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Friday, December 28, 2012

Sign of the times

See,  just a plain old cabinet door- filler in place... This is how we started out.

Primed and sanded any "drips" or runs you might have. You want it smooth. 

Adding the wording or saying of your choice... I decided later to do entire
wording with pencil first- it cuts down on the time.

It took some time.. but turned out great !

Well.. enough rest ?  Right !   Really I didn’t get much, and worked right up until two days before Christmas- but the looks on their faces and sweet comments made it all worth while. I know this post is longer than usual-
but I wanted to include ALL the steps for this cute sign.

Today I will be sharing a very simple gift that I made for ONE of our six daughters.
No, you really don’t need your glasses... Yes, we have Six between us.  A big thanks to Pinterest for a place to get wonderful ideas you know they like- because, yes- they pinned them !  And not just for Christmas.. anytime.

They will like.  REally ,  Not to WoRRy. 

Here are the steps that I took in making this darling sign :

* Taking an old cabinet door, or other piece of wood to use is a great Re-use and works just fine. Look for any holes that may be there from an old knob and just fill with wood filler.

* After it has dried, take a fine sand paper- 180 or 220 will be great , and lightly sand the filler so it it smooth or flat and has no lumps. Wipe off residue with a slightly damp rag, such as a kitchen flour sack towel or other smooth rag.

* Prime the board with a kilz type product- I had mine tinted to the soft light gray color you see.. I have an a motive... more projects with a similar color. And, I liked it so much- it is actually the base coat.
   ( I did not use any other paint other than the “ primer “ color I had tinted )

* Take your template ( Stencils ) of letters and layout the saying, drawing lightly around each letter with a pencil. Be sure to use a level or ruler to keep the line straight. ( Tape down with the blue painters tape or the new green FROG tape and secure well first )  I really liked mixing up the size & style of the lettering- it was a little bit younger and more fun !

* You can use any paint- but I used an Acrylic craft paint on this project. Begin to “blot” slowly  with a small paint sponge, and fill in around the straight top and sides of each letter to make sure there is a good base. Then as they are all dry, you can either take a small tip paint brush and completely fill in and outline each letter, or leave them lighter and less solid. You then have another choice-  to leave solid or lightly sand to “distress” the sign and make it more aged. You could even “antique”
 the entire sign with an aging paint.. Oh , the choices.

 Choices.. Choices.  Really -  it depends on the person you are making
 it for. 

* If you want to “shadow” around the letters - you can find a great tutorial at Miss Mustard Seed’s site. She is so talented..  great tutorial. I really like some of the signs she has made.  Lots of character- most of hers look much more “aged” but that was not the look we wanted for this one.

* When you have the sign looking like you want , be sure it is completely
     dry and seal it with a clear coat , non-yellowing polyurethane type
     sealer to finish it off. Two light coats are better than one heavy. Trust
     me on this.

* Allow to dry completely- several hours minimum before handling- best
    overnight if possible and attach hanging hardware on reverse side- using
    your ruler or small level to make sure they are even and will hang straight.

A ton of steps , True- but it turned out so cute !  I was busily making other things that I will show you later , & making
 cookies, cleaning up messes 
from all the above as I went along. 

And , you guessed it- She loved it. 

Till next time-

Diana & Aubrie
 Aging the home gracefully , Home decor with a past.

As you enjoy the last few remaining days in this year we hope 
you will slow down. . . enjoy your families, & dream for the upcoming 
year . What are your plans for this coming year ?   Realistic Goals ?

And , as always if you find yourself with an extra few minutes- stop 
by some of our favorite blogs. Maybe you will find some new projects 
for the upcoming year.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Twas the night before Cookie Bake

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

( we have barn cats...)

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. 

Maybe at our annual family cookie bake ?

The utensils were nestled all snug in their bed.. Umm... I mean drawer.

 While visions of sugar plums.. & COOKIES danced in our head. . . the pretty ones.

Like these below.
( Cookie Images Via Country Living & Pinterest)

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash. 

Oh, wait. . . It was the whiz of the mixer, sprinkles  and icing being dropped on the floor, chatter, laughter and a good time being had by all !
Or maybe, it was Santa . . .

"Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!"

We spoke not a word, but went straight to our work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.

Really, we just ate some of the

   cookies. . Yum  )

We tried to save some  for neighbors, workers & friends. And of course- one or two for Old St.Nick  -  maybe the Reindeer ? 

But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

We hope you take some time to enjoy the season
and make some beautiful memories with family
and friends.

Till next time-

Diana & Aubrie


Aging your home gracefully, Home decor with a past.

* Mice were seen on  Cute Ugh ?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A little behind.

I'm A little behind

After two and half weeks in Houston- My Darling and I are back home and I am scrambling to take care of him.. see some family and of course DECORATE the house for Christmas. My Darling’s favorite season and he loves the entire house slathered in festive attire.

Yes, It's True. . . It still has it's prime coat. It will be an after Christmas project. I know,
another one. But decorated - so I get brownie points, don't  I  ? ?

Aubrie pushed me, and pushed me- but so glad she did. The house looks very pretty- and my Dad came out to “brighten up the place” with outdoor lights.

Very hard for My Darling to lay on the sofa and watch. . . but that’s the Doctors orders for the time being. We are trying to get his strength up so we can begin a new regimen of Chemo the 2nd week of December- we think.

Hated to cover my view out to the pasture, but Santa had to go somewhere.

Next weekend we will host the annual cookie-bake.
We visit, make tons & tons of cookies, and sample a few along the way  :)  

You know- just to let you know which ones were our favorites.

Right ?  

Just a few snippets today- next week I will show the entire
 kitchen- BEFORE everyone converges on us for the "cookie-bake" and then I'm sure it won't be 
quite as clean. . .  H-m-m-m-  

Till next time-

Diana & Aubrie

Aging your home gracefully, Home decor with a past.

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