Friday, September 18, 2015

Candy Corn Jars

Let's just preface this as I was hesitant to post this but everything we do is a learning process so I am going for it. I would describe this as a partial Pinterest fail, but I think it takes practice and technique.

I saw these adorable Sabrina Soto candy corn jars on Pinterest and decided it looked easy enough. I also saw where people were using a glue gun and writing on mason jars and then covering in paint. So chic, right?

I tried is all I can say. I must have the crappiest handwriting and the crappiest glue gun and combining them, well.... It must take lots of practice is all I am saying. But again I tried :-)

I used a spaghetti sauce jar in fear I would flub this up and waste a mason jar.

Lesson 1 - not only do you have to remove the label, also be sure to scrub the ink stamped time stamp off the jar (Windex pulls it off with a little help of your fingernail). I didn't and when the paint hit the time stamp blue ink ran down my jar. I was wiping it off with my fingers. This also lead to me over spraying and the paint dripped.

Lesson 2 - After you glue gun write your words, good luck painting over it! Again it gets into the spaces and loops, pools and then drips. Also with the 3 colors, it is hard when taping off around the lettering so I didn't get a good seal and it dripped into the finished color! Ugh, re-painting to do. And no I was not too close I was a good 12-18 inches from that jar!

Lesson 3 - Pull your tape off ASAP! I let it dry because I needed a second coat, and it pulled off the dried upper paint color I already finished. So I had to back track and re-do the white!

Lesson 4 - Probably better to use a plain jar or a mason or ball jar and not try to do the glue gun writing on these multi color jars that requires taped sections. If you feel confident go for it, but I am not sure I am the woman for that job!

Lesson 5 - Have a practice jar, if you mess it up you learn from the first jar. This is what I am showing you today.

My little jar despite all its challenges from a distance is very cute! Up close its a hot mess but still you can see what I was trying to do. I decided to use a thin black ribbon at the color separation lines to cover up some imperfections (haha, the whole jar is an imperfection) but it did help distract from many of the flubs on my jar. I do like the contrast the black ribbon adds. I didn't have the heart to pitch this jar, I think I may use it outside this year and put some flowers or twigs in it.

My kids and I are still working on other jars that are coming along much better now that we know what to do and what not to do.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sister's Kitchen remodel with new pictures

Not much to say but I promised better and more pictures of my sister's kitchen. She will want to kill me because she didn't know I took these but oh well...

I did get pictures of the entire room.

Here is a sneak peek of the bathroom changes she is making:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sister's Kitchen Remodel Progress - Continued

My sister Michelle has been renovating her 1960's era house for the past couple years since she bought it. She has a full time job and 2 kids, one is a college Freshman at Ohio State University and the other is a 5th grader. So she is pretty busy. In addition to this she is trying to update her house.

She bought the house from the family of the original owner, and looking through the house they stopped making updates at some point in the late 1970's - mid 1980's. She has a lot of work to do to get the house updated and looking the way she envisions it in the future.

Part of reno is having money so she has gotten a second job in order to save money toward her renovations, so change is happening but slowly. I last showed you pictures a month ago of her kitchen progress to date, she had just installed new counters, dishwasher, sink and a new light fixture. She is still working on her cabinets and walls. Her floor is less than a year old and her refrigerator is newer as well.

Just a quick update! She finally got a new stove and replaced the old green one. The black is a huge improvement! And she has started hanging her glass tile sheets.

These pics were taken with her phone so they are not the greatest, but I hope to visit soon and will get better pictures!

Plus she just had Bath Fitters re-do her main bathroom tub, so I cannot wait to see that in person and take a few pics to share here.

I like posting these progresses to remind me that slow progress isn't a bad thing. She is working to save the money to pay for these renovations out of pocket - in cash and that is really an accomplishment to be proud of. Can't wait to show you more!

Have a Happy Labor Day Holiday!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pottery Barn Glassware

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn
Hi friends. I have been looking for new glassware and want something sturdy, simple and classic. The reason I want simple and classic is because if a piece chips or breaks I will be able to easily replace the broken glass.

