Oh Happy Days!

(I have decided, even as I am writing this, that this post is going to be my favorite post I’ve done so far!)

I have been blessed with this amazing opportunity! I have been asked to give my opinion, sort of a review, for Graco’s new airless sprayer. I received this box from Graco’s a few weeks ago and I couldn’t stop smiling all day! I felt like a fat kid in a candy shop!

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Open it up, open it up!!

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The TrueCoat 360 DS by Graco. I’m told that this airless painter was specifically designed with the DIYer in mind, and believe me it did not disappoint. The painter is lightweight with a comfortable grip. The spray tip allows you to spray horizontally or vertically but wait, there’s more. The Graco TrueCoat 360 Ds has an exclusive FlexLiner Paint Bag System that not only makes set up and clean up easier it allows for spraying from any angle. Graco has also given the customer a choice of reusing the paint bag or just tossing it out.
The company boost that there is no need for thinning your paint and that a wide variety including oils based, paint and stains can be used with the airless paint sprayer. With this in mind I decided to use primer in the sprayer, the first time I used it.

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Well folks, our friends at Graco have done it again! My first coat of primer was even,smooth and with no drips!! You say I’m too EXCITED!! by the possibilities not to mention the doors this sprayer is going to open for me.
Here’s another look at the tables after they were sprayed a few days later with a Tiffany Blue color latex paint using the same paint bag I used when I primed them (with a light distressing).

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The Graco TrueCoat 360 DS Airless Sprayer can be purchased from Lowes or online through Amazon. Believe me fellow DIYers this is a must buy for all your painting needs.
Thanks for stopping by.
❤️ Jackie

All opinions are my own. The TrueCoat 360 DS was sent to me by Graco to be reviewed. I received no monetary compensation from Graco.

Let’s Try This Again

Ok if you read my last post, you know my last post got deleted somehow. So let’s try this again.

I have a new obsession with Mantles. I actually attempted my first try at decorating my mantle for Halloween. You can read all about it here.

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I loved the way it turned out and I hated to take it down. I certainly didn’t want to leave it up til Thanksgiving though,so I decided to try it again. Here she is, all prettied up for Fall.

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This mantle cost me nothing to make. I just recycled a few mini pumpkins from Halloween, collected some leaves and pine cones from my yard, made a quick banner and printed out the Fall subway style print I found on Google Images. Not bad. I can’t wait to try my hand at a Christmas mantle.

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❤️ Jackie

UPDATE
I added a few more things to my mantle. Check out the great black birds I got at Hobby Lobby for 80%.

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My (first) Halloween Mantel Reveal

Halloween is almost here! 🎃 Are you excited? I know I am. I love to see all the wonderful costumes, the happy little Gouls and Goblins 👻 trick or treating and ofcourse those scary Halloween decorations!
I did not do any decorating outside my house this year because I won’t be here to give out candy. My step daughter and myself are going to Home Depot for their trunk or treat! 🍬
I did decorate my mantel this year for the first time. It started out like this..
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I made the Trick or Treat sign with left over wood and my Cricut. The pumpkins are courtesy of the Dollar Store and the Boo plaque was made out of a plague that once said Home Sweet Home or something to that extent with birds and flowers ( think grandmas style ) that I also found at the Dollar Store.
It was a little boring to me and the more I looked at, the more it needed something.. I decided to add a banner I made from using printable banner letters I found over at Shanty2Chic’s blog here. I also added a cute print I found on Google Images and a cut out of a bat, also found on Google Images.

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Looks great! Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone and I added some branches from my yard that I just spray painted black! Can you see them? What cha think?

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope you and the littles enjoy your All Hallows Eve!!
❤️ Jackie

World Market Sign Hack

I was looking through one of my favorite bloggers site, The Lettered Cottage,when came I across this post.

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I instantly fell in love with this sign. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Layla found this handsome devil at World Market. While it was inexpensive and I could have just purchased one myself, I decided I could make one with items I already had on hand.
My sign started out as a herb picture that once hung in my Italian inspired kitchen years and years ago. I have two actually, basil and sage.

