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Monday, July 29, 2013

Six Million Dollar Man Makeover Monday

     My husband loves that show.  I even got him the doll for his birthday one year (I don't think he would call it a doll).  You know, the one where you can look through his eye that works like tiny binoculars.  I wouldn't say it is my favorite show.  You all know my favorites! ;) But, I must say, when I fix things and create make-do's, it does make me hear that opening theme to that show. I can make it better than it was before.  Here are some Steve Austin make-do's that are simple fixes.

First, let's start with the Goodwill reveal.  I hadn't been there really much of the summer. But, what a score!

This little firkin really caught my eye.  It was only $3.  I loved the old needlework on the top.  It was definitely handmade.  I am not sure, but I think they reworked a plain firkin the make this little covered one.
There were some issues... The lid was a bit worse for wear and the wood on the firkin was REALLY scratched. The needlepoint was a bit dusty.  So, time for a little "Steve Austin Makeover"...
     So, how do you fix the scratches?  Well, I had some Antiquing Medium in Apple Butter Brown.  It is almost empty because I use it for everything.  I decided to rub it into all of the scratches.  It worked great! Yea!!!!  But, the wood lost some luster when it dried. Awwww.  So, then it was time for an appearance of my other best friend, Miss Modge Podge.  I coated the entire thing in the Matte Modge Podge (Which really still has a slight gloss to it).  That sealed the deal. I even used the MP to fix the lid.  The sides of the lid aren't perfect, but that's prim for you! Finally, I took one of those felt lint brushes (from my husband's sock drawer.  Shhh.  Don't tell him.  I put it back!) to the needlepoint.  I worked out some of the dust, and then I just used a damp cloth to finish the job.
Oh, isn't it so dear and sweet! Better than being in the musty basement of Goodwill!

The other was easy- add candles and hang!  I always wanted one of these. I think they are a prim necessity. $2!  And when I flipped it over, there was the original sticker from the store- $39! What a find!  Yippee!

Here are 2 last make-do ideas for you...

    First, a flag holder from an old floral frog. I have two different ones.  I love them, but I am not sure how to display them other than sitting on a shelf.  I have been seeing a lot of finials with flags poking out of them, and I love the look.  So, why couldn't this work with frogs?  This shaped frog works best because it has a center hole so that you have a more balanced effect with your flags.  My squarish one didn't work as well! I bought some $.50 flags and coffee stained them a bit.  And, well, there you go!  Easy!

      This next one requires a drill with a wide bit.  My husband did the drilling for me.  I had seen this make do idea somewhere- eBay, Pinterest, a magazine... Who knows?  You lose track when you do a lot of browsing.  SO ANYWAY, the idea is not an original one for me. I bought an old hammer from a flea market for $3.  Looks prim all by itself! I measured the diameter of one of my prim nubby candles so that Steve could select the right drill bit.

 So, there you have it!

     You know, we are a lot like Steve Austins.  Broken.  Not useable.  EXCEPT, by the grace of God, we are remade into something that GOD can use.  Only through HIS power, mercy, and grace.  Not on our own strength or by our own designs.  Steve Austin didn't remake himself.  Someone outside of himself had to do that. God's love and power is way beyond the technology used to fix that man. No matter how much we are broken- spiritually, emotionally, physically- we can be used by God.

Isaiah 64:8

"But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand."

 Blessings and hugs, dear friends!  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New Pinkeeps on eBay!


Pewter, wood, tin, cheese cloth, burlap, vintage buttons, Civil War repro fabric , coffee, cinnamon, pins... You name it! There's a keep for that...


Friday, July 12, 2013

Urgent Prayer Needed...

Could you all please lift my sister up in prayer? Satan is just attacking her from all angles in her personal life. She is having surgery at the end of the month, and the doctor has concerns. On top of her other worries, her beloved dog, Graham, had two lumps biopsied. The results aren't in yet, and the doctor said it could go either way-50/50 as to whether or not it is cancer. And then, if it is, he would only have a few months to live. There are other areas that are in turmoil also. My sister is the strong one in the family, the one to keep me going. I have never heard her cry with such despair as I did last night. As most of you know, she lives far away. 

I trust in a God who hears our prayers, cares about a sparrow, will not give us more than we can handle, and who heals the sick. 