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn
I looked at many stores (except Crate & Barrel - darn it!) but Pottery Barn had a very simple pattern that I really like. As for price I could get a cheaper set at Target, Walmart, etc... but I like how heavy these are and that I can buy them by the piece.

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn
I am lucky to have a Pottery Barn Outlet store about 40 mins from my house so I decided to drive there to look around and hoped they would have my glasses and they did!!  I actually only bought 1 style which was the pints so I could live with them and to see if I really liked them. The style is plain and goes with anything and the weight is perfect. The style is the PB Classic Barware. And if you have seen it you know what I mean when I say it is plain, as in no texture or pattern on the glasses. I did want a patterned glass but the more I looked the more I wanted simple and something that can be paired with just about anything.

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn
This style of glassware has the pints, double old fashioned, and water goblets (which are my favorite), and other barware pieces like flutes, stemless flutes, wine and balloon wine, margarita and martini glasses. And the outlet the prices are $2.99 - $4.99 per piece. So overall I am pretty happy about that. Anyone who knows how I shop knows I put a limit on what I can spend per store so I will buy these in a couple trips to the outlet. Plus being a PB customer I earn points on my purchases so after spending $250 I get a $25 gift card.
Photo Credit: Pottery Barn
You can buy these in sets of 6, but I like to have dishes in sets of 4 so that is why buying by the piece is my preferred way to get the glassware. Can't have 8 place settings and only 6 glasses, that would make me insane! Also, if you buy online or through a normal Pottery Barn store you can get your glasses monogrammed. If you don't want the monogram and want a better price (at outlet pricing I get 2 free) the Outlet is the way to go!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Street Level Vegan Leather Tote Bag - Nordstrom's

I have not been doing much in terms of projects in the past week. I have been trying to recover financially as I have some bills I must get paid off first and I just wanted some time to rest and hang with my kids, you know just enjoy what I have accomplished.

My next project will be the master bathroom, similar to what I did in the kids bathroom. I want all my bathrooms to match in cabinet colors and style. I have been spending considerable time purging and donating and doing some deep cleaning in the bedrooms, particularly the kids bedrooms. I am also doing up keep to the cleaning, weeding, and small paint touch ups around the house. So I will get back on board with my next project soon.

As part of my chillin' I took Brooke to a local mall, Kenwood Town Center to walk around and window shop and to have a treat. Aaron was not interested in this at all!

We got to go to the Top Shop launch at Nordstrom, which had some really cute clothes and accessories, got to enjoy some refreshments and listen to the music the DJ was playing. However Nordstrom, if you are listening, discounts would have been nice for those of us who came and purchased at the Top Shop, hint hint, not all of us get free clothing/credits/pay from shameless rstyle shilling. The Top Shop launch was a very playful environment. While there I found the Street Level Vegan Leather tote bag that I have been eyeballing for all of 2015! They only had 1 left in the color I wanted so I decided after all these months to get it before its gone forever.

This is a big bag and reversible! I got the cognac and aqua combination. The cognac is a rich brown and the aqua is completely opposite and contrasting with the very light aqua tone. I prefer the aqua tone as it is very pretty and feminine and perfect for summer months, but the cognac will be gorgeous as autumn arrives and we switch to darker tones. Plus the contrast of inner and outer purse is striking.

I have been seeing Megan at Honey We're Home lugging this bag around in many of her clothing posts (making me jealous) and I was wanting it but at $48 I was hesitant to move forward with getting it. I know $48 isn't much but when you already have too many handbags its hard to justify $48 on a fake leather tote. Now that I have waited like 8 months and liked it in person and the color is being phased out for more autumn tones, I decided I was at the point of getting it.

Brooke loves it too, she carried it thru the mall and put all our little purchases in the bag as we went from place to place. It comes with a small inner pouch/wristlet that is aqua and Brooke was able to put her phone in the pouch for easy retrieval as she needed it.

You can buy it online or in person. I was glad I waited to see it in person though as I didn't think I liked it at first but as the minutes went by and I reversed it to aqua side out I liked it more and more. It comes in gorgeous colors (as in I could easily have more than 1 of these!) like cognac/black, cognac/burgundy, cognac/aqua, dark grey/light grey, navy/taupe, and pink/taupe.