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I had been hoarding saving them for just the right project and I decided that this was it. I took the picture apart and primed my frame first.

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I took it ouside, grabbed some Krylon spray paint and gave it a few thin coats. ( I have no idea why this is blue. Smh )

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After a few hours of letting it dry in the sun, I took my palm sander and distressed the frame.

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I cut out the words with my Cricut and applied them to the glass that came in the frame. I, of course, kept the original picture. I’m sure I can find a use for it, lol. I glued the glass to the frame with some liquid cement, I picked up at my local Dollar Tree.

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Layla didn’t like the wire hanger the picture came with so she ended up trading it out with some twine. It looks super cute. Don’t you just love her backsplash?

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I actually like the wonkeyness of the wire, unfortunately I have none on hand. I probably should have waited until I finished my sign but I was so excited how it’s turned out so far, I just couldn’t wait to post!
Thanks for stopping by!
❤️ Jackie

Sun Tea

If you’ve seen my sign, Sweet Tea Served Here then you know I love sweet tea. Some would say its so addicting it’s like liquid crack to some of us Southerners, lol.. If you haven’t seen my sign you can check out it here. My grandmother, who’s been on my mind lately, inspired my next project.

Sun Tea is something my grandmother made every summer, a family tradition if you would. I decided this summer I will carry on that tradition.
A lot of people grill outside during the summer, not only for the taste of BBQ but to keep our houses from getting any hotter than they already are. The same idea with Sun Tea. Instead of heating up the stove by boiling the water for the tea, we have learned to let the hot summer sun do all the work.
I started with a big ole pickle jar. I washed it several times by hand and then ran it through the dishwasher a few more. Nothing ruins tea then a hint of pickle taste in it, lol.

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Ofcourse I had to make it pretty, so I powered up my Cricut and got to work. I used my Plantin Schoolhouse cartridge an cut out the word Tea in black vinyl. I also used my Home Accent cartridge to cut out what I thought could pass for the sun, lol. Painted the lid with some green spray paint from my stash and she was ready to go.

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I placed 6 tea bags inside the jar and set it outside next to my Salsa Garden .

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Just an hour later and it looks ready. I will let it sit a few more hours before bringing her inside, adding a cup ( or 2 ) of sugar and popping her in the refrigerator.

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Thanks for stopping by!
❤️ Jackie

So Many Crates

Thursday was my Birthday!! 🎉Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to Jackie, Happy Birthday to me🎉.
Ok now that, that is out of the way, on to this simple easy project I came up with over the weekend. ( Did I mention school started today? Yes school shopping all week last week.)
I know you have more than likely seen people using wooden crates to create furniture pieces all over the internet lately. It just so happens that my Dad has given me 10 or 11 wooden fruit crates that he had laying around. Two of these little gems are going to eventually be my new coffee table for the Den. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the others. If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them. IMG_6337.JPG
After googling Crate ideas for a few hours, I finally decided to just put some wheels on one of those babies and call it a day. That’s exactly what I did. I save everything , so of course, I had some small caster wheels on hand .

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Two of the wheels were fixed and had a piece of metal sticking out of them so I couldn’t lay them flat. No problem, I just bent the protruding piece down and then screwed each wheel into one of the four corners.

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I didn’t like my first placement of the fixed wheels so I took all the wheels off and traded them around a bit. Here she is so far. ( I plan on adding a pull of some kind. She does after all roll! )

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Think I should paint her? Maybe add some graphics? I don’t actually know what I am going to use her for but I do plan on making more so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by. Comment, follow, like, share!!!
❤️ Jackie

Painting Laminate Furniture

So my office/craft-room, if I ever finish it, it’s going to be done in white and aqua with grey accents. It’s gonna be fabulous!! Right now I have 3 pieces of furniture in the room that need to be painted white. Today I decided to do just that with our file cabinet. The cabinet is a light pine wood color from some big box store that I actually acquired from an online yardsale. It is cute but not real wood. I just happen to know that you can not just paint starlight over laminate an expect it to stick. How do I know? Trial and error, lol.
I searched the web and came up on a great tutorial on how to paint laminate furniture on the Live Love Diy blog. You can check it out here. I followed Virginia’s tutorial but worked with the paint (spray paint) and primer (Kiltz) I had on hand.
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After I painted her with the Kiltz..

