Monday, November 7, 2011

Stowe Feed Lot

Ok this project started simply enough... with a board.  Just a leftover board.  I wanted to doone of those cool paint techniques on a dresser turned buffet.  I will show it to yall later when I finally get it finished.  I was waaaay to chicken to start on the buffet, so I figured I would play with an extra piece of wood first. 

So away we go.  I used a chocolate brown craft paint and watered it down a bit.  It started to look just like I hoped.  I just wanted a very very uneven coat.

Then I added a turqoise blue watered down paint on top.  I let some of the brown show through.

Is still really wanted a little more of the brown to show.  I saw on pinterest somewhere a tutuorial that suggested using masking tape.  So I decided to give it a try.  It did help to even it out a bit better.

You can see at the top.  It even  took it all the way down to the wood.  I love the added interest. 

So then I ended up with this cool looking piece of wood.  I couldn't just let it go at that.  Soooo I decided to make a sign for my kitchen.  Just a Sandie's kitchen or Mom's kitchen wouldn't quite get it.  Since I live in the great state of Texas, I decided on a feed lot sign.  I haven't ever seen one, but since I have three boys it is totally appropriate.  So I googled cow images and came up with the cutest cow ever.  So I drew it on and here it is in progress. He is cute isn't he???  I  happen to love love love cows, so he was just what I wanted.

Once I finished painting him, (Well, I didn't have any white paint. So we can pretend it's all painted right????  Who would have thought?  No white?!?!?  Crazy huh?) I need to do the lettering.  I hate my handwritting, so my handy dandy Cricut to the rescue.  I cut out the letters, and traced around them. 

Then I just painted them in and outlined them in black.  I love the finished product.  My poor buddy got about 100 text pictures during this project, but I just loved it more and more.  So here is the finished sign.

So all that was left was to hang it on the wall.  It looks just perfect in it's new home. 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A chair with a little MOJO!!!!

Halloween always means it's time again for the Permian High (yes that Friday Night Lights School) Orchestra's Spooktacular.  They have a fun concert that the kids all dress up for, have raffles and a silent auction.  For the last three years my niece has been a part of their orchestra and I have always made something to donate.  This year my sister had this cool chair she wanted to redo for the auction.  She didn't know what to do exactly so she started with painting it in black and white.  Then she dropped it off at my house.  Of course I wasn't smart enough to take a real before picture.  So here is the beginning picture.  lol

Our mascot is the panther so some paw prints were in order.  I just love using vinyl and my cricut.  It doesn't get much easier.  ;)  I just cut them out and started placing them around the seat.  The I cut a panther and the word Mojo for the backrest.  I think the front looked pretty cool. 

Now that the front looked so good the back needed a little love.  So I went ahead and cut Permian Panthers to go across the back. 

It was a hit at the auction.  I was glad they liked it.  We helped earn a little extra for the orchestra.  It was a win win right??

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boo to you!

We have already had all sorts of fun Halloween events.  So I thought I would go ahead and share some pics.  We had fall festival at our school last Sat. so our costumes had to be ready early.  So pretend you just grabbed your candy bowl to open you door on Halloween and here come my ghouls to trick or treat you.  First up Mikey dressed as his alter ego TIGER MAN.

Next up is Holden doing his best Vince Young impression.

Finally my high matienance child Sam.  We saw the movie Real Steel the week before this and he was sure the only thing he could be was NOISY BOY from the movie.  So here is what Noisy Boy looks like just in case you havent seen the movie yet.  He is the purple one. 

He was so sure his Mommy could make it.  Bless his heart.  HE IS NUTS AND SERIOUSLY OVERESTIMATES MY ABILITIES.  However his faith in me melted my heart.  So here is the best I could do in one week.  It is kind of like Noisy Boy, but to my sweet Sam it was perfect.  LOVE THAT KID!

Pretty cute anyway.  Right?  The boys had a great time at their fall festival and brought home tons of candy.  Just what we needed.  So then Tues night my niece Tara had her annual Spooktacular Concert for orchestra.  She is a senior and this concert is always lots of fun.  It was kinda bittersweet, but oh so much fun.  Tara won the cosutme contest in the Flamingo get up my sister made. She is better at coming up with costumes than I am I guess.  LOL  Tara looked awesome. 

