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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Taking a Cheap Clock and Giving it a Facelift

I told you that I was trying not to spend more money than necessary while giving my kitchen a little remodel. As I changed my kitchen from burgundy to Cocoa and Old white, I knew that my kitchen clock was not going to match my kitchen anymore.  The clock was cheap, but it still worked so why not just paint it and make it a clock face that I would have wanted to buy.
I took the clock apart piece by piece.
I painted the face the sandstone color that I painted the kitchen walls, 
and I painted the outside of the clock in Annie Sloan's Coco.
I popped over to the Graphics Fairy to find a clock face that I wanted.
I couldn't print it off on a big enough paper to mod podge it over the other clock face, so I decided to use the charcoal pencil method to transfer my clock image.
I cut the clock out.
I knew I was going to have to cut a hole in the center of the circle, 
so I did these simple steps to find the center without using algebra and a ruler.
I colored on the back over the numbers with a charcoal pencil.
I placed it on the clock making sure that the Roman Numeral XII was at the right place to hang correctly on the wall.  Before tracing over the letters, I made sure to tape the paper in place.
I just drew the lines freehand that are above the Roman Numerals.
Using my Sharpie paint marker I colored it all in black.
I didn't connect all the lines so that it looked a little worn.
I then stained the inside with Minwax's dark walnut stain. With a soft rag I wiped the stain off using a circular motion.  However, I made sure not to wipe all the stain off so it gave it that old TIME look.  
Since the outside of the clock is plastic, I decided to apply the clear and dark wax with a soft rag.  This worked perfectly.  The bristles on my brush would have chipped away at the paint like it did on my Garbage Can when I waxed it.  (By the way, the paint is holding up with no problem on the garbage can.  Some of my readers were concerned about washing the garbage can off.  The wax is what protects the paint.)
It made it look like an old wooden clock.
Before:
After:
Loving it!!!
Unfortunately when I hung it up on the wall it fell and the plastic edge chipped, so the old glue gun fixed that problem.  I am just glad it isn't an expensive clock :)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tutorial: Making Your Party Buttons Small and Neatly Organized

 Today I am going to attempt to explain how I get my Linky Party buttons in Blogger to line up all nice and neat at the bottom of my post like this:


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 Since I am a very visual person, I am going to try and show you a lot of pics to help explain each step.
When Editing your post there are these buttons at the top left hand corner:

[COMPOSE] [HTML]

When you copy and past a button code you use HTML
When you want to read your post you use COMPOSE

I know this is elementary, but I need step by step to help me soooooo......

This is what the button codes look like that already exist in my post.  The highlighted part is a new button code that I am copying and pasting to my post.  Always paste below the other codes like this:


<a href="http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/"><img border="”0”" height="75" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2QvqZaWE7D4/TyQOkKH5GVI/AAAAAAAAUJk/UbsOSdu0CDU/s200/cowgirl-up-003-button-4.jpg" width="75" /></a><a href="http://tipjunkie.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Tip Junkie handmade projects" border="0" height="75" src="http://www.tipjunkie.com/images/TipMeTuesdayButton1.png" width="75" /></a><a href="http://kathewithane.com/"><img border="0" height="75" src="http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/Maximavwife/Party150.png" width="75" /></a></div>

 <a href=http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com target=”_blank”><img src="http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i403/monahan6/homespun%20happenings/Ourbedroom2012055-1.jpg?t=1336019037" /></a>


Some codes, like the one I copied, don't have a Height and Width measurement in it so by doing this next step you will add that Height and Width code to the button.
So next click on COMPOSE.  This is what you would see.  A big button:



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Now click on the big button and in Blogger it gives you the option of making the image small- medium-large- x large.  I usually click on small.  Now go back to the HTML and the code will look like this:



<a href="http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/"><img border="”0”" height="75" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2QvqZaWE7D4/TyQOkKH5GVI/AAAAAAAAUJk/UbsOSdu0CDU/s200/cowgirl-up-003-button-4.jpg" width="75" /></a><a href="http://tipjunkie.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Tip Junkie handmade projects" border="0" height="75" src="http://www.tipjunkie.com/images/TipMeTuesdayButton1.png" width="75" /></a><a href="http://kathewithane.com/"><img border="0" height="75" src="http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/Maximavwife/Party150.png" width="75" /></a></div>
</div>
<a href="http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/" target="”_blank”"><img height="168" src="http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i403/monahan6/homespun%20happenings/Ourbedroom2012055-1.jpg?t=1336019037" width="200" /></a></div>



