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Stained yet smiling!

15 Aug

Hey, hey…Hey guys!  You see that picture right there?!  That was my new “to-do” item.  CHECKED OFF!  Why the excitement?  Well, you see, in yesterday’s post – I’m truly awful at this – I said I’d talk about my new to-do… 

…And I did!  Not but a day later (sure beats 75 days ;).

Monday evening I was sitting in the backyard enjoying a nice, cold refreshing beverage with a friend and staring at the plants, bushes, trees and what was supposedly keeping things in order.  Yes, you  guessed it, those planters.  I realized they had definitely seen better days.  The last time those poor things had seen any love was over ten years ago when my grandpa was in the country.  He decided to stain them from their natural wood to this odd rusty/orange-y stain, sans sealant.  So the weather wear and tear was clearly evident.  Ten summers, ten winters and ten in-between the good seasons is  A LOT for barely treated wood to handle.

Unlike my extremely poor DIY post about the Beluga dresser and two tables, I’m going to explain what I’ve done here.  SUPER EASY!  (Oh and before I forget, I used BEHR paint, named Beluga for the dresser – as for the dining room table it’s the same stuff I’ve used here so keep on reading!).

1.  I washed and scrubbed down the surface of each of the planter, because I knew I wasn’t going to sand them down (weather helped me out here) I used old-school laundry detergent and warm/hot water and a harsh scrub brush.

2.  After doing this to all of them, I rinsed and let them dry off in the sun – thank goodness for this excruciatingly hot weather, cuts down on the drying time for EVERYTHING!

3.  I used Varathane Woodstain in Kona.  This step was the most tedious.  Due to already staining a gigantic table with this stuff I did it my own way, rather than the way the can tells me to.  I used a paint brush, painted on the stain on one side, waiting two minutes and wiped down with a cotton cloth.  Then went on to the next side, waited two minutes and wiped again.  I repeated this step on all the planters and let them all dry for approximately three hours and then did a second coat.

4.  The next day (today) I used good ol’ MINWAX Fast-Drying Polyurethane in a Clear Gloss.  The reason I chose this stuff is simple, it was left over from another project and that had turned out great :).

Now, I’ve got pretty dark dark dark brown glossy planters, which make the flowers POP and I spent absolutely nothing!  Sometimes, going through the garage and tidying up is a good thing, you never know what you’ll find to help ya out with a DIY.

The only problem with this project was that I wore shorts and flip-flops, I came inside and couldn’t believe the mess I made of myself yet I’m all smiles.


PS.  Next I’ll be talking about “moving”.  EEP!


I’m truly awful at this.

14 Aug

Here I am again, 75 days later and still haven’t written a single post about my cookies.  I was on a roll for a few months there and then I pretty much dropped off the face of the planet.  My excuse?  I’ve been busy ;).  Want to know the sad part?  I lost the recipe for those cookies.  My A.D.D riddled mind is on to new recipes and new projects!  Before I go on about the other projects and recipes I’ve decided to fill ya in on things I did start and never posted about again, till today.

You’ve probably forgotten but I refinished an old dresser and (said) I would refinish two tables (a dining room table and coffee table).  Fortunately, I did finish the dining room table, unfortunately…that poor coffee table is still in the garage.
If you’re confused about what I’m talking about this should help ya out.  Anywho, here are the after photos.  Please forgive the poop quality, my iPhone camera has water damage (not sure how that happened considering I’ve never dropped it into water) and my camera-camera is dead ATM.    The colour I was aiming for was a solid black, however, after applying the first coat we noticed it had a slight blue tinge to it.  I should have checked the paint can prior to applying but I was just SOOOOO antsy to get started.  Turns out the original colour I wanted – Starlight something or other – was replaced by this new one they handed me called Beluga.  Yep, that’s right, my re-finished dresser is called Beluga.  Sigh.  I wasn’t sure how I felt for the longest time but now that it’s in my room and the hardware is on it…I.  LOVE.  IT!  I wasn’t going to keep the original hardware, either, but I figured I would try them out and see what it looks like.  Turned out beautiful, in my opinion.

