled over them.
NEED to leave room to open and close blinds

I'm not gonna lie - It took me two failed attempts, 8 hours off and on, and some cursing before I finally got them up and looking good!
Be gentle, cuz you can see my patio with some projects on it, not all pretty like in a magazine.

Here's the skinny:
Got the curtains on clearance at Walmart for $5/each, had bought the corbels long ago from Goodwill for $5/set, and the closet rod a long time ago, from Home depot (couldn't have cost much, as I'm a cheapskate!)

I'll share my mistakes AFTER I share what finally worked, so you don't have to make the same mistakes I did. Whew!

So, what worked:

Painted the bracket the wall color
$4.00 for 4
1. Two "L" brackets for each side. I mounted one on the wall, using anchors to carry the weight.
2. Cut a small piece of scrap lumber to fit on the other bracket (This is to mock the wall for the cornice to attach to) - I then screwed this piece of wood onto this second bracket.
3.  Measured and screwed in a screw onto the wood piece to where I wanted the corbel to be.
4.  Bolted the bracket with the wood piece onto the one already mounted onto the wall, using a locking washer, nut and bolt.
5.  Hung the corbel onto the screw that is on the block (this acts as the wall, being brought out 3 inches).
Make sense?
 I still want to figure out a way to hide the sides - like maybe some cool scroll shelf bracket just to mount on the end ? . . . 






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  FAILED ATTEMPTS:  Now, I tried using the two "L"brackets bolted together in a U shape, and then used liquid nails to attach one arm to the corbel, but even after 20+ hours, the liquid nails did not hold to the plastic corbel - 
this might have been great they were made of WOOD.
THIS DID NOT work with the liquid nails (doesn't work good on plastic (it even says so, but hey, I had to try))
NO NO NO - No liquid nails on plastic
I also tried screwing directly INTO the corbels, BUT being that they are plastic, they are hollow inside and were not holding at all. 



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Halloween's a comin!

I WISH so much I could blog EVERYDAY.
 I ENVY those of you who can be full time bloggers! 
My day will come . . .
But until then, I'm busy with life, family and making our home all comfy.
Here's what my lil grandson and I have been up to - Yes, it took us HOURS!  
So worth it!


We spray painted cardboard boxes,
then decorated with self stick foam pieces for the eyes, teeth and claws!
I think we are gonna try some more with cutting out the eyes and teeth and such from black poster board,
then back it with colored tissue paper.
Ours looks good at night (I'll have to take a picture tonight)
but think the other will "glow" more!
Next, we are doing this bat attack!
Yup, I bought a yard of black felt and we will be having a cutting party!
Country Living
http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/craft-ideas-for-halloween-1009#slide-9

And, we are making up potions!

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Sweet Smokey BBQ Sauce Recipe

I just concocted the best bomb diggity, bbq sauce EVER!!
Here it is on my "Recipes" page!
My Recipes

Yup, a pat on my own back, if I do say so myself!

Now to just remember what I did and then I'll share.
First time to devour, then share!
Here it is on my "Recipes" page!
My Recipes


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Friday

Vignettes - Setting the Scene

It's been a long time since I have had a house that I can possibly display 
ALL of my collections!
Painting is from my mother, she is an artist.

Yesterday I started working on making vignetts on the top of my kitchen cabinets.
Seriously, what great display space!
These are really cool vases that I found at Goodwill (Homegoods price tag was still on them $30 ea, I paid $5))
Silver tea set was from my son when he was little (frog has always been included to "fun" it up.

I've seen this done at friends and family, and procrastinated long enough.
Gathered up all my baskets to display here until I need one

Mostly, worried about it being or looking cluttered.
Love my Italian, Tuscany feel (yup 1/4 Italian I yam! )

I think I like it -

It's coming around.

Each vignette has things in it that have sentimental value, or I just really like.

I'm sure I will tweek and change it often, but for now, it's nice to have my 
"stuff"
unpacked,  and showing off!


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Monday

*Feature* - China Hutch

I stumbled over this GORGEOUS China Hutch on a Facebook site, and I had to feature it!
Kim Barraza has done a fantastic job on this - and look how gorgeous the fabric inserts made this piece!  I've gotta do this one my next project - Just think what possibilities with scrap booking paper, fabric, wrapping paper, etc. 
Another decoupage option too!

This China Hutch was painted in a cream (Antique Candlestick) color with a gorgeous blue paint inside and to accentuate the BEAUTIFUL (Country Life Vintage Lake) FABRIC;
 that has been placed in the insets on the drawers and cabinet doors. 





 Check out her Facebook page - she is talented!  Thanks Kim for sharing!! Hope to see more! 
Smiles & Hugs,
Theresa

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