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Feb 21, 2019

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
Four  more inches of the gorgeous white stuff fell yesterday! Another  2" this morning. Yesterday wasn't too bad going to work, but today the commute was really icy. Clear roads tonight after a sunny afternoon, cold tonight, down to 17 degrees. More snow this weekend, then maybe rain next week. I went out after work in the dark and cleared out the exterior coop door for the girls to come out, then cleared off the sun room roof. It's more winter!

Feb 17, 2019

Thrifted Clock Swedish Chalk Paint Re-Do, Upcycled Cake Heart = Ivy Topiary

Thrifted Clock Swedish Chalk Paint Re-Do-
A week or two ago I blogged about the nice wooden clock that I found at Goodwill for $5.00-

When I saw the shape it reminded me of Mora clocks from Sweden with the curvy lines-

The clock was made out of nice heavy wood so it was pretty well made. I did a little research and decided to do a light gray chalk paint. I used the same brand that I used for painting the inside of my china cabinet. The color of the paint is called Yesteryear-

The inside part of the clock that holds the battery and has the face with the hands on the other side was duct taped in. It had four tiny screws, three of which had already snapped off. There was only one screw in place, so I basically gently twisted and the whole piece of plastic was able to come out. First thing I had to do was take it apart and remove the insides since the previous owner had gotten some spray paint on the edges of the glass-

I was able to scrape the glass paint off the glass using a razor and then when cleaned the glass. I put a battery in to make sure that it actually worked, which it did! I thought about replacing the clock face with a different color or style. After seeing the way that the battery pack was attached to the front it wouldn't have really been worth the time and effort to try and retrofit it that.

I would have liked a white clock face with numbers or Roman numerals, rather than the gold, but I decided to live with it. Sometimes when you're retrofitting something you wind up doing more damage than good if you work on it too much!

I used a medium sized craft paint brush and a wide foam brush. The foam brush worked really well for the wide sides since I wanted to minimize brush marks-

I gave the clock two coats of chalk paint with letting it dry really well in between coats-

After everything dried really well I put a really I put the glass in. I put a really small bead of clear liquid nails on the plastic piece and put it into place. I let all of that dry overnight. I put the back on today and set it up. I think it came out great!  The clock was $5 and the paint was $8.00 at Hobby Lobby, total investment was about $6 since I have lots of paint left over. And I LOVE the gray!

Upcycled Cake Heart = Ivy Topiary-
When we did our remodeling on our master bathroom I decided to put a plant there. I found a nice terracotta pot that was slightly whitewashed at Goodwill for a couple dollars and planted an ivy in it-

I looked around for another plant stake like this one but couldn't find one-

Bird stake from a few years ago

The plant has done really well but I wanted to put a heart-shaped topiary frame into the pot. I looked around town but couldn't really find what I was looking for and then I stumbled onto a farm-style rustic cake topper. I found this at Hobby Lobby and suddenly realized I could use it instead-

The first thing I did was rub some cooking oil on the bare wood that was going to be going into the soil to protect it. Next I sat down with the ivy and started very carefully untangling the vines. I lost a few leaves during this process but they will grow back as the plant is healthy-

After I started whining the ivy around the base and up both sides I realized that there were some loose pieces of the vines. I didn't have any thin wire so I used sewing thread in a dark green. I wound it loosely around the heart and the base. It helps see the heart shape and the base isn't quite so bulky. It came out nice, but I will still keep my eye out for a metal one that would be a little bit bigger. Total cost was $6 for the heart shape.

Feb 12, 2019

More Snow, DIY Frugal Fabric Hearts

Snow falling

More Snow-
We did have our forcast snowfall start Friday night, with some of it melting Saturday. More snow came in Saturday night and Sunday we had another inch of fresh snow. Very, very pretty! It melted a bit, then the chickens came out to get some sun and pecked in the muddy dirt. Had a little yesterday, but not much. It was 40 today with rain coming. The mountains have been hit hard, which is good for the water table. Winter is definitely back...

Lovely blue skies!

DIY Frugal Fabric Hearts-
After I recently bought some Prim hearts on Etsy, I was inspired to make some larger ones. Since the basin I have was pretty good-sized I needed more volume. You can see from this photo that I did fill it about halfway with Spanish moss. I got that idea from the photo of the Etsy items that I bought. Her basin was just much smaller. I had some leftover fabrics that I decided to use. I bought some craft stuffing to fill my hearts with. My only purchase was $5.00 for the bag. I used a decorative wall hanging shaped like a heart to be the basic pattern of the two large ones. I had some cream colored burlap that I used first. That was pretty tricky since it's a really loose weave. The first one didn't come out very well shape-wise, so I cut it down smaller. The second one came out better. I had some red and white checked fabric that I decided to make another large heart out of. One of the Pinterest ideas of that I saw was to cut it out stuff it and use pinking shears on the raw edges. So that's what I did!

I cut out the heart with plenty of extra fabric, sewed the heart 90% closed, filled and then hand-stitched the rest. I used my pinking shears and carefully went all the way around the heart. I also did the smaller heart the same way. You could do lots of different shapes and sizes but this was enough to go with my basin. You could even use old jeans, sheets any kind of fabric that you have!