There you have it!  the finished product ;).  I’ll talk about my new to-do tomorrow or maybe even later on tonight.  I would right now, but my first coat of stain is dry.  Gotta go!

Okay, so I lied. . .

5 Mar

Not too long ago, well okay – a month ago today, I wrote a post titled Traditional Turkish Cooking and talked about attempting to cook traditional foods everyday (or every other day).  Clearly, I lied.  I have made absolutely no effort, whatsoever, to cook Turkish foods.  I’m not entirely sure why.  I’m still very interested in attempting it but I’ve just been so side tracked by cooking with zucchini, quinoa and Asian vegetables and sauces that Turkish food just isn’t a priority.  So I am writing this as a reminder, mainly to myself, that I will attempt different recipes at least once a week.  I’m not promising any photographs or recipes, unless of course I succeed and am proud of what I’ve cooked.  Heck, I may not even mention I’ve attempted cooking something if it turns out absurdly awful.

There are two reasons why I may not even mention the failed attempts, should they happen.  Number one, I feel like I would be failing my ancestors should I fail.  I’d feel as though cooking certain foods should just come to me, naturally.  Yes, I do realize how crazy that sounds.  Try not to judge too harshly!  Number two, well, I’ll probably try the recipe again till I succeed, in which case I will go on to write about the win rather than the lose.  I’m a perfectionist and have a hard time giving up on things.  Especially things that I am passionate about.

As you can see, I’m trying not to give up on this.  Trying is the key word here :).

Sweet dreams, good morning, hello/goodbye.



The two tables I am refinishing (dining room table as well as coffee table) should be done within the next two weeks, I’m hoping.  I reiterate, I never thought refinishing was so tedious.  Stay tuned for pictures of all the refinishing projects!

Mad love for Mad Men

28 Feb

Well, hello again.

I realize that it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, well over a week. Which is kind of odd for me, since I typically write every day or two days. Since I’ve started this blog, that is.

I’ve been busy though, what more can I say? Midterm season arrived in full gust and has now departed, thank goodness. And with that, I welcome back some freedom, yay!

What have I done with my little bits of freedom? PLENTY.

First and foremost, I refinished a dresser, have started the refinishing process of a dining room table as well as a coffee table. The coffee table is proving to be incredibly more tedious than the dresser was or the dining room table is, but I’m sure I’ll survive. As soon as I’ve finished all three projects I’ll be sure to post before and after pictures! Let’s just say, Beluga is the chosen colour (for the dresser and coffee table)…I bet your mind is wandering and you’re saying to yourself “beluga? huh? what?”. It’ll be a surprise.

Now, second, I’ve started watching Mad Men.


What an absolutely brilliant series. If you’re like I was, a Mad Men virgin – WATCH IT. Now. I don’t know what else to say about this show, although I’m only on the first season, I’m hooked. 100% hooked. It’s one of those shows where you think you know the characters, and just as you do know them, turns out you don’t. Gripping, grasping, addicting.

Mind you, I’ve a fascinated with all things 1950s and 60s so this series is perfect, the clothing, the cars, the accessories, the homes, the furniture, the language. I’m in love. Oh, and the story is obviously good as well. Better than good actually, brilliant ;).



I’ve also continued my baking, however, haven’t taken as many photos as usual. I will be posting a recipe for Ginger Orange Cupcakes (which are to die for, and a little more muffin-y, in my opinion) – Stay tuned!

Mason Jars

27 Jan
I can’t go a day without coffee.  Ever.  When I do, come 6 o’clock, I go through major withdrawals.  My withdrawals don’t consist of a million symptoms, just one.  A headache.  No, actually, THE headache.  This headache is so awful that I can’t leave the house, let alone walk from point a to point b in the house.  I’m paralyzed.  Sad, isn’t it?
My coffee addiction today was satisfied.  Just as the coffee maker beeped at me to let me know “hey, hellooo, I’m ready”, I realized that I didn’t have a clean mug – and the dishwasher was running.  I looked at where all of our mugs and glasses are, nothing, nada.  I was in absolutely no mood to burn my hand whilst using a water glass.  No, sirry!  Then it dawned on me, “that mason jar is the same size as my regular coffee cup AND it won’t burn me”.  Sheer happiness.  I know you’re probably thinking, “why didn’t she just grab a dirty mug and wash it???”.  Well, ya see, I was just beyond lazy.  Worst case scenario, I would have definitely cleaned one up.
The mason jar coffee cup, indeed, was a success.  I got my daily dose and was drinking out of glass wear that I am seriously drawn to.  I’ve got bunches of mason jars in my room.  They hold my pens, pencils, paint brushes as well as some of my paints.  They’re even in my bathroom, keeping my cotton puffs and q-tips nice and clean.
My next DIY project, which I stumbled on to via Pinterest (as usual), will consist of a mason jar; sand, dirt, rocks, or all; and a candle.  A mason jar lantern, brilliant isn’t it?!  Here’s the link, Make it Do by Calli.  She’s got some pretty great “make it do” projects.  This by far being my favourite.  Cannot wait to try them out!
Oh, also, I do plan to use this INSIDE and outside.  I’ll probably make a couple just as candle holders :).
Homework beckons once again.
As I was on the Flipboard app on my iPhone, I came across the cuppow!  Oh the endless possibilities for mason jars ;)


The morning after

26 Jan
It’s out!  It’s out!  What you may ask?  Well, if you’re just tuning in, I suppose I should explain my excitement.  The sock bun is out.  I woke up this morning, after an incredibly rested sleep, brushed my teeth, put my face on and decided “Okay, it’s time, now or never!” and removed my hair that was in the sock bun (kind of reminded me of a donut, really pretty and vintage ;)).

My verdict?  It’s absolutely awesome.  If you’re like me, and hate the tedious task of actually using flat-irons and curling irons then this is the method for you.  I will say this though, I should have been a little more tidy with some of the pieces I tucked into the bun, there are a couple of pieces that look like I just got electrocuted.  Majority of my hair is gorgeous, big and small curls, definitely a natural look.
Although it’s said to be an overnight method, I really don’t see why it can’t be an all day method.  By this I mean that if you know you’ve got plans later on…. Wake up, shower, blow dry your hair just so it’s damp enough (NOT SOAKING) and just put your hair up in the bun.  I mean sure it looks a little silly, totally old school and like something old women would stile there hair like but in all honest, it’s not like walking out with curlers in your hair, hehe. Besides, no one can see the sock!
So there ya have it, the sock bun worked it’s magic and my hair is pretty and wavy and curly.  I’m pretty impressed and happy.  Homework beckons.

Sock bun curls. Yep, that’s right.

26 Jan
I find myself writing an hour too late.  The last couple of entries I’ve written exactly when I’ve wanted to (well, the same day I did what I talked about lol).  However, today was just kind of really hectic.Prior to the hectic mess of a day I woke up with my puppy snuggled up against me with her head on my shoulder.  She melts my heart.  Truly melts my heart.  She is my baby.  She even knows when I’m starting to get ready it usually means I’m going to leave for an hour or two or more and starts looking up at me whining.  Hehe.  ANYWAYS…  I got a little side tracked there.  When I realized she was snuggled and sleeping I decided to go ahead and get a daily dose of my addiction (for those of you who know me, no I do not mean coffee).  Lately I’ve been incredibly addicted to Pinterest – if you don’t know what this is, go to it, NOW.  While going through the Style pins I came  across one labeled “Sock bun curls”.  I was intrigued, the curls were absolutely gorgeous and came from using a sock?  Huh?!  I clicked and found that a how-to video was also posted, thank you, _______ because reading how-tos when it comes to hair doesn’t work for me.

After watching the video I was even more intrigued.  Why?  Well, I have long, thick and wavy-ish hair and lots of it.  So curling it with a flat-iron or curling iron just takes way too long.  This on the other hand seemed quick, easy and comfortable (BONUS!).  I bet you’re interested now, if you haven’t heard of this technique that is.  I’d love to do a little how to about it but I believe that this video posted on YouTube is pretty darn straight forward.  I’m ranting and raving after only a short go at this but even the little amount I left my hair in it for turned out spectacular.  I’ve put my hair up in the sock bun again just a couple of hours ago, I’ll post more pictures of it tomorrow.

Wish me luck (;