James 5:13-16
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Thank you all for your friendship and prayers on behalf of my sister!

This is her dog, Graham. He is tired after his biopsy. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Whats and What Nots...

Hello, Dear Friends...

I hope you are staying dry and cool.  The only reason I am both is that I am inside.  I am waiting out a small storm so that I can go out and get a few essential groceries (COFFEE CREAMER!  I haven't had coffee yet!!!) before the next bigger batch of storms hit. Yea.


What I did... Okay, are there subliminal messages in Pinterest?  I am like a moth to a flame!  So many awesome ideas!  I love looking at everyone's blogs and seeing what they made from Pinterest. Here are some crafts ideas that I played around with from Pinterest inspirations...

Patriotic Votive...

     I saw one where someone had tied a little flag around a jar to make a Independence Day decoration. Well, I needed to primify their version a bit, but I did have the items on hand.  I realized the other day when I was taking the dog out, that there was a little flag in my flower bed.  I probably overlooked it from last year.  It had faded a bit, so I decided to coffee stain it to age it more.  I think between that and the modge podge, it actually made the colors more vibrant!
     I modge podged some plain beige tissue paper to the jar.  It needed something.  Even my husband said so (Have I brought him to the "Prim Side"? Insert Star Wars foreboding music here.).  Well, if you put some beige tissue paper on the jar, it will need a liberal sprinkling of cinnamon to go with it! I tied the flag on with a bit of jute string.  I did put some modge podge over the whole thing to help the string stay and the flag not to slide off.
     I put a battery votive in it, stuck it in my bowl of shells from the Outer Banks (In prim grays and tans, mind you...), and there you have it!

Burlap Banner...

     Another craft that was easy to make are those burlap banners that you see everywhere.  Burlap is so perfect for many styles of decor.  I had some burlap that I used as a garland around my one tree.  I have been trying to think of some crafts to do with the leftovers. I may make some little candle pockets as well. Trouble is that burlap MAKES ME SNEEZE!  Acchoooooooo!

     To make the banner, I cut out little flags first (you can see how I cut them in the picture). They are folded in half and then notched. Next, I printed some letters from Word on the computer, just on regular paper.

    First, I thought I could use carbon paper to outline and transfer the outlines and then fill it in with a black sharpie. Yeah.  Don't do it.  It doesn't work.  Trying it 2 or 3 more times doesn't make it work any better.  What did Einstein say about insanity?  Ooops.  ANYWAY, I just tried to draw them as best as I could. 

     I put a running stitch to make a tube to run the string through.  I am sure that you could hot glue them as well.  I would probably put the string in first and then stitch (... guess what I didn't do...). I really didn't have trouble running my ribbon through, but it probably depends on what you string them on.  I also tied some homespun before the first letter and after the last so they wouldn't slide off when I hung them.  I though it might look cute with a bit of homespun between each letter, as kind of a spacer.  But, Steve liked it the way it was.  The fact that he LIKED it was good enough for me!

 What Nots...
     What did I not do? Go outside I mean to work. Okay, well I drove to the grocery store to get creamer for coffee.  I don't know about you all, but this weather is killing my sinuses!  I have had so many headaches!  So, since I DID do some chores, I think I will watch a movie.  I rented Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day from our library.  The one actor is the main character (Capt. Wentworth) from the old version of Persuasion (one of my three favorite Austen books/movies).  So, I will be having some coffee and hand pies from the grocery (they called to me!) and watch a movie!  So I guess this is more of a what- being a couch potato... Gardening will have to be another day, in a galaxy far, far away where it ISN'T perpetually raining and storming.  Oh, and anyone hear about the hurricane that might come up the East Coast?  Jolly fun!  But it could be worse.  Another thing I am NOT doing is getting on an ARK!  Praise God for keeping HIS PROMISES!

Genesis 7:11-24
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.
The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.  And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.

     Well until tomorrow, dear friends.  Tomorrow we can chat about why you shouldn't try to put wax paper through your printer, and how I finally got to meet a dear, dear blogging friend... TTFN! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to chat!  You are all too sweet!

Heather, Charlie, and Bailey

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New eBay Listings!

I have relisted some previous items, added some items along with a few hand-dids.  There is a link over to the right- see what you think!  Thank you for stopping by!

Love and Hugs!