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Finished!!!

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I love the way she turned out. I decided not to change the handles but to just paint right over them the same way I did the rest of the cabinet.

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That is her permanent home in my office. As you can see she sits under another piece of furniture that I need to paint white. I hope to have that table and a dresser,I’m using for storage, painted in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.
Please comment, share, like and follow..
❤️ Jackie

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Fun With Coffee Filters

Decorating with coffee filters? Yes, coffee filters. I have 6 cream lanterns; 3 small, 3 large, that I wanted to use in some kind of way in my home. I especially wanted to use a few in my office/craftroom. My colors are blue and white in there tho and Id rather not accent with cream ( the colors of the lanterns ). I decided to give them a face lift with some white coffee filters. This is how it went.
I grabbed a few packs of white coffee
filters from my local Dollar Tree, my hot glue gun, a lantern and got to work..

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I actually took that picture from google images because I forgot to take pictures while I was doing it. ( as usual ) The picture above shows the exact steps I used to make my lantern. If you know the source please let me know.
Here’s a before…

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During.

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And my afters….

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I used fishing line and a tack to secure it to the ceiling. The project took a lot of patience on my end but was very easy to do. I have made 2 so far, one for me, one for a friend.
Thank you for stopping by!
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❤️ Jackie

Diy Rope Coasters

I think I have ADD or something. I am forever starting something, then getting side tracked and slacking on it or just not finishing it. Point in case, this blog. Everyday I have been telling myself I will blog tomorrow, then tomorrow comes and I tell myself the same thing. So here I am, ashamed and head hung low, for disappointing my readers and myself. ( hey, atleast it was only a few weeks this time and not a whole year, lol. )
So I was staring at my now coffee table ( I already have plans for a new one ) and I realized that my coasters where missing. Then I remembered, one of the dogs chewed half of them up and I threw them out a few weeks ago. I loved these coasters, I mean LOVED, them. They where Mid Century Modern and if you know me, you know I love MCM.
The coffee table looked empty with out them so I decided to make a temporary pair for now. I saw these coasters somewhere months back and saved the picture to my phone. Had I realized I would be blogging about them I would have bookmarked the page. If you know the source please let me know.

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I know I have some rope and I thought maybe I would use some cardboard for the bottom. My thinking is that the rope will absorb the condensation from a cold drink enough, that it wouldn’t get the cardboard wet. I traced a can of beans on the cardboard and cut out my circles.

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I decided to use my glue gun to adhere the rope to the cardboard. I just glued it on in circular pattern like on my inspiration pic.

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It was just that simple and easy. I spent no money since I had very thing on hand. Here they are on my coffee table and I think they look great!

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❤️ Jackie

Garden Markers

My Salsa Garden turned out great and I’ve already got 4 banana peppers and a Jalapeno pepper out there! I can’t wait for the tomatoes to start growing!
I wanted to make garden markers for each set of plants so I searched google images to get some ideas. They had all sorts of different ones and I really loved the stamped spoons. Unfortunately I don’t have a metal stamping kits so I had to go another route. What I did have were these really cute chalkboard clips I got for ten cents on clearance at my local Micheals. I also had on hand some left over sticks I used on my starburst mirrors.

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This is jut about one of the easiest projects by far. All I did was break the sticks in half an clipped a chalkboard clip to the end of each stick.

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My problem now is where am I gonna find chalk small enough to write on them? I’m thinking a white colored pencil will do the trick. I will send my girls on a scavenger hunt later this afternoon for one. Here they are in the Salsa Garden .

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I’m really considering buying a metal stamp kit later this week, there’s so much u can do with one. Thanks for stopping by and please like, follow, share and comment!!
❤️ Jackie