Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shut the Front Door!!

We have the most boring entry porch ever! When we first bought our house it looked like this (2008):

As of July 24, 2011 it looks like this:
Don't get excited. It didn't rain :(  The water is from my sprinklers :(

Our front door is towards the rear of our home.  This means you have to walk around the side of our home to get to the front door. 
Usually my flowers look amazing this time of year but importunately it has been so hot and dry in New Mexico I just gave up.  I have already pulled the dead flowers out and I am just calling it a year.  We liked the idea of lining our walk way with pots of flowers to made the long walk to the front door a pretty one.  :)  

Now.... for the most boring entry EVER!  Brace yourself... This will get ugly....

Are you ready?  

Cover the kids eyes please....

To jazz up this entry I want to paint my front door.  Now I have a HOA and need to be careful with my color choices.  Below are some of my ideas from

I love this blue!  I was thinking about adding tile to my walk way.

I think a soft blue like this would help to add softness and brighten up the dark area.  What do you think?

Yellow would defiantly bring some life to the space.  

Aaahhh..... the drama of a beautiful red front door (Hubby already says no)

Hmmm... I do not think we have any purple front doors in my neighborhood.  I like to be different :)

Hubby hates green but I am posting it anyways :)  

I think a beautiful front door and entry area set the tone and mood for your home.  That is why I am on a mission to jazz mine up.  I refuse to live in a beige world!!! 

  • Paint the Front Door
  • Tile Entry Area
  • Clean All Pots
  • Replant Dead Shrubs
  • Add Flower Baskets Under Window
  • New Door Mat
  • New Light Fixture
  • Privacy Gates 
Now for some more inspiration from
Must get these numbers!

Love the potted plants and symmetry
The faux bricks are super cute!!

So to wrap this blog post up.  What color door do you like??  What ideas do you have to jazz up my entry??

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

SGT. Joe Harris EOW 07/16/2009

Remembering a fallen hero, SGT. Joseph Harris, Sandoval County Sheriff's Office

From the

Sergeant Joe Harris was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect along New Mexico 126 at approximately 6:45 am. He and another deputy were conducting a stakeout due to a rash of recent cabin burglaries in the area.

The deputies attempted to take the man into custody when they observed him breaking into a home. Sergeant Harris and the suspect were both fatally wounded in the ensuing shootout.

An investigation revealed that the killer had fled to Canada during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft. He was wanted in British Columbia, Canada, for a 1972 double murder of two campers.

Sergeant Harris had served with the Sandoval County Sheriff's Office for six years and had previously retired from the Rio Rancho Police Department after 20 years of service. He is survived by his wife and five children.

New Desk for Craft Space

My computer is fixed finally.  After 4 days without it I promised to treat it better and never let it go again :)  During my 4 day internet and computer break I decided to work on some of my projects for my craft room.

I desperately needed a new desk. I have a large desk my husband built but when he is using the computer and I want to craft it doesn't work.  My craft room is shaped like a big box.  We decided to put 2 desks (one of each wall).  I was cruising by a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and they had a brand new IKEA desk for $50.00  It was still in the box and she promised everything was in good condition.  I offered her $25 and she said, ok!  I was very excited as I loaded this desk into Pt Cruiser.

The desk looked like this but a oak color.  According to IKEA's website it is called Leksvik and sells for $149!
After I got home I started opening this beauty up.  My heart sank!!  The top was broken and I was missing 2 pieces.  I talked to my hubby and he said he would cut the missing pieces and gave me some ideas for a top.  I am a sucker for black anything with a marble top.  We went to two big box stores and I just didn't want to spend $50 on Marble for the top and add extra weight.  I remembered I bought this great contact paper at dollar tree and I loved the pattern.  My hubby painted the desk black for me and helped me cover the top in contact paper.  He even lined up the edges for me. lol!!  God bless him!

After 5 coats of poly on top here is the finished desk :)  Enjoy!

