Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Give Etsy

Etsy Gift Cards!

I recently opened my Etsy Shop. Yep. Only took me 147 years to get around to it. Don’t judge. The point is, it’s open! I’m adding new prints and trinkets regularly.



And how about this coolness. Any size framed prints! You pick the print, and the frame, in the size you want.

lightning001 8x12 frame


Now, I know you want to buy something from my shop. But you don’t want anyone to know how self centered and greedy you are. Right? So tell that special someone to buy you an Etsy Gift Card! That way, you get exactly what you want! And don’t worry, I like you just the way you are.


With Christmas just around the corner…oh yeah, only 55 days left…you better get busy shopping! And Etsy is so convenient. Browse (my shop). Find what you want to buy (from my shop). Add items (lots of them from my shop) to your cart. Checkout. Then just sit back and wait.


If you are local, in Ridgecrest, CA, contact me prior to ordering. I will create a custom listing for you, with NO shipping cost! But you have to contact me first.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A to Z to Etsy

It does too make sense.


I did it! Finally! Well, I’m doing it. My Etsy Shop is open. What’s taken me so long? Me.



I’ll be adding a ton of prints over the next few days. That’s what I have the biggest request for. But I’ve also got some nifty trinkets and such. You know, stuff to put around the house, to make it more of a home. You do too need it!


Hopefully this will make the print buying much more convenient for the dozens of you that have asked. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nutella in a Blanket

No piggies here.


A quick, not too sweet dessert.




  • 1 can of frozen croissants
  • Nutella
  • Powdered sugar and chocolate syrup (optional)


Unroll the croissants on to a cookie sheet. Spread a moderate butt load of Nutella on each one. Roll up. Follow cooking instructions on package. Once cooked, sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Serve. Eat. Repeat.



The most important part of this recipe, is to have an expert assistant/sample taster in the kitchen with you.




Do you like Nutella? What am I talking about, of course you do!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Light up the World

A DIY globe lamp.


Another quickie. Take a globe, cut it in half, cut a hole in the top with a hole saw, add cord, hang. Done.



I was originally going to paint the inside white to help give off more light, but I like the warm tones it gives without the added paint. So, cardboard wins.


Cutting it in half wasn’t the easiest thing. I tried for about 15 minutes with an Exacto; no love. So I grabbed my Dremel and a cutting disk. That kind of worked. What I didn’t know, is that there was a 1/4” thick cardboard piece inside, holding the two halves together. Once I had cut through the globes shell, all I had to do was gently squeeze it together to pop it apart. Once apart, I lightly sanded the edges, then cut a hole in the top. The globe was a thrift find. You can see it here, before I cut it up.


Pretty non-typical d├ęcor. Could you find a spot in your house for something like this?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Be Awesome!

It’s easy to do. And you are!



A quickie. One thrifted piece of wood (with a print on it), some chalkboard paint, and a picture frame hanger.


I primed the whole thing, then sprayed it with chalkboard spray paint. Once it was dry I cured the surface, tacked on some hanging hardware, and wrote a quick note. I love that it’s so simple to change the message.


Here’s the original piece.


What should the next message be? Short but sweet.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Homemade Brass Polish

Because it’s important to stay foc…oooh look, something shiny.


I’m blowing my own horn. Really. We found this little gem of a horn at a flea market. And it works! Not that there’s anything wrong with the tarnished look. Actually, I kind of like it. But…I also like shiny things. You know you do too.



With no Brasso on hand, I did what I do best; I used Google. Within 30 seconds, I had my solution. The coolest thing is that you probably already have everything on hand. For those of you that are too lazy to follow the link, here are the instructions.

In a glass bowl, mix 2/3 cup distilled vinegar with 2/3 cup flour. Just stir until it’s smooth. Next, add 1/2 cup salt and stir thoroughly. It’s ready to be blobbed onto your brass.



I lined a cookie sheet with some wax paper, placed my horn on it, and just started dropping the mixture on top of it. Make sure to cover it the best you can. But if you miss a couple spots, no big deal. You can see how the mixture literally sucked the tarnish right off. Pretty cool. I wore latex gloves to keep my hands from smelling like vinegar.




I let the mixture sit on the horn, overnight. It actually got pretty stiff. Once I was ready, I just rinsed the mixture off under some warm water, in the sink. Again, wearing gloves. Hey, I love using vinegar, but it stinks! Here it is after rinsing off the mixture.



I also like the look above. But again, not what I was going for. You can feel free to stop here, if you like this look. But if you want that expensive shine, you’ll need to a bit of work. I know, I know. But it’s not much. All that’s left to do, is just shine it up with some steel wool. The whole shining process took me less than 10 minutes.


Minimal effort. No toxic smell. No Brasso stains. That’s the way I like it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Putting Out the Fire(place)

I’m over it.


Over the fireplace, that is. We don’t use it. And it’s taking up valuable wall real estate. My ultimate goal is to frame it in. With some fancy shmancy, inclined shelves on either side. But for now…paint to the rescue!

Here’s a craptastic before… blah


The whole project only took about 2 hours or so. I used my Wagner electric sprayer.


The new TV is in place. It completely covers the doors and looks great. Actually, it covers quite a bit. And that makes me happy.


Are you brave enough to paint your fireplace?