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Quick Paint Project

I love the look and the options of a painted chalkboard wall. I knew I wanted to have one in my house but wasn’t sure what wall I wanted to paint. I kept putting it off but finally today I dove right it. It wasn’t a huge project. The wall is fairly small but still a good size. Plus I had to figure out where I am going to put the pine pie safe that was in front of the wall. Well it’s still in the middle of my dining room and I have no clue where I’m going to put it.

Notice the pie safe to the right of the picture. That’s the one I have no idea what to do with.  Please disregard the clutter. My kitchen/dining room was a mess while I was painting today.


This is the chalkboard paint I used. See the rubber band? That little tip I got from Pinterest. If you put the rubber band over the opening to the paint can you can wipe your brush on the rubber band instead of the side of the can. Way less mess.


Yay, after 3 coats of paint, it’s done! And I love it. Now what should I write on it?

Do you have a painted wall in your house? What do you write on it?


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New Projects

I’ve recently fallen in love with making things out of cement and hypertufa. Have you heard of Hypertufa? I’ve been trying to read any and all books or blogs on these subjects.  The possibilities are endless on different things I can create. I can’t work as fast as my brain comes up with ideas. Here are some of my creations so far, and I’ve only just begun.

Garden Tablet

Flower Pot

Large Flower Pot

The above large flower-pot is one of my favorites so far. Unfortunately it cracked. Do you see the large crack? I’m going to try to repair it enough so that I can use it in my garden. I was heartbroken.

Tealight Candleholders

These are so cute and rustic. Perfect for a patio or poolside. These would also be gorgeous lining a walkway. I have tons of ideas.

Votive Candleholders

I did a stepping stone today. It takes about 2 or 3 days to dry. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I have a picture of a hypertufa trough that I made for a friend. It’s running around here in my computer somewhere. I will find it and include it in a later post.

Have you ever made anything out of cement? Hypertufa? Please share your experience. I would love to hear about it.

Till next time…..

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First Impressions

So I tried my new homemade laundry detergent yesterday. Here are my thoughts……

1. It definitely does NOT have the wonderful scent of my old laundry detergent.

2. But it DOES have a mild fresh clean scent.


This will definitely take some getting use to. But in this case I believe that my first impression isn’t as important as my second, third and fourth impressions. I definitely need to give it some time. As for the bubbles, I miss the bubbles! But I can live without them. It’s amazing how our brains are trained to believe that for anything to be clean…..dishes, your hair, your body, your clothes…..there needs to be bubbles. But that isn’t always the case.

I will continue with my new laundry detergent and keep you updated on how it is going.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I finally broke down and am making my own laundry detergent. As I said in a previous post, I am a die-hard Purex fan. I have used Purex for more than 10 years. A friend and I found this recipe on Pinterest. Oh, what did we do before Pinterest? My friend tried it first and loves it. Now it’s my turn. As I’m typing this, I have my first load in the washer with the new laundry detergent. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I spent about $8.38 for the first batch. I also had to buy a container which cost me about $7.50. I’m keeping track of how many loads I can do so I can compare it to my other detergent.

Ingredients for Homemade Detergent

So pretty...and it smells great!

I will let you know how it works.

Have you tried making your own laundry detergent, fabric softener, or dishwashing liquid? Let me know how you like it.

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Trying Something New

So tomorrow I’m going to try to make my own laundry detergent. This makes me a little nervous because I have used the same detergent for over 10 years. Now that is some major brand loyalty I tell ya.  But I thought I would give this a try because 1. it should be cheaper and 2. it should be cheaper. I guess we will have to see how it goes. Stay tuned…….

Oh by the way, I’m making the powder, not the liquid.


Do you make your own laundry detergent? How do you like it?

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Photo Transfer Project

I’ve discovered two new crafty type projects that I absolutely love. The first one is called Hypertufa. Ever heard of it? I will be discussing this project in a later post. My first attempt at it is curing outside in the sun. This project is not for the impatient. Usually I am very impatient but I think I can handle this. It takes several weeks for the final product to be ready to use. I will have lots of fun experimenting.

The second project I discovered is photo transfers. I read an article on this subject and ever since have been scouring the internet for how-to tutorials and videos on how to do it. I use transparencies and gel medium to transfer the photos onto canvas or watercolor paper.  Of course it is all trial and error. But me being me, I wanted the first try to come out perfect. Didn’t happen. The more I do it and the more techniques I try, the better the outcome. Here are some pictures of some of my attempts so far….

This is one of the first ones I did. I accidentally put it on here sideways. Sorry! It’s ok but not great.

This is a little better.

And another one that is a little better. I know, the subject is the same but I was fixated on these flowers for the first several attempts at perfecting this. I will move on to another subject soon.

These are my favorites so far.

And yes, the same flowers again. But I really love how this turned out. This one was done on watercolor paper. I love the artsy, gritty quality. They remind me of watercolors. I think these will look great in frames. Can’t wait to continue experimenting with this project.

So what do you think? I would love to hear your opinion on these.

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