 I painted the hardware.  All the hardware in my craft room is silver :)
I added some shelf liner to the drawer and cushion and it covers up that I was to lazy to paint the inside. :)

All together this desk cost me around $35.00!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hubby's Weekend Project

    Almost a year ago I told the wife that I wanted to look for a stool for my garage I found one I liked. Chrome with a blue seat very similar to the one on the right. But the price was just crazy for a shop stool. So I just used an old table chair that was laying around that I never got around to fixing. It was ugly but it worked for the garage.

  Then a few days ago the Mrs. was at a local thrift store and asked via text if I wanted a stool for the garage, and sent me the picture below. It was dirty, the upholstery was torn, two of the feet were broken, and the upholstery was actually made of the same plastic stuff that beach balls and inflatable kiddy pools are made of. 

 So she paid the $7 (That is way better than $100.), and I had a new garage stool. As soon as she arrived home with it I knew it would have to have some repairs before it could be used even in my garage. After all there is no way I would allow this battered, torn up, and rat infested shell of a stool to sit in the same garage as my battered, torn up, and rat infested shell of a truck.   

The first step was to clean it up and strip the original fabric (or in this case the beach ball plastic stuff) as you can see in this picture the foam is so broken down that it is almost not there. The thick black ring is used for structure and I decided to keep it mostly due to the vinyl that I picked had no stretch at all therefore it would have been very hard to get a good tight fit without the whole thing wrinkling.

You can really see the difference from the
new padding (green) and the old (yellow).
 Then I took the existing plywood from seat and made an outline on the new padding foam and cut it to size.  Taking the same plywood I traced it onto the new heavy-duty blue vinyl adding ½ inch to allow for stitching. I did the same for the black structure support and added a full inch ½ inch for the top and ½ inch to staple it to the bottom plywood.

I stitched it all together inside out similar to a pillow. I was sure to cut all the extra as close to the stitch as possible so not to cause any bulges or unwanted wrinkles once it was turned right side out. The foam padding was placed inside followed by the first plywood seat support then the black plastic structures support then followed by the last piece of bottom plywood. With the help of the Mrs. the bottom vinyl was stretched and stapled in place.  

It was then reattached to the cleaned and reworked base and there it is a $100 shop stool for $11.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Fun Saturday Night in the A 37's 42 House

Saturday night I could not sleep.  I am in the middle of re-organizing my craft space to make it more efficient (i.e. trying to remember what I have) and I had a gazillion thoughts running through my head.  I also had to much Mt. Dew :)  After laying awake for awhile I decided to work on some organizing.  Organizing always calms me down and helps me focus.     

I have TONS of stickers I have collected over the years from my different sources.  I shop everywhere for craft supplies.  My favs are yard sales, Etsy, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and Michaels.  After looked at this bin full of stickers I decided I had the perfect solution to keep them tidy and organized.  About 4 years ago I bought these bins on sale at a office supplies store.  At the time I wasn't sure what to do with them and they have been used for MANY different things.  Currently they were holding my husbands seed packets.  After putting his seed packets in a different container I jazzed these clear boxes up a bit.  
 I found this contact paper at Dollar Tree and bought all the rolls I could get.  I have used it for many projects.  Pictures will follow.  I carefully cut out each section and easy peasy.... slapped it on.  done :)  15 minute organizing project.

The more I craft the more I get into stenciling and such.  I have accumulated a few stencils but found them difficult to store without bending.  I always have extra binders laying around so I decided to create a stencils binder.  To start off I used a binder, label maker, sections, page protectors, and contact paper I already had. I love re-using and re-cycling.
 As with the box I carefully cut out my contact paper and spent a majority of my time pushing out pesky air bubbles.  I think it came out super cute!  I love this pattern!

 I created a section for each type of stencil.  Slowly I am accumulating more and more.
 I backed each page with paper to make the stencil stand out more.  Without glasses I am blind.  Well not legally but having the paper really helps :)
This is how I spent my Saturday night and I would not change it :)

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