Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Made Especially For Amy

Here it is after I cut it in half & dragged it inside to paint
The other day I showed you guys a little peek of something that I was making for my friend, Amy. Well it's all done now so I'm going to share it with everyone...Way back when the weather was warmer I stumbled across a barn sale that was awesome! Luckily I had our van & not my VW bug so I loaded it up! It was a great sale, they had so much stuff & they were practically giving it away so I was in heaven! One of the things that I picked up was an old wooden ladder that had been spray painted black. When I first saw it, I wasn't even sure if it was for sale, but I made an offer anyway. She accepted my offer & in the back of the van it went. I had a couple of ideas on what to do with it but I couldn't make up my mind.  So it sat in my garage waiting....Then my friend asked if I could make something for her to hang all of her belts & purses on........right away & said "yes" & I knew I was going to use the ladder for it. The first thing I did was saw it apart.....

After sawing it into three smaller, more manageable pieces I set about painting it. Right now I do all of my painting outside of my office, in our hallway, right by the front door. Living near Chicago makes painting in my garage not a possibility...at least not until April or May....( I hate the cold)...

I told my friend what my idea was & once she told me the color she wanted I just went with it......


Looking down the rungs...

Here it is.....I used a couple different kinds & colors of paint (A.S. chalk paint - two shades & three different shades of craft paint that I mixed).....I've come to realize that I can never just use one color, I always end up layering different colors & then sanding over them again to get the color that I like.......


After I was finally done painting I used some graphics from The Graphic's Fairy & a few others that I had & put them on the ladder to give it a little personality.
 In some places I used a few old postcards that I had......
You can see the different colors & layers of paint that I used....old white, paris grey, a pale yellow,and a tan & a cream that I hand mixed......

I love the script on this part...

I sanded & distressed it so parts of the original black paint can be seen in some spots..


Detail on the bottom rung

She is planning on either hanging the pieces on her wall, propping them up against the wall or she can even put them together to form an actual ladder....then she is going to use the rungs to hang her belts on. I also added a some chain & hooks for her purses too, but I forgot to get a picture of those....... I hope Amy is as happy with how it turned out as I am.........


And you know what?.....I still have the third part of the ladder in my garage...it looks like a little step ladder now......Now I just have to make up my mind on what I want to do with it :)
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Something For A Friend.....(a peek)

I've been so busy lately that I just realized it's been a while since I posted anything.......so this is what I have been up to....I'm not quite done with it yet, so here's a peek......can you guess what it is????

Hopefully I will finish it this weekend & then I will show you guys the end result. Oh yeah, I am still working on my kitchen & my master bathroom. It's just slow moving....if I could get a vacation from every day life (you know, feeding kids,paying bills,working..blah,blah,blah) I could get everything that I want done, but you  know how that goes....... I will also hopefully get pictures up on those projects too.

As far as the reality show try-out...I sent them our video submission but haven't heard anything back yet....Oh, well....it was still a lot of fun making the video! :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

What is Love?

With tomorrow being Valentine's I had a few errands to run. Every year I get each of my kids a box of candy & search for that perfect card for my husband. Some years it's a funny card & other years it's your more traditional romantic card. I'm sure you all have your Valentine plans & enjoy the day with the ones you love, but have you ever wondered about that emotion....."love"?

It's so powerful. Wars have been started & fought over it. People have done almost anything to have it. Some of these things may be wonderful, while other actions belong on the opposite end of the equation. Whatever actions they take it's because they are desperate to find & hold onto that one powerful emotion...Love. Do you believe in "love at first sight" or is love more of a mutual, feeling that grows stronger every year....almost like it's earned? Is it possible to have both kinds?

Does everyone have just one great love in their life? One person that they are searching for, a soul mate? I used to think this but I think there are exceptions to this. Sometimes, some people get lucky & actually find a second great love of their life. Take for example the couple that are in love & then one of them dies suddenly, leaving the other feeling lost. Then something wonderful happens.....they meet that one other person. They become lucky enough to find another great love in their life........

There's so many different types of love......young love, innocent child-like love, a really deep friendship kind of love, the love of family, a love that you feel for a pet, a heart pounding lust producing type of love, and the long lasting, all enduring kind of love.

Whatever kind of love that you have or are looking for .....keep at it, because even though it can cause heartache & pain it's worth it. The Beatles had it right......"love is all you need".

                                                    Have a Happy Valentine's Day!!  






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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kinda Crazy Right Now....

Some you may have noticed that I've been a little absent lately......Things have been really crazy around here. Besides being in the middle of two room redo's & multiple projects I have been running around like a crazy woman. Remember that reality show I mentioned, well it turns out that they are interested in me (whaa???) so I've been busy emailing,faxing & next day airing applications,forms & legal paperwork to them!! Today is the craziest thing, my assistant & I are are supposed to send an audition video to them. Normally we would have a while to work on it but we only have today to get it done. Yikes!!! I guess they meant to get a hold of me earlier, but never did.....
My assistant is going to be my partner in crime, Diane from Sweetgirl Crafting. It's funny to think of her as my assistant because we craft together, but never actually use our skills together to make one thing.
So...I'm going to get jacked up on Starbucks (they said they wanted high energy) & do my best.......wish me luck (again) ;) - Katie

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Solution!!!

So I'm sure you have all heard about Google friend connect going away on March 1st....I never understand why when something works it always seems to get "replaced with something better".....in other words, taken away.

Well there's a solution now! Linky Followers!! ( HaPpY DaNcE!!!) Look to my right, on the sidebar....see it? Please follow me & add this to your blog & I will follow you back!! Come on everyone, we can do this :)