Pretty cute huh?  I only had my phone so the pics aren't the best but I think they are cute cute cute.  Finally last night it was just me and the boys so we decided to go ahead and carve our pumpkins.  Each of the boys had their own pumpkin and designed it however they wanted. Mom  did her best to carve their creations. 


                                                                                                                and Holden's

I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!!!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I pinned then I MADE it

I love love love pinterest.  It is such an addictive thing, but I have pinned 1,857 things. 
Everything from this adorable baby idea...
Love it
to these delish looking blueberry cinnamon rolls...
blueberry cinnamon rolls..oh my goodness.
and all sorts of things in between!!! 
So I feel like such a loser when my list keeps longer and longer!  I really need to get busy trying some of these wonderful ideas.  So when I found the recipie for pumpkin butter, I decided I was totally making it.  I adore anything pumpkin , and couldn't wait to feel the sense of accomplishment from making my own pumpkin butter.  I wait anxiously every year for the Cracker Barrel to put it out.  Now I will not have to wait anymore. 
I pinned this recipie about 2 weeks ago and it was fairly simple.  It came from a fellow blogger at:
Shugary Sweets. 
Her instructions seemed simple enough. 

Pumpkin Butter Recipe:
29 oz can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup apple cider
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger

In large saucepan mix all ingredients together. On medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Continue to simmer (on low-medium) heat for one hour, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into mason jars and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. Enjoy cold!
*note* Do not attempt to "can" this recipe as I know there are USDA/FDA/CNN/MSNBC/LOL rules about canning pumpkin. So just don't do it.
So I quickly gathered all the necessary items.  :)
I actually had it all on hand, but the cider.  I dumped it all in the pan, and enjoyed the most wonderful fall scent.  I was actually glad it had to simmer so long.  It smelled fantastic in my house.
It wasn't difficult at all.  It just takes a little time.  I stirred it pretty regularly, but didn't have to stay and stir the whole time.  When it was finished it was pretty thick.
When all was said and done I had three yummy jarfulls.  Is jarfulls a word??  Let's pretend it is. 
The only thing left to do was enjoy it on some toast the next morning.  It tastes wonderful.  It has more of a spice flavor than the ones I bought in the past.  I love it. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Praying in Subway Art

When we redid the Kitchen I knew I wanted to include some subway art. As I put the second coat of black on the end of the cabinets I knew it needed prayers in vinyl. I could see it all in my head. Well, I finally got the time to make it happen. So here are some of my favorite meal time prayers.

First is the prayer we use all of the time. I didn't really know that other people didn't always use this prayer until I was about 13. It goes...

Second is a prayer that hangs in my Mother's kitchen to this day and I always loved. I thought it was quite the achievement when I was allowed to use it at the dinner table. It is...

Third is a prayer I found when I googled meal time prayers and loved. I am from German descent and thought it was awesome they had translated it in German also. So here it is in English, then German...
ALL THAT WE HAVE                          ALLES DAS VIR HABEN
IS A GIFT                                               ALLES IS GERGEBEN

The fourth and final prayer came from a friend and I just love it too. It says...

I love the way they all look together I had a great time putting it all together. I hope you like it half as much as I do.

Family meals have always been a part of my life.  I remember very few times we didn't eat dinner all together around our dinner table growing up, and am doing my best to make sure my boys have that same experience.  Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A new Painted Poppy Creation

I have blogged once before about painting at the Poppy.  I love to go there and spend a few hours lost in painting.  When we re-did the kitchen I of course NEEDED to make a platter to go with the new look.  I guess the truth is it was much more of a wwwwaaaanted to make one, but ya know whatever works.  LOL  Anyway I wanted to use my favorite fabric as an inspiration.  Just in case you forgot what it looks like here it is.

This is the same fabric my mother in law used to make my new curtains.  I love love love it more everyday.  I am so glad we went with bright colors in the new kitchen it has been fun.  I have a few projects I am working on that when I finish them you will be the first to know, cause I am dying to share them with y'all.  :)
Ok soooo if I can focus for a minute I will show you the new platter I painted.  Here is a quick before it's fired pic.

  It blows my mind how much the firing changes the look of the pottery.  I was very excited with the finished product before firing and could hardly wait to pick it up. I guess Kim (the owner of the painted poppy) couldn't either because she texted me a picture before I could come to pick it up.  ;)  I was so excited.  It turned out even better than I hoped.  So without further ado... here it is!

I knew just where I wanted it to live.  Right inside the hutch in my new kitchen.  I think it looks pretty at home there don't you?

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