I highlighted in Red the measurements of the button.  Change those measurements to "75"
Looking at the same example I highlighted some codes in green.  You can delete these.
So now your button code should look like this:



<a href="http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/"><img border="”0”" height="75" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2QvqZaWE7D4/TyQOkKH5GVI/AAAAAAAAUJk/UbsOSdu0CDU/s200/cowgirl-up-003-button-4.jpg" width="75" /></a><a href="http://tipjunkie.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Tip Junkie handmade projects" border="0" height="75" src="http://www.tipjunkie.com/images/TipMeTuesdayButton1.png" width="75" /></a><a href="http://kathewithane.com/"><img border="0" height="75" src="http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/Maximavwife/Party150.png" width="75" /></a>
<a href="http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/" target="”_blank”"><img height="75" src="http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i403/monahan6/homespun%20happenings/Ourbedroom2012055-1.jpg?t=1336019037" width="75" /></a>


Now in the example above you can see that I highlighted some codes in blue.  All you need to do is join the two codes together by backspacing.  BE CAREFUL NOT to erase any of these ><  if you do just hit the undo arrow and try again.  You want the arrow at the end of the previous button to connect to the arrow to the beginning of your new button
Like this:


<a href="http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/"><img border="”0”" height="75" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2QvqZaWE7D4/TyQOkKH5GVI/AAAAAAAAUJk/UbsOSdu0CDU/s200/cowgirl-up-003-button-4.jpg" width="75" /></a><a href="http://tipjunkie.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Tip Junkie handmade projects" border="0" height="75" src="http://www.tipjunkie.com/images/TipMeTuesdayButton1.png" width="75" /></a><a href="http://kathewithane.com/"><img border="0" height="75" src="http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/Maximavwife/Party150.png" width="75" /></a><a href="http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/" target="”_blank”"><img height="75" src="http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i403/monahan6/homespun%20happenings/Ourbedroom2012055-1.jpg?t=1336019037" width="75" /></a>


Now if you go to the COMPOSE part of your post the buttons should look like this:


Sometimes a button may have a >Center< code at the beginning and end of their code.  You will want to delete these too (arrows and word).  It will not allow the buttons to be right next to each other if you don't. 

I hope this was helpful.  Let me know if you tried it, and if you could follow what I was trying to instruct.
It makes your post look more organized, and I like to be organized :) 


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Chicken Wire Cloche

My Neighbor gave me these wood hot plates.

As I was looking at a blog party last week, I came across this from Homeroad.


Since I didn't have a neat glass lid to put over these hot plates, I decided to make lids out of chicken wire.  First I painted the wood plates with my Valspar samples--one was a pale yellow the other stone color.


After they were painted and dried, I printed off  2 images from the Graphics Fairy.
Doesn't every crafter just love her blog


I used the charcoal method to transfer the images onto the wood plates.


I then used my Paint Sharpie to paint over the charcoal lines.
After that was dried, I sanded and stained them to look a little distressed.


Now for the "lid"
I guess they are more like a cage.
I made one in the shape of a beehive.
I wanted to try and give you a little tutorial on what I did, and I did the measurements all wrong.
Now I have two different size covers or hives.


I kept the cuttings from the first "hive" to use as a template.


Putting it over my rectangle of chicken wire that I had cut out.
I eyeballed where to cut.


This is what it looked like after both ends were cut.


I then attached the sides together by twisting the ends of chicken wire together.
For the bottom I took a wire and made a circle with it.
I then attached the bottom of the hive to that wire circle.
You can see how I twisted it around the wire in this picture.


I made little handles to go on the top.
 Here they are!




My bird has seen better days.
It usually sits in a wood box on my porch and one day it fell out and lost its tail.
I still like the little fellow.


I like the two different sizes.
It adds a little more character to the pair of them.


I'm not sure if I want to keep these or sell them at my craft sale in